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Five Financial Literacy Tips for Parents

BY DAN CLUTE Iowa Student Loan Board MemberApril is Financial Literacy Month, so it's a great time to figure out or revisit your family's financial plan. Parents with K-12 students should include financial planning for education or training after high school as an integral part of any such plan.These tips from the experts at Iowa Student Loan can help.

Mount Mercy University congratulates December 2020 graduates

The following students graduated from Mount Mercy University in December 2020.  Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy's 1,800+ students come from around the globe, creating a vibrant, diverse and open-minded campus community. Popular undergraduate majors include business, nursing, criminal justice, education and social work. Master's programs are offered in criminal justice, strategic leadership, business administration (MBA), education, nursing, and marriage and family therapy.
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Vinton-Shellsburg Open Positions

 Do you love working with the youth? Are you a fan of the theater? Have you always wanted to direct your own play?Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School is looking for a Drama Coach for the 2021-22 school year.Application available at application to Mrs. Petersen, Principal, 212 W.

Tyson Fleshner and Jacob Hill of Union High School win Scholarship

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF EASTERN IOWA CONGRATULATES THE 2021 REGIONAL JA TITAN® CHALLENGE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERSThe regional JA Titan® Challenge, presented by TrueNorth Companies, took place virtually on Wednesday, April 7th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This competition placed 48 high school juniors and seniors in the CEO seat to help increase their understanding of business while competing for college scholarships.

East-Central Iowa REC Awards 12 Students $1,000 Scholarships

East-Central Iowa REC is proud to announce it has awarded $1,000 scholarships to ten graduating seniors who plan to further their education in a diverse range of programs. Congratulations to these deserving students!· Samantha Adams, North Linn High School – Parents: Michelle and Ted Adams, Walkero Kirkwood Community College, Surgical Tech· Ama

Alliant Energy urges Iowa residents to call 811 before you dig

Warmer weather and thawed ground means that Iowa homeowners, contractors and government workers are digging into more outside projects. Many Iowa property owners are likely eager to repair trees, mailboxes, fences, decks and other structures damaged by last summer’s derecho. Alliant Energy urges Iowans to call 811 before they dig to avoid having to call 911 due to injury.

City of Vinton offering garden plot reservations

The City of Vinton is now accepting reservations for garden plots at the Third on 3rd Gardens. Two bed sizes are available – 4’x12’ and 4’x8’. Plots are $20. Please contact City Hall for more information and to reserve your space today! 472-4707

Wanted: Mudpuppies!

“Is it a Mudpuppy?”  This is a common question when someone finds a strange tadpole-like creature with legs in a pond or wetland.  When they describe a creature with external gills, small legs, a large paddle-like tail and large mouth it usually means they have found a Tiger Salamander larva, especially when the habitat was standing water like a pond or pothole wetland.

Child Abuse Prevention Month Recognizes Every Community’s Role

 Prevent Child Abuse Iowa recognizes the importance of community-based support for all children and families during National Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month in April. The theme of this year’s awareness and impact campaign is “Growing a Better Tomorrow for All Children, Together.”“We can build healthier, safer, and thriving communities if we take the same approach to raise families that we do to tending a community garden on a shared piece of land,” said Mackenzie Ford, LSI Family Support Worker.

Nominations Accepted for Stars Over 70

 The Wallace and Beverly Winkie Foundation announces nominations are now being accepted for Stars Over 70, a celebration of those individuals in the Belle Plaine area who are at least 70 years of age and contributing to their communities through volunteering, working, or serving as role models.The nomination window opened on April 1 and will remain open through April 24.
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