Author: Valerie Close

Maple 3 of AmeriCorps NCCC Clears Drainage Ditches at the Village of Richton Park

By Ben Mocarski As the second round progresses to its halfway point, the eight members of Maple 3 have blazed through much of the work the Richton Park Public Works Department has set for them, and each day they cannot wait to accomplish more for the village. The team started out with clearing drainage ditches of any kind of growth, whether it be saplings, invasive plants, or any such nature, and have continuously plowed through this work day in and day out, provided the weather allows for it. Other tasks have included mulching trees and flower beds, removing tree limbs and sticks from unwanted places, and organizing areas such as a sports equipment room for the local public gym. One of the biggest accomplishments for the team has been is helping with the first annual “Ride the Sauk” family bike ride. Members helped check in registered citizens and distribute snacks. Some members biked along the trail and kept watch for any bikers in trouble, and some lent bikes and helmets to people who did not have one from a collection the Public Works Department held in reserve. “Just walking down the street and hearing how grateful people are about the service we’re doing really validates all the difficult work and importance of service,” says Maple 3 member Raegan from Mendocino, California. Members have also completed independent service projects with the nearby Village of Park Forest. The team...

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Benton County Board of Supervisors 6/6/17

June 6, 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. Bierschenk moved/ Primmer seconded: Approve the minutes of May30, 2017. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve salary increase for Brett Schilling, assistant attorney to 85% of the Attorney’s salary effective June 2, 2017. Motion carried. Discussion to continue with the scheduled contract for a new Pictometry aerial flight scheduled for spring of 2018. Benton County was already locked in the contract but needed to get the flight officially scheduled. Additional Fireworks discussion continued from the past two weeks. Benton County is unique with the commercial fireworks training and testing that is done North of Vinton by trained experts. Supervisors would like to work with the experts on handling this fairly. Without detailed administrative rules from the state, the county is going to let the state guidelines handle the selling of consumer fireworks outside of corporate limits. Suggestions for updating the resolution regarding commercial fireworks and increasing liability insurance requirements and time limits on aerial salutes. On the firework application they would also like to see a time frame designated. Carol Zander, Director of Benton County Social Services reported to the Board about a recent meeting she attended. The region wants MHDS fund balance reductions by FY 2022....

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41 Wartburg students named to Winter/May Term Dean’s List

Wartburg College has recognized 441 students who were named to the 2017 Winter/May Term Dean’s List. Those honored include: Korbi Burkey of Walker Katie Hilmer of Dysart Sara Jorgensen of Vinton Trevor Krug of Dysart Weston Krug of Dysart Kylie Miracle of Vinton Marissa Nolan of Van Horne The list honors students who earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or above in at least five course credits during the two terms. Four of the five course credits must be graded with a traditional letter grade. Wartburg students take four courses during Winter Term, which runs from January to April, and one course during the one-month May Term. May Term courses often involve travel and study abroad. Wartburg, a four-year liberal arts college internationally recognized for community engagement, enrolls 1,482 students. Wartburg is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and named after the castle in Germany where Martin Luther took refuge disguised as a knight during the stormy days of the Reformation while translating the Bible from Greek into...

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Friends of 4-H to hold pie auction during Benton County Fair, July 12-16, 2017

Friends of 4-H is a committee that was created by the Benton County Extension Council in June of 2015. Its purpose is to fundraise and provide scholarships for the youth enrolled in Benton County 4-H. It is the Council’s hope that the additional monies provided will encourage Benton County 4-H youth to attend summer camps, conferences and programs at the local, state, and national levels. Friends of 4-H started off by having pie auctions at the Benton County Fair during the livestock shows. In three days, over $4,200 was raised to benefit the 4-Hers of Benton County. The money raised has aided the Benton County Livestock Team, youth attending 4- H Junior Camp, Citizenship, Washington Focus Conference, National 4-H Congress, State 4- H Conference, Western National Stock Show, Equine Clinic, Cattle Fitting Clinic and the Animal Science Round-Up. Dan Voss, current Friends of 4-H Chairperson says “These expanded opportunities provide experiences and knowledge that the 4-Hers will carry forward for the rest of their lives. As a 4-Her, I attended the Washington Focus Trip. The things I learned while there have benefitted me greatly in adulthood.”• This year, Friends of 4-H will again auction off pies and baked goods at the Benton County Fair, July 12-16, 2017, during the livestock shows. If any individuals or groups are interested in making and donating a shelf stable (non-refrigerated) pie or baked...

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Morningside College awards Master of Arts in Teaching degree to Jennifer A. Svoboda, of Vinton

Morningside College presented Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degrees and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees to 162 spring graduates during its June 10 graduate commencement ceremony. Among those were: Jennifer A. Svoboda, of Vinton, Master of Arts in Teaching The Morningside College Graduate Program in Education offers the MAT degree with special education and professional educator tracks. All graduate program in education courses are offered online. The Morningside College Graduate Program in Nursing offers the MSN degree with three tracks: clinical nurse leader, family primary care nurse practitioner, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. Courses are delivered in an online classroom setting with flexible on-campus residency options. Morningside College is a private, coeducational, four-year liberal arts college with a total enrollment of 2,900 undergraduate and graduate students. More information about Morningside College is at...

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Spring 2017 Iowa State University College of Business Dean’s List

The following area students were named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List at the Iowa State University College of Business. The Iowa State University College of Business Dean’s List honors students who have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Evan Ridenhour-Mchenry of Brandon. Ridenhour-Mchenry is studying MIS. Brandon Hill of Dysart. Hill is studying FIN. Brianna Masten of Van Horne. Masten is studying P BUS. Hannah Gorton of Vinton. Gorton is studying ACCT. Katherine Hanson of Vinton. Hanson is studying...

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Iowa State University announces spring 2017 Dean’s List

More than 8,700 Iowa State University students have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the spring semester 2017 Dean’s List. Students named to the Dean’s List must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded course work. Atkins Ia Matthew Joseph Voss , 2, Statistics Belle Plaine Ia Emily Jane Coover , 4, Animal Science William John Mengler , 3, Animal Science Trey Michael Squiers , 3, History Ryan Daryl Zumbach , 4, Industrial Design Blairstown Ia Lucas Woodrow Hahn , 4, Mechanical Engineering Evan Paul Lueckenotto , 4, Civil Engineering David Donald Randall , 4, Agricultural Systems Technology Newhall Ia Megan Marie Blomberg , 4, Athletic Training Jacob Alan Stoll , 4, Mechanical Engineering Norway Ia James S. Brecht , 3, Agricultural Studies Kristin A. Jensen , 4, Public Relations Shellsburg Ia Christopher Lee Fritz , 4, Biochemistry Jake Allen Stodola , 4, Landscape Architecture Urbana Ia Brandon James Silker , 4, Animal Ecology Van Horne Ia Brianna Lyn Masten , 2, Pre-Business Vinton Ia Hannah Gorton , 2, Accounting Max N. Griffith , 4, Kinesiology and Health Katherine Mae Hanson , 4, Management Emily G. Howes-Vonstein , 2, Pre-Interior Design Natalie K. Ketchen , 4, Dietetics (H SCI) Sarah Michaela Kreutner , 2, Technical Communication Bailey S....

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VanDeest makes late pass for Urbana 5 checkers at Benton County 

By Ryan Clark Two last-lap passes and a photo finish provided for arguably the best night of racing so far this season at Benton County Speedway. A field of 105 race teams assembled for Sunday’s third annual Urbana 5 Memorial/Iowa Donor Network event, which celebrated the memory of five area youth killed in a traffic accident in Benton County. The Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, paying $1,500 to the winner, headlined the event. An extra $350 was also up for grabs for anyone who could beat Tony Olson, the winner of the race each of the last two seasons. It was pole sitter Sam Wieben surging to the early lead of the 20-lapper. He built a sizable advantage while Jared VanDeest and Joey Schaefer worked through traffic from mid-pack starts. Cautions on laps five and 14 kept the field bunched, however Wieben maintained the point throughout. VanDeest kept pace with the leader following the lap 14 restart and ran the high side while Wieben remained committed to the low groove. VanDeest surged ahead as the white flag waved and held on for the $1,850 payday. Wieben ran second ahead of Schaefer and Olson, who started 24th. The story was similar in the IMCA Modified main, which paid a winner’s share of $1,000. Patrick Flannagan led that 20-lapper to green while Tyler Droste quickly positioned himself to challenge from a third...

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Benton County Republican Central Committee Meeting Agenda

Benton County Republican Central Committee Meeting Agenda Van Horne Community Center 500 1st Avenue, Van Horne, Iowa 52349 June 13th, 2017 – 7:00 pm Chair: Tom Gerhold Co-Chair: Garrett Wittmer Secretary: Bethany Gates Treasurer: Ed Rhinehart 1. Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance 2. Introductions 3. Minutes of last meeting / Treasurer’s Report 4. Comments from Elected Officials (3 minutes each) 5. Old Business Review of Central Committee elections 6. New Business Summer Fundraiser Planning Committee Summer Parade Schedule-volunteers needed! Benton County Fair booth –Volunteers to set up/tear down/staff the Benton County Fair booth (will set up on July 11th in lieu of our monthly meeting) –Purchase pens or pencils or notepads, etc. to hand out at the fair booth. –Discuss possibility of changing our monthly meeting from 2nd Tuesday to the 3rd Tuesday of each month (Van Horne Community Center IS available on the 3rd Tuesday) Other? 7. Adjourn Next BCRCC meeting is August 8th, 2017, at 7...

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Defense, pitching give Vikings sweep of W Delaware

After scoring 17 runs in a losing effort in two games against Solon, the Vinton-Shellsburg baseball team swept a double-header by relying on pitching and defense. The Vikes defeated West Delaware, 2-0 and 3-1 on Friday.’ Coach Jim Struve offered the following summary of Friday’s wins: Game 1 vs. West Delaware Vikings won 2-0 in a pitcher’s duel over West Delaware at Viking Field Friday night.  Conner Miracle threw 5 2/3 innings, allowed only 2 hits, and 5 strikeouts to get the Win and Tanner Davis got his first save of the year in 1 1/3 innings of no hit relief.  Miracle and Davis competed throughout the game and made pitches when they needed to get outs.  Wes Edwards led the Vikings with 2 hits and Cole Overton added an RBI Double.  Will Edwards picked 2 guys off 1st base from his catcher position and Jared Thompson made 2 great plays by scooping the ball out of the dirt to stall any WD rally. Game 2 vs. West Delaware Vikings Won the nightcap 3-1 with a fantastic pitching performance from David Bray.  Getting his first start of the year, Bray threw a 5 hit complete game by locating his fastball and keeping the Hawks off-balance with his off speed pitches.  Vikings defense played extremely well by executing a rundown in the first inning and Wes Edwards’ diving catch in...

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Loras College announces Graduates

Loras College has announced the names of students who earned a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in 2017. From Blairstown,  Ellen J. Horst, Bachelor of Arts, English: Literature, Magna Cum Laude, Breitbach Catholic Thinkers and Leaders Program, Honors Program Vinton,  Jenae K. Long, Bachelor of Arts, Media...

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Important Reminder Regarding Fireworks in Vinton

By Tami Stark, Vinton City Council Member Recently, the Iowa State Legislature passed a bill that makes the sale and consumption of fireworks legal, with the exception of individual town’s “home rule” policies. Currently, it is STILL ILLEGAL to privately consume/use fireworks within Vinton’s city limits. While it is your City Council’s intention to allow the consumption/use of fireworks within the City limits in the future, our current ordinance prohibits it. In order for the Council to change the existing ordinance, we must amend it, and that takes a total of 3 readings of the NEW ordinance. This means that it will be at least 6 weeks before it can be changed. Please note, this timeframe puts us well past the times that the State has adopted as acceptable dates/hours that fireworks can be displayed. We will however, have the current ordinance changed in time for the New Year Holiday. It is Council’s intention to allow the consumption/use of fireworks in Vinton according to the State regulations. Fireworks will, however; still be prohibited from ALL public places, including school grounds and City owned properties. This includes all city streets. They will only be permissible on private property within the dates and hours that the state has set forth. In summary, for the 2017 4th of July season in Vinton, fireworks are NOT PERMITTED within the City limits. If you...

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