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By Teresa Meyer · 11:39pm March 31st, 2015 · 51 minutes ago
The Garrison First Responders will hold their annual dinner/live auction benefit Saturday, April 11th, at the Garrison Emergency Services Building. Doors will open at 4:30pm with serving of the meal to begin at 5:00pm./ The meal includes a choice of two entrees, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad bar, and dessert.

Vinton area under consideration for Country Travel Discoveries tour

By Dean Close · 12:55pm March 31st, 2015 · 12 hours ago
Country Travel Discoveries President Steve Uelner visited Vinton on Tuesday, considering the area and some of its attractions for possible inclusion in the company's 2016 tour schedule. Uelner visited the Iowa Braille School campus, where Nancy Beckman presented some of the story about the school and its most famous student, Mary Ingalls.

Authorities respond to accident

By Dean Close · 9:11am March 31st, 2015 · 15 hours ago
The driver of a pick-up escaped serious injury Monday afternoon when his vehicle left the roadway of Highway 218 north of Vinton and struck a pole. Benton County deputies, the North Benton Ambulance and the Vinton Police Department were dispatched to the scene. No other information is available at this time.

Drone camera continues capturing Vinton, from above

By Dean Close · 8:39am March 31st, 2015 · 16 hours ago
Those participating in the Easter Egg Hunt at Rodgers Park this weekend may hear the buzzing of a small remote-controlled aircraft overhead. Those who have seen this machine, and the result of its efforts, now know that the drone belongs to Vinton resident Brendan Turner, who has begun offering drone photography services through his business which he calls Aerial Advantage.

Open House celebrates The Barn at VSHS

By Dean Close · 11:13am March 30th, 2015
In recent weeks, Vinton-Shellsburg High School Ag students (and others) had an opportunity that is rare for a high school campus: They watched baby pigs being farrowed. That and other unique lessons are part of the growing and increasingly popular agriculture curriculum at VSHS. More than 300 students are now enrolled in some sort of ag class, instructor Louise Fleming told Bob Quinn of the WHO Radio Big Show last Friday, during an open house for the farmers, businesses and individuals who helped make The Barn -- as the Agricultural Le...

Volunteers needed! RAGBRAI meeting planned for Tuesday

By Melissa Schwan, Director, VU · 10:36am March 30th, 2015
We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are willing to serve on various committees to help plan for RAGBRAI’S visit to Vinton on Thursday, July 23. Our next volunteer meetings are Tuesday, March 31 (tomorrow) and Thursday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. at Farmers Savings Bank Everyone must bring a guest.

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.

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