Author: Valerie Close

Benton Soil & Water Conservation District Commissioners to Meet June 21

The next regular meeting of the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. at the District Office, located at 1705 West D Street in Vinton. Agenda items include: approval of minutes from previous meetings, public participation, approval of treasurer’s report and bills, approval of conservation plans, watershed reports, state cost-share programs, an update on NRCS activities, a review of the correspondence file, any other commissioner input or other business, and scheduling of the next meeting. The public is welcome to attend.  Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this event should contact the Benton SWCD by calling 319-472-2161, extension 3 or contact the TDD# or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.  Please make contact at least 24 hours prior to the...

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Benton County Supervisor Board of Supervisor Minutes 5/16/17

May 16, 2017 The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular adjourned session with Supervisors Wiley, Primmer, and Bierschenk present. The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously. Bierschenk moved/ Primmer seconded: Approve the minutes of May 9, 2017. Motion carried. Dana Burmeister, Transportation director met with the board to discuss her budget. She was under the impression her budget was amended in September 2016 for an additional $7,500 spending for part-time drivers. After talking to current Auditor Rippel, there was no record of this change being made with the previous budget amendment. Burmeister anticipates that her overall total department budget will be very close to not going over her total spending authority. She wanted to give the heads up that there might need to be a service area amendment before the fiscal year ends. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: Approve Class B Liquor license for Watkins Community Athletic Association. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: Approve Class B Liquor license for Blairstown Sauerkraut days beer tent. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: Appoint Aaron Kinser and Roy Schulze to the Pioneer Cemetery Board. Motion carried. Heidi Schminke met with the board and gave them an update on Decat (Decategorization) and (CPPC) Community Partnership for Protecting Children Coordination and how they serve Iowa and Benton counties. Moved/seconded: Approve the amendment to contract number...

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2019 Sesquicentennial Planning Underway

By Melissa Schwan While 2019 may seem like an eternity away, a group of individuals are already thinking and talking about celebrations for the City of Vinton. As we begin to make plans to celebrate our 150th birthday, contact the Vinton Unlimited office if you are interested in lending your time and talents. While we know we have some time and an exact date hasn’t been determined yet, we don’t want this community milestone to sneak up on us. A milestone of this magnitude gives us the opportunity to reflect and celebrate our history and look to the future! You can reach Melissa in the Vinton Unlimited office at 472-3955 or...

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VS FFA Member Runs For Iowa FFA State Officer

By: Brittany Hansen, Co-Reporter On April 5th and 6th, Erin Cantrell, currently a senior and serving as the 2016-2017 Treasurer for the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter and a VS FFA officer team went down to Ankeny, Iowa to run for State Office. A State FFA officer is a position of leadership and it is an elected post and they are responsible for providing leadership and direction over the year. Officer duties consist of but are not limited to: motivating members, promoting the organization, act as a goodwill ambassador with the public, to give direction to the work of the organization, and perform all tasks necessary. State officers also have to have their Iowa Degree, must be a senior in high school, or graduated because the responsibilities to be a state officer is very extensive. For Erin it was a very long process to be able to run and prepare for it. Erin spent about a month practicing and preparing for the interviews, researching topics, and writing speeches. She had at least nine different practice interviews around the community. “I especially enjoyed getting to practice some of my speeches in front of the Vinton Lions Club,” said Erin. The speeches have consisted of 5 different agricultural issues including two to three cited facts about the topic. “My favorite topics to talk about were soil conservation, water quality, and the use of ethanol.”...

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Celia Turner joins VU as summer intern

By Melissa Schwan, VU Vinton Unlimited is excited to announce the addition of Celia Turner to the office for the summer. Celia will organize the Annual Vinton Unlimited Golf Tournament, assist with Boom-Fest preparations and various other projects throughout the summer. Celia is a Vinton Shellsburg graduate and has completed her first year at Iowa State University. Prior to college, Celia was active in the community through various employment and volunteer opportunities. Melissa Schwan, Vinton Unlimited Director is excited about Celia’s connections in the Vinton community. “Celia is already familiar with Vinton so the initial groundwork is already laid. I think she’ll be able to contribute to the organization in some very strong ways.” Teresa Meyer, Board President says “We are excited to have Celica with us for the summer. She brings a lot energy and enthusiasm that will benefit VU.” Celia will work out of the Vinton Unlimited office located in City Hall. You may reach her at vintoninfo@gmail.com or 472-3955. Please join us in welcoming...

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VINTON POLICE DEPARTMENT’S K-9 GINO TO GET BODY ARMOR

By Captain Eric Dickinson The Vinton Police Department’s K9 Gino will receive a bullet and stab resistant protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Gino’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Ty, California City Police Department”. K9 Ty died due to complications during surgery to treat injuries received while he and officers attempted to rescue a woman and child being held hostage in a home. Delivery of the vest is expected within eight to ten weeks. Once received, the vest will primarily be worn...

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La Porte City/Vinton Banker Attends National Meeting for Community Bank Leaders

Regulatory challenges, the impact of new technology on business production and banks’ resiliency to ongoing cyber threats were just some of the topics discussed at a recent national meeting of community bankers according to David Coulter, President of Cedar Valley Bank & Trust. Coulter, who attended the meeting as a member of the American Bankers Association’s Community Bankers Council April 24-26 in New Orleans, said the bankers talked at length about the impact of recent legislation and regulatory burdens on the nation’s community banks and the areas they serve. “Community banks help drive the economy and represent a critical segment of our industry,” said Coulter. “This meeting affords us the opportunity to gather information, exchange ideas and develop solutions to the challenges facing our communities every day.” Attendees also discussed a range of topics including risk management, political engagement, the future of banking and ways in which banks can leverage technology and digital platforms to increase customer engagement. The meeting also provided bankers the opportunity to exchange ideas on new products, solutions and management strategies they have implemented recently. ABA’s Community Bankers Council consists of approximately 100 bank presidents and CEOs from institutions with generally less than $1 billion in assets. Members meet twice a year to strategize on government relations issues, banking trends and competitive priorities, providing guidance to ABA on a number of community banking issues. The...

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Eastern Iowa Honor Flight #28

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight will launch EIHF Flight #28. Since we began operations in 2009, to date, we have transported 2309 Veterans, plus their guardians to Washington, DC to visit the memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice. While there, they will visit the WWII, Korean, Vietnam memorials, as well as visit Arlington National Cemetery, and other memorials. There are 84 Veterans on this flight. 9 WWII 35 KOREA 39 VIETNAM ERA 1 OTHER CONFLICT Veterans will begin reporting in to the Eastern Iowa Airport at 5:00 AM on flight day with an estimated departure time of 6:30 AM. Estimated return time to Cedar Rapids (barring any delays) is 10:15 PM. We invite the community to come out and welcome home our Veterans. Parking is free. We advise people to come early as the lots fill up pretty quickly. You can park in either long or short term lots. When you come into the terminal, please stop by and pick up your free parking pass. When you leave that night, give both that ticket, and the one you got when you pulled into the lot, to the personnel at the exit (looked for the marked Honor Flight lane), and you are good to go. Many of our Veterans never received a “thank you, welcome home” when they returned from their service. Here is...

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Board of Supervisor Agenda 5/23/17

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING May 23, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Benton County Board of Supervisors Room ** Agenda is not printed in any particular order, only time specific items will be addressed at certain times 1. 9:00 A.M. Call to Order 2. Approve minutes 3. Approve Claims 4. 9:05 A.M. Brian Unsen, CPA, Eide Bailly 5. 9:30 Mark Greenlee land use hearing for Steve and Rhonda Bernhardt a part of the SE ¼ of the SE ¼ Sec 22 T85N R9W 6. 9:45 Judy Funk review 17/18 Heartland Renewal 7. 10:15 a.m. Discuss selling Fireworks in Benton County 8. 10:45 a.m. Engineer Re: Approve Utility Permit for ECI REC in Taylor Twp • Approve Utility Permit for ITC Midwest in Iowa & Kane Twps 9. DHS Building Discussion 10. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 11. New Business/Public Interest Comments 12. Adjourn Posted on May 22,...

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Castle Ridge to Perform at Farmers Mercantile Hall in Garrison

Castle Ridge is coming to Garrison! Castle Ridge will perform at Farmers Mercantile Hall Saturday evening, June 10th from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Bassist Roger Anderson, guitarist Mark Clark and fiddler Joy Ward make up the band. This talented acoustic trio plays bluegrass, old-time country and swing, with a little pop and jazz thrown in the mix. Be ready for some powerful vocal harmonies and impressive instrumental work. They put on a good show last year and we’re ready for more! https://www.reverbnation.com/castleridge Refreshments by the Garrison Library. Admission $7 (children...

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