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In EvEry IssuE 4 9 18 48

Calendar New on the Shelf Scene About Town Parting Shot

LocaL coLor 10

Class Notes: Dahl Teaches Ethics Through Understanding by Hailey Brueschke


ICCC Student Spotlight: Martin Makes Choices to Improve her Education by Hailey Brueschke


Tietsort Helps Women in Recovery by Robert Wolf


Faith Matters: Sheldon Works with Youths at Northfield by Robert Wolf

FEaturE artIcLE 30

Toastmasters Toast in the New Year by Meg Beshey

thE gooD LIFE 35

Home Style: Leaky Faucet Issues Got You “Running”? by Meg Beshey


The Blandon Memorial Art Museum Focuses on Iowa Creativity by Joe Sutter


Health Wise: Dry Skin Resolutions by Meg Beshey


Around Town: Sidewalk and Crosswalk Brick Repair Efforts by Stephanie Houk Sheetz and Scott Meinders


Culinary Corner: Pork and Shiitake Meatloaf by Meg Beshey


Money Matters: Lower Debt Levels Mean Greater Investment Opportunities courtesy of Edward Jones

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From the News Editor It’s All Good… It’s January. Say it together: Er, brrrr? It’s warm. It’s cold. It’s Iowa’s ever-changing weather. As you enter the New Year, think beyond wishing well upon those you know. Think about what you can change. Not resolutions. Change. That chair, it’s always been in the same spot in the living room. What if you, say, moved it to the dining room? Those drapes. What if you painted on them? Or dyed them? Or recycled them into pillows for your couch? The entry rugs. Ugh. What if you got rid of them because they fight with the vacuum? Keep the peace. Save the vac. Lose the rugs. Change can — and should — include you. Those clothes you don’t wear? Donate them now. Shoes too. Does your hair need a new look? Change the color or length. Another change? Make time for you. Mess around the workshop, cook up a storm and read those books that have been staring back at you from the bookshelf. Me time can change your perspective — and your routine. Try it. This month Fort Dodge Today features the Fort Dodge “Ah” Masters Toastmasters. Anxious about talking in front of others? Toastmasters can help take that away. They will show you how to open up and express yourself to great success through your words. It’s a neat group to talk with on a Tuesday night. Our volunteers this month are Brad Sheldon, the youth minister with Northfield Church of Christ, and Jodi Tiesort, who works with the Gateway to Recovery program. Read about how their efforts make a change in other’s lives. Our teacher feature focuses on Paul Dahl and his work. Our student feature showcases Katie Miller, who attends Iowa Central Community College. In the mood to read? Hop in the car, head to the Fort Dodge Public Library and browse the new books. Be the first to check out some of the featured selections. This month’s Culinary Corner takes you on the first of many journeys around the world. First stop: Japan, and a version of pork and shiitake mushroom meatloaf. It’s a bit of comfort food from another land. So take it in. Curl up on the couch and read this month’s issue of the Fort Dodge Today magazine. If you have suggestions or story ideas, send them along. To submit to the the Calendar of Events, or for any other suggestion, it’s as easy as emailing it to To all of you, a very Happy New Year.

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

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

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

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City, Ridgewood Lanes,

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Webster County

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FDSH jv/varsity wrestling

Martin Luther King Day

ICCC wrestling vs.

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FDSH boys/girls jv/varsity


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bowling vs. Marshalltown, Ridgewood Lanes,


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FDSH boys varsity swimming vs. Ames,


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7:45 p.m.

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AT THE BLANDEN “Seeing the World, 1820 - 1930” etchings from the museum’s permanent collection. New Exhibit: “The Blitz: London, September 1940 through May 1941” opens Jan. 12, 2013 and runs through July 13, 2013. 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. 6

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January books in the Library Little Wolves by Thomas James Maltman Set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980s during a drought season that's pushing family farms to the brink, Little Wolves features the intertwining stories of a father searching for answers after his son commits a heinous murder, and a pastor's wife (and washed-out scholar of early AngloSaxon literature) who has returned to the town for mysterious reasons of her own. A penetrating look at small-town America from the award-winning author of The Night Birds, Little Wolves weaves together elements of folklore and Norse mythology while being driven by a powerful murder mystery; a page-turning literary triumph.

Amy’s Word: Flavia Fever: Condition in which ardent fans of the Flavia de Luce series undergo a heightened sense of excitement and hysteria upon the release of a new book in the series written by Alan Bradley. If you haven’t yet read this charming series of mysteries featuring the precocious 11-year-old Flavia, then you are in for a treat because you get to start at the beginning and read the next four books back-to-back if you please and not have to wait an entire excruciating year between installments. Bradley’s series is in this order: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows and Speaking From Among the Bones (releasing this month.) And, coming soon, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches. If those titles themselves aren’t enough to pique your interest, then let me give you further reasons to pick them up. The cozies are set during the 1950s at a crumbling estate known as Buckshaw in the village of Bishop’s Lacey. Flavia is an amateur sleuth and chemist with a morbid curiousity about death and poison (she even has her own Victorian laboratory on the top floor.) Flavia and her trusted bicycle Gladys roam the mansion and nearby village assisting the detectives (much to their chagrin,) and plotting ways to exact revenge on her insufferable older sisters Daphne and Ophelia. Her mother Harriet, a free-spirit adventuress, went missing in Tibet 10 years prior and is presumed dead. Her devastated father is a distracted philatelest who worries more about his precious stamps then the affairs of the near-bankrupt Buckshaw and the antics of his youngest daughter…much to the readers’ delight. In other book news, here are a few of my favorites releasing this month:

Ignorance by Michele Roberts Jeanne Nerin and Marie-Angèle Baudry grow up side by side in the Catholic village of Ste. Madeleine, but their worlds could not be more different. Marie-Angèle is the grocer’s daughter, inflated with ideas of her own piety and rightful place in society. Jeanne's mother washes clothes for a living. She used to be a Jew until this became too dangerous. Jeanne does not think twice about stealing food when she is hungry, nor about grasping the slender chances life throws at her. Marie-Angèle does not grasp; she aspires to a life of comfort and influence. When war falls out of the sky, the forces that divide the two girls threaten to overwhelm those that bind them together. In this dizzying new order, the truth can be buried under a pyramid of recriminations.

Parlor Games by Maryka Biaggio

In 1887, May Dugas ventures to Chicago in hopes of earning enough money to support her family. Circumstances force her to take up residence at the city's most infamous bordello, but May soon learns to employ her considerable feminine wiles to extract not only sidelong looks but also large sums of money from the men she encounters. Insinuating herself into Chicago's high society, May lands a well-to-do fiancé-until, that is, a Pinkerton Agency detective named Reed Doherty intervenes and summarily foils the engagement. A cat and mouse game that traverses the world soon follow. Was May really a cold-hearted swindler or simply a resourceful provider for her poor family?

The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler A character-driven novel about a mysterious mail-order bride in the wake of WWII, whose sudden decision ripples through time to deeply impact the daughter she never knew. Lily Azerov arrives in post-WWII Montreal on her own, expecting to be married to Sol Kramer. But, upon seeing her at the train station, Sol turns her down. Out of pity, his brother Nathan decides to marry her instead, and pity turns into a deep—and doomed—love. But it is immediately clear that Lily is not who she claims to be. Her attempt to live out her life as Lily Azerov shatters when she disappears, leaving a new husband and a baby daughter with only a diary, a large uncut diamond—and a need to find the truth. Who is Lily and what happened to the young woman whose identity she stole? Why has she left and where did she go? It's up to the daughter Lily abandoned to find the answers to these questions, as she searches for the mother she may never find or truly know.

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Class Notes Dahl Teaches Ethics through Understanding What is your name and where are you from? I’m Paul Dahl. I presently live in Webster City. I was born in Waterloo; my youth was spent in Black Hawk County in the Waterloo area. It was a hobby farm outside of La Porte City. I have lived in Iowa, Wyoming, Colorado and Minnesota throughout my adult years. What grade do you teach and at what school? I’m an adjunct instructor in humanities at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. As the ethics educator, I teach two sections of the transfer-level course, Introduction to Ethical Conflicts. What do you enjoy most about teaching? I enjoy trying to make the difficult and the complex in ethics more simple, more understandable for the students to grasp in my classroom. I also like to acquire knowledge for my intensive preparation for the course. I enjoy the multiple learning encounters with the students, where the information and knowledge is shared back and forth. I try to ensure that my learning horizons

Paul Dahl has always been interested in being an educator.


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are always expanded to benefit the stu-

dents I teach. I also like the challenge

What inspired you to become a

you need to have disciplined study

provided to me on a daily basis in


habits. It is proven that good study

teaching to students with various learn-

My parents were a definite inspiration.

habits will translate into quality work

ing styles.

I also feel that the wonderful teachers I

habits. What you do now will prepare

How long have you been working as a teacher? This adjunct instructor position is the first time my sole focus is strictly as an educator. I’ve been offered opportunities to do instruction in the past, but it

had in elementary, middle and high

you for the world of work, so being

school made me realize the importance

undisciplined and unfocused now won’t

of the life of the mind. They helped

help when you are expected to have

instill in me an unquenchable desire to

those abilities in a paid position. Also,

acquire and accumulate more knowl-

take the time to do additional reading,

edge – and hopefully some wisdom as

viewing of movies for personal edifica-


tion and recreation outside of your assigned work. Dahl said students need

was always as a secondary part of my

Dahl said he has intentionally sought

to test and challenge their minds by


a path of interdisciplinary study

doing these extra activities.

because it is his belief that one needs What makes you interested in

to integrate the best from several

He added that he would also tell


disciplines into a sound unified whole.

students to find the profession that

I received a backelor of arts in educa-

Through the teaching of ethics, it has

they love to do. “View life as a journey.

tion from the University of Northern

led him to combine thought from the

Do what brings out your joyful passion.

Iowa in general social science educa-

fields of philosophy, psychology,

Don’t be afraid to go down a byway

tion in 1987. I’ve always been interested in being an educator. Dahl also has a master’s in divinity degree in parish ministry and a masters of arts in library and information science. Because of these degrees, he has been able to offer instruction, albeit of a

ecology, theology, political science,

less traveled because you can always

sociology, and economics, he said.

reverse direction and find another side of the road to explore.”

What is the worst excuse you have gotten from a student?

What are three things every

I intentionally forget dishonest excuses

teacher should own?

so I am not a good one to ask.

The three things I believe that every teacher should own would be: a dic-

secondary nature, in his positions as

What profession other than your

tionary (at least three inches thick), a

a minister and a librarian/library

own would you most like to

computer (having both a word process-



ing program and Internet access), and

He would have liked to be an assistant

a DVD player (to view and show edu-

Who is someone that motivated

coach on an NBA team, he said,

cational programs for your courses).

you as a student?

adding that it’s probably too late to

It would have to be my high school

pursue that dream.

social studies teacher, Bruce Wigg. He was a motivating force in my pursuit of

What are some ways that stu-

a social science teaching degree. Wigg

dents can be successful in college

still teaches in Union Community

to help them go further in life?

School District in La Porte City.

My advice to students would be that

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ICCC Student Spotlight photograph by Hailey Brueschke

Martin Makes Choices to Improve Her Education miles from her high school, Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer. “I like Iowa Central Community College because you get oneon-one with the teachers. The college layout is nice and it has smaller classes,” said Martin. “Nothing is too big or overwhelming for a new student. I can go home whenever I want to.”

Katie Martin chose Iowa Central Community College as the perfect place to start her college career. It’s not easy making college choices when you’re still in high school. For seniors, sometimes the easiest choice is the smaller college, close to home yet far enough away for independence. That’s what Katie Martin chose. The Iowa Central Community College student thought it was the perfect place to start her college life, just a handful of


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If a student is struggling to choose a college to apply to, Martin suggests reading what she has to say about Iowa Central, because it might just change that student’s mind. A main reason she chose Iowa Central over a four-year university is cost.

Plus, she was delighted to learn that everything she had heard about the school was true; she loves the campus environment. “It’s a great transition for most students that attend there. This is true, especially if you are just graduating from high school. Not only are the classes small, but it is cheaper than

going straight to a university.” When it comes to comparing high school and college, Martin said that for students like her there is not much difference. “You are more independent and always have a lot of time to study if you choose to follow that plan.” For instance, Martin said the dorm rooms are great because they are large. “We have our own bathroom and kitchen. The dorm space itself is basically like living in your own apartment. It’s comforting to have that when you are away from home for the first time in your life.” Another plus is the availability of oncampus jobs, she said. Martin is a work study student at the Online Distance Learning department. “I like it because they work around my classes.” Martin is majoring in Elementary Education, a decision she based on her love of children. “Last year, during homecoming, I was able to go to Pomeroy Elementary and read to the little kids. This is something I really enjoyed doing.” Once she’s completed her work at Iowa Central, Martin plans to attend Buena Vista University to finish her bachelor’s degree.

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Tietsort Helps Women in Recovery When Jodie Tietsort completed treatment at Community and Family Resources years ago, she had no place to live in Fort Dodge. Now in 2012, she is working to make sure other women don’t have to go through what she had to endure. “There was really no place for me to go in Fort Dodge. The YWCA facility was full, and so were other shelters,” Tietsort said. It was an awful experi-

ence, she said. “I just don’t ever want anybody to ever have to go through that kind of feeling, to not have a place of shelter.” Tietsort, 46, began drinking alcohol at age 15, but it wasn’t until 2006 that alcoholism took control of her life. “I have a 24-year-old son. I have amazing parents. I have a sister and all that ... I’ve been a nurse for 22 years,” she said. “But the one thing that held me

back from all that for the last four years is that I was an alcoholic.” It was a cruel awakening. “I found my significant other dead in my bathroom. He was 40, and I just totally lost my spiritual walk,” Tietsort said. That was in October 2010. “I was drinking every day. I totally lost contact with my family.” Even after his death from alcoholism, she continued drinking. “I ended up passing out underneath a picnic table and ended up in the hospital where I fought for my physical, mental and spiritual life. I was dying in all three aspects,” Tietsort said. “I was there at Trinity Regional Medical Center for a month. It came down to where I was told I needed to go to a treatment facility. No alternatives were given to me.” It was either go on her own or be committed, she said. “I pretty much reluctantly said all right, I’ll go to Fort Dodge then.” In June 2011, she entered treatment with the intention of leaving Fort Dodge after the 28-day treatment. “I soon learned the happiness there is in sobriety. I found an amazing recovery community in Fort Dodge. I hope people realize what support systems are here in this community.”

Jodie Tietsort composed this collage of her life journey as part of her therapy.


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At Community and Family Resources, Tiesort met a counselor who made a difference in her life. “She stood beside me and just walked me through some bad stuff,” Tiesort said. Through that

counselor she discovered CANA, which is located at 18 S. Third St. “Luckily, by the grace of God, at CANA I was fortunate to meet a lady that helped me find a place,” Tietsort said. “I walked into CANA and this lady came up to me and said welcome, we are glad you are here.” In her head, Tiesort thought: You have no idea who I am, no idea of what I’ve done. The woman’s name was Joyce GartonNatte. She sat at the table with Tiesort. The next day, Tiesort got a card in the mail that said: “We are happy that you were here.” “I thought, how can somebody be that happy that doesn’t even know me?” CANA has been described as a creative space where life and faith come together. Volunteers there had been talking for a long time about the need for a place for women recovering from substance abuse addiction and prostitution. “It was Jodi Tietsort who has been the leader and driving force behind the idea,” said Garton-Natte, Gateway to Discovery board president. Garton-Natte said she got involved because of Tietsort. “Seeing God working in her life, well that is where I want to see how God is working,” Garton-Natte said. Tietsort is now the board secretary at CANA, and the idea for a safe place is closer to reality. “It has now branched off on its own,” said CANA pastor, Barbara Huisman. Some of the organizers have been down to Magdalene House in Nashville, Tenn., and have

Joyce Garton-Natte (right), was the first to greet Jodie Tietsort when she came to CANA last January. mirrored Gateway after that program. Magdalene has started a social enterprise called Thistle Farms, selling natural body care products made by the women. It provides income and employment for the women who live there. Organizers want a similar enterprise in Fort Dodge. CANA is also looking at a house for the program; they hope to have an opening in the spring. The place would house five women. As planned, Gateway would be a two-year program of four six-month phases. There will be a full-time director who will provide counseling, as well as a part-time counselor. The plan is for a voluntary program for single women. If they have children at home the women must sign a contract

that the children will be taken care of, Tietsort said. There will be no charge for the program. “Our funding is based on community and congregational support, businesses and individuals. No state or federal funding,” Tiesort said. “It’s a gift to the women to make them productive members of society.” According to her, “The mission of Gateway is to provide a sanctuary which is primarily a safe house, but also has an array of support services and educational opportunities for women who have a significant history of chemical dependency.” This is part of their mission statement. Several local churches are considering significant contributions, as well as other support for the program, and Tietsort has spoken to many churches and service

Continued on page 16

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Continued from page 15 For more information about Gateway to Discovery contact: Jodie Tietsort at 351-7616 or CANA at 302-8036, or by email at gatewaytodiscovery1@ Information is also available on this website: clubs. The program’s startup cost is estimated to be $76,000 with annual expenses at $120,000.

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“We will come to you to fix all your tire needs.” Matt’s Tire Service offers 24-hour service calls and travels within a 250 mile radius of Fort Dodge. Axness said he has traveled up to 5 hours away to do a 20 minute repair. Some of the heavy equipment, like earth movers used in mining operations, really require Matt’s Tire Service to come to them for servicing. “We also travel out to farms to take care of farm machinery tires.”

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Faith Matters: Sheldon Works with Youths at Northfield

Brad Sheldon has been youth pastor at Northfield Church of Christ for nearly 11 years.

Brad Sheldon has been youth pastor at

these ministries are more middle school,

ports the youth by attending local

Northfield Church of Christ for nearly

junior high and high school.”

events. “I try to get to different school

11 years, but his work is a bit different from that of other youth ministers.


events for each of the kids,” he said. Sheldon is responsible for training and finding church leaders for all the age

The group has no formal name, but it

“I oversee everything from nursery up to

groups. About 20 adults volunteer as

meets Wednesday evenings at the

high school,” Sheldon said. “ A lot of

youth leaders. For his part, Sheldon sup-

church. “We do a meal from 6 to 7 and

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have classes from 7 to 8,” Sheldon said. If they finish with the meal early, there is some play time. Sometimes they have a Bible lesson. Sometimes topics are chosen at random.

About Brad Sheldon Brad Sheldon grew up in the

Being a youth leader is no easy feat. How does he get kids to

Mason City and Oelwein area.

show up every Wednesday night? “I think the big part of it is

Except for his college days, he

having youth leaders that they enjoy making connections

has always been in Iowa and

with,” he said.

mostly involved in ministry. He graduated from the Minnesota

“I’ve heard from different parents, especially the younger-aged

Bible College, Rochester,

ones. They say that the kids just enjoy being here, which has always been kind of a goal too. I want to make it a place they

Minn., with a ministry degree.

want to be at rather than one they have to be at.”

He also attended Winona State University, Winona, Minn. “I thought about possi-

When Sheldon started the group at Northfield Church of Christ, there were was a core group of about five teenagers. In

bly doing some actuarial stuff, but ended up getting back

about five years, friends of friends were attending.

into ministry,” Sheldon said. “My father was a minister as well. I’ve always grown up in the church. It has always been

“A lot of times you have to catch them when they are younger

a strong part of my life.” In his free time he enjoys several

because anymore by the time you get to 15 they think they

sports, spending time on the computer, and board games.

know everything,” Sheldon said. “I find the importance obviously in the spiritual side. It’s a matter of their eternity and I think the youth group helps keep that connection,” Sheldon said. “There has been a bit of a

For more information about its youth group, contact Brad Sheldon at the Northfield Church of Christ, 576-2096.

shift in youth ministry in general. It’s hard to put a finger on it.” Sheldon said finding what they are good at defines who youths’ friends are, and how they are identified in their environment. “I’ve always enjoyed working with youth. Part of my personal goal plan is to see youth grow in their walk with Jesus,” said Sheldon. “No church can grow in the long term without youth,” said the Reverend Dale Harlow, pastor of Northfield Church of Christ. “In order for that to happen, a youth minister is essential. Brad makes sure that there are enough fun activities, as well as challenging activities, to keep our young people excited and growing in their faith. The fact that he has had a long ministry in Fort Dodge is a big bonus.”

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Toastmasters Toast in the New Year If you find the opportu-

The group has about 16 active mem-

nity to have to talk to a

bers; the youngest are junior members

group of people, most of

Ruth and Holly Shroeder, ages 14 and 16

us are unprepared – nor


do we want the job.

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Anyone can research,

One of the first things Toastmaster mem-

but to physically give a

bers do for new members to the group is

talk is another matter.

to greet them.

However, members of

“We all do that as a member of the

the Fort Dodge chapter,

Toastmasters. We will walk over to the

the “Ah” Masters-

person, smile, shake their hands and wel-

Toastmasters Club No.

come them to our meeting. We then have

2701, tackle public

them sign our guestbook and sit with a

speaking with enthusi-

member for the entire meeting,” said



“Toastmasters is all

When new members join Toastmasters,

about communication

for the first few meetings, they usually sit

with others. The local

and observe how the meeting progresses

Fort Dodge chapter

and how the members interact with each

prides itself on encour-

other. One of the first speeches they may

aging others to do just

give is Table Topics. Members are given

that – communicate,”

a topic out of a book and told to get up

said member Helen

and present their opinion on it in less


than 2 minutes.

Back, l to r: Stephanie Hill, Ruth Schroeder, Holly Schroeder, Matt Alcazar, Kim Alstott, Patrick Ellah. Front, l to r: Joan Johanson, Jacque Johanson, Jeannie Wood and Helen Hansen are members of the Toastmasters.

What makes the Fort Dodge group

When presenters give their speeches, the

to the group next time. Being involved in

unique, according to Hansen “is the

other members evaluate them on the

this group helps you to see those areas

camaraderie of the group. The support

speech in a “sandwich” evaluation.

better and develop yourself into a fine

Other members give the speechmaker all

speechmaker,” said Hansen.

and comfort the group member give each other during their presentations. You have to trust each other when this is

the positives about the speech as well as something to work on for the next evaluation.

done. There’s a level of comfort we have at our meetings that makes you feel like

“Everyone has something they can work

you are among family…you are really.”

on to do a better job when they present

New members can relay on the group’s teaching manuals that offer lessons that can help turn the member into an excellent speaker. For example, the first one is

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c ov er f eat ur e

Continued from page 31 the Competent Communication Manual. “It is the first one that everyone starts off with as a new member. It contains 11 lessons to develop the speeches they first give at the meetings,” said Hansen. The manual helps members organize their speech, incorporate gestures and create vocal variety as well as learning Junior member Ruth Schroeder and Jacque Johanson visit at a meeting.

how to use props in their speeches. Most members give speeches from each lesson in order to go to the next manual. There is always a mentor assigned to a new member to help guide them through this process. Some use the speech training manuals to help them develop their skills for their job or participation in other groups within the community. New members are told to listen, think and then speak. “In most conversations, most people don’t listen but if they do get into a good conversation, they can keep it balanced and then go on with the topic at hand to learn more with that person they are talking to,” said Hansen.

Patrick Ellah gives his first speech in English to members of the Toastmasters Club. Ellah is a student from Nigeria attending Iowa Central Community College. 32

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About Helen Hansen: Hometown: Princeton, Minn. Age: 62 Married to: Bill Hansen Works at/formerly worked for/retired: Curves and retired teacher Hobbies/Interests: Reading, word and hidden picture games, Suduko and grandson, Holden

Kim Alstott gestures during a speech he gives at a Toastmasters meeting.

Patrick Ellah, an Iowa Central

talked to the group about being an inter-

Toastmasters is celebrating its

Community College student from

national student at Iowa Central. He

eighty-eighth anniversary this year.

Nigeria, recently gave his first speech,

uses a laptop to help him understand

To find out more about

after attending meetings for about a

and translate sometimes when it is hard

month. Group members have worked to

for him to do so otherwise.

Toastmasters, contact Hansen at 955-5272.

help him understand American English. His challenge right now – other than

“When I came here I wasn’t good at

enunciating his English correctly – is

English. I would look at faces, my

using gestures to help him tell his stories

English was contracted. Now my speech

through his speeches he gives. In his

is better, and I understand more,” he

speech, “Language Barrier,” Ellah


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Leaky Faucet Issues Got You “Running”? The New Year has begun, but you still need to tend to household issues that ran into this year from the old. Yes, it’s time to face that leaking faucet. Remember how you were going to fix it in your spare time, but then there wasn’t any during the holidays? That excuse is so over. Plumbers can tell all kinds of stories centered on water the way you don’t want it, from showerheads to kitchen drains to running toilets. Their warning is simple: Pay attention now when it’s minor. You don’t want a leak going into a wall or pipe that has burst. Dan Riley, of Riley Plumbing, has easy suggestions on how to fix a leak, no matter what the household fixture. Riley fields plumbing calls this way: “First thing we find out is what brand the faucet is,” he said. At the home, he finds the water shut off, whether it’s located under the cabinet where the faucet is leaking or in the home’s basement. Then he investigates the problem. “Look for cartridges, gaskets or springs in the faucet that might need repairing,” Riley said. “About 99 percent of the time, it is something like this that anyone can replace on their own and take the piece to the hardware store to replace with the worn out piece.”

Riley fixes a bath tub leak in an awkward place behind a wall.

To help, Riley offered some basic tips to consider.

change the gaskets in the faucets every once in awhile and grease them too.”

“One thing that could be the reason for the leak is the hard water that we have in Fort Dodge. The lime build-up that occurs because of the hard water helps create the leaks. A good water softener will help with that situation to help contain that build-up. It also helps to extend the life of the water heater that you have in your home as well as your laundry to avoid the spots and stains that occur,” he said.

There are ways to simplify the work for do-it-your-selfers, Riley said.

Maintenance is a must on faucets, he added. “They get used and abused if you don’t maintain the faucets on a regular basis,” he said. “You should

“For an older showerhead or a smallersized one, you will probably need to replace the cartridge, gasket or spring. These are things easily found at a hardware store. The larger-style showerheads can have areas where the water remains and until the air gets to it, it won’t release that water. You can buy a smaller showerhead and that would alleviate the problem,” stated Riley. “Sometimes the showerhead will release water at random times due to this air

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continued from page 35 actually drain the water heater. Do you have a garbage disposal? According to Riley, they plug up easily, then the water backs up in it, hence, a leak. Underneath the sink there is a spot where you can use an Allen wrench to fix it if it is not working properly. Once this is done there is a reset button to use when you get the casing opened. One way to avoid the leaks associated with this device is not to put boiling water down the disposal. It melts the plastic and it will leak due to the warping of the plastic.

Dan Riley fixes a leaky faucet in a bathroom sink.

contact, but nothing is really wrong with the showerhead,” Riley said. Also, Teflon tape or a product called Pipe Dope is good to have in the tool box to use when a water pipe leaks. If you have to take something apart, Riley said, “you’ll want to have on hand WD-40, which is readily available at a hardware store, Phillips and straight-edge screwdrivers, Allen wrenches and a set of channel locks.” When should you call in a professional? If you don’t see a leak coming from the spout, showerhead or pipes

Riley also offered this advice: If you’re planning to be gone for an extended period of time, turn the temperature down on the thermostat but don’t shut the water off completely. You can leave the cabinet doors open to help keep the pipes warm. This is helpful if the temperature outside drops to below zero. “To make sure you don’t have a pipe leak issue upstairs, you can open the faucets upstairs, then go downstairs and let the water drain back through them,” said Riley. “Just remember when you come back and you are getting that water back on in full force what you did so you are not surprised.”

attached to them, but can tell there’s a real problem, call. The leak could be up in a wall.


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Another tip to know is that when you are gone the water heater can be turned to pilot, but it is unnecessary to

Another tip is to put ice in it to help break up the food that has plugged up the disposal and plugged the drain lines. At the same time, that kitchen nozzle that has limited function other than to squirt at you, can be a cause for leaks too. “Look again for leaks underneath as the leaks will generally follow along the hose line from the nozzle,” said Riley, “If you put paper towels or a paper sack underneath the sink you will see where the leak is from the drips of water.” One of the biggest reasons a plumber might get called for a leaky pipe is condensation. “We get lots of calls for that, but that usually happens more in the warmer months, especially in the basement,” said Riley, “Another item that looks like it has a leaky pipe but is reacting to the temperature or humidity in the home is the toilet.”

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The Blanden Memorial Art Museum Focuses on

Iowa Creativity Iowa gallery is open until Jan 26, sketches from the Blitz in London will open Jan. 12 It’s not too late to see Iowa art in a local setting. The Blanden Memorial Art Museum’s exhibition “All Iowa,” will remain open until Jan. 26. This display, which opened in October, showcases 38 paintings, ceramics, sculpture and prints created by artists who at some point lived in Iowa. “It goes back to 1890,” said Blanden Director Margaret Skove. “John Gue lived in Iowa a long time before he returned to New York City, and there’s one of his landscapes up.”

“April Landscape, Newton, Iowa” 1981 by Bobbie McKibbon, born 1951 in Philadelphia, Professor of Art at Grinnell College from 1978-2007.

Many of the artists are teachers, she said. The exhibit shows that art is important in Iowa just as it is anywhere else. “It displays the creative, innovative approach that artists who have lived or are still living in Iowa take, just as they do in New York or Los Angeles or London,” Skove said. All the pieces come from the Blanden’s permanent collection. Pieces from the permanent collection will also make up the museum’s new exhibition, “The BLITZ: London,


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“Country Roads” 1985 by Roy E. Burgess, born in Jefferson, 1948.

“The Shelter Sketch Book” 1967 prints from 1940 sketches by Henry Moore (English). - From “The BLITZ: Londen, September 1940 through May 1941. September 1940 through May 1941,” opening Jan. 12 in the second floor south gallery.

The bombing campaign came after France and Poland had fallen to the Germans, Skove said.

Guests will see nine prints dealing with civilians hiding in bomb shelters while their city was bombed by the Germans.

“Germany had been building a very strong, successful record of taking over countries, or areas they felt they had unfairly lost as result of losing World War I,” she said. “Something I don’t think many people know or remember, the British had, in the spring of 1940 they had sent their own bombers – this is the Royal Air Force – to Germany, specifically to Berlin, to bomb the Germans. There were a lot of civilian casualties in Germany.

Artist Henry Moore lived just outside of London as a young man, Skove said, and spent many evenings underground after the air-raid sirens went off. He didn’t make drawings in the shelter, but he did take notes, and created sketches later in his studio.

“Female Torso” circa 1945 by Clifton Emerson Adams, resident of Lohrsville, Des Moines, Iowa City and Fort Dodge. Born 1904, died 1995.

“The exhibit is more about civilian bombing than it is World War II. That’s what make it relevant today,” she said. “History is not just about a one-time event. There’s always re-occurring things. One re-occurring theme of war is civilian casualties.” Find out more about Blanden exhibitions and programs at

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Trinity Orthopaedics Takes Healing to the Joint Level Wintertime is here and injuries of the back, joints, extremities and

service works closely with the newly opened Cancer Center.

hands tend to happen more commonly around this time of the year. To help you get through these types of traumas to the body, a Trinity

Trinity Orthopaedics hopes to provide personal care. Treatment is indi-

Orthopaedics is available to provide quality care for any injuries you

vidually tailored to the patient’s needs, regardless of whether the prob-

might incur.

lem is just a simple sprain or a complicated “reverse” total shoulder replacement. The goal of the doctors is to get their patients back to

“A good definition of orthopaedic surgery is the diagnosis

their lifestyle and daily routines as quickly as possible. “We believe

and treatment of degenerative and traumatic problems of

there is no set formula to fix whatever ails the patient. If it is a frac-

the muscular, skeletal and joint systems,” stated Dr.

ture or carpal tunnel surgery, it can be handled here with good quality


results.” stated Dr. Tuy.

Orthopaedics was first developed in wartime

According to Dr.

for limb fracture care.

Prasad Purudappa,

Today, orthopaedics

“We can cover a full

involves more than just

range of

fracture care. It also

bone/muscle/joint prob-

includes reconstructive

lems any patient might

work for damaged

encounter. We are here;

joints as well as for con-

the follow up care is

genital problems associ-

here. This is a plus for

ated with limb deformi-

patients needing orthope-

ties. Trinity Orthopaedics

dic service within the

offers multiple specialty

area so as to avoid the

areas that can treat various

stress of travel and

bone and joint problems.

Trinity Orthopaedics: (l-r) Dr. Prasad Purudappa, Dr. Jeffery Luna, Dr. Benjamin Tuy and Dr. Richard Bergstrom.

The four surgeons with

paperwork concerns. Support group, like family, is closer for the

Trinity Orthopaedics are Dr. Richard Bergstrom, Dr. Jeffrey Luna, Dr.

patient especially if surgery is required. All these aspects help in a

Prasad Purudappa, and Dr. Benjamin Tuy. Each doctor has his

quicker recovery. ”

own expertise and fellowship training wherein most sub-specialties of orthopaedics are covered. Sub-specialties such as

To find out more about Trinity Orthopaedics, please call (515)574-

hand surgery, joint replacement and arthroscopic surgery for sports

8333. The clinic is located at 804 Kenyon Rd, POB West,

injuries and joint and ligament repair are available, as well as spine

Suite 320 at the Trinity Regional Medical Center. Hours

surgery and pediatric orthopaedic surgery. The group also offers surgi-

are: Monday through Thursday from 8:00am-4:30pm;

cal treatment of bone and soft tissue cancers; the orthopaedic oncology

Fridays from 8:00am-1:00pm.

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Dry Skin Resolutions It’s impossible to live in Iowa and escape the drying effect winter weather has on our skin. “Dry air leaves our skin parched,” said Julie Kranz, an esthetician with HealthWise Concepts. But, she said, there are ways to survive winter healthier and more comfortably. The face, hands, elbows and lower legs are the areas most prone to dryness in most people. “We are always washing our hands in the wintertime, but not moisturizing them afterwards,” said Kranz. “The elbows have rougher patches and less absorption capabilities so you will definitely see the dry skin here.”

Julie Kranz tries a new lotion for dry skin relief.

The lower legs tend to have dry skin as well because of circulation issues, she said.

temperature, taking a shorter shower and showering with a fragrance-free soap that includes a moisturizer, such as Dove, either in liquid or bar form.

As the temperature drops and the humidity levels plunge, the indoor heat strips skin of its moisture.

Kranz warned against over-exfoliating dry patches and recommended using a soft washcloth or sponge.

“Just putting in a humidifier in the living room and the bedroom helps a lot,” she said.

When you rub off dry skin flakes, “you are also rubbing off natural oils that are there to protect your skin,” she said.

“A hot shower or bath feels great this time of year,” Kranz said, “but hot water strips even more natural oils from your skin.”

Instead of vigorously drying after the shower, she suggested patting skin gently to leave a little moisture on the skin, then moisturizing right away with a product that includes shea butter and is targeted for dry skin.

She recommended lowering the water

However, she cautioned, using a rich, too-thick moisturizer on your face can clog pores and cause skin problems. Adding a serum that is lighter, such as Vitamin C, will reduce the chance of clogging pores, she said. There are aspects of a person’s daily routine that can also help the skin restore itself. Getting seven to eight hours of sleep also helps the skin restore itself, Kranz said. Applying a light coating of olive oil or baby oil before you shower will help create a moisture barrier. Remember, she said, the more the furnace runs, the drier the air becomes in

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continued from page 41 your home, so try not to overheat your house.

to purchase and use the product, she said.

Kranz also suggested some home remedies that can help refresh your skin.

Kranz also addressed some skin care myths.

“A homemade skin scrub can be made with any oil and brown sugar,” Kranz said. “Just mix equal amounts and rub. It’s a great exfoliant because it’s not abrasive and most of us have these items right in our kitchen. Leave them on for 5 to 10 minutes and then wash them off in the shower. “If your lips are dry, you can rub honey on them in the evening, and you will wake up to smooth, yummy, healed lips.” Ideally, you should moisturize twice daily morning and evening, she said. People with more serious dry skin and skin allergies have a whole new range of issues to deal with. They need to follow the same suggestions as other people, but more judiciously. For example, she said, they should check the labels to see if moisturizers contain petroleum, mineral oil, linoleic acid or flaxseed, as well as borage, hemp, sunflower or rose hip oils, which can be helpful. However, even natural ingredients can cause skin reactions. “Just use common sense and test in a small area, like behind the ear for a few days. Then try elsewhere, just to make sure.” If there’s no reaction, it’s probably OK


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– Over exfoliating is not good for the skin. Exfoliating can be beneficial, she said, but should be done within reason. Chemical peels, for example, are temporary fixes that won’t ‘cure’ dry skin. “Peeling treatments may Kranz says individuals with skin allergies have a whole new removed dry, flaky range of issues to deal with when addressing dry skin patches but it will cause problems. additional dryness,” Kranz said. – Drinking water doesn’t do much for the skin. This one is definitely false, Kranz said. Drinking at least 1.5 to 2 liters of water daily will make a dramatic difference to your skin in no time. Every time you take in a cup of coffee, pop or energy drink, it dehydrates your skin even more. “If you don’t think you can do that much water in a day, try substituting the amount with some leafy vegetables or some fruit,” said Kranz. – Covering up your skin won’t do much good in winter. Quit worrying about committing a fashion faux pas. Use that scarf, gloves and wash them regularly in a nonscented fabric softener to reduce the

chance of skin irritation. – Taking fish oil pills will prevent dry skin. Taking them is good but you cannot rely on that alone to solve your dry skin issues, she said, and restated the need to drink enough water. – Winter sunshine is less intense, so I donát need to protect my skin from its rays. The sun glare and the wind cracking your skin can cause excessive dryness on the face. Adding a serum to your moisturizer acts like a sealant and can provide a barrier to all those elements outside, said Kranz. She suggested applying a moisturizer with an SPF of 15 to 30 on your face.

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Sidewalk and Crosswalk Brick Repair Efforts In the heart of Downtown, Central

The Downtown Self-Supported

funding needed to fulfill the $40,000

Avenue underwent major reconstruction

Municipal Improvement District helped

plan. The first project was completed in

in the early 1990รกs. The project replaced elements that are not visible to the public including increasingly outdat-

jumpstart the repair efforts with a

fall 2011, on Ninth Street between First

$10,000 contribution the first year.

Avenue North and Central Avenue.

SSMID also indicated a willingness to

The crosswalks at First Avenue North

support the program in additional years.

and Central Avenue were repaired

ed water mains, sanitary sewers and

This support enticed the City to pool

where necessary to restore them to a

storm sewers before building new streets

funding from both road improvement

safe and functional condition. The

and Tax Increment Finance funds to

pavers in the sidewalk and plaza areas

provide the remainder of the annual

were inspected and repaired where trip

and sidewalks. The project vastly improved water pressure downtown, an area where fires were devastating entire buildings. On the surface, one of the visible changes was paver crosswalks and a decorative pattern in the sidewalks. These areas have been heavily used, with little maintenance. With the lack of maintenance becoming more and more evident, a plan to implement a regular incremental improvement program was developed in January 2011. The plan identified and prioritized work needed to repair and maintain the streets, sidewalks, and crosswalks. The plan includes an estimated $40,000 per year to make notable improvements in the durability, appearance, and func-

As the lack of maintenance was increasingly obvious with the decorative brick pattern on downtown sidewalks, a plan for regular improvements and repair was implemented.

tionality of Downtown Fort Dodge.

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continued from page 43 hazards, drainage problems, or settlement had developed. The project presented many challenges but with a problem solving mentality, the contractor and city staff worked to deliver an improved, more durable product.

In 2012, the City-SSMID partnership strengthened with the Cityรกs Public Works Department stepping up to work on the downtown improvement projects. Sidewalks have been their most

visible improvement so far, with workers

rather than blanket replacement of

starting on the north side of Central

every crosswalk at an intersection.

Avenue at 12th Street and working

Work is planned to begin in the spring

west. These repair efforts progressed

avoiding Market on Central, which

well throughout the summer and will

starts June 8. The program is anticipat-

continue in 2013. The Public Works

ed to continue throughout downtown in

Department is also planning to perform

future years.

repairs to some of the damaged crosswalks on Central Avenue between 7th Street and Tenth Street. Repair efforts will focus on the specific area of need

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Pork and Shiitake Meatloaf Start off the New Year with a culinary

with a wooden spoon, then place in a

delight that’s cheaper than traveling

greased terrine, mold or loaf pan. Cover

around the world. Its somewhat exotic,

or wrap the pan with well-greased alu-

expensive taste will fool you, because it’s

minum foil. Bake in the oven for 40-50

easy. The recipe comes from the book

minutes. Allow to rest for 5 minutes

“Cooking Japanese-Style” by Mark

before unwrapping the foil and slicing

Gregory and Yuzaburo Mogi. It’s basic

the meatloaf.

comfort food — hearty and economical — but with oriental flair. The book’s

Tip: Serve the meat-

recipes were sponsored by Kikkoman to

loaf hot or cold with

encourage people to try Asian cuisine,

rice, salad or pickles.

which is known for its proportions of

You can turn it

flavor. The recipes also create a presen-

unmolded, upside

tation of color and texture on the plate.

down, and brush

Is your mouth watering yet?

with honey and color it under a hot


broiler or oven for

Oil for greasing

a few minutes.

1 lb. minced pork (shoulder or leg; or

Serves 4.

find pork pieces ready for stew)

Preparation time

8 oz. cream cheese

is 20 minutes.

2 oz. crumbled blue cheese 7 oz. shiitake mushrooms, finely diced 1 T. Kikkoman soy sauce 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 T. mild French mustard 1 egg 1tsp. dried sage Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place all of

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MoneyMatterS courtesy of edwardjones edward Lower Debt Levels Mean Greater Investment Opportunities In the past few years, Americans have

should you do with this

done a pretty good job of whittling

“found” money?

down their debt load. If you’re in this

Of course, you could spend

group, you may now have a chance to

it on material objects,

use your lower level of indebtedness to

which, in some cases, may

your advantage — by investing for the

make your life more pleas-


ant today. But you’d probably be better off by devot-

Consider the numbers: In 2007, just

ing your financial resources

before the financial crisis, the country’s

to your goals for tomorrow,

household debt service ratio was about

such as college for your chil-

14 percent. (The debt service ratio is

dren and, eventually, a comfortable

the ratio of debt payments, including

retirement lifestyle for yourself.

mortgages and consumer debt, to disposable personal income.) But by 2012,

Consequently, you want may want to

this figure had dipped below 11 per-

consider these suggestions:

These figures are national averages,

Increase your contributions to your

but they do translate into real-life sav-

retirement plan. Try to put more

ings for many of us. If you’re in this

money into your employer-sponsored

group — that is, if you’ve lowered your

retirement plan, such as a 401(k), 403(b)

debt payments noticeably — what

or 457(b). Your contributions are typi-

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more you invest, the lower your taxable income. Plus, your earnings can grow on a tax-deferred basis. Fully fund your IRA. You can put in up

cent, the lowest level since 1994.


cally made with pretax dollars, so the


to $5,000 per year (as of 2012) to a traditional or Roth IRA, or $6,000 if you’re 50 or older. A traditional IRA grows tax-deferred, while a Roth IRA can grow tax-free, provided you meet certain conditions.

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Show Off Your Pet! Fill in “gaps” in your financial strategy. With a little extra money each month, can you find ways to fill in the “gaps” in your financial strategy? For example, do you have sufficient life insurance and disability income insurance? Or can you add some investments that can help diversify your overall portfolio? While diversification can’t guarantee profits or protect against loss, it can help reduce the effects of volatility on your holdings. Build an emergency fund. It’s a good idea to build an emergency fund containing six to 12 months’ worth of living expenses. Without such a fund, you may be forced to dip into long-term investments to pay for unexpected costs, such as a large bill from the doctor or a major car repair. Keep the money in a liquid, low-risk account. Establish a 529 plan. If you have children or grandchildren whom you would like to help get through college, you might want to contribute to a 529 plan. Your earnings grow tax-free, provided withdrawals are used for qualified higher education expenses. Plus, your contributions may be deductible from your state taxes. (Be aware, though, that withdrawals used for purposes other than qualified education expenses may be subject to federal and state taxes, plus a 10% penalty.) Reducing your debt level can remove some stress from your life. And you’ll gain even more benefits from debt reduction by using your savings to speed your progress toward your important financial goals. Copyright © 2012 Edward Jones. All rights reserved. Member SIPC.

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