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A staycation in Marshalltown is possible

Through the years the word “staycation” seems to get thrown around more and more. This year, it seems that the notion to vacation close to home has really come to the forefront. Is it really possible to have a staycation in Marshalltown? Yes, it is. Did you know we have a wide variety ...

Volunteerism: Why it’s important to give back

The definition of volunteerism according to Dictionary.com is “the practice of volunteering one’s time or talents for charitable, educational, or other worthwhile activities.” Volunteers have an enormous impact on the health and well-being of Marshalltown, surrounding communities, and ...

What ruined Donald Trump?

If the Trump family had never existed, someone would have invented them. Indeed, they’d have been right at home in some over-the-top TV soap produced by Aaron Spelling. As depicted in “Too Much and Never Enough,” Mary L. Trump’s lacerating new portrait of her uncle Donald and the ...

Threats won’t end people’s virus anxieties

Give an extra tug on your seatbelt. The next couple of months will be rough ones. The new school year starts in a few weeks. Not surprisingly, with the coronavirus still sickening and killing people in Iowa, what normally is a time of much excitement has become a time of great anxiety. Our ...

Hose water

Imade an uncanny observation the other day while watering the garden. Hose water tastes EXACTLY like it did 60 years ago. I ‘spose it makes sense because not that much has changed in the hydro world. Oh, hose tends to be plastic or fabric now as compared to rubber, and water is treated ...