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FEATURED PHOTO · The Montessori School of Marion ended their very first year as Marion's and only Montessori School. Mayor Nick AbouAssaly attended the student's concert on May 26, 2017, and handed out diplomas to the preschool Class of 2017.
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Construction progresses at Longfellow Elementary
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · June 22nd, 2017
Several Marion Independent School District agenda items were discussed at the regular BOE meeting on Monday evening, June 12, at 7 p.m., including an update on Longfellow Elementary additional geothermal costs and construction progress.

New library construction costs under review
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · June 22nd, 2017
Marion City Manager Lon Pluckhahn attended a special meeting with the Marion Public Library Board of Trustees and Director Elsworth Carman at the library on Wednesday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m. He said plans for City funding of the new library in a mixed-use facility are under in-depth review, citing financial constraints.

Advertisement Paternal instinct to help other single dads
by Cynthia Petersen Correspondent · June 22nd, 2017
Single dads are gaining more support these days, especially with the help of local nonprofit, Paternal Guardians of Iowa (PGI).

911 Emergency Calls
by Article submitted by the Marion Police Department and the City of Marion · June 22nd, 2017
The 911 emergency number was introduced in 1968 as a universal number for calling for emergency services within the United States. Most people rarely face emergency situations, so they lack firsthand experience with calling 911. Below are four common questions that officers and public safety personnel are often asked concerning the use of 911.

Secretary of State Pate launches Voter ID informational webpage
by Report submitted · June 22nd, 2017
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced the launch of a new webpage to help inform voters about the upcoming changes to Iowa's election laws. The page is easily accessible from the main page of the Secretary of State's website,, or can be found by going to The page provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding the new laws and outlines when they will be implemented. Some minor changes to Iowa's election laws take place on July 1.

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Don't let your investments take a 'vacation'
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · June 22nd, 2017
It's summer again - time for many of us to take a break and possibly hit the open road. But even if you go on vacation, you won't want your investments to do the same - in summertime or any other season. How can you help make sure your portfolio continues to work hard for you all year long?

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Donald "Don" Bean, 88
by Report submitted · June 22nd, 2017
Donald "Don" James Bean of 3092 Stone Creek Court, Marion, Iowa, passed away June 19, 2017. Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion, conducted by Reverend Elizabeth Hilkerbaumer and Reverend Dr. Nancy Redmond. The family will greet friends from 9:30 a.m. until time of service on Thursday at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Marion soldier earns 67th Troop Command Patch
by Report submitted · June 22nd, 2017
Pvt. Olivia J. Johnston, of Marion, Iowa, was part of more than 35 Iowa Army National Guard Soldiers recently recognized during a patching ceremony held at the Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center in Johnston, Iowa.

Nancy Barnhart, 67
by Report submitted · June 22nd, 2017
Nancy J. Barnhart, 67, passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids. Per Nancy's wishes, cremation has taken place. A private committal service will be held at Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, at a later date. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion.

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Indians softball team earns much-needed win
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · June 22nd, 2017
The Marion softball girls picked up a hard-fought 10-0 victory over Springville last Friday night to snap a 12-game losing streak that dated all the way back to June 2. With the win, the Indians now hold a record of 5-16 overall.

Lions baseball team snaps six-game skid
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · June 22nd, 2017
The Linn-Mar baseball team's trend of streaky play continued last week, but in negative fashion as they dropped six straight contests over a week span. The Lions were swept by both City High and Dubuque Wahlert while also taking one loss apiece from North Scott and Cedar Rapids Kennedy. The Lions were able to snap their losing streak, however, with a 6-2 win over Kennedy on Monday night at home.

Indians pound Maquoketa
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · June 22nd, 2017
Luke Golla struck out eight Cardinal batters while Owen Carstensen recorded three RBIs as the Marion baseball team won its lone completed game last week over Maquoketa by a final score of 11-1. The Indians needed just six innings of work to close out their WaMaC nemesis after scoring four runs in the sixth inning to extend their lead to 10.

Lions winners of six straight
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · June 22nd, 2017
Bus rides home from games are a lot more fun when you're the winning team. The Linn-Mar softball girls definitely enjoyed the trips home after sweeping Dubuque Hempstead on the road last Thursday and then going undefeated and winning their weekend tournament in Manchester. The Lions disposed of Williamsburg, Independence, West Delaware and Western Dubuque in the process so their record now sits at 17-8 overall.

Stokes, Liberty tied for first in Conference
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · June 22nd, 2017
Former Linn-Mar Lion and Connecticut Huskie Kiah Stokes and her WNBA squad, the New York Liberty, find themselves in a familiar place. That place is toward top of the standings as they hold the fourth best record in the league and are tied for first place in the Eastern Conference with the Washington Mystics. Both teams hold a record of 7-4 overall, with the Mystics currently owning the tiebreaker with a better record against Eastern Conference foes.

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