Author: Valerie Close

More than 2,286 graduates receive degrees at Iowa State University fall commencement

At Iowa State University’s fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 15-16, 2017, 2,286 graduates received degrees. Iowa State awarded 1,887 undergraduate degrees, 276 master’s degrees, and 123 doctor of philosophy degrees. Atkins,  Ashley Frimml, Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education Belle Plaine,  Jacob Miller, Bachelor of Science, Animal Ecology and  Ryan Zumbach, Bachelor of Industrial Design, Industrial Design, Magna Cum Laude Blairstown,  Matthew Sliter, Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies Newhall,  Jacob Stoll , Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering Norway,  Sarah Mihm, Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering and  Sarah Mihm, Bachelor of Science, Sociology Shellsburg,  Wyatt Hagen , Master of Science, Aerospace Engineering Vinton: Daniel Ervin, Bachelor of Science, Finance Katherine Hanson, Bachelor of Science, Management, Marketing, Summa Cum Laude Bailey Lyons, Bachelor of Arts,...

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Minutes of the Regular Meeting Board of Directors VSCS 1/8/18

Minutes of the Regular Meeting Board of Directors Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools January 8, 2018 Call to Order President Rob Levis called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Tilford Elementary Media Center. Roll Call / Pledge of Allegiance Sue Gates, Kathy Van Steenhuyse, Jason Hicok, Rob Levis, Brenda Bartz, Mike Timmermans, Kyle Schminke, Mary Jo Hainstock, Superintendent, and Brenda Barkdoll, Board Secretary/Treasurer were present. Receive Visitor/Audience Comments There are no visitor/audience comments at this time. Administrator Reports Shelly Petersen shared Iowa Assessments start in January, basketball starts Friday, theatre group meeting and an overview of the special education program. Tony Islas shared attendance work and that three students will graduate at West Campus on Friday. Jim Murray shared they will be administering assessments. Ryan Davis met with Grant Wood and shared how we work with struggling students, and started Pennies for Patients Campaign. Matt Kingsbury shared Iowa Assessments start soon, scheduling for course requests for 2018-19 year, and Jim Struve has been nominated for Coaches Hall of Fame to be inducted January 20th along with Wes Obermueller. Superintendent Reports Superintendent Hainstock reported on Open Enrollment requests, February 12th is the next board meeting in Middle School at 7:00 p.m., Kirkwood Partnership meeting, Executive Leaders meeting, Monday is scheduled for a snow make up day so anticipate no school. Board Reports/Requests Sue Gates shared a summary of...

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ZAPS ACT Test Prep Seminar, Saturday, January 27

On Tuesday, February 27, ALL juniors and any senior who chooses to, will take the ACT test during regular school hours.  To assist your child in preparing for the ACT test, they will have the opportunity to attend a ZAPS ACT Test-Prep Seminar to be held here at VS-HS.  The benefits of this seminar are outlined in the flyer linked below.  The seminar will be held on Saturday, January 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The fee is $89.99.  Pre-registration is required at www.doorwaytocollege.com. Please feel free to contact Mr. Kingsbury at 319-436-5703 with any questions. ZAPS ACT Test-Prep Seminar...

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Board of Supervisor Meeting Agenda 1/10/18

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING January 10, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Benton County Board of Supervisors Room ** Agenda is not printed in any particular order, only time specific items will be addressed at certain times 1. 1:00 P.M. Call to Order 2. Tour DHS building with Shive-Hattery 3. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 4. New Business/Public Interest Comments 5....

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Robert A. Funk

Robert A. Funk, 78, from Fulton, Texas passed away in Corpus Christi, Texas on December 29, 2017. He was lovingly known as the “candy man”. He was born January 12, 1939 in Dubuque Iowa to Clarence and Margaret Funk. Bob was united in marriage to JoAnn Duggan on December 29, 1962 in Dubuque, Iowa. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1957, University of Dubuque with a business degree in 1963 and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Technology from the University of Wisconsin in 1975. He was a supervisor for John Deere in Dubuque until 1979 when he was transferred to Waterloo, Iowa. He retired in 1992 with 33 years of service. Member of the Dubuque, Cedar Falls, and Waterloo Fraternal Order of Eagles. He held many state and local positions including Past President in Dubuque. Member of the American Legion of Rockport, Texas and a Life Member of Cedar Falls Amvets. Survived by his wife of 55 years, JoAnn Funk of Fulton, TX; his daughters: Shelley (& Bob) Schmidt of Waterloo, Iowa; Carrie Taylor of Evansdale, Iowa; and Tina (& Brian) Harris of Belle Plaine, Iowa. Brother: Clarence (& Shirley) Funk; Sisters: MaryAnn McGeough; Linda Funk all of Dubuque, Iowa. Brother in law: Kenny (& Sara) Duggan. 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents: Clarence & Margaret Funk; Parents in law:...

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Benton County Board of Supervisor Minutes 1/2/18

January 2, 2018 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. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To authorize signature regarding Middle Cedar Watershed letter requesting NRCS software licensing. Motion carried. Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To appoint Rick Primmer as the chairman of the board of supervisors for 2018. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To appoint Todd Wiley as the vice-chairman of the board of supervisors for 2018. Motion carried. Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve the minutes of December 26, 2017. Motion carried. Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To add members to the E-911 Board that was originally passed in 1989. Add the Cities of Belle Plaine, Van Horne, Fairfax, Luzerne, La Porte City and the Benton County EMA Director as a voting member, and also appoint the Area Ambulance Service as a non-voting member to the E-911 Board. Motion carried. Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To replace Randy Forsyth with Ron Tippett as the Benton County Board Representative on the E-911 Board. Motion carried. Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To re-appoint Nancy Jensen, Steve Thompson and Larry Koster, and to add Dan Kaestner to the Benton County Zoning Commission. Motion carried. Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To re-appoint Dan LaGrange, and to appoint Wendy Michel to the vacancy on the Health Board. Motion...

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State Treasurer Fitzgerald Announces 2018 College Savings Iowa Deduction Amount

State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald announced today that the Iowa income tax deduction has once again been raised for those saving with College Savings Iowa.* “Iowa taxpayers can deduct the first $3,319 they contribute per beneficiary account from their state taxable income in 2018,” Fitzgerald said. “A married couple with two children will be able to deduct up to $13,276 in College Savings Iowa contributions on their 2018 state taxes.” Treasurer Fitzgerald is also reminding Iowa taxpayers that they may elect to contribute to their College Savings Iowa account up through the tax deadline for filing an individual Iowa state income tax return. “There is still time to contribute for 2017,” Fitzgerald added. “Iowa taxpayers can still contribute for the 2017 tax year up through April 30, 2018, and claim a 2017 tax deduction of up to $3,239 per College Savings Iowa account.” College Savings Iowa lets parents, grandparents, friends and relatives invest for college on behalf of a future scholar. It takes just $25 and 10 minutes to open an account online. Investors in the plan can withdraw their investment tax free to pay for qualified higher education expenses, which include tuition, books, supplies and room and board at any eligible college, university, community college or accredited technical training school in the United States or abroad.** While participants do not need to be an Iowa resident to invest...

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Sugarland National Reunion Tour Coming to the Iowa State Fair Grandstand

Country music duo, Sugarland announced a national tour reboot for 2018 and will be performing at the Iowa State Fair on Friday, August 17, 2018. Sugarland joins previously announced Reba with special guest Chase Bryant and Christian band Casting Crowns with special guest Matthew West. All three concert tickets will be on sale on Friday, January 19 at 10:00 a.m. The Iowa State Fair Grandstand is undergoing renovations for 2018, although the historic Grandstand structure will remain intact. Thanks to a generous $1 million donation from Kyle and Sharon Krause and Kum & Go, the Blue Ribbon Foundation is able to improve the Grandstand stage. Fair fans will enjoy renovations this year including 4,000 more seats, new restrooms, and the newly named Kum & Go stage. Sugarland ‘Still the Same Tour’ with special guests Frankie Ballard and Lindsay Ell Friday, August 17, 2018 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $52, $57, $67 Reba with special guest Chase Bryant Friday, August 10, 2018 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $50, $55, $65 Casting Crowns with special guest Matthew West Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $30, $35, $45 Tickets On sale: Friday, January 19, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at www.etix.com or 800-514-3849 Ticket prices vary depending on location of seats in the Grandstand. Tickets go on sale at www.etix.com or call 800-514-3849. Please see concert maps for reserved and standing pit area seating....

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Dysart Historical Society to hold fundraiser to repair the Brick Museum Roof

The Dysart Historical Society will hold a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the Dysart Community Building, located at 418 Main St. Dysart. The Breakfast will run from 8 a.m. til 12 p.m.  Menu will consist of pancakes, sausage, fruit cups and beverages. The cost for this event is a free will offering. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go for the brick museum roof fund.      ...

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John Heitmann Jr.

John Heitmann Jr., 86, of Center Point, Iowa, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018, at Good Neighbor Home, Manchester, Iowa. Celebration of Life: 4 – 8 p.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Center Point. John was born June 14, 1931, in Aliceville, Kansas, the son of John Sr. and Matilda (Penn) Heitmann. On November 5, 1949, John married Roberta “Midge” Abernathy in New Hampton, Iowa. He was a custodian for the Cedar Rapids Schools and also worked with the stadium crew until he retired in 1993. John was passionate about pigeon racing. He was a member of the Central Fantail Club and American Pigeon Racing Union. John loved to travel with Midge and they would “go for a ride” and hit three states in one day. He also enjoyed the time he spent with his grandchildren. John is survived by his children, Cindy (Bob) Mingo of Center Point, Richard “Rick” Heitmann of Manchester, Roberta “Bert” Heitmann of Center Point, and Terry (Paul) Letts of Center Point; six grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Midge in 2000; his parents, John Sr. and Matilda; brothers, Cecil, Virgil, Earl, and Norbert Heitmann; and sister, Lorraine Williams. Memorials may be directed to Camp Courageous in John’s name. Please share a memory of John at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under...

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