Author: Valerie Close

477 Wartburg students named to Winter/May Term Dean’s List

Wartburg College has recognized 477 students who were named the 2018 Winter/May Term Dean’s List. Those honored include: Natalie Dudley of Walker Maci Griffith of Vinton Kassie Hennings of Dysart Trevor Krug of Dysart Weston Krug of Dysart The list honors students who earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or above in at least five course credits during the terms. Four of the five course credits have to be graded with a traditional letter grade. Wartburg students take four courses during Winter Term, which runs from January through April, and one course during the one-month May Term. May Term courses often involve travel and study abroad. Wartburg, a four-year liberal arts college internationally recognized for community engagement, enrolls 1,527 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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11th Annual Benton County Farm Bureau Cookout Contest

The 11th Annual Benton County Farm Bureau Cookout Contest is set for Saturday June 30 at the fairgrounds in Vinton. This will be in conjunction with the Benton County Fair activities. There is no cost to enter the contest, although pre-registration is requested. Interested grillers are asked to call the Benton County Farm Bureau office at (319) 472-4710 or e-mail benton.county@ifbf.org. Bill Newton, contest coordinator, says “You do not have to be a professional cook to participate.” The Cookout Contest has been growing every year since Farm Bureau began sponsoring the event in 2007. Grillers are competitive and get creative with their meat preparation, while enjoying the county fair activities. “This is a fun contest to promote quality Iowa meat.” says Newton. Judging of entries will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday and the grilling categories are beef, pork, lamb, poultry, turkey and combo/specialty. There is also a youth category for grillers age 13 to 18 years of age and people may also enter as a team to compete. Entries are judged on the basis of taste, appearance and originality. Cash prizes will be awarded to first place winners in each category and a Grand Champion will be named for 2018. All first-place category winners will have the chance to compete in the Iowa Farm Bureau Cookout Contest at the Iowa State Fair on Tuesday August 14, 2018. Come...

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Matthew Lash Graduates from Simpson College

Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, held commencement on April 28, 2018. Matthew Lash of Vinton graduated with a BA in Public Relations. Matthew is the son of Jay and Michele Lash. Simpson College is located in Indianola, Iowa, a short drive from Iowa’s capital city of Des Moines. Founded in 1860 by members of the United Methodist Church, Simpson College has approximately 1,300 full time undergraduate students and approximately 400 part time students. Simpson also has a campus in West Des Moines serving primarily adult learners. Simpson offers 80 majors and minors, is a member of the NCAA Division III Iowa Athletic Conference, hosts eight Greek houses on campus and sponsors many extracurricular options for student...

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Morgan Barnard named to Dean’s List

Cornell College named 231 students to its Dean’s List for the spring 2018 semester, including Morgan Barnard of Keystone. Students must earn a minimum of a 3.6 GPA for the semester to be honored. Cornell College’s picturesque campus is located in Mount Vernon, Iowa. One of the “Colleges That Change Lives,” Cornell College is a national liberal arts college with a distinctive One Course At A Time curriculum. Students take one class for 18 days, which provides students the chance to dive into their studies and focus more intensely on the classes of their choice. Cornellians learn with the unique freedom to shed the confines of the traditional classroom-studying off-campus, pursuing research, or accepting an internship-all without missing out on other classes. With a student body from 42 states and 17 foreign countries, and renowned visiting speakers, faculty, and entertainers, Cornell offers the world from its hilltop...

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Norman Ernest Wassmer

Norman Ernest Wassmer, 80, of Vinton, passed away Monday, June 11, 2018, at home from heart failure. Per his wishes, he was cremated and will be buried with his wife, Jacqueline, in Oahu, Hawaii. There will be an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Alburnett Historical Society for those who would like to pay their respects and share memories of Norman and Jacqueline. Entrusted with the arrangements is Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Norman was born Nov. 30, 1937, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Helen (Titler) Wassmer. Norman grew up on a farm and later became a farmer himself. After retiring from farming, he worked for Linn County, Lindale Mall and helped young farmers in the community. He was a member of FFA and the Lions Club. Norman also drove the school bus for Alburnett Community School for over 40 years and subbed for Linn-Mar school. Norman married Jacqueline Lee Barcus on March 7, 1959, in Cedar Rapids. He is survived by three children, Monica Dobling of Vinton, Nathan (Ira) Wassmer of Oahu, Hawaii, and Roxanne Wassmer of Vinton; four grandchildren, Nathan Raymond Wassmer of Maryland, Amber Neagle of Cedar Rapids, Raymond Colony of Springville and Troy Neagle of Iowa City; a great-grandchild, Julian Ernest Bruce of Cedar Rapids; and four siblings, Lora Ann Minor of South Dakota,...

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Dysart and LaPorte City PD Assist in Prosecution of 3 Drug Traffickers

          Three men who trafficked methamphetamine were sentenced June 12, 2018, each to more than twenty years in federal prison, one previously involved in armed standoff prior to arrest.           Juan Carlos Martinez, age 28, Manuel Fujarte, age 34, and John Minteer, age 45, all from Marshalltown, Iowa, received the prison terms after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute at least 500 grams of methamphetamine.           At their guilty pleas, Martinez, Fujarte, and Minteer admitted to conspiring to distribute ice methamphetamine, a highly pure, crystalized form of methamphetamine, throughout Northern Iowa.  The conspiracy lasted between the fall of 2014 and the fall of 2016.  Martinez, Fujarte, and Minteer were all responsible for distributing multiple ounces of ice methamphetamine to a network of drug customers.           Prior to his arrest and while on probation in Marshall County, Martinez obtained a stolen gun and went to a daycare in Pleasant Hill, Iowa, in an attempt to contact his ex-wife and child in violation of a no contact order.  Police officers responded to the daycare.  Martinez then brandished the gun and refused to drop it.  An officer used a Taser on Martinez and he was taken into custody.  Martinez was later convicted of assault while displaying a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm as a felon in Polk County District Court.           Martinez, Fujarte, and Minteer were sentenced in Cedar Rapids...

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Benton County becomes a Home Base Iowa County

Benton Development Group, along with the Benton County Supervisors are proud to announce their partnership with Home Base Iowa to become a Home Base Iowa County! Please join us at the Benton County Courthouse lawn on June 19th, from 11 am – 12 pm for a ceremony designating Benton County as a Home Base Iowa County. Although Iowa is currently facing an unemployment rate of 2.9 percent, it has been rated the #1 best state in the country, according to a study done by U.S. News & World Report. Home Base Iowa is a one-of-a-kind program that connects veterans...

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Blessed Hope brings 3rd Annual Faith in Action to Vinton

You might have seen the purple shirts swarming around Vinton and wondered, “What’s going on?” For the past 3 years, Blessed Hope Church has taken “in town mission trips” to Vinton and the surrounding communities. They’ve helped build playgrounds, worked on trails, remodeled homes and even done a mini home makeover, all without fanfare or expecting anything in return. This year found them painting a couple of homes in the area, laying flooring, putting roofs on a couple homes, as well as doing a few projects at the Garrison library. Some folks in the area might have received a...

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Benton County Board of Supervisor Minutes 6/5/18

June 5, 2018 The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular adjourned session with Supervisors Primmer, Wiley and Bierschenk were present. The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously. Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve the minutes of May 29, 2018. Motion carried. Dana Burmeister, Transportation director discussed wages of drivers with a D3 license. With just a regular chauffeur license they can’t drive the 3 bigger busses. She feels once they receive their class C passenger endorsement that the wage should be increased from $11/hour to $13.68 an hour. Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve hiring of Gwen Vogeler as part-time driver and office help in the Transportation Department for starting wage of $11/an hour effective June 6, 2018, and after obtaining her class C license, the rate will increase to $13.68 an hour. Motion carried. Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To set the date of Tuesday June 19, 2018 as the time and date for Home Based Iowa Ribbon cutting ceremony from 11a.m. -noon. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Wiley seconded: To approve and renew FY 19 contracts with the following: -Decategorization Program Administration between the Benton County Board of Supervisors and Benton/Iowa County Decat and Erin Monaghan for decategorization services. -Community Partnership for Protecting Children Coordination of Services between the Iowa Department of Human Services and Benton County. Motion carried. Ben Turnis,...

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Loras College Announces Spring 2018 Dean’s List

Loras College has announced the names of students who achieved Dean’s List status for the 2018 spring semester. A student must earn a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours to be recognized. From Norway,  Brooke Boddicker and John D. Meskimen, and from Vinton, Lily A....

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Silage Conference to Detail Growing and Using Silage

A conference will be held on June 21 in Dubuque with dairy experts from across the Midwest who will present at the Iowa-Wisconsin Silage Conference on June 21 in Dubuque. Experts from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, as well as from the University of Wisconsin, University of Nebraska and industry will provide information on a wide range of topics dealing with growing and using silage. Registration and check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. on June 21. The program starts at 9:30 a.m. and adjourns at 3:30 p.m. It will be held at the Best Western Plus Dubuque Hotel and Conference Center (3100 Dodge Street, Dubuque). The following topics will be discussed during the conference: * Quality corn silage before, during and after harvest; Hugo Ramirez-Ramirez, assistant professor and extension diary specialist at Iowa State University * Characteristics of corn varieties for silage; Randy Shaver, professor of dairy science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison * Molds and mycotoxins in silage; Paige Gott, ruminant technical manager with Biomin * Pricing corn silage; Denise Schwab, beef field specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, and Bill Halfman, agriculture agent with University of Wisconsin-Extension * Machinery efficiency; Brian Luck, assistant professor and extension specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison * Corn silage safety; Keith Bolsen, founder Keith Bolsen Silage Safety Foundation There will also be two concurrent sessions that discuss corn silage in dairy...

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JACQUELYN ‘JACKY’ LOUISE GIHRING 

Jacquelyn “Jacky” Louise Gihring, 73, of Garrison, passed away Friday, June 8, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Jacky was born March 29, 1945, in Vinton, Iowa, to Glenn and Virginia (King) Halstead. She attended high school in Vinton and Hamilton Business College. On Aug. 8, 1970, she married Robert Gihring in Vinton. Together, the couple raised their six children while Jacky helped Bob work the farm and ran de-tasseling crews for Pioneer. She also was a real estate agent for Century 21. Jacky enjoyed reading, baking, gardening, and going to garage sales to find bargains. Her family always was the center of her life, and she loved hosting large family get-togethers, especially at the holidays. She is survived by her husband, Robert of Garrison; children, Rodney (Martha) Gihring of Des Moines, Shawn Gihring, Jaime (John Rivera) Gihring, Lisa Gihring, all of Garrison, Suzy Gihring of Portland, Ore., and Jonathan Gihring of Garrison; siblings, Terry (Dixie) Halstead of Independence, Mo., Glenda (Ray) Roe of Ankeny, Donna Stevens of Dysart and Rick (Julie) Halstead of Ashburn, Va.; sister-in-law, Cindy Halstead of Marshalltown; stepbrother, Gary Millard of Vinton; three special nieces and nephews, Matt Stevens of Garrison, Merinda Stevens of Pawcatuck, Conn., and Jeremy Koopman of Vinton; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many more loving family and friends. Jacquelyn was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Don...

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