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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.
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    Thanks for reading.
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher

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.

Des Moines to Celebrate Its Renaissance

Posted 7/30/2020
    After 10 years on the east side of the metro, the 15th Des Moines Renaissance Faire has moved to its new location for Aug. 7-9. It will be established at the currently developing event venue known as The Pines in Saylorville, just behind Puttmasters park.
   This year the festival will run into evening hours and offer specialized comedic entertainment under the theme of “MidSummer Night’s Dream.”
  The Des Moines Renaissance Faire daily hours will be Friday, 4:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Tickets at the gate are $12 for adults, $6 for kids from 8 to 14 and free for children younger than 8 years old. Additional day passes are $3 for each day. Parking is free.
  The wearing of protective masks on the festival grounds will not be mandatory, but certainly will not be discouraged. And for the first time, patrons can carry in their own camp chairs for separated seating. With such a large area to fill, the merchant tents will be spread out, and show seating will be adjusted for social distancing.
  For directions to The Pines at 2977 N.W. 66th Ave., and details on the festival, see www.dmrenfaire.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.
    Join them for worship and communion – outdoors or online — this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. You’ll want to bring or have on hand some type of fruit juice or water, and some type of bread or crackers — enough for everyone in your household.

Polk City Community Library news

Posted 7/30/2020
    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.
    Library Board Meeting, Aug. 3, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Community Room - Polk City Community Library. Meetings are open to the public. The library board agendas and minutes are available on the web site.
    Men’s Coffee via Zoom, Fridays, 10 a.m. 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.
    Monday Book Club Keep Reading. We will not be meeting in person this month, keep reading. “The Almost Wife” by Jade Beer. Three women, three white dresses, three big days all set.
    Adult Coloring — Dream Doodles. Coloring sheets are available. Contact Pam, who has a packet of summer coloring pages ready to pick-up.


Posted 7/23/2020
    For the 16th-consecutive year Principal Park will play host to some of the best high school baseball players from across the state of Iowa. From Friday, July 24 through Saturday, Aug. 1, there will be 28 games played that will result in crowning the Iowa High School State Baseball Champions.
    Due to social distancing measures and available seating being limited to approximately 1,800 seats, all tickets for the tournament will be reserved seating. Groups or families looking to sit together will need to purchase all of their seats in one online order. Adjacent seats next to a purchased seat will be blocked off after initial purchase to avoid multiple groups seating together.
    Tickets for each game will be available online to the general public beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the day of the game. Each ticket is valid for one game.
    Tickets are $12 plus fees.
    As part of the enhanced safety measures at Principal Park, all purchases — tickets, merchandise, concessions — will be cashless transactions. Only credit and debit cards will be accepted.
    Parking will be complimentary, and concessions will have food and beverage available for purchase. No outside food or beverage will be allowed.
    For more information, and a full tournament schedule, visit www.milb.com/iowa/news/2020-ia-state-tournament.

North Polk School Fundraiser

Posted 7/23/2020
    Order your COMET PRIDE masks and gaiters today! The money raised will go back to enrich the education of the K-12 student body. The cost for each item is $8 and will be shipped directly to your homes prior to Aug. 24. Sales end Friday, July 31 at 8 a.m. Consider donating a mask for a student in need. Donated masks will be sent directly to the district for distribution. Go to  https://impactgroup.us/bigteamstore and type in NPOLKMASK.

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.

Carpet special

Posted 7/16/2020
    The Flooring Guys, 3296 N.W. Prairie Lane, Des Moines, are offering a flooring special. Get two rooms carpeted for $1,000. Includes two rooms, up to 360-square-feet. Must use in-stock carpet. Includes pad, tear-out of stretched-in carpet and install labor. Does not include furniture removal. Cannot be used with any other offers. Call today, 515-508-0024, or visit www.theflooringguysdsm.com, to schedule your installation.

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.

Polk City United Methodist Church offers online and outdoor services

Posted 7/9/2020
    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 their Facebook page at 9:30 a.m., and then made available as a recording on www.polkcityumc.org later in the day.

Museum closed

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

Summer Stir event set for July 24

Posted 7/9/2020
     Celebrate safely this summer and support local bars and restaurants during CITYVIEW’s Summer Stir traveling cocktail party. The event will be held Friday, July 24 in downtown Des Moines from the Historic Court District to East Village. This is a casual, early evening, summer stroll to local bars and venues. CITYVIEW will provide limo buses from Majestic Limo and Coach to transport participants to and from each area. Enjoy this experience from 5 to 9 p.m. before things get hopping.
    For an advanced ticket purchase of $20 ($30 the night of at check-in), participants will receive 10 tickets that can be used to sample any of the 20-plus featured sample drinks at any of the 12 participating locations. Check-in will be located outside Tonic at 210 Court Ave. Event passports are brought to you by Dirt Burger.
    Bring your friends and cool off on a summer night with these tasty summer drinks. COVID-19 safety measures will be in place with team member temperature checks, face masks provided, hand sanitizer available, social distancing encouraged and all surfaces disinfected continually. Check summerstir.dmcityview.com for details or the July issue of CITYVIEW for all the details.

Help design Polk City

Posted 7/2/2020
    On Saturday, July 11, you are invited to share your opinion on local community visioning improvement projects and how they might impact the community from standpoints such as commerce, recreation, tourism, accessibility and safety. Landscape Architects will be available to listen and visualize your ideas on paper. This is an oppurtunity for you to offer direct input on the vision for improving recreation, accessibility, and safety in Polk City. This will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Polk City Square. For more details, visit www.communityvisioning.org/polk-city.

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.

Polk City churches offering virtual/online services

Posted 7/1/2020
    • United Methodist Church, 515-984-6274, Live Stream on Facebook Sundays at 9:30 a.m., www.facebook.com/polkcityumc
    • Lakeside Fellowship, 515-984-6910, live stream Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on YouTube and Facebook, www.facebook.com/lakesidefellowship
    • Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 515-984-6146, live stream at polkcity.church on Sundays at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.


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.

Burgers and bingo

Posted 6/18/2020
    American Legion Post 232 is hosting Burgers and Bingo on Thursday, July 2 at 114 W. Broadway. Burgers are served 6-8 p.m. Bingo is played 7-9 p.m. Outdoor seating, bring your lawn chairs. Seating areas will be marked for social distancing. Henry Rifle raffle drawing will be held at 8 p.m. In case of rain, follow them on Facebook @PolkCityAmericanLegionPost 232.

CORRECTION: Polk City Democrats meeting

Posted 6/18/2020
    Last week, we reported that the Polk City Democrats meet on the first Tuesday of the month. The correct day is Monday. Polk City Democrats meet the first Monday at 6:30 p.m., currently over Zoom. For more information, contact polkcitydemocrats@gmail.com.

NP Comet Cupboard Bag of Food distribution on July 11

Posted 6/18/2020
    On July 11, from 10 a.m. to noon, a “Bag of Food” distribution will be held for the North Polk District. If you find yourself in need of a bag of groceries, go to their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/npcometcupboard, and fill out the form. For questions, contact Dixie Bequeaith at dbequeai967@msn.com.
    If you are able to donate food items, there are plastic bins outside the front doors of the Polk City United Methodist Church, 1421 W. Broadway.
    For the Comet Cupboard mini-pantry, kids items are very popular. SpaghettiOs, drink packs, Nutella snack packs, Mac-n-cheese microwavable single packs and snacks that don’t melt in the heat.

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.

Polk City Community Library news

Posted 6/11/2020
    The 2020 online summer reading program is here. This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story,” and it’s all about imagination. There are programs for kids, teens and adults. Register at polkcitylibrary.beanstack.org and start logging reading and activities.
    Find details on their Facebook page about weekly online activities.
    • Paiting with Skittles, K-5th grade, 10 a.m. RSVP to pick up packet.
    • Hear Iowa Veterans’ Stories In Their Own Words live, Tuesday, June 16, 1:30 p.m.
    • Adult DIY String Art “Patriotic Stars,” Monday June 22, 6 p.m. (RSVP online)
    • Teen Origami, Tuesday June 23, 1:30 p.m. (RSVP online)
    • Mikayla OZ Magic Show live, Thursday June 25,
10 a.m.
    • Hauntings of the Midwest, Chad Lewis via Zoom, 1:30 p.m.

Lakeside Fellowship service times

Posted 6/4/2020
    Lakeside Fellowship will be returning to in-person gatherings on June 7. They will continue to live stream at 8:30 and 10:30 am. www.facebook.com/lakesidefellowship

Art Adventures: Art in Local Parks

Posted 6/4/2020
    In celebration of Art Week (June 19-26), Polk County Conservation, the Great Outdoors Foundation, Mainframe Studios and the organizers of Art Week are teaming up to offer a self-guided art treasure hunt to help you explore various parks and trails in our community. Find the art feature in each area using provided clues and document your success via social media.
    The Art Adventures map, found on the Great Outdoors Foundation website, can be printed or used digitally. Clues for panel locations will be released every few days from June 1–19, and then it’s a race to see who finds the art first. Finders keepers. Art elements will be hidden in cities around the area, including Polk City.
    The details of the scavenger hunt can be found on Polk County Conservation’s Facebook Events page www.facebook.com/PolkCountyConservation.

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.

Des Moines Corporate Games Kicks Off

Posted 6/4/2020
    The 5th year of the Des Moines Corporate Games Virtual Challenge has begun, but you won’t be seeing large groups of area employees gathering anytime soon.      The Des Moines Corporate Games officially kicks off on June 1. Some regular events, such as the Fitness Walk, have moved virtual. Additional events are being offered through area partners such as Des Moines Parks and Recreation and the Greater Des Moines YMCA. To learn more, visit https://dmcorporategames.org.

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

ChildServe’s Run, Walk & FUN 4 the Kids

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

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/

Polk City Community Library news

Posted 5/14/2020
On May 13, 2020, Gov. Reynold’s announced that many restrictions in Iowa’s remaining 77 counties would be lifted effective May 15, 2020, allowing libraries to open. In planning for re-opening, the Polk City Community Library’s staff and board of trustees, along with city leaders, have consulted with our colleagues around the state and taken guidance from experts at the State Library of Iowa, the American Library Association, and the Iowa Department of Public Health. The health and safety of our patrons and staff is our number one priority.
Given the current statistics for Polk County and neighboring counties, we do not feel that we are in a position where we can safely welcome the public back into the library. Therefore, we have planned to re-open the Polk City Community Library in phases. Visit the website at polkcitylibrary.org for more details.

Bag of Food Distribution, June 6

Posted 5/14/2020
The next NP Comet Cupboard Bag of Food distribution will be Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. to noon at Polk City United Methodist Church, Sheldahl United Methodist Church and Elkhart Blessing Box. The mini pantries are located at Polk City United Methodist Church and Sheldahl City Hall, and are open 24/7 for anyone who needs food.
A list of needed items are on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/npcometcupboard. If you would like to donate, or for other questions, contact Dixie Bequeaith dbequeai967@msn.com.

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.

Online Worship with Polk City UMC

Posted 4/23/2020
    “Some Good News — Stories of Resurrection and Hope” Easter Worship Series: April 19 - May 31. With the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down schools, restaurants and “non-essential” businesses, forcing us to stay home, no less causing tremendous illness, suffering, fear and even death, we could all use some good news. Join Polk City UMC for an online worship series about the stories of Jesus’ resurrection appearances, as well as stories from around the community where we are seeing Jesus show up amid this time of crises. Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook Live: facebook.com/polkcityumc. Visit the online worship page to download a bulletin, request prayers, make your offering and find links for children’s activities: polkcityumc.org/online-worship.

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.

Spring Cleanup postponed

Posted 4/16/2020
    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Polk City has canceled the spring cleanup event originally scheduled for May 2. When it is safe to do so, a new date will be selected and communicated. Look here for details.

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.

EMC DAM to DSM 20K to run on Labor Day weekend

Posted 4/10/2020
    For the first time in 40 years, the EMC DAM to DSM (formerly DAM to DAM) will not be held on Memorial Day weekend, due to COVID-19. The organizers of the event have decided to postpone the event to Labor Day weekend on Saturday, Sept. 5.

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.
    • 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.

Polk City churches offering virtual/online services

Posted 4/9/2020

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