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Published 9:56am Nov 28th

Bell ringers will greet customers at Fareway throughout the Christmas season.

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  • Bell ringers will greet customers at Fareway throughout the Christmas season.
    Published 9:56am Nov 28th

    Bell ringers will greet customers at Fareway throughout the Christmas season.

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  • Nadine Leise says she saw a cougar, which left these prints in her SW Vinton yard.
    Published 11:10am Nov 28th

    Nadine Leise says she saw a cougar, which left these prints in her SW Vinton yard.

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  • It's clearly to see why Heather Kalous won the Turkey Trot 3-mile run costume contest.
    Published 12:21pm Nov 27th

    It's clearly to see why Heather Kalous won the Turkey Trot 3-mile run costume contest.

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  • VSHS Entrepreneurship class member Cole Emrich displays the new Vinton Popcorn packaging.
    Published 9:10am Nov 26th

    VSHS Entrepreneurship class member Cole Emrich displays the new Vinton Popcorn packaging.

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'Here, Kitty, Kitty...' Vinton woman says cougar has been in her yard twice

By Dean Close · 11:10am November 28th, 2014 · 16 hours ago
While conservation experts doubt it, Vinton resident Nadine Leise says she has seen a cougar in her yard twice this year. Nadine lives on 12th Street near the Iowa Braille School campus. She said she saw a cougar in the spring, when she took photos of paw prints in the mud. She said the animal returned after the first snow in November, and she took some more photos.

Media, reality TV and the Akhoond of Swat

By Dean Close · 10:55am November 28th, 2014 · 17 hours ago
As writers, we often approach a topic knowing what we want to say, but feeling that something is missing. So in our writing, we do some research, hoping to stumble upon the information that will help us clarify what it is we are thinking or feeling. For me, today, it's the Ahkoond of Swat. I can hear you now, all of you: The Who? Of Where? No, you baseball fans, I did not mean to write "The Sultan of Swat," although I now understand the historical background of the Middle Eastern character who lent babe Ru...

Salvation Army bell-ringing under way in Vinton

By Dean Close · 9:56am November 28th, 2014 · 18 hours ago
Salvation Army bell-ringing will begin in Vinton on Wednesday, and coordinator Sarah Parker hopes many more people will sign up to ring the bells. “We need more volunteers,” said Parker, who is organizing bell-ringing at Fareway. There will also be smaller donation kettles at Casey’s, John’s Qwik Stop and Koop’s Automotive.

Turkey trot runners brave Thanksgiving cold for three miles

By Vinton Today · 12:21pm November 27th, 2014
Despite the 2 degree temperature, participants say they had a great turn out of local runners for a Turkey Trot run Thanksgiving morning. Molly Noren and Alice Timmerman organized the event. "We served hot chocolate and donuts out of my trunk when the race was over," says Molly. Heather Kalous won the prize for best original running wear; she dressed as a turkey.

Butterfly vs. Mushroom: 'New and Improved' Vinton Popcorn now on sale

By Dean Close · 9:10am November 26th, 2014
The 14 members of the Vinton-Shellsburg Entrepreneurship class have been delivering a new variety of Vinton Popcorn to area stores as well as the Kacena Tree Farm. "We are really excited about this," said instructor Aric Chvala. The class has replaced the Mushroom variety of popcorn with one known as Butterfly.

As Thanksgiving approaches, Caleb Stewart is merely one of 100+ Vinton-Shellsburg High School seniors who are preparing to graduate. He’s finishing his final year of school, helping the Entrepreneurship class sell its new variety of Vinton Popcorn, and hoping to enter the U.S. Army after graduation.