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Farmers Mercantile building echoes again with music

By Dean Close · 10:32am September 16th, 2014 · 9 hours ago
A century ago, the residents of the Garrison area would gather at the Farmers Mercantile on Main Street -- many during their weekly visit to town. There they would shop for whatever they needed and often socialize with neighbors while listening to music and dancing. The historic store closed about a decade ago, and has been silent for years as owners Nick Fisher and his wife Charlotta worked to restore the historic building.

CR accident has organizers, drivers re-thinking safety of popular Fair events

By Dean Close · 6:42am September 16th, 2014 · 13 hours ago
The fatal accident at Hawkeye Downs at the “Race ‘Em Or Wreck ‘Em” event at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids this past weekend has organizers and participants re-thinking the safety of such events, and may impact what kind of entertainment offered during future Benton County Fairs.

Norway man dies in racing accident at Hawkeye Downs

By Dean Close · 3:46pm September 15th, 2014
A Norway man known for his love of Norway baseball and the Chicago Cubs, his willingness to share unique posts on Facebook and involvement in conservative political causes died in a “Race 'em or Wreck 'em” event at Hawkeye Downs Speedway on the evening Saturday, Sept. 13. John "JP" Pickart, 68, was racing in an RV when another driver collided with him during Saturday's school bus-RV race sanctioned by B & B Promotions, which rented the track for the event.

VCC team wins Ryder Cup at Wildcat

By Vinton Today · 8:13pm September 14th, 2014
The Vinton Country Club won the annual Men’s Cedar Valley Ryder Cup on Sunday August 24th at Wildcat Golf Course in Shellsburg. The Vinton team was led by Shane Scott and Chad Demaria who finished 5 under par for 27 holes of Ryder Cup format, best shot, best ball and alternate shot. Right behind them were Vinton members Rick Murphy and Matt Martin who shot 4 under par.

Iowa Ag Secretary to visit area farm businesses Sept. 24

By Emily Upah, BDG · 8:12pm September 14th, 2014
Benton Development Group will welcome Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, in the county on September 24th, 2014. Northey, who is a fourth generation farmer from Spirit Lake, is serving his second term as Secretary of Agriculture after being reelected in 2010. His priorities as Secretary of Agriculture include advancing science and new technologies to better care for our air, soil and water and reaching out to Iowans to tell the story of Iowa agriculture.

Vandals damage Civil War soldier's tombstone, others at Evergreen Cemetery

By Dean Close · 2:55pm September 14th, 2014
Destiny Lanham sat crossed legged in front of a flat grave marker on Sunday afternoon, wiping tears from her eyes as she remembered her grandmother, Sharon Rouse, who died six years ago this week. "She was my best friend," said Lanham. One of the countless visitors to the more than 12,000 graves dating back to the mid-1800s at Evergreen, Lanham was shocked and angered to learn that 100 yards away, other people a few hours earlier had come to vandalize the cemetery.

Scouting for Food: Scouts to deliver bags this week for Sept. 20 pick-up

By Matt Andreesen · 10:04pm September 13th, 2014
It is that time of the year when the local cub scouts pack 47 and the boy scouts from troop 47 pass out bags to collect can goods and personal items for the local food bank. The empty bags will be delivered to your door this week and they ask you to fill them with can goods and place them outside your front door on Saturday morning Sept.

VSHS junior parents needed for concessions at Sept. 23 cross country meet

By V-S Community School District · 10:13am September 13th, 2014
The VS Post Prom Committe is in need of volunteers, particularly parents of VSHS juniors, to help us with the concession stand for the home cross country meet on Sept. 23. The hours are 3:30-7:00. Any time you can work during those hours would be helpful. If you can help, contact Marcy Horst 721-1838.

Patriotism and community: V-S students wear other colors for 2 nights

By Dean Close · 12:21am September 13th, 2014
Although black gold are the favorite colors of Vinton-Shellsburg athletes and fans, on two nights this week, the students and athletes wore some different colors as they showed their love of their country and their support for another school dealing with an unthinkable tragedy. First, on Thursday, the VS Vikettes wore "Bobcat Strong" shirts when they played a match against Western Dubuque.

Enterovirus D68 - FAQ's

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 10:37am September 12th, 2014
Q: What is enterovirus D68? A: Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962, but it has not been commonly reported in the United States. Q: What are the symptoms of EV-D68 infection? A: EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.

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