Like any devoted high school senior athlete, Ben Estling from Center Point Urbana was excited and prepared for his final year as a Stormin’ Pointer. Estling had already committed to playing football starting in the fall of 2020 for Coe College, was involved in athletics year round, and took …

In the last 3 weeks, Vinton Lutheran Home Campus has implemented a number of changes to maintain the health of their patients, residents and staff members. Working with CDC guidelines and recommendations, the Lutheran Home has restricted any visitors in the building until the threat of COVID…


Broc Shaw’s first golf memory came at the age of four, when he received his very first set of plastic clubs and a mini golf bag. Any chance he could get, Shaw was proudly hitting balls around with his brand-new set.

Disasters. They will change you. It’s already happening. And I’m not talking about the external disruptions. How about the internal “stop and pause” that we have all experienced?


An introduction into public speaking came in a unique way for Union’s Emma Harris. During her sophomore year, Harris was approached by Ali Leytem, her english teacher, with a request.


Lindsey Otto watched while fine arts events at both Tilford and Shellsburg Elementaries were abruptly canceled amid the schools closing due to COVID-19. As the art teacher for both schools, Otto knew her kids had been putting in hard work in anticipation for several shows.


Jim Morrison has been the face behind Vinton Newspapers for more than 10 years, whether it be reporting at a local school event or behind the camera at the race track. Morrison had plans to retire from the busy life behind the news desk this summer, but his last victory lap bore an ending be…


Nursing homes across America were among the first to close their doors as concerns over COVID-19 mounted last week. The nursing centers continue to operate, but visitors are not allowed as the senior population is among the most susceptible to the disease. This includes visits to the Luthera…

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Gov. Kim Reynolds announced an extension of the state of public health emergency on Thursday that was initially issued March 17 by one additional week, and she ordered more non-essential retail categories to close.

March 5, 2020

On Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at approximately 8:30 a.m., several area law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at 509 W. 14th Street in Vinton related to an ongoing joint investigation.

University of Minnesota All-American pitcher Amber Fiser adjusted her camera before a scheduled conference call with the media. Wearing a Golden Gopher sweatshirt and with her hair up, the former Benton Bobcat looked right at home for her interview. In fact, the 2019 Big Ten Pitcher of the Y…


On Monday, March 16, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds recommended for school districts to close for four weeks in response to the spread of COVID-19. As the state waits out these 28 days, Vinton Newspap…


The Iowa High School Athletic Association released its 2020 football schedules for all schools in the state Thursday morning.

Small business owners, sole proprietors, independent contractors and the self-employed are eligible for financial assistance through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, which will extend as much as $349 billion in forgivable loans to enable some businesses to pay employees during the coronavirus crisis.

Gyms and fitness centers across the U.S. are closed amidst the coronavirus outbreak, but there are many exercises that can be done at home to help people who are sheltering and maintain their fitness goals. Some gyms are even offering free live-streaming classes.

Staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak can help you avoid contracting the potentially deadly pathogen. Arming your immune system and creating a natural shield by eating foods rich in essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can help you fight off an infection, whether it is COVID-19 or other viruses and bacterium.

The societal response to the Covid-19 outbreak in the United States has led to most people practicing social distancing, and large segments of some states’ populations essentially in social isolation. Spending more time than usual indoors and away from social situations, and the lack of facetime with friends is something many people are struggling with. Time alone without that social outlet is for some people new, uncomfortable and even scary.

With the current coronavirus outbreak going on around the world, many employees are being forced to work from home to support “social distancing.” While this may come easy for some companies or employees, others might not be used to this new work environment.