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2017 Innovator of the Year receives recognition
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · March 23rd, 2017
Consumers Supply Distributing Co. (Wholesale), located at 6000 Linn Aire Ave. in Marion's Industrial Park, was chosen as the 2017 Innovator of the Year by the Marion Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO). The company was picked for installing an impressive new robotic palletizer in its Marion facility in July of 2016. It is something unique and also improves job quality and efficiency, said MEDCO President Nick Glew.

Indian Creek Nature Center receives $1 million gift upon sale
by Report submitted · March 23rd, 2017
Last Wednesday, March 15, Indian Creek Nature Center announced it has received a $1 million gift as proceeds from the sale of eight acres of land located along Highway 100 and 1st Avenue. The sale was completed between Ryan Companies and Indian Creek Nature Center. Ryan Companies and Grand Living will be developing the property into the new Grand Living at Indian Creek senior living project on this parcel.

Advertisement MISD receives new proposal and passes new plan
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · March 23rd, 2017
Tom Ertz, Director of The Marion Home School Assistance Program presented a "proposal to relocate the current home school program to the Emerson Building," to The Marion Independent School Board on Monday, March 20, at 7 p.m. He said they were asked by the Marion Independent School District if they would consider moving into the Emerson School during their initial repurposing process. New funding opportunities may become available pending legislation. If the home school program relocates to Emerson (2018/19), they will become the sole tenants of the facility.

Senator Ernst visits Linn County
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · March 23rd, 2017
The packed house was divided, as political enthusiasts of all races, religions, and parties, waved signs and raised voices throughout Sinclair Auditorium during a Linn County forum with Iowa Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). Many audience members asked the Senator questions about proposed changes in federal government policies during the Friday, March 17, session at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

Commercial Real Estate Showcase to highlight Uptown Marion
by Report submitted · March 23rd, 2017
Uptown Marion will hold its 3rd annual Commercial Real Estate Showcase event designed to highlight opportunities for entrepreneurs, prospective business owners, and aspiring building owners in Uptown Marion on Thursday, March 30, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The Uptown Marion Commercial Real Estate Showcase will provide attendees with district updates and tours of current renovations, new construction, and other available property in Uptown Marion for purchase or lease.

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Approaching end of first Legislative Session with new bills
by Ashley Hinson State Representative · March 23rd, 2017
It is hard to believe we are only about a month away from the end of the 2017 Legislative Session. By my count, we debated and voted on more than 30 bills this past week; most garnering full bipartisan support. The topics of the legislation ranged from education to family support.

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Arlene Read, 96
by Report submitted · March 23rd, 2017
Arlene Read, 96, of Marion, Iowa, died Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Summit Pointe in Marion.

Delight "Dee" Hotz, 76
by Report submitted · March 23rd, 2017
Delight "Dee" Evelyn Hotz, 76, of Troy Mills, Iowa, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Willow Garden Care Center, Marion. Visitation was from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 13, 2017, at the funeral home. Burial: Troy Mills Cemetery, Troy Mills.

Kenny Barker, 94
by Report submitted · March 23rd, 2017
Kenny Barker, 94, passed away on March 17, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at St. John's Catholic Church in Coggon, Iowa, conducted by Father Scott Boone. Burial took place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Coggon, with military honors provided by American Legion Post #362 of Coggon. This was followed by a luncheon at the American Legion in Coggon. The family received visitors from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, March 20, at Murdoch Funeral Home in Central City, with a vigil service at 4 p.m.

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Hawks fall despite Bohannon's double-double
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · March 23rd, 2017
The University of Iowa men's basketball team's season ended on Sunday at the hands of Texas Christian University. The Horned Frogs edged the Hawkeyes in overtime by a final score of 94-92 in front of a raucous crowd inside of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The loss was a sad one as it was the last game for senior star Peter Jok, but on a positive note, the future is extremely bright due in large part to Linn-Mar alum Jordan Bohannon.

Indians return plethora of talent
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · March 23rd, 2017
Sheala Rael led the Marion girls' soccer team in 2016 with 17 goals in 15 games of action but don't expect the Indians to struggle to score goals. The team returns Saige Trca, who finished with 10 goals just a season ago, along with Madeline Chambers, who had nine goals of her own in 2016. The two of them were second and third respectively in goals scored for Marion last year and will have a friendly competition along with the rest of the team as they aim for double-digit wins in 2017.

Marion boys dominate at WaMaC Indoor
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · March 23rd, 2017
The Marion boys' track and field team raked in gold medals left and right at the WaMaC Indoor Conference Track Meet as they combined to win six events against their Western Division foes.

Simons leads Lions into 2017 season
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · March 23rd, 2017
In 2016 as a junior, Jaclyn Simons led the Linn-Mar girls' soccer team with 11 goals. In 2017, Simons will look to improve on that number and help the Lions improve on their record of 11-8 they finished with last season. Simons is one of eight seniors on this year's team hungry to get back on the field and compete against yet another tough schedule.

Coe set to host Iowa Science Olympiad competition
by Report submitted · March 23rd, 2017
More than 450 middle and high school students from 30 schools across the state will compete in the 2017 Iowa Science Olympiad on Saturday, March 25, at Coe College. The contests will be held throughout the day in Peterson Hall of Science, Stuart Hall and Eby Fieldhouse. At the end of the competition, an awards ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Eby Fieldhouse. The public is invited to all of the day's activities in Eby Fieldhouse, which will feature competition in math, science, and engineering.

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