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VPRD Plans for future Wellness Center

Vinton Parks and Recreation released a copy of the expected floor plan for the Wellness Center in Vinton. This is not the final plan for the design, but it is an idea of what is in the works for Vinton. The drawing shares all of the elements that are hoped to be included in the project. The proposed location is north of the high school, where the soccer field is currently.

Benton County American Legion Presents Scholarship Awards

The Benton County Legion and Auxiliary presented scholarship and merit awards to area Benton County Seniors at the American Legion & Auxiliary John W. McGranahan Post 167. Ed Schaffer, Benton County Commander opened the ceremony along with Doug Anderson the Benton County Scholarship Chair. Both presented scholarships to the following students:Olivia Bohlen - Belle Plaine High School, from the Belle Plaine PostEmma Drahos - Benton Community High School, from the Blairstown PostEthan Hudson - Benton Community High School, from the Newhall PostAlexander Ludeking - Benton Community High School, from the Norway PostClaire Booth - Vinton-Shellsburg Community High School, from the Shellsburg PostDawson Franck - Benton Community High School, from the Van Horne PostThe Legion Scholarship Committee is made up of the following members:Ed Schaffer, Benton County Commander, Doug Anderson, Newhall Post, Rick Voss, Blairstown Post, and Dave Travis of Shellsburg.
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Benton Co. Community Foundation’s Key Impacts Highlighted in 2021 Annual Report

The Benton County Community Foundation’s 2021 annual report is now available on the Community Foundation’s website at The report highlights key impacts made and lists funds held with the Community Foundation along with grant-funded projects. In 2021, a total of $105,629 in grants from all charitable giving funds of the Foundation were awarded to organizations benefitting Benton County residents and communities.

2022 Prom King and Queen Announced

Prom King winner Logan Zearley and the Prom Queen Carly Bendull Vinton-Shellsburg kicked off their fun and celebrations for the senior class of 2022 with an evening of entertainment and games. The Grand March was hosted by two of Vinton's coaches, Coach Hesson (Ashley) and Coach Hesson (Megan). The two introduced the Seniors reading from prepared answers provided by the students and had a little fun with each of the groups as they arrived on stage.

Go Serve Global Visits Vinton

Safe-T house now making a stop in Vinton The Iowa-based mission organization, "Go Serve Global" based out of Eagle Grove, Iowa has arrived in Vinton at the Blessed Hope Community Church. Bringing along one of the homes that demonstrate shelters that are being sent to Haiti. The organization shared with the congregation that the cost is $7,500 to place one of these shelters in Haiti. The cost includes shipping it and cement to secure the building making it hurricane safe.
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New Garden Spaces Available!

Third on Third Gardens is offering two garden bed sizes this year. The space is available FREE! The first 10 gardeners who sign up will receive a FREE bundle of seeds. You will be responsible for the upkeep of your garden.Contact the city for more information. 472-4707 to reserve a space today. In partnership with Benton County ISU Extension Master Gardeners.

Top 5 Prom King and Queen Candidates

Vinton-Shellsburg Announced the top five candidates for Prom 2022!QueenCarly BendullMorgan LangGrace SuttonKate HylandAddy MaynardKingKale SchulteLogan ZearleyGunnar MoenGabe SandersAlex Guenther

Headstones reset at Maplewood Cemetery in Vinton

Crews from Lewiston, Minnesota traveled to Vinton on Tuesday to reset about a dozen monuments at Maplewood Cemetery.  The monuments were toppled over by the EF1 tornado that struck Vinton’s west side on Saturday, March 5. Cameron Kennedy, from Lewiston Monument Company, responded to a call from Tom Boeckmann of Vinton Monuments.  When Boeckmann talked to Kennedy about helping the Vinton community, Kennedy was eager to send crews at no charge to the cemetery or families.
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Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Travels To State Convention

By: Co-Reporter, Grace Schminke From Sunday, April 10th through Tuesday, April 12th, 36 Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Members traveled to Ames for the 94th Annual State Leadership Conference. The members started their State adventures by setting up and practicing for numerous competitions. All of our members worked extremely hard to prepare for the State Convention and they were ready for the competition.


Mazy Druschel with her winning Money Smart poster Farmers Savings Bank & Trust held a poster contest answering the question, “Why is it important to know about money?” Mazy Druschel, a 5th grader at Shellsburg Elementary, was awarded the $50 local grand prize for having the top-voted poster for her grade and highest votes out of all 42 entries. $20 was also awarded to a winner in each of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade levels.
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