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A Quilt of Valor
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · February 23rd, 2017
A Quilt of Valor, made one piece at a time, was presented to patriot Barb (Burmeister) Kula of Anamosa at the Marion Hy-Vee on Tuesday, Feb. 14, by Kay Prasil of Lisbon and Ralph Osenbaugh of Cedar Rapids. Kula said she most likely will frame her made-from-the heart-and-hands heirloom and then later be buried with it when the time comes.

Harvey Sollberger to be featured in Paris, France concert
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · February 23rd, 2017
A full evening portrait concert of the works of composer-flutist Harvey Sollberger, a Marion High School graduate, will be presented by the French Flute Orchestra in Paris, France, on February 27.

Advertisement The Views senior living community offers unique concept
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · February 23rd, 2017
Groundbreaking for The Views Senior Living of Marion complex is expected soon at 720 Oakbrook Drive in south Marion. The project is unique in that it features the WELL concept of building and is the first WELL building in the state of Iowa as well as the first WELL assisted-living building anywhere, according to Project Manager Chad Schumacher of Larson Construction. Larson is the general contractor creating the facility.

2017 Democratic Caucuses Meeting
by Report submitted · February 23rd, 2017
2017 Democratic Caucuses will be held on Saturday, March 4. Democrats from Alburnett, Central City, Center Point, Coggon, Palo, Lisbon/Franklin Township, Mount Vernon, Prairieburg, Robins, Springville, Toddville, Walker and some parts of Marion and rural Bertram (State Senate District 48) will be meeting at Gwen's Restaurant, 119 West Main in Lisbon. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the meeting starts at 10 a.m.

Volunteers Needed
by Report submitted · February 23rd, 2017
Care Initiatives Hospice is looking for caring, compassionate people in the Marion area to become hospice volunteers. Care Initiatives Hospice currently has patients at Crestview Acres and Bickford Cottage in Marion. Volunteers can provide care and support to patients and families to help ensure quality of life at the end of life. Volunteers determine their own schedule and can help such as holding a hand, listening to memories and life stories, and sharing special talents.

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Can't decide where to retire? Congrats! You're already there
by Dan Brawner Times Columnist · February 23rd, 2017
Are you ready for the zombie apocalypse? No? Well, there is probably still time to get ready. But you will need some money and a generous dose of paranoia.

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Obituaries
Byrdena Williams, 95
by Report submitted · February 23rd, 2017
Byrdena "Bea" Ione Williams, 95, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha. Private family services will take place at a later date. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion.

Niles Falconer, 57
by Report submitted · February 23rd, 2017
Niles Douglas Falconer, 57, of Central City, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Celebration of Life will he held on Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Central City American Legion, Wapsi Post #421. Burial will be at a later date at Silver Creek Cemetery.

Patrick O'Malley, 83
by Report submitted · February 23rd, 2017
Patrick F. O'Malley, 83, of Cedar Rapids, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at his home. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Funeral Mass was at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, conducted by Father Philip Thompson. Burial will take place at a later date at Eastside Cemetery, Elkader.

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Conway brothers place at State
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 23rd, 2017
Like every wrestler that competed at this year's Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament, both Caleb and Colin Conway had aspirations to stand atop the podium with Marion head coach Jason Haag placing a gold medal around their neck on Saturday night in front of thousands of diehard fans. The brothers who have been the star grapplers for the Indians all season long seemed to be peaking at the right time, defeating some of Class 3A's top competition on their road to Wells Fargo Arena. When the dust settled, the Marion duo didn't stand at the top of the podium but they both made it onto the podium. Colin Conway placed fourth at 152 pounds while Caleb Conway finished his career with a victory in the seventh place match to lock in his place at 145 pounds.

Indians dismantle Mount Pleasant
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 23rd, 2017
The start of their postseason run towards the Class 4A State Championship started last Saturday for the Marion girls' basketball team as they thumped Mount Pleasant by a final count of 54-23 to improve their record to 21-1 on the season.

Marion squeaks by Bobcats
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 23rd, 2017
It was the rubber match between a pair of WaMaC West Division rivals on Monday night during the Marion boys' basketball game against the Benton Community Bobcats. The Marion Indians were the ones who prevailed in the tightly contested affair. Marion escaped Manchester with a 60-58 neutral site win over Benton Community to open up Class 3A postseason play. The win moved Marion's record to 12-9 while it eliminated the Bobcats for the season.

Streicher places sixth at 160
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 23rd, 2017
Linn-Mar's Alex Streicher not only found his way back to Wells Fargo Arena but also to the podium. The senior leader of the Lions won three matches and lost three to place sixth overall in the Class 3A 160-pound weight class.

Three Lions advance to State Bowling
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 23rd, 2017
Linn-Mar's Alexis Tschantz and Mekena Diercks will be fighting for the Class 3A Iowa Girls State Bowling Championship this week while Alex Dierks qualified for the boys tournament.

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