Author: Valerie Close

Friends of the Shelter participate in Cookie Walk & Howliday Bazaar

Vinton’s Friends of the Shelter are offering another way that you can support them, while getting ready for the holidays. There will be a Cookie Walk and Howliday Bazaar on Saturday, December 9 from 11-2:00 p.m. at the Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center located at 1770 Boyson Road, Hiawatha (we are at a new location this year). Stop in for your holiday baked goods!  Delicious sweet treats will be for sale, as well as gifts for animals and the people who love them.  All proceeds benefit twelve area animal rescue and support services. Contact information:  Visit our website at www.arfiowa.org for additional...

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In Depth – Only the Brave

In June of 2013 a team of twenty firefighters from Prescott, Arizona left the safety of their homes to fight a fire. They were known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots. These men were elite firefighters- trained to be the best, and trained to keep their communities safe. In June of 2013, only one on their team would return home. NOW SHOWING Fri, Nov 17 – Wed, Nov 22 at 7 pm Mon, Nov 20 at 2 pm CLOSED THURSDAY, NOV 23 Only the Brave is based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona. Starring Josh Brolin, the story describes the bravery and determination of a local fire department to save their community from a fiery end. The film highlights the dedication of the men and their families, and is dedicated to those that lost their lives that summer. The Yarnell Hill Fire was ignited by a lightning strike on public land in western Arizona. By the time it was contained, it had already burned over 8,300 acres and prompted the evacuation of several communities. One hundred and twenty-nine buildings were destroyed. Film review website Rotten Tomatoes states “Only the Brave’s impressive veteran cast and affecting fact-based story add up to a no-frills drama that’s just as stolidly powerful as the real-life heroes it honors. It is rated PG-13 for thematic...

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Marcie McKenna receives Doctor of Chiropractic degree

Marcie McKenna of Dysart, IA, received a Doctor of Chiropractic degree during the Oct. 20, 2017 commencement ceremony at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa. The commencement speaker was Michelle (Barber) Drover, M.S.W., D.C., associate dean for Life Sciences and Foundations on the Davenport campus. “Look at how you’ve grown together as group,” Dr. Drover told the graduates. “I encourage you to continue to surround yourselves with people who will support you in achieving your dreams.” To earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, students must complete five academic years of professional study in just over three calendar years at Palmer College of Chiropractic. Palmer College of Chiropractic is the founding college of the chiropractic profession, and is known as The Trusted Leader in Chiropractic Education. It was founded in 1897 in Davenport, Iowa, by D.D. Palmer, the discoverer of chiropractic. More than 2,200 students attend Palmer College campuses in Davenport, Iowa; Port Orange, Fla.; and San Jose, Calif. Palmer’s nearly 30,000 practicing alumni comprise almost half of the doctors of chiropractic in the United...

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The Benton County Fair FFA Barn

By: Franki Evans, Co-Reporter Our first year in the new beef barn was a success, we had a lot of great help and fun! This summer we had 4 different FFA organizations helping in the barn: La Porte-Dysart, Belle Plaine, Benton Community, and the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA. In the barn we had alpacas, cow and calf, chicks, ducklings, miniature pony, donkey, goat, and sow with piglets. We were able to watch the sow have her piglets, showcase the Vinton-Shellsburg display from the hall of states at national convention last October, and watch movies. On Thursday there was a tie-dye class and a class for making butter open to all children who attended the fair. During the day we had volunteers hand out chicks and piglets for kids to hold and we let the ducklings swim and go down a slide. Members representing our chapter at the Benton County fair who exhibited in beef cattle included: Jakob Long, Brock Ortner, and Brianna Lundvall. Horse exhibitors: Madison Novotny, George Haefner, Brittany Hansen, Shelby McDonald, Kelli Cox, Kaylee Sorum, Weston Biershenk, and Grant Ries. Madison Novotny exhibited rabbits, Erin Cantrell exhibited dairy cattle, and Madeline Moen exhibited meat goats. Congrats to all that exhibited and represented their clubs and/or chapters...

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Benton Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners to meet 12/20/17

The next regular meeting of the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners will be held on Wednesday, December 20, 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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Chelsea Huisman receives ICMA’s credential manager candidate recognition

Chelsea Huisman, City Administrator for the City of Center Point, recently received the Credentialed Manager candidate designation from ICMA, the International City/County Management Association. Ms. Huisman is one of over 1,400 local government management professionals currently credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program. As the City Administrator for the City of Center Point for four years after serving in the City of Griswold for two years, Chelsea has completed both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Public Administration and is actively involved in the Iowa City / County Manager’s Association. Highlights of Chelsea’s almost seven years of local government executive experience and ICMA membership include: IaCMA’s 2014 emerging leader of the year recipient and her continued service to the profession on the IaCMA awards committee (since March 2017), and the Institute of Public Affairs advisory board (since January 2016). Chelsea is passionate about is getting more young people involved in local government, and says there just aren’t enough professionals coming through the pipeline. “I feel that we are obligated to teach people, both new and seasoned about the credentialing program, as I believe the program can make us all better local government managers”, added Huisman. ICMA’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by promoting professional management worldwide and increasing the proficiency of appointed chief administrative officers, assistant administrators, and other employees who serve local governments and regional entities around the...

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Shirley JoAnn Taylor

Shirley JoAnn Taylor, 80, of Toledo, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017 at Unity Point of Marshalltown. It was her wishes to be cremated and there will be a private family gathering. Shirley was born on September 20, 1937, in Vinton, Iowa, the daughter of Emil Henry William and Alice Wilma (Berry) Kroeger. On April 5, 1952, she was united in marriage to Raymond Earl Taylor at the Tama Methodist Church. Shirley worked at Pioneer for many years and drove school bus for the South Tama School District. Shirley loved caring for children and liked genealogy and family history. Survivors include her children, Jim (Stephanie) Taylor of Bentonville, AR, Terry (Tom) Foley of Ozark, MO, and Susan; twelve grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Michelle Taylor of Toledo; one brother, Francis “Butch” (Maxine) Kroeger of Toledo; one sister, Phyllis Dauma of Blair, NE; sister-in-law, Marjorie Emerson Kroeger of Nokomis, IL; brother-in-law, David Price of Gilman; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Raymond Sr.; one son, Raymond Taylor Jr.; four siblings, Russell Kroeger, Wayne Kroeger, Donald Kroeger, and Betty Bruebaker Price; and three grandsons, Kelly Ziegler, Michael Melton and baby Taylor in infancy. A memorial fund has been established. Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home, Tama-Toledo, is assisting the family with...

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Santa Paws is coming To Town

​ It’s that time of year again….SANTA PAWS IS COMING TO TOWN! Join us, Sunday, November 19th between 12-4:00pm to get your picture taken with Santa! Each 4×6 photo is just $5 and 100% of the proceeds directly benefit the animals in our care. All are welcome – two legged or four; so spread the word, pack your car and head down for a fun time! We hope to see you...

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Vinton Represented at Travel Iowa Marketplace

On Tuesday, November 2nd, Melissa Schwan, Vinton Unlimited Director and Brenda Hackbarth, Destination Vinton committee member attended Travel Iowa Marketplace in Pella. Travel Iowa Marketplace provides tour planners with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with exhibitors representing destinations and attractions from across the state. The event is sponsored by the Iowa Group Travel Association and the Central Iowa Tourism Region. It is always fun to attend these types of events and chat with the tour organizers. They are a fun group of people looking for fun outings for their travelers noted Schwan. Both Schwan and Hackbarth felt Vinton will see some new visitors as a result of their booth. We received some great feedback about Vinton commented Hackbarth. The fun thing about Vinton is that we can handle groups large and small for a few hours, a full day or even an overnight stop. We always tailor the itinerary to the group’s interest which helps makes the visit more fun. Between 2016 and 2017, we hosted 10 overnight bus groups in Vinton. The trips originated from a company in Wisconsin and were advertised in the Our Iowa magazine. Because of the nature of the travelers, trips run for about two years before needing to be retired. We are certain they will consider visiting us again in the future. We also hosted numerous smaller groups in 2017. Some of our...

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Niebuhr accepted for admission to Luther College

Scot Schaeffer, Luther College vice president for enrollment management, has announced that Moriah Niebuhr of Blairstown, Iowa, has been accepted for admission for the 2018-19 academic year. Niebuhr has been awarded the Founders Scholarship. A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional...

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Benton County Democrats to meet Dec. 5

The regular monthly meeting of the Benton County Democrats has been canceled for November because of the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will meet on December 5, 2017,  which is earlier than usual, because of Christmas holiday.  We will meet at 7:00 p.m. at LaReyna Restaurant in Vinton on 4th Street.  Anyone interested is invited to join...

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Letter to the Editor: Concern over the future of Medicaid

To the Editor: I am very concerned about your attacks on our citizens who are most vulnerable when a medical emergency occurs. Our former Governor dismantled a Medicaid program that was well run and efficient. The Republicans in the legislature stood bye and watched a disaster in the making. Your party has made a mockery of this state by tearing apart the safety net of the unfortunate citizens who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own. I speak from experience due to an on the job injury that should have been covered by the insurance company. United Fire and Casualty certainly took the premiums paid by my employer but for 8 years have failed to compensate me for the injury. I have tried to speak to you and tell you my story but you don’t seem to have any time to have town meetings to speak to your constituents. I will at some point possibly be forced to file for Medicaid if it is still even in existence after your Party gets done dismantling everything that was good about Iowa State Government. If you would like to discuss my concerns please contact me and I will meet with you any time or place. Jim...

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