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Erin Wessling, granddaughter of Ralph and Marge, with a chimp named Mike in Senegal.

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  • Erin Wessling, granddaughter of Ralph and Marge, with a chimp named Mike in Senegal.
    Published 11:59am Sep 1st

    Erin Wessling, granddaughter of Ralph and Marge, with a chimp named Mike in Senegal.

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  • Nick Fisher works on the old Mercantile Building in 2008; it will be the site of the Idiot Jam.
    Published 10:30am Sep 2nd

    Nick Fisher works on the old Mercantile Building in 2008; it will be the site of the Idiot Jam.

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  • The weather was the main foe in the Vikings season-opening win vs. Benton.
    Published 9:35am Sep 2nd

    The weather was the main foe in the Vikings season-opening win vs. Benton.

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  • Rained out: The VS band & flag corps had to delay its baseball-themed routine because of a downpour.
    Published 9:35am Sep 2nd

    Rained out: The VS band & flag corps had to delay its baseball-themed routine because of a downpour.

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Megan Hill to join VS as FFA assistant

By Jessica Alderson And Katie Isbell · 10:47am September 2nd, 2014 · 2 hours ago
Starting on September 1, the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter will be gaining a new addition to the team! Ms. Megan Hill, becoming more involved with the agriculture side of life than she probably expected, will be the chapter’s new FFA Assistant! Ms. Hill, being a new member of the community, applied for the position because of her passion for leadership building and group dynamics.

Music returns to Garrison Mercantile Hall with Sept. 13 Idiot Jam

By Dean Close · 10:30am September 2nd, 2014 · 2 hours ago
A century ago, Garrison residents would gather on Saturday nights at the Farmers Mercantile Hall at 100 West Main Street to see friends, hear music and shop. Although it's been decades since the sounds of guitars or fiddles echoed from the balcony of the historical building, area residents can now go back -- at least for one evening -- to hear their neighbors play and sing their favorite songs.

Raining Buckets Challenge: Vikes defeat Benton 20-8 in downpour

By Dean Close · 9:35am September 2nd, 2014 · 3 hours ago
In a week that saw residents throughout the area participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge, the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings, Benton Community Bobcats and their fans experienced a different kind of drenching Friday night. After lightning delayed the freshman-sophomore contest (which VS won, 44-8), rain fell through most of the varsity contest.

In Western Africa, where a savanna woodland scattered with trees divides the Sahara Desert to the north from the fertile but shrinking rain forests located to the east and south of Senegal, a primitive hut is awaiting the Iowa woman who can't wait to see it again – along with her friends and the chimpanzees they have made a career of studying.

A tribute to soldiers on a monumental 150th anniversary

By Dean Close · 11:04pm August 31st, 2014
Yeah, I know: It’s Labor Day Weekend. But this week is the 150th anniversary of one of the most significant events in American military history – and event in which many area soldiers with names familiar to our community died. The men mentioned below fought in the Iowa Brigade with Sherman during the last year of the Civil War.

VS logos, flash drives to help fund Post-Prom activities

By Becky Kruckenberg · 8:26pm August 31st, 2014
The Post Prom Committee will be painting the Vinton-Shellsburg logo on driveways for $40 for the first one and $30 for an additional logo. Simply send your address and phone number to nasagan_6@msn.com You will then be contacted to set up a day and time to have the logo applied. You must be present when the logo is painted.