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Montessori Graduation
Montessori Graduation
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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Boy Scouts to expand inclusive programs
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · October 19th, 2017
On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, the Boy Scouts of America national Board of Directors unanimously approved welcoming girls into its Scouting programs from Cub Scout age through the highest rank, that of Eagle Scout.

Candidates for City Council express views
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · October 19th, 2017
A forum was held on Thursday, October 12, so residents could listen to the viewpoints of the candidates running for seats on the Marion City Council. The forum was at Linn-Mar's Little Theater and followed a question-and-answer format.

Advertisement Castle named a 'Happy Warrior'
by Jake Krob Publisher · October 19th, 2017
Marion native John K. Castle, chairman and CEO of Castle Harlan Inc., is the 2017 Happy Warrior Award recipient of The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation.

Waldo's Rock Park a huge success
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · October 19th, 2017
A good-sized crowd attended the dedication, ribbon-cutting and opening of Waldo's Rock Park on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Waldo Morris, who donated the land, was present, along with many in his family. He seemed especially pleased with how the rock and the park turned out and spent a long time with family and friends simply enjoying the new area.

Emerson Elementary plans move forward
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · October 19th, 2017
The Marion Independent School District is looking at roughly 1.25 million dollar repurposing plans for its vacant Emerson Elementary facility located at 1400 10th Avenue. If feasibly possible, the district would like to use it for its growing home schooling program.

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Flu shots for seniors
by Report submitted · October 19th, 2017
Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about the flu shots made for seniors? I got sick last winter after getting a standard flu shot, and am wondering if the flu vaccine for older adults would provide me better protection this year.
Almost 70

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Elmer 'Al' Brandt, 98
by Report submitted · October 19th, 2017
Elmer Justin "Al" Brandt, 98, of Marion, Iowa, formerly of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at Winslow House Care Center, Marion. Service is at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion, with visitation one hour prior to service. Burial will take place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Jerald Parker, 70
by Report submitted · October 19th, 2017
Jerald Parker, 70 of Marion, Iowa died October 11, 2017, at his home.

Judy Beckett, 73
by Report submitted · October 19th, 2017
Judy Beckett, 73, of Anamosa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at Jones County Regional Medical Center in Anamosa, following a sudden illness. Memorial Service was at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Family greeted friends two hours prior to service.

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Blair Brooks commits to Iowa
by Brandon Leonard Coorespondent · October 19th, 2017
Rob Brooks has seen a lot of talented players take the field; both the Iowa Hawkeyes football team and the plethora of opponents over the years. Once the 2018 season rolls around, none of them will catch his eye more than Iowa's latest commitment: his son, Blair. The standout Marion student-athlete announced he will continue his academic and athletic career at the University of Iowa on both the gridiron and track and field.

Indians edge Hawks, sit at one win away from District title
by Brandon Leonard Coorespondent · October 19th, 2017
With the pressure on last Friday night at Thomas Park, the Marion football team did what they needed to do: limit explosive plays to help seal the deal for a victory. The Indians faced a familiar foe known for their high-octane offenses, West Delaware, and held the perennial power to just 232 yards of total offense on their way to the 16-14 win.

Indians repeat as WaMaC champs
by Brandon Leonard Coorespondent · October 19th, 2017
The phrase "survive and advance," made famous by the late Jim Valvano, has been a mantra that teams from all levels of play in various sports have used throughout tournament runs. Last Thursday night, in front of a home-town crowd, that's exactly what the Marion volleyball team did as they upended Mount Vernon, Western Dubuque and Dyersville Beckman on their way to their second consecutive WaMaC Conference Championship.

L-M Lions bounced in MVC semifinals
by Brandon Leonard Coorespondent · October 19th, 2017
After starting off the Mississippi Valley Conference Tournament on the wrong foot with a 2-0 loss to Cedar Falls, the Linn-Mar volleyball team tweaked a few things and dominated Waterloo West and Cedar Rapids Washington to finish 2-1 in pool play. The 2-1 mark was good enough to get the Lions into the championship bracket where they picked up a win over Dubuque Hempstead before falling in the semifinals. Cedar Rapids Jefferson thwarted the Lions' chances to repeat as conference champions in three sets.

Marion XC teams excel at WaMaC meet
by Brandon Leonard Coorespondent · October 19th, 2017
Both the Marion boys' and girls' cross country teams had a solid outing at the WaMaC Championship meet in Vinton as both teams placed second in the team race. In addition to the second place finishes, Jeremy Fopma and Harrison Vander Linden finished first and second individually.

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