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· 1:30pm August 22nd, 2016
Several years ago, I sat with Dawn Pettengill at a hearing when the Board of Regents decided to consolidate all of the students at the Vinton facility with the other students at the Council Bluffs facility. I hoped at the time, that this was a temporary situation. I hoped that the somehow, the school would be returned to its former use.
· 1:30pm August 22nd, 2016
I checked on a Buddy today. Did you? A year ago, on Aug. 22, 2015, a group of veterans started a Facebook movement called Buddy Check 22. The goal is for someone to contact a veteran on the 22nd of every month, just to let them know you are thinking of them, and to make sure they are ok. The stark statistic that inspired the movement is this: 22 veterans commit suicide each day.
· 12:43pm August 22nd, 2016
Yesterday we hopped in the car to do a couple things. We needed to take some pictures and thought we’d grab some lunch while out and about. (Plus we didn’t tell anyone we were celebrating our anniversary early, because we are still convinced that if anything can go wrong, it will be because it’s a birthday or anniversary, so we just try to quietly sneak through without some “memorable” event.
· 12:38pm August 19th, 2016
A few weeks ago as I sat in church, without Dean who was out working, so many thoughts raced through my mind. For the first half hour it was, “Ok, we are doing this song and the intro is what again?” and “Shew, that song went good. And what should I say between these songs, anything?” Then as I returned to sit in the congregation, I thought, “Okay, now it's up to Pastor Matt to be up there, I wonder what's happening in town.
· 12:43pm August 18th, 2016
Dear Editor, On behalf of the Vinton Food Pantry, we would like to thank the remarkable Raegan Junge for her wonderful outreach to the community to help provide much-needed items to the families displaced by the July 17 tornado. Because of her, and the community’s response, many families were helped and the items left untaken after the two-day distribution were donated to the Salvation Army and food, and non-food household items were brought to our pantry.
· 11:17am August 15th, 2016
Dear Editor, Congressman Rod Blum recently announced a proposal for ten debates with his opponent, Monica Vernon, before the Nov. 8 election. This is an important election, and Iowans deserve to hear from the candidates themselves when it comes to the issues that will impact their lives. I appreciate the Congressman’s willingness to participate in meaningful debates.
· 9:17am August 5th, 2016
The other night Dean asks, “Hey, ya wanna go out to hear Donald Trump in Cedar Rapids?” I'm not sure if that would be the worst date night ever, even compared to the time he asked where I wanted to go...and like an idiot I said, "I don't care." He had no idea WHY I was not happy to roam the aisles of that grocery store we ended up in.
· 4:26pm July 29th, 2016
In the last few years of his life, Bob La Grange saw that the things he loved the most about Vinton are still in good hands. His grandson, Dan, had joined his son, Mike, as a pharmacist at LaGrange Pharmacy, in 2013, representing the fifth LaGrange generation to enter that field. Bob had retired from the business in 1994, after a half-century at the drug store.
· 11:54pm July 13th, 2016
Imagine the impact on Iowa if any of the following headlines were true: Ag Secretary Vilsack orders farmers to provide playthings for pigs USDA issues rules on shape of bananas, cucumbers Congress increases pensions of all federal employees; sends bill to Iowa Report: Deportees sent to Iowa accused in terror attack Crazy? Certainly.
· 5:53am July 12th, 2016
Seriously? So soon? I know it's part of an American Flag's job to help the nation mourn. But already? Even before the folds from my months in a box have had time to disappear? I was the first thing you saw on Friday, when you arrived at the brand new baseball field in a small Iowa town which got its name from America's beginning.