The Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District is pleased to announce that nineteen students from the Class of 2021 have earned Biliteracy Seals from the State of Iowa. Those receiving the award under the guidance of VSCSD Spanish instructor Michele Lash include Brayden Almquist, Madison Atkinson, Clarissa Carolan, Kallea Christy, Emma Dickinson, Kayla Griffith, Conner Hicok, Katelyn Humiston, Brynn Johnson, Emily Levis, Kyle Medvedjevs, Keira Ott, Jesse Pladsen, Eli Powers, Josephine Sagan, Julius Sloop, Emily Trinkle, Jaden Voshell, and Carly Williams.
On May 13, 2021 at 8:21 AM, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an employee caught in a roller at Wendling Quarries, 1851 61st St, Garrison IA in Benton County. A 24-year-old male was freed by co-workers, and was transported to Virginia Gay Hospital, with significant but not life-threatening injuries. He was transferred to another facility from there.
Tuesday, the Vinton Public Library was the site of another awarding of a Quilt of Valor for a Vinton Serviceman. Milo Kearns served in the Navy on the USS Hornet from 1966 until 1970, during the Vietnam war. As with most veterans, he downplayed his service on the USS Hornet, but also proudly sported his shirt displaying a picture of his ship. He also showed his dog tag which was worn throughout his time in the service.
Josh Wiley: Co-ReporterOn Tuesday, May 4th, students in the Vinton-Shellsburg Advanced Animal Science class took a half-day field trip to Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. Throughout the day, students visited the pig and cattle learning farms, as well as Washington Hall on campus. The real life sow farm was a hands-on learning center for the students of Kirkwood, and they are continuously in the farm doing chores and completing tasks.
ITC Midwest will be conducting aerial patrols of high-voltage transmission structures and lines throughout its service territory from approximately May 17 – June 3, weather permitting. Helicopter patrols provide an overall status of the overhead transmission system owned and operated by ITC Midwest.The flights will be conducted in the Ames, Ankeny, Boone, Cedar Rapids, Dysart, Gladbrook, Iowa City Iowa Falls, Marengo, Marion, Marshalltown, Newton, Palo, Perry and Vinton areas.
In response to last Summer’s derecho, the Vinton Lions Club is partnering with Trees Forever and Frazier Nursery to support the replacement of trees in the Vinton-Shellsburg School District area. The Vinton Lions Club with the support of a $5000 grant from Trees Forever will provide (at no cost to the public), 48 well-established trees (approximately 10 ft.
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In a letter to area residents, Next Era Energy out of Florida has notified several Linn and Benton County landowners that they plan to construct three solar energy generation projects, totaling 3500 acres, at and around the Duane Arnold Nuclear Station in Palo. This plan would generate 690 megawatts of energy.In a letter to the residents, the company said that landowner participation is "voluntary.
On what would have been Brennen Still's 14th birthday, May 4th, the middle school students and the Still family gathered to plant a Sycamore tree in memory of Brennen. Brennen was the young man who courageously fought a battle with cancer and passed away earlier in the school year on September 29, 2020.In honor of his life, the students gathered as the principal, Shelly Peterson spoke about Brennan.
I just need to face it. I'm getting soft in my old-er age. If I were sitting and talking to my friends I'd add on, "that or I've just had the crap kicked out of me enough that now I cry over everything." This of course would trigger someone in the group to say, "You need counseling!" I wouldn't disagree, but then, don't we all? Anyway, I just about turned into a blubbering old idiot in front of the post office tonight.