Todays News

Iowa museum exhibit explores local racing history

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WATERLOO — In the late 19th and early to mid-20th century, the Midwest — Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri — was known as the grand circuit of Standardbred harness racing. Folks came from near and far to watch and cheer their favorite drivers seated on ...

Burials begin in quake- and tsunami-hit Indonesian region

PALU, Indonesia — A mass burial of earthquake and tsunami victims was being prepared in a hard-hit city Monday as the need for heavy equipment to dig for survivors of the disaster that struck a central Indonesian island three days ago grows desperate. The toll of more than 800 dead is ...

3 dead after car explosion

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — A car explosion that rocked downtown Allentown left three males dead, including the likely "perpetrator," officials said Sunday as federal authorities who are leading the investigation looked ahead to autopsies. "We know there's been a criminal incident," District Attorney ...

Problems for Pentagon’s immigrant recruit program

the Associated Press WASHINGTON — Stricter Trump administration immigration policies have stymied Pentagon plans to restart a program that allowed thousands of people with critical medical or Asian and African language skills to join the military and become American citizens, according to ...

Relics Midwest draws shoppers from around US

One person’s junk, is another’s treasure. Such is the mindset behind Relics Midwest, 406 S. First Ave., owned and operated by Ron Fisher. The 16,000-square foot facility, which also houses Ron Fisher Furniture, draws thousands of shoppers from around the U.S. each year. “I would ...

Full of pride

It was a crisp, overcast morning as over 100 entries lined Seventh Avenue, waiting their turns to traverse Olive Street during Saturday's Oktemberfest Grand Parade. Local businesses, social clubs, dance troupes, politicians, members of law enforcement, armed forces and a variety of school ...

Dubuque resident honors veterans through bugle ritual

DUBUQUE — Every evening before sunset, a Dubuque veteran holds a ceremonial bugle, pushes a play button and raises the instrument to his lips. Although the wistful notes of taps come from a recording, the dedication with which the veteran carries out this rite — and the emotion it evokes ...

Parent teacher conferences are this week

School staff and parents will have a chance to sit down with one another this week as parent-teacher conferences come to Marshalltown Schools. District Director of Instruction Lisa Stevenson said the chance for teachers and parents to talk can be helpful for everyone involved. “They give ...

Prairie life – at Grimes Farm

Cool, afternoon rain didn't deter folks from attending the Marshall County Conservation Board's annual Prairie Heritage Day on Saturday, held in conjunction with Oktemberfest. Free and open to the public, people got the opportunity to sample freshly pressed cider, make rope, grind corn, watch a ...

An artful return

First responders were still going house-to-house and a curfew had been set in Marshalltown when Tama father-son duo Dye and Darian Davenport created an inspiring spray paint mural on July 19 after the tornado. The pair returned to create another mural during Friday’s Oktemberfest ...

Friday night festival

There was no shortage of things to check out during day two of Oktemberfest at the Central Iowa Fairgrounds Friday. Cars of all ages, colors, sizes and models greeted festival-goers early that evening. "This car belonged to Buddy Holly and the Crickets ... this was their tour car," said ...

Trump agrees to FBI probe of Kavanaugh, bows to Flake, Dems

WASHINGTON — Reversing course, President Donald Trump bowed to Democrats' demands Friday for a deeper FBI investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after Republican Sen. Jeff Flake balked at voting for confirmation without it — a sudden turn that left Senate approval newly ...

Woman charged with child endangerment-serious injury

A Marshalltown woman was arrested and taken to Marshall County Jail earlier this week on a criminal complaint and affidavit of child endangerment-serious injury filed by Marshalltown police. According to Marshall County District Court records, Cierra Gaylynn Shivers, 31, allegedly left her ...

MHS selects Homecoming queen and king

Homecoming week at Marshalltown Schools has already brought themed spirit days, a mini parade and carnival. Thursday evening the student body's picks for king and queen were crowned. This year's Homecoming royalty are King Derrick Garth Jr. and Queen Daisy Lopez. They were crowned after a ...

Gov. Reynolds appeals FEMA individual assistance denial

DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds has filed an appeal letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials, requesting they reconsider the denial of individual assistance funds for Marshalltown tornado victims. The letter comes about two weeks after FEMA officials announced no such ...

Lt. Gov. Gregg rallies Republicans in Marshalltown

Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg touted his campaign’s record to local Pachyderm Herd Club members and others during a meeting Friday at Legends American Grill. After serving in office 16 months with fellow Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, Gregg said Reynolds’ record is one of achievement. He cited ...

Students to begin group therapy for tornado-related stress

The July 197 tornado tore through town over two months ago, but Marshalltown students are still reporting the negative impacts the storm caused in their day-to-day lives. To help, Center Associates and Marshalltown schools are forming groups of students to share trauma, strategies and stories ...

Local instructor embarks on teaching in United States

Jade McCoy isn’t only a new instructor at Marshalltown Christian School — it’s also her first year teaching in the United States. A native of the Philippines, she spent time there working in a Montessori School and also led Bible study groups. At MCS, she teaches fifth grade reading and ...