Author: Valerie Close

Iowa State University announces fall 2016 Dean’s List

Approximately 8,775 Iowa State University students have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the Fall Semester 2016 Dean’s List. Students named to the Dean’s List must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded course work. Atkins Ia Matthew Joseph Voss, 2, Statistics Belle Plaine Ia Emily Jane Coover, 4, Animal Science William John Mengler, 3, Civil Engineering Colton T. Rabe, 4, Industrial Technology Blairstown Ia Evan Paul Lueckenotto, 4, Civil Engineering David Donald Randall, 4, Agricultural Systems Technology Keystone Ia Samantha Jean Sugars, 4, Event Management Newhall Ia Megan Marie Blomberg, 4, Athletic Training Jacob Alan Stoll, 4, Mechanical Engineering Kaleb P. Thomas, 4, Architecture-Professional Degree Norway Ia James S. Brecht, 3, Agricultural Studies Devri Lynn Cliburn, 1, Aerospace Engineering Kristin A. Jensen, 4, Public Relations Colton David Miller, 3, Construction Engineering Shellsburg Ia Noah Lucas Hagen, 4, Physics Anna Elizabeth Jacobi, 3, Industrial Design Jake Allen Stodola, 4, Landscape Architecture Van Horne Ia Brianna Lyn Masten, 2, Pre-Business Vinton Ia Hannah Gorton, 2, Pre-Business Max N. Griffith, 4, Kinesiology and Health Katherine Mae Hanson, 4, Management Matthew Joseph Hart, 4, Mechanical Engineering Emily G. Howes-Vonstein, 1, Pre-Interior Design Lindsay Margaret Kelty, 4, Linguistics Natalie K. Ketchen, 4, Dietetics (H SCI) Sarah Michaela Kreutner, 2, English Bailey S....

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In the Statehouse – January 13, 2017

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Each time you take the oath of office, you literally feel the mantle of responsibility coming down on your shoulders. You also feel the incredible blessing of trust your citizens have given you to do what you think is right for them. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to continue serving you. I will do my best. This year my son Nick held my mother’s Bible for me to take the oath on. It was one of my life’s most beautiful moments to have him and Alice there with me. There were some moist eyes on all our parts…okay tears. There were tears and full hearts. In the House we hit the ground running. Right away we got to work on our budget for the year we’re in. We develop our budgets from an estimate the Revenue Estimating Conference gives us every quarter. In order to develop our budget we are required to use the December estimate, unless the March estimate is less. For the 2016/2017 budget we’re in, we used the March number. Unfortunately the REC over-estimated our economy and taxes coming in, so we have to cut $118 million dollars right away. We spent most of the week working on the details of how we can make cuts that honor our promises and hurt the least amount of people. We don’t have...

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Help Fight Breast Cancer!

Order your t-shirt to proudly wear at the Friday, January 27th home basketball game against Independence. All profits to be donated to benefit Gifts of Hope at Virginia Gay Hospital. Deadline for orders is Thursday, January 19. Please return order forms along with payment to the High School Office. ORDER...

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Board of Supervisor Minutes 1/3/17

January 3, 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: To appoint Todd Wiley as the chairman of the board of supervisors for 2017. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Wiley seconded: To appoint Rick Primmer as the vice-chairman of the board of supervisors for 2017. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: That the general schedule for regular meetings of the board of supervisors will be each Tuesday throughout the year at 9:00 a.m. This schedule is general in nature and may be altered at any time throughout the year, including but not limited to the lack of agenda items, courthouse closings, meeting conflicts, or for any reason. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To accept resignation of Kirk Authier, part-time driver examiner in the Treasurers’s office effective December 28, 2016. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To designate the official newspapers for Benton County for 2017 as The Star Press Union, The Cedar Valley Times, and The Vinton Eagle. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: to Adopt Resolution #17-1, Hiring in Sheriff’s Department. Motion carried. RESOLUTION #17-1 APPROVING HIRE IN SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED that Blake Henkle is approved as a Full-time Deputy Officer, filling the vacancy from Deputy Ron Tippett, who...

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V-S School Board Minutes 1/9/17

Click to view the SUMMARY OF BILLS-Jan2017 Minutes of the Regular Meeting Board of Directors Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools January 9, 2017 Call to Order President Sue Gates called the regular meeting to order at 5:15 p.m. at the Tilford Elementary Media Center. Roll Call / Pledge of Allegiance Sue Gates, Jason Hicok, Mike Timmermans, Rob Levis, Kyle Schminke, Kathy Van Steenhuyse, Mary Jo Hainstock, Superintedent, and Brenda Barkdoll, Business Manager/Board Secretary/Treasurer were present with the exception of Brenda Bartz. Audience Comments There were no audience comments at this time. Administrator Reports Karen Ackman provided an overview of the food service program. Matt Kingsbury shared information on Iowa Assessments, class meetings for scheduling courses, course registration done by February 10, and working with Kirkwood to share offerings with Benton and Belle Plaine. Mr. Timmermans thanked and appreciated Mr. Murray’s written report to know what is going on in the buildings. Superintendent Report Superintendent Hainstock reported on building upgrades, thanked Tilford for hosting the board meeting, open enrollment requests, statewide special education deficits, and scheduled the next board meeting at the high school on February 13 at 5:15 p.m. Board Reports/Requests Gates shared information from attending Benton Community’s board meeting and shared some items from Senator Kapucian and Representative Pettingill. General Business of the Board Consent Items 613. It was moved by Hicok and seconded by Schminke to accept the consent items...

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Plan for Next Spring’s Windbreak Planting Now

By Melody A.C. Bro It’s January, and blustery winds blowing. Some days it’s difficult to imagine that spring’s not far away. No, it’s not too early to begin planning a new windbreak or an addition to an existing one. In fact, time is running out to apply for cost-share. Windbreaks are a great way to conserve energy! According to Iowa State University, a windbreak that is well designed and located can reduce a home’s energy costs by up to 20-40%. Livestock protected by a windbreak are more able to gain weight, as less feed is needed to maintain their body heat. Feedlots, pastures calving areas and confinement buildings all benefit from windbreaks. Snow control is another great windbreak benefit by keeping snow away from critical areas in a farmstead. This is especially critical when livestock or stored grain need to be moved during winter months. Windbreaks become even more efficient at stopping and storing snow with the addition of more tree and shrub rows. Windbreaks provide benefits to wildlife as well. They supply habitat for feeding, shelter, nesting and breeding. Larger windbreaks and varying species selection are especially beneficial, and certain plant species are more favorable to wildlife than others. Lastly, windbreaks improve the aesthetics of a property and can increase the value of a farmstead. In the case of livestock, they can also aid in odor control and provide...

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Norway Area Student Named to Augustana’s Dean’s List

Augustana University today announced that Robin Heiken of Norway has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2016-17 academic year. The Dean’s List recognizes full-time students who have a minimum of 12 credit hours with grade-point averages at 3.5 or above. About Augustana University Founded in 1860, Augustana is a selective, comprehensive university affiliated with the Lutheran Church. With more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs for undergraduates, along with graduate degree and continuing education programs, the University is committed to enriching lives and fostering development by combining a foundation in the liberal arts with professional skill and advanced study. Augustana serves more than 1,900 students from 34 states and 38 countries. Most are part of our residential community and call our 100-acre campus home. Our graduate and continuing education programs serve students online and during times that are convenient for adult learners. Augustana is featured among “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes; was ranked among the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation for its efforts to advance social mobility, research and service by Washington Monthly; has been named a “Best Midwestern College” by The Princeton Review; and is identified among the “Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest” by U.S....

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Morgan Eggert of Atkins named to Concordia University’s honor list

Morgan Eggert was one of 272 students named to Concordia University, Nebraska’s honor list for the fall 2016 semester. The top 25 percent of undergraduate students who complete at least 12 credit hours on the traditional A-F grading scale and receive no failing grades in the semester are eligible to qualify for the honors list. About Concordia University, Nebraska Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Nebraska, that currently serves more than 2,600 students. Concordia offers more than 75 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit...

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Loras College Announces Fall 2016 Dean’s List

Loras College Announces Fall 2016 Dean’s List Dubuque, Iowa (January 10, 2017) – Loras College has announced the names of students who achieved Dean’s List status for the 2016 fall semester. A student must earn a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours to be recognized. Blairstown, IA Ellen J. Horst Norway, IA Brooke Boddicker John D. Meskimen Vinton, IA Lily A....

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Benton County Board of Supervisor Minutes 1/3/17

January 3, 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: To appoint Todd Wiley as the chairman of the board of supervisors for 2017. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Wiley seconded: To appoint Rick Primmer as the vice-chairman of the board of supervisors for 2017. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: That the general schedule for regular meetings of the board of supervisors will be each Tuesday throughout the year at 9:00 a.m. This schedule is general in nature and may be altered at any time throughout the year, including but not limited to the lack of agenda items, courthouse closings, meeting conflicts, or for any reason. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To accept resignation of Kirk Authier, part-time driver examiner in the Treasurers’s office effective December 28, 2016. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To designate the official newspapers for Benton County for 2017 as The Star Press Union, The Cedar Valley Times, and The Vinton Eagle. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: to Adopt Resolution #17-1, Hiring in Sheriff’s Department. Motion carried. RESOLUTION #17-1 APPROVING HIRE IN SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED that Blake Henkle is approved as a Full-time Deputy Officer, filling the vacancy from Deputy Ron Tippett, who...

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Area Students receive degrees at Iowa State University commencement

At Iowa State University’s fall commencement ceremonies held Dec. 17, 2016, 2,148 students received degrees. Iowa State awarded 1,769 undergraduate degrees, 258 master’s degrees, one veterinary medicine degree and 120 doctor of philosophy degrees. Of the students receiving bachelor’s degrees, 455 graduated with “With Distinction” (cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude). Twenty students graduated both with distinction and as members of the Honors Program. Atkins, IA Jessica Petersen, Bachelor of Science, Agricultural and Life Sciences Education Boone, IA Samantha Troe, Bachelor of Science, Accounting, Magna Cum Laude Brandon, IA Ryan Webster, Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science (AGLS) Des Moines, IA Nicholas Sturtz, Master of Science, Human Computer Interaction Urbana, IA Lindsay Kelty, Bachelor of Arts, Linguistics, Cum Laude Lindsay Kelty, Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Cum Laude Walford, IA Austin Schladetzky, Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, Magna Cum...

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