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Todays News

Man charged with Williams’ murder held in Marshall County Jail

The individual charged with the murder of Michael Williams is being held in the Marshall County Jail. Steven Vogel, 31, of Grinnell and briefly of Marshalltown, was arrested on Friday by the Marshalltown Police Department - six days after Williams, 44, of Grinnell, was killed. Adam DeKamp ...

MPD seeking help identifying individual

The Marshalltown Police Department would like the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a person who may have information regarding theft investigations. The individual was last seen in Marshalltown on Monday. If anyone has information on the person, please contact the ...

Officials ID body found in burning ditch near Kellogg

KELLOGG — Authorities have identified a man whose body was found last week in a burning ditch in rural central Iowa. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said the body is that of Michael Williams, 44, of Grinnell. His body was found after authorities were called around 5:30 p.m. ...

Convict sues Iowa over prisons’ sex-abuse treatment program

Iowa’s Civil Commitment Unit for Sex Offenders is facing another legal challenge in U.S. District Court, this time by a man accused of plotting to kill his accuser after being inspired by an episode of “Breaking Bad.” Two convicted sex offenders, Christopher King and Mark Retterath, are ...

Board learning new education philosophy

New philosophies and approaches to education are being addressed in a book, which is being read by Marshalltown Community School Board members and district administration. The book is “Schools Cannot Do It Alone: Building Public Support for America’s Public Schools,” written by Jamie ...

Christian school holds annual picnic in pandemic

There were smiles all around at Marshalltown Christian School - but they were safely hidden under masks, and directed towards customers driving through in trucks.  As with most of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, Marshalltown Christian School has had to make changes to their yearly ...

F&J Racing postpones Blessing of the Bikes

Saturday was supposed to be the date of one of the long-standing charitable events held in Marshall County. However, much like many events planned to be held during the ever-changing world of COVID-19, the risks were too high.  The decision was made to postpone the Blessing of the Bikes - ...

Des Moines says no to governor’s demand for classroom return

DES MOINES — Students in Iowa's largest school system are facing the possibility that this most unusual school year could stretch into next summer, and the district could be hit with crippling bills because of a dispute with the governor over the safety of returning to classrooms during the ...

As more work from home, future of office space is unclear

DES MOINES — Mike Mallaro spent the better part of last year touring office space to lease or purchase for his growing company, VGM Group Inc., in Waterloo. The plan was to expand into at least 50,000 square feet of additional space, with the goal of adding hundreds of employees. Then the ...

Retired Fort Dodge teacher builds beds for children in need

FORT DODGE — A retired Fort Dodge educator has been spending the final days of summer constructing bed frames from his wood shop. It will be those frames, combined with mattresses, pillows and blankets provided through Athletics for Education and Success, that will give Fort Dodge children ...

MHS Homecoming royalty

Sergio Zaragoza and Milagros Barajas smile after being crowned 2020 Marshalltown Homecoming King and Queen on Friday. The coronation was held outside before the football game.

Candidate Forum — Christina Blackcloud, State Representative — Democrat

What do you feel are the three most important issues Iowa will be facing during your term as a state representative? How do you plan to address those issues? Education is the key. It’s the best thing we can do to set a solid foundation for our next generation of leaders. By connecting ...

Emergency Management Appreciation Week declared by Gov. Reynolds

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds declared Emergency Management Appreciation Week would be held from Sept. 21-25 this year. The declaration comes during Preparedness Month. This is not the first time there’s been an “EMA Week” during the month of September, Marshall County Emergency Management ...

Bunnies and Jams

Since 1989 Bill and Gail Thomas have operated their bunny farm. They offer both pet bunnies and a huge variety of jams, jellies and fruit butters. “We started in farmers markets in 2016,” said Gail. “We started doing farmers markets doing heirloom produce.” She makes 60 to 70 ...

Parks derecho recovery ongoing

Marshall County parks are still picking up pieces from the Aug. 10 derecho. The storm knocked down or damaged more than 50 percent of the trees in Riverview Park and closed down the majority of Marshall County’s parks. “All 22 city parks saw damage, at least a tree down or branches on ...

Candidate Forum — Dean Fisher, State Representative — Republican

What do you feel are the three most important issues Iowa will be facing during your term as a state representative? How do you plan to address those issues? The legislature works on many important issues simultaneously. The state budget is a high priority, maintaining a balanced and ...

7 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in district

As of noon on Friday, there were seven cases of COVID-19 confirmed among Marshalltown Community School District students and employees since the first day of school on Sept. 8: • Total cases among students: five • Total cases among staff: two MCSD officials believe it is crucial to keep ...

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women's rights champion who became the court's second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87. Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court said. Her death just over ...

COVID-19 brings different coronation, Homecoming game

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic and the Aug. 10 derecho has created a different year, Marshalltown Community School District officials are doing their best to give the student population a normal Homecoming. Valerie Corson, a Marshalltown High School counselor and co-advisor of the Student ...

COVID-19 claims two more lives in Marshall County this week

Two more lives were lost to COVID-19 this week in Marshall County. According to USAfacts.org there have been 20 new cases of COVID-19 which contrasts with the Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) COVID-19 website which reported 23 new cases of COVID-19. USAfacts is reporting a ...