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Monkeytown’s Care Now Program helps fight hunger in Eastern Iowa

By Vinton Today · 9:47am July 15th, 2014
Monkeytown recently donated $100 plus a couple cases of facial tissue to Linda Wood, representing the Benton County Food Pantry, as part of its Care Now initiative. Care Now converts 100% of what the company receives for recycling used ink and toner cartridges into donations to area food banks like the one in Vinton.

Benton County Farm Bureau to mark 96th year at annual meeting

By Benton County Farm Bureau Federation · 6:10am July 9th, 2014
“The Benton County Farm Bureau Federation will be celebrating 96 years with their annual meeting for members on Tuesday evening July 15, 2014 at the Van Horne Community Center,” says Board President Dustin Schirm. The Community Center is located at 508 1st Avenue in Van Horne. The board of directors will serve a complimentary supper from 6:00 p.

Stein Earns Silver Spurs Award

By Samantha Beeck · 11:49am June 27th, 2014
Benton County Farm Bureau insurance agent Randy Stein, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF recently earned the Silver Spurs award for 25 years of service with the company. He is shown here with District Manager Bud Brinkman. Stein started with Farm Bureau on September 1st, 1988. From beginning with a case of manuals and then making the transition to computers, to personnel changes at all levels, to various product and industry changes, Randy has seen many changes over his 25 years.

4th St. Diner News

By 4th St. Diner · 11:03am June 27th, 2014
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, Monday through Friday. A choice of salads are available Monday – Friday on site. Everyone is WELCOME! Suggested contribution for individuals 60 years old or older, and their spouse (regardless of age) is $3.

Time for an insurance check-up?

By Randy Stein,Farm Bureau FinancialService · 9:59am June 26th, 2014
Most of us know that major life events can make it necessary to update our insurance coverage. But did you know that even subtle changes can have an impact on your financial needs and plans? Think about recent changes in your life, or the lives of your family members. It’s time to review your coverage if you answer yes to any of the following: • Improved your home or bought a new home? • Purchased a new or used vehicle? • Graduated from school? • Welcomed a new addition to your family? • Ch...

Local teens selected for trip to nation’s capital

By Lisa Franck, ECI REC · 2:34pm June 25th, 2014
Olivia Oltrogge of Shellsburg, and Caitlin Kruckenberg of Garrison recently participated in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour of Washington, D.C., sponsored by East-Central Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative (ECI REC). They spent June 13-19 in Washington, D.C., with 32 peers from Iowa. Each year in June, an action-filled week provides high school students opportunities to learn first-hand what it is like to be involved in politics, community service and today’s pressing issues in the energy industry.

Spring Field Day Tour at ISU SE Iowa Research Farm on June 26

By Benton County Extension · 6:41pm June 18th, 2014
Farmers and those who advise farmers about crops will want to attend the annual spring field day for the Iowa State University Southeast Iowa Research Farm near Crawfordsville on June 26 beginning at 1:00 p.m. One of the features on the tour will be Elwynn Taylor’s presentation on “Crop Weather Outlook & How New Weather Stations Will Benefit Iowa Farmers.

Permit to Carry Classes being offered

By Tom Boeckmann · 11:55am June 10th, 2014
A course for Iowans to obtain their Permit to Carry Weapons has been scheduled in the area. The four hour course covers handgun safety, gun handling, carry options, situational awareness, interaction with law enforcement, use of force, and state and federal laws. The course teaches students how to be safe and efficient with a firearm for personal protection.

Interest in Shooters’ Insurance on the rise; available locally

By Wilson-Hite Insurance · 9:55am June 2nd, 2014
In the U.S. there are 1.5 million defensive gun incidents per year. That’s about 125,000 per month and well over 4,000 per day. Estimates suggest there are over 20 million permit holders in the U. S. Consider what would happen if you are forced to use your firearm in self-defense. Even if you are lawfully carrying your firearm and you use it in self defense, police will investigate and you need to be represented by a well qualified lawyer.

Annual Iowa State University Research Farm Field Day June 24, Nashua

By Patti Upmeyer, Benton County Extension · 2:29am June 2nd, 2014
ISU Extension Specialists emphasize crop production issues in a late start to the season during the Annual Spring Field Day at the ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua. The program runs from 1:00 to 4:30 pm and will feature five speakers. Ken Pecinovsky, ISU Research Farm Superintendent, will briefly review 2014 seasonal weather and research on the farm.

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