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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.

Grab-N-Go Meal Program Extended

Posted 5.26.2020
    Johnston Community School District is providing free lunch and breakfast meal bundles each Monday, (Tuesday after Memorial Day holiday), for all children up to age 18.
    Drive up to any of the approved site locations (JHS North Parking Lot; Meredith Drive Reformed Church; Chapel Ridge Apts) between noon and 12:30 p.m. Participants can remain in the vehicle, pop the trunk and a volunteer will place a bundle of five lunch meals plus five breakfast meals for each child in the vehicle, offered through Aug. 10, 2020.
    Walk-up participants should bring a backpack for ease of carrying the meals home. This approach will help promote social distancing which can help keep our community safe.

Sign up for the Mayor's Run for the Trails

Posted 5.26.2020
    The Mayor’s Run for the Trails 5K will be held Saturday, Aug. 22 at Terra Park,  6300 Pioneer Parkway. The money raised will support the 40 miles of trails in Johnston. Registration fee includes a short-sleeve (performance blend) shirt, post-race refreshments and raffles prizes. There will be two kids fun run’s this year, one for kids ages 5-12 and another for kids 5 and younger. The 5K run/walk will be chip timed. Awards will follow immediately after the run.

Free tree branch and tire disposal

Posted 5.26.2020
    Johnston residents can drop off branches, limbs and passenger vehicle tires at the Public Works Facility, located at 6400 N.W. Beaver Drive, at no cost June 4-6. Branches cannot be larger than 18 inches in diameter. Tree debris will be turned into mulch. Tires must be off the rim, limit four tires per household. Tires from businesses will not be accepted.

Funeral notices

Posted 5.26.2020
  • Margaret Janice Wills (Nee Bell), 88, of Johnston, passed away on May 17, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.
  • Arlyn August Hesse, 87, of Johnston, passed away on May 14, 2020. A private service will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or Iowa PBS. Online condolences are welcome at www.IlesCares.com.
  • Marilyn K. Seward, of Johnston, 84, passed away May 17, 2020. Memorial gifts may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.
  • Judith (Judy) Eileen Gray, 70, of Johnston, passed away on May 17, 2020. The family held a private service to celebrate Judy’s life on May 23, 2020. Those who knew Judy are asked to share memories at https://tinyurl.com/rememberjudy. Over the years Judy was a proud blood donor. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating blood to your local blood bank or monetarily to LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa.

Central Iowa Business Conference Postponed

Posted 5.26.2020
    The Central Iowa Business Conference has been  postponed until 2021. The fourth annual CIBC will now be held on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at the Meadows Event Center. The keynote speaker lineup remains the same and includes: Emmy Award-winning actor Henry Winkler, business management pioneer Jack Stack, and best-selling Author Justin Patton.
    The Central Iowa Business Conference is the premier event  for CEOs and executive teams, business owners, investors, community leaders and entrepreneurs to attend and experience a full day of inspiration and leadership education. The conference boasts top-level speakers, cutting-edge topics and opportunities to connect with other leadership teams from across the Midwest.
    Tickets can be purchased through the Urbandale Chamber  of Commerce at 515-331-6855 or online at www.centraliowabusinessconference.com.

Johnston Public Library

Posted 5.26.2020
    JPL has started the process of a phased reopening of services and are now accepting returns to the outdoor JPL book drop and the book drop located at Beaver Creek Elementary School. Additionally, curbside pickup of holds by appointment will begin June 2. Holds for library materials may be placed through the library catalog at johnstonlibrary.com. When your holds are ready, JPL staff will contact you to set up a curbside pick-up appointment time.
    JPL Summer Reading 2020: Imagine Your Story. Kids, teens, and adults can log their reading online through Reader Zone, a free app available through the app store for your device, or you can request summer reading materials through curbside pick-up.
     Programs for kids. Join JPL online at facebook.com/johnstonpubliclibrary each week for fun-filled virtual programs for toddler and school-aged kids.
    Programs for tweens and teens. Teen Tuesday is going virtual this summer! Kids in 6th–12th grade are invited to join us online for an awesome lineup of teen activities including the Read What You Want Book Club on June 2 and July 7, a Totally “Paw”-some Pet Video Festival on June 9, and a Percy Jackson Digital Escape Room on June 16. Find more information and register at www.johnstonlibrary.com.

Straight Talk Senior Living Series

Posted 5.18.2020
    During this time of COVID-19, this seminar series will continue online. The Straight Talk Senior Living Series online seminar will be held Thursday, May 21 from 10-11:30 a.m.
    As we age, many of us become concerned about if and how we or a loved one may be affected by the aging brain. The goal of this month’s seminar is to help debunk many of the longstanding myths assosiated with age related changes, getting older, and brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Our expert panelists will address questions such as:
    • Which of us will lose our memory as we age?
    • Do thinking and reasoning eventually slow down?
    • What are the signs of a healthy or unhealthy brain?
    • Is there anything I can do to avoid having dementia?
    • How do you help yourself or a loved one with dementia?
    Register at www.StraightTalkSeniorLivingSeries.com or 515-321-7059.

Johnston history facts scavenger hunt

Posted 5.18.2020
    The Johnston (Station) Historical Society has created a COVID-19 social distancing Johnston history fact scavenger hunt. The Johnston history facts scavenger hunt involves a combination of on-line information and visits to historical locations in the City of Johnston. There are 26 Johnston history facts in the Johnston history facts scavenger hunt; 10 from the websites of the City and the Johnston Historical Society and 16 from actual locations around the city. See details on www.cityofjohnston.com.

Funeral notices

Posted 5.18.2020
    • Sister Marianne Nehus, CHM, 67, of Johnston, died Sunday, May 10, 2020, at Bishop Drumm Care Center in Johnston. A private Rosary and memorial service will take place at the Humility of Mary Center Magnificat Chapel, Davenport, IA, prior to burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. A memorial Mass will be scheduled when pandemic restrictions are lifted. Memorials may be made to the Congregation of the Humility of Mary.
    • Gloria Jean Coser (Phipps), 69, of Johnston, passed away Friday, May 15, 2020. A celebration of life will be planned for a later date.
    • Sister Maribeth Takes, CHM, 92, of Johnston, died Monday, May 11, 2020, at Bishop Drumm Care Center in Johnston. A private Rosary and memorial service will take place at the Humility of Mary Center Magnificat Chapel, Davenport, IA. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. A memorial Mass will be scheduled when pandemic restrictions are lifted. Memorials may be made to the Congregation of the Humility of Mary.

Bulk collection items

Posted 5.18.2020
    This week, curbside services resumed for bulk collection, including furniture, carpet, mattresses, and appliances. The collection will follow regular scheduled and guidelines; this includes adhering to the volume limits. The spring clean-up event for Johnston has been temporarily suspended until further notice.

Camp Dodge cancels summer concert series, other events

Posted 5.18.2020
    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.

Urbandale 4th of July Celebration news

Posted 5.18.2020
    After careful consideration, the Urbandale 4th of July committee has decided to cancel all 4th of July events except for the fireworks show. There were many factors taken into account, including the health and safety of the community and the ability to put on a successful event with the current crowd restrictions due to COVID-19.
    Even a pandemic cannot stop the celebration of our nation’s Independence Day. The 4th of July committee will be selling special 2020 commemorative buttons and taking donations to fund the fireworks show. Look to the website and Facebook pages for more updates and how you can help: https://uniquelyurbandale.com/fourth-of-july/.

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.

Farmers Market begins May 26

Posted 5.11.2020
    The weekly Farmers Market will begin Tuesday, May 26 in the parking lot near the Simpson Barn and Johnston Public Library, 6700 Merle Hay Road, on Tuesdays from 3:30-6:30 p.m. through the beginning of October.   
    Due to COVID-19, the market will look a little different. The only vendors allowed will be those selling produce or baked goods. There will be no entertainment, crafts or art available to purchase.
    Should you have questions regarding the market, contact Judy Anderson at 515-278-0939.

Small Business Recovery Grant program

Posted 5.11.2020
    Johnston small businesses adversely affected by COVID-19 are encouraged to apply to the Small Business Recovery Grant program. Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 will be available. Applications are now being accepted online at www.dsmpartnership.com/covid-19/small-business-recovery-grant.
    Applications will be accepted until midnight on May 20, 2020. Questions should be directed to the Iowa Center for Economic Success at 515-283-0940 or smallbizfunding@theiowacenter.org.

Homeowner Grant Program

Posted 5.11.2020
    The City of Johnston has established a Stormwater Homeowner Grant Program. This program allows Johnston homeowners to incorporate Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) on their property to aid in the improvement of water quality and decrease the water quantity entering streams, ponds and storm sewers.
    The City of Johnston will provide up to a 50 percent match on BMPs constructed, with a maximum reimbursement amount of $1,250. Rain barrels will be funded at a maximum of $75, limit of one per address. The funding may be utilized for multiple practices.
    Apply for the Stormwater Homeowner Grant Program at www.cityofjohnston.com. Practices must be approved prior to start of work with the exception of rain barrels, which may have reimbursement requested within 30 days of purchase provided a dated receipt is provided with the application.
    Contact Clayton Ender at cender@cityofjohnston.com or 515-727-7763 for more information.

Funeral notice

Posted 5.11.2020
    Joyce Ellen Sharp, 95, of Johnston, passed away at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center on Friday, May 1, 2020. A family graveside service will be held at Chapel Hill Gardens. A celebration of life for family and friends will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. James Lutheran Church or Bishop Drumm in Johnston, Iowa.

Northwest drop-off for residential trash

Posted 5.11.2020
    Metro Waste Authority is adding residential trash drop-off to the services offered at Metro Northwest Transfer Station in Grimes, 4105 S.E. Beisser Drive, a half-mile west of IA-Hwy 141.
    Beginning Saturdays in May, residents can bring typical household garbage and large items such as mattresses or furniture to the Northwest Drop-off. Think of stuff that would usually require a large item or extra trash sticker at the curb, it can be brought to the drop-off instead for a fee. With spring clean-up being postponed due to COVID-19, this provides a convenient location to dispose of trash as people are cleaning out.
    In addition to garbage drop-off, the northwest location also offers compost for purchase by the bag and free recycling drop-off, including cardboard. To ensure safety, hazardous waste will not be accepted at this time. In addition, appliances, tires, yard waste, and construction and demolition materials are not accepted and must be taken to the landfill.
     For rates and information, visit www.WhereItShouldGo.com or call 515-244-0021.

DMARC launches food pantry delivery service

Posted 5.11.2020
    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 5.11.2020
    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.

Child care openings at New Horizon Academy

Posted 5.4.2020
    New Horizon Academy has been providing high-quality care and education to young children for more than 45 years. While focusing on developing a healthy sense of self in each child, New Horizon Academy strives to provide your child with the necessary skills to succeed every day. Now Enrolling! Contact them at 8650 N.W. 62nd Ave., Johnston, (515) 348-4028, 3003@nhacademy.net.

Johnston city council pandemic update

Posted 5.4.2020
    At the April 6 Johnston City Council meeting, Community Development Director David Wilwerding noted that the current pandemic may have an impact on the progress at the Town Center. Wilwerding stated that there needed to be discussion on the hotel parking lot and discuss the cost of $500,000. Wilwerding stated that staff recommends with not moving forward with the paving at this time due to the impact of the Covid-19 on hotel building construction. Wilwerding also proposed deferring paving a couple of other areas as well, but would still complete all of the underground infrastructure with grass above and parking and paving to be done at a later date.

Johnston school board meeting update

Posted 5.4.2020
    At the April 6 Johnston School Board meeting, the following projects were approved:
    • Cross Country Course Improvements Project, estimated cost of $50,042, with the understanding this land could be redirected for a different use in the future.
    • Infrastructure upgrades to 8-9 and Summit Middle School change order, estimated cost of $4,204.
    • Infrastructure upgraes to Beaver Creek, Horizon and Larson Elemetaries change orders, estimated cost $22,400.
    • Also discussed were days missed due to COVID-19 closures that do not have to be made up, per Gov. Reynolds.

Funeral notices

Posted 5.4.2020
  • Hazel Ventling, 111, of Johnston, passed away on April 27, 2020. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family in loving memory of Hazel. Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.
  •  Retha Elizabeth Contri Sharp, 98, of Johnston, passed away on April 22, 2020. A private service and burial with immediate family will be held at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines. A funeral mass will be held at a later date at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines.
  • Darlene Lucille & Donald Francis Kern died two hours apart at Bishop Drumm Care Center, in Johnston. They were married for 74 years. Darlene died at age 94 on April 24, 2020, with her husband at her side. Don was 99 and died on April 25. Darlene and Don will be interred at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at a later date. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.iowafuneralplanning.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Indianola Public Library, 207 N. B St., Indianola, IA 50125, and the Food Bank at Helping Hands of Warren County, 109 E. Clinton, Indianola, IA 50125.
  •  Reverend Mr. William (Bill) Schroeder, 84, of Johnston, passed away on Monday, April 27, 2020. Due to current coronavirus conditions, a celebration of life service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family. Send memorials to Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home.
  • Donald Eugene Archer, Jr., 63,  of Johnston, passed away on April 30, 2020. Memorials may be directed to the family and condolences expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.

Des Moines Symphony postpones summer 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.

Help wanted

Posted 5.4.2020
      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.

Celebrate Kites virtually or drive-by on May 2

Posted 4.27.2020
    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the seventh annual Kites on the Green event has been canceled, but residents are encouraged to take part virtually. Show us your creativity and color a kite and hang it in your window, draw a kite image on your driveway with sidewalk chalk, fly a kite at your home with family, or drive-by one of the four locations to see the giant show kites. Below are ways in which you can participate in the virtual Kite festival:
    • Color a photo and hang in your window: Go to www.cityofjohnston.com to download the coloring sheets.
    • Sidewalk chalk a kite.
    • Fly a kite at your home or open green space, and share it on social media using #KitesontheGreen2020, or send them to communications@cityofjohnston.com.
    Show kite drive-by hours:
    • 10-11 a.m., Summit Middle School, 9500 Windsor Parkway
    • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. NorthPoint Church, 9901 N.W. 62nd Ave.
    • 1:30-2:30 p.m., Terra Park, 6400 Pioneer Parkway
    • 3-4 p.m., Johnston Commons, 6700 Merle Hay Road

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.

Apply to serve on a board or commission

Posted 4.27.2020
    Serving on a board or commission is one gratifying way of helping your community move forward. On July 1, 2020, there are many terms expiring for citizens serving on city boards and commissions.
    The openings include:
    • Board of Adjustment: one opportunity, five-year term
    • Library Board: two opportunities, six-year term
    • Park Advisory Board: three opportunities, three-year term
    • Planning & Zoning Commission: one opportunity, five-year term
    • Tree Board: two opportunities, three-year term
    If you are interested in serving, visit cityofjohnston.com/boardsandcommissions or contact City Hall at 515-278-2344.

Funeral notices

Posted 4.27.2020
    • Robert Biddle 85, of Johnston, passed away on April, 22, 2020, at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. The family will be having a private service due to the current State of Iowa restrictions on COVID-19 for social gatherings to immediate family of 10 people or fewer. Memorials may be directed to The Food Bank of Iowa.
    • Charles Ray Burkett, 90, of Johnston, passed away April 21, 2020, at Bishop Drumm Care Center in Johnston. Cremation rites have been accorded. Due to Covid-19 restrictions a memorial graveside service will be held at a later date at Brethren Cemetery near Dallas Center. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice or Post-Polio Health International (PHI). Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.
    • Dr. Robert E. Ascheman, 93, of Johnston, died April 17, 2020, at Bishop Drumm, Johnston. Under the current circumstances, the family held private/online memorial services and Mass. Memorial contributions may be made to Divine Word College in Epworth, St. Pius X Catholic Church in Urbandale, or Bishop Drumm Retirement Community in Johnston.

Mayor Dierenfeld runs 790 miles

Posted 4.27.2020
    Thanks to a generous Johnston community, Mayor Paula Dierenfeld was challenged to run 790 miles, beginning New Year’s Eve Day in 2019. She began checking off the miles on December 31, 2019, and averaged about 8 miles a day until April 21, 2020, when she completed the miles.
     During the month of December, the mayor challenges community members to donate bags of food or monetary donations to the Johnston Partnership. The mayor runs 1 mile for every bag of food or $10 donated. This past year, the community donated in a big way and increased her mile challenge by about 200 miles. Her goal was to finish the miles by tax day — she came so close but needed a couple of extension days.
    Mayor Dierenfeld would like to thank everyone who contributed to the successful campaign, but the need doesn’t stop with her run for food. Now, more than ever, contributions are needed to help those in need due to the pandemic. Donations can be made by visiting www.johnstonpartnership.org.

Johnston Welcomes New Administrative Assistant

Posted 4.27.2020
    On March 30 the Johnston Community Development and Building Department welcomed Administrative Assistant Kelsey Luczycki.
    Kelsey understands the importance of serving residents as she was previously employed with the City of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, as the Parks & Recreation Registration Specialist. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University.
    Once City Hall reopens, Kelsey looks forward to meeting the residents of Johnston and working with the talented employees within our community. Kelsey is working and is happy to answer any questions residents may have during this pandemic over the phone at 515-727-7778 or via email buildingdepartment@cityofjohnston.com.

Johnston Businesses – COVID-19 Survey

Posted 4.20.2020
     The Johnston Economic Development Corp. (JEDCO) is asking businesses to respond to a survey about the efforts being made to help them during the COVID-19 crisis. The survey seeks information about the assistance programs accessed by Johnston businesses and what additional help may be needed. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete, and individual responses will be kept confidential.
    Take the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Johnston-COVID19.
    The deadline for responding to this survey is Friday, April 24, 2020. Questions should be directed to thrive@growjohnston.com. More information is provided at www.growjohnston.com/coronavirus-response.

Funeral notices

Posted 4.20.2020
  • George F. Liston, 93, of Johnston, died on April 16, 2020. A celebration of life will be held once visiting restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, Catholic Charities or The Red Cross.
  • Barbara Jochims, 91, of Des Moines, died April 13, 2020.

Practice good trail etiquette

Posted 4.20.2020
    The use of trails in Johnston is an excellent way for families to get out and enjoy the outdoors. It provides good physical and mental health, which we all need during this COVID-19 pandemic. As a trail user, we want everyone to be mindful and use proper trail etiquette.
    • First and foremost, be patient with each other and slow down.
    • As always, maintain 10 people or less to a group and stay at least 6 feet apart from one another.
    • While on the trails, be aware of your surroundings. Slower bikers and walkers should be on the right and allow for passing on the left.
    • If you are passing someone, it is always good to announce “on your left” loudly, so they hear you. This will warn the individual you are passing.
    • Make sure you can hear what is going on around you. It is strongly recommended that you “unplug” from your phones (earbuds, etc.).
    • When meeting another trail user (from the opposite direction), please move to the far right to allow for separation as you pass. If you are in a group, please form a single-file line to maintain the six-foot social distancing separation.
    • Bikes need to slow down near potential blind spots or intersections.
    • If you are walking a pet, make sure you have complete control of them and please pick up after them. Doggie bags are located in convenient locations along all of the trails.
    For more information about parks and trails, visit
www.cityofjohnston.com/parks.

Johnston extended closures and adding to cancellations

Posted 4.13.2020
    The City of Johnston is extending closures and adding to cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    • Public buildings and facilities. All City office buildings remain closed to public access, including City Hall, Johnston Public Library, Crown Point Community Center, Public Works and Fire Stations.
    • Parks and trails. Parks and trails remain open and we encourage residents to enjoy the fresh air while getting a mental break. Social distancing is required. Avoid groups of more than 10 people and crowded areas.
    Playground equipment and shelter houses remain closed.
    Tennis, pickleball (at Terra Park) and basketball courts are open. Team sports, pickup games and contact play are prohibited.
    All park restrooms are closed and water fountains are turned off.
    • Special events. All events and programming at the Johnston Public Library are canceled through April 30.
    Spring cleanup is postponed.
    Tree branch and tire drop off is postponed.
    Earth Day cleanup is canceled.
    Community Shred Day is canceled.
    Firefighters Pancake Breakfast is postponed.
    Mayor’s Annual Bike Ride is postponed.
    Kites on the Green is canceled. A virtual Kites on the Green Day will take place on May 2. Details will be shared on our City’s website.
    For future event cancellations, please visit www.cityofjohnston.com/EventCancellations.

Johnston Historical Society 1902 Simpson House Museum closed

Posted 4.13.2020
    The 1902 Simpson House will be closed until further notice. However, we are all making history and will overcome this challenge. Consider writing down how your family got through this experience and sending that to the Johnston Historical Society at jshs@q.com. You can be part of a Johnston pandemic history collection.

Funeral notices

Posted 4.13.2020
  • Lenora Durand, 84, of Johnston died April 2, 2020.
  • Allyn J. Salz, 72, of Johnston, died on April 7, 2020.

Meal sites

Posted 4.13.2020
    Johnston Community School District: Three grab-and-go meal sites have been set up and will be open Mondays only from noon-12:30 p.m.
    • Meredith Drive Reform Church, 5126 Meredith Drive, Des Moines
    • Chapel Ridge Apartment Complex, 6200 Clark Lane, Johnston
    • Sterling Pointe Apartment Complex, 10509 Dorset Drive, Johnston
    For more information call JCSD Nutrition Office 515-278-0278.

Johnston restaurants offering drive-through or take-out

Posted 4.13.2020
    • Brickhouse Café: take-out only. Saturday and Sunday 6 a.m. - 2 p.m., Wednesday - Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
515-276-4940
    • Cyd’s Catering To Go: Cyds Catering TOGO Menu, 515-208-2091
    • De rice Thai & Japanese Cuisine: take-out, 515-635-0682
    • Greenbriar: take-out only, 515-253-0124.
    • Health House: take-out and drive-through, 515-410-9699
    • Jethro’s BBQ: order online, 515-421-4848
    • Planet Sub: take-out or delivery, 515-253-3907
    • Scooter’s Coffee: drive-through, 515-631-5155
    • ShortE’s BBQ: take-out, 515-252-9887
    • Texas Roadhouse: order online, 515-251-4597
    • WineStyles: retail sales only, 515-334-9463

HELP Wanted: FedEx Ground in Grimes is hiring

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

WANTED: bicycles

4/13/2020
    Wanted: Bicycles, any age or condition, for parts or repair. Will pick them up. 238-3343

Spring is here, time to organize the garage. 

4/10/2020
Rent a 5 ft x 10 ft storage unit today from Big or Small Storage.  Conveniently located between Grimes and Johnston north of 19th Street/62nd Avenue.  www.bigorsmallstorage.com

Johnston churches offering virtual/online services

Posted 4.6.2020
    • First Baptist Church: Live stream services, Sunday,  10:15 a.m., www.fbcdsm.org/www.fbcdsm.org/live-stream
    • NorthPoint Church: Live stream services, Sunday, 9 a.m. and 10:35 a.m., www.facebook.com/northpointchurchdsm
    • St. Paul Presbyterian Church: Live stream on Facebook, www.facebook.com/stpaul.presbyterian

Funeral notice: Rovene Langwith

Posted 4.6.2020
   Rovene Langwith, 96, passed away March 29, 2020. She was born June 8, 1923, in Kewanee, Illinois, to Carl and Lottie Stovall. On May 24, 1947, she married John L. Langwith in Kewanee. In 1953 they moved to the Quad Cities where she spent most of her life. In 2002 she moved to Johnston to be near family.
    Due to current world conditions, a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church or to St. Croix Hospice and condolences expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.

Johnston Public Library news

Posted 4.6.2020
    The library will be closed to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
    • Don’t return your checkouts. Due dates for items currently checked out have been extended to May 8.
    • Access your library from home. Patrons can continue to use their library card to access e-books and downloadable-audiobooks, stream movies and TV, learn new skills, and more at www.johnstonlibrary.com. Don’t have a library card? While closed, Johnston residents can sign up for a digital card.
    • Join them online. Visit the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/johnstonpubliclibrary) for activity ideas and story times.
    — Mondays: Sweet Starts: Bite-Sized Ideas for Learning for stay-at-home activites
    — Tuesdays: Miss Brittany story time at 10 a.m.
    —  Wednesdays: Wacky Wednesdays will have more librarian-approved family activities
    — Thursdays: Miss Megan hosts Babies and Books at 9:15 a.m.

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.

Iowa Gold Star Museum offers virtual tours and stories

Posted 4.6.2020
     During this time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is closed until May 31. They are posting history topics, events and observances on www.goldstarmuseum.iowa.gov and the Facebook Page: Iowa Gold Star Military Museum. The first article is “1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic” under “Our Stories” icon.
    April is Military Child Month, so visit the website to see things you can do to honor a military child.

 

Johnston playground equipment closed

Posted 4.6.2020
    Out of an abundance of caution amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, public playgrounds in all Johnston City parks are closed effective immediately, until further notice. COVID-19 has been known to spread through hard surface contact. The Johnston Parks and Recreation Department does not have an effective way to fully sanitize the playground equipment to keep everyone safe. In addition to the playgrounds, all park restrooms remain closed and water fountains are turned off.
    Johnston parks, recreational trails, water trails and basketball courts remain open. Residents are encouraged to get outdoors and to utilize these facilities. When doing so, the City asks residents to follow the Centers for Disease Control guidelines and to practice social distancing and do not gather in groups of more than 10.

 

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.

Grocery store special hours

Posted 3.30.2020

    • Fareway: Monday through Saturday
    Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (healthy customers)
    Special hours: 8-9 a.m. (Customers 65+ and those weakened immune systems/serious illness and expectant mothers)
    • Hy-Vee: Open Monday through Sunday
    Regular hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (healthy customers)
    Special hours: 7-8 a.m. (Customers 65+, those with weakened immune systems/serious illness and expectant mothers)

Funeral notice

Posted 3.30.2020

    • Dr. Gaylord F. Tryon, 82, of Johnston, Iowa, passed away on March 25, 2020. A celebration of life will be held later this year.
    • Rick Hendryx, 75, of Johnston, Iowa, passed away at the Mercy Hospice house on March 22, 2020. A celebration of life will be held later this year.

Johnston Partnership food pantry

Posted 3.30.2020

    The Johnston Partnership Food Pantry has moved to a drive-through method of distribution. The partnership encourages orders to be placed via phone or email. Visit www.johnstonpartnership.org/ for more information.

Shop Where I Live

Posted 3.30.2020

    Want to help local businesses? Visit https://centraliowa.shopwhereilive.com. The Johnston Chamber has partnered with the Urbandale, Grimes, Indianola and West Des Moines Chambers of Commerce and launched an online platform to bring small businesses together to sell their products and services virtually.
    Members have begun posting their items for sale. This is an easy way to find a group of businesses coming together to make it easy to shop local and support the local economy. Help small businesses…shop online today and share this with your friends and family.
    If you are a Chamber member and are interested in selling your products on the site, contact the Chamber office at 515-276-9064 or email heather@johnstonchamber.com.

Johnston Green Days cancelled

Posted 3.30.2020

    The Johnston Chamber of Commerce and Green Days Committee have decided to cancel the Johnston Green Days event for June due to COVID-19. Green Days relies heavily on sponsorship from local businesses in order to hold the event. Many of them are small businesses that are feeling the hardship due to COVID-19 and don’t have the funds to support us this year.

Funeral notice

Posted 3.23.2020

Dean A. Parker, 81, of Johnston, died Thursday, March 19 at Bishop Drumm Home. Private services will be held with interment at Highland Memory Gardens.

Community services and business hour changes related to COVID-19

Posted 3.23.2020

With the onset of COVID-19, many local businesses have altered hours and service to customers. The Johnston Chamber of Commerce is providing updates to its website daily with business tools and information on the following to help support local businesses during this pandemic. Visit johnstonchamber.com/1306-2/ for more details on the resources and tools they are offering on the following:
• Small business resource
• Business tools
• Johnston gyms and fitness centers offering virtual at-home workouts
• Johnston churches offering virtual/online services

Meal sites
Johnston Community School District: Three grab-and-go meal sites have been set up and will start Monday, March 23 and go through Friday, April 10 from noon to 12:30 p.m. at the following locations:
• Meredith Drive Reform Church, 5128 Meredith Drive, Des Moines (north parking lot)
• Chapel Ridge Apartment Complex, 6200 Clark Lane, Johnston
• Sterling Pointe Apartment Complex, 10509 Dorset Drive, Johnston

Johnston Partnership Food Pantry
The Johnston Partnership Food Pantry has moved to a drive-through method of distribution. The partnership encourages orders to be placed via phone or email. Visit www.johnstonpartnership.org/ for more information.

City office closures
The City of Johnston offices, including Public Works, City Hall, Crown Point Community Center and the Johnston Public Library, are closed through Sunday, April 12. While these facilities are closed to walk-in traffic, city services will continue to be provided by city departments with customer service needs being either handled online, via email or by phone. Visit www.cityofjohnston.com/JohnstonClosures for more information and resources.

Garbage and recycling
Waste Management maintains a standard collection schedule for trash and recycling, and they are not currently experiencing any collection interruptions. Effective immediately, the following changes are being implemented until further notice.
• Temporary suspension of handling incoming residential calls into the contact center to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19. The goal is to resume residential call handling as soon as possible through a work-from-home program of the residential agents.
• Bulky item collection, including scheduled events or extra call-in service for bulky items, such as large items outside the cart, is suspended until further notice.

Hazardous waste drop-off in Bondurant and Grimes
Due to the current public health recommendations, Metro Waste Authority is suspending hazardous waste drop-off in Bondurant and Grimes. These may include things such as batteries, solvents, paints, fertilizer and light bulbs.
To continue providing a safe, smart option for responsible hazardous waste disposal, Metro Waste Authority has expanded its house-side collection program. If a resident chooses house-side collection of hazardous waste, the cost is $25 for two 12-gallon bins and one large bag. Container deliveries and pick-ups are scheduled as requested.
For more information or to request, visit www.whereitshouldgo.com/HHWhouseside or call 515-244-0021.

City event and program cancellations
The City of Johnston wants to ensure the safety of its residents and city staff. As events are canceled or postponed due to COVID-19, they will be placed on this site: www.cityofjohnston.com/EventCancellations.

Grocery store special hours
• Fareway: Monday through Saturday
Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (healthy customers)
Special hours: 8-9 a.m. (Customers 65+ and those weakened immune systems/serious illness and expectant mothers)
• Hy-Vee: Open Monday through Sunday
Regular hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (healthy customers)
Special hours: 7-8 a.m. (Customers 65+, those with weakened immune systems/serious illness and expectant mothers)
Grocery stores offering online ordering
• Price Chopper
• Hy-Vee
• Fareway Meat Market

Unemployment insurance benefits
If you are a worker who has been impacted by COVID-19 closures, you may be eligible for unemployment. If you have questions about your eligibility, call 866-239-0843 or email uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov. You can file for unemployment benefits online at bit.ly/33Aj2Dv.

Mayor declares state of emergency in Johnston

Posted 3.18.2020

Mayor Paula Dierenfeld declared a state of emergency in Johnston in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The declaration implements emergency purchasing procedures, waives certain contracting requirements and allows for modifications to existing human resource policies and practices and other steps necessary in response to this emergency.

“These are unprecedented times requiring extraordinary measures. In Johnston, we are prepared for emergencies, regardless of the form they take,” said Mayor Paula Dierenfeld. “With this proclamation, we are taking additional steps to protect the health and safety of Johnston residents and to combat the spread of COVID-19 in our community. I am confident that by all of us doing our part and working together, we will emerge from this pandemic even stronger as a community.”
The City of Johnston will continue to monitor the situation and make informed decisions that support public health and flatten the curve of COVID-19. View the state of emergency proclamation at www.cityofjohnston.com/JohnstonEmergencyProclamation
For more information about the City’s response to COVID-19, including what City facilities are closed or City services impacted, please regularly check the City’s website at www.cityofjohnston.com/COVID19.

Covid-19 information and closure  updates

Posted 3.16.2020
The health and wellness of the City of Johnston residents and employees is a top priority. At this time, City operations will continue as usual unless the situation changes in the coming days. The City will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and will follow guidance from the Polk County Health Department.
Out of an abundance of caution, to protect your personal health and the health of the city’s employees, please consider calling or emailing city employees to conduct your business electronically or over the phone. Information for each of the departments can be found by visiting www.cityofjohnston.com/directory.aspx.
City Hall staff is taking extra precautions, including:
• Sanitizing the service desks upon serving a resident.
• Wiping down door handles and bathroom handles.
• Providing hand sanitizer at our service desks.
During this time, handwashing is critical. Self-quarantine if you have any symptoms, particularly fever, shortness of breath and cough.
If you are older than 60 or have an underlying condition such as heart, liver, lung disease, diabetes, or auto-immune diseases, you should be vigilant in protecting your health and the health of others around you. The city strongly discourages you from coming to City Hall if you are in the vulnerable category. Instead of paying your utility bill in person, you are welcome to use the automated phone system, pay online, or use the drop box at City Hall (inside the first set of doors), or mail your payment.
• The March City Council, Tree Board, Park Board and Planning and Zoning Commission meetings will continue as scheduled, but social distancing guidelines will be followed. This will include the rearrangement of seating.
• The Building Department will now accept all building permits, trade permits, rental housing registrations, etc. to be submitted electronically. Permit forms are available at www.cityofjohnston.com/105/Permits, and can be emailed to buildingdepartment@cityofjohnston.com. At the present time, all building inspections will continue as normal and can be scheduled by calling 515-727-7778.
• The Building Department has temporarily suspended conducting routine rental housing inspections but will continue to register/renew rental housing registrations.
• All parks are open for your general use. At this time, shelters and events have not been canceled, but City staff will monitor and reassess the facilities as needed.

Senior Lunch Site and Activities at Crown Point Community Center closed

Posted 3.16.2020
The Polk County senior lunch site and senior activities at the Crown Point Community Center in Johnston are closed until Monday, March 30. Johnston seniors are welcome to order a to-go lunch from the Grimes Community Center, located at 410 S.E. Main St. in Grimes. Lunch is available for pick-up only at the Grimes Community Center from 11 a.m. to noon. Reservations are required by 1 p.m. one day in advance for the next day’s meal. Residents are urged to call 515-986-5747 to reserve a lunch, which can be picked up at the north entrance to the building.

Johnston City Council unanimously approves FY 2021 budget

Posted 3.18.2020

The Johnston City Council unanimously approved the City’s budget for the Fiscal Year 2021 on Monday, March 16, 2020. The budget adopted will facilitate growth while ensuring priorities are met. The new budget will go into effect on July 1, 2020.
The $60.5 million budget reduces the property tax rate from $11.65 to $10.63 per $1,000 of taxable assessed value. This $1.02 reduction is because of the Local Option Sales and Services tax vote that passed on August 6, 2019. The ballot stated at least 50 percent of the revenue from Local Option Sales and Services Tax would reduce the City’s portion of property taxes. The City is using 65% of the Local Option Sales Tax to lower your property taxes.
“City leaders and staff worked very hard on this year’s budget,” said City Administrator Jim Sanders. “City leaders prioritized projects based upon the needs and goals created for our community. It is important to note that we have five new tax-supported staff positions, including a police officer, firefighter, deputy fire marshal (shared with the City of Grimes), Parks Maintenance Worker and Communications Specialist. We also have two new staff positions funded through other revenue sources, including the Public Works Maintenance Worker and Water/Sewer Maintenance Worker. Each of these positions is extremely important to ensure our City keeps up with its growth, runs efficiently and residents are getting the services you are paying for.”
Highlights of the FY 2021 Capital Improvement Plan include the following projects:             

Road and Trail Projects
• Continuation of public improvements east of Merle Hay Road including completion of improvements along NW 54th Court and NW 60th Avenue east of NW 54th Court and NW 61st Avenue
• Complete design, and right-of-way acquisition for the continuation of NW Beaver Drive overlay and pedestrian trail (Merle Hay Road to NW 66th Avenue)
• Intersection improvements at Merle Hay Road and NW 62nd Avenue to prepare for the Town Center. Includes trail/sidewalk connection on the south side of NW 62nd Avenue from Lawson Elementary to Four Pines Street
• Begin reconstruction of NW 54th Avenue from NW 86th Street to NW 100th Street (joint project with City of Urbandale)
• Complete trail from Northglenn Drive to NW 62nd Avenue
• Construct recreational trail along Pioneer Parkway
• Continue planning for a recreational trail along NW 86th Street
• Continue implementation of Lew Clarkson Master Plan additions
• Begin Northglenn Trail Reconstruction between Morningside Drive and NW 66th Place
 
Service Enhancements
• Begin trail realignment in Beaver Creek Natural Resource Area
• Improvements to NW Beaver Drive booster station

Recreational Improvements
  • Installation of canoe/kayak access from Beaver Creek into Terra Park/Lew Clarkson Park
  • Replacement of Dewey Park restroom
  • Construction of shelter at Greenwood Hills Park
  • Construct a playground and shelter at Johnston Commons

Water Quality Improvements
• Construction of stormwater improvements in Orchard Meadows off of Ridgecrest Drive
• Construction of stormwater improvements to the Northglenn drainage way
• Construction of stormwater improvements along Crescent Chase drainage way between NW 86th Street and NW 94th Street
• Construction of improvements west of Hyperion Point Drive and north of NW Beaver Drive
For each dollar paid on property taxes, the City receives approximately $0.28. There are eight other entities collecting revenue from property taxes paid by Johnston residents, including:
• Johnston Community School District – 44%
• City of Johnston – 28%
• Polk County – 18%
• Other 10% – (Broadlawns Medical Center, DART, DMACC, Polk County Accessor, Polk County Ag Extension and the State of Iowa)

Johnston Library closing March 19

Posted 3.16.2020
Due to recent news about the coronavirus in Iowa and recommendations from state and federal agencies, the Johnston Public Library has decided to take the following measures for the safety of its patrons and staff:
• Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 18: The library will be open for picking up and checking out holds only. The library’s computers, study rooms, and all other public areas will be closed. Meetings and programs have been cancelled. Please wait at least four hours between placing your holds and visiting the library for pickup.
• For the safety of patrons and staff, the library will be closed beginning Thursday, March 19. Due dates for items currently checked out have been extended to April 16. Library staff will continue to work their regular hours.

Kathy's Joke of the Week

Posted 3.16.2020
Q: What do you call a bear with no teeth?
A: A gummy bear.

Johnston Police Department promotes two members

Posted 3.17.2020

The Johnston Police Department was proud to promote two members to supervisory positions on Monday, March 16, 2020. Mayor Paula Dierenfeld swore in Lieutenant Jessica Jensen and Sergeant Anthony Yeager.
“These two promotions play a significant role within our department,” said Police Chief Dennis McDaniel. “Lt. Jensen and Sgt. Yeager have both displayed leadership at its finest, and I am proud to have them as part of the leadership team. As our community grows, it is essential for our department to have committed leaders, and these recent promotions certainly add to the experience and knowledge needed to help our organization remain focused on excellence in public service.”
Lieutenant Jessica Jensen has been with the Johnston Police Department since 2007. She has most recently been serving as a patrol sergeant. Previously she served as a patrol officer, school resource officer, and crisis hostage negotiator for the Suburban Emergency Response Team. Lt. Jensen serves in additional capacities for the department as a standardized field sobriety instructor, nationally certified drug recognition expert, peer support counselor and program leader, past board member of the Iowa Peer Support Foundation and State of Iowa Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Network, and is a member of the Red Cross’s CISM Team for First Responders. Jensen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration with a minor in Fire Science from Upper Iowa University and recently completed her Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling at Drake University.
Sergeant Anthony Yeager has been with the Johnston Police Department since 2015. He also proudly serves in the Iowa National Guard as Sergeant First Class with the 831st Engineer Company. Sergeant Yeager has served in many capacities with the Johnston Police Department, including patrol officer, field training officer, officer in charge, crime scene investigator, rifle and Glock armorer, union steward, and most recently as a general crimes and narcotics detective. Sergeant Yeager received an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Kaplan University.

Johnston Police Department welcomes lateral transfer Officer Kerr

Posted 3.17.2020
The Johnston Police Department welcomed a new member to their department on Monday, March 16, 2020, as Mayor Paula Dierenfeld officially swore in Officer Beth Kerr.

“We are pleased to welcome Officer Kerr to our department as she comes to us with seven years’ experience in law enforcement,” said Police Chief Dennis McDaniel. “Our team continues to grow, and we are certainly proud of being able to recruit top-notch talent through the lateral transfer program we have implemented. Officer Kerr is one of those lateral transfer members, so having her experience and knowledge will allow her to transition into the department seamlessly.”

Beth Kerr is our newest member of the department previously working as a patrol officer with the North Platte Nebraska Police Department, where she held additional positions including Public Information Officer, community outreach coordinator and D.A.R.E. instructor. Prior to this position, she worked with the Dawson County Nebraska Sheriff’s Office as a civilian jailer and sworn deputy. She is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving as an active duty Intelligence Specialist from 2001-2007 on the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy. Officer Kerr received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Funeral notices

Posted 3.16.2020
• Matthew Brian Frickenstein, 44, of Johnston, died Tuesday, March 10 at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. A private family service was held on Saturday, March 14. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at the Hyperion Field Club in Johnston. Hamilton’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
• Mary Kahler, 90, of Johnston died Friday, March 6. A funeral Mass was held Thursday, March 12 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys. Interment was in the St. Marys Cemetery.

Kite building workshops scheduled

Posted 3.9.2020
Get ready for the seventh annual Kites on the Green Festival on Saturday, May 2 by attending one or all three kite making workshops. Attendees will receive a free kite-making kit, personal instruction and a chance to test out their new kite.
• Saturday, March 28: Crown Point Community Center, 6300 Pioneer Parkway, 2-4 p.m.
• Saturday, April 4: Johnston Public Library, 6700 Merle Hay Road, 2-4 p.m.
• Saturday, April 18: Johnston Public Library, 6700 Merle Hay Road, 2-4 p.m.
You can also volunteer for a kite making workshop or the Kites on the Green event.

Johnston CSD events cancelled

Posted 3.16.2020
The Johnston Community School District has announced that effective Monday, March 16, all KTC childcare is cancelled, all Johnston Community Education classes are cancelled, all activity/athletic practices and gatherings are cancelled and any other type of district-affiliated staff or student gathering is cancelled. As a district, as parents, as community members, all must do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and not inadvertently expose others.

Kruthoff named new community education director

Posted 3.9.2020
Following the retirement announcement of long-time Johnston Community Education director Nancy Buryanek, Scott Kruthoff has been selected as the new director, effective May 1.
An internal search for the director’s position was held in mid-February; following interviews, Kruthoff was selected and the announcement was made to Community Education staff on March 2.
Kruthoff was hired in 2018 as program manager for the Johnston Community Education program, where he oversees the recreation programs, including programming options, staffing, operations, and conduct.
Johnston Community Education serves as a partnership between the Johnston Community School District and City of Johnston, and aims to provide educational, enriching, and athletic opportunities for all community members Community Education offers affordable enrichment, fitness, and sport classes for youths and adults — in addition to before and after child care at the elementary (K-5) level, preschool for ages 2-3, and aquatic programs.
Prior to coming to Johnston, Kruthoff was the executive director of the Indianola YMCA. He was part of the team that opened the facility in 2013 and had a hand in all day-to-day and executive management aspects of the organization, including membership development, retention, programming, and fundraising. Kruthoff has also spent time as an executive director and position-specific director at other suburban YMCAs, adding to his overall knowledge in the area of community-wide education and programming to meet the needs of audiences.
Kruthoff holds a bachelor’s degree in leisure, youth and human services from the University of Northern Iowa, with specialized education in nonprofit administration, program service administration, and youth services. His master’s degree is in recreational administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Take advantage of smoke and carbon monoxide alarm checks

Posted 3.2.2020
The Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department (JGMFD) is proud to serve both communities to ensure the safety of residents in their homes. With Daylight Saving Time approaching on March 8, the JGMFD reminds residents to check their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. If you need assistance with the checks, the JGMFD is here to help.       
The JGMFD received $5,000 from the “Close Before You Doze” campaign and $1,000 from Kwik Star. These grants allowed the fire department to purchase smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and batteries. The American Red Cross is also a partner and provides smoke alarms. The department’s goal is to perform checks while at a resident’s home during a medical call; however, there may be times when this is not possible due to the type of call. But the department will leave a card for the resident to call back to schedule a time for the check.          
Residents within Johnston or Grimes can take advantage of this service by contacting the fire marshal at 515-251-7692. A call to schedule a check could help save your life.  

Funeral Notices

Posted 3.9.2020

• Pamela Ohannessian, 66, of Johnston, died Friday, Feb. 28 at Taylor House in Des Moines. Memorial services are pending.
• Donald Clair Warner, 90, of Johnston, died Monday, Feb. 23. There will be a private family interment.
• Marilyn Ann Overton, 91, died Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center. Services were held Friday, Feb. 28 at Highland Memory Gardens with burial at Avon Cemetery.
• Robert Barnard, 74, of Urbandale, died Wednesday, March 4. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 10 at St. Mary of Nazareth Church. Burial will follow at the Waukee Cemetery.
• Frances Ann Armstrong, 79, of Johnston, died Saturday, Feb. 29. Funeral Mass was held Friday, March 6 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Fish attractors added to Terra Lake Park

Posted 3.2.2020

Anglers should see improved fishing opportunities at Terra Park after Johnston Parks staff added fish attractors to the lake. Fish attractors have been proven to be successful in lakes and ponds that do not pose enough natural structure or cover for fish to thrive. Fish attractors are important in lakes and ponds that require additional structure for freshwater fish such as bass and bluegill, which Terra Lake has.
Each habitat enhancement has its own limits and benefits that are usually focused on a specific species, season or type of fishing. Common enhancements are tree piles, rock reefs, and mounds, spawning attracting areas, stake beds, benched jetties, bank hides and others. For more information on fish habitat, visit the Iowa DNR website.