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ImaginArt in the Alleys gains ground!
ImaginArt in the Alleys gains ground!
FEATURED PHOTO · Times Photo By Deirdre Ryan, A ground breaking ceremony was held on Saturday, April 23, at 10 a.m. to mark the start of the ImaginArt in the Alleys project. Marion Chamber Ambassadors joined the City of Marion officials and project coordinators at the event. This ceremony kicked off the Marion City Showcase that took place in the City Square Park from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. ImaginArt in the Alleys is a placemaking project that will bring life, vitality and art to the alleyways between 10th and 11th Streets and 7th and 8th Avenues in Uptown Marion. The project will transform the alleys through infrastructure improvements and the installation of both functional and creative art. Nine art pieces have been commissioned for permanent display throughout the project area. The artists represent a mix of local and national individuals, selected through a national call to artists in 2015. ImaginArt in the Alleys is a collaborative effort between ArtPlace America, the City of Marion, and the Marion Chamber of Commerce. The project was awarded a $350,000 grant from ArtPlace America,, with additional support from the City of Marion and private donations.
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Building Trades Class completes 25th house
by Nancy Grindle · April 28th, 2016
The house built by the joint Marion/Linn-Mar building trades class is getting finishing touches in preparation for an open house to be held Friday, May 13, 5-8 p.m., and Sunday May 15, 2-4 p.m. This is the 25th house and 25th year for the Building Trades Program, so it's a special occasion indeed.

City Council holds 'Livability Expo' before recent meeting
by Nancy Grindle · April 28th, 2016
On Thursday, April 21, a free livability expo was held at City Hall to showcase the new Marion active-living plan, called "Step Into Nature." It began at 4:30 and preceded the regular 5:30 council meeting.

Advertisement Linn-Mar LIONS Awards recognize leaders
by Nancy Grindle · April 28th, 2016
On Wednesday, April 13, a special reception was held to recognize and celebrate the efforts of LIONS Awards recipients as well as Volunteer Unsung Hero recipients. People from throughout the community attended the event.

Marion to Guatamala, then home again!
by Gary Follmann · April 28th, 2016
In January, while many of us were fighting frigid temperatures and wanting warmer weather, 11 members from the Marion Christian Church flew to LaAntigua, Guatemala, for a life-changing Mission event. The Church teamed up with an organization called "Imagining Guatemala."

MISD Board plans for future school year
by Nancy Grindle · April 28th, 2016
The Marion Independent School District Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, April 25 at the administrative board room. Board President David Law was absent, so the meeting was conducted by Dennis Trout.

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by Dan Brawner · April 28th, 2016
Last week, a Des Moines resident reported hearing a rumble "like thunder" outside his house a little after midnight. But what he really heard wasn't thunder at all. It was the sound of his lawn collapsing.

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Indians hault CP-U
by Brandon Leonard · April 28th, 2016
After suffering their third loss of the season to Clear Creek-Amana last Tuesday, the Marion girls' soccer team returned to their winning ways with a victory over Center Point-Urbana last Thursday.

L-M winning streak up to nine straight
by Brandon Leonard · April 28th, 2016
Another impressive week of action is in the books for the Linn-Mar boys' soccer team as they moved their winning streak to nine in a row and their overall record to 9-1 on the season. The Lions defeated Dubuque Wahlert by a 7-0 count last Tuesday and edged Cedar Rapids Kennedy 1-0 last Thursday evening.

Lion girls get two
by Brandon Leonard · April 28th, 2016
It was a Saturday Smack Down for the Linn-Mar girls' tennis team as they smashed the likes of Cedar Rapids Washington and Cedar Rapids Kennedy. The Lions won their contest against Washington by a 7-2 tally and they skunked Kennedy 9-0.

Ready for Drake Relays
by Brandon Leonard · April 28th, 2016
If you're planning on attending the 107th running of the Drake Relays in Des Moines this week, you'll have plenty of events to keep track of if you're a Linn-Mar Lion or Marion Indian fan.

ACC Barnstorming Tour wows crowds
by Brandon Leonard · April 21st, 2016
Everyone expected Linn-Mar alum Marcus Paige to show up with his Atlantic Coast Conference buddies and put on a show, but there were also a few other pleasant surprises that came along with the dazzling dunks and the terrific displays of shooting.

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