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Freedom wins World Cup for America

Megan Rapinoe’s strength lies in her fierce athletic prowess, of course, and also in her oh-so-American ability to speak clear-eyed truth, especially to power. In response to questions about what she wanted after leading the U.S. women’s soccer team to its second consecutive and fourth ...

Strengthening rural Iowa

Iowa is a great place to live. Its economy is strong and the quality of life it affords has few equals anywhere in the nation. Even so, some of our state’s rural communities aren’t fully sharing the generally upbeat prognosis for the Hawkeye State’s future. Gov. Kim Reynolds is ...

Downtown master plan provides path to revitalization

With the official approval of the downtown master plan approved by city council this week, the future of downtown Marshalltown has never looked brighter. This plan is collaborative in nature, requiring the cooperation of public and private entities alike. We are happy to endorse this master ...

Celebrate Marshalltown Strong

The staff members of the Times-Republican consider ourselves lucky. Each day we get the opportunity to impact our community — the town we live in, shop in, dine in and work in — through providing information and offering a space for dialogue. It’s a role we are honored to serve in and we ...

‘Welcoming and inclusive’ is on all of us

Being welcoming and treating all people with dignity is essential to good character — but it’s also good from a leadership perspective. In its strategic plan, the city states the importance of Marshalltown being a welcoming community. Leaders from the Iowa Business Council and UnityPoint ...

Senior citizens deserve city-sponsored recreation

Last month the Senior Citizens Center director announced the organization will have a permanent home in the Fisher Community Center starting in June. Like many organizations impacted by the tornado last year, the center’s leaders had to quickly figure out where they would go and what their ...