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FFA Open House today

By Dean Close · 11:36am March 27th, 2015
The VS FFA Open House begins at 11 a.m. today in the new Animal Learning Laboratory (commonly called "The Barn.") From 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., the Vinton-Shellsburg High School will showcase a rather unique Animal Learning Laboratory. This open house and field day, themed “Education through Experience,” will take place in the new learning lab located off the east end of the high school.

To passers by, it may look like Josh Mulder is simply another guy playing with his dog in the yard. But those who know Josh and his story know just how important it is for Josh to have Traveler at his side, day and night. When Mulder goes with Traveler to Waverly to participate in this weekend’s Retrieving Freedom, Inc.

Boom-Fest seeking Vendors

By Melissa Schwan, Director, VU · 12:55pm March 26th, 2015
WANTED: Arts & crafts, repurposed treasures, antique vendors for Boom-Fest Saturday, August 29, 2015 10am-4pm 4th Street, Vinton Expanded Farmers Market for 2015! 10am-1pm 4th Street, Vinton Download a registration form on the ‘Events’ page at www.

Area farmer directs funds to Benton Community School

By Andy Neldeberg · 11:59am March 26th, 2015
America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation supports local organization Benton Community School FFA has received a $2,500 donation from local farmer Darwin Meyer and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will help the organization purchase pedal tractors and sleds, so they can host a pedal tractor pull at the Benton County Fair.

While the youngest local residents are looking forward to the annual Easter Egg Hunts at Riverside and Rodgers Park, the oldest local residents also played a part. On Wednesday morning, Windsor Manor residents placed small pieces of candy in the plastic eggs that the Kiwanis will use for their annual Easter Egg Hunt.

More than 500 attend donkey basketball

By Dean Close · 2:24pm March 25th, 2015
Approximately 500 people spent Tuesday evening laughing with and at their friends and neighbors who tried their skill and luck (mostly luck) at donkey basketball. The fund-raiser for the GOVS Scholarship Fund included three games of 8-on-8 basketball; two teams of four players riding four donkeys.

North Eden Willing Workers attend sewing workshop

By Vinton Today · 1:04pm March 25th, 2015
On March 8, 2015 the North Eden Willing Workers 4-H Club had six members participate in a sewing workshop led by Megan Ternus. Megan showed the girls how to sew pillow case dresses which will be sent to orphanages in Haiti. The girls who participated were, left to right: Sydney Walton, Zena Aragon, Lydia Radeke, Ashley Meyer, Anna Becker.

Vinton Today passes 100 donations

By Dean Close · 11:42am March 25th, 2015
It's been a few days since we updated our list of people who have so kindly donated to this endeavor. We are again so appreciative of those that have taken the time to donate to this cause. Thank YOU for stepping up to keep this resource available to the community and beyond. Vicki Milroy Mike and Eileen Timmermans Terry Buelow Don and Gwen Eells Thomas and Eunice Pingenot Ken and Regina Huelman Florence Rippel Gretchen Kopecky Gerald & Eileen Kreutner Monica and Dean McKenna W...

Salvation Army 'Red Kettle' donations in Vinton among Top 10 in region

By Vinton Today · 9:45am March 25th, 2015
The Heartland Division of the Salvation Army honored the Vinton chapter and donors in its recent newsletter. The Benton County Salvation Army, with Pastor Bob Gaston as the director, raised more than $16,800 in donations in December via the Red Kettle fund-raising effort. The organization plans to conduct the fund drive again in December of 2015.

March 25th: National Medal of Honor Day

By Brad Anderson, American Legion Post 57 · 2:35pm March 24th, 2015
Twenty-five years ago the United States Congress designated March 25th of each year as “National Medal of Honor Day,” a day dedicated to Medal of Honor Recipients. In recognition of this day, please allow me to share with you the story of one Medal of Honor recipient, Calvin P. Titus. Calvin Pearl Titus was born September 18, 1879, the son of Calvin and Cora (Smith) Titus, in Vinton, Iowa.

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