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No Christmas celebration would be complete without a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Watson’s Grocery Store was the site of the meet-and-greet. Kids ranging in age from six months old to preteen chatted with Santa about what they wanted for Christmas, and went home with some candy. Pictured is Aidra Whitaker, 4, who asked Santa to bring her a “mermaid unicorn” toy for use in the pool.

An old-fashioned Christmas in State Center

State Center’s Old-Fashioned Christmas on Main wowed attendees during its Friday night celebration. From s’mores making, to wine tasting, a yarn ball snow ball fight and live entertainment, this year’s event had a little something for everyone. Horse-drawn trolley rides around the ...

This is a sample copy of how a REAL-ID marked Iowa driver’s license looks. Note the gold star in the upper right hand corner of the license designating it as a REAL ID, necessary for use if Iowans wish to travel on commercial airlines after October of 2020.

Getting the gold star

When they look at their Iowa driver’s license, many Central Iowans will find a gold star in the upper right-hand corner, and that designation will become more significant in the coming years. “You don’t have to have that gold star quite yet,” said Iowa Department of Transportation ...

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Mount Vernon • The Mount Vernon Community School District Foundation recently announced that an anonymous donor has contributed $189,629.60 to the foundation’s endowment at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. Distributions from the endowment will help the foundation support the ...

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Members of the Local Emergency Management Commission gathered at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office Administration Building Thursday. The meeting’s main discussion centered on a proposed 28E agreement to form a Marshall County Communications Commission, which would oversee a levy for 911 employee salaries and benefits. The item was tabled, and a special meeting was set for Dec. 27 for a possible decision.

Tabled

Following a similar motion earlier this week by the Marshall County Board of Supervisors, the Local Emergency Management Commission (LEM) voted Thursday to table a proposed agreement concerning the county-wide 911 system. “I, personally, am not ready to sign off on it,” said Le Grand ...

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Under review

After a heated town hall meeting earlier this week about the planned closure of residential Heinz Hall at the Iowa Veterans Home, two state legislative committees are set to review the proposal. State Rep. Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, said he spoke with House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear ...

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Candles galore

Kathy Anzis of Marshalltown has a passion for collecting Christmas candles, and her collection of around 1,400 of these candles is currently on display inside the Marshalltown Mall, now through the first of the year. She has added around 60 candles this year to her burgeoning collection. “I ...

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High-speed chase ends in an arrest

Area law enforcement arrested a Marshalltown man after he led them on a high-speed chase within the southeast corner of Marshall County. According to Marshall County Sheriff Steve Hoffman, shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday, a Marshall County sheriff’s deputy attempted to make contact with the ...

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Provide some holiday cheer for veterans

The Marshalltown Central Business District is asking the public to make a difference in the lives of some of our local veterans. The “Adopt-a-Vet” program is seeking gifts and cash donations for veterans who have no family at all for Christmas. Participants can stop by and pick up a ...

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Mingo • Several Mingo kids bundled up on Nov. 22 to check out the latest addition to their local hangout spot at Railroad and East Streets. After nine years of fundraising, the city park in Mingo finished the installation of new playground equipment. The new playground features four unique ...

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Santa and Mrs. Claus will again be on hand for State Center’s yearly Old-Fashioned Christmas on Main Street, held today. Most activities start at 5 p.m.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

STATE CENTER — The 18th annual Old-Fashioned Christmas on Main will offer a variety of family-friendly activities today. “Many community volunteers have been preparing special events for patrons of all ages to enjoy today in historic downtown State Center,” said coordinator Julie ...

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Taking a journey across the United States

Thursday afternoon, fourth graders in Monica Boone’s social studies class at St. Francis Catholic School gave presentations about the 50 states. All 21 pupils each researched a different state, making poster boards and PowerPoint presentations that were then shared with parents and fellow ...

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Heinz Hall decision reversed

A plan to move Iowa Veterans Home residents living in Heinz Hall to the Sheeler Building has been reversed, according to a statement released on Friday by IVH Commandant Timon Oujiri. “The correct decision sometimes is not the right decision. Therefore, I have made a determination to reverse ...

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It’s all beginning to Take shape

Construction continues on the new joint police/fire public safety building located southwest of Marshalltown’s Fisher Community Center. The footprint of the building is well outlined by concrete foundations. Materials and steel frameworks will soon be set in place. Excellent construction ...

Looking ahead

From housing and public safety to future goals and infrastructure, City of Marshalltown officials discussed a wide variety of topics during an annual goal-setting work session at the Marshalltown Public Library Wednesday. “It’s always a joy for me to come over to Marshalltown, because I ...

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Marshalltown veteran Larry Kerr stands in front of his Marshalltown home. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam during the 1960s and experienced a lot of gunfire and Agent Orange.

Kerr endures gunfire, Agent Orange

Editor’s note: This is the latest in an ongoing series of articles profiling those who have ever served in the U.S. military, be it overseas or stateside. Every Thursday, a new profile will be published in the T-R. Many U.S. Marines experienced one tour of duty in Vietnam during the 1960s, ...

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The Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop in Haverhill operated from 1883-1940, and has been preserved as a historic site. Edel’s descendants, the Schrader family, has pledged up to $9,145 in matching donations, for the second year in a row. The money raised will help to catalogue and preserve the shop’s 4,486 artifacts.

Preserving the past

HAVERHILL — Cataloging and preserving the 4,486 artifacts housed inside the Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop is large task, but the State Historical Society and Edel’s descendants (the Schrader family) have accepted the challenge. In 2016, these groups launched a matching gift campaign to ...

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A 28E agreement among Marshall County, the City of Marshalltown, the Marshall County Emergency Management Commission and the county 911 Joint Services Board for joint emergency communications services was discussed at Tuesday’s board of supervisors meeting. The item was tabled by the board after the discussion. Pictured from left, Board Vice Chairman Dave Thompson, Board Chairman Bill Patten, Board member Steve Salasek and Marshalltown Mayor Jim Lowrance.

On hold

A final decision to sign a new agreement on joint 911 services will have to wait. Over the past year, officials from Marshall County, the City of Marshalltown, the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and the Marshall County 911 Joint Services Board have discussed entering an ...

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A golden donation

Dollar bills. Spare change. The usual fare dropped into the Salvation Army’s red kettles, positioned around Marshalltown and other cities during the holiday season. But earlier this week, one kettle was found to be $1,200 richer, thanks to a single donation alone. “On Monday, someone ...

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Recognizing service

Marshalltown Fire Capt. Don Barker was recognized for 20 years of service to the city at Monday night’s Marshalltown City Council meeting. Marshalltown Fire Chief Dave Rierson said Barker, a U.S. Air Force veteran and father of three, is willing to listen and try new things to help improve ...