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UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown launches new website


UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown’s website has a new look! The new website offers many new and updated features, which include:

• Ease of use – the new site has updated search features making it easier for patients and families to search information.

• Expanded find a doctor and find a clinic – individuals may search for a doctor or clinic based on location or specialty.

• Responsive design – the website will automatically resize based on the user’s device.

“The patient and family experience at UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown is very important and we feel our services extend to our website and social media channels,” said Dustin Wright, president and CEO, UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown. “The improvements that we’ve made will make it easier for our patients and families to get the information they need, when they need it.”

See the changes at

AARP Iowa names Tetzloff to the Executive Council


DES MOINES — AARP Iowa State President Chuck Betts has announced three new Executive Council members for 2018 and Phil Tetzloff, of Marshalltown, was among the trio. The AARP Iowa Executive Council is a team of volunteers from across Iowa who provide leadership to support the implementation and execution of AARP priorities statewide.

Tetzloff represents Iowa Retired School Personnel Association members on the Executive Council. He holds a doctor of education degree from Drake University, and has been an instructor in Waterloo, Adel and Marshalltown schools, and a consultant for the Midwest Learning Resource Center through Drake University. Tetzloff was president of the Adel and Marshalltown Education Associations and the Iowa Council for Exceptional Children and is an active member of Mid Iowa Antique Power Association.

The AARP Iowa Executive Council is co-chaired by volunteer State President Betts, of Keokuk, and State Director Kent Sovern. Other council members include Don Corrigan, of Des Moines, Ro Foege, of Mount Vernon, Robert Foster, of Coralville, Doug Lehman, of Sioux City, Mary Muehl, of Cedar Rapids, Susan Olson, of Ames, Dean Pederson, of Cedar Falls, John Peterson, of Ankeny, and Mike and Deb Rusher, of Council Bluffs.

AARP Iowa Executive Council members work with staff and volunteers to provide ongoing strategic direction for state programs, advocacy and community engagement in support of AARP priority issues. Executive Council terms are two years, and members may be reappointed twice. AARP has nearly 380,000 members in Iowa. For more information, visit

Johnston authors third book


With the release of her third novel, Marshalltown native Debby L (Langland) Johnston once again brings her readers to the small mid-western town of Cherish. That’s where the young, city-born Rev. Andy Garrett serves his first church–and where he finally gets his boots dirty. A new country vet drags Andy on some eye-opening farm calls and picks his brain about wooing the church’s youth director. The ongoing father-son drama of the series also comes to an inspiring and satisfying resolution, with transformation and healing.

Published by WestBow Press (a division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan), Cherish: Create in Me a Clean Heart is available in print and digital form through usual online sources, and can also be ordered from the local Stepping Stones Christian Bookstore in Marshalltown.

In book three (Cherish: Create in Me a Clean Heart), the Garrett family tries to heal, but progress is agonizingly slow. And life takes an unexpected turn that proves to be a blessing.

For more information about Johnston’s books, visit the author’s website at

Sodders part of National Security Forum


STATE CENTER — State Center Mayor Steve Sodders has been invited to participate in the upcoming 65th annual National Security Forum at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala.

The event, hosted by the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air War College, is a collective of key civic leaders, senior military officers and highly-experienced government civilians on current and future topics pertaining to strategic leadership, strategy, national security and decision making, warfighting and global security.

Sodders, a deputy with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and a former state senator in the Iowa Legislature, was selected, in part, because of his law enforcement and legislative experience.

Numerous discussions, seminars and lectures are part of the three-day event, slated for May 8-10.

Officials said the forum is designed to broaden attendees’ perspectives and attain a mutual understanding on topics of interest concerning diplomatic, information, military, economic and cultural instruments of power in a lecture and seminar environment with NSF guests and alumni, AWC students and faculty, senior multinational military officers and highly-experienced government civilians.

Sonshine begins 2-3 year-old ministry


Sonshine Preschool Ministries’ new program that is starting will provide a service to the community. A preschool/childcare program for 2-3 year-olds called Jump Start will be added to the current preschool curriculum.

The primary focus of the Sonshine Jump Start program is to provide quality Christian-based childcare for 2-3 year-olds. Jump Start is a full-day program including center play, learning activities, physical activities, snacks and naptime. Focus will be learning through play with planned curriculum during the morning hours. Physical activities will be interspersed throughout the day to provide active learning and development of large-motor skills. The start date will be June 4.

Sonshine Preschool is located in the First Baptist Church, 700 E. Olive St. For more information go to or call 641-753-3082.

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