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Agenda set for Belle Plaine community meeting

by jmagdefrau on March 27, 2015

Belle Plaine City Council Meeting Town Meeting Community Center March 30, 2015 @ 6:30 pm Tentative Schedule Call to order Roll Call Explanation of the meeting Open Community Meeting with Chad Sands of the East Central Iowa Council of Governments leading the discussion. Adjournment


Marengo Memorial Hospital gets $22M USDA loan

by Brathjen on March 27, 2015

MARENGO – The City of Marengo acting on behalf of Marengo Memorial Hospital received a $22.6 million direct loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development. The funding, announced Friday, March 27, will assist in the renovation and expansion of the existing building, the project for which was announced late last summer. “The project […]


BENTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S NEWS: Wells Fargo offers reward for information leading to arrest, conviction of robbery suspect

March 25, 2015 Star Press Union

SHELLSBURG – Wells Fargo is offering up to $5,000 for original information leading to identification, arrest and conviction of the individual who robbed the Wells Fargo banking store located at 114 Pearl St. SW in Shellsburg. The suspect is described as a white male, 20-30 years old, small build, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 125-150 lbs. […]

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Benton supervisors to meet Tuesday

March 23, 2015 Star Press Union

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING March 24, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Benton County Board of Supervisors Room 9:00 A.M. Call to Order Approve minutes Approve claims 9:15 a.m. – Sheriff re: K-9 health issue Discuss artwork for display in courthouse Sign Agreement with Pictometry International for aerial photography 9:30 a.m. Engineer: Discuss draft of IDOT 5-year […]

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Belle Plaine opens track season at WaMaC indoor

March 20, 2015 Belle Plaine sports

2015 South Iowa Cedar League Indoor Grinnell College Thursday, March 19, 2015 Belle Plaine girls’ place-winners 60M 5. Shannon Murray 8.89 400M 4. Grace Parrott 1:11.35 60M hurdles 2. Shannon Murray 10.48 7. Lexi Stull 11.02 800 4. Grace Parrott 2:55.61 Belle Plaine boys’ place-winners 60M 1. Vance Bohlen 7.30 4. Jacob Ehlen 7.52 200M […]

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March 19, 2015 Star Press Union

Elaine Drahn, former board president, donates to help preserve playground area By JIM MAGDEFRAU Star Press Union editor BELLE PLAINE – Two days after the City of Belle Plaine City Council agreed to purchase the playground area of the old elementary and junior high school, the Belle Plaine Board of Education approved that purchase, plus the […]

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Benton sets budget hearing, hears update on IEP students

March 19, 2015 Star Press Union

Staff action also taken at March 18 meeting By JIM MAGDEFRAU Star Press Union editor VAN HORNE – The Benton Community Board of Directors set the hearing for next year’s budget for April 8, as it approved the tentative budget for publication at its Wednesday, March 18, meeting in Van Horne. Benton Community, like most […]

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Sour Grapes – Week 9 to 13 – 2015

March 18, 2015 Sour Grapes

Another column blast … sorry. Conventional music Since learning four chords on a guitar, I’m honored to say I’ve experienced getting hit by a beer can while playing. At our press convention – given the creative people that newspaper people are – it was a new twist on projectiles. The retired Jefferson publisher played keyboard, and colleagues […]

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OBITUARY: Jerry J. Sankot

March 18, 2015 Benton County obituaries

Jerry J. Sankot, 64, New Brighton, MN, passed away on March 14, 2015. Sankot was born Sept. 17, 1950, in Belle Plaine, to Frank and Eleanor Sankot. He is survived by loving wife of 44 years, Janice; daughter, Jennifer (Jon) Harrington; siblings, Patricia (Roger) Pacanowski, Margret, Tom (Kathy), Jim (Judy), and Bill; other family and […]

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City of Belle Plaine agrees to purchase school’s park areas

March 18, 2015 Star Press Union

City has no interest in empty school buildings By JIM MAGDEFRAU Star Press Union editor BELLE PLAINE – What once belonged to the school will now belong to the city, as the Belle Plaine City Council approved the purchase of the little league diamonds, park area and north lots from the Belle Plaine Community School […]

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