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Star Press Union

Beck resigns as water treatment operator; withdraws name as city administrator candidate By JIM MAGDEFRAU Star Press Union editor Belle Plaine continued in its work to fill open positions, but the city council found out it will possibly have one more to fill at its meeting Monday, April 21, 2014. Last month, the city hired […]


BC boys run to third-place finish at CPU

by jmagdefrau on April 23, 2014

Center Point-Urbana Invitational Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Center Point, IA Team scores Center Point-Urbana 157.00 Lisbon 118.00 Benton 54.00 Maquoketa Valley 45.50 North Linn 44.50 Jesup 39.00 Independence 30.00 Alburnett 27.00 Central City 19.00 Starmont 17.00 Edgewood-Colesburg 11.00 Benton results 200 – 3. James Heilman, 24.26 Discus – 3. Quintin Taylor, 121-03; 4. Drew Kithcart, […]


BP golf teams defeat Keota

April 23, 2014 Belle Plaine sports

Belle Plaine golf vs. Keota Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Belle Plaine Country Club BOYS Belle Plaine 183 Keota 237 Belle Plaine boys’ varsity Will Mengler 44 (medalist) Chance Baburek 46 Lance Weeda 46 Brandon Zumbach 47 Ross Henning 47 Jacob Reineke 48 More Belle Plaine scores Spencer Willett 52 Ethan Kaiser 55 Jakob Longnecker 64 […]

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Benton County Letters, April 23, 2014

April 23, 2014 Benton County Letters

The strength and necessity of our Second Amendment I was alarmed and concerned, as a freedom-loving citizen, at the actions of our Federal Government, i.e. The BLM vs. one of our citizens i.e., Clive Bundy of Bunkerville, NV. Being unaware of the real reason behind the confrontation, I can only address the standoff situation. The […]

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Sour Grapes, April 23, 2014

April 23, 2014 Sour Grapes

There are strong advocates for the First Amendment. There are strong supporters of the Second Amendment. I like to combine the two and advocate, support and defend the 21st Amendment. Look it up. *    *    * I’m already getting phone calls for the upcoming election, and when I’m foolish enough to answer, I […]

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Crystal Ball, April 23, 2014

April 23, 2014 Crystal Ball

Life with (allegedly) trained dogs People often ask me how long it takes to train a dog. I tell them bad habits can be taught in practically no time at all, while correct, reliable behaviors will take months if not years. That question is like asking a small child how long it takes to paint […]

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Helping people at home

April 23, 2014 Amana Colonies news

New service provides home health services in three-county area By JIM MAGDEFRAU Star Press Union editor For those who need help, but want to stay at home, a new service is coming to the Benton, Iowa and Tama County areas. Keystone Home Health, based in Keystone, is headed up by Robyn Midyett, RN Administrator. For […]

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Benton County College News, April 23, 2014

April 23, 2014 College News Benton

Local students named University of Iowa On Iowa! student leaders IOWA CITY – University of Iowa students from your area are among about 235 of their peers selected to serve as On Iowa! students leaders, charged with welcoming new first-year and transfer students this fall. On Iowa! student leaders are chosen after a competitive interview […]

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Belle Plaine Library News, April 23, 2014

April 23, 2014 Star Press Union

HOURS Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to noon Book club will meet May 20 at 7 p.m. at the library. We will discuss “Life is Good” by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman. This book club is open to the public. If you’d like […]

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Belle Plaine girls win at Keota Relay

April 22, 2014 Belle Plaine sports

Keota Relays Monday, April 21, 2014 Varsity girls Belle Plaine 68 English Valleys 53 Keota 41 Belle Plaine results Shot put – 1. Kameo Pope, 34-0; 3. Makenzie O’Brien, 27-9 Discus – 1. Kameo Pope, 110-9; 2. Makenzie O’Brien, 78-11 4×800 – 1. Sara Westerberg, Brooke Graf, Destiny Dunning, Savanah Meeks, 13:57.22 Shuttle hurdle – […]

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