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FEATURED PHOTO · The Montessori School of Marion ended their very first year as Marion's and only Montessori School. Mayor Nick AbouAssaly attended the student's concert on May 26, 2017, and handed out diplomas to the preschool Class of 2017.
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Construction progresses at Longfellow Elementary
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · June 22nd, 2017
Several Marion Independent School District agenda items were discussed at the regular BOE meeting on Monday evening, June 12, at 7 p.m., including an update on Longfellow Elementary additional geothermal costs and construction progress.

New library construction costs under review
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · June 22nd, 2017
Marion City Manager Lon Pluckhahn attended a special meeting with the Marion Public Library Board of Trustees and Director Elsworth Carman at the library on Wednesday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m. He said plans for City funding of the new library in a mixed-use facility are under in-depth review, citing financial constraints.

Paternal instinct to help other single dads
by Cynthia Petersen Correspondent · June 22nd, 2017
Single dads are gaining more support these days, especially with the help of local nonprofit, Paternal Guardians of Iowa (PGI).

911 Emergency Calls
by Article submitted by the Marion Police Department and the City of Marion · June 22nd, 2017
The 911 emergency number was introduced in 1968 as a universal number for calling for emergency services within the United States. Most people rarely face emergency situations, so they lack firsthand experience with calling 911. Below are four common questions that officers and public safety personnel are often asked concerning the use of 911.

Secretary of State Pate launches Voter ID informational webpage
by Report submitted · June 22nd, 2017
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced the launch of a new webpage to help inform voters about the upcoming changes to Iowa's election laws. The page is easily accessible from the main page of the Secretary of State's website,, or can be found by going to The page provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding the new laws and outlines when they will be implemented. Some minor changes to Iowa's election laws take place on July 1.

City Engineering Office notes street closures
by Report submitted · June 22nd, 2017
Two notifications were shared by the office of Mike Barkalow, Assistant City Engineer, regarding street closings which were set to occur this week.

Down Marion's Memory Lane
by Voanne Hansen Times News · June 22nd, 2017
What happen in Marion History today?

Embroiderers Guild to host craft sale
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · June 22nd, 2017
The Cedar Valley Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America is hosting a sale of items Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 22, 23, 24.

Enjoy bluegrass music during Picnic in the Park
by Report submitted · June 22nd, 2017
The Marion Heritage Center & Museum and the Masonic Lodge #6 AF and AM invite families to come together for Picnic in the Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, 2017, in Marion Square Park. Old-Time games for the kids and prizes will be available during the event with performances by Bob & Kristie Black of the Banjoy Bluegrass Band from 11 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Federal arts funding renewed for upcoming fiscal year
by Report submitted · June 22nd, 2017
The National Endowment for the Arts announced it is renewing funding to state arts agencies, including $618,100 to the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, for the next state fiscal year (SFY2018) that begins July 1, 2017, and goes through June 30, 2018.

The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival in Marion
by Staff Report · June 22nd, 2017
This summer, Marion will host four events from the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival 2017.

What's happening?
by By Dawn Cline Program Coordinator - Community Outreach Services · June 22nd, 2017
Have you been in to see what is going on at the Marion Public Library? We are in our busiest season with our Summer Reading Program for all ages called Build a Better World. If you have not signed up yet, it's not too late to get involved with the wonderful programs we are sharing with everyone. Stop in or sign up online at

City of Marion moves forward with Armar Drive project
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · June 15th, 2017
The Marion City Council voted at its regular meeting on June 8, 2017, to award a contract to Rathje Construction Company, Inc. to build a segment of street so that Armar Drive will extend south through a portion of Marion to join with Highway 100 (Collins Road) that goes east toward Menards.

Linn-Mar sets bond vote for September 12
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · June 15th, 2017
At its regular school board meeting, held Monday, June 12, Linn-Mar's Board of Directors was notified by Board Secretary Angie Morrison that a petition with 389 names on it had been received on Friday, June 9, 2017, asking for a vote to be taken regarding the issuance of general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $80 million to "construct, build, furnish and equip" two intermediate (fifth/sixth grade) buildings. Those funds also would be used to create a new elementary building.

Marion team to help seniors "reach higher" in the community
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · June 15th, 2017
"My goal is to make Marion a place where people of all ages experience an unequaled quality of life," said Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly during a Seniors Connection meeting on Monday, June 12, at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall.
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