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Published 10:32am Sep 16th

The Farmers Mercantile building in Garrison again echoed with music Saturday.

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  • The Farmers Mercantile building in Garrison again echoed with music Saturday.
    Published 10:32am Sep 16th

    The Farmers Mercantile building in Garrison again echoed with music Saturday.

    read article » 
  • School bus races, which took place in 2012 and 2014, are unlikely to return to future BC Fairs.
    Published 6:42am Sep 16th

    School bus races, which took place in 2012 and 2014, are unlikely to return to future BC Fairs.

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  • More than 20 tombstones, including this one honoring a Civil War veteran, were damaged overnight.
    Published 2:55pm Sep 14th

    More than 20 tombstones, including this one honoring a Civil War veteran, were damaged overnight.

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  • Local Scouts met at the courthouse before distributing bags on Sunday.
    Published 10:04pm Sep 13th

    Local Scouts met at the courthouse before distributing bags on Sunday.

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Farmers Mercantile building echoes again with music

By Dean Close · 10:32am September 16th, 2014 · 55 minutes ago
A century ago, the residents of the Garrison area would gather at the Farmers Mercantile on Main Street -- many during their weekly visit to town. There they would shop for whatever they needed and often socialize with neighbors while listening to music and dancing. The historic store closed about a decade ago, and has been silent for years as owners Nick Fisher and his wife Charlotta worked to restore the historic building.

VPRD Punt, Pass & Kick contest set for Sept. 20

By Vinton Parks & Recreation · 6:44am September 16th, 2014 · 5 hours ago
Youth ages 6-15 are invited to come out to the V/S High School Football Field to participate in the annual NFL Punt, Pass & Kick. This event will begin at 9 AM on Saturday, September 20, there is no cost to participate and both boys and girls are welcome. Registration forms be downloaded and completed at vprdzone.

CR accident has organizers, drivers re-thinking safety of popular Fair events

By Dean Close · 6:42am September 16th, 2014 · 5 hours ago
The fatal accident at Hawkeye Downs at the “Race ‘Em Or Wreck ‘Em” event at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids this past weekend has organizers and participants re-thinking the safety of such events, and may impact what kind of entertainment offered during future Benton County Fairs.

Norway man dies in racing accident at Hawkeye Downs

By Dean Close · 3:46pm September 15th, 2014 · 20 hours ago
A Norway man known for his love of Norway baseball and the Chicago Cubs, his willingness to share unique posts on Facebook and involvement in conservative political causes died in a “Race 'em or Wreck 'em” event at Hawkeye Downs Speedway on the evening Saturday, Sept. 13. John "JP" Pickart, 68, was racing in an RV when another driver collided with him during Saturday's school bus-RV race sanctioned by B & B Promotions, which rented the track for the event.

Iowa Ag Secretary to visit area farm businesses Sept. 24

By Emily Upah, BDG · 8:12pm September 14th, 2014
Benton Development Group will welcome Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, in the county on September 24th, 2014. Northey, who is a fourth generation farmer from Spirit Lake, is serving his second term as Secretary of Agriculture after being reelected in 2010. His priorities as Secretary of Agriculture include advancing science and new technologies to better care for our air, soil and water and reaching out to Iowans to tell the story of Iowa agriculture.

Vandals damage Civil War soldier's tombstone, others at Evergreen Cemetery

By Dean Close · 2:55pm September 14th, 2014
Destiny Lanham sat crossed legged in front of a flat grave marker on Sunday afternoon, wiping tears from her eyes as she remembered her grandmother, Sharon Rouse, who died six years ago this week. "She was my best friend," said Lanham. One of the countless visitors to the more than 12,000 graves dating back to the mid-1800s at Evergreen, Lanham was shocked and angered to learn that 100 yards away, other people a few hours earlier had come to vandalize the cemetery.