Author: Valerie Close

Benefit planned for area man who overcame breast cancer, now facing spinal cancer

Leo Mell, Norway,  beat breast cancer, but it does not end there. A benefit to earn money for therapy will be held for Leo, who has no feeling of his legs, due to spinal cancer,. Leo can not walk, and is confined to a bed, mainly, at the Belle Plaine care facility, nursing home. Leo’s insurance does not pay for therapy, however, the benefit will  help pay for some therapy, for Leo. A benefit will be held with a Silent Auction, a Bake Sale, and Foods, on Sunday, February 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Norway American Legion / Community Building on South Street. There may be a band, also. Items for donation may be brought at 10 a.m. to the Norway American Legion / Community Building on South Street, or to 216 Turner Street, Watkins, (Dan  Stramer residence garage area, on 2nd Street.) This event is sponsored by the fraternal organization, National Catholic Society of Foresters, Saint Mary’s Court 815, Norway. The goal is to reach at least $1,500, with a matching fee given by the high court.  Feel free to share the news with your friends, and mark your calendars..Anyone who wishes to assist the Foresters with this event may contact Alice Stramer. at...

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Sharron Kay Haefner

Sharron Kay Haefner 77 of Vinton passed peacefully on January 4th, 2017 at the Virginia Gay Rehabilitation Annex in Vinton, Iowa. Sharron was born in Maquoketa, Iowa on July 4, 1939 to Fred and Oletha Fletcher.  She was united in marriage with the love of her life, Donald Ivan Haefner on March 17, 1957. Sharron and Don lived in Vinton where they raised their three children. In addition to mother and wife Sharron held down a number of jobs over the years including Dairy Treat, A & W, Quaker Oats, Arlene’s Beauty Shop,  and Mary’s Beatuy Shop. She also worked as a child care provider for countless local families.  Sharron’s quick wit and orneriness endeared her to all that met her.  She was cherished as a wife, mother, sister, sister-in-law, cousin, aunt, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grand mother, cousin, friend and neighbor. She is survived by her husband Donald Haefner of Vinton, two daughters Starrene Haefner Melsha of Marion and Judy McFarland Ortz (Dan) of Cedar Rapids, son Steve Haefner of Altoona, iowa,  brother, Fred Fletcher Jr of Spring Hill, Florida and sister Connie Fletcher Richards. She so loved her surviving five grandchildren, great grandchild and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Sharron was preceded in death by two sisters Gereldine Fletcher Lindsay, Yvonne Fletcher Koopman and her grandson Adrian Melsha. At Sharron’s request her remains were cremated and there will...

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ASAC launches campaign to raise awareness of help for substance use disorders

The Area Substance Abuse Council this week launched a public awareness campaign aimed at those who know someone who is struggling with a substance use disorder. The key message for the campaign is that while addiction issues can be very difficult, there is hope. The first step on the path to recovery is to ask for help. Drug use in the region is growing and it’s resulting in destructive and fatal consequences. “ASAC has seen a 284 percent increase in individuals seeking treatment for opioid addictions like heroin, morphine, painkillers and prescription medications since 2007,” said Melissa Walker, Deputy Director of Prevention Services at ASAC. “One in eight kids in Eastern Iowa report that someone living in their home has a serious drug or alcohol problem. Our goal with this effort is to encourage people who are suffering or whose loved ones are suffering from substance use issues to take the first step to recovery.” ASAC is a private, nonprofit corporation and one of the most comprehensive substance abuse prevention and treatment agencies in the state of Iowa. It serves people in Linn, Benton, Jones, Jackson and Clinton counties as well as clients from across Iowa. Services follow the continuum of care beginning with prevention and intervention moving through the various levels of treatment and long-term recovery support. “Substance use disorder is a medical condition, and people with drug...

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Mount Mercy University congratulates December 2016 grads

The students listed below graduated from Mount Mercy University in December 2016. A commencement ceremony will be held Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Atkins Pheu Lamer, Bachelor of Applied Science Joel Ridgway, Master of Business Administration Belle Plaine Amy Schultes, Master of Science in Nursing Blairstown Stephanie Moore, Bachelor of Arts Garrison Wendy Kirchner, Bachelor of Business Administration Norway Connie Havran, Master of Science in Nursing Van Horne Carl Kirkpatrick, Bachelor of Applied Science, Summa Cum Laude Vinton Jared Gosse, Bachelor of Science Walford Kelsee Castonguay, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Tasha Olson, Master of Arts Founded in 1928, Mount Mercy University offers students a personal, practical and faith-inspired education that distinctly blends professional career preparation and liberal arts with a strong curriculum grounded in leadership and service. A continuously updated undergraduate curriculum, in-demand graduate programs, flexible online courses and the region’s most successful accelerated program have resulted in Mount Mercy being recognized as a distinguished institution and national leader within the Conference for Mercy Higher Education. For almost 90 years, Mount Mercy has grown in size and reputation, adapting to meet the changing educational needs of the Cedar Rapids community. Its nearly 1,900 students come from around the globe, creating a vibrant, diverse and open-minded campus community. Popular undergraduate majors include business, nursing, criminal justice, education and social work. Graduate...

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IN THIS ISSUE… Your Information Wiping Your Device SIM & External Cards

Submitted by: Cedar Valley Bank & Trust Securely Disposing of Your Mobile Device Overview Mobile devices, such as smartphones, smartwatches, and tablets, continue to advance and innovate at an astonishing rate. As a result, some people replace their mobile devices as often as every year. Unfortunately, too many people dispose of their devices with little thought on just how much personal data is on them. In this newsletter we will cover what types of personal information may be on your mobile device and how you can securely wipe it before disposing or returning it. If your mobile device was issued to you by your employer or has any organizational data stored on it, be sure to check with your supervisor about proper backup and disposal procedures before following the steps below. Your Information Mobile devices store far more sensitive data than you may realize, oftentimes more than even your computer. Typical information can include: Where you live, work, and places you frequently visit The contact details for everyone in your address book and applications, including family, friends, and coworkers Call history, including inbound, outbound, and missed calls SMS (texting), voice, and multimedia messages Chat sessions within applications like secure chat, games, and social media Location history based on GPS coordinates or cell tower history Web browsing history, search history, cookies, and cached pages Personal photos, videos, audio recordings, and...

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Vendor Publication Report Benton County, 12/14/2016 – 12/27/2016

Vendor Publication Report Benton County, IA Payment Date Range: 12/14/2016 – 12/27/2016 Vendor Name Vendor Number Payable Description Total Payments ALTORFER INC 02600 SR parts 7,248.45 AMERICAN FAMILY LIFE 12940 Aflac 602.45 ANDERSON ERICKSON DAIRY 40110 Sheriff Jail Provisions 271.37 ANDY WHEELER 49290 SR tiling 1,637.15 ANTON SALES 02620 SR tools/parts 270.86 AUCA CHICAGO LOCKBOX 40770 SR rag/rugs 1,157.16 AUDITOR OF STATE 10600 FY16 Audit Filing Fee 625.00 BAKER PAPER & SUPPLY 19610 SR custodial supplies 417.83 BARBER FIXIT EQUIPMENT & RENTAL 49031 SR road misc 131.99 BEN MACUMBER 49294 Decat Winter Break Activities 195.00 BENTON CO SHERIFF OFFICE 01190 MH Sheriff Transport 252.58 BENTON COUNTY 36740 Flex-Medical 1,687.56 BENTON COUNTY CO-INS 47410 Health-ER Benefit-Non Union 131,965.28 BERGAN KDV TECHNOLOGY & CONSULTING INC 48914 SR computer services 200.00 BLAIRSTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY 06480 Decat Winter Break Activities 86.01 BRAD OSBORN 01952 Osborn Mileage Reimbursement 36.72 CAITLAN SCHOENBERGER 49292 Schoenberger Meal Reimbursement 90.00 CARPENTER UNIFORM 13150 Upah Uniform Mnts 186.11 CARQUEST OF BELLE PLAINE 01237 SR parts 0.98 CDW GOVERNMENT INC 01215 IT Power backup 316.13 CEDAR VALLEY BANK & TRUST 48956 Interest GO Bond 1,783.39 CENTRAL IA DISTRIBUTING 42990 Sheriff Custodial Supplies 350.80 CENTRAL IOWA DETENTION 48083 Juvenile Medication 172.56 CENTURYLINK 02103 E911 Phone 704.33 CINTAS CORPORATIONS NO. 2 49038 SR supplies 37.46 CITY OF VINTON 00390 SR utilities 1,956.80 CJ COOPER & ASSOCIATES INC 00126 Trans Employee Testing 105.00...

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Board of Supervisor Minutes 12/27/16

December 27, 2016 The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular session with Supervisors Frese and Wiley present, Hertle was absent. The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously. Wiley moved/ Frese seconded: To approve the minutes of Tuesday, December 20, 2016. Motion carried. Wiley moved/Frese seconded: Approve payment of checks numbered 221775 through 221925, payroll checks numbered 139240 through 139258, and ACH deposits numbered 29601 through 29727, vendor checks numbered 221926 through 221930 and vendor checks numbered 22170 through 221774. Motion carried. Wiley moved/Frese seconded: Approve Resolution#16-99, Hiring two part-time employee’s in Sheriff’s office. Motion carried. RESOLUTION #16-99 HIRE OF PART-TIME CORRECTIONAL OFFICER/COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST WHEREAS, the Benton County Sheriff has requested approval to hire two part-time employees within his department; and WHEREAS, applications have been accepted and interviews completed for said positions; and NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Benton County Board of Supervisors that Tricia Lagrange be approved for communications specialist/corrections officer and Keith Mell be approved for correctional officer for hire both effective December 27, 2016 and at the hourly wage set at $13.56 per hour. Dated this 27th day of December, 2016. _____________________________________ Donald H. Frese, Chairman _____________________________________ Todd Wiley ______________________________________ Terry Hertle ATTEST: _____________________________________ Hayley Rippel, Benton County Deputy Auditor Wiley moved/Frese seconded: To authorize the chair to sign the annual Wellness Contract...

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Benton County Community Foundation Grant Application Now Available

Grant applications can now be submitted to the Benton County Community Foundation for its 2017 grant cycle. The deadline to submit applications is midnight (CST) March 15, 2017. Grants are awarded to projects in the following areas: art and culture, community betterment, education, environment, health, historic preservation and human service. The online grant application may be found on the Community Foundation’s website at www.bentonccf.org. Grant recipients will be announced in June 2017. Completed applications must be submitted no later than midnight (CST) March 15, 2017 to be considered for funding. First-time grant applicants should contact Dotti Thompson, Program Manager, at (319) 243-1358 prior to submitting an application. Grant applicants must be a 501(c)(3) designated organization (or government entity) serving Benton County in order to be considered for funding. For more information, please contact the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa at (319)...

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ONE HOUR OF TIME CAN CHANGE LIVES

By: Danielle West, Life Serve It only takes one hour for LifeServe Blood Center blood donors to save the lives of three people in their community. Donating blood is the fastest way to make a huge impact in others’ lives – a whole blood donation takes just 45-60 minutes. Every blood donation made with LifeServe Blood Center will go on to save the lives of up to three local hospital patients. Do your part for your community at an upcoming drive in your city! Virginia Gay Hospital and Vinton Community Blood Drive, Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM at Virginia Gay Hospital, 502 N 9th Ave. Schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800.287.4903. LifeServe Blood Center was established in April, 2010 when The Blood Center of Iowa joined operations with Siouxland Community Blood Bank.  As one of the 15 largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe Blood Center provides blood and blood products to more than 100 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.  LifeServe is committed to saving lives by providing premier service to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients.  For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 800.287.4903 or visit...

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Vinton Unlimited Holiday Lights Winners

Congratulations to Barb Johnson, our week 5 winner in the ‘holiday lights’ promotion!  Barb has won Vinton Value Dollars! Also, congratulations to Deb Boddicker, our GRAND PRIZE winner! Deb’s name was drawn from over 2,100 completed cards that were turned in throughout the entire promotion. The grand prize is valued at over $875 and includes Vinton Value Dollars and goodies from the following merchants: Arnold Motor Supply, Birker’s Bows & Iowa Crafters, Cameron Clothing, Clingman Pharmacy, Henkle Creek Mercantile, Jessy’s Gem Gallery, Kromminga Motors, La Reyna, LaGrange Pharmacy, McDowell’s, Michael & Dowd, Nature’s Corner, Nicks TV & Appliance, The Mall @ RJ Enders, Three D Kitchens, Tootsies Ice Cream & More and Viking Sewing. Stay tuned for a full recap of the promotion...

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