Author: Valerie Close

Mount Mercy University congratulates June 2017 graduates

The students listed below graduated from Mount Mercy University this June. A commencement ceremony was held Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy’s 1,900 students come from around the globe, creating a vibrant, diverse and open-minded campus community. Popular undergraduate majors include business, nursing, criminal justice, education and social work. Graduate programs are offered in criminal justice, strategic leadership, business administration (MBA), education, nursing, and marriage and family therapy. For more information on Mount Mercy University, visit mtmercy.edu. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy University is the regional Catholic, Mercy University that promises students of diverse backgrounds, ages and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community and lead courageous lives. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to 1,900 enrolled students and uniquely blends an outstanding liberal arts education with equally outstanding professional preparation. Vinton, IA Henry Bratten, Bachelor of Business Administration Walford, IA Michelle Ernst, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Summa Cum...

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Area Students named to Mount Mercy University’s Spring 2017 Dean’s List

The following students are named to Mount Mercy University’s Spring 2017 Dean’s List. Students with a semester grade point average of 3.60 or better, and who are graded for six or more semester hours, are eligible for inclusion on the Dean’s List. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy’s 1,900 students come from around the globe, creating a vibrant, diverse and open-minded campus community. Popular undergraduate majors include business, nursing, criminal justice, education and social work. Graduate programs are offered in criminal justice, strategic leadership, business administration (MBA), education, nursing, and marriage and family therapy. For more information on Mount Mercy University, visit mtmercy.edu. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy University is the regional Catholic, Mercy University that promises students of diverse backgrounds, ages and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community and lead courageous lives. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to 1,900 enrolled students and uniquely blends an outstanding liberal arts education with equally outstanding professional preparation. Atkins, IA Jacque Formanek, Nursing AP Derick Harman, Graphic Design Arianna Hull, Elementary Education Megan Mishmash, Nursing Lauren Ness, Accounting Zachariah Steffen, Biology Belle Plaine, IA Paige Drahos, Nursing Joshua Long, Biology Julie Long, Nursing Blairstown, IA Trevor Hartz, Management Brian Miller, Social Work Kelly Ondracek, Business Garrison, IA Kayla Taylor, Psychology Keystone, IA Leah McFarlane, Hum Res Mgmt Luzerne, IA Abigail...

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Dave Walter among University of Dubuque May 2017 Graduates

The University of Dubuque celebrated the accomplishments of its undergraduate, graduate, and seminary students at its 165th Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 13. From Vinton, Dave Walter, Master of Business Administration The University Commencement Ceremony was held in Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center on campus. Degrees were conferred upon 291 undergraduate and 107 graduate students. Dr. Christopher James, MDiv, PhD, assistant professor of Evangelism and Missional Christianity at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (UDTS), delivered the commencement address, titled “The Question.” The UDTS Commencement Ceremony was held in Heritage Center’s John and Alice Butler Hall on campus. The Seminary conferred degrees on 28 students and certificates on three students. Dr. Lyle D. Vander Broek, professor emeritus of New Testament at UDTS, delivered the commencement address, titled “Equipped for Every Good Work.” About University of Dubuque The University of Dubuque is a private university affiliated with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) offering undergraduate programs in 31 areas of study; graduate programs in communication, business administration, and physician assistant studies; and theological studies. Founded in 1852, UD is home to over 2,300 students from 43 states and 22 countries. UD is committed to excellence in academic inquiry and professional preparation; relationships that encourage intellectual, spiritual, and moral development; community where diversity is appreciated and Christian love is practiced; zeal for lifelong learning and service; and...

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Remembering the men in my life

Sunday was Father’s Day, I know it’s old news now! Today would have been my dad’s birthday if he were still here. The two holidays for me have kind of melded into one. The last time I had a conversation with my dad was on his birthday, which was also Father’s Day. For many years my dad was in a nursing home. There was never really a diagnosis to what was happening with him, but he simply couldn’t function any longer at home. Over time it was like he was there, but he didn’t communicate any longer, so we spent many hours sitting by his bedside, mostly just quietly crying. Right after he had gone into the nursing home there was an incident where another one of the men in there had become agitated and was threatening one of the gals that worked there. She told us that my dad didn’t say anything, but he quickly got out of his chair and stood between her and the man to protect her. She said it was almost like a reflex for him. That didn’t surprise me at all. That’s who my dad was. My dad was an over the road truck driver so he wasn’t home much. He had always said that after he left his factory job and had a taste of trucking that he couldn’t go back to...

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Buchanan County Community Foundation Grant Award Ceremony June 27

June 21, 2017 – The Buchanan County Community Foundation will be holding a Grant Award Ceremony Tuesday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m. at Heartland Acres. The Foundation will celebrate upcoming projects and provide an opportunity to learn about the good work of non-profit and government partners, our vibrant community, and the grants funded by the Buchanan County Community Foundation this year. This is an incredible opportunity for the public to see how, together, we are making Buchanan County a better place. For more information, please contact Dotti Thompson, Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa program manager, at (319) 287-9106 or by...

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Davis completes Certified Bank Club Director program

Heritage Clubs International, llc (HCI) is pleased to announce that Melanie Davis of Farmers Savings Bank & Trust (Vinton, IA) has completed the Certified Bank Club Director (CBCD) professional certification program in partnership with HCI and the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). HCI is an Association of Bank Clubs and the premier bank marketing organization in North America. This certification program is the first of its kind for Bank Club Directors in North America. As a graduate of the Certified Bank Club Director program, Davis is now recognized as one of the most knowledgeable and professional bankers in the country. Davis is the Marketing Director as well as the Heritage Club Director, and has been with the bank for four and a half years. She serves on Heritage Clubs International Advisory Board and is a long-time resident of Vinton and has enjoyed the many opportunities her community has to offer. Now in its fifth year, the CBCD program has officially graduated 26 club directors nationwide. The class of 2013 included Cynthia Blaine of Farmers Savings Bank & Trust (Traer, IA). Heritage Clubs International, llc was founded in 1980 by First Citizens National Bank in Mason City, Iowa and currently has a membership of more than 200 parent banks located in 33 states across the country. Each bank has formed a bank club that offers membership to customers who meet deposit requirements and who have time and...

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Clarke Announces Spring 2017 Dean’s List

The following area students were named to the Dean’s List at Clarke University for the Spring 2017 semester. The list recognizes full-time Clarke students who have earned a 3.65 grade-point average or above, on a 4.0 scale, with a minimum of 12 graded hours. From Newhall,  Sarah E. Cotton. Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students to make an impact. Known for superb teaching and academics, Clarke offers more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs and five graduate degree programs. Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa. Clarke’s 55-acre campus is a blend of historic buildings and new, state-of-the-art...

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Hope Carlson Named to Buena Vista University’s Dean’s List for Terms 3 & 4

Hope Carlson, of Belle Plaine, was named to Buena Vista University’s (BVU) Dean’s List for terms three and four. Students named to the Dean’s List must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for the two terms, based on a 4.0 grade point system, and must have taken at least 12 hours of coursework. Carlson attends BVU’s Marshalltown site. About Buena Vista University Since 1891, Buena Vista University has prepared students for lifelong success and blends liberal arts with real-world applications. Our traditional campus on the shores of Storm Lake hosts students in a variety of majors and pre-professional programs, including elementary, secondary, and special education; business and accounting; and biological and chemical sciences. Our 16 degree-completion locations, online, and graduate programs expand student potential with a pace and academic rigor designed for working adults and a variety of class formats that make scheduling even more convenient. With an average scholarship of more than 50 percent off of tuition, BVU is an affordable option for all students. Visit...

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Mitchell Knock graduates from Central College

Knock, of Atkins, was one of 238 graduates in 30 majors. Central’s class of 2017 included students from 15 states, including Florida, California, Oregon, Alabama, Arizona, Washington, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, as well as one foreign country – Kosovo. Founded in 1853, Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, residential four-year liberal arts college known for its academic rigor and strength in global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sustainability education, athletics success and tradition, and leadership and service. Central continues to value its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the Iowa Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just two minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest...

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Retired teachers Don Lyle & Herb McNeill to be Party in the Park Parade Grand Marshals

By Brad Barker, VPRD Summer has begun and things are heating up as we enter Party in the Park week! The sights, sounds and taste of Vinton later this week is sure to conjure up images of a festive summer atmosphere as we celebrate our theme “Fiesta Fest!” With the wrap-up of another successful school year just barely in our rearview, we are pleased to announce the retirement of two incredible teachers that have spent their careers at the Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School and have positively impacted many student lives over this span. To acknowledge the time, effort and dedication that has gone into this endeavor and their contributions towards both the youth and future of the community of Vinton, the Party in the Park Committee is pleased to announce that they have selected Mr. Don Lyle and Mr. Herb McNeill as Co-Grand Marshals for this year’s festival! Well-respected as teachera, mentora and role modela among both the student base and their professional peers, Mr. McNeill and Mr. Lyle have had what undoubtedly would be considered very successful careers. Many former students recount Mr. Lyle and Mr. McNeill’s smiles and positive personas as being infectious and their teaching style impactful. As coaches of their respective sports, they exemplified what it meant for youth to work hard so that they could come out of their sporting experiences as champions on-and-off the...

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Traveling office hours for Ernst office in Benton County – July 11

Regional directors from Senator Joni Ernst‘s office will hold traveling office hours throughout the month of July in all 99 counties in Iowa. Representatives will be available in counties throughout the state to assist Iowans with problems or questions about eligibility involving issues like Social Security, veterans’ benefits, military affairs, passports, immigration issues, and other federal programs. Senator Ernst will not be at the traveling office hours. If folks are unable to attend the traveling office hours and are seeking assistance with federal agencies, please visit Ernst.Senate.Gov to contact one of our offices or submit a casework request. *Please Note: Senator Ernst will not be at the traveling office hours* A complete list of all upcoming dates can be found here.   Benton County Tuesday, July 11, 2017 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Vinton Public Library 510 2nd Avenue Vinton,...

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