Author: Valerie Close

76th Annual Selken Reunion Held

The 76th Annual Selken Reunion was held at the home of Gerald and Margie Selken’s home on August 6th. Those present were: Susie, Zac, Tanner and Brittany Even of Jesup, David and Julie Duncalf of Belle Plaine, Bob and Colleen Schulte of Dehli, Angie, Anna and Jakob Becker of Vinton, Gerald and Margie Selken of Dysart,  Fay Schuerer of Amana, Ruth Thoman of Walford, Chris and Angie Hansen, Nick, Jessie Johnson of Cedar Rapids, Dorothy Ellis of Newhall, Harlan and Dorothy Selken of Vinton, Jeremy and Lori, Shaylyn, Tate, Annisten, Brock and Cecily Trenkamp of Dehli, Jake and Amy Reeves and Damion Anderson of Delaware, Carol Hansen of Anamosa, Alan and Simone Hansen of Olin, all in Iowa and Bill and Barb Wiebbecke of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Dorothy Ellis was the oldest in attendance and Damion Anderson the grandson of Jake and Amy Reeves as the youngest present. The 2018 Reunion will be held on August 5th at the Gerald and Margie Selken...

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Coralee and June Bodeker Create Winning Drawing, Poem and Conservation Message Competition

Coralee Bodeker of Vinton, also a volunteer for the Buchanan County Conservation Board, won the Best in Show for the state of Iowa in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition in grades 7-9. Through the month of September, the Federal Duck Stamp Program winners stamps will be presented at Fontana Park in Hazelton. Because Coralee won a Blue Ribbon at the State Fair last year for her drawing of a Barn Swallow, she was chosen this year to work as a 4-H fair artist in the Artist Next Door program with grad students from ISU’s College of Design.                       Coralee also won the International Crane Foundation’s Poetry in the Prairie contest last month with her poem, “How can it be morning without their calls?” How can it be morning without their calls? When the red sky reflects on the water and the dawn breeze flicks the tips of grass— When these historic birds float down from the mist to land in the present and past. Their value is more than their bugling calls that echo across the sky— It is more than their numbers when they land in the fields and fly. The dances they do and the colors they wear are not their only traits— That give us a sense of their immense worth, even to a hunter...

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IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society to host Pioneer Fiddle

Save the Date – Sunday October 15, 2017 The IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society is having an event. Mark your calendars for Sunday October 15 at 3:00 p.m. for a concert in the auditorium of Old Main. Pioneer Fiddle (Marc and Brandi Janssen) is coming to perform a unique program of music and readings from the Laura Ingalls Wilder “Little House” books. Brandi and Marc use various instruments and vocals to create a vivid image of the world the Ingalls lived in. The Mary Ingalls Society is very excited to have them come and perform this program at the very place Mary went to school. We think it will be a toe tapping good time. We will have Old Main open at 1:30 p.m. for tours until show time and for some time after the performance as...

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Vinton Garden Club News

The Vinton Garden Club, a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc. District II and Central Region met at 8:30 a.m., on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the secretary’s office of the Benton County Fairgrounds. Hostess Susie Hansen provided breakfast pizza for club members. Meeting was called to order by President Rosie Boisen at 8:45 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance and Conservation Pledge were recited by the members. The roll call was answered by 6 members – “do you plan on bringing flowers and or designs to fair”. Secretary’s Minutes: Michelle Foshe read the minutes from the May meeting. Minutes were approved as read. Treasurer’s report was presented by Sharen Stueck. Bills presented for payments were approved on motion. Also noted was a deposit of funds from District II event. With no questions regarding treasurer’s report, treasurer’s report will be filed for audit. Garden Therapy – Michelle – garden therapy at the Vinton Lutheran Home date has been changed from July 3 rd to July 21 st at 2:30. Change was made due to holiday weekend interference. Old business – Rosie asked members to keep track of their respective flower planters. So far they are looking great. Rosie thanked the members for doing such great job with those planters. New Business – Rosie provided club members with the name of our new District II director who took over from Nancy Weber....

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Sweet Taste of Victory for Cooks in Fair Honey Cooking Contest

Cindy Paulsen of Cedar Rapids was named the Overall Winner in the Foods Made With Honey competition, judged Friday at the 2017 Iowa State Fair. Robin Tarbell-Thomas of Centerville won the Sweepstakes award. Quinn Harbison of Ames claimed the Reserve Sweepstakes award and was named Overall Winner in the youth classes of competition. Entries were judged on the best use of honey as the sole sweetener in each entry. Results follow: Bread & Rolls – Honey Dinner Rolls 1) Teresa Little, Des Moines 2) Carol Shafer, Norwalk Bread & Rolls – Honey Wheat Bread 1) Robin Tarbell-Thomas, Centerville 2) None awarded 3) Michelle Burgmeier, Lockridge Bread & Rolls – Honey Oatmeal Bread 1) Louise Piper, Garner 2) Cynthia Murphy, Des Moines 3) Michelle Burgmeier, Lockridge Bread & Rolls – Youth Entries (ages under 18) 1) Quinn Harbison, Ames 2) Brooklynn Sedlock, Indianola Bread & Rolls – Overall Division Winner 1) Teresa Little, Des Moines Quick Breads – Honey Banana Nut Bread 1) Robin Tarbell-Thomas, Centerville 2) Michelle Burgmeier, Lockridege 3) Marjorie Rodgers, Indianola Quick Breads – Honey Biscuits 1) Robin Tarbell-Thomas, Centerville Quick Breads – Honey Corn Bread 1) Marjorie Rodgers, Indianola 2) Cynthia Murphy, Des Moines 3) Robin Tarbell-Thomas, Centerville Quick Breads – Honey Fruit Bread 1) Robin Tarbell-Thomas, Centerville 2) Marjorie Rodgers, Indianola Quick Breads – Honey Fruit Muffins 1) Robin Tarbell-Thomas, Centerville 2) Teresa Little, Des...

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Stephenson & Rundlett Grow Award-Worthy Whiskers To Win Titles in Iowa State Fair Contest

Men from across the state entered their prized whiskers in the Beard Growing contest held Tuesday at the 2017 Iowa State Fair. Among the ribbon-winners were two local guys. Complete results below: Longest Beard 1) Harold Stephenson, 60, Center Point 2) Dale Hornsby, 51, Des Moines 3) Don Larkin, 56, Newton Best Groomed Beard 1) Gary R. Miller, 69, Pleasantville 2) Adam Johnson, 33, Dyersville 3) Justin Higgins, 33, Iowa City Most Unique Beard Design 1) Adam Johnson, 33, Dyersville 2 Tie) Frank Viola, 47, Des Moines 2 Tie) Dakota Rundlett, 26, Vinton 3) Kevin Thomas, 59, Menlo Most Historic Beard 1) Bob Hyland, 93, Des Moines 2) Kevin Thomas, 59, Menlo 3) Doug Johnson, 62, Des Moines Best Beard Design with Costume 1) Parker Gibson, 35, Waukee 2) Harold Stephenson, 60, Center Point 3) Frank Gale, 72, Creston The contest was part of “Rural Americana Olde Tyme Competitions” in Farm Bureau Pioneer Hall. A first prize of $5 and ribbons were awarded to each...

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Letter to the Editor: Opponent calls on Pettengill to denounce white supremacy

On August 11 and 12, 2017, white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and Klu Klux Klan members took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia. It was a well-organized rally to, in their words, Unite the Right. This rally was advertised well in advance and people flew in from all over the country to attend and cheer on their messages of hate and disdain for Americans who do not look, think, or worship as they do. They marched down the streets of Charlottesville chanting hateful racist slogans that harken back to the 30s and 40s of Germany, and the darker days of slavery in this, our United States of America. They marched with torches reminiscent of villagers chasing monsters, Nazis in the streets of Germany, and KKK members on their way to burn crosses or lynch African Americans. They marched carrying shields and weapons as if in a legitimate militia or police force. Had they marched peaceably on either day, without spewing the venom of hate, this mess could have been avoided. We would not be suffering the loss of Heather Heyer and two Virginia State Troopers. Their families would not be burying their loved ones and bearing an unimaginable burden of grief. During times of trouble, people seek out their representatives in government. They seek guidance and wisdom to light the nights. We expect words like those of Senators Joni Ernst, Charles...

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Quarter Horses Win Big at Iowa State Fair Competition

Winners in more than 90 classes of competition were named on Saturday and Sunday in the 2017 Iowa State Fair Quarter Horse Show. The Iowa State Fair Quarter Horse Show was a double-judged show. In such a show, the use of two judges, independent of one another, takes place. Thus, two sets of results are produced with two full sets of American Quarter Horse Association points being awarded. Complete list of results below: Aged Gelding Judge A – 1) Robert Friest, Hubbard Judge B – 1) Robert Friest, Hubbard Judge A – 2) Linda McIntire, Fairfield Judge B – 2) Linda McIntire, Fairfield Judge A – 3) Bennett Family Livestock, Perry Judge B – 3) Bennett Family Livestock, Perry Judge A – 4) Olivia Fischer, Altoona Judge B – 4) Olivia Fischer, Altoona Judge A – 5) McKenzie Shaffer, Huxley Judge B – 5) Wilson Buckskin Horses, Muscatine Judge A – 6) Wilson Buckskin Horses, Muscatine Judge B – 6) McKenzie Shaffer, Huxley Judge A – 7) Krystal Nelson, Clare Judge B – 7) Krystal Nelson, Clare Aged Mare Judge A – 1) Wilson Buckskin Horses, Muscatine Judge B – 1) Wilson Buckskin Horses, Muscatine Judge A – 2) Wilson Buckskin Horses, Muscatine Judge B – 2) Brittany Abernathy, Indianola Judge A – 3) SueAnn Reichert, Marengo Judge B – 3) Wilson Buckskin Horses, Muscatine Judge A – 4)...

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September 9, a Day of Music and Art

By Todd Frank While artists gather in Vinton, acoustic guitarists from across the nation will be gathering in the Vinton/Garrison area to celebrate their community and to celebrate ours. This will be the thirteenth year musicians from all points of the contiguous United States, and at times Canada, will use Benton County as a spot for an annual reunion they call Idiotjam where the online community can meet in person to enjoy each other’s company. There is a reason why they have returned to this area so many times. Soundholers, as the group calls themselves, enjoy Benton County because the people here are friendly and welcoming, it’s a quiet retreat from the hustle of a larger community, and because they enjoy sharing their music with the people who live here. As they have for the past several years they will be putting on a performance at the Farmer’s Mercantile Hall in Garrison. The concert begins on September 9th at 7:00 o’clock, and will run until approximately 10:00. Admission is a free-will offering towards the Garrison Public Library, and during the intermission treats will be provided by the library, also a free-will offering. This year the gathering coincides with the fourth annual Art in the Park, sponsored by the Vinton Guild of Fine Arts, which will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Celebration Park in Vinton. Some...

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Sommerfelt Places in Best Feeder Calves Awarded in Iowa State Fair Show

Cattle farms from across the Midwest were recognized for their top quality cattle in the Beef Feeder Calf show judged Saturday at the 2017 Iowa State Fair. Complete results below: Angus Purebred Breeding Heifer 1) Buck Creeks J&K, Prescott 2) Brandt Farms, Corning 3) Vanderholm Cattle Co., Villisca 4) Blackridge Family Cattle Co., Ottumwa Angus Purebred Breeding Heifer 1) Buck Creeks J&K, Prescott 2) Brandt Farms, Corning 3) Finesse Livestock Enterprises, Geneva Charolais Purebred Breeding Heifer 1) Macy Gruhn, Manning 2) Abby Gruhn, Manning 3) Kara Gnade, Monmouth 4) Lane Sommerfelt, Walker Charolais Composite Purebred Breeding Heifer 1) Mittag Genetics, Creston 2) Avery J Bennett, Richland 3) Feuss Show Cattle, Oxford Junction 4) Weber Cattle, Parnell Chianina Purebred Breeding Heifer 1) Mandie Gassman, Corydon 2) Moore Show Cattle, Earlham 3) Gruhn Show Cattle, Denison 4) Weber Cattle, Parnell Chianina Purebred Breeding Heifer 1) Meyer Cattle Company, Rowan 2) Klaffke Show Cattle, Alden 3) Irons Farms, Northwood Foundation Simmental Purebred Breeding Heifer 1) Brandt Farms, Corning 2) Muir Farms, Rippey 3) Joe Devries, Sheffield Foundation Simmental Purebred Breeding Heifer 1) Brandt Farms, Corning 2) England Cattle Company, Mount Ayr 3) Camiel Blomme, Brooklyn 4) Blackridge Family Cattle Co., Ottumwa Foundation Simmental Purebred Breeding Heifer 1) Dustin And Marcy Conover, Adel 2) Willis Show Cattle, Diagonal 3) Logan Talzes, Lisbon 4) HardLuck Cattle Company, Pleasantville Foundation Simmental Purebred Breeding Heifer 1)...

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