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Yard and Garden: Building and Caring for a Terrarium

Snowy afternoons make an ideal time to construct a terrariumConstructing a terrarium is easy and inexpensive and can be accomplished on a snowy afternoon. Their care is minimal since they can go for months without water under the proper conditions. In addition, a wide variety of plants can be grown that would typically fail miserably in the dry, drafty environment of the average home.

What We're Reading: Daisy Darker

'Daisy Darker' by Alice FeeneyI am such a sucker for gothic thrillers with a twist ending and Alice Feeney's "Daisy Darker" delivered! ✓Old rambling house on a lonesome island✓Bizarre family with deep dark secrets✓A narrator straight out of a Night Shyamalan movie A few pages in and I was sold by Feeney's lonesome narrator and her inability to understand why her family refuses to love her.

ECC announces 2023 Fall Term Dean's List

One hundred and thirty-three students were named to the Fall 2023 (August to December) Dean's List at Ellsworth Community College. To be eligible for the Dean's List, students must have earned a minimum of 12 credit hours during the semester (a full-time class load) and had at least a 3.5 grade point average for the Fall 2023 semester. Part-time students are not included in this list.

Did you forget something?

Each year, money and other funds are turned over to the State Treasurer’s Office as unclaimed property in the form of dormant bank accounts, uncashed checks, utility refunds, stock shares, the contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes and more. The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt helps reunite Iowans with their lost or abandoned property.Most people believe they will never lose track of their assets, but it happens all the time.


Iowa schools and communities have the opportunity to receive a new water bottle filling station through the Rethink Your Drink program, funded by the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation. Selected schools will have an old drinking fountain replaced with a new Elkay water bottle filling station. Priority will be given to schools that have one or fewer water bottle filling stations in their building and schools that have a free and reduced price lunch status of 50 percent or greater.

7 Ways to Help Your Student Save for College

By Nancy DunkelIowa Student Loan Liquidity CorporationChances are, you and your student will rely on multiple sources of funding for a college education. Common funding sources are your own savings and earnings, your student's savings and earnings, scholarships and loans. Make a resolution to reduce the amount of future student loans with these tips:1.

Hawkeye Community College Announces December 2023 Graduates

The following are Hawkeye Community College fall semester graduates and their programs of study. Graduates are listed in alphabetical order by hometown.  ABBREVIATION KEY:AAAssociate of ArtsAAAAssociate of Applied ArtsAASAssociate of Applied ScienceASAssociate of ScienceCERTCertificateDIPLDiplomaHHonors (3.5-3.74)HHHigh Honors (GPA 3.75-3.

What We're Reading: Everyone on this Train is a Suspect

'Everyone on this Train is a Suspect' by Benjamin StevensonInside the book jacket of this gem is the caption 'Murder on the Orient Express' meets 'Clue;' yes please! I started Benjamin Stevenson's latest book 'Everyone on this Train is a Suspect' last night and am enjoying the ride! Several murder mystery writers are on a train ride across Australia when murder comes aboard, and the title takes it from there! The narrator, a mystery writer himself, assures me he is reliable and that it isn't a locked room mystery since none of the train cabins have locks, and I'm inclined to believe him.

Iowa State University announces fall semester 2023 Dean’s List

The following students have requested that their names and information be sent to Vinton Today for publication. Vinton Today wishes to congratulate each of the students listed below! More than 10,800 Iowa State University students have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the fall semester 2023 Dean's List. Students named to the Dean's List must earn a grade point average of at least 3.

Hawkeye Community College Announces Fall 2023 Dean’s List

Hawkeye Community College announces the Dean's List for the fall 2023 semester. The Dean's List is an official recognition of outstanding academic accomplishment by full-time students. To make the Dean’s List, an individual must be a full-time student and successfully complete 12 or more credits in the fall or spring semesters with a semester GPA of 3.
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