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IN THIS ISSUE ... SNOWBLOWER 101 KNOWLEDGE

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Calendar New on the Shelf Scene About Town Parting Shot

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Class Notes: Meet Linda Pingel by Hailey Brueschke

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ICCC Student Spotlight: Learning is a Great Fit for Cygan at Iowa Central by Hailey Brueschke

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Hart Volunteers for Moose Lodge by Robert Wolf

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Faith Matters: Bice Leads Youths through Young Life by Robert Wolf

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Mattke Lights up Fort Dodge for the Holidays by Meg Beshey

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Home Style: Snowblowing 101 by Meg Beshey

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Health Wise: Eating Healthy for the Holidays by Meg Beshey

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Around Town: Downtown Parking Lot Renovation Rebuilding One Quarter at a Time by Stephanie Houk Sheetz & Tim Carmody

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Culinary Corner: Gingersnaps for the Holidays by Meg Beshey

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Money Matters: Time for Year-end Review of Your Financial Strategy? courtesy of Edward Jones

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From the News Editor It’s All Good… Here it is, winter holiday time. The indulgences of the Thanksgiving table are a memory. You’ve updated family information, shared family photos and probably taken some new ones too. Thanksgiving is, in some ways, just an appetizer for the next big holidays: Christmas and New Year’s. They bring with them the promise not only of a burgeoning table, but memories to be cherished and made. This time of year, you find that special time to be together with friends and family. It may mean a quick visit to drop off a gift, or an extended stay with meals and conversations that will have to last the whole year long. No matter what, take advantage of the holiday activities this community has to offer. There will be music in the schools and throughout the community’s many churches, sounds that should warm any heart that listens. From downtown holiday events to the office parties, food and festivities will be shared all month long. In fact, there is likely something going on all the time to keep everyone in the holiday mode, take it in. Be festive now. In light of the season, “Today” takes a close look at the work of Steve Mattke, the man who makes the community’s season bright. Mattke is known in Fort Dodge as “that guy who hangs up the lights.” Mattke goes unplugged in a story of how – with a lot of help – he makes it happen. Hint: It all starts well before the switches are flipped. Tim Hart, who volunteers for the local Moose Lodge, and Martha Bice, who works with Young Life youths all year long, are also featured. Chef Michael Hirst suggests ways to save your waistline and eat healthy at those holiday gatherings. Learn about physical education teacher Linda Pingel, who is dedicated to being healthy with her students at Duncombe and Cooper elementary schools. Speaking of being physical, take Andy Dunbar’s advice about the basics of good snow blower maintenance and safety. At some point, you may have to use one. What’s a winter holiday without the scent of baking cookies? “Today” offers up a classic gingersnap cookie recipe bound to become a favorite. It’s a time of great food, great company, and, it turns out, great advice. So have the very merriest Christmas and a happy New Year from “Today.”

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contributors Amelia "Amy" Presler is a Fort Dodge native, the youngest of 10 children from parents Jack and Virginia Presler. Amy has three children, Austin, Lizzie and Eva. Amy is employed at the Fort Dodge Public Library where she feeds her addiction to books. She likes all genres, but especially literary fiction, historical fiction, books with maps on the front, horses on the cover, but not dogs; rivers and lakes.

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Robert Wolf has lived in Fort Dodge since 1964. He has written for Fort Dodge Today magazine since 2002 and for The Messenger since 1993. He’s the author of “Fossils of Iowa” and “Iowa’s State Parks.” A member of the Author’s Guild, his hobbies include fossil collecting and photography.

Hailey Brueschke will be attending Iowa Central Community College next year to attain her associate arts degree. From there she would like to attend Iowa State University to major in journalism. Her goal after college is to work for a major magazine in a larger city. She likes to spend her free time reading, writing and being with her friends and family.

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1 Creative Christmas Cookies/Candies Walk, Trinity United Methodist Church, 838 N. 25th St., 9 a.m.

239 N. 11th St., 1:30 p.m. Presented by Gunderson Funeral Home and Creamtion Services.

4 Free blood pressure screening, 8 to 9:30 a.m., Crossroads Mall, 10 to 11 a.m., Hy-Vee

4 FDSH boys varsity swimming vs. Des Moines East, Dodger pool, FDSH, 6 p.m.

dining area. Provided by 2 Fort Dodge Area Symphony concert, Messiah Sing-a-long, 3 p.m., concert tickets are $10 at the door, Phillips Middle School. Yule Walk to follow the concert, tickets are $15 in advance available at Design Two, 1109 Central Ave., or CSBank, 130 N. 29thst St.

2 “A Time for Angels” 2012 Service of Remembrance, St. Olaf Lutheran Church,

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4 Toastmasters “Ah” Master, learn listening, speaking

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and leadership skills, ICCC Bio-Science and Technology building, Room 107, 6:30 p.m.

5-6 11th Annual Farm News Ag Show, Iowa Central Community College, Career Education Building.

3 FDSH jv boys basketball vs. Ames, FDSH main gym, 7 p.m.

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December 2012 6-7 Iowa Central Community College Holiday concert, Decker Auditorium, Thursday concert is at 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Friday concert is at 7 p.m.

6 St. Edmond Christmas concert, grades kindergarten through second performing, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. St. Edmond.

6 FDSH boys varsity swimming vs. Dowling, Dodger pool, FDSH, 6 p.m.

1415 Nelson Ave., $5 per vehicle, sponsored by Fort Dodge Noon Sertoma Club. Live nativity scene Sunday evenings. 8 Winter Flea Market, Webster County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

9 Winter Flea Market, Webster County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

9 Ringland-Smeltzer Christmas open house, 2 to 5 p.m., snow date is Dec. 11, 5 to 7:30 p.m. First and second floors decorated and open, public welcome.

6 Cholestrol Screening, $3 fee, but blood pressure and blood sugars provided free, Crossroads Mall next to Sears,

8 FDSH JV wrestling invitational vs. Ames, Ankeny, Perry, and Humboldt, FDSH main gym, 9 a.m.

2 to 3:30 p.m., no appointment needed. Provided by Trinity Health Partners.

8-9 Lights at Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Memorial Park,

9 Holiday Festival of Music, choir, band and orchestra, FDSH main gym, 2 p.m. 8 Kids Class Visual Expressions, third-, fourthand fifth-graders, Blanden Memorial Art Museum, 10 a.m. - noon.

9 St. Edmond Christmas concert, high school performing, St. Edmond, 3 p.m.

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December 2012 14 FDSH girls and boys varsity basketball vs. Mason City, FDSH gym, 6:15 and 7:45 p.m.

11 Free blood pressure screening, 8 to 9:30 a.m., Crossroads Mall, 10 to 11 a.m. Hy-Vee dining area. Provided by Trinity Health Partners.

13 Iowa Central Community College fall music recital, 1 p.m., Friendship Haven

14, 15, 16 Lights at Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, 1415 Nelson Ave., $5 per vehicle, sponsored by Fort Dodge Noon Sertoma Club. Live nativity scene Sunday evenings.

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13 St. Edmond Christmas concert, grades third through fifth performing, 2 and 7 p.m.

14-15 “Why Penguins Can’t Fly and Other Stories of

Antarctica,” Hawkeye Community Theatre, 521 N. 12th St., tickets $10, 7 p.m.

15 FDSH varsity wrestling invitational vs. Ames, Bondurant-Farrar Jr-Sr, Clarinda, Emmetsburg Community Schools, Lewis Central, Nevada, Newton, Sioux City East, Storm Lake and Webster City, FDSH main gym, 10 a.m.

16 “Why Penguins Can’t Fly and Other Stories of Antarctica,” Hawkeye Community Theatre, 521 N. 12th St., tickets $10, 2 p.m.

16 “Sing We Now of Christmas,” Fort Dodge Choral Society concert, First United Methodist Church, 127 N. Tenth St., reception and refreshments at 2 pm, pre-concert carols at 2:30 p.m., concert at 3 p.m.

17 FDSH boys and girls jv/varsity bowling meet vs. Urbandale, Ridgewood Lanes, 3:30 p.m.

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dining area. Provided by Trinity Health Partners.

18 FDSH boys and girls varsity basketball vs. Ankeny, FDSH main gym, 6:15 and 7:45 p.m.

18 Caring - A cancer support group, TRMC Cancer Resource room, 11 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 574-8302.

18 Free blood pressure screening, 8 to 9:30 a.m., Crossroads Mall, 10 to 11 a.m. Hy-Vee

19 Cholestrol Screening, $3 fee, but blood pressure and blood sugars provided free, Celebration Center, Kenyon Place at Friendship Haven, 2 to 3:30 p.m., no appointment needed. Provided by Trinity Health Partners.

19 Feel Good Feel Better, support group for women undergoing cancer treatment, conference Room 2, TRMC, call 574-8302 to register.

19 Pre-Diabetes Class, TRMC Diabetes Center, 1 p.m., $20 fee, call 574-6350 for an appointment.

21, 22, 23 Lights at Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, 1415 Nelson Ave., $5 per vehicle, sponsored by Fort Dodge Noon Sertoma Club. Live nativity scene Sunday evenings.

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One of the hardest things about creating a year’s end best books list is trying to remember the books I’ve read throughout the year, and of those, which ones are worthy. Let me tell you, it was hard, I mean, January was a long time ago! but I got ‘er done, so here are my five favorites of 2012, winnowed down from over a hundred mind you. I couldn’t possibly include all of my favorite novels of 2012 in this space, so please view the complete list on our library’s website www.youseemore.com/nilc/fortdodgepl May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty Hell or High Water by Joy Castro A Death in Vienna by Daniel Silva The Cutting Season by Attica Locke

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Class Notes Meet Linda Pingel What is your name and where are you from? Linda Pingel. I am originally from Ruthven. What grade or subject do you teach? I teach physical education for kindergarten through fourth grade. I also teach an adaptive class for special needs students at Cooper Elementary. I am currently assigned to Cooper and Duncombe elementary schools. How long have you been a physical education teacher? I have taught for more than 26 years.  I started in special education. I was also teaching art and music besides physical education for six years. What is the best thing about your job as a P.E. teacher? The kids. I love to show my students what fun they can have playing a game and being team players. What or who inspired you to become a physical education teacher? Bill Whiting, a coach and history teacher at Ruthven. He was very fair and valued the need for teaching the basics of good healthy educational games. He diversified physical education instruction before it became the way to teach the way we do today in our curriculum. Why do you think physical education is so important for students to have in their daily learning? As our society grows more sedentary and heavier, we need to learn ways to stay active that are appropriate for our age and interests. If we don’t feel com-

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Linda Pingel seeks to help young kids learn good physical skills now in hopes that it will carry over into their teen years and adult life.


Show Off Your Pet! fortable with our skill level, we won’t try new activities. It is important that kids learn this lesson now when they are still making opinions and choices for their future. What kind of activities do you have the students do? We do warm-up exercises that include yoga and Pilates moves. Low organizational games such as Spiders and Flies or Capture the Flag are a big part of learning to cooperate with each other as well as follow the rules. We run various races and play leadup games to all the major sports. It is giving the kids a taste of future areas where they may want to participate in to continue to stay healthy in their adult lives. We also work on basic skills to help develop our coordination and strength. We dance, jump rope, climb, tumble, bowl, golf, play with foxtail, balls, parachutes, scooters, Hula Hoops and beanbags. We do health activities ranging from finding our heart rate to toilet tag, which helps us learn to flush the toilet and wash our hands to the ABCs. What is one activity that you know the students love to do in class? The parachute. Everyone remembers the parachute. We work on strength and cooperation when we play with it. It really puts everyone on an even playing field. To work together to make something do what you want is really a great challenge for most kids. What are three things that you think every physical education teacher should have? ♦ A positive attitude. You really need to have it in order to set a good example for the kids while they learn the games we teach them.  ♦ A belief that all kids can learn. There is something about physical activity that creates that open door for learning at some point, small or big. ♦ An enthusiasm for teaching children to just move and to stay healthy. If you can instill the good habits now you’ve done a great thing, not just for the students but for the community’s health future.

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Learning is a Great Fit for Cygan at Iowa Central When you reach your sophomore year at a community college, you have two choices: move on to a four-year college or get a job. Jon Cygan’s choice was to continue his studies at Iowa State University. But until then, he was thankful he could attend a community college where he lives. “It helps me that I can keep costs down by living in the same town in regards to lodging, food and transportation,” said Cygan, of Fort Dodge. His plans to transfer to ISU include the classes he has already taken in his major of choice. “Originally, I had planned on transferring to Iowa State University without a degree. But now I wish to gain my associate arts degree from Iowa Central Community College here in Fort Dodge,” Cygan said. His classes at Iowa Central are strongly focused on mathematics – one of his favorites is microeconomics – and science because someday he plans on being an engineer. With that in mind, going to Iowa Central proved to be a great option because it offers many classes that cater to his prospective degree.

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Cygan thinks it’s better to start off at a school like Iowa Central because it is smaller, cheaper and easier to meet people than at a large university, he said. “The best part about being an Iowa Central Community College student is knowing the familiar faces while meeting the new ones.” He also likes the breadth of activities Iowa Central offers its students. He particularly likes college movie night because it is such a good deal, and he’s especially enthusiastic any time free food is offered around campus.

Jon Cygan chose Iowa Central Community College for economic reasons as well as the opportunity to take several classes that can be applied to his intended major at Iowa State University.

The choice of which college to attend can be based on many variables. Sometimes it’s simply personal preference. Sometimes it is based on family tradition. For Cygan, starting at Iowa Central and moving on to a four-year college was a choice based in economics. It cost less to attend a community college first.

Debt-conscious – and keenly aware of microeconomics through his class – Cygan has made what he considers a practical choice. It is one of the reasons Iowa Central works so well for so many.


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Hart Volunteers for Moose Lodge When it comes to volunteers, not many stick with the same organization for long. It takes a dedicated person to be the kind that does. It takes someone like Tim Hart. Hart has been involved in the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #806 since 2001. The Loyal Order of the Moose – or LOOM – was founded in 1888 in Louisville, Ky., by John Henry Wilson and some friends. It was established as a men’s social club. The founders deliberately chose the moose to repre-

sent them. “The Moose is kind of the defender of the herd. It is a strong animal,” said Hart. “The Moose organization continued through the turn of the century and almost died out until James J. Davis joined in 1906,” said Hart. “Davis immediately saw potential to build the Moose fraternity into a force to provide protection and security for a largely working membership.” At that time, there was no federal safety net in the event the breadwinner of the family became sick or disabled. In 1913, Davis was instrumental in establishing Mooseheart to help the children of deceased Moose members. Mooseheart still exists today. “Our main goals are Mooseheart, which is like a child city outside Chicago about 40 miles.”

Tim Hart with items for the Salvation Army, just one of the several organizations and charities the Moose Lodge supports.

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The complex is situated on a 1,000-acre campus that has

churches and homes, and its own post office. Children who live there learn a vocation. They graduate from school and many go on to college. “They are basically raised there,” Hart said. “There is an Iowa house at Mooseheart with about eight children from Iowa.” But children aren’t the only ones who benefit from volunteer work by Hart and people like him. There is place for its eldest extended family too. “Moosehaven is our city of contentment. That’s for our seniors,” said Hart. “We just had a member of ours go down there.” Moosehaven is just south of Jacksonville, Fla. It was created in 1922. All the Moose Lodges in the United States and throughout the world support both Mooseheart and Moosehaven. Last year, Hart was lodge governor. It was an important year for the local lodge. “We celebrated our 100th year of Moose Lodge last year,” Hart said, “so it was kind of a privilege for me to be governor at that time.” In those 100 years in Fort Dodge, the Moose lodge was located in various downtown buildings until it moved to 424 First Ave. S. in 1996. “It’s a long time to keep something going like the Moose Lodge, especially during the Depression,” he said.


Hart’s introduction to the Moose was many years ago through his brother. Although he was living in Marshalltown at the time, Hart decided to join the Fort Dodge lodge. It was only afterwards that he moved to this city. “I became a trustee on the board of trust officers once I moved here,” he said. “Then I kind of made my way through the board, got a little experience in a couple of different positions within the Moose Lodge board, and then I ran for governor.” The governor focuses on membership and its involvement in the community, he said. In Fort Dodge, the Moose is affiliated with annual events such as the annual Easter egg hunt, the Rod and Gun fishing tournament, and the Amos Jones Golf Outing, which is a tribute to a former member who passed away. Its membership also supports local charities, provides Thanksgiving meals to police officers and inmates, and provides personal items for troops overseas. It also supports the national Tommy Moose program. “We present these stuffed animals to the fire department, police, sheriff, and medical emergency people,” Hart said. “If they come across a child in a traumatic situation, then they can give one of these to them. When they run out of them they can come back and we will give them some more.”

Tommy Moose, according to a Moose website, began as a community service project in Connecticut. Since 2002, more than 100,000 of the stuffed toys have been donated. It’s the personal satisfaction that keeps Hart volunteering for LOOM, he said. “We always have something going on,” he said. “We just got a 10-foot projection TV for the members to enjoy here at the lodge.” It used to cost $70 to join the Moose, but that has been reduced to encourage new membership. “We’ve cut that down to make it easier these days to join,” Hart said. To join now, it costs $40. If the new members attend an orientation meeting, after two months they can get $20 in Moose bucks that can be used to purchase food and drink at the Lodge. Membership is open to anyone who is not a convicted felon. There is also a women’s auxiliary. “They do a lot of things here,” said Hart. Todd Kuhn, Lodge administrator, freely praises Hart. “He really steps up to the plate and fills in the holes where it is needed most. Tim Hart is Todd Kuhn invaluable to our lodge administrator Moose Lodge,” said Kuhn. “Our lodge is pretty much built on volunteerism.”

About Tim Hart Tim Hart and his wife, JoLeene Hart, are Fort Dodge natives. They have been married 37 years. JoLeene Hart is involved with the Moose women’s auxiliary. While still in high school, Hart joined the United States Navy. After the service, worked for Raytheon in Massachusetts as an electronics instructor, both in shipboard radar and air traffic control systems. Later, he worked with the Federal Aviation Administration relocating identification radar across the country. The couple moved back to Iowa in 2001 and Fort Dodge in 2003. Tim Hart works in food service for Fort Dodge Community Schools delivering hot meals to the elementary schools and groceries to Phillips Middle School. He is also involved with the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

For more information, stop by the local Moose Lodge at 424 First Ave. S. or call 573-7371 or email lodge806@mooseunits.org.

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P h ot og r a p h er T ed r a T o w n e w i t h h e r p h ot os o f l i g h t h ou se s a t t h e sh o w a t Pe r ma n e n t C ol l ec t i on s Ar t G a l l er y .

G a ry W i n ch p ho to gr a p a n d Bi l l K e en a n , p h y sh o w a h Ga l l er y. t Pe rm a n e o t og r a p he rs , a t t h e n t C o l l e c ti on s A rt

J a n e a n d C r a i g Fi s cu s en j oy re f re sh m en t s w h i l e a t te n d i n g t h e op en i n g f or l o c a l p h o to g ra p h er s a t P er ma n e n t C ol l e ct i on s A r t Ga l l er y on C en t ra l A ven u e .


Apple Fest at Community Orchard

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B ri t t , W es to n a n d P a m S h e l to n a t Co mm u n i t y O r ch a r d d u r i n g A p p l e F est .

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Photos by photographers Nicole Hagar and Susan Moore

Soup Supper sponsored by Golden Kiwanis J en n i f e r a n d Jo e G i l b er t w i t h t h ei r c h i l d r en , K a l l i st a a n d J oel y , a t te n d t h e so u p s u p p er w i t h th e G ol d en Kiwanis.

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Do n C a r l son , v ol u n t eer a n d m em b er o f th e G ol d en K i w a n i s , sh a r es a b i g sm i l e w h i l e w or k i n g a t t h e sou p s u p p er .

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Omelet Breakfast with Santa fundraiser for GRLS Program at the Youth Shelter

S t eve P a u k er t a n d De b B ro w n , e m p l oy ees of K oh l ’ s, vo l u n te er a t th e f u nd ra i s er f or G R LS p r og r a m .

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J i m S ew a rd , d i r ec t or o f Y o u th S h el t er Ca r e, v i si t s w i t h Lo i s Den c k l a u d u ri n g t h e f u n d ra i ser f or G R L S p r og r a m a t th e Y o u th S h el t er .

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33rd Annual Czech Heritage Dinner

J oe V on s a k, J r. , J a n e J oh a n so n a n d J oe V on s a k g r eet a tt en d ees a t th e C z ec h H er i ta g e d i n ne r . Pa t Wi l l i a ms a n d Bo n n i e R u ss el l a tt en d t h e Cz ec h Her i t a g e d i n n er .

, in the J i m Er tl , h ea d c h ef h ri s ti P a r i sh C s u p or C k i t ch e n a t re p a r e t h e ce n te r, h el p s t o p He r i t a g e ch ze C l 33 rd An n u a d i n n e r.

Mark and Pat E ssi C ze ch He r i t a g e n g se l l r a f f l e t i ck et s a t t h e Di n n er .

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Biden visits Fort Dodge

Sen. Daryl Beall, Vice President Joe Biden and Hannah Beshey pose at the Opera House on Nov. 1 in Fort Dodge. - photo by Meg Beshey

Pam Passow Retires

Pam Passow visits with local attorney William Thatcher at her retirement party. Pam retired after 33 years of service for the Webster County Attorney’s office. - photo by Becky O’Brien

Numismatic Association 74th Annual Coin Show

J oh n Po rt e r a n d Pe te F r i tz of t h e Fo rt Dod g e C o i n C l u b ta k e t i c ke ts a t t h e Nu m i sm a t i c A ss oc i a ti o n ’s 7 4t h An n u a l C oi n S h ow .

C a ro l Mo b er g , sec r et a r y of t h e F or t Do d g e C oi n Cl u b , a t t en d s t h e a n n u a l co i n s h ow . J ef f a n d L i sa C ook en j o y l oo ki n g o ver c ol l e ct i on s o f c o i n s a t th e N u mi s m a ti c A ss oc i a ti o n ’s 7 4t h A n n u a l Co i n S ho w .

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The Messenger Bridal Show

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M es sen g e r Br i d a l C u r ti s C a r r a n d L yn e tt e L a d d a t T h e S ho w .

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Election Night Soup and Pie Supper at First Congregational UCC Church

T h e R ev . Jo ey F el ma n n of F i rs t C on g r eg a t i o n a l Un i t e d C h u r ch of C h ri s t , s er ves u p h o me ma d e s ou p a t th e c h u rc h ’ s a n n u a l f u n d r a i s er , t h i s y ea r h el d on e l ec ti o n n i g h t .

Ga y le DeWi nter a n d Dr. Ji m R eed took tic k ets a t the d oor of th e so up a nd p ie fu n d rai ser a t Fi rst C on g rega tion a l U n i te d C hu rc h of Ch ri st.

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I on a G a th m a n d ur i n g th e so a n d Lo i s Ud er ma n n sh a re up and pie f u n d r a i se r f or a l a u g h C on g re g a ti o n F i r st a l UC C .

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We now offer the Shingles Vaccinations. Pharmacy Hours: M-F 8-8; Sat 9-5; Sun 10-4 214 South 25th Street, Fort Dodge, IA • 515-576-3652

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The Cellar "A Tradition of Fine Dining" The Cellar Restaurant and Lounge is committed to bringing you quality food and friendly service. Your meal will be prepared and served with the utmost care and attention. The Cellar has been highly recognized for the excellence of their steaks. They offer two sizes of Filet, the most tender of the steak offerings; two sizes of Ribeye, the most flavorful; and a sixteen ounce New

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York Strip, which can satisfy the heartiest of appetites. On Friday and Saturday evenings Prime Rib is featured. The Cellar’s Prime Rib is uniquely prepared in a hickory smoker.

Visit Santa! 612 So. 32nd St. 515-576-6481 800-397-0025 SALES, SERVICE & RENTAL

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Mon.-Fri.: 1pm-7pm Sat.: 11am-7pm Sun.: Noon-5pm

217 So. 25th St. Ft. Dodge, Iowa

The Cellar Restaurant and Lounge has served Fort Dodge and the surrounding area for over 21 years. They have won the Readers' Choice Award for the “Best Steak” every year for five years. Over the last five years, The Cellar has also received Readers' Choice Awards for the “Best Prime Rib”, the "Best Ribs", the “Best Servers” and the “Best

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Atmosphere”. Bring your family and friends to relax in our friendly atmosphere and enjoy the tradition of fine dining. Your satisfaction is The Cellar’s number one priority! Check out our menu and photos on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cellarfortdodge.com. Be our Friend!

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Seafood options offered at The Cellar include salmon with a delightful dill sauce, jumbo shrimp which can be batter fried or charbroiled, mahi mahi and tilapia. Diners will also find an extensive variety of pork, pasta, chicken, salads, sandwiches and chef prepared specials on the menu. The Cellar's regular menu includes 17 dinners for $10 or less.

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C enter S Center tage Stage

Large Indoor Pool & Hot Tub

Jct. Hwys 169 & 20 955-8501 • 800-BUD-HOST

“Live Easier, Happier & Healthier!”

We now offer the Shingles Vaccinations. Pharmacy Hours: M-F 8-8; Sat 9-5; Sun 10-4 214 South 25th Street, Fort Dodge, IA • 515-576-3652

Offroad • Commercial • Farm Service AutomobileTires & Wheels

The Cellar "A Tradition of Fine Dining" The Cellar Restaurant and Lounge is committed to bringing you quality food and friendly service. Your meal will be prepared and served with the utmost care and attention. The Cellar has been highly recognized for the excellence of their steaks. They offer two sizes of Filet, the most tender of the steak offerings; two sizes of Ribeye, the most flavorful; and a sixteen ounce New

116 Kenyon Road, Fort Dodge, IA Highways 169 and Business 20

3016 5th Ave. So. • Fort Dodge 24 Hour Service: 515-576-6676

515-576-2290 Hrs: Mon-Thur 4 pm - 10 pm Fri-Sat 4pm - 11 pm

York Strip, which can satisfy the heartiest of appetites. On Friday and Saturday evenings Prime Rib is featured. The Cellar’s Prime Rib is uniquely prepared in a hickory smoker.

Visit Santa! 612 So. 32nd St. 515-576-6481 800-397-0025 SALES, SERVICE & RENTAL

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Mon.-Fri.: 1pm-7pm Sat.: 11am-7pm Sun.: Noon-5pm

217 So. 25th St. Ft. Dodge, Iowa

The Cellar Restaurant and Lounge has served Fort Dodge and the surrounding area for over 21 years. They have won the Readers' Choice Award for the “Best Steak” every year for five years. Over the last five years, The Cellar has also received Readers' Choice Awards for the “Best Prime Rib”, the "Best Ribs", the “Best Servers” and the “Best

Gifts G i f t s and a n d Home H o m e DDècor èc o r

Atmosphere”. Bring your family and friends to relax in our friendly atmosphere and enjoy the tradition of fine dining. Your satisfaction is The Cellar’s number one priority! Check out our menu and photos on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cellarfortdodge.com. Be our Friend!

Service ALL Makes & Models of Garage Doors & Operators Overhead Door Company of Webster County The Genuine. The Original.

BRENDA LASTINE

130 N. 25th Street • Fort Dodge, IA 50501 www.khisolutions.com

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-5

Visit Us at Our NNEW E W Location 1 1 0 9 C e nntt ra r a l A ve. ve. ((AA c rroo s s f rroo m TiTi l l i e s Q u i l t s )

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524 Central Avenue Fort Dodge, IA 955-2330

Lower-cost alternative for quality coverage.

515-576-1800 • 800-657-8033

Restaurant & Lounge

(515)576-2290

Seafood options offered at The Cellar include salmon with a delightful dill sauce, jumbo shrimp which can be batter fried or charbroiled, mahi mahi and tilapia. Diners will also find an extensive variety of pork, pasta, chicken, salads, sandwiches and chef prepared specials on the menu. The Cellar's regular menu includes 17 dinners for $10 or less.

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Cellar Cellar

“A Tradition of Fine Dining”

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6 NORTH 21st STREET

955-DOOR (3667)

 Paula’s Treasures  Quality “Pre-Loved Furniture” Furniture Donations Picked Up Free

Tues: 8-4 Wed-Fri: 8-6 Sat: 10-4

2319 5th Ave S • Fort Dodge • 573-7771

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Faith Matters: Bice Leads Youths through Young Life But back in 1964, she was a student attending a Young Life club meeting in La Grange, Ill., that changed her life. “I have such a love for Jesus Christ and that’s where I really met Jesus,” Bice said. “And I just like the mix of fun with the message and involving the youth. It’s a relationship ministry where you get to know him.” Back then, her Young Life leader was Beebie Berry. Berry, who is 84 now, is still a Young Life leader in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Martha Bice started Young Life in Fort Dodge in 1995 because of her positive experiences with Young Life in high school. - photo by Robert Wolf Sometimes you find your calling in life, but in Martha Bice’s case, the calling found her. Bice was first introduced to Young Life decades ago when she was in high school in Illinois. Today, she leads the Young Life chapter through the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Dodge.

In Fort Dodge, Bice is following in Berry’s footsteps. She runs Young Life through an office in what is now the Shalom Center, the former Jewish synagogue situated near the First Presbyterian Church. Bice started the local chapter in 1995. That same year, she took six girls to the Young Life Castaway Camp on Pelican Lake in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Since then, the group has grown every year – and she has the photos to prove it. “I’m a real picture freak,” said Bice. “I’ve taken 389 kids to camp, not counting second-timers. The kids say it is the best week of their lives.” High school juniors and seniors are eli-

gible for camp. Some volunteer to work at least one month during the summer. When they arrive there, all of their electronics are boxed up and the youths spend a week without them. “They don’t even miss it,” said Bice. Unlike some youth groups, Young Life is self-motivated. “Most of the time the kids that show up are motivated by kids. They are motivated by the fact that parents do not have to be here. Any youth can be a member. All they have to do is show up at a meeting,” said Bice. “It’s all about relationships,” she added. “We need each other and we need to belong.” Bice attributes the growth of the Fort Dodge Young Life group to prayer. “My friends pray. I pray. We pray with the kids,” she said. In addition to those prayers, her church supports the group financially. Young Life youths pay their own way to camp, but financial assistance helps cover some costs. To raise additional money, the group hosts fundraising banquets. The banquets, which usually feature dessert and a program spotlighting the kids at

Holiday Mass Schedule

Immaculate Conception Christmas 2012 Vigil, Friday, December 7 Sacred Heart - 6:00 pm Corpus Christi - 5:30 pm

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Saturday, December 8 Sacred Heart - 8:00 am Corpus Christi - 12:05 pm

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Monday, December 24 Corpus Christi - 5:00 pm & 10:00 pm Sacred Heart - 5:00 pm & 9:00 pm St. Matthew - 5:00 pm

Tuesday, December 25 Corpus Christi - 9:00 am Christ the King - 8:00 am / OLGC 10:00 am Sacred Heart - 10:00 am Spanish Mass - 12 Noon

New Year’s 2012/2013 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Vigil, Monday, December. 31 Corpus Christi - 5:00 pm Sacred Heart - 6:00 pm Tuesday, January 1 Corpus Christi - 9:00 am Sacred Heart - 8:00 am Prison - 7:00 pm


Anyone wishing more information about Young Life can contact Martha Bice at 576-7062 or 570-1837.

Every summer the Fort Dodge Young Life group spends a week at the Young Life Castaway Camp on Pelican Lake in Minnesota. - submitted photo the First Presbyterian Church’s Christian Life Center, plays host to their parents. Young Life was founded in Texas in 1941 by Jim Rayburn, a Presbyterian, along with four other seminarians. “He said we need to start something that doesn’t bore kids and that they have fun at, yet they learn about Jesus Christ,” Bice said. It is a nondenominational Christ-centered organization with 25 camps throughout the United States, and other countries. “Young Life is all over the United States and in 75 countries. It is a huge organization.” But Bice’s joy isn’t centered in the organization’s breadth. Instead, it is anchored in her work with the young people. “It’s very natural for me to just hang with kids, talk to kids, love kids, not be judgmental, care about them,” said Bice. “I’m probably the glue that keeps it all going and it’s rewarding.”

About Martha Bice Martha Bice, 65, and her husband, Thomas Bice, who is a District Court judge, have been married for 42 years. They have two adult children, Laura and Andy, who have each belonged to Young Life and attended camp. For five summers, Laura Bice worked at Young Life camps. In addition to her church involvement, Bice is a member of Questers, an organization that studies antiques and history. She has also contributed nine years to the Fort Dodge Community School Foundation and is involved with the Blanden Memorial Art Museum.

239 N orth 11th St. • Fort D od ge • 576-2103 Christmas Eve: 4:00 pm - Family Service 11:00 pm - Candlelight Service

Christmas Day:

10:00 am - Service of Holy Communion

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ST. PAUL EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH 400 So. 13th St. • Fort Dodge, Iowa 955-7285 www.stpaulfd!stpaulfd.org

Please Join Us For Christmas! Cookie Walk and Bake Sale DECEMBER 8-9

ST. PAUL SCHOOL CHRISTMAS SERVICE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20 1:15 AND 6:30 P.M.

Children’s Christmas Eve Service MONDAY, DECEMBER 24 6:00 P.M.

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE MONDAY, DECEMBER 24 10:00 P.M.

CHRISTMAS DAY COMMUNION SERVICE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25 10:00 A.M.

NEW YEAR’S EVE

MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 7:00 P.M.

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Reaching Out to our neighbors in need.... With the holiday season upon us, it is time that we join forces to reach out to individuals and families in our community who are in need. When is the last time you heard of an adult struggling to provide a meal for their family or a child going to bed hungry? Have you wondered what you could do? HERE IS THE ANSWER– bring a non-perishable food item into one of the businesses listed on these pages, drop it in the provided box to be donated to the The Lord’s Cupboard. Collection boxes will be available at these businesses from November 16 - December 2, 2012. Join these businesses in reaching out to our neighbors in need. Help us fill all of the collection boxes. REACH OUT TODAY!

FORT DODGE PUBLIC LIBRARY Not just books... possibilities.

FRANK’S AUTO & TRUCK SALVAGE We Buy Junk Cars & Trucks

Paying Top $$$ For Scrap-Metal & Iron (Alum, Copper, Lead, Brass, Copper Wire, Electric Motors and Stainless Steel)

515-573-8167

424 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge, IA www.fortdodgeiowa.org/library Free WiFi Internet

• Tire & Lube Express Department • Pharmacy • Hearing Center • Deli & Bakery • Grocery Department • Portrait Studio • School Supplies

OPEN 24 HOURS

3036 1st Ave S • Fort Dodge • 515-576-7400

Taste How Much We Care™ 3048 5th Ave. South Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501

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* LICENCED DEMANUFACTURER OF APPLIANCES 3304 Gypsum Hollow Rd. Fort Dodge - 955-4477

Established 1985

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280 N. 1st St. • Fort Dodge

576-0142

2223 5th Ave S • Fort Dodge, IA 515-573-0199

“The Name Says It All!”


The Lord’s Cupboard Begun by the members of First United Methodist Church in the 1960's, the Lord's Cupboard continues as an ecumenical project of the Fort Dodge community serving individual and families in need of assistance. Canned goods, paper, personal products, small quantities of meat and dairy products, bread, potatoes, and baby needs are a part of the inventory maintained by the organization. Support comes from local churches, food drives, the Food Bank of Iowa, as well as individual and corporate financial contributions for the purchase of perishable items and other supplies not provided through material donations. Referrals to the Lord's Cupboard are made exclusively through Upper Des Moines Opportunities. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please call the church office or Upper Des Moines Opportunities for additional information.

Homespun Collection

Located in the Crossroads Mall - Fort Dodge (515) 573-7739 • M-F 10-9, Sat. 10-8, Sun. 12-6

SINCE 1953

Our store is decorated for Christmas and you’ll love all the holiday decor, greenery, wreaths, trees, santas and snowmen!

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COMPLETE AUTO REPAIR Complete Car Care Facility Lube, Oil & Filters Tune-ups We Honor Extended Warranty Contracts

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It’s the season of sparkling lights, twinkling, brilliant harbingers of the winter holidays, strung just about everywhere. Ever wonder what it takes to install all those lights, particularly the giant snowflakes that hang above the bridges of Fort Dodge? How about the decorations on that adorn Central Avenue and the side streets near downtown?

crew inspected the city’s various lighted displays, looking for blown bulbs or anything else that needed a fix before displays were installed throughout the city in mid-November. Back then, on some of October’s slow days, Mattke took on the early maintenance so the job of lighting all of this city’s key attractions didn’t overwhelm.

Here’s an answer: Steve Mattke. Mattke, city electrician in the Public Works Department, has been in charge of the behemoth task for more than 20 years. It is largely thanks to Mattke that each new holiday season is as sparkly as the last. As early as late October, Mattke and his

“Now is the time to get on the project,” Mattke said then. “So we are down in the basement as we can to get them out of storage in City Hall. They are leaned up against the wall. We plug them in and get through them all to make sure the bulbs are working properly.”

There are 100 lamps – or bulbs – on each decoration that hangs on the light poles. The decorations on First Avenue North and First Avenue South are lit with colored bulbs. They’re the original decorations that were first used on Central Avenue. The wreaths and bunting that decorate Central Avenue these days contain clear bulbs. Keeping all of them lit is no simple case of plugging in and hoping.

“We go through over 1,000 bulbs each year to replace the bulbs that do not work,” said Mattke. “We go through more of the clear bulbs than anything else, especially with the snowflake decorations.” It’s a job Mattke can’t handle alone, so he recruits other Public Works employees. People who work in other city departments – warehouse, sanitation, street, metering services, parking meter and other various other city staff – pitch in too. “Every year is different in regards to what is needed to pull this off so that it all goes up on time for the holidays,” said Mattke. The timeline target is to have them up and ready by the week of Thanksgiving, or a week and half before then.

Steve Mattke is the city electrician in the Public Works department and has been in charge of the city’s holiday decorations for more than 20 years. - photo by Meg Beshey

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It usually takes about a day and a half to put all of them up. This year, the crew worked towards completed installation by the middle of November. Typically, two crews work on the light poles. They have a process.


“They first start on Central Avenue and work on that downtown area until done,” said Mattke. “Then they move on to Veterans Bridge by the Crossroads Mall. Next they work to get the Kenyon Road Bridge done and then the Karl King Bridge. After that, they go to the Third Street Bridge, Hawkeye Avenue and then the area on North 15th Street near Oakland Cemetery and Gunderson Funeral Home.”

cialized equipment, the failure of that equipment can wreak havoc on the job. “We blew a hydraulic line a couple of years go. I was up in the bucket at the time, but was able to bring it down before it ran totally of fluid,” Mattke recalled. “I had other people with me at the time since we were putting up the decorations going across Central Avenue. Those decorations are the wreaths with the bunting together that stretch across the street.”

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Some installations are easier than others. “The most challenging location is that of Veterans Bridge,” said Mattke. “We try to get that one done first so we don’t have to fight the morning traffic. We start about 6 a.m. to get a head start.

Just like the lights people string about their homes, tangles can affect the process.

“Traffic is the biggest hurdle we have,” he said. “We are in people’s way and they don’t always appreciate us being in the way.”

Sometimes – but not very often – the decorations fail to light. Mattke said it’s rare.

Like any other project that relies on spe-

“It is rewarding to see the expressions on people’s – and especially little kids’ – faces when they see them lit up and on display,” he said. “I also realize that ... soon I’ll be taking them down.”

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Traffic is the biggest hurdle we have ... We are in people’s way and they don’t always appreciate us being in the way.

Weather can also play a role. “Weather can be either extreme cold, blustery winds or snow. Sometimes just positioning the truck close enough to hang these decorations is tough enough due to piled up snow some years,” said Mattke. Wind is a factor in that. “Just trying to hold onto them once up in the air is something else. For instance, trying to put it into the bracket on the light pole properly is really hard if it is really windy out.”

Dodge he is particularly pleased by the wreaths with bunting that span Central Avenue.

“It happens a little bit every once in a while,” Mattke admitted.

antique truck and cars. He likes to follow his kids at sporting activities, and he enjoys woodworking.

“At most maybe we might have had two or three instances, but not usually since we do go through them extensively,” he said. The “master” of these local holiday decorations said he is impartial when it comes to their appeal. “I really don’t have a favorite one,” he said. “I just hang them up for everyone to enjoy.” But question him further and Mattke admits that when he drives around Fort

Mattke says the lights occasionally get tangled, just like holiday lights in people’s homes. - photo by Hans Madsen

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How To Snowblow When the snow flies — or at least appears to be headed our way — do you think about your snow blower? You should. When the white stuff starts falling, you’ll be glad you made sure it’s snow-ready. Usually, it takes that first snowfall to get people excited about the snow blower, but taking advantage of nicer days is the best way to be prepared, according to a local expert. Andy Dunbar, of Dunbar Power Equipment, of Fort Dodge, has some advice for avoiding the mad rush when drifts are forming. “People drop off their snowblowers all year long to us,” he said. “Usually, we only see a mad rush when the weather turns cold.”

Andy Dunbar, of Dunbar Power Equipment, of Fort Dodge, provides advice for for maintaining a snowblower.

Good snow blower practices include keeping it ready at all times. “The No. 1 thing when you put away,” said Dunbar,

“drain the fuel on it every day. If a storm came in, it is important to have the fuel cleared out of the system. Snowblowers have the worst fuel problems ever, basically because it is stored for nine months and the long storage during the hot months is not good if fuel stays inside of it. “Trust me,” said Dunbar, “the day you want it to run it won’t work right if you don’t take care of it properly. Guaranteed.” So it’s been properly maintained and the big storm is coming, now what? “If you are ready to use it, practice using it. Just go and start it. Practice starting it on a nice day, not when there is a foot of snow on the ground,” Dunbar said. “Always fill it with fresh gas before using it and make sure it has oil in it too.” For safety’s

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sake, consider the things that may be under the snow. Dunbar suggests clearing the area of doormats, dog chains, string of lights lights, footballs and even dog toys. “You should also think about where you are going to put the snow when you do use the snowblower as well and the wind factor to determine where to send the snow.” How you stand when you operate the machine is important, he said. “Most of the time, be relaxed. Let the snowblower do most of the work. Let it do its thing and it will work properly. Most modern ones have ‘dead man’ switches on them; it won’t run without your touch.” If, for some reason, you do clog your

snowblower, never ever stick your hand into the snowblower, Dunbar said. Snow blowers have belt drives that are tension bound. If you get the clog out, then that spring releases and hands can be severely injured. According to Dunbar, the big new machines have an onboard tool to unclog it; smaller snowblowers do not. It is required by law to have one mounted on the machine. So say the snow has fallen and blustery winds are packing it down. How will you attack those drifts? If you have a big machine, let the snowblower do it. It can handle it just fine. If you’re using a small snowblower, you may need to chop the snowbank with a shovel first. Create just enough breaks in the drift that you can take it down with the snowblower with ease.

Dunbar said the type of snow can present varying issues too. “The wet snow is going to be a stress factor, no matter what. It does not throw as far as a drier snowfall. It is going to be more stressful and harder on the snowblower than on you, although some snowblowers do not handle wet snow well at all.” No matter what, he said, get rid of it before it freezes down and overnight. It will be much harder to get rid of in the morning when you are in a rush and need to get somewhere. So now the work is done. You are ready to put the machine away until the next big snow. What should you do now? “One thing that is helpful is to let it keep running, especially if it is covered in snow,” said Dunbar. “It is essential to let it sit running and let the vibrations shake the snow off the machine. The heat will help melt it off the unit.” But, Dunbar said, don’t refuel when the engine’s still hot. “We’ve had some come in to the shop where somewhere it had caught on fire because of this very situation,” he said. If you are thinking of buying a snowblower, Dunbar suggested asking your dealer for more information. “We are happy to educate them on it so they use it safely.”

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The holiday season, with its invitations to attend multiple holiday events, can be overwhelming. You’re invited to a friend’s home, a family member hosts a meal, and then there’s the office party. It seems that everywhere you turn there is food. How do you eat well, but stay healthy without starving yourself at the buffet? Chef Michael Hirst has some suggestions. Busy instructing his culinary students at the Iowa Central Community College Culinary Center, Hirst took a break while students prepped a meal for the Willow Ridge Golf Course dining room, their official training ground. He sat down to breathe and offer some gustatory strategies for dining your way through the holidays.

Here are some simple and healthy tips to keep in mind when you’re about to attend an event centered on eating and drinking. “First of all, the day of the event you need to start the day off with a small breakfast or a very light lunch. This helps balance things later when you eat at the event,” said Hirst. Second, don’t drink any alcohol before you go. You should never drink and then drive; not only is it against the law, it can also endanger your well-being. Another tip: do some household chores before you go to build an appetite. And dress comfortably. Leave the figure-hugging outfit in the closet. “Remember, you are not going to impress, you are going to enjoy. You will eat, so best not to be uncomfortable,” Hirst said. “You can also take a healthy appetizer to the event if okay with the host. For example, veggies on skewers as an alternative with a light spinach dip or some fruit options.” Once there, you should survey the menu for healthy options. If you’re at a restaurant, check out the selections, especially at the buffet. You can easily control what you eat in that situation versus a plated dinner. Save some room for dessert and stay away from the appetizers, particularly if they’re fried.

Chef Michael Hirst gives advice on how to conserve calories at holiday meals.

If you’re at someone’s home, check the array of food. You can control what you eat by simply making wise and moderate choices. But if your host loads up your plate, here’s a good tip:

Eat it slowly. “Don’t refuse or be rude about it,” said Hirst. “You could chew your peas for about 20 minutes.” If the meal is family-style, go easy on the meats and starches. At any event, there are things to look out for if you have special diet needs. For example, if you need to eat glutenfree, ask about ingredients, especially if a food is breaded. A host or restaurateur should be able to tell you what ingredients were used in the food. If a dinner event features mostly dishes laden with sauces – “Sauces can be on the side instead of on the top” – and desserts, consider ways to say “no thank you.” “Insist on small slices, small portions,” said Hirst. “Eat slowly to pace yourself with those who take the big portions. Water fills you up and keeps you from overeating too much. Never be rude to the host.” Avoid the whipped cream, he cautioned, but do sample your host’s offerings. “People love it when you at least try something they made. Sometimes you can try just a small bit.” From the perspective of hosting, consider what you can do to make the meal scrumptious and healthy. “Buy a real turkey, not a frozen broth-injected one. The broth used in frozen turkeys has too much salt in the broth.” Blanch vegetables in advance to retain their color and minerals. “You can zap them for 10 minutes in the microwave before the meal is served,” said Hirst.

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“Don’t keep them too hot. The longer they sit they discolor and lose the vitamins they have.” More suggestions? Use the meat juices and make your own stock. “Don’t use margarine, use real butter, especially for your baking,” said Hirst. “Margarine is three ingredients short of plastic. Even lard is healthier for you to use.” When you invite guests to eat at an event, ask if anyone has health or eating issues. Guests will appreciate the concern. “Absolutely ask if anyone has allergies. Knowledge in the kitchen is what is going to make a meal safer and more enjoyable for your guest. Most people are good about letting you know ahead of time, but they can forget too,” said Hirst. “One in five has some type of food allergy now in the American diet.”

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Here’s another thing to keep in mind: Guests will eat slower if plate is more presentable. “Even on a simple turkey plate, the people will eat what they see and appreciate it even more,” Hirst said. “Think of the plate like a frame; put the color around the protein. Drizzle the sauce on the food, yet don’t make the food swim in it.” And another tip: Don’t put gravy over the potatoes; it doubles the starch. Hirst said the healthiest holiday meal in his memory was a while ago. “I was still an apprentice chef at the time. We made a turkey filet mignon and parsnip-mashed potatoes with no gravy. The meat was seared and we boiled Brussel sprouts. This was at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on Christmas Day. It had a nice simplicity due to everything else being used for holiday meals for Christmas Eve. We sat on upturned pots to enjoy our meals as the chairs were used in the main dining room.” However, his favorite holiday treat of choice – Champagne – is not necessarily healthy. “The holidays are not the holidays for me without it,” said Hirst. “Fizzy grape juice, it’s a food.”

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Downtown Parking Lot Renovation Rebuilding One Quarter at a Time! Editor’s note: This is the first of a monthly series of articles on downtown Fort Dodge provided by Stephanie Houk Sheetz, senior city planner, and other city officials.

• Designed to generate turnover to give customers the opportunity to park as close as possible to the business they wish to visit,

The complete overhaul of a downtown parking lot is complete.

• Provide sufficient revenue to make the system self-sustaining and;

Lot 1 – at First Avenue North and North 10th Street – and was built around 1965. It is commonly referred to as the Brass Monkey Lot. It closed on Sept.17 for renovations. The project included complete removal of the old lot – tearing out old pavement, walls and broken sidewalk along First Avenue North. The parking lot was designed and rebuilt for current and future needs. With an appropriate base so it will last 40 years, with routine maintenance. The freshly renovated lot is intended primarily for permit parking but will also include some metered stalls for short-term parking as indicated with interior signs.

• Enforceable to monitor and enforce violations. Longer term parkers may park in public parking lots where all day parking is allowed at a reduced fee to the on-street parking. This system is supported and sustained by the people who use it, through the meter fees and monthly parking permits. Want to learn more about where the public parking lots are located? Those interested in learning more about available parking before venturing downtown should go to the Downtown webpage on the City of Fort Dodge’s web-

site. It includes a map of the parking lot locations. For those already in the area, new signs will be installed so that public parking lots are visible. Lot 1 will be the first with the new signs. More signs will be installed as the downtown parking system continues to be rebuilt. Renovating Lot 1 was made possible by the meters installed on Central Avenue from Seventh to Tenth streets in September 2011. The cost for the work was approximately $170,000. For more information about the Downtown Parking System or to see what tools are available for a business to market parking opportunities, visit the Downtown webpage on the City’s website.

Downtown Fort Dodge is similar to many towns built during the same era. As the years evolved, so have our parking lot needs. Many buildings were built during a time where parking was not needed. Therefore, on-site parking isn’t required, like in other areas of town. To address the concern over lack of downtown parking, the City established a public parking system. The system includes eight downtown parking lots, on-street time limits and metered parking on designated streets. In 2011 the City renovated the Downtown Parking System to achieve four basic goals: • Convenient for the customer with sufficient space available at cost effective and reasonable rates,

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Gingersnaps for the Holidays ‘Tis the season to eat yummy, fahlah-lah-lah-lah, lah-lah-lah yum. Here’s a great recipe for gingersnaps and a good one for creating a classic gingerbread-type cookie too. It’s a traditional recipe that got a little tweak – just traditional enough to serve for the holidays, but addictive enough to make the rest of the year. So beware. The first batch might just be so good you’ll have to bake another. Ingredients: 1 C. shortening 1 ½ C. boiling water 1 ½ C. brown sugar ½ tsp. baking soda 3 eggs (beaten) 5 C. sifted flour 1 T. ginger 2 tsp. baking powder ½ C. dark molasses 1 ½ tsp. salt 1 T. cinnamon

These cookies bake well and have a great texture. They also freeze well and make a great easy gift to have on hand to give to those unexpected holiday guests when they drop by. Put some into treat bags and have those in a basket near the door as a seasonal thank you to those that deliver the newspaper, the mail, or packages.

May your Christmas be merry and sweet.

Cream the shortening and add brown sugar and mix well. Add the eggs and blend together. Mix the ginger with the molasses and add to creamed mixture. Add boiling water while stirring. Sift remaining dry ingredients together. Add to the creamed mixture and mix. Drop by spoon on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 425 for 10-12 minutes. These can be frosted with powdered sugar icing or eaten plain. You can dip the spoonfuls of batter into sugar first before baking. Another option is to frost them with coffee-flavored icing, then top with nuts. 44

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Time for Year-end Review of Your Financial Strategy? Now that 2012 is drawing to a close, you may want to review the progress you’ve made this past year in many areas of your life — including your financial situation. By going over your investment portfolio and other key areas related to your finances, you can learn what moves you may need to make in 2013 to stay on track toward your important objectives, such as college for your children, a comfortable retirement and the ability to leave the type of legacy you desire. To get a clear picture of where you are, consider asking yourself these questions: Am I taking on too much risk? Although 2012 has generally been a pretty good year for investors, we’ve certainly seen periods of considerable volatility. During these times, did you find yourself constantly fretting about big drops in your portfolio value? In fact, have you consistently experienced this type of worry throughout your years as an investor? If so, you might be taking on too much risk for your individual risk tolerance. Review your holdings to determine if you can lower your risk level without jeopardizing your overall investment strategy.

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“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields,

that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’ ”

-Lewis Carroll

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GUNDERSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES Invites You To...

A TimeFor Angels 2012 Service Of Remembrance Sunday, December 2 • 1:30 p.m. St. Olaf Lutheran Church 239 No 11th St., Fort Dodge

The holidays are a difficult time for those who have lost someone loved. The staff of Gunderson Funeral Home invites you to attend our annual

“A

Time For Angels”

a service of remembrance in honor of those who have died and in support of those who still live.

The program will feature music and an inspirational message of hope from the

Rev. David Grindberg & Father Shane Deman

The program will be followed by a presentation of an angel ornament to each family to take home and place on their tree for their own family gathering. We hope you, your family and friends will join us. Please call us with any questions or to request your own angel ornament for your family.

1615 North 15th Street • Fort Dodge • 576-7128

December 2012 Today Magazine  

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