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Truly the BEST!

Posted 2/5/21
    As a reader of this newsletter, you likely know that we also publish the Living magazine in your community. But what you may not know is that we publish CITYVIEW magazine and administer the Best of Des Moines readers’ poll, too. You see the BEST OF DES MOINES certificates proudly displayed in businesses across central Iowa, and rightfully so. This year, we had approximately 14,000 votes in the poll — a new record. The full results will be published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and at www.dmcityview.com, but you can also check out any of the short videos that announce the winners in each of the six segments at www.dmcityview.com/best-of:
    • Eats segment
    • Best of the Rest segment
    • Shopping segment
    • Nightlife segment
    • Culture & Recreation segment
    • Health & Beauty segment
    Please join me in congratulating all of the people, places and events that were voted by CITYVIEW readers. And, as always, thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com

Welcome to Polk City Living Weekly!

Posted 1/29/21
Some of you may recall the catchy jingle from the 1970s for the 7up soft drink, encouraging us to “Undo it with 7up.” One of the lines in the jingle said, “It’s the same thing, only different.” That never made sense to me as a kid, but as we rebrand the Polk City Square to match more closely with our North Polk Living magazine, it now makes total sense. After all, Polk City Living Weekly is the same thing as the Polk City Square — only different.  It’s “a more a natural way of doing things,” you might say. Well, whether these jingles are connecting with you or not doesn’t really matter, as long as they “naturally bring a smile.”  And that’s exactly what we hope all our publications do for you. You will be seeing more changes in weeks ahead, and I hope you like what we have done.
    Thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com

Your Polk City Square is now Polk City Living Weekly!

Posted 1/21/21
    You have likely noticed some changes to your Polk City Square — and it starts with a new name. Your Polk City Square is now Polk City Living Weekly. As many of you know, we also publish the North Polk Living magazine that is mailed to residences in the North Polk area. As a monthly, it can be challenging to cover some events, activities and announcements. We used the Polk City Square to fill in those gaps and work together with North Polk Living magazine to cover the community. With that in mind, we decided to start branding the two publications together, both in print and digital formats. You will be seeing more changes in weeks ahead, and I hope you like what we have done. As always, I appreciate your feedback.
    Have a great week, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com

Polk City Library Mens’ Friday Coffee

Posted 4/9/21
    Gentlemen, drop in for coffee and conversation each Friday from 10 a.m. - noon on Zoom. Enjoy spending time and having a few laughs or interesting discussions with other men from around the area. Log in to the group at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/72658926315.

Lakeside Fellowship seeking VBS volunteers

Posted 4/9/21
    Vacation Bble School at Lakside Fellowship will be held Sunday, June 27 -Thursday, July 1. More than 100 volunteers are needed, and about half of those are classroom teachers. Lakeside membersare encouraged to consider being a classroom teacher. If you are not a member and would like to help, there are many volunteer positions that do not require membership. If you are not able to be on site the week of VBS and would like to help, there is a lot of prep work that can be done – some at the church building and some that could be done from home. Sign up at https://lakesidefellowship.churchcenter.com/people/forms/229444.

Fire Department Year in Review

Posted 4/9/21
    Chamber Luncheon is Fire Department Year in Review by Fire Chief Jim Mitchell on Wednesday, April 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Luana Savings Bank Community Room with a catered lunch. To register, visit www.gopolkcity.com/calendar.

Polk City Farmers Market

Posted 4/9/21
    The Polk City Farmers Market is looking for vendors. The 2021 market season will run Thursdays, May 27 through July 29 from 4-7 p.m. For more information, visit www.gopolkcity.com/farmer-s-market. https://www.northpolkfoundation.org/store.html

‘Brick by Brick’ Fundraiser

Posted 4/9/21
    There are still bricks available for the North Polk School Foundation “Brick by Brick” fundraiser. The North Polk School Foundation invites you to purchase a personalized engraved brick to commemorate your Comet Pride. Bricks will be on display on a wall at the new Elementary School in Polk City or the new High School addition. Your contribution will be used to help fund the new Elementary School library, as well as support all North Polk Schools.
Two different sized bricks are available: 8” x 8” for $500 or 4” x 8” for $250. A limited number of bricks will be available at each location. To purchase a brick or to claim a brick that you have already purchased go to https://www.northpolkfoundation.org/store.html

Donate your unwanted eggs for next year

Posted 4/9/21
    If you have any leftover plastic eggs that you don’t want, the library will take them and use for next year’s Egg Hunt. Drop off any plastic eggs at the Polk City Library.

Library presents reading program

Posted 4/9/21
    Register for the Polk City Library’s “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program at polkcitylibrary.beanstack.org and log the reading you share with your child. If you participated in the 2020 Summer or 2021 Winter Reading Challenge you will already have an account. Use your same log-in information and you will see the new challenge available for your child. Paper logs are available upon request. 

Friends of the Library meeting

Posted 4/9/21
    The Friends of the Polk City Community Library have four scheduled meetings per year. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Polk City Community Library. All meetings are open to members and the public. Anyone interested in supporting the Library is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Stormwater Management Utility Fee

Posted 4/9/21
    The new Stormwater Service rates shall be effective as of March 2021, payable in April 2021, assessed as outlined below:
    1. Residential: A storm sewer availability charge will be charged at $3 per month
    2. Commercial/Industrial: A storm sewer availability charge will be charged at $3 per ERU per month up to a maximum of 65 ERUs
    The purpose of the ordinance is to establish a utility responsible for stormwater management within the corporate boundaries of the City of Polk City and provide for the management, protection, control, regulation, use and enhancement of stormwater systems and facilities. For more information about ERUs and utility fees go to https://www.polkcityia.gov/home/news/stormwater-management-utility-fee.

Polk City Citizens Academy coming Fall 2021

Posted 4/9/21
    The Citizens Academy is a program that allows a group of residents to learn more about Polk City local government. The focus is to maximize the learning component within a small focus group of local residents. Join the Citizen Academy this Fall for a 4-part series to learn and become more engaged. Find more information at https://www.polkcityia.gov/home/news/polk-city-citizens-academy-coming-fall-2021.

2021 Polk City Survey

Posted 4/9/21
    The City of Polk City is conducting a survey to assess citizen satisfaction with several of the major city services and to help determine priorities for the community as part of Polk City’s ongoing planning process. Share your thoughts at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3TP6QSB

Polk City Community Library

Posted 4/2/21
    The library is re-opening April 5 to the public. No appointment is required. Masks are required. Call (515) 984-6119 or visit www.polkcitylibrary.org for more information. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The library will be closed April 2 and 3.
     • The Forgotten Generation – American Children and World War II, Thursday April 8 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt addressed the nation by radio, saying, “We are all in it-all the way. Every single man, woman, and child is a partner in the most tremendous undertaking of our American history.”  Join Dr. Lisa Payne Ossian as she explores how the challenges, struggles and sacrifices of wartime were not borne by adults alone. Register at  www.polkcitylibrary.org.
    • Chair Yoga with Brandy live via Zoom, Mondays, 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. No experience is necessary. Gentle strength training may also be incorporated into the practice. Props such as hand weights, resistance bands and a yoga block may be helpful if desired, but not necessary. Resistance bands are available to pick up curbside at the library, contact Pam for more information 515-984-6119.

NHS Food Drive for the Comet Cupboard

Posted 4/2/21
    North Polk parents and students are encouraged to bring food to their school and place it in a designated spot. They are collecting non perishable foods, specifically peanut butter, kids snacks, cereals, spaghetti-o’s, mac n cheese, spam, canned fruits, and canned vegetables on April 5-9. The Comet Cupboard is a food pantry in Polk City that donates food to those in the community. For those in the community wishing to donate, bring your food to the Polk City United Methodist Church. If you are unable to make it there or uncomfortable leaving your home, call 515-984-3400 stating your address to have your items picked up, contact-free, off your porch.

Polk City Women’s Meeting

Posted 4/2/21
    Join the Polk City Women on Tuesday, April 6, 7 p.m. at the Sandpiper Shelter and learn about Saylorville Lake from guest speaker Ranger Angela with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
    The shelter is covered but open-sided. Directions: Head south out of town on Highway 415 and turn right on McBride Street to enter Sandpiper Recreation Area. The shelter is behind the playground on the left.
    Hot Topics:
    1. Ice Breaker: Share a hidden talent — something you could be hired to do or something you could teach a class on. Or share something you sell. Feel free to bring your business card.
    2. Ranger Angela will share the purpose of Saylorville Lake, recreational opportunities, and other fun information.
    3. Stay after the meeting for a BOYB Social.

Polk City Farmers Market

Posted 4/2/21
    The Polk City Farmers Market is looking for vendors. The 2021 market season will run Thursdays, May 27 through July 29 from 4-7 p.m.. For more information, visit www.gopolkcity.com/farmer-s-market.

Seniors of the month

Posted 3/26/21
    Congratulations to Kiwanis Club of Polk City March North Polk Senior of the Month: Adrienne Thomas and Hailey Steffen.

NPComet Cupboard bag of food

Posted 3/26/21
    On April 3, a free bag of food including a 10-pound ham, is available for anyone in the North Polk District finding themselves in need of groceries. See their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/npcometcupboard to fill out the form, or contact Dixie Bequeaith at dbequeai967@msn.com.

Parks & Recreation Summer program

Posted 3/19/21
    Polk City Parks & Recreation’s Summer 2021 program guide will be available digitally Friday, March 19 at www.polkcityia.gov/parks-and-recreation. Registration for programs will open Monday, March 2 at 8 a.m.

 2021 City Survey

Posted 3/19/21
    The City of Polk City is conducting a survey to assess citizen satisfaction with several of the major city services and to help determine priorities for the community as part of Polk City’s ongoing planning process. Please share your thoughts at the following link www.surveymonkey.com/r/3TP6QSB.

Polk City Citizens Academy

Posted 3/19/21
    Polk City Citizens Academy is sponsored by the Mayor and City Council. The Academy addresses one of the established goals of the City Council which is to “connect our community” with each other and with local government. If you have ever wondered how the City functions behind the scenes, then this academy is for you. During this free four-week experience you will become more connected with your local government. Dinner will be provided. Class size is limited to 15 participants so apply today. Applications available at City Hall or the City website www.polkcityia.gov For questions about the Citizens Academy pleasecall the Clerk’s Office 515-984-6233 or email support@polkcityia.gov.
    • Week 1: City Government and Administration. Thursday, Sept. 23, 5:30–7:30 p.m. City Hall, 112 Third St. Presenters: Chelsea Huisman, City Manager and Jenny Gibbons, City Clerk.
    • Week 2: Public Works. Thursday, Sept. 30, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Public Works, 301 E. Northside Drive. Presenters: Mike Schulte, Public Works Director and TBD.
    • Week 3: Library, Parks and Recreation. Thursday, Oct. 7, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Library, 1500 W. Broadway St. Presenters: Jamie Noack, Library Director and Jason Thraen, Parks & Recreation Director.
    • Week 4: Police and Fire. Thursday, Oct. 14, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Public Safety Building, 309 E. Van Dorn St. Presenters: Jeremy Siepker, Police Chief and Jim Mitchell, Fire Chief.

Polk City Democrats  meeting

Posted 3/12/21
    The next meeting of Polk City Democrats will be Monday, April 5 at 6:30 pm. For more information and to receive the Zoom link, contact polkcitydemocrats@gmail.com.

Pancakes, Egg Hunt, Craft Sale

Posted 3/12/21
    The Polk City Kiwanis and Lakeside Fellowship Church, 1121 W. Bridge Road, Polk City, will be hosting the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast and Annual Easter Egg Hunt along with Lakeside’s crafts on Saturday, March 27. The Pancake Breakfast will be a sit down breakfast observing COVID-19 precautions or a Pick Up and Go Pancake Breakfast. The Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Lakeside’s east field, weather permitting. If weather does not permit, a small bag of Easter candy can be picked up at Lakeside’s front door. Lakeside will host crafts in the church gym. The breakfast is a freewill donation with all proceeds going towards Kiwanis High School Senior Scholarships and registration for Camp OK for two fifth graders at the YMCA Camp in June

Fire Department Year in Review

Posted 3/12/21
    Chamber Luncheon is Fire Department Year in Review by Fire Chief Jim Mitchell on Wednesday, April 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Luana Savings Bank Community Room with a catered lunch. To register, visit www.gopolkcity.com/calendar.

2021 City Wide Clean Up Event

Posted 3/12/21
    The Polk City city-wide clean-up event will be Saturday, May 22. The purpose of the City Clean-Up is to help residents dispose of clutter caused by bulky waste. Place all acceptable items at the curb the night before. Do not put on carts or trailers.
    Appliance and tire drop-off will be May 20 and 21 only between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
    This is only for Polk City Residents living within the City Limits of Polk City
    For more information about safe, smart waste disposal and recycling options, call 515-244-0021 or visit www.WhereItShouldGo.com.

Lakeside Fellowship services

Posted 3/12/21
     Worship with Lakeside Fellowship from home, Sundays at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Visit their Facebook page or website for a link and details. In-person services are now Sundays at 8 a.m. (masks required), 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m
    Good Friday service will be held at 7 p.m.
    Easter services will be held at 8 a.m. (masks required), 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

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

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast and Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Posted 3/4/21
    On Saturday, March 27, the Polk City Kiwanis and Lakeside Fellowship Church, 1121 W. Bridge Road, Polk City, will be hosting the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast and Annual Easter Egg Hunt, along with Lakeside’s crafts.
The pancake breakfast will be a sit-down breakfast observing COVID-19 precautions, or a pick-up-and-go pancake breakfast.
    The Easter egg hunt will be held on Lakeside’s east field, weather permitting. If weather does not permit, a small bag of Easter candy can be picked up at Lakeside’s front door.
    Lakeside will host crafts in the church gym.
    There will be a pancake free will donation with all proceeds going towards Kiwanis High School Senior Scholarships and registration for Camp OK for two fifth graders at the YMCA Camp in June.

Fish fry and Bingo

Posted 3/4/21
    Polk City American Legion Post 232, 114 W. Broadway St., is hosting a fish fry, 5:30-7 p.m., and BINGO, 7-9 p.m. night. Come for the fish, stay for the BINGO. This will continue each Friday through April 2.

State of the City Luncheon

Posted 3/4/21
    Go Polk City is hosting a luncheon featuring Mayor Jason Morse, giving a year in review regarding the City of Polk City. This will be held March 10 at 11:30 a.m. at Luana Savings Bank community room. Pizza will be catered by Papa’s Pizzaria. Get your ticket today at www.gopolkcity.com/calendar.

Library fundraiser

Posted 2/26/21
    Friends of the the Polk City Community Library are holding a fundraiser at Polk City Nutrition, 201 N. Third St., Suite G, on March 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The proceeds will go toward an outdoor seating/programming area on the library patio.

City budget hearing

Posted 2/26/21
    The Public Hearing for the adoption of the FY 21.22 City Budget will be held March 8 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Residents can call in 515-329-8019 code 593054. You can view the complete budget at https://bit.ly/37uQNte. Contact City Hall at 515-984-6233 if you have any questions about the budget or budgeting process.

Polk City Democrats meeting

Posted 2/19/21
    The next meeting of Polk City Democrats is Monday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. They will be conducting the off-year caucus. For more information and to receive the Zoom link, contact polkcitydemocrats@gmail.com.

2021 City Wide Clean Up Event

Posted 2/26/21
    The Polk City city-wide clean-up event will be Saturday, May 22. The purpose of the City Clean-Up is to help residents dispose of clutter caused by bulky waste. Place all acceptable items at the curb the night before. Do not put on carts or trailers.
    Items you may place at the curb:
    • Household furniture and other items not normally collected with trash pick up
    • Tables, chairs, mattresses, bed frames, dressers, night stands, lights, couches, recliners, cabinets, doors, windows, electronics, carpet (cut down to size), bicycles patio furniture, grills (propane tank must be removed) and swing set (cut down to size).
    • Weight limit of 150 pounds per item
    • Maximum length of 5 feet (except furniture)
    • Electronics will be accepted at the curb: televisions, VCR/DVD, cell phones and computer monitors
    Items not accepted:
    • Dirt, sod, concrete, brick, asphalt, railroad ties
    • Vehicle parts, lawnmowers
    • Building materials, Decking materials
    • Metal, Chemicals, Gas
    • Paint or thinners, solvents, antifreeze
    • Toxic materials, radioactive materials
    • Compressed gas cylinders
    • Hazardous waste
    • Ammunition
    Appliance and tire drop-off will be May 20 and 21 only between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
    This is only for Polk City Residents living within the City Limits of Polk City
    These items only accepted at the Maintenance Shop
    • Heaters, kitchen appliances, air conditioners, microwaves, furnaces, and washers/dryers
    • Five tire limit, vehicle passenger tires only, no rims
    For more information about safe, smart waste disposal and recycling options, call 515-244-0021 or visit www.WhereItShouldGo.com.

Kiwanis North Polk Seniors of the Month

Posted 2/26/21
   In February, the Polk City Kiwanis Club honored three North Polk seniors: Shenna Lavonne Lemke, Kaitlyn Richards and Reagen Demmon.

Fish Fry & Bingo

Posted 2/26/21
    The  Polk City Iowa American Legion Post 232, 114 W. Broadway St., is hosting a Fish Fry and Bingo on Friday, Feb. 26. Fish served 5:30-7 p.m. and Bingo played 7-9 p.m.
Masks and social distancing will be enforced per latest Iowa Proclamation.

Polk City Women - March Meeting

Posted 2/26/21
    Join the Polk City Women in March and enjoy guest speaker Jason Morse, the Polk City Mayor. This will be held on March 2 at 7 p.m. at Luana Savings Bank Community Room. (Drive to the back of the bank and there’s a door that will take you right into the large conference room.) Social distancing will be observed, masks required if you are not seated.
    If you’re looking to get involved in the community and meet some wonderful women along the way, join their monthly meeting. The meetings provide an opportunity to share ideas, discuss current happenings in Polk City, conduct club business and enjoy fun activities. You do not have to be a member in order to sit in on a meeting.

Lakeside Fellowship services

Posted 2/26/21
     Worship with Lakeside Fellowship from home, Sundays at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Visit their Facebook page or website for a link and details. In-person services are now Sundays at 8 a.m. (masks required), 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m

Polk City United Methodist Church services

Posted 2/26/21
    Polk City UMC, 1421 W. Broadway St., will hold online worship, 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.
    In-person worship will be offered on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. RSVP the number of people from your household on their website.

Bricks for sale

Posted 2/5/21
     The North Polk School Foundation invites you to purchase a personalized engraved brick to commemorate your Comet Pride. Bricks will be on display on a wall at the new elementary school in Polk City or the new high school addition. Your contribution will be used to help fund the new elementary school library, as well as support all North Polk Schools.
    Two different sized bricks are available: 8” x 8” for $500, or 4” x 8” for $250. A limited number of bricks will be available at each location. Order your brick today at www.northpolkfoundation.org/news.html.

Donations wanted for the High School Spring Musical

Posted 1/29/21
    The North Polk High School spring musical “Bright Star” is coming up, and they are in need of some production pieces to be donated. They are looking for old kitchen/student chairs, metal lanterns, barnwood, boxcar style siding. If you have an item to donate, email tyler.harper@northpolk.org.

Kiwanis‌ ‌Club‌ ‌Seniors‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Month‌ ‌

Posted 1/21/21
    In January, the Polk City Kiwanis Club honored three North Polk seniors: Abigail‌ ‌Zimmer, Mia Wendel and Mia E. Schumann. In past years, the Kiwanis Club would honor students and their families at their monthly Banquet Dinner. But COVID-19 has changed many events, and, now, several Kiwanian members visit each student’s driveway and present the award to them with their families as part of the event. “We continue to be in awe of these students of 2021 that have accomplished so much in their education and community,” the Kiwanis announcement reads. “Their continuing education is so inspiring to all of us honoring these students each month.”

Citizen and Business of the Year announced

Posted 1/21/21
    Congratulations to Dixie Speicher Bequeaith, 2020 Citizen of the Year and Polk City United Methodist Church, 2020 Business of the Year for the outstanding work with the NP Comet Cupboard. Go Polk City celebrates the positive effect you have on the community. Thank you for all your hard work you put in daily. Know that it is recognized and appreciated.

Adult yoga classes start in March

Posted 1/21/21
    Join certified instructors Shannon and Amanda for adult yoga, Tuesday evenings, starting in March. Class details and online registration can be found at www.polkcityia.gov. Participants can expect the following COVID-19 precautions: Limited class size to ensure social distancing, temperature check (must be below 100.4 F) upon arrival, and face coverings will be required when away from your mat.

Polk City Connector moves forward

Posted 1/21/21
    The Polk City Community Visioning Project reports that the Polk County Conservation Board has joined Polk City in signing the contract with Snyder and Associates to begin the engineering study on making the Polk City Connector a reality. The 1.5-mile proposed Connector would link Iowa’s newest trail, the High Trestle Trail, with Iowa’s oldest trail, the Neal Smith Trail, via a route through Polk City. Having the Polk City Connector be a part of the Metro Trail System brings the potential for many possibilities for our city, and that’s something Polk City’s Community Visioning Implementation committee will also be working on in the coming months. The engineering study will take a few months, so we’ll know more after that.

Presidents’ list announced

Posted 1/15/21
    Iowa Center Community College, Ft. Dodge, announced the honors list for Fall 2020. Elicia Watson of Polk City was honored on the Presidents’ List.

Open gym for children

Posted 1/15/21
    Lakeside Fellowship will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10 a.m. to noon starting this week. This is unstructured open gym time for your toddler or preschooler to just run around and burn off some energy. There will be no regular planned activities. If activities are planned, there will be an event created to let you know so be on the lookout. Follow Moms Connection Group of Lakeside for more details.

High Trestle Trail “connector” to Polk City

Posted 1/15/21
    At the Monday, Jan. 11 City Council meeting, members approved a trail design funding agreement with Polk County Conservation for $17,750, which is the city’s share of the High Trestle Trail connector study. The County Conservation Board is expected to approve its share of the study later this week. This agreement will allow work for the completion of an engineering study, which will show how the approximately 1.25-mile-long connector will affect the agricultural land it would cross, beginning at the Oasis bike stop on the High Trestle Trail to a connection at the Technology Park property in north Polk City. Although the engineering study is the major first step, there’s much future work ahead, including potential land acquisition and construction of the 10’ wide concrete trail connector. A good timeframe to use for completion of the proposed connector would be sometime on or before 2025.

FREE CLINIC OPEN

Posted 1/15/21
    St. Luke’s Free Clinic is open the first and third Wednesdays of each month, from 6-8 p.m. It is located at the Polk City United Methodist Church, 1421 W. Broadway.
    • Patients will enter from the second door on the east side of the Church, marked Clinic Entrance.
    • Masks are required. If you do not have one, we will provide one for you.
    • Patients will be screened outside that door where your temperature will be taken.
    • After screening, patients will wait in their vehicles until called.  ​
    At this time, this clinic is not able to see patients with:
    • Known COVID-19 exposure
    • Respiratory symptoms
    • Temperatures of 100.4 or above
    For more information, call 515-238-6425, Tess Young.

Kiwanis Club Students of the Month

Posted 12/24/2020
    The Polk City Kiwanis Club honored three North Polk Seniors: Aly Cromley, Maya Monk and Harlee Rose. In past years, the Kiwanis Club would honor students and their families at their monthly Banquet Dinner. But 2020 has changed many events, and now several Kiwanian members visit each student’s driveway and present the award to them with their families as part of the event.

Snow Ordinance

Posted 12/18/2020
    The Polk City snow ordinance activates when one or more inches of snow is forecast or fallen. The snow ordinance is in place so snow removal can be completed quickly and allow safe travels for everyone. If the forecast looks like snow, it’s time to start thinking where you will relocate your vehicle if you regularly park on the streets.
    No parking or leaving vehicles unattended on city streets when ordinance is in effect.
    The snow ordinance, once enacted, stays in effect for 24 hours after it has stopped snowing and the streets have been plowed curb to curb, there is no all-clear. Don’t leave cars parked on the snow routes if you are leaving town just in case it snows.

NP Comet Cupboard winter donations

Posted 12/18/2020
    Dry soup mix, canned vegetables, fruits, tuna and chicken, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, spaghettios, cereal, muffin mix, mashed potato packets, microwave popcorn, hot chocolate mix, tea, coffee, cookie or brownie mix, breakfast bars, ramen, spam, pancake mix, syrup. Donations can be made to the NP Comet Cupboard at the Polk City United Methodist Church, 1421 W. Broadway St., or email Dixie Bequeaith at dbequeai967@msn.com.
    The next food distribution will be on Jan. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon. See their Facebook page to sign up.

New Police Officer

Posted 12/18/2020
    The Polk City Police Department announces a recent addition to the staff: Officer Kent Gries. He is a part-time officer and has recently completed the field training program.  He is currently employed full-time by the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office and brings with him more than 14 years of law enforcement experience.

Kiwanis Student of the Month - November

Posted 11/27/2020
 The Polk City Kiwanis Club honored two North Polk Seniors: Olivia Grace Stevenson and Grace Ethofer. In past years, the Kiwanis Club would honor students and their families at their monthly Banquet Dinner. But 2020 has changed many events, and now several Kiwanian members visit each student’s driveway and present the award to them with their families as part of the event. Kiwanis driveway presentations are as special as our Banquet Dinners of the past. We continue to be in awe of these students of 2020 that have accomplished so much in their education and community and their continuing education is so inspiring to all of us honoring these students each month. 

Heating bills  assistance available

Posted 11/6/2020
    Low-income customers struggling to pay their heating bills are encouraged to apply for assistance through LIHEAP. Qualifications for assistance vary by state. You can also contact MidAmerican to discuss budget billing and other payment options. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3kR3kMa

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Museum closed

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

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.

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 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.”