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FEATURED PHOTO · Times Photo By Alyssa Vicente On Thursday, July 21, Marion's own City Square bustled with the sights, sounds, and even smells of two different events...The Fiesta Block Party celebrated 20 years! Hosts for this annual event were: Carlos O' Kelly's, Farmers State Bank and Martin Gardner Architecture. This is the Marion Chamber of Commerce's most popular networking event; an evening opportunity to get to know the business community while enjoying complementary hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Guests of the Fiesta Block Party celebrated from 5 to 7 p.m. Also that same evening, the weekly Big Band Concert took place in City Square Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The 17-piece band plays big band music from the '30s, '40s and '50s. This is the band's 16th year providing free summer concerts in Marion.
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School districts discuss Innovation Center partnership
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · October 20th, 2016
Linn-Mar school board president Tim Isenberg and director of teaching and learning Jeff Frost, extended an invitation to the Marion Independent School District board on October 10, to partner with them in an Innovation Center project (formerly STEM) beginning in the fall of 2017/18.

Trojan Lodge No. 548 selected as 'Citizen of the Year'
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · October 20th, 2016
Two weeks ago, Trojan Masonic No. 548 was selected to be Marion's 2017 "Citizen of the Year" by the partnership of the Marion Chamber of Commerce and the Marion Times.

Advertisement Ukrainian visitors have opportunities to observe, question at state and local levels
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · October 20th, 2016
As we mentioned in last week's story, the Ukrainians - two men and five women - who visited Marion stayed in the homes of Tom and Alice Wilkinson, Charlie and Pat Kress, Dean and Jean Thomas, and Vic and Pat Klopfenstein.

Be sure to understand ward vote wording
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · October 20th, 2016
Marion residents are asked to be sure they understand the wording about ward voting on the November 8 election ballot. Just what does a "yes" or "no" vote mean? The ballot language is somewhat confusing.

Hurry! Quick! One-day deal at the YMCA!
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · October 20th, 2016
We just received information that on October 20 (Thursday) YMCA branches, including the Marion YMCA and the Y facilities at Mercy Health Plaza, will offer you a joining discount.

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How much does a funeral cost?
by Savy Senior · October 20th, 2016
Dear Savvy Senior,
How much does an average funeral and body burial cost? I need to make funeral arrangements for my aunt, who's terminally ill, and would like to have a cost idea going in so I can plan and budget appropriately.
The Executor

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Marion earns WaMaC Championship
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · October 20th, 2016
Six victories helped lift Class 4A's third-ranked volleyball team, the Marion Indians, to the 2016 WaMaC Conference Championship last week. The Indians fought off five teams over a three-day stretch to once again sit alone on top of one of the toughest conferences in the state of Iowa.

Trojans thump Lions prior to playoffs
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · October 20th, 2016
Friday night, the Linn-Mar football seniors had their final opportunity to play at the beautiful Linn-Mar Stadium. With their backs against the wall and a slim chance to make it into the Class 4A playoffs, the Lions were dominated by Iowa City West with a score of 50-7.

Gunderson doing the little things, helping the Kohawks
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · October 20th, 2016
Coe College senior tight end and former Marion Indian Ty Gunderson knows that sometimes in the game of football, the tight end position isn't the most glamorous spot to play. Yes, in today's game we see guys like New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski, Carolina Panther Greg Olsen, and Tennessee Titan Delanie Walker as their team's go-to target in the passing game despite being a tight end. That isn't the case for Gunderson in the Kohawks' offense but he doesn't mind because as of Saturday, Coe sits atop the Iowa Conference with a 5-0 record in IIAC play and 7-0 overall.

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Lions compete at MVC meets
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · October 20th, 2016
The Linn-Mar swimming and diving team competed at the annual Mississippi Valley Conference Divisional Meet and Supermeet last week at the Coralville Recreation Center and the University of Iowa Recreation Center. The Lions finished seventh in the 11-team race for the Supermeet crown.

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