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1 Going green with grazing goats
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | September 14th, 2017

A Goats on the Go's tribe of goats, all colors and sizes, grazed among bright sunflowers and over-grown ragweed in a temporary fenced-in acre of the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 6. Two goats near a foot-trodden dirt path were seen butting heads over one sky scraping blade among thousands, as 238 of their friends seemed content to graze without incident in the vast, delectable buffet of nature.
2 Prospect Meadows Ball Fields to start seeing progress
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | September 14th, 2017

Prospect Meadows Ball Fields (PMBF) complex project is planning to hit one out of the park, with a 17-field baseball/softball complex, ideally situated northeast of Marion, on a 128-acre site. According to, "the site is owned by Linn County and is bordered by County Home Road to the north and Highway 13 to the west."
3 The butterfly effect takes flight in Marion
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | September 7th, 2017

DKW Art Gallery & Studios owner Mark Weiser said he got the idea to make Marion a butterfly community after noticing THE chocolate SHOP's large, colorful, attached butterfly on its building.
4 The MISD begins rebuilding and renovation campaign
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | September 7th, 2017

Dreams of field rebuilding and auditorium renovation at the Marion Independent High School were on the minds of those gathered for a Marion Builds Opportunity and Partners capital campaign kick-off breakfast at the Indian Creek Country Club on Thursday, August 31, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly and Marion Chamber of Commerce President Jill Ackerman both showed support to the school district by attending.
5 Squaw Creek Crossing project is underway
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | August 31st, 2017

"There are 19,500 cities and towns in the U.S. and 3,500 counties. Marion is recognized as a Top Ten Town for Family in the United States (Family Circle Magazine, 2013)" [MEDCO]
6 The bell tolls again and displayed in new tower
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | August 31st, 2017

St. Paul's Lutheran Church's bell and Carillon System can once again be heard ringing from atop a bell tower in Marion. Besides the melodious music, residents can enjoy the reconditioned bell's beauty even at night, thanks to a new open tower design and permanent lighting.
7 Winning MISD coaches receive recognition
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · Sports | August 31st, 2017

Marion Independent School District's 2016-17 outstanding coaches were recognized for their achievements at a regular school board work session on August 28 at 4:30 p.m. Board President David Law read the proclamations aloud while Board Member Jill Hansen presented them to the coaches.
8 Forum held for MISD board member candidates
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | August 24th, 2017

A Marion Independent School District Board of Education election, scheduled for September 12, will include three open seats on the ballot. Incumbents Shari Funck and Bill Huntoon will appear on the ballot as well as a space for residents to write in additional choices. The top three candidates with the most votes will then be elected.
9 Young at heart at Hunters Ridge
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · Sports | August 24th, 2017

A "young-at-heart" Goofy Putting Golf Course event at Hunters Ridge had 40 retired Summit Pointe Senior Living, Keystone Cedars, and Cottage Grove seniors acting like kids again. Residents signed up to participate through their Life Enrichment Coordinators at each facility, said Summit Pointe Outreach Coordinator Cathy Weber, who organized the event. The fifth-year outing was held on Friday, August 18, beginning at 9 a.m.
10 Be inspired at new Uptown shops
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | August 17th, 2017

Two adjacent businesses, Be Inspired and DiModa Boutique have recently opened in Uptown Marion. In celebration of their successful move from Dysart, both shops will host a combined grand opening and Chamber of Commerce ribbon
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