Todays News

Gearing up for Oktemberfest in a new location

Following the tornado, the Oktemberfest board didn’t want to lose the annual festival despite the traditional location not being an option. Dex Walker and a team of volunteers made leaps and bounds in planning and relocating the festival in the wake of the July 19 storm that devastated the ...

Sharing the road during fall harvest season

Anyone who spent any time driving rural roads in Marshall County over the past few days has surely seen all the colors of the big tractors and farm machinery working the fields and driving on our roads. With the signs of fall starting to show, harvest is off to an earlier than average start. ...

Last 2 Quad Cities-area drive-in theaters survive

DELMAR — The road has not always been smooth for the one-screen drive-in movie theater off of Highway 61 in Delmar, Iowa. There have been plenty of ups and downs since 1972, when an over-coffee-conversation with a friend landed Dennis Voy with the keys to the 61 Drive-In. Back then, ...

A tail waggin’ good time

Saturday at Riverview Park, about 40 dogs and their owners enjoyed the beautiful fall day at the Animal Rescue League of Marshalltown's second annual Bark in the Park fundraiser. The event kicked off with a 5K walk/run on the trail by the tennis courts. A pet fair was held outside of Reunion ...

Cancer survivor ready to share her story

Tickets are still available for an event which is gaining status as a local fall tradition while making possible a life-saving service to uninsured or under-insured Central Iowa women. It is the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 4 at Elmwood County ...

Marshalltown native expands New York-based pasta company

WEST COXSACKIE, N.Y. — Getting to eat, sleep and breathe all things pasta has become a reality for Scott Ketchum. A native of Marshalltown, he and business partner Steve Gonzalez have recently expanded their pasta business — Sfoglini — whose products are made using only high-quality, ...

$2,000 donation by JBS and UFCW to fight mosquitoes

September brought a spike in college, high school and professional football games. It also gave Marshalltown area residents a spike in the mosquito population as warm temperatures mixed with heavy rains produced ideal breeding conditions. That was no secret to residents who had been outside ...

River could reach ‘minor’ flood stage

Those living on the north edge of Marshalltown along the Iowa River may have another fall flooding headache if waters continue to rise as predicted this weekend. For the second time this month, the Iowa River is set to rise high, potentially sending water into the floodplain. The National ...

Records: Suspect in golfer’s death struggled after prison

Police in an Iowa college town had repeated interactions with a troubled drifter in the weeks between his departure from prison and his alleged killing of a star golfer from Spain, records show. Ames police reports show that 22-year-old Collin Richards struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, ...

Department proposes fines over attacks on school workers

ELDORA — Iowa's state worker safety agency wants to fine the state Human Services Department more than $23,000, saying the department's school for delinquent juveniles isn't protecting its employees. The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in its Aug. 28 report that the ...

Argument leads to assault with keys

A Marshalltown woman was arrested by Marshalltown police for domestic abuse assault when she allegedly hit a victim in the face while holding car keys, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in Marshall County District Court. Amanda Lee Morris, 26, was arrested earlier this ...

Trying to stay dry

The high winds and flying debris only lasted a matter of minutes the afternoon of July 19, but the damage that tornado caused has proven difficult in many ways. Whether insured, underinsured or uninsured, many Marshalltown tornado victims are still without a sealed roof. With fall coming this ...

Thompson’s True Value temporarily relocating to Marshalltown Mall

Add Thompson’s True Value to the list of downtown businesses temporarily relocating to the Marshalltown Mall. Co-owner Dave Thompson said the business will occupy the mall’s north end next to Planet Fitness. Thompson has advertised via two large red banners on their existing store they ...

Marshalltown Police ask for help finding wanted man

The Marshalltown Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance as they attempt to track down 49-year-old Jimmy Austgen, who is wanted on several charges including forgery, theft, identity theft and unauthorized use of a credit card, according to a press release. Police describe ...

CommUNITY Unity Potluck slated for Sunday

Getting to know each other and sharing a meal together are both ways to create unity. The Immigrant Allies of Marshalltown’s CommUNITY Unity Potluck will focus on just that. The event will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Anson Park Shelter. “We want to get to know each ...

Marshalltown Strong, two months in

Several Marshalltown businesses, including Famers Savings Bank, 205 W. Main St., have incorporated the upbeat “Marshalltown Strong” message on their signs.

Times changed for Homecoming mini parade, carnival

There has been a slight change in timing for the Marshalltown High School Homecoming mini parade and the Cat’s Carnival next week, according to school district officials. The Cat’s Mini Parade is now set to begin 5 p.m. Sept. 26. The Cat’s Carnival will start when the mini parade ends, ...

Report details sexual misconduct by ex-ally of Iowa governor

IOWA CITY— An agency director who was a top ally of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds committed a range of sexual misconduct, harassment and inappropriate behavior that went on for years, an independent investigation concluded Thursday. Iowa Finance Authority Director Dave Jamison grabbed one ...

Ethics panel: Reynolds OK to take 9 rides on private jets

DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds did nothing wrong in accepting nine rides on private jets in the last 14 months, a state ethics board said Thursday, concluding they were legitimate in-kind campaign contributions allowable under Iowa's gift law. The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure ...