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Todays News

Sheriff: Eastern Iowa man accidentally shot self, died

RAYMOND — An eastern Iowa man has died after accidentally shooting himself over the weekend, authorities there said. Black Hawk County Sheriff's deputies were called Saturday night to a house in Raymond for reports of a shooting and found Brent Schaefer, 36, with a gunshot wound. ...

Backfill loss means budget season starts early

The annual budget season is already a taxing stretch for Marshalltown city staff and the city council. With the imminent loss of backfill payments from the state, City Administrator Jessica Kinser said conversations about the budget will happen sooner than usual. Since 2013, the state has ...

79-year-old fisherman found dead on southern Iowa lake

DES MOINES — A fisherman died Friday while on a boat in a southern Iowa lake, authorities said. The Appanoose County Sheriff's Office said the 79-year-old man died on Rathbun Lake, about 90 miles southeast of Des Moines. Authorities received a report of an unresponsive person in the ...

Another COVID side effect: Many kids head to summer school

With her three teenagers vaccinated against COVID-19, Aja Purnell-Mitchell left it up to them to decide whether to go back to school during summer break. The decision was unanimous: summer school. "Getting them back into it, helping them socialize back with their friends, maybe meet some ...

Donation calls attention to Riverside Cemetary’s plight

A donation to Riverside Cemetery seeks to bring eyes back to the beloved Marshalltown location. Members of Marshalltown High School Class of 1964 donated $2,200 to Riverside Cemetery on Friday. Vic Hellberg of Hellberg’s Jewelers helped organize the fundraising efforts and said he hopes ...

Suspect may have goaded traffic stop

IOWA CITY — A man charged with killing an Iowa State Patrol sergeant during a standoff may have instigated the violent confrontation by goading an officer with whom he was angry to chase him, a police report shows. Michael Lang sped by Grundy Center reserve officer Cody Niehaus on a main ...