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Montessori Graduation
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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Boy Scouts to expand inclusive programs
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · October 19th, 2017
On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, the Boy Scouts of America national Board of Directors unanimously approved welcoming girls into its Scouting programs from Cub Scout age through the highest rank, that of Eagle Scout.

Candidates for City Council express views
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · October 19th, 2017
A forum was held on Thursday, October 12, so residents could listen to the viewpoints of the candidates running for seats on the Marion City Council. The forum was at Linn-Mar's Little Theater and followed a question-and-answer format.

Castle named a 'Happy Warrior'
by Jake Krob Publisher · October 19th, 2017
Marion native John K. Castle, chairman and CEO of Castle Harlan Inc., is the 2017 Happy Warrior Award recipient of The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation.

Waldo's Rock Park a huge success
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · October 19th, 2017
A good-sized crowd attended the dedication, ribbon-cutting and opening of Waldo's Rock Park on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Waldo Morris, who donated the land, was present, along with many in his family. He seemed especially pleased with how the rock and the park turned out and spent a long time with family and friends simply enjoying the new area.

Emerson Elementary plans move forward
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · October 19th, 2017
The Marion Independent School District is looking at roughly 1.25 million dollar repurposing plans for its vacant Emerson Elementary facility located at 1400 10th Avenue. If feasibly possible, the district would like to use it for its growing home schooling program.

Large group celebrates Cobban-Hervey ribbon-cutting
by Nancy Grindle and Sarah Olberding Correspondents · October 19th, 2017
Many dignitaries and guests attended the ribbon-cutting of the historic Cobban-Hervey building held in Uptown Marion on Tuesday, Oct. 10. Among them were Gov. Kim Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, Michael Wagler of Main Street Iowa, and David Barker, president of Barker Companies, which invested in the project and received a Challenge Grant from Main Street Iowa.

Allen's Orchard offers fun, fall festivities
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · October 19th, 2017
The weather is starting to change, leaves are falling, and all things pumpkin and spice and everything nice are all around. For those who love fall, this is prime time for pumpkin patch trips, apple-picking and other fun fall activities.

Confidence Builders shared at Lifetree Cafe
by Report submitted · October 19th, 2017
Practical solutions for building self-confidence will be shared at Lifetree Cafe on Friday, October 20, at noon.

Linn- Mar High School Student of the Week: Abby VonRheenen
by Report submitted · October 19th, 2017
Abby is a senior at Linn-Mar High School for the 2017-18 school year.

Marion High School Student of the Week: Neil Sharma
by Report submitted · October 19th, 2017
Neil Sharma is a senior at Marion High School for the 2017-18 school year.

Marion TOPS fall rally
by Report submitted · October 19th, 2017
"TOPS IS the Weigh to GO" fall rally was held on Saturday, October 14, at the Marion Christian Church. Marion chapter, TOPS 554, hosted the rally for members from southeastern Iowa. TOPS from 13 chapters were among the approximately 60 to 70 in attendance.

New Linn-Mar board members get right to work
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · October 19th, 2017
The three new Linn-Mar board members - Bob Anderson, Cara Lausen and Rachel Wall - were put to work immediately at the October 9 work and regular sessions of the Board of Directors. They heard a number of intensive reports from administrators, AEA personnel, and others.

Sweet treat fundraiser
by Report submitted · October 19th, 2017
The Freeze in Marion will serve up $1 ice cream for its second annual fundraiser for the Marion Independent School District Foundation & Alumni Association on Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28. The Freeze will close for the season on Thursday, October 26, in order to prepare for the event. The staff, comprised of mainly Marion High School students, will serve chocolate and vanilla cones for the event until the mix runs out.

The Marion Home School Assistance Program offers enriching 'smorgasbord'
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · October 19th, 2017
"Home School Assistance Programs (HSAP) were established during the 1991 state legislative session. The legislation specifies that the district choosing to sponsor an HSAP shall provide an Iowa licensed teacher to serve as supervising teacher for the enrolled families," said Marion Home School Assistance Program Director Tom Ertz.

Tree planting in Marion offers hands-on education
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · October 19th, 2017
"Trees for Kids and Trees for Teens are tree education and planting programs targeted to Iowa's elementary and secondary school students. The goal of these programs is to educate students about the value of trees and to encourage tree planting projects at schools and other public areas around the state." [TreesForKidsGrantinstructions.pdf]
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