Todays News

A bird named Hank

Hank the bird gives a whole new meaning to the term “frequent flyer.” A wild guinea fowl, the creature spends much of his time wandering the grounds of Crestview Apartments, located at 202 N. 2nd Ave. “Once he started coming, he was here all the time. He goes to everyone’s window ...

Benson assumes auditor post

“We’re really looking forward to getting her on board.” Marshall County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Dave Thompson, along with the rest of the board, praised incoming Marshall County Auditor-Recorder Nan Benson at Tuesday morning’s regular meeting as she was officially appointed ...

Private insurance company to leave Iowa’s Medicaid program

DES MOINES, Iowa — An insurance company that helps run Iowa's new privatized Medicaid program is withdrawing its participation after less than two years, state officials announced Tuesday, a move that highlights failed negotiations between the company and the state over future coverage ...

Getting ready for college

About 150 Marshalltown High School juniors and seniors gathered at the MHS-Community Auditorium Tuesday morning to see University of Northern Iowa President Mark Nook. He discussed the benefits of going to college and what preparations interested students need to make before taking the next ...

City: Pay parking tickets and library fines now

Procrastinators, and those thinking the city is going to ignore delinquent library fines and parking tickets are in for a surprise — one that will hit them in the pocketbook. The surprise: If those fines and tickets are not paid by Dec. 1, one can expect to have their Iowa income tax refund ...

State Center-based clean water group resolute to supply South Sudan

Under normal circumstances, three Marshall County residents and a South Sudanese native from Omaha, Neb., would have been preparing for a Nov. 4 departure to South Sudan, Africa. Their mission: Under the auspices of the State Center-based Wellsprings Mission, teach villagers in Old Fangak, ...

First guilty plea, indictment of Trump aides in Russia probe

WASHINGTON — On a black Monday for Donald Trump's White House, the special counsel investigating possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump presidential campaign announced the first charges, indicting Trump's former campaign chairman and revealing how an adviser lied to the FBI ...

Spookiest house in Marshalltown?

Trick or Treaters beware, the house at 1502 Summit Street may be the spookiest in Marshalltown ... even in daytime. Residents Dawn Pieper and Steve Lash have gone to great lengths with “climbing” skeletons, tombstones, the evil clown from “It,” sound effects and more. “Dawn gets the ...

Former IVH Commandant Jodi Tymeson to retire

DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Executive Director and former Iowa Veterans Home Commandant Jodi Tymeson announced her retirement last week. Her last day at IDVA will be Nov. 17. “I am grateful for Gen. Tymeson’s tireless advocacy for Iowa’s veterans and their ...

A skilled trades tour

A little more than a year out from the 2018 midterm election, Democratic candidate for governor Fred Hubbell visited Marshalltown Community College Tuesday to discuss skilled trades and jobs. “We have so many jobs that are open across our state,” the retired businessman said. “It’s ...

50th anniversary Harvest Ball slated for Sat.

It’s been a tradition for 50 years. The annual Harvest Ball benefiting St. Francis Catholic School promises an evening of magic, good food and the chance to raise money for the school. The festivities will kick off on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Impala Ballroom, with doors opening at 5 p.m. for ...

Coming together to clean

A cool, drizzly Sunday afternoon didn’t stop several families from meeting at the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA, where they split into teams to pick up every piece of litter they could find for CommUNITY Clean-Up Day. Their efforts were rewarded with pizza provided by Not in Our Town, and volunteers ...

Stepping ahead with STEM

“We’ve had a number of STEM opportunities for kids; we’re really looking to enhance what we’re doing in the STEM field.” It was announced earlier this week that Marshalltown Learning Academy was one of 19 STEM BEST (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) grant recipients ...

First grader gained four reading levels in four weeks

Antonio Martinez Ramirez, 6, a first grader at Rogers Elementary School, is known as a polite, hardworking young student. He has put in great effort to not only improve his reading skills, but develop into a voracious reader. “He started his year reading below grade-level, and in just four ...

New ‘futsal’ courts are installed at West End Park

TIMES-REPUBLICAN Recent weather conditions are not ideal for soccer, or most outdoor recreational activities. But when they are, Parks and Recreation Director Anne Selness and staff will be anxious to see how area futsal/soccer players respond to the recent installation of the new “Sport ...

Pumpkin Fest in Conrad

Conrad’s annual Pumpkin Fest was held this week along Main Street with numerous activities for kids of all ages. Activities included pumpkin and cookie decorating, guessing the weight of a pumpkin, a hayride, cake walk mask making and crafts plus the hit of the evening “slime making.” ...

Community Schools Menus.

All menus include milk. Menus may be changed without notice. BCLUW Breakfast Menu Monday — Scrambled eggs, Toast, applesauce, juice Tuesday — Breakfast pizza, mixed fruit, juice Wednesday — Cheese omelet, toast, juice, applesauce Thursday — Muffin, yogurt, Mandarin oranges, ...

Senior Center

The noon meal is also available to seniors who are homebound through their Home-Delivered Meal Program. Weekday meals are offered to people 60 years of age or older and spouses on a contribution basis. Those under age 60 must pay $8.28. Food stamps are accepted. For holidays, weekends and ...

‘Understand, and accept and learn’

“How can we welcome new Iowans to our communities?” That was the topic of focus during the Des Moines Register “Changing Iowa” panel discussion Thursday evening at the Midnight Ballroom, and the Register’s Iowa columnist Kyle Munson led the proceedings. “For a lot of reasons, ...