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Todays News

Bill aims to eliminate legal fees for accessing public documents

The Iowa Legislature is considering a bill that would prevent governmental agencies from charging citizens a fee to determine whether they’re entitled to see documents in the agency’s possession. The fees have been the subject of controversy for years. Under the current law, anyone who ...

Public breast-feeding pod debuts at library

On Tuesday, the Marshalltown Public Library debuted what might be the first public breast-feeding and pumping pod in town. A $13,000 gift from Marshall County’s 100 Women Who Care made it possible. Started in 2012, the philanthropic group has gained a reputation for making significant ...

Stop the bleed and save a life

The more people who know how to control bleeding in an injured patient, the better and Marshalltown Emergency Management is providing training called “Stop the Bleed.” Director Kim Edler said a 1B Healthcare Coalition grant allowed her office to do a series of training sessions in the ...

Green Mountain woman wins first place in photography contest

A family day trip which included a stop in Iowa’s Loess Hills led to Katherine Vogel of rural Green Mountain winning first place in a photography contest. Vogel’s photo, “Adventure in Loess Hills” features son Jase Vogel on a trail last summer. The image motivated Keep Iowa Beautiful ...

Understanding Iowa caucus procedures

The Iowa caucuses are essentially neighborhood meetings of the major political parties. The Democrats and the Republicans this year will hold caucuses in nearly 1,700 precincts across the state. Caucuses are not elections. They are the mechanism through which individuals show their support ...

Elected Marshall County officials to receive 3 percent salary increase

Marshall County supervisors, sheriff, auditor and recorder, attorney and treasurer were awarded a 3 percent salary increase at Tuesday’s regular board of supervisor meeting. The Marshall County Board of Ssupervisors voted unanimously to approve the following salary increases to county ...

Parks & Rec director reflects on 1-year anniversary

Marshalltown Parks and Recreation director Geoff Hubbard could not contain his excitement talking about his first year on the job. Hubbard, a Marshalltown native and 1989 Marshalltown High School graduate, said accepting the position was one of the best decisions he ever made. He ...

1000 Friends of Iowa award recipients

Contributed photo Barb Hagstrand and Jeff Mills accept an award for the Marshalltown Main Street Gallery Garden in the category of Stormwater Management from the 1000 Friends of Iowa. The award was given on Tuesday in Des Moines.

Locations for Democratic Caucuses on Feb. 3

The following Marshall County locations for the upcoming Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucuses on Feb. 3 have been announced. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for all locations. • Marshalltown 1-1: Woodbury Elementary School Gym, 8 N. Seventh Ave. • Marshalltown 1-2: Marshalltown Public ...

Gov. Kim Reynolds announces new bureau

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a new initiative Tuesday aimed at identifying and mitigating violence at schools, particularly as districts nationwide grapple with how to stay safe from potential shootings. Reynolds said during a news conference that she is launching a new bureau within the ...

12 Central Iowans departing for annual ‘March for Life’

Two Marshalltown women on Wednesday who are passionate about the pro-life issue are departing at noon Wed. on buses from New Hope Church to join with other Iowans traveling to Washington, D.C. They will join thousands of American pro-life supporters Friday for the annual March to U.S. Supreme ...

Resident helping plant seeds to make a difference

Gail Thomas is on a mission to provide healthy foods to people who might not be able to afford them. In October, she started soliciting seed donations from companies and individuals. This is the second year Thomas has taken on the task. “I do the Cartwright Farmers Market and I see a ...

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation declaring January as “Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month.” Reynolds has been actively involved in this issue for four years and serves as an honorary board member for the Network Against Trafficking and ...

Impeachment then and now: One Iowan’s view

When former U.S. Rep. Ed Mezvinsky was making his first run for Congress during the Watergate scandal in 1972, the question of whether President Richard Nixon should be impeached was not on voters’ minds. “As far as when we campaigned, the issue was what were the right hours for the ...

Controversy over the condition of the Raccoon River

A fight over the condition of the Raccoon River has spilled into the Iowa Supreme Court. On one side are Des Moines-based Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and the national nonprofit Food & Water Watch. In a lawsuit filed in March 2019, they contend the state has failed to protect ...

Inmate at halfway house arrested for possession of meth

Caleb Benjamin Fredrickson, 30, of Marshalltown was arrested by local police and taken to jail Saturday on possession of a controlled substance-third or subsequent offense, a Class D felony, and possession of contraband in a correctional institution. Capt. Brian Batterson of the MPD said ...

‘Beers Around the World’

Traveling the world is difficult and expensive — it’s out of reach for most Americans. However a Marshalltown craft brewery is embarking on a trip around the world that doesn’t even involve leaving the city. Iowa River Brewing Co. is starting a Beers Around The World promotion in 2020, ...

Acoustic band Bon Jecci enjoys performing genre-hopping music

They’re back on stage Jan. 25th at Wayward Social — and as their first gig of 2020 closes in, Marshalltown band Bon Jecci is happier than ever to be performing music. The duo consists of John Jacobson and Becci West, who then found a creative way to spin their names into a moniker. West ...