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Shellsburg students learn basics of skiing and Sundown Mountain

By Dean Close · 6:13am February 9th, 2016 · 5 hours ago
The VS fifth graders left Shellsburg Elementary Monday morning for the bus trip to the Sundown Mountain ski resort near Dubuque. A few teachers and several parents, including some who had never skiied before, joined the 5th graders in the snow. Several ski instructors offered lessons to the participants at every level.

Friday's visit by Senator Joni Ernst to Virginia Gay Hospital

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 12:23pm February 8th, 2016 · 22 hours ago
United States Senator Joni Ernst visited Virginia Gay Hospital Friday to gain better understanding of challenges facing rural communities and rural hospitals. Senator Ernst was also interested in receiving an update on Virginia Gay’s effort to create a national demonstration project to integrate mental health into primary care.

Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster winners

By Fran Stueck · 11:55am February 8th, 2016 · 23 hours ago
The Vinton Garden Club locally sponsored the 2015 Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster Contest a National Garden Clubs, Inc. youth project. The club received posters from 126 children in 2015. The first place winners locally will advance to the State level to be judged and if they win they will go on to Regional level then National level.

Students asked to create art for Iowa State Fair Calendar

By Vinton Today · 11:08am February 8th, 2016 · 24 hours ago
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today encouraged students from Iowa to consider submitting artwork to be considered for inclusion in the “From the Farm to You” calendar. The calendars are distributed by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship at the Iowa State Fair and include artwork that emphasizes the connection between the production of Iowa’s farmers and the products used by people every day.

The Iowa State Patrol is investigating a multiple-fatality accident on Highway 30 involving a minivan in which 10 people were riding and three other vehicles this morning. According to the ISP, three people have been killed and several more injured. The minivan, a 2007 Toyota Sienna, according to the ISP, was westbound on Highway 30 when the driver lost control due to ice on the road.

Council supports game bird farm, but must change city rules to allow it

By Dean Close · 8:14am February 3rd, 2016
The Vinton City Council is facing a minor, but unique challenge: How to change the city rules so that the former Vinton Animal Shelter can become a game bird farm. During its meeting last Thursday, the council members heard from Scott Barron and Will Ketchen, who want to raised 3,000 to 5,000 pheasants and quail each year at the shelter site southeast of town.

V-S School cancelled due to weather

By Vinton Shellsburg School District · 7:30am February 3rd, 2016
There will be no classes today, February 3, due to the weather. Stay home and stay safe! There will now be classes on February 15 and March 29.

Voyagers to perform at VSMS, Saturday

By Dean Close · 7:17am February 3rd, 2016
The Vinton-Shellsburg High School Voyagers Dance Team will perform its Spring Show this Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School gym. The dancers have been sharing some of their routines during halftime of VSHS basketball games. They gave the audience a sneak preview of their Storm Trooper routine last Friday.

Cruz, Clinton win among county caucus voters

By Dean Close · 3:14am February 2nd, 2016
Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz were the winners among Benton County caucus participants on Monday evening. The Democrats awarded Clinton 56 percent of their county delegates, while Bernie Sanders has 44 percent of them. The Republicans count the winners of their caucus by votes, not delegates.

Olivia Spencer of Vinton and Owen Krug of Atkins were introduced to the Central Lutheran School student body as Heart Heroes as the school began its month-long Jump Rope for Heart campaign. Both Olivia and Owen were born with heart defects and have already had heart surgery and face an uncertain future regarding their hearts as they grow.

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