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COVID-19

District hosts in-person school registration

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of stories regarding Marshalltown Community School District’s Return to Learn plan.) More than 80 families registered their children for school at in-person registration at the Miller Middle School on Tuesday. Nora Ryan, director of human ...

Iowa auditor questions legality of Test Iowa reporting chain

Iowa’s auditor said Tuesday that a coronavirus testing program brought to the state under a $28 million no-bid contract by Gov. Kim Reynolds on recommendation from actor Ashton Kutcher is violating state law in the indirect way it handles test results data. Auditor Rob Sand said his office ...

School plan offers options for learning

Marshalltown Community School Board members and members of the Return to Learn committees discussed the plan for the upcoming fall school year for two hours during the regular Monday meeting. No action was taken. The district will offer two education options: • On-site learning for ...

Local salon is ‘busier than ever’

Salon owner Shawn Hovel said they’ve been “busier than ever” since reopening on May 14. “Our first 2 weeks (back) were like record weeks for the salon and we’ve been open since 1970,” he said. Hovel owns 19 Salon and Spa in Marshalltown, which offers services in hair, nails, ...

Reopening sees resurgence in self-care

The Reopening: Massage parlors, barber shops and salons see surge in business as they reopen their doors after months of being shut down Hair cuts. Massages. Tattoos. Pedicures. Manicures. These were just some of the luxuries lost as businesses faced mandatory shutdowns due to the COVID-19 ...

Iowa reports 35,002 coronavirus cases, 750 deaths in state

DES MOINES — The number of coronavirus cases in Iowa is now over 35,000. The Iowa Department of Public Health said the number of cases of COVID-19 grew to 35,002 at 10 a.m. Sunday. That is 503 higher than Saturday’s total. There have now been a total of 750 deaths in the state linked to ...

County case numbers increase by 26 since Friday

Marshall County has 1,096 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 26 cases since Friday. The number of recovered cases in the county is 946. On Thursday, the Iowa Department of Public Health COVID-19 website indicated 951 people had recovered, a decrease of two as reported by the state website on ...

Virus spread, not politics should guide schools, doctors say

As the Trump administration pushes full steam ahead to force schools to resume in-person education, public health experts warn that a one-size-fits-all reopening could drive infection and death rates even higher. They’re urging a more cautious approach, which many local governments and ...

COVID-19 not slowing down animal rescue efforts

The pandemic has had a great effect on the Marshalltown Animal Rescue League (ARL) and Marshalltown Strong TNR (trap, neuter and return), but both are still caring for animals in the area. Beginning July 9, the ARL will close to the public due to a staff member testing positive. Staff will ...

North Tama baseball season lost to COVID-19

Three days after the North Tama softball team saw its season end prematurely, the Redhawk baseball team suffered the same fate. Neither squad got to play its last game. North Tama head baseball coach Dan Kopriva confirmed to the Times-Republican on Thursday that his team’s campaign was ...

Marshall has 1,070 cases of COVID-19

Marshall County has 1,070 cases of COVID-19, an increase of five cases since Thursday. The number of recovered cases in the county is 946. On Thursday, the Iowa Department of Public Health COVID-19 website indicated 953 people had recovered. Marshall County is in the top eight counties in ...

Big Ten scraps non-conference football games

The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday it will not play non-conference games in football and several other sports this fall, the most dramatic move yet by a power conference because of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference cited medical advice in making its decision and added ominously ...

Racial discrimination lawsuit filed against JBS

An organization named Forward Latino and other groups from around the country filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against JBS and Tyson alleging racial discrimination during the COVID-19 response.  The lawsuit was filed by the Food Chain Workers Alliance, the Rural Community Workers Alliance, the ...

IVCCD board discusses bond, COVID response

Provost Robin Lilenthal spoke about the new college catalog for Ellsworth Community College and Marshalltown Community College. This allows students to explore programs, requirements for degrees and courses. It can also be accessed by parents, faculty and staff. Fourteen transfer majors have ...

Marshall County has 1,065 cases

Marshall County has 1,065 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 10 cases since Tuesday. The number of recovered cases in the county has risen to 953. Marshall County is in the top eight counties in Iowa with the highest COVID-19 cases. The others are Polk with 6,959, an increase of 278 since ...

CDC: Minorities affected more in meatpacking outbreaks

A new report studying the impact of the coronavirus on workers at meat processing plants has found that 87 percent of people infected were racial or ethnic minorities and that at least 86 workers have died. The report released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

Military recruiters overcome pandemic challenges

Nothing can stop a good soldier. Military recruiters have continued their search for new troops in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Guard and Marine Corps have a recruiting officer in Marshalltown and their staff has continued to search for young men and women who want to ...

Outdoor exercise offered during pandemic

With the temporary closing of gyms and the continued importance of social distancing, many have found it difficult to get exercise. In this time of high stress, being active is a great way to relieve anxiety and release endorphins which trigger feelings of pleasure. The Marshalltown Y has ...

Small business program scrutinized for loans to big firms

NEW YORK — Congress set aside $659 billion to throw a lifeline to small businesses and organizations side-swiped by the coronavirus pandemic and to help paychecks keep flowing to workers who might otherwise head to the unemployment line. Yet that’s not exactly how it worked out. Among ...

Renters face financial cliff ahead; limited help available

Renters are nearing the end of their financial rope. People who rent have largely been able to survive the initial months of the pandemic helped by unemployment and federal relief checks. But the extra $600 in unemployment benefits ceases at the end of July and local eviction moratoriums are ...