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IN THIS ISSUE ... LEPRECHAUN’S TREAT SERVED UP

Oppedahl Directs Youths at her Childhood Church Burke Finds Time to Volunteer

Wagner and Zagers Make Public Aware of ISU Extension and Outreach Programs


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In EvEry IssuE 4 9 18 48

Calendar New on the Shelf Scene About Town Parting Shot

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Class Notes: Meet Teresa DeCoursey by Meg Beshey

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ICCC Student Spotlight: Johnson Studies Toward Science at Iowa Central Community College by Hailey Brueschke

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Burke Finds Time to Volunteer with YWCA by Robert Wolf

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Faith Matters: Oppedahl Directs Youths at her Childhood Church by Robert Wolf

FEaturE artIcLE 34

Reach Out by Hans Madsen

thE gooD LIFE 40

Home Style: The Bowl’s the Thing by Meg Beshey

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Around Town: Peed Sees Value in Fort Dodge’s Downtown Infrastructure by Stephanie Houk Sheetz and Gale McKinney

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Money Matters: Be Aware of Risks of Not Investing courtesy of Edward Jones

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Culinary Corner: Leprechaun’s Treat by Meg Beshey

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Program Coordinator Mary Jo Wagner, left, and office manager Ally Zagers pose in front of their offices in the southeast corner of the Crossroads Mall in Fort Dodge.

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From the News Editor Did you see that? There he goes or maybe it’s a she – those little leprechauns are all over the place with their little mischievous ways and leaving little tidbits of gold where you least expect it. It’s kind of like these random acts of kindness I’ve been reading about on the internet or hearing people talking about at work. It’s also a part of the Rachel’s Challenge that our community has taken on with open arms towards others to show compassion. Even leprechauns do that if they want to, that little spirit of giving to others is a great idea. Have you done something yet towards someone else to make them feel like they have hit the pot o’ gold in their day? If not, I so encourage you to do so, as you never know how impactful your actions will be. So can you add a bit of gold into someone’s day much like I did the other day when a little one was in line to get a pack of gum but didn’t have enough. I have tons of coins in my purse, so slid the child what was needed, winked and smiled … just like a leprechaun. It’s that easy and both of us felt great! For the month of March we feature the new additions to the Webster County Iowa State Extension Office here in Fort Dodge. Meet Mary Jo Wagner and Ally Zagers who are starting the new year off developing the educational programs and outreach for the extension office. Learn about how their new ideas and goals will take the programs into the future to benefit everyone in our community. Our featured volunteer for March is Shari Burke with the YWCA and her work on the board to help the women/children in Fort Dodge. Faith volunteer, Heather Oppedahl talks about how her devotion to her faith and our youth gives her strength in her everyday life.

Our student feature looks at Mandi Johnson who is working hard to further her college education at Iowa Central Community College. The teacher featured this month is Teresa DeCoursey, who teaches Title I reading at Duncombe Elementary School in Fort Dodge. If you want something unique for your home we visit with local wood artisan Ernie Koch who makes unique wooden bowls out of trees found locally that have been taken down. Can’t you just see something like that on your coffee table for visual effect? Natural materials made by a local artist? How lucky to have a talent like that! This month check out the great book selections that Amy Presler provides to us in every issue that you can check out at the Fort Dodge Public Library today. Another great addition we are lucky to have in our magazine are the articles by Stephanie Houk Sheetz who gives us insights on the various projects and departments within the City of Fort Dodge. Thank you again to those that have communicated with us via email at FDToday@messengernews.net We appreciate your comments, requests and suggestions for future issues throughout the year. This magazine is about your town and the people you live and work with every day. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all!

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contributors

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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.

Cat’s Name: Bear Breed: Calico Mix Age: 13 months Parent: Donna Bock About Bear: Bear was bottle-fed and handraised from a tiny kitten. She got her name because of the way she sits on her bottom with hind legs extended and front legs resting on her abdomen or chest! She likes the outdoors except for snow and extreme cold.

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

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March 2013 2 Fort Dodge Indoor Triathlon, sponsored by the Rec and Fort Dodge Trisport. First wave starts at 7:30 a.m. Food available in the gym. Register online at fortdodgetrisport.com or active.com

with special guest soloist Dr. Ashley Sidon performing “Lalo’s Cello Concerto,” 3 to 5 p.m., Phillips Middle School Auditorium, 1015 Fifth Ave. N., 573-4224.

6 Lenten Journeys toward Health and Wholeness, Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St, supper at 5:30 p.m., worship at 6:30 p.m.

4 - 10 New Car Show, Crossroads Mall, Fort Dodge.

7 Fundraiser Spay It Forward Dinner and Auction, Willow Ridge Restaurant and Golf Course, 5:30 to 8 p.m.. Proceeds benefit Spay It Forward fund that gives vouchers to those unable to afford to get their pets spayed and neutered. For more information, call 955-5656.

2 Webster County Sweetheart Gala, Best Western Starlite Village and Inn Suites, 6 p.m. to midnight. For more information, call Deb Johnson at 571-9026.

5 Blood pressure screening, Crossroads Mall, 8 to 9:30 a.m., Hy-Vee dining area, 10 to 11 a.m., free, no appointment needed. Provided by Trinity Health Partners.

3 Fort Dodge Symphony presents Doubley Dvorak!, Dvorak’s “Slavonic Dance No. 1” and his “Symphony No. 8,”

5 2013 Mid-Iowa Career Fair, Iowa Central Community College, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., For more information, contact Kyle Bangert 574-1910 or bangert_k@iowacentral.edu

7 Cholesterol screening, Crossroads Mall, 8 to 10 a.m., blood pressure and blood sugar check free of charge, $3 fee for cholesterol screening. No appointment needed. Provided by Trinity Health Partners.

8 Perspectives in Jazz, Gail Niceswanger Theatre, Fort Dodge Senior High, 7 to 8 p.m. 9 Drawing and Design for Young People, ages 9 to 12, Blanden Municipal Art Museum, 920 Third Ave. S., 573-2316, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., $10 per session for museum members, $12 per person for non-members. 9 Greater Iowa Swim League State Swim Meet, Fort Dodge Senior High pool, all day, organized by Fort Dodge Swim Club. 9 Winter Flea Market, Webster County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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March 2013 10 Winter Flea Market, Webster County Fairground, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 10 Daylight Savings time begins. 12 Blood pressure screening, Crossroads Mall, 8 to 9:30 a.m., Hy-Vee dining area, 10 to 11 a.m., free, no appointment needed. Provided by Trinity Health Partners. 12 Performing Arts Middle School Solo Festival, St. Edmond, 4 to 7 p.m. 13 Lenten Journeys toward Health and Wholeness, Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth Street, supper at 5:30 p.m., worship at 6:30 p.m Topics vary weekly..

14 Hawkeye Community Theatre March dinner theatre production of Neil Simon’s “Fools,” Hawkeye Community Theatre, 521 N. Twelfth St., dinner at 6;30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., 576-6061. For more information, visit hawkeyetheatre.com/2013_season. 14 Karl King Municipal Band Irish concert, Decker Auditorium, ICCC campus, 3:30 to 5 p.m. 15 Sonshine Singers perform March Ministry, 7 p.m., Decker Auditorium, ICCC campus

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15 Hawkeye Community Theatre March dinner theatre production of Neil Simon’s “Fools,” Hawkeye Community Theatre, 521 N. Twelfth St., dinner at 6;30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., 576-6061. For more information, visit hawkeyetheatre.com/2013_season. 15 March Madness Men’s Basketball Tournament, FDSH main gym, 5 to 9 p.m. 16 Sonshine Singers perform March Ministry, 2 p.m., Decker Auditorium, ICCC campus.

16 Hawkeye Community Theatre March dinner theatre production of Neil Simon’s “Fools,” Hawkeye Community Theatre, 521 N. Twelfth St., dinner at 6;30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., 576-6061. For more information, visit hawkeyetheatre.com/2013_season. 17 Fort Dodge Sportsmen’s Show, Webster County Fairgrounds, 22770 Old Highway 169, Fort Dodge, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 17 St. Patrick’s Day

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March 2013 20 First day of spring 20 Cholesterol screening, Wellness Center, Kenyon Place, Friendship Haven, 2 to 3 p.m., blood pressure and blood sugar check free of charge, $3 fee for cholesterol screening. No appointment needed. Provided by Trinity Health Partners.

20 Lenten Journeys toward Health and Wholeness, Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St., supper at 5:30 p.m., worship at 6:30 p.m. Topics vary weekly.

21 Hawkeye Community Theatre March dinner theatre production of Neil Simon’s “Fools,” Hawkeye Community Theatre, 521 N. Twelfth St., dinner at 6;30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., 576-6061. For more information, visit hawkeyetheatre.com/2013_season. 21 Network at Noon (rescheduled from December 20 due to foul weather), American Red Cross Regional Director Bob Kirschbaum is the speaker, admission: $10 for members (including lunch), $15 for non-members (including lunch), Shimkat Motors, 3126 Fifth Ave. S. R.S.V.P. by March 17, 955-5500 or lisa@greaterfortdodge.com 21 St. Edmond musical, St. Edmond, 7:30 p.m. ticketed event.

22 St. Edmond musical, St. Edmond, 7:30 p.m. ticketed event.

22 2013 Home and Garden Expo, Iowa Central Community College Career Education building, 4 to 8 p.m., admission $3. Presented by The Messenger. 22 Lizard Creek Blues Concert, Best Western Starlight Village Inn and Suites, Erick Hovey opens at 7 p.m. Popa Chubby plays at 9 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets in advance $15 available at Fort Dodge, Humboldt and Webster City Hy-Vee stores, CSBank, Olde Boston’s Restaurant, Access Audio and Rieman Music or $20 at the door. 22 Hawkeye Community Theatre March dinner theatre production of Neil Simon’s “Fools,” Hawkeye Community

AT THE BLANDEN “Sonja Johnson: Impulse and Remembrance,” runs through May 25. “Seeing the World, 1820 - 1930” etchings from the museum’s permanent collection. “The Blitz: London, September 1940 through May 1941” runs through July 13. 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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Theatre, 521 N. Twelfth St., dinner at 6;30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., 576-6061. For more information, visit hawkeyetheatre.com/2013_season.

23 2013 Home and Garden Expo, Iowa Central Community College Career Education building, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., admission $3. Presented by The Messenger. 23 Hawkeye Community Theatre March dinner theatre production of Neil Simon’s “Fools,” Hawkeye Community Theatre, 521 N. Twelfth St. dinner at 6;30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., 576-6061. For more information, visit hawkeyetheatre.com/2013_season.


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23 St. Edmond musical, St. Edmond, 2 and 7:30 p.m. ticketed event.

and answer session with local lawmakers starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 10 a.m.

23 Drawing and Design for Young People ages 9 to 12 second session, Blanden Memorial Art Museum, 10 a.m. to noon. 920 Third Ave. S., 573-2316, $10 per session for museum members, $12 per person for non-members.

23 Fort Dodge Toy & Diecast Show, Iowa Central East Campus, 2031 Quail Ave., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., admission: $3 with kids 12 and under free. Food available on-site. For more information, call 269-5315.

23 Almost Home Annual Fur Ball, Fort Dodge Ford Toyota, 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $15 per single person, $25 per couple in advance, $20 per person at the door. 23 American Legion Spring Baseball League, Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex, two games per day scheduled.

23 Eggs and Issues forum, Iowa Central Community College and the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance sponsor the event, Biosciences and Health Sciences auditorium, ICCC, 7:30 a.m. with coffee, juice

23 Cyclone Classic Show, Webster County Fairgrounds, all day, 22770 Old Highway 169. 24 Alpha Gamma Rho Cattle Show, Webster County

Fairgrounds, all day, 22770 Old Highway 169. 24 2013 Home and Garden Expo, Iowa Central Community College Career Education building, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., admission $3. Presented by The Messenger. 24 American Legion Spring Baseball League, Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex, two games per day scheduled. 26 Blood pressure screening, Crossroads Mall, 8 to 9:30 a.m., Hy-Vee dining area, 10 to 11 a.m., free, no appointment needed. Provided by Trinity Health Partners. 27 Lenten Journeys toward Health and Wholeness, Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St., supper at 5:30 p.m., worship at 6:30 p.m. Topics vary weekly. 28 28th Annual Webster County Pheasants Forever Banquet, Webster County Fairgrounds, social: 5:30 p.m., dinner: 7 p.m. Door prizes, raffles and auction will be held. Tickets available at the door.

30 American Legion Spring Baseball League, Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex, two games per day scheduled. 30 The Moose Lodge 806’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Dodger Stadium. Registration 10:45 a.m. to noon. Egg hunt begins at 12:15 p.m. Cost is 50¢ per child and child must be present to register. Four age groups participate, 18 months through fourth grade. Rain date is April 6 same time, same location.

31 Easter 31 American Legion Spring Baseball League, Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex, two games per day scheduled.

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March books in the Library The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

Amy’s Word: I have been trawling the internet and magazines for upcoming book releases and it looks like it’s going to be a banner year for good novels. If your favorite author doesn’t have anything new releasing this month, or if you want to try something new, March has some big releases from debut authors that are worth checking out (literally ... ha!) including: “Ghana Must Go” by Taiye Selasi, “Rage Against the Dying” by Becky Masterman, “Lessons in French” by Hilary Reyl, “Bay of Fires” by Poppy Gee, “The Carriage House” by Louise Hall, “Elders” by Ryan McIlvain, “I Want to Show You More” by Jamie Quatro, “The Afterlife of Emerson Tang” by Paula Champa, “The Missing File” by D.A. Mishani and “The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards” by Kristopher Jansma.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler Fictionalized accound of the lives of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald and their time as a golden couple during the roaring 20’s.

Strout, author of the Pulitzer Prizewinning-novel Olive Kitteridge, returns with this tale of two brothers, both attorneys in New York City, who must return to their hometown in Maine to help their sister deal with the fallout of her son’s misdeed.

The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver

The “point” of the title refers to Ashaunt Point, the small finger land jutting into Buzzard’s Bay, Mass., where a family navigates the changing times starting in 1942 and continuing through to Vietnam.

Middle C by William H. Gass Eighty-eight-year-old Gass’s new novel centers on a man who grows up under the mystery of his father’s disappearance in post-war Lond.

The Obituary Writer by RAnn Hood In the 1960’s, Claire struggles over the decision of whether to leave her marriage for the man whose baby she may be carrying, while Vivien, in 1919, writes obituaries while searching for her lover who vanished during the 1906 Great San Francisco Quake. The women’s stories eventually intersect by novel’s end in a surprising way.

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Class Notes

Meet Teresa DeCoursey I currently teach K-4 reading at Duncombe Elementary for the Fort Dodge Community Schools. My main focus is what we call small group instruction. I also work with the students in reading interventions. How long have you been a reading resource teacher? This is my third year as a Title I reading teacher at Duncombe Elementary. Prior to teaching in this area, I taught kindergarten at Butler Elementary for 12 years. What is the best thing about your job as a reading teacher? I really enjoy the opportunity to work with the kids throughout their entire elementary school experience. I get to see them grow from kindergarten all the way through the fourth grade. I also create a bond with the students by having them in the small groups for reading or as individuals too.

Teresa DeCoursey works with students from kindergarten through fourth grade at Duncombe Elementary.

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What or who inspired you to become a reading teacher? I’ve always enjoyed being a teacher. I really wanted to focus my efforts in the area of reading. I love to share my love of reading with the kids every day. I want to be teaching something I feel very passionate about.


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Johnson Studies Toward Science at ICCC Johnson is not just all about academics and campus life. She explains that some of her favorite things have to do when she is not at school on campus.

Mandi Johnson is pursuing science courses as part of her Pre-vet major. Mandi Johnson is shy the first time you meet her on campus. Once you get to know her better in discussion in the classroom, she will start to open up to you more. “Mandi is a very easy person to get along with. She is the type of person who will do anything you ask of her to do no matter what that may be. Mandi Johnson is also a hard worker in the classroom. Yet you can always tell when her interest in a class is not as strong as others,” said Dani Ewing, Johnson’s roommate.

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“I like to golf. It is one sport I am good at. For me, it truly is a relaxation thing for me to enjoy and be successful at. I also like to fish. When I was younger, I would spend the majority of time outdoors and fishing has always been something I have loved to do,” she said.

Johnson graduated last year from East Sac Community Schools. Like many other impending college students straight out of high school, she decided to go to Iowa Central Community College. Because it was inexpensive and close to her home, she believed it was the right option for her and her family. She also explains it is an easy place to meet new people. While at Iowa Central, she is receiving her associate of arts degree and plans to

major in veterinary medicine. “I love animals. Last year, I had the opportunity to shadow a veterinarian and from there on, I decided I wanted to be successful like him,” Johnson said. Although that is her major at the moment, she is still unsure on whether or not that is what really she wants to do because the science classes are harder than she expected. “If I don’t major in veterinary, I would like to switch to radiology. I think it is a cool career and there is a lot of money involved in that career,” Johnson said. Johnson plans to attend Iowa Central Community College for one more year. From there, she is going to transfer to Iowa State University. Her goals after college are to start a family, and make new friends while maintaining her old ones. She said she would love to move to Missouri or Wyoming. “I would like to move to Missouri because my sister lives there and we are close. It would also give me a chance to see my niece and nephew more. For Wyoming, I had vacationed there one time and thought it was beautiful and it would be an amazing place to live,” Johnson said.


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Burke Finds Time to Volunteer with the YWCA She is the secretary for the YWCA’s board of directors, serves on the Kate Nelson Golf Tournament Committee which raises funds for the YWCA and she serves on the committee for the Vincent House, which is owned by the YWCA. “The Y is a great cause,” Burke said, “It’s amazing the need that there is. It’s a sad realization of how our community suffers in ways you don’t see in everyday life.” There are challenges every day but the biggest challenge facing the YWCA is funding Burke said, “It’s strictly run on donations and grants. That’s really scary when you think about that huge building they have and they are feed-

Despite the time it takes to run her business, Shari Burke makes time to volunteer and recommends it to others.

ing all these women and children on a daily basis. There’s always people that

until I started my own business and

give to the Y frequently and that type

busy volunteer until she first became a

really got to know people out in the

of continual support is great and much

busy business owner.

public. It’s a great feeling to volunteer

appreciated.”

Shari Burke really didn’t become a

and especially at the YWCA. I think As Burke, who owns Studio Fusion –

people should do it more often in their

It takes more than money to keep the

which began as a home-based

lives,” Burke said, “I highly recom-

YWCA going. The people who live

business – began meeting more

mend it.”

there need everyday items including soap, shampoo, towels, toys for the kids

people through her work, she discovered the need for volunteers

Burke chiefly channels her volunteer

within the community.

efforts through the YWCA and entities that support it.

“I never really did much volunteering

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and daycare. “Monetary donations are great too because that also keeps the doors


open, but it’s just day-to-day living for these people too,” she said. Ann Davidson, director of the YWCA, said Burke brought some valuable assets when she joined the board in January 2012. “Besides being someone I consider a friend, Shari brought some unique skills to the position. As a woman who has created her own successful business here in Fort Dodge, her entrepreneurial spirit added another dimension to the general make-up of the board. This group of talented women help direct a program for homeless women as well as women who have lost their homes (and sometimes most of their worldly goods due to addiction).” “It is important that members of the board relish the opportunity to serve as role models for our clients and as the public face of the YWCA organization

Burke says the YWCA is a great cause and it’s amazing how much need there is in the community. Monetary donations keep the doors open, but the residents need everyday items too.

in Fort Dodge. We rely heavily on contributions for our community to fund services for the homeless, people like Shari with boundless energy are a pleasure to work with on the three major fund raising events we hold annually here in this community.” “The Y does a lot of activities and involvement with the clients as well as the community. The YWCA does a lot of fundraising in the community mainly because we are a non-profit and need to bring in those extra funds while

we can do so,” Burke said.

“We do something once a month,” Burke said, “For every event we have a

“It’s been fun. I’ve gotten to know a

little luncheon.”

lot of people,” Burke said of her volunteerism. “It’s hard because I do a lot of

Committee members donate the food

evening stuff here (at her business) and

for the luncheons to help raise money.

I do most of my committee meetings

They also take care of the property.

after hours.” “It’s a great group of people. It soundThe Vincent House Committee plans

ed like fun,” she said of the committee.

activities at the historic house located

“There’s a lot of people that use the

in the Oak Hill District.

Vincent House.”

Continued on page 16

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Continued from page 15

v ol un t eer

About Shari Burke Shari Burke, 46, is a native of North Dakota. She has a degree in business accounting. Her husband of 19 years, Eric, is a Fort Dodge native. Before moving to Fort Dodge, they lived in Minneapolis where she worked in mortgage banking. She continued in mortgage banking for a while when they moved to Fort Dodge nine years ago. She started her own business on the side in their home six years ago. Last year she moved her business, Studio Fusion, downtown to 21 S. 12th St. “Being in business for yourself is sometimes a little scary, but you’ve got to try it if you have a passion for it,” she said. The Burkes have one son, Halen, a sophomore at St. Edmond High School. She has helped her son’s French class raise money for a trip to France. Her husband is business manager at Racing Unlimited. The couple also volunteers at the Thanksgiving meal at Fort Dodge Ford.

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Being a business owner and working with other people were a couple reasons Burke got involved with volunteering.

“I don’t get to (volunteer) as often as

then I do now. I’d also like to get more

I’d like because I’m so busy,” Burke

involved in the various non-profit

said.

boards around the community,” she said. “Everyone should participate on

She admitted she has a slight issue at

a board at least once, to do their part

hand when it comes to volunteering;

to help out. A couple of days off would

she has trouble saying no.

be nice too in between work and volunteering.”

“I wish I could do more for the YWCA


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Faith Matters: Oppedahl Directs Youths at her Childhood Church Heather Oppedahl offered to help out – temporarily – when the youth director at St. Olaf Lutheran Church was leaving about five years ago. Her volunteerism turned into a part-time temporary position and now a paid position as the church’s youth director. But it’s not the money that motivates her. “I think I would have done it just for my time because I enjoy it,” she said. Oppedahl has been a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church all her life. “I’ve been active since I was 3 years old,” she said. “I went through Confirmation here. I taught Sunday school as a young high school and college student.”

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She also participated in adult choir when she was younger and has also directed some children’s choirs at St. Olaf too. She commented that she hasn’t always lived in Fort Dodge but to her, St. Olaf Lutheran Church has always been her church home. Working with St. Olaf ’s youths is “something I feel I need-

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ed in my life. When the door opened up for me to come work here it felt like it was just planted for me,” Oppedahl said. “I’ve always enjoyed working with the kids from St.Olaf church. I’ve always done mission work when I was growing up in the church. I just want to give back in some way, what this church has given me.”


She works with youths of all ages, but primarily fifth through 12th grades. “I work a lot on Wednesdays when we have regular after school activities with Confirmation students. The high school students also gather on Wednesday evenings but they wanted to meet more often so sometimes they try to squeeze in a Sunday night. Sometimes the youth meets at the church, sometimes at Starbucks, and often times in her own home. The youths she oversees have helped out in the community including at the Beacon of Hope as well as visiting the residents at Friendship Haven. They have even picked up garbage around town. “We also throw in some fun activities for them too,” Oppedahl said. “I stress the fact of helping others but we do find time to have fun.” Oppedahl admitted there are challenges to getting kids involved. “In this generation, it is kind of hard,” she said. “Show the kids you are inter-

Oppedahl is youth director at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, where she has been active since she was 3 years old. ested in what they have to say and that they are an important part of people’s

As a single parent, it was her faith, she

lives. I think that is basically where you

said, that got her through.

need to start. Communication is key when it comes to our youth here at St.

“Through the good times and through

Olaf Lutheran Church and in this

the bad times God is going to walk

community. You have to let them know

your path. He is going to open up your

that no matter what, your faith is

doors and he is going to let you know

always going to be there. If you have

that it’s going to be OK,” she said.

faith, faith is going to stay in your life.”

Continued on page 28

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Continued from page 27 “One of my mottos is be you and be real,” said Oppedahl.

In the Bible studies she tries to incorporate life events

She tells the kids she wants them to be the same person out

which the kids are going through. She stresses the impor-

in public as they are inside the church.

tance of connections.

“Not everyone’s lives are perfect and I just want them to

“You have to be connected with something. It’s very

know that, no matter what happens or what road you travel

important to find a connection in life,” Oppedahl said.

on, God is there no matter what,” she said. One night, the high school students wrote on pieces of Oppedahl said she believes this is true especially of the high

paper what it was they are bringing to the group, such as

school students she works with no matter what choices they

their smile, their personality, their musical talent. Then

make, good or bad.

all the notes were connected with pipe cleaners.

“God will never leave your side. He is your best friend,” she said.

“It shows how we are connected in many different ways,” Oppedahl said, “That’s what makes us a group.”

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She also works with the Confirmation students. During their two and a half years of preparation they are required to take notes on 60 sermons. She then places the notes in each of the studentás files. “A youth director is needed to give kids a place where they know they can come in and be accepted, no matter

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what,” Oppedahl said. “I think a youth director is needed much more in today’s world because of all the stuff that kids go through. There are so many more things out there as far as the way kids treat each other, the way pressures are put on them, the way kids talk to each other,” Oppendahl said. She lost a brother through suicide. “I’m very passionate about how kids talk to each other and how bullying is out there with kids. I tell them how real it is and how it can hurt people. Whether it was back in their childhood years it can still stay with them forever,


like it did to my brother,” Oppedahl

and to the various youth activities she

said.

supervises all year long including mis-

daily devotions she sends.

sion trips. Through the nondenomina-

“I am blessed because of ... St. Olaf

She said she enjoys knowing she has

tional Center for Student Missions,

bringing me onboard and giving me

made a difference in at least one per-

Heather Oppedahl has taken high

the opportunity of sharing my ideas

son’s life, knowing that a kid comes in

school students on mission trips to

and the things I have gone through in

after school, feeling down or had has a

Philadelphia, Houston and Boston.

life, to be able to express those to our

rough day or did poorly on a test, and then putting a smile on their face.

youth here,” Oppedahl said, “The “I used to go on mission trips as a

kids that I work with at St. Olaf

young girl here with the church,”

Lutheran Church mean the world to

“It makes me feel good knowing that

Oppedahl said, “Now I’m taking

me.”

I’m helping others. I’ve always been

them.”

the type of person helping people,” Oppedahl said.

“I enjoy working with Heather. She’s Some of her former students who

made a real difference in the lives of

have moved on continue to stay in

many of our youth,” said St. Olaf ’s

She said she appreciates all the sup-

touch with her and many have

pastor, the Rev. David Grindberg.

port the congregation has given her

remained on her list to receive the

About Heather Oppedahl

In 2004, “I decided to give it all up and I came back to Fort Dodge and started work-

Although Heather Oppedahl was

ing for Target.” She is now a sen-

planning to become a teacher,

ior team lead for Target.

while she was in college, she took a job at the Fort Dodge Regional

A single mother, she has two

Airport.

daughters, and two other children she took in which she calls her

“I worked for Northwest Airlines

“bonus children.” They are grown

for 14 years.” She moved up into management and went on the

Heather Oppedahl

and moved out.

move. “I was an operations manager for them. I managed out stations,”

Her parents and a sister live in

including Tulsa, Oklahoma, Springfield,

Fort Dodge. She can be contacted through

Missouri, and Shreveport, Louisiana. “I trav-

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eled a lot and I learned a lot.”

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Reaching Out The two newest employees at the Iowa State University Extension office for Webster County – Mary Jo Wagner, program coordinator, and Ally Zagers, office manager – share a common goal. “We want to increase awareness,” Wagner said, “We have a very large program catalog.” She said that many people have the idea that the Extension Service is only 4-H or agricultural programs. “We’re much bigger than that,” she said. One of those programs is the Buy Eat Live Healthy classes taught by Family Nutrition Program Assistant Carolyn Maschino. The class is offered free to households on limited incomes, with children 10 and younger or who are expecting a child. The course covers nutrition, smart shopping, food preparation and even what to do with an ingredient that’s healthy but might be unfamiliar to the participant. “She goes into the home and teaches,” Zagers said, “In a lot of families, nobody knows how to cook. She will help them learn.”

ISU Extension Program Coordinator Mary Jo Wagner, left, and Ally Zagers, office manager, post outside the Iowa State University Extension office at Crossroads Malls. The pair are working to make the public aware of the programs and services offered by the ISU Extension service to the public.

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Wagner said it meets a real need and help the entire community by helping the participants to be healthier.


one in the office works together to help each other. Zagers began in the Fort Dodge office on Sept. 21. “My family is new to Fort Dodge,” she said. Her husband Chris is employed with the Cargill project. They have two children, Emma, 9 and Elliot, 5. Zagers has a degree in elementary education, and said she likes being able to help people learn. “It’s a constant stream of education,” she

Wagner, left, and Zagers, work on some of the programs that will be offered in the near future. Another program that they offer is the

“I took the Master Gardeners course,”

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she said.

course for women. After that, she stayed involved through It will be offered again from March 4 to

her children’s 4-H activities and other

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Extension programs.

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one thing not to have to do.

far beyond simply learning to balance a checkbook. It covers more complex issues

“This was the first job I’ve had where I

such as home financing, saving for retire-

didn’t have to learn a phone number,”

ment and even investing.

she said, having dialed that number countless times in the past.

Wagner began her experience with the Extension Service more than 20 years

She said she enjoys the people who use

ago.

the Extension Service and the programs they offer. She’s proud of the way every-

said, “It’s easy to step into the role of teacher.” One of her duties is to help people who call in. Their curiosity varies widely. “We get questions every day,” she said, “everything from bugs to I left my milk out overnight, what do I do.” She has the entire resources of the university at her disposal; she relies on its tested and authoritative information. “We can’t just Google the answer,” she said. If the information seems particularly complex, she can refer the caller to an expert at the university. Sometimes, the question has to be sent

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ISU Extension Program Coordinator Mary Jo Wagner looks over some brochures that explain some of the programs offered through her office.

looking at the needs of the county and working on finding even more ways to meet those for residents. such as a program on viticulture. “That’s a new one,” Wagner said, “It’ll be fun.” ISU Extension service can be reached at 576-2119 and at www.extension.iastate.edu/webster/

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The Bowl’s the Thing Ernie Koch, who retired from Fort Dodge Animal Health after 35 years, has spent the last eight years perfecting a very specific craft: Making bowls.

Koch, along with his wife, Claudia, created their business, Koch Woodworking, in 2005. The business focuses on turning pieces of Iowa’s native woods into, among other things, beautifully turned wooden bowls. Be they centerpieces for the kitchen table or storage for toiletries, uses for the bowls are endless and the imagination Koch applies just as varied. Koch’s interest in creating wooden bowls began in 2001 when a man gave Koch lumber from a barn the man’s grandfather had built. “I tried different methods and techniques, but after quite a while I finally figured out what to do with the wood to create a bowl,” Koch said. “It was yellow pine and it was difficult to work with.” Initially, he shied away from doing “art,” but eventually Koch saw it as a big stress reliever that he used as a form of therapy after a long work day. To create his unique wooden bowls, he said he lets the wood “talk” to him. “The bowl that comes out in the end really depends on the character of the wood,” said Koch. “The wood dictates the shapes. Knowing how to cut the bowl is half the technique to getting a quality piece turned out for final review.” Claudia Koch said that when her husband sees a piece of wood he now knows what kind of bowl it will be in the end. He has a knack for it, she said. Ernie Koch prefers to use wood from trees that have already fallen or wood that is brought to him by his clients.

Ernie Koch displays one of the bowls he’s made while woodworking.

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“I don’t like to cut trees down,” he said. “I use only found woods. I try to use wood that people find or bring to me.”


Wood chips left over from his carvings are taken away by a man who uses them as garden mulch. “I like how that these uses for the wood keep them out of the landfill, through the bowls and through the mulch, a second purpose for the wood,” said Koch. “It makes me sad to see the old barns leveled and the wood not being reused like it could be.” Koch has been commissioned to make wooden bowls from the wood of barn that once stood on a on a Century Farm. The pieces will go to the family’s decendants. He said doing a projects like that creates a personal connection he really enjoys. In his shop, Koch displays bowls he’s made from woods such as walnut, maple, Osage orangeand yellow pine. To carve them, he uses both hand and power tools.

The bowl’s finished look is really determined by the character of the wood Koch is working with.

“Each bowl is different,” Koch said. “When we do art shows from May through December, we can take anywhere from 100 pieces to sell. December is his busiest month to sell the bowls. Someone always falls in love with a certain type of wooden bowl I’ve made that just speaks to them through the colors, the grain or maybe the bark left on the outside.” Some of Koch’s bowls are rustic. Others have a chic elegance. “They really could be an heirloom piece if they are taken care of properly,” said Koch. “They all have a food-safe finish to them.” For Koch, the most rewarding moment is when the finish goes on. The woods urprise him every time, he said. “Older walnut is just gorgeous with its colors, lines,” said Koch. “It is just so neat to see the final look of it.” Ernie Koch can be contacted by calling 576-3018 or 4086868, visiting 1203 North Eighth St.

Koch uses only found wood or wood brought in by clients to create his unusual pieces.

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Peed sees Value in Fort Dodge’s Downtown Infrastructure Heartland Communications Group

BEH Building (currently Central

“A common question I receive is;

Inc.’s (Heartland) founder Joe Peed

Place Apartments), Sears Building

what does Heartland really do?”

has long believed in the value of Fort

and Welch Shoe Store (currently

commented Gale W. McKinney,

Dodge’s downtown infrastructure.

Billards).

Heartland’s president/CEO. “Many are surprised to hear that we are a

A native of Fort Dodge, Peed is

Over the year’s Heartland staff has

publisher of over 25 different weekly,

proud of his community and has

worked closely with SSMID and the

monthly and annual publications; as

always had great interest in maintain-

city to repurpose several downtown

well producing numerous websites

ing our community’s unique skyline.

properties including the park area

and digital products that serve our

He was on the first Board that was

east of the Carver Building. This

client’s marketing needs in a multi-

established after the downtown prop-

property was saved after Heartland

tude of different industries including

erty owners petitioned the City

purchased it along with several aban-

Agriculture, Aviation, Construction,

Council, which approved the added

doned and rundown buildings to the

Industrial Machine and many other

tax for the Self-Supported Municipal

east, which were turned into the park

niche industries. We provide a

Improvement District (SSMID).

area now used by downtown resi-

tremendous boost to our local econo-

Heartland’s corporate offices are

dents and workers alike. This project

my as over 90 percent of our revenue

located at 1003 Central Ave. in the

and many others were performed in

is generated from sources outside the

eight-story building known as the

conjunction with overall plans devel-

State of Iowa with the majority of

Carver Building and with more than

oped by the City and the SSMID.

that revenue reinvested through wages to our employees and local

130 employees, at this location, it is one of downtown’s largest employers.

Although in operation for over 47

Heartland also owns the Trolley

years local residents and community

Center. Several other several properties owned over the years include the

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leaders are sometimes surprised to hear what Heartland’s business entails.

vendors.”

Heartland believes strongly in community stewardship and many of its


employees serve in various capacities of community service. Currently, Steve Asche Heartland’s director of maintenance represents the company on the SSMID Board. Mary Gonnerman served with the Fort Dodge Chamber for several years and chaired the Human Resources Steering Committee. She remains involved with the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, as does McKinney.

Many of Heartland’s employees can be seen participating in civic events across the community.

“It’s an old cliche, but it’s the right people that make the difference,” McKinney said. “Our corporate offices will remain at 1003 Central Ave., Fort Dodge, Iowa, for that simple reason, the right people are here.”

Heartland is just one of many businesses in the downtown. The Downtown Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District Board would like to welcome new businesses to the downtown and recognize existing businesses too. These new and continued investments contribute to our downtown’s vibrancy.

Steve Asche, Director of Maintenance for Heartland Communications Group, Inc., stands with one of the planters that is part of SSMID’s project to improve the aesthetics of downtown Fort Dodge.

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Be Aware of Risks of Not Investing You’ve no doubt heard about the risks

You might not keep up with inflation. If

ing power will decline by about half in

associated with investing. This invest-

you put all your money under the

just 25 years.

ment carries this type of risk, while that

proverbial “mattress,” or, more realisti-

investment carries another one. And it

cally, you keep it all in “cash” instru-

You might outlive your money. For a

is certainly true that all investments do

ments and very short-term investments,

65-year-old couple, there’s a 50 percent

involve some form of risk. But what

you might think you are “playing it

chance that one spouse will live past age

about not investing? Isn’t there some

safe.” After all, you might reason, your

90, according to the Society of

risk associated with that, too?

principal is protected, so even if you

Actuaries. This statistic suggests that

don’t really make any money, you’re not

you may need your investments to help

In fact, by staying on the investment

losing it, either. But that’s not strictly

provide enough income to sustain you

sidelines, or at least by avoiding long-

true, because if your money is in invest-

for two, or even three, decades in retire-

term, growth-oriented investments, you

ment vehicles that don’t even keep up

ment.

may incur several risks. Here are some

with inflation, you can lose ground. In

to consider:

fact, even at a relatively mild three per-

You might not be able to maintain your

cent annual inflation rate, your purchas-

financial independence. Even if you

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Show Off Your Pet! don’t totally run out of money, you could end up scrimping by — or, even worse, you could become somewhat dependent on your grown children for financial assistance. For most people, this prospect is unacceptable. Consequently, you’ll want to make appropriate financial decisions to help maintain your financial independence. You might not be able to retire on your terms. You would probably like to decide when you retire and how you’ll retire — that is, what sort of lifestyle you’ll pursue during retirement. But both these choices may be taken out of your hands if you haven’t invested enough to retire on your own terms. You might not be able to leave the type of legacy you desire. Like most people, you would probably like to be able to leave something behind to your family and to those charitable

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organizations you support. You can help create this type of legacy through the appropriate legal vehicles — i.e., a will, a living trust and so on — but you’ll still need to fund these mechanisms somehow. And that means you’ll need to draw on all your financial assets, including your investments. Work with your financial advisor to determine the mixture of growth and income investments you need during your working years and as you move toward retirement to help you meet your retirement goals. However you do it, get into the habit of investing, and never lose it — because the risks of not investing are just too great. Copyright © 2013 Edward Jones. All rights reserved. Member SIPC.

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A Leprechaun’s Treat Lacina may not sound Irish, but at Tea Thyme at Sadie’s, Deb Lacina serves a Dubliner Stuffed Chicken with Bacon and Cabbage that will satisfy any longing for the Ould Sod. This meal has been served at Tea Thyme since 2005 when it was first used at a style show they catered for on St. Patrick’s Day. They usually serve it with mashed potatoes, bacon, cabbage and onions. “It’s a great traditional recipe and we just keep on having fun tweaking it to make it better each year,” said Lacina.

Ingredients: 8 oz. Dubliner cheese 2 Tbsp. cooking oil 4 boneless chicken breasts, with skin 2 onions, sliced 1 C. plain bread crumbs 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 Tbspn. Italian seasoning 2 C. shredded Savoy cabbage Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 Tbsp. light cream or half and half 2 eggs beaten 10 Tbsp. Kerrygold Irish Butter 6 slices traditional Irish bacon, cut in to 1/2 strips 2/3 C. chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a baking sheet.

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Grate half the cheese and cut the rest into thin slices. Gently lift the skin up from each chicken breast and insert the slices of cheese under it. Press the skin down to seal. In a bowl, combine the bread crumbs, seasoning, salt, pepper and grated cheese. Place the beaten eggs in a shallow dish and dip the chicken

breasts into it. Dredge in bread crumbs and bake on prepared baking sheet for 35-40 minutes until lightly browned. In a medium skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, 5-7 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Reserve. In a medium saucepan over medium to low heat, heat the oil. Saute the onions an garlic until the onions are translucent, 3-5 minutes. Add the cabbage and mix well. Add the stock or broth, bring to a boil and cook stirring frequently until the cabbage is tender. With a slotted spoon, transfer the cabbage to 4 heated plates. Keep warm. Boil the cooking liquid until reduced by half. Add the cream or half ná half and cook to reduce by half again. Whisk in the butter. Strain the sauce and reserved strips of bacon. Slice the chicken breast onto the cabbage and pour sauce on it. Serves four. *Also served with Swiss cheese sauce and mashed potatoes


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