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Marion Square serving up sights and sounds
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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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City Council to consider election process
by Nancy Grindle · July 29th, 2016
A special proclamation was read at the regular Marion City Council meeting, held Thursday, July 21. The proclamation was in honor of Granger House's 40th Anniversary Day on Sunday, July 24. A number of festivities and an Ice Cream Social were held that afternoon.


Enjoy summer without breaking the bank
by Gary Follmann · July 29th, 2016
When looking at the calendar I am that guy who is suddenly getting depressed. I absolutely, positively love summer.


Marion Independent prepares for future
by D.J. Kauffman · July 29th, 2016
"Our job is to set the vision," director, Alan Tribble said, at the Marion Independent School Board Work Session on July 18 at 4:30 p.m., about the school district's plan for future growth.


MEDCO: Business Reaching Higher
July 29th, 2016
Article & Photo Courtesy of
Nanci Young, Director of
Strategic Engagement

The Marion business environment is filled with success and opportunities. MEDCO is sharing compelling stories that highlight those who support the Marion economy and promote an environment that builds community loyalty. Our strengths will retain and attract business development, allowing Marion to reach higher and achieve more.



Pokemon Go gains ground
by Alyssa Vicente · July 29th, 2016
Once a popular game of the 1990s and early 2000s has made a major comeback this summer. On July 6, 2016, a new Pokemon game was released and by July 22nd, was downloaded onto over 40 million IOS and Android devices around the world.

Reading to children creates bright futures
by Gary Follmann · July 29th, 2016
We all agree that once you become a parent, things change drastically for a family. Schedules become adjusted, worries become different, time constraints are like never before, and suddenly the way you look at the world, and the world around us, changes as well. Becoming a parent was by far the most powerful choice I ever made, and changed me in so many ways. Suddenly what I thought I knew, became secondary, to what I needed to know.


Winding up summertime with Uptown Getdown concert series
by Deirdre Ryan · July 29th, 2016
As the month of August is almost upon us, many of you have quite a few things on your mind... the kids will be back to school soon, there are plenty of preparations to be done, the seasons will be changing once again, and many of the area construction projects will be completed.


Calling all area 'Dog Lovers' - don't miss this!
by Nancy Grindle · July 26th, 2016
The K9Splash event, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14, is asking for volunteers who love dogs to help with the annual dog swim at Bever Pool in Cedar Rapids.

Children's workshops available at Heritage Center
by Nancy Grindle · July 26th, 2016
In connection with the national traveling needlework exhibit which will be at the Heritage Center from August 6 through October 8, (featured on Page A1 of this week's Marion Times), a series of free Make-It, Take-It workshops will be offered to children to encourage them to try their hand at needlework.


Dazzling display of needlework comes soon to Heritage Center
by Nancy Grindle · July 26th, 2016
The Embroiderer's Guild of America, the Cedar Valley Chapter of EGA, and the Marion Heritage Center are working together to present an exhibit of some of the finest needlework from across the United States and Canada.

Every Joe loves a cup of coffee'...
by Alyssa Vicente · July 26th, 2016
On a 2 a.m. coffee break at work, Joshua Mandle accidentally spilled sriracha in his coffee. While most of us would take the cup of coffee, dump it, and get a new cup, Mandle proceeded to drink the coffee, enjoying this unique blend of flavors. This single event created a spark in Joshua Mandle and his friend Bruce Lange to experiment with coffee.


Journey back in time with the Jordan family
by D.J. Kauffman · July 26th, 2016
They toiled in the earth of America's heartland until it finally surrendered to their relentless effort and heavy plows.
-D.J.K.

Linn County pioneers, Rishworth and Charlotte (Chase) Jordan, left their native state of Maine in 1852 and settled on a farm near Central City where they had ten children; one of whom was James D. Jordan of Marion Township [Portrait and Biographical Album of Linn County, Iowa]. Through hard work and determination this Jordan family has established a proud heritage and has left an indelible footprint on the city of Marion.


MEDCO: Business Reaching Higher
July 26th, 2016
Article & Photo Courtesy of
Nanci Young, Director of
Strategic Engagement

The Marion business environment is filled with success and opportunities. MEDCO is sharing compelling stories that highlight those who support the Marion economy and promote an environment that builds community loyalty. Our strengths will retain and attract business development, allowing Marion to reach higher and achieve more.


Second book on Marion brings author's return
by Nancy Grindle · July 26th, 2016
Although Dan Kellams left home to attend Cornell College in Mount Vernon and then Columbia University in New York City, a part of his heart remained in Marion, Iowa, as we find when we open his second book, a memoir called Mistaken for a King: Sketches of a Small-Town Boyhood.


Bark Busters offers help for any dog
by Nancy Grindle · July 15th, 2016
Bark Busters is considered a top-notch dog training program, and Marion's own Janie Fairchild serves the local area as an experienced Specialist Trainer.
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