Author: Valerie Close

Vinton-Shellsburg Students Explore Academic Interests at Grant Wood AEA’s College for Kids

If you ask Alli Kemp, architects aren’t the only visionaries capable of designing their own buildings; kids can build today’s world too. Kemp is only an eighth-grader, yet she can already envision herself bridging the gap between architectural design and engineering. For the past two weeks, this student from Vinton-Shellsburg has been constructing her own blueprint of a house and kitchen both virtually and on paper through Grant Wood Area Education Agency’s summer enrichment program, College for Kids. This summer will be Kemp’s third year attending College for Kids – a program that offers faster-paced, topic-specific courses for gifted and talented middle school students. According to Kemp, College for Kids helped her dive more deeply into her career interests of becoming an architectural engineer through her different design courses. “I took the Virtual 3D Creations class last year and I really enjoyed it,” Kemp says. “So I decided to take it again this year with the new teacher, and I’m learning a lot more.” Virtual 3D Creations at College for Kids is a course focused on design, animation, and engineering. In this course, students like Kemp are able to construct three dimensional creations using different computer applications including Blender, Sketch-up, and Tinkercad. “I’m also in Architectural Design and I feel like it sort of connects with Virtual 3D Creations because when I draw out my blueprints for my architectural...

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Rach among University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduates

More than 7,000 students received degrees during the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s spring commencement ceremonies, May 11-12, 2017. The ceremony for doctoral and medical professional graduates was May 11 at the Kohl Center,  bachelor’s, master’s and law graduates received their degrees May 12 at Camp Randall. Steve Levitan, a UW-Madison graduate and and co-creator and executive producer of the ABC hit comedy “Modern Family,” spoke during ceremonies held at the Camp Randall. Among the graduates were from Vinton, Molly Rach, College of Letters and Science, Master of Arts-Library and Information Studies, Library and Information...

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Benton County Board of Supervisors minutes 7/11/17

July 11, 2017 The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular adjourned 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. Primmer moved/ Bierschenk seconded: Approve the minutes of June 27, 2017 and June 30, 2017. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: Approve payment of checks numbered 223895 through 224045, payroll checks numbered 139559 through 139577, and ACH deposits numbered 31417 through 31552, vendor checks numbered 224046 through 224052. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To set land use hearing date of Tuesday August 8, 2017 at 9:15 a.m, for Terry and Sue Hart for part of the SW ¼ SW ¼ of 12-85-12. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve fireworks permit for Wildcat Golf Course for July 15, 2017. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To approve and authorize chair to sign Heartland Insurance Risk Annual Audit. Motion carried. Chairman Wiley gave update about the RVP Draft proposal contract for the WMA Water Management plan. Interviews will be conducted soon. The time of 9:15 a.m. having arrived, and this being the time and date for a land use hearing for Marty and Emily Fisher in part of the NW ¼ SW ¼ of 12-85-12. Marc Greenlee presented the technical information with the Benton County Agricultural Land Use Preservation Ordinance. Marty Fisher was present...

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Brandon Historical Society to Hold Ice Cream Social

The Brandon Historical Society will be holding a Ice Cream Social on Sunday July 23, 2017 at the Brandon City Park from 12:30 to 3:00 PM! Please mark your calendars and plan to attend! Menu includes hot dogs, walking tacos, and ICE CREAM! Yard games and live music will be the entertainment for the afternoon. Come on out and help support their continued work on the Bank...

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New synthetic opioid drug threat recently discovered in Iowa

Virginia Gay Hospital and the Benton County Department of Public Health are passing along the following press release about synthetic pain pills in Iowa: The Iowa Department of Public Health, Department of Public Safety, Poison Control Center and Office of Drug Control policy issued an advisory today to warn Iowans of a new synthetic opioid drug threat recently discovered in Iowa. Recent cases of counterfeit pain pills have been confirmed by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s (DCI) laboratory. Upon analysis in each case, pills made to resemble the prescription pain reliever oxycodone were found to contain more powerful and illicit synthetic opioids fentanyl and U-47700. The four health and safety agencies issued the following joint statement: “As the DEA warns, counterfeit pills like those found in Iowa that are not prescribed or dispensed by health care professionals may contain deadly amounts of fentanyls or other synthetic opioids. Because some illicit synthetic opioids can be highly lethal when touched or inhaled, Iowans are cautioned against handling or using prescription medicine, or anything resembling prescription medicine, if it’s not issued by an authorized health care provider. This warning also applies to law enforcement officers and other first responders who may come in contact with counterfeit drugs. Iowans are urged to talk with children about safe use of medicines, and report suspicious activity to local law enforcement. Recent cases are under...

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North Eden Willing Workers 4-H Club Keeping the Fair Clean

By Tressa Walton For the past several years the North Eden Willing Workers 4-H Club has taken care of the garbage at the Benton County Fair.  After the first year, several of the members noticed how many water bottles were being thrown away.  They decided they wanted to do something different for the next year. They were able to order five recycling containers with the help of a grant.  It was at the time they went to set them up that they discovered the fair was switching from beer cups to cans. So the first year most of the recycling was used for the cans around the beer tent and grandstand.  This year, however, the 4-Her’s added five more recycling containers to their fleet and were able to collect about 10 big garbage bags full of water bottles, Gatorade bottles and the plastic milk bottles.  They are hoping to add more for next year as they take the Benton County Fair to a more environment friendly level. Pictured are several members with a few of the new containers who helped pick up garbage and help with the recycling. The North Eden Willing Workers would like to thank everyone who placed their cans and bottles in the designated containers throughout the fair and their help to make the world and our community a better place to...

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Letter to the Editor: Thank you to area Businesses

I would like to thank all of the businesses who participated in the Rabbit Auction at the Benton County Fair!  THANK YOU for supporting 4-H!   As a parent, leader, and former 4-Her, I know how much work these kids pour into their projects, both in the static and the livestock projects.  The responsibilities learned through caring for livestock and the written and verbal communication required for the write-ups and record books are so valuable.  This amazing program teaches kids life skills that will help make them valuable employees in the future, perhaps for your business! Kids in 4-H complete yearly presentations and/or working exhibits, and also perform community service projects.  In the world today, so much verbal communication is lost. One of the best things we can do for our youth is to support these precious skills.  These 4-Her’s are our future! They are entrepreneurs and employees.  The article in last week’s Vinton Today about Tess Lillibridge and the value she saw in her red angus cows and the path 4-H set her on is just one example of what is possible with 4-H!  I encourage you to read the article if you haven’t yet.  She is going to be a valuable employee someday! Having been an actively involved 4-Her for over eight years, I didn’t realize how fortunate I was to have had speaking, socializing, communication and task...

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NEWW Lends their hands at House of Hope Mission

Submitted by Samantha Walton, reporter The North Eden Willing Workers 4-H Club recently served lunch at the House of Hope Mission in Cedar Rapids.  This year the club decided to recycle plastic bags by crocheting mats that the homeless can use to sleep on.  The mats work very well because they are light weight and water proof.  The club collected and cut many bags while about 4-5 members crocheted bags.  Caroline Lang took it one step further and applied for a grant that allowed the club to create over 20 bags with items such as shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, razors, sunscreen, band aids, and several packages of feminine supplies and diapers, etc that were given to the shelter on June 22 when several members of the club brought the mats and bags to the shelter as well as served lunch for approximately 140 people at the shelter. Many members commented on what a great experience the trip was and seeing the shelter for the first time.  Many members talked to several of the men, women and children there for lunch that day. The North Eden Willing Workers turned this into a project for the fair and it has been selected to go to the State Fair in August. The members of North Eden Willing Workers with the mats and bags that they donated to the Shelter.   Standing back...

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