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Old Glory Flies Strong on the Des Moines River

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Calendar Scene About Town New on the Shelf Parting Shot

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Class Notes: Meet Robyn Caldwell by Hailey Brueschke

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ICCC Student Spotlight: Marcus Tague by Hailey Brueschke

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Volunteers Put on10th Annual Oakland Cemetery Walk by Robert Wolf

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Nancy Hamilton Leads St. Olaf Team to Nicargua by Robert Wolf

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Old Glory Still Flies Strong Over Des Moines River by Meg Beshey

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Home Style: The Garden Advenure So It Grows by Meg Beshey

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Culinary Corner: Put a Little Pepper Into Your Grill by Meg Beshey

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Health Wise: A Concert to Remember by Meg Beshey

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Money Matters: Plan for the Expected – But Prepare for the Unexpected courtesy of Edward Jones

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From the News Editor It’s All Good … Just the other day I was out 'n’ about driving around our town. I noticed how people couldn’t help but be outside (when it wasn’t raining). That was so neat, to see people take ownership of their yard by tackling that mowing job, cleaning their window sills or gutters, or even planting flowers in that space in the front to make the house look cheerier to those passing by, like myself. It worked. While noticing that I also noticed people doing nice things for each other in very obvious ways, thus came the new section in FD Today, “It’s a Good Thing.” Tell me in short words what you observed and where in our community you saw this nice thing happening. You can send this to mbeshey@frontiernet.net whenever you see something. Let others know! Another aspect of the nicer weather is the ever-increasing population of walkers, runners and bikers on our trails, as well as in the neighborhoods. The time they are spending using our spaces is great to see. The new bike trails are seeing lots of action as I drive by, with all the families walking or biking together. I cherished the image of the brave lady who had four youngsters with her on those cute little mini bikes. I wondered how long she made it with that crew before one of them said, “I gotta go potty.” You know it was going to happen, so just smile and pray for her every time she takes that job on! Such devotion! When I come home from a day of teaching, I want to just chill for a bit, but when the weather gets nice, I too want to head outside to just do something. Lately it seems to be walking around collecting branches that fell during recent wind gusts or gathering the beloved offerings of the dogs. It just feels good to be outside to take it all in. One needs to be at peace with nature seriously if you are going to truly enjoy the outside. This could come with the chirping of that robin or maybe the rustling of the leaves just now coming into their own all around the community. Did you notice how they kind of have a second rebirth of sorts? The first ones sprouted, blew off, new ones came on in stronger colors and textures? I did. So should you. In this issue we look at how our community is involved with others such as the traditional Oakland Cemetery Walk or making others feel at home on the Iowa Central campus. Our beautiful American flag in all its glory and the way it is honored is featured with the inside look on how we were blessed with that Flag in the River. 'Tis the season, also, to get your grill going on, so I’m going to give you ONE of the family recipes involving Dr. Pepper, the “family” pop in our house. Things just taste better with a little Dr. Pepper on it. Well, to me they do. The garden is coming along with little baby sprouts from the onions and I think the taters; hopefully Larry Rohrer can define what it is this month. So get outside after reading this issue, discussing with others the stories we shared, and enjoy the outdoors everyone. It's summertime!

pUbLicaTion inFormaTion Managing Editor Barbara Wallace Hughes

News Editor Meg Beshey

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Volume 23 Issue 2 If your address has changed since your last issue call (800) 622-6613 ext. 404.

The Fort Dodge Today Magazine is published monthly by The Messenger, with all rights reserved, Copyright, 2012.

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contributors Amelia "Amy" Presler is an avid reader who just happens to work at the best place in town for book lovers–the Fort Dodge Public Library. The best part of her job is meeting the public and having access to all the latest titles and sharing her love of books with others. When not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking, painting and spending time with her family and friends. She is a native of Fort Dodge and is the youngest of 10 children and has three of her own. She believes that you can judge a book by its cover (literally!) and avoids those that have hats, shoes, feet, fences, swords, gardens, cakes, tableware, Adirondack chairs and cats on them.

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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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June 2012 1 Frontier Days, Saucy Jack performs 7 to 11 p.m. at the Fort, food and drinks available. Craft Village open. Admission to Frontier Days with a $5 souvenir button (good all weekend). 1 Ja-Mar Cruise, Ja-Mar Drive-In restaurant, 329 S. 25th Street, public welcome, open to all makes and models of cars and trucks. Free registration from 5 to 9 p.m. Door prizes all evening

2 Frontier Days, activities at the Fort all day, $5 admission to Frontier Days with a $5 souvenir button (good all weekend). The Fabulous Uniques perform from 1 to 4 p.m. The Breakfast Club band performs 7 to 11 p.m., food and drink available all day. 2 Fort Dodge Horseshoe Tournament 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hydro-Electric horseshoe pits 2 Fishing Derby, Brushy Creek fish pier, 10 a.m.

2 Frontier Days parade, Central Ave., downtown Fort Dodge, 10 a.m.

2 Night Paddling, Brushy Creek, south boat ramp, first come, first served basis, 9 p.m.

2 Farmers Market, Crossroads Mall, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

3 Archery Shoot, John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2 Archery Shoot, John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

4 FDSH boys varsity baseball vs. West Des Moines Valley at Dodger Stadium, 4:00 p.m.

2 Webster County Museum open, 515 School St., Otho, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2-3 Fort Dodge Classic Girls Fast Pitch softball tournament, Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex 3 Frontier Days at the Fort, exhibits, vendors, food and drink available, Bill Riley Talent Show 2 to 4 p.m., admission to Frontier Days with a $5 souvenir button (good all weekend).

4 FDSH girls jv/varsity softball vs. West Des Moines Valley at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex, 4:15 and 6:15 p.m. respectively. 5 FDSH boys jv/varsity baseball vs. Dowling Catholic, Dodger Stadium, 4 and 6 p.m. respectively. 5 Free blood pressure screening, Crossroads Mall, 8 to 9:30 a.m.

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June 2012 5-10 Hawkeye Community Theatre presents “The Big Five Oh,” Hawkeye Community Theatre, 7 p.m. 6 FDSH boys jv baseball vs. Carroll Kuemper, Dodger Stadium, 4 p.m. 6 Farmers Market, Crossroads Mall, 1:30 to 6 p.m. 6 Fort Dodge Civitan Club meeting, Zakeers Restaurant, 425 Second Ave. S., 7 a.m. 7 Webster County Museum open, 515 School St., Otho, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 8 FDSH boys varsity baseball vs. Des Moines

Hoover, Dodger Stadium, 4 p.m. 9-10 Pre-State Baseball tournament, Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex. 9 Iowa Central Summer Jazz concert, 1 to 8:30 p.m., Bioscience and Health Sciences patio, light refreshments served. RSVP to Shelly Rustvold at 574-1137. (In case of rain, event will be held in Bioscience auditorium.) 9 Market on Central, Central Avenue, downtown, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 9 Farmer’s Market, Crossroads Mall, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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9 No Woman Left Inside, Brushy Creek Recreational area, 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. 9 Flea Market and Hillbilly Sale, Webster County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 9 Movie on the Monsters, Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex, 8:45 p.m.

9 Iowa Associated Saddle Club Horse show, Webster County Fairgrounds, 9:30 a.m.

9 Fort Dodge Historic Preservation Commission and Oakland Cemetery Association present the tenth annual Oakland Cemetery Walk, Oakland Cemetery, 1 to 3 p.m., with tours beginning every 10 minutes. Tickets are $7 per person, children under 10 free. Tickets can be purchased Saturday at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church parking lot, 1436 21st Ave. N., where visitors are asked to park. 10 Mad Hatter Tea at the Vincent House, 824 3rd Avenue North, 2 to 5 p.m., call 573-3318 for more information. 10 Fort Dodge Historic Preservation Commission and

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June 2012 Oakland Cemetery Association present the tenth annual Oakland Cemetery Walk, ICCC Biosciences and Health Science auditorium, 3 p.m., a single indoor performance. Tickets are $7 per person, children under 10 free. Tickets for Sunday’s event can be purchased at Biosciences and Health Sciences auditorium lobby.

Club Horse show, Webster County Fairgrounds, 9:30 a.m. 10 Celebrating 100th birthdays for Roy Rogers, Minnie Pearl, Bill Mondroe and Woody Guthrie, FDSH Little Theatre, tickets $10.

Museum Art Camp, morning session for kids ages 7 to 9, 10 a.m. to noon, afternoon session for kids ages10 to 13, 1 to 3 p.m., $45 for museum members, $55 for non-members. Preregistration required, for information, call 573-2316.

11 FDSH girls jv/varsity softball vs. Waukee, Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex, 4:15 and 6:15 p.m.

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11 FDSH boys varsity baseball vs. Waukee, Dodger Stadium, 4 p.m.

13 Farmers Market, Crossroads Mall, 1:30 to 6 p.m. 14 Webster County Museum open, 515 School St., Otho, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

10 Flea Market and Hillbilly Sale, Webster County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

10 Karl L. King Municipal Band, Flag Day concert of patriotic music; Oleson Park Bandshell, guest soloist Bob Patton; vocalist from Gowrie; Jerrold Jimmerson, conductor. 7:30 p.m., free admission courtesty of city of Fort Dodge, in case of rain, concert will be cancelled.

13 Fort Dodge Civitan Club meeting, Zakeer’s Restaurant, 425 Second Ave. S., 7 a.m.

12 Free blood pressure screening, Crossroads Mall, 8 to 9:30 a.m. 13-14 Summer Preschool Storytime, Fort Dodge Public Library, pre-registration required. For more information, call 573-8167.

15-16 Fundraiser for Rabiner Treatment Center, Graham Tire, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 15-17 Fort Dodge Kennel Club AKC Dog shows, Webster County Fairgrounds.

AT THE BLANDEN “Pottery, Painting and Persistance, 1958 - 2011” exhibit April 21- Sept. 15, by Dean Schwarz. “Asian, European & American Art” works of art from the Permanent Collection “The New Deal” • America in the 1930’s works of art from the Permanent Collection “Innovative and Imaginitive Cultures” works of art from the Permanent Collection 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 3rd Ave. S. For information, phone 573-2316. 6



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16 Paddling Class, John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

18 FDSH boys varsity baseball vs. Ames, Dodger Stadium, 4 p.m.

15 Shellabration featuring Foreigner, Oleson Park Bandshell, tickets $28 until June 3, $32 after June 3. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Visit www.shellabration.org for locations to purchase tickets.

17 Happy Father’s Day

18 FDSH girls jv/varsity softball vs. Ames, Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex, 4:15 and 6:15 p.m.

15-16 Hoopla, Pleasant Valley Neighborhood basketball tournament.

17 Karl L. King Municipal Band performs with guest trombone soloist Dan Cassady, former Fort Dodge resident, and special conductor Kenny Bierschenk of West Chester, Ohio, Oleson Park Bandshell, 7:30 p.m., free admission courtesty of city of Fort Dodge, in case of rain, concert will be cancelled. 18 Dan’s Reading Road Trip from IPTV/Family Storytime, Fort Dodge Public Library, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

19-22 Blanden Memorial Art Museum Art Camp, morning session for kids ages 5 to 7, 10 to 11:30 a.m., afternoon session for kids ages13 to 16, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., $40 for museum members, $50 for non-members morning session, $45 for museum members, $55 for non-members for afternoon session. Pre-registration required, for information, call 573-2316.

19 A Family Victorian Evening on the RinglandSmeltzer home lawn, 1019 Second Ave. S., 5 to 7 p.m., tickets required. 19 FDSH girls jv/varsity softball vs. Des Moines North, Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex, 4:15 and 6:15 p.m. respectively. 19 FDSH boys jv baseball vs. Waukee, Dodger Stadium, noon. 22-24 ASA Girls 12 and under Class C Fastpitch Tournament, Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex. 22 Relay for Life of Webster County, Dodger stadium, 6 to 11 p.m.

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June 2012 23 Blanden Memorial Art Museum’s 80th birthday, Blanden Memorial Art Museum. 23 Market on Central, Historic Downtown Fort Dodge, Central Ave., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 24 Karl L. King Municipal Band performs with guest conductor Dr. Timothy Rhea of Texas A&M University, Oleson Park Bandshell, 7:30 p.m.,

free admission courtesty of city of Fort Dodge, in case of rain, concert will be cancelled. 24 Concert to Remember, Best Western Starlite Village Inn and Suites, 2 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person in advance, or $30 at the door. If tickets are purchased prior to June 24, there is a special offer of two tickets for $40. 24-25 Iowa Associated Saddle

Club Horse Show, Webster County Fairgrounds, all day.

Dodger Stadium, 4 and 6 p.m. respectively.

25 FDSH boys varsity baseball vs. Mason City, Dodger Stadium, 4 p.m. 25 FDSH girls jv/varsity softball vs. Mason City, Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex, 4:15 and 6:15 p.m. 26 FDSH boys jv/varsity baseball vs. Boone,

28-29 Blanden Memorial Art Museum Art Camp, morning session for kids ages 6 to 8, 10 a.m. to $20 for museum members, $25 for non-members. Pre-registration required, for information, call 573-2316. 30 Prairie Hike, Brushy Creek, meet at Root Cellar Prairie, 10 a.m.

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Annual Frontier Days Parade 10:00 am • Saturday Central Ave

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featuring It is obvious when you walk into Troy Waller Auto Body that you are not just a number. As you soon as you walk in the door you are greeted with a “Hello” by the staff and “What can we do for YOU today?” This is unusual in this day and age and it speaks highly of the type of business that Troy Waller has worked hard to establish in the last decade or two here in Fort Dodge.

One of the unique things about the custom paint work that is done at Troy Waller Auto Body is the “green” techniques and materials they use in completing their work. They use environmentally friendly products, including high performance automotive refinish coatings from PPG called Envirobase. This type of paint improves the air quality for the painters as well as the community, it reduces hazardous waste and the color matches Troy Waller Auto Body is located at closely with the original manufacturer’s paint tech508 32nd Street, Fort Dodge. nology as well as having a lifetime limited warranty on the work.

We all know it is one of the prime spots you can go to in case of a fender bender. Don’t fear about the process, the staff at Troy Waller Auto Body will work hard to make sure the process goes smoothly for you. As soon as you walk in, you will be given information that is current, up to date and works around your schedule, not someone else’s timetable. Also, when you come in with a damaged vehicle, you need to know that you will be dealing with I-CAR certified technicians. Each technician has about 15 years of experience with the car repair market.

When you bring your vehicle to Troy Waller Auto Body, they will take photos of the vehicle and get you an estimate prepared promptly. Troy Waller noted, “We can email and upload estimates and photos directly to your insurance company for your convenience from the shop.” When a customer searches for an insurance quote on their damaged vehicle they need to know that they have the option to take it wherever they want and they only really need one quote, not the three commonly told to customers. “There is no law stating that you need more than one estimate, and you have the right to have your vehicle repaired at the shop of your choice.” stated Troy Waller. The CSI, customer satisfaction index, score is over 98% at Troy Waller Auto Body and many people are repeat customers. They continue to bring back repeat business throughout the year because they are treated right and know they can trust Troy Waller to get the job done. Sweeten up your ride with a custom paint job on Troy considers your auto at Troy Waller. every customer to be a fortunate reason why his business has lasted as long as it has in this community. He appreciates each and every person that chooses to come to his place of business. Another service offered at Troy Waller that many may not be aware of is custom painting. Custom paint work is done on all types of vehicles and motor cycles as well as full restorations. ”When a customer brings in an image they want on their vehicle, Tony Smith will work up a composition drawing and various color “sprayouts” will be shown to the customer for approval before starting the process. It is rewarding to see the customer’s reaction to the work after completion…their satisfaction is visible on their faces. That means a lot to me as the business owner,” said Troy Waller.

You’ll ride in style on your cycle from Troy Waller’s Custom Paint Shop.

Other services available through Troy Waller Auto Body are their authorized Club Car and Dixie Chopper products and services. They will tend to your golf cart at the golf courses in the area, this service is free of charge, you just pay for the tune-up. For those that are not in the know, the Club Car is the top of the line when it comes to golf carts. Right now is the season for those golf carts to be running over the trimmed fairways on our courses, so why not be seen in the best? Club Cars have been around for over 50 years and help those in the golf industry, even large event organizers, provide services at their facilities for their customers, or to just be mobile and efficient at their business location. The #1 Club Car is the Precedent and is available in two distinct models. The Dixie Chopper is a hi-powered mowing machine that will custom cut your lawn like nobody’s business. You’ve seen them around mowing the large property spaces with ease as if they were flying over it. When it comes to turns, this vehicle can negotiate a turn with simplicity to get the job done right and efficiently. The Dixie Chopper comes in four main models and two of them have 2-3 variations to suit your mowing needs the best. Troy Waller Auto Body also has a full line of audio equipment and remote starters. They are the authorized dealer for CompuSTAR. Remote Starters have provided great business for Troy Waller Auto Body in recent years. The basic appointment itself is a breeze when it comes time to get one installed in your car or as a gift to another person. The installation takes just a few hours and you can even get a Smartphone “app” for your remote start. After the app is installed you can start your car from your Smartphone while you stay warm inside or dry during an Iowa thunderstorm. For more information on your vehicle damage repairs, custom paint work, Club Car or Dixie Chopper products, do not hesitate to call Troy Waller at Troy Waller Auto Body, 508 32nd Street, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 (515)955-3365, or visit www.troywallerautobody.com

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Class Notes

Meet Robyn Caldwell What makes you interested in teaching? “I love the challenge of trying to reach every child in an effective manner through many teaching methods. I like the kinesthetic, visual and audio learning styles the best. The children are our future. To help those students as well as us, to have a brighter future comes my love of teaching.” Who inspired you when you were a student? “As a student, I had never contemplated becoming a teacher. My favorite teachers that I remember most was my secondgrade teacher, Mrs. Hanson, and my junior high math teacher, Mrs. Johnson. It was my physical science and economics professors in college that talked me into at least contemplating becoming a teacher.”

Robyn Caldwell assists students from Rabiner Treatment Center.

What is your name and where are you from? My name is Robyn Caldwell. I am originally from Barnum. What grades do you teach and at what school? “I currently teach at the Rabiner Treatment Center in Fort Dodge. My teaching duties include administering all the required state tests, teaching rules and expectations for the classroom as well as for Rabiner Treatment Center. I also teach our clients social, communication and anger management skills that they can apply to their life. By doing so, this will help the students decrease the frequency of inappropriately reacting to their feelings and bringing on more consequences for themselves throughout the rest of their lives.”

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt? “I think I would enjoy being a taxi driver if someone could guarantee my safety. I would completely enjoy driving around the big cities meeting a wide variety of people." What are three things every teacher should own? Headphones: to “shut out” the noise once in a while and selfreflect. Eraser: as a symbol of being able to “erase” their mistakes and go on about their day. Magnifying glass: sometimes we need to look deep to find a little bit of “sweet” in the children we work with.

What do you enjoy most about teaching? “I love helping others, especially the troubled youth that are here who have lost hope. I believe every child deserves a fair chance at education regardless of their past decisions or other life traumas preventing them from achieving that goal from happening." How long have you been working as a teacher? “I have worked in the teaching role here at Rabiner Treatment Center for about four years. Really, it is about five years, if you count when I was a T.A., teacher’s assistant."

Caldwell says she loves the challenge of trying to reach every child in an effective manner through many teaching methods.

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ICCC Student Spotlight Marcus Tague

When he graduates, he will receive his associate of arts degree in liberal arts.

Marcus Tague with his grandparents, Jeannine and Marlyn Johnson. -photo submitted by Julie Tague

When Marcus Tague graduated from high school at Manson NorthwestWebster, he decided to go to Iowa Central. He was not only being recruited to play football at ICCC but chose it because of the student-teacher ratio. “At Iowa Central, a student isn’t just a number, but the teachers know your names and are always willing to help,” Tague said. Currently his major is undecided, but he has kept his main focus on the art department. He has always been creative. “I love to draw and creating things on the computer. I’ve wanted to do something dealing with art ever since I was little,” he said. He is the type of

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“The best part is that I finished most of my main classes such as biology, psychology, sociology and trigonometry where I could receive the help if I needed it,” he said. Now, when Tague transfers to another school, he can focus more on careerrelated classes.

One thing he was involved in at Iowa Central was football. His college experience was much easier for him because of all the people he was able to meet through football, he said. “Right off the bat, before school started, I had met about 160 guys who I knew throughout the school year,” said Tague. Because he was in football, all of his classes were in the morning and thus over by noon. The schedule gave him a lot of downtime. Football is Tague's favorite sport – he's has been playing tackle football since he was in sixth grade.

“There is no better team sport than football. It is too fun,” he said. To fill his downtime, Tague became a student ambassador for Iowa Central. The new campus occupation allowed him to give tours to new incoming students.

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person who will draw whatever comes to his mind and the art department at Iowa Central gives him that flexibility, he said.

- Marcus Tague There are many things Tague loves about Iowa Central, he said, but one of his favorites is the personal closeness. “I was the guy who woke up five minutes before class, walked to the building, and still made it on time,” said Tague. He also loved how every first Monday of the month; the college has a movie night, which allows the students to see a movie at the Fort 8 for only $3. For summer, his schedule is already laid out. Tague is will work construction for his father. He will also lift weights four times a week and condition three times a week so he stays in shape for football in the fall. As for next year, he plans on transferring to the University of WisconsinStout to play football and major in game design and development.


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Volunteers put on 10th annual Oakland Cemetery Walk

The presenters each write their own script. Small groups will be led from presenter to presenter by a guide, who is also in period dress. The program traditionally runs about 80 minutes. Jerry and Marva Rowe got the walk started 10 years ago. Jerry Rowe is its committee chairman.

John Bonner portrays Dr. Harley G. Ristine, a Civil War soldier. “A visit to Oakland Cemetery is a stroll through Fort Dodge’s early history." That's what Deann Haden-Luke, of the Friends of the Oakland Cemetery, thinks. Every year since 2003, the Friends have invited the public to step back in time to meet some of the characters who have been a part of Fort Dodge’s rich history. They do this through the Oakland Cemetery Walk, said Haden-Luke. Oakland Cemetery was established in 1866 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000, she said.

“My wife and I started it. It was my idea,” he said. They had learned about a similar event in Elgin, Ill., and obtained a video of it. They then formed Friends of Oakland and invited members of the Hawkeye Community Theatre to see if the idea was even possible. Since then, Rowe helped Mason City start a similar walk and Algona is considering starting one as well.

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“Presenters will be in period dress, compliments of Masque Productions. They will tell the story in first person as though they actually are the historic character.” Haden-Luke said.

- Jerry Rowe

“I get all the information. I do all the research on all the characters. I select the characters,” Rowe said. Committee secretary Jo Douglas said there are different sets of characters each year. “The only repeat we do is Egbert Bagg or his wife. This year, we are doing Bagg’s son. He was the man who designed Oakland Cemetery and we think that’s a good introduction as people come into the cemetery. That’s

Oakland Cemetery was established in 1866 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.

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“We need to space it out so we can move from one site to another without walking great distances, yet the sites are not too close together that there is a problem hearing the presenters,” Douglas said. “It’s an experience that most people who attend find enlightening and entertaining,” she said. “We have gotten a lot of positive feedback from people who have attended.” Ted Hugghins portrays Webb Vincent this year.

“Most of the time when people saw him he had a book in his hand,” Ted Hugghins says of Webb Vincent. always the first presenter,” Douglas said. The characters are selected by the availability of information. They also try to have a variety of time periods and people of different backgrounds. The character’s location in the cemetery plays a role too.

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“Most of the time when people saw him he had a book in his hand,” Hugghins said. “He helped a lot of people and touched a lot of lives.” Vincent lived in Fort Dodge for 75 years and died at the age of 89. Said Rowe: “People have to know about the very people who contributed to the things that we have in the community. I think it isn’t taught enough in our local schools,” Rowe said. The event also raises funds for the upkeep of the cemetery.

Fred Kesten portrays Robert Durian, a Navy Corps torpedo bomber pilot.

articles and periodicals as well as the book, “Birds of Oneida County.” • Robert Durian, 1920-1982, portrayed by Fred Kesten. He was a Navy Air Corps torpedo bomber pilot and was awarded two Navy Crosses and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Rowe said it takes about 25 people to put on the event. The Walk is a joint effort of the Friends of Oakland Cemetery and Fort Dodge Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department. For more information contact the Department at 576-7237.

• Anna Scott Meservey, 1850-1900, portrayed by Susan Helling. She was the wife of Mayor Stillman Meservey, a prominent figure in the gypsum industry.

The characters:

• Samuel Rees, 1817-1897, portrayed by Steve Kersten. He was a Fort Dodge businessman, mayor and judge. He came to this city at the opening of the U.S. Land Office.

• Egbert Bagg Jr., 1850-1915, portrayed by Kevin Rogers. He was the son of Egbert Bagg, who designed Oakland Cemetery. Educated at Cornell University, he was a wellknown ornithologist and wrote several

• Mack Hurlbut, 1870-1917, portrayed by Jesse Helling. Hurlbut was a local jeweler.


• Dr. Harley G. Ristine, 1838-1917, portrayed by John Bonner. Ristine served in the Civil War and was a longtime Fort Dodge physician. • Webb Vincent, 1841-1930, portrayed by Ted Hugghins. A Civil War soldier, Vincent was an active leader in the gypsum industry. • Elizabeth R. Butler, 1896-1984, portrayed by Cheryl Sherry. She was a school administrator in Pennsylvania and New York, and a sister to Dr. Margaret K. Butler. • Dr. Margaret K. Butler, 1889-1971, portrayed by Susan Ahlers-Leman. She was a high school teacher and school physician. She served on the American Committee for Devastated France and

was a sister to Elizabeth R. Butler. The Butler sisters were daughters of prominent Fort Dodge lawyer J.B. Butler, who built the Butler House at the corner of 12th Street and Fourth Avenue South.

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Oakland Cemetery Walk

June 9, 1 to 3 p.m. Tours beginning every 10 minutes. Parking is not permitted in the cemetery during Saturday’s walk. Participants can park at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, located at 1436 21st Ave. North. Shuttle buses will leave the church parking lot every 10 to 15 minutes. June 10, 3 p.m., a single indoor performance in the Biosciences and Health Science Auditorium at Iowa Central Community College.

Tickets: $7 per person; children under 10 admitted free. Tickets can be purchased Saturday at the church parking lot or Sunday in the auditorium lobby. CDs will be available at the sign-up table for $10. CDs of past walks are available through Dan Garst at Party Productions by calling him at 576-5544.

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The Ten Best Books Coming to the Fort Dodge Public Library in June 2012 Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Kingdom of Strangers by Zoe Ferraris

Beginning in 1962 on the Italian coastline and weaving back and forth between that time and locale and present Los Angeles. A love story and the lives of several characters intertwine in the latest from the author of The Financial Lives of Poets.

In Saudi Arabia, a secret grave is unearthed revealing several dead women. The investigator assigned to the case has his own problems, though, when his mistress turns up missing-this in a country where adultery is punishable by death.

The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood Outsider Cambridge student Oscar falls in love with the charismatic Iris, who is seemingly joined at the hip with the brilliant, but possibly psychologically disturbed brother Eden.

Gone Missing by Linda Castillo Rumspringa is the time when Amish teens take a break from rules before committing fully to their faith. In Castillo’s fourth book in the Kate Burkholder series, a young member of the community goes missing during this rite of passage.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Psychological thriller about a marriage gone terribly wrong. Nick and Amy’s seemingly perfect marriage comes under scrutiny after Amy turns up missing on the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary. Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick The much-anticipated second novel from the author of A Reliable Wife. A handsome stranger arrives in small town with a suitcase full of money and soon becomes involved in the townspeople’s lives, most notably, a fiveyear –old and the beautiful young bride of the town’s wealthiest man. 26

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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker Apocalyptic events seen through the eyes of a young teenage girl as her own life goes through life changing moments.

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Faith Matters: Nancy Hamilton Leads St. Olaf Team to Nicaragua from Nora Springs, Rockford and Reinville, Minn. “Not all the members belong to St. Olaf Lutheran Church and not all of them were Lutherans either,” Hamilton said. One team member arrived ahead of the group to make the arrangements for the humanitarian trip. “I’ve gone six times” Hamilton said. “It’s in northern Nicaragua. It is very close to Honduras.” They go to the same area of Nicaragua each year, to villages around Somotillo.

St Olaf members and others went on a mission trip to Nicaragua in February.

“This year we went to seven villages and did medical clinics at each village,” Hamilton said.

This year was the first in which the team put on a Bible school during the medical clinics. At the Bible school they did crafts too. “We taught them the wave one day” Hamilton said. They also taught students how to make Jesus bracelets; each color of a bead has a special meaning. “We also had a construction team there to rebuild this church,” she said. Located in Mesitas, the metal and wood building replaces one which had fallen down due to termites. It is affiliated with The Church of New Creation. The team works with Save a Generation, a ministry in Nicaragua. The director of the organization, Jimmy Herrera has been to Fort Dodge and has stayed with the Hamiltons.

A team of volunteers from St. Olaf Lutheran Church returned from its 10th mission trip to Nicaragua in February. Among them was Nancy Hamilton and Troy Martens. Hamilton and Martens led the trip. Martens, who is chief operating officer at Trinity Regional Medical Center, was responsible for the first St. Olaf team organized after he went to Nicaragua with other teams. On the most recent trip, most of the 13 members were from the Fort Dodge area, but they also included volunteers

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Continued from page 27 “Our church foundation helps with some of the expenses for the team plus money for the food, medicine and construction,” Hamilton said. Others in the church and community donate towards the effort as well. The rest of the cost is born by the team members. “We took a lot of stuff with us,” Hamilton said. The volunteers used to bring medicine along on the trips, but now they send money to a local doctor to purchase the necessary medicine for the clinics. The team also gave away a variety of items to the locals. “We gave buckets out in two or three villages.” People use the buckets often for transporting water. “They don’t have water available like we do,” Hamilton said. They distributed school uniforms in some villages; students are not allowed to attend school without uniforms. They also

Nancy Hamilton brought back several souvenirs from Nicaragua. gave beans to each family and cloth shopping bags. “We gave out quite a few of those,” said Hamilton. Other donated items included hygiene kits, flip-flops and soccer balls. In addition, each pastor got five machetes. The pastors decided which farmers needed them the most. “I guess that’s one of the main tools that the farmers use there,” Hamilton said. St. Olaf church members and others sponsor children in Nicaragua and the team delivered gift packages for the adopted families. The official language is Spanish, so the group had nine interpreters with them.

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“We got a chance one evening to go downtown to get ice cream,” she said. “They had to eat the packaged ice cream for safety reasons but it tasted good. Friday’s always are our free time and this time we went down to Granada to Lake Nicaragua and went on a boat ride on the lake.” In the capital city of Managua, they ate at a Subway restaurant, and stayed in a Holiday Inn the first and last night of their trip. During the bulk of the week of the missionary trip, they stayed in a mission compound. Hamilton has seen some improvements in the country in the six years she has been going, she said. “The Pan-American Highway is a lot better that it used to be. It used to be really rough.” There are more vehicles in the capital, although most people ride bicycles and there are a lot of animals along the road. "We did hit a cow one day,” Hamilton confessed.


gave them some supplies to help them out. I love the people down there. They are so loving and so happy and they don’t really have that much in material possessions,” Hamilton said.

“There’s still a lot of people, of course, that don’t have work, but I got the feeling it has improved somewhat since we started going there,” she said. “One village did have a water tower and they have water going to the houses. That was one of the villages that was really poor. It kind of surprised us. They even had a store and they have a little park that they are making,” she said.

“Our church has been doing mission trips for the last 12 years,” said the Rev. David Grindberg. The teams go at least once a year and sometimes twice. Grindberg has gone on some of trips. “We see that as part of our church’s calling to reach out to others in need,” he said.

About Nancy Hamilton Hamilton brought back a homemade scarf from Nicaragua.

A native of Buffalo Center, Nancy Hamilton, 62, is married to Craig Hamilton, a State Farm Insurance agent. “That’s what brought us here. We’ve been here a little over 37 years,” she said. They have been married 41 years and have three daughters and seven grandchildren. He has gone on the mission trips also; sometimes they go together. Nancy Hamilton also serves on the church’s social ministry committee, on the advisory board for the Lord’s Cupboard, and she is involved in the Angel Tree project, which provides gifts for children who had a parent in prison. Hamilton also helps with the Saturday Night Dinner Out at First United Methodist Church, serves on the church’s altar guild, delivers communion to shut-ins, and co-chairs the funeral committee

The next mission trip will probably be in February 2013 and it is open to anyone. People wanting more information, or wanting to sponsor a child, can contact St. Olaf Lutheran Church at 576-2103.

On this trip, they encountered a homeless family along the road, something they had not seen before. “We did give them some of the donations that we had and we did go to the store and

The team came across this homeless family and offered assistance. - submitted photo

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Old Glory

Still Flies Strong Over Des Moines River On a misty, gray Saturday morning you would not imagine that the American flag could look more majestic, but it did. It especially looked that way through the eyes of Ron Newsum, the “father” of river flag projects. When two flag wavers get together and talk about Old Glory, well, it is just like two kids in a candy store really. All smiles. Proud ones. Ron Newsum is more than happy to talk about how this lifelong passion for the flag became a reality project for him. He was born just west of Fort Dodge and has lived here all his life. He likes the Fort Dodge community for the friendliness he finds in its people. Newsum said, “In a mere five minutes, you find this commonality with the people who live here.” Because of this commonality, it was no surprise to find out how the Old Glory on the River project came about. You see, Ron Newsum was one of the cofounders/organizers with the Daybreak Rotary’s Dragon Boat Races. He was helping get the first races ready along the Des Moines River when he was struck by the beautiful setting of the river and the lonely pier in the middle of it. He thought to himself how that would be a great spot for a flag. It was.

A perfect place for a flag to fly over, don’t you think? When asked why he thought the flag should go there of all places, Newsum replied, “There was a need to put something there and a flag was perfect to place on that spot.” Every time he drove over the bridges on either side of the pier he knew the project had to get done. When the first estimates were calculated, the cost was near $1 million. When Ron Newsum approached the city again with his intentions, Patterson liked his proposal. Then they worked with city utilities on how to make it a reality. They also worked with the Fort Dodge Fire Department. “In 2003, a 28-foot pole was mounted with the intent of a smaller flag than there is now," Ron recalls. “But, to me, it just wasn’t enough for me visually. I’ve been a flag-waver all my life. I needed it to be bigger.”

“I let it go for awhile, but then pursued the idea. I visited with the late Mayor Will Patterson and Dennis Plautz, who at the time was director of the Department of Business Affairs and Community Growth.”

So the project gained even more emphasis when he created postcards and fliers and gave himself a timeline of two months and two weeks to raise the money for a much larger flag. His goal was $15,000 initially and, shortly afterwards, he received a $3,000 grant for community effort projects.

At the time, the initial River Trail project was in discussion and they showed Newsum the concept of the cupola with a walking bridge.

"The pole itself was going to be near $6,000 at a height of 77 feet long. About 7 feet was going to be embedded into the pier," he explained.

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The pier is 115 feet from either bank and to find someone to core drill into that pier was a major challenge. That’s where Karen and Doug McGough from McGough Construction came in handy. They knew someone for the job. So on Feb. 24, 2004, before the ice went out, the drilling began and all was readied for the flag to be installed into the pier. “The flag itself came from Martin Flag Co. and cost near $350. It was important for me to utilize as much local business as possible and soon an account was set up at First American to hold the funds raised,” Newsum said. The pole was installed on May 3, 2004, the first flag was 15 feet by 25 feet and was raised on June 13, 2004 Flag Day. It was no easy job. But for the many people who were involved that day, it was a first-time, patriotic experience. Eventually this question arose: What to do if the flag ever would need to be replaced? It has happened. Sometime after the first

A rock and plaque are in front of the flag view.


flag was installed, Newsum noticed it was missing. Inspection revealed that the rope had been either cut or it had broken apart. At another point, the floodlights had to be replaced due to the flooding. Staff from the Fort Dodge Fire Department helped out with that one. In fact, they help Newsum whenever there is the need to fix or repair something for the flag – and they do it with great honor. “They have always helped when it was needed to replace the flag. Sometimes they’ve had to reschedule the feat for a calmer day or if they got called out while down by the river,” said Newsum. The large rock in front of the flag view from the Sunkissed Meadows side came from John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. The city offered to help haul it to KallinJohnson Monument Company. The company created its plaque and cleaned the rock before the city then hauled the stone to Sunkissed Meadows. “The plaque thanks everyone involved with this flag project, from those who assisted to a $1 donation. It all was important, in every way,” Newsum said.

About Ron Newsum When Ron Newsum is not busy raising money for the Flag on the River project, he helps out senior citizens with the SHIIP program at Trinity Regional Medical Center. He volunteers and gives advice to seniors about the different Medicare supplements so they can make informed choices. He is married to Joan Newsum. At 73, he is also involved with the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight; the last flight he aided was in September 2011. He is a charter member of Daybreak Rotary and he devotedly meets with the group at Iowa Central.

“Not one government fund was involved; it was all private dollars generated by this community.” One of the assists the project gets yearly is a little TLC at the hands of PICA members. They help maintain the plants around the stone. When the old flag has to be destroyed, he takes it to the VFW to be disposed of properly. “It is beautiful to be seen and especially as you cross over the bridges about midway,” he said. Donations can still be made to the Old Glory on the River project at First American bank to help with future flags as well as upkeep and maintenance. In the flag’s history of being on display, Newsum said no events have ever really focused solely on the flag. He suggested that whenever the planned bike trail along the river is installed perhaps something can involve the flag, since it will hold such a visual presence along the trail’s edge. What makes Newsum the happiest about his Old Glory on the River project? “Just seeing it flying. It is stirring to your soul to watch it unfurl in the wind. You never get tired of watching it.”

Ron Newsum with the flag in which he was instrumental in creating a home for on the Des Moines River.

Donations to support the Old Glory on the River Project may be sent to: Old Glory on the River C/O First American Bank PO BOx 798 Fort Dodge, IA 50501

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The Garden Adventure So It Grows Last month, the garden adventure began with great effort, ideas and product. Thank goodness you can find everything you need and more right here in the Fort Dodge area. You can get things like the Flower and Vegetable Guide that Rick Lamoureux of Earl May gave me. This resourceful guide helped me to make decisions on what and when certain plants would be put into the garden. Between getting the organic soil to the specific seed packets, the garden got off to a slow start. It also required some simple time to figure out, according to the initial drawing, what plants were going where in the art palette shaped garden. Once the space was tilled properly by local gardener Roger Hartzler last month, it didn’t take long to put up the barriers to keep those large animals out of the space. Hartzler also came by to supervise the décor operation of the garden on Mother’s Day. The colors were inspired by an English gardener who decorates her gardens with knick knacks. Ribbons were used to do this garden, and in bright colors to make it truly an artist’s garden. “It is very clear that you do not have deer so much to worry about,” said Larry Rohrer, Master Gardener advisor, “but the dogs more with your garden setup.” He liked the orange ribbons with dots the best. That was evident when he came to view the progress of the seedlings that have been put into their various sections. The marigolds are sprouting in the top portion of the “palette.” The surprise growth is the

Ribbons are used to stake out the garden and decorate it.

success of the potatoes and the onions. Thanks to the recent deluge events, they took off famously and they are making the other plants jealous. A note about the garden in terms of the arrangement of poles, tomatoes racks sticks, netting and such: It took time to realize that the interior of the garden, where the potatoes and onions are growing, is similar to fencing in a weird Stonehenge kind of way. One wonders where that subtlety came from to encourage such unique design. The answer is the paternal resource in this project, Bob Adams. Being an astronomer, my father, who is a great gardener, did this by osmosis or some form of cosmic energy. Rohrer was dis-

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Another thing to get more secure a bit more with the walkways is the fencing. During the Rohrer’s inspection, it was evident that unless I have the growing spaces lined up better and defined, large furry objects will “redefine” them for me. You see, INK, the wonderdog, knows Rohrer and he was thrilled to see him to the point of getting himself, Rohrer and the netting entangled. Humorous sight to see, really. If the fencing could handle that 90 percent of the garden is planted, but needs a proper episode, surely it can garden walkway. handle the wind of an Iowa thunderstorm. “Get this done can as the time is now to get them in as soon as you can in case of large dogs and the temps are warm enough,” or people coming into the garden area Rohrer told me. – more the dogs.” Rohrer was laughing when he suggested this. It should be interesting to see, in a few weeks, the progression of the garden So we are off ‘n’ growing in a big way. now that 90 percent of it is in the Now, to keep things monitored, watered ground. and thinned out as needed to have a thriving garden. Doing this project for One concern Rohrer had: the area to the magazine has been a labor of love, walk around is not clearly defined. therapy and great exercise on those Funny, an artist not defining their gardays when it allows for that. Feel free to den walkway properly before plants know that individuals seeking weed went in. This should surprise no one patrol duties are encouraged to sign up really. Here was Rohrer’s advice: “Give at any point to get involved with the a little fertilizer into the soil when the garden. plants are up. Use mulch, wood chips or grass clippings and get those into the The garden design elements are not all walkway soon.” Good thing Hartzler, done, either. There are the artsy garden the most awesome neighbor ever, tags being created. The essence of paint mowed the lawn for the garden to have on the fencing is taking hold in bright, a fresh batch to utilize.

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Put a Little “Pepper” Into Your Grill This month is all about the grilling experience when you just know you have to put something on that grill surface because, well, you are suppose to now that is it summertime. There is nothing like grilling outside and enjoying that flavor you just can’t get from cooking inside period. In our house, well, there is one thing that is mandatory when it comes to grilling, doing the rubs for the meat to help tenderize it and create that essence of juice oozing all over that grill surface…can’t you just hear that grill sizzling now? Oh yeah, the sauce is just as important. You can always go BUY the stuff, but really when you have a family recipe that brings that flavor home…well why? So because telling little people to share in the classroom, is a must, then rules must be followed too. Thus the sharing of the Dr. Pepper sauce recipe; one of many “family” recipes. First you need to get your grill prepped. Make sure your grill is clean. Do that while your pitfire is heating up or your man-made grill is preheating. If doing ribs, steaks or chix, trimming the fat or the “shiny skin” as is in the traditional recipe used today is a must. Next you need to put on your favorite rub. The rub can be applied the night before you plan to grill, but if you do, hold the salt so as not to dry out the meat. You can add that later the next day right before you grill, it’s okay folks. Really, simple seasoning is the best method as you are eating meat or poultry not a spice rack.

The flavor of food grilled outdoors can’t be achieved through other cooking methods.

Be generous with the rub and let the meat sit for “awhile” as in about 20 minutes. Put the meat on the grill but on indirect heat or on the “sidefire” as in the old barbecue recipe being used. Make sure the grill is covered and your temp is about 325 degrees or enough to make a water droplet “sizzle in the middle”. Let meat sit on the grill for 30 minutes but leave alone and go make some sweet tea or set the table. Before

serving to others, brush the Dr. Pepper sauce on liberally, turn the heat down. After serving keep leftover sauce warmed so it can be enjoyed later on if you so desire on your grilled meat. Have a great grilling experience and “savor the flavor.”

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Continued from page 39 Good Ol’ Rub Recipe: ½ Cup Brown Sugar, 1 ½ tsp. ground pepper, 1 Tbspn salt. Mix well, rub well. Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce Recipe: ¼ c. minced onion 1 tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. basil ½ c. vegetable oil 2 ½ C Dr. Pepper 1 c. crushed tomatoes, 15 oz. ½ c. orange juice (or lemon juice) ¼ c. cider vinegar ½ c. honey or catsup (“family” recipe says honey) ½ to 1 tsp. cayenne (or 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper; or ¼ tsp. red pepper sauce) 2 tsp. salt Directions: Heat up onions and oil for about 5 minutes. When onions are brown, add in everything else. Simmer for about 30 minutes.

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An array of ingredients is used for the Good Ol’ Rub recipe. Put in a blender and puree it. Use on almost done grilled meat, poultry; even vegetables! *Keeps in the refrigerator for a few weeks in covered container.

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taught to know all the keywords, letters for various things like a ‘KMO’ (ketchup, mustard, and onion for those you not familiar with that lingo at Ja-Mar). It amazes Jerry Jordison just how good his staff is when it comes to remembering the customers who ordered the food and where they are once they sit down waiting in their booth. “The staff is so good at visually remembering our guests so when that order is ready to go out, they know exactly who it goes to, they are top notch,” says Jordison. A number of staff has worked there for over 20 years and counting so that quality of service is there you just can’t find anywhere else. “They have their own little system it seems and it works well especially during the lunchtime and dinnertime hours when they are at their busiest,” noted Jordison, “everyone works together like a chain effect.” Ja-Mar’s is known for their quality of food, cleanliness and service. You notice the satisfaction in the customer’s smiles when they get done eating or as they walk out the door after a great meal at Ja-Mar’s.

Known for a number of local favorites, including pressure fried chicken (winner of the Messenger’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best chicken from 2008-2011), tenderloins and fish The restaurant is sandwiches, taco salads, the All American burger and homelocated at made onion rings. Other items on their incredible menu are: 329 S. 25th St. in burger varieties, fryer foods, hot dogs, soups and salads, barFort Dodge. beque pork sandwiches, hot beef or turkey plates, all attended by their famous sides of homemade baked beans, coleslaw and When you come to Ja-Mar’s you also know you are at a place with lots of that potato salad we’ve all enjoyed at some function around town. To clean that palate tradition. This is obvious from the food to the service personnel who know you by name. later, they serve a great variety of ice cream treats too. “Right now the BIG Roast Beef “There is this connection we have with our customers, even when we hear that order sandwich is our #1 best seller off the menu,” said Jordison. coming through in the back at the grill, you get to know who orders what and fix it their way, the way they want their food done.” stated Jordison. Another tradition that’s a classic are the famous car cruises that happens on the first Friday of June, July and August every year. This year the car cruise event will miss the hard working efforts of Shelly Smith, who made sure things always ran smoothly. The car shows this summer will be dedicated to her and her years of service to the event that she made sure were notice and run smoothly. The car cruise attendance is totally dependent on the weather and the participants who come from all around the region. So if you are hungry, for some classic, hometown drive-in food. Ja-Mar Drive In is the place to go for that hunger fix any day of the week. They hours are: 6:00am-10pm daily and their menu has something for everyone’s appetite. The restaurant is located at 329 South 25th Street, Fort Dodge. Stop in and let the Ja-Mar family serve your family today.

Ja-Mar’s classic car cruise is held the first Friday of June, July and August every summer.

The restaurant opens up sharp at 6 am daily with breakfast going until 10:30 am every day. “Everything we make is made to order and served hot.” said Jordison. This Fort Dodge tradition doesn’t do the basic drive thru fare as the locals all know their breakfast food is our little well-kept secret. There is nothing better than the biscuits and gravy, pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns or toast all served up with that friendly JaMar service and the never ending cup of coffee. In fact, when you come into the restaurant you notice the way the staff places orders right away. “When Dad passed on, we thought computerized would work well, pushing buttons and showing on a screen in the back where the cooks are but no. Soon the specific orders that come in daily became a problem and there is not enough space nor time to punch all those buttons, so it was gone in a week’s time; it slowed us down too much.” noted Jordison. Now the staff is

Ja-Mar Drive-In provides their customers with freshly made-to-order classic drive-in favorites featuring the BIG Roast Beef Sandwich.

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A Concert to Remember You are sitting at home with the family

When you step into the office of the

Von Bank said, “It has only been in the

at a lovely weekend gathering, then you

Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Iowa

last 25 years that there has been any

notice something is different with

Chapter, you can tell right away that

form of significant research into medi-

Grandpa. He is not connecting his

there is a passion for making people

cines and the causes of the disease. In

thoughts like he used to and says that he

aware, particularly when you talk to

order to assist in this research, we put

sees things right in front of you that you

Amy Von Bank, community relations

on events for awareness and to help

know do not exist at that time. You

coordinator, and Jodi Ricklefs, program

raise funds to support the research.”

begin to wonder: Is he losing it? Is this

specialist. When asked how many are

the beginning of Alzheimer’s disease?

affected by the disease, Ricklefs said, “It

“Over 70,000 Iowans suffer with the

My loved one? It couldn’t be.

is estimated that 5.4 million people are

disease. We all know someone who is

affected by Alzheimer’s.”

affected by it,” said Ricklefs.

does reveal

The disease was first recognized in 1906

The most common signs of the oncom-

itself, usually, in

by Dr. Alois Alzheimer in Germany.

ings of Alzheimer’s disease are the

But Alzheimer's

memory loss that disrupts daily life. The

this way. Down

Amy Von Bank, community relations coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Iowa Chapter

the road the

The local organization has been

patient is challenged by planning or

patient, the

involved with the disease awareness

solving problems, has difficulty complet-

caregiver

since April 2008. Its goal with events

ing familiar tasks, is frequently confused,

and/or family

such as the concert they are preparing

misplacing things and not being able to

members will all

for is to raise awareness of the role of

retrace their steps. They exhibit poor

have to cope as

caregiver to the Alzheimer patient; to

judgment, can’t understand visual

well as they are

help honor the memory of Dean

images or spatial relationships, suddenly

able. It is not

Morris, formerly of the SKI Band, who

withdrawl from social events or even

easy; there is no

died in November 2011. He was the

work, and they show changes in mood

manual to deal

sole caregiver of Shirley, his wife who

and personality.

with this terrible disease that affects so

has Alzheimer’s disease and to raise

many in our community, our state and

funds for respite care for caregivers of

nationwide.

Alzheimer patients.

“It is the sixth leading cause of death. No cure is available at this time,” said Von Bank.

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When a loved one is diagnosed, family members can be

The concert will feature Brandon Scott Sellner from North

informed through the Greater Iowa Chapter-Fort Dodge that

Dakota. “He is a noted blues guitarist, and he has committed

VonBank and Ricklefs operate.

to be at the event in Fort Dodge,” said Ricklefs. Also performing will be the Austin Strainglers band.

Ricklefs suggested gathering information first about the disease from the Alzheimer’s website at www.alz.org/greateri-

The Fort Dodge office chose to do the concert after staff

owa. Attend the support group meetings to learn more and

there saw tremendous growth from their walk last fall. It was

talk with other caregivers; a Fort Dodge chapter will be start-

decided to go with another event, so a concert was decided

ing up soon this summer. You can also call the support hot-

upon to be the next fundraiser. There will also be a live auc-

line at (800) 272-3900 24 hours a day and talk to a real per-

tion and raffle, as well as T-shirts available at the family

son about your loved one. Translation services are available.

event. For information, call Von Bank 576-4255 or email at

Consultation services are available for caregivers and patients

Amy.VonBank@alz.org. The organizers are also looking for

and their family members. The Fort Dodge office provides

volunteers to help with the event activities.

free educational awareness talks to anyone needing them, as well as utilizing their lending/activities library with up-to-date information (the only one in Iowa). They also have access to the Greenfield Library, which has the largest library on Alzheimer’s as well as dementia topics. The Concert to Remember will be June 24 at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn and Suites in from 2 to 10 p.m. There will be six bands with a surprise band to be announced at a later date. Tickets are $25 a person in advance or $30 at the door. If you purchase tickets before June 24, you get the special offer of two for $40. All the bands or members in the bands currently have a loved one dealing with the disease or had a connection with Dean and Shirley Morris at some point. “We actually had to turn away bands who wanted to play at the concert, “ Von Bank said. “ A concert event like this helps those to heal with the loss of Dean through the art of music and create a more intimate setting to learn more about the disease and support those who have to deal with

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