Author: Dean Close

Tractor Day: VS FFA members bring unique rides to school

From the 1936 John Deere A that Grant Ries spent a year overhauling and painting with the help of his father, Paul and grandpa Kenny Henkle, to some larger newer tractors, to a few riding lawn mowers, Vinton-Shellsburg High School FFA members found a variety of farm vehicles to bring to school for their annual Tractor Day. Several FFA members gathered around the iconic green tractor as Grant demonstrated how to start it by hand-cranking. They laughed a bit as he made a few unsuccessful attempts, but soon the two-cylinder was making its familiar sounds. Grant’s mom, Karilea, said...

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Broadway-themed VSMS Choir Concert set for Thursday night

The Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School Choirs and Show Choir will present, “The Right Way is Broadway,” Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 in the high school gymnasium. The middle school choirs, show choir, small groups and soloists will be perform songs from several Broadway shows including “Rent,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “13,” “Shrek,” “Charlie Brown,” “Snoopy,” “Little Women” and “Grease” and “Hairspray.” The public is encouraged to attend this concert!   The auditorium will open for seating at 6:15.  A freewill ticket donation will be accepted at the door to help defray the expenses of this show.  Souvenir tickets will be given to all who donate!  We encourage the audience to dress up for a night out on Broadway!  ...

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Teams preparing for VS Alumni Basketball Tourney

March Madness, Vinton-Shellsburg style, takes place on Saturday, March 25, when several teams will compete in the annual VS Alumni Basketball tourney. The participants include the 2000 team, as well as the undefeated WaMaC champs who went to State in 2013. The players invite all local VS fans and basketball lovers to join them as they try to prove who still has skills. The games begin at 1o a.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for children. Concessions will be available....

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VS School Board meeting minutes, March 13

To see a list of bills approved for payment at this meeting click this link: SUMMARY OF BILLS-Mar2017 Minutes of the Regular Meeting Board of Directors Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools March 13, 2017 Call to Order President Sue Gates called the regular meeting to order at 5:15 p.m. at the Central Office Board Room. Roll Call / Pledge of Allegiance Sue Gates, Rob Levis in at 5:20 p.m., Kyle Schminke, Kathy Van Steenhuyse, Jason Hicok , Mike Timmermans, Mary Jo Hainstock, Superintendent, and Brenda Barkdoll, Business Manager/Board Secretary/Treasurer were present with the exception of Brenda Bartz. Receive Vistor/Public Comments Teresa Meyer, Vinton-Shellsburg CSD Foundation board president, provided an annual update. Eric Upmeyer provided information on the speech contest and was thankful for all the assistance. Administrator Reports Tony Islas gave an overview of the at-risk program. Shelly Petersen shared that the Middle School sports are wrapping up with track starting, play is scheduled for March 24th & 25th at 7:00 p.m. and a vocal concert is coming up. Superintendent Report Superintendent Hainstock reported on safety issues at different buildings, open enrollment applications, food service review, and the schedule. Board Reports/Requests Van Steenhuyse shared a good note on the Food Service Review. Gates, Schminke and Hicok expressed appreciation for work done at speech contest. General Business of the Board Consent Items 633. It was moved by Levis and seconded by Timmermans to...

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Vikette 4 X 200 team earns first win of season for VS track

The Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes track team competed in its second indoor meet this season on Tuesday. The 4 x 200 team members came home with T-shirts announcing that they are champions of their event. The four runners —  Hannah Kalous, Sarah Schminke, Olivia Erhardt and Hanna Timmerman — came in first of 26 teams in that event, with a time of 1:56.43. Last week, the Vikettes competed at the Dickinson Relays in the UNI-Dome. See complete results...

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VSMS announces 2nd Trimester Honor Roll

The 6th, 7th and 8th grade Honor Roll students have been recognized for their work during the 2nd Trimester at VS Middle School Click the links below to see the honorees for each grade: 6th grade: 2ndTrimester-6th-16-17 7th grade: 2nd trimester – 7th – 16-17 8th grade: 2nd Trimester – 8th...

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Human Foosball: Health Fair to include unique new tournament

NEW! Sponsored by VGH and VPRD, teams will compete for bragging rights as Benton Co.’s First Human Foosball champs. Each team will consist of 6 players. The tournament will be located on the V-S Middle school grounds. TO REGISTER YOUR TEAM: CLICK HERE Get your team together … Foosball, the game of table-sized soccer using miniature figurines on sticks is now in life-sized form! Human foosball has become a popular group sport in many areas of the country and now you’ll have a shot to try it out right here in Vinton as part of this year’s Benton County Community...

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VS teams place at District FFA Bowling

On February 11, 2017, 8 members of the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA went to Manchester, Iowa to Lighting Lanes for District FFA Bowling Tournament against other chapters. Team one consisted of Eric Henkle, George “Wesley” Hefner, Madeline Moen and Grant Ries. Team Two consisted of Jordan Pattee, Blake Witzel, Tailynn Tharp and Michael Steele. This was a great time for some of the chapter members to bond and have fun at a district FFA event. Individual placings: 2nd Grant Ries 3rd Jordan Pattee 6th George “Wesley” Hefner 7th Michael Steele   Vinton Shellsburg FFA Team Placings: Vinton #1 Placed 2nd Vinton #2 Placed...

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Weather woes: Strange siren sounds, missing shelter key, and snow

In the course of one week, Vinton residents watched one repair project that resulted from the July 17 tornado, hunkered down for another thunderstorm with 70-90 mph winds and spent this morning shoveling more than 8 inches of snow from a storm that resulted in local schools canceling classes. Last week, during the warm dry stretch that most of Iowa has enjoyed, workers installed new lights at the Vinton-Shellsburg baseball field, where the July 17 tornado started. The fence and scoreboard of that field were also among the first casualties of that tornado. The beams supporting the scoreboard have been set up, along with the new fencing and lights. Last Monday, Benton County suffered some damage from a series of thunderstorms that quickly passed through Iowa, although there was minimal damage in Vinton. “We had all fire department spotters out at least ten minutes before the storms reached Benton county,” says Benton County Emergency Management Agency Director Scott Hansen. “The first reports were from Belle Plaine and Keystone areas with 75-90 mph winds. That’s when we activated the sirens we can control from our office and recommended to the other cities that control theirs to activate them as well. We received only scattered reports of minor damage. A few trees blocking roads, part of a roof damaged in Blairstown, scattered power outages. Of course not everything gets reported to...

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Trail now includes teeter-totters, other challenges for bicyclists

Under the thick white blanket of snow, the bike trail just north of Vinton’s Riverside Park is awaiting spring. Riders who have been taking advantage of the unusually warm weather have already been exploring the trail’s features, including two teeter-totters, a wooden ramp and a “skinny” — a 6-inch wide platform that offers a challenge to experienced riders. “We love building these features for our trail,” says Matt Phippen, one of the many bicycling enthusiasts who make up the group VORC (Vinton Off-Road Cyclists). “They are challenging and add another awesome element to our trail system,” says Phippen, of the obstacles. “They can be intimidating and a littler nerve racking to try at first but once you get the confidence and ride it, you want to do it over and over again.” “It’s terrifying but exhilarating,” says VORC member Ashley Hesson, of the teeter-totter.  The most challenging obstacles are part of what VORC members are calling the Upper Trail, the more hilly, one-way route that winds toward the top of what Vinton residents traditionally call the sledding hill. On that trail, signs indicate to riders that they must go toward the right as they enter the trail head. The teeter-totters are weighted, so once the cyclist returns to the trail, the device resets so the next cyclist can try it. On the lower trails, which are wider, riders may go...

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