Author: Valerie Close

Benton Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners to hold meeting Wednesday, September 27

The next regular meeting of the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at the District Office, 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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Letter to the Editor: Medical Care and Insurance

Editor: I have been affected by various medical problems during the past few months. I am still recovering from a respiratory infection at this time, but have made good progress.   It brings me to point out how good my medical care has been and to also point out some of its faults – as we as a people struggle to find a workable healthcare law. I have had many tests ranging from cardiac, pulmonary, CT scans, X-rays, a 30 day heart monitor, and many blood tests all at considerable expense. I am at the age where Spouse and I are on Medicare and Supplemental insurance. Medicare and our Supplemental insurance have paid for everything leaving no balance for us to be responsible for, but for some of the more expensive tests and for doctors consultation, Medicare and Insurance paid for roughly half, leaving the balance to be eaten by the Hospital or Clinic conducting these tests. The only way this can work is that there is private insurance where the people conducting these tests can make up the difference by beefing up the private bill. This is the basic reason Single Payer cannot work. With everyone on Medicare there is no way for Medical practitioners to make up for shortage in payments. So even though single payer sounds good to some there is no practical way to pay for...

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Author Barbara Mayhew Fox to speak at the Vinton Public Library

The local author, Barbara Mayhew Fox will be speaking about her book at the Vinton Public Library on Wednesday, September 27th at 6:30 p.m.   The Infinite Bond is a true story of life, love, and loss between three beautiful Arabian horses and their caretaker.  If you have ever wondered how strong the bond is between animals, as well as between animals and people, this story depicts the true emotional connection they form. Barbara has tales to tell. Animal owners and animal lovers will surely find the evening to be most entertaining. Afterwards, hang around for the book signing, conversation with Barb,  and a...

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Area students accepted into the Wartburg Teacher Education Program

Thirty Wartburg College students were accepted into the Teacher Education Program. Those accepted include: Natalie Dudley of Walker Kassie Hennings of Dysart Trevor Krug of Dysart Each student had to demonstrate effective reflective components in teaching, pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam and complete several other requirements to be considered for the program. Admission to the Teacher Education Program allows students to begin professional education courses in their field. Wartburg, a four-year liberal arts college internationally recognized for community engagement, enrolls 1,482 students. Wartburg is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and named after the castle in Germany where Martin Luther took refuge disguised as a knight during the stormy days of the Reformation while translating the Bible from Greek into...

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The Value of Knowing what you want

By Tressa Walton If you are in the market for a new home or a new car chances are that you have criteria for your purchase. If you are looking for a new home, you might require that it have a dishwasher, very few steps and a big sunroom. If you are looking for a car maybe you are insisting it has heated seats and a backup camera. Insurance shouldn’t be any different. You should have criteria that you are looking for when you are shopping for insurance. For example, does your homeowners insurance cover pet injuries in a fire or if you have a new car with a loan are you offered loan/lease coverage? What about Roadside assistance? Are you getting the most out of your insurance and your agent? Are you getting all the discounts that you are eligible for? Have you reported any life changes to your agent such as getting married, having a new driver on your policy or having a child out of the household? Doing a review of your insurance every year or at least every other year is a great idea. Here are some other simple things you can do to protect yourself. – Remember that the amount of your homeowners insurance needs to cover the cost to rebuild your home, not the market value of your home. – Flood insurance- do...

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Brandon Fire Department Auction

The Brandon Fire Department will hold their 36th Annual Auction on Sunday October 1 at 1:00 p.m. at the Brandon Community Center, 802 Main St.. Donations are still being accepted, pleases contact a Brandon Firefighter. The Brandon Area Community Club will have a concession stand on the grounds.  ...

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Benton County Board of Supervisors Minutes 9/15/17

September 15, 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 2:30 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously. Primmer moved/ Bierschenk seconded: To declare the canvass of the School Election to be complete and the votes cast to be official. The official results are to be recorded in the office of the County Auditor. Motion carried. The following School Board Directors were elected: Belle Plaine: Valerie Coffman and Rima K. Johnson Public Measure A: 80-Yes 32-No Benton Community: District 4-Patrick Stepanek District 5-Theresa Ludeking District 6-Wayne Reinhardt Vinton-Shellsburg: District 1-Michael Timmermans At Large –Sue A. Gates and Robert S. Levis Kirkwood Community College Director District 6: Joel G. Thys Public Measure Z: 285-Yes 136-No Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To adjourn. Motion carried. _______________________________ Todd A. Wiley, Chairman ATTEST: _________________________________ Gina Edler, Benton County Deputy...

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Benton County Board of Supervisor Minutes 9/12/17

September 12, 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. Primmer moved/ Bierschenk seconded: Approve the minutes of September 5, 2017. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: Approve payment of checks numbered 224539 through 224703, payroll checks numbered 139633 through 139657, and ACH deposits numbered 31965 through 32101, vendor checks numbered 224530 through 224539. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve and sign law enforcement contract for FY 18 with City of Van Horne with a total cost of $18,330.00 a year to be paid quarterly. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/ Primmer seconded: To approve farm exemption application for David Holst in part of the E ¼ SE ¼ 29-83-12. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To acknowledge resignation of Logan Hahn, Park Ranger for Benton County Conservation effective September 22, 2017. Motion carried. Auditor Rippel provided the 1999 agreement between Benton County and the Cedar Valley Ranch regarding the Audit report reflecting the amount payable to Benton County for FY 17. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To approve Resolution #17-62, Temporary Road Closure. Motion carried. RESOLUTION #17-62 BE IT RESOLVED by the Benton County Board of Supervisors that the following described Secondary Road be closed for CONSTRUCTION effective from September 5, 2017, through the completion...

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