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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 · 18 hours 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.

Extra! Extra! Extra Fruit!

By Jessica Alderson And Katie Isbell · 2:41pm December 18th, 2014
On December 16th, the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter received the ordered boxes of fruit, cheese, nuts, and sausage for the FFA Fruit Sales. Members of the chapter and Ag Students unloaded box after box of ordered food and sorted through it all. After a long day of sorting through it all and getting orders out the door the Animal Learning Lab, which was previously filled from top to bottom with the fruit, is now almost empty, but there are still some boxes of a little bit of everything.

John Gualtier Wins American Legion Raffle

By Brad Anderson, American Legion Post 57 · 2:35pm December 18th, 2014
For the past three months the Vinton American Legion has been selling raffle tickets, for a shotgun, to raise money for our scholarship fund. Friday December 12th after our fish fry we drew the winning ticket. Congratulations John Gualtier on winning the shotgun.

Animal Shelter, Animal Control, Adoptions, Anniversaries!

By Donita Casey, Friends Of The Shelter · 10:59am December 17th, 2014
In December 2008, Friends of the Shelter, Inc. (FOTSI) signed a contract with the City of Vinton to manage the Vinton/Benton Co. Animal Shelter. Some noteworthy items leading to this business arrangement was (as reported by the local newspaper), management of the shelter was “inept at best” for years; additionally, the shelter experienced an average annual increase of 26% in the number of animals impounded during the prior five years.

'Nesswe Neppe:' Presentation brings Judge Tobin's voice to life

By Dean Close · 10:02am December 17th, 2014
Although the flood of 2008 destroyed the historic cabin that once belonged to Judge John Tobin, the Benton County Conservation Naturalists are doing what they can to preserve the lessons that John Tobin learned from the area the Native Americans called “Nesswe Neppe.” That word refers to the three waters that came together north of Vinton, where a stream and small bottomland bayou join the main channel of the river.

Elementary advertising: 3rd graders offer Christmas suggestions

By Vinton Today · 9:32am December 17th, 2014
Still wondering what to buy for that hard to please person on your Christmas list? Read on for some suggestions from Mrs. Hyland’s Third Grade Students. The students have been working on persuasive advertising communication. Some of these kids might have a future in sales, says Mrs. Hyland. Unfortunately, we do not have more information on how to order these unique products! Easy Bake Oven By Tiasia Parents, are you tired of your children always saying that they’re hungry? Well, don’t worry because I have the perf...

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