Author: Valerie Close

Inquiring Minds Want to know

    Folks at the Fifth St. Diner have a question. Do you know who created this masterpiece? They figure that the best way to get an answer to that question is for us to send a picture out to all of you! Any ideas? Simply comment below, or email us at vintontoday@hotmail.com and we’ll pass it...

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Benton County Board of Supervisor Minutes 8/8/17

August 8, 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 August 1, 2017. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: Approve payment of checks numbered 224206 through 224354, payroll checks numbered 139593 through 139612, and ACH deposits numbered 31691 through 31826, vendor checks numbered 224355 through 224361. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: Approve Class B Liquor License for Blairstown Sauerkraut Days. Motion carried. Primmer moved/ Bierschenk seconded: To approve and sign Law enforcement contract for FY 18 with City of Blairstown with a total cost of $18,330 a year to be paid quarterly. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: Acknowledge resignation from Kary Moore as Homer Township Clerk. Motion carried. The time of 9:15 a.m. having arrived, and this being the time and date for a land use hearing for Terry and Sue Hart in part of the SW SW of 12-85-12. Marc Greenlee presented the technical information with the Benton County Agricultural Land Use Preservation Ordinance. Hart’s would like to create a new non agriculture use for a country store in the basement of their existing home. There is a possibility of them building a separate building in the future. Only hearing from one adjoining...

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Shoes for the Shelter Annual Fundraiser

  Friends of the Shelter, Inc. is once again conducting a shoe collection drive now-October15 to raise funds to offset vet expenses for the animals in our care. FOTSI will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated goods.  Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes at our downtown adoption center (211 West 4th Street-Vinton) or Grant Wood AEA in Cedar Rapids. You can also emailVintonShelter@yahoo.com to coordinate a drop off time.  All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations.  Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the shoe sales are used to feed, clothe and house their families. “Our first shoe drive in 2015 was such a success, that we can’t wait to do it again!,” said Taylor and Peyton Frank, FOTSI volunteers. “We’re always looking for creative ways to raise money for the animals, but this fundraiser allows us to help people at the same time. It’s truly a win-win.”   FOTSI would like to extend a thank you to Stacy Murphy at Grant Wood AEA for opening their building as a donation drop off....

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R.A.T.S. Wrap Up

By Tami Stark After spending Friday worrying about the weather and getting all of the supplies ready, the R.A.T.S. started off early on Saturday, August 5th, with beautiful skies and lots of smiles. After 7.5 hours on the water, the Cedar River R.A.T.S. wrapped up their 9th clean up project on the Benton County banks of the Cedar River. Over 42 volunteers took to the water in boats, canoes and kayaks as well helping on the ground with transporting vehicles/trailers, putting lunch together and sorting the treasures brought in. There were some familiar faces that have been with us since...

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Emerald Ash Borer & Planning for New Windbreaks August 29, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.

Join Iowa State Extension and Outreach specialists for an informative evening. Gabbi Edwards, urban forestry specialist, will discuss Emerald Ash Borer spread, symptoms of infestation, treatment options, and future outlook. Jesse Randall, extension forester, will then share information about installing windbreaks on your property, species selection, and an interactive tool to assist in decision making. -Emerald Ash Borer: Signs and symptoms, treatment options, replacement choices -Windbreaks: Location and layout, recommended species and spacing, interactive decision making tool. Come prepared to learn and ask any questions that you may have regarding either topic. We are here to help you! The event will be held at the Van Horne Community Center, 500 First Ave, Van Horne, IA...

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Registration Day for Vinton-Shellsburg

Just a reminder to you that it is Registration Day at the High School from 12-7 pm. You can register online and come in and pay or take advantage of the no convenience fee when using RevTrak through midnight tonight. Thank you to all who have registered already. Reminder that all HS students need to be registered in order to receive their computer at roll out and all athletes need to be registered in order to participate in the fall sports....

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Benton County Board of Supervisor Minutes 8/1/17

August 1, 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 July 25, 2017. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: Approve Auditor’s Quarterly Report for period ending June 30, 2017. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To authorize chair to sign janitorial contract for the DHS office. Motion carried. Discussion about the river rock that is needed to be removed from the Cedar Valley Ranch from the roof replacement construction that is progressing. The fair market value for the rock is $20 a ton plus costs to transport it. Benton County Conservation has offered $10 a ton and will use their equipment staff to do the hauling. The rock will be used in the county’s parks and stored until needed. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To agree to allow Benton County Conservation to haul the rock away from the Cedar Valley Ranch facility and do the clean-up as needed afterwards. They are obligated to verify the total weight hauled and pay $10/ ton back to the county. Motion carried. Carol Zander requested that the board go into closed session to perform her employee evaluation. Primmer moved/ Bierschenk seconded: To enter into closed session pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5(1)(i). Motion carried at 9:30 a.m. Primmer moved/ Bierschenk...

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CP HISTORICAL SOCIETY DISCOVERS ‘BEST KEPT SECRET’ AND MAY TELL ONE OR TWO

On Saturday, Aug. 5, Center Point Historical Society members took a field trip to the La Porte City FFA Historical & Ag Museum. The museum, started by volunteers and the school FFA in 1972, has been called “one of the best kept secrets in Northeast Iowa.” Fourteen Historical Society members, kids and friends visited the Museum, its 1878 firehouse/jailhouse and 1861 log cabin. Museum director Jan Erdahl led a special tour for the group and shared lots of practical tips on museum management. The La Porte Museum special exhibit this year is “Reflections of the 60’s.” The Center Point Depot Museum is just finishing up a two-year display on “The 50s & 60s.” On Sunday, Aug. 27, the last day of the Center Point Depot Museum’s summer season will be an informal program from 2 to 4 on “Remembering the Fifties and Sixties.” The All Iowa Mustang Club will have vintage cars in the parking lot. Elvis will be in the building. People will have a chance to visit about the draft and poodle skirts and crew cuts and assassinations and share stories of when they were young and dumb. Root beer floats are promised. The Historical Society finished planning the event at its July 27th meeting and also planned for a sales table and having the Strait Log Cabin open at the city’s Wakema Park 50th anniversary party...

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