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Lyons President's and Deans' List at Drake University

The following local students have been named to the Deans' and President's Lists at Drake University.To be eligible for the Deans' List, students must have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher during the Fall 2022 semester at Drake.To be eligible for the President's List, students must have earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the Fall 2022 semester at Drake.Drake University is a midsize, private university in Des Moines, Iowa, enrolling nearly 3,000 undergraduate and more than 1,800 graduate students.

What Drives You?

Do you have a pet peeve that you just wish other drivers would stop doing? Many times these little irritations can cause serious problems on the road. Tell us what's bugging you (but keep it clean) in three lines of 18 characters or less Roadside Chat uses the wide network of dynamic message boards on state highways to display conversation-starting safety messages and the current highway fatality count.
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Community Foundation of NE Iowa’s Scholarship Application Deadline March 8

 The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa’s (CFNEIA) 2023 scholarship application deadline is 8:00 p.m. on March 8. Students may apply for scholarships available through CFNEIA at  CFNEIA awarded $635,781 in scholarships to high school, college and adult students in 2022. A total of 277 scholarships were awarded to students pursuing higher education opportunities and the average amount awarded was $2,295.


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Book Review: A Pho Love Story

A Pho Love StoryBy Loan LeReviewed by Connie Bennett, Vinton Public Library ClerkYoung Adult FictionImagine coming to a new country as a war refugee, and being perceived here as the enemy, even though you only want safety for your family, and a new start. This book is not a political message, but there are elements that evoke the terrors of the Vietnam War, and the turmoil of the families caught up in the chaos.

Scholarships Available for Benton County High School Graduating Seniors

Once again, Benton Soil & Water Conservation District (Benton SWCD) will be recognizing up to three students interested in conservation and agriculture by offering scholarships. Benton County High School Class of 2023 students pursuing programs of study in any field of conservation or agriculture are eligible for the Conservation Scholarship. While many college majors qualify, preference will be given to students pursuing programs of study in conservation.

Book Review: Lincoln and His Boys

Lincoln and His BoysBy Rosemary WellsJunior FictionReviewed By Connie BennettI’ll bet you think you know all there is to know about Abraham Lincoln, don't you? Well, surprise! I was looking for a book highlighting Lincoln, since his birthday was this last Sunday, and I found this book for young people! Written by Rosemary Wells, this book includes beautiful illustrations by Irish artist P.

UW-Platteville announces Dean's List

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville announces its Dean's List, honoring those full-time students who earned high honors in the fall 2022 semester.College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture and the College of Liberal Arts and Education require grade-point averages of 3.75 and above for Dean's List honors, while the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science requires students to reach at least a 3.
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Powerline Students Ortner and Devries awarded Scholarships

Northwest Iowa Community College announced students who were awarded scholarships based on their desire to enter the lineman profession, academic achievement and leadership qualities.Students in the Powerline program at Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon, IA were recently awarded scholarships based on their desire to enter the lineman profession, academic achievement and leadership qualities.

United Way Now Taking Appointments for Critical Community Service

Scheduling for VITA, a free tax preparation program, now availableUnited Way of East Central Iowa (UWECI) opened its free service; Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) to the public on Thursday, Jan 19 by taking appointments online and over the phone. Navigating taxes can be confusing and challenging for some families. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a free volunteer-run tax preparation service provided for low-income households.
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