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2017 Innovator of the Year receives recognition
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · March 23rd, 2017
Consumers Supply Distributing Co. (Wholesale), located at 6000 Linn Aire Ave. in Marion's Industrial Park, was chosen as the 2017 Innovator of the Year by the Marion Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO). The company was picked for installing an impressive new robotic palletizer in its Marion facility in July of 2016. It is something unique and also improves job quality and efficiency, said MEDCO President Nick Glew.

Indian Creek Nature Center receives $1 million gift upon sale
by Report submitted · March 23rd, 2017
Last Wednesday, March 15, Indian Creek Nature Center announced it has received a $1 million gift as proceeds from the sale of eight acres of land located along Highway 100 and 1st Avenue. The sale was completed between Ryan Companies and Indian Creek Nature Center. Ryan Companies and Grand Living will be developing the property into the new Grand Living at Indian Creek senior living project on this parcel.

MISD receives new proposal and passes new plan
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · March 23rd, 2017
Tom Ertz, Director of The Marion Home School Assistance Program presented a "proposal to relocate the current home school program to the Emerson Building," to The Marion Independent School Board on Monday, March 20, at 7 p.m. He said they were asked by the Marion Independent School District if they would consider moving into the Emerson School during their initial repurposing process. New funding opportunities may become available pending legislation. If the home school program relocates to Emerson (2018/19), they will become the sole tenants of the facility.

Senator Ernst visits Linn County
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · March 23rd, 2017
The packed house was divided, as political enthusiasts of all races, religions, and parties, waved signs and raised voices throughout Sinclair Auditorium during a Linn County forum with Iowa Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). Many audience members asked the Senator questions about proposed changes in federal government policies during the Friday, March 17, session at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

Commercial Real Estate Showcase to highlight Uptown Marion
by Report submitted · March 23rd, 2017
Uptown Marion will hold its 3rd annual Commercial Real Estate Showcase event designed to highlight opportunities for entrepreneurs, prospective business owners, and aspiring building owners in Uptown Marion on Thursday, March 30, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The Uptown Marion Commercial Real Estate Showcase will provide attendees with district updates and tours of current renovations, new construction, and other available property in Uptown Marion for purchase or lease.

Dan Gable wraps up community reading program
by By Jo Pearson, Assistant Director · March 23rd, 2017
Tonight and this weekend, the Metro Library Network (consisting of the Marion, Hiawatha, and Cedar Rapids public libraries) wraps up its 2017 Linn Area Reads community reading program.

Down Marion's Memory Lane
by By Voanne Hansen Times News · March 23rd, 2017
See what's happening in Marion history

Help protect older adults from financial abuse
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · March 23rd, 2017
Financial exploitation costs older Americans billions of dollars per year, according to several sources, including the National Council on Aging. If you have older parents, could they be vulnerable to financial scams and rip-off artists? And, if so, what can you do to help protect them?

Indian Creek Nature Center Festival sets visitor record
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · March 23rd, 2017
Saturday and Sunday were a tad bit nippy, thanks to a gusty wind, but nevertheless an awfully lot of hardy souls headed to Indian Creek Nature Center for the Maple Syrup Festival.

Jill Ackerman: A true reflection of a "Woman of Influence"
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · March 23rd, 2017
(I wanted to go visit with Jill Ackerman and interview her since she was chosen to be one of Corridor Business Journal's 2017 "Women of influence." Then the flu hit me. And it got worse.
However, Jill came to my rescue, taking time to sit down and send me responses to questions I had hoped to ask her face-to-face. Yes, she certainly is deserving of her honor.)


Kids and families splash for a pool full of eggs
by Report submitted · March 23rd, 2017
It's not your typical Easter Egg hunt. Rather than a lawn strewn with plastic eggs, the Eggstravaganza at the Marion YMCA is an egg hunt in the pool. On Friday, March 24, hundreds of eggs will float across the surface of the water for kids and parents to jump, splash and swim after. The event is free and open to the community; however, registration is required. Families can call 319-377-7361 to register.

Linn-Mar Student of the Week: Hannah Scott
by Report submitted · March 23rd, 2017
Hannah Scott is a senior at Linn-Mar High School for the 2016-17 school year.

Marion Student of the Week: Madeline Chambers
by Report submitted · March 23rd, 2017
Madeline Chambers is a senior at Marion High School for the 2016-17 school year.

Marion's Mock Trial Teams prepare to defend state title
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · March 23rd, 2017
All three teams from the Marion Home School Assistance Program will head for the Iowa State Mock Trial Competition to be held in Des Moines on March 27-29 (Monday through Wednesday).

Red Cedar Chamber Music presents Backlash Bach
by Report submitted · March 23rd, 2017
Red Cedar Chamber Music brings Bach's intricate genius to Eastern Iowa with a virtuoso program guaranteed to bring a fresh perspective to Bach's compositions. Violinist Miera Kim and cellist Carey Bostian are joined by guest artist, cellist Isaac Pastor-Chermak, to present J.S. Bach's three magnificent Sonatas for Viola de Gamba and Harpsichord in an exciting new way. They will present Backlash Bach, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, at Lowe Park, 4500 10th Street, Marion. The free concert is sponsored by Foster's Heating and Air, the City of Marion, Farmers State Bank, and the Giacoletto Foundation. It is presented in collaboration with the Marion Arts Council, which provides a post-concert reception.
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