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Vinton Emergency Service Facility Construction Site Underway

Just last summer the city council heard about plans to build a new Vinton  Emergency Services Facility. The location of the new facility will be on the corner of Highway 218/South K Ave. and 13th St.. or on the west edge of the former Braille School Property. The new facility would place all of the emergency services under one roof. Almost two years ago a committee with members of the Vinton Police Department, Vinton Fire Department, and North Benton Ambulance came together and interviewed several firms to design the facility.

Party in the Park kicks off following a brief rain shower

A picture is worth a thousand words Neither rain, nor the threat of it stopped events in downtown Vinton on Thursday evening. As they have done for several years, Farmers Savings Bank & Trust staff served the Vinton community a picnic meal. The Pingenot's entertained children, and adults with their bubble wands in the lawn behind the tent while everyone waited for the parade to begin.
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Farm Bureau members donate to Disaster Recovery Coalition

Matthew Werner presents a check for $2300 to Scott Hansen, Co-chair of the Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition. Also representing the Coalition are Linda Fischer, Public Information Officer, and Tina Eden, Secretary. The Benton County Farm Bureau organization, and its members, donate to the Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition. The Farm Bureau board of directors reached out to the members in Benton County with an offer to match their donations, up to $1,000, made to the Coalition. Benton County Farm Bureau leader Matt Werner was happy to present to the group a total of $2,350 in donations.

Benton County Cattlemen’s Association Cooks Lunch

Benton County Cattlemen's Association brought lunch to area school children on Thursday. The Benton County Cattlemen’s Association treated area students with a grilled hamburger as part of their lunch on Thursday. Usually each summer the farmers lend a hand to the lunch ladies and not only bring the burgers but they prepare the hamburger patties for the meals.For more information about the summer breakfast and lunch program provided by the Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools, click on this link.

Carlson Shares with Vinton Kiwanis his Brazil Trip to visit Farmers there

Brian Carlson shares his experience visiting farms in Brazil Brian Carlson, a Benton County farmer, was able to be part of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Brazil Market Study trip in 2020. Carlson said that he has wanted to visit Brazil for decades, so he applied to be part of the trip and was selected to be included. Part of the subsidized trip agreement with Farm Bureau is that each participant shares their experience with four groups upon their return.

DECAT/CPPC helps law enforcement "Catch" kids doing good

Tyler Brandt, Deputy Sheriff/ School Resource Officer Benton Co. Sheriff’s Dept. The local DECAT / CPPC group Flourishing Families have donated sports equipment which included footballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, basketballs, playground balls and Frisbee disks to the Benton and Iowa County sheriff’s Offices and Police Departments within the two counties.   The purpose is to encourage good relationships between the local law enforcement and the children in their community.

American Legion Retires Flags

Craig Streeter and Post Commander Ron Albright drape flags set to be disposed of. The George G. Luckey Post 57 American Legion held their annual flag disposal ceremony on Monday evening which was also Flag Day. All of the flags set to be destroyed were the stars and stripes except one flag for the state of Iowa. Part of the ceremony reads, “A Flag may be a flimsy bit of printed gauze or a beautiful banner of the finest silk.

Lions Trailer to be downtown Vinton, Thursday, June 17 and at Party in the Park

Vinton Lions pays the annual fees for Vinton Boy Scouts Troop 47 charter since 1932, many now Lions Vinton Lions have paid the annual fees for the charter of Vinton Boy ScoutsTroop 47 since 1932. Over the years, many Scouts have gone on to becomeactive members of the Vinton Lions Club.Vinton Lions Club Concessions Trailer will be downtown Thursday, June 17th and at Party in the Park on Friday, June 18th and Saturday, June 19th.Vinton Lions Club invites the community to help us celebrate our 100 Years of Service on July 6, 2021, from 5-8 PM at Celebration Park.

World Record Candy Dash brings kids to the track

(The first 3 Photos by Jim Wittke) First, we got to brag about Vinton's Nathan's Smile glow trail was the longest glow trail in the United States (maybe the world). Now Vinton can add to that popularity sweetening it up with a world record for the largest Candy Dash. With 2,160 pounds of candy, The Benton County Speedway crushed the former record set by Hawkeye Downs at a mere   The Benton County Speedway has been working on this since last fall collecting candy for all of the kids 14 and under to enjoy under the guidance of Christine Rublack.

Wildlife visits area home

A baby deer, separated from its mother on Sunday morning, waited for its mother to return Sunday morning the Pohlmann family who live a block north of Tilford Elementary were surprised to find a fawn resting in the shade of their garage.  After calling a neighbor called the DNR and with instructions not to touch the deer, the Pohlmann's kept an eye out for the mother to appear. It appeared that the baby deer was bleeding from its nose, but with the assurance that the mother would come back for it, the family watched and waited, and waited.
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