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Truly the BEST!

Posted 2/5/21
    As a reader of this newsletter, you likely know that we also publish the Living magazine in your community. But what you may not know is that we publish CITYVIEW magazine and administer the Best of Des Moines readers’ poll, too. You see the BEST OF DES MOINES certificates proudly displayed in businesses across central Iowa, and rightfully so. This year, we had approximately 14,000 votes in the poll — a new record. The full results will be published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and at, but you can also check out any of the short videos that announce the winners in each of the six segments at
    • Eats segment
    • Best of the Rest segment
    • Shopping segment
    • Nightlife segment
    • Culture & Recreation segment
    • Health & Beauty segment
    Please join me in congratulating all of the people, places and events that were voted by CITYVIEW readers. And, as always, thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher

Welcome to Adel Living Weekly!

Posted 1/29/21
Some of you may recall the catchy jingle from the 1970s for the 7up soft drink, encouraging us to “Undo it with 7up.” One of the lines in the jingle said, “It’s the same thing, only different.” That never made sense to me as a kid, but as we rebrand the Adel Adviser to match more closely with our Adel Living magazine, it now makes total sense. After all, Adel Living Weekly is the same thing as the Adel Adviser — only different.  It’s “a more a natural way of doing things,” you might say. Well, whether these jingles are connecting with you or not doesn’t really matter, as long as they “naturally bring a smile.” And that’s exactly what we hope all our publications do for you. You will be seeing more changes in weeks ahead, and I hope you like what we have done.
    Thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher

Your Adel Adviser is now Adel Living Weekly!

Posted 1/22/21
    You have likely noticed some changes to your Adel Adviser — and it starts with a new name. Your Adel Adviser is now Adel Living Weekly. As many of you know, we also publish the Adel Living magazine that is mailed to all residences in the Adel zip code. As a monthly, it can be challenging to cover some events, activities and announcements. We used the Adel Adviser to fill in those gaps and work together with Adel Living magazine to cover the community. With that in mind, we decided to start branding the two publications together, both in print and digital formats. You will be seeing more changes in weeks ahead, and I hope you like what we have done. As always, I appreciate your feedback.
    Have a great week, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher

Request for Proposals – Island Park Campground Lease and Operations

Posted 2/26/21
    Offered by the City of Adel. The City of Adel (the “City”) owns a park called Island Park, which is generally located at 2400 Nantucket Road, Adel, IA 50003.
    Island Park has a campground that has been previously operated by the City for seasonal overnight camping (i.e., typically April 15 through Oct. 31, though this is subject to special circumstances like weather conditions).
    Currently, the City desires to lease the campground to a private individual or company who will manage and maintain the campground for seasonal overnight camping. This Request for Proposals (RFP) represents the City’s efforts to seek proposals for the 2021 and 2022 camping seasons.
    The lease will be governed by a Campground Lease and Operating Agreement. Proposals are due by Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.
    To review the full RFP, which includes detailed instructions and the draft lease agreement, please visit or contact Adel City Hall at (515) 993-4525. Access to City Hall may be limited due to COVID-19.

February Students of the Month

Posted 2/26/21
     ADM Scholarship Foundation February Students of the Month:
    • Student of the Month: Sydney Pottebaum, Raccoon Valley Bank
    • Kiwanis: Jacob Derifield and Aniston Smith
    • Fine Arts: Academic Decathlon, Rian Brewer-Hawbaker and Lucas Neppl, Lincoln Savings Bank
    • Wrestling: Jacob Alexander, Adel Health Mart
    • Wrestling Cheer: Kaisha Christianson, Adel TV and Appliance
    • Boys Basketball: Tate Stine Smith, Patrick’s Restaurant
    • Girls Basketball: Abby Gonzalez, Rotary Club
    • Basketball Cheer: Avery Miller, Fareway
    • Dance: Sarah Moews, Rotary Club

Adel Rotary Donates $1,000 to Food Pantry

Posted 2/26/21
    Member support allowed the Rotary Club of Adel to donate $1,000 to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Adel on Feb. 16. The GSFP helps to address food insecurity in the Adel DeSoto Minburn School District, the Van Meter School District and those with a Redfield, Dexter or Linden address. More than ever during the pandemic, children and families have struggled to maintain adequate nutrition. Rotarians around the world support programs that feed a hungry world and contribute to better health for its people. Adel Rotary is pleased to be part of the efforts of the Food Pantry to use donations to purchase food and to distribute it to those in need on Mondays and Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, visit

Girls State Extends Registration Deadline:

Posted 2/26/21
    The deadline to apply for Girls State has been extended to March 28 for girls who are juniors this year at ADM. Applicants will attend June 20-25 at Drake University to learn about Iowa government. Fees are paid by the Adel American Legion Auxiliary Unit 464. For more information, view or call Shirley McAdon at 993-4862.

Ribbon Cutting ReMax Precision

Posted 2/12/21
    Join the Adel Partners Chamber on Facebook Live as they welcome the ReMax Precision to Adel. Watch live on March 2 at noon. Julianne Cullen and Kevin Howe have assembled a great team.

Youth baseball and softball

Posted 2/12/21
    Youth Baseball and Softball Registration deadline is Feb. 26 for children ages 5-12. Games are played in Adel and surrounding areas. The fee is $70-$85 and seasons run from mid April – mid June. Register at

Mobile blood drive

Posted 2/12/21
    In honor of National Blood Donation month, Adel Acres is honored to host a mobile blood drive on Tuesday, March 16. Each blood donation can provide life sustaining treatment for multiple people and is especially important for patients battling the coronavirus. They hope to fill every donation time, between team members, families and local businesses. Special accommodations and modifications are being added from a typical mobile blood drive in respect to social distancing and sanitation.
    Visit this link to sign up:

ADM Facilities Usage and Rental

Posted 2/12/21
    After nearly a year of facilities being closed for use by outside groups due to COVID-19, ADM is preparing to open facilities for reservation and use by the community.
    The ADM Facility Request System is open to receive public requests. This system is used when outside individuals or organizations would like to request the use of ADM facilities. The first date that facilities will be allowed for public use will be Sunday, Feb. 14.
    Visit for more details and to sign up.   


Posted 2/12/21
    Join the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce in person (mask and social distancing enforced) or via Zoom for a one hour discussion on March 4, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Harmony Hall, 1015 Riverside Drive. You will have the opportunity to meet other businesses and introduce yourself and business. Discussion on 2021 and how to can help each other succeed. You will also learn about all events and programs the Adel Partners Chamber is going to offer in 2021.
    RSVP to to indicate whether in person or on Zoom attendance.

Lions Club flag service

Posted 2/12/21
    The Adel Lions Club  2021 flag service sign-up is now open. Last year, the Lions Club had more than 1,700 flag sign-ups, and the money raised allowed them to donate more than $20,000 to local organizations, such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the ADM Scholarship Foundation, ADM Booster Club and other local charities. Sign up for your 2021 flag on their website at

NOMINATE Business of the Year 2020

Posted 2/12/21
    Nominate a business you think went above and beyond in 2020. That was a challenging year, and the community had many businesses help in so many ways. Tell the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce who you think should be the business of the year for 2020. Send your nominations

Clothes Closet open to the public

Posted 2/5/21
    The Clothes Closet at Adel First Christian Church has a full selection of gently used children’s clothing, plus new underwear and socks. They also have a few adult-sized winter coats. If you need any of these things, call 515-401-2571 for a “shopping” appointment. The church is located at the corner of Kinnick and Rapids in Adel. Everyone is welcome. Everything is free.

Vaccine Availability Update

Posted 2/5/21
    Beginning the week of Feb. 8, the Vaccine Availability Update schedule will be adjusted to reflect schedule changes at the state level. The schedule will be as follows:
    • Mondays at noon Dallas County Health Department will release a Vaccine Availability Update for the county on including information on where vaccine was allocated throughout the county for the following week as well as information on how to schedule. Please note that allocations do not mean that vaccine is immediately available, only that those doses will be sent to those locations within the following week.
    • Fridays at noon the schedule will open for appointments at the Health Department clinic. This schedule does not include partnering pharmacy sites. Appointments can be scheduled online or by phone. These appointments will be for first doses only. Second dose appointments at the Dallas County Health Department will be scheduled when you receive your first dose.
    Appointments for the Health Department vaccination clinic for the week of Feb. 8-12 will open at noon on Friday, Feb. 5. These appointments will be limited and are expected to fill quickly. If you are unable to schedule this week, additional appointments at the Health Department vaccination clinic will be available each Friday moving forward. Those making appointments via phone will be prompted to leave a name and phone number. Appointments are available on a first come, first served basis.
    Call 515-993-3750 to schedule your appointment or to go to
    This schedule is for appointments at the Dallas County Health Department only. The schedules for our pharmacy partners are run by the pharmacies themselves. Check their websites or social media pages for specific updates on when appointments will be available for scheduling.

Waukee Head Start

Posted 2/5/21
    Waukee Head Start is taking applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Children need to be 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 15, 2021. Head Start is a no-cost quality preschool with licensed teachers. They offer free meals. Classes are offered five days a week, 6.5 hours a day. They welcome foster children, low income families and children with disabilities. Families that receive social security disability, TANF, are homeless or in foster care qualify as we as kinship care. Anyone that is interested is encouraged to call for information. Income and age verification is required.
    For additional information, contact Christina Schalk -  Head Start family advocate 515-987-7428 office 712-830-1327 cell (call or text).

Park Shelter Rentals

Posted 2/5/21
    The shelters in the Adel Parks are now open for reservations. Prices start out at $30 for a four-hour block. Season dates are April 15 - Oct. 15. Reserve online at or by calling City Hall at 515-993-4525.

Open Gym

Posted 2/5/21
    Visit the ADM District Administration Center Gym on Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 9-11 a.m. for walking, basketball, or other physical activities to be performed inside during these cold months.

Adel Mobile Food Bank Feb. 1

Posted 1/29/21
    The Adel Mobile Food Bank was rescheduled due to weather and will be Monday, Feb. 1 at New Hope Church building on Highway 6. (25712 US 6, Adel) They start serving at 5 p.m. until they run out of food. They will then be back to the normal schedule, serving the fourth Monday of every month.

Dallas County Phase 1-B Vaccination information

Posted 1/29/21
    Dallas County Health Department will open vaccine distribution for those 65 years of age and older beginning 8 a.m. Jan. 26, as vaccine supply allows. This list will be updated on www.dallascountyiowa.goc/vaccine as additional sites become available.
    Vaccine appointments can be scheduled by eligible persons at the link above and will be available on a first come, first served basis. If you are unable to schedule online, please call the site to schedule your appointment. These appointments will be for your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments for booster doses will either be scheduled at the time of your first shot, or the pharmacy will call you when you are eligible for your second dose.
    Any questions regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Dallas County can be directed to the Dallas County Health Department at 515-993-3750. For ongoing updates and COVID-19 information, please visit and follow @DallasCoHealth on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. General information can also be obtained by calling 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 Language Helpline is available to assist Iowan’s in additional languages at 1-877-558-2609.

Lenten Fish Fry

Posted 1/29/21
    The Lenten Fish fry at St. John’s Church in Adel will be drive-through only. The church is at 24043 302nd Place. The event is 5-7 p.m., and the menu includes hand-battered fish, fries, grill cheese and coleslaw for a freewill offering. The upcoming dates are Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 5 and March 26.

ADM Scholarship Foundation Students of the Month for January

Posted 1/29/21
    Student of the Month: Jacob Yanacheak, Raccoon Valley Bank
    Kiwanis: Logan Krantz and Lauren Logue
    Fine Arts: Band, Josh Norris and Choir, Michael Payne, Lincoln Savings Bank
    Wrestling: Ben Smith, Adel Health Mart
    Wrestling Cheer: Hayley Owen, Fareway
    Boys Basketball: Sam Hlas, Patrick’s Restaurant
    Girls Basketball: Nicole Storck, Core Physical Therapy
    Basketball Cheer: Kashish Patel, Adel TV and Appliance
    Dance: Jenna Vanorny, Adel Family Dentistry

OBITUARY: Kelly H. Summy

Posted 1/25/21
    Kelly Howard Summy, 63, of De Soto, passed away Jan. 24, 2021. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday Jan. 29, 2021, at Caldwell Parrish – McCalley Chapel in at Adel, with a visitation from 9:30–10:30 a.m. prior to the service. A burial will follow the service at the Oakland Cemetery in De Soto.
    Kelly, the son of Leonard and Leona (Swearingen) Summy, was born April 21, 1957, in Redfield. Kelly was a graduate of Dexfield High School in 1975 and following that, attended Central College in Pella where he graduated in 1979. While at Central, Kelly met a young lady named Kathleen Koziol. This is where their relationship began to blossom. That relationship turned into a marriage on Oct. 20, 1984, when Kelly was united with Kathleen at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Centerville. Kelly worked numerous years for Caseys in De Soto until he began working for Yellowbook where he was employed for almost 20 years. Kelly was very civic-minded and enjoyed giving back. He was a past member of Desoto Fire and Rescue and actively involved as a member of the library board and De Soto City Council.
    Kelly had numerous passions and hobbies. He was well versed in movies, from murder mysteries to Marvel action movies, but nothing beat his love for Christmas movies, which was evident from his Dickens’ Christmas movie collection. Kelly also enjoyed going to many different kinds of plays and shows. Kelly was an amazing chef and enjoyed cooking delectable meals. He had quite the sense of humor, and was always being a jokester and bringing laughter to many, especially by telling his favorite inside joke about marzipan, “You can eat that, you know?” Through all of the laughter and smiles, he brought a great sense of care and comfort to his family and friends, especially his cats, which he loved very much. Kelly was truly loved and will be greatly missed.
    His legacy will continue on in the hearts of his wife, Kathy; step-mother, Barb Summy; step-brother, Steve (Christine) Foreman; nephews, Christopher Summy, Jeremiah Minshall, Aaron Becker and Sean Becker and John Holman; nieces, Becky Boston, Lesa Smith, Stephenie Wacht Shook, Stacy Stubbs, Michelle Summy Bogdanovic, Sara McGinnis, and Jenifer Becker; along with numerous great and, great-great nephews, nieces and other extended family members.
    He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Kathy Hastie and Melody Minshall; and brother, Michael Summy.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family in Kelly’s memory. Online condolences may be left at

Applications for Girls State Are Open

Posted 1/21/21
    Know a junior girl going to ADM High School? The Adel American Legion Auxiliary is looking for candidates who would like to further their knowledge of Iowa state government. Students must be current high school juniors and be able to attend Girls State, a week-long session from June 20-25 at Drake University, along with other high school junior girls from across the state. Sponsorships to attend are paid by the Adel American Legion Auxiliary. This is a great opportunity to add this leadership development activity to a college application. Parents, grandparents, neighbors, friends: Encourage these young girls to learn more about Girls State at or call Shirley McAdon at 993-4862 for more information and to apply.

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments for Phase 1-A

Posted 1/15/21
    The Dallas County Health Department will continue offering COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare workers eligible for vaccination in Phase 1-A. Appointments will be available at the Dallas County Health Department, as well as a several local pharmacies. These appointments will be limited, based on vaccine supply and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Appointment slots are expected to fill quickly, so if you are unable to schedule at this time they advise you check back at a later date. They will be scheduling more clinics as vaccine supply increases so that anyone wanting a vaccine will be able to receive it.
    Phase 1-A includes paid or unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. This includes healthcare personnel with direct patient contact, those who work in inpatient, outpatient, or community settings, who provide services to patients or patient’s family members, or who handle infectious materials. The full phase 1-A guidance from the Iowa Infectious Disease Advisory Committee can be found here:
    COVID-19 vaccination appointments may be scheduled for phase 1-A providers at the following locations while supplies last:
    • Dallas County Health Department, 25747 N Ave., Suite C, Adel, 515-993-3750
    • Westlakes Hy-Vee, 1725 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines,
    • Waukee Hy-Vee, 1005 E. Hickman Road, Waukee,
    Any questions regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Dallas County can be directed to the Dallas County Health Department at 515-993-3750 For ongoing updates and COVID-19 information, visit and follow @DallasCoHealth on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Youth Baseball and Softball

Posted 1/15/21
    Registration for Little League Baseball and Softball is now open. Register at Games are played in Adel an d surrounding communities. Ages 5-12.

Farmland for Rent

Posted 1/15/21
    The City of Adel is seeking bids for the rental of 37.75 acres m/l of productive farmland for the 2021 year. Bid submittals due March 1, 2021, to Adel City Hall, 301 S. 10th St., Adel, Iowa 50003.
    Rent term is negotiable. Located at Sec/Twp/Range 31-79-27, west of the Adel Family Aquatic Center. 37.75 acres m/l of quality Dallas County farmland. Was planted in corn for 2020. Soil types: Webster, Nicollet, and Clarion loam with an average CSR of 89.97. Note: The City of Adel requests a small area for Aquatic Center parking near rental site. Contact Nick Schenck at (515) 993-4525 or

Honors list announced

Posted 1/15/21
    Iowa Center Community College has released the Honor’s list for the fall 2020 semester. Sage Walter, of Adel, was on the President’s List (4.0 GPA, min. 6 credit hours).

Faith’s Flock Preschool Registration open

Posted 1/8/21
    Faith’s Flock Preschool helps young children to develop intellectually and spiritually, build self-confidence and resiliency, and have a positive social interaction with peers and adults in a Christian atmosphere.
    The 3-year old class meets Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30-11 a.m.
    The 4-year old class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30-11:30 a.m
    Transitional Kindergarten meets Monday-Thursday, noon to 3 p.m.
    Visit their website,, or Facebook page, @FaithsFlock, or email the director, for more information. Register at

ADM Fine Arts Boosters

Posted 1/8/21
    Despite many COVID-19 restictions, the ADM Fine Arts continue to provide amazing opportunities for students to showcase their talents. The ADM Fine Arts Boosters has supported these efforts with band/ choir masks, instrument bell covers, and videography of various performances.
    Thank you to the following business sponsors for their current membership of the ADM Fine Arts Boosters: Adel Lions Club, Luellen Chiropractic, Adel Rotary Club, John Harada Farm Bureau Financial Services, Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory, The UPS Store Clive/Waukee, Xtreme Tree, and NW Trailer Sales & Service.
    For more information, or to make a donation, visit

Spring Soccer registration is open

Posted 1/8/21
    Spring Soccer registration is open at Fall 2020 players just log in, update any information and register. If your family has had players in the past few years but not Fall 2020, use the username you had used in the past, create a new password and it will populate most of your household info. New players will make a new account and go from there. This is for players with birthdates 2016 and older. The city may offer a starter program for those 2017-2018 birthdates, but the registration and deadlines will be different. Email with any questions.


Posted 1/8/21
    Sumpter Pharmacy offers Rapid COVID-19 testing with results in 15 minutes. Tests can be scheduled online at
    If you would like to schedule a testing for your business, they will come directly to you, provided there is a 10 person minimum.
    Sumpter is also a pre-approved COVID vaccination site and will announce as soon as vaccine is available. In the meantime, to tentatively pre-book an on-site vaccination clinic for groups of 25 or more, email They will contact you when the vaccine is available.

New Opportunities Head Start

Posted 1/8/21
    New Opportunities Head Start is currently taking applications for next fall’s program (2021-2022 school year). Children need to be 3 or 4 by Sept. 15, 2021 to be eligible.
    This program is free of charge. They offer a quality preschool program with licensed teachers.  Classes meet five days a week for 6.5 hours a day.
    For more information, contact Christina Schalk, Head Start family advocate, at 515-987-7428.

Adel Women’s Club meeting canceled

Posted 12/31/2020
    The Adel Women’s Club meeting for January has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. They want to wish a Happy New Year to members and families in the community.

COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives in Dallas County

Posted 12/24/2020
    On Dec. 22, Dallas County Health Department received the first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine for the county. Right now, CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccine administration for healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities. As the supply of vaccine increases, additional populations will be vaccinated through doctor’s offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and federally qualified health centers.
    Any questions regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Dallas County can be directed to the Dallas County Health Department at 515-993-3750. For ongoing updates and COVID-19 information, please visit and follow @DallasCoHealth on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. General information can also be obtained by calling 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 Language Helpline is available to assist Iowan’s in additional languages at 1-877-558-2609.

Students of the Month

Posted 12/18/2020
    The ADM Scholarship Foundation December Students of the Month are:
    Student of the Month: Cole Williamson, Raccoon Valley Bank
    Kiwanis: Isabella Bennetti and Phillip Annear
    Fine Arts: Yearbook, Newspaper, Allison Poch and Aaron Teckenburg, Lincoln Savings Bank
    Wrestling: Nathan Royer, Adel Health Mart
    Wrestling Cheer: Addison Kuonen, Fareway
    Boys Basketball: Dylan Anderson, Patrick’s Restaurant
    Girls Basketball: Aniston Smith, Azalea Lane Boutique
    Basketball Cheer: Alexa Teckenburg, Adel TV and Appliance
     Dance: Kala Watson, Core Physical Therapy

Adult Coed Indoor Volleyball League

Posted 12/18/2020
    Games will be played on Sunday nights between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the south gym at ADM High School. Teams must have equal number of men and women. Children are welcome, and babysitting services are available for $1 per child while you play your games. Register at Deadline is Dec. 18. Want to play but don’t have a team? Email

News from the Historical Preservation Committee

Posted 12/11/2020
    The Adel Historic Preservation Commission finished Phase II by installing bronze plaques on 10 buildings within the Adel Public Historic Square District. The bronze plaques recognize the contribution these historic structures had in Adel’s development. Specific Information on when the structures were built, and the initial occupant are on each plaque. This project was made possible through a grant from Iowa State’s Preservation Commission, a donation from the Class of 2001, and donations from the individual property owners. In the early 1900s, Adel was a rapidly expanding county seat town. There was a new courthouse, a new hospital in town, and new specialty retail stores on the square. Many of the structures built in the late 1800s were occupied by businesses reflective of the earlier pioneer days.

Adel Women’s Club Offers Scholarships

Posted 12/4/2020
    The Adel Women’s Club is sponsoring General Federated Women’s Clubs/Iowa scholarships that range from $500 to $1,000 for high school graduating seniors attending post secondary education schools.  Application packets may be obtained from the ADM High School Guidance Office and are due Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.
Vocal and instrumental camperships up to $400 are also available to students who are entering eighth grade and who will be attending a music camp this summer.  Application packets may be obtained from the ADM High School Guidance Office or from ADM High School band director Russ Braun and are also due Monday, Feb. 1.

Dallas County Board of Health Promotes Public Health Mitigation During COVID-19

Posted 12/4/2020
    On Nov. 24, 2020, the Dallas County Board of Health approved a position statement strongly recommending mitigation strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Dallas County. With cases rising, a trend predicted to continue through the holiday season, the board sought to clarify what Dallas County residents need to do to keep Dallas County healthy and reduce the burden on our healthcare system.
     Recommendations include limiting interactions with, and distancing from, people outside your household, always wearing a mask when in close contact with others, avoiding large gatherings, and following the isolation and quarantine guidance provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health and Dallas County Health Department.
    Any questions regarding COVID-19 in Dallas County can be directed to the Dallas County Health Department at 515-993-3750. For ongoing updates and COVID-19 information, visit and follow @DallasCoHealth on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Thank You to Supporters of Veterans

Posted 11/27/2020
   Adel American Legion Auxiliary Unit 464 thanks our community for their recent generous donations to the DM VA Hospital In-patient and Out-patient Programs to recognize Veterans Day, an important celebration of the sacrifices and service of our veterans and their families to our country. We thank them when we help them when they need us. You’ve been a part of this and your efforts have been much appreciated. 

November Student of the Month

Posted 11/27/2020
The ADM Scholarship Foundation’s November Students of the Month are:
Student of the Month: Cash Riker, Raccoon Valley Bank
Kiwanis: Julia Case and Emily Ahrens
Fine Arts: Drama, Jordan Chapman (Onstage) and Kimberly Hall (Backstage), Lincoln Savings Bank
Volleyball: Neveah Wood, Patrick’s Restaurant
Cheer: Lilah Hegarty, Adel Health Mart
Boys Cross Country: Nate Mueller, Insight Wealth Group
Girls Cross Country: Astraea Munyon, Adel Rotary Club 

Help support LD Strong

Posted 11/20/2020
    The Adel Lions Club will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to LD Strong for any new flag customers or any flag customers who add additional flags from now until Jan. 1, 2021. This can be just a one-year commitment and does not mean you are required to do the same in 2022. The goal is to get up to 200 new or additional flags. You can visit our LD Strong link to order a new flag or add additional flags for 2021. Call Josh with any questions 515-577-5642. If you don’t live in Adel but want to support the cause, they have an option for you as well.

Support for Veterans

Posted 11/6/2020
    The Adel American Legion Auxiliary is sponsoring a drive for items for veterans at the Des Moines VA Hospital who need the following: sweatpants (all sizes), sweatshirts (all sizes except 3X), individually wrapped snacks (healthy preferred), coffee, paperback books and winter coats (sizes 2X and larger). Federal funds many not be used for personal items that those in long-term treatment for mental health issues or substance abuse may need. Please help out those who have served and now need our help. The drop-off box is located at 1305 S. 15th St., Adel, or call Shirley McAdon at 993-4862 for pick up.

October Students of the Month

Posted 11/6/2020
    The sponsors have made a contribution to the ADM Scholarship Foundation honoring these students.
     Student of the Month:  Zoe Marckmann—Raccoon Valley Bank
    Kiwanis:  Sean Whitson and Anna West
    Fine Arts:  Sarah DenHerder (All State Band) and Sean Whitson (Choir)—Lincoln Savings Bank
    Football Players:  Fuller Petroleum Service
    Week 3:  Dylan Anderson and Vincent Benetti 
    Week 4:  Jacob Yanacheck and Lucas Curry
    Week 5:  Lucas Ray and Ben Gard
    Week 6:  Matt Dufoe and Gabe Heitz
    Week 7:  Brevin Doll and David Finnegan
    Week 8:  Jacob Crystal and Tyson Shafer
    Volleyball:  Madi Siefken—Patrick’s Restaurant
    Cheer:  Ellah Genovese—Adel Health Mart
    Boys Cross Country:  Cooper Greenslade—Adel Family Dentistry
    Girls Cross Country:  Geneva Timmerman—Adel Rotary Club

Adel Mobile Food Bank moving locations

Posted 10/30/2020
    Free food giveaway on the fourth Monday of the each month with the exception of Christmas (which will be Dec. 21). Starting Nov. 23, they will serve the community at the New Hope Church building, located three miles east of town, on Highway 6, 25712  290th St, Adel.

Hard to find appliances now in stock locally

Posted 10/30/2020
    It’s time to stock up for the winter. Adel TV and Appliance can help you with the purchase of a new chest freezer. They have two different sizes that are currently priced to sell. Stop in the Adel or Winterset location to pick yours out today. Also ask about the hard to find top load clothes washers and dryers they have in stock.

Barbershop Changes Hours

Posted 10/16/2020
    After 28 years of working on Saturdays, Jen has decided to stop. Adel Barbershop will no longer be open on Saturday mornings. The shop’s hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. If someone is interested in renting the chair on Saturdays, call 515-238-0097 and ask for Jen.


Posted 10/8/2020
THANK YOU: With the help of many supporters, Adel Parks and Recreation was able to install a 125’ mantis zipline in Evans Park. A big thank you to everyone who helped make this project happen: McClure Engineering, Adel Rotary Club, Dallas County Foundation, Cramer & Associates, Adel Lions Club, and Adel Kiwanis Club. The zipline is open to public use. Please respect the roped off areas to allow for reseeding of grass.

THANK YOU: Thank you to Christian McAdon for the idea and to the City of Adel, Adel Rotary, Adel Lions, Adel Kiwanis, the Dallas County Foundation, McClure, and Cramer & Associates for funding the Zipline in Evans Park.  It’s another great example of a community project come to fruition!

THANK YOU: Chuck Varcoe would like to thank all the people who have sent birthday cards for his big 70th celebration.

Zipline installed in Evans Park

Posted 10/1/2020
    With the help of many supporters, Adel Parks and Recreation was able to install a 125’ mantis zipline in Evans Park. A big thank you to everyone who helped make this project happen: McClure Engineering, Adel Rotary Club, Dallas County Foundation, Cramer & Associates, Adel Lions Club, and Adel Kiwanis Club. The zipline is open to public use. Please respect the roped off areas to allow for reseeding of grass.
    Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 11:30 a.m. Major donors and city officials will be in attendance, and they invite the public to tune into the Facebook Live to watch the unveiling of the zipline. Masks will be required and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

Outdoor warning siren activation criteria changes

Posted 9/29/2020
    Effective Oct. 1, 2020, in Dallas County, outdoor warning sirens will be activated for tornado warnings, and severe thunderstorm warnings that include 70 mph or greater winds. This change will exclude communities already following this criteria. For example: West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, Granger, Grimes and Urbandale.

ADM Board of Education news

Posted 9/212020
    On Monday, Sept. 14, the ADM Board of Education voted to approve the name Meadow View Elementary, the recommended name from the ADM building naming committee, as the name of the new elementary building being constructed in Adel.
    The board also approved the recommendation of the building naming committee to name each of the three building wings after individuals whose last names had been submitted and considered during the building naming process. The three wings will be named after the following:
    • Clarke: George Clarke was a resident of Adel who served two terms as the 21st Governor of Iowa from 1913 to 1917.
    • Miller: The Miller family were settlers in the Adel Township and W.W. Miller opened the first schoolhouse in Dallas county.
    • Norenberg: Stan Norenberg was a teacher, coach and administrator for 35 years until his retirement in 1992 and the founder of the ADM Scholarship Foundation in 1983.

Ribbon Cutting for the ADM Tiger Statue

Posted 9/18/2020
    Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting to unveil the new ADM Tiger Statue on Friday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m.
    The ADM Alumni Association will also be telling the Tiger story live on Facebook.

Thank you

Posted 9/8/2020
    ADM would like to thank Raccoon Valley Bank for their recent donation of 500 bottles of hand sanitizer and a $500 check to support ADM Schools. The check came from Raccoon Valley Bank’s “Jeans for a Cause” program, in which employees pay $5 to wear jeans on Fridays. The most recent Jeans for a Cause funds were raised to help local schools purchase supplies.

National Suicide Awareness Month

Posted 9/8/2020
    September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness month, and Dallas Co. Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions is working to raise awareness and educate the community on the risk factors and warning signs of suicide. Talk of suicide should never be dismissed. If you, or someone you know, are thinking of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
    Senior Life Solution is an intensive outpatient group therapy program designed to meet the unique needs of senior adults living with symptoms of age-related depression or anxiety, dealing with difficult life transitions, a recent health diagnosis, or the loss of a loved one.
    For more information, or if an older loved one is in need of help, call Dallas Co. Hospital at phone number 515-465-7580.

Confused About Recycling Batteries?

Posted 9/3/2020
    Vehicle batteries are accepted at the South Dallas County Landfill, Adel, at no charge as long as the landfill incurs no expense for recycling the batteries.  Bring the batteries to the gatehouse for directions.  Any retailer selling the batteries may also take used batteries.
    Lithium batteries may not be landfilled; they must be taken to the Metro Waste Authority’s Recycling Center in Bondurant or to the Metro Northwest Transfer Station in Grimes the second Saturday of each month, 8 a.m. to noon. Go to for details.
    Small batteries (AAA, AA, C, and D) may be thrown in with the regular trash to be landfilled.
    This and more recycling information can be found at

Free Disposal of Waste Oil for Residents

Posted 8/27/2020
    Have you been storing up waste oil at home? There’s no need to save it for a Household Hazardous Materials Event. Bring it to the South Dallas County Landfill, 2000 Main St., Adel, during regular business hours for free disposal. Come to the gatehouse, and you’ll be directed to the disposal site. Be prepared to wait if you want your container back while the container drains. SDC Landfill is open Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to noon.

Thank You, Adel Lions

Posted 8/27/2020
    For 22 years, the Adel Lions Club has assisted the Metro Waste Authority to collect household hazardous materials from area residents. The HHM Event has been hosted by the South Dallas County Landfill, but volunteers from the Adel Lions Club have helped the event run smoothly by checking in participants, unloading the materials, and sorting the materials into collection bins. Many Adel Lions have volunteered for these events since the beginning and are valued for their knowledge and efficiency. Thank you, Adel Lions!

News from ADM Booster Club

Posted 8/27/2020
    New benefits have been added for the ADM Booster Club business members this year. You can get all of the details at our website, but here are some quick highlights:
    • Get your name announced as a sponsor at home football and basketball games
    • Get your logo on a banner by the stadium gate
    • Get your name announced as a sponsor for home track relay events
    • Get your logo on new online football live-streams
    • Get your logo on a tee box at the golf tournament on Sept. 18
    Find all the details, and pay online or via check by signing up at their website:

Thank you!

Posted 8/24/2020
    Thank you to our generous community for supporting the Rotary Club of Adel’s Toll Road Fundraiser on Aug. 15. It is because of your generosity that Adel Rotary can fund leadership and literacy projects for ADM Schools, projects for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and projects across Adel for our children and families. Check out Adel Rotary with President Matthew Karns at

Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors meeting

Posted 8/20/2020
    The Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors are meeting by mail until the pandemic is over. They are mainly survivors of a motor vehicle accident. If you were in an accident, and later realized something wasn’t quite right in your brain’s ability to cope, or friends tell you that you have changed in social situations, even years later, you may have an undiagnosed brain injury. Gladys Virginia Harvey, P.O. Box 35, Adel, IA 50003.


Posted 8/17/2020
    The Adel City Council is considering approving a purchase agreement to Elmwood Real Estate LLC (Harmony Hall) for park ground 140 feet in length west of the Little Theatre building in Kinnick Feller Park. This ground is behind two residential houses and directly across from the playground. If approved it would be rezoned commercial. This will be discussed on Aug. 18 at 6 p.m.

ADM School Board News

Posted 8/6/2020
    At the July 13 School Board Meeting, the following was reported:
    The personnel items were approved as presented.
    • Resignations/Terminations: Evan Hammans, Ass’t. HS Girls Soccer Coach, effective 7/10/2020; Shannon Hodges, DS Office Assistant and Teacher Associate, effective 6/26/2020; Lisa Wilken, Activities Administrative Assistant, effective 7/22/2020; Christina Woods, DS Teacher Associate, effective 7/6/2020
    • New Contracts effective for the 2020-21 school year pending successful completion of all pre-employment requirements: Josh Barnes, Assistant HS Boys Basketball Coach, Step 3; Tammy Blazek, MS Office Assistant, Step 2; Amy Hockenberry, PT Preschool Associate, Step 1
Courtney LaMair, 3rd Grade PLC Leader and Mentor Teacher; LaRae Morris, Bus Driver; Jessica Nichols, Mentor Teacher; Lauren Overton, DS Teacher Associate, Step 2; Madelyn Overton, Ass’t. Cheer Coach, Step 1; Hope Reichter, 3rd Grade Teacher, BA, Step 2; Lindsay Watson, Mentor Teacher; Taylor Welden, Model Teacher
    • Contract Modification effective for the 2020-21 school year: Noele White, DS Teacher Associate, from .625 FTE to FTE .9375
    At the July 27 Special Board Meeting, the following was reported:
    1.0 FTE Nurse. Superintendent Dufoe recommended adding a full-time nurse position for 2020-21. This position would be at the high school. They currently have one nurse (Morgan Walker) serving both the Middle School and High School — more than 1,000 students. This additional nurse will also help to cover any other buildings if necessary due to exposure of COVID-19. The Board approved the recommendation to hire an additional nurse for the 2020-21 school year.

Military internment: Allen Meacham

Posted 7/23/2020
    Military internment will take place for Allen Meacham on July 31, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. in the Van Meter Veteran’s Cemetery, 34024 Veteran’s Memorial Drive, Adel, Iowa.

Veterans’ Needs at DM VA Hospital

Posted 7/16/2020
    The Adel American Legion Auxiliary invites the community to contribute the following items to vets at the DM VA Hospital:  individually wrapped snacks, backpacks, men’s sweatshirts (4X and 5X), men’s sweatpants (M and L), men’s boxers/briefs (M), and women’s underwear.  No magazines are needed at this time.
    Please place your donations in the box at 1305 S. 15th Street, Adel, or contact Shirley McAdon at 515-993-4862.

Obituary: Jeanne Crabb

Posted 7/13/2020
    Jeanne Crabb, 77 of Adel, passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2020. A visitation was held July 13 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – McCalley Chapel in Adel. Burial will take place at a later date.
    Jeanne Rae King was born Feb. 6, 1943, to Elmer Ray and Betty Marie (Streeter) King in Indianola.
    Jeanne married Leland Ruble and had two daughters, Christy Lynn Ruble of Windsor Heights and Kimber Lee (Dan) Walsted of Urbandale and step grandson Danny Walsted. She married James Kenneth Crabb in September of 1970 and moved to Adel, where she worked for 32 years at the Dallas County News. James died Jan. 16, 1998. Jeanne then worked at the Raccoon Valley Bank in Adel, retiring in 2007 to spend time traveling with her partner James Richard (Dick) Barry, who was also the grandfather to her only grandchild Fletcher Cole Barry.
    Jeanne is also survived by Dick Barry’s family, James (Deceased) (Christine) Barry of Norwoodville; and Joe (Tara) Barry, Jazmin, Braden and Jaden of Waukee. She is also survived by her brother, Allen (Kathy) King and sister, Sally (Richard) Wood. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James Crabb.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Adel Public Library or to the Autism Speaks. Online condolences may be left at

Obituary: Joseph Guisinger

Posted 7/13/2020
   Joseph Guisinger, 81, of Kellerton, passed away at Mercy One Hospital in Des Moines on July 8, 2020.
    Joe was born on May 15, 1939, to William Virgil “Bill” and Cora Lee Guisinger. He joined the United States Air Force shortly after school. After his time in the military, he was a land surveyor for many years but eventually settled down as a welder for Pittsburg-Des Moines Steel Co. He married Alice Axtell on July 28, 1990, at the Waukee Baptist Church.
    Joe was known to be a jack of all trades. He loved to help out when and wherever he could. He enjoyed volunteering at his local church and at the food pantry. He was a faithful man of God and lived to find peace with the lord.
    Joe had a love for sports as he watched his beloved Hawkeye football program. In his spare time, he enjoyed camping, fishing and being outdoors, especially sitting around the campfire.
    Joe is survived by his wife, Alice Guisinger; children, Kevin (Lynnette) Guisinger, Cristy Terpstra, and William Scott Guisinger; step-children, Roxanna Baker, and Danielle (Adam) Freeman; sisters, Barbara Booth, and Peggy Bainter; 6 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Cora Lee; brothers, Jerry Guisinger and Norman Guisinger; and sister, Helen Barnes.
    Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, beginning at 1 p.m. at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, McCalley Chapel in Adel. Funeral service will follow beginning at 2 p.m. Burial of the urn will take place at a later date. Due to current CDC guidelines, please follow social distancing requirements.
    Live streaming of the funeral service will be available on Joe’s Tribute Wall beginning at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
    Memorial contributions may be directed to the family in memory of Joe. Online Condolences may be expressed at

ADM School Board news

Posted 7/9/2020
    At the June 8 Adel-De Soto-Minburn School Board meeting, the Board approved the following:
    • Resignations/Terminations effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year: Carmen Apple, Ass’t. Concession Worker, Diane Baughman, AE Teacher Associate, Karla Courtney, DS Title I Teacher, Jeff Crowder, Bus Driver, Nolan Gitch, MS Office Assistant, Lexy Greiner, Dance Coach, Sarah Hartwigsen, Bus Driver, Gabe Parker, MS Baseball Coach, Richard Morris, Bus Driver, Alex Schnebbe, Ass’t. HS Basketball Coach, David Zwank, HS Math Teacher, Head HS Boys Cross Country Coach, Ass’t. HS Boys Track Coach, Shannon Zuck, Ass’t. HS Cheer Coach.
    • New Contracts effective for the 2020-21 school year: Barb Anthony, Ass’t. Concession Worker, Jason Brand, Food Service Director, $68,000, effective 8/1/2020, Josh Chapman, Head Boys Cross Country Coach, Step 1, Nick Eshelman, Van Driver, $16.33/hour, Jackie Jenkins, MS Food Service Worker, Step 8, Mariah Kientz, DS Teacher Associate, Step 1, Alexandra Lifka-Reselman, HS Math Teacher, MA, Step 5, Jana Morrissey, Dance Coach, Step 1, Bart Mueller, MS Cross Country Coach, Step 6, Ben Perman, HS Social Studies Teacher, BA, Step 2, .50 FTE, Crystal Plagman, DS Food Service Worker/Driver, Step 10, Leanna Putman-Thomas, DS Food Service Worker, Step 1, Ashley Tennant, MS Softball Coach, Step 1, effective for the 2019-20 season, Christina Woods, DS Teacher Associate, Step 1.
    • Transfers effective for the 2020-21 school year: Carrie Austin, from 3rd Grade Teacher to Title I Teacher, DS Intermediate, Lindsay Koons, from PT Preschool Associate to Preschool Program Associate.
    • Reassignments and/or contract modifications:, Steve Nichols, Substitute Bus Driver, $25.75/hour.
    • Non-teaching June issued contracts effective for the 2020-21 school year: Cindy DePond, Ass’t. HS Drama, Step 5, Logan Hansen, Ass’t. HS Football Coach, Step 3, Chris Hatchitt, MS Football Coach, Step 6, Jesse Hunt, MS Football Coach, Step 6, Tate Jensen, Ass’t. HS Football Coach, Step 2, Mike Kennedy, Drum Line, Gage Mohs, Ass’t. HS Football Coach, Step 4, Jessica Novelli, MS Cross Country Coach, Step 2, Bryn Jensson, MS Cheer Coach, Step 2.
    The district has approximately 22 acres of tillable land available at the new elementary site. Superintendent Dufoe reported that they worked with McKenzie Gettler, FFA sponsor, to allow the FFA program to farm this land and use any proceeds as fundraising for the FFA. He said this is a tremendous win-win as the district will not have to control weeds or mow those acres, and FFA students get real-life, hands-on experience with crop production. They will review this arrangement annually and prior to the next planting season. The Board approved use of this land by the ADM FFA to farm and use any proceeds as fundraising for the FFA.
    The Board approved the quote from CDW•G to purchase 160 Chromebooks to provide enough devices for 2nd grade to be 1:1 in the fall. CDW•G submitted a quote of $58,240 for the Chromebooks, and Tierney submitted a quote for $60,396.06.

Obituary: Susan (Susie) Lowe

Posted 7/6/2020
    Susan (Susie) Lowe, 64 of Richfield, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 5, 2020, at the nursing home where she resided due to heart failure. Susan had one daughter, Sami. Condolences can be sent to: Samantha Wilson, 212 E. 66th Street, Richfield, MN 55423.

Obituary: Glesna Coulter

Posted 7/2/2020
    Glesna Coulter, 85 of Linden, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2020, in her Linden home surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held with family and friends at a later date.
    Glesna Grace (Godwin) Coulter was the 12th child of 14 to Harry and Viola  (Dickey) Godwin and was born on April 19, 1935, in Panora. She shared her birthday with her twin brother Glen (Pee Wee) Godwin. Glesna was raised on 40 acres in Panora with seven brothers and five sisters. She graduated Guthrie County High School class of 1953 in Panora. Glesna was united in marriage to James Coulter on Jan. 28, 1956, and they had one son.
    Glesna enjoyed many things in life like fishing, mushroom hunting, bingo, gardening, painting, and woodworking. Glesna worked hard all her life and worked right along side her husband on their family farm in Linden. Glesna was also a graduate of Iowa Beauty School in Des Moines, worked as a hair stylist in Redfield, and she also had a shop on her back porch. Glesna also enjoyed riding her motorcycle and won many awards in archery.
    She leaves behind her son Andrew (Melissa) Coulter and one grandson Jonathan Coulter, all of Linden; one sister, Lavon (Lloyd) Linn of Ankeny; sister in-law Mary Godwin (wife of the late Robert Godwin) of Johnston, and several nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by her parents Harry and Viola Godwin, her husband James Coulter, brothers Earl, Dick, David, Donald, Paul, William, Robert, Glen, and sisters Esther, Alice, Lois, and Marie.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the family who will send them on in Glesna’s name for a special cause.  Online condolences may be left at

2020 Daisy Award Winner announced

Posted 6/30/2020
    Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine Clinics is excited to announce its annual DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Winner. Emily Taylor received the honor during a recognition event on June 23. The award is part of the national DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day.
    Emily Taylor has been with DCH for 10 years starting as a CNA to LPN to RN, working in various departments throughout Dallas County Hospital and is now the Emergency and Inpatient Nursing Manager. Emily is known for providing care to patients as if they were her family and is compassionate about the community, going the extra mile to make sure that processes are in place to ensure the best patient experience. Emily leads nursing staff and other DCH employees with the same compassion and respect seen with patients. She is proactive with implementing new processes and furthering education throughout DCH. She is a positive role model for many.

Lincoln Savings Bank Awarded 2020 FinTech of the Year

Posted 6/30/2020
    On June 22, the Technology Association of Iowa kicked off its annual Prometheus Awards, honoring the best technology companies throughout the state. Lincoln Savings Bank was awarded 2020 FinTech of the Year on Monday, beating out other Iowa-based technology companies such as Dwolla, Jack Henry & Associates, MakuSafe, and LenderClose.
    Each day, the Technology Association of Iowa announced three of their awards, celebrating Iowa’s technology industry virtually throughout the week. While LSB was also a finalist for Creative Technology Solution (Won by Unity Point Health), and Large Technology Company of the year (won by Hy-Vee), the award for FinTech of the Year helps shine a spotlight on the exciting developments of Lincoln Savings Bank’s LSBX department. 

DHS Launches COVID Recovery Iowa

Posted 6/30/2020
    The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) is pleased to announce the State of Iowa has received nearly $1 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to offer free crisis counseling to any Iowan who has been affected, in any way, by the COVID-19 public health emergency. The program, called COVID Recovery Iowa, is now available. Counseling will take place via virtual sessions, chat or phone call. People of all  ages may join groups online to find support and learn new strategies to cope with the effects of the pandemic in a variety of creative ways.
    Iowans can access services through the following options:
    • Call 800-447-1985 to connect with a counselor specializing in rural issues and agriculture 24 hours a day, seven days a week
    • Call the Iowa Warm Line, 844-775-9276; to connect with a peer counselor or request to get in touch with a COVID Recovery Iowa counselor
    • Visit and complete a contact form and a counselor will get back to you
    DHS has contracted with five providers throughout the state to provide counseling, virtual activities, referrals and help finding resources. COVID Recovery Iowa will announce additional programs in the coming weeks to help Iowans build coping skills and resilience.

Rural Recycling Program to Continue in Dallas County

Posted 6/26/2020
     The Dallas County Supervisors and Metro Waste Authority have agreed to work toward a continued recycling program for Dallas County rural residents. The following sites will have single stream recycling container and a cardboard only recycling container.
    • Perry at 14368 J Ave.
    • Linden at the SE corner of North Street and Main Street
    • Washington Township at the NW corner of P58 and F31
    • Redfield at 1206 Omaha St.
    The current recycling container in Woodward will be removed July 1, 2020, as the site was sold. Rural Woodward residents are asked to utilize the other available rural recycling containers until a new site is found.
     For updates to the Dallas County Rural Resident Recycling Program, visit:

Obituary: Ned Gordon Freestone

Posted 6/22/2020
    Ned Gordon Freestone, 91, of Redfield, passed away
in June 2020. Ned was born on his family farm near Dawson and grew up on a farm north of Redfield. The 1940s started out tough with the loss of his mother. Ned had an accident at a high school football game where he was left in Rochester, Minnesota, in a body cast for six months. Now behind in school, he worked hard and found himself on the honor roll. He went to California to work for his Uncle Oliver pruning apple trees.
    Returning home, Ned bought a 1947 Dodge truck and started hauling gravel. In the 1940s he met and married Jeannine Martin. In 1969 he married Jean Barton in Reno, Nevada. Ned got his own authority to operate as a contract carrier in 1987. This was the beginning of Freestone JN Trucking. Ned hauled steel for Marmon Keystone from Chicago to Denver until 1990.
    Jean and Ned made several trips to Westcliffe, Colorado, each year with their horses and rode in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. In 1990 Ned was told he had macular degeneration, so he moved to Westcliffe, Colorado, and semi-retired. In 1993 he started a new job of selling Tennessee walking horses and mules. In 2005 he moved to Arizona.
    Ned was baptized 1981 at Peace Lutheran church, Earlham. Ned joined Epiphany of Christ Lutheran Church, in Apache Junction, Arizona. in 2008.
    In June, Ned ascended to his heavenly home to be with his parents Lawrence and Ada, brothers Dick and Jerry, his eldest son Richard (Rick). He left behind his beloved wife of 51 years, Jean, his sister Dixie (Keith) Murphy, sons Michael (Mary Jo) and William (Penny), Stepson Kerry (Connie) Barton, Stepdaughter Kathy (Jeff) Buehrle, 14 grandchildren, 30 great -grandchildren plus a lifetime of friends.
    Celebration of Ned’s Life will be held at a future date. In lieu of sending flowers, memorial contributions may be made to one of the following: Ned’s great-granddaughter Mara (fighting Anaplastic Ependymoma (Brain Tumor). “Benefit for Mara Nevins” Mail to: Mara Nevins C/O Raccoon Valley Bank, 1009 Court St., Adel, Iowa 50003 or Epiphany of Christ Lutheran Church, 1050 W. Superstition Blvd., Apache Junction, AZ 85120.

Discontinuation of Dallas County Rural Recycling Service

Posted 6/18/2020
     Effective July 1, 2020, rural recycling sites in Linden, Perry, Redfield, Washington Township, and Woodward will be discontinued. Dallas County is actively working to find other means for rural residents to recycle.
     In the meantime, there are two recycling sites rural residents may use:
    • Metro Park West Landfill, 2466 337th Street, Perry, IA 50220
    • Metro Northwest Transfer Station at 4105 SE Beisser Drive, Grimes, IA 50111
    Check the Dallas County Rural Resident Recycling Program site for future updates:

Fireworks Within Adel City Limits

Posted 6/18/2020
    As a reminder, in 2017, the Iowa Legislature amended the Code of Iowa to allow for the sale and use of consumer fireworks and novelties within the State of Iowa. Cities may, however, ban the use of these types of fireworks within city limits by city code.
    Within Adel’s city limits, the use of consumer fireworks and novelties is prohibited by ordinance.
    In certain cases, the Adel City Council may grant a permit for the use or explosion of display fireworks. Display fireworks are differentiated from consumer fireworks and novelties under Iowa law.

Tiger Pride fundraiser thanks the community

Posted 6/18/2020
ADM would like to thank the community for its support of the Tiger Pride fundraiser that took place in May to benefit the Good Samaritan Food Pantry. In total, the community helped ADM and Iconic Apparel raise $3,157 to be donated to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry.


Posted 6/16/2020
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COVID antibody testing available

 Posted 6/11/2020
    Covid antibody testing now available at Sumpter Pharmacy by appointment. The test is done by finger stick, results within 15 minutes, and it is authorized by the FDA. It is for healthy people only. If you are currently ill or experiencing symptoms, you will not be tested. Masks are required and will be provided if needed. Testing is $95 and will be done by appointment. Can be paid by HSA/FSA. Restricted to those age 18 and older. Call 515-993-1119 or email to schedule.

Obituary: Elizabeth Ann Henson Emehiser

 Posted 6/11/2020
    Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Henson Emehiser, of Johnston, passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. A public Visitation will be 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, 2020, at Caldwell Parrish McCalley Chapel in Adel. A Graveside Service that is open to the public will be held on Monday, June 15 at 11 a.m. The family asks that anyone wanting to attend the graveside meet at the funeral home in Adel at 10:45 a.m. so everyone can process to Panther Creek Cemetery together.
    Betty was born and raised in St. Mary’s to Albert and Ruth Henson on July 22, 1950. She graduated from Martensdale St. Mary’s in 1968. Betty went on to attend DMACC, where she met Donald Emehiser. They were married Aug. 1, 1970.
    Betty was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Martensdale, Iowa where she held many leadership positions within the church.
    She is survived by her children, Cory (Jill) Emehiser of Grimes and Kristy Giefer of Bondurant; her grandchildren, Katelin Emehiser, Gavin Giefer, Alex and Tyler Emehiser; her siblings, Kathy (Vin) Wildin of Winterset and Larry (Terri) Henson of Martensdale; along with many nieces, nephews and other extended family.
    She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Don Emehiser; her granddaughter, Lily Emehiser, her parents, Albert and Ruth Henson; and her sister, Alberta Seymour.
    Memorial contributions may be directed to Betty’s church, St. Paul Lutheran Church of Martensdale. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Online condolences may be left at

Dallas County Health Hosts Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Sign Up

Posted 6/8/2020
    Dallas County Health Navigation team will be hosting drive through distributions sites for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program throughout June. Residents age 60+ with single income less than $23,606 or married income less than $31,894 may be eligible to receive $30 in checks to use at the local farmers market. Interested individuals can call 515-993-3750 to complete an application over the phone and schedule a time/location to pick up the checks. Volunteers will be needed to help direct traffic through the distribution sites. Anyone interested in volunteering can sign up at


Posted 6/8/2020
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Obituary: Helen S. Hughlette

Posted 6/4/2020
    On June 1,  2020, Helen S. Hughlette  passed away peacefully at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center, at the age of 99. Helen was mother to six children, Deanna Glenn,  Mike Forret, Patrick Forret, Theresa Forret Leonard and Timothy Forret. Helen was preceded in death by her husband Robert Hughlette, a daughter Rita Forret Flinn, and stepson John Hughlette. Graveside service is June 5 in Waukee Cemetery at 10:30 a.m.

DC-G School Board meeting notes

Posted 6/1/2020
    At the May 11 Dallas Center-Grimes School Board meeting, the personnel items listed below were approved.
    Resignations/Terminations: Del Buchman, HS Social Studies Teacher; GaLynne Chapman, DS Teacher Associate; Abigail CosCgan, Food Service Director; Alec Craigmile, AE Teacher Associate; Shelby Greenslade, AE Preschool Program Associate; Lonnie Harris, DS Teacher Associate; Rachel Holmberg, DS Teacher Associate; Dana Meier, AE Media Associate; Mindy Renner, DS Food Service Worker/Driver and Day Care Worker; Amelia Stuhr, MS Literacy Teacher; Kayla Wesdorf, 3rd Grade Teacher; Linda Wild, DS Food Service Worker
    New contracts: Allyson Baetke, DS Teacher Associate, Step 1; Jeff Freidhof, MS Math/Science Teacher, BA+12, Step 14; Jade Golden-Li=le, DS Teacher Associate, Step 1; Schylir Rowen, 4th Grade Teacher, MA, Step 3; Jennifer Strahl, AE Media Associate, Step 1; Midge Song, DS Teacher Associate, Step 3; KaCe Wempen, MS Literacy Teacher, BA, Step 2; Cassidy Werner, .75 FTE DS Technology Teacher, BA, Step 4; Tanner Wheeler, MS Teacher Associate, Step 1
    Reassignment: Nolan Gitch, .50 FTE HS Social Studies Teacher to 1.0 FTE HS Social Studies Teacher
    Modification: JoLynn Blair, Elementary PE Teacher, from .58 FTE to .844 FTE
    Transfers: Rachel Anderson from AE Preschool Associate to AE Teacher Associate; Steve Brown, MS Cross Country Coach to Head Girls Cross Country Coach; Tara Latham, MS General Food Service Worker to DS Kitchen Manager, Step 1.
    The board also approved the required 10¢ increase to adult lunch prices. Adult lunch will cost $3.85.

Take what you need. Share what you can.

Posted 6/1/2020
    The Blessings Box at 218 N. 9th Street in Adel is stocked with non-perishable food items to help those in need. All are welcome to take from or contribute to the cupboard.

ADM Scholarship Foundation Students of the Month

Posted 5/28/2020
    Student of the Month: Jacob Butler — Raccoon Valley Bank and River Valley Insurance
    Kiwanis: Nathaniel Aukes and Zach Fuller — Kiwanis and Adel TV and Appliance
    Fine Arts: Sebastian Steelman and Joyce Kennedy (art) — Lincoln Savings Bank and Fareway Stores
    Since all sports were cancelled during the month of May, we have no athletes to recognize.

Obituary: James Hufferd

Posted 5/28/2020
    James Hufferd, 74, of Adel passed away on May 18, 2020, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston.
    A family graveside service is planned for a later date and inurnment will be in Union Township Cemetery near Coon Rapids, where he spent his early years and his parents are laid to rest.
    Jim was born on March 27, 1946, in Carroll. Jim moved with his parents from Coon Rapids to the family farm north of Adel in 1960. He graduated from Adel High School in 1965, received his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, a master’s degree from the University of Wyoming in international travels, and a doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota in geography. Jim was an author and wrote many books during his adult years, having several published and available on Amazon. He taught college classes in San Luis Obispo among others.  He enjoyed Iowa State athletics and traveled widely during his life, visiting many countries over the years.
    Jim is survived by his sister, Joanie Olson and her husband, Stan of Adel as well as nine nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Mildred Hufferd, and two brothers, Philip and David.
    Memorials directed to the family may be sent to Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, 735 S. 14th St., Adel, IA 50003.  Online condolences may be left at

Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine and Raccoon Valley Bank says Thank You

Posted 5/26/2020
    Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine Clinics and Raccoon Valley Bank would like to thank all of the businesses and community members for the outpouring support with the Emergency Community Mobile Food Pantries. These events would not have been possible without the support from all of the sponsors including Fareway- Perry, Fareway- Adel, HyVee – Perry, Perry Elks #407, Tysons, Minburn Communications, Dallas County EMS, Hy-line, Osmundsons, Progressive Foundry, Van Wall and Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce.
    The volunteers throughout Wednesday and Thursday nights’ events were able to hand out close to 1900 boxes of Tysons frozen chicken and 300 bags of food to the surrounding community members in need. When the food bag supplies were out community members received 1 of 300 gift cards to Fareway or HyVee donated by Osmundsons.
    The next Mobile Food Pantry partnered with the Food Bank of Iowa will be on Wednesday, June 24, starting at 4 p.m. in the DCH North Parking Lot.

Memorial Day Flag Etiquette

Posted 5/18/2020
    On Memorial Day, in traditional observance, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff at sunrise and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
    The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

Obituary: Betty Margaret (Jager) Brown

Posted 5/14/2020
Betty Margaret (Jager) Brown, 98, of Boone (formerly of Adel), passed away May 11, 2020, at Westhaven Community in Boone. A private family service will be held Friday, May 15, 2020, at Oakdale Cemetery in Adel.
Betty was born Oct. 27, 1921, to Mava (Forbes) Jager and Roy Jager in Eddyville. She graduated from Eddyville High School in 1939. Betty attended Iowa State College for three years. One June 21, 1942, she married J. Dwight Brown of Boone. They lived in California, while Dwight was serving with the U.S. Navy, until December 1945. At that time, they moved to Webster City, until moving to Adel in 1947. Betty had resided at Westhaven Community in Boone for the past three years.
Betty was a homemaker for many years and then worked outside the home for the Dallas County Auditor and finally at Iowa Power & Light Co. In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing, gardening, reading and having her grandchildren and great grandchildren visit.
She was a member of the Adel United Methodist Church, a Sunday School teacher, UMW member and served in several other capacities at the church. She was a longtime member of PEO, TAS, the Adel Women’s Club and the ISU Alumni Association.
Betty was a proud Iowa State Cyclone fan. She and Dwight held season tickets to football and basketball games until Dwight’s passing.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, J. Dwight Brown, and her parents.
Survivors include her son, Ron (Elaine) Brown of Tucson, Arizona; daughter, Judy (Dan) Sorensen of Swea City; son, Doug (Martha) Brown of Huxley; four grandchildren, Carisa (Art) Silverio, Craig Sorensen, Curtis (Christine) Sorensen, and Emily (Steven) Leege; and eight great grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Westhaven Community and Suncrest Hospice for their compassionate care.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the family in care of Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – McCalley Chapel in Adel. Online condolences may be left at

Obituary: Thomas Allen Catron

Posted 5/7/2020
    Thomas “Snappy” Allen Catron, 65, of Adel, passed away May 1, 2020, of COVID-19 related complications following heart surgery.
    A graveside service will be held at Panther Creek Cemetery west of Adel on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 2 p.m. observing social distancing guidelines. Due to COVID-19 conditions, a Celebration of Life will be held at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – McCalley Chapel in Adel at a later date.
    Tom was born in Springfield, Illinois, to Arthur Henry and Zelma Charlene Catron on May 23, 1954. In his youth, Tom helped raise numerous farm animals on his small family farm. He wrestled and played football at Saydel High, where he met his future wife, and graduated as a member of the class of 1972. Tom began working for Northwestern Bell as a lineman in 1973, where he earned his alias, Snappy, during a demonstration of brute strength. The company changed names many times, but Tom served as a loyal employee for 43 years.
    Tom traveled all over Iowa and occasionally worked projects out of state, notably in Houston, Texas, and Flagstaff, Arizona.
    Tom moved to Adel in 1980 where he raised his family and managed his hobby farm.
    In retirement Tom was instrumental in building his namesake family business, Snappy’s Stick Fire BBQ, with his sons.
    In his later years, particularly near Christmas, Tom would inspire awe from children who saw him in public and truly believed Santa was watching. His gentle nature, quick wit, kindness and willingness to help those around him will be greatly missed. 
    Tom is survived by his wife of 40 years, Terry Jane of rural Adel; son Alex (Karen) Catron of Adel; son Andrew Catron of West Des Moines; daughter-in-law Kindra Catron; grandchildren, Madison, Casey, Caden, Calvin and Carmen Catron; siblings Shirley Cochran of Omaha, Nebraska, and Jerry Catron of Golden, Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his father Arthur Henry Catron; mother Zelma Charlene Catron; and his sons Jeremy Allen, and Casey Everett Catron.
    Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for a future designation.  Online condolences may be left at

Adel city council news

Posted 5/4/2020
    At the March 10 Adel City Council meeting, approval of allocating $10,000 in economic and development funding to the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce. Receive and File Annexation of 24459 288th Trail, Adel, Resolution No. 22-22, was also approved.

Adel De Soto Minburn school board news

Posted 5/4/2020
    At the April 13 ADM School Board meeting, the following personnel contracts were approved:
    • Resignations/terminations: Nolan Gitch, MS Boys Basketball Coach; Becki Green, Van Driver; Megan Greenslade, 2nd Grade Teacher; and Karen Kinney, AE Teacher Associate.
    • New Contracts: Liz Anderson, 2nd Grade Teacher, MA, Step 10; Kaci Johnson, AE Special Education Teacher, BA, Step 2; Michael Jungck, .75 FTE DS Technology Teacher, BA+12, Step 14; Taylor White, Head Cheer Coach, Step 1; and Shannon Zuck, Ass’t. Cheer Coach, Step 1.
    • Transfer: Corey Schneider, from MS Math Teacher to HS Math Teacher.
    The Board approved the breakfast and lunch fees for 2020-21. The elementary breakfast charge will increase 10 cents. All other prices will remain at the current level. The 2020-21 charges approved include elementary breakfast $1.80, elementary lunch $2.75, secondary breakfast $1.80, secondary lunch $2.90, milk/juice $.50, adult breakfast, $2.00, and adult lunch $3.75.
    The Board approved the 2020-21 Activity ticket charges to remain the same as the current year. The current prices are $60 for a student pass, $200 for a family pass, and $90 for an adult pass.
    The Board approved a substitute teacher pay increase from $120/day to $130/day for the 2020-21 school year.
    The Board approved the amount of $45,858.28 listed on Appendix A to the 28E Agreement with the City of Adel for the school resource officer. The District pays 49% of the expenses for Officer Keller, which would be $45,858.28.

Funeral notice: Geneva M. Holmes

Posted 4/30/2020
    Geneva M. Holmes, 97, of Adel, (formerly of Earlham), passed away on April 22, 2020. Due to COVID-19 and current State of Iowa restrictions on social gatherings, a private family graveside service took place April 28 at Union Cemetery near Guthrie Center.
     Geneva was born on July 6, 1922, on a farm northeast of Guthrie Center to Claude Charles and Nettie Leona (Kinkennon) Hafner. She went to Country School and graduated from Panora High School at the age of 18. In 1941 she started teaching Country School in Victory township. She taught school for 10 years total before and during her marriage to Ellis.
    Geneva married Ellis Holmes on July 3, 1943, in Guthrie Center. They made their home east of Guthrie Center until March of 1944 when they moved to a farm west of Menlo. In 1947 they moved northeast of Guthrie Center, were she taught country school while helping Ellis farm. In 1950 they moved southeast of Guthrie Center and lived there 13 years. In 1963 they moved south of Dexter and lived there six years. She and her husband worked very hard. It seemed like there was no end to building fence and chores. They made a lot of good friends during these years. Although they had no children of their own, they took in many foster children over the years.
     Survivors include, a foster daughter, Karen Rogers of Arizona; four foster grandchildren, Kevin, Brent (Lydia), Malea and Chay’le (Jeff) and three foster great grand children;
Step son Jerry (Sharon) Rote of Stuart, Step daughter Shirley (Ed) Menefee of Maryville, Missouri; four step grandchildren, Daryl (Lisa), Janet, Jason (Kimberly) and Nicole; 6 step great grand children; along with many nieces, nephews and friends who loved her dearly.
    Geneva was preceded in death by her husbands Ellis Holmes and Ted Rote; her father Claude and mother, Nettie; her sisters, Calista Hafner, Hazel Belding, and Beulah Reeves; and brothers, Dwight Hafner, and Claude Jr. Hafner.
    Memorial donations can be made to Early Chapel Christian Church in Earlham. Online condolences may be left at

To the people of Dallas county

Posted 4/27/2020
    What strange times we live in now. In a time where it’s hard to know how to feel — whether sad that we have lost the way of life we used to enjoy, anxious as we wait out this virus or just a general feeling of helplessness wishing we could do more. But let us tell you how all of us at Dallas County Emergency Medical Services feel. .. gratitude. The outpouring of support from the community has been amazing.
    Thank you to the people who have offered us a place to stay if we need to quarantine away from our families . Thank you to those who have dropped off food. We have been getting busier and being able to grab a quick snack or meal while on the go has been a lifesaver. Thank you to the businesses offering discounts. Every bit is appreciated, and we are shopping local to support you, too. Thank you to those who have donated PPE, whether for us, our patients, or to distribute to the community. It is greatly appreciated. Thank you to all the volunteer First Responders who have stepped up and helped us take care of patients and keep everyone safe. Thank you to all the other healthcare providers who are working hand in hand, right alongside of us. We are stronger together.
    It has been great to see the tightknit towns of the county come together and take care of each other. Not that any of us wanted to work through a pandemic, but there is no where else we’d rather do it. It’s the citizens of Dallas County and their generosity and their spirit that will carry us through this. When you see us out and about, just know that we are smiling underneath our masks and we are thankful for all of you.
    Wash your hands and stay safe. We’ll get through this together.
    Thank You,

Fareway donates more than $200,000 to support small businesses

Posted 4/23/2020
    Fareway Stores, Inc. recently announced a $200,000 donation to the Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives (ICCE). The donation provided for $1,000 or more in gift cards to ICCE chamber of commerce members in the communities Fareway serves.
    ICCE distributed the Fareway gift cards to its chamber of commerce members. Adel Partners Chamber received $2,000 in gift cards, which were distributed to local small businesses and their employees.

Funeral notice: Ivan L. Knoll

Posted 4/20/2020
    Ivan L. Knoll, age 95 of Adel, died April 15, 2020. Due to the current State of Iowa restrictions on COVID-19 for social gatherings, all visitations and services are limited. A private family burial will take place at Oakdale Cemetery and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
    Ivan was born December 20, 1924, to Louie A. Knoll and Josephine B. (Applen) Knoll. He graduated from Waukee High School in 1942. After working the summers of 1942 and 1943 as a farm hand, he joined the Navy in 1943, serving on the USS Craven during World War II. Returning from the service in May 1946, he took up farming. In September, 1949, he married Lola M. Wicks and made their home on the farm of Lola’s Mother in Colfax Twp. Here they farmed and raised four children, Kent, Gayle and twins, Burke and Bruce. In 1993 upon retirement, Ivan and Lola moved into town in Adel. Ivan and Lola were happily married for 62 years until her passing. Even at 95, Ivan still had farming in his blood and would love to come out and ride in the combine. His legacy will continue on with Knoll Farms.
    Ivan was a member of the Panther Creek Church of the Brethren. He served on several committees and boards in the area through the years and also enjoyed playing cards with a Waukee Group for over 58 years, plus a “neighborhood” group for some 50 years. Ivan enjoyed mushroom hunting in the spring, was a regular blood donor, and he and Lola loved to dance. Ivan loved his family, his nieces and nephews, his friends and his church family.
    Survivors include daughter, Gayle (Rick) Arnburg of Maxwell; sons, Kent, Burke (fiancé Robyn), Bruce (fiancé Beth) all of Adel; five grandchildren, Dustin (Marcy) Conover of Adel, Wade (Ashley) Conover of Ackworth, Rachel (boyfriend Brandon) Knoll of Adel, Kyle (fiancé Cassie) Knoll of Adel and Cole (girlfriend Madie) Knoll of Des Moines; and great grandchildren, Ashton, Paisley, Kimber, Braelyn and Lyndee. He enjoyed time with his (companion) Fern Dickey of many years.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Lola (2011); father, Louie (1989; mother, Josephine (1999); brother, John (2008) and sister, Pauline (2011).
    The family requests no flowers and memorial donations may be made to Panther Creek Church of the Brethren or Mainstream Living, a nonprofit care organization. Online condolences may be left at

 Funeral notice: James Michael Barry

Posted 4/16/2020
    James Michael Barry, 56, of Des Moines and formerly of Adel, passed away Monday, April 13 at MercyOne Hospital in Des Moines due to complications of diabetes. A visitation will be held Saturday, April 18 from 1-4 p.m. at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – McCalley Chapel in Adel. Due to the current State of Iowa restrictions on social gatherings, the funeral home will assist with family and friends entering the funeral home to comply with current regulations. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date at the Dexter Cemetery.
    Jim was born to Richard “Dick” and Marilyn Coleen Barry on Nov. 3, 1963. He grew up in Adel and graduated in 1982. He was employed by Bridgestone Firestone for many years, followed by over the road trucking. He never met anyone he couldn’t start a conversion with. The only friend he didn’t have was someone he hadn’t met yet. He always loved to have a good time and would never hesitate to tell you just what he thought.
    He loved his family, hunting, fishing and anything that had to do with being outdoors. Walks in the timber or knee deep in a pond or river was where he felt most comfortable.
    Jim is survived by his wife, Chris; father, Richard “Dick” and significant other, Jeanne Crabb; brother, Joe (Tara); nieces, Jazmin and Jaden; nephews, Fletcher and Braden; and many friends.
    He was preceded in death by his mother, Marilyn Coleen; and infant brother, Richard Allen.
    Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left at

Obituary: Jann “Jake” Edward Wakefield, Van Meter

Posted 4/2/2020
    Jann “Jake” Edward Wakefield, 80, of Van Meter passed away peacefully March 25, 2020, at his home. A private family service was held April 1, 2020, with burial at Oakland Cemetery in De Soto. Due to public health concerns of Covid-19, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.
    Jann “Jake” Edward Wakefield was born June 7, 1939, in South Bend, Indiana, to Josephine Lorraine (Wood) and Ernest Norman Wakefield. Jake graduated high school from Lyons, Michigan, in 1957. Following his graduation, Jake joined the United States Marine Corps where he proudly served his country. In 1963 he was united in marriage to Dian Gail Van Oosterhout, to this union they were blessed with three children. Jake began his career working for the state of Iowa in the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship in 1985 as Dairy Products Control Bureau Chief, a true passion of his. He retired in 2007. Jake’s passion extended to the farm where he raised livestock. He was a man with many hobbies, including working on cars, trucks, traveling the countryside and caring for his family.
    Jake is survived by his wife, Dian Gail Wakefield; children, Benjamin James Wakefield, Wayne Edward Wakefield and Susan Lee Banks; grandchildren, Joseph Wakefield, Jacob Wakefield, Matt Simpson, Cynthia Simpson, Jennifer Banks, Zachary Banks, Gretchen Banks; great grandchild, Kaylee Simpson; sibling, Norman Wakefield; sisters-in-law, Lynn Alice Wakefield and Donna Wakefield.
    He is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Josephine; brother, Terrance Wakefield and his son-in-law, Gregory Banks.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials maybe directed to Mercy Hospice in memory of the care they gave the family. Online condolences maybe left at

ADM Scholarship Foundation Students of the Month

Posted 3/30/2020
    The following are the ADM Scholarship Foundation Students of the Month for March 2020.
    • Student of the Month: Seth Entricken—Raccoon Valley Bank
    • Kiwanis: Cody Anderson and Grace Hatchitt
    • Fine Arts: Grace Hatchitt and Kimberly Hall (Speech)—Lincoln Savings Bank
 Since all sports have been cancelled, we have no athletes of the month to recognize.

Obituary: Kathryn M. Dawes, Adel

Posted 3/23/2020

Kathryn (Katie) M. Dawes, age 98 of Adel, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2020 at The Village at Legacy Pointe in Waukee.

Kathryn was born Dec. 31, 1921 on a farm near Bouton to Clarence and Ethel Capp.  She was the youngest of four children. She was united in marriage to Harold Dawes on Nov. 28, 1942.
Katie lived her entire life in Dallas County.  She was a proud student of Washington Township School for all 12 years of her schooling and graduated in 1939 with a perfect attendance award for not missing one day of school for all 12 years.  After graduating from Washington Township she took post graduate work at Adel High School.  Following the completion of a course at the University of Nebraska, she taught for three years in the rural schools of Colfax township.
Katie was a busy farm wife, mother and homemaker.  Along with her sister she made and decorated wedding and birthday cakes for many people in Dallas County.  They baked, decorated and delivered more than 500 cakes often for several generations during their career. Katie loved music and enjoyed playing the piano and later the organ.
After her husband’s death in 1983 she took over the operation of the farm, with the help of her son, Bill, until her death.  She was very proud of the farmland that she and her husband had acquired during their farming career, including 80 acres that has remained in the Dawes family for more 100 years.

She was a member of the Adel Christian Church, a devoted mother and a friend to all who knew her.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two sisters, Winnie Liston and Wilma McManus, one brother, Cliff Capp, and daughter, Betsy Dawes.  She leaves to morn her passing her daughter, Jeanne (Ron) Walter, Orlando, Fla., son William Dawes, Des Moines, Iowa, three granddaughters, one grandson and one great-granddaughter.

A private family graveside service and burial was held at Panther Creek Cemetery on Wednesday, March 18.  Due to the CDC and Governor Reynolds' guidelines regarding the COVID-19 virus for social gatherings of 10 or more, there will be no visitation or funeral services scheduled.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Kathryn’s name to your favorite charity.  Online condolences may be left at


Obituary: Ida May Hidlebaugh, Redfield

Posted 3/19/2020

Ida May Hidlebaugh, 84, of Redfield, died peacefully in her sleep Saturday, March 14, 2020.
Private family funeral services were held Thursday, March 19 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – McCalley Chapel in Adel with burial following at Harper Cemetery near Redfield.
Ida worked for the State of Iowa as a secretary for many years until her retirement in 1997. After retirement she stayed active with friends and family as well as being an active member of the Redfield Library.
She is survived by her three sons, Bruce (Wanda) Hidlebaugh of Grinnell, Jim Tracy of Winterset and Scott (Molly) Hidlebaugh of Blue Springs, Missouri; four grandchildren, Amy, Joey, Stacy and Emily; three great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Jaden and Jamison; and her brother, Mike Smith of Lovilia.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Hidlebaugh; her parents, Oliver and Josie Smith; and her brothers, Oliver and Steve Smith.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for a future designation. Online condolences may be left at

Obituary: Carol Carson, Redfield

Posted 3/19/2020

Carol Carson, 70, of Redfield, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Lakeside Village in Panora.
Carol was born on Sept. 2, 1949, in Redfield to Thomas Foster and Paulena Marie (Hornback) Joiner.
She loved to bake, crochet and making blankets, was an avid bingo player, was active in card groups with her friends, was a big part of the senior community at Lakeside Village and loved spending time with her many friends in Redfield and at Lakeside. She was a member of the Redfield Christian Church.
Carol is survived by her husband of 48 years, Robert Carson; her children, Linda (Larry) Alexander, Tom (Missy) Grabill, Laura (Leonard) Belew, DeWayne (Endisa) Carson and Cora (Don) Pruitt; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren on the way; one great-great-granddaughter; three sisters, Kay Bunkers, Jackie Graika and Ruth Ann Bland; and two brothers, Donnie Joiner and Benny Madison.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kimberly Sue Carson; her son, Jerry Dean Grabill; her great-granddaughter, Abigail; her parents, Foster and Marie Joiner; and three sisters, Sylvia Sanders, Verna Bloomfield, and Georgia Burnham.
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, all visitations and services will be limited to immediate family only. Thank you for your understanding.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left at

ADM School Board highlights

Posted 3/6/2020

At the Feb. 10 regular meeting, the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn School Board approved the following resignations/terminations: Lyle Alumbaugh, assistant football coach, and Brandi Rose, MS softball coach.
• The board approved the following new contracts: Amy Hemphill, 5-6 DeSoto Intermediate principal and Jessica Novelli, MS track coach.
• The reassigment of Jodi Banse as the new 2-4 building principal was approved.
• The transfer of Morgan Ostrander from elementary art teacher to MS art teacher was approved.
• The board passed a resolution to approve the acceptance of a gift of commissioned art. The ADM Alumni Association donated a statue of the ADM Tiger.
• The board reviewed two bids received for a new 77-passenger school bus. Hoglund Bus submitted a bid of $101,000. School Bus Sales submitted a bid of $105,207. The board approved the bid from Hoglund Bus for $101,000.
• The board approved the addition of two full-time elementary level special education teachers, one at DeSoto Intermediate and one at Adel Elementary for the 2020-21 school year.

Obituary: Glenna Crannnell, Adel

Posted 3/6/2020

Glenna Ann (Barnett) Crannell, 86, of Adel, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2020, surrounded by family and friends.
She was born in Linden to Grace (Foy) and Leslie Barnett and was the youngest of four siblings. She graduated from Linden High School and studied bookkeeping at AIB in Des Moines.
Glenna was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Melvin, Gaylord, and Theron (“Pud”) Barnett, as well as a son, Steven Crannell. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Harold “Ray” Raymond Crannell; children, Michael (Alison) Crannell, Lisa Gassman (Dave Vajgrt), Matthew (Malinda) Crannell; daughter-in-law, Vicki Crannell; grandchildren, Mindy (Dave) Huntoon, Amy (Dave) Belchak, Scott (Anne) Crannell, Adam (Michelle) Crannell, Jessica Gassman, Vincent (Michelle Chavarria) Gassman, Nate (Jessica) Crannell, and Mandy Crannell; great-grandchildren, Emily, Grace, Gabe, Jon and Isaac Hatchitt, Uzziah, Jadon, Matthias, Eliana and Abner Belchak, Makayla, Jordan and Lewis Crannell, Lukas and Kaleb Crannell, Victoria and Benjamin Gassman, and Taylin, Ellasyn and Macklin Crannell.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 6 from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Caldwell Parish Funeral Home - McCalley Chapel in Adel with burial at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be mailed to the American Lung Association of Iowa, 5601 Douglas Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50310, or made online at Online condolences may be left at

Obituary: Devon Lee Slycord, Adel

Posted 3/6/2020

Devon Lee Slycord, 29 of Adel, left this earth to be with his Lord Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8 at Caldwell Parrish - McCalley Chapel in Adel. Burial will take place after the service at the Booneville Cemetery. A visitation will be held Saturday March 7 at Caldwell Parrish - McCalley Chapel in Adel, where the family will greet friends from 4-8 p.m. A prayer service and a time of remembrance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Devon graduated from Van Meter High School in May 2009. While in school he was involved in chorus, cadet teaching, and was on the honor roll. After graduating high school, Devon began his career as a plumber for eight years working at Cook Plumbing.
Devon is survived by his parents Jason and Sheiry Slycord of Adel; big brother to Ryann Slycord; grandson to Larry and Cindy Stepp and Dick and Connie Thompson; great-grandson to Ruby Eldridge, Janet Steelman, and Dixie Jennings; nephew to Jessica (Joe) McDonald, Stephanie (Ron) Wine, Heather (Doug) Poggenssee, Carrie, Courtney, Amanda, Landan, Wendy, and Nancy Thompson, and Robyn (Jeff) Lund. Devon has 23 first cousins and many extended family and friends. Devon is preceded in death by his great-grandparents Corky Steelman and Don Jennings.
Memorial contributions may be directed/made to Broadlawns Medical Center Foundation. Designate gift toward mental health services/addiction/crisis or the Zion Recovery Services Inc. Online condolences may be left at

Needs for Vets at the Des Moines VA Hospital

Posted 2/24/2020

The Adel American Legion Auxiliary invites the community to contribute the following new items needed by veterans at the Des Moines VA Hospital: coffee, healthy snacks like granola bars, cereal bars or sugar-free hard candies, disposable triple blade razors and backpacks.  The drop-off box is located at the Adel Barbershop, 119 N. Ninth St., on the square in Adel during regular business hours, Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 6-11 a.m.