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Published 2:55pm Sep 14th

More than 20 tombstones, including this one honoring a Civil War veteran, were damaged overnight.

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  • More than 20 tombstones, including this one honoring a Civil War veteran, were damaged overnight.
    Published 2:55pm Sep 14th

    More than 20 tombstones, including this one honoring a Civil War veteran, were damaged overnight.

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  • Abby Gloede, Katie Kilpatrick and Annika Schmidt joined other students in honoring America Friday.
    Published 12:21am Sep 13th

    Abby Gloede, Katie Kilpatrick and Annika Schmidt joined other students in honoring America Friday.

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  • Local Scouts met at the courthouse before distributing bags on Sunday.
    Published 10:04pm Sep 13th

    Local Scouts met at the courthouse before distributing bags on Sunday.

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  • The VS freshemen rang the victory bell after defeating Charles City, 44-6.
    Published 12:40am Sep 13th

    The VS freshemen rang the victory bell after defeating Charles City, 44-6.

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Norway man dies in racing accident at Hawkeye Downs

By Dean Close · 3:46pm September 15th, 2014 · 9 hours ago
A Norway man known for his love of Norway baseball and the Chicago Cubs, his willingness to share unique posts on Facebook and involvement in conservative political causes died in a “Race 'em or Wreck 'em” event at Hawkeye Downs Speedway on the evening Saturday, Sept. 13. John "JP" Pickart, 68, was racing in an RV when another driver collided with him during Saturday's school bus-RV race sanctioned by B & B Promotions, which rented the track for the event.

Iowa Ag Secretary to visit area farm businesses Sept. 24

By Emily Upah, BDG · 8:12pm September 14th, 2014
Benton Development Group will welcome Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, in the county on September 24th, 2014. Northey, who is a fourth generation farmer from Spirit Lake, is serving his second term as Secretary of Agriculture after being reelected in 2010. His priorities as Secretary of Agriculture include advancing science and new technologies to better care for our air, soil and water and reaching out to Iowans to tell the story of Iowa agriculture.

Vandals damage Civil War soldier's tombstone, others at Evergreen Cemetery

By Dean Close · 2:55pm September 14th, 2014
Destiny Lanham sat crossed legged in front of a flat grave marker on Sunday afternoon, wiping tears from her eyes as she remembered her grandmother, Sharon Rouse, who died six years ago this week. "She was my best friend," said Lanham. One of the countless visitors to the more than 12,000 graves dating back to the mid-1800s at Evergreen, Lanham was shocked and angered to learn that 100 yards away, other people a few hours earlier had come to vandalize the cemetery.

Nolan Haisman was the top winner from Vinton-Shellsburg during the Bobcat Invitational cross country meet on Saturday. Haisman, and 8th-grader, won the middle school boys race by 30 seconds over the second place finisher. VSMS runners also finished in the third through sixth place slots during the event.

VSHS junior parents needed for concessions at Sept. 23 cross country meet

By V-S Community School District · 10:13am September 13th, 2014
The VS Post Prom Committe is in need of volunteers, particularly parents of VSHS juniors, to help us with the concession stand for the home cross country meet on Sept. 23. The hours are 3:30-7:00. Any time you can work during those hours would be helpful. If you can help, contact Marcy Horst 721-1838.

Charles City ruins Vikings' District opener, 36-10

By Dean Close · 12:40am September 13th, 2014
Nobody named Murphy was on the roster during the Vinton-Shellsburg district football opener against Charles City, but Murphy's law seemed to rule over the Vikings in a 36-10 loss in the first contest between the two schools in many years. Just about everything went wrong for the Vikings, where missed tackles and penalties on 4th downs helped keep Comet drives alive.