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Council approves new body cameras
by Nancy Grindle · November 25th, 2015
At its meeting held on Thursday, November 12, the Marion City Council voted to approve the purchase of 50 body cameras for the Marion Police Department. The cost of the cameras is to be $15,000 and they will come from Provision Video Systems.

Heartland Animal Hospital ready to help 'furry friends'
by Deirdre Ryan · November 25th, 2015
As more and more people move to the community of Marion, the need for more healthcare centers increases as well. Not only do area citizens require doctors and medicine, but our family pets and furry friends depend on some special care too!

Speech club helps boost confidence
by Gary Follmann · November 25th, 2015
Do you want to become a confident public speaker and strong leader? If so, Toastmasters is the place for you. You'll find a supportive "learn-by-doing" environment that allows you to achieve your goals at your own pace.

Young musicians selected for elite festival
by Nancy Grindle · November 25th, 2015
At this time of year, families observe many traditions which are related to Thanksgiving and upcoming holidays.
Those traditions usually include a good meal, getting together with family or friends, and sharing some activities such as watching football games, decorating a tree, or some other past-time which has come down through generations.

Certified enrollment reflects healthy gains
by Nancy Grindle · November 19th, 2015
According to figures which must be turned in to the State of Iowa on October 1, both Marion Independent and Linn-Mar districts show increases in certified enrollment.

City Council to hold hearings Thursday
by Nancy Grindle · November 19th, 2015
A number of hearings will be held at the Marion City Council Meeting to be held Thursday, November 19, at 5:30 p.m.

Jury rules on first-degree murder in Luerkens case
by Deirdre Ryan · November 19th, 2015
"I do believe the jury came back with the right decision; they were diligent and they looked at all of the evidence. They listened and went through everything ... he got what he deserved," said Marion Chief of Police, Harry Daugherty.

Third Library charrette held
by Nancy Grindle · November 19th, 2015
The third of a series of Marion Library brainstorming sessions (known as charrettes, when they deal with architecture) was held Wednesday evening, November 11.

Welcome back to Mr. Beans
by Gary Follmann · November 19th, 2015
Mr. Beans coffee shop, located at 1080 E. Post Rd., Marion, IA 52302, has now reopened with a fresh new look, energetic people, and back in the hands of the original owners.

L-M Board recommends center-based preschool
by Nancy Grindle · November 12th, 2015
After researching and deliberating since late September, the Linn-Mar Preschool Advisory Board has reached its conclusion: It recommends a center-based preschool.
According to the document presented by Leisa Breitfelder, Executive Director of Student Services, the advisory group met four times.

Marion voters elect new incumbents
by Deirdre Ryan · November 12th, 2015
"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." - John F. Kennedy

Well another year of elections has come and gone; it seems that these incumbent races keep building and growing as our anticipation rises - and just like that, they are concluded within a flash. Although some voters may not have received the results they were wishing for, others are thrilled about what has come to pass.

Marion's Gadelha to run for Iowa Senate
by Nancy Grindle · November 12th, 2015
Rene Gadelha of Marion is running for the Iowa Senate to represent District 34.
This includes the communities of Marion, Hiawatha, Robins, Bertram and Ely as well as nearby rural residents.

Ramsey's re-opened and ready to serve!
by Gary Follmann · November 12th, 2015
Friday, October 30, marked the opening of the new and improved Ramsey's Metro Market at 1120 7th Ave. in uptown Marion. And what a treat they have in store for you!

Dreams come true at The Dreaming Bear
by Gary Follmann · November 5th, 2015
Where does one go to make their dreams come true? There are many different answers to that question, but here locally, in uptown historical Marion, such a place exists that is fun, exciting, and a colorful surprise for all who visit.

Iowa school districts wrestle with major problems
by Nancy Grindle · November 5th, 2015
One of the biggest problems facing school districts across Iowa is the situation of unfunded mandates. These were mentioned last week by Superintendent Shepherd from Linn-Mar in a brief conversation and then again at the most recent L-M school board meeting.
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