Author: Valerie Close

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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Fleshner among Six Iowa student athletes to receive Iowa Bankers Association scholarships

Six Iowa student athletes will be honored with the Iowa Bankers Association (IBA) Student Athlete Achievement Scholarship Award during the Iowa high school state football championships Nov. 16-17 in Cedar Falls. One student from each class will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the IBA to the college of his choice. Scholarship recipients include: * Eight Player: Brett Galles, Remsen St. Mary’s High School, Remsen * Class A: Theo Baldus, St. Ansgar High School, St. Ansgar * Class 1A: Sam Joerger, Denver High School, Denver * Class 2A: Hunter Fleshner, Union High School, La Porte City * Class 3A: Tim Globokar, Xavier High School, Cedar Rapids * Class 4A: Rhett Smeins, Cedar Falls High School, Cedar Falls Scholarship recipients were selected based on their academic performance, athletic participation, leadership skills and community involvement. “This program recognizes Iowa students for their achievements – both on and off the field,” said John Sorensen, president and CEO of Iowa Bankers Association. “The long-term success of these students is important to the future success of our communities, and helping Iowa communities is what Iowa banks are all about.” For more than two decades, the IBA has sponsored the Student Athlete Achievement Scholarship Awards, which awards student athletes in football, basketball and wrestling. The IBA has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships since the program...

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2nd Annual Pink at the Pump™ Campaign Doubles Amount Raised for Breast Cancer Research and Awareness 

By simply choosing cleaner-burning, higher-performing E15 during the month of October, drivers across six states raised a record $11,500 for breast cancer awareness and research as part of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association’s (IRFA) second-annual Pink at the Pump™ campaign. This year’s campaign also saw a record number of participating stations. Sixty-four E15 retail stations across Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Texas, and Virginia donated three cents of every gallon of E15 sold from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31 to National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and The Hormel Institute. “The campaign is a great opportunity for E15 retailers to join forces with a worthy cause to raise awareness of how E15 can help reduce human exposure to cancer-causing chemicals,” said IRFA Managing Director Lucy Norton. “Retailers reported that Pink at the Pump™ encouraged many new folks to try E15. We’re hopeful these new customers will continue to choose E15 and help us fight cancer all year long.” NBCF provides help and inspires hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services. The Hormel Institute is a global, cutting-edge research facility with a seven-decade history of making significant scientific discoveries on better ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancer. Participating E15 locations featured pink E15 nozzle guards and other pink point-of-sale materials as part of the campaign, sponsored by IRFA and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. “It...

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Veridian® Credit Union to provide Financial Literacy Education Programming to Area Youth

Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa is proud to announce a $5,000 grant from Veridian® Credit Union that will provide over 146 Eastern Iowa students with financial literacy educational programs during the 2017-2018 school year. Through a series of hands-on learning activities students in kindergarten through 12th grade will learn the importance of budgeting, saving, investing, and spending money wisely. Junior Achievement (JA) brings volunteer role models from the community into classrooms to share their experiences with young people. Using JA’s proven programs, the volunteers help students better understand how money works through JA’s financial literacy curriculum. Junior Achievement recognizes that educators are responsible for ensuring that their classroom curriculum aligns with Iowa Core standards, which includes financial literacy education. Junior Achievement helps schools meet this requirement through the organization’s hands-on learning activities that help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and manage it. Throughout the school year, Junior Achievement programs are scheduled with schools to complement classroom efforts in meeting the Iowa Core requirements. Through Junior Achievement’s financial management programs that include JA Our City®, JA Economics for Success®, and JA Finance Park® Virtual implemented during key stages at the elementary, middle, and high school grades, educators are able to meet the state requirements for financial literacy. The education that Junior Achievement offers is not based solely on a textbook course....

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Kenneth Edward Winterberg

Kenneth Edward Winterberg, 62, of Redfield, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017, at the Redfield Care and Rehabilitation Center in Redfield. His memorial service will be 2 p.m., Thursday, November 16, at Thelen-Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield. Kenneth Edward Winterberg was born December 29, 1954, in Linton, N.D. to Willis and Velma (Statema) Winterberg. He spent most of his childhood in Herried and graduated from Herried High School. He was a jack of all trades and was happy doing just about anything. He drove cab, delivered newspapers, built bridges, and worked construction. He was a simple man who enjoyed a simple life. He loved his nieces, horses, animals, and computers. He was united in marriage to his love of 10 years, Jamie Ferguson, November 9, 2017. He is survived by his wife Jamie; daughter, Heather Travis of Mound City; siblings, Marian (Randy) Flitter of Groton, Jean Meyer and Betty Meyer both of Mankato, Minn., Shirley (Joe) Freed of Vinton, Iowa, Richard (Kathy) Meyer of Mobridge, and David (Shelia) Meyer of LuVerne, Minn.; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; sister, Carol Ann Winterberg; brothers, James and John Winterberg; and his close friend, Joy Travis. Thelen-Hyke Funeral Home of Redfield has been entrusted with arrangements. Visit...

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Jordan Biertzer Named to Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport Dean’s List

Jordan Biertzer of Vinton, IA, a student in the Doctor of Chiropractic Program at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, has been named to the Summer 2017 Trimester Dean’s List. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must achieve a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 in all studies for the respective term. The highest possible GPA is a...

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Benton County Board of Supervisors Minutes 11/7/17

November 7, 2017 The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular 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. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: Approve the minutes from Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To set land use hearing date of Tuesday December 5, 2017 at 9:15 a.m. for Doug Wilkerson in part of the E ½ of SW ¼ SW ¼ of 36-86-9. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Biershenk seconded: Approve payment of checks numbered 225229 through 225348 , payroll checks numbered 139750 through 139764, and ACH deposits numbered 32504 through 32633, vendor checks numbered 225221 through 225228. Motion carried. Ann Jorgensen with the Benton County Community Foundation, met with the board to get permission to set up a display in the courthouse. The display will promote what the Foundation does, make the public aware of this opportunity and also explain where the funding comes from. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve a display for the Benton County Community Foundation, to be determined where in the courthouse by the Auditor’s office. Motion carried. Michelle Dhondt discussed the regional mental health fund balance and occupancy at Cedar Valley Ranch and other facilities. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To Approve Utility Permit for Windstream Iowa Communications in Harrison Township west of Brandon Blacktop. Motion carried. The...

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Vinton Area Community Choir Christmas Concert Sunday, December 3

By Nancy Geiken Vinton Area Community Choir Christmas Concert will be presented Sunday, December 3rd at 7 pm at the Presbyterian Church. More than 50 local musicians will be presenting choral music and bell choir arrangements. Some of the featured music will include “Joy to the World”, “O Come O Come Emmanuel”, and “Mary, Did You Know”. This is a wonderful opportunity to begin the Advent season with beautiful, traditional music. There is no charge for the concert, although there will an opportunity for a free-will offering which will be used to help support people in our community. Please join us December...

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