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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.
Top News
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.


Advertisement 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.

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Top Opinions
Eccentric Zombie Burger waitress shows 'Iowa Nice'
by Dan Brawner · July 29th, 2016
"I may look like a weirdo, but I'm actually a very nice, decent person," insisted Taelor Beeck, after her appearance upset a customer.


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Obituaries
Jean M. Smith, 89
July 29th, 2016
Cedar Rapids, April 2, 1927 - July 21, 2016



Dorothy Martin, 82
July 29th, 2016
Marion, Oct. 21, 1933 - July 19, 2016


Ferol Ann Pursell, 78
July 29th, 2016
Lewisville, TX, Aug. 20, 1937 - July 20, 2016


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Top Sports
Brown named Linn-Mar's new A.D.
by Brandon Leonard · July 29th, 2016
David Brown isn't afraid of new challenges and seizing opportunities. No stranger to moving around the Midwest, Brown and his family are making the move to Marion as he's accepted the position as Linn-Mar's Athletic Director.


Seven MISD Indians honored by WaMaC
by Brandon Leonard · July 29th, 2016
The WaMaC Conference is known around the area as one of the toughest conferences in the state of Iowa for high school athletics. Last week, the conference released their postseason honors and seven Marion baseball players were named to the list of honorees.


Stokes and Liberty on top in the East
by Brandon Leonard · July 29th, 2016
While the WNBA takes a hiatus from regular season play to focus on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Marion's own Kiah Stokes and her team, the New York Liberty, are sitting pretty when it comes to the WNBA playoff picture.


Cougars knock out L-M Lions
by Brandon Leonard · July 26th, 2016
After coming on strong in the second half of the season to show the state of Iowa they could contend with anyone, the Linn-Mar baseball team appeared to be poised to slay the dragon last Friday evening.


Fuller receives team honor for the season
by Brandon Leonard · July 26th, 2016
Four Marion softball players earned postseason honors from the WaMaC Conference, headlined by senior utility player Bayley Fuller.


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