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Six months in Marshalltown

February 27, 2014 - Brett Van Waus
March marks my six-month, half-year anniversary of being a staff reporter at the Times-Republican, the time flew. A lot has happened in our community during that time. Good and bad. During my first two months, some of the headlines weren’t pretty. It started with a 17-year-old Marshalltown boy who received a gunshot wound to the head, an accidental shooting that caused the death of a local man, a woman who was robbed at gunpoint at the mall and the murder of a Garwin man. But things cleared up. Marshalltown received three new city leaders, the community joined together to help those in need during the holidays, plans for a new hospital arose and plans for an Alliant Energy power plant are underway. My favorite story I’ve written, (so far), was the story about Samantha Collison, the young woman who saved an elderly man’s life when no one else would. She is an inspiration. Her story showed me even the smallest acts of kindness, like helping a stranger, can make a huge difference. Every council meeting I cover, every police report I read and every person I interact with is what makes me love my job as a staff reporter in Marshalltown. I’m excited to see what the rest of the year’s headlines will read.



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