Todays News

Dubuque nonprofit to offer children’s grief support groups

DUBUQUE — A nonprofit organization seeks to establish the first children's support groups in the Dubuque area, serving youths who have lost a family member or loved one. Nearly 20 children have signed up to attend monthly meetings, which are being administered by a nonprofit organization, ...

Make your own whiskey at this new West Des Moines distillery

DES MOINES — Have you ever wanted to try making your own whiskey, but didn't know where to start? (Besides, it's also illegal.) Now you can make your very own customized aged whiskey — you even get to design your own logo. Foundry Distilling Co. in Historic Valley Junction is officially ...

‘Repair, rebuild and restore’ slated Sept. 22

Nearly two months after the devastating July 19 tornado lifted off, a local Marshalltown woman and team are still working to fire up the community with prayer. Marshalltown resident Vonna Hayes, The Church of Marshalltown and Marshall County Prayer Task Force have scheduled ‘Repair! ...

MHS Class of 1969 launches tree restoration drive

Due to the devastation of the July 19 tornado, many properties around Marshalltown lost some, if not most, of their trees resulting in a loss of habitat for animals, lack of shade, and a more barren landscape. The Marshalltown High School Class of 1969 has launched a MHS Bobcat Tree Restoration ...

Man charged with several counts of sexual abuse

A local man was charged with sexual abuse-second degree earlier this week by Marshalltown police. Todd Lillibridge, 48, allegedly performed a sex act on a child under age 12, according to criminal complaints and affidavits filed in Marshall County District Court. Capt. Brian Batterson of ...

Black Tire is back

Black Tire Bike Co. co-owners Matt and Cassandra Gerstandt, along with many other Main Street business owners, were met with destruction as the July 19 tornado swept through town. Now, the bike shop is back with full inventory and services at the Marshalltown Mall, 2500 S. Center St., and ...

Takeaways from the 2018 primary season

The stage is set for a November brawl that could loosen President Donald Trump's grip on Washington. Elections in New York Thursday marked the end of a long, dramatic and sometimes tumultuous primary season that reshaped both parties going into the midterm elections. Democrats have a ...

Quad-City company, Microsoft to improve broadband access

DES MOINES — A Quad-Cities company is partnering with Microsoft to improve rural broadband access to about 126,000 people in Iowa, Illinois and South Dakota. Illinois-based Network Business Systems will work to expand access to Iowa residents in Scott, Muscatine and Clinton counties, The ...

Reimagining the beauty of damaged trees

Last month, Le Grand resident Linda Harvey began decorating trees around Marshalltown impacted by the July 19 tornado. Her efforts, which have captured national attention, are rooted in her desire to add joy, color and hope to neighborhoods that were hit the hardest by the devastating ...

What does FEMA funding mean for Marshalltown?

Marshalltown and Marshall County officials are ecstatic with news federal disaster assistance is available to the city and county for expenses incurred from the July 19 EF-3 tornado. “This (declaration) is big,” City Administrator Jessica Kinser said. “It took a little bit longer to get ...

MCC sees slight drop in enrollment

Marshalltown Community College and other district institutions saw a slight drop in enrollment this year. The decline was discussed at the Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Directors meeting Wednesday in Iowa Falls. A discussion as to why enrollment and credit hours are down ...

Fourth graders get in touch with agriculture

Despite living in an agricultural state, many children not involved in farming families know little about the livestock, crops and farm tools. That’s the reason Jean Klosterman of the Marshall County Farm Bureau said the 18th Annual Farm to Table Day at the Central Iowa Fairgrounds is so ...

Festival on First returns this weekend

Food, fun and fellowship. Sister Christine Feagan, OP, of St. Mary’s Catholic Church said that’s what visitors to this year’s Festival on First will find. The celebration will run 1-5 p.m. Sunday on First Street between Linn and Church streets on the west side of the church, 9 W. Linn ...

E-911 operators saluted for team effort after tornado

E-911 Communication operators were praised by members of the Marshall County Communications Commission for their diligence in keeping 911 lines open immediately following the devastating July 19, EF-3 tornado which pounded Marshalltown’s north side. E-911 Manager Teresa Lang said on two ...

Getting into the autumn mood

Caryn Paul of Paul's Country Treats makes some cotton candy for Tina Dutton and her daughter, Tasha. Thursday evening, the 13th Street District was bustling with people who browsed through 30 vendors who offered a variety of fresh produce, baked goods, purses, arts and crafts and more as part ...

Obituary program slated for Sept. 20

Obituaries can offer historical facts and a glimpse into the life of a deceased person. Genealogists, historians, authors and everyday people have come to rely on these documents for a variety of research purposes. Starting at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 20, noted author and journalist Mary Kay Shanley ...

University of Iowa to pay $55K to settle open meetings suit

IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa has agreed to pay $55,000 to settle a lawsuit that claimed its 2015 presidential search violated the state's open meetings law. The university did not admit to any wrongdoing in the settlement, which was filed in district court on Wednesday. But it did ...

Delegation takes tour of new $17.5M Police and Fire facility

Dozens of construction workers were busy outside and inside, on the ground and second floor of the new joint Marshalltown Police/Fire Department facility Wednesday. Not far away, city department heads, employees and Times-Republican reporters were touring, closely watching progress. The ...

FEMA approves aid for Marshalltown tornado relief

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Wednesday that federal disaster assistance is available to Marshalltown for damage from the July 19 EF-3 tornado. The aid was approved by President Donald Trump and is a part of money going to “the state of Iowa to ...