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Published 11:47am Dec 19th

Santas pulling Rudolph on a sleigh are part of the Kersten/Koopman light display in its 50th year.

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  • Santas pulling Rudolph on a sleigh are part of the Kersten/Koopman light display in its 50th year.
    Published 11:47am Dec 19th

    Santas pulling Rudolph on a sleigh are part of the Kersten/Koopman light display in its 50th year.

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  • These bad checks were all sent to a Vinton man who is selling an item on Craigslist.
    Published 11:37am Dec 19th

    These bad checks were all sent to a Vinton man who is selling an item on Craigslist.

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  • It's not a secret! Santa welcomes visitors to Koopman's light display again, in its 50th year!
    Published 11:47am Dec 19th

    It's not a secret! Santa welcomes visitors to Koopman's light display again, in its 50th year!

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  • Third grader says Boomco Blaster would keep kids from too much TV & prepare them for zombie attack.
    Published 9:32am Dec 17th

    Third grader says Boomco Blaster would keep kids from too much TV & prepare them for zombie attack.

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Shellsburg man injured in accident near site of brother's fatal 2011 wreck

By Dean Close · 10:10pm December 20th, 2014 · 4 minutes ago
The Benton County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a single vehicles accident on Thursday, Dec. 18, at approximately 3 p.m. According to the Benton County Sheriff's Office, Russell Ray Bos, 35 from Shellsburg, was driving northbound in the 6100 block of 32nd Ave., three miles north of Shellsburg when he lost control of his 2005 Chevy Avalanche.

Koopman light display continues northwest of Vinton

By Dean Close · 11:47am December 19th, 2014
As Heidi Koopman marks the 50th year since her father, Larry Kersten, first put a moving decorated light in their yard on the Mount Auburn Blacktop, the light display looks as fresh as ever. We took some close-up photos of many of the lights and mechanical displays a few weeks ago. To get to the lights, travel north on 218, then turn right on V61 (Mount Auburn Blacktop) and travel about 4 miles.

Vinton man warns of Craigslist scam attempts

By Dean Close · 11:37am December 19th, 2014
"Why haven't you sent me the cash yet?" wrote a man who identified himself as Kenny, to Vinton resident Steve Lucas. "Money from the check I sent you has already been deducted from my account." Lucas knew that was not true because he still had the check in his hand -- one of many bad checks he has received from what he believes are Nigerian gang members.

Update: Air ambulance responds to accident north of Shellsburg

By Randy Forsyth, Benton County Sheriff · 9:50pm December 18th, 2014
The Benton County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a single vehicles accident 12/18/14 at approximately 3:00 p.m. Russell Ray Bos, age 35 from Shellsburg, was driving northbound in the 6100 block of 32nd Ave 3 miles north of Shellsburg when he lost control of his 2005 Chevy Avalanche. The vehicle went into the east ditch where it collided with several trees and ended up lodged between trees at the bottom of the ditch.

Mary Ingalls Society accomplishes much in 2014; seeks partners for 2015

By Nancy Beckman · 5:47pm December 18th, 2014
The Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School Mary Ingalls Society just began its 3rd year, and we are very excited about the future. This excitement stems from the work of our first two years resulting in the following: 1. Vintage photo display in the front hall of Old Main. 2. Photo books showing students and activities at the school by decade.

Vinton Library plans Winter Party for Dec. 29

By Vinton Public Library · 5:47pm December 18th, 2014
The Vinton Public Library is having a Winter Party on Monday, December 29th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Participants will watch a movie, play some games, do some crafts and best of all lunch will be served. Please call the library at 472-4208 to make reservations. Cost is free but permission slips are required.