Todays News

Summer with the scientific method

It’s summer break for Marshalltown students, but that doesn’t mean the learning has stopped. “The Summer STEM Camp is a five-day program for any elementary youth in Marshalltown,” said Iowa State University Marshall County Extension Office 4-H Youth Coordinator Megan Henry. “This ...

Judge blocks unemployment benefits for fired Iowa director

IOWA CITY — A judge has cut off unemployment benefits for former Iowa Finance Authority Director Dave Jamison, ruling he is disqualified because he was fired for credible allegations of sexual harassment. Jamison's alleged behavior violated the state's sexual harassment policy and was ...

Hoping for a ‘blue wave’

With the primary election over, the clock is ticking for candidates to win voters’ favor in the Nov. 6 general election and several Democratic candidates visited Marshalltown to energize supporters Sunday. “I’m excited about this ticket this year,” said State Treasurer Michael ...

Poet Laureate to visit Orpheum Theater on Thursday

Mary Swander, the current Poet Laureate of Iowa, will give a free, one-woman show from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday evening at the Orpheum Theater. A Renaissance woman, her writings are culled from an assortment of life experiences. “I’m doing a reading from my own works and will play the banjo ...

‘Take Me out to Conrad’ opens Central IA summer festival season

CONRAD — Beginning with a couple of tractor pulls and ending with an appearance by the band Wheelhouse, Black Dirt Days 2018 kicked off the Central Iowa Summer Festival season Friday and Saturday. While the kids enjoyed a pedal tractor pull uptown Friday evening, nearly 300 people attended ...

Legal fireworks face more restrictions in Iowa

DES MOINES — A year after firework sales returned to Iowa, many cities have implemented new restrictions as the fledgling industry tries to put itself on a more permanent footing. The Iowa Legislature last year cleared the way for consumer fireworks in Iowa for the first time since 1938 in ...

Iowa mulls case of Arizona man who fled prison decades ago

PHOENIX — More than two months after an Arizona man was arrested on a fugitive warrant stemming from his escape from an Iowa prison 37 years ago, officials there have yet to decide whether to extradite or release him. For over a decade, Charles Cagley thought he was no longer a wanted man ...

Iowa Valley pursues $33 million bond

After years of balancing students’ educational needs, tuition and tax rates, Iowa Valley Community College District administrators said there’s been little left over for looming facilities needs. “We just have very aging infrastructure,” said IVCCD Chancellor Chris Duree. “We ...

Hubbell to run on Reynolds’ record

After winning the Democratic nomination for governor Tuesday evening — earning 55 percent of the vote — Fred Hubbell has been traveling the state, meeting with constituents. On Friday he launched a three-day, statewide “Thank You Iowa Tour,” stopping in Marshalltown Saturday ...

Marshalltown Art Festival planning underway

The Marshalltown Art Festival, formerly known as the Linn Creek Arts Festival, draws from a variety of components to create a day of artistic fun. Now held in downtown Marshalltown, the festival will stretch from Center Street to Second Avenue, and around the north side of the Marshall County ...

Students investigate Sioux City’s past in college course

SIOUX CITY — Hallie Misiaszek knows a good scandal when she sees one. That's why the Morningside College criminal science and social behavioral major has been investigating the seedier side of Sioux City's infamous past. Plus Misiaszek is getting credit for it. The Mitchell, South ...

Building interest in STEM

Careers in the science, technology, engineering and math fields are dominated by men, but some community members are trying to get girls interested in the STEM careers as students. “A lot of times we see more boys involved in STEM activities, and we wanted to give the girls and opportunity ...

A Safety Tradition

Making sure children understand the dangers around them, and how to interact with emergency service vehicles, can prove life-saving. Kids Safety Camp, cosponsored by the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA and the Marshalltown Police Department, held every other year, offered a time of fun, yet educational ...

Local magistrate appointed district court judge

DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds has announced Marshall County District Court Magistrate and local attorney Bethany Currie has been appointed district court judge in Judicial District 2B. “I received a call from the governor at 10:30 a.m. this (Friday) morning,” Currie said. “I was ...

Hubbell to make local stop Saturday

The Democratic nominee for governor is campaigning in Marshalltown on Saturday. Fred Hubbell will be joined by former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack and Christie Vilsack among other supporters. The public event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Mi Ranchito ...

Medical dispatch resolution in the works

Central to Thursday night’s regular meeting of the Marshall County Communications Commission was a report about a June 4 meeting between MCCC members and UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown officials to discuss installation of a medical dispatch communication system. This meeting, and others, ...

Drug Enforcement Administration creates new Midwest office

OMAHA, Neb. — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is establishing a new field division based in Omaha that will include Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. In a news conference Thursday in Omaha, DEA Acting Administrator Robert Patterson said the new division will ...

Rose Fest ready

STATE CENTER — A lot has changed in the six decades since the first State Center Rose Festival was held in 1958 and festival officials say this year will bring back past figures to the 2018 audience. “It’s a lot of the same tried-and-true things that people expect to see but we’ve ...

Partnership: ‘It has been a good year’

Dozens of attendees packed Marshalltown Community College's DeJardin Hall to hear many positive messages delivered at the 120th Annual Meeting of the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday night. From Marshalltown Regional Partnership Chief Executive Officer David Barajas, Jr. to the ...

Storm leaves destruction in Gilman

GILMAN — A rural community is pulling together to clean up damage from a powerful thunderstorm earlier this week. “We had quite a little bit of tree damage, some structural damage, there are still places in town that don’t have power yet,” said Gilman Fire Chief Randy Mommer in the ...