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Published 9:52pm Apr 17th

Vikette golf teammates: Mara Jessen (left) was Lauren Tandy's cheerleader after her hip surgery.

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  • Vikette golf teammates: Mara Jessen (left) was Lauren Tandy's cheerleader after her hip surgery.
    Published 9:52pm Apr 17th

    Vikette golf teammates: Mara Jessen (left) was Lauren Tandy's cheerleader after her hip surgery.

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  • Plastic bins placed on a hot stove were the cause of this fire call Friday morning.
    Published 10:16am Apr 18th

    Plastic bins placed on a hot stove were the cause of this fire call Friday morning.

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  • Vinton firefighters watch a controlled burn Thursday; a property owner asked them to burn the area.
    Published 11:09pm Apr 17th

    Vinton firefighters watch a controlled burn Thursday; a property owner asked them to burn the area.

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  • Jody Wood Nelson will run again in Boston Marathon; she heard the blast from bombs in 2013.
    Published 8:02am Apr 17th

    Jody Wood Nelson will run again in Boston Marathon; she heard the blast from bombs in 2013.

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Controlled burn: VFD burns field northwest of Vinton

By Dean Close · 11:09pm April 17th, 2014
A few days after fighting a controlled burn that burned out-of-control fire northeast of Vinton, the Vinton Fire Department started -- and controlled -- a grass fire northeast of Vinton. Firemen in several trucks surrounded the flames to keep them from spreading. Winds were calm and firemen extinguished the blaze, although witnesses reported seeing large flames in the area for a while.

Vikette golfer Lauren Tandy outlasts pain with grit, unfailing smile

By Dean Close · 9:52pm April 17th, 2014
A few weeks ago, a stranger walked up to an Iowa military veteran (so identified by the cap he was wearing) and handed him a note from a Vinton-Shellsburg High School student. The unsigned note thanked the anonymous vet for his service to our country years ago. It moved him to tears. Many Iowa veterans have received such notes – all unsigned – from Vikette golfer Lauren Tandy this year.

By Robert Spangler The Benton County Historical Preservation Commission has established a Courthouse Clock Restoration Task Force. Since December, 2013, this task force has been exploring the restoration of the Courthouse clock. Proposals were requested and three proposals we're received from clocksmiths beginning in early January, 2014.

Vinton Today crosses the 9 MILLION mark!

By Valerie Close · 11:52am April 17th, 2014
It's breaking news! Vinton Today, a tiny website operating out of tiny Vinton, Iowa, has just had our 9 MILLIONTH visit! Yes, you read that right, our 9 MILLIONTH visit! We just celebrated our 4th year in business, we've gotten to the point that the "big guys" are now watching our website for their news, something that all of you already knew! Thank you, thank you, thank YOU, for the wonderful 4 years, for all of your attention given to our stories, our advertisers and especially to our dear community.

Easter Bunny to arrive at Riverside Park Saturday at 10 a.m.

By Vinton Today · 10:16am April 17th, 2014
The Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt will be held THIS Saturday, April 19th @ 10.00 a.m. at Riverside Park for ages 10 & under. The Easter Bunny will also be at this park, so bring your camera. In case of bad weather, location will be the Vinton Skate Center. The Kiwanis members have been busy filling thousands of plastic eggs with candy.

Competing in the Boston Marathon this Monday will certainly be an emotional experience, said Vinton native Jody Wood Nelson. For Nelson, the daughter of Joe and the late Judy Wood of Vinton, running in -- and finishing -- last year's Marathon had been a celebration of healing and an important part of her grieving process, after her mother's death of cancer, followed by her father's diagnosis of lymphoma.