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Posted 10/20/2020
    They are looking for a few hands to help out at the pantry. Tuesdays and Saturdays have plenty of openings. Go to the website and look on the left side under Volunteer Opportunities to learn more. 

Friday, Oct. 30: Beggars Night

Posted 10/20/2020
    Johnston will celebrate Beggars’ Night on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, from 6 until 8 p.m. Residents are encouraged to check the City’s website and social media channels as Oct. 30 approaches, as Beggars’ Night celebrations could still change due to COVID-19. Please visit www. for more information. 

Hazardous Waste Collection

Posted 10/20/2020
    Many people don’t realize that common household cleaners, bug spray and even some paints are hazardous waste and need to be disposed of with special care. Metro Waste Authority offers residents options to safely dispose of household hazardous waste.
Free Drop-offs: Located in Bondurant or Grimes and open year-round, residents can safely dispose of hazardous waste for free.
Houseside Collection: if traveling to a drop-off location is an issue, Metro Waste Authority will come to you. The service is provided on an as-needed basis and sign-up is simple. Visit HHWHouseside or call 515-244-0021. Complete the request form for houseside hazardous waste service. For the cost of $25, two bins and a large collection bag will be delivered on the second or fourth Friday of the month. Once you’ve packed all your waste, request a pick up. 


Posted 10/20/2020
    The Johnston-Grimes Professional Firefighters Local 4835 has been designing and selling T-shirts for six years to raise money for breast cancer awareness. Through a proclamation, members of the department are approved to wear the breast cancer shirts while on duty through October. On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the money raised was given to a local resident who is battling the disease.
Local 4835 is proud to report that all proceeds raised are donated to the recipient each year. This is one of the biggest fundraisers for Local 4835. They enjoy seeing the community come together to support a resident in either Grimes or Johnston, who is battling breast cancer or is a breast cancer survivor. 

Costume Parade

Posted 10/20/2020
    Brio is hosting a costume parade around their community on Thursday, Oct. 29. Starting at 5:30 p.m., kids are invited to parade in their Halloween costumes around the building as residents are on their patios watching. Once you arrive, you will follow the signs around the building. There will be candy scattered around the trail as well. Anyone attending is asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Brio is located at 6901 Peckham St., Johnston. 

2020 Election and Voting Information

Posted 10/20/2020
    The 2020 election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. To find your polling place, visit the Iowa Secretary of State’s website.
If voters requested an absentee ballot, it must be received by the Polk County auditor by the time polls close on Nov. 3 at 9 p.m., or postmarked by Nov. 2 and received by the Polk County auditor’s office by noon Monday, Nov. 9. The Postal Service has recommended mailing ballots at least a week before the due date, but given concerns this year with the volume of ballots and other issues, mailing the ballot earlier is better. The Iowa Secretary of State office has a ballot tracker on its website. An absentee ballot may also be returned in person to the county auditor’s office and many counties have set up a dropbox outside the auditor’s office to accept completed ballots.
Voters will vote in the new City Hall building. Voters will access the building from the driveway off N.W. 63rd Place. Future access points to City Hall from Merle Hay Road and N.W. 62nd Avenue will be completed later this fall and next spring; in the interim, detour signs will be placed to help voters navigate the area.
Residents and visitors to City Hall can park in the parking lot just to the east or south of the new building, and the primary entrance doors face to the east.
Below are the voting precincts in Johnston:
Precincts 1 and 2: Johnston City Hall (new building)
Precinct 3: Crown Point Community Center
Precincts 4 and 5: Stoney Creek Inn
Precinct 6: Johnston Public Library
For more information, 

Kiwanis of Johnston Lunch Meeting

Posted 10/13/2020
    The next Kiwanis of Johnston Lunch Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Trostel’s Greenbriar at 11:45 a.m. The featured speaker is Barbara L. Stinson, President, World Food Prize Foundation. Ms. Stinson assumed leadership of the World Food Prize Foundation on Jan. 4, 2020, building on a career of championing policy, research and project innovations through collaborative solutions. She became the second president of the Foundation since it was established in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug.
Inspired by Dr. Borlaug’s mission of increasing agricultural productivity and education globally, Ms. Stinson is committed to expanding the impact of the Foundation and its programs to address pressing global challenges.
    RSVP to Barb Allen at 515-577-2194 or They are limiting our seating at Greenbriar to 12 people but will be filming the presentation and posting it on their Facebook page (Kiwanis Club of Johnston) for anyone who is interested in viewing it.

Upcoming City, Community Meetings, Events

Posted 10/13/2020
    • Library Board Meeting: Thursday, Oct. 15, 5:30 p.m.
    • City Council Work Session: Monday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m.
    • City Council Meeting: Monday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.
    • Planning & Zoning Commission: Monday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.
    • Tree Board Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 5:30 p.m.
    • Park Board Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m.

Johnston Partnership volunteers needed

Posted 10/13/2020
    They are looking for a few hands to help out at the pantry. Tuesdays and Saturdays have plenty of openings. Go to the website and look on the left side under Volunteer Opportunities to learn more.

 Johnston City Hall Opens to the Public

Posted 10/13/2020
    On Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, the new Johnston City Hall opened its doors to the public. City Hall is located in the Johnston Town Center, directly northeast of the existing building. City leaders officially broke ground on the Town Center on Oct. 22, 2019. The new City Hall is 23,853 square feet with many sustainable features, including:         
    • LEED Silver targeted certification, which is designed to conserve energy.
    • A roof mounted solar array system designed to meet most of the electrical power needs within the building.
    • High efficiency building mechanical systems with building massing and shading to reduce cooling needs.
    • High efficiency LED lighting and water fixtures.
     Incorporated within the new City Hall are modern features that were lacking in the old building, including:
    • City Council Chambers with video recording capabilities.
    • Multiple public restrooms with adult size changing tables.
    • Four-sided architecture, making the building more accessible from all directions.
    • Building design to accommodate future staff growth without the need for an addition.
    To make the site ready for development, a number of trees needed to be removed. To ensure the history of the existing site was incorporated into the new building, a number of these trees were harvested, dried and milled and reclaimed for use in the new City Hall. These interior features include the main reception area, lobby feature walls, and the tables and podium in the City Council Chambers.
    While the new City Hall will be open for business, vehicular access to the building will be limited temporarily to one driveway off N.W. 63rd Place. Future entry points to City Hall from Merle Hay Road and N.W. 62nd Avenue will be completed later this fall and next spring; in the interim, detour signs are in place to help residents navigate the area.
    Residents and visitors accessing City Hall can park in the parking lot just to the east or south of the new building, and the primary entrance doors face to the east.

S&P Affirms Outstanding Bond Rating

Posted 10/6/2020
    The City of Johnston is announced the Standard and Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings has assigned its AA+ long-term rating to Johnston’s Taxable General Obligation (GO) Urban Renewal Capital Loan Notes, series 2020E. Johnston has maintained the AA+ rating since 2009. This rating is the second-highest in S&P’s long-term rating and reflects Johnston’s strong economy, management and budgetary flexibility.
    Standard & Poor’s is the world’s leading index provider and the foremost source of independent credit ratings. To view the full rating report, visit

Bank Iowa Invites Des Moines Community to Donate to ‘Can Do Cancer’

Posted 10/6/2020
    In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bank Iowa is partnering with Can Do Cancer, an Iowa-based non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in Des Moines, Ames and surrounding areas. Des Moines community members are encouraged to donate to the organization directly or take part in the bank’s social media challenge.
    For the month of October, Bank Iowa is changing its traditional blue logo to pink on all social platforms. The bank will donate $1 to Can Do Cancer for every new like, follow or subscriber earned throughout the month of October. Community members are encouraged to like Bank Iowa on social media and encourage friends and family to do the same.
    Community members can donate directly to Can Do Cancer or like Bank Iowa on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Drug Take-Back Day October 24

Posted 10/6/2020
    The Johnston Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration want to help make homes safe by destroying all expired or unused prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications during a community Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Johnston Public Safety Building, located at 6373 Merle Hay Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m


Posted 10/6/2020
    Halloween is quickly approaching, and the City of Johnston encourages residents to continue to follow public health guidelines during this fall tradition by being creative with safe ways to enjoy.
    Johnston will celebrate Beggars’ Night on Friday, Oct. 30 from 6-8 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iowa Department of Public Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control, has provided suggestions to keep you and your loved ones safe while enjoying the fall tradition.
    • Accompany your children and help them in selecting their treats.
    • If you are sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or is symptomatic, stay home.
    • Wear a face-covering throughout the evening. Halloween masks do not offer appropriate protection from COVID-19.
    • Participate in the evening with just members of your household. This means avoid gathering in groups with those from your neighborhood.
    • Keep at least 6 feet away from those who don’t live in your home.
    • Use hand sanitizer frequently.
    • Do not stop at homes that do not follow safety guidelines, such as wearing a face covering and social distancing.
    We encourage all residents to respect homes with their lights off, as it may be home to someone who is either more vulnerable to COVID-19 or is not interested in participating in the yearly event.
    Tips for households to participate in Beggars’ Night safely
    • Maintain social distancing from participants by leaving individual grab bags or paper cups filled with goodies outside your door for children to take or handing out candy from a table in your driveway or yard.
    • Watch and wave at participants and have them tell a joke from a safe distance at your door, from your yard or driveway.
    • If you are sick or have symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 symptoms, do not participate.
    • Wash or sanitize your hands often and wear a face covering.
    Residents are encouraged to check the City’s website and social media channels as Oct. 30 approaches, as Beggars’ Night celebrations could still change due to COVID-19.

Yard Waste Collection Continues Through Nov. 24

Posted 9/29/2020
    As fall sets in, leaves are falling. Residents are reminded that yard waste is only collected in Compost It! Bags or brown lawn bags with a Compost It! Sticker attached. And, all bags must be on the curb by 6 a.m. on collection day. Residents who have a large amount of yard waste are encouraged to use the Compost It! Premium Services program available for an additional annual fee. Learn more at


Posted 9/29/2020
    St. Paul Presbyterian Church is hosting a Community Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 5-7 p.m. as a take-out only event at 6426 Merle Hay Road. Sign up online at, call the office at (515)-276-2818, or mail in your reservation no later than Oct. 31. All payments need to be made in advance. The suggested donation is $10. All proceeds will benefit CROSS Outreach and the Johnston Partnership. The menu will include turkey (your choice of white, dark or mixed), mashed potatoes with gravy on the side, stuffing, green beans and pumpkin bars.
    Donations are accepted, along with volunteers to help prepare the dinners. Contact the church for more information.

WesleyLife Growth Prompts Leadership Addition

Posted 9/29/2020
    An aggressive growth strategy resulting in expansion into new markets has prompted WesleyLife, to add an experienced regional director to its leadership roster.
Matt Garcia joins WesleyLife on Monday, Oct. 26, as Regional Director of Campus Operations. In this role, he will hold primary accountability for a segment of WesleyLife’s operations, managing the geographic health and well-being networks under his leadership to ensure a consistent focus on mission and vision, engaged person-centered environments, consistent hospitality and customer-centered experiences.
    Garcia, of Polk City, brings 25 years of healthcare and aging services expertise to the position, having served as Chief Operating Officer and Administrator of Bishop Drumm Retirement Center and Iowa Division Director for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI). He is a PRN member of the Department of Management faculty at the University of Northern Iowa.
    Currently, he serves as Central Iowa Operations Officer and Chief People Development Officer for Western Home Services, leading eight sites throughout Iowa.
    Garcia will be based in WesleyLife’s corporate offices in Johnston.

Johnston Public Library

Posted 9/29/2020
    The library is closed to help limit the spread of Covid-19. For more information, contact the library at 515-278-5233 or visit
    •  Register For Teen Take And Make Craft, Sept. Sixth grade and up. Register to reserve your kit Monday-Wednesday each week. Pick up your kit on Thursday between 2-6 p.m. Create your craft at home and then take a pic and tag @jpl_teens on Instagram. This week’s kit... Retro Tetris Magnets.
    • Teen Book Box Registration, Oct. 1. October’s Teen Book Box theme is: Road Trip. Kids in 8th-12th grade can have the book subscription box experience for free. Register Oct. 1-6 for this month’s box which will contain a book and a bunch of surprises that you get to keep. Meet on Zoom for an Unboxing Party on Oct. 6 and then meet again online on Oct. 27 to chat about the book. By registering, you are agreeing to attend the book chat on Oct. 27 or submit a book review of this month’s selection.


Posted 9/29/2020
     The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute is pleased to announce participants in the Youth Leadership Initiative Class of 2021. The Youth Leadership Initiative provides high school students with hands-on leadership experiences that build self-confidence and encourage engagement in all levels of community life. At the conclusion of the program, students will:
     • Value community involvement
    • Demonstrate professional skills and an understanding of career opportunities
    • Demonstrate the five practices of exemplary leadership
    • Have developed lifelong relationships with peers, mentors, and community members
     The Youth Leadership Initiative Class of 2021 includes 22 students from 16 public and private schools from across Greater Des Moines. Due to the pandemic, class size was reduced and a hybrid model of outdoor venues and virtual meetings will be leveraged to enhance the experience and safety of this year’s participants.
     Bea La Rota from Johnston High School was chosen as one of the 22 students this year.
    Participation in the Youth Leadership Initiative is tuition free. The Youth Leadership Initiative is generously sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Drake University, and Sammons Financial Group. For more information, please visit

Join Johnston Girl Scouts

Posted 9/29/2020
    Join Girl Scouts for free. Girl Scouts is for girls who want to change the world, speak up for others, explore the outdoors, and have fun. Join in person or virtually to get to know what Girl Scouts is all about. Free 2020-21 membership for all girls K-12 and adult volunteers. The in-person event will be held at the Johnston Public Library Thursday, Oct. 1 at 5:15 p.m. Masks are encouraged.
    Join us for the virtual event at the same time. Register for the virtual event by seeing the Facebook event for Johnston Girl Scouts.
    Can’t make it? Complete a form at and a team member will be in touch.

Holiday care package drive

Posted 9/21/2020
    The Blue Star Mothers of Iowa are working on their annual holiday care package drive. Once items are collected and assembled, they will be sent to deployed service men and women around the world. They seek assistance in providing the items for care packages, or monetary donations to buy items or pay for shipping.
    Contact them at for a list of items and how to contribute.

Busted in a Good Way

Posted 9/21/2020
    The Johnston Police Department was able to brighten a kids’ day by giving him a new bicycle. Isaiah was “Busted in a Good Way” this summer while riding his bike for wearing his helmet. Every child that was busted this summer received a coupon for a free ice cream cone at Van Dee’s Ice Cream Shoppe.
    Isaiah’s name was drawn out of 139 coupons. Sergeant Grandon was present to present Isaiah was his new wheels.
    This program is in its fourth year and provides residents an opportunity to interact with Johnston officers in a good way and allows the youth to talk with our officers one-on-one.

2020 Winter Warmth Drive Kicks Off

Posted 9/21/2020
    To combat the ferocious winter temperatures this holiday season, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is partnering with Winter Warmth Drive to collect winter wear for Des Moines area children and families in need.
72,500 families in the Des Moines metro live at or below poverty level. More than 50,000 students in the metro qualify for either free or reduced lunch. Most families who are food insecure also don’t have the means to purchase appropriate winter wear attire for the freezing temperatures.
    Due to COVID-19, the drive will be a little different this year. They will still be collecting the same items as years past, they just won’t be holding the annual “Fill the Truck” event. Instead, they are taking donations at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Des Moines’ office and the Valley Community Center. They are also accepting and appreciate monetary donations at
    Drop off locations:
    • TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Des Moines, 2601 104th St., Urbandale, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Valley Community Center, 4444 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Items requested for donation include all sizes of new or gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, snow pants and boots.

JHS Students Named NMSC Semifinalists

Posted 9/15/2020
    National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Seven Johnston High School seniors have achieved the semifinalist nomination. They are Morgan Dunn, James Grimm, Karshana Kalyanaraman, Zoey Kloewer, Alexander Lehman, Abbie McLaren, and James Srail. Congratulations to these outstanding students on their accomplishments.

USDA Meal Service Extended

Posted 9/15/2020
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will extend several meal flexibilities, which will allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to children into the fall months through as late as Dec. 31, 2020 (or sooner if funds run out). This will help ensure children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Johnston Community School District has been approved to participate in the (SFSP) free meals program beginning Monday, Sept. 14. Children who are enrolled at JCSD and choose to eat will receive one breakfast and/or one lunch free of charge at their building site. Hybrid or Online learners who have signed up to receive meals will not be required to pay for the meals. Meals provided will follow USDA guidelines and all extra portions or additional food items will be charged as ala carte to the student’s account if funds are available. Meals will need to be accounted for so proper reimbursement can be claimed.

Johnston Police to Participate in Pink Patch Project

Posted 9/8/2020
    The Johnston Police Department is showing support for breast cancer research and treatment by selling special pink patches to raise money for Susan G. Komen.
    Members of the community have an opportunity to purchase one of the pink patches for $10. Visit the Johnston Police Department at 6373 Merle Hay Road, between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., to purchase a patch. Cash, check or Venmo are acceptable forms of payment. Checks can be made payable to “The Johnston Police Department,” or the Venmo account is @Blue-Dragons.
    Members of the Johnston Police Department may also be wearing the vibrant pink patches on their uniforms in October as part of the Pink Patch Project. The purpose is to stimulate conversation about breast cancer and the importance of early detection and treatment.
    Help the Johnston Police Department impact the research by purchasing a pink patch to proudly display. For more information about the Pink Patch Project, visit the Pink Patch Project website.


Posted 9/8/2020
    The City of Johnston buys the water homeowners and businesses use from Des Moines Water Works. They encourage those using summer irrigation to Use Water Wisely, a recommended program aimed at smart summer irrigation. By improving the efficiency of irrigation practices, businesses and homeowners can reduce consumption, save money, and reduce the peak load on water facilities.
    Landscape irrigation makes up a large portion of water consumption, particularly during the warm months of the year. There are many sophisticated automated, in-ground lawn sprinkler systems in use today; however, these systems can require regular maintenance to operate efficiently. It is important to remember that even the most properly maintained system can be operated unwisely.
    The recommended outdoor irrigation scheduled applies to all spray irrigation systems for businesses and homes:
    • Watering is not recommended on Mondays.
    • Even-numbered addresses are encouraged to water on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, before 10 a.m., or after 5 p.m.
    • Odd-numbered addresses are encouraged to water on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m.
    • Watering is not recommended during the hottest part of the day, hours between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ChildServe Announces Sponsorship of the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Posted 9/8/2020
    ChildServe will offer free or reduced-price meals to CACFP eligible families served through the following programs: Childcare in Ames and Johnston; Day Health at the Woodland Center; and Day Habilitation in Johnston.
    CACFP is a federally funded program that provides meal reimbursement to child care centers, adult day care centers, emergency shelters, before and after school programs, and child development homes.
    Meals are provided without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Child care participants who are members of FIP or Food Assistance households or who are Head Start participants are automatically eligible to receive free meals. Adult care participants who are members of food assistance households or who are SSI or Medicaid participants are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits. Meals are available at no separate charge to CACFP enrolled children/adults in the following ChildServe programs: Childcare in Ames and Johnston; Day Health at the Woodland Center; and Day Habilitation in Johnston. See details about eligibility at

Little Free Pantry

Posted 8/31/2020
    The Meredith Drive Reformed Church is offering neighbors a Little Free Pantry. If you are in need, come to 5128 Meredith Drive, north parking lot and take what you need. If you have extra, you can help and donate items.

Johnston Partnership news

Posted 8/31/2020
    The Johnston Partnership is moving to a new location, next door to its current space. They are in need of volunteers to help move in late September. If you are interested, contact Andrea at 515-868-1357 or for more information. Sign up at
    They continue to welcome in-kind donations such as personal care items, nonperishable food items or fresh produce. They are also continuing to accept clothing donations. Monetary donations help purchase needed items at the Partnership and will also assist us with the cost to build out the new space.
    Thanks to all of you, they were able to supply more than 350 children in the Johnston Community School District with backpacks filled with necessary school supplies for this a typical school year.
    The Johnston Partnership will operate the food pantry with a paper order form. After placing an order, clients will be asked to wait in their vehicles or outside while it is being completed. Call/email ahead orders are also welcome, using the forms found on their website. Email orders to or call in at 515-528-2379 or 515-868-1357.
    The newly-formed Benevolence Fund will still be accessible. This is open to those who live within the Johnston School District boundaries, and it does require a short application/interview process. They are able to assist with financial needs such as rental assistance, utility assistance or other emergency financial needs.
    They are open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Stats for the month of July:
    • Families Served: 153
    • Individuals Served: 720
    • Food Pantry Items Distributed: 4,926
    • Clothing Distributed: 1,979
    • Volunteer Hours: 455

HIGH-SPEED FIBER coming to Johnston

Posted 8/31/2020
    The City of Johnston leaders approved an agreement for a cutting-edge fiber optic telecommunication company, MetroNet, to begin construction of a network for high-speed fiber optic internet, TV and phone service throughout the community. The company offers 100 percent fiber-optic connections directly to homes and businesses with speeds ranging from 100 Megabits to 1 Gigabit per second.
    The City of Johnston is also preparing to begin conducting a Broadband Community Visioning Process to determine future community broadband needs and ways in which the City can invest in or encourage investment in broadband infrastructure to serve all residents.
    When construction of the fiber optic network begins, residents and businesses will be able to visit and indicate their interest in receiving information about becoming a MetroNet customer and construction in their area. 

Yoga by the Lake Saturdays in September

Posted 8/24/2020
    Bring your yoga mat and join professional Power Life Yoga instructors on Saturday mornings for one hour of free yoga from 8 to 9 a.m. at Terra Lake Amphitheater.
Yoga helps build strength, activate core muscles and increase flexibility. All levels are welcome.
    Attendees will need to ensure they practice social distancing, but the Johnston Parks & Recreation Department knows it is important to get out and get some fresh air in a safe environment. Instructors will be similar to last year, and City staff will create options to keep attendees socially distanced.
    Visit for more information.

Free senior living seminar

Posted 8/24/2020
    Moving to an independent or assisted living community is often a desirable option for many older adults seeking a simpler or more manageable lifestyle. Sometimes a move to assisted living, long term care, or memory care may even be necessary to remain as autonomous and independent as possible despite declines in physical or cognitive health. The questions often heard are, “How much do these communities cost and can I afford to live there?”
    Join them for a discussion about costs associated with the different levels of senior living. The expert guest presenters will provide “Straight Talk” about frequently misunderstood benefits such as the Veterans Aid and Attendance, Medicare, Medicaid, and financial planning.  
    The Straight Talk Senior Living Series will be held Sept. 17, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Johnston Lions Club, 6401 Merle Hay Road, Johnston. Call 515-321-7059 or register online at to reserve your spot.
    COVID-19 precautions will be taken to sanitize tables and chairs before arrival. They ask that you bring your own water bottles and pens during this time, and that you wear a mask. Social distancing will be in place.


Posted 8/17/2020
    Spring Clean-up has been rescheduled. It will be held on Sept. 14 and 15, on your regular collection day. The city-wide clean-up event allows residents to dispose of large household items on their regular trash collection day at no additional charge. Smaller items must be placed in bags or boxes. For more guidance on what items can go at the curb, visit

Johnston City Council news

Posted 8/11/2020
    At the July 20 Johnston City Council meeting, the following was reported:
    Follow-up Discussion Regarding Illegal Fireworks in Johnston. Chief of Police Dennis McDaniel introduced this item and provided background. Chief McDaniel provided statistics and noted that he challenged staff on coming up with creative solutions to work the issue. Chief McDaniel stated that it is important to come up with potential strategies for allowing for the enjoyment and celebration of July 4th, with less destructive behavior and nuisance. He discussed the alcohol consumption and mass littering in the parks and noted how the officers run from call to call no matter how many officers are assigned. Chief McDaniel stated that they came up with several ideas and will work toward more in the coming months. He noted some of the ideas including more targeted, specific social media education; more overall education efforts targeting out of town people who may see they can buy fireworks and make the  assumption that they can detonate the same; if the policymakers desire more enforcement, more officers can be staffed and more enforcement action taken; and a potential parks ranger type of position to help with all the City parks who could be trained by the police department. Chief McDaniel stated that he would like feedback from the Council and to prepare to be more proactive next year if that is the consensus. Mayor Dierenfeld and Councilmember Cope expressed disappointment in the condition of the parks and the sheer volume of fireworks exploded including commercial grade types of fireworks. Mayor Dierenfeld inquired about the steps that can be taken, and the Chief responded that they will start with a Department Head meeting and then come back with further ideas to discuss at a Council work session, along with potentially forming a committee.

WesleyLife Announces Leadership Hire

Posted 8/11/2020
    WesleyLife has announced the addition of a financial leader with a breadth of healthcare experience and a vision for the future of aging services.
    Craig Flanagan joins WesleyLife on Monday, Aug. 31, as Chief Financial Officer, a role that will help lead the organization’s growth and development strategy. Flanagan will help further position WesleyLife to help increasing numbers of individuals lead lives of enhanced purpose, meaning, health, and well-being, wherever they call home. He will be based in the organization’s corporate headquarters in Johnston.
    In Flanagan’s new role, he will be responsible for WesleyLife’s financial strategy, planning and analysis, budgeting and forecasting, financial reporting, and accounting operations as the organization focuses on new and existing development across Iowa and into western Illinois. WesleyLife is currently building its 11th community, with ground scheduled to be broken for at least two more major projects this year.

Water Trails

Posted 8/11/2020
    On Aug. 20, 2019, the City of Johnston celebrated opening the first water trails access point. The new carry-down access point on Beaver Creek, located on N.W. 70th Street, just east of N.W. 86th Street, is the first of the 86 sites of improvement throughout the metro aimed at encouraging engagement with the waterways.
    Quarry Springs Outfitters will provide kayak rental services at the N.W. 70th Avenue Beaver Creek access and Terra Park when the Beaver Creek flow is too high and unsafe, or when the creek is too low to allow for kayaking.
    • Renting at Beaver Creek: Crescent Splashback kayaks, MTI life vests, and Bending Branches paddles are provided in the $25 fee.
    • Terra Park: This lake is located at 6300 Pioneer Parkway. Life vests and paddles are included in the $15 fee for the first hour, $10 each additional hour for single kayaks, $20 for the first hour, $15 each additional hour for tandem kayaks.
    Rentals are available for ages 12+ on Beaver Creek, but families can decide what age they are comfortable with when renting at Terra Park. Shuttle service is not available for renters to get the kayaks back to the rental start location. The person renting the kayak is responsible.
    Rentals will be available in Johnston from Memorial Day through Labor day, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Due to the construction on the 35/80 bridge over the Des Moines River, it is suggested renters exit Beaver Creek on the east side of the Merle Hay Avenue bridge over Beaver Creek on the North bank next to the bike trail. That provides a relaxing 2-3 hour paddle.
    Quarry Springs Outfitters rental information can be found by visiting or For rental information in Johnston, call 515-306-4652

JCSD Return-To-Learn plan announced

Posted 8/4/2020
    The Johnston School Board voted Aug. 3 to approve the hybrid Return to Learn plan, which is a 50/50 mix of in-person and online learning.
    Face coverings are mandatory, and at-home health screenings will be required.
    Full online learning is available for families to enroll.
    Find full details on the website

Opportunities to guide future growth

Posted 7/27/2020
    The City of Johnston is a growing community, but community feedback is needed to help guide businesses and residents’ wants and needs. City leaders and staff have been working on a draft comprehensive plan – the Thrive 2040 Plan. This plan will help shape the future growth, investment and reinvestment within the community.
    The City offers three socially distant alternatives for residents to review, provide input, and discuss the draft.
    • Virtual Open House: The virtual open house is an opportunity to view short videos highlighting each chapter within the plan, download the draft plan and maps, and provide input by completing short survey questions. Visit   
    • Live Virtual Chat: City staff and the consultant team will be available to participate in an online interactive question and answer session on Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Drop in anytime to discuss any aspect of the draft plan. Visit for login information.
    • Open House by Appointment: In-person discussions are available Aug. 10-21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Copies of the plan, and display boards will be available to review during the discussion. To schedule an appointment, email or call 515-727-7778.

Iowa student named National Youth Ambassador by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Posted 7/27/2020
    One Iowa student has been named as a National Youth and Young Adult Ambassador by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids for demonstrating leadership in fighting tobacco use in her community.
    The ambassador is Courtney Sweet, 14, of Johnston, and an incoming high school freshman. Locally, she is involved in the Iowa Students for Tobacco Prevention and Education Executive Council and has been involved in tobacco control for two years. Fueled by her experiences with seeing her peers vape while having little education about its harms, Courtney hopes to utilize her time as an Ambassador to raise awareness in her community and advocate for stronger tobacco control policies.
    The Youth and Young Adult Ambassadors were selected through a competitive application process and participated in the Digital Advocacy Symposium to become powerful advocates for change. In addition to gaining advocacy and communications skills, these young leaders learned about how tobacco use is a social justice issue because of tobacco-related health disparities due to the tobacco industry’s longtime targeting of minority populations.

Funeral notice

Posted 7/20/2020
    • Retha Elizabeth Contri Sharp, 98, of Johnston, memorial mass will be held Friday, July 24, 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines.

Some JPD programs resume

Posted 7/20/2020
    The Johnston Police Department (JPD) announces that a few programs are back in operation.
    • Fingerprinting: This is done by appointment only. Call the JPD at 515-278-2345 to schedule an appointment during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Solicitor permits: More information is available by visiting
    • Vacation watch: More information is available by visiting Note: the JPD offers this for residents who leave their homes unoccupied for periods greater than one week.

City Council news

Posted 7/13/2020
    At the Johnston City Council June 15 meeting, there was recognition of the Retirement of Lt. Lynn Aswegan from the Johnston Police Department. Mayor Dierenfeld read the proclamation outlining Lt. Aswegan’s considerable tenure and positions within the Department, and thanked Lt. Aswegan for his 32 years of service to the City and the department. Chief McDaniel congratulated Lt. Aswegan and thanked him for his years of professional and humble service. Chief McDaniel mentioned a work gathering to celebrate Lt. Aswegan’s retirement.
    There was also recognition of the retirement of Tim Mentele from the Public Works Department. Mayor Dierenfeld read the proclamation, which summarized Mentele’s experience and responsibilities throughout his 31-years with the City. Mayor Dierenfeld thanked Mentele for his service to the City as a 31 year public works employee and mentioned his lengthy service on the Fire Department and National Guard.

Funeral notices

Posted 7/13/2020
    • John Edward Miller, 78, of Johnston, passed away on July 4, 2020. A service of remembrance was held July 12, 2020, at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens. Burial will be held at Glendale Cemetery at a later date.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North High School Polar Bear Scholarship Fund, 501 Holcomb St., Des Moines, IA 50313.
    • Ernest A. Doeringsfeld, 90, of Urbandale passed away on July 9, 2020. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, a memorial service will not be held. Instead a family graveside service will be held at a future date. Online condolences can be left at Donations in Ernie’s memory may be made to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Urbandale Lions Club, or a charity of your choice.
    • Richard Hyde, 88, of Johnston, passed away July 8, 2020. The Cremation Society of Iowa was in chare of arrangements.

Premier Foot & Ankle Surgeons news

Posted 7/6/2020
    Dr. Drew Davidson is a foot and ankle surgeon providing services in the central Iowa communities of Grimes, Johnston, Urbandale, Des Moines and surrounding areas. Dr. Davidson is passionate about providing complete foot an ankle care. Premier Foot and Ankle Surgeons are the experts in foot pain. From routine checkups to relief for foot and ankle pain to treatments for surgery, they provide complete care. At Premier Foot and Ankle Surgeons, the health and safety of patients is top priority. They have taken increased steps to protect patients by following guidelines recommended for medical personnel. They look forward to providing you with “premier” food and ankle care.


Posted 7/6/2020
    The Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Facility’s construction and facilities office has previously posted signs on water entrances to Camp Dodge via Beaver Creek. They read, “Danger!!! Firing range impact area ahead do not proceed beyond this point.”
    This is in accordance with the Iowa Department of Natural Resource’s Natural Resource Commission’s Chapter 40, “Boating Speed and Distance Zoning,” decision item change called “Beaver Creek Safety Zone.” This item will come into effect on July 22, 2020.
    The public would be prohibited from entering Camp Dodge via Beaver Creek. This restriction is necessary and is due to the danger posed to people using watercraft on Beaver Creek by military training exercises at Camp Dodge that could include live ammunition or explosives.
    Camp Dodge has worked with the City of Johnston to ensure water users’ safety on Beaver Creek. A full map of access water points to beaver creek can be found on the city’s website.

Lunch and Lures

Posted 7/6/2020
    Join community members for lunch while fishing at Terra Lake on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All anglers are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult/guardian. Bring your lunch to the Terra Park fishing pier, and the City of Johnston Parks and Recreation Department will have bait and fishing poles for you to “cast” away from your workday for an hour of carefree catch and release fishing. Located at the Terra Park Fishing Pier, just below Crown Point Community Center at 6300 Pioneer Parkway.


Posted 7/6/2020
     Are your children bored and looking for ways to fill their summer? Maybe the better question is, are you ready for your kids to get out of the house and into some summer classes/activities? The Johnston Community Education has you covered as classes are open for this summer. Find a range of sports and enrichment classes—both online and in-person classes. Visit for details.

Funeral notice

Posted 7/6/2020
    • Francine Butler, 73, of Johnston, passed away on June 23, 2020. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at St. Mary’s of Nazareth (4600 Meredith Drive, Des Moines). Visitation will be one hour prior at the church.


Posted 6/30/2020
    The Johnston Farmers Market is now able to include all types of vendors. The first three successful weeks provided only fresh produce, baked goods, food and plants. They now have crafts, baked goods, art, garden art, a food truck and rolled ice cream and music. The market has a new location due to construction at City Hall. Come to the Johnston Library/Simpson Barn parking lot, 6700 Merle Hay Road. Hours are 3:30-6:30 p.m. For information, contact Judy Anderson,

Busted in a Good Way

Posted 6/30/2020
    This community program will continue until Sept. 1. The Johnston Police will be on the lookout for kids in the community practicing good bicycle safety habits. If the kids are seen wearing a helmet, using hand signals before crossing the street and looking both ways, they could earn a ticket. This is no ordinarily ticket — it earns the kid free ice cream from Van Dee’s Ice Cream Shoppe. More information is available at

Use Water Wisely this Summer

Posted 6/30/2020
    The City of Johnston buys the water homeowners and businesses use from Des Moines Water Works. They encourage those using summer irrigation to Use Water Wisely, a recommended program aimed at smart summer irrigation. By improving the efficiency of irrigation practices, businesses and homeowners can reduce consumption, save money and reduce the peak load on water facilities. More information is available at


Posted 6/22/2020
    The Greater Des Moines Partnership, Polk County and the City of Johnston have completed the review of applications for assistance from area businesses affected by the COVID-19 closures and restrictions. Eighteen Johnston businesses will receive financial assistance awards of up to $5,000. The total amount being granted to Johnston businesses is $85,000.
    The $2.5 million metro area grant program is funded by the City of Johnston, JEDCO, Polk County, The Greater Des Moines Partnership and many local organizations. These grants will help our local businesses and is a way to invest in the community’s recovery.
    A listing of the recipients can be found by visiting     


Posted 6/22/2020
    Ignit Sports and Fitness and the City of Johnston are working toward a Public-Private partnership for an expansive recreation project in the Johnston Gateway, just north of I-35/80 on Merle Hay Road. The proposed project includes private construction of a 189,000-square-foot privately owned recreation complex that is expected to house Iowa’s largest indoor track and soccer field in addition to indoor training facilities and a multi-purpose eight-court facility. Ignit also plans to construct outdoor volleyball courts, baseball fields and a high-end soccer field.
    Visit to view the site design concept.

Funeral notices

Posted 6/22/2020
    • Sheryl Lyn O’Malley, 78, of Johnston, passed away June 15, 2020. Per her wishes, there will be a private family service followed by cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Ministries of Des Moines, P.O. Box 862, Des Moines, IA 50304 or Food Bank of Iowa, 2220 E. 17th St.t, Des Moines, IA 50316. Online condolences are welcome at

    • Jack F. Oline, 83, of Johnston, passed away July 16, 2020.

    • Michael Allen Lex, 55, of Johnston passed away on June 17, 2020. A visitation was held on Monday, June 22 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory in Urbandale. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, June 23 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Urbandale. Memorial contributions may be given to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America in Mike’s name. Online condolences may be expressed at

Funeral notice

Posted 6/16/2020
    • Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Henson Emehiser, 69, of Johnston, passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. A public Visitation was held on Sunday, June 14, 2020, at Caldwell Parrish McCalley Chapel in Adel. A graveside service was held on Monday, June 15, 2020. Memorial contributions may be directed to Betty’s church, St. Paul Lutheran Church of Martensdale. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
    • Ronald W. Dahleen, 75, of Johnston,  passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Ron requested cremation with no formal service. Memorial contributions in his name may be sent to Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary Rescue No Kill Shelter, P.O. Box 38, Boone, Iowa 50036.

Funeral notice

Posted 6/8/2020
   Frank Alfred Comito, 80, of Johnston, passed away May 25, 2020. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Drake Legal Clinic at the Drake University Law School or St. Patrick’s Catholic School, Perry. Visitation will be 2-5 p.m., Sunday, June 14 at Dunn’s Chapel, 2121 Grand Ave., Des Moines, with a rosary beginning at 5 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, June 15, 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1627 Grand Ave., West Des Moines. Burial with military honors will follow at Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines.

Yoga by the Lake

Posted 6/8/2020
    Bring your yoga mat and join professional Power Life Yoga instructors on Saturday mornings for one hour of free yoga from 8-9 a.m. at Terra Lake Amphitheater. Yoga helps build strength, activate core muscles and increase flexibility. All levels are welcome.


Posted 6/1/2020
    The State Data Center at the State Library of Iowa released estimates for populations of Iowa cities in 2019 from the U.S. Census Bureau. These estimates will be the last look at Iowa’s population totals before the release of the 2020 census. Based upon the estimates of cities larger than 20,000, Johnston is the third-fastest growing city.
    The fastest-growing cities in Iowa with a population greater than 20,000 since 2010 include:
    • Waukee – 24,089 population, 74.4 percent growth.
    • Ankeny – 67,355 population, 47.7 percent growth.
    • Johnston – 22,582 population, 30.7 percent growth.
    • West Des Moines – 67,899 population, 19.7 percent growth.
    Learn more about the population highlights and the full Iowa city population data on the State Data Center’s website at

Johnston City Council meeting notes

Posted 6/1/2020
    At the May 18 Johnston City Council meeting, the resolution was approved for the contract agreement with Quarry Springs Outfitters, LLC for the rental of kayaks and concessions at the 70th Avenue canoe access.
    Economic Development Manager Adam Plagge reviewed the response to the Iowa Center for Economic Success business grant program, noting that to date there have been nine applications from Johnston businesses. Plagge stated that there were more than 200 throughout the entire metro area.

Funeral notices

Posted 6/1/2020
    • Norman L. Battles, 81, of Johnston, passed away on May 22, 2020. His family is holding a private graveside service. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Heart Association.
    • Mary Lynn Fitzpatrick, 62, of Johnston, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday June 6, 2020 at Beaver Catholic Cemetery Rural Granger. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Passageway, 6000 Grand Ave. Suite G, Des Moines, IA 50312 or Bishop Drumm Care Center, 5837 Winwood Drive, Johnston, IA 50131.
    • Marlene Ann (Kremer) Sieck, 78, of Johnston, passed away on May 23, 2020. Marlene’s sons, Rob and Ron Sieck and her granddaughter Shelbi Sieck request that all memorial contributions be made to the Taylor House in Marlene’s name. The staff does wonderful things at impossible times for families. Due to these unprecedented times, a private service and burial were held.

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
  • 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 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.

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.

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 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 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.

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
  •  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 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

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
    • 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

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

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

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.

Johnston churches offering virtual/online services

Posted 4.6.2020
    • First Baptist Church: Live stream services, Sunday,  10:15 a.m.,
    • NorthPoint Church: Live stream services, Sunday, 9 a.m. and 10:35 a.m.,
    • St. Paul Presbyterian Church: Live stream on Facebook,

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

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.