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Community support makes successful Trunk or Treat

Recently the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary Post #46 hosted a Halloween celebration with great success. The event never would have been possible without the overwhelming support of the community. With heartfelt appreciation sponsors included: Mitchell Family Funeral Home, ...

Proposed use for the UnityPoint north

Why destroy a hospital that could be a safe place to treat the mentally ill, acute patients and ones who need medication management? Mary Greeley in Ames has an excellent hospital floor plan. I was there four times and saved. I especially found comfort in front of the big, south windows, warm ...

Donations to IVH make a difference

Thank you so much to those Iowans who graciously donate to the veterans and their spouses at the Iowa Veterans Home. All the extras we provide to our veterans and their families, are made possible through generous donations. Your Iowa Veterans Home staff do a great job supporting the 500+ ...

Marshalltown act of kindness

As were so many in Marshalltown who suffered loss from the tornado, my brother recently witnessed the grace of God directly. Due to the kindness of Adkins Roofing, my brother, Nov. 6, received a new roof on his garage at no expense to him. This is another example of how Marshalltown has pulled ...

The Lord is coming

Isaiah was one of the few preachers the Lord could rely on. God was pretty set on showing some justice to his people. From the beginning of sin, the world has waited for the day of “The coming of the Lord.” The Jews believed that in that moment, God would destroy the world and make right ...

MHS ‘Little Mermaid’ among the best of all

I have lived in Marshalltown for 39 years and have seen almost all of the high school musicals. I believe “The Little Mermaid” presented last weekend is among the very best of them all. Every part of the production was strong and that means the drama and music directors and the student ...

November is National Hospice Month

There comes a time in many of our lives when we either take or are given the responsibility of caring for a seriously or terminally ill family member. It is a hard job and unfortunately can be made harder by our confusing and fragmented healthcare system. November is National Hospice and ...

Support for our Educational Institutions

On November 5, when local voters head to the polls to elect School Board and City Council members, two additional measures will appear on their ballots: the revenue purpose statement for Secure an Advanced Vision for Education or SAVE continuation and the Iowa Valley Community College District ...

President keeps his promises

Our Commander-in-Chief and others made America great as our President promised when he ran for President and if this great feat doesn’t re-elect him in 2020 nothing will.

Iowa DOT grant used at MCC

I recently attended a presentation on the Iowa Valley bond referendum at my Matins Kiwanis Club meeting. I appreciated the information shared and more importantly, I appreciated receiving more information about where the college received its funding last year to widen the north entranceway ...

IVCCD asks voters to reconsider $32 million bond issue

Last spring after interviewing for the Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Chancellor role, my husband and I drove back to Solon impressed with the people and communities we had visited. The drive included a conversation about the April bond referendum and the extensive facility ...

School district finance director explains Nov. 5 measure

MARSHALLTOWN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT REVENUE PURPOSE STATEMENT (Public Measure C) On Nov. 5, Marshalltown Community School District residents will be asked to vote on an amended Revenue Purpose Statement — Public Measure C — specifying the uses of the Secure an Advanced Vision for ...

One-way street position is important

City Council candidate Gary Thompson recently left a message on our phone, stating his position on downtown one-way streets. Thompson was very emphatic in stating that, “There is no reason for any one-way street downtown.” Perhaps he forgot about how you might drop off a letter at the post ...

I have a dream too

During his famous “I Have a Dream Speech” delivered on Aug. 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King Jr. stated: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their ...

Here we are Lord, send us

Eight hundred years before Christ, Isaiah was having an intense conversation. God had called him to “stand forth and hear the sordid history of the Jewish people.” It appears, according to heavenly wisdom, that animals knew their place in life but humans did not. (V. 3-4). God’s ...

Donations build Melbourne Library ramp

The Friends of the Melbourne Public Library and the Melbourne Public Library would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of our supporters throughout the state. The below foundations and trusts provided monetary support so we could replace our dilapidated ramp, deck and stairs. We have ...

Vote ‘Yes’ for the Iowa Valley Bond Issue

Please vote yes for the Iowa Valley Bond Issue. You might ask what is there for me in this bond issue. Students is the answer and students are the future. We all have a vested interest in the success of our students who are primarily from the MCC area and stay local after completing their ...

Problem with Public Option

Americans like to believe we have choices. Nice, but not always reasonable. The Public Option, a plan where one can keep the health coverage they have or obtain government insurance if they want, has been touted as the best “compromise” between a Single Payer System and that of our ...

Write-in candidates for City Council

After reading City Council meetings in the local paper, I then go to Facebook and get the rest of the story. I search for Mark Eaton’s post. When reading his post, I see he asks a lot of questions and gets very few answers at council meetings. Eaton lives in the fourth ward and some of the ...

Vote ‘Yes’ to the IVCCD bond referendum

On Nov. 5, the voters who live in the area served by Iowa Valley Community College District will have another chance to approve a $32 million General Obligation Bond. The bond failed to reach the required 60 percent majority by only a handful of votes earlier this year. The proceeds of the bond ...