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Marshalltown is a great place to send your students

Last week, the Marshall County Board of Supervisors held a special meeting that raised our eyebrows. The point of the meeting was essentially to ask if the Marshalltown School District would willingly host a bus pick-up and drop-off location for students who open enroll from Marshalltown to ...

Uncover your inner hero

If you weren’t aware of the Red Cross before Marshalltown’s tornado last July, you quickly saw the heroism the organization exemplifies in the aftermath of the storm. More than 400 of the organization’s volunteers came to town and vowed to stay as long as they were needed. And that they ...

The unsung heroes of winter

During a big winter storm, lots of people like to stay inside, sipping their favorite hot beverage while they watch the white stuff pile up outside. But one group of people goes out in every storm, and the work of these unsung heroes makes it possible for everyone to travel in snowy ...

How to achieve a ‘welcoming, vibrant and growing community’

Attracting visitors and new residents is becoming increasingly important for Iowa’s mid-sized and rural communities. Throw in an EF-3 tornado and those visitors or newcomers become vital to economic vitality. At last week’s city council meeting, councilors discussed support for the ...

It could happen here

One year ago, a momentous tragedy shook the United States. Seventeen students and staff were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on Feb. 14, 2018. It was not the first time such a tragedy had happened and it wouldn’t be the last time. Since the Parkland ...

Marketing Iowa’s products abroad is important

The marketplace for Iowa’s many agricultural and manufacturing products extends well beyond the borders of the Hawkeye State. Increasingly, international sales are an important part of the picture. That’s why Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig are taking part ...

Social media is not news, think carefully before sharing

rown and news of his death have shown that social media is a double-edged sword. Social media is a powerful and great tool, but it is no replacement for news. Sharing on social platforms is a great way to spread information and it’s an avenue news organizations use all the time. But too ...

Living with love in Corey’s honor

As journalists, it is our job to find out the who, what, when, where, how and most importantly the why of any given situation. We seek to provide our community with answers and explanations for anything that has happened. But sometimes we can never find a reason why. We are heartbroken ...

Legal information is public information

Once a year, all local governments in Iowa are required to publish a public notice in a newspaper listing the salaries of every one of their employees. Anyone who thinks public notices aren’t important or aren’t read by the average Iowan should visit their local coffee shop the day that ...

Community was Marshalltown Strong because of great leaders

Disaster response is both chaotic and frightening but it could not top the outstanding leadership of city and county employees in the wake of July’s EF-3 tornado. Thanks to that leadership, our community — while still suffering — is on the road to recovery six months later. As the ...

Mental health should be a state, local priority

Mental health is a stigmatized topic. Some don’t even believe mental illness exists. However, mental health issues have a grave impact on our community, state and nation and we need to address them and support those who are struggling. One in five adults in American experience a mental ...

Be kind, be aware in 2019

Kindness has been apparent from strangers and friends alike following the July 19, 2018 tornado. Without judgement and many times without being asked, people jumped in to help. It’s that spirt that helps make a community great for all. In 2019, we need to carry on that spirit with all our ...

2019 will be a year of REBUILDING

Many things happened in Marshalltown in 2018­ ­— the July 19 tornado being the most prolific of all the events. Our town showed resiliency and unselfish giving. Marshalltown Strong was the theme of the year. Days after the tornado, we wrote that much of Marshalltown’s history would be ...

Where is the outrage, Marshalltown?

Now is not the time to be apathetic about our taxpayer dollars. A report from the State Auditor’s Office on Marshalltown Schools shows a more than $645,000 hit after a former district employee failed to perform job duties. News that a school employee failed to make payroll tax deposits in ...

Thank you for your interest in ‘Ravaged’

We take our role in documenting history very seriously. Starting minutes after the July 19 tornado tore through Marshalltown, we’ve been keeping our community informed about the breadth of the devastation and recovery efforts. We’ve also thought long and hard about how best to capture this ...

Downtown development an opportunity to rebrand Marshalltown

Marshalltown has the chance to make lemonade out of lemons. The tornado destroyed downtown as we knew it, but it also opened a chance for rebuilding and rebranding. A community’s downtown is a key indicator of its success. A flourishing, vibrant, visually-appealing downtown makes life ...

Remember tornado victims during giving season

November and December tend to be a time of giving and generosity. People make philanthropic donations, volunteer their time, give food items and initiate supply drives. So many organizations in our communities are worthy of donations as they work on any variety of issues to help those less ...

Community, UnityPoint must find common ground

News that UnityPoint Health - Marshalltown would be eliminating its intensive care unit was another indicator of the cyclical issues the local hospital has faced. Simplistically, when businesses don’t make money, they can’t sustain all of their resources and when consumers believe an ...

An open letter to our newly elected officials

Political ads, campaign stunts and election surveys are finished for the time being. Now, it’s time for action. The residents of Marshall County expect our elected officials at the local, state and national level to work tirelessly on our behalf for the issues that matter most to us. We not ...