Our town, our people — Fauna Nord


“Our town, our people” is a weekly Q&A with a local resident who is active in the community. Have a suggestion for someone we should talk to? Email T-R news editor Emily Barske at ebarske@timesrepublican.com. 

Fauna Nord is a realtor at Premier Real Estate and has lived in Marshalltown for 47 years.

Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: “I am passionate about making sure that Marshalltown grows, that Marshalltown thrives and that I can help in different ways: to raise fundraisers and help support different things.”

Q: What community activities do you participate in? 

A: “I have participated in many. Currently, I sit on the Friends of the Orpheum Board and I sit on the Business Distinct Board (MCBD). I was in Assistance League, which raises money for Marshall County, past president of the Board of Realtors, (and) me and Kelly, my business partner, were co-chairs of the United Way.”

Q: What do you enjoy about the community? 

A: “I enjoy the fact that my roots are here. And, so I’m very connected to a lot of different people, and that makes me feel warm and safe.”

Q: What changes do you feel need to be made in the community? 

A: “Well, I think we need to work on the tornado, and in the end, I think it’s been a blessing because it’s going to help our Main Street look renovated. It’s going to help some of the businesses do a lot better because I think it will be a lot prettier and so it’s going to help generate more revenue for everyone down there. I think we’ve got to continue to get along, and find ways to continue to find unity between all of us no matter what race, religion . . . no matter what.”

Q: What social stigma do you wish you could change in general? 

A: “Well I think it’s a lot better. When I grew up, it was mostly Caucasian, and we’ve had a lot of influx of somewhere around 40 to 60 different nationalities. So, I think that it’s been a change for people to grow with that. But I think it’s getting better and better, and I think everyone wants to try to accommodate everyone.”

Q: What advice would you pass on to a young person? 

A: “Study. Study. Study. When you’re going through school and find different interests in your life, that helps you become a lot more dimensional. And be kind to everyone.”