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FEATURED PHOTO · Marion residents check out details on the plans for an all-inclusive playground at Lowe Park at an open house last Tuesday, January 9. Times Photo by DJ Kauffman
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An all-inclusive Lowe Park playground offers fun for everyone
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · January 18th, 2018
Several Marion Parks & Recreation capital improvement conceptual designs were on display during a public open house at the Lowe Park & Environment Center on January 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

First Board meeting at Marion district
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · January 18th, 2018
The Marion Independent School District's 2017 Holiday Giving Project was a success. One recipient family sent a thank-you letter to the Board of Education which was read aloud during a 7 p.m. regular meeting on January 8. The recipient stated 2017 was a hard year with continuous losses for the family, and the gifts offered them reassurance.

Reynolds delivers Condition of the State
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · January 18th, 2018
An "Unleashing Opportunity" tour stop by Iowa's 43rd Governor, Kim Reynolds, (R) scheduled for Thursday, January 11, at 1:30 p.m. at the Aurora Coffee Co. in Marion, was canceled due to poor winter weather conditions. The event was planned on the heels of the governor's Condition of the State address at the Iowa Statehouse in Des Moines.

Schools use multi-faceted Iowa School Report Card
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · January 18th, 2018
Public schools across the state of Iowa are now using a web-based rating system to show how each is performing on certain educational measures. Linn-Mar Associate Superintendent Shannon Bisgard explained the Report Card at the most recent Board of Directors meeting.

Seasonal Affective Disorder, more than just 'Winter Blues'
by Cynthia Peteresen Correspondent · January 18th, 2018
It's normal to feel a little down after the holidays. But if you find yourself unable to shake your depressed mood, it could be Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

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2018 Legislative Session begins
by By Liz Mathis State Senator · January 18th, 2018
The first week of session is steeped in tradition. Leaders from the three branches of state government share their vision for a better Iowa. There are a lot of good ideas, but ultimately, we must focus on what matters most in Iowans' everyday lives and make wise use of your hard-earned tax dollars.

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Obituaries
Monty M. Lumsden, 77
by Report submitted · January 18th, 2018
Monty M. Lumsden, age 77, of Marion, Iowa, passed away peacefully, with his wife Karen at his side, on Friday, January 5, 2018, at his home.

W. Jack Peterson, 88
by Report submitted · January 18th, 2018
W. Jack Peterson, 88, of Springville, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion and one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral Services are at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018, at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Springville.

Bobbie Z. Gorman, 86
by Report submitted · January 11th, 2018
Bobbie Z. Gorman, 86, of Marion died suddenly on Monday, December 25, 2017, at his daughter's home. Services were at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 29, 2017, at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories with military rites. Certified Celebrant Renee Lunemann officiated. Burial took place at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends were able to call at the Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 28.

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Indians win one, drop two
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · January 18th, 2018
Playing outside the confines of Marion High School has not gone well for the Marion boys' basketball team this season. After falling to South Tama on the road and Cedar Rapids, Jefferson at a neutral site, the Indians are now just 1-6 away from their home court this season and 5-7 overall.

Linn-Mar's Frank, Galvin lead JV Riders to win
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · January 18th, 2018
Linn-Mar may not have an official hockey team, but the school does have several players who play for club teams with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders. In fact, on January 6, Linn-Mar student-athletes Tanner Frank and Zachary Galvin each scored goals in the junior varsity contest to give the Roughriders a 2-1 victory over the Des Moines Capitals.

Indians seventh at Loyd Shaffer Invite
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · January 18th, 2018
One of the Marion wrestling program's favorite meets took place over the week as the school hosted the annual Loyd Shaffer Invitational at Marion High School on Saturday. Thirteen teams from the state of Iowa and one visiting school from Kansas made the haul to duke it out on Saturday.

Linn-Mar wins two, loses two at E-LC Duals
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · January 18th, 2018
The Linn-Mar wrestling team ran into some more tough competition over the weekend during the yearly trip to the Estherville-Lincoln Central Duals. Five teams were in attendance and it was Bishop Heelan Catholic from Sioux City who reigned supreme over the Lions, host Estherville-Lincoln Central, Forest City and Spirit Lake Park.

Lions edge Hempstead, thumped by West
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · January 18th, 2018
After getting beaten down by top-ranked Iowa City West, the Linn-Mar boys' basketball squad bounced back nicely with a 58-56 victory over Dubuque Hempstead last Friday night on the road. The victory was much needed for the Lions, lifting their overall record on the season to 6-4, and 5-3 in Mississippi Valley Conference play.

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