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"Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District is kicking off 2020 with a resolution to to continue to explore how we offer more choices and options for our students in the food service program," said Katherine Stuelke. The culinary team which provides food for the school district learned how to prepare a variety of delicious, plant-based foods which included breakfast sushi, sweet sloppy joes with lentils and chocolate chip cookie dough hummus and various other foods.

Name of Wendling Quarry Accident victim released

By Benton County Sheriff's Office · January 9th, 2020
On 01-08-2020, at about 1:17 PM, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an accident at Wendling Quarry, located outside of Garrison IA. The report was that an employee was trapped in a rock bin. 30-yr old Michael Lee Griffith from Vinton Iowa, was found deceased from his injuries at the scene.

Shellsburg Elementary School Bridge Project

By Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools · January 8th, 2020
The Shellsburg Area Community Group (SACG) is wrapping up a project at the Shellsburg school. Ryan Davis, principal, supported the group’s application for a grant to replace the bridge leading to the restored prairie behind the school. Shellsburg elementary students use the prairie six to ten times a year for educational and recreational activities and the previous bridge crossing a waterway was deteriorating, high maintenance and sometimes unsafe.

Grimm Construction kicks off building at Anderson Creek Estates

By Valerie Close, Editor · January 8th, 2020
Anderson Creek Estates, located south of the high school, is humming with activity.A locally owned construction business was the first to break ground and begin building in the new addition. Grimm Construction has been in business for the past 9+ years, owned by Jeremy and Emily Grimm. The couple started with a house they remodeled and then flipped.

Lights and Roping hung for Christmas

By Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools · January 7th, 2020
November 16th, 2019Maren Redlinger Co-Reporter 2019-20 Lights and Roping were held on November 16th, 2019 at 9:00 am. The Vinton Shellsburg FFA Chapter and the Vinton Shellsburg NHS Chapter along with many adult volunteers were responsible for putting up holiday lights and roping for businesses around Vinton.

Undecking the Halls

By Valerie Close, Editor · January 7th, 2020
It's that time of year, when it's time to pack up all of the Christmas decorations, and resume our normal lives, until next year. Saturday morning found area volunteers and students taking down the greenery around the downtown area, returning it to business as usual. Thanks for all of your hard work and for making our downtown festive for the Christmas season!Click for photos

Vinton welcomes the Former Vice President Joe Biden

By Valerie Close, Editor · January 6th, 2020
With the caucuses in Iowa on the radar of every presidential candidate’s mind, Vinton has had the opportunity to host some of the bigger candidates in the race. Former Vice President the Honorable Joe Biden made a stop on Saturday to the Vinton Tilford middle school. With close to 200 residents in attendance, he spoke to the crowd addressing current events and at time pulling his relationships with other Iowans out to share their stories as well.

Faces of Benton County Nominees: Dan and Alice Stramer

By Vinton Today · January 6th, 2020
Meet Dan and Alice Stramer, Watkins residents who together have spent close to fifteen years spreading joy throughout Benton County (and beyond!) by playing Santa and Mrs. Claus.Dan and Alice are the eighth nomination to the Family Nurturing Council’s Faces of Benton County campaign. The Stramers were nominated by their friend Rhonda Vogel who works at Norway Intermediate School.

A kind, decent man...

By Jeff Holmes · January 5th, 2020
    Back in 2007, Vinton was Ground-Zero for the run-up to the 2008 Iowa Caucuses. I don’t know what it was, but back when we were running The Vinton Eagle (that we founded, but never get credit for), it seemed like about all we did was talk to presidential candidates. At one point we were averaging two or three visits a week; I started to feel like I was in the campaigns.

Wesley United Methodist Church seeking donations

By Valerie Close, Editor · January 5th, 2020
The Wesley United Methodist Church which holds a Food Pantry at their church is seeking donations of jams and jellies for the month of January. You are welcome to drop off any donations at the church which is located next to the library.

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