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Marion leaders honored for their service
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · November 22nd, 2017
A number of people serving Marion and beyond were recognized by the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation in a "Celebration of Community" program and reception held at NewBo City Market on Wednesday, November 15, at 4 p.m.

Marion-East CR Rotary Club recognized
by Report submitted · November 22nd, 2017
The Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club earned the prestigious Rotary International President's Citation for outstanding work in 2016-17. The citations are based on success in membership growth and retention, foundation fundraising, youth activities and community support.

Advertisement Sculpture Trail depicts Marion's historical landscape
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · November 22nd, 2017
Native prairie grass, driven by winds in Lowe Park, mirrors Marion's transformative history - it moves about with twists and turns, much like the bison and iron horse. And like the wind, a paved Sculpture Trail pathway winds about the park and behind the Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts.

Accident reconstruction and investigation help
by Article by Officer Cirkl, Marion Police Department · November 22nd, 2017
Terms such as momentum, physics and friction coefficient are rarely thought of when asked to describe the role of a police officer. However, for some members of the Marion Police Department, these are an important part of the job.

Buckle up for the Thanksgiving holiday
by Article by Major Chad Colston, Patrol Division Commander, Linn County Sheriff’s Office · November 22nd, 2017
Thanksgiving is a time when families and friends come together to share a meal and connect; it is also one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. Don't let your Thanksgiving end in tragedy. Seat belts are the most basic vehicle technology that has, without a doubt, saved the most lives.

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During the holidays, be extra vigilant about protecting financial data
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · November 22nd, 2017
To help achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you should save and invest regularly. But that's only part of the picture. You also need to protect your financial assets in various ways. One such method is guarding your personal information - especially any information that could be linked to your financial accounts. It's obviously important to be vigilant at any time, but you need to be even more on your toes during the holiday season, when fraudsters are particularly active.

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Obituaries
Bruce Miller, 69
by Report submitted · November 22nd, 2017
Bruce Kenneth Miller, 69, of Marion, passed away Friday, November 17, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. The family greeted friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, November 20, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion. Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Marion.

Donald Heald, 91
by Report submitted · November 22nd, 2017
Donald R. Heald, 91, formerly of Marion, passed away November 13, 2017, at St. Luke's Living Center West in Cedar Rapids. A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church in Marion, where family greeted friends at 9:30. A private family committal service will take place at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Gordon "Gordy" Gott, 88
by Report submitted · November 22nd, 2017
Gordon "Gordy" Gott, 88, of Marion, Iowa, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017, at St. Luke's Hospice Unit, Cedar Rapids. A gathering for family and friends to celebrate and honor his life was held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, in Marion.

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Indians and Lions to square off on Saturday
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · November 22nd, 2017
As we sit back and break down what we can expect from the Marion and Linn-Mar girls' basketball teams, there are a couple general consensuses from most coaches and fans from around the state of Iowa. Most people view the Indians as the favorites to reign supreme in Class 4A this season while there are some questions surrounding the Lions; the biggest one is who will step up and take over after the departure of Kamryn Finley.

Fruehling to coach Marion softball next season
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · November 22nd, 2017
After much speculation about who will be replacing Kim Knapp as Marion's head softball coach, it has been announced that Marion is hiring from within the school and Scott Fruehling will be the new head softball coach.

Hutcheson leads Lions into battle
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · November 22nd, 2017
During his sophomore season at Linn-Mar, Trey Hutcheson burst onto the scene to let everyone know that just because Jordan Bohannon is now a member of the University of Iowa men's basketball program, it doesn't mean that the Lions don't have a prolific scoring threat. After showing glimpses of a being a very tough team last season, Hutcheson and the Linn-Mar boys are ready to get back to the top of the Mississippi Valley Conference yet again.

Marion basketball looks to improve win total
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · November 22nd, 2017
With a plethora of talent returning for the 2017-18 season, the Marion boys' basketball team will look to make the leap to the top of the WaMaC Conference. After a late season sputter ended the Indians' chances of winning the conference a season ago, expect this Marion team full of savvy veterans to wreak havoc this season.

Lions compete well in Class 5A State VB
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · November 16th, 2017
After sweeping metro rival Cedar Rapids Jefferson in straight sets on Tuesday, November 7, at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, the Linn-Mar volleyball team faced arguably the best team the state of Iowa has to offer at the prep ranks: Cedar Falls. In a battle of felines, the Lions took aim for the top-ranked Tigers, but in the end fell victim to straight set losses.

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