Tornado Recovery

Lennox to rebuild in Marshalltown

TIMES-REPUBLICAN Lennox will rebuild its Marshalltown facilities that were destroyed by the EF-3 tornado that tore through the city on Thursday. Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer plans to make the official announcement at the city council meeting tonight. “I’m so excited, I could pee my ...

Marshalltown is resilient

After meeting with business and community leaders in Marshalltown today, I continue to be heartened by the resilience of Iowans. There are so many stories of goodness. Each is unique, and yet at the same time, just one of many where neighbors, businesses, community organizations and even our ...

Historic Coliseum severely damaged

No damage from the EF-3 tornado is apparent to Marshalltown’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum as one looks due south from State Street. But it is a cruel deception. Most of its roof is gone, which sheltered a lot of the facility. Only blue sky seen through white structural supports gives the ...

Be good neighbors to those in need

It is devastating to see the spiral on the top of the iconic Marshall County Courthouse fall to the ground in a major tornado that swept through your town. More critical is the destruction of homes, businesses and other property. This community is very fortunate, given the intensity of the ...

#MarshalltownStrong

We thank our Y members for their understanding and flexibility while we work together to help with recovery. We are proud to be part of this community!

Services from the school

The tornado that tore apart a chunk of Marshalltown last week hasn’t stopped Marshalltown Schools from providing free meals to kids this summer — the district is also providing free counseling services for storm victims. Despite continuing to provide meals, district Food Service Director ...

Landfill, compost center see post-storm influx

Playground equipment in streets. Trees rammed through houses. Debris everywhere. That was the scene immediately after an EF-3 tornado shook much of northern Marshalltown last week and residents are now taking charge of cleaning up their property. “The City of Marshalltown is picking up ...

Message of hope among devastation

Driving by Marshalltown residents cleaning up debris and storm damage in the north part of town, Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper asked people how they were doing and if they needed anything. One pair of residents sitting in lawn chairs outside their home that was falling apart laughed ...

Community updates from Monday

TIMES-REPUBLICAN Here are community updates from Monday. CURFEW There was a curfew again Monday starting at 9 p.m. and going until 5 a.m. Tuesday. The curfew only applies to the downtown area and other storm impacted areas. The south side of town is not part of the storm zone. Check the ...

Taking in the destruction

At a bird’s eye view, you can see where a regular Thursday afternoon turned into a disaster. As I flew over town with T-R correspondent Garry Bradenburg, you could see things you just can’t see on the ground. From the sky, it looks as though Godzilla came through, smashing things in a ...

Iowa nice

Teresa Cowan greeted the Sanow family with tears and a hug Sunday morning. They aren’t old friends. They don’t even know each other. The Sanows — parents Tim and Traci, and their adult children Jake Sanow and Dema Giardino — drove hours from their homes in Ireton and Ankeny to pitch in ...

We must rebuild

I'm an eight-year bargaining-unit employee of Lennox here in Marshalltown and a UAW 893 union member. The Lennox facility is badly damaged and we can't work for a while. I was in a shelter inside the building when the tornado hit and thankfully no one was hurt. I daresay perhaps we had luck and ...

Lennox will rebuild in Marshalltown

Lennox will rebuild its Marshalltown facilities that were destroyed by the EF-3 tornado that tore through the city on Thursday. Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer plans to make the official announcement at the city council meeting tonight. "I'm so excited, I could pee my pants," Greer said. Gov. ...

Minnesota Nurses Association statement on Marshalltown tornado

Nurses in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin who are members of the Minnesota Nurses Association stand with community residents, hospital staff, and patients affected by yesterday’s destructive tornado in Marshalltown, IA. As the union representing nurses at UnityPoint Health in Marshalltown, ...

Marshalltown tornado updates for Monday

CURFEW There will be a curfew again Monday starting at 9 p.m. and going until 5 a.m. Tuesday. The curfew only applies to the downtown area and other storm impacted areas. The south side of town is not part of the storm zone. POWER Alliant has repaired the gas system in town, spokesperson ...

How was no one killed by the Marshalltown tornado?

Amidst the materialistic devastation experienced from Thursday’s tornado in Marshalltown, from shattered windows to totaled cars, yards filled with destruction and roofs or walls no longer protecting inhabitants from the severe conditions outside, there was one thing that was not lost in the ...

City: Priority one is to clear streets of debris for emergency responders

Nearly 72-hours after the devastating tornado touched down, Marshalltown city crews were still working at a feverish pace Sunday to clear streets in a multi-mile area north of Boone Street, identified by Marshalltown police as most severely impacted. It includes significant portions of east ...

An immediate response

The calls for help began as soon as the EF-3 tornado that tore through downtown Marshalltown Thursday dissipated — those calls were answered. “We had our secretary, Karen, and a few employees from Diamond Vogel came over ... we sheltered in our building,” said Marshalltown Fire Lt. Nic ...

Downtown businesses look to the future

With the widespread devastation that’s been felt over the last several days, downtown businesses find themselves in varying levels of disarray. Aaron and Michele Buzbee own Zeno’s, 109-111 E. Main Street, a pizza eatery that has been in operation since 1952. “We’re unable to really ...

Updates on community recovery

Curfew There was a curfew again Sunday starting at 9 p.m. and going until 5 a.m. Monday. The curfew only applied to the downtown area and other storm-impacted areas. The south side of town is not part of the storm zone. Check the city's Facebook page for continued updates on ...