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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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Linn-Mar 10th Street takes highest honors in final competition of the year
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · February 23rd, 2018
The 10th Street Edition Varsity Show Choir from Linn-Mar High School took home the Grand Champion title at the show choir competition held this past weekend in Davenport. This is its fourth win and final competition of the school year.

Community voting phase now open
by Report submitted · February 22nd, 2018
Want to get involved in your community? As part of the ImagiNEXT process, the community is invited to submit their vote for the top 25 ideas, categorized by different lengths of the projects. Voting is open now through March 5 via online vote at marionimaginext.org/vote-here or via paper ballots available at Marion City Hall, 1225 6th Ave, and the Marion Public Library, 1095 6th Ave.

Sixth court case filed
by Staff Report · February 22nd, 2018
A new court case was filed on February 6, 2018, against the Marion Independent School District (MISD) and Diane Graham. The petition, filed by parents of a former kindergarten student at Starry Elementary, notes a request for a trial by jury.

State Senators, Representatives meet for second LWV forum
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · February 22nd, 2018
Members of the Iowa State Senate and House of Representatives convened for a League of Women Voters forum regarding key topics of concern to Iowans. The meeting was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 10, at the Hallagan Center at Mercy Hospital.

Summit Pointe residents send Valentine's Day wishes
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · February 22nd, 2018
Valentine's Day was made a bit brighter because of the actions of some staff and residents of Summit Pointe Senior Living.

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Fiscal fairness in tax reform
by By Liz Mathis State Senator · February 22nd, 2018
Iowans want a tax system that is fair to everyone. Because of the state's cobbled together tax policies, many Iowans believe the system is difficult to maneuver. Iowans deserve a tax system that works for all, increases prosperity and grows the economy, but at a time when the state budget is not balanced we must approach tax changes carefully.

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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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Balanced Lions thump J-Hawks
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 22nd, 2018
With their season on the line on Monday night, the Linn-Mar boys' basketball team proved, yet again, they are capable of getting hot on any given night and will be a tough out in postseason play. With the beginning of the Class 4A boys' basketball playoffs starting across the state of Iowa on Monday, the Lions cruised to an 80-60 win over conference foe Cedar Rapids Jefferson. The win was due in large part to the team executing with great pass and flow offensively, resulting in their largest scoring output of the season.

Indians bounce Cardinals
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 22nd, 2018
After taking down WaMaC rival Clear Creek-Amana to cap off an up-and-down regular season, the Marion boys' basketball team and the rest of the state received a fresh slate as the beginning of postseason play started last week in Iowa. The Indians landed in Class 3A Substate 4 and drew Maquoketa for their first round game, which just so happened to be their opponent in the season opener contest. For the Cardinals, their season would come full circle as Marion edged Maquoketa with a 45-42 win.

Linn-Mar falls to IC West
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 22nd, 2018
The Linn-Mar girls' basketball team needed to be on their "A" game and then some on Saturday night in order to secure an upset victory over Iowa City West. When the dust settled, the Women of Troy proved to be too much for the Lions as Iowa City West used a big third quarter push to pull away from Linn-Mar and win by a final score of 61-44.

Marion girls raise money for EIAA
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 22nd, 2018
The Marion girls' basketball program took some time out of their busy schedules recently to help fight a bigger battle than any they will face on the court. Coach Corby Laube and his team hosted their annual Alzheimer's Awareness Night to raise awareness and money for the Eastern Iowa Alzheimer's Association.

Wempen fifth at Class 3A 170
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 22nd, 2018
The weekend that wrestlers and wrestling enthusiasts all over the state of Iowa waited all year for has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Last weekend, the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines played host to the annual Iowa High School State Wrestling Dual and Individual Tournaments to hundreds of schools from across the state of Iowa. Dreams were shattered and fulfilled all within seconds throughout the four-day period and for the Linn-Mar Lions, they were not an exception. The Lions left with some sour tastes in their mouths after having just one of their five qualifiers make the podium on Saturday night.

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