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Trial under way for MHS coach

On Thursday it was day one of Marshalltown High School head football coach Don Knock’s trial in Marshall County Associate Court with Judge Kim Riley presiding. Knock, 62, was charged earlier this year with simple assault by the Marshalltown Police Department after he allegedly pushed, ...

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St. Francis physical education instructor Terri Westendorf helped show some Lenihan Intermediate School students a few putting activities at Thursday’s Iowa PGA ‘Swings with Kids’ event. The students, pictured from left, are Carter Giannetto, Meah Yoemans, Clay Goecke and Jesse Cruz.

Teeing off for fun

For some students, the sport of golf isn’t something they’ve had a chance to experience; with it’s calculating, slower-paced nature, golf may be a perfect sport for some young athletes. “We are going to start some lessons with all of our classes to teach the kids the basics, to teach ...

McKibben

McKibben to seek Board of Regents presidency

After serving for four years on the Iowa State Board of Regents, Marshalltown’s Larry McKibben announced Thursday his intention to seek the board presidency. “I announced it at the end of the (Board of Regents) meeting,” he said of the Thursday afternoon meeting held in Council Bluffs. ...

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‘The United State of Poetry’

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ Thursday evening at the Orpheum Theater Center, 21 diverse people from Marshalltown and the surrounding communities read poetry aloud during “The United State of Poetry” event, held in honor of National Poetry Month. Participants read a combination of ...

Mini-Golf Fun Night slated for April 30

Swinging golf clubs inside the Marshalltown Public Library is usually frowned upon, but on Sunday, April 30, from 4:30-7:30 p.m., the library will be converted into an indoor mini-golf space where guests can play nine holes of golf while raising money for the library’s many programs and ...

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Police forces take positions on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, after a fatal shooting in which a police officer was killed along with an attacker, Thursday.

Paris police shot on Champs-Elysees

PARIS — A gunman opened fire on police on Paris' iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard Thursday night, killing one officer and wounding three people before police shot and killed him. The Islamic State group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, which hit just three days before a tense ...

Documents: Uncle chained up Iowa teenage runaway to keep him home

PEOSTA — The parents and uncle of a 13-year-old Iowa boy and frequent runaway are accused of padlocking a weighted chain around his waist to him to keep him home, according to court documents. Michael and Cynthia Kobusch, both 49, and her brother, Jeffrey Merfeld, 50, who all live in Peosta, ...

Prosecutor denies charge against ex-Iowa judge is vindictive

DES MOINES — A prosecutor is denying allegations that a fraud charge filed against a former Iowa judge is retribution for her efforts to challenge Gov. Terry Branstad's administration. Assistant Polk County Attorney Jaki Livingston says her office was unaware of former Administrative Law ...

MHS football coach found not guilty

A jury has found MHS head football coach not guilty in an assault case. Don Knock was accused of assaulting a student earlier this year, but a 6-person jury took less than an hour to clear Knock of any wrongdoing. More information in Saturday's T-R.

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Assault victim dies from his injuries

A Marshall County man has died from injuries suffered during a fight Monday in the 200 block of West Church Street in Marshalltown. On Wednesday, a Marshalltown Police Department press release reported the death of David Wayne Lurvey, 55. The MPD said they were informed by the Polk County ...

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“The human knot” was one team-building activity MHS students had a lot of fun doing during Wednesday’s MVP Summit. The game is designed to teach cooperation and communication.

Learning to be leaders

A changing of the guard took place among a group of Marshalltown High School students Wednesday, and that new guard will work with freshmen and take steps to reduce violence of all kinds. “It stands for Mentors in Violence Prevention, and this is the second year we’ve implemented it into ...

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CW4 Ron Snyder of Marshalltown is pictured with many of his awards received during and after his retirement from serving as a helicopter pilot for 40 years in the U.S. Army and Iowa National Guard. The small model plane on the desk at right is the type of fixed wing plane he also flew during his time of service.

Ron Snyder is defined by his service

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. CW4 Ron Snyder of Marshalltown credits his 40 years in military aviation as ...

Locals: ‘Unity Point CEO offered a positive plan for CIH’

UnityPoint Health-Waterloo CEO and president Pamela Delagardelle did not speak about the future of Central Iowa Healthcare to a stadium full of Central Iowans yesterday. Conversely, the former nurse and 30-year healthcare veteran spoke to approximately 125 Marshalltown Rotary Club members ...

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Amy Pieper, administrator of Marshall County’s ISU Extension and Outreach office in Marshalltown, looks through scrapbooks during Wednesday’s open house, celebrating the organization’s 100th anniversary in the county and Iowa’s Land Grant Legacy.

ISU Extension and Outreach celebrates 100 years

This week, the 100 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offices are celebrating the contributions the organization has made in the realms of agriculture, health, youth development and its connection to Iowa’s Land Grant Legacy, which helped establish Iowa State University. On ...

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In this April 7, file photo, United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley listens during a Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters.

US tells North Korea: We don’t want a fight, don’t start one

UNITED NATIONS — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations had a message for North Korea on Wednesday: "We're not trying to pick a fight so don't try and give us one." "The ball is in their court," Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters. "They shouldn't try and play at this point." Haley's ...

Ex-spokeswoman sues Iowa Board of Regents over layoff, pay

IOWA CITY — A longtime spokeswoman for the Iowa Board of Regents alleges in a lawsuit that the decision to eliminate her job two years ago was motivated by age and gender discrimination. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by Sheila Koppin, also alleges unequal pay based on gender because her duties ...

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Democratic candidate for Georgia's Sixth Congressional seat Jon Ossoff greets supporters at a campaign field office Tuesday, in Marietta.

Runoff in Georgia House race could test Trump, opposition

DUNWOODY, Ga. — A narrow miss by a Democratic newcomer in a conservative Georgia House district has triggered a high-stakes runoff that could test President Donald Trump's influence and the limits of the backlash against him. Democrat Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old former congressional aide ...

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In this Jan. 20 file photo, President Donald Trump dances with first lady Melania Trump at the Liberty Ball in Washington.  Big money from billionaires, corporations and a roster of NFL owners poured into Donald Trump’s inaugural committee in record-shattering amounts, to pull off an event that turned out considerably lower-key than previous inaugural celebrations.

Huge indeed: $107 million in donations for Trump’s inaugural

WASHINGTON — It was huge. Big money from billionaires, corporations and a roster of NFL owners poured into Donald Trump's inaugural committee in record-shattering amounts — to pull off an event that was considerably lower-key than previous celebrations. That leaves a bit of a mystery: ...

Tymeson leaving Iowa Veterans Home

Iowa Veterans Home Commandant Jodi Tymeson has announced she is departing the Iowa Veterans Home. The Iowa Governor's Office confirmed Thursday that Tymeson has accepted the position of director of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs. Her new duties begin May 1. Tymeson has been ...

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UnityPoint Health Waterloo President and Chief Executive Officer Pam Delagardelle pauses to take a question Tuesday at the Marshalltown Rotary Club weekly meeting at Elmwood County Club. Delagardelle was invited to talk about Central Iowa Healthcare becoming part of UPH-Waterloo.

Delivering healthcare

In the four and one-half years since being appointed as UnityPoint Health Waterloo CEO and President, Pamela Delagardelle and associates have successfully taken on many challenges. On Tuesday, the former nurse told the local Rotary Club they are ready to take on another, as UPH-Waterloo ...