Articles By: Todd Heitschmidt

Big Infastructure projects coming down the pike for City of Marion

It feels like change is in the wind. The mornings have those wonderful cooler temperatures and we’ve been blessed with much needed rain in the area. Let’s start with the big things that are in the wind. This past week, we have begun the process of financial applications for loans and grants to begin one of the largest infrastructure projects […]

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Lots of individuals make up the Marion community

The last several weeks and the immediate future has me reflecting upon the value of individuals, integration, and integrity as it relates to being part of a successful and prospering community. Our community is made up of thousands of unique individuals with their special talents and gifts all looking to care for their families and themselves. Their life experiences, perspectives, […]

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Street scape project something to be excited about

I am excited about our upcoming street scape project slated for construction next spring. The construction company has started its planning by requesting the council to pick the brick color, or colors in this case, so the order can be placed and delivered when the work starts. It was quite the discussion for the council. Have you ever tried herding […]

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Marshall trip gets mayor’s gears going on rural communities

Last week we had the privilege of Congressman Roger Marshall visiting our community with a specific topic in mind: the challenges and rewards available to rural grocers in America. The Congressman’s staff sought out the Carlson family to gather insights on this topic to be best equipped to share their perspectives on the floor of the House. Greg, Mitch and […]

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Honoring those who got us here

Independence Day: wonderful gatherings of friends and family to celebrate! But then it makes me wonder, what are we celebrating 242 years later? Are we celebrating our freedom from English oppression or being the greatest nation in history or the safe and secure life we have or all the material blessings God has given to us? As I reflect, I […]

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Revitalization of our downtown is coming

As I mentioned in the first line of my previous column (June 6 issue), it is a great time for community celebration for the city of Marion. I am pleased to announce that the council has approved a bid for the Main Street Streetscape project for downtown revitalization! The Main Street Street­scape project is not a new idea. The talk […]

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Celebrating our core priorities

It’s in a time of great community celebration I’m blessed to have the privilege to share this inaugural column in our county’s largest print media outlet. Thank you! Our celebrations are focused around a couple of the core priorities and strengths of our community. Our families, our children, our volunteers and our future. Our families just finished the 22nd annual […]

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