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2016-17 Marion Independent School teams connect
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · December 2nd, 2016
Marion Independent Lego League middle and high school challenges are designed to help students connect with each other, while encouraging them to unlock their powerful mind search engines in order to identify and discover creative solutions to life's problems. Once this is achieved, they then try getting a Lego-up in competitions by perfectly executing their robotic innovations.

New Library building planning still in stalemate
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · December 2nd, 2016
We spoke with Elsworth Carman, Director of the Marion Public Library, last week to see if there was any change or activity regarding the building of a new library.

"Remember Those Who Have Fallen"
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · December 2nd, 2016
The Marion Heritage Center and Museum will host a program presented by Colonel Greg Hapgood, Jr. of the Iowa National Guard entitled "Remember Those Who Have Fallen" on Wednesday, Dec. 7. This event is to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack that marked the United States' entry into World War II and also to honor all who have fallen in any of America's wars.

Linn County Solid Waste Agency Winter Hours
December 2nd, 2016
The Linn County Solid Waste Agency yard waste, compost, shingle recycling and recycling facility, 2250 A Street SW, Cedar Rapids, enacted winter hours on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016.
The facility will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed Saturday and Sunday). Winter hours are being used because customer traffic slows down significantly at the site during winter.
Operations at 1954 County Home Road, Marion, where the landfill, Resource Recovery building, and hazardous material collection are located, will not be affected. Regular business hours remain in effect, 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Also, the Solid Waste Agency will be giving away wood chips at no charge starting Nov. 28. Normally $40.00 per ton, the Agency will give away its 2016 supply. Offer ends when the supply is gone!

Open House Planned to Honor Donald Hoskins
December 2nd, 2016
On Thursday, Dec. 8 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., the City of Marion will honor longtime City Attorney Donald Hoskins. Hoskins has served as Marion's legal counsel since July 1977. An open house will take place in the atrium at Marion City Hall and the public is invited to attend. A brief presentation is planned for 5 p.m.

Celebrate Uptown Holiday Kick-Off at the Library
by By Olivia Stoner Children’s Services Librarian · December 2nd, 2016
On Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Marion Public Library is once again joining in celebration with the rest of our community. In addition to all the festivities around the Marion Square, we will have tuba players, a holiday book sale, and we will be making delicious-smelling decorations that will bring warmth to your home for years to come! If you can't join us that evening, or have always wanted to make a whole bunch of these lovely ornaments, here is the super simple recipe:

Celebrating 50 years in banking industry
by Report submitted · December 2nd, 2016
Farmer State Bank Director James A. (Jim) Mollenhauer was recently honored by the Iowa Bankers Association for 50 years of service to the banking industry.

Consider an Iowa- grown Christmas tree this holiday season
by Report submitted · December 2nd, 2016
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey again encouraged Iowans to consider choosing a fresh, Iowa-grown Christmas tree to decorate their home this holiday season.

Down Memory Lane
by Voanne Hansen Times News · December 2nd, 2016

Explore the Alternative Gift Market at Prairiewoods
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · December 2nd, 2016
As you think of gifts for family and friends, please consider an "alternative gift."

Giving Tree Theatre presents Little Women
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · December 2nd, 2016
Louisa May Alcott chose to focus the fictional story Little Women, around her "century of the middle class" life during the American Civil War. In her writings, she exposes society's wealth and gender prejudices after thousands of men joined the fight and left the responsibilities of home to their wives and daughters. Each character's strength and weakness represents a flawed tradition in Alcott's society. "The father was the master of the household. Middle class family rituals helped to sustain this hierarchy, with the father at the head of the table during meals." []

Heritage Bank is a credit to Marion's economy
by Article and Photo Courtesy of Nanci Young, Director of Strategic Engagement · December 2nd, 2016
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.

Iowa Arts Council and ArtForceIowa team up for Poetry Out Loud
by Report submitted · December 2nd, 2016
For many students, memorizing and reciting a poem in front of their class can be a nerve-wracking experience.

Jim Green returns to Linn-Mar Board of Education
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · December 2nd, 2016
Jim Green will return to the Linn-Mar Board of Education to complete the term of Todd Hutcheson, who recently resigned. Green's name came before the board at the regular meeting held on November 21. His appointment was unanimously approved by all board members present at that meeting.

Linn-Mar Cheer gives back to the community
by Report submitted · December 2nd, 2016
Tuesday, Nov. 29, was Giving Tuesday, a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the holiday season.
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