Author: Valerie Close

Gia Birker chosen Benton County’s Little Miss Squirt

The Benton County Dairy Producers are pleased to announce that Gia Birker, 6, is the new Benton County Little Miss Squirt. Gia is the daughter of Leah and Jeff Birker of Vinton. Keep an eye out for her at various dairy-related events this summer. June is Dairy Month and Gia will help participate in events sponsored by the Dairy...

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Minutes of the Regular Meeting Board of Directors Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools

Minutes of the Regular Meeting Board of Directors Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools May 14, 2018 Call to Order President Rob Levis called the regular meeting to order at 5:18 p.m. in the Administrative Office Board Room. Roll Call / Pledge of Allegiance Sue Gates, Kathy Van Steenhuyse, Rob Levis, Kyle Schminke, Mike Timmermans, Mary Jo Hainstock, Superintendent, Brenda Bartz, and Jason Hicok were present with the exception of Brenda Barkdoll, Board Secretary/Treasurer who was replaced by Karrie Bartling. Receive Visitor/Audience Comments The Vinton-Shellsburg FFA officers shared a brief summary of the work they’ve done this year on the goals they shared last fall. Jim Mochal provided a brief update about our Student Success Center at the high school. Jodi Hacker and Kim Bowen, Grant Wood Induction Coaches, shared data from this year’s program with first and second year teachers. Kim Meyer and Instructional Coaches (Louise Fleming, Allison Gates, Whitney Bowen, Marty Annis and Jenn Heckmann) provided an overview of the district’s Teacher Leadership Support System. Administrator Reports/Superintendent Reports Superintendent Hainstock reported on Open Enrollment applications and the activities scheduled through the end of the year. Board Reports/Requests Rob Levis shared his appreciation for participating in the 5th grade Presidential Awards; Kyle Schminke shared his appreciation for Sue Gate’s participation in the HSAP play; and several board members expressed their appreciation for the scholarships that were awarded to our seniors. General...

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Board of Supervisors Meeting Agenda 5/22/18

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING May 22, 2018 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. Myron Parizek Re: Approve utility permit for Famers Mutual Telephone in Benton Township 5. 9:10 A.M. Marc Greenlee discuss office space 6. 9:15 A.M. Approve Final Plat for Palisades Paradise 7. 9:30 A.M. Judy Funk-2018/2019 Heartland Insurance Risk Renewal 8. Accept resignation from Leslie Carlholm of Benton Development Group Board/Appoint replacement 9. Approve WMA Contract with Bear Creek Archeology for Iowa Watershed Approach Project 10. Discuss selling the old DHS building 11. Discussion on the new county building purchase/office assignments/renovations/maintenance and other issues 12. Sign Understanding of Services with Eide Bailly for FY18 Audit. 13. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 14. New Business/Public Interest Comments 15....

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Vinton Police Department Log for Week of May 14-May 20, 2018

All Charges are subject to review by The Benton County Attorney’s Office. An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent, unless proven guilty. Intrastate Warrants are issued by Law Enforcement Agencies for crimes happening in their jurisdictions. Adult Arrests May 14 Leo William Cannon 51 Vinton, IA Charged with Domestic Abuse Assault Causing Bodily Injury. May 20 Tiffany Jean Kisner 32 Vinton, IA Charged with Operating While Under the Influence 2nd Offense. Juvenile Referrals None Seven citations were issued for the Week of May 14-May 20, 2018 2018 and they were for Failure to Provide Financial Liability, Failure to Yield Upon Entering Highway, Defective or Unauthorized Muffler, Failure to Maintain or Use Safety Belts, and Speed. Ten written warnings for offenses were issued the Week of May 14-May 20, 2018 and they were for Equipment Repair, Failure to Provide Financial Liability, Improper Brake Lights, Failure to Yield to Vehicle on Right, Failure to Possess Valid Driver’s License While Operating A Motor Vehicle, Insufficient Number of Headlights and Speed. Ten citations/papers were issued/served for the Week of May 14-20, 2018 for Ordinance Violations. Two reported Motor Vehicle Accidents for the Week of May 14-May 20, 2018. For the Week of May 14-May 20, 2018– 105 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police...

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Local Student Shelly Mesch Graduates from Graceland University

Shelly Mesch of Vinton, graduated with a Master of Education (Special Education) from Graceland University. Graduates from 39 states and 16 countries earned 582 degrees. There were 335 bachelor’s degrees earned, 241 master’s degrees, and six Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees earned by 560 Graceland graduates. We congratulate all graduates on their accomplishments and offer our best wishes for success in the future! Founded in 1895 and sponsored by Community of Christ, Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, is more than just a school. It is a community of passionate, caring and dedicated individuals who put their relationships with students first. Campuses are located in Lamoni, Iowa, and Independence, Missouri. For more information and to see additional student achievements, follow @gracelandu on Twitter and like Graceland University on Facebook, or...

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Agricultural Conservation Tour Scheduled for June 15

Silos & Smokestacks is partnering with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Benton SWCD to organize a tour of conservation activities in southern Black Hawk and northern Benton Counties on June 15th from 2:30 to 8:00 pm. The tour will feature several innovative conservation practices that improve soil health, reduce nutrient loss and decrease soil erosion. Sites on the tour will feature cover crops, bioreactors, prairie strips, a wetland, Jubliee Orchard and pollinator/monarch habitat. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with farmers who raise  food and keep drinking water clean. Many of these sites are in the Benton/Tama Nutrient Reduction Demonstration Project and Miller Creek Water Quality Improvement Project watersheds.The goals of these projects align with those of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy that calls for a 45 percent  reduction in nitrogen and phosphorus to Iowa’s waterways. The tour will leave from the north parking lot of Union High School, 200 Adams Rd, La Porte City, at 3 p.m. and will return at 8 p.m. The cost for this event is $10 and includes a tour of six agricultural locations, transportation and a light supper. To register call (319) 234-4567. Through a network of sites, programs and events, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area tells the story of farm life and agribusiness-past and present. Visitors can learn about and experience agriculture...

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You want me to wear WHAT????

Looking for something fun and different to do? If you think fashions today seem outrageous, wait until you see what sorts of things your ancestors wore! From men in high heels and tights to women in cast iron corsets, this program introduces you to some of history’s most interesting and ridiculous fashion trends. Presented by historian Kathy Wilson and the Benton County Historical Society. Saturday, June 2nd, 10:00 a.m Ray House, 912 First Avenue., Vinton $5.00 admission; Free for Historical Society...

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iVinton seeks Community Input

Submitted by iVinton Committee Please complete the communications market research survey. It’s quick, and we need your help. A market research survey to determine which communications services citizens purchase and how much those services cost is available online and in your mailbox. The survey has questions related to telephone, television, and internet services. The survey responses will help establish the potential subscription sales for a communications utility; an essential element required for completing a financial analysis. The survey is a joint project of the city of Vinton, Vinton Municipal Electric Utility, and the citizen’s group, iVinton. The survey includes a postage-paid reply envelope addressed to the University of Northern Iowa, and all responses whether online or by mail, are collected and analyzed by the Institute for Decision Making at UNI. Recent progress researching options to establish more reliable and faster communications services for Vinton include an analysis of submissions by 13 companies interested in working with a Vinton communications utility. Interested firms range from those who would offer to operate the entire utility, to firms those able to provide specific capabilities. There are 24 Iowa communities with municipal communications utilities. The largest is Cedar Falls with a population of almost 40,000. The smallest is Primgar with a population of approximately 900. Communities currently working toward building their local communications utility includes Vinton, Charles City, New Hampton, and Decorah. Note:...

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Tharp Recognized by Governor Reynolds for Academic Excellence

Cole Tharp, a Vinton-Shellsburg student, was recognized by Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg for outstanding academic achievement at the 16th Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony April 29 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. The statewide program, sponsored by the Iowa Governor’s Office, Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and its title sponsor the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), honored 430 high school seniors from across Iowa. “Iowa Farm Bureau members know that by investing in our youth and communities, we’re investing in the future of Iowa” said IFBF President Craig Hill. “We have been honored to be a title sponsor of the the Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony for the past 26 years to celebrate Iowa’s exceptional high school students. Iowa Farm Bureau is proud to be a leading contributor to educational programs and annual scholarships for our youth.” In fact, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of IFBF; the farm organization contributes nearly half a million dollars to scholarships each year to help support the organization’s vision of ensuring a growing and prosperous Iowa. Each high school was invited to select a senior student with the highest academic ranking, based on grade point average for their first seven semesters. Students selected for the award also had the opportunity  to recognize their favorite/most influential teacher and will receive a photo plaque of their meeting...

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