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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:
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    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

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.

Vote for your favorite

Posted 1/15/21
    Iowa Living magazines is conducting a poll of their readers in Northern Polk County asking you to rank your favorite places, people and businesses. The results will be published in the cover story of both Ankeny and North Polk Living magazines. Vote at www.iowalivingmagazines.com/residentspoll.

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.

Polk City Community Library

Posted 1/15/21
    Due to the rapidly increasing number of cases of
COVID-19, the library has suspended in-person appointments. No new appointments will be accepted. They will continue to offer curbside delivery for materials reserved online. Visit www.polkcitylibrary.org or call (515) 984-6119 for more information. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    The library is excited to announce that they have been authorized by the U.S. Department of State as an official Passport Acceptance Facility. Beginning Jan. 19, you can apply for a U.S. Passport and get your passport photo taken at the Polk City Community Library. More details available on their website.
    • 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.
    • Book Club (K-2nd Grade). Tuesday, Jan. 19, 4 p.m. on Zoom. Call the library and pick up your copy of the book while supplies last. Read, then join on Zoom for some fun discussion.
    • Sit N Stitch. Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m. via Zoom. Join on Zoom for stitching and conversation.
    • Book Club (3rd-5th Grade). Tuesday, Jan. 26, 4 p.m. on Zoom. Call the library and pick up your copy of the book while supplies last. Read, then join on Zoom for some fun discussion.
    • Adult DIY T-Shirt Scarf. Thursday, Jan. 28, 6 p.m. via Zoom. Join Pam and upcycle that unwanted T-Shirt into a super cute scarf. For ages 17 and older. RSVP at 515-984-6119.

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.

Polk City United Methodist Church services

Posted 12/24/2020
    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.
    Want to connect with friends from Polk City UMC? Join them for a weekly Virtual Tea Time, Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. Connect online or by phone with Zoom. Find the information for connecting at www.polkcityumc.org/grow.

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.

Lakeside Fellowship livestream

Posted 12/18/2020
Worship with Lakeside Fellowship from home, Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Visit their Facebook page or website for a link and details.
Christmas Eve services will be held Dec. 24. In-person, mask are required at 3:30 p.m. In-person, masks encouraged, and livestreamed, 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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. 

8th Annual Transcending Trauma Seminar

Posted 11/27/2020
 Crossroads of Iowa, a not-for-profit organization, develops fine programs and classes that enhance the potential of life. The long-range mission of Crossroads of Iowa is to reduce recidivism, through a residential immersion program for women ex-offenders who have completed treatment for substance addiction. The prevalence of trauma, abuse and depression among this population of women is extremely high.
They are holding their 8th Annual Transcending Trauma Seminar on Friday, Jan. 29. Register online at www.crossroadsofiowa.org. Tuition is $85 if paid by Jan. 22. This will be held at Grand View University, Student Center, 2811 E. 14th St., Des Moines, and begins at 9 a.m. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.”