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1 2017 Innovator of the Year receives recognition
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | 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.
   
2 MISD receives new proposal and passes new plan
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | 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.
   
3 Senator Ernst visits Linn County
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | 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.
   
4 Communication strategies for prickly porcupines
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | March 16th, 2017

Some people are thought of as porcupines, said Mt. Mercy University professor Dr. David Klope, Ph.D, to those who had gathered at the Marion Library at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, to hear him speak about Hugging the Porcupine: Speaking Peace to Hate. During the session, the audience learned about communication strategies for those hard-to-hug people and for others who desire a relationship with them.
   
5 St. Paul's Lutheran Church to restore bell tower
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | March 16th, 2017

The St. Paul's Lutheran Church bell tolled 105 times at the funeral of OraLee Grabau before she was laid to rest in Cedar Memorial on July 22, 2016. The bell (cast in Holland) rang once for each year of her life. OraLee Grabau, 105, passed away on July 22, 2016. She was born in Boone, Iowa, and married Leonard in 1934. She was a Simpson College graduate and taught at Linn-Mar until retiring in 1976. She also taught Sunday school for 40 years. In addition, she started the church's Lutheran Women Missionary League. Her son and grandchildren are still congregation members.
   
6 Vernon Middle School students learn of zSpace STEM Lab possibilities
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | March 16th, 2017

zSpace, Inc. Sales Director Pat Salstrand is pictured manipulating a virtual heart on one of the interactive computer screens in the high-tech zSpace Mobile VR Classroom at the Vernon Middle School on Wednesday, March 8.
   
7 LuxAir Aviation completes updates at Marion Airport
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | March 9th, 2017

LuxAir Aviation, LLC at the Marion Airport has recently tapped into those warm, golden rays streaming from the sky, whereby saving natural resources and their bottom line.
   
8 MISD Board project updates at Longfellow
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | March 9th, 2017

The Marion Independent School Board met Monday, March 6, and discussed an important agenda item during the open portion of the session.
   
9 Nauticos teams up in search for Amelia Earhart's plane
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | March 9th, 2017

A daring young woman in her flying machine made history as she successfully completed the first female solo transatlantic flight on May 20-21, 1932. According to infoplease.com, she flew "a Pratt & Whitney Wasp-powered Lockheed Vega...from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland, to Ireland in approximately 15 hrs."
   
10 Nauticos teams up in search for Amelia Earhart's plane
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · Robins | March 9th, 2017

A daring young woman in her flying machine made history as she successfully completed the first female solo transatlantic flight on May 20-21, 1932. According to infoplease.com, she flew "a Pratt & Whitney Wasp-powered Lockheed Vega...from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland, to Ireland in approximately 15 hrs."
   
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