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McConnell said Trump ‘fed lies’ to mob about Biden election

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell opened the Senate on Tuesday saying the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol was "fed lies" by the president and others in the deadly riot to overturn Democrat Joe Biden election. McConnell's remarks are his most severe and public ...

FBI: 2nd Iowa man arrested in Capitol breach investigation

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man was arrested Monday by federal agents on suspicion of being among those who stormed the U.S. Capitol during a deadly pro-Trump insurrection on Jan. 6. The FBI in Omaha, Nebraska, said in a news release that Leo Christopher Kelly was arrested on a federal ...

A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases

The race against the virus that causes COVID-19 has taken a new turn: Mutations are rapidly popping up, and the longer it takes to vaccinate people, the more likely it is that a variant that can elude current tests, treatments and vaccines could emerge. The coronavirus is becoming more ...

Page two: MHS well represented at Capitol

The halls of the Iowa Capitol are crawling with Bobcats. Marshalltown High School sent two students to the Capitol as legislative pages for the 89th General Assembly. Senior Mary Kate Gruening is working in the Legislative Services Agency and recent graduate Abbey Welden serves as an assistant ...

Exterior work completed on Iowa barn moved to new site

DUNCOMBE — When the first rays of the morning’s sunshine strike the east side of Matt and Libby Mitchell’s barn, they stream through the frost formation on the windows, casting orange spots of light onto the opposite wall. Downstairs, where the animals were once kept, that sunshine ...

FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack

WASHINGTON — U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event. The ...

Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration, hoping to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status, a massive reversal from the Trump ...

FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack

WASHINGTON — U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event. The ...

Fisher, Cahill move forward on plans for legislative session

State lawmakers representing districts in Marshall County started work at the Iowa Capitol wrapped up the first week of the 2021 legislative session, but their work has only just begun. State Rep. Dean Fisher (R-Montour) has served the 72nd district for the past seven years, while newly ...

Powerball grows to $730M; Mega Millions to $850M

DES MOINES — Lottery players have another chance to win big next week since there were no winners of the top prize for both the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots in their most recent drawings. The Powerball jackpot grew to an estimated $730 million after no one matched all five ...

Small numbers of protesters gather at fortified US capitols

Small groups of right-wing protesters — some of them carrying rifles — gathered outside heavily fortified statehouses around the country Sunday, outnumbered by National Guard troops and police brought in to prevent a repeat of the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol. As darkness ...

Heavy fortified statehouses around the US see small protests

Small groups of right-wing protesters — some of them carrying rifles — gathered outside heavily fortified statehouses around the country Sunday, outnumbered by National Guard troops and police brought in to prevent a repeat of the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol. As darkness ...

Nonprofit sprouting from recent disasters

A new nonprofit organization is being built in response to the impact of recent natural disasters on low-income residents. Raymond Correa, a 32-year-old general contractor in Marshalltown, is looking for candidates to act as a board of directors for Rural Development and Dilapidated Housing ...

Mayor Greer extends mask mandate

Mayor Joel Greer has extended the citywide mask mandate he originally issued in November. The mandate was set to expire Friday. It requires every person in Marshalltown to wear a mask covering their mouth and nose when in public indoor settings, using public transportation and outdoors if ...

‘Lovely’ snow woman

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Garza sisters Kellynna, 3, and Aleighna, 2, of Marshalltown, took advantage of the abundance of snow on Friday. They watched through their window Thursday night, hoping for huge amounts so they could build a snow fort and a snow woman. The girls designed the snow woman ...

White Army vet charged in shooting Black girl at Trump rally

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A white military veteran shot and wounded a 15-year-old girl when he fired his gun into a car carrying four Black teenagers during a tense confrontation at a Trump rally near the Iowa Capitol last month. Michael McKinney, 25, is charged with attempted murder in the ...

Rep. Cahill recaps eventful week at Iowa Capitol

The first week of the legislative season was a busy one for freshman representative Sue Cahill. The start of the 89th General Assembly kicked off with maskless protestors in the rotunda of the capitol building in Des Moines. The demonstrators were protesting mask orders ahead of the first day ...

Winter weather advisory remains until 6 p.m.

Marshall County residents should continue exercising caution when out and about on Friday, as the winter weather will continue until 6 p.m . As the western half of Iowa gets pummeled by a blizzard, the western half will get up to 2 inches of snow. Travelers can expect slippery road ...

10 new cases confirmed in school district

The Marshalltown Community School District confirmed 10 new cases of COVID-19 among students and employees on Friday: • Total cases among students: seven • Total cases among staff: three Previous reports and the number of cases include Jan. 8, 16 cases; Jan. 5, one case; Dec. 27, seven ...