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Top regulator warns of COVID-19 hazards inside Iowa Capitol

DES MOINES — A top workplace safety regulator warned the Republican leaders of the Iowa Legislature that conditions inside the state Capitol are hazardous and may be exposing workers to the coronavirus, according to documents released Monday. Russell Perry, administrator of the Iowa ...

43 Iowa counties decline more vaccine as demand slows

DES MOINES — Nearly half of Iowa's counties have rejected new doses of COVID-19 vaccine because of a lack of demand, state officials said Tuesday amid a public information campaign meant to drum up interest in immunization. Forty-three of Iowa's 99 counties declined additional shipments ...

Insurer to pay $8M to Black man paralyzed by Iowa officer

IOWA CITY — An insurer for the City of Cedar Rapids will pay $8 million to a Black motorist who was paralyzed after a white police officer shot him during a 2016 traffic stop, the city announced Monday. The payout will settle a long-running lawsuit brought by Jerime Mitchell, 42, over a ...

JBS providing college, trade school tuition free

Marshalltown’s biggest employer is providing free college and trade school opportunities for their employees, including dependents of employees. Members of Marshalltown Community School Board heard from JBS Marshalltown General Manager Todd Carl at Monday night’s board meeting about the ...

Marshalltown clean-up day set for May 15

From 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., on May 15, Marshalltown residents can drop off large items at a dumpster site free of charge. The site is located at 1106 Marion St., or the JBS parking lot on the north side of Marion Street. Stone Sanitation will partner with the city again this year. However, ...

Leaders of Proud Boys ordered jailed on Capitol riot charges

A federal judge on Monday ordered two leaders of the far-right Proud Boys extremist group to be arrested and jailed while awaiting trial on charges they planned and coordinated an attack on the U.S. Capitol to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden's electoral victory. Joseph ...

First responder shortage ‘extreme’ in Marshall County

The number of volunteer emergency responders is dwindling nationwide and Marshall County is seeing the same problem. Emergency management coordinator Kim Elder has noticed a downturn in volunteerism during the last 10 years. An upswing does not appear to be imminent. “It’s ...

Iowa couple accused of abusing teen found zip-tied to chair

PLEASANT HILL — Authorities have charged a Des Moines couple after their 16-year-old special needs son was found severely malnourished and zip-tied to a chair at the workplace of his mother. That incident happened Feb. 22, when police responded to a call to a Pleasant Hill automotive ...

Controversy surrounds social topics in schools

Discussions of race, gender and sexuality in one Iowa public school district are raising questions about what content schools should be responsible for teaching their students. In February, as a part of Black History Month, Ames Community School District engaged in “Black Lives Matter at ...

FedEx shooter legally bought guns used in shooting

INDIANAPOLIS — The former employee who shot and killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis legally purchased the two assault rifles used in the attack despite red flag laws designed to prevent that, police said. A trace of the two guns found by investigators at the scene ...

Fauci says he expects J&J vaccine to resume later this week

WASHINGTON — The United States will likely move to resume Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine this coming week, possibly with restrictions or broader warnings after reports of some very rare blood clot cases, the government's top infectious diseases expert said Sunday. Dr. Anthony ...

Buying a home? Act now

Buying a home in Marshalltown is tough. Demand is no higher than it was a year ago, but the supply is exceedingly low. This market is something New Horizons Realtor Jeff Heiden has not seen in his 28-year career. Many of the listings he gets are only on the market for one or two days - then ...

MAMA DiGrado’s owners pass the torch

A Marshalltown favorite for Italian cuisine is getting new ownership. Longtime owners of MAMA DiGrado’s Pasta and Pizza, Dave and Kimi Hilsabeck, have announced they have accepted a buy offer and are in the process of transitioning. While the new owner is not ready to make their name ...

Willard’s closes its doors

Willard’s Furs and Fashions stood the test of time for more than 150 years but time has run out for the downtown staple. The store, which opened in 1864, closed last month after 157 years in business. Located at 36 W. Main Street, the business was passed down through five generations in the ...

Flags, people line funeral route for slain Iowa trooper

INDEPENDENCE — Hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the state and elsewhere saluted Friday as they filed past the flag-draped casket of Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Jim Smith, who was shot and killed last week while trying to arrest a man barricaded inside his home. The funeral, ...

Contaminated stall possible cause of Iowa Derby disqualification

The horse that failed a drug test after placing second in the 2019 Iowa Derby may have fallen victim to a worker who urinated in his stall. The circumstances surrounding the disqualification of the horse Shang are detailed in a new lawsuit filed by the horse’s trainer against the Iowa ...

Hiring is a challenge for law enforcement

Once again, law enforcement agencies in the United States are under scrutiny as the public reacts to the shooting deaths of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minn. and 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago and Army Lt. Caron Nazario being pepper sprayed in Windsor, Va. In all three cases, the ...

Church’s monthly donation event seeing success

Countless supplies of all kinds, Marshalltown’s Hope United Methodist Church have organized monthly drop-off events donating needed items to a diverse lineup of recipients. Approximately 475 books were collected for Hoglan Elementary School students at the April drop-off mission event ...

Marshalltown Fire Department announces promotions

Due to retirements in 2021, Marshalltown Fire Department will experience several personnel changes and promotions. In February, Lieutenant Nathan White was promoted to the rank of captain and Firefighter Curtis Raue was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. On April 12, Firefighter Jason Johnston ...