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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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  • 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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  • Five years after his Thanksgiving cancer diagnosis, Caleb Stewart is well & hopes to join the Army.
    Published 8:42am Nov 26th

    Five years after his Thanksgiving cancer diagnosis, Caleb Stewart is well & hopes to join the Army.

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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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  • Look for those familiar red kettles and Salvation Army bell-ringers in Vinton beginning Wednesday.
    Published 5:42pm Nov 25th

    Look for those familiar red kettles and Salvation Army bell-ringers in Vinton beginning Wednesday.

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Turkey trot runners brave Thanksgiving cold for three miles

By Vinton Today · 12:21pm November 27th, 2014 · 19 hours ago
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.

Salvation Army bell-ringing begins Wednesday

By Dean Close · 5:42pm November 25th, 2014
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.

How media mediocrity (or malfeasance?) helped fan the flames of Ferguson

By Dean Close · 12:18am November 25th, 2014
I was sitting with about a dozen local residents a while ago, when someone asked us to tell what local news station we prefer. Most mentioned the local ABC or NBC affiliates, and a couple confessed to preferring CBS’ local station. Not me. I briefly thought about going along and saying ‘7’ or ‘9,’ but I didn’t.

VS School Board unanimously approves track and turf project

By Dean Close · 9:43pm November 24th, 2014
As a soccer mom and ticket-taker, Kris Howes-Vonstein said saw two reasons to become a strong supporter of the Vinton-Shellsburg field turf project. As a mom, she was concerned about the safety of her two soccer-loving daughters on a field that is rough and often muddy. As the ticket-taker for home games, she heard comments from players, fans and even officials.