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Shocked by Marshalltown tornado

I was shocked, even horrified, when I learned my former hometown had been hit by a tornado. Thank God nobody was killed. I understand the old Fantles building, and many others, were destroyed. The loss of the courthouse tower cupola was especially sad. In my new home state of Arizona we worry ...

Thank you from the Red Cross

More than 400 members of the American Red Cross came to Marshalltown in the days after the tornado hit on July 19. Members of the Red Cross here in Iowa were joined by Red Cross staff and volunteers from around the country as we joined many other agencies taking on the massive task of helping ...

Response: How do we achieve ‘trade policy that works?’

The first page of the T-R “Matter of Opinion “ section on Sun. Aug. 5 featured an “Our View” opinion piece entitled “America needs trade policy that works.” After more than a singular reading, I remained aware that the contributors to the article either voluntarily or more probably, ...

Thank you T-R staff for tornado coverage

Speaking for the Marshalltown community, I would like to express gratitude to the entire staff of the Times-Republican, from publisher to circulation, for the outstanding service they have provided during the past weeks. Early on Friday morning, July 20, I was so surprised and pleased to find a ...

MCT is wonderful for youth involvement

In May my daughter auditioned for a part in the Wizard of Oz. From the moment my 11-year-old daughter took the stage to audition, (while I white-knuckled it in my seat, watching) through to the final show, she was shown incredible amounts of patience, constructive criticism spoken to her at ...

MCBD asks for your tax dollars

MCBD - Marshalltown Central Business District petitioned the City Council to give $40,000 in grant money, previously earmarked for facade upgrades, to their organization for “operational expenses.” Operational expenses like wages. The MCBD is a non-profit 501c6 organization, just like the ...

The advance of technology

In the midst of an evening out, our family was talking about horses and how we totally depended on them just one hundred years ago. Those old-time folks walked everywhere they went. I remember a book that I read forty years ago. The author claimed that his facts showed technology changes every ...

Polluters should pay to cleanup water

My family went to Pine Lake State Park for a greatly anticipated weekend of camping, swimming and beach picnics. When we arrived we learned the water was unsafe due to bacterial contamination. How disappointing for the weekend, but how tragic for life! I’m happy to pay taxes to protect ...

Thanks to Central Iowa Fair open class exhibitors

Just over 100 exhibitors of all ages brought over 300 exhibits to the 2018 Central Iowa Fair Open Class competition. We had everything from vegetables to quilts to photographs. We would like to thank all the exhibitors for taking the time to share their talents. The photography division, ...

Appreciates tornado coverage

After the devastating Thurs. July 19 EF-3 tornado hit Marshalltown, the scars will show up for a long time. Marshalltown is a very strong community. It will come back. It will take time. Even though there is a lot of help from around the country, and within Iowa. More help will be on the way. ...

Shopping in Marshalltown

Recently my wife and I had a need for a couple of t-shirts to be stenciled for a bike ride. Younkers had been our “department store” of choice in the past, but no longer, so we went to JC Penny’s. What a very pleasant surprise we had there. The merchandise was abundant, well displayed, ...

Ernst and Grassley Democrats?

Please tell me, has Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley become Democrats? Watching C-SPAN and the news, Ernst and Grassley have become President Trump’s biggest critics. Did Ernst and Grassley vote for Trump who they are bellyaching about now?

It sounded like a freight train

It was late in the afternoon on July 19. It was a hot and humid day. I decided to head to the library after work, this was my normal routine. I let my parents know so they could pick me up after work. I was on the city bus just pulling up to get off. I noticed it was completely clear outside. I ...

Kudos and concerns at UPH-M South Campus

I received excellent care at the south campus yesterday. I was treated as a scheduled outpatient. They were extremely busy with emergency patients as well as their out patients. The staff were well organized and pleasant in lieu of all of the change that so many are experiencing in these most ...

Galaxy campaign achieves goal

Due to the generosity of many people in the community the Galaxy campaign for the CIRSI Foundation has achieved its goal of $40,000. As a result a wheelchair accessible van will be provided for the participants of CIRSI. Their lives will be enriched by being able to engage in more activities ...

#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!

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 ...

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, ...

Devasting storm

My heart and prayers go out to all Marshalltown. For many year,I worked on either Center Street or First Avenue, directly across from the Courthouse. I have relatives and many friends there and Marshalltown was a second home for me, living in nearby Haverhill. It is really hard to comprehend ...

Condolences from Texas

My name is Ronnette, and I was once asked to be the bride of a young man from Marshalltown. That was 30 or so years ago. He made quite an impression, and so did his absolute doll of a mother. I hadn’t thought of him, his mom, or Marshalltown in a very long time. Today, I heard the news, ...