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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 ...

Simmons guilty of 3rd degree sexual abuse

Jamaine Simmons of Marshalltown was found guilty by a Marshall County jury of third-degree sexual abuse on Thursday. It is a class C felony and carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. Marshall County Attorney Jennifer Miller said prosecutors Sarah Tupper and Kate Austin tried the ...

7 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in district

As of noon on Friday, there have been 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 ...

Housing development in the works

A new housing development is being planned at East Southridge Road — at a time when new housing is needed in Marshalltown. Rosemont Companies LLC, from Cedar Falls, is hoping to develop approximately 15 lots in the area. The Marshalltown Planning and Zoning Commission held a public meeting ...

Fourteen more COVID-19 deaths in ‘red zone’ Iowa

Fourteen more Iowans reportedly died of COVID-19 on Wednesday, while the number of new infections hit 958. Wednesday’s death toll was the highest since Sept. 9, when the state recorded 19 COVID-19 deaths, and the number of new infections was the highest since Sept. 4. The White House said ...

Marshalltown starts work on Edgewood extension with $2.9 million grant

A lot happened Wednesday morning. Marshalltown started the extension of Edgewood Street and received an economic grant all before noon on Wednesday. Joel Frushone, Director of the Office of External Affairs and Communications in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development ...

County officials hope to resume construction soon

The Marshall County Courthouse has sat in limbo since suffering damage from the July 2018 tornado. Due to delays and issues with EMC Insurance, there has not been any construction done on the interior of the courthouse. Work will not be able to commence until October, according to Marshall ...

Reynolds defends using coronavirus funds for staff pay

JOHNSTON — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday there is nothing inappropriate about her decision to spend nearly $450,000 in federal coronavirus relief money on salaries for aides in her office, including her chief of staff and spokesman. Reynolds addressed the matter at a press ...

White House: Iowa should establish mask mandate

The White House coronavirus task force recommends Iowa establish a statewide mask mandate to reduce the community spread of COVID-19 in the state’s nursing homes, according to the task force’s latest report. Iowa remains in the “red zone” for its high number of COVID-19 cases, which ...