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May Celebrates Iowa’s School Board Members

By Karrie Bartling, Vinton-Shellsburg CSD · 12:12pm May 1st, 2015
The Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District is joining with other communities throughout Iowa this spring to honor its elected school board members during Iowa School Board Recognition Month during May. This year’s theme, “School Boards Strengthen Public Education,” recognizes the work Iowa’s volunteer school board members do to create educational opportunities for Iowa students.

Every Special Olympian’s story is unique and inspiring, but Ryan Lane’s ability to smile, laugh and joke despite the daily pain caused by Klippel Feil Syndrome – the abnormal fusion of spinal bones in the neck – has been a daily inspiration to those who know how hard he works and how much pain he faces.

Young local artist wins Junior Duck Stamp competition

By Vinton Today · 9:07am May 1st, 2015
Coralee Bodeker, a 7th grade home-schooled student who is part of the V-S/Benton home school program, placed 1st in the 2015 Iowa Junior Duck Stamp Competition in Grade Group 7-9. She drew a female Common Merganser with a chick using colored pencils. This year's Iowa contest received over 530 entries, more than twice the 240 the contest received last year.

VS FFA members earn honors at State Convention

By Jessica Alderson · 9:06am May 1st, 2015
On April 19th, 2015 the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter members drove to Ames, Iowa for Iowa FFA State Convention. This year, 36 FFA members went along with 6 chaperones. FFA members enjoyed dinner with National Officer, Steven McBride, at Hickory Park on the 19th then enjoyed the rest of the night at the hotel that they stayed at.

Hundreds attend 3rd Grade Ag Day

By Dean Close · 9:21am April 30th, 2015
Virtually every third grade student who attends school in Benton County spent part of Wednesday at the Benton County Fairgrounds, learning about agriculture, livestock and other lessons about farming. For more than 20 years, the Benton County Extension Office has organized the event, with the help of many partners.

RAGBRAI planning meeting set for Thursday at FSB

By Melissa Schwan, Director, VU · 5:14pm April 29th, 2015
Just a reminder of Thursday’s community RAGBRAI meeting at 6:30pm in the basement of Farmers Savings Bank. Please spread the word and bring a couple guests. Bring the most guests and you will have the chance to win an awesome prize! This meeting will focus on committee work and reports. We will also address and discuss any new ideas! As always, contact the Vinton Unlimited office if you have questions.

“We Support Alcohol Free Graduation Party” signs available

By David Condry · 11:16am April 29th, 2015
The Coalition has “We Support Alcohol Free Graduation Party” lawn signs in for Vinton/Shellsburg. If you are willing to display this message in your yard during this graduation season please take a moment to come to Tilford Elementary to pick one of them up. The signs are in my office which is right inside the front door of Tilford in the office area.

Several Musical Theatre Intensive performers from Minnesota State-Mankato were invited to perform during a recent festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Among them was Erin Horst of Vinton, the daughter of Gerald and Marcy Horst. Erin was one of the performers in “The Gun Song,” from the musical “Assassins.

Effective immediately, the Cedar Valley Humane Society will provide animal control services for the City of Van Horne. “We are pleased to be expanding our service area,” says Lonnie Viner, executive director of the Cedar Valley Humane Society. “We have the capacity to provide animal control for additional counties and municipalities, so this feels like a natural progression.

Beware Of Ticks and Lyme Disease

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 11:42am April 28th, 2015
Virginia Gay Hospital is encouraging area residents to be especially vigilant about ticks and Lyme disease this season. Lyme disease is acquired after being bitten by a tick infected with Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. The disease can be successfully treated with antibiotics and several antibiotics are effective.

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