Todays News

Church covered up priest’s abuse of 50 boys

FORT DODGE — A Roman Catholic diocese acknowledged Wednesday that it concealed for decades a priest’s admission that he sexually abused dozens of Iowa boys — a silence that may have put other children in danger. The Rev. Jerome Coyle, now 85, was stripped of his parish assignments in the ...

Williams remembered as having ‘soul of a king’

Lori Williams said her son Derek Williams had the ‘soul of a king’ and was a special person. Derek, who was from Marshalltown, died Monday in a rollover accident on his way to work. Derek was a 2008 MHS graduate. He was a football and track star, breaking numerous school records in his ...

One dead after single-vehicle accident

One man died following a crash Monday morning near Ackley in Hardin County. Derek Williams, 28, died as a result of the accident. Sheriff Dave McDaniel said the single-vehicle crash was reported about 6:30 a.m. near 181 mile-marker on Highway 20. It was determined Williams was driving a ...

Youth & Shelter Services looks to the future

Youth & Shelter Services of Marshall County has placed a bid to purchase the building currently housing the Marshalltown Police Department. YSS of Marshall County was displaced following the July 19 tornado. Since Aug. 10 it has been headquartered in the basement of the Marshalltown ...

Courthouse Holiday Stroll light display approved

Tuesday morning, the Marshall County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve a limited light display on the courthouse lawn for use during the annual Holiday Stroll slated for Nov. 17. Again this year, the Holiday Stroll will be co-chaired by mother/daughter designers Debra Hippler ...

Dan Gable to spend afternoon in Conrad for book signing and talk

CONRAD – Legendary wrestler and coach Dan Gable will visit Conrad on Nov. 4 as a part of Museums on Main Street. Conrad Chamber - Main Street Executive Director Krista Grant said Gable will be appearing from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the BCLUW High School for a talk and book signing event. ...

State Center trick-or-treat

All kinds of monsters, creatures and more make their way down Main Street in State Center Tuesday night to pick up candy and celebrate Halloween.

Man arrested on theft of lottery tickets

Two convenience store videos were key evidence giving authorities cause to arrest a Grinnell man earlier this week on charges ranging from theft to burglary to possession of burglar’s tools. Dillon Cherokee Eagle Cook, 21, was arrested and taken to jail by a Marshall County Sheriff’s ...

July 19 tornado claims another tree

A workman with Marshall County Tree Service attaches a cable around the base of a giant red oak tree in the backyard of the Florenz Kapuan property in the 700 block of West Main Street earlier this week. Kapuan said authorities determined the tree is the largest red oak in the state. ...

Young restaurant entrepreneur has eyes on future

The July 19 tornado knocked Garrett Goodman’s business down, but not out. Post demolition, only basement walls remain of The Flying Elbow, 25 N. Center St. (formerly The Corner Tap location). During The Flying Elbow’s two-month tenure, it was known for its wrestling-themed gourmet hot ...

Hubbell: ‘We have a big choice’

Two state-level Democrats worked to inspire supporters Monday with about a week to go until the mid-term election Nov. 6. Retired businessman and gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell spoke to a group at the Marshall County Democratic Party headquarters about why he thinks he should be the ...

East Marshall student bringing toys to hospital children

LE GRAND — East Marshall High School sophomore Andrew Abramson knows exactly what it is like to be stuck at the hospital during Christmas. He also knows how much joy a gift can bring over the holidays and is leading an effort to get toys and supplies to as many University of Iowa Stead ...

Marshalltown police warns of ‘car-wrap’ scam

A new variation of the fraudulent check scam has appeared locally on Facebook and other social media outlets, said Capt. Chris Jones of the MPD. “We received a report from a potential victim late last week” Jones said. “Luckily this fraud was caught before any money had been ...

Color changes

The leaves of hickory and oak trees are the only species retaining a bit of vivid color on Oct. 25. The leaf petioles are now fragile enough that if the next few days have strong wind,  leaves will be fluttering down to the forest floor. This image was made over Mormon Ridge as seen from an ...

Insect Zoo exhibit at the library

Kids get up-close and personal with a tarantula, one of many creepy-crawly visitors that were brought for the Wild Kratts Halloween Party, at the Marshalltown Public Library Monday. The spider and other bugs were part of the Iowa State University Insect Zoo exhibit.

Work release inmate failed to report back

FORT DODGE - Timothy Warren Pittman Sr., convicted of robbery second degree and numerous other crimes in Marshall County, failed to report back to the Fort Dodge Residential Facility as required Monday morning said Iowa Department of Corrections officials. Pittman Sr. is a 49-year-old black ...

Priest returns to Marshalltown as pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church

For Rev. Alan Dietzenbach, being assigned as parish priest of St. Mary Catholic Church feels like coming home. As a seminarian, he spent the summer of 2010 as an apprentice at the church, under the tutelage of Rev. Jim Miller. A native of the northeast Iowa town of St. Lucas, he grew up on a ...

Hoglan student exemplifies creativity, respect

From dancing to drawing pictures and reading to helping other students, Hoglan fourth-grader Addison Reed impresses school staff. Addison’s interest in creative pursuits is evident. She said she enjoys music class because it gives her a chance to dance, while art class takes the mantle as ...

Deidre DeJear stumps in Marshalltown

Deidre DeJear, Democratic candidate for Iowa Secretary of State, said two things make her stand out from her opponent: a desire to mobilize voter turnout and find ways to create incentives that allow small businesses in Iowa to thrive. A native of Mississippi, who currently lives in Des ...