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Cookies will help a family fight for someone else

When the community loses a member of its own, and that member is gone way too early, it hits everyone. It doesn't matter if you know the person or not, chances are you know at least one member of the family. Then you see someone reaching out and using social media for good, during this terrible, sad, no-good situation. But I wasn't surprised, not in Vinton.


NOTICE BENTON COUNTY CARE FACILITY FARM LAND FOR RENT 38 Acres more or less All tillable TERMS: CASH All that part of the East one-half of the SE ¼ of Section 22 in Taylor Township lying south of the railroad right-of-way, excepting there from approximately five acres on which the buildings of the care facility are located. All tillable. Lease is for a three-year term.
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Two injured in Shellsburg fire on Saturday morning

 There were two injured in a house fire in Shellsburg early on Saturday morning. The fire was located in the 100 block of Grove Street in Shellsburg. The injured were taken by helicopter to the hospital for treatment. Their conditions are unknown at this time. There were also three pets that were lost in the fire. Neighboring properties had damage from the heat including melted siding and some vehicle damage.

Opportunity for community input on school facility planning

Residents of the Vinton-Shellsburg School District are encouraged to attend events on February 20, March 14Residents of the Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District will have an opportunity to provide input on potential facility projects at two upcoming events on February 20 and March 14.On Feb. 20, residents can tour all the district buildings from 5 to 6:15 p.

Belle Plaine Native Chekal Recognized as Senior Sailor of the Year

The Navy Office of Community Outreach announced that Belle Plaine native, Petty Officer 1st Class Blake Chekal, was named the Senior Sailor of the Year aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. This distinction is given to an exemplary sailor selected by a board of senior enlisted out of multiple competitive entries. Chekal joined the Navy 12 years ago and serves today as a machinist mate (nuclear) responsible for the operation of the propulsion plants onboard.
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Faith Independent Baptist Church Welcomes Everyone

Rev. Cliff and Connie Bennett The building known as Faith Independent Baptist Church, located at 911 D. Ave. in Vinton, has been holding services since it was built in 1882. Before it was a Baptist church, it was a Free Methodist church and started originally as the Catholic Church. Several congregations have passed through these doors and the Baptist services continue to this day.

1st St. West is Close, but no Cigar

In a Work Session on Thursday night, the city council heard from Nate Kass who represents the city in construction projects that happen in Vinton. He explained the need for the reconstruction of a portion of 1st St. West.  The last section that was poured used the incorrect aggregate materials so it will have to be torn out and reconstructed this year.

Vinton Police Department Deliver AED Units to local Departments

Vinton Police Chief Ted Paxton presents new AED units to Vinton Parks and Rec Director Matt Boggess The Helmsley Charitable Trust has granted The Iowa Department of Public Health funds to place free Automated External Defibrillators (AED) into every law enforcement vehicle in the State of Iowa. The Vinton Police Department has received its new AEDs and is actively contributing to community well-being by donating their previous AED devices throughout the community.
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Creative Kids Child Care to expand into Vinton

Meredith Zuspan and Kelsey Fish share exciting plans for Creative Kids Child Care The Vinton Kiwanis Club welcomed the new owners of Creative Kids Child Care to their meeting last week to talk about their upcoming expansion. Kelsey Fish began the presentation. A teacher for 10 years in the Shellsburg Elementary School, Fish had taught kindergarten and third grade students. She is a resident of Shellsburg, a Vinton-Shellsburg graduate, and holds a Master's Degree in Principalship from UNI and is also a Grant Wood Induction Coach.

It's Snow Joke when we get two foot of snow!

So what does it take to clear two feet of snow? Add in sub zero weather freezing said snow?  I was able to touch base with Myron Parizek who is in charge of Benton County's Secondary Roads. He had approached the supervisors to ask that his staff also receive a day off of work to make up for the day that other county workers were given off due to the weather.
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