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It’s been a great run Athletes, fans and students bid a fond farewell to Jeff Gym By Troy Banning Daily Freeman-Journal Sports Editor WEBSTER CITY – The line began to form sometime in the middle of the afternoon. It started at the front door, worked its way through the main parking lot and headed down Des Moines Street. Tip-off was still four hours and change away and yet mobs of people, already with tickets in hand, were lined up in the hope of getting a good seat. Forget that it was the middle of winter, or that it was just a firstBob round Class Josten 3A boys’ district basketball game. On that day — Feb. 28, 2000 — it was the place to be in Central Iowa. Bob Josten, then the


- Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Troy Banning

Lynx fans packed the stands at one of the final wrestling meets to be held in Jeff Gym this winter. head boys’ coach at Webster City, remembers the day vividly. His seventhranked Lynx were set to host No. 3 Forest City in a win-or-go-home format that had been the talk of the prep landscape for months. Two stellar programs meeting in the first round. It was crazy, or so most fans thought. “That game is definitely etched in my mind for various reasons,” Josten, the

Lynx head coach from 1976-2003, said recently. “It was just an unbelievable event. There were people tailgating with grills and campers set up in the parking lot, and we never sold one ticket to the game that day. If you didn’t have a ticket before that day, you weren’t going to get admitted. And I can remember Dr. Kay Forsythe, then the superintendent, working with the Fire Marshall and the fire depart-

ment to make sure that we had a safe limit (of spectators) there.” The north side of the gymnasium was a sea of red, while the south side was blanketed with purple and gold. And amongst the home crowd was then University of Iowa head coach Steve Alford; yes, the game brought the big guns out to see what all the commotion was about. The final: Forest City 59, Webster City 56.

But now more than a decade later, that is what’s remembered least about that night. The electric crowd, the raucous sounds, the idea that so many people showed up to see it that a projection screen had to be put in place in the multi-purpose gymnasium to accommodate the overflow crowd — those are the memories that race to the forefront. And it all happened at the place everyone affec-

tionately calls Jeff Gym. For the past 69 years, Jefferson Gymnasium has been the place to be in Webster City on cold Tuesday, Friday and even Saturday nights in the dead of winter. Basketball — both high school and junior college — was the venue’s first love, but over time it has become the home to many great wrestling and volleyball memories as See GYM, Page 3

Table of Contents It’s been a great run (Jeff Gym).................................................................. Page 2 A new era for WCHS (New competition gym)............................................. Page 4 Behind the construction (Peterson Construction) ........................................Page 5 Committed to building relationships..............................................................Page 7

Customizing for you (KHI Financial Solutions)...............................................Page 8 Bringing a specialty to patients (Van Diest Medical Center)..........................Page 9 Helping patients heal (McFarland Physical Therapy)....................................Page 11 Financial guidance (Darlene Johnson CPA).................................................Page 12

On our cover, Webster City High School senior Jonny Davis leaves Jeff Gym.


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- Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Anne Blankenship

Jeff Gym home. John Ptacek was the catalyst for the successful Lynx teams of the 1950s before he moved on to play at Iowa State University, and he held the distinction of being the program’s all-time leading point producer for more than 40 years. Jared Josten, the son of former coach Bob Josten who later went on to start at the University of Northern Iowa, came along in late 2000 and began his assault on the record book. And with Ptacek seated in the Jeff Gym balcony on a winter night in 2003, Josten moved past him to the top of the scoring list. Standing nearby in uniform that night was Brock Jacobson, and he too drained shot after shot, night after night, until he became a prestigious member of the top-three scores club two years later before he embarked on his own career at Iowa State.

The rounded dome entrance to Jefferson Gym greeted students and sports fans for nearly 70 years. Once Star athletes the new competition gym at the high school is finished, most events will be moved to the new venue. Jeff Yes, Jeff Gym has seen Gym will still be used for middle school activities. its fair share of star athwell. was complete in 1943, the on Wednesday with games Murray said. “It was his letes, but every communiBut with the new gym- estimated cost was in the every day until the cham- gym. Period. Everyone ty has its own household nasium at the Webster vicinity of $150,000, with pionship on Saturday was terrified of him. That names without the sort of City High School nearly the WPA and the school evening,” Murray McMur- floor just had a sheen to it reverence that Webster complete, Jeff Gym will district splitting the costs. ray, a lifelong Webster when Charlie was in City holds for its own. The say goodbye to being the The spacious two-level City resident, said. “Kids charge and there was nev- reason is simple – the gym primary athletic facility of gymnasium complete with in the middle school er a thing out of place or hasn’t played a supporting the Lynx this winter. What a large stage at the east (Washington Central at the that didn’t work. role over the years. It’s began in December of end was to accommodate time) were allowed to “You see, it really was- been the co-star, and not 1943 has brought cher- more than 2,000 specta- watch games during their n’t Jeff Gym. It was really for just the home team and ished memories to thou- tors. P.E. class and it was al- Parrish Gym.” its players and fans. sands of residents, both The lower level of the current and former, and new building was for inmany of them echo the dustrial and farm work same sentiment: It’s so shops, and a ramp with hard to say goodbye. double doors was con“I cherish boyhood structed at the entrance to memories of both watch- allow for large vehicles ing great basketball play- used on farms to be ers and my own modest housed. career on that court,” John The new gymnasiumHalverson, a member of auditorium was officially the WCHS Class of 1972, opened for business on said. “Take care of the old Dec. 3, 1943, when Webgirl; she deserves re- ster City – the state runJohn Halverson, spect.” ner-up the previous season Webster City High School with now WCHS Hall of WPA project member Bill Fame Class of 1972 The new gymnasium Chauncey in uniform – will be a state-of-the-art hosted defending state facility that school offi- champion Mason City in cials envision as one of front of a standing-room most as much fun as There are also a handful Cory Bargfrede left Fort the best athletic arenas in only crowd. The Mohawks watching the World Se- of future NBA players that Dodge St. Edmond High the state. Interestingly won the first-ever game in ries, (and) I still remember played in the theater-style School in the spring of enough, Jeff Gym was the building, 31-22, but a player named Cahalan, a gymnasium over the 2000 with a diploma and a projected as a one-of-a- over the years the Lynx lefty from Mason City (Ju- years. Mel Daniels, a fu- state basketball champikind modern facility as had more celebrations nior College) scoring 55 ture NBA All-Star with onship in tow. The Gaels well when its plan was than disappointments. points one afternoon. He the Indiana Pacers, played won the Class 2A state tifirst introduced to the pubcouldn’t miss.” for the Burlington Black- tle in March of 2000, and lic in February of 1941. Junior college home McMurray was refer- hawks in the Junior Col- they accomplished it after Then simply known as Jeff Gym was also the ring to Joe Cahalan, who lege State Tournament. a highlight-reel filled seathe gymnasium-auditori- home of the Webster City made 24 shots from the Bobby Joe Hill played on son that included a sevenum at Washington Central Junior College, which field and 7 of 9 free that same Burlington team overtime loss to Algona – it didn’t inherit the would play the second half throws in a 115-92 victory before he moved on to Bishop Garrigan and one moniker of Jefferson of a doubleheader follow- over Waldorf Junior Col- Texas Western College very memorable setback Gymnasium until years ing the boys’ game, and it lege during the second where he helped the Min- inside the four walls of later – the building was a was also the host of the round of the tournament ers win the 1966 NCAA Jeff Gym. Works Progress Adminis- Junior College State Tour- on Feb. 15, 1962. championship – the story “I remember it was my tration (WPA) project that nament for a number of Or there was the time that was later made into 18th birthday, January 7th, began in the summer of years. The state tourna- when hometown boy and the movie Glory Road. and it was a highly antici1941. ment was a local fan fa- Iowa Central Community Nick Collison, now of pated game because WebThe WPA – a govern- vorite even before Paul College player Marty Es- the Oklahoma City Thun- ster City was ranked in the ment agency at the time Shupe took over as head lick pumped in 49 points der ran the hardwood in top five in 3A and we were that employed millions of coach of the Webster City in a 95-83 victory over Jeff Gym during his days in the top 10 in 2A, plus it workers to carry out pub- Junior College in 1960, Waldorf on Nov. 19, 1973, at Iowa Falls High School. was a huge rivalry,” lic works projects, includ- and once the Indians be- inside Jeff Gym. So did Greg Brunner at Bargfrede said of the trip ing the construction of came a contender the And all that time, Mc- Charles City before he he and his team took to public buildings – pledged stands were packed from Murray says one man kept went on to an all-Big Ten Jeff Gym that year. “It was $60,000 for the building, the beginning to the end of the gymnasium afloat. His career at the University of a back and forth game, while the school district the four-day tournament. name was Charlie Parrish. Iowa. and what I most remember passed a bond issue for “Everyone in town “Charlie was the janitor The three greatest scor- is late in the fourth quarter another $60,000. looked forward to the all- of Jeff Gym for as long as ers in the history of Web- going in for a 20-second By the time construction day tournament starting I could remember,” Mc- ster City basketball called timeout and we were all

“I cherish boyhood memories of both watching great basketball players and my own modest career on that court. Take care of the old girl; she deserves respect.”

standing around coach (Adolph) Kochendorfer and all I could see were his lips moving. I couldn’t hear what he was saying because it was so loud. All you could hear was the yelling of the crowd and your ears were just ringing.” Kochendorfer, the longtime coach at St. Edmond, remembers that game and others inside Jeff Gym as well. His last trip into the hallowed halls – a 56-53 overtime loss to the Lynx in January – is not likely to be one of his fondest memories, but he says it was always a destination that elicits fond memories. “It was always a neat place to play, and the way it’s set up with the oldfashioned seating and things like that, made it a special place,” Kochendorfer says. “I had some relatives that used to come and watch games and they always talked about Jeff Gym and what a neat place it was.” Bob Josten echoed Kochendorfer’s sentiments, but he thinks the fan support from the community brought just as big of an advantage, if not bigger, than the cozy accommodations. “The crowd and the atmosphere that the fans generated are what gave (Webster City) the homecourt advantage,” Josten said. “It was just a great place to play basketball, and as the time approaches to the end of the high school using the facility it’s remembered the same way as places like the old Vets Auditorium (in Des Moines), or Hinkle Fieldhouse (in Indiana) where Butler University still plays today are remembered. I think you can draw those similarities.”

Out with a bang Jeff Gym is going out with a bang, rather than a whimper, too. In October of last year, the Webster City volleyball team celebrated its first North Central Conference championship in 25 years in front of its home crowd. Late last month, the Lynx wrestling program packed the house for the final regular season dual against Clarion-Goldfield – a battle that brought head coach Ted Larson and his bunch a share of the league’s dual championship just five days after it won the NCC tournament. And at present time, the Webster City boys’ basketball team finds itself at the top of the conference standings. It all happened in Jeff Gym. What started in 1943 ends in 2012. And one thing, above all else, holds true. It’s been a great run.

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A new era for WCHS By Troy Banning Daily Freeman-Journal Sports Editor A vision that began five years ago is a mere four months from becoming a reality. And it’s big, accompanied by enough bells and whistles to keep everyone happy. Webster City Superintendent Mike Sherwood says the new addition at the high school — a building estimated to be 40,000 square feet in size — that includes what he expects will be one of the Mike premier gymSherwood nasiums in the state is set for completion sometime in mid-June. That means, beginning with the 2012 volleyball season, the Webster City Lynx will have a new place to call -Submitted photos home very soon. And at Pictured is a renduring created by FEH Associates Inc., the architectural firm hired by Webster City Schools for the design process. Su19,000 square feet in size, perintendent Mike Sherwood said that he expects the building to be one of the premier gymnasiums in the state. it’s a home that will dwarf every other gymnasium in fully entice the state’s two wouldn’t have looked at the the North Central Confer- high school athletic govern- video system, but it’s going ence. ing bodies — the Iowa High to be very popular with the “We’re all very excited School Athletic Association students.” about the project and we’re and the Iowa Girls High The HD cameras will send anticipating its completion,” School Athletic Union — to the picture to the WCTV Sherwood said recently dur- utilize the gymnasium for production studio, where ing a tour of the new facility. postseason contests in vol- students will be able to im“It’s been a long work in leyball, basketball and mediately produce replays progress. We started this wrestling. Not only would that will then be transferred conversation about five that bring revenue to the to the video board in the years ago, and the communi- school, but also to the com- gymnasium. ty did a great job supporting munity if several thousand “Not many high school the project. out-of-town fans visit. students have the opportuni“We’re excited about the “We plan on inviting both ty that our kids have here on opportunity this gym pres- the boys and girls unions up the production side,” Sherents, not only just for the here to tour the facility once wood said. school, but for the commu- it’s completed,” Sherwood Technological advances nity as well.” said. will also allow the school to General contractor PeterThe sheer size of the facil- store two wrestling mats, as son Construction began ity will also lessen the bur- well as the competition volwork on the project in early den on the always present leyball net and posts high October of 2010. The esti- over-crowding dilemma that above the playing floor, and mated budget by the school the school has faced when it they will be lowered down district was set at $13 mil- comes to practice. Jeff Gym by remote control. The difThe Webster City High School competition gym is slated for completion somelion, but Peterson Construc- will still be used for middle ferent lighting configuratime in mid-June. And at 19,000 square feet in size, it’s a home that will dwarf tion came in with a winning school and non-varsity ac- tions possible will allow for every other gymnasium in the North Central Conference. bid of just under $8 million, tivities, while the new gym spotlights to be used during and Sherwood wrestling dusays that has als. Outside allowed the of the gymnaschool to sium, a total of build exactly six new locker what it wants rooms have along with the been built for benefit of boys’ and adding amenigirls’ varsity ties that will and junior varserve not only Mike Sherwood sity programs, Jayme Burford, Dr. Subhash Sahai, Dr. Sushma Sahai, the communiWebster City Schools Superintendent as well as two M.S.N., C.N.M. M.D., FAAP M.D., ABFP ty, but the stucoaches’ lockdents academPediatrics Certified Nurse er rooms. Family Practice, OB ically. Midwife will be capable of transition- There will also be a training “We were very fortunate ing into two college-sized room, multiple bathrooms, that we got in a competitive practice basketball courts — three coaches offices for all Dr. Nikki Ehn bid climate with very com- there will be a total of eight varsity sports – excluding M.D. petitive interest rates at the basketball hoops — and wrestling, which opted to reFamily Practice, OB time when we sold our three full-sized practice vol- main in a recently renovated (Starting in August 2012) bonds, so we haven’t had to leyball courts. section of the original buildcut any corners,” Sherwood The gymnasium that was ing — and a sound system said. Some of the addi- already present at the high room, just to name a few. • Complete OB Care tional funds were used to school recently had a Two concession stands add 580 parking stalls on the makeover as well with new have also been constructed, • Pediatrics high school grounds, and the flooring and lighting. • Women’s Health Management the main one at the west endistrict was also able to work And come game night, trance. Near that concession • Menopause Management with the city to build new fans will be treated to state- stand, which sits just outside tennis courts. of-the-art sound and video the main entrance to the “There should be some rev- throughout the arena. An gymnasium, will be a largeenue left when we’re done to acoustical engineer was screen HD television on the do some work on other brought in to furnish the wall that can broadcast the buildings as well,” Sher- gymnasium with premium events inside. wood said. But what sound, and a large high defiA new trophy case, along is the new building, particu- nition video board will sit with an area designated for larly the gymnasium, going alongside a scoreboard on the WCHS Hall of Fame, to look like upon its comple- the east wall. will also sit just outside the tion? With a seating caSherwood says there will gym’s main entrance. pacity of 2,250, the new ath- be seven HD cameras in use A new lobby for the Prem letic facility — which will during activities — two at Sahai Auditorium is also be air-conditioned — will each end and three in the part of the expansion, and it feature purple and gold- rafters. The new video ca- is where the second concesstriped bleachers on both pabilities will not only en- sion stand will be housed. sides, and an additional 500 hance the spectators’ enjoyThe final touches will be theatre chairs — similar to ment, but will also serve an put in place over the next those at the back of the first academic purpose. A fourth four months. The basketball level inside Jefferson Gym- year of WCTV will be added hoops have already been innasium — will be housed on to the curriculum where sen- stalled, and all of the floorthe home side of the arena. ior students will be able to ing around the gym is exTeams will also have seating work on the production side pected to be completed in on the floor, and the media of live activities. February. The custom gym will work from the floor as “We tried to build a facili- floor will be installed in well. The floor will be ty that not only compliment- March and April, and the 120 feet long with a college- ed our extra-curricular pro- bleachers are expected to be sized basketball court of 94 grams, but also compliment- put in place in May and feet, and approximately 10 ed our academic program,” June. ½ feet from the baseline to Sherwood said. “The addiSherwood said there have the wall at both ends of the tion of our camera systems, been informal discussions gymnasium. When Webster our high-end video systems, on an open house or public City hosts the NCC compliments our academic ceremony once the addition wrestling tournament in Jan- programs. is completed, but nothing uary 2013, three full-sized “We’re very fortunate to has been finalized. mats will be able to run the have a WCTV studio infull length of the floor. house that allows us to do Contact Troy Banning at The larger seating space, some things. 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Behind the construction Peterson Construction hard at work in WC By CARRIE OLSON Daily Freeman-Journal Staff Writer Peterson Construction has been hard at work in Webster City during the past year — working on projects for Webster City High School, First State Bank and Town & Country Insurance. And many area residents are anticipating the completion of the new competition gymnasium. Joel Webster Peterson City Schools Superintendent Mike Sherwood said that the high school project is still on target with a completion date set for mid-June. Joel Peterson said that the company is continuing to work on the mechanical piping and electrical systems, which will be an ongoing process until the building is completed. "Some of the terrazzo flooring is being installed and the supports for the basketball hoops have been put up," he said. "You can actually see some of the finished look." Being on target is partially due to the nice winter weather the area has experienced. "Last fall, as we worked towards enclosure, at any point the weather could have turned on us," Peterson said. "We could have been forced into putting up temporary walls to protect the building. But as it was, with the great weather we had, we were able to just keep working on the true enclosure." Right before it turned cold, Peterson said that the

aluminum entrances were set and the glass was installed. "The only thing you see when driving by is the plywood pieces for the doors so that we have good access," he said. The crews did not want to put on the finished doors and ding them up during construction activities. Peterson said that all the brick and exterior block has been completed. All areas that people see with plywood or wrapped with Tyvek will receive metal panels which will be installed in the next few weeks. He said that the main ob-

the addition are put together, Peterson said that he thinks the public will be impressed. "For instance, the terrazzo flooring is not just a plain white floor. There is a design in it with bans of purple," he said. "It's those little finishing touches that will add to the first impression." He said that the Webster City gymnasium will be the envy of other districts. "There is nothing comparable to it in the area," Peterson said. "We have always enjoyed doing local projects and this will certainly be a significant one for us."

“There is nothing comparable to it in the area” Joel Peterson Peterson Construction jective in the gymnasium is to make sure none of the gym activities take longer than need be. "The unique thing with a gym is that the wood floor can't be put down until everything is up in the ceiling," he said. "Then the gym floor has to be painted, sealed and finished before the bleachers can be put together." Wire and brackets for the high-definition camera systems will start being installed the first week of February. The sound system would also be shipped and installed in February. "All of the sequential items in the gym are the focus so that we don't lose any days," Peterson said. When all of the pieces of

-Daily Freeman-Journal file photos

ABOVE: Joel Peterson, Jake Peterson and Gerald Peterson look over plans for the Webster City High School competition gymnasium project. BELOW: A Nov. 15, 2011 file photo shows the progress of the competition gym. Since that time, it has been enclosed and finishing touches to the addition are taking place.

First State Bank The First State Bank in Webster City has been in the process of remodeling for the past year. Peterson said that it is nearly finished with the exception of a few details. "Looking back at it now, the addition certainly fits the building and serves the purposes of the bank very well," he said. "It gave them excellent office space that they needed." Bank personnel have moved into the new space, and Peterson Construction is finishing up with the mechanical and electrical systems that are common to the old and new areas. Contact Carrie Olson at or call 832-4350.

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Committed to building relationships First State Bank and Town & Country Insurance expand to meet customer needs By ANNE BLANKENSHIP Daily Freeman-Journal Managing Editor Big things have been going on at First State Bank and Town & Country Insurance in Webster City year. this Both have expanded facilities to better meet the needs of Dave their cusTaylor tomers. Seven new offices, restrooms and workrooms have been added at First State Bank. The expansion moved the outer wall of the bank east, adding 2,000- square feet to the building. “We kept growing and were using the lower level a lot,” said Dave Taylor, president. We thought it would be nice to get some of those employees upstairs, giving our customers better access to those folks.” The entire loan department has been grouped in the new section of offices, Taylor said. “We're able to work a little more closely now and hopefully, it will be a little more efficient for us, too,” he said. The new office space also creates a more private space for customers as they meet with loan officers. Earlier in the year, Town and Country Insurance, lo-


cated just across the street from First State Bank, unveiled its new expansion. An additional 6,000-square feet made room for offices, work areas and a new conference room. “We're very excited about how that turned out,” He said. “The staff loves the space. There's a nice meeting room, and everything looks nice. It's a great facility. “We're grateful that the ownership have allowed us grow and expand at Town and Country Insurance,” he said. “They've allowed us to do the same on this side of the street, too.” First State Bank was established in 1935. It is locally owned by the Van Diest family. Bob Van Diest serves as the chairman of the board. When Van Diest became the owner in 1976, the bank’s assets totalled $22 million. Today, the assets total $284 million. In addition to Webster City, First State Bank has locations in Stanhope, Eagle Grove, Fort Dodge and Story City. A new location in Clarion will open March 22. First State Bank employs 96 people, who have worked for the bank for an average of eight years. Thirty employees have 10 years with the firm, while 11 employees have more than 20 years of service to their credit. The banking industry continues to change and evolve, but Taylor said the

- Daily Freeman-Journal photos by Anne Blankenship

ABOVE: First State Bank, on the corner of Second and Seneca streets, added 2,000square feet of space to their existing building this year. LEFT: Dave Taylor, standing left, First State Bank president, gathers with some of the longtime bank employees, from left, Linda Cormaney, Alberta Voge, Linn Lilienthal, Barb Anderson, Will Johnston, Glenda Denise Wehrhhan, Shehorn and Jane Felts. bright and shining star continues to be agriculture. “Electrolux leaving the community has made it tough for Webster City, but agriculture has been good and most of the commercial businesses are doing well,” he said. Mobile banking continues to grow. “It's starting to get big now with hand-held smart phones. People are gradu-

ally working towards that,” he said. Internet banking and online billpaying continue to give customers many options for handling their financial affairs, he said. Even with all of the advances and changes to the way customers handle their banking tasks, one thing has remained a constant — the importance of building strong face-to-

face relationships with customers. “That's something that's going to continue for us and something we've built our model on,” he said. “Our business is relationship driven. We try to hire people who can develop relationships and take care of people.” “Computers allow people to do their banking at their convenience in their

homes. But we still hope that it's still relationship driven,” said Taylor. “When people think of First State Bank we don't want them to just think of the building. We want customers to think of the people they know inside who are there to help them,” he said. Contact Anne Blankenship at or call 832-4350.


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Bringing a specialty to area patients Sangeev Gupta begins urology clinic at Van Diest Medical Center By ANNE BLANKENSHIP Daily Freeman-Journal Managing Editor Finding specialists in rural settings isn't always easy. Often, patients are forced to travel to larger, metropolitan hospitals if the care is not available locally. But Hamilton County patients and those in surrounding areas, have a wide variety of specialty clinics to choose from at Van Diest Medical Center. Physicians specializing in orthopedics, cardiology, neurology, podiatry and others disciplines see patients in Webster City on a regular basis. Dr. Sangeev Gupta, a urologist, recently started offering a clinic at VDMC once a month. The physician was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in southern Florida. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa and attended medical school at the University of Miami. He started his residency at Tulane University in New Orleans. But when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Gupta transferred to the U of I. “Then I finished up my residency here in Iowa,” he said. Gupta now lives and practices in Dubuque. The physician is no stranger to Webster City. He spent time in the community when he was growing up with his aunts, uncles and cousins — the Sahai family. “I love Webster City. When I was younger, I spent some summer vacations here and I used to go down Hospital Hill a lot back in the day,” he said.

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“I knew Webster City wasn't too far away from Dubuque, and my uncles were here, so I started a clinic here,” he said. Gupta said the practice of urology encompasses everything to do with the genital-urinary tract. “That includes the kidneys, bladder, the penis and the testicles,” he said. “Many times we see people who have difficulty urinating, those who have difficulty with stones, pain, fertility issues, renal or bladder tumors and urinary tract infections.” “We treat patients for a variety of conditions, both men and women, and a variety of ages.” Gupta is in Webster City one Thursday per month. For more information on his clinic, call 832-7746. Contact Anne Blankenship at or call 832-4350.

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Helping patients heal McFarland Clinic physical therapists make life easier By CARRIE OLSON Daily Freeman-Journal Staff Writer At McFarland Clinic in Webster City, there are three physical therapists whose goal is to maximize the quality of life for area residents. They are: Jessica Hrnicek, DPT; Amy Johnson, DPT; and Dani Kohl, DPT. And they strive to work with each client in an individualized and customized fashion. "We personally treat each patent like we would want to be treated," Kohl said. "With respect, kindness and the willingness to answer all the patient's questions. And if we can't answer them, we are resourceful and get the patient to someone who can help him or her." "We like to get to know them as a person, not just as a patient," added Johnson. Hrnicek said that at an initial visit, the patient is educated regarding their diagnosis, plan of care, the length of physical therapy time and their expected rehab outcomes. "We do our best to accommodate the patient's schedule to make it less of a burden to get to physical therapy," she said. Specialities And while each therapist works with a variety of clients with different needs, each of the three women have specialties as well. Hrnicek works with lumbo-pelvic assessment and treatment, vertigo and Pelvicore therapy. Pelvicore therapy works


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with weak or imbalanced core muscles which can lead to problems such as back low pain, knee pain and Dani pelvic floor Kohl dysfunction. Working the core will protect the body from injury, make improvement in everyday activities and improve overall biomechanics health. It enhances strength, coordination and balance of core muscles — abdominals, hips, back, butt and pelvic floor. Kohl specializes in orthopedics, shoulders, feet and ankles and headache management. She is also a certified ergonomics assessment specialist and is certified in ASTYM. ASTYM System is a rehabilitation treatment that provides a breakthrough in the way soft tissue injuries are treated. It identifies and treats abnormal soft tissue, tapping into the body's natural healing process to enable rapid return to activity, free from pain and limitations. It can resolve tough cases, even in chronic situations. Kohl said that it is effec-

tive as a first choice and last resort treatment and is supported through scientific research, outcomes data and substantial clinical experience. ASTYM works well with people who have diagnoses such as carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints or postsurgical scarring. Knee, hip replacements With many local residents finding themselves in the surgical room for knee or hip replacements, the physi-Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Carrie Olson cal therapy department helps patients get back to Cody Bertran, of Webster City, receives physical therapy treatment from Jessica Hrnicek at McFarland Clinic. their normal selves. "We focus on restoring function and getting the patient back to the activities that they need to do and the activities they enjoy," Hrnicek said. "Each patient will have individualized, direct therapeutic exercises to improve strength, flexibility, motion, endurance and balance," added Kohl. And while each patient receives their therapy at the clinic — they need to follow through with their individualized therapy at home. "We offer individualized home exercise programs detailed with exercise photos and instructions, or handouts for improving scar mobility, coordination and nerve desensitization," Kohl said. Johnson said that clients pick a handful of exercises that can be done in a reasonable amount of time, and progress to different exercises for variety and a higher challenge.

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McFarland "We also discuss their roll in their rehab," she added.

Exercises The McFarland Clinic therapists agreed that it is important to keep moving — at any age. "Stay active," Kohl said. "If you don't use it, you will lose it." "As we age we start to lose rotational movements and eventually side-to-side


tra record keeping and I thought that this is the place I could get that help and there’s also the tax help here,” said Evans. He said he was glad to find someone locally to work with. “I saw Darlene’s ad in the paper, and here I am,” he said. Johnson said she’s helped Evans set up a chart of accounts to help him track expenses and income. Since he’s expanding his business, Johnson said Evans will have to file tax and payroll information as an employer. “It’s a lot more tedious as an employer than when you have contract labor,” she said. Johnson plans to visit Evans’ farm soon, so she can see his farming operation. “I believe that if I spend some time out there and see what he’s doing, then I can help him make better financial decisions,” she said. “Small businesses in this economy need to know where every dollar is,” she said. “They need to have a good accounting system.” Evans said he was

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movements decreasing balance and strength and increasing joint stiffness," Hrnicek said. Tips for keeping in shape? "Walking is a great exercise," she said. "Make sure you are swinging your arms to maintain your rotational mobility. Slowly increase the length of your stride to maintain side-to-side stability." Kohl said to exercise at

least 30 minutes a day. "That 30 minutes can be broken up at different times of the day (15 minutes in the morning, 15 at night). To schedule an appointment with one of the three therapists at McFarland Physical Therapy in Webster City, call them at 8328484. Contact Carrie Olson at or call 832-4350.

pleased to find someone who could help him with his bookkeeping. “There were so many things that I didn’t have nailed down,” Evans said. “I needed to bring my recording keeping up a level and I didn’t know how to do that.” Johnson said she is currently accepting new clients and encouraged any farmers in need of tax services to contact her. She said she also works with individuals who may need help with monthly payments and accounts. To contact Johnson, call 832-1229. Contact Anne Blankenship at or call 832-4350.

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