Author: Valerie Close

Wolf Creek defeats champion SE Polk 28-7, Heads to state tournament to compete for 2nd title

By Joe Hadechek Wolf Creek sophomore Kalb Roach does a great job with a rugby style tackle Friday night at the Newton football field as Wolf Creek defeated SE Polk 28-7. (photo by John Vaughan, Sr.)Wolf Creek rugby has been only in existence for three years.   The club has 18 athletes from Union Community (Dysart/LaPorte City) and one from Don Bosco.   The head coach Deandre Moore is a volunteer that still plays rugby for the Bremer County Bucks.    Now, they just put another mark on their short history at Newton, Iowa this past Friday. It was the regular season game of the year for the Iowa Youth Rugby Association.   This past Friday SE Polk (last year’s large school champion) was defeated by Wolf Creek (last year’s small school champion) 28-7.    The first half was dominated by Wolf Creek 21-0.    Then SE Polk woke up and scored quickly to start the second half to make it 21-7.    Wolf Creek rallied and put one more score in the try zone to make the final 28-7. In the first game of the night Wolf Creek defeated another large school, Des Moines Hoover 70-0.    It concluded the regular season for the Knights and gave them a 11-0-1 overall record heading into next Friday’s state championship tournament.   The tournament will be played at Des Moines East stadium under the...

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Vinton Lions meet with Kindergarten Class

By Julie Zimmer Because vision and literacy go hand-in-hand, Vinton Lions reconnected with kindergartners over a few good books on the third annual Lions literacy meet-up at Tilford Elementary May 3. These were the same students they screened for vision earlier.  Students and Lions read one-on-one in the classrooms before and after the club mingled with older students for lunch. The Lions also donate funds (through the final classroom book orders of the year) toward ensuring every child takes at least one book home to keep. Lions were impressed with the teachers’ and students’ work this year as demonstrated in the reading skills of the students they met. Vinton Lion Casey Keeling and 20-some other Lions around the room listen to kindergartners read Vinton Lion Dennis Lasaur and a Vinton kindergartener talk over a story they are reading together at the club’s annual literacy event. Vinton club president Rob Levis poses with one of the Tilford students. The students were also treated to a visit from Benton County Sherriff Lions member Ron Tippett who also reads with the...

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East-Central Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative Awards 12 Students $1,000 Scholarships

East-Central Iowa REC is proud to announce it has awarded $1,000 scholarships to three young men who plan to begin pursuing careers as lineworkers through the Powerline Technician program at Northwest Iowa Community College, as well as nine graduating seniors who plan to further their education in a diverse range of programs. Congratulations to these deserving students! Powerline Technician Scholarship Winners 1. Jacob Demuth, son of Ben Demuth (Marion High School) 2. Brady Maurer, son of David Maurer (Wapsi Valley High School) 3. Noah Studebaker, son of Troy and Amy Studebaker (Independence Junior and Senior High School) General Scholarship Winners 4. Jordan Baumgartner, daughter of Brad and LeAnn Baumgartner – Hawkeye Community College (Starmont High School) 5. Haley Dinderman, daughter of Scott and Dana Dinderman – Iowa State University (VintonShellsburg High School) 6. Claire Holtz, daughter of Richard and Dawn Holtz – Kirkwood Community College (Center PointUrbana High School) 7. Colin Hurley, son of William and Cristina Hurley – Iowa State University (Benton Community Schools)   8. Kaylee Kortenkamp, daughter of Don and Kara Kortenkamp – Iowa State University (East Buchanan High School) 9. Eric Lympus, son of Chad and Denise Lympus – Iowa State University (Independence Junior and Senior High School) 10. Natalie McMillan, daughter of John and Nancy McMillan – Iowa State University (Oelwein High School) 11. Hans Riensche, son of Ben and Lisa Riencsche – Iowa...

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Cargill Makes Donation to Virginia Gay Hospital to establish Mental Health Care

Cargill made a $50,000 donation to Virginia Gay Hospital to assist with establishing mental health care in the new clinic currently under construction in Vinton. The donation was made as the result of efforts by Cindi and Tom Stueck. Tom is an employee of Cargill and Cindi is an employee of Virginia Gay. Cargill’s world-wide giving in 2016 was more than $50 million. Cargill businesses and facilities and their employees also give through more than 350 employee-led Cargill Cares Councils worldwide. The councils provide support for local charitable and civic organizations and programs such as food relief agencies, school and youth programs, and local environmental projects. Robin Martin, Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation director said, “We’re extremely pleased to accept this donation and with this gift from Cargill, we are now at 92% of our $1.5 Million goal. The Foundation contributed $500,000 to the project and now we’re working to reach our goal before the clinic opens.” Mike Riege, administrator of Virginia Gay, explained why the mental health initiative is so important when he said, “Providing access to mental health care is probably the single-most important thing we can do to improve the overall health of our patients.” “Mike Timmermans kicked the campaign off and part way through the fundraising he retired and I transitioned into the job,” explained Robin, “and those kinds of transitions always require time...

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Local Students Present Research in Symposium

More than 200 Central College students presented research during the spring Undergraduate Research Smposium. The following area students were included: Jamie Retz of Newhall participated in the Independent Study in Chemistry symposium with the presentation “Manganese-catalyzed transfer Hydrogenation reactions,” Mitchell Knock of Atkins participated in the Exercise Physiology Lab symposium with the presentation “The effect of music on an isometric contraction,” Taylor McGowan of Dysart participated in the Research Investigations in Chemistry symposium with the presentation “Computational study of the mechanism between the methylamine and 2,3-dichloro-1,4-napthoalenedione,” Dane Salow of Walker participated in the Biology Seminar symposium with the presentation “White-Nosed syndrome in bats,” Kailey Phillips of Keystone participated in the Globalization, Development and Social Change symposium with the presentation “The Children’s BandAID foundation – Haiti,” 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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Farmers Savings Bank & Trust Announces Money Smart Week Poster Winner

Farmers Savings Bank & Trust has selected its winner for the Money Smart Week posters. Entries came from students in second to sixth grade.  The topic was “Why is it Important to Know About Money”. Bree Swenson, a 5th grader at Shellsburg Elementary, was the local winner of $50. Entries are then submitted to the Community Bankers of Iowa to be entered for a chance to win either win $600 or $300 in certificates of deposit. Congratualations...

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Vikettes take 2nd in WAMAC West Meet

By Janet Woodhouse May 2, 2017 WAMAC West Divisional Meet (9 holes) Hosted by Benton Comm. At Tara Hills, Van Horne, par 36 Weather conditions: cool, partly sunny, winds were gusting Team Scores: Independence 192 Vinton-Shellsburg 202 Benton Comm. 210 Williamsburg 210 Marion 216 CC-Amana 218 Center Pt-Urbana 225 So. Tama 244 Medalist: Kelsey Gruber, Indee 46 Runner up: Kylie Frank, Indee 48 (by card back) VS Individual Scores: Brandi Gerber 49 Emily Blake 50 Halie Engler 51 Rachel Tandy 52 non counters: Lillie Lamont, Alex Maynard Independence had the magic number with four of their team shooting in...

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ISU Extension Short Course will Increase Grazing Knowledge and Skills

Livestock producers with an interest in strengthening or transitioning grazing practices can sharpen their skills by attending Grassroots Grazing workshops offered by Iowa State University Extension and regional Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Grassroots Grazing short course consists of five different modules taught over the grazing season. “Grassroots Grazing is designed for graziers interested in a more controlled or management-intensive grazing system,” said Denise Schwab, ISU Extension livestock specialist. “Producers who want to optimize forage and livestock production, increase forage utilization and conserve natural resources will find the modules very informative.” The course will cover concepts relevant to all producers of grass-based livestock, whether it is beef, dairy, sheep or other animals, according to Schwab. Grassroots Grazing will be held in the Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque and Fayette county areas, but is designed for any producers in northeast Iowa. Each workshop will have a classroom component with experienced instructors and a hands-on field component. The workshops will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m. and will conclude by 9:00 p.m. The sessions are scheduled for June 14, June 28, August 29, September 13 and November 15. The June 14 session will feature Brian Lang, ISU Extension Agronomist, on the basics of soil and fertility, Pat Schaefers, Clayton County NRCS, on converting CRP to grazing land, Michelle German, NRCS soil conservationist, on pasture evaluation, and the importance of managing forage by Schwab. The...

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Conway Elected to Central College Senate

Twenty students have been elected to Central’s 2017-2018 Student Senate, The following local students will represent the student body next year: Caitlyn Conway of Blairstown 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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Boomfest to be held Saturday, August 26 seeking more vendors

The 8th Annual Boom-Fest is scheduled for Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 10am to 4pm in downtown Vinton. A full schedule of events will be released later this summer. With Boom-Fest a mere 115 days away, Vinton Unlimited is still actively accepting arts & crafts, antique, repurposed treasures and informational vendors! Oh, and FOOD vendors too! Download a registration form at http://vinton.info/events/boomfest/boomfest-vendors/ To see the tentative Schedule of Events | Vendor Information | Sponsors click the links! We are once again looking for arts & crafts, farmers market, antique, repurposed treasures and food vendors to set up in the heart of our downtown district. Registration Form Register with payment by March 1, 2017 to receive $10 off your first booth space. Applications received after Friday, August 12, 2017, if accepted, will be $50 per booth space. Booth acceptance is contingent upon approval from the Vinton Unlimited Boom-Fest Committee. Notification will be done via email. 2017 Vendors include: (as of May 3, 2017) Origami Owl, Scratch Cupcakery, Creative Crafts & More, Irie Treats, Glass Glimmers Studio, Olde Tyme Kettle Corn, All Those Little Things, The Woodshop, Solid Surface Crafts, Shorty’s Baked Goods, Rachael’s Creations, Perfectly Posh, Lip Allure & More, J&D Crafts, LuLaRoe, Scentsy, K&M Metal Designs, LLC, Liberty Acres, Ah Jeez, Thirty-One, Sharon’s Rag Rugs, Norwex, Children’s Book Author, Kreative Sisters Krafts, Little Metal Creations, Real Time Pain Relief, LeeAnn’s Creations...

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