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Dysart winner: Farmers & Singles Participate in State Fair Horseshoe Tournament

August 13, 2023Participants from around the country competed in the Open Singles and Farmers’ Championship divisions of the Horseshoe Pitching Tournament held Thursday, August 10, at the 2023 Iowa State Fair.The Fair hosts both Championship and Open Class competitions every Fair day. Division winners are crowned daily. All Horseshoe Pitching competitions take place on the clay courts just east of Farm Bureau Pioneer Hall.

4-H does more than teach, it feeds the community!

Did you know that 4-H helps to feed the community? "Over the last three years, the Linn and Benton County 4-H programs have partnered to donate over 1300 pounds of poultry to the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP). 4-H and FFA youth take pride in donating locally-grown protein while exploring raising poultry as a hobby or an entry point to a career path.
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Area State Fair Photography Exhibitor Winners August 9. 2023

ADULT DIVISION- BLACK & WHITETheme - Sunrise, Sunset1) Sarah Becker, Grimes2) Gavin Jensen, Des Moines3) Taylor Hagie, ClarionHonorable Mention) Aaron Rothrock, AnkenyHonorable Mention) Bill Roach, West Des MoinesHonorable Mention) Katie Oosterhuis, Des MoinesPeople1) Jim Grace, Albany, Mo.2) Buck Christensen, Council Bluffs3) Chuck Palmer, Kansas City, Mo.

Garbage Day is a BIG Day for these Vinton Children

Sometimes the garbage man collects more than the trash in Vinton, sometimes he gets smiles and treats to go with it! For those in the adult world, trash day means a day of dragging the garbage can and or the recycle bin to the road. Just another thing on the to-do list. However, for the children in the care of Jess Dulin, it's exciting. She said for most people when it’s Monday it simply means the start of another wee. But to the kids in her care, it means TRASH DAY!!!!The second week that S & J Sanitation made its stop at the Dulin home, the driver had a surprise waiting for him.

Wesley United Methodist Church Food Pantry Saturday, August 19 10:00 a.m.

Wesley United Methodist Church Food Pantry will be held on Saturday, August 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.The church is located at 516 2nd Ave. in Vinton. Please bring your own boxes and bags.
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County Open House brings visitors to explore services

The Vinton Food Pantry was busy during the open house assisting families Last week Benton County held a formal open house for folks to come and explore the services available to all of the Benton County residents. The Benton County Sheriff's Office brought along a trailer with hidden paraphernalia that might be used by people who have a substance abuse issue. Residents had an opportunity to explore and see if they could find all of the items hidden in the room and pick up on some of the clues that could be found and help to identify a concern in their home.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church celebrates 110th Anniversary

Bethlehem Lutheran Church celebrated 110 years of ministry on June 10, 2023. For over a century Bethlehem has served as a mission outpost; offering a place to gather and worship in the Lutheran tradition and a place to gather to serve others, here in Vinton, Benton County, and the world.Members at Bethlehem cherish their Swedish roots, having started as the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Bethlehem congregation as part of the Augusta Synod, based in Rock Island, Illinois.

Ordinances, Land Sale, East School & Election Time discussed at Council Meeting

Bricks have begun to fall from the south side of the old East School causing safety concerns. The city council met this week and covered a short agenda in under an hour. Tami Stark, Rylie Pflughaph, Bethany Gates, Zach Parmater, Andrew Elwick were present.Under committee reports, Bethany Gates reported that the Rental Code Committee met and developed a mission statement and will meet again on September 13th at 6:00 p.m. at city hall. Tami Stark reported that the business type activities committee met before the council meeting to address the sale of a lot on East 5th St.
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Benton County Community Foundation to Host Virtual Grant Workshop

The Benton County Community Foundation (BCCF), an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, will host a public grant workshop on Aug. 30 to discuss its 2023 grant cycle. The event will be held virtually via Zoom from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Organizations, especially those interested in applying for a 2023 grant, are encouraged to attend the workshop and should register to obtain the Zoom meeting link at www.


Last year, during the final weeks of summer (August 1-September 4, 2022), there were 40 traffic fatalities in Iowa; 30% of those fatalities were alcohol/drug related*. To prevent future tragedies, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau is partnering with law enforcement to decrease impaired driving. August 18- September 4, agencies across the state will be participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high-visibility enforcement project.
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