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The City of Marion plans to mark the anniversary of the derecho on Tuesday, Aug. 10 with a series of events. The events are intended to honor the anniversary and reflect on the progress that has been made.

Venture Academics, an innovative project-based learning model launches this fall. Led by the Linn-Mar Community School District, this community based program is a partnership with Marion Economic Development and Community Promise. Venture Academics allows students to earn high school credit …

Amy Carey of Marion, and Svetlana Acas of Iowa City, both employees of Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, have each been awarded a $3,500 scholarship from the Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF), which is supported by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA).

For her last act at Marion’s Heritage Center & Museum, executive director Lynette Brenzel will be presenting “The Fuel Question” as the fall exhibit, exploring the role Marion’s peat bed played in both the local and national fuel shortage, in 1866, after the Civil War. Brenzel will explo…

Uptown Getdown will return Thursdays in August from 5:30 – 9:00 pm. The concert series will temporarily move to Lowe Park, 4500 N 10th St, in 2021 to allow for additional space and alleviate congestion near the construction zone in Uptown Marion. Enjoy family fun and great food at the Klopfe…

Chase Krug, 2021 Linn-Mar graduate, is a finalist for one of the National FFA Organization’s top achievement awards: is one of four remaining students from across the country vying for the FFA American Star in Agribusiness.

Linn County is pleased to announce the Mental Health Access Center has expanded its walk-in hours effective today. Individuals 18 years of age and older who are experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis can walk into the Access Center without an appointment and receive help Monday…

Diane Bean, retired Linn-Mar teacher, received the Iowa Service Award from the Iowa Reading Association earlier this summer at a ceremony at Reiman Gardens in Ames. The Iowa Service Award is given for unusual and distinguished service to the Iowa Reading Association. She continues to substit…

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Marie Sigworth, 97, and known as “The Hat Lady” was patching the cement floor in her basement before she opened the door and invited me in. Made of native lumber from the Marion area and built by local contractor Harvey Etzel, Sigworth’s house in Marion has been her home for the last 61 year…

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Marion Independent School District (MISD) principals put a positive spin on what they all agreed was the most stressful year in the district’s history

The City of Marion will host “Pop-Up Acts” in the Uptown Artway this summer on a series of Friday evenings. Enjoy free live music from the Uptown Artway or the patio of a nearby business on July 30, Aug. 6, 13, and 20 from 5-7 p.m.

Every three to five years, the Together! Healthy Linn collaborative led by Linn County Public Health assesses the health needs and assets of the community through a Community Health Assessment (CHA). A community survey is one tool that is used as part of the assessment process.

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City facilities have reopened and normal operating hours have resumed. Marion City Hall has changed its hours of operation to be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and members of the business community may continue to conduct City business online, by phone or via email.

For three hours a day, two days a week, Marion’s elderly population has a place to go: the new Marion Community Center. Open on Monday and Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to noon at Squaw Creek Baptist Church, 44th Street. The center started operations Monday, July 5.

The Linn-Mar Community School District announced recently that Linn Grove Elementary School has achieved Level 1 certification in Marzano High-Reliability Schools.

Hy-Vee, Inc. announced the addition of Dr. Daniel Fick to the Hy-Vee leadership team as its chief medical officer. In this role, Fick will help oversee all of Hy-Vee’s existing health and medical initiatives and the development of new services and offerings to improve the overall health and …

Marion Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) announced the completion of the first Marion Community Build, a home rehabilitation program of Community Promise. The effort was a partnership together with the City of Marion, Marion Independent School District, Linn-Mar Community School Distr…

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Chamber ambassadors and community leaders came together on Monday, July 12, to celebrate the completion of a portion of the CeMar Trail project. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on the reconstructed former railroad bridge that spans Indian Creek. The trail is part of a project that will …

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Driver’s License and Identification Services Bureau has become aware of text messages being sent to Iowans under the guise of confirming information related to your driver’s license or driving record. Please be advised that these messages are misleadin…

Rainbow Boulevard and S 11th Avenue, Hiawatha, will experience temporary road/lane closure for the installation of storm sewer and water main piping, starting Monday, July 26. Traffic will be reduced to one lane on Rainbow Boulevard and S 11th Avenue during utility installation.

The City of Marion has hired a contractor to assist with the large-scale removal of more than 1,000 tree stumps in the right-of-ways resulting from the derecho storm and prior.

The City of Marion has taken the next steps in the search for a new city manager. While the city had a job description for this position, it had not been updated since the current city manager, Lon Pluckhahn, was hired 14 years ago. Both the job and the city have changed since that time. The…

Kelsie Hoth and her husband have owned the building at 743 10th St, Marion, for a few years, pondering what to do with it. The result? Frydae, serving street fries, with ice cream or yogurt. Beginning Tuesday, July 13, the food establishment expanded its hours and is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. T…

Lon Pluckhahn, Marion’s city manager, was not particularly looking for a new job, he said, when a friend put the deputy city manager’s job in Vancouver, Wash. on Pluckhahn’s radar.

Travis Jon Fulton, 44, of Parkersburg, an inmate at the Linn County Correctional Center, was found unresponsive on Saturday, July 10, at approximately 3:58 a.m. While performing a routine cell check, correctional center staff found him unresponsive in a dormitory style cellblock. Fulton was …

As Marion’s engineering department plans street repairs throughout the city, the issue of what to do with the eight blocks of bricks in the street around Uptown Marion has been the subject of discussion at several City Council meetings. Badly in need of repair, the streets are difficult to d…

The Grill Works, located in Uptown Marion, has been selected as a finalist in the state Open 4 Business competition through the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). Finalists are awarded an $8,000 grant with a chance to win an additional $20,000 at the final pitch competition August 2…

As the community ages and the infrastructure diminishes, it becomes necessary to establish a storm water enterprise revenue fund and offset the cost of repairs and maintenance.

On Tuesday, June 29, at 6:04 p.m., Linn County Sheriff’s Deputies, Linn County Sheriff’s Rescue, Marion Fire Department, and Area Ambulance responded to a report of a two car collision on Hwy 13 and County Home Rd. Responders arrived to find that a silver Audi had gone through the intersecti…

Petitions are now available for anyone wanting to run for city council or school board seats. There are three seats on the Linn-Mar and Marion Independent school boards up for election, as well as three seats on the Marion city council, and two seats each for Hiawatha and Robins. Candidates …

Linn County is in the early stages of a website redesign and invites the public to be part of the process through a short online survey. As part of the update process, it’s important to hear from Linn County residents. Understanding how residents and businesses currently use the website, any…

State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald recently awarded a $1,529 College Savings Iowa contribution to the Kula family of Marion. Addilyn was randomly drawn as the Grand Prize winner for the 2021 College Savings Iowa 529 Day Giveaway.