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How to get the Polk City Square in your business

Posted 6/26/2020
     If you are a business owner or manager and would like to have the Polk City Square available for your employees or customers, simply let us know and we will add you to the list. Here are 5 reasons you may want to consider this:
    1.  It’s free! We provide copies at no charge, and you simply make them available. We pick up the returns when we deliver the news ones, and we adjust the amount we give you based on how many were picked up. No work on your part.
    2.  It drives traffic to your store! Once residents know you are a distribution location, they will seek out the Polk City Square by returning to your store.
    3.  It supports the local business community! Local businesses are dealing with a new set of challenges now, but buying local is seemingly always the solution.
    4.  It shares positive news about the community! Those who read the Polk City Square tell us they feel better about themselves and this community.
    To begin delivery, contact us online at iowaadviser.com.
    Thanks for reading.
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher

Tree donation

Posted 10/23/2020
    Earl May, Grimes Manager Mark Thoms and Assistant Manager Mark Kepford recently donated seven trees to the City of Polk City. All seven trees were planted at Doc Simmer Park. “With the derecho hitting this area of the state earlier, it feels good to be able to donate trees back to the community,” said Mark Thoms. Accepting the trees on behalf of the City was Jason Thraen, Polk City Parks and Recreation Director, Ken Morse and Phil Jensen, Polk City Arbor League, and Dennis Godfrey, Public Works.

Parks Commission opening

Posted 10/23/2020
    The City of Polk City currently has an opening on the Parks Commission. This appointment will fulfill an existing term ending Dec. 31, 2021. The Parks Commission is an advisory body that makes recommendations to City Council for approval. Meetings are the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. Those interested are encouraged to complete an application at https://polkcityia.gov/page/Careers.

‘Light up Polk City,’ parade and scavenger hunt

Posted 10/23/2020
    The Square Lighting is getting a new name ­— “Light up Polk City.” With the growing residential and commercial areas in town, organizers wanted to “light up” all of Polk City. The Town Square Lighting will take place on Friday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. There will be no events on the Square (other than the lighting.) From there, the police will escort Santa and Mrs. Claus on the firetruck on a lighted parade through Polk City. The lighted parade will take close to an hour. Businesses that would like to participate are invited to meet on the square and follow the firetruck along the route. The route ends in the parking lot behind the fire department.
    Businesses are encouraged to “light up” storefronts for the season. Starting Nov. 23, 12 businesses will be given giant (4-foot inflatable) candy canes to display. It will be part of a scavenger hunt, and the people who tag @gopolkcity on Facebook will be entered into a drawing to win gift cards to local businesses.

Kiwanis Club Seniors of the Month

Posted 10/23/2020
    The Kiwanis Club of Polk City named the seniors of the month. Congratulations to:
    • Austin Harrell
    • Brice Sandahl
    • Seth Knight

CANCELLED - UnHaunted House

Posted 10/23/2020
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
    The UnHaunted House is a free event for families. It will be outdoors at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 1701 W. Jester Park Drive, Polk City, from 4-6 p.m. on Oct. 25.  There will be sanitizing throughout, and facilitators will be masked.  games, prizes and a puppet show are available for your enjoyment.  Kids are welcome to come in costume.

Polk City Community Library

Posted 10/23/2020
    The Polk City Community Library is opening by appointment. Schedule a 30-minute appointment on the website or call 515-984-6119. Masks are required for anyone over 2 years of age. Extended hours are Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Visit www.polkcitylibrary.org or call (515) 984-6119 for more information.

Design reveal

Posted 10/16/2020
Polk City Community Visioning Project design reveal this Saturday, Oct. 17 at Luana Savings Bank parking lot, 10a - 2pm.
 

Parks Commission opening

Posted 10/16/2020
The City of Polk City currently has an opening on our Parks Commission! This appointment will fulfill an existing term ending 12-31-2021. The Parks Commission is an advisory body that makes recommendations to City Council for approval. Meetings are the 1st Monday of the month at 6PM.
Those interested are encouraged to complete an application at the following link. https://polkcityia.gov/page/Careers

Tree donation

Posted 10/16/2020
Earl May, Grimes Manager, Mark Thoms and Assistant Manager, Mark Kepford, recently donated 7 trees to the City of Polk City. All 7 trees were planted at Doc Simmer Park. “With the derecho hitting this area of the state earlier, it feels good to be able to donate trees back to the community.” explained Mark Thoms. Accepting the trees on behalf of the City is Jason Thraen, Polk City Parks and Recreation Director, Ken Morse and Phil Jensen, Polk City Arbor League, and Dennis Godfrey, Public Works. 

American Legion events

Posted 10/16/2020
    • Dinner, 6 p.m. and BINGO,  7 p.m. Oct. 16, Nov. 6, Nov. 20 and Dec. 11.
    • Live at the Legion, Nov. 13. Beef and noodles at 6 p.m., music by Skinny Logan & the Repeats at 7 p.m. In honor of Veterans Day: Veterans eat free.
    • 7th Annual Holiday Extravaganza, Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local crafters, home-based business vendors, bake sale and raffles.
    • Biscuits and gravy breakfast and blood drive, Dec. 19. Breakfast, 7-11 a.m. Free will donation, all you can eat, dine in and carry out. Blood drive, 7:30-11:30 a.m. by appointment only, www.LifeServeBloodCenter.org.
    The Polk City American Legion Post 232 is located at 114 W. Broadway.

Drive-through pancake breakfast

Posted 10/16/2020
    The Polk City Firefighters Association invites you to a drive-through pancake breakfast on Oct. 24, 7-10 a.m. at the station, 112 N. Third St. Your freewill donation will get pancakes with butter and syrup and sausage. All proceeds will help the association purchase equipment and training supplies that keep the firefighters safe and productive.

Polk City United Methodist Church services

Posted 10/16/2020
    Polk City UMC, 1421 W. Broadway St., will hold in-person outdoor worship service on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the greenspace at church, at the north end of the property, and will follow CDC and Iowa UMC guidelines for safety during the pandemic.
    Online worship will be livestreamed to its Facebook page at 9:30 a.m., and then made available as a recording on www.polkcitymc.org later in the day.
    Polk City United Methodist Church is offering a new Fall Fitness ministry. All community members welcome.
     • Walking Club, Tuesdays through  October, 5:15-6:15 p.m. Free. They will be walking various Trails in Polk City. Register on their website.
    • Outdoor Yoga, Wednesdays through Nov. 18, 5:30-6:15 p.m. $10 drop-in (bring cash or check). Held at the Polk City UMC Soccer Field. Register on their website.
    • NP Comet Cupboard Tiny Free Pantry. The next Food Bag distribution is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. You can fill a bag for $35, or consider donating the following food items: ground beef, chips, peanut butter, pancake mix, pancake syrup, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned tuna or chicken, mac-n-cheese mix, cookie mix or bag of cookies.  Nonperishable items may be placed in the outdoor plastic bins at Polk City United Methodist Church, 1421 W. Broadway St. To arrange drop-off of refrigerated items or for more information, email Dixie Bequeaith: dbequeai967@msn.com

Beggars Night in Polk City

Posted 10/16/2020
    Enjoy Beggars Night safely, Oct. 30. 6-8 p.m. For more information: www.cdc.gov.

Road Construction - Third Street

Posted 10/16/2020
    Des Moines Asphalt and Paving have scheduled milling and paving operations on Third Street between Bridge Road and Broadway for Oct. 20-21. One lane will remain open with a pilot car.

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

Posted 10/16/2020
    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.

Public information session - Hy-Vee proposed project

Posted 10/8/2020
    Go Polk City will host Hy-Vee at a special public information session on Oct. 12 from 3-5 p.m. in the Community Center. Hy-Vee is proposing a new project in Polk City, and they invite the public to participate in an informational session and provide feedback. The maximum number of people allowed in the Community Center at one time will be 13, however, Hy-Vee representatives will keep the presentations short, so that they may allow as many people to attend as possible.
    Hy-Vee Inc. is proposing to purchase the City-owned property at 510 S. Third St. for $650,000. Hy-Vee is proposing a 22,000 square foot grocery store at the location. Hy-Vee is also considering a pharmacy at this location, however, that decision may not be made until the date of the public hearing.
    Hy-Vee still plans to build a Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh store in Polk City. The tentative timeline for construction of that facility is to begin by spring 2021.
    The City Council will hold a public hearing at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. They will provide comment cards at the public session if you wish to provide the Council with some feedback at their public hearing. As always, the public is encouraged to also attend the public hearing, which will be conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    For further information, contact, Brigett DeVos, Go Polk City Chamber Administrator, call/text 712-730-5148 or emailadmin@polkcitychamber.com.

Harvest Home Fundraiser Dinner

Posted 10/8/2020
    Grimes First Presbyterian Church, 410 S.E. Third St., Grimes, invites you to their Harvest Home Fundraiser Dinner on Oct. 11 from 4:30-7 p.m. This is a drive-through event with a freewill offering. The menu includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and cranberry sauce.

NP Comet Cupboard teams up with Kum & Go

Posted 10/8/2020
    They NP Comet Cupboard is now working with Kum & Go in Polk City and Eat Greater Des Moines to provide frozen hamburger and chicken sandwiches. Many days they also have chicken strips, egg rolls and breakfast sandwiches. They will be offered with the bags of groceries that are distributed the first Saturday of each month, or you can contact them to pick up sandwiches from the church. A big thank you to Kum and Go. Contact Dixie Bequeaith at dbequeai967@msn.com for more information.

Polk City Women Meeting

Posted 10/1/2020
    The Polk City Women will meet Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Fender’s Brewing at 7 p.m. for any women interested in working actively to support the community through charitable giving, scholarships and other civic duties.

Celebrate North Polk event committee

Posted 10/1/2020
    The North Polk Booster Club is looking for individuals willing to help out on the Celebrate North Polk event committee.  Each year, the Athletics Boosters, the Fine Arts Boosters, and the Foundation team up to organize and execute the annual Celebrate North Polk event.  This fun-filled evening raises money to support the initiatives of all three groups.
    Consider giving your time and energy to support the students and staff of our great district.  If you are interested or have questions, email athleticboosterclub@northpolk.org or visit their Facebook page.

The Design Reveal

Posted 10/1/2020
    Polk City Community Visioning proudly presents The Design Reveal on Oct. 17 from 10 am. to 2 p.m. at Luana Savings Bank parking lot, 855 W. Bridge Road. This will be a public display of community design concepts. Stop by and see what options the community has for a new look.

Yoga sessions

Posted 9/25/2020
    Selah Yoga will be held Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. through Nov. 18. The cost is $64 for the session or $10 drop-in (bring cash or check payable to Brandy Young LLC) This will be held at the Polk City United Methodist, 1421 W. Broadway St., outdoor soccer field (weather permitting). During inclement weather, they’ll move into the Wing in the Woods.
    Register at https://polkcityumc.churchcenter.com/groups/fitness/selah-yoga.
    Selah Yoga is an invitation to grace-filled, Christ-centered yoga. Classes include prayer, worship music and a vinyasa flow rooted in scripture.
    This class is adaptable for beginners (giving modifications where necessary) as well as those desiring a more intermediate/advanced practice, with the flows moving participants on and off the floor throughout the class.
    The true meaning of Selah in the Bible is a mystery — a Hebrew word found primarily in the Psalms. Some scholars interpret it to mean pause, reflect, rest and exalt. Selah invites us to take a reflective pause... to notice, enjoy and exalt the goodness of our God.
    What to bring: Yoga mat and water bottle. Most people prefer to practice yoga in bare feet, but wear whatever makes you most comfortable. Props are optional: yoga blocks and straps.

Food bag distribution Oct. 3

Posted 9/25/2020
    The next food bag distruction will be Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to noon. If you find yourself in need of groceries, go to their Facebook page to fill out the form or contact Dixie Bequeaith at dbequeai967@msn.com.
    If you are able to donate, food can be dropped off at the Polk City United Methodist Church, 1421 W. Broadway St. Current needs are: hamburger, chips, peanut butter, pancake mix, pancake syrup, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned tuna, canned chicken, macaroni and cheese and cookie mix or bag of cookies.
    This is sponsored by the NP Comet Cupboards, located at the Polk City and Sheldahl United Methodist Churches, and the Elkhart Blessing Box at the Elkhart Christian Church.

Polk City Library news

Posted 9/25/2020
   Due to the number of COVID-19 cases in Polk County, the library will go to curbside pickup only. Extended hours are Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Visit www.polkcitylibrary.org or call (515) 984-6119 for more information.
    • Story Time Mondays, Online 10:30 a.m. Join Ms Melissa on the Polk City Community Library Youth Facebook page live for stories, songs, rhymes and more.
    • Busy Bees Activities Thursdays (ages 3 to 5). Each Thursday in September, pick up a new packet that contains activities to help your Busy Bee learn and grow.
    • Men’s Friday Coffee, 10 a.m. via Zoom. Gentlemen, drop in for coffee and conversation. Visit the website and Facebook page the day of the activity for the Zoom link.
    • Walk it Off via Zoom
Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Join Pam as we get moving to this 30 minute low-impact aerobic walking DVD. A sturdy chair, towel or stretch band are recommended. Resistance bands are available to pick up curbside at the library.
    • 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Register at polkcitylibrary.beanstack.org and log the reading you share with your child. If you participated in the 2020 Summer Reading Challenge you’re all set! Use your same log-in information and you will see the new challenge available for your child. Paper logs are available upon request.
    • Intro to Meditation, Thursday Oct. 1 and Oct. 8, 7 p.m. via Zoom. Are you curious about meditation? Feel like you don’t have time? Wonder if you’re doing it ‘right’? Simply need a night to relax and recenter? Join Brandy Young on an introductory journey into the basics and benefits of meditation. You’ll have a chance to explore and experience basic breath work, gentle movement and meditation to help you discover a practice that will work for you.

Polk City Democrats meeting

Posted 9/25/2020
    The Polk City Democrats will meet Monday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to receive a Zoom link to the meeting, contact polkcitydemocrats@gmail.com.

Join Polk City Girl Scouts

Posted 9/25/2020
    You’re invited. 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. In person event: outside at Polk City Library on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. Masks are encouraged.
    Or, join us for the virtual event at the same time, register for the virtual event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/.../tZEpdeGspzguE9yjR12lEeHu8f9Mx.
    Can’t make it? Complete an interest form at girlscoutsiowa.org/join and a team member will be in touch.

Fenders Brewery Run and Kiwanis Club of Polk City

Posted 9/18/2020
    Join them Sunday, Sept. 27 for a 5Kish fun run that starts and ends at Fenders Brewing. Run, walk or jog. No matter how fast you go, there will be a beer waiting for you at the finish line. Be active, have fun and give back. A portion of these proceeds will benefit the local Kiwanis Club of Polk City, which is dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Polk City will be selling brats or hot dogs to go with that beer from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost will be a free-will donation. Donations raised will go toward service projects taking place throughout the year including North Polk High School senior scholarships, food for needy families within the community, projects focusing on children within the North Polk Schools and community and Polk City parks and playgrounds. Even if you’re not running, walking, or jogging, stop by and enjoy a brat or hot dog and a beer. Gatorade and water will also be available for children and others.
    The registration information for the run is on their Facebook page or Instagram (@iabreweryrun).

Holiday care package drive

Posted 9/18/2020
    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 bluestarmothersia1@gmail.com for a list of items and how to contribute.

Polk City Library news

Posted 9/18/2020
    Due to the number of COVID-19 cases in Polk County, the library will go to curbside pickup only. Extended hours are Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Visit www.polkcitylibrary.org or call (515) 984-6119 for more information.
    • Story Time Mondays, Online 10:30 a.m. Join Ms Melissa on the Polk City Community Library Youth Facebook page live for stories, songs, rhymes and more.
    • Busy Bees Activities Thursdays (ages 3 to 5). Each Thursday in September, pick up a new packet that contains activities to help your Busy Bee learn and grow.
    • Men’s Friday Coffee, 10 a.m. via Zoom. Gentlemen, drop in for coffee and conversation. Visit the website and Facebook page the day of the activity for the Zoom link.
    • Adult Coloring - Autumn. Coloring sheets are available.
    • Book Club via Zoom, Monday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris. Based on the true story of Holocaust survivors Lale and Gita Sokolov. Visit the website and Facebook page the day of the activity for the Zoom link.
    • Bento Box Nutrition via Zoom (grades 6-12) , Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. They will be demonstrating recipes and the nutritional aspects of planning the meals. They will have a drawing for a free Bento Box during the program. Visit the website and Facebook page the day of the activity for the Zoom link.

2020 Winter Warmth Drive Kicks Off

Posted 9/18/2020
    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 www.winterwarmthdrive.org/donate/.
    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.

Polk City Farmers Market cancelled

Posted 9/11/2020
    Due to the Governor’s Public Health Proclamation on Aug. 21, the decision is to cancel the remainder of the Polk City Farmers Market season.
    The Polk City Farmers market wishes to sincerely thank you for spending your Thursday afternoons supporting its vendors. They feel fortunate to have such a fantastic community of folks who support local. Without your enthusiastic support, this market wouldn’t be possible.
    • Wild Flour Baking Co., Mary Kate Russell, Nina Gotta, 515-414-6411, Wildflourbaking305@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/WildFlourbakingco305/
    • Fortune Teller Candle Co., Jeff & Katie Maynes, fortunetellercandleco@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/fortunetellercandleco/
    • Herb & Bumble, Stephanie Bayse, stephanie@herbandbumble.com FB: Herb & Bumble Soap Co, IG: @herbandbumble, Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/HerbAndBumble
    • Pop Pop’s Kettle Korn, John and Mary Clair, Poppopskettlekorn@gmail.com, 515-710-4010, www.facebook.com/PopPopsKettleKorn/
     • Scraps N Jars, Tracy Jepson, scrapsnjars@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/scrapsnjars/
    • Prairie Flower Honey, Mike Blair, michaelblair314@gmail.com, call/text 515-423-6864

Polk City Police Department selling Fight for a Cure patches

Posted 9/11/2020
    The Polk City Police Department was challenged to participate in a national effort to assist Susan G. Komen Greater Iowa  in battling breast cancer.  They will be selling Fight for a Cure pink patches for $10 (Venmo, cash or check accepted). All proceeds will go Susan G. Komen Greater Iowa.
    To make arrangements to purchase, contact Chief Siepker at police@polkcityia.gov. They will be selling through October.

FAN BATTING PRACTICE AT PRINCIPAL PARK

Posted 9/3/2020
    Ever wondered what it would be like to step up to the plate and take batting practice like the professionals do? The Iowa Cubs invite fans of all ages to come out to Principal Park for an exclusive opportunity to take batting practice on the field on Friday, Sept. 11 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
    For $20 per participant, you receive:
    • 10 pitches from a pitching machine on the field
    • Your name announced over the PA before your at-bat
    • Your name on the left field ribbon board during your at-bat
    • A souvenir Iowa Cubs mini-bat
    Fans are encouraged to bring their own bats and helmets for sanitary purposes. Spectators who do not wish to swing are free to enter. Limited concessions selection, including beer, will be available to purchase. Social distancing guidelines will be in place, and hand sanitation stations will be available. Per order from the City of Des Moines, masks are required to enter the stadium and during the event.
    All tickets for this event must be purchased online. Find more info at www.milb.com/iowa/ballpark/event-schedule#fan-bp.

Polk City Community Library news

Posted 9/3/2020
    Due to the number of COVID-19 cases in Polk County, the library will go to curbside pickup only. Extended hours are Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Visit www.polkcitylibrary.org or call (515) 984-6119 for more information.
    • Story Time Mondays, Online 10:30 a.m. Join Ms Melissa on the Polk City Community Library Youth Facebook page live for stories, songs, rhymes and more.
    • Busy Bees Activities Thursdays (ages 3 to 5). Each Thursday in September, pick up a new packet that contains activities to help your Busy Bee learn and grow.
    • Men’s Friday Coffee, 10 a.m. via Zoom. Gentlemen, drop in for coffee and conversation. Enjoy spending time and having a few laughs or interesting discussions with other men from around the area. Visit our website and Facebook page the day of the activity for the Zoom link.
    • Adult Coloring - Autumn. Coloring sheets are available. Contact Pam, who has autumn coloring pages ready.
    • Geri-Fit® Strength Training Workouts via Zoom, Mondays at 1 p.m. Starting Sept. 14. Strength Training workouts that work for all ages and fitness levels Geri-Fit is challenging, effective and safe to do. The Geri-Fit® program requires a set of light dumbbell weights, a sturdy chair and water to drink during the workout. Ages 50 and over. Stretch bands are available at curbside pickup 984-6119. Visit our website and Facebook page the day of the activity for the Zoom link.
    • Walk it Off via Zoom, Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Starting Sept. 16. Join Pam as we get moving to this 30 minute low-impact aerobic walking DVD. A sturdy chair, towel or stretch band are recommended. Resistance bands are available to pick up curbside at the library 984-6119. Visit our website and Facebook page the day of the activity for the Zoom link.
    • Chair Yoga LIVE via Zoom, Fridays Sept. 18-Oct. 30 at  9 a.m. Join Brandy Young for Chair Yoga via Zoom. Chair yoga is a gentle practice in which postures are performed while seated and/or with the support of a chair. This class is designed to help make yoga accessible at every life stage. The poses are adaptations of modern yoga poses which will help to bring freedom and improve balance as we move and breathe together. No experience is necessary. Props such as hand weights, resistance bands and a yoga block may be helpful if desired, but not necessary. Visit our website and Facebook page the day of the activity for the Zoom link. Resistance bands are available to pick up curbside at the library.

Get a Flu Shot and Give Meals to the Food Pantry

Posted 8/27/2020
    This year more than ever, it is important to get your annual flu shot. The flu shot is still the best way to protect yourself and those around you from the flu. Not only will it protect you, but it will help reduce trips to the doctor’s office and hospitals, which will be extremely important this year to help conserve valuable healthcare resources.
Timing of your flu shot does matter. It is important to get the flu shot at the right time to make sure it lasts the entire season. Just recently the CDC reiterated that it is important to get a flu shot by the end of October and receiving one prior to September may be too early, as vaccine immunity may wane before the season is over.
    Through the partnership with the Food Bank of Iowa, Medicap Pharmacy will donate 12 meals to the local food pantry for every flu shot given at participating Medicap Pharmacy locations from Sept. 23 through Nov. 23, 2020. Visit www.IowaFluShots.com for more information.
    Medicap Pharmacy is taking extra precautions this year to help protect patients and staff. They are offering a contactless immunization form option this year. Call your local Medicap today to find out more.

Polk City Democrats meeting

Posted 8/20/2020
    The next meeting of the Polk City Democrats, which usually meets on the first Monday of the month, will be delayed until Monday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m., due to the Labor Day holiday. The meeting will be held over Zoom. For information about the Polk City Democrats organization, or to get a Zoom invitation to the meeting, contact polkcitydemocrats@gmail.com.

Polk City Community Library news

Posted 8/20/2020
    Due to the number of COVID-19 cases in Polk County, the library will go to curbside pickup only. Extended hours are Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Visit www.polkcitylibrary.org or call (515) 984-6119 for more information.
    • Story Time Mondays, Online 10:30 a.m. Join Ms Melissa on the Polk City Community Library Youth Facebook page live for stories, songs, rhymes and more.
    • Busy Bees Activities Thursdays (ages 3 to 5). Each Thursday in September, pick up a new packet that contains activities to help your Busy Bee learn and grow.
    • Men’s Friday Coffee, 10 a.m. via Zoom. Gentlemen, drop in for coffee and conversation. Enjoy spending time and having a few laughs or interesting discussions with other men from around the area. Visit our website and Facebook page the day of the activity for the Zoom link.
    • Book Club via Zoom, Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides. The story of Alicia, who killed her husband, Gabriel, six years earlier, and hasn’t spoken since. Visit our website and Facebook page the day of the activity for the Zoom link.
    • Adult Coloring - Autumn. Coloring sheets are available. Contact Pam, who has a packet of autumn coloring pages ready to pick-up.

Donations needed for NP Comet Cupboard

Posted 8/20/2020
    Donations are needed to help fill the NP Comet Cupboard for the Sept. 5 Bag Distribution. Some of the items needed are: hamburger, hamburger helper, tuna helper cheesy pasta, pasta side parmesan, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, canned tuna and chicken, macaroni and cheese and cookies.
    Food donations can be left at the Polk City United Methodist Church, 1421 W. Broadway, Polk City. For questions, contact Dixie Bequeaith dbequeai967@msn.com.

Rock ‘n’ Stock the  Comet Cupboard

Posted 8/14/2020
    The Rock ‘n’ Stock the  Comet Cupboard concert will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 7-10 p.m. at TCI. There will be live music by Becker, with food and drink available for purchase. A free will offering with 100 percent of the collections will be donated to support the Comet Cupboard.
Indicate your attendance on the Becker Facebook page event. Bring your own lawn chairs/blankets. No outside beverages or food will be permitted. Social distancing guidelines will be encouraged.

Athletic Booster Club Memberships

Posted 8/6/2020
    There are two options for family or business memberships that also include a Sports Pass. Visit  https://northpolkathleticboosterclub.myonlinecamp.com/ for details.
    • Family Membership
    Red: $25. Name listed in programs
    White: $50. Name listed in programs
    Gray: $100. Name listed in programs
    Comet: $250. Name listed in programs and one adult sports pass
    Pride: $500. Name listed in programs and family sports pass
    • Business Membership
    Silver: $250. “Half Business Card” in programs and one adult sports pass
    Platinum: $500. “Full Business Card” in programs and family sports pass

Comet Softball players named to all conference teams

Posted 8/6/2020
    • 1st Team All Conference: Chloe Dougherty, Tricia Sporaa, Ellie Owen, Hannah Foster, Sydney Anderson, Hailey Steffen
    • Honorable Mention: Abby Hill and Maya Monk.

Comet baseball players receive individual honors

Posted 8/6/2020
    • 1st Team All-Conference: Ryan Fausch and Logan Engebretson
    • 2nd Team All-Conference: Joe Husak, Jack Bunkers, JD Elefson and Andrew Weig
    • Honorable Mention All-Conference: Mark Cox and Nick Cox
    • 1st Team All-District: Ryan Fausch and Joe Husak
    • 2nd Team All-District: Jack Bunkers and Andrew Weig

P&M Apparel Breaks Ground on New Building

Posted 8/6/2020
    P&M Apparel will host a groundbreaking ceremony for their new building at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 14 at 1100 S. Fifth, Polk City. The new building will be just under
8,000 square feet, more than doubling the space of their current building on the Polk City square. Construction will begin thereafter, and doors on the new building are expected to open early spring of 2021.
    The new building will feature a larger showroom, retail area, dressing room and more office space for current and future staff. Owners Kay and Rob Ferin considered other locations around the metro for the project but ultimately decided Polk City held the values and community support that have been so cherished by P&M Apparel, so they chose to continue investing in the community that has invested in them.
    Because of COVID-19 restrictions, they are asking all attendees to wear masks.

Church on the Square

Posted 8/6/2020
    Lakeside Fellowship will be having “Church on the Square” on Sunday, Aug. 23 and Aug. 30 at 9 a.m. at the Polk City Square. Everyone is invited to attend.

Polk City Democrats meeting

Posted 7/30/2020
    Polk City Democrats meet the first Monday at 6:30 p.m., currently over Zoom. For more information, contact polkcitydemocrats@gmail.com.

Funeral notices

Posted 7/30/2020
    • Cindy Nelson, 61, of Polk City, passed away July 25, 2020.
    • Ronald Toney, 71, of Polk City, passed away July 25, 2020. Ron’s full obituary and details about the livestream can be found at www.ernstfuneralhome.com.
    • Betty Ann Brown, 85, of Polk City, passed away July 24, 2020. A visitation will be held 1-2 p.m., Aug. 8 at Lakeside Fellowship Church (1121 W. Bridge Road, Polk City). A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. also at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lakeside Fellowship Church or MercyOne Hospice (5820 Winwood Drive, Johnston, IA 50131).

Polk City United Methodist Church offers online and outdoor services

Posted 7/30/2020
    Polk City UMC, 1421 W. Broadway St., will hold in-person outdoor worship service on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the greenspace at church, at the north end of the property, and will follow CDC and Iowa UMC guidelines for safety during the pandemic.
    Online worship will be livestreamed to its Facebook page at 9:30 a.m., and then made available as a recording on www.polkcitymc.org later in the day.

Hammock Area Installed at Saylorville Lake

Posted 7/23/2020
    In the past couple of years, “hammocking” has become a growing trend across the country, and now people wishing to “hammock” can do so in a designated area at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, Saylorville Lake project.
    Hammock poles can now be found at Saylorville Lake’s Cherry Glen Picnic Area behind Shelter No. 2. This area is free to the public and is located near the campgrounds on the east side of the lake. The hammock area provides a shaded location to hang multiple hammocks and the poles are equipped for “slackline” support if users wish to use this method.
    To ensure lake visitors remain safe and trees are preserved, hammock and slack line use will only be allowed on the designated hammock poles in the Cherry Glen Picnic Area. Use outside of this area continues to be prohibited and will be enforced by park rangers.

City-Wide Clean-Up Event

Posted 7/23/2020
    The city-wide clean-up event has been scheduled.  It will look a little different this year with appliance and tire drop-off at the maintenance facility only allowed on Thursday, Sept. 24 and Friday, Sept. 25 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The curbside clean up will be Saturday, Sept. 26. Have acceptable items at the curb Friday night.  For more details, visit https://polkcityia.gov/post/2020/07/17/Citywide-Cleanup-Event.

Donations needed for NP Comet Cupboard

Posted 7/16/2020
    Donations are needed to help fill the NP Comet Cupboard. Some of the items needed are: hamburger, Hamburger Helper, chips, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, canned tuna and chicken, macaroni and cheese, cookies, dish soap and roll of paper towels.
    Food donations can be left at the Polk City United Methodist Church (1421 W. Broadway, Polk City) or the Sheldahl United Methodist Church (609 Sixth St., Sheldahl).
    For questions, contact Dixie Bequeaith dbequeai967@msn.com.

Free clinic now open

Posted 7/16/2020
    St. Luke’s Free Clinic is now open with restrictions. They will screen patients and will not see patients with known Covid exposure, with respiratory symptoms, or who have temperatures of 100.4 or above. Masks are required. If you do not have one, it will be provided. Use the second entrance on east side of church, marked “Clinic Entrance.” The clinic will continue to see patients the first and third Wednesday of each month with the same restrictions. The free clinic is located at the Polk City United Methodist Church, 1421 W. Broadway.
    If you have questions, call Tess Young at 515-238-6425.
    The clinic is offered on the first and third Wednesdays, from 6-8 p.m.

Free mulch available

Posted 7/9/2020
    Fresh mulch is now available for Polk City residents,  located at 301 Northside Drive. This is open daily, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is self-serve.

Museum closed

Posted 7/9/2020
    The Big Creek Historical Society museum is closed until further notice. Visit the website at www.polkcityhistory.org.

Polk City Farmers Market resumes

Posted 7/2/2020
    The Polk City Farmers Market will be held Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. at the Polk City Square.

CONNECTION GROUPS at Polk City UMC

Posted 6/26/2020
    As we move into a cautious phase for gatherings, Polk City UMC encourages people to gather in smaller groups outdoors, as they feel comfortable, for faith and life connections.
    For those who feel more comfortable continuing to stay safer at home, they want to give you a way to enjoy some connections, as well. See details on www.polkcityumc.org.
    • Sunday – “Come As You Are” Virtual Coffee Time, 10 a.m. via Zoom. Join by Internet (audio and/or video) from smartphone, tablet or PC. Dial in by phone (audio only): 1-312-626-6799. When prompted, enter the following: Meeting ID: 822 0107 1642. Password: 830823
    • Wednesday – “Wednesday Night Live” Small Group, 7 p.m., outdoor in-person gatherings on the patio behind the Wing in the Woods at Polk City UMC. Masks and 6-ft physical distancing encouraged
    • Thursday – “Music in the Park” with New Song, 6:30 p.m. Bring your own picnic. 7 p.m. music rehearsal and opportunity to worship with the band at Shelter No. 2 at Jester Park. Lawn chairs, bug spray and 6-foot physical distancing encouraged.

Sports Complex Reopening

Posted 6/11/2020
    Fields at the Polk City Sports Complex will reopen. Restrooms, drinking fountains and the concession stand will remain closed until further notice.
    All users are expected to practice COVID-19 mitigation guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and governing bodies of youth/adult sports.
    Staggered scheduling is a major component of COVID-19 mitigation. To help implement staggered scheduling, user groups are asked to reserve field time. Reservations will be staggered by 15 minutes. Field reservations can be done through Polk City Parks & Recreation at 515-329-8036, or jthraen@polkcityia.gov.

North Polk School Board updates

Posted 6/4/2020
    At the North Polk Community School District Board meeting on May 21, the following were approved:
    • Resignations: Christensen, D., HS Football Volunteer; Christensen, D., 7th grade Assistant Baseball coach; Dombrowski, S., HS Math and Nathional Honor Society Sponsor (pending suitable replacement); Halterman, R., MS Basketball; Stites, M., Director of Special Programs; Williams, L, Food Service
    • Appointments: Anderson, M., 5th grade teacher Central Elementary; Bakken, M., Extended School Year (ESY); Briley, V., ESY;  Chicoine, H., MS Media Associate (Increase from 2 days/week to 5 days/week); Christensen, D., HS Football Assistant Coach; Christensen, D., 7th grade Head Baseball Coach; Figgins, S., Summer Custodial Help; Groepper, E., Summer Custodial Help; Harris, O., Summer Custodial Help;  Haywood, E., 5th grade teacher Central Elementary;  Houser, A., Summer Custodial Help; Huffy, S., Summer Custodial Help; Hupp, A., MS Girls and Boys Basketball Cheer Sponsor; Johnston, M., Summer Custodial Help; Kult, K., MS/HS Technology Instructional Coach (.375 FTE);  Leach, K., Summer Custodial Help; Ludwig, N., ESY; McGough, A., Summer Custodial Help; Miller, D., Summer Custodial Help; Richards, D., Summer Custodial Help; VanderLeest, L., Technology Teacher West Elementary; TLC Positions- listed in board packet.
    Mr. Reeves, Director of Food Service, shared he has produced almost 9,000 meals to North Polk families since the pandemic began. He has received over $20,000 in donations to help cover food cost and paper supplies.

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church services

Posted 6/2/2020
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church | 515-984-6740  |  Live Stream at polkcity.church on Sundays at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. - In Church services Saturday "Come as you Are" Service at 6 p.m., Sundays at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

School district hiring

Posted 6/1/2020
See current openings here: https://www.northpolk.org/Page/2496

Funeral notice

Posted 5/28/2020
    Edward Simmons, 70, of Polk City, died May 21, 2020. Hamilton’s Funeral Home was in charge of services.

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.

Summer Recreation 2020 canceled

Posted 5/21/2020
    In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Polk City has canceled the summer recreation program for 2020. Their intent will be for the summer recreation program to return in 2021. Be on the lookout for new recreation programs starting Fall 2020 as well. Questions may be directed to Jason Thraen, Parks and Recreation Director, at jthraen@polkcityia.gov or 515-329-8036.

First Responders Club

Posted 5/21/2020
    Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa (BGCCI) announced Iowa’s first-ever First Responders Club at the Gregory & Suzie Glazer Burt Club at Drake University, serving children of those working the frontlines of the pandemic.
    Beginning Monday, May 18, the Burt Club, located at 25th St. and Forest Avenue in Des Moines, will open its doors for up to 80 children, kindergarten through fifth grade, of metro area police, fire and EMS workers.

Polk City’s 2019 Water Quality Report

Posted 5/21/2020
    Polk City’s 2019 Water Quality Report is now available at www.polkcityia.gov. In compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, Polk City provides a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) annually on the website. Every citizen has a right to know where their water comes from and what’s in it. This report highlights the great quality of water that the City provides to our citizens.

Polk City Restaurants

Posted 5/15/2020
 
  • Papa's Pizzeria | 515-985-6361 Monday - Sunday 11am - 8pm (carryout only)
  • Reising Sun Cafe | 515-984-9061 Monday - Saturday 7am - 12pm
  • Fenders Brewing | 515-984-0011 | Monday-Friday 4pm- -7pm, Saturday noon - 3pm (carryout only)
  • The Outside Scoop - Ankeny | 515-444-8234 | Friday 2pm - 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 9pm
  • Polk City Pub | 515-984-9388 | Tuesday - Saturday 11am- 10pm, Sunday 11am - 8pm.
  • Copper Oak | 515-984-9440 | Wednesday 5pm - 8pm, Thursday - Saturday 4pm - 7pm (carryout only)
  • the creamery | see FB page  https://www.facebook.com/thecreamerypolkcity/

Camp Dodge cancels summer concert series, other events

Posted 5/14/2020
Upcoming events and summer activities held by the Iowa National Guard are canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The guard announced the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is canceling the annual Memorial Day breakfast along with the summer concert series held at Camp Dodge.
The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is canceling its annual Memorial Day breakfast and recognition event, and the museum itself remains closed to visitors in compliance with the state’s COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
The decision comes as Maj. Gen Corell said nearly 900 Iowa National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are helping out with the COVID-19 response and another 2,000 are preparing for deployment overseas.
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.

Four Seasons Festival cancelled; Sounds on the Square and Farmers Market suspended until further notice.

Posted 5/11/2020
   As you know, our community has been profoundly impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Go Polk City Board of Directors has been closely monitoring all the developments to identify the best course of action for our Four Seasons Festival. The Festival relies heavily on volunteers, community support, and sponsorships, the COVID-19 global pandemic has disrupted our ability to responsibly prepare and produce the festival in a manner that ensures its future success. It is with that in mind that we announce we have decided to cancel the Four Seasons Festival originally scheduled for July 17-18.
   While this is a difficult decision, we are committed to hosting quality events that provide a safe environment to celebrate our great community.
   We will also be indefinitely suspending Sounds on the Square and our Farmer’s Market until an appropriate time. Support local vendors by shopping at http://polkcityfarmersmarket.com.

Des Moines Symphony postpones concerts

Posted 5/7/2020
    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.

Polk City Utility Bill Assistance Program Related to COVID-19

Posted 4/30/2020
    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Polk City will begin accepting applications for a Low to Moderate Income Utility Bill Assistance Program. Applications will be accepted for residential property owners residing in the Corporate City Limits of Polk City. Eligibility for participation is established according to the Low-to-moderate income levels defined by Polk County as outlined on www.polkcityia.gov.

Polk City Community Foundation pledges funds

Posted 4/23/2020
    The PCCF has pledged $6,000 over the next six weeks to North Polk Community Schools and United Methodist Church Comet Cupboard to help ensure no child goes hungry during COVID-19. To help, go here to donate: www.desmoinesfoundation.org/polkcityfund.

Polk City Police Officers Association donates to North Polk Schools

Posted 4/23/2020
    The PCPOA is proud to announce a $250 donation to the North Polk School Grab-N-Go Meal Program. This donation will assist in providing North Polk Students a free nutritional breakfast and lunch during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Funeral notice

Posted 4/16/2020
    John (Jack) Raymond Temme, 80, of Polk City died on Sunday, April 12, 2020. A celebration of life will be held at a later date once virus and travel restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Assumption Catholic Church in Granger.

Wesley Life Meals on Wheels

Posted 4/16/2020
    Every day, WesleyLife Meals on Wheels directly supports the health, vitality and independence of more than 900 adults living in greater Des Moines through delivery of a nutritious meal to their front doors, with close to 230,000 meals delivered each year. For more information or to sign up for service, call 515-699-3243.

NP Comet Cupboard needs donations

Posted 4/10/2020
    Donations are needed for the NP Comet Cupboard. You can drop items off at Polk City United Methodist Church, 1421 W. Broadway St. There is a plastic covered bin beside the church entrance if the cupboard is full. Or email rachel_ackerman@yahoo.com with your address, and she will arrange for a pick-up outside your front door. See the NP Comet Cupboard Facebook page for current needed items.

Blessing Box food pantry in Elkhart

Posted 4/10/2020
    They are open the first Saturday of each month, 9-10 a.m. and the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, 6-7 p.m. The pantry is located within, but not associated with, the Elkhart Christian Church at 252 N.W. Washington Ave. Contact via Facebook, ElkhartBlessingBox@gmail.com or by text at 515-249-7228.

Iowa PBS hosts online storytimes, more

Posted 4/10/2020
    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.

Grab-N-Go meals available to North Polk students

Posted 4/9/2020
    Grab-N-Go meals will be provided to those in need. In order to keep each other safe, we will honor social distancing by placing the lunches on a table. All meals are FREE for school-age children. Sign up by 8 p.m. the night before the next delivery date. Use this link to request your Grab-N-Go meals: www.northpolk.org. This will help determine how many meals to prepare.
    Those who have signed up for meals will be served first. If you do not sign up, you will be asked to wait until all individuals who have signed up have been served, depending on the availability of meals.
    Meals in Polk City and Elkhart will be delivered by a North Polk school bus and will be available from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
    Locations:
    • Alleman: back of high school, 13930 N.E. Sixth St., door #14
    • Elkhart: Vista View Trailer Park, 737 E. Walnut St.
    • Polk City: in front of West Elementary, 1400 W. Broadway
    • Sheldahl: available by delivery only
    We will be offering a lunch meal on the day of and a breakfast meal for the next morning.

Des Moines Art Center launches virtual tours

Posted 4/9/2020
   The Des Moines Art Center recently launched seven virtual tours of its permanent collections and special exhibitions. The tours allow visitors to click through the extensive collections as if they were at the museum — an important experience as the Art Center galleries are closed to the public until April 7 in response to COVID-19. www.desmoinesartcenter.org/visit/virtualtours

North Polk Family Medicine offering FaceTime visit

Posted 3/23/2020

North Polk Family Medicine started offering FaceTime visits on Monday, March 23. These visits will be offered for anyone who should not be exposed to crowds (older than 70, heart disease, lung disease or diabetes) or anyone who has a concern that he or she may have Covid-19 (fever higher than 100.4 and shortness of breath/cough and/or known exposure to the virus from someone who tested positive for the disease and/or traveled to a high-risk area). North Polk Family Medicine continues to strive for all of its patients to have access to safe medical care. Call the office at 515-984-6426 and schedule your FaceTime or in-clinic visit. The office is open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Funeral notice: John Bertelsen

Posted 3/16/2020

John Bertelsen, 62, of Polk City died Monday, March 2 in Des Moines. Funeral services were held Friday, March 5 at Ankeny Funeral Home.

North Polk voters approve special election bond referendum

Posted 3/9/2020

ALLEMAN, Iowa - On March 3, voters went to the polls to weigh in on North Polk’s special election bond referendum. Based on unofficial results indicated by the Polk County Election Office, the district is pleased to announce that the $15 million bond referendum passed with 87.78 percent voter approval. To obtain a passing vote, 60 percent “YES” of the total votes were required. Please note, results are ‘unofficial’ until certified by the County Board of Supervisors.

To meet the growing needs of students, the North Polk Board of Education called for a special election to be held on March 3, 2020, for the sale of up to $15 million in general obligation bonds. Funds generated from the passage of the bond referendum will allow the district to construct a new elementary school and an academic addition to the existing high school. Additional space is needed to accommodate a student body that is anticipated to grow by 27% over the next nine years.

“On behalf of the North Polk Board of Education, students, and staff, I want to thank everyone for supporting the bond referendum and participating in the election process,” said Dr. Dan Mart, superintendent of schools. “Passage is a positive step for our district as we address current and future student enrollment
growth.”