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FFA Students Drives Tractors to School on Tuesday

Vinton Shellsburg's Future Farmers of America arrive in their tractors during FFA Week at the school This year, John Deere was the choice of tractors for the Future Farmers of America Chapter of the Vinton-Shellsburg High School. Four tractors were driven to town by three of the high school boys and one high school girls.Each year the FFA members drive their tractors to school one day during FFA Week. Tractor Day is an annual tradition, one of many the FFA continues in its efforts to remind the school body and community of the importance of farming.

FFA District Convention

By: Annabelle Newton, Co-ReporterOn Saturday, March 13, the Vinton Shellsburg had members competing at the Northeast District Convention held at the Independence High School. These members have been dedicated to their different events and have put in countless hours of hard work over the last few months. A majority of the contests had advanced from the Sub-District level in order to compete at districts, while others only began at the district level.
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Grab & Go and Drive Through Fundraisers are a hit this weekend

Teresa Meyer prepared the first meal for the beef and noodle supper on Saturday in Garrison. The Vinton Fire Department held its annual Fish Fry Fundraiser this past Friday with a bit of a twist on the service. The Garrison Lions Club held their annual fundraiser on Saturday with the same twist. Both organizations and several others have followed suit by hold drive through events. Both a success. For the Vinton Fire Department, the line to pick up meals for a freewill donation extended for more than 8 blocks in one direction and several blocks in another.

Vinton Kiwanis bring Dictionaries to Tilford Elementary

The Vinton Kiwanis Club continues to hand out "A Student's Dictionary" the Vinton-Shellsburg School District's 3rd graders.  The dictionaries contain definitions of course as well as other important tidbits of information.On Wednesday, Vinton's Kiwanis members delivered the books to the 3rd-graders at Tilford Elementary. Lexa Spiedel pointed out some information in the dictionaries, including telling students where to read the longest word in the English language, which takes nearly a full page at the back of the book.

Support Vinton Community Foundation while you shop

The Vinton Community Foundation provides grants to those in the community who are approved through the application process. If you would like to help the Vinton Community Foundation with support, but can't afford to write them a large check, you can also help through the Amazon Smile program. Simply follow this link, and your support is on its way to the Vinton area!  For eligible purchases through AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.

Vinton Shellsburg welcomes new members to the National Honor Society

The Vinton Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed new members T

LaGrange addresses Noon Kiwanis concerning Vaccines

Dan LaGrange explains COVID-19 Vaccinations and how to receive one At Tuesday's Noon Kiwanis Meeting, Dan LaGrange of LaGrange Pharmacy addressed the group giving them an update on distributions of the COVID-19 vaccines. He also took some times to answer questions from the group concerning the distribution and concerns.He said that in the county the 5 pharmacies and several clinics, as well as public health, are distributing the vaccines.

Vinton Community Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

From Left to Right: Robin Martin representing Vinton Unlimited, Tami Stark representing the Vinton City Council, Shelly Petersen representing the Vinton Shellsburg Community Schools, Janet Woodhouse representing Farmers Savings Bank & Trust and Jessica Crane-Munoz representing the Vinton Ministerial Association.One hundred percent of your tax-deductible contributions are used for the betterment of the Vinton community.

Post Prom Fundraiser Brings fun and Donations

Saturday volunteers from the local Kiwanis Club and the Post Prom Committee conducted a fundraising event at John's Quick Stop's new car wash.  Several vehicles showed up to the car wash and were given coupons for both free pizzas (a $50 value) from Godfather's Pizza as well as a $15 gift card for the car wash, which has the ability to be reloaded at discount prices.

Dysart and Shellsburg among those awarded funds to replace trees lost in Derecho

The City of Dysart Tree Board will receive $2,200 and the Shellsburg Area Community Group $8,843 are two of the 37 Iowa communities that will soon be greener thanks to grants from Alliant Energy’s Branching Out program. Alliant Energy partners with Trees Forever to help communities develop, [sel] and plant a diverse mix of trees. This year’s funds will help communities plant trees to replace those destroyed by the 2020 derecho or the emerald ash borer.
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