110 YEARS AGO June 15, 1911 Marion has a new park, which has been christened, “Elza Park” in honor of E. J. Mentzer, is located between the railroad switch track running to te supply yards and Fifth Avenue, between 17th and 18th Street.

What do a collapsible water bottle, a new kind of college dorm room storage unit, a light-weight folding table, and a protective casing for a gaming controller have in common? They were all brain-children of Linn-Mar’s version of the reality show Shark Tank.

The 2021 Memorial Day Service at the Marion American Legion Post 298 wasn’t just about the past, it was also about the future. There were the traditional presentations highlighting the sacrifices made by previous generations and the recitation of the Roster of the Fallen from past conflicts,…

The American Legion Post 298 Color Guard gives a 21 gun salute on Memorial Day, 2021, outside the Legion building.

Jill Woodring, owner of Rejuve Scalp Micropigmentation, located at 915 Eighth Avenue within Salon Bellezza, was the first hair stylist in the state of Iowa, and only one of three in the state, to offer scalp micropigmentation (SMP).

The Color Guard from American Legion Post 298 sends up a 21 gun salute outside the Legion building on Memorial Day, 2021.

Lynette Brenzel, the executive director of the Marion Heritage Center & Museum, has announced her retirement at the end of August. Brenzel has planned and directed the Marion Historical Society’s operations for the past nine years, including exhibits and programs on former Marion leaders…

Shirlee Mercer, 94, and her children Jim, 72, and Jan, 69, remember Marion the way it was in 1951. The city’s population then was 5,916 (it is currently 41,137), and black and white televisions were becoming more common in homes, airing shows such as “I Love Lucy,” “The Lone Ranger,” and “Th…

The Marion Public Library Board of Directors named William Carroll as the new library director, beginning Monday, July 26, as his planned first day on the job in Marion. He will be responsible for “managing the human resources, physical facilities, collection development, and development and…

The Linn County Conservation Department has won the 2021 Loren Horton Community History Award, given by the Iowa State Historical Society, for renaming Squaw Creek Park to Wanatee Park, it was announced Tuesday, May 25. The name was officially changed with the U.S. Board of Geographic Names …

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley visited Timberline Manufacturing in Marion Friday, June 4. Grassley and several members of his staff toured the 90,000 square foot plant on Blairs Ferry Road and participated in a Q & A with its employee owners.

The Uptown Marion Market season is set to begin Saturday, June 12, from 8 a.m until noon in a new temporary location at Eighth Avenue and 12th Street in Uptown Marion. Over 25 local vendors with fresh produce, wine, honey, baked goods, and artisan items, will be featured. Attendees are encou…

Seventy Francis Marion Intermediate (FMI)students raised $5,766 for the American Heart Association (AHA) through the Kids Heart Challenge, a program for elementary students to learn how to take care of their hearts. In total, FMI, Starry Elementary and Longfellow Elementary schools contribut…

Hills Bank, as part of its Classroom Cash program, recently donated $410.04 to the Alburnett Community School District, $1,469.30 to the Linn-Mar Community School District, $981.36 to the Marion Independent School District, and $344.25 to the Springville Community School District. These fund…

Be Well Marion and Marion Parks and Recreation are again teaming up with area yoga and fitness instructors to offer free outdoor yoga classes surrounded by nature.

The City of Marion is pleased to announce the return of Fireworks & Fireflies in 2021. This free event will take place at the Klopfenstein Amphitheater at Lowe Park, 4500 N. 10th Street, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3.

After a brief hiatus in 2020, the Music Under the Moon concert series returns this summer to the Klopfenstein Amphitheater stage at Lowe Park, 4500 N. 10th Street. Three nationally touring acts will take the stage. They include:

On Wednesday, June 2, former Marion resident Jason Lee Daniels, 49, was arrested in Port St. Lucie, Fla, for an outstanding warrant issued in Linn County charging him with three counts of Sexual Abuse 2nd Degree and Possession of a Firearm by a Domestic Abuse Offender.

A key figure in the Marion government, city manager Lon Pluckhahn, will soon be moving to Washington state. Pluckhahn has submitted his resignation to the Marion City Council effective Aug. 2, and has accepted the deputy city manager position in Vancouver.

Marion High School graduate April Lawyer returns to her seat after receiving her diploma.

The Linn-Mar Orchestra Program is pleased to announce that Thad Sentman was the recipient of this year’s Iowa String Teachers Association (ISTA) Bruce Eilers Classroom Teacher Award. The award is presented annually to an individual string teacher within the state of Iowa who has demonstrated…

The 2021 Robins Roundup will be coming Friday, June 11, and Saturday, June 12, the Robins Civic Club announced. The celebration will start at East Knoll Park, on Friday night, with a free Kids Color Run at 7 p.m., followed by a Twilight Walk/Run 5K at 8 p.m.

The Marion Civil Rights Commission sent a letter to the Marion Independent School Board today that included the following statement in support of the district’s efforts in selecting a mascot.

Linn County will reopen County facilities to the public on Monday, June 7,after being closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Face masks are currently required in all County facilities; however, that is subject to change before opening. Social distancing and other safety protocols…

The Linn County Board of Supervisors, on Monday, May 24, rescinded Linn County’s face covering regulation and lifted the requirement for masks inside County buildings. The decisions take effect immediately. These actions were a 2-1 vote, with Supervisor Stacey Walker voting nay.

In the May 27 edition of Down Marion’s Memory Lane, 60 Years Ago, May 25, 1961, Linn-Mar’s 1961 senior class salutatorian was Richard Matus.

The Kiwanis Club of Marion Sunrisers announced the recipients of their $500 scholarships for 2021. They are Olivia Scheider, Linn-Mar High School, Talia Parenteau and April Lawyer, Marion High School. These students embody the principles of Kiwanis. They are being recognized for their school…

The City of Marion, Marion Chamber of Commerce and Uptown Marion Main Street District are pleased to announce that the military tribute banners, sponsored by area residents and businesses, are now on display.

Marion residents, for the most part, don’t think about the sewer system as something that might be an issue as the city grows and pushes the boundaries of the current infrastructure. City staff and city council, on the other hand, are beginning to consider ways to manage not only sewer capac…

Bicycle regulations A public hearing is set for June 3 regarding proposed changes to the city’s cicycle regulations. The proposed changes are as follows:

The Marion Wolves — that will be the new nickname for teams in the Marion Independent School district, an unofficial decision announced at a Marion School Board meeting May 10. The board will formally take action at a work session May 24.

A yearly community tradition, Cedar Memorial, located at 4200 First Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids, will continue to honor veterans by displaying the “Avenue of Flags” on Memorial Day Weekend. More than 1,500 American flags will line the cemetery grounds. Each flag was donated by the family of a ve…

Suicide is a difficult topic to talk about for most people, no matter what the circumstances. Linn-Mar’s Suicide Prevention Task Force has, however, made it easier for staff to address at all levels in the district, K-12.

Softball/baseball field repairs