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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.

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.

Sources of heat and winter fire safety
by By Captain Shawn Fluharty, Marion Fire Department · December 14th, 2017
More than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as heat sources in their homes. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the fire risks when heating with wood and solid fuels.

For the book lovers in your life: Holiday gifts available at the Friends of the Library Bookstore
by Report submitted · December 14th, 2017
Friends of the Marion Public Library's 2018 Book Lover's Calendars are going fast! Drop by the library soon to get your copy for that last minute holiday gift or stocking stuffer.

From the Mayflower to Marion
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · December 14th, 2017
A Marion artist living in a house made from the old Linn County jail, has an ancestry filled with American history, including Dutch Pilgrims who arrived in Cape Cod, Massachusetts on November 9, 1620, aboard the Mayflower. Her name is Mary Louise (Anderson) Andersen, also known as Molly, and this is her story.

Have some holiday shopping to do?
by By Dawn Cline Marion Public Library · December 14th, 2017
Stop by Barnes and Noble this Friday, December 15, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mention the Marion Public Library when you check out from Barnes & Noble's Cedar Rapids store on Friday, December 15, and a percentage of your purchase cost will be donated to the library!

Christmas with Mrs. Claus for a cause
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · December 14th, 2017
The Victorian-style Granger House was filled to the brim with boys and girls ages four to 10 on the morning of Saturday, December 9. The children seemed delighted to meet Mrs. Claus and receive a gift bag from her, just for stopping by.

Down Marion's Memory Lane
by By Voanne Hansen Times News · December 14th, 2017
See what happened in Marion's History this week.

Festive tips to set a holiday mood at home
by StatePoint Media News Source · December 14th, 2017
It's the most festive time of the year. Be sure to fill your home with the classic scents, sounds and sights of the holiday season in the following ways.

Fun holiday gift ideas for kids exploring math, science, art and more
by StatePoint Media News Source · December 14th, 2017
When shopping for children this holiday season, remember that the best gifts will pull double-duty and be not only fun, but educational, too.

Linn-Mar Board of Education approves reports, actions
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · December 14th, 2017
The Linn-Mar school board met for its regular meeting at 5 p.m. on Monday, December 11. A work session was not held, so the regular meeting was moved to the 5 p.m. time and members could later attend the district holiday concert.

Linn-Mar Foundation gives back to students
by Report submitted · December 14th, 2017
On the day known as Giving Tuesday, the Linn-Mar school district had the honor of receiving a check presented by the Linn-Mar Foundation during its board of directors meeting.
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