Poetry reading in Marshalltown on Wednesday.

Marshalltown's poet laurete Ed Hofert will be hosting

a poetry reading Wednesday afternoon and evening

at the Knights of Columbus Hall at Marshalltown.

Hofert says there will be social hours from four to six

and a reading between six and eight p-m.

Poets are welcome to bring their work and read.

Ed is the author of two books his latest is called

"Out of the Shadows", he is known as the

heart Whisperer.

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The new Sportsbook is out!

The KFJB/KIX 101. 2014-2015 Sportsbook is out and is

being distributed.

The 80 page edition features High School, College, and

professional schedules plus information on programing

and personalities from the two stations.

The Sportsbook is available at our studios during regular

business hours and also at retail locations in the listening


The book will also be distributed at the Marshalltown

versus Newton football game next Friday night at Leonard

Cole Field.

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Labor Day Parade to be held in Des Moines.

There will be a Labor Day Parade in Des Moines


According to Lance Coles of the AFL-CIO the

entrants line up at the State Capitol building,

then the parade goes east down Grand Avenue

to the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

A post parade celebration is being held at

Labor Park which is at 4640 Northwest Morningstar

Drive in the far northern part of Des Moines.

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Labor Day closures.

No Mail today on Labor Day because of the holiday.

The Marshalltown Public Library and the Senior Center

will be closed today.

The Marshalltown Parks and Rec Department office is

closed today.

The Marshall County Courthouse is closed.

Banks are closed today.

Marshalltown City Hall is closed today.

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Storm reports from Iowa.

Marshalltown recieved 2.18 inches of rain Sunday night from a

storm that moved through the area.

In Denison in Crawford County a person was injured when they

were struck by lightning, there was also flooding after a dam failed

in heavy rain and a highway was affected.

A garage was destroyed at Harcourt in Hamilton County.

A funnell cloud was sighted at rural Boone.

80 mile per hour winds were clocked at Bayard and Yale in

Guthrie County.

At Minburn there was flooding that impacted U-S highway 169.

Closer to home there were 66 mile per hour winds at Iowa Falls, 60

mile per hour winds at Steamboat Rock, heavy rain at Belle Plaine,

and 59 mile per hour winds at Prairie City, 71 mile per hour winds

at Knoxville.




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Fatal motorcycle accident on U-S 30 near Ames.

The Story County Sheriff`s Department reports a fatal accident involving a motorcycle on U-S Highway 30 in the Ames area.

Captain Barry Thomas says the victim is identified 52 year old Benjamin Parsons of Boone who was riding on a Harley Davidson motorcyle and was going westbound on U-S 30 when he lost control about 7:40 Thursday evening.

The Harley Davidson went into the north ditch.

Parsons was flown by helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines where he was pronounced dead.

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The cusp of a holiday weekend.

The begining of the holiday weekend is nearly at hand....

Could be a rainy start to the three day weekend break....

The Marshalltown area has had for example 1.10 inches of rain over the last three days....

An umbrella would be a handy thing today....

More Iowans are expected to travel this weekend....Triple A says gas prices will be within reason.....

Law enforcement will be out and about looking for speeders, impaired drivers and those without seatbelts on....

Lots of extra traffic is expected in the Iowa City and Ames areas for the football games tomorrow morning.....






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Goodbye Marshalltown

Dear KFJB Listeners,
After a year with Marshalltown Broadcasting, today was my last day. I have appreciated everyday that I have been able to spend in the Central Iowa community I have lovingly called home. I have enjoyed observing and reporting on the Marshalltown area. This is, most definitely, a place where people have strong pride in where they are from and want to see their community flourish.
While I am leaving, I have treasured being welcomed into this community. Thankfully, my job has allowed me to meet and speak with so many wonderful and inviting people. I will miss delivering the news and the people that have welcomed me into their homes, cars, and offices.
Katherine Fritcke
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Jindal, Cruz to headline September Iowa GOP event

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential prospects Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal are planning to speak at an Iowa Christian conservative event in September.

Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition announced Thursday that Cruz, a Texas senator, and Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, are scheduled to speak at the Sept. 27 event planned at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

It's billed as a "family banquet" and is intended to charge up conservatives ahead of the Nov. 4 election. It's also expected to feature Iowa candidates, including Gov. Terry Branstad, who is seeking a sixth term.

Cruz and Jindal are among Republicans weighing 2016 presidential candidacies.

Both have made repeated visits to Iowa, which will begin the presidential nominating process with its caucuses. Social conservatives comprise a loyal core of the GOP caucuses' base.

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Retiring chief joins Iowa Law Enforcement Academy

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Retiring Des Moines Police Chief Judy Bradshaw isn't done working yet.

The Iowa Law Enforcement Academy announced Thursday that Bradshaw will become the assistant director Oct. 6 after she ends a 34-year tenure with the Des Moines Police Department.

Bradshaw will replace Mike Quinn, who was fired in June after female cadets and workers complained that he behaved inappropriately. Some have alleged the academy has a hostile environment for women.

Academy Director Arlen Ciechanowski says Bradshaw "brings an incredible wealth of law enforcement knowledge" to the academy, which trains Iowa police officers, jailers and dispatchers.

The 55-year-old Bradshaw says she's eager to "share what I've learned in my career with Iowa's future law enforcement leaders."

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Mom clobbers Des Moines man to defend her toddler

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A woman has assaulted a Des Moines man who tossed a toaster pastry and wrapper onto the woman's 2-year-old child in her car.

The incident occurred around 8:25 p.m. Tuesday at a Des Moines convenience store. The woman told officers that as she was pumping gas, she saw her child throw items out a window. Police say security video shows a man who also had been pumping gas walk over, pick up the items and toss them back into the car. Officers saw pieces of the pastry in the child's hair. The man told officers he didn't know the person in the car was a child.

Police say the mother then attacked the man, punching him in an eye.

No arrests have been reported.

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Manure spill traced to Jasper County hog facility

LAUREL, Iowa (AP) — Iowa regulators are investigating a hog manure spill in Jasper County, south of Laurel.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a farmer had called on Wednesday after spotting dead fish and crawdads in a tributary of Alloway Creek.

Environmental specialists tracked the manure spill to a 4,000-head hog facility owned by Clinton Vos, of Newton. It was determined that manure was leaking from a wall of the hog confinement and pooling outside the building.

The department says the owner has repaired the building and erected a berm to contain the manure.

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Workforce agency head denies mismanagement claims

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The head of Iowa's workforce agency is defending herself against accusations of mismanagement, telling lawmakers that she has been trying to update and modernize operations.

Iowa Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert came before the Senate Government Oversight Committee on Wednesday.

During two days of hearings, a former workforce judge has said he was unfairly fired and staffers questioned why they were told to keep quiet about the agency's decision to grant unemployment benefits to people who didn't seek them earlier this year.

Wahlert, who was appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad in January 2011, said there was no effort to cover up the overpayment problem, caused by a technical glitch. To the management complaints, she said some people may be having a hard time with new policies.

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Supreme Court gets input on eliminating bar exam

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court is hearing attorneys, judges, and law professors give their opinions on what would happen if the state eliminated the requirement that all attorneys must pass the bar exam before beginning practice.

Currently only Wisconsin allows attorneys graduating from in-state law schools to skip the test.

The Iowa State Bar Association has suggested Iowa adopt the policy called diploma privilege allowing students graduating from law schools at Drake or the University of Iowa to practice law without taking the bar.

Supporters say it will help reduce the debt of law students by allowing them to enter the work force sooner and may help slow declining law school enrollment.

Opponents say the bar exam serves an important gatekeeping purpose of weeding out lawyers unprepared to begin practicing law.

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Ex-lawmaker pleads guilty in GOP caucuses case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa lawmaker has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his switch of support from one Republican presidential candidate to another before the 2012 caucus.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that former state Sen. Kent Sorenson received "under-the-table payments" when he changed loyalties in the campaign's closing days. Prosecutors didn't say which campaign paid him.

Sorenson was state chairman for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's campaign beginning in June 2011. He admitted receiving and lying about monthly payments of roughly $8,000 from another campaign from October to December 2011. Six days before the January caucuses, Sorenson declared his support for then-U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.

Sorenson pleaded guilty to causing a campaign to falsely report expenditures and obstruction.

Sorenson, and representatives for Paul and Bachmann didn't immediately return messages.

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Spill reported in Jasper County.

A manure spill and small fish kill in Jasper County south of Laurel is being investigated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR was alerted late Wednesday morning by a farmer who spotted dead small fish and crawdads as well as a manure odor coming from a tributary of Alloway Creek south of Laurel. Environmental specialists found some smaller dead fish and crawdads that looked to have already begun decomposing.

After detecting slightly higher than normal ammonia levels in the water, environmental specialists for the DNR were able to track the manure spill back to a 4000-head hog facility owned by Clinton Vos of Newton. It was determined that manure was leaking from a sidewall of the hog confinement and pooling outside of the building.

Although manure was not going into the creek when the environmental specialists arrived, it was apparent that manure had run to the creek through a soybean field during a recent rainfall event.

By late afternoon, the owner had repaired the hole in the side of the building and had constructed a berm to contain the manure that was pooled.

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United Way announces kick off luncheon date.

The United Way organization has announced they will

kick off their 84th yearly fundraising campaign on September

10th with a luncheon event at the Fisher Community Center

in Marshalltown.

Spokeswoman Nancy Steveson says the event will begin at


She says the program will include a photo display and

a campaign video.

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Fundraising Garage Sale to be held Saturday.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars organization will be holding

a Garage Sale on Saturday.

Organizers of the event say the location will be at 107

Meadow Lane.

The hours of the event Saturday will be eight a-m to five p-m.

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House committee to review attorney general program

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A legislative oversight committee will investigate a program administered by theIowa attorney general's office.

Rep. Kevin Koester, a Republican from Ankeny who chairs the House Government Oversight Committee, says Wednesday the panel will review some of the practices of the office's Crime Victim Assistance Division.

According to a news release, the committee will look at the funding that goes to programs around the state that assist crime victims.

The committee will meet Sept. 8 to question staff from the attorney general's office. A spokesman for Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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Speakers: Iowa's medical marijuana law needs work

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Speakers at an administrative hearing say they're frustrated at the difficulty in obtaining a marijuana extract despite Iowa's new law.

Sally Gaer, of West Des Moines, and Kim Novy, of Altoona, made the comments Tuesday after a state Department of Public Health hearing on the issue. Both women say they have epileptic children who would benefit from the extract.

Gaer says the law, which decriminalizes possession of a marijuana extract for patients, offers no legal method for growing or selling the product in the state, and lawmakers are still working on issuing registration cards to allow residents to possess extract purchased in other states.

Health official Deborah Thompson says officials hope to issue registration cards by the end of the year.

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Des Moines official says employee falsified report

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A West Des Moines official says a utility employee is off the job after falsifying a water sample report.

Water Works manager Diana Wilson says a longtime treatment plant employee left the utility on Monday. She said the man lied when he said a water sample was safe after it tested positive for harmful bacteria.

Wilson did not release the man's name but said he worked there for "decades." She didn't say if he resigned or was fired.

Four of five samples taken Aug. 16 were negative for the unspecified bacteria. Wilson says the water has been retested and found to be safe.

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Fired workforce judge seeks independent inquiry

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former chief judge for the state agency that hears unemployment cases says he was fired because he stood up to his boss, who asserted her bias toward employers and against unemployed workers.

Joe Walsh oversaw 15 unemployment appeals judges from 2010 until his dismissal in 2013.

On Tuesday, he told the Senate Government Oversight Committee that Iowa Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert pushed him to develop tip sheets to help businesses avoid paying unemployment. She was appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad.

Walsh called for an independent counsel to "fully investigate all of the Branstad administration's abuses of the administrative judiciary."

A workforce development spokeswoman wouldn't comment but noted Wahlert testifies before the panel Wednesday.

Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers noted Democrats lead the hearings, calling them "thinly veiled political circus."

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Republicans question Hatch's legislative record

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republicans are accusing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch of using his legislative position to halt a bill that could have impacted his development business.

Iowa Republican Party Chairman Jeff Kaufmann said Tuesday that as a state senator, Hatch sought to kill a bill that would have limited fees for developers receiving federal tax credits to build low-income housing.

Hatch's development company has built projects using these tax credits. Hatch's campaign called the accusations false, but declined to answer specific questions.

The bill cited by Republicans was referred to a subcommittee chaired by Hatch in 2013. The panel never met, meaning the bill did not advance.

A recent investigation by The Des Moines Register found that Hatch had followed development rules and had taken votes for and against his self-interest.

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Des Moines police chief says she'll retire

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines Police Chief Judy Bradshaw says she'll retire from her job in October after 34 years with the department.

Bradshaw announced Tuesday she would retire in early October. She says will "seek other opportunities and find different ways to serve the community."

Bradshaw says she hopes her replacement is hired from within the department.

The Des Moines Police Department is the state's largest.

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Human trafficking presentation planned for Marshalltown.

A presentation on the subject of Human Trafficking in

Iowa will be taking place at Saint Henrys Catholic

Church in Marshalltown on Setember 17th.

Church officials say a representative of the Network

Against Human Trafficking will be present to give a


The date of the event is a Wednesday and the time

will be seven p-m.

The church is also offering particpation in the presentation

via the web.


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Car/school bus accident along Highway 330.

The Marshall County Sheriffs Department reports a car/school

bus accident at Prairie Avenue and Highway 330, no one was hurt

but the school bus driver was cited.

According to an accident report, the drivers were identified as 70 year

old Thomas Bower of Marshalltown who was the bus driver, and 38 year old

Angela Van Winkel of Yale who was in a 2013 Chevy Malibu.

No damage to the school bus, 35-hundred dollars in estimated damage

to the Van Winkel vehicle, a mail box was also hit causing damage.

Bower was cited for Failure To Obey A Stop Sign and Yield The Right Of


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News from Immigrant Allies of Marshalltown.

Immigrant Allies of Marshalltown will host an introductory informational meeting with 1000 Kids for Iowa on Wednesday, September 3 at 6 p.m. in the large meeting room at the Marshalltown Public Library. 

Spokeswoman Joa Laville says 1000 Kids for Iowa has been working in Iowa communities where residents are concerned about the recent humanitarian crisis of refugee children who have recently entered the U.S. from Central American countries. The effort, a project of the Eychaner Foundation, focuses on helping communities to mobilize support and services to help care for refugee children. 

The meeting will focus on exploring networks of people to connect with in Marshalltown and how to begin an organizing plan to move the effort forward and mobilize those who share concerns about the safety and well-being of these children. 

 For more information about the project, please visit 1000 Kids for Iowa or call Jessica Brackett at 515-333-1166.


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Aldi`s to have an official reopening for its Marshalltown store.

Officials of the Aldi`s company say they have planned

a ribbon cutting ceremony and a grand reopening of the

store here in Marshalltown following some refurbishment

work that has been taking place this spring and summer

with the store at 2405 South Center Street.

Company spokeswoman Jessica Huck says a ceremony is

planned for 8:45 a-m Thursday September 18th, followed by a an Official

Public Opening, product sampling and On Site Sweepstakes

at the Marshalltown store location.

Huck says the intention of the expansion was to make Aldi`s

an easier place for customers to shop and to stretch their food

dollars, the company cuts the cost by offering a cart rental sytem,

a smaller store footprint and the encouragemenr of people to bring

their own shopping bags.

ALDI has 13-hundred stores in 32 states including Iowa and


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Oversite committee heres about IWD Director.

A former chief judge for the state agency that hears unemployment cases says he was fired because he stood up to his boss, who asserted her bias toward employers and against unemployed workers. Joe Walsh oversaw 15 unemployment appeals judges from 2010 until his dismissal in 2013. He told the Senate Government Oversight Committee that Iowa
Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert pushed him to develop tip sheets to help businesses avoid paying unemployment. She was appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad.

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Farmers Market in Marshalltown today.

The Cartwright Pavilion version of the Farmers Market will be held in Marshalltown this afternoon. Organizers say the event will take place from from four to six p-m at 108 North Second Avenue.

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