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Thank you Marshalltown

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As July 19 gets closer, we recall, with gratitude, the people of Marshalltown. We lived at the Embers and were without a home. Passing other residents we heard about the generosity of the Willows. We managed to secure a room there and quickly picked up a few items we thought we would need, ...

Little crimes, big crimes

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“I can’t imagine why you’re bothering me when there’s rioting in the streets.” — Dr. Whiteface “Ah, well ... we shall deal with that later. But Captain Vimes always told me, sir, that there are big crimes and little crimes. Sometimes the little crimes look big and the big crimes ...

United Way Golf Tournament a great success

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On behalf of the Marshalltown Area United Way we would like to say thank you to everyone who came out and supported our golf tournament on June 26. Due to the generous support of our community we raised approximately $8,200. A huge thank you to Gary Schaudt and Sage Point Financial once ...

Returning to campus, Post COVID-19: Our Approach

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During normal years, discussing a return to campus plan all summer might seem a little excessive. But, as you know, 2020 has been anything but normal. This year we are planning to re-open for fall with a deliberate focus on staying open. We are working hard now so the community, students and ...

So now, Karen’s got a gun.

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To be clear, her name wasn’t actually Karen — it was Jillian Wuestenberg. But Wuestenberg’s behavior — while with her husband, Eric Wuestenberg, she drew a gun on a black woman and her daughter in a parking lot near Detroit last week after she and the girl inadvertently collided — is ...

Thank you for your support

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This has been a strange year. So many events canceled, such as the Iowa High School and Junior High Rodeos, the 18th annual Cowboys In the Sky Sid Roseland Memorial Calf Roping and Steer Wrestling event. However, we received enough donations to award three scholarships. So, from the bottom ...

Farmer turns art into cash crop

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With commodity and livestock prices being what they are, many farmers are looking at alternative crops as a possible solution for soft markets. Hemp, aronia berries and different cover crops are being experimented with. One farm family, Randy Schnebbe and his wife AJ (Amy Jo), south of ...

JBS invests $2.7 million to support local projects

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Last week, food company JBS USA announced a commitment of $2.7 million to Marshalltown to address needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and to invest in the future of our city as part of its Hometown Strong initiative. I stand with other local leaders who welcome this investment in ...

We need a global green New Deal

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The global economy is collapsing. When the pandemic began, experts at the International Monetary Fund predicted that we would see the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. This week, they announced that it will be even worse than they thought. This disaster comes into a world ...

$529K awarded to support children

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With a keen focus on improving the lives of children age prenatal through five, the Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Board has awarded funds for the upcoming fiscal year. Utilizing funds from Iowa’s Department of Education and Health and Human Services, early childhood programs in ...

Many could be honored who aren’t traitors

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The sun was drooping close to the tree line as the day wound down in southern Pennsylvania eight years ago. A retired U.S. Army officer, now a historian, led a group of business people from across the nation — I was one of them — onto the hallowed ground there in Gettysburg. The national ...

How do elderly benefit?

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A couple of years ago on a day the Iowa legislature announced a $70 million surplus I sent a letter to my legislator in each political party. I requested them to pass a bill to eliminate property taxes for the elderly living in their homes when they reach age 65 or else reduce the amount ...

It’s not a debate: Wear a mask

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If you’re still opposed to wearing a face mask in public, this column is for Very Special You. I don’t mean that sarcastically. One of us believes we’re magically immune to this highly contagious virus, and it sure isn’t me. I’ve never felt that special a day in my life. So, lucky ...

John Wayne: Iowa’s cultural icon or a ‘rotten SOB’?

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Some California Democrats want Orange County to strip John Wayne’s name off their airport because of some racist and homophobic things he said in an interview. Wayne, of course, was born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset in 1907. He became one of the most successful actors in history. He ...

Stop eminent domain

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Letter to the Editor, Farmers, Ranchers, Landowners, and anyone interested in the consequences of government officials making decisions that harm others, Eminent domain is the process used to take your private property to be used for what the government determines to be more beneficial. It ...

Nation’s food supply at risk

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Most people take for granted that grocery stores will always be full of food. But when foreign nations reduce trading with America and weather disasters decimate crops, the nation’s food supply will be in peril. American agricultural dominance dominance has steadily eroded. Its share of ...

Support our law enforcement professionals

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It’s been brought to my attention that elected officials are being far too silent when it comes to supporting our law enforcement professionals during this period of civil unrest and protest. The point is well taken, and I intend to change that right now. We the citizens of this great ...

City starting new fiscal year

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Happy New Year, or happy new fiscal year that is! July is always an exciting and busy time at the City of Marshalltown as we end one fiscal year and start another. This translates into a lot of work for the Finance Department, as they can now start to prepare for an audit of the year that ...

Legislature accomplishes a lot before closing

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The legislature adjourned for the year on Sunday, June 14. This year’s session was definitely different than previous years. While we didn’t get to all the legislation we wanted, we were able to accomplish a lot in the time we did have. Before we paused the session in March, the Senate ...