Todays News

Domestic abuse assault charges filed

A Marshalltown woman was arrested by Marshalltown police and taken to Marshall County Jail earlier this week on charges of domestic abuse assault-first offense. Dallas Lane Sorlaesith, 25, was found to be primary aggressor in an incident in the 900 block of East Olive Street, according to a ...

Audit: Iowa Medicaid savings barely half what was projected

DES MOINES — Iowa saved $126 million this year from privatizing its Medicaid system, barely half what former Gov. Terry Branstad projected when he forced the change in 2016, according to an audit released Monday. The report by Auditor Mary Mosiman also found officials and lawmakers have ...

‘Flawless’: NASA craft lands on Mars after perilous journey

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA spacecraft designed to drill down into Mars’ interior landed on the planet Monday after a perilous, supersonic plunge through its red skies, setting off jubilation among scientists who had waited in white-knuckle suspense for confirmation to arrive across 100 ...

City to study airport hangar costs

A new and larger airplane hangar may be in the offing at the Marshalltown Municipal Airport. Local economic development officials, businesses and other community stakeholders have been promoting for several years construction of a larger hangar as an economic development tool. They say it ...

Student in the spotlight — Nash Perisho

Marshalltown High School student-athlete Nash Perisho wakes up early every day to take on the challenges and joys of school and Bobcat swimming. Perisho said this year he likes all of his teachers and is particularly enjoying his English and chemistry classes. “I know he’s getting up ...

Hundreds of flights canceled as Midwest braces for snowstorm

CHICAGO — A winter storm blanketed much of the central Midwest with snow on Sunday at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, bringing blizzard-like conditions that grounded hundreds of flights and forced the closure of major highways on one of the busiest travel days of the year. “It’s ...

Catastrophic Northern California fire is finally contained

LOS ANGELES — A massive wildfire that killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes in Northern California has been fully contained after burning for more than two weeks, authorities said Sunday. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the Camp fire had ...

Device treating pain draws thousands of injury reports

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — Desperate for relief after years of agony, Jim Taft listened intently as his pain management doctor described a medical device that could change his life. It wouldn’t fix the nerve damage in his mangled right arm, Taft and his wife recalled the doctor saying, ...

Local hospital strives for sustainability in tough market

Editor’s note: This is part two of a three-part series on the local hospital. The three parts focus on the history, present and future. Part one published Nov. 18. Part three will publish Dec. 2. The July 19 EF-3 tornado which cut a vicious, nearly 10-mile swath through Marshalltown did not ...

End of year charitable giving: what you need to know

This time of year, most businesses and households are being inundated with letters and emails encouraging them to make one last end of year charitable donation. But how do you know which entities to donate to, and which ones to avoid? “I think philanthropy is one of the few things in our ...

Iowa nonprofit launches kid cookbook for fundraiser

FORT MADISON — Cooking long has been a staple of Elliott Test Kitchen, where students can go after school for a good meal and academic support. So when the time came to organize a fundraiser for its operations, a cookbook was a natural choice. The “Elliott Test Kitchen Young Chefs” ...

Dimensional Brewing Co. open in Dubuque

DUBUQUE — Local beer drinkers will have plenty to be thankful for this holiday season. Dimensional Brewing Co. planned to open its doors in downtown Dubuque on Wednesday, Nov. 21, adding another attraction to the city’s Lower Main district and further strengthening a growing local brewing ...

Snow and strong wind forecast for Iowa and Nebraska

DES MOINES — The National Weather Service is warning of snow and strong winds across much of Iowa and Nebraska. The storm is expected to bring up to 4 to 7 inches of snow in southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa beginning Saturday night and continuing into Sunday. Even heavier snow is ...

Marshalltown City Council

What: Marshalltown City Council meeting Where: City Council Chambers, 10 W. State St. When: 5:30 p.m. Monday Agenda item: Public hearing on agreement with Marshalltown Central Business District. The issue: An agreement with the Business District is up for discussion. ...

Amtrak ridership drops in Iowa as more drive themselves

DES MOINES — A variety of factors may be behind a 4 percent drop in Amtrak ridership in Iowa, but some passenger rail advocates remain hopeful service will one day increase in the state. The National Rail Passenger Corp., which operates as Amtrak, reported that 57,955 people boarded Amtrak ...

13th Street District eyes security cameras

The 13th Street District leaders are trying to be proactive in the fight against crime. President Neil Dalal of the volunteer-organization which has worked proactively in development on North 13th Street, appeared before the Marshalltown City Council earlier this month and asked for its help ...

Anson Elementary showcase

Running a school building means adapting to new information and to students’ needs. That’s how Anson Elementary School Principal Ronnie Manis and his team have approached improving student attendance and wellbeing at his building. “Every year, we continue look at ways we can serve ...

2 imprisoned for unwitting sale of elephant tranquilizers

CEDAR RAPIDS — Two Iowa men who unwittingly sold elephant tranquilizers that looked like prescription painkillers have been sentenced to prison. Cameron Lensmeyer and Evan Sage, both 20 and residents of Waverly, were sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. Prosecution ...

Superintendent: Relationships key to keeping students safe

GEORGE — A small school district in northwest Iowa is championing a low-cost approach to stemming student violence, bullying and disconnection — through relationships. The seemingly simple approach has stopped a possible school attack in Wisconsin, John Eyerly said. Students reported a ...

In era of online retail, Black Friday still lures a crowd

NEW YORK — It would have been easy to turn on their computers at home over plates of leftover turkey and take advantage of the Black Friday deals most retailers now offer online. But across the country, thousands of shoppers flocked to stores on Thanksgiving or woke up before dawn the next ...