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Feedlot Facility Workshops coming in February and March

By Benton County Extension · 11:19am January 30th, 2015
The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University will offer several workshops focusing on choices in feedlot facilities in February and March 2015. Russ Euken, ISU Extension and Outreach beef program specialist, said the workshops, set in various locations throughout the state, will offer an overview of facility types, advantages, and disadvantages, and review research on these types.

Beef Feedlot Roundtable Sessions Offered at Four Iowa Locations

By Benton County Extension · 11:19am January 30th, 2015
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the University of Nebraska are teaming up to offer a Feedlot Roundtable session at four Iowa locations on Thursday, Feb. 12 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Iowa State Extension beef program specialist Denise Schwab said the feedlot roundtable sessions are offered annually in Nebraska for feedlot operators and interested agribusiness people.

Brett Root succeeds mom as IMCA President

By Bill Martin, IMCA · 9:51am January 27th, 2015
Brett Root will follow in some big footsteps at IMCA. Root succeeds his mother Kathy as president of the Vinton-based automotive racing sanctioning organization. She’d purchased IMCA and sister company CarPac Publications from the family of Keith Knaack in the mid-1990s. “I realize that I am just the third president of IMCA since the 1970s.

Sally Pederson to speak at VU annual meeting Feb. 5

By VU Director Melissa Schwan · 10:29am January 26th, 2015
The Vinton Unlimited Annual Meeting will take place Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Vinton Shellsburg Central Office – 1502 C Ave, Vinton. The guest speaker will be Vinton native Sally Pederson, the former Lieutenant Governor of Iowa. Schedule: 6:00 Meet & Greet 6:30 Short Business Meeting 7:00 Words from Sally Pederson 7:30 Closing Remarks Light refreshments will be available.

BDG to review strategic plan and set goals for 2015 in upcoming meeting

By Emily Upah, BDG · 2:16pm January 21st, 2015
The Benton Development Group Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, January 28th, 2015, starting at 7:00pm at the Van Horne Community Center. The agenda is filled with review and planning for the next BDG meeting. At this time last year, the BDG Board of Directors developed a strategic plan to follow during the 2014 year.

4th St. Diner News

By 4th St. Diner · 2:11pm January 9th, 2015
Serving Buffet from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Sunday thru Friday. Everyone is WELCOME! Suggested contribution for individuals 60 years old or older, and their accompanying spouse (regardless of age) is $3.25 for the meal. Individuals who are not yet 60 are WELCOME but need to pay $4.25 directly to the site manager for their meal.

Permit to Carry class offered

By Tom Boeckmann · 9:55am January 9th, 2015
In January 2011, Iowa became a “shall issue” state and the number of Permits to Carry increased drastically that year. Those permits will expire in 2016. A Permit to Carry is valid for five years and the time frame in which you renew is important. Iowa Code 724.11 (3) it states that the cost to renew a permit for an additional five years is $25.


By 4th St. Diner · 9:43am January 8th, 2015
4th STREET DINER NEWS 4th Street Diner HACAP North Benton Center 202 East Fourth St Vinton, IA 52349 319-472-4761 Serving Buffet from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Sunday thru Friday. Everyone is WELCOME! Suggested contribution for individuals 60 years old or older, and their accompanying spouse (regardless of age) is $3.

Farming in the city: Workshop to explore urban food systems

By Benton County Extension · 8:20pm January 4th, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Agriculture dominates Iowa’s rural landscape, and now leaders in three Iowa cities are learning how to foster a different kind of agriculture in their urban landscapes. At a day-long workshop January 9 in Ames, stakeholders from Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Cresco will discuss a process they’ve followed over the past year to identify activities that could grow the local food sector in their own communities.

Unlimited Possibilities December 2014

By Kristi Storey · 3:51pm December 26th, 2014
Do you have a favorite Christmas song? One that you sing every year and it brings back memories, good or bad? I think that song, for me, would have to be “Oh Christmas Tree.” From singing it in choir back when I was in school, to singing it at church, or just singing along as it is played on the radio while driving.

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