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LocaL coLor 1 0 c Class Notes: Meet Scott Kehrberg by Madi Anderson 1 2 c Student Spotlight: Samantha Lennon by Madi Anderson 2 0 c Faith Matters: Guderian volunteers for church she grew up in by Robert Wolf 2 4 c Volunteer: Lois Harvey, 14 years as a Foster Grandparent by Robert Wolf

FEaTUrE arTicLEs 3 0 c Cover story Husbands and wives share their advice for lasting love by Dawn Bliss 3 3 c Fort Dodge Traditional Neighborhoods: The eighth of a 13-part series Southside offers proximity to shopping, recreation and school by Dawn Bliss

ThE good LiFE 3 8 c Culinary Corner: Diner offers heaping helpings of food and family love by Dawn Bliss 4 1 c Home Style: Paper can keep memories forever by Dawn Bliss 4 4 c Health Matters: Establishing good dental habits that last for years to come by Dawn Bliss 4 8 c Around Town: Downtown Facade Improvements by Stephanie Houk Sheetz 5 0 c Money Matters: Investors can learn from Super Bowl teams courtesy of Edward D. Jones on ThE covEr

Glen and Marjory Thompson have been married for 70 years. Supporting each other and not holding grudges are essential to lasting love, they said. - Photo by Dawn Bliss Fort Dodge Today



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contributors Dawn Bliss, an Otho native, recently returned to Fort Dodge from North Carolina after completing active duty service with the U.S. Army. She deployed three times, once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. Prior to enlisting, she was a staff writer for The Messenger from 2000 to 2008.

Amelia "Amy" Presler is the youngest of 10 children by Jack and Virginia Presler. If you talk to her long enough, she will find the connection you have to one of her sisters or brothers – much like six degrees of separation, but in this case, one degree of separation via sibling. Her favorite pastime is reading and her tastes range from historical novels to contemporary family dramas to spy thrillers. Amy works at the Fort Dodge Public Library, which has an outstanding collection of reading material for every age and type of reader and if you come in, she’ll be glad to help you find something to read.

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.

Stephanie Houk Sheetz has lived in Fort Dodge for four years. She works for the City of Fort Dodge in the Business Affairs & Community Growth office. Downtown revitalization is one area of her work, but also a personal passion for her. She works closely with both the Downtown Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District and the Historic Preservation Commission to implement the Downtown Plan. Stephanie spends her free time with husband Andy and son Zachary.

Madi Anderson is a junior at Fort Dodge Senior High, where she is a member of the Little Dodger staff.

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Let us know about any upcoming events. Email us at rcygan@messengernews.net with your events. saturday february 1 22nd annual trinity Hospice ball Social hour 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m., dance 8:30 p.m. WHat: Charity ball with silent auction, dinner and dance to benefit Hospice. WHere: Best Western Starlite Village Inn and Suites INfO: For more information, contact Trinity Foundation, Attn: Hospice Ball, 802 Kenyon Road or call 574-6509 or visit www.unitypoint.org/foundation. adMIssION: Reserved table for eight is $600, reserved table for four is $300, individual tickets are $40 through Jan. 27. After Jan. individual tickets are $50.

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O’Hern, assisted by Madison Garst WHere: Second floor gallery, Blanden Memorial Art Museum, 920 Third Ave. S. INfO: For information, call 5732316. saturday february 1 “Iowa blues,” new photo exhibition opens by Hans Madsen Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. WHat: Photograph exhibition that opens Feb. 1 and runs through Aug. 2, 2014 WHere: Blanden Memorial Art Museum INfO: Opening reception is being held Saturday, February 8 at 3 p.m. adMIssION: Reception is free, and the public is welcome. saturday february 1 Jam the Gym - ICCC women’s and men’s basketball vs. Kirkwood 1 and 3 p.m. respectively WHat: College basketball WHere: Hodges Field House, ICCC campus

saturday february 1 fdsH wrestling junior varsity invitational with multiple schools, including st. edmond 10 a.m. WHat: High school wrestling WHere: FDSH main gym saturday february 1 st. edmond Catholic school sadie Hawkins dance 8:30 - 11 p.m. WHat: School dance WHere: St. Edmond saturday february 1 fdsH tWerP dance 8 - 11 p.m. WHat: School dance WHere: FDSH cafeteria suNday february 2 Groundhog day suNday february 2 annual Groundhog day Celebration 7:30 a.m.

WHat: Annual Groundhog Day Celebration WHere: Fort Dodge City Hall INfO: Friends of Oleson Park Zoo and Mayor Matt Bemrich host the annual Groundhog Day Celebration MONday february 3 fdsH girls and boys varsity basketball vs. sioux City east 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. respectively WHat: High school basketball WHere: FDSH main gym tuesday february 4 “News from the future” noon or 7 p.m. WHat: A discussion regarding a prediction of the future WHere: Lifetree Cafe at Cana, 18 S. Third St. tuesday february 4 st. edmond girls and boys varsity basketball vs. Webster City 6 and 7:45 p.m. WHat: High school basketball WHere: St. Edmond High School gym

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FEBRUARY EVENTS

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Let us know about any upcoming events. Email us at rcygan@messengernews.net with your events. tuesday february 4 fdsH girls and boys varsity basketball vs. southeat Polk 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. respectively WHat: High school basketball WHere: FDSH main gym tHursdays IN february 6, 13, 20, 27 friendship Circle town Home tours 3 - 5 p.m. WHat: A tour through town homes on Friendship Circle. WHere: Friendship Haven INfO: For more information, call 573-6000. tHursday february 6 Cholesterol screening 8 to 10 a.m. WHat: Cholesterol screening, blood pressure screening and blood sugar testing WHere: Crossroads Mall, next to Sears INfO: For more information, contact Trinity Health Partners, Dorothy Griffin at 574-6505. adMIssION: No appointment is necessary, blood pressure and blood sug-

ars are provided free of charge. $3 fee for cholesterol screening. tHursday february 6 adult drawing 9:30 a.m. - noon WHat: Adult drawing class WHere: Second floor gallery, The Blanden Memorial Art Museum INfO: Bring sketchpads. Museum will supply other supplies. Class led by Diane O’Hern. Register at museum reception desk. adMIssION: Class fee $7 for museum members or $10 for general public.

Lutheran School kindergarten WHere: St. Paul Lutheran School, 1217 Fourth Ave. S. INfO: For more information, call 955-7208 or visit www.stpaulschoolfd.org

Manson Northwest Webster Junior/Senior High School. adMIssION: Reserved seat tickets are $8 per person. To check on ticket availability, call (712) 469-3116.

tHursday february 6 st. edmond girls and boys varsity basketball vs. Pocahontas area Community-Pomeroy Palmer 6 and 7:45 p.m. respectively WHat: High school basketball WHere: St. Edmond High School gym frIday february 7 fdsH girls and boys varsity basketball vs. Mason City 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. respectively WHat: High school basketball WHere: FDSH main gym

tHursday february 6 st. Paul Kindergarten round-up 5:30 - 6 p.m. meal served, 6 -7 p.m. information and activities WHat: Meeting for families with children who plan to attend St. Paul

saturday, suNday february 8, 9 Manson Meridian singers perform their 43rd annual show, “Celebrate the Music of Life.” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday WHat: Vocal concert WHere: Kate Toben Auditorium,

saturday, suNday february 8, 9 Winter flea Market Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHat: Indoor flea market WHere: Webster County Fairgrounds saturday february 8 all that sparkles 10 a.m. - noon WHat: Children’s art class WHere: The Blanden Memorial Art Museum, lower level classroom INfO: Class is for children age 5 and older, led by Mardison Garst. Register at museum reception desk. adMIssION: Class is $5 for museum members and $8 for general public. saturday february 8 ICCC women’s and men’s basketball vs. Iowa Lakes 1 and 3 p.m. respectively WHat: College basketball

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Let us know about any upcoming events. Email us at rcygan@messengernews.net with your events.

WHere: Hodges Field House, ICCC campus saturday february 8 “Iowa blues,” new photo exhibition by Hans Madsen with opening reception 3 p.m. WHat: Opening reception for new exhibit WHere: Blanden Memorial Art Museum. second floor gallery adMIssION: Reception is free, and the public is welcome. saturday february 8 Wrestling varsity sectionals noon WHat: High school wrestling WHere: St. Edmond High School gym suNday february 9 boys varsity district swimming meet 12:30 p.m. WHat: Swimming districts WHere: FDSH Dodger pool

MONday february 10 fdsH jv/varsity girls and boys bowling vs. Johnston 3:30 p.m. WHat: High school bowling WHere: Ridgewood Lanes MONday february 10 City Council meeting 6 p.m. WHere: City Hall tuesday february 11 “finding the family I Never knew” noon or 7 p.m. WHat: A presentation of separation, adoption and reunion with family. WHere: Lifetree Cafe at Cana, 18 S. Third St. WedNesday february 12 adult Open studio 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. WHat: Studio time with opportunities to practice and receive professional advice on acrylic painting, pastel,

watercolor, clay, jewelry, card-making, printing, life drawing, collage, zentangle and crocheting. WHere: The Blanden Memorial Art Museum, lower level classroom. INfO: All supplies provided by museum and open studio is led by Sharon Balm. fee: $5 for museum members and $8 for general public. WedNesday february 12 ICCC mens basketball vs. Clinton 6:30 p.m. WHat: College basketball WHere: Hodges Field House, ICCC campus

tHursday february 13 Winter Choir Concert 7 p.m. WHat: FDSH vocal concert

AT THE BLANDEN

“Seeing the World, 1820 - 1930” etchings from the museum’s permanent collection. “Iowa Blues,” Photographs by Hans Madsen opens Feb. 1 and runs through Aug. 2. One-of-a-Kind Gift Shop: New items available just in time for holiday shopping. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. The Blanden is located at 920 Third Ave. S. For information, phone 573-2316.

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WHere: Gail Niceswanger Little Theater, FDSH school frIday february 14 Valentine’s day frIday february 14 fdsH girls and boys varsity basketball vs. ames 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. respectively WHat: High school basketball WHere: FDSH main gym saturday february 15 boys varsity wrestling district tournament noon WHat: Varsity wrestling WHere: FDSH main gym saturday february 15 ICCC women’s basketball vs. southeastern 1 p.m. WHat: College basketball WHere: Hodges Field House, ICCC campus


FEBRUARY EVENTS

schedules are subject to change.

Let us know about any upcoming events. Email us at rcygan@messengernews.net with your events.

suNday february 16 Karl King Municipal band presents Karl L. King birthday concert 3:30 to 5 p.m. WHat: Jerrold Jimmerson conducts the concert celebrating the birthday of bandmaster Karl L. King. WHere: Decker Auditorium, 1 Trition Circle, ICCC campus adMIssION: Free admission courtesy of the City of Fort Dodge. For more information, call (712) 469-2797.

MONday february 17 Presidents’ day WedNesday february 19 adult Open studio 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. WHat: Studio time with opportunities to practice and receive professional advice on acrylic painting, pastel, watercolor, clay, jewelry, card-making, printing, life drawing, collage, zentangle and crocheting. WHere: The Blanden Memorial Art Museum, lower level classroom. INfO: All supplies provided by museum and open studio is led by Sharon Balm. fee: $5 for museum members and $8 for general public.

tHursday february 20 adult drawing 9:30 a.m. - noon WHat: Adult drawing class WHere: Second floor gallery, The Blanden Memorial Art Museum INfO: Bring sketchpads. Museum will supply other supplies. Class led by Diane O’Hern. Register at museum reception desk. adMIssION: Class fee $7 for museum members or $10 for general public. frIday, saturday february 21, 22 daddy/daughter dance 6:30 to 9 p.m. WHat: Dance held for fathers, grandfathers and father-figures with their daughters sponsored by the Fort Dodge Parks and Recreation. WHere: Citizen’s Central, 617 Central Ave. INfO: Register with Fort Dodge Parks and Recreation prior to Feb. 15 in order to attend. Call 576-7237. adMIssION: $40 per couple, $15 per extra daughter saturday february 22 eggs and Issues 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. WHat: Public forum with local officials WHere: Iowa Central Community College, East Campus, 2031 Quail Ave. INfO: For more information, contact Todd Redenius by phone 955-5500 or email todd@greaterfortdodge.com saturday february 22 Kid’s Winter Class

10 a.m. - noon WHat: Children’s art class for children in kindergarten, first and second grade. WHere: The Blanden Memorial Art Museum, lower level classroom INfO: Class is led by Diane O’Hern. Register at museum reception desk. adMIssION: Class fee is $5 for museum members and $8 for the general public. saturday february 22 Kid’s Winter Class 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. WHat: Children’s art class for children in third grade and older. WHere: The Blanden Memorial Art Museum, lower level classrom INfO: Class is led by Diane O’Hern. Register at museum reception desk. adMIssION: Class fee is $5 for museum members and $8 for the general public. saturday february 22 fort dodge and Webster County railroads 3 p.m. WHat: An illustrated presentation by Alan Nelson abou the late 19th and 20th centuries of Fort Dodge and Webster County Railroads. WHere: The Blanden Memorial Art Museum INfO: Refreshments offered with presentation. adMIssION: Free, public welcome. saturday february 22 ICCC mens basketball vs. ellsworth 3 p.m.

WHat: College basketball WHere: Hodges Field House, ICCC campus suNday february 23 fort dodge Choral society presents “all the World’s a stage” 3 p.m. WHat: Music concert performance of settings related to William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death. WHere: St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 238 North 11th St. WedNesday february 26 ICCC women’s and men’s basketball vs. dMaCC 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. respectively WHat: College basketball WHere: Hodges Field House, ICCC campus WedNesday february 26 adult Open studio 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. WHat: Studio time with opportunities to practice and receive professional advice on acrylic painting, pastel, watercolor, clay, jewelry, card-making, printing, life drawing, collage, zentangle and crocheting. WHere: The Blanden Memorial Art Museum, lower level classroom. INfO: All supplies provided by museum and open studio is led by Sharon Balm. fee: $5 for museum members and $8 for general public. Fort Dodge Today



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Dog’s Name: Millie Maureen Breed: Welsh Pembroke Corgi Age: 4 years old Owners: Parker & Kelsey Stuart About Millie: I am a very studious dog who likes to learn new tricks. I love to play fetch with my ring, cuddle with my humans, play with big dogs and eat frozen yogurt. I was recently the dog of honor in Parker and Kelsey’s wedding!

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Send us a photo of your pet(s) along with your name, your pet’s name, breed (if known) and any brief comment you’d like to share about your pet. Mail photo and information to: Fort Dodge Today Magazine 713 Central Avenue Fort Dodge, IA 50501 or email photo and information: jcloud@messengernews.net 1302 1st Ave N., Highway 7 Manson, IA

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February books in the Library The Martian by Andy Weir

Amy’s Word: So I was reading the other night and sprinkled throughout the text of the book were lyrics from songs popular during that time period and it occurred to me how annoying this is to me. Movies have soundtracks, not books! I have lots of pet peeves when it comes to books including such doozies as when an author uses modern slang that is incongruent with the time period, bad editing, copycat covers, typos and sentences written in a foreign language that aren’t interpreted. I don’t speak French, let alone read it! What am I supposed to do? Stop reading and go and Google translate? I’m just lucky that in spite of my growing list of complaints about books, I still have way more to like about them, than not. Here are some of my favorites for this month.

The Free by Willy Vlautin Three protagonists’ lives intersect in this novel about hope in the midst of despair. Leroy is recovering from wounds suffered in the Iraq War at a group home. Freddie is a janitor there and faces his own demons in the guise of unpaid medical bills and Pauline is a nurse who takes care of the inhabitants as well as her mentally ill father. All three deal with their problems with questionable choices yet seemingly with grace.

An astronaut is mistakenly left behind on Mars after his shipmates assume he is dead when a dust storm forces them to make an unscheduled leaving. Unable to communicate with his ship, he prepares for survival using his skills as a botanist and an engineer to face the insurmountable obstacles the red planet throws at him. “The Martian” is a very witty and entertaining thriller that is already one of my favorites for the year.

The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott A young woman flees her family farm to the increasingly dangerous mills of Lowell, Mass. in 1834. Soon after her arrival, she befriends a sassy young coworker and catches the eye of the mill owner’s son, Samuel. After her friend is found murdered, she finds her loyalty torn between her friends at the mill and her blossoming relationship with Samuel. Based on a true event that happened during the Industrial Revolution.

Long Man by Amy Greene In 1936 Appalachia, a government-built dam is about to flood the doomed town of Yuneetah as a determined young woman is trying to hold on to her land that has been in her family for generations. As one of the last holdouts to remain before the river rises, Annie and her three-year-old daughter Gracie, cross paths with a drifter just as a storm is about to hit. What follows brings an already treacherous situation to the brink.

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photograph by Madi Anderson

Class Notes

Meet Scott Kehrberg Q. What is the best part about your job? A. Seeing students learn and grow, the interaction with students and seeing them discover. Q. What is the most challenging aspect of being a teacher today? A. Knowing whether I actually made an impact on my students. Q. Why did you become a teacher? A. I am a people person and this was the best way to apply my degree. Q. Who inspired you when you were a student to become a

Scott Kehrberg teaches several mathematics courses at Fort Dodge High School.

teacher? A My calculus teacher when I was a senior in high school.

Q. What is your name and where are you from?

Q. How long have you been a

Q. Tell me about some of your

A. Scott Kehrberg, born in Clinton.

teacher?

favorite memories or funniest

A. I have been teaching for 25 years.

moments as a teacher. A. My favorite memories are when a

Q. What grade do you teach and at what school?

Q. What other jobs have your

student comes back and shares their

A. High school mathematics at Fort

held?

success story. Hearing from students

Dodge Senior High –– geometry, intro-

A. I was a lifeguard, camp counselor,

who tell me how much they appreciate

duction to computer programming, sta-

assistant cook and salesperson for Radio

tistics I, statistics II, calculus, advanced

Shack.

what I taught them.

computer programming.

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Active Students at MNW Q. What career do you think you would have pursued if you weren’t a teacher? A. I would have become an accountant. Q. What are your hobbies? A. I like photography, writing applications for the iPhone, attending NASCAR races.

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Student Spotlight photographs by Madi Anderson

Samantha Lennon

I saw them perform my freshman year of high school,” she said. “I danced from kindergarten until my sixth-grade year at Jill’s Jazz Pizzaz. After seeing Iowa Central perform, I decided to join the FDSH Dance Team for my sophomore, junior and senior years. Now, I am in my second year dancing for Iowa Central.” Initially, Lennon wasn’t inspired to study dance. When her mother asked if she wanted to learn dance or gymnastics, she chose the former “because one of my best friends was in dance.” The Iowa Central Dance Team “means the world to me,” Lennon said. “We are a family of dedicated, persistent and passionate dancers, all with the same goal of being the best that we can be as individuals, but mostly as a team. “Dance team shows me every day that I am so incredibly lucky that I can be where so many people dream to be, as I was that freshman sitting in the bleachers, watching them

One of the things that drew Samantha Lennon to Iowa Central Community College was the Dance Team.

perform. It gives me confidence that I can achieve anything I put my mind to.” The ICCC Dance Team practice schedule is more rigorous

Samantha Lennon didn’t choose Iowa Central Community

than Fort Dodge Senior High’s.

College because of its Dance Team. But the second-year ICCC student spends at least two hours a

“At Iowa Central, we practice an average of eight hours a

day practicing her steps.

week, while FDSH practices two hours a week,” Lennon said.

Although Lennon picked ICCC for its small campus and

“Both Iowa Central and FDSH compete in the Iowa

lower costs, the Dance Team caught her eye long before she

Dance/Drill State Competition in December. But Iowa

chose her school.

Central also has a national level competition in Daytona Beach, Fla.”

“I wanted to join the Iowa Central Dance Team the first time

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In addition to Dance Team, Lennon is also involved in art shows, the fall play, the spring musical and is on the Fort Dodge ACAC swim team. She was initially an art major at Iowa Central, but changed her primary field of study to psychology after her Introduction to Psychology course got her hooked. “I found myself really fascinated,” she said. She plans to combine her interests after she receives her associate of arts degree and persue a career in art therapy, after completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Northern Iowa. Lennon first learned art from her grandfather, and “art has always been a huge part of my life growing up, and I didn’t want to entirely give that up.” “Even though I wouldn’t be the one drawing in this profession, what can be told by what someone draws, how someone holds the pencil to draw, how big or small, how much of the paper they fill ... it’s just fascinating what stories can be told by all these things,” she said. But for now, Lennon is busy balancing school, being on the Iowa Central Dance Team, working and enjoying her many hobbies. She now goes to school for three to six hours per day. “Between classes, I usually have an hour to an hour and a half that I do not have class that I spend catching up on homework, hanging our with friends on campus, or eating lunch,” said Lennon. “I have worked in the Hy-Vee Bakery for a little over a year packaging, taking orders, and assisting at the counter for customer service. I have recently started working with cake and cookie decorating,” said Lennon.

Lennon is as comfortable performing for the school plays as she is the ICCC Dance Team.

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Faith Matters: Guderian volunteers for church she grew up in Judy Guderian’s ministry for Prince of

She began quilting about eight years

Peace Lutheran Church usually involves

ago.

home” to work on. The women meet at Price of Peace

needles –– sewing needles, that is. Guderian along with Sharon

“The sewing group here interested me

Lutheran Church, but three of them

McPherson, co-leads the church’s

because a lot of the ladies that are in

belong to other churches. “Of course

sewing group.

the sewing group, I’ve know for years

the fellowship is important too,” she

and they were also friends of my moth-

said. “We have to have coffee in the

“I’ve always loved to sew,” said

er and my dad,” who were both active

middle of it.”

Guderian, who took sewing lessons in

in the church, she said. “We have an

high school. “I used to sew my own

average of about 10 to 12 ladies that

The social time is just as important as

clothes. I like crafts, I knit, I crochet

work every Thursday from 9 to 12, and

the quilting Guderian said. “We just

and I do all that kind of stuff.”

then of course some of us take things

have such a good time. It isn’t all work and drudgery. There aren’t very many churches anymore that do a lot of sewing,” she said. In the group there are various duties. Some do most of the sewing, and some tie the quits together. Others cut out blocks of fabric, and one quilter finishes the outside edges of the quilts at home. People don’t have to know how to sew or quilt; there are many other duties they can help with, she said. In 2012, the group made more than 100 quilts and send 69 to the Orphan

Judy Guderian volunteers in the church she grew up in, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.

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sponsored by the Missouri Synod churches,” mostly in the United States and its territories, Guderian said. “We have 15 more ready to go,” she said. “They will go to the Orphan Grain Train or to Lutheran World Relief.” The sewing group also supports local causes. “We try to do a lot of things right here in Fort Dodge, a lot of

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quilts,” she said. Their quilts have gone to the Rabiner Treatment Center, Northwoods Living, Operation Christmas, YWCA Beacon of Hope and LifeWorks. The group encourages the recipients of the quilts to allow the individuals to keep the quilts when they move out. The group also sews banners for the church. “We started something a couple of years ago that I really like,” Guderian said. “We give every baby that is baptized in our church a quilt.” A younger group of church women, the Sisters of Mary and Martha, makes things for young children. Many of the women volunteer for both groups. “The reason I joined the older group was because when I came back to Fort Dodge, those were the ladies that I knew the best from when I was younger.”

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continued from page 21 People who want to volunteer or to donate toward the quilts, can call Guderian through the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 5738618. Guderian is also involved with the Lutheran Woman’s Fellowship, serving as its secretary. The sewing group, which is one of the largest womenás groups in the church, is an offshoot of the LWF. Her stitchery isn’t confined to Prince of Peace causes. Guderian is also president of the Fort Dodge Area Quilters Inc. She meets three friends once or twice a week at the Family Quilt Shop where they quilt and spend time together. “That’s our hangout place for us,” she said. At Prince of Peace, Guderian also teaches

Guderian shows a recent quilt that will end up being donated to charity.

catechism to fifth- and sixth-graders and fills in at the church office when needed.

about Judy Guderian Judy Guderian, 66, first lived in fort dodge

When she went into teaching “I was the only one in the high school

when she was 6. she is a graduate of fort

or the school system that even had that remote of a connection to

dodge senior High; fort dodge Community

computers.”

College, now Iowa Central Community College; and the university of Northern

for 33 years, she taught high school in denison. she also taught

Iowa. she has a degree in accounting and

mostly night courses for Western Iowa tech, buena Vista,

teaching, and a masterás in secondary guidance and counseling and

Morningside and des Moines area Community College. then she

psychology. Her post-graduate work was in computers.

taught in the alternative high school for the denison Job Corps Center. following a 42-year teaching career, she retired and returned

she took her first computer class in high school in 1967. she said the

to fort dodge about five years ago.

computer was twice the size of the church office where she now volunteers. Guderian said she remembers the key punch machines they

Her father, Leroy Guderian, 94 is her next door neighbor.

used to punch holes in computer cards.

“It’s wonderful to spend some time with him,” she said. Her mother, elinor Guderian, passed away in 1997.

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Guderian said she didn’t have much time to volunteer until she retired from teaching. Once that time was available, she wanted to give back to the church. “That’s really important to me, to help other people,” she said. “I’ve always been taught, and I feel if God gives you some talent, you are supposed to use it in whatever way you can. “When you help someone it comes back to you in so many ways. “We have such a wonderful people here. Itás like a family,” she said of her church.

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Lois Harvey, 14 years as a Foster Grandparent Lois Harvey said she wasn’t the smartest kid in school, so she surprised even herself when she became a Foster Grandparent at St. Edmond Elementary School. But the self-described “average kid” –– who turns 87 in February –– intends to keep working with St. Edmond students as long as she can climb the school stairs. The school has an elevator but she refuses to use it.

“I had a triple bypass and the doctor said that walking the steps was the best thing for it,” Harvey said.

She volunteers for Danielle Rathermel’s class on the second floor of the school.

When Harvey applies to become a Foster Grandparent, the organization’s director, Jeanine Nemitz, paired her with Rathermel. The two women weren’t acquainted at the time, but have since become close friends.

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Lois Harvey plays checkers with Anna Kolacia during a break at school.


“She rides her bicycle in the summertime and stops over to my house and have coffee together,” Harvey said. Said Rathermel, “She has been wonderful. She helps me out so much but even more than that she is such a good friend. We have been though a lot together.”

During school breaks, the two meet and discuss what they need to do with the kids and who needs a little extra help, Harvey said.

“I know the basics,” Harvey said, but “they keep changing the way they teach

Harvey is popular with Danielle Rathermel’s students, who call Lois Harvey grandma.

math.

“I never, never would have dreamed I’d be doing this. I wasn’t the smartest kid in school, I was an average kid,” she said.

Harvey also helps some of the fourthgraders who are having trouble reading. “I try every week to have them read to me and help them improve,” she said.

Harvey keeps a record of the progress

of each student. It helps identify those

“They ask me if I want to help them,

who need a little extra help, she said.

and I say ‘OK, for a quarter.’” But it’s

If a student is having a problem with a

all in fun, she said.

lesson, they can come to her in the classroom –– but sometimes there is a

The Foster Grandparents program

waiting line, Harvey said. It’s not

“really helps the teachers and the kids,

always work, sometimes they play

the ones that need a little extra help

checkers with her.

with their math or reading and stuff like that, because the teacher does not

Harvey said she gets along great with

have enough time to spend with the

the students; they call her “Grandma,”

kids,” Harvey said.

and she likes to joke with them.

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continued from page 25 The Foster Grandparent program can always use more volunteers, Harvey said. The program can be reached at 576-5401.

Some of the first students Harvey had are now in college, and some of them still stay in touch with her. She volunteers five days a week from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. but she frequently shows up earlier to help Rathermel.

Last year, she won the Foster Grandparent Sharing Today; Shaping Tomorrow award which came as a surprise to her. The award is based upon comments from supervisors, fellow Grandparents and program staff. It was the first award she has received while working with Foster Grandparents.

Harvey doesn’t confine her time to Foster Grandparents. She also volunteers at the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

“I used to help with the dinners and bake stuff,” she said. A member of 43 years, she is still

Harvey owned this angel for 50 years and has donated it to Danielle Rathermel’s classroom

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involved but not as much these days.


Her sour cream raisin pie was so popular she would make it in a 9-inch-by 13-inch pan. “I think there for years every time we had a meeting my name was down for that pie. It hardly got out to the customers because all the workers took theirs first,” Harvey said.

She also still volunteers at her church Trinity United Methodist but not as much. “I’ve kind of slowed down,” she said. About Lois Harvey Lois Harvey was born and reared on a farm outside Fort Dodge, where she was one of 15 siblings. “I have two sisters left,” she said. Her husband passed away at the age of 55. She graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1945. She has four children and is a grandmother and great-grandmother. For 30 years she worked at JC Penney; she retired once, but they asked her to come back part time. When she retired the second time, she began volunteering for Foster Grandparents.

Harvey described herself as an average kid back in school and never dreamed she’d be helping kids with school work.

She still lives on her own and drives, though not far. the television in her house, and the grandchildren loved to watch it when “I have asked for no help from nobody yet,” she said.

they came over, she said.

She likes to collect angels and has begun giving them away to her grandchildren. She donated one large animated angel she had owned for

When she’s not volunteering, Harvey still likes to play cards and go out

50 years to the classroom where she volunteers. The angel used to sit on

to eat with friends.

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Husbands and wives share their advice for lasting love Two local couples have each been together for 70 years Both Hulett and Thompson have been married to their respective spouses, Robert Hulett and Glen Thompson, for 70 years, an accomplishment the women said transpired with relative ease. “Time just went on,” said Lorraine Hulett. “I didn’t even realize so much had passed. I didn’t pay attention. Then one day I woke up and realized we had hit 70 and I thought ‘my gosh.’” Lorraine and Robert Hulett have been married since 1943. The lifelong Fort Dodge couple knew one another as children, but they didn’t start dating until Robert asked her to join him on the dance floor in high school. They haven’t stopped dancing since. “As kids, he would find me when we were ice skating and pull me around,” she said. “Then we saw each other in school all the time, but we didn’t pay attention to one another, not until our senior dance.” Keys to maintaining long term love:

Glen and Marjory Thompson have been married 70 years. They said the key to lasting love is bing willing to clearly communicate with your spouse and to support one another in each other’s interests and activities. Lasting love is no task for the lazy. Maintaining the bond that provides the foundation for a long-term relationship takes work, but couples who have done it said it can be a simple labor of love if couples follow a few key principles. “It’s a give and take,” said Lorraine Hulett. “Sometimes you give more, and other times you get more.” Marjory Thompson echoed that sentiment. “It’s 50-50,” she said, “although sometimes it’s one-fourth-three-fourths.”

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All these years later, the pair still dances nearly every Saturday at the weekly live music jam at the Otho Community Center. In fact, their enjoyment of ballroom and square dancing is so well known that neighbors and staff at the River Ridge Apartments at Friendship Haven refer to the pair as “the dancers.” Of course, they also call them by another name.

1. Cherish instead of criticize. Avoid trying to change one another and instead focus on those characteristics that attracted you to your partner in the first place. 2. Express appreciation. This can be done through little things such as verbally complimenting them, leaving a note or doing simple tasks for your partner before they ask. 3. Stay loyal both in thoughts and actions. This includes supporting your partner against outside forces, such as critical family or friends. 4. Boost your oxytocin, the hormone that creates the bonding effect. This can be done through touch and close proximity. Sharing fun, new experiences together also boost this hormone. 5. Laugh together often. This releases stress and tension.

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“We walk around here holding hands and they say ‘Here come the lovers,’” said Robert Hulett. “We’ve always held hands and it’s just what we continue to do.” That desire to still connect with your partner is essential, said Marjory Thompson. “Love is the most important thing,” she said. “You have to desire to be with them.” Marjory Thompson has been with her husband through a number of adventures over the years, and they continue be active on the Friendship Haven campus where they have a townhouse. She first met Glen Thompson while with her parents as they checked in on her younger sister who was on a date with him. The two were roller skating in Vinton and made quite a pair, Marjory Thompson said. “I was a terrible skater,” she said. “My sister could skate. She and Glen made a good couple. My dad though was sure Glen was drunk on his skates. He wasn’t. He just loved to skate and have a good time.” Glen Thompson may have skated with her sister, but it was Marjory Thompson he ended up calling whenever he was in town from his family’s farm.

Lorraine and Robert Hulett are seen walking hand-inhand around the Friendship Haven campus so often their neighbors have taken to referring to them as “the lovers.”

“I remember, I hung up once and told my mom, ‘I’m going to marry that man,’” Marjory Thompson said. Glen Thompson didn’t know she was so sure of his suitability at that early point, but he said he was sure of hers. “Opposites attract,” he said. “She could do things I couldn’t do, and I could do things she couldn’t do. We support each other and round each other out.”

It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to send flowers. Sending roses, chocolates, notes or other small suprise gifts is one way for couples to express appreciation to one another any day of the year.

Initial attraction is one thing, they said, but for that attraction to mature into a deep and lasting love trust and respect must be there. “It’s important to allow each other to have your own life,” Marjory Thompson said, “but you still need to stay together.

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Happy ever after requires a bit of toil to avoid trouble. Living happily every after isn’t as easy as the fairy tales make it seem.

Long-term love is something couples have to work on every day. It also takes patience and tenacity.

Building a lasting love requires more energy and effort than many initially realize, said Toni Larson, a licensed independent social worker with Lutheran Family Services who counsels couples. “Love is a grown-up sport rather than something to dabble with when you’re looking at a long-term relationship,” she said. “You have to be able to deal with disappointment and frustration, and you need to be able to delay self-gratification.” Patience and tenacity are often the hardest characteristics for couples to develop when it comes to their relationship, Larson said. They need to look for ways to keep their marriage alive rather than simply give up when they reach impasses. They need to stay engaged and attentive to one another even when they don’t feel like they want to be there anymore.

~ Toni Larson

Toni Larson, licensed independent social worker with Lutheran Family Service of Iowa

“We have a world in which we are always looking for a quick fix,” Larson said. We have always had our own interests, but also share interests.” When the initial rush of pleasure and enjoyment fades, couples look for another instant rush rather than wait out the lull and rekindle the feeling in their current relationship. This can lead to the biggest issue Larson finds in the husbands and wives she counsels a lack of trust. “Online dating sites, texting and social media have created a monster in terms of trust,” she said. “It is so much easier now to make connections without your partner knowing, and rebuilding trust once it’s broken is no simple task. It is not a quick repair.” People growing apart is another problem common in todayás fast-paced and busy world. Couples get busy with their children, careers and activities and don’t make sustaining their marriage a priority. Simple ways to re-connect are the best way to address this, Larson said. It can be as simple as leaving your spouse a note, randomly sending them a gift or flowers, or getting them a cup of coffee in their favorite mug. The other issue Larson said drives a wedge between couples is a sense of competitiveness and resentment. “One person feels like their feelings are being stomped on by the other and this creates tension,” she said. “People need to adopt more of a “we” instead of “me” attitude and let go of petty grievances. For example, even if it’s not your turn to do the dishes, do the dishes for your spouse because they’ve had a bad day and it will help them.” 32C

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Glen Thompson agreed. “People always say if you see one of us, you’ll see the other,” he said. “We counsel and help one another.” Being honest and able to clearly communicate is paramount when sharing so much, Glen Thompson said. It is what enables couples to maintain their faith and belief in one another which keeps simple arguments from exploding into crises. “We disagreed sometimes,” Marjory Thompson said. “Still do, but we talk about it. We have differences, sure. We both say our piece then drop it, and that’s where it stays. You can’t hold grudges and expect your marriage to last.” Robert and Lorraine Hulett agreed. “When you have a disagreement, get over it right now,” Lorraine Hulett said. “You don’t hold on to it.” “Get it off your chest then go back, smooch her and go on from there,” Robert Hulett said. “Never go to bed with an argument between you. That’s the best advice there is.”


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Southside offers proximity to shopping, recreation and school Trust and sense of unity dominate in childhood memories of the neighborhood Described as genuine and trustworthy, the people living in the Fort Dodge traditional South Side neighborhood reflect the classic, family-centered nature the simple homes and fenced yards of the area suggest of its blue collar working, middle-class history. Boundaries of the South Side neighborhood are generally considered to fall east of Fifth Avenue South, or Business Highway 20, and stretch to South 22nd Street where it meets and blends into the East End neighborhood. The railroad and gypsum quarries are other defining features of the area. Kara Thiele grew up near another known structure of the neighborhood, the former Mercy Hospital on South 17th Street that became income-based municipal housing called Deercreek Apartments. Thiele is now a

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The Karl King Bandshell is a historical fixture in Oleson Park on the south side of Fort Dodge. The bandshell has been renovated and is the site of a summer concert series by the Fort Dodge Karl King Municipal Band, as well as fundraising performances by national bands and other community events.

Traditionally, the Karl King Bandshell is the site of a summer concert series featuring the Karl King Municipal Band. However, once the music pavilion was renovated in 2008, additional public concerts and festivals have been staged

Realtor with Iowa Reality and a human resources representative for Children & Family Resources, which has offices at 726 S. 17th St. Between her two jobs she regularly revisits the places – and the memories - of her youth. “People had a lot of trust,” Thiele said. “They trusted their kids would be safe. We could ride our bikes or play together in the neighborhood all day without our parents worrying.”

there, including an Oktoberfest celebration in 2013. According to historical records, the bandshell was originally constructed in 1938 as a project under the Federal Works Progress Administration and designed by Henry Kamphoefner, of Sioux City. Oleson Park itself was originally part of a 500-acre parcel of land sold to the city by Olaf Martin Oleson in 1906. He provided an additional section in 1930 to expand the park to

That sense of trust stemmed from the neighbors knowing

its current 70 acres. A monument near the bandshell pays

each other’s children and watching out for them, she said.

tribute to Oleson, his history and naturalist interests. In

Of course, it helped that Thiele was surrounded by people

addition, the park contains picnic shelters, a large

she knew.

playground, and a children’s splash pad. Also part of the

“We had a lot of family and friends in close proximity,” she said.

species, such as goats, sheep and deer, as well as a few nonnative animals such as ostriches, emus and llamas.

Her parents purchased the house where she grew up because it was next to her grandparents and only a few doors down from her uncles and aunts. “My dad still lives there, in the same house,” Thiele said.

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Deercreek Apartments, 700 S. 17th St., used to be Mercy Hospital, a facility built after a movement began in 1906 to replace the smaller Fort Dodge General Hospital. Deercreek is now part of the munipal housing system and offers apartments based on income guidelines.

to be very supportive. “People here are very friendly,” she said. “They’re genuine and they make good neighbors.”

responsibilities between the group and the city as it pertained to care issues for the more exotic animals. Concerns were raised due to the previous death of two Arctic foxes. The plan calls for the reduction of the number of animals on the property to make their care more manageable. It also outlines veterinarian care responsibilities and includes designs for the future reconstruction of the animal’s pens. Sue Rogers lived across from the park and its attractions when she first began working just down the street at the small eat-in and delivery diner on South 18th Street more than 13 years ago. “It was very convenient,” she said, “living near the park and walking to work here.” When the diner came up for purchase not long after she

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A llama strolls through the paddock at the Oleson Park Zoo with the Karl King Bandshell visible in the background.

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Kara Thiele grew up on South 17th Street surrounded by many family and friends. She said she remembers spending afternoons at the basketball and tennis courts at Butler Elementary School, 945 S. 18th St.

were at the basketball and tennis courts or in the empty lot next to the house. We played a lot of baseball in that lot, but they have new condos built there

Sue Rogers stirs the loose meat mixture used to top the hot dogs she makes at Sue’s Coney Island Haven. The small eat-in and delivery diner is located at 850 S. 19th St. and is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

now.” Even though such changes have taken place in the neighborhood over the years, Thiele said it has managed to

program, BLAST!, operates on the

property figure prominently in Thiele’s

premises. Last year, the program served

childhood memories. Many of her

70 children, providing them supervised

afternoons were spent on those courts

“It is still very family-orientated,” she

time to work on homework, as well as

with friends.

said. “You have a good school that is

enrichment activities and opportunities for community partners to interact with them. The basketball and tennis courts on the

“There were a lot of kids in the neighborhood and we would play together all the time,” she said. “We

maintain its traditional atmosphere.

close and recreation opportunities that are within walking distance. It is just a nice neighborhood.”

were outside year round it. Mostly we

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Diner offers heaping helpings of food and family love Soul food and specialty burgers keep generations feeling connected A family is full of love and TC Mae’s, a locally owned diner at 1010 First Ave. S., is full of family. What’s more, they are a family that loves to ensure their customers are full of savory soul food and classic diner favorites, regardless if those customers are sitting at a table in the diner or have it delivered to their door. “Family plays a really big role here,” said Dylan Vodraska, head cook. “Anybody can open a restaurant or business and bring in investors, but it’s different with family. We are looking out for the betterment of the whole rather than individual returns. You can have issues with even the best worker, but when that worker is family it’s a different dynamic. No matter the issue, the fact that you are family trumps it in the end.” Vodraska operates the diner with Ira

Dylan Vodraska, left, and his cousin, Hamaad Jr. Al-Hameed, are two of the family members who own and operate TC Mae’s, a diner at 1010 First Ave. S. On the counter are two of the more popular items offered at the diner –– The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich, left, and the TC Mae’s Mango Habanero Burger.

Shivers, his father and the establishment’s owner. The two of them developed the

and Charlie Mae who passed the enjoyment

celebrations, and you know you’re going to

menu and decide on daily specials together.

of cooking down through the generations.

eat well. Cooking skills, though, they’re not

Assisting in the kitchen and serving the

Also, many of the recipes come from M.P.

always so obvious. Take my cousin there for

dishes to hungry customers are Vodraska’s

Brown, their grandmother’s cousin, and the

instance. I never knew he could cook, but

siblings, Shyra and Ari, along with their

owner of Brown’s Chicken Shack, a

after he stepped up and got right to it, I

cousin, Hamaad Jr. Al-Hameed, and their

former Pleasant Valley restaurant renowned

knew it was in our blood.”

uncle, Dartonya Shivers.

throughout the city for its fried chicken and soul food.

the family who cares extends to the cus-

However, staff isn’t the only family presence

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This feeling of sharing a full plate filled by

at the diner. The name, TC Mae’s, is a

“Food is a big deal in our family,” Vodraska

tomers who drop by for breakfast or lunch.

tribute to family members Tommie Mae

said. “We always have big meals at family

“When people come here they get a place

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patties, bacon, cheese and jalapeno sauce. Other menu items develop from suggestions or simply resulted from experimentation. The Big Boy Burger came about while Vodraska was thinking of a way to fill a daily special spot without repeating anything already offered that week. What he came up with is a beef patty stacked with a chicken patty on a fresh bun. “The bigger guys came to try it, and they couldn’t finish it,” he said. Another heaping burger popular with folks is the Fort Dodge Farm Boy. A mammoth

A top seller from TC Mae’s breakfast menu is the Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich, which burger, it is made with a beef patty, tenderis made with toast, two sausage patties, bacon, eggs, cheese and hashbrowns. It is then smothered with sausage gravy. The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich is second in loin, American and Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, special barnyard popularity only to the Smothered Hashbrowns.

where they can have a peaceful conversation over good food,” Vodraska said. “It’s a friendly, unhurried feel. They can hang out and talk while they eat and relax.” Often, the meal they enjoy is named in honor of the family member or friend who inspired the burger or sandwich. Among these specialty burgers is The Rev. James Burger, which includes a beef patty and a pile of pulled pork topped with coleslaw and barbecue sauce. It was a favorite of Vodraska’s grandfather. Also, on the list is the Lemon B. Preston Burger made of two beef patties, pepper jack cheese, bacon, Asian zinger sauce and sauteed onions. It’s a tangy combination favored by Preston, according to his son. And then there is the Papa Bear Burger, which was named for Johnny Crooks Sr. It is made of two beef

Brendan Crimmins, left, and Emily Becker, both of Fort Dodge, take a break from eating the Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich served at TC Mae’s.

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continued from page 39 sauce, bacon and an egg. Also topped with an egg is the TC Mae Mango Habanero burger, another top seller. “The yolk mixes with the sauce in just the perfect way,” Vodraska said. “The hot sauce has a bit of sweetness to it, but you still have to eat carefully.” Of all the items on the menu including the well-known Philly cheese steak sandwich and the unique southern Po’ Boy –– Vodraska said his favorite is the soul food made from the recipes he grew up tasting at the tables of his grandparents, aunts and uncles. A special offering, the soul food dishes are usually only available on Thursdays and include southern fried chicken, pork chop cutlets, collard greens and black-eyed peas. Vodraka particularly likes the twist on traditional macaroni and cheese offered then. “We make a pan of macaroni and cheese, and add sweet corn to it,” he said. “You take two of the simplest items and turn them into one big, delicious dish. Everybody loves it. If you don’t like corn, you’re still going to love it. If you don’t like cheese, you’re still going to like it. Just try it and see.” With so many spices, seasoning and sauces, cooking provides many opportunities to create varying tastes and sensations, Vodraska said. Sharing them with people, whether it’s family or friends, is always rewarding, and when you’re able to introduce a new taste to the region it’s even

Dylan Vodraska holds a TC Mae’s Habarnaro Burger which is made with a beef patty, an egg, American Cheese, bacon and spicy mango habanero sauce. The spicy burger is a popular request at the diner which serves breakfast and lunch. They also deliver in Fort Dodge and have started to accept catering jobs, as well.

more so. “What we’ve really had the people here taste is something new,” he

fresh red and green peppers, onion, jalapeno cheese, Swiss cheese

said. “The new pastor from Second Baptist brought it with him

and macaroni noodles.

from Houston, Texas. We call it Rattlesnake Pasta.” “Cooking can be a whole new world for you,” he said. “Just try it

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Despite the name, no snake is used, Vodraska said. Instead the

out. There is so much variety and flexibility. It’s really not that

recipe includes shrimp and Andouille sausage –– a Cajun smoked

hard, you just got to feel it. For me, it’s very soothing, relaxing. It

sausage made from seasoned pork. Added to the meat selections are

unites me with my family and connects to my roots.”

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Paper can keep your memories forever

Scrapbooking provides a creative outlet and social connection

Paper is the traditional gift for a first anniversary of a mar-

the many books she created for her own children as a way to

riage, but when scrapbooking, paper is essential to keeping

maintain more than images. She also wanted context.

memories alive for years to come. “I grew up looking at old pictures and not knowing who the “Get your pictures into books,” said Jennie Ort. “Don’t just

people in them were or what was really happening in them,”

throw them into a box or a drawer and leave them there.

Ort said. “Now, for my family I try to get the pictures into

They will last forever if you get them into books.”

books and tell a little bit about each event.”

Ort, a Fort Dodge daycare provider,

A lot of people have tried the

has been scrapbooking for eight

customized books that can be

years, chronicling not only her own

designed and printed using digi-

children’s exploits, but also those of

tal photos and online software

the youngsters she watches for oth-

programs, she said. The end

ers. Twice a year, she will get out

product is often glossy and

the construction paper, stickers,

good, but “scrapping” allows the

glue and scissors to create booklets

creator to put their personal

to give the parents of the children

touch on the album.

in her care. “It’s in your handwriting,” Ort “We do a lot of hands-on activi-

said. “They’re your designs,

ties,” she said, “and the pictures are

even your goofs. You’re going to

a great way for the parents to be a

have pages where you look at

Jennie Ort has been scrapbooking for eight years. She said scrapbooks are a way to save and prepart of it all even though they can’t serve photos that otherwise could be tossed into a be here. For many of them, I spend box and stuck on a shelf. eight to 10 hours a day with their

them later and wonder what you were thinking, but that’s all part of it.”

children. That’s time they don’t get to be with them, but with the books and pictures they can still share in many of the

If people get discouraged or their creativity seems to stall,

milestones and adventures their children have.”

magazines, social media sites and craft stores that offer paper products and scrapbooking supplies can spark ideas.

The projects she puts together for her clients stemmed from

Everything from pads of card stock paper and individual

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continued from page 41 sheets of patterned paper to scissors, punches, glitter, stickers, stamps, fabrics and stencils can be obtained to boost the theme of the page or album. “I used to have this little Dodge Neon,” Ort said, “and that car was packed full of scrapping stuff.” Scrapbooking isn’t just about creative expression or being a preservation method, Ort said. It provides a social connection, too. Initially, it seems it would be a solitary activity, cutting paper, gluing and sprinkling glitter. But, she explained, interested scrappers can attend weekend retreats and parties to share stamps, formats and tips. Clubs and craft stores also offer group sessions and mingling. “Sometimes, it’s hard to meet new people,” Ort said, “but

Scrapbooking allows people to express their creativity as they commemorate holidays and events with characters, stickers, stamps and other accessories.

when you scrap, you get a chance to meet all sorts of people who you know share at least one common interest with you. It opens doors and gets the ball rolling for you. I have become friends with scrappers who I otherwise wouldn’t have met.” With scrapbooking, people can be as involved as they wish, or they can keep it simple. However, Ort said, once they start they will be hooked and soon will find themselves facing the

Tips on Scrapbooking: 1. Take candid, fun photos. Go for close-ups or silly shots. 2. Consider squaring off portions of photos rather than using the whole image. For instance, zoom in on a child’s face in photos taken at different times then line them up on the page to create a montage of expressions. 3. If you get blocked and can’t think of a design, look at magazines or online craft sites. You can also just walk away for a minute then come back to the page. 4. Lastly, it’s always fun to scrap with someone else.

A paper bear and paper lady bug demonstrate examples of different ways to personalize a scrapbook.

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Show Off Your Pet! challenge of staying caught up with the photos and events worth preserving. “You never want to stop,” she said. “Once you get going, you can be on a good roll and it’s time to pack it up. We take so many photos and a lot of the time they just sit on shelves or in boxes. Make the time to get them in the books. You can get a lot done in 10 minutes.”

Basically, Ort said, the point is to just jump in. “Don’t be afraid to start just putting pictures together,” she said. “There is no right or wrong way. Make the albums feel like they are your books, your expressions, your memories.”

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Dentist John Clay examines an X-ray of a tooth on the computer in his office at Physician’s Office Building at the Trinity Regional Medical Center. It is never too early to develop good dental habits that can last a lifetime, he said.

that make it a bit easier for children. that then makes acid when it encounters sugary and starchy “They have these little flossers,” he said. “They are these

foods. The acid causes decay and cavities as it makes holes in

plastic sticks with a bit of floss stretched across the end. They

the enamel of the tooth.

make it easier for children to reach their back molars.” Another tool parents can get to help their children is tooth-

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it has fluoride in it.

children with more than 40 percent of children ages 2 to 11 having a cavity in their primary, or baby, teeth. Additionally,

“Fluoride is a big deterrent for cavities,” he said.

more than two-thirds of 16- to 19-year-olds have had a cavity in their permanent teeth.

Removing plaque and preventing cavities is the overall goal of

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these good oral health habits, according to information from

Parents sometimes think they don’t need to worry about their

the American Dental Association. Plaque, a sticky and color-

children’s baby teeth because the teeth will eventually be lost

less film, is always forming on our teeth. It contains bacteria

and replaced with permanent teeth; however, Clay said chil-

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photographs submitted by Stephanie Houk Sheetz

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Downtown Facade Improvement This helps a building owner make informed decisions, up front, about a project and hopefully avoids problems completing the project or with financing.

A downtown owner wishing to make a facade improvement should also consider utsing the State and Federal historic

One of the large-scale improvements is the transformation of 1012 Central Ave., home to Smurlz. The Downtown Plan recommended

Each of these projects included multiple

Fort Dodge work to preserve and

improvements to the building’s facade.

enhance its historic downtown features.

Eligible activities include masonry

In April 2010, the City initiated a for-

repair; repair/replacement of cornices,

givable loan program specifically for

entrances, doors windows, decorative

improvements to building exteriors in

details, awnings and signs; electrical

the downtown. The program’s goal was

(specific to exterior items); cleaning

to encourage large-scale building

(exterior only); painting (exterior only);

improvements. Such projects can trig-

or other similar exterior repairs.

ger transformation of the block and the

tax credits can total 45 percent of qualified expenses. Since design criteria apply and these reviews can take some time, an owner should consider working with an architect. Getting through this process can take time. But with some planning, it can work and be a financial success. In Fort Dodge, the Facade Improvement Forgivable Loan program is administered by the Development Corporation

entire downtown. In the past year, proj-

Because the focus is on transformation

ects that received funding include 516

of a building and less on routine main-

Central Ave. (including where the

tenance, an architect must be involved.

Cheesecake Lady now has a retail

Design criteria must be met, using the

store), 1012 Central Ave. (Smurlz) and

Downtown Design Guidelines. An

704 Firstst Ave N. (where Neighborhood

architect can help make it through this

eral other low interest loans to down-

Realty is located).

as well as provide details on what

town owners. For more on downtown

actions must occur, with cost estimates.

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tax credit program. Combined, these

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of Greater Fort Dodge, a non-profit organization established in 1982 to stimulate and promote business development and expansion in downtown Fort Dodge. This organization provides sev-


incentives, visit www.fortdodgeiowa.org. Under the Departments link, navigate to Business Affairs and Community Growth and then to Downtown. Forgivable loan funds remain available but are limited. The City is looking toward additional State funds to continue this program. To apply for State grant funds, the City needs to measure interest in potential Downtown facade projects. Downtown property owners interested in

The back side of the building at 1012 Central Ave. that had its front renovated.

a facade project are encouraged to contact Stephanie Houk Sheetz in the Business Affairs and Community Growth

Stephanie Houk Sheetz, senior

office. Working together, downtown

planner, can be contacted

owners/businesses, the City and the

at 573-8321 or by e-mail

Development Corporation can continue

at ssheetz@fortdodgeiowa.org

downtown building improvements.

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REMODELING

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MoneyMatterS courtesy of edwardjones edward

Investors can learn much from Super Bowl teams If you’re a football fan (and probably even if you aren’t), you are aware that we’re closing in on the Super Bowl. This year’s event is unique in that it is the first Super Bowl held in an outdoor, cold-weather site — New Jersey, to be specific. However, the 2014 game shares many similarities to past Super Bowls in terms of what it took for the two teams to arrive at this point. And some of these same characteristics apply to successful investors. Here are a few of these shared traits: A good offense — Most Super Bowl teams are adept at moving up and down the field and crossing the goal line. And good investors know how to choose those investments that can provide them with the gains they need to keep moving toward their own goals, such as a comfortable retirement. That’s why, at every stage of your life, you will need to own a reasonable percentage of growth-oriented investments, such as stocks and stock-based vehicles. A strong defense — Even a good offense usually isn’t enough to vault a team into the Super Bowl, which is why most participants in the Big Game also have strong defenses. Similarly, the best

investors don’t just put all their money in a single type of aggressive instrument and then forget about it — they know that a downturn affecting this particular asset class could prove extremely costly. Instead, they “defend” their portfolios by diversifying their holdings among a range of investments: stocks, bonds, government securities, certificates of deposit, and so on. And you can do the same. Keep in mind, however, that although diversification can help reduce the impact of volatility on your portfolio, it can’t guarantee a profit or always protect against loss. Perseverance — Every team that makes it to the Super Bowl has had to overcome some type of adversity — injuries to key players, a difficult schedule, bad weather, playoff games against good opponents, etc. Successful investors have also had to overcome hurdles, such as bear markets, bad economies, political battles and changing tax laws. Through it all, these investors stay invested, follow a long-term strategy and continue to look for new opportunities — and their perseverance is often rewarded. You can follow their example by not jumping out of the market when

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the going looks tough and not overreacting to scary-sounding headlines. Good coaching — Super Bowl teams contain many fine players, but they still need coaches who can analyze situations and make the right decisions at the right times. Smart, experienced investors also benefit from “coaching — in the form of guidance from financial professionals. It’s not always easy for busy people to study the financial markets, stay current on changing investment-related laws, monitor their own portfolios and make changes as needed. By working with a financial professional who knows your situation, needs, goals and risk tolerance, you will find it much easier to navigate the increasingly complex investment world. As we’ve seen, some of the same factors that go into producing a team capable of reaching the Super Bowl are also relevant to investors who want to reach their own goals. By incorporating these behaviors and attitudes into your own investment strategy, you’ll be following a pretty good “game plan.”

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