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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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Amid concerns over COVID-19, health care facilities such as the Vinton Lutheran Home have restricted visitation in order to safeguard the health of residents. Lutheran Home staff and residents joined together to make signs for their families and posted them to social media. By the request of…

VINTON — With school districts and businesses across the state and the country closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Vinton Shellsburg Community School board met in special session Tuesday evening, March 24, to approve some changes to the proposed budget for the coming fisc…

Union CSD teachers and staff members paraded through La Porte City for their Knights to Unite Caravan on Friday to give kids a way to see their teachers during the school closure that has lasted since March 16 and expected to at least last until April 13 at the earliest. A caravan of Dysart-…

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The need for medical masks in nursing homes and hospitals has grown as the healthcare industry battles back COVID-19, and one Vinton business has enlisted help from its patrons to help in that fight.

WASHINGTON — FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available for the state of Iowa to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020, and continuing.

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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.

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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 Newspapers will tell the stories of high seniors in our coverage area affected by the suspension of their f…

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Michele Sauer, Benton County Treasurer, will leave the position at the end of this month and will be succeeded by current Deputy Treasurer Melinda Schoettmer on April 7.

Benton County is working closely with the Secretary of State’s office with the upcoming Primary Election and the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a list of updated information from the Secretary of State’s office regarding voting in the Primary Election:

The Benton County Treasurer’s Office is closed to the public until further notice due to the COVID 19 virus. Property Tax payments are still due March 31, 2020 however, you have until April 16, 2020 to pay without penalty. Same will apply for vehicle registrations. Your property tax payments…

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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.

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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…

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

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Sports will always offer things in the ways of stories to follow. Center Point-Urbana’s thrilling triple overtime win to advance to the state tournament. Vinton-Shellsburg’s new starting point…

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.

You’ve likely read a lot about the coronavirus or talked about it with friends or co-workers. It’s been on almost every major news outlet website, newspaper or TV station in the last few months. The coronavirus was first detected in China, and it’s now been detected in about 60 locations internationally, including the U.S., according to the Centers and Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

You’ve reached the significant milestone of retirement. Although you might be out of the workforce, that doesn’t mean you can’t splurge a little and treat yourself to a vacation — and still stay active. After all, retirement is a great time to travel the world and visit certain spots you’ve always wanted to see in person.

There’s no shortage of medical information on the internet; so, when it comes to men and prostate cancer, how do you separate myth from fact? What about dated and current information?