Todays News

150th Quilt of Valor awarded to local veteran

The many talents of the Central Iowa Quilt Sew-ciety (CIQS) were on display Saturday at the local E-Free Church as 16 veterans received Quilts of Valor. Members of the CIQS devoted hundreds of hours of work to assemble the quilts each as unique as the veterans themselves. A standing room ...

Marshalltown looks to fill two vacancies

The sudden death of City of Marshalltown Transit Administrator Richard Stone last month leaves the city needing to fill two department head vacancies. Stone’s death was coupled with the August resignation of Parks and Recreation Director Ann Selness to accept the position of Spring Grove, ...

International students study at Marshalltown Community College

Marshalltown, Iowa may not come to mind for many people around the world as a place to come for an education, but that’s exactly what 74 students have done this year at Marshalltown Community College. Those students come from countries all over the world, bringing their life experiences ...

Local students’ photos on display at Grimes Farm

There’s a new art display up at Grimes Farm and Conservation Center courtesy of a group of local students. Marshalltown Community College art faculty member Tim Castle said the students worked hard on the project. He said the photos on display were “chosen to mostly fit the purpose of ...

Girls state swimming and diving meet kicks off Friday

There was already a group of tents pitched outside the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA Thursday afternoon — and with good reason. Some of the state’s best swimmers and divers will gather at the Y Friday and Saturday to compete in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Association State Swimming and ...

Records: Violations lead to Sodders’ resignation

State Center Mayor and former two-term state senator Steve Sodders resigned from the sheriff’s office in lieu of termination in July 2017, records show. Sodders, who will appear on Tuesday’s ballot for Marshall County Auditor/Recorder, dropped out of the race on Oct. 16, eight days ...

Marshalltown lawyer removes post calling his client a ‘terrible criminal’

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A Marshalltown lawyer representing a notorious Iowa murder suspect removed a Facebook post Friday in which he called another client an "idiot" and "terrible criminal" who deserved to be jailed. Marshalltown defense attorney Chad Frese said his post was being misinterpreted ...

Developer: New housing a win-win for Marshalltown

There were plenty of tasks for city staff after the July 19 tornado, but an application submitted to the Iowa Housing Finance Authority will be paying big dividends in April of 2019. City Administrator Jessica Kinser and Housing and Community Development Director made the application to ...

Drug Task Force arrests woman for meth possession

A Marshalltown woman was arrested Wednesday by the Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force on two felony drug counts, according to criminal complaints and affidavits filed in Marshall County District Court. The drug task force executed a search warrant on Sheila Kim Brown, 60, at a property in the 1000 ...

Mysterious ‘M’

The wall between the former Flying Elbow and Golden Land Asian Grocery store shows an outline that looks like at M after demolition.

Abuse cover-up over, priest leaves home next to school

FORT DODGE — A retired priest who lived for months next to a Roman Catholic school in Iowa moved out Thursday, hours after his history of sexually abusing boys became public knowledge following a 32-year cover-up. The Rev. Jerome Coyle left the Marian Home in Fort Dodge, Iowa, according to ...

Demolition & repairs continue

Heavy equipment from Lansing Brothers Construction of Luxemburg in action demolishing the former Golden Land Asian Grocery. The property was a victim of the July 19 tornado.

Marshalltown Senior Residences clean-up starts next week

Not long after the July 19 tornado broke-up near the Marshalltown Generating Station, forward-thinking residents said Marshalltown would overcome its devastation and become stronger and better. They may have been thinking about Cohen-Esrey Affordable Partners — among other developers — who ...

Harvest yields mixed results

It’s go time for most central Iowa farmers as they take advantage of a recent dry spell to get corn and soybeans harvested from the fields. Both United States Department of Agriculture stats and local information show farmers have prioritized getting soybeans out first and are now turning ...

Yoga for kids, ag program debuting at State Center library

 STATE CENTER - Gutekunst Public Library Director Mara Elder said her goal is to make people feel at home at the library. This means offering a variety of programming that encompasses the myriad of interests of its patrons. Yoga with Gutekunst, a program for adults, meets every Sunday night ...

Church covered up priest’s abuse of 50 boys

FORT DODGE — A Roman Catholic diocese acknowledged Wednesday that it concealed for decades a priest’s admission that he sexually abused dozens of Iowa boys — a silence that may have put other children in danger. The Rev. Jerome Coyle, now 85, was stripped of his parish assignments in the ...