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Team building — with science

On Monday evening, students at St. Francis Catholic School hosted a Family Fun Night, with a focus on team building and STEM activities. Attendees, with “passports” in hand, got to travel around the gym and to various classrooms to partake in scientific demonstrations. Pupils in grades ...

‘More time needed to consider the issues’

The Marshall County Communications Commission still has several decisions to make in its formative days, and some recommendations for action will have to wait. The commission’s Technical Oversight Board (TOB) met Monday night at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office to elect officers and ...

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Shared stories

From Europe and Latin America to Africa and Asia, Marshalltown is home to people of many origins; their stories will be the focus of Immigrants in Iowa: Our Story next week. “The main gist of it is that Iowa has always been a place that immigrants have settled, from the beginning of our ...

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Poised for prosperity

STATE CENTER — “You can’t be stagnant and do nothing; we need to be forward-thinking and grow.” That’s the message from recently elected State Center Mayor Steve Sodders, who along with the community’s city council, sees great potential for the community of roughly 1,460 ...

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Thaw Ta Soe, 10, a fourth grader at Hoglan Elementary School, completes advanced coursework. Interested in math, science, and building things, he continues to impress his teachers with his innovative ideas.

‘An inquisitive nature’

Thaw Ta Soe, 10, is the type of student who doesn’t merely do enough to get by in his classes, but rather, adds advanced coursework to help him soar. As a fourth grader attending Hoglan Elementary School, he is enrolled in two accelerated programs: Target group and Math League. His XLP ...

Iowa considers immigration enforcement bill

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa has jumped into the national debate over immigration with an expansive enforcement bill that would require local governments to comply with federal immigration agents or risk losing state funds. The measure, scheduled for at least one vote this week in the ...

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State Center Police Chief Jeff Bunn has been the lone full-time officer with the department since he joined in 1998. Effective March 1, a second full-time officer will join the ranks.

A step forward in local law enforcement

STATE CENTER — For more than 20 years, Jeff Bunn has seen the growth of his beloved State Center — more residents, a vibrant school district, an active downtown — this small Iowa community has flourished. But with growth and its proximity to Marshalltown and Ames as well as being ...

Iowa brewers receive tax break under federal tax changes

GLENWOOD, Iowa — Iowa brewers are toasting the recently approved federal tax changes, saying a tax break targeting their industry could spur expansion and more profits. Keg Creek Brewing is a large craft beer producer in southwest Iowa. Keg Creek is also one of the about 80 local breweries ...

Marshalltown woman charged in stabbing incident

TIMES-REPUBLICAN TOLEDO — A Marshalltown woman is in trouble with the law after authorities charged her in a stabbing incident over the weekend in Toledo. According to the Toledo Police Department, at 6:38 p.m. Saturday, officers were dispatched to Designer Inn and Suites for a report of ...

State House Minority Leader Rep. Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, left, and state Sen. Jeff Edler, R-State Center, answered a variety of questions at the Marshalltown Education Association legislative forum Saturday morning. Smith and Edler discussed the state budget situation, the SAVE sales tax, state supplemental aid to schools and more

Education scrutinized

A variety of bills are under scrutiny in Des Moines as the 2018 state legislative session rolls on, and local lawmakers were asked about education legislation at Saturday morning public forum. “This is the time of the year when you hear lots of things being brought forth that you may have ...

From this Jan. 6 photo, second ward city councilor applicants, from left, Jay Carollo, Brittany O’Shea and Leigh Bauder answer questions during an interview session with members of the Marshalltown City Council earlier this month. Applicant Bob Untied  was out on town on business, participated via phone. All four have announced their candidacy for the seat to be resolved by the Feb. 27 special election.

Four people declare for vacant council seat

“If at first one does not succeed, try, try again.” That age-old, motivational idiom appears to have registered with four Marshalltown second ward residents. Their mission: convince second ward voters to put them in the winners circle for the vacant city council seat in the second ward. ...

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ABOVE: Marshalltown resident and former U.S. Special Ambassador to Latin America Carlos Portes was among the main speakers at the  first Iowa Latino Day on the Hill event Thursday at the State Capitol Building in Des Moines. He described his journey as a boy from Cuba to Florida to Marshalltown, and encouraged the youth in attendance to follow their dreams. BELOW: About 30 students from Marshalltown Schools attended the event. The group consisted of Miller Middle School and Marshalltown High School students, all part of the district’s Al Éxito Latino-focused student organization.

Stories to inspire

DES MOINES — Cheers erupted from the second floor rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol Building Thursday as the first Iowa Latino Day on the Hill brought speakers sharing their stories. “There is a great deal of power in storytelling,” said former U.S. Special Ambassador to Latin America ...

Booths dot the lobby of the Bellco Theatre at the opening of the Outdoor Retailers and Snow Show in the Colorado Convention Center, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. Three floors of all the latest products for outdoor use makes the event the largest U.S. trade show for the outdoor and winter sports industries that represent $887 billion in sales. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Public land politics mark Denver debut of outdoor trade show

DENVER — The Outdoor Retailer and Snow Show debuted in Denver on Thursday after the multimillion-dollar international gathering of industry brands made a high-profile departure from its longtime Utah home in a dispute over preserving public lands. Organizers and industry figures launched ...

Trump plan offers citizenship path to 1.8 million immigrants

WASHINGTON — The White House unveiled a proposal Thursday that provides a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million young immigrants living in the country illegally, in exchange for new restrictions on legal immigration and $25 billion in border security. The plan was applauded by some in ...

Caring Center Inc. needs help finding new location

A local organization which has aided needy Central Iowans since 1989 is now asking Marshalltownians for help. The Caring Center Inc., 110 W. Main St., must find a different location to continue its faith-based mission of offering free-of-charge bedding, clothes, shoes and small household ...

Influenza activity in Iowa is classified as “wide-spread.” According to a recent statement issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): “Flu activity has increased sharply in the United States in recent weeks, with widespread activity reported in 49 states (not in Hawaii) in the last CDC FluView report. While flu vaccination is the most important way to prevent influenza, antiviral drugs are the most important way to treat influenza infection

Safeguarding against the flu

Everywhere you go it seems someone is battling the sniffles, dealing with a cough, or enduring intestinal pain. Schools, workplaces, gyms, restaurants and anyplace where the general public gathers, can all be fertile grounds for coming into contact with common viral infections. According to a ...

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Man faces second domestic abuse charge

A local man is in the Marshall County Jail after Marshalltown police arrested him for domestic abuse assault second offense, and domestic abuse assault impeding air/blood flow causing bodily injury. Mark Nathan Hoover, 38, was charged with the counts earlier this week according to police ...

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Purk appeals conviction

TAMA-TOLEDO NEWS TOLEDO — Tait Otis Purk, 51, is seeking a new trial and a stay of his second-degree murder conviction. A motion for the new trial and in arrest of judgment was filed this week in Tama County District Court in Toledo. The motion was filed by his defense attorney, Scott ...