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Todays News

Family fun at the fairgrounds

The Central Iowa Fairgrounds is introducing a free summer concert series for families to enjoy in the coming months. Shannon Espenscheid, office manager at the fairgrounds, said the idea came about after the fair was canceled. They had already booked some entertainers who would no longer get ...

Marshalltown More than Ever

A new tagline to celebrate Marshalltown and bolster interest in the community was unveiled Tuesday in a virtual release on Facebook. "Marshalltown More than Ever" is the new city tagline, released by the Vision Marshalltown organization, along with a logo and marketing materials. The ...

Reopening brings increase in COVID-19

On Saturday, Marshall County reached 1,000 cases of COVID-19. A seven-day period saw 37 new cases of COVID-19 and cases continue to rise as more businesses and city buildings opened their doors to the public. As of Monday there were 1,011 reported cases in Marshall County, according to the ...

Futsal returns

Futsal players can rejoice. The futsal courts of Marshalltown will reopen 4 p.m. Tuesday at West End Park, according to the Marshalltown Parks and Recreation Department. The courts are open but will not be sanitized daily so players are being asked to use at their own risk. “We are ...

Second stimulus check or travel tax credit?

After a round of stimulus checks granted qualifying citizens money to help pay for living expenses and boost the economy, Americans may be wondering if a second round of payment could be on the way as COVID-19 continues to spread. Last week, President Donald Trump told a reporter for Scripps ...

Steady numbers in home sales

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — The pandemic changed the way people shop for houses, and in some cases, gave owners second thoughts about putting their property on the market. But it didn’t do much to slow down buyers. “Buyers were still in the market to purchase homes and were more than willing to ...

Large motorcycle rally in Algona worries local officials

ALGONA — A group still plans to hold a three-day motorcycle rally in northern Iowa that’s expected to attract thousands of bikers despite the concerns of local officials that the event could spread the coronavirus. Local officials usually welcome the annual Freedom Rally held on a farm ...

Property tax, motor vehicle deadline extended

 Deadlines for both property taxes and motor vehicle in the Marshall County Treasurer’s Office have been further extended in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a proclamation today that extends the deadlines to July 27th, 2020 for March 2020 ...

No pomp at graduation, but plenty of happy seniors

Not all of the 337 graduates attended the Sunday ceremony at the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse, but the ones who did still had large smiles on their faces. There were some moments of silence as the seniors slowly walked one-by-one to the small stage. Spots were marked on the floor for ...

Outdoors are calling

With the Fourth of July less than a week away, there is an extra emphasis on outdoor activities in the age of COVID-19 due to the open air as well as the ability to easily social distance. As such, a number of state parks have already opened while others plan to do so later this week, just in ...

More than 1,000 cases in Marshall County

Marshall County has 1,011 cases of COVID-19, a rise of 13 since Friday. The number of recovered cases in the county has remained at 616. Marshall County is in the top eight counties in Iowa with the highest COVID-19 cases. The others are Polk with 5,968; Woodbury, 3,147; Black Hawk, 2,070; ...

County parks see increase in usage

All outdoor recreational activities in Marshall County are open and a lot of people are participating. Marshall County Conservation Director Mike Stegmann said the county parks were never closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, even though the Conservation Center was and still is. Camping was ...

West Marshall grad on Lewis University 2020 Spring Dean’s List

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — Grace Girard, of Collins, was named to Lewis University’s Dean’s List for the 2020 Spring Semester. Girard is studying Forensic Criminal Investigation at Lewis University. Girard is a 2019 graduate of West Marshall High School.

Iowa reports 543 more virus cases

DES MOINES — Health officials report the number of coronavirus cases in Iowa grew by 543 to 28,478 on Sunday. The Iowa Department of Public Health said that as of 10 a.m. Sunday the number of deaths linked to the virus remained at 704, which was unchanged from Saturday. The state said ...

Mississippi set to remove Confederate emblem from its flag

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi is on the verge of changing its state flag to erase a Confederate battle emblem that's broadly condemned as racist. The flag's supporters resisted efforts to change it for decades, but rapid developments in recent weeks have changed dynamics on this issue in the ...

Eastern Iowa group wants to ensure all kids have a real bed

HOPKINTON — During church one morning, Keith Kramer glanced down at a bulletin that listed church updates. As he continued to skim the flyer, he noticed a sentence or two about an organization he had never heard of before. It had a brief description that mentioned providing kids with ...

Hy-Vee expands bagged salad recall to 13 products

WEST DES MOINES - Hy-Vee announced Saturday the expansion of a recall of its salad products due to possible Cyclospora parasite contamination. The recall now covers a total of 13 varieties of store-brand salad sold in the grocery chain's eight-state trade region of Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, ...

Detective retiring after 43 years

After 43 years, Marshall County Sheriff Detective Wade Ruopp is retiring. His last day on the job is Tuesday. “I don’t really have plans, but I don’t expect I will be bored,” he said. “I have six grandkids. I will take care of my home, take care of things I have been putting off for ...

Criminal fireworks becoming a problem

Illegal explosions are happening all over town. Despite a city ordinance passed in March 2018 preventing fireworks from being set off in city limits, Marshalltown residents have been letting their bombs burst in midair. “It’s been a big problem,” said Mike Tupper, Marshalltown police ...

Marshalltown residents burglarize Newton business

Early Friday morning, the Newton Police Department was called to S&L Auto in Newton because people were breaking in. Upon arrival, officers found Hunter Clark, 18, Drew Quick, 30 and a 15-year-old boy, all of Marshalltown. One subject fled on foot and was apprehended a short ...