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Vinton Community Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

One hundred percent of your tax deductible contributions are used for the betterment of the Vinton community.The Vinton Community Foundation board members are pleased to announce they are now accepting grant applications from non-profit Vinton area groups, for the 2022-grant program.  The following grant applications may be applied for:  the Vinton Community Foundation, the L.

Garrison Lions Club sells out in 75 minutes

Wow! 75 minutes. Yes … it only took one hour and 15 minutes from when the first car pulled up to the drive-through until we sold out of our Beef & Noodles dinners. Approximately 200 meals were served to those of you who either dined in or drove through. Thank you!We apologize to those of you who showed up after we sold out. We never envisioned we would sell out so fast especially since we planned for 80 more meals than last year.
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Vinton Parks and Rec plans upgrade to area park

At the March 23th city council meeting, Matt Boggess presented to the council bids to recreate the basketball courts in the park. The "remodel" will create new courts with dual usage. New hoops will be installed and the courts will also be used for pickleball. Boggess also presented to the council the need for security cameras and was approved for a surveillance system to monitor areas in the Parks and Rec building as well as the pool and skate center.

Update on the Braille School Campus

Jeff Garner of Hobart Historic Restoration answers questions with the local Kiwanis Club Jeff Garner the Operations Manager for Hobart Historic Restoration was on hand Tuesday to speak with and answer some questions concerning the old Braille School property, Garner began with a bit of an introduction about himself. He was formerly an eye doctor for 30 year so he is very familiar with the Braille School. He said that he retired just before the COVID pandemic hit so he felt that was fortunate for him.

Shellsburg-Canton Fire Department performs controlled burns

If you saw smoke on Monday evening, there was a fire. However, it was a fire started by the Canton-Benton-Shellsburg Fire Department, The department was conducting controlled burns north of Shellsburg. Denny Gardemann, Fire Chief in Shellsburg explained that there are property owners that contact the department to do controlled burns. He said that "typically it’s CRP ground that the landowner is required by the government to burn every so many years.
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Windsor Manor helps the Vinton Fire Department prepare for Fundraising Supper

There wasn't a single cookie monster in sight, at Windsor Manor on Tuesday. There were however residents lending a hand to the Vinton Fire Department. The residents gathered and gloved up to help bag cookies that will be part of the Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser for the Vinton Fire Department. The residents enjoyed serving their community by helping to bag about 250 chocolate chip, monster, snickerdoodle, sugar and peanut butter cookies.


Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, in conjunction with Community Bankers of Iowa (CBI) is once again sponsoring the CBI Money Smart Week Poster Contest to motivate elementary school students to learn about finances. Money Smart Week was designed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago as part of a financial literacy public awareness campaign. Events were cancelled in 2020 and held virtually in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vinton Monuments seeks families of those whose stones need reset at Maplewood

The path of destruction from the tornado on March 5 is evident at Maplewood Cemetery on Vinton’s west side. Several monuments were damaged and many just toppled over from the strong winds.Tom Boeckmann, President of Vinton Monuments, announced today that he has been working to re-set undamaged monuments. Boeckmann said that “there appear to be about fifteen monuments that are not damaged but need to be re-set.
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Lindauer produces short film about Iowa Attractions

Lindauer produces film through William Penn University which aired in Des Moines Sunday afternoon William Penn University is a private university in Oskaloosa and home to one of Vinton-Shellsburg's graduates. Noah Lindauer is part of the Film and Video Production class at William Penn. He had the opportunity to put together a short film entitled, "Attraction: Small Town Iowa." He wrote the film, as well as edited and produced it. The segment was aired on the Fox station in Des Moines on Sunday.

St. Patrick's Day Teen Tabletop Game Night at Center Point Library a Sucess

 Englishman Kevin Jones wears his luck of the Irish shirt (and shamrock glasses) for leading Friends of the Library game night March 17. Kevin and his wife Becky hosted a previous Friends game night during Christmas break and did so again on St. Patrick's Day. The couple hosted the tabletop Game Night at the Center Point Library. Besides being a good sport, Kevin is pastor of the Center Point First Christian Church and also a substitute teacher at CPU.
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