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From the publisher:
A NEW LOOK AND FEEL!

5/28/2021
Several weeks ago, I mentioned that you could expect to find some changes soon to your Living Weekly publication. Well, as you hopefully have noticed, that time is now.
You may recall that we changed the name from the Grimes Adviser to the Grimes/Dallas Center Living Weekly in an effort to co-brand the publication with our monthly Grimes/Dallas Center Living magazine. This allows us to publish news and advertising more frequently and in an even more timely manner.
Starting with this issue, we switched to a folded format in the print edition, allowing us to add more pages as needed. This also provides a more mobile-friendly layout for those of you who subscribe to the email edition and view on your phones and computers.
You will also notice that we have added photos to the layout rather than the text-only versions we have done in the past. And, of course, we are printing it all in full color.
If you run a business and would like to have free copies of the Grimes/Dallas Center Living Weekly available in your operation, simply contact Patrick Clemmons at 515-953-4822, ext. 304 or patrick@dmcityview.com, and we will add you to our list.
If you have news items or photos to submit, contact Tammy Pearson at 515-953-4822, ext. 302 or tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com.
If you would like to place a free classified ad (up to 50 words), send to Beckham Miller at beckham@dmcityview.com.
If you would like information on placing display advertising in Grimes/Dallas Center Living Weekly, contact Dan Juffer at 515-371-2290 or dan.juffer@dmcityview.com.
And if you have any other thoughts, ideas or suggestions, please contact me from the information below.
We appreciate the opportunity to serve you, and, as always, I thank you for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com

Truly the BEST!

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

How to get the Adviser in your business

6/22/2020
     If you are a business owner or manager and would like to have the Adviser 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 Adviser 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 Adviser tell us they feel better about themselves and this community.
    To begin delivery, contact us online at www.iowaadviser.com.
    Thanks for reading.
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher

THE WORLD MAY NEVER KNOW

Posted 7/19/2021
It may feel like 1985 again, but it’s not. The Coca-Cola company is changing its formula for Coke Zero, and this feels all too reminiscent of the New Coke debacle in 1985 when a new flavor of Coke was introduced to the masses.
Some called that recipe change incredible. Others called it incredibly stupid. But through it all, brand loyalty was redefined in a way few could have imagined. Was it all part of Coca-Cola’s master plan, or was it just dumb luck? The Coca-Cola team was silent. The best answer may come from the owl in the Tootsie Roll commercials: “The world may never know.”
I may have been one of the few who actually liked the New Coke flavor, at least from what I remember. It lasted until 1992 when it was renamed to Coke II and then met its ultimate demise in 2002.
Coca-Cola launched Coke Zero in 2005 and left it mostly unchanged until 2017 when it tweaked the recipe and rebranded it as “Coca-Cola Zero Sugar.” The new version, complete with a new packaging design in red instead of black, will be rolled out in the United States this month.
The company says the new product will taste even more like the iconic Coca-Cola. But I don’t want Coke Zero to taste more like Coke. I want it to taste like Coke Zero. I enjoy a can of Coke Zero on ice in the afternoons. It is my soda of choice. Will I adjust to the new flavor? Will others? Or will this be another lesson in brand loyalty?
Change is difficult, especially as we grow older. I embraced New Coke in 1985, but I was only 17 years old and drank very little soda at the time. I have been drinking Coke Zero for 16 years. That puts some perspective into all this. As typical, new products are not geared to those of us who are 50 and older. The youngsters are the target market. We will be dead soon, especially those of us who have been drinking diet colas for decades.
Hmmm.
Have a great week, and thanks for reading. 
 
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Highway 141 Garage Sale

Posted 7/19/2021
Friday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug. 7 are the dates for the annual Highway 141 Garage Sale. The sale route follows Highway 141 across west-central Iowa between Des Moines on the east and Sloan on the west. The entire route is in excess of 177 miles in length. That is 170-plus miles of garage sales, bargains and hidden treasures just waiting to be found.
Visit www.141sale.org for additional sale information. If you didn’t register before the closing date, feel free to still host a sale of your own. Plenty of people will be driving around in hopes of hitting all the sales that Grimes has to offer. Days and times of individual sales may vary.

Fundraising for new library underway

Posted 7/19/2021
The Friends of the Grimes Public Library is embarking on a large-scale fundraising campaign to help support the building of a new public library at the intersection of N. James Street and N.E. Beaverbrooke Boulevard. The City of Grimes and Grimes City Council have challenged the organization to raise 10% of the total cost of the new library — an ambitious goal but one The Friends believe is achievable with the community’s help.
 Donations can be made online by visiting grimeslibrary.org or in person by cash or check addressed to GPL Friends.
 For more information on the project history, timeline, budget, sponsorship opportunities and more, visit grimeslibrary.org.

GVSS offers loans of durable medical equipment

Posted 7/19/2021
Those with a need for durable medical equipment can call GVSS to see if the organization has that equipment available for loan. If in stock, it is available to borrow free of charge for as long as it is needed. For information, call 515-986-5355.
GVSS has crutches, walkers, canes, shower chairs and benches, quad canes, manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, bath scales, elevated toilet seats, bed rails, toilet safety rails, and power lift recliners. GVSS will clean, repair (if necessary), inventory, maintain and provide at no charge, loan of equipment to clients who have a need.
Donations of equipment are appreciated. If you have equipment you’d like to donate, call 515-986-5355 to schedule a time to deliver it to the GVSS office or to have it picked it up.

Hicklin Power Sports hosts rides

Posted 7/19/2021
Hicklin Power Sports in Grimes is hosting rides. July 24, meet at 4 p.m. at Hicklin  in Grimes and ride to Colorado Grill in Boone. July 31, leave Hicklin at 10 a.m. and ride to Jester Park for a pot luck. This family event will be at Shelter 5. Cost is $5 per person to cover costs. Meat is provided but bring your own beverages, table settings and dish to share with the meal at noon.

Farmers Markets continue

Posted 7/19/2021
The Grimes Farmers Market is open every Friday in July and August at the Grimes Public Library from 4-7 p.m. The Dallas Center Farmers Market is also on Fridays, 4-7 p.m. at Mound Park.

Daily meals for seniors

Posted 7/19/2021
The Grimes Senior Center is open to the public. Two seatings are offered for lunch: 11-11:45 a.m. and 12-12:45 p.m. Clients will receive a symptom screening when they enter the meal site. Clients will need to make a reservation for the slot they want. If you are not able or wanting to dine inside, or if all serving times are at capacity, there will be an option for to-go meals. This will be available after the last serving time every day and will be picked up inside. A reservation is required to have a meal available and the same screening and mask requirements apply. GVSS clients will need to make the reservation and call to schedule transportation.

MetroNet FAQs

Posted 7/19/2021
Q: What is MetroNet?
A: MetroNet is a privately owned and operated telecommunications company focusing on bringing fiber optic services to all areas of Grimes. They are the same type of company as Mediacom and CenturyLink. None of these types of companies are affiliated with the City of Grimes. Rather, they are a registered utility governed by the Iowa Utilities Board and only apply for permits to traverse through the city-owned rights-of-way.
Q: Does MetroNet have permission to be on my property?
A: MetroNet has the legal right to access the designated utility easements typically located within a strip of land running along the street, the sidewalk, the rear lot line, or between two lots. If the easement is within a fenced in yard, crews will need your help accessing the area.
Q: I have a sprinkler system, fence, sump pump line or other underground items. What do I need to do to make sure these items are marked and avoided during construction?
A: It is very important to notify MetroNet of these items. You can either mark them with pink flags or landscape-safe spray paint, or report them to metronetinc.com/construction by clicking the “Ask Questions” tab.
Q: When can I remove the utility marking flags and/or paint in my yard?
A: Markers and paint need to remain in place until construction of the network is complete.
Q: Will MetroNet restore the area in which they performed construction?
A: MetroNet has indicated to the City of Grimes that their crews will make every effort to minimize impact to the properties. Once construction is complete and weather permits, MetroNet will restore lawns in areas where digging occurred.
Call MetroNet directly with any questions at 1-877-386-3876 or visit their construction website at metronetinc.com/construction.

GVSS needs yard work volunteers

Posted 7/19/2021
The GVSS Yard Patrol coordinator is looking for six to eight volunteers to help with the current mowing season. Clients provide gas and lawnmowers. You provide your time. All interested volunteers should call or visit the GVSS office, 404 S.E. Second St., Suite 100, Grimes, or go online at www.grimesvss.com com to get the application. Louise Hauger will be contacting folks who received mowing and yard service last year.
If you’ve thought about volunteering for GVSS, give them a call at 515-986-5355. They’ve had several years of experience in utilizing employed volunteers.

Dallas Center seeking commission and board members

Posted 7/19/2021
Dallas Center is seeking to fill two vacancies on the Plan and Zoning Commission. Due to State of Iowa gender balance laws, the City needs to fill at least one of these vacancies with a female. The Plan and Zoning Commission meets as needed on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p,m.  The members are appointed by the City Council to a five-year term.  The major responsibilities of the Commission are to establish the City zoning regulations and other related matters and recommend amendments to the zoning code as well as review plats.
One vacancy needs to be filled on the Board of Adjustment. This vacancy may be filled by a male or female. The Board of Adjustment meets as necessary, typically on a Monday, at 7 p.m.  The members of the Board of Adjustment are appointed by the Council to a five-year term.  The major responsibilities of the Board are to hear and decide appeals on decisions of the zoning administrator, grant variances to the zoning code and issue special use permits.
Interested persons should fill out an Application to Serve from the website https://www.dallascenter.com/sites/g/files/vyhlif2991/f/uploads/application_to_serve_on_a_board_or_commission.pdf. The application can be turned in to City Hall at 1502 Walnut St.

Join Community Conversations with the Grimes Public Library

Posted 7/19/2021
Join Community Conversations by reading the designated books and joining Grimes Public Library and ISU Professor of Leadership Dr. Chad Cardani-Trollinger. These free community conversations focus on emotional wellbeing and personal development. Digital, audio, and print copies are available through Grimes Public Library. Registration is required.
Aug. 10 the topic is “The Art of Possibility.” Sept. 14, the topic is “Emotional Intelligence 2.0.” Oct. 12, the topic is “Daring Greatly.”
About the series: Grimes Public Library is proud to offer Community Conversations, a personal leadership development journey. This four-part series journeys participants through topics, strategies and ideas to help them build the life they have always dreamt of. In August, the session dives into the 12 breakthrough practices for bringing creativity into all human endeavors with “The Art of Possibility” with Benjamin and Rosamund Zander. The September session takes a look at Emotional Intelligence and how to leverage it to influence ourselves and others. Finally, the group will examine vulnerability and look at how (and why) it is necessary to lean into the unknown with Brene Brown’s “Daring Greatly.” Participants may attend any or all of the conversations and will be able to leverage their new insights and skills for themselves, their families, their organizations and their communities.
The instructor is Iowa native Dr. Chad Cardani-Trollinger, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Speech at Buena Vista University, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University and his Ph.D. in Education at Drake University in 2020. Dr. Cardani-Trollinger currently serves as assistant teaching professor of Leadership Studies at Iowa State University

Dallas Center reminders

Posted 7/19/2021
The Skate Rink in Mound Park is open from 7-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Friday night throughout the season (weather permitting).
 The Lena Moser Pool is open for the season. Open swim hours are noon to 6:30 p.m. each day with a maximum capacity of 60 patrons. For more information on the pool, visit https://www.dallascenter.com/activities/pages/swimming-pool.

Summer Reading at the library

Posted 7/19/2021
Weekly programs in July include:
• STEM Story Time: Stories and science experiments for pre-K through second grade outside the Library, Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
• Teen Tuesdays: Grab and Go crafts for teens to decorate your room, window, or home with in-person event July 20 at 1 p.m.
• STEM Book Club: For ages 8-12 with weekly online discussion questions and in person meetup on July 14 at 1 p.m.
• Outdoor Story Grooves: Story time with movement outside the Library, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
• Storytime in the Park: Storytime with crafts to go outside the Library, Thursdays at 10 a.m.
• Colorful Crafts: Grab and Go crafts for kids Fridays in July.
• Color Your Week: Each week of Summer Reading centers on a color. Get ready for the coming week with color-based family activities posted Saturdays on Facebook and at grimeslibrary.org.
• Adult Book Club: The Grimes Public Library Adult Book Club, for ages 18 and older, meets the first Tuesday evening of every month. The August discussion is about “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean, Aug. 3 at 5:30 p.m. The group is meeting in the park by the library. Bring a lawn chair. Multiple copies of the book are available at the library.

Undershirts, underwear or socks

Posted 7/12/2021
“What do you want for your birthday, Dad?”
That’s a question I receive from my kids this time of year. And, each year, I give them the same answer: “How about undershirts, underwear or socks?”
“That’s really boring,” they reply in unison. To which I say, “But that’s what I want.”
Then they buy me something more fun — like a remote-controlled toy truck — and I go out shopping for undershirts, underwear and socks.
I used to buy my dad undershirts, underwear and socks. Well, actually my mom bought them for me to give to him. Regardless, he seemed to appreciate them, and I am starting to understand why. The older I get, the less I like to shop… for anything. But there are some things a guy just has to have. Like undershirts, underwear and socks.
Men used to receive neckties for their birthdays and Father’s Day, but who wears neckties today? If you do, let me know. I have dozens of them that you can have. Or maybe we can work out a trade — for undershirts, underwear or socks. Not used ones, of course. I am thrifty, but not that thrifty.
Maybe if I did wear neckties, you wouldn’t be able to see my dingy undershirts. And then I wouldn’t have to buy undershirts, underwear or socks so often. Or maybe I will just get what I really want for my birthday this year, which is, of course, another remote-controlled toy truck.
See you out shopping — for undershirts, underwear and socks.
Thanks for reading. 
 
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

New carwash opens in Grimes

Posted 7/12/2021
Mister Car Wash continues to expand its presence with the opening of its newest location at 1901 S.E. 11th St. in Grimes. The Grimes location is the company’s 13th in the state and brings its total employment in the greater Des Moines area to nearly 170.
The new Grimes location will be offering free car washes on July 24-25.
Hours of operation of the new store are 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p,m. Sunday. For more information about the new location, visit https://mistercarwash.com/location/grimes/

Fundraising for new library underway

Posted 7/12/2021
The Friends of the Grimes Public Library is embarking on a large-scale fundraising campaign to help support the building of a new public library at N. James St. and N.E. Beaverbrooke Boulevard. The City of Grimes and Grimes City Council have challenged the organization to raise 10% of the total cost of the new library — an ambitious goal but one The Friends believe is achievable with the community’s help.
Donations can be made online by visiting grimeslibrary.org or in person by cash or check addressed to GPL Friends.
 For more information on the project history, timeline, budget, sponsorship opportunities and more, visit grimeslibrary.org.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten 

Posted 7/12/2021
1000 Books before Kindergarten is a nationwide program hosted at Grimes Public Library to encourage families to read 1,000 books together before a child reaches kindergarten. It is a fun and free way to start your child on the path to success with prizes at every 100 books. Stop by the Library to sign up!

Recently completing the program:
Child’s Name:
Henry
Parents’ Names:
Amanda and Frank Jensen
Age:
5
Favorite Book:
“King Baby”
Favorite Animal:
Penguin

Grimes city projects update for June 2021

Posted 7/12/2021
Grimes City Development Services City projects update for June 2021 includes:
• New 1.5 MG Elevated Storage Tank: Grading and seeding completed.
• Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant (Phase 1): Crews are assembling RO skids.
• Northwest Territory Lift Station and Force Main: Crew poured base for the valve manhole.
• County Line Road Intersection Improvements: Contractor is working on north side of the intersection.
• Kennybrook South Basin Improvements: Project was awarded to contractor.
• Highway 141 and Highway 44 Traffic Signals: Equipment procurement project awarded.
• Brookside Drive Intersection Improvements: Crews have installed footings for signal poles.

New development projects:
• B-Bop’s — Site Plan
• 1505 S.E. 25th St. — Site Plan
• Willow Hills Plat 1 — Final Plat
• Walmart Lot 4 — Site Plan
• Grimes Crossing Plat 3 — Rezone

Building permits
year-to-date:

• Single Family, 112 issued, $36,408,584.07 valuation
• Townhome, 2 issued, $400,955.12 valuation
• New Commercial, 13, $15,747,080.12
• Tenant Improvement, 38, $9,769,876.00

Council approved
plats and plans

• Crossroads Plat 4 Preliminary Plat – Approved the preliminary plat to allow the replatting of three parcels into two parcels for property located between S.E. Crossroads Drive and S.E. Grimes Boulevard. The proposed preliminary plat will provide for two development lots approximately 1.84 acres and 2.13 acres in size.
• Crossroads Plat 4 Site Plan - Approved the site plan for two buildings located at 3400 S.E. Crossroads Drive and 3455 S.E. Grimes Blvd. Building A (3455 S.E. Grimes Blvd.) will be a 9,876-square-foot retail building. Building C (3400 S.E. Crossroads Drive) will be a 19,581-square-foot flex warehouse.
• City State Bank Site Plan Amendment - Approved the site plan amendment for City State Bank to expand the existing office building by approximately 820 square feet and add pavement to expand the parking lot.

Safety Tips for Outdoor Cooking

Posted 7/12/2021
A grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard, so be safe. Grills can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Whether smoking, braising or grilling outdoors, keep several important outdoor cooking safety tips in mind:
Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill area.
Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
Never leave your grill unattended.
Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
See more tips related to the specific type of grill you have (charcoal vs. propane) at www.nfpa.org.

IT COMES DOWN TO TRUST

Posted 7/2/2021
Are you a trusting person? Or do expect the worst from everyone? Your answer is most likely related to the last time you were hustled, who you were hustled by, and for how much.
My father owned a small business. I asked him if he ever got stiffed by a customer, and if so, what he did about it. His answer was simple: “Hustle me once, shame on you. Hustle me twice, shame on me.” His choice of words were a bit different, but you get the idea.
I live by those words, and I try not to make the same mistakes with the same people more than once. If I do, I have nobody to blame but myself.
The unfortunate truth is that there are a lot of hustlers out there, and we most all can become easy prey in certain situations. When we do, we become less trusting of others. That’s a learned response, much like the reason we don’t put our hands on hot coals a second time.
This might explain why the older that people are, the more cynical they seem to become. Maybe they have been burned more. Hustled more. Cheated more. Chalk it up to experience.
But doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance? Maybe. That’s a roll of the dice and depends on how much of a gambler you are.
Meanwhile, the world might be a better place if we could all be a bit more trusting — at least the first time.
Thanks for reading.
 
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Hicklin Power Sports hosts Saturday night dinners and rides

Posted 7/2/2021
Hicklin Power Sports is hosting Saturday night dinners and rides. July 10 is a history site-seeing ride starting at 10 a.m. at Hicklin with dinner at Feed Mill Restaurant in Audubon. Sites include Albert the Bull, Freedom Rock and Little Mermaid Park. July 24, meet at 4 p.m. in Hicklin and ride to Colorado Grill in Boone. July 31, leave Hicklin at 10 a.m. and ride to Jester Park for a pot luck. This family event will be at Shelter 5. Cost is $5 per person to cover costs. Meat is provided but bring your own beverages, table settings and dish to share with the meal at noon.

Family fun at the Dallas County Fair

Posted 7/2/2021
The Dallas County Fair is July 7-11 at 28057 Fairgrounds Road, Adel. Enjoy free grounds entry, parking and entertainment including: The Ninja Experience, Luau Logan, Brothers Walker, Mobile Glass Studio, Mr. Nick and Critter Corner. The evening entertainment requires tickets and includes:
July 8: Mutton Busting and Rodeo
July 9: Roots and Boots Tour with special guest Jason Pritchett
July 10: Figure 8 and Circle Track Racing
For a full schedule and ticket pricing, visit www.dallascountyfair.com.

Trench Run 2021 coming up

Posted 7/2/2021
The Trench Run at Camp Dodge, 7105 N.W. 70th Ave., Johnston, is Aug. 15. This is a challenging obstacle course hosted by the Iowa National Guard. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. and will be followed by refreshments, an awards presentation, and a performance by the Army Band. Sign-in and race-packet-pick-up is 5:30-7 a.m. at the Camp Dodge Pool Pavilion. Individuals start the race from 7:30-9:30 a.m. The Iowa National Guard hosts an open house from 9 a.m. to noon. Race awards start at approximately 10 a.m. followed by the concert.
For information and registration link, visit https://www.active.com/johnston-ia/running/distance-running/trench-run-2021.

Summer Reading at the library

Posted 7/2/2021
Summer Reading is back at Grimes Public Library. Register the whole family online now at grimes.beanstack.org or at the Library. For all June and July events, note: Grab and Go kits are available at the Library while supplies last. In-person events are held outside the Library, weather permitting. If cancelled, the activity will be made into a kit. Masks and social distancing are encouraged at all in-person events. Information for online events is posted on grimeslibrary.org and Facebook.
Some of the weekly programs for June and July include:
 • STEM Story Time: Stories and science experiments for pre-K through second grade outside the Library, Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
 • Teen Tuesdays: Grab and Go crafts for teens to decorate your room, window, or home with in-person event July 20 at 1 p.m.
 •  STEM Book Club: For ages 8-12 with weekly online discussion questions and in person meetup on July 14 at 1 p.m.
 • Outdoor Story Grooves: Story time with movement outside the Library, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
 • Storytime in the Park: Storytime with crafts to go outside the Library, Thursdays at 10 a.m.
 • Colorful Crafts: Grab and Go crafts for kids Fridays in July.
 • Color Your Week: Each week of Summer Reading centers on a color. Get ready for the coming week with color-based family activities posted Saturdays on Facebook and at grimeslibrary.org.
• Adult Book Club: Adult Book Club is held the first Tuesday of each month. Multiple copies of the book available at the Library.

Events

Posted 7/2/2021
• Fridays in July and August - The Grimes Farmers Market will be open every Friday in July and August at the Grimes Public Library from 4-7 p.m. The Dallas Center Farmers Market is also on Fridays, 4-7 p.m. at Mound Park.
• Wednesday, July 14, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development Lunch & Learn. Each month, the chamber gives its members and the public the opportunity to meet for networking, lunch and to learn about items of interest regarding Grimes and the metro area. The event is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Ryan Glick with Pixelayn Innovations will be the speaker. Call the chamber at 515-986-5770 for details.

Daily meals for seniors

Posted 7/2/2021
The Grimes Senior Center is open to the public. Two seatings are offered for lunch: 11-11:45 a.m. and 12-12:45 p.m. Clients will receive a symptom screening when they enter the meal site. Clients will need to make a reservation for the slot they want. If you are not able or wanting to dine inside, or if all serving times are at capacity, there will be an option for to-go meals. This will be available after the last serving time every day and will be picked up inside. A reservation is required to have a meal available and the same screening and mask requirements apply. GVSS clients will need to make the reservation and call to schedule transportation.
While closed due to COVID-19, volunteer drivers picked up and delivered meals five days per week.

July 4 fireworks show in Grimes

Posted 6/28/2021
In partnership with the City of Grimes, a Home Base Iowa Community, Home Base Iowa invites the public to celebrate the nation’s Independence Day on the evening of July 4 at the Grimes Sports Complex, 600 S. James St. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to stay in their cars, watch from their homes or abide by social distancing guidelines. Time is subject to change, so watch for updates leading up to and day of the event. Veterans can visit https://www.homebaseiowa.gov/ for a list of known local benefits.

Family fun at the Dallas County Fair

Posted 6/28/2021
The Dallas County Fair is July 7-11 at 28057 Fairgrounds Road, Adel. Enjoy free grounds entry, parking and entertainment including: The Ninja Experience, Luau Logan, Brothers Walker, Mobile Glass Studio, Mr. Nick and Critter Corner. The evening entertainment requires tickets and includes:
July 8: Mutton Busting and Rodeo
July 9: Roots and Boots Tour with special guest Jason Pritchett
July 10: Figure 8 and Circle Track Racing
July 11: Demolition Derby
For a full schedule and ticket pricing, visit www.dallascountyfair.com.

THE SATISFACTION OF SAVING

Posted 6/28/2021
Sixteen dollars. That was the profit I made from selling my toys and games at a garage sale that my mother had when I was 7 years old. That collection of cash and coins was what I carried with me to Home Federal Savings and Loan to open my first savings account in 1975. The bank teller even handed me a folded and stapled passport in a plastic sleeve that had the deposit transaction printed on it. A few years went by before I made any additional deposits from my lawn-mowing money, but it was then when I realized what interest was all about. That $16 I deposited had somehow grown. I didn’t understand how, but I liked it.
I became fascinated with the process of making deposits and growing my savings. As I started walking beans and detasseling corn, the REAL money began to come in. I felt personal victories with each savings milestone— $100, $200, $300 and so on. When I turned 15, I started working at a gas station and received a regular paycheck, but the savings process was still the same. I went to the bank, deposited my check and fixed my eyes on that passport to see how much I earned in interest.
I still deposit into my savings with the passion I had as a kid. Admittedly, with auto-deposits, ATM withdrawals and online banking, I don’t get the exact satisfaction, but that’s OK.
As for that original Home Federal Savings and Loan passport, I still have it stored away in a box in my basement, complete with the now-yellowed plastic sleeve and the memory of my first $16. It seems money is not the only thing I save.
Thanks for reading.
 
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Students named Athene USA Game Changer Scholars

Posted 6/28/2021
Athene USA, a provider of retirement savings products, announced the 20 Iowa students to be named to the inaugural class of the Athene USA Game Changer Scholars. Included is Alison Peralta, Grimes.
The Game Changer Scholars program was created to support underrepresented Latino/Latina/Latinx/Hispanic and Black/African American students in reaching their educational goals. The program awards individual scholarships of $2,000 each. Game Changer Scholars recipients must be Iowa residents with plans to attend college or university in Iowa. 

Iowa Central community college  releases honors lists

Posted 6/28/2021
Iowa Central Community College named Tyler Madsen of Grimes to the Spring 2021 semester Dean’s List.

Mapping it all out

Posted 6/21/2021
When was the last time you unfolded the trusty Rand McNally map and used it to determine how to get from Point A to Point B while in your vehicle? Most of us now rely on the GPS maps installed on our phones or in our vehicles. They are quicker, easier and, best of all, we don’t have to figure out how to fold them back together.
Meanwhile, aside from driving, maps can still be handy. Like when you are at an event or conference and need something that shows everywhere you need to be. Or when you are shopping in an area with multiple locations and want to plan your route. And especially when you are on a ski slope and need to make sure you don’t end up on a black diamond when you were expecting a green.
Not too many years ago, my friend Greg suggested that we print “one of those spiral-bound book of maps.” In the midst of his 7-minute explanation of what it could be, I finally interrupted him and said, “You mean an atlas?” His response was like one of those Gilda Radner “nevermind” looks.
Meanwhile, Steve Peglow, an incredible local artist we work with, found a niche with his unique form of community and development maps. And I learned firsthand how residents at Lake Panorama appreciate their wall maps to get a better grasp of the local geography.
Just a few years ago, we were contacted by a chamber of commerce to create a printed community shopping map. We published it, and within weeks they were all gone. They wanted more — and quickly. This printed map was so popular that we decided to do some in other areas, too.
Maybe my friend Greg was onto something, or maybe he was just on something. Either way, I am going to hang on to the trusty Rand McNally in my glove box — just in case.
Enjoy mapping out your week, and, as always, thanks for reading.    
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Grimes ‘Home Base Iowa’ July 4 fireworks show

Posted 6/21/2021
In partnership with the City of Grimes, a Home Base Iowa Community, Home Base Iowa invites the public to celebrate the nation’s Independence Day on the evening of July 4 at the Grimes Sports Complex, 600 S. James St. Fireworks start at 10 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to stay in their cars, watch from their homes or abide by social distancing guidelines. Time is subject to change so watch for updates leading up to and day of the event. Veterans can visit https://www.homebaseiowa.gov/ for a list of known local benefits.

Dallas Center 2021 Street Improvements to begin

Posted 6/21/2021
The 2021 Dallas Center Street Improvements are scheduled to begin the week of June 21. For information and to view a map of the improvements, visit https://www.dallascenter.com/public-works/pages/street-improvements. Work planned include Hatton Avenue from Maple to Ash Street, 15th Street from Walnut south to the alley, Sycamore Street from Kellogg to Hatton Avenue, Sycamore Street from 12th to Ninth Street and Ninth Street north of Sycamore to Vine Street. This work will entail widening the streets to their original width and asphalt overlay. The estimated cost for these improvements is $209,670.   

Charter Bank’s changing of the guard

Posted 6/21/2021
Over the last few months, Charter Bank has successfully executed a succession plan for its executive management team. Chairman of the Board George H. Frampton, President and CEO Tim Heldt, and Marketing Director Deb Heldt have all retired from their positions. Tim Heldt will replace Frampton as chairman and will continue with the bank in a much reduced role.
Matt Morris has been named CEO. Greg Grote has been named president. The final member of the senior management team is COO Sharm Sisler.
Charter Bank in Johnston was established 23 years ago. They added a de novo branch in Grimes in 2000 and another de novo branch in Waukee in 2001. In 2017, Charter Bank opened a fourth de novo branch in Ankeny.
Today, Charter Bank is at $205 million in assets with four branches. The new leadership team of Morris, Grote and Sisler is ready to lead the Bank. Morris commented, “We appreciate the trust that the Board and the Frampton and Heldt families have placed in us. We look forward to continuing the success that Charter Bank has seen through George and Tim’s leadership over the past 23 years.”

Grimes Volunteer Support Services reports

Posted 6/21/2021
April Report: 
Drivers - 25, trips - 336, DME loans - 4; yard mowing - 18,  clean/repair - 6.
Total volunteers - 33, miles driven - 2,950, 398 hours providing service and organizing and administering the programs.
May Report:
Drivers - 21, trips - 317, DME loans - 6, clean/repair - 8, yard mowing - 29.
Total Volunteers - 26, miles driven - 2,486, 321 hours provided of service and organizing and administering the programs.
All of these services were provided to GVSS clients without charge. Since GVSS is an all-volunteer not-for-profit corporation, volunteers are extremely important. There is no paid staff and drivers donate their time, their car, their gas, etc. If you’ve thought about volunteering for GVSS, call 515-986-5355.

Flying the stars and stripes

Posted 6/14/2021
When I was an elementary school child, Sister Joy taught our music class to sing many patriotic songs. “America The Beautiful.” “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” “The Star Spangled Banner.” The list goes on. We not only learned the words, but we were taught the meanings. Most importantly, we were taught to respect those meanings, those words and the American flag.
Admittedly, that was a different time. It was 1976, and most every American was celebrating our country’s bi-centennial by paying tribute to the historical events that led up to the creation of the United States of America. Even so, what we learned about our nation — and the need to respect it — stuck with me.
I get goosebumps each time I hear the words “our flag was still there” in our national anthem. I don’t know why. I just do.
Our country is not perfect. Our ancestors made mistakes. We will, too. But there is nowhere else I would rather live.
I fly the American flag in front of my home. Not because I belong to a certain political party (I don’t) or served in the military (I didn’t) or want to push a personal agenda (I won’t). It is because I am thankful for my rights.
I appreciate that I have freedom of speech, and freedom of the press, and the right to peaceably assemble, and to be able to petition our government. I cherish that I can openly practice my religion, and that others can, too. I value that I have the right to keep and bear arms, even though I choose not to. I revere the right to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures.
I hope that I don’t ever have to justify these rights or the many others I am afforded as a United States citizen, but I rest peacefully knowing that I can.
As a continual reminder of these rights, and many others, I will continue to fly the stars and stripes, and I look forward to my next round of goosebumps.   
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Grimes Volunteer Support Services need yard work volunteers

Posted 6/14/2021
The GVSS Yard Patrol coordinator is looking for six to eight volunteers to help with the current mowing season. Clients provide gas and lawnmowers. You provide your time. All interested volunteers should call or visit the GVSS office, 404 S.E. Second St., Suite 100, Grimes, or go online at www.grimesvss.com to get the application. Louise Hauger will be contacting folks who received mowing and yard service last year.
If you’ve thought about volunteering for GVSS, give them a call at 515-986-5355. They’ve had several years of experience in utilizing employed volunteers.

GVSS offers loans of durable medical equipment

Posted 6/14/2021
Those with a need for durable medical equipment can call GVSS to see if the organization has that equipment available for loan. If in stock, it is available to borrow free of charge for as long as it is needed. For information, call 515-986-5355.
GVSS has crutches, walkers, canes, shower chairs and benches, quad canes, manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, bath scales, elevated toilet seats, bed rails, toilet safety rails, and power lift recliners. GVSS will clean, repair (if necessary), inventory, maintain and provide at no charge, loan of equipment to clients who have a need.
Donations of equipment are appreciated. If you have equipment you’d like to donate, call 515-986-5355 to schedule a time to deliver it to the GVSS office or to have it picked it up.

Project update: Little Beaver and Prairie Creek Channel Restoration Project

Posted 6/14/2021
Work continues on Little Beaver and Prairie Creek. Tree and brush removal has been generally completed, as have channel improvements south of Autumn Park West and on Little Beaver Creek. Contractors should be generally complete with channel improvements on Prairie Creek in July. For updates on current projects, visit https://www.grimesiowa.gov/OurCommunity/DevelopmentServices/CurrentProjects.aspx.

Saturday Night Dinners and Rides

Posted 6/14/2021
Hicklin Power Sports is hosting Saturday night dinners and rides. June 19, the ride starts at Hicklin Power Sports in Grimes at 9 a.m. and is an all-day ride to northern Iowa, where dinner will be at Wagon Wheel Cafe in West Bend. Highlights include a stop at Grotto of the Redemption. June 26, the ride starts at 2 p.m. at Hicklin in Grimes with dinner at La Casa Mexicana in Indianola. The July 2-4 event is a three-day ABATE Freedom Rally starting at Friday, noon, at Hicklin Power Sports and going to Algona. Motel reservations are needed. Biker Rally camping is available. Contact Tom Vath for information, 515-556-2883. Other July events are July 10, a history site-seeing ride starting at 10 a.m. at Hicklin with dinner at Feed Mill Restaurant in Audubon. Sites include Albert the Bull, Freedom Rock and Little Mermaid Park. July 24, meet at 4 p.m. in Hicklin and ride to Colorado Grill in Boone. July 31, leave Hicklin at 10 a.m. and ride to Jester Park for a pot luck. This family event will be at Shelter 5. Cost is $5 per person to cover costs. Meat is provided but bring your own beverages, table settings and dish to share with the meal at noon.

Enjoy Governors Days June 10-12

Posted 6/7/2021
To make sure you don’t miss any of the fun, be sure to check for the full schedule and updates on the Governors Day website, www.governorsdays.com.
Thursday, June 10 highlights include the kids pedal tractor pull by Ohana Pedal Pullers at 5 p.m.; the kiddie parade, featuring the Isiserretes, at 6:30 p.m.; the entertainment garden, open 6-10 p.m.; the Business eXpo at the entertainment garden from 6-8 p.m.; and the carnival.
The eXpo features more than 30 businesses with booths full of information, activities, and some freebies. Families can walk around, visit and maybe learn something new about a business they may drive by every day. For those 21 and older, there will be the option to purchase drink tickets and have a cold beverage while visiting with the vendors.
The kiddie parade will be on Main Street. Kids are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume or one to go with the theme, “Decades.”
Saturday kicks off with the Lions Club breakfast beginning at 6:30 a.m. at the Grimes Community Complex. The 18th annual 5K run/walk begins at 7 a.m. Kids age 12 and younger can participate in the 1-mile fun run, which starts at 7:45 a.m. The run will wrap up in time for the grand parade at 10 a.m. This year’s route takes the parade through the heart of Grimes in Governors District and is about 15 blocks long.
The entertainment garden and Sam’s amusements will start at 11 a.m. The bean bag tournament starts at noon at Waterworks Park. Live entertainment will feature local favorite Damon Dotson at 8 p.m.

New Grimes Public Library Project FAQs

Posted 6/7/2021
Construction on a new library is expected to begin in the early spring of 2022, with completion expected in summer 2023. See information about the project and fundraising at http://www.grimes.lib.ia.us/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/FAQ.pdf. We will share some of that information here.
Who will be responsible for developing and managing the project?
This project will be spearheaded by the Library Board of Trustees, Library Director, City of Grimes Construction Advisory Committee, and Grimes Public Library Friends Foundation Committee, under direction of the Mayor, City Council and City Administrator.
What will be in the new library?
Officials anticipate adding four study rooms, a sensory room, a drive-through drop box, additional public computers, state-of-the-art technology, a meeting room, a large children’s area, a dedicated teen space, a drive-up window, and approximately 25,000 new items to the collection, making the Grimes Public Library a valuable gathering place for individuals, families, and businesses in the community.
Will the library have to close?
Grimes Public Library will be closed for four to five weeks before the opening date. This will allow for time needed to move the collection, technology and equipment over to the new building;  install new furnishings and equipment; and train staff on the new technology and systems.