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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.

Motor Vehicle and Tax Departments reopen for appointments

Posted 5/28/2020
    Dallas County residents will be able to schedule a next-day appointment for motor vehicle and trailer title transfers, out of state move-ins and specialty plate pick-ups. Registration renewals are required to be done online, by mail or by dropping payment in the Courthouse drop box. Appointments will be available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon. Individuals will need to call 515-993-5812 between the hours of 1-4 p.m. to book an appointment for the next business day.

Dallas County Hospital partners with Ben’s Five and Dime for Handsewn Masks

Posted 5/28/2020
    In the effort to contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine Clinics partners with Ben’s Five and Dime to provide materials to individuals that are able to hand sew masks. The safety of our community and those caring for the ill is our top priority.
    Ben’s Five and Dime has worked to secure a supply of material to provide sewers with to create handsewn PPE to donate to the Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine Clinics.
    If you are interested in sewing handsewn masks for DCH, material is available for pick-up free of charge. Please contact Macinzie at 515-465-7516 or mmcfarland@dallascohospital.org to receive details on how to help.

ChildServe’s Run, Walk & FUN 4 the Kids

Posted 5/28/2020
    You’re invited to help children with special healthcare needs live a great life by joining ChildServe’s Run, Walk & Fun 4 the Kids: Virtual Hero Edition on June 13. In this fun-filled virtual movement you will unleash your inner superhero as you help us reach 1,000 miles pledged in support of our mission. Register today at www.childserve.org/run

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 www.caldwellparrish.com

Majority of Summer Iowa Games Cancelled for 2020

Posted 5/26/2020
Iowa Games officials announced today that the bulk of sports for the 2020 Summer Iowa Games presented by Grinnell Mutual in Ames and surrounding communities have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
 
Due to the group gathering nature of this large-scale sports festival and social-distancing guidelines currently in place, the majority of the Summer Iowa Games have been cancelled for 2020. Athletes and participants are encouraged to follow the Iowa Games on social media, as virtual events may be offered this summer for some of the cancelled sports.
 
“The Summer Iowa Games takes months of coordination with a tremendous amount of effort from our staff, Iowa State University, and the Ames community,” commented Chuck Long, Iowa Games CEO/Executive Director. “We could not justify holding the Games while putting our athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff at risk.”
 
Due to the nature of some events, a small number of sports may continue to be held as scheduled. These sports/events include: 3D Archery, July 25-26; Big Fish Classic, August 09; Black Powder (Pistol), July 31-Aug 2; Black Powder (Rifle), Aug 7-9; Bocce, July 11; Bowling Districts, June 27-28 & July 11/12 (reschedule from June); Bowling Finals, Aug 8 (rescheduled from July 18); Bowling High School Team, Aug 7 (rescheduled from July 17); Cycling Road Race, August 02; Cycling Time Trial, August 01; Disc Golf, July 18-19; FootGolf, July 11; Golf - 4 Person Best Shot, July 19; Golf - Juniors/Pee Wee (IPGA), July 16; Golf - Juniors/Pee Wee (non-IPGA), July 15; Hoover-Ball, August 08; Light Saber, July 18-19; Sand Volleyball (Cedar Rapids), Aug 15 (rescheduled from June 13); Sand Volleyball (Des Moines), July 18; Trapshooting, August 15; Triathlon/Duathlon, July 12; Water Skiing, July 18-19; Whitewater Slalom, June 20.
 
The Iowa Games will continue to monitor the situation, and any changes to the above sports will be announced as needed.
 
For more information regarding this cancellation, please visit www.iowagames.org or email info@iowagames.org, as our staff is continuing to work remotely.

Brick Street Bakery new hours

Posted 5/26/2020
    Brick Street Bakery is open 7-11 a.m. daily and will continue carry out services. June 5 is National Donut Day — take 10 percent off  a dozen donuts.

Brick Street Books & Cafe reopens for carry out

Posted 5/26/2020
    Brick Street Books & Cafe will be reopening for carry out only on June 1. Call order in at 515-993-1811 and enjoy curbside pickup. Open daily 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.

Tiger Pride Drive Events

Posted 5/26/2020
    ADM stadium and ball fields will be lit each Friday night through the end of May for the number of minutes representing the total number of school days missed by ADM students due to the school closure.
    While the fields are lit, ADM students, families, alumni and community members are invited to “scoop the loop” and participate in the weekly “Tiger Pride Drive.” If the suggested route gets too congested, spread the ADM Tiger Pride around using other roads and routes.
    Join the drive each Friday night at 8:30 p.m. through the end of May to see familiar faces, wave to friends and teachers, honk horns, and have a little fun. Stay in your vehicles, don’t park in lots, and don’t congregate. Go to www.facebook.com/ADMCommunitySchools for suggested route and details.
    Each “Tiger Pride Drive” night will have a theme, and participants being recognized in the theme are encouraged to decorate their vehicles or make signs to show their Tiger Pride. All others are encouraged to join in the drive to help recognize and support those being celebrated.
    Friday, May 29, 8:30-9:20 p.m., All Student Celebration Night
    All Students and Families of Students: If you are an ADM student or family of an ADM student, decorate your vehicle to show their ADM Tiger Pride
    The Tiger Pride Drive will conclude with the ADM “boom” traditionally heard at home ADM  football games.

On a mission to serve, Virtual VBS 2020

Posted 5/21/2020
    WestwindKIDS invites all 4-year-olds through upcoming 5th-graders to join as secret service agents on a mission to serve, to work together to find the clues that lead us to the One that always chooses to serve others for their good. WestwindKIDS VBS 2020 is going virtual for the first time ever.
    They have planned a flexible 4-day at-home VBS to fit your families’ needs from June 14-17, at 6:30 p.m.
    Each night, they will begin virtually in Mission Control, the large group time, as they sing with our Motion Team, learn the VBS memory verse, watch fun skits and get to know Jesus. Then you choose which areas of VBS will fit for your family to participate in together.
    • Small group on Zoom with a small group and leader
    • Small group with a parent or adult at home
    • Crafts and service project
    Registration costs are based on a per-activity basis. Each child’s registration includes a one-of-a-kind VBS T-shirt, Secret Service Agent gear and all supplies you will need for each child’s activities.
    Scholarships are available. Email tara@westwindchurch.org for more information. Contact them for more details: Westwind Church, 185 N.E. Dartmoor Drive, Waukee, 515-987-2040, westwindchurch.org.

The Iowa Arboretum grounds are now open

Posted 5/18/2020
    The Iowa Arboretum’s gardens, grounds and trails are open to the public. The building will remain closed. Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members are free. Non-Members: $7 for adults, $2 for children (3-12 years) and free for ages 2 years and under. Iowa Arboretum is located at 1875 Peach Ave., Madrid.

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.

First Responders Club

Posted 5/18/2020
    Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa (BGCCI) announced Iowa’s first-ever First Responders Club at the Gregory & Suzie Glazer Burt Club at Drake University, serving children of those working the frontlines of the pandemic.
    Beginning Monday, May 18, the Burt Club, located at 25th St. and Forest Avenue in Des Moines, will open its doors for up to 80 children, kindergarten through fifth grade, of metro area police, fire and EMS workers.

Dallas County Health Encourages Mitigation Efforts as Businesses Re-open

Posted 5/18/2020
    Gov. Reynolds issued a proclamation allowing certain Dallas County businesses to re-open with restrictions. Effective 5 a.m., May 15, 2020, through 11:59 p.m., May 27, 2020, the following measures are in effect:
    • Allowed to open: medical spas, tanning facilities, massage therapy establishments, tattoo establishments, campgrounds, and drive-in movie theaters
    • Allowed to open at 50 percent capacity: restaurants, fitness centers, malls, other retail centers, salons, barbershops, libraries, social and fraternal clubs   
    • Remaining closed: bars, theaters, casinos & gaming facilities, senior centers, adult day centers, amusements, museums, aquariums/zoos, swimming pools, playgrounds, skating rinks, skate parks, door-to-door sales.

Community mobile food pantry to open May 20-21

Posted 5/14/2020
A community mobile food pantry will be open Wednesday, May 20 at the Dallas County Hopsital north parking lot beginning at 5 p.m. and Thursday, May 21 at Raccoon Valley Bank in Adel beginning at 5 p.m. This is sponsored by Raccoon Valley Bank, Dallas County Hospital, Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce, Dallas County EMS, Adel and Perry Fareways, Hy-Line, Hy-Vee, Minburn Communications, Osmundson, Progressive Foundry, Tyson, Van Wall Equipment and Dallas County Hospital Foundation. 

Camp Dodge cancels summer concert series, other events 

Posted 5/14/2020
Upcoming events and summer activities held by the Iowa National Guard are canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The guard announced the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is canceling the annual Memorial Day breakfast along with the summer concert series held at Camp Dodge.
The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is canceling its annual Memorial Day breakfast and recognition event, and the museum itself remains closed to visitors.
The guard’s No Man’s Land Trench Run is also cancelled this year, along with the Iowa National Guard Alumni Day event held in August. Alumni Day is rescheduled for Aug. 7, 2021. 

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 www.caldwellparrish.com.

Dog waste clean up service

Posted 5/14/2020
Are you looking for someone to clean up your pet waste? If so, I am your guy! I’m 14 years old and a hard worker. You can call or text me at 402-452-1118 for more information. I’m cleaning the earth one turd at a time.

Trail bridge closure

Posted 5/13/2020
The Adel Partners Chamber's Kinnick to Raccoon Trail Improvement Project is moving forward.  Starting on Tuesday, May 12, KCL Engineering and Mid Iowa Electric will be installing the 66 LED lights on the bridge weather permitting. The bridge will be closed to traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.  They plan to have the bridge open evenings and weekends.

15th Street closure

Posted 5/11/2020
    Beginning on Wednesday May 13, 15th Street from Penoach to Ann Avenue will be closed to through traffic for road and water main construction. The road is scheduled to re-open on Monday May, 18. Residents will have access to their driveways during this time.

Dallas County Conseravtion news

Posted 5/11/2020
    The Sportsman Park Campground is now open to self-contained units only until further notice. The restrooms and shower house will not be opened. All sites are first come/first serve. No tent camping will be allowed. Camping at Kuehn Conservation Area remains closed until further notice.
    A number of improvement projects are taking place this year along the Raccoon River Valley Trail. Starting May 12, 2020, a bridge lighting project in Adel will begin. Crews will close this bridge during the day but hope to reopen it for trail users in the evenings and on weekends. Impacts from this Adel bridge lighting project are expected from mid-May through mid-June.
    Maintenance work continues along the Raccoon River Valley Tail as contractors are conducting overlay work and bridge repair projects between Adel and Redfield. For the safety of trail users and workers, segments of the Raccoon River Valley Trail will be closed between Adel and Redfield through mid-summer. No detour routes are available.

Dallas County Hospital asks the community to wear masks

Posted 5/11/2020
    Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine Clinics follows CDC guidelines for the protection of its staff, its patients and their families during the current health emergency. The Dallas County community can be proactive in this regard by wearing face masks at all times when outside the home.
    Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine Clinics has taken precautions as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. Extra precautions that have been put into place include wearing proper Personal Protection Equipment in patient care, scheduling necessary well visits during half of the day in the clinics, spacing patients in the waiting room, seeing potentially infectious patients and well patients in separate parts of facilities, implementing Virtual Visit capabilities and cancelling the Sick Kids Clinic until visitor restrictions are lifted.
    Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine Clinics is continuing to ask for donations of PPE stock, such as N95 respirators and surgical masks, hand-sewn masks, face shields and goggles. If you have this equipment that you could donate, call Macinzie at 515-465-7516 ahead of time to make arrangements for delivery.

DMARC launches food pantry delivery service

Posted 5/7/2020
    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network is launching a food pantry delivery service to meet the needs of people experiencing food insecurity in Greater Des Moines at this time.
    If a person is unable to obtain food by either visiting a food pantry location or by using a proxy to pick up food for them, they may call to request a delivery. DMARC is asking that only those with health, transportation or other mitigating circumstances use this service. People can call 1-833-DMARC-20 (1-833-362-7220) toll free to request a delivery. This number will be staffed by trained volunteers and staff from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. Requests for delivery will be taken on a first-come first-serve basis, and delivery capacity will depend on the number of volunteers available.
    Once the order is placed, food will be delivered to the person’s doorstep with a no-contact drop-off the following business day between 9 a.m. and noon.
    Those interested in volunteering to deliver food can sign up at dmarcunited.org/volunteer.

#25for25 Campaign Supports Iowans and Local Non-Profit Mission

Posted 5/7/2020
    The nine-week campaign, called 25 for 25, features 25 Iowa artists, small businesses and entrepreneurs. Each week, three of these vendors are featured and their products are promoted on social media and the website.
     Here’s how it works: Anyone interested in purchasing the promoted items pays $25. The Iowa Able Foundation splits the proceeds with the vendor, and the item purchased is mailed directly to the donor’s home.
    Visit iamableiowa.com/25for25 to view the latest vendor options.

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 www.caldwellparrish.com

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.

Tiger Pride T-Shirts on sale now

Posted 5/4/2020
    ADM community members, alumni, and families are invited to purchase ADM Tiger Pride yard signs and T-Shirts to show support for our students and community during this difficult time. Three dollars of each purchase will be donated to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry as a way to thank the pantry for their support of ADM students and the community. https://admtigerpride2020.itemorder.com/sale.

Des Moines Symphony postpones concerts

Posted 5/4/2020
    The Des Moines Symphony announced that it will postpone its annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert, as well as its second summer season of Water Works Pops.
     The Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops, originally planned for Thursday, July 2 at the Iowa State Capitol, will be reimagined as a community-wide Labor Day celebration on Monday, Sept. 7 in the Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park.
     The Symphony’s second season of Water Works Pops, originally scheduled July 24-26, will move to Labor Day weekend along with the rescheduled Yankee Doodle Pops Concert, creating a full weekend of free music for the community. These free, outdoor concerts, offered Sept. 5-7, will be presented thanks to the generous support of Linda and Tom Koehn.
     Further announcements will be made at dmsymphony.org.

Spring Plant Sale, May 2-3

Posted 4/30/2020
    Iowa Arboretum’s annual Spring Plant Sale is live. This year, the plant sale will be online with a coordinated schedule pick-up date and time. All of the plants for sale, instructions and more are listed on their website: https://iowaarboretum.org. Call 515-795-3216 if you have any questions about payment or plant selections.

Public Notice

Posted 4/30/2020
    Through the end of May, all Friday Night ADM Tiger Pride Drives will conclude with the ADM “boom” traditionally heard at home football games. Help spread this information with neighbors and friends so residents are not caught off guard when hearing the “boom.” Below are the approximate times that each “boom” will occur. Please note: Multiple “booms” will occur on May 22 to honor ADM Seniors:
    • Friday, May 1, 9 p.m.
    • Friday, May 8, 9:05 p.m.
    • Friday, May 15, 9:10 p.m.
    • Friday, May 22, 9:15 p.m.
    • Friday, May 29, 9:20 p.m.
    To learn more about the Tiger Pride Drive events, visit www.admschools.org/tigerpride.

April Students of the Month

Posted 4/30/2020
    The following are the ADM Scholarship Foundation Students of the Month April 2020.
    • Student of the Month: Sam Fouts — Raccoon Valley Bank and Core Physical Therapy
    • Kiwanis: Cameron While and Anna Walls — Kiwanis and Patrick’s Restaurant
    • Fine Arts: (Play) Olivia Klassen (Onstage Support) and Mikki Ver Woert (Backstage Support) — Lincoln Savings Bank and Adel HealthMart

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 www.caldwellparrish.com.

Classifieds

Posted 4/30/2020
  • Birthday Cards for Becky Button: Adel-raised Becky Button is celebrating 60 years on May 8.  Becky loves cards (especially making them!), and since we can’t have a party during this COVID-19 craziness, please join us in sending cards her way: 32415 K Ave. Adel, IA 50003.
  • FOR SALE: Used lawnmowers, $15-$30, 515-971-4256, Adel.
  • FOR RENT: House in Adel: 4BR, 2BA single car garage, $1000  a month w/1-year lease. Deposit of $1000 at lease signing. Tenant will be responsible for all utilities, mowing and snow removal. No smokers and no pets. 1,500  SF of living space and  basement, deck and fireplace. Call 515-401-2671 between 5 and 8 p.m. Available May
  • HELP Wanted: Imagine the Possibilities Inc. is looking for motivated, supportive, and compassionate people to enhance the lives of our individuals with developmental disabilities. We have an immediate Full-Time and Part-Time positions available in hour Hourly HCBS program in our Adel location. The HCBS Direct Support Professional is responsible for implementation and documentation of goals and objectives for individuals served. The DSP will be an active advocate for individuals served with an emphasis on individual choice and decision-making. No experience necessary- we provide training for our team members. We offer a fantastic benefit package including 401k options, health, dental, vision and supplemental insurance options. Benefits also include a generous PTO package with pay out options. For more information or to apply online, please visit www.imagineia.org/employment.

Tiger Pride yard signs on sale

Posted 4/27/2020
    This week, ADM Community School District will be running a sale of Tiger Pride yard signs. Purchase by May 1. Signs will need to be picked up between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the high school building entrance on May 8. See the school’s Facebook page for details: www.facebook.com/ADMCommunitySchools.

Botanical Garden takes spring plant sale online

Posted 4/27/2020
    In the interest of health and safety in light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden has shifted its 2020 Spring Garden Festival presented by Country Landscapes to an online plant sale with curbside pickup.
     The sale opens to the public at dmbotanicalgarden.com/shop on Wednesday, April 29. Plant pickup will take place at the Garden Friday, May 8 through Sunday, May 10.
     The sale features a curated collection of new, unusual or hard-to-find plants, with an emphasis on natives and perennials that support pollinators and other wildlife. Selections also include small-space plants for gardening indoors and in containers; herbs and vegetables; and ornamentals geared toward front yards.

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,
    DCEMS

Name the new elementary building

Posted 4/23/2020
    Construction of the new elementary building is underway. It is time we gave this new building a name.
Through May 1, ADM parents, students, staff, community members and alumni are encouraged to complete the form found on the ADM Schools Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ADMCommunitySchools.

Youth Ball Season Cancelled

Posted 4/23/2020
    Youth baseball/softball seasons for 2020 have been cancelled. This decision was made after much consideration from the South Dallas Little League board members and town representatives. They are erring on the side of caution and keeping the health and safety of participants at the forefront of the decision.

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.

Classifieds

Posted 4/23/2020
    Birthday Cards for Becky Button: Adel-raised Becky Button is celebrating 60 years on May 8.  Becky loves cards (especially making them!), and since we can’t have a party during this COVID-19 craziness, please join us in sending cards her way: 32415 K Ave. Adel, IA 50003.
 
 Wanted: Family looking for kittens to love up. Call or text Melissa 515-360-8490

Free preschool

Posted 4/20/2020
    Waukee Head Start is currently taking applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Children need to be age 3 or 4 by Sept. 15, 2020. Classes are held Monday - Friday 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. A free breakfast, lunch and snack are provided. Head Start is of no cost for any services it provides. They offer a quality preschool experience by teachers with teaching degrees.
    Proof of income needs to be provided, as well as proof of age. Families that receive social security disability for any family member, TANF or children that are in foster care automatically qualify. Families not receiving these can also qualify. Family members are also encouraged to apply for any children who might have some special needs.
    For additional information, contact Christina Schalk, Head Start family advocate, at 712-830-1327 or cschalk@newopp.org.

Kading Townhomes offers free meals

Posted 4/20/2020
    Beginning last Thursday, April 16, Kading will pay for meals for Kading’s Townhome residents in Stuart and Adel. Kading is coordinating with local restaurants so that many of Kading’s residents may have a free meal.

Health Navigation continues to assist

Posted 4/20/2020
    Health Navigation continues to assist anyone who lives in Dallas County with issues such as health insurance, food, housing, employment, and mental health. Services are free. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, Health Navigators aren’t currently making face-to-face contacts, but are available by phone, 515-993-3750, and email, phn@dallascountyiowa.gov.

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 www.caldwellparrish.com.

DCH Family Medicine Clinics Now Capable for Virtual Visits

Posted 4/20/2020
    DCH Family Medicine Clinics now has capabilities for Virtual Visits in light of the COVID-19 crisis. A Virtual Visit allows a patient to meet with their local primary care provider through a secure, HIPAA compliant video chat without leaving the comfort and security of their home. Individuals can call their provider’s office to find out if virtual visits are appropriate for their condition.
     To learn more about Virtual visits, determine if a Virtual Visit is appropriate for your condition or to schedule an appointment, call DCH Family Medicine Perry at 515-465-3553.

Brick’n Bob Facebook live concert

Posted 4/16/2020
    Join your neighbors, friends and community for a Facebook Live concert hosted by Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, April 18. Brick’n Bob will perform from 5-6 p.m. Tune into the Adel Partners Chamber Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/AdelPartnersChamberOfCommerce

Save these event Dates

Posted 4/16/2020
  • May 15, Virtual Rock’n Friday, Cardinal Sound, 7-10 p.m., Stage and Pavilion
  • June 19, Rock’n Friday, South of Society, 7-10 p.m., Stage and Pavilion
  • July 17, Rock’n Friday, Brick and Bob, presented by Raccoon Valley Bank at Stage and Pavilion, 7-10 p.m.
  • Aug. 7-8, Sweet Corn Festival
  • Aug. 21, Rock’n Friday, Jimmy the Weasel, 7-10 p.m., Stage and Pavilion

 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 www.caldwellparrish.com.

Classifieds

Posted 4/16/2020
  •  HELP WANTED: FedEx Ground in Grimes is hiring. If you’ve found yourself looking for a job due to COVID-19 shutdowns, FedEx Ground needs people to help us support the economy, handling life-saving medications and other items that keep Americans as prepared as possible during these uncertain times. https://careers.fedex.com/groundwarehousejobs/jobs?location=grimes,ia        HELP Wanted: The City of Adel, Iowa is accepting applications for the position of Parks Maintenance Laborer. This full-time position reports directly to the Parks Superintendent. The position performs a variety of maintenance tasks. A high school diploma is required and prior experience in operating a variety of heavy and light equipment is necessary. The starting salary for this position is $19.71-$20.67 per hour DOQ. Work hours are Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Some evening and weekend work is required. The City offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance and State of Iowa retirement (IPERS). Interested applicants must submit an application, cover letter, resume, and three references by Friday, April 24, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. to: Nick Schenck, Director of Park and Recreation, 301 S. 10th St., Adel, Iowa, 50003. For more information, call (515) 993-4525, or email nschenck@adeliowa.org The City of Adel is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • WANTED: Bicycles, any age or condition, for parts or repair. Will pick them up. 238-3343
  • FOR RENT: House in Adel: 2BRplus 2BA single car garage, $1,000 a month w/1-year lease. Deposit of $1,000 at lease signing. Tenant will be responsible for all utilities, mowing and snow removal. No smokers and no pets. 1,500 SF of living space and basement, deck and fireplace. Call 515-401-2671 between 5 and 8 p.m. Available May 2020.

City of Adel updates

Posted 4/13/2020
    Continue to check the City’s COVID-19 page for updates and resources. In summary, recent news includes:
    • A temporary burn ban is now in place within the City limits.
    • The City has extended its pet license registration deadline to June 30, 2020.
    • The April 14 Adel City Council meeting’s public hearings have been canceled. The meeting will be held electronically.
    • The annual Garage Sales, Spring Cleanup, and Hazardous Waste Collection events have been postponed.

Adel’s #ChalkTheTown photos

Posted 4/13/2020
    Show appreciation for local businesses, owners and employees as they adapt to a new way of doing business and serving the community. Create a work of encouragement or a thank you by using chalk art to draw a picture or message from the safety of your home or yard. Email your chalk art and window paintings to chamber@AdelPartners.org to be featured online.

WesleyLife Meals on Wheels

Posted 4/13/2020
    Every day, WesleyLife Meals on Wheels directly supports the health, vitality and independence of more than 900 adults living in greater Des Moines through delivery of a nutritious meal to their front doors, with close to 230,000 meals delivered each year. For more information, or to sign up for service, call 515-699-3243.

Help wanted: Parks Maintenance Laborer

Posted 4/13/2020
    Help wanted: The City of Adel, Iowa is accepting applications for the position of Parks Maintenance Laborer. This full-time position reports directly to the Parks Superintendent. The position performs a variety of maintenance tasks. A high school diploma is required and prior experience in operating a variety of heavy and light equipment is necessary. The starting salary for this position is $19.71-$20.67 per hour DOQ. Work hours are Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Some evening and weekend work is required. The City offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance and State of Iowa retirement (IPERS). Interested applicants must submit an application, cover letter, resume, and three references by Friday, April 24, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. to: Nick Schenck, Director of Park and Recreation, 301 S. 10th St., Adel, Iowa, 50003. For more information, call (515) 993-4525, or email nschenck@adeliowa.org The City of Adel is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Help wanted: FedEx Ground in Grimes is hiring

Posted 4/13/2020
    Help wanted: FedEx Ground in Grimes is hiring. If you’ve found yourself looking for a job due to COVID-19 shutdowns, FedEx Ground needs people to help us support the economy, handling life-saving medications and other items that keep Americans as prepared as possible during these uncertain times. https://careers.fedex.com/groundwarehousejobs/jobs?location=grimes,ia   

Raccoon River Valley Trail Maintenance

Posted 4/9/2020
    Contractors have begun conducting overlay/bridge repair projects between Adel and Redfield. While contractors will work to minimize the duration of trail closures, at times segments of the 10-mile section between Adel and Redfield will be temporarily closed. No detour routes are available. When possible, trail closures will be identified at impacted trailhead parking lots and posted online on the Raccoon River Valley Trail Association and Dallas County Conservation Board Facebook pages. Trail repairs are estimated to take place at least through midsummer.

Changes to free sack lunches for adm students

Posted 4/9/2020
    Free sack lunches are being offered Mondays and Thursdays for all Adel-DeSoto-Minburn residents 18 or younger at four different locations:
    • Minburn Public Library, 315 Baker St., 9:45-10:30 a.m.
    • Adel Elementary, 1608 Grove St., 11-11:45 a.m.
    • Adel Middle/High School, 801 Nile Kinnick Drive S., 11-11:45 a.m.
    • DeSoto Intermediate, 317 Spruce St., 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
    Walk or drive to one of the four identified serving locations listed above. If driving, remain in your vehicle and pick up a free sack lunch using a drive up method at each location. This will allow for a safe interaction between the service workers and community members. It is asked that adults in vehicles maintain no direct contact with ADM staff or volunteers.

Iowa PBS hosts online storytimes, more

Posted 4/6/2020
    View a virtual learning camp, livestream of Iowa PBS Kids, coloring contest and more at www.iowapbs.org/families. Abby Brown will share a story online each Wednesday. Join Iowa PBS on www.facebook.com/iowapbs Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Adel Food Pantry Expands Service Area

Posted 4/6/2020
    Good Samaritan Food Pantry (GSFP) in Adel is expanding its service area to help families who are affected by the Coronavirus crisis. Anyone with a Redfield, Dexter and Linden address can now use the food pantry in Adel. The pantry already serves residents with Minburn, DeSoto, Van Meter and Adel addresses.
    Bring a current ID and a piece of mail that has your name at your current address. You also will need to know the birth dates of all persons in your household.
    Everyone who visits the pantry receives seven days’ of food once a month, and can also visit the pantry weekly for perishable foods like vegetables, fruits, baked goods and bread.
    Good Samaritan’s hours are Mondays, noon to 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., and Tuesdays. noon to 2 p.m.,  located at 215 N. 11th St. (former ADM Middle School) in Adel.
    When you visit, you will be asked to stay in your car, given a number and wait until a volunteer shows your number. Monetary donations can be made online at www.adelfoodpantry.com.

Encourage Adel Benefit

Posted 4/6/2020
    In order to see our neighbors succeed and to ensure that Adel continues to be the best destination for supporting locally owned businesses, we are producing Encourage Adel shirts and decals and sharing the profits with our neighbors in need.
    Ten dollars of each shirt purchase and $5 of each window cling will go to the local business of your choosing. Go to https://encourageadelbenefit.itemorder.com/sale to see items. All items will ship free. #EncourageAdel

EMC DAM to DSM 20K To Run On Labor Day Weekend

Posted 4/6/2020
    For the first time in 40 years, the EMC DAM to DSM (formerly DAM to DAM) will not be held on Memorial Day weekend, due to COVID-19. The organizers of the event have decided to postpone the event to Labor Day weekend on Saturday, Sept. 5.

Adel Laundromat remains open

Posted 4/2/2020
    The Adel Laundromat remains open so they can meet the needs of residents and businesses in Adel and surrounding areas. Although it is an unattended laundromat, know that they have increased cleaning and disinfecting efforts to help protect customers. In addition to regular nightly cleaning, they have added a second cleaning time during the day. They are also providing spray bottles with soap and water for cleaning surface areas and bleach and water for disinfecting surface areas that customers can use before using the machines and folding areas.
    They encourage customers to wash hands frequently while there. They ask that customers not bring additional people with them and respect each other by maintaining social distancing. If there are four people in the laundromat, please wait or come back at a different time. If you are having a tough time getting your laundry done, call 515-554-7855 and they will do their best to help you.

Brick Street Books and Cafe will be temporarily closed

Posted 4/2/2020
    Brick Street Books and Cafe will be temporarily closed. Brick Street Bakery will have sack lunches, a daily soup, and biscuits and gravy. You can call ahead with your order and pay with credit card over the phone. We will bring to your vehicle or come to counter for pick up. Call 515-478-1187 to order. Bakery, 515-478-1187

Iowa Arboretum currently closed

Posted 4/2/2020
    The grounds and gardens are currently closed. They look forward to the day when the arboretum is open for business.

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 www.caldwellparrish.com
 

Des Moines Art Center launches virtual tours

Posted 3/30/2020
    The Des Moines Art Center recently launched seven virtual tours of their permanent collections and special exhibitions. The tours will allow visitors to click through the extensive collections as if they were at the museum — an especially important experience as the Art Center galleries are closed to the public until April 7 in response to COVID-19. Go to www.desmoinesartcenter.org/visit/virtualtours to view the tours.
 

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.
 

City of Adel operational changes

Posted 3/30/2020
    Based on the Governor’s recent announcement of “substantial community spread of COVID-19 in the state,” the City of Adel is taking the following steps to protect public health:
    • The City has begun planning procedures to conduct “electronic” City meetings that still allow public access.
    • Adel City Hall and other City buildings and facilities are closed to the public until further notice.
    • The City of Adel Public Safety Building has closed access to the public amid COVID-19 concerns until further notice. The Adel Police Department continues to take calls for service and is taking extra precautions to increase safety. If you need to speak to an officer, please call Dallas County Dispatch at (515) 993-4567. In an emergency, always call 9-1-1.
    • The Adel Public Library is closed until further notice. Please visit www.adelpl.org or follow the library’s Facebook page for further updates.
    • The City is prioritizing plans and efforts for its Police, Fire, Water, and Sewer Departments.
    • City phone numbers and email addresses are currently operational and are staffed during regular business hours.
    • There are no plans at this time to significantly modify services related to the Adel Police Department and the Adel Fire Department.
    • All City board, commission, and committee meetings are canceled until further notice.
    • All City recreational programs are temporarily suspended.
    • All water meter shutoffs and late fees are temporarily suspended to encourage safe and sanitary practices. Emergency water meter service will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
    • The City has been in contact with other utilities and providers such as Ankeny Sanitation, Xenia Rural Water, MidAmerican Energy, Mediacom, and Centurylink. All entities have emergency or contingency plans in place to maintain service levels for homes and businesses.
    • We strongly recommend conducting business with the City over-the-phone or online.
    • City utility payments should be made online or over-the-phone at (866)229-7831, as those transaction fees are temporarily waived.
    We recognize that these measures and others being taken throughout the state and country are disruptive. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we move forward.


 

Restaurant meals for kids

Posted 3/26/2020

    Through a community effort, free meals for kids are available for carryout at Patrick’s, Big Al’s BBQ, and Ambro’s restaurants.
    Simply call and say that you saw they had free meals for kids. All three locations are willing to do curbside pick up to limit exposure
    • Patrick’s, 211 S. Seventh St., Adel, 993-3884.
    • Big Al’s BBQ, 715 Main St., Adel, 993-5777
    • Ambro’s Roadhouse, 917 Guthrie, DeSoto, 968-2236


 

ADM learning resources website

Posted 3/26/2020

    During the current COVID-19 closure, ADM strongly encourages parents to look for ways to keep their students reading, writing, thinking like mathematicians and being physically active. To help parents in this effort, the district has created the ADM Learning Resources website, an optional resource with guidance curated by ADM teachers in the areas of reading, writing, math and physical education. To access the website, visit www.admschools.org and click on More under the COVID-19 update banner.
    Over the past weeks, thousands of resources and websites have been shared on Facebook and other social media sites to help parents navigate teaching and learning during the closure. While many of these resources are valuable, ADM recognizes that information overload can be overwhelming. It is hoped that parents and students will find the ADM Learning Resource website helpful, as it provides focused guidance to help students stay academically active during this time of closure.




 

Free sack lunches for ADM students

Posted 3/26/2020

    Free sack lunches are being offered Monday-Friday for all Adel-DeSoto-Minburn residents 18 or younger at four different locations:
    • Minburn school building, 618 Fifth St., 9:45-10:30 a.m.
    • Adel Elementary, 1608 Grove St., 11-11:45 a.m.
    • Adel Middle/High School, 801 Nile Kinnick Drive S., 11-11:45 a.m.
    • DeSoto Intermediate, 317 Spruce St., 12:30-1:15 p.m.
    Walk or drive to one of the four identified serving locations listed above. If driving, remain in your vehicle and pick up a free sack lunch using a drive up method at each location. This will allow for a safe interaction between the service workers and community members. It is asked that adults in vehicles maintain no direct contact with ADM staff or volunteers.
    When you arrive, tell the ADM staff member or volunteer how many free lunches are needed  
    In the drive-up line, the adult in the vehicle will tell the server how many free sack lunches are needed for children 18 years old or younger.
    If transportation is unavailable, children and adults are welcome to walk to an identified location and pick up their free sack lunch in person. It is asked that children and adults maintain no direct contact with ADM staff or volunteers and practice social distancing while picking up meals.

 

Changes at recorder’s office

Posted 3/23/2020

Out of an abundance of precaution, the Dallas County Recorder’s Office has restricted access to the public. The staff will remain and provide services to land and vital records. There will be a drop box outside of the recorder’s office for the public to drop off vital record requests, as well as real estate recordings. Inspection of historical records will be restricted; however, all of Dallas County’s real estate records are available for free viewing online at DallasRecorder.com. U.S. passport services as well as DNR services (vehicle registration/licensure and hunting/fishing licensure) will not be provided until further notice. Questions can be answered by the recorder staff at 515-993-5804.

 

Dallas County Community Services changes

Posted 3/23/2020

Dallas County Community Services, including Dallas County General Assistance department, is responding to the current recommendations regarding COVID-19 in the following manner:
• Staff time in the office will be very limited. Do not come to the office. Do not hesitate to call or email any of the staff during the time out of the office as they have continual access to emails and phone messages.
• If you need to contact General Assistance, please call 515-468-1086. This will be answered during normal business hours of Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program coordinator will be able to answer your questions and assist you in filing an application for general assistance.
These measures are in place until Wednesday, April 1.  At that time the status of the COVID-19 outbreak will be evaluated and it will be determined if these measures need to be continued.

 

Treasurer’s office restricts access

Posted 3/23/2020

The Dallas County Treasurer’s Office has restricted access to the public. Online and mail in payment is available for both vehicle registration renewals and property taxes.
The staff will still be working its normal hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you have any motor vehicle questions, call 515-993-5812 or property tax questions at 515-993-5808. Include a call-back phone number on any documents dropped off or mailed in.
Currently, you may drop off vehicle registration renewals and property tax payments at the courthouse, and any needed items will be mailed back to you.

 

Salons closed

Posted 3/23/2020

Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce notes that all salons across the state are now closed by order of the governor. Be sure to continue to support these businesses and buy gift cards for future services, where able.

 

Dallas County Health Department explains social distancing

Posted 3/23/2020

Dallas County Health Department and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) remind residents they play a vital role in stopping the spread of COVID-19. A critical part of containment is practicing social distancing.
“Social distancing is a term used to describe certain actions public health and individuals can take to stop or slow the spread of an infectious disease,” said Dallas County Health Department Director Suzanne Hegarty. The government mandates some actions, like business or school closings; for example, Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency on Monday, March 16, which expires Thursday, April 16. Individuals can also practice social distancing in their everyday lives. These actions include:
• Avoiding groups of people.
• Keeping a 6-foot distance between themselves and those around them; for instance, keeping this distance when in a line at the grocery store. A 6-foot distance is about the length of a twin-size bed.
• Stay home, even if mildly ill.
• If you are ill at home, isolating yourself from others in your home who are well.
In addition, Dallas County reminds everyone to wash their hands frequently, and cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or their upper arm.
Hegarty says it’s also important to know that about 80 percent of Iowans infected with COVID-19 will experience only mild to moderate illness. Those individuals do not need testing to confirm they have the virus, and they do not need to be seen by a health care provider. If they feel ill enough that they believe they need to see a health care provider, they should call before going into the clinic. The provider may have special instructions for their visit.
Ill residents should stay home and isolate from others in the house until:
• You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers); and,
• Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved); and,
• At least seven days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
For information about Governor Reynolds’ proclamation, visit https://bit.ly/2UmfL6J. For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the IDPH webpage at https://bit.ly/2Wx7iAo and follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.

 

Fareway hours

Posted 3/23/2020

Fareway will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The store will be open from 8-9 a.m. to those 65 and older or with increased susceptibility to serious illness and expectant mothers.

 

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 www.caldwellparrish.com

 

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 www.caldwellparrish.com

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 www.caldwellparrish.com.

COVID-19 impacts on Dallas County Conservation Board

Posted 3/18/2020

The Dallas County Conservation Board is canceling all public and school programing until further notice as a response to the COVID-19 virus. Additionally, all DCCB buildings and restrooms will be closed to public access effective now through July 1, or until further notice.

Outdoor spaces including conservation and natural area properties and the Raccoon River Valley Trail and portions of the High Trestle Trail in Dallas County remain open for day use at this time, however visitors are encouraged to not congregate in any location. Respect social distancing guidelines even when outside.

All rentals are also suspended for now. Facility reservations have been temporarily placed on hold. Conservation Board staff will reach out directly to those with reservations through the end of June, and renters will have the option of a full refund or to take a raincheck on a future rental. Camping is still permitted in designated locations at Kuehn Conservation Area and Sportsman Park, but no restroom or shower facilities will be available for use.

It is the intent of the DCCB staff to maintain daily operations including answering phones, conducting department business, and keeping up on facility, grounds, and vehicle maintenance projects.

“The department continues to reevaluate this dynamic situation,” says Conservation Board director Mike Wallace, “but we remain committed to our organization’s mission. We will lift these temporary restrictions as soon as we safely can.”

The Dallas County Conservation Board made these decisions with the best interest of public and staff safety and to do its part to slow the spread of COVID-19 through our community. These measures align with ongoing discussions and information from the Dallas County Board Supervisors and Public Health.

The Dallas County Conservation Board will continue to assess the situation and adjust as necessary.

For more information please contact the Dallas County Conservation Board office at 515-465-3577 or conservation@dallascountyiowa.gov.

Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine asks the community to monitor symptoms

Posted 3/18/2020

Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine Clinics continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic working together with state and local departments with our community and colleague safety at our highest priority.

People who have symptoms of COVID-19, should monitor your symptoms at home following the necessary precautions. Seek medical attention if your symptoms are worsening, for example, if you have difficulty breathing.

What to do if you are sick and monitoring symptoms at home:
  • Stay home except seek medical care for worsening symptoms as advised by your doctor and avoid public places or transportation.
  • Stay home and isolate from others until you have had ALL of the following improvements.
    •  NO fever for 72 hours without the use of medication
    • Other symptoms have improved
    • AND at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms appeared.

“Our team continues to monitor COVID-19 as information from the CDC, local and state departments as released. We want to remind the community that this illness can be manageable at home for most people,” stated Eric Ash, MD, Dallas County Hospital Family Medicine Medical Director. “If your symptoms worsen, please call your provider ahead of time and schedule an appointment.”

Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine Clinics encourages our community members to continue implementing the following precautions and protocols to help prevent the spread of illness, including:
 
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap is not available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill and distance yourself with other people in the community. This is important for people who are at a higher risk of getting sick.
  • Stay home if you’re sick, except to seek medical care.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • If you ARE sick you should be wearing a face mask when you are around other people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

If there are general questions on COVID-19, Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine Clinics encourages the public to visit the Iowa Department of Public Health’s website or dial 2-1-1.

Youth baseball, softball seasons put on hold

Posted 3/18/2020

Adel Park and Rec. Youth Baseball and Softball seasons have been put on hold until at least May 11 at the recommendation of Little League International. All communities that participate in our area Little League are using the same precautions. Adel Park and Rec is  still planning on having a youth baseball and softball season. The season will be altered by start dates.

A message from Caldwell-Parrish funeral homes

Posted 3/17/2020

Dear Families of the communities we serve,


Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory is committed to the safety and well-being of our guests, community and our staff. We will continue to actively monitor the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  In the meantime, we want you to know we are open and will continue to respond and serve families as needed.



Below are the actions we are taking to help protect the families we serve and our staff:



• Staff have been reminded and encourage to use good hygiene.


• Heightened daily disinfection practices at all locations.


• We will make arrangements by phone if that makes you more comfortable.


• Participating in all NFDA (National Funeral Directors Association) and IFDA (Iowa Funeral   Directors Association) webinars and following their recommendations.


• Following the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines for social gatherings (funerals and visitations).


• We will offer the options of live streaming or recorded services to be published on our website at a later date (per the family’s discretion).



We appreciate the trust you place in us. We will continue to closely monitor the situation, work with NFDA, IFDA and follow the CDC guidelines while providing the services needed during this difficult time.

The safety and well-being of you, your family, and your friends is of the utmost importance to us.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 515-276-0551.

Dallas County resident tests positive for COVID-19 

Posted 3/16/2020

Testing at Iowa’s State Hygienic Laboratory has indicated a Dallas resident has tested positive for 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual is an older adult (61 - 80 years).
For more information on COVID-19, see Governor Kim Reynolds’ web site at https://governor.iowa.gov/newsroom and the Iowa Department of Public Health COVID-19 web site at https://idph.iowa.gov/emerging-health-issues/novel-coronavirus

ADM Schools closed through April 13

Posted 3/16/2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds has recommended all Iowa schools close until April 13 due to COVID-19. That recommendation will be followed at ADM. In the short term that means the schools are inaccessible except for designated staff. All athletic practices, school activities and outside group use of district facilities are canceled immediately.

City takes steps to protect public health 

Posted 3/16/2020

Based on Gov. Kim Reynolds’ recent announcement of “substantial community spread of COVID-19 in the state,” the City of Adel is taking the following steps to protect public health:
• Adel City Hall and other city buildings and facilities are closed to the public until further notice.
• The city is prioritizing plans and efforts for its police, fire, water, and sewer departments.
• City phone numbers and email addresses are currently operational and are staffed during regular business hours.
• The City’s Public Safety Building will be open for emergency situations only. If you have a non-emergency situation, consider contacting the building at 515-993-6723 during office hours or 515-993-4567 after hours.
• There are no plans at this time to significantly modify services related to the Adel Police Department and the Adel Fire Department.
• All city board, commission, and committee meetings are canceled until further notice.
• All city recreational programs are temporarily suspended.
• All water meter shutoffs and late fees are temporarily suspended to encourage safe and sanitary practices. Emergency water meter service will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
• The city has been in contact with other utilities and providers such as Ankeny Sanitation, Xenia Rural Water, MidAmerican Energy, Mediacom, and CenturyLink. All entities have emergency or contingency plans in place to maintain service levels for homes and businesses.
• Conducting business with the city over the phone or online is highly recommended.
• City utility payments should be made online or over the phone at 866-229-7831, as those transaction fees are temporarily waived.

Adel Public Library closed through March 21 

Posted 3/16/2020

The Adel Public Library is closed for the week of March 15 through March 21.
Based on the latest information and updates from state and local officials about the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the staff made the decision that closing the library is in the best interest of public safety at this time. All library events and programs are cancelled, and the community room, conference rooms and study rooms are also unavailable.
Library administration will work with Adel officials and the Library Board of Trustees to reassess the situation and determine when it is best to reopen.
At this time the staff is encouraging patrons to use the website, adelpl.org and the tools and resources available there, including eBooks and eAudiobooks, digital learning tools and more.
This is a changing, fluid situation, and the staff will continue to share the latest Adel Public Library updates on adelpl.org and Facebook page. 

Spring programs with Dallas County Conservation Board on pause

Posted 3/16/2020

Effective immediately, the Dallas County Conservation Board is pausing public programming indefinitely. The administrative office in Perry remains open.
  For now, public areas remain open. The spring flowers are starting to sprout, and early bird migrants are moving through. With thousands of acres and miles of trail, social distancing is encouraged.
Follow along on the Dallas County Conservation Board social media for updates and environmental education content.
For more information, contact the Dallas County Conservation Board office at 515-465-3577 or conservation@dallascountyiowa.gov.

Adel Chamber office closed

Posted 3/16/2020

The Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce office is closed due to COVID-19. The Chamber can be reached by email at Chamber@adelpartners.org, by phone or by texting 515-993-5472. The Chamber’s Celebrate Adel event originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, has been postponed to a later date. 

Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine continues to monitor COVID-19

Posted 3/16/2020

Following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and our affiliate MercyOne, Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine Clinics has implemented visitor restrictions. The visitor restrictions are to help ensure we do not contribute to additional risk of exposure to the virus for our colleagues, physicians, patients and the communities we serve. Additionally, all facilities have implemented screening guidelines which allow us to rapidly identify and isolate patients who may have COVID-19.

People who have symptoms of COVID-19, should call their provider before coming in to a doctor’s office, urgent care, or emergency department.

Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine Clinics encourages our community members to implement the following precautions and protocols to help prevent the spread of illness, including:
 
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap is not available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill and distance yourself with other people in the community. This is important for people who are at a higher risk of getting sick.
  • Stay home if you’re sick, except to seek medical care.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • If you ARE sick you should be wearing a face mask when you are around other people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

What to do if you are sick:
  • CALL AHEAD before visiting your provider to make an appointment
    • If you believe you may have contracted COVID-19, please notify your health care provider at the time of your call. This will help the health care team take the next steps to keep others from being potentially exposed.
  • Call Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine Clinics or your family provider with any questions on symptoms, travel, or more information on how to care for a person who is sick and has traveled prior to visiting a facility.
  • Stay home except seek medical care as advised by your doctor and avoid public places or transportation.

Visitor Restrictions implemented:
  • We are not allowing any visitors at this time due to documented community spread within Dallas County. For patients under the age of 18, the primary caregivers or guardian will be allowed at this time.

“We want to assure the community Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine Clinics is closely monitoring all developments with COVID-19. We are in contact with local and state authorities including the Iowa Department of Public Health, and our colleagues are following the latest guidance from these public agencies,” stated Eric Ash, MD, Dallas County Hospital Family Medicine Medical Director. “The safety of our patients, colleagues, and providers is our highest priority.”

If there are general questions on COVID-19, Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine Clinics encourages the public to visit the Iowa Department of Public Health’s website or dial 2-1-1.

Kiwanis Easter Egg hunt cancelled

Posted 3/17/2020

Due to concerns with COVID-19, the Kiwanis Easter egg hunt has been cancelled.

Major trail maintenance to take place along Raccoon River Valley Trail

Posted 3/10/2020

Now that the snow is melting off of the Raccoon River Valley Trail, crews can begin working on a number of repair projects. Starting March 16, contractors will be conducting overlay/bridge repair projects between Adel and Redfield.
 “In order to maintain our world-class trails, occasional maintenance must be done,” said Mike Wallace, Dallas County Conservation Board director.
 While contractors will work to minimize the duration of trail closures, at times segments of the 10-mile section between Adel and Redfield will be temporarily closed. No detour routes are available. When possible, trail closures will be identified at impacted trailhead parking lots and posted online on the Raccoon River Valley Trail Association and Dallas County Conservation Board Facebook pages.
 “The safety of trail users is our highest priority,” director Wallace continued. “Even with the necessary trail closures, Dallas County offers up dozens of miles of paved path along the north loop of the Raccoon River Valley Trail and High Trestle Trail.”
 Trail repairs are estimated to take place at least through midsummer. The Raccoon River Valley Trail will be open for the annual BACoon Ride which is scheduled for June 20.

Webinar to address asthma and allergies in children

Posted 3/13/2020

On Wednesday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m., Dr. Bryce and Taylor Miller will facilitate Asthma + Allergies, a resource for caregivers of children who struggle with a weakened immune system.
This webinar will address:
• What’s been going on that has made allergies and asthma in children increase.
• What is happening with children’s immune systems as they experience challenges.
• Different factors that can make allergies and asthma better or worse.
• Tips and tools to help your children’s immune system function better.
Join this webinar and find out how to help children feel and function at their best. Sign up now at:
taylormiller.mywellnessinsights.com/ASTA0001

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.

Dallas County Health Department advises 
residents on spring break travel

Posted 3/6/2020

Dallas County Health Department continues to work with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local partners to monitor and respond to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The virus was first detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019, and has since been detected in other parts of the world, including the U.S.
  As spring break nears, many Iowans are making travel preparations. IDPH and Dallas County Health Department remind vacationers to make protecting their health part of their plans. Whether traveling to a sunny beach, a ski resort or enjoying a staycation, take time to learn about and prepare for health concerns.
  Across the country, the greatest health risk to Dallas County residents is from influenza; however, it is appropriate to take precautions against the COVID-19 virus.
“The prevention for COVID-19 is similar to how you protect yourself from a variety of viruses, like influenza,” said Dallas County Health Department Director Suzanne Hegarty. “Cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands frequently, and stay home from work or vacation when ill.”
The Dallas County Health Department continues to learn more about COVID-19 as the response progresses. Most often, person-to-person spread is thought to happen among people in close contact (about 6 feet) with each other. This spread is believed to occur when an infected person coughs or sneezes and droplets land on another person’s nose or mouth. When at home or traveling, it is important to avoid being near people who are visibly ill. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, coughing and shortness of breath.

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 lung.org. Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.

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 www.caldwellparrish.com.

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.