Author: Valerie Close

Luzerne to celebrate 150th Anniversary with Music in the Park

Luzerne is planning to host “Music in the Park” as a fundraiser to kick-off its 2018 sesquicentennial celebration.  The event will be held on Sunday, July 23rd, 2017, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the Luzerne City Park. The Marengo Jammers, known for their renditions of bluegrass, country, gospel and classic rock and roll, will provide the music. A portion of the group previously played at Phat Daddy’s restaurant in Marengo and at the Iowa County Fairgrounds during its annual music festival. A free will donation will be taken, Hot dogs and beverages will be available for purchase during the event. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs. Steve Meyer of Blairstown is in the process of writing a book about Luzerne’s history. The book will include biographies of past and present Luzerne families and will to go to press later this year. Each family who wants to make a submission is allowed one single-spaced page per family, including picture(s). The submissions will be returned for final approval after being edited for content. Please submit by August 1, 2017 to Jan Kendall by mail or hand delivery at 111 West Iowa Street, Luzerne, 52257-9652, or email jkendall@netins.net . Pre-sales will begin after January 1, 2018.   Luzerne will celebrate its sesquicentennial on June 9, 2018 with many activities yet to be...

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Pasture Walk Focuses on Improving Grazing Efficiency

By Patti Upmeyer “It’s all about getting more animal feed from every acre of pasture,” said Neal Siela of Vinton. Siela is developing a managed grazing system including a well with buried water lines, subdivision fences, and weed control. He also interseeded a winter annual to increase grazing days in the spring, and will probably interseed improved forages in the future. Siela will share his experiences at a pasture walk on Thursday, July 27, at 6:00 pm. In addition, Tina Cibula, Benton County NRCS District Conservationist, will speak on cost share opportunities to improve pastures and soil health, and Denise Schwab, ISUEO beef specialist, will discuss grazing efficiency. Some of the grazing practices to be highlighted include buried water lines to each paddock, pasture subdivision layout, division fencing, and incorporating winter annuals to extend the spring grazing season,. The pasture is located at 2211 57th St. Trail, Vinton. From Vinton, go north on Hwy 218, continue straight (slight right) onto V61/22nd Ave Trl toward Mount Auburn about 2 miles, turn southwest (left) onto 57th St Trl about 1 mile. Other pasture walks are July 10, at the Nathan Manternach farm 23476 Hwy 136, Cascade, and July 20 at the Scott Whitney Farm north of, Maquoketa. Manternach installed a managed grazing system including a central watering site, subdivision fences, and rotational grazing in 2014, and now is intensifying that system...

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Letter to the Editor: U.S. Senators Ernst and Grassley set to increase your property taxes

To the Editor: It seems logical to conclude that Medicaid would be about medical care, but that isn’t entirely true. Though the biggest single cost item for Medicaid is long-term care for the elderly, if the bill in the Senate becomes law the result will most probably be an increase in our property taxes because Medicaid provides funds for mandated services in our schools. Those mandated services, as stated on the Iowa Department of Public Education’s website, are included in Public law 108-446, known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). It is federal legislation that was passed to ensure children with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that meets their unique needs. The Vinton-Shellsburg district would lose $180,000 per year in funds reimbursing the district for the cost of providing suitable education for children in need of individualized education programs, or IEP’s. Benton Community receives $80,000 per year in Medicaid reimbursement for IEP’s which would require about $.09 in property tax increases to pay for current programs. Some larger schools receive more than $1 million per year in reimbursements. Two alternatives to raising property taxes would be possible. The first would be to keep the IEP programs in place to provide suitable educational opportunities for children with disabilities, but then cut programs for other children being served. Another alternative would be for districts to...

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August WOW Newsletter

By Rachel Wall The August WOW newsletter edition features: ·       Do You Have an App for That? ·       Fruit Pizza Recipe ·       Food Safety Tips for Young Children ·       Biking for Fitness Click below to view! August 2017...

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CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY WISCONSIN RELEASES SPRING HONORS LIST

Concordia University Wisconsin officials have released the Spring Honors List for the 2016-2017 academic year. To be eligible for the honor, students must achieve a minimum 3.50 GPA. Among the area students named to the list were Anna Hagen, Senior, Social Work of Newhall. Founded in 1881, Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 North Lake Shore Drive, Mequon, offers over 70 undergraduate majors and is affiliated with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The school is located on 200 acres of Lake Michigan shoreline, only 15 minutes north of downtown...

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Letter to the Editor: Woe Is Me

How unlucky and unfortunate my life has been.  I was born and raised in a small rural town in Iowa named Vinton during the 40s and 50s. “DRUG PROBLEM”  I should be honest and confess that many of us students in the Vinton schools back then had a “Drug Problem”;  our parents ‘drug’ us to church every Sunday It was a town where most families attended church on a regular basis and my parents made my brother and me attend services with them.  I had to walk to school in the morning, go home for lunch, and then walk back to school, and it was over 1/2 mile each way.  Oh yes, my school; can you believe we had to stand and pledge allegiance to the American flag?  How stupid.  And some teachers even had a Bible on their desk and we had those dumb Ten Commandments to look at while we waited for the bell to ring.  Why, my third grade teacher even had a paddle on her desk and, if we did not heed her warning to behave, she would not hesitate to use her ‘Board of Education’ on our naughty rumps.  I cannot believe how we kids were mistreated and led astray.  Our parents even allowed us to run around the neighborhood and play ‘Cowboys and Indians’.  Is it any wonder most of us ended up...

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Reuter Named to Spring 2017 University of Dubuque Dean’s List

The University of Dubuque congratulates Susan Reuter on being appointed to the Spring Semester 2017 Academic Dean’s List. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for that semester. The University of Dubuque is a private university affiliated with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) offering undergraduate programs in 31 areas of study; graduate programs in communication, business administration, and physician assistant studies; and theological studies. Founded in 1852, UD is home to over 2,300 students from 45 states and 22 countries. Visit...

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Benton County Board of Supervisor Minutes 6/30/17

June 30, 2017 The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in special session with Supervisors Wiley, and Bierschenk via telephone and Primmer present. The meeting was called to order at 2:30 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously. Primmer moved/ Bierschenk seconded: Approve a handwritten check for the amount of $17,477.00 to Iowa State Association of Counties. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To adjourn. Motion carried. _______________________________ Todd A. Wiley, Chairman ATTEST: _________________________________ Gina Edler, Benton County Deputy...

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Benton County Board of Supervisor Minutes 6/27/17

June 27, 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 20, 2017. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: Approve payment of checks numbered 223713 through 223889, payroll checks numbered 139538 through 139558, and ACH deposits numbered 31283 through 31416, vendor checks numbered 223890 through 223894. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To approve fireworks application for Chris Herr on July 8, 2017. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve and sign Law enforcement contract for FY 18 with City of Walford with total cost of $18,095.00 a year. An additional 250 hours will be divided over the months of July, August, September of 2017 and May and June of 2018. Motion carried. The time of 9:15 a.m. having arrived, and this being the time and date for a land use hearing for Myron and Esther Lown in part of the SW SW of 28-85-9. Marc Greenlee presented the technical information with the Benton County Agricultural Land Use Preservation Ordinance. Myron Lown was present along with one adjoining property owner and one member of the media. Lown would like to place a motorhome on a 16X48 cement slab. Requesting to change 2 acres of the...

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