Author: Valerie Close

Vinton Lions present check to V-S Sports Boosters

Vinton Lions present a check for $1,200 to the Vinton Shellsburg Sports Boosters in December, from concession trailer proceeds at football games. They expressed thanks to the patrons who buy funnel cakes and snow cones every fall.   Left to right: Lions Mike Barron, Charlie Garwood and Alan Woodhouse; Boosters Renee Stein, Jodi Geiger and Barb Winsor : and Lions President Rob...

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December 4-H Meeting Minutes

The meeting of the North Eden Willing Workers 4-H meeting was held December 4, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Vinton, Iowa.  The meeting was called to order at 5 PM.   The club received a contribution from Stephanie Olinger Memorial.  Ollinger was a former N.E.W.W member.  The new club t-shirts are currently being designed.  This year’s Christmas party will be held at Sky Zone, a trampoline park, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Pizza will be served following the trampoline jumping.  Members will be caroling downtown Vinton, as well as Windsor Manor on December 9, from 1:30-3:30 PM.  Plastics bags are still needed to make plastic bag rugs.  The 4-H’ers are making the waterproof rugs for the homeless in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  The meeting was adjourned with the 4-H pledge. Presentations were given by Jonathon Kreutner, on basketball fundamentals, Sophia Kreutner, on the basic referee signals in football, Tucker Clark, on Bass fishing, Anna Becker on how to make a homemade slingshot, and Bryce Radeke on how to make No-Bake Energy Bites.  Snacks were provided by Kreutners, Kaisers, and Beirshanks.  After the meeting members were encouraged to play “Bobbing for candy...

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In Depth: Trolls

The Palace will be celebrating the holidays with Trolls. Dreamworks latest animated feature opens Friday, December 23 at 7 pm. We will have a 2 pm showing ONLY on Saturday, December 24, and will be CLOSED on Christmas, Sunday, December 25. We reopen on Monday with our regular schedule, including a 2 pm matinee that day and 7 pm shows every night through Thursday, January 29. We have added a 4 pm matinee on Wednesday, December 28. Everyone knows about the loveable dolls, trolls, but not everyone may know their story. Trolls are a staple in Nordic mythology, but they didn’t become famous in the US until their introduction as a toy in the 1960’s. After decades and generations of popularity, DreamWorks Animation bought the worldwide rights to the troll dolls and image in 2013. Developing a movie was inevitable! Trolls features the voice talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden, and Gwen Stefani. Our story starts in the land of the Trolls, a place where the creatures sing, dance, and are happy all day long. The evil creatures, the Bergen, are the exact opposite. They find that the only way they can feel any sort of happiness is by eating Trolls! However, the Trolls figure out how to get away (the plan is led by the Troll King, of course) and they live...

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High School Students encouraged to compete in video contest

IRFA Urges Iowa High School Students to Compete in 7th Annual “Fuel the Future” Video Contest Submission deadline January 13th  With winter break just around the corner, Iowa high school students have an opportunity to make the most of their vacation by submitting an entry to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association’s (IRFA) “Fuel the Future” Video Contest for a chance to win a $1,000 grand prize.  Students have until Friday, January 13th to create and submit a video that highlights the benefits of choosing renewable fuels such as E15 and biodiesel. In addition to the $1,000 grand prize, second and third place entries will receive $600 and $400 prizes respectively. The top three entries will be featured at the 2017 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on January 31st and on the IRFA YouTube page.  “The video contest is an exciting opportunity for students to learn about the environmental and economic benefits of renewable fuels and earn a little money in the process,” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “We’ve had some great entries in years past and we can’t wait to see what creative new ways Iowa students come up with to educate consumers on why they should make renewable choices at the pump.” Students must be in grades 9 through 12 to qualify for the contest. For official rules and information on how to enter, eligible students should visit...

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Benton County Supervisor Minutes 12/13/16

Submitted by: Hayley Rippel, Benton County Deputy Auditor December 13, 2016 The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular session with Supervisors Frese, Wiley and Hertle present. meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously. Hertle moved/Wiley seconded: Rescind action accepting resignation of Kathy Janss from Benton County Health Board, she will fulfill serving her term until December 31, 2016, but is not seeking re-appointment. Motion carried. Wiley moved/ Hertle seconded: To approve the minutes of Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Motion carried. Hertle moved/Wiley seconded: Approve payment of checks numbered 221593 through 221769, payroll checks numbered 139209 through 139239, and ACH deposits numbered 29349 through 29600, vendor checks numbered 221587 through 221592 and vendor checks numbered 22170 through 221774. Motion carried. Wiley moved/Hertle seconded: To approve farm exemption application for Paul Kennedy in part of the NE ¼ of Section 11-83-9. Motion carried. Robert Spangler from the Historical Preservation Commission and Russell Glime from the Sherriff Fry Committee came back to further discuss donating funds from the Historical Preservation Commission to the Sheriff Fry Committee. After double checking at the state level, it was decided this was acceptable. Emily Upah and Marlyn Jorgensen with Benton Development Group made a presentation to the board on their year in review along with their FY18 funding request. Tracey Achenbach with the East Central Iowa...

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Santa’s Elves to pickup Santa’s mail on Wednesday

By Melissa Schwan, Vinton Unlimited We’ve just received a call from the North Pole. Santa’s elves will be in town late Wednesday evening to pick up Santa’s mailbox (located at LaGrange’s).This is to ensure Santa has plenty of time to respond to the letters before he leaves the North Pole to make some special...

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January 2017 Words on Wellness Your Extension Connection to Nutrition and Fitness

  By Rachel Wall A New Face for Spend Smart. Eat Smart. You can choose healthy foods and stick to your budget—Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Spend Smart. Eat Smart. website is here to help! Spend Smart. Eat Smart. has helped shoppers save money and make healthy choices for more than seven years. We are proud to announce a brand new design for the website that is more modern, simpler to navigate, and functional on all your devices. Whether your goal is to eat healthier, plan your family’s meals, or save money at the grocery store, you can find tools to make it easier on Spend Smart. Eat Smart. The website is home to the following: • More than 150 recipes that are delicious, inexpensive, and easy to prepare • How-to videos featuring recipes, kitchen organization tips, and basic food-prep techniques • Strategies for saving money in each part of the grocery store • Meal-planning templates and resources • A grocery budget calculator to help you determine how much to spend at the store Visit the website, spendsmart.extension.iastate.edu, today to connect with us through our blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Minestrone Soup Serving Size: 1 cup Serves: 8 Ingredients: • 2 teaspoons oil (canola or vegetable) • 1 onion, chopped • 2 or 3 large garlic cloves, minced, or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder • 2 cans (14.5 ounces)...

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Eight Individuals Sentenced with help from Dysart & LaPorte P.D.’s for Trafficking Methamphetamine

          Five men and three women responsible for distributing hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine were sentenced earlier this week to various federal prison terms. Donita Urban, 47, from Evansdale, Iowa, received a 98-month term of imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Scott Mathews, 52, from Marshalltown, Iowa, received a 70-month term of imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Brian Swartz, 49, from Waterloo, Iowa, received a 132-month term of imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Rogelio Avalos-Sanchez, 23, from Marshalltown, Iowa, received a 59-month term of imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Jennifer Mares-Flores, 21, from Marshalltown, Iowa, received a 78-month term of imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Miguel Mendoza, 26, from Hampton, Iowa, received a 78-month term of imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Alvaro Hernandez, 31, from Marshalltown, Iowa, received a 113-month term of imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Frances Gasca, 26, from Lompoc, California, received a 103-month term of imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Evidence at the guilty pleas and other court proceedings showed that in the Spring of 2013, Mario Murillo Mora began building a drug trafficking organization responsible for distributing multiple pounds of ice methamphetamine, a highly pure, crystalized form of methamphetamine, throughout Northern Iowa.  The various...

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Vinton Parks and Recreation Department 2016 – 2017 Adult Volleyball Standings

Vinton Parks and Recreation Department 2016 – 2017 Adult Volleyball Standings Week of 12-4-16 Last Week’s Results Coed Division Sunday December 4, 2016 Paul’s Seed 20–1 Tharp Design / Fareway 25–25–25 vs Young Rhinos 22-22-14 Tharp Design / Fareway 17–4 Coots Materials 0–0–0 vs Hummels H.F.T.M 25–25–25 Young Rhinos 14–7 Pauls Seed 25–25–25 vs Cutting Edge 9–12–19 Hummels H.F.T.M 13–8 The A Team 25–25–25 vs Johns Qwik Stop 0–0–0 The A Team 9–11 Cutting Edge 9–12 Kiss My Ace 8–12 Coots Material 1–17 Johns’ Qwik Stop 1–17 Men’s Division Monday, December 5, 2016 Terry’s Gutter Service 17–7 Ron Da Voo 28–25–25 Neves PFC FSB&T 25–19–25 Ron-Da-Voo 16–8 Koops Auto 14–28–23 vs Terrys Gutters 27–26–25 Neve’s P.F.C. / F.S.B.T 9–15 Koops Auto 7–17 Women’s Upper Division Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Virginia Gay Hospital 22–2 Ron Da Voo 25–25–25 vs Clickstop 23–21–12 Ron-Da-Voo 12-12 VGH 17–25–25 vs J.Q.S 25–15–20 J.Q.S 11-13 Clickstop 3–21 Women’s Lower Division Wednesday, December 7, 2016 The Tinkles 27–0 Volleydolls 13-14 Volleydolls 25–15–13 vs The Tinkles 27–25–25 Ball Busters 8–16 Terrys Gutters 18–21–13 vs Misfits 25–25–25 Misfits 9–19 Terry’s Gutter Service...

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Benton County Community Foundation’s Grant Writing Workshop to be held January 10

By Andrea Pingel The Benton County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, will be hosting a public grant writing workshop on Tuesday, January 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the Van Horne Community Center at 508 1st Avenue in Van Horne for anyone who wishes to learn more about BCCF grant opportunities. Workshop attendees will hear from Dotti Thompson, Program Manager for the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. Thompson will lead a step-by-step training of the entire grant process and provide grant writing tips. Question and answer time will also be allotted. If unable to attend, a six-minute video is available at www.foundant.com/applicant-tutorial.php. The 2017 BCCF grant cycle will begin on January 1, 2017 with an application deadline of March 15, 2017. The Governing Committee will look favorably upon programs, projects and organizations that contribute, in a significant way, to improve the quality of life for residents of Benton County. Grant requests should fit into one of the following categories: art and culture, community betterment, education, environment, health, historic preservation and human service. 2017 grant applications and guidelines will be made available online at www.bentonccf.org on January 1, 2017 or information may be obtained by contacting CFNEIA’s Dotti Thompson at 319-243-1358 or dthompson@cfneia.org. Interested individuals may also view last year’s Benton County Community Foundation grant guidelines and procedures, and other Foundation information at www.bentonccf.org. The...

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Local departments praised for helping feds with Lebanon gun smuggling case

Bassem Afif Herz, age 31, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was sentenced today following his pleas of guilty to various charges related to a scheme to illegally export hundreds of firearms to Lebanon. Herz previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to deal in firearms without a license and to illegally ship firearms in interstate and foreign commerce; one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering; and one count of violating the Arms Export Control Act. The defendant was sentenced by Linda R. Reade, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, following three prior hearings at which the Court received evidence concerning the sentencing issues. Herz was sentenced to serve 97 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by a 3- year term of supervised release. Herz was ordered to forfeit $48,575 in proceeds of criminal activity. The forfeiture order was made joint and several with the other defendants in the case. In sentencing Herz, the Court found the aggravating factors included the defendant’s false testimony that on the day of his arrest he had been beaten up by police officers who also threw his infant son to the floor. The court also noted the large number of guns involved in the schemes, the fact that military style assault rifles were involved, and that some of the guns were shipped to and...

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