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Todays News

Iowa voters can register at age 17

A new twist to the election this year is that 17-year-olds in Iowa can register to vote. However, they need to be 18 by the time of the general election. As long as they are 18 by Nov. 3, 2020, registered 17-year-olds can also participate in primary elections and caucuses. The new rule ...

Felon arrested for possession of firearms

Julio Cesar Garcia, 28, Marshalltown, was arrested by local police Sunday and taken to jail on charges of dominion/control of a firearm by a felon, a Class D felony; reckless use of a firearm-property damage; interference with official acts; and child endangerment. Garcia was seen by ...

Organizers of RAGBRAI cut ties with newspaper

IOWA CITY — Organizers of the popular summer bike ride across Iowa are cutting ties with its longtime sponsor, the Des Moines Register, amid backlash over the newspaper’s handling of a story. The four staff members who work full-time running the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride ...

Gov. Reynolds forms panel to study criminal justice bias

ANKENY — Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday that she plans to push lawmakers to pass a constitutional amendment that would restore voting rights for felons next year and that she tasked a new working group with making recommendations for removing racial bias from the criminal justice system and ...

Submariners’ Memorial Highway Dedicated

Three Marshalltown sailors who died on submarine duty in peace and war were remembered on Monday at the Iowa Veterans Home. During the ceremonies more than 3,500 Americans including 129 other Iowans who also perished on submarines were remembered. Charles Norman Langdon, John Joseph Marino ...

School district buckles down on safety laws

Within the last week five drivers in Marshalltown have ran school bus stop signs, raising concerns for the safety of students getting on and off of the buses. Marshalltown School District transportation director Rex Kozak said bus drivers are reporting violators on a daily basis. “I ...

City councilor ‘I think the city is spending too much money right now’

Fourth ward councilor Al Hoop said “I think the city is spending too much money right now,” at Monday night’s regular city council meeting. “I think we need to slow down.” Hoop was specifically referring to a resolution to fix a date for public hearings on loan agreements in a ...

Historical walking tour slated for Oct. 20

Anyone with an interest in history will enjoy the History Mystery Walking Tour on Oct. 20. Hosted by the 13th Street District, people will go on a 90-minute excursion with Riverside Cemetery historian Dorrie Tammin. Christine Isom, 13th Street District board member, said the board has done ...

Local orchard turns year-round business

Despite the difficult weather this year the season is going well for Appleberry Farm and owners Dave and Kelly Mason. The apples even survived the weekend’s frost and harvest fans braved the colder temperatures on Sunday to pick a variety of fruits and pumpkins. “The weather has been up ...

Three Bridges ideal location for spooky stories

Editor's note: Lana Bradstream and daughter Kiera are going on paranormal hunting adventures during the month of October without expensive paranormal equipment – just a camera, some imagination, logic and their eyes. The goal is to see if they can figure out how a location came to be ...

Ginseng hunters say secrecy part of their hobby

CEDAR RAPIDS — Like morel mushroom hunters — or maybe even more so — ginseng diggers are quiet about their hobby. If you’ve got a secret spot where you find the red-berried plant with roots worth more than $700 per pound dried, you don’t want someone else getting there ...

Japan looks for missing after typhoon, warned of mudslides

TOKYO — Rescue crew dug through mudslides and searched near swollen rivers Monday after a typhoon caused serious damage in central and northern Japan, leaving dozens of people dead or missing. Typhoon Hagibis unleashed torrents of rain and strong winds Saturday that left thousands of homes ...

Blacksmith hopes to attract more people to shop

HAVERHILL — Once a month blacksmithing is alive and well in Haverhill. Phil Cox and John Hall, both of Marshalltown, were present at the Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop on Saturday. Cox was helping Hall with a forging project and said anyone who is interested in learning the art of ...

2 locals to be honored at Iowa Latino Hall of Fame

A prominent and late Marshalltown resident and a retired educator will be two of several honorees inducted into the Iowa Latino Hall of Fame Oct. 19 in Des Moines. Special Ambassador Carlos Portes, who died in Marshalltown in June, and Jan Mitchell, who taught at Marshalltown High School for ...

Annual sale raises more than $7,000

The annual Assistance League Fall Thrift Sale on Friday and Saturday was a success, raising more than $7,000. The money will be distributed to various causes in Marshall County. Liz Wise, the chair person of the event this year, said the sale had a nice turnout with at least 300 people ...

State Center-based WellSprings Missions supported by Action Against Hunger

Time waits for no man. Nor does it wait for people to act. Not waiting has been a group of Iowans, Alaskans, and others volunteering time and resources working to provide clean water to South Sudan in Africa. A number of years ago, they created WellSpring Missions (WSM), and established ...

Sprinkles of kindness fall on Marshalltown drivers

With smiling, happy children waving, followed by honks galore, dozens of Anson Elementary School “sprinkled happiness” for an hour at the South Third Street and East Anson Street intersection. Students stood at the intersection’s four corners from 2 to 3 p.m. with educators and staff ...

Boarding school owner can question accuser’s history

IOWA CITY — The founder of an Iowa boarding school for troubled youth will get another chance to try to discredit a student whose testimony helped convict him of sexual abuse charges, under a court ruling issued Friday. The Iowa Supreme Court ordered a hearing that will allow Midwest ...