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.”