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COVID-19

Auditor’s office prepares for Tuesday primary

Marshall County’s primary is looking to have a higher turnout than the last two primaries. This year 5,200 ballots were requested to vote absentee and 3,600 ballots have already been mailed in as of Friday. Only 53 of those 3,600 came into vote, everyone else voted by mail. “We’ve had ...

Marshalltown Y starts phase 2 of reopening

Marshalltown’s YMCA/YWCA is closer to reopening completely. The Y is opening in phases and starting Monday the second phase will begin. “The opening is going well,” said Y executive director Carol Hibbs. The second phase will open the Y’s adult and youth locker rooms, drop-in child ...

Two new COVID-19 cases in Marshall County

DES MOINES — Marshall County only had two additional case of COVID-19 during the last 24 hours. As of Sunday, Marshall County has 894 cases of COVID-19, a rise of two cases. Marshall County dropped to sixth highest Iowa counties with COVID-19 cases. The other counties with higher ...

Non-4H, FFA 2020 Central Iowa Fair canceled

The 2020 Central Iowa Fair is canceled, except for 4H and FFA aspects. The Central Iowa Fair Board of Directors decided Thursday night to cancel all non-4H and FFA events during the annual event, which would have been held July 8-11 at the fairgrounds. Shannon Espenscheid, the fair ...

Owners, patrons happy to be back in Marshalltown bars

Marshalltown bar owners were more than happy to reopen doors to their businesses on Thursday. Customers walked through doors with smiles on their faces and greeted friends with fist bumps or elbow knocks. After being shut down since March for the COVID-19 pandemic, bar owners have struggled ...

White House punts economic update as election draws near

WASHINGTON — The White House has taken the unusual step of deciding not to release an updated economic forecast as planned this year, a fresh sign of the administration’s anxiety about how the coronavirus has ravaged the nation just months before the election. The decision, which was ...

42 new COVID-19 cases this week

EDITOR’S NOTE: The weekly COVID-19 Marshall County case report will continue to be available in the Times-Republican every Friday. The daily COVID-19 reports are available on the website, timesrepublican.com. New COVID-19 cases have slowed with only a double digit increase in Marshalltown ...

Non-4H, FFA 2020 Central Iowa Fair canceled

The 2020 Central Iowa Fair is canceled, except for the non 4H and FFA aspects. The Central Iowa Fair Board of Directors decided Thursday night to cancel all non-4H and FFA events during the annual event, which would have been held July 8-11 at the fairgrounds. Shannon Espenscheid, the fair ...

Marshall County has 891 cases

As of Friday, there are 891 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Marshall County, a rise of seven cases since Wednesday. Of the total, 511 Marshall County residents have recovered. Marshall County is in the top five counties with the highest COVID-19 cases. The others are Polk with 4,055; ...

Test Iowa COVID-19 testing in Marshalltown

The National Guard administers COVID-19 tests to the public as a part of Test Iowa at Marshalltown Community College on Thursday. Additional testing will be available from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday. People cannot just go there to get tested, however. Online assessments need be taken and, if ...

Test Iowa comes to Marshalltown

There is good news for Marshall County residents who would like to be tested for COVID-19. Starting Thursday, tests will be offered in Marshalltown through Test Iowa, which is an initiative dedicated to increasing the number of COVID-19 tests being administered. State leaders and private ...

History in the making as House casts proxy votes

WASHINGTON — It was a day for the history books on Capitol Hill: For the first time, House lawmakers voted by proxy, an unprecedented move to avoid the risks of travel to Washington during the pandemic. To mark Wednesday’s history-making moment, House Republicans sued to stop the ...

Marshall County has 884 COVID-19 cases

As of Thursday, there are 884 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Marshall County, a rise of five cases since Wednesday. Of the total, 504 Marshall County residents have recovered. Marshall County is in the top five counties with the highest COVID-19 cases. The others are Polk with 3,925; ...

Marshalltown city budget impacted by pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Marshalltown’s city budget.  While the budget items this fiscal year won’t be hit as hard, starting in July the city could be forced to increase the amounts it bonds to pay for necessary projects around Marshalltown.  “This is a new era,” ...

Congress shifts attention to overhauling small-business aid

WASHINGTON — Deadlocked over the next big coronavirus relief bill, Congress is shifting its attention to a more modest overhaul of small-business aid in hopes of helping employers reopen shops and survive the pandemic. Bipartisan legiTslation that would give small employers more time to ...

County departments opening by appointment only

Four Marshall County departments — auditor, engineer, recorder and treasurer — will begin opening on a limited, by-appointment-only basis. Auditor Nan Benson said she spoke with some department heads and said Jarret Heil would like the treasurer department open by June 2 due to the timing ...

Salons busy, fixing clients’ pandemic hair

Marshalltown salons have reopened, though everyone should continue taking precautions to avoid spreading the virus. Marla Grabenbauer of Marla’s Headliner on Main said her business has been busy since reopening. She said their books were quite full before they were required to close, so now ...

Public health conducted contact tracing in households

Contact tracing in Marshall County and across Iowa is being conducted by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and 150 members of the National Guard. Contact tracing is the process of connecting with people who have been in contact with individuals who have confirmed cases of COVID-19. ...

Resident artist uses work to spread pandemic message

Chris Clough of rural Marshalltown has turned his front yard artwork into a reminder for people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The chainsaw-carved bear sitting by his driveway bears an Iowa Hawkeye face mask and a sign stating “Safety 1st.” “It is a sign of the times,” Clough, a ...

Iowa sees surge of COVID-19 deaths

DES MOINES — Iowa saw a surge of COVID-19 deaths and coronavirus cases over a 36-hour period, with 10 additional deaths and 436 new cases confirmed by midday Monday. The state’s online dashboard showed 459 total deaths since the state’s first COVID-19 death two months ago. The state had ...