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FEATURED PHOTO · Lindie Hunter (middle) was selected to receive this year's Miles of Smiles at Marion Hy-Vee last Wednesday, December 6. Hunter, a mother of five, received a van, groceries, and a gas card. - Times Photo by DJ Kauffman
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Marion City Council holds regular session
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · December 14th, 2017
At the beginning of the Marion City Council meeting held on December 7, 2017, Police Chief Joseph McHale introduced two ministers who will work with the Police Department as chaplains. They are Senior Pastor Greg Williamson from St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Marion and Pastor Matt Proctor from Cornerstone Church in Marion.

Marion Independent approves Facility Assessment
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · December 14th, 2017
The Marion Independent School District Board of Education on Monday approved an MISD ICAT Phase 1 QLEO-scope and fee Facility Assessment Proposal (in the amount listed on the proposal as $13,000) during a regular 4:30 p.m. meeting. The Board unanimously agreed an outside assessment is necessary before making any final district improvement priority decisions. And the report is scheduled to be complete in four to six weeks, they said.

Advertisement Miles of Smiles offers hope
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · December 14th, 2017
Frigid winter winds swept over the crowd as they gathered near large space heaters and under canopys for the sixth annual Miles of Smiles event at the Marion Hy-Vee on December 6.

Woodland Legacy Symposium emphasizes 'green' for our communities and health
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · December 14th, 2017
The Trees Forever 11th Woodland Symposium took place on Thursday, December 11, at the Cedar Rapids Country Club. Keynote speakers were Dr. Kathleen Wolf of the University of Washington and Peter MacDonagh from Kestrel Design Group and the University of Minnesota. They both spoke about the importance of green infrastructure in our towns and cities, and its positive impacts on our lives.

Secretary Pate approves Linn County redistricting plan
by Report submitted · December 14th, 2017
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has announced his approval of the Supervisor District Plan submitted to his office by the Linn County Board of Supervisors. The plan redraws supervisor districts in the county, following an affirmative vote by Linn County voters to reduce the number of supervisor districts from five down to three. The new plan is effective beginning with the 2018 election cycle.

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Are you a snowbird? Protect your finances while you're gone
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · December 14th, 2017
Winter is (just about) officially here - but you may soon be leaving it behind if you're a snowbird. When you go, though, you'll want to keep your financial situation from getting caught out in the cold.

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Obituaries
Elinor "Ellie" Myrene Witwer
by Report submitted · December 14th, 2017
Elinor "Ellie" Myrene Witwer, of Marion, formerly of Cedar Rapids, went to be with the Lord unexpectedly on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at her home. The family greeted friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Marion. A private family committal service took place at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Iris Tuttrup Smith, 99
by Report submitted · December 14th, 2017
Iris Edna Tuttrup Smith, age 99, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca.

Retirement Announcement
by Report submitted · December 14th, 2017
After more than 42 years in the financial services business, I have decided to retire effective December 31.

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Indians struggle at Mount Vernon Invite
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · December 14th, 2017
The Marion wrestling team left the Mount Vernon Invitational Wrestling Tournament last Saturday with room for improvement and a new, clean slate on the horizon. The Indians, who did not have Niyo Gady and Brady Bartz in the lineup, had a rough go over the weekend with just a handful of victories from their depleted lineup.

Number-one Indians destroy Williamsburg
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · December 14th, 2017
The top-ranked team in Class 4A flexed their muscles yet again last Friday night in Marion as the Marion Indians came out firing on all cylinders against the Williamsburg Raiders. Marion picked up the victory in dominant fashion, winning with a final score of 85-19.

Indians win one, drop one
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · December 14th, 2017
The Marion boys' basketball team defended their home court nicely last week with a victory over Independence, and almost picked up a hard-fought road win over

Lion bowlers fall to Senior
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · December 14th, 2017
The Linn-Mar bowling teams both suffered losses at the hands of Dubuque Senior last Friday night at Cherry Lanes. The Ram boys won 3244-2613 while the girls claimed victory with a final tally of 2625-2541.

Lion wrestlers pin CR Washington
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · December 14th, 2017
The Linn-Mar wrestling team picked up a decisive dual win last win over metro rival Cedar Rapids, Washington. The Lions took down the Warriors by a final tally of 54-20 in a battle of conference foes.

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