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FEATURED PHOTO · A long slippery slide made of newly packed snow awaited kids of all ages who toted sleds at Thomas Park on Saturday, February 10. The extreme cold temperatures didn't stop them from barreling to the bottom of the large hill, tossing snow over their heads, burying themselves in deep dugout forts, and eating the frosty substance with delight. Times Photos by DJ Kauffman
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City Council sets public hearing on budget
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · February 15th, 2018
All members of the Marion City Council were present for the February 8, 2018, regular meeting held in the Council Chambers.

Marion Public Library moves forward
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · February 15th, 2018
After years of waiting, the new Marion Public Library Project, including not only the library but also a mixed-use portion, has received the okay to move forward.

Wellmark commits to enter the ACA market in 2019
by Staff report · February 15th, 2018
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa, having an 80-year history of providing individual and family health insurance plans for Iowans, will provide several options for individual and family coverage in Iowa.

Help first responders get to you in an emergency
by Submitted by Shawn Fluharty, Captain Fire Prevention Bureau, Marion Fire Department · February 15th, 2018
The Marion Fire Department responds to emergencies every day. When seconds count, you can do your part to make it easier for the responding agencies.

Ramsey announces candidacy for U.S. Representative
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · February 15th, 2018
George Ramsey III of Marion has announced that he will run as a Democrat in the primary election for U.S. Representative to be held June 5. He hopes to win there and then to unseat incumbent Rod Blum(R) on November 6.

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Baby Boomers finding companionship online
by Report submitted · February 15th, 2018
Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about online dating for baby boomers? I'm 57 and recently divorced, and would like to find a new friend to spend time with.
Lonely Linda

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Obituaries
Betty Wurster, 78
by Report submitted · January 25th, 2018
Betty Lou Wurster, 78, formerly of Springville, passed away Friday, January 19, 2018, at West Ridge Care Center in Cedar Rapids. Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion, officiated by Pastor Sue Ellen Sherman. Family will greet friends from 10 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Springville Cemetery.

Henrietta Olson, 86
by Report submitted · January 25th, 2018
Henrietta Marie Olson, 86, of Marion, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at Living Center East, Cedar Rapids. Funeral Mass is at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Marion. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Per Henrietta's wishes, cremation has taken place.

Monty Lumsden, 77
by Report submitted · January 25th, 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.

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Lionesses look for revenge
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 15th, 2018
The Linn-Mar girls' basketball team will be out for blood at 7 p.m. this Saturday when the girls begin Class 5A postseason play against heavily-favored Iowa City West on West's home court. On Tuesday, February 6, the Women of Troy dismantled Linn-Mar by a 72-40 final tally. Once Saturday rolls around, both teams know you can throw the record book out the window as everyone's goal is about going 1-0 on game day from here on out.

Lions snap losing skid
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 15th, 2018
The Linn-Mar boys' basketball team has been struggling to close out contests and play complete games over the past couple of weeks. On the wrong side of a five-game streak, the Lions traveled north on Monday night for an out-of-conference matchup with perennial Class 3A power Waverly-Shell Rock. Behind a balanced scoring effort, Linn-Mar cruised to victory over the Go-Hawks by a 65-51 final score.

Marion girls finish perfect regular season
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 15th, 2018
The wins just keep on coming for Coach Corby Laube's bunch. The Marion girls' basketball team picked up wins number 20 and 21 last week with a 40-point home victory over Clear Creek-Amana and a 57-27 road win over West Delaware in Manchester. The win over West Delaware completed a perfect regular season for the top-ranked Indians.

MHS Indians fall to Hawks
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 15th, 2018
In a game where they managed to score just nine points in the second half, the Marion boys' basketball team squandered away a chance at a victory last Friday in Manchester. The Indians fell to 10-10 on the season with a loss to West Delaware in WaMaC Conference action.

Five Lions advance to State Wrestling
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 15th, 2018
Dreams were partially fulfilled state-wide over the weekend at district wrestling tournaments across the state of Iowa. Some student-athletes will look for multiple State titles this week at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Some will be on the big stage for the first time and have new dreams of standing on top of the podium. For five Linn-Mar wrestlers, the road has just begun as they search for State titles at their respective weights.

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