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Editor’s Speak Things to do Scene About Town Book Picks Parting Shot


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Class Notes: Meet Art Teacher Sarah Peters by Kathleen Koch


Major Volunteers for Girl Scouts by Robert Wolf


Wall Helps People with Finances at First Evangelical Free Church by Robert Wolf

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Turkey Time with Chef Kevin Moore by Kathleen Koch

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Health Wise: Beating the Holiday Stress by Jesse Helling


Home Style: Deck the Halls by Jesse Helling


Home Style: 4 His Glory by: Kathleen Koch


Money Matters: When Investing, “Face to Face” Beats Fingers on a Keyboard courtesy of Edward Jones

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From the News Editor Thanksgiving... What are you thankful for? The holiday seasons are fast approaching! With Thanksgiving and Christmas getting closer by the week, we start to ponder thoughts about the things in our lives that make us thankful. I know of families that say grace at the dinner table every night. While holding hands and being creative with no repeats, they express one thing they are thankful for. When I sit down with my family I will be prepared with several things I’m thankful for this year, including how much fun and joy the holiday season brings. The contents of this November issue includes articles that will jump start your holiday spirit. Here is a quick look: -What to be thankful for, uplifting or spiritual happenings in your life. -Deck the halls for the seasons and get some tips on holiday decorating and suggestions of where to buy it. -Gear up to start shopping for your family, friends and loved ones but also ways to save money and keep it under control. -People who become involved and help others in the community by volunteering their time. -Trying to keep the holiday stress under control with some tips on relaxing and taking some time for yourself. When you do sit down with your loved ones for your holiday seasons, be thankful for everyone and everything that makes it possible. Look your family and friends in the eye and express to them your gratitude for sharing this wonderful time together.

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24 Fort Dodge Ford serving a complimentary Thanksgiving dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Fort Dodge Ford Toyota Showroom. Free meal delivery is offered in Fort Dodge if address and phone number are provided.

FDSH pool, 6 p.m. 25 FDSH girls JV and varsity basketball vs. Des Moines

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28 Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, city square downtown, 5:15 p.m. 29 FDSH boys varsity swimming meet vs. Spencer and Carroll Community, FDSH pool, 6 p.m

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Class Notes

Meet Art Teacher Sarah Peters

Sarah Peters before a chalk board mural in her classroom.

How long have you been teaching art, how long have you been at Phillips Middle School?

Where are you originally from? What inspired your move to Fort Dodge?

“This is my forth year here at Phillips and was my first job out of college (The University of Iowa).”

“I am originally from Washington, which is a small town about 30 minutes south of Iowa City. My grandparents have lived in Fort Dodge for many years. My grandpa used to be the manager at the airport. I have been coming here to visit since I was a little girl and one of my favorite places to go was the Oleson Park Zoo.”

What age groups do you teach? “I teach seventh and eighth graders.”


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Do you have any hobbies, involved in art programs or associations? “When I did my student teaching in Iowa City, I had to teach a stained glass class. Well, I had never done stained glass before so I had to learn very fast. I learned a lot up as I went along and I quickly got the hang of it and began to make my own pieces. Now I have a small studio set up in my basement where I make small projects for myself, family and friends.”

was the career for me. Interestingly enough, I wasn’t too fond of my high school art teacher and I remember thinking ‘When I grow up I’m gonna be a better art teacher than her.’”

What is the most enjoyable thing about teaching art? “I love both the process and the product. It is so fun seeing their projects progress from just a blank piece of paper to a colorful poster.”

Peters is studying Japanese while applying to teach school in Japan for a year.

Do you have any hobbies or what do you like to do in your free time? “I have actually been learning to speak Japanese. I am applying to teach in Japan for a year, so I am trying to prepare myself by studying the language and culture. Its not as difficult as many people think it is.”

What is your favorite thing about art and the holiday seasons approaching? “I love baking and decorating Christmas cookies. I have a whole cupboard full of chocolate chips, different colored sprinkles and food coloring.”

What inspires you the most, or what was the best advice that was given to you that you take to heart? “This is a tough question, I suppose the thing that I heard the most when I was going through my teacher training and during my first years of teaching was ‘Don’t sweat the little things.’ I think it applies to both teaching and life in general.”

What made you want to teach art? “I have always loved art and school. My favorite teacher when I was younger was my junior high art teacher, Mrs. Wade. She was so cool and laid back, and she really challenged me to do my best work. So it was probably about seventh grade that I decided this

What is a favorite thing to teach middle school kids about art? “My favorite project is pop art. The students have so much fun learning about Andy Warhol and pop culture.”

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Major Volunteers for Girl Scouts

Jason and Jodi Major got involved in the GIrl Scouts when their daughter, Maddy, became a Brownie.


Maddy Major is responsible for her parents’ involvement in Girl Scouts.

Feelhaver School, and her parents became group leaders for Troop 11.

Maddy became a Brownie three years ago when she was a kindergartener at

“I was in Girl Scouts as a child and I wanted my daughter to be in it. So, I

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went down to the Girl Scout office and found that they not only needed girls in Girl Scouts, but they needed adults to be volunteer leaders, co-leaders, or whatever you could do,” Jodi Major said. “You don’t have to have a girl in

Girl Scouts. They are looking for anybody that is willing to spend a little time and help out. You can help out at the troop level, or at times the Girl Scouts will have a sponsored activity and they will be looking for volunteers just for that day. In Girl Scouts, you can be as busy and involved as you want.”

Girl Scouts are involved in many community activities. The Girl Scouts have books for Brownies called journey books, which give the girls ideas of how to get involved in their community or at the troop level.

“The Girl Scouts want their programs to be girl-led. The adults are there as supervisors. However, it’s kind of hard for a 5-year old, so that’s why they like the adults to be a little more proactive in the troop,” said Jodi Major. With the Girl Scouts “you are involved with little girls that may not have the same family situation as we do. It’s nice to see the girls become more confident in themselves and helping them grow and mature. You can actually see one on one the positive things that Girl Scouts does that affects those girls.”

“A World of Girls” is a Girl Scout publication for Brownies, giving them ideas of how they can be involved in the community.

The Girl Scout Trefoil pin has three leaves. Each leaf stands for a part of the GIrl Scout promise to serve God and country, to help people at all times and to live by the Girl Scout Law.

“Our troop went to the different nursing homes and planted flowers,” Jason Major said. They also do fun activities like swimming, hiking in Kennedy Park and Adventureland.

“We also help with the fall products sale every year with the nuts and magazines. I’m chairing that this year,” he said. “What that entails is getting all the troop leaders educated on how to do the program and how to help the girls actually raise money for their individual troops. And we have the distribution side. The Hy-Vee Drugstore allows all the products to be delivered to the store. We assist in getting it out to the other troops and the children. Last year, we were also the distribution site for the Girl Scout cookies and that’s the big thing,” he said.

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Major Volunteers continued from page 13. Hy-Vee brought the Major family to Fort Dodge.

“I’ve worked for Hy-Vee for 18 years,

“We do a large amount with the Girl Scouts, and we are also involved with the First United Methodist Church and a lot of the other things we like to do quietly.” Jason Major said.

traveled all around. The Hy-Vee Drugstore was the main reason because it was my first store director assignment,” said Jason. “I’ve grown up with Hy-Vee. Every time we go to a meeting or hear any of our CEOs speak, it is always about being a

There are many organizations they belong to but they believe in picking one or two organizations to be really out front and active in and to support the others to a lesser extinct.

mum of two adults and five girls. Troop 11 currently has seven adults and 18 girls involved,” said Tanya Martinson, girl services manager for Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. “Jason Major was recognized at Man of the Year at the 2011 annual meeting in April, an amazing feat with consideration given to the size of the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. We encompass 67 counties in Iowa, two counties in South Dakota, and one county in Nebraska,” Martinson said.

leader, giving back to your community, and being respected. Some of the best things you can do to live that way is to volunteer and give back to your community. It just becomes a part of who you are,” he said.

Troop 11 meets monthly at the First United Methodist Church.

“They just can’t give the time and commitment to do everything right and you have to be well organized,” Jodi Major said.

“October is the beginning of our next membership year and also the year of our 100th birthday,” she said.

“Jason and Jodi Major are the kind of leaders Girl Scouts is built upon. They refuse to turn any girl away from their troop, regardless of how large the troop may be. In order to form a Girl Scout troop there needs to be a mini-

“Balance between work, home, and volunteerism is always difficult but if you believe in the organization you are volunteering with it’s a lot easier,” Jason Major said.

About Jason and Jodi Major: “Our free time 100 percent spent with our family. Our son is involved in soccer this fall and our daughter was involved in swim team over the summer and will be again this fall and winter. So it is all family type things we do in our off time,” Jodi Major said. Jason and Jodi Major are both natives of Albia. They have been married 18 years and have two children Maddy 8, and Brady 5. Jason Major is a graduate of the University of Iowa, and Jodi Major graduated from the University of Nebraska in the dental program and is a dental hygienist at the Ronconi Dental Clinic.


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Jodi Major likes to look for Indian artifacts on her father’s farm near Albia. Her father has a large collection, and this year she found her first complete arrowhead. Jason Major is a bow hunter and is teaching his wife the sport.

Girl Scouts needs more scouts and more adult leaders: For more information contact Jason or Jodi Major at, Tanya Martinson at, 515-573-8141 or Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa at

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Faith Matters: Wall helps people with finances at First Evangelical Free Church “We had a class in our church on finances in the Bible, and at that point I started investigating.”

“With my profession I was able to see a lot of different churches in a short amount of time and we decided that First Evangelical Free Church was the church for us.” - Dallas Wall With the holidays upon us, many people overspend. Dallas Wall facilitates a program at First Evangelical Free Church to help people with their finances.

Wall facilitates a 13-week course on Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University at the church to help people with their finances. He discovered the program by chance

He and his wife then discovered Ramsey’s program comprised of DVDs, workbooks and other books.

“About 10 years ago my financial condition was not very good. We had some debt and we were just not getting ahead. That’s when I discovered Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace,” said Dallas.

“Dave Ramsey was a very wealthy man at one time. On paper, he was very wealthy. He finally went broke, and he

had to pull himself up from the depths of financial ruin. He started investigating rich people. He started doing what rich people did and after he discovered that living in debt was foolish it started to change his life. Shortly after that he began a radio program and starting writing books. It caught on and snowballed to where it is at today.”

Wall said he was attracted to the program because of its humor, and he learned there were things that he was doing which didn’t make sense. When he became organized and made sense out of what he was doing, everything changed for him.

For example rich people, “pay cash for things. They don’t go in debt to buy things,” Wall said. “Credit cards are not good. They also have some money set aside in a reserve fund for that unexpected emergency and talk about giving,” he said.

“Everything we own belongs to the Lord. We are his stewards.” How much to give is up to the individual, Dallas said.

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Faith Matters continued from page 15. “Through that, that changed my attitude toward money; how I earn it; how I spent it; how I save it; and also how I give it. I do it because it moved me and if it moved me I believe it can move other people,” he said of the program. The program is usually offered in the fall, “but I hope this will be available other times of the year with multiple people leading them,” he said. “Anyone who has graduated from the program can lead the next session. It’s open to the community. We do have several people in our financial peace class that are not part of our church.”

There is a fee to cover materials, but Wall receives no compensation for facilitating the program.

“We are incredibly blessed to have Dallas as a part of our church,” said the Rev. Scott Hatton, senior pastor at First Evangelical. “He has a deep love for God that shines through in all that he does as a leader and as a servant within the church. Last year Dallas participated in our mission trip working with children in Prague, Czech Republic. God has given Dallas an

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enormous heart for serving people, and he is always thinking of ways in which we can better share the Good News of Jesus Christ. I am absolutely delighted to have Dallas and Barb as a part of our church. They are God’s gift to us and to the community.”

“It’s been the most important part of my life,” Dallas said of his faith. “My philosophy in life is to do what the Lord tells me to do.” Studying the

Wall serves on the board of elders at First Evangelical Church.

Bible, being involved with other believers, and prayer helps you discern what the Lord wants, Wall said.

Wall got involved in the church soon after arriving in Fort Dodge.

“With my profession I was able to see a lot of different churches in a short amount of time, and we decided that First Evangelical Free Church was the church for us,” said Wall, funeral director at Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

He serves on the church’s elder board. “We oversee the spiritual growth of our church and congregation.” Prospective board members must be recommended

by a committee, “and the congregation does vote on that individual to be on the board.” There are about nine members on the board including the pastors. There are no term limits. “You serve as long as you feel the Lord leading you.” Wall became an elder because: “there is a need and I feel I can contribute to the spiritual growth of the church, and I also feel the Lord has called me to that position.”

About Dallas Wall: A native of Mountain Lake in southwestern Minnesota, Dallas Wall, 51, attended Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, Ind. He worked in various funeral homes in Des Moines and Fairmont, Minn., before coming to Fort Dodge in 1989 to become funeral director at Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services. His wife of 30 years, Barb, is a native of Stuart. “For many years we would meet her parents up here in Fort Dodge, never thinking that someday we would be moving to Fort Dodge,” he said. They have two sons: Grant works in the media relations department of Winona State University; Jordon served in the Army in Iraq and recently returned from Afghanistan. He now attends Iowa State University. In his free time Wall enjoys reading novels and war hero books and: “every year I read through the Bible.” Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University For more information contact: Dallas Wall, 570-9298 First Evangelical Free Church, 573-5763

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Bailey English, Brittney McLain and Elizabeth Jones prepare to enjoy their chili at the Fall Park Festival held at Kennedy Park.

Christian and Lily Eslick with Denny and Charlie Stucky enjoy the day out at Kennedy Park.

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Claire Rierson, Lauri Evans, Brett Evans and Karen Kockorsky wait their turn to take a hayrack ride at Kennedy Park.

Photos by CU photographers Nicole Hagar and Susan Moore

Fall Park Festival at Kennedy Park

An Evening at Fort Dodge Haunts

Janelle Cravens, Carol Van Ellen, Donna Ferguson and Stephanie Ferguson are ready to enjoy the day at Fall Park Festival at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park.

An Evening at Fort Dodge Haunts Bob Smith and Marissa Smith wait to brave their way through Fort Dodge Haunts.

Liza Hatcher, Madi Bennett (front), McKenzy Thompson, Maddison Fleming, Libby Lentsch and Maddie Porrez (back) put on their scary faces as they wait to go through Fort Dodge Haunts.

Alex Shimkat, Spencer Ernst and Alex Kitterman stand ready to welcome visitors to a scary Halloween experience at Fort Dodge Haunts at Crossraods Mall. Fort Dodge Today

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scEnE aboutTown Gallery Art Show Opening at Permanent Collections

Brothers Tanner Nelson and Cameron Nelson attend the artists’ opening at Permanent Collections Gallery Art.

Artists Vanja Borcic and Hasa Tosunbegovic, both originally from Bosnia, stand before some of their art at Permanent Collections Gallery Art.

Ali Arnold and Nicole Westfall are in attendance at the recent opening of the art show at Permanent Collections Gallery Art.


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Tina Cooper and Jared Pott at the Permanent Collections Gallery Art for the opening art show.

Photos by CU photographers Nicole Hagar and Susan Moore

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Jen Leiting and Ellen McBride have a good time at Oktoberfest.

Eleanor Rutz and Gary Trickey polka in full dress at Oktoberfest.

Racquel Benegas and Melissa and Eugene Carlson serve food for Tea Thyme at Oktoberfest.

Nancy and Tom Ruge enjoy the band Vic Ferrari at Oktoberfest.

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scEnE aboutTown Ribbon Cutting for grand opening of Tea Thyme/Thyme to Shop

Jim Burr and Joyce Ryan attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for Thyme to Shop.

Tom Pingel, Gary Moore and Matt Cosgrove are among the attendees of the ribbon cutting ceremony for Thyme to Shop.

Mel and Jo Schroeder are present for the grand opening of Thyme to Shop. Teresa Naughton and Debbie Lacina, owner of Tea Thyme and Thyme to Shop, visit during the ribbon cutting ceremony.


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Ribbon Cutting for grand opening of Tea Thyme/Thyme to Shop

Debbie Lacina, owner of Tea Thyme and Thyme to Shop, prepares to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of her newly acquired store, Thyme to Shop.

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Crossroads Mall

The Crossroads Mall, located at 217 S. 25th St., is the area’s most convenient shopping experience with over 40 specialty shops, restaurants and services all under one roof. The mall’s anchor stores are J.C. Penney’s, Sears and Younkers. In-between these full department stores shoppers will find a full range of merchants offering clothing, shoes, sports, music, electronics, jewelry, cards & gifts, and much more. A variety of services include cell phone carriers, beauty and nails salons, hearing aids, recruitment offices and the local ISU extension office. Shoppers who work up an appetite have a variety of dining choices from burgers and pizza to fresh sushi. Crossroads Mall recently welcomed Thom Foolery, The Other Store and Book World to its list of tenants. Leasing opportunities are available. Call the mall office at (515) 955-8557 for more information. Having just hosted Hy-Vee’s annual Kids’ Fest on September 20, Crossroads Mall is home to a number of special events throughout the year.

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With the holiday shopping season just around the corner, Santa arrives by horse and carriage at the mall at 10:00 a.m. on November 19. To help celebrate Hollingsworth School of Dance is scheduled to perform and free cookies and milk will be provided by HyVee (while supplies last). Photos with Santa available through 59 Minute Photo. Crossroads Mall will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 24. The mall will re-open at 4 a.m. on Friday, November 25. Von Kettleson will entertain early-bird shoppers at 7 a.m. Jive For Five will also be on hand to perform during the day.

Crossroads Mall also offers a host of activities and shows from crafts and flowers to coins, boats or collector’s cards throughout the year. Giving back to the community is important. Crossroads Mall opens its doors at 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 10 a.m. on Sunday (excluding holidays) for those who wish to walk indoors in a climate controlled environment. Space is provided for local health care providers to offer a variety of health screenings to the public. The Blood Center of Iowa also hosts several blood drives at Crossroads Mall throughout the year.

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The Crossroads Mall, located at 217 S. 25th St., is the area’s most convenient shopping experience with over 40 specialty shops, restaurants and services all under one roof. The mall’s anchor stores are J.C. Penney’s, Sears and Younkers. In-between these full department stores shoppers will find a full range of merchants offering clothing, shoes, sports, music, electronics, jewelry, cards & gifts, and much more. A variety of services include cell phone carriers, beauty and nails salons, hearing aids, recruitment offices and the local ISU extension office. Shoppers who work up an appetite have a variety of dining choices from burgers and pizza to fresh sushi. Crossroads Mall recently welcomed Thom Foolery, The Other Store and Book World to its list of tenants. Leasing opportunities are available. Call the mall office at (515) 955-8557 for more information. Having just hosted Hy-Vee’s annual Kids’ Fest on September 20, Crossroads Mall is home to a number of special events throughout the year.

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With the holiday shopping season just around the corner, Santa arrives by horse and carriage at the mall at 10:00 a.m. on November 19. To help celebrate Hollingsworth School of Dance is scheduled to perform and free cookies and milk will be provided by HyVee (while supplies last). Photos with Santa available through 59 Minute Photo. Crossroads Mall will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 24. The mall will re-open at 4 a.m. on Friday, November 25. Von Kettleson will entertain early-bird shoppers at 7 a.m. Jive For Five will also be on hand to perform during the day.

Crossroads Mall also offers a host of activities and shows from crafts and flowers to coins, boats or collector’s cards throughout the year. Giving back to the community is important. Crossroads Mall opens its doors at 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 10 a.m. on Sunday (excluding holidays) for those who wish to walk indoors in a climate controlled environment. Space is provided for local health care providers to offer a variety of health screenings to the public. The Blood Center of Iowa also hosts several blood drives at Crossroads Mall throughout the year.

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Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi A love triangle between a writer, his wife and his imaginary muse, told in a series of interwoven vignettes and through different characters and time periods. Clever and fresh.

The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst Another love triangle beginning during World War 1. In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge schoolmate—a handsome, aristocratic young poet named Cecil Valance—to his family’s modest home outside London for the weekend. George is enthralled by Cecil, and soon his sixteen-year-old sister, Daphne, is equally besotted by him and the stories he tells about Corley Court, the country estate he is heir to. But what Cecil writes in Daphne’s autograph album will change their and their families’ lives forever: a poem that, after Cecil is killed in the Great War and his reputation burnished, will become a touchstone for a generation, a work recited by every schoolchild in England. Over time, a tragic love story is spun, even as other secrets lie buried—until, decades later, an ambitious biographer threatens to unearth them.

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I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: a Flavia de Luce novel by Alan Bradley Its Christmastime at Buckshaw, and the de Luces are hosting a film crew shooting a movie on the grounds. As the entire village gathers at the estate during a blizzard to watch a famous actress perform, a body is discovered and the precocious Flavia commences to solve the crime.

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The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaerbol For fans of Steig Larsson waiting for their next Nordic thriller. A boy found in a suitcase begins a trek across Denmark as his savior Nina tries to figure out his past-all while being pursued by killers.

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Turkey Time with Chef Kevin Moore Seasons are changing, fall is here and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. That means families coming together to give thanks and to feast on their favorite holiday foods. Chef Kevin Moore from The Cellar restaurant in Fort Dodge talks about what he enjoys cooking for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Moore says that he cooks for about 25-30 family and friends. His favorite way to cook the turkey is smoking it, and he starts the process the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. It allows him time to get other dishes done on that Thursday in the kitchen with the oven and still have a tasty, moist bird to eat for the Thanksgiving feast.

Moore said the turkey is all about the taste and flavor, and one of the best types of turkey to cook is a fresh natural bird. You can ask your butcher at the local grocery store. Moore likes to purchase his turkeys at Sawyer Meats of Iowa Inc. in Fort Dodge. After purchasing, you can start the process of prepping the turkey for the big feast.

Chef Kevin Moore is working in The Cellar’s kitchen. - photo by Hans Madsen

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Turkey Time continued from page 33. Cooking a turkey can pose a few major problems. Here are some points to remember when cooking the turkey in order to make it a little easier and more enjoyable: –The breast is thick and take longer to cook than the rest of the bird. –The final temperature of the meat is crucial. The breast must hit 165 degrees to be safe, and if it hits 170 degrees or more it may come dry and tough.

The turkey breast takes longer to cook than the rest of the bird - submitted photo by Chef Kevin Moore

–Dark meat in the thighs has a bit more fat and flavor than white, but if you try to add flavor by putting it on the skin, it doesn’t penetrate down into the meat. –The skin is tasty and crispy when brown, rubbery when it is not brown and can burn easily. –The wings and drumsticks burn easily. –Do not tent the bird with foil when you are done cooking because the steam under the foil just softens the skin. –Do not use a "self-basted," "enhanced" or "kosher." Turkey should be cooked by the osmosis method.

The turkey skin is tasty and crispy when brown. - submitted photo by Chef Kevin Moore

Thanksgiving day is known for the flavorable turkey, it's what brings family and friends together around the table. Here are some tips to remember when cooking a turkey: –To amplify flavor and add moisture soak the bird in a flavorable brine about 10-15 percent solution in a 5 gallon bucket. –Use aromatics in the cavity instead of stuffing. –Rub oil and aromatic herbs under the skin that will baste and flavor the meat and skin.

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and it can cook/brown properly on the bottom. –Roast the bird in a humid, aromatic, smoky atmosphere to hold in moisture and add to the flavor. –Remove the bird from the heat at 165 degrees instead of 170 degrees, it will still be safe and savory to eat. –When carving the turkey, slice the breast across the grain so it is more tender.

Moore's favorite side to serve with the turkey is a rosemary champagne sauce. To make the sauce, you will need 3 cups of either chicken broth or rendered turkey bones. You boil these with the wings, carrots, celery and onions for 1 1/2 hours. Then you will need to strain the liquid in order to have at least 1/2 gallon to make 3 cups of reduction. You add in 2 cups of heavy cream, 4 sprigs of rosemary, a little sea salt, dash of ground pepper and 1/2 cup of champagne.

Moore meticulously plates his creation for its best presentation. - photo by Hans Madsen

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Beating the Holiday Stress The holidays: a time for good food, fun with family and friends and, of course, presents. The holidays: a time for cooking, cleaning, entertaining demanding relatives and, of course, spending money. No matter how closely one’s holiday traditions resemble a Norman Rockwell painting, the season can easily increase stress levels. People can take several steps to mitigate their stress, said Dr. Timi Jordison, a Fort Dodge psychologist. “Make sure to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally,” she said. During the holiday season, patterns of everyday activities – eating, sleeping and the like – are often disrupted. This can increase one’s sensitivity to stress, Jordison said. “Get exercise if you can,” she said. “Often, that’s a good stress reliever ... Take time to do whatever relaxes you.” Finding time to do ‘normal’ things during the holidays can also be helpful, she said. “Stay connected with people on a daily basis,” she said. “You can keep


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connected with everyday life.”

time people have seen each other since it happened.”

“It’s important to have realistic expectations,” she said.

The happy tidings of the season can be difficult to bear if a person is already unhappy.

Death of a loved one can be particularly hard to bear as the rest of the world, or so it seems, is busy making merry.

One thing Jordison emphasizes is “mindfulness”: recognizing what one’s feelings are at any given moment, examining them and realizing that they can change.

Timi Jordison, psychologist

“One of the things to remember is that the holidays are not a happy time for everybody,” Jordison said. For some people, unhappiness is the result of loss. “A big elephant in the room for some families is if they’ve recently lost someone,” Jordison said. “A holiday gathering might be the first

Jordison advises families to remember the good times and try to concentrate on their happy memories of the departed. Another common source of holiday unhappiness are unrealistic expectations. Even if every Christmas cookie is not picture-perfect, the season does not have to be spoiled, according to Jordison.

Jordison advises people to spend their holidays with people they care about, even if they are not relatives. “People see holidays as a family time, but ‘family’ could mean a group of close friends,” she said.






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Deck the Halls Real Deals offers tips on holiday decorating. Haul out the holly, put up the tree and so forth. As the holidays approach, festive festoonery will make its way from closets and attics to the front lines of home decor. For Shawn Portz, Janelle Hotz and Beth Plautz, co-owners of Real Deals on Home Decor, 329 Central Ave., a new holiday tradition has begun. The three opened the store in August and have stocked their displays with a wide array of decorations.

Happy penguins are among the themed decorations available at Real Deals on Home Decor. Decorations offered at the store will fall under several themes, including: • Dickens; Charles Dickens/vintage caroling color scheme. This includes ribbon, organza and various ornaments in brown, chocolate, champagne, taupe, platinum, sage green, burgundy and antique red. • Traditional red and green (Whimsical): Organza, ribbon and ornaments, with red and green elves. The dominant colors are red, green and white.

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• Traditional snowman: A rustic theme that includes plush snowmen, ornaments, lanterns, ribbons and accessories.

• Rustic/Woodsy: Owls, burlap sleds, lanterns, rusty bells, red bells, lodge items and rustic elves. • Cowboy: Cowboy hat and boot Shawn Portz, co-owner of ornaments, Real Deals on Home Decor cowboy snowman and Santas and other western items. • Primitive snowman: Tea-stained look with twigs, plush and ornaments. • Gingerbread: Plush gingerbread kitchen-themed items. “We’ll be rotating in new items throughout the season,” said Portz. As items within one theme are sold, ne items will be brought out to the display

These include putting plush items on a Christmas tree. “Some people don’t think to do that,” she said. Real Deals offers several Christmas plush decorations, including gingerbread and snow people. Ribbon and fabric can also be strategically placed to “tie together” a tree, Portz said. “Floral pieces can help fill a tree up,” she said.

Plush elves make Christmas tree decorations that fill a good deal of space, said Shawn Portz, co-owner of Real Deals on Home Decor.

Tips for a Fabulous Christmas Tree Shawn Portz, Janelle Hotz and Beth Plautz, co-owners of Real Deals on Home Decor, offer the following suggestions for Christmas tree decoration. Use clusters of organza fabric, organza ribbon, netting and regular ribbon to fill your trees and make them look full and beautiful. Cut the organza sheets into strips no longer than 1 yard and no wider than 1 1/2 feet. Gather the strip of fabric together to make a loop and secure the end with wire. Place the cluster of fabric into the tree and attach to the tree branch with the wire. Cut netting or ribbon into 1-yard lengths and then fold it back and forth across the long length to create loops on the ends and a fuller look. Wrap floral wire around the middle to secure the cluster of ribbon. Then insert and secure it into your tree.

floor, meaning Real Deals’ inventory will evolve right up through Christmas, Portz said. Pieces within each theme are designed to compliment each other, she said. Items range from low-tech ribbons to battery-operated light-up decorations. Many items go beyond the traditional red and green Christmas colors to incorporate a wider palate. For many families, a collection of Christmas decorations is acquired over years and decades. However, for those who are just starting out, there are ways to “fill in the gaps,” so to speak, said Portz.

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A local, Susan Rustvold shares her uplifting story of overcoming a difficult storm in her life.

Susan Rustvold, owner/designer of 4 His Glory! - photo by Hans Madsen People will always have struggles in their lives. Illness, death, suicide, tragic accidents, job losses, rejection, insecurity, disappointments and unfair circumstances are just a few that people deal with in everyday life. What makes a person stronger is learning how to cope with struggles and difficulites in life and grow from that situation. That is what Susan Rustvold– a former resident of Fort Dodge– did.

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Rustvold worked for the Fort Dodge Animal Health, a pharmaceutical/veterinary company, for 19 years as the director of creative services. She had to relocate to Kansas in 1995 for her position, which she lost in 2010 due to a corporate buyout. Susan has been unemployed ever since. But, she says now, looking back there are no regrets. However, it was a difficult path to face.

Debbie Lacina, owner of Tea Thyme and Thyme to Shop, with Rustvold during her visit to Tea Thyme. - photo by Hans Madsen “Things were looking frightening. And then I attended a sermon for the unemployed where I met a man who had been laid off like me. Only it happened to him four times in the previous four years. And how had he responded? He was leading a prayer and support group for other unemployed people at church. My eyes were opened.”

Sitting at the sermon listening to the stories of people who where much worse shape than Susan, she had to do something, she felt that this was happening for a reason.

“Maybe I wasn't in class to help myself, but I was there to encourage and to

inspire and to help others around me.” Rustvold started encouraging others with her years of design and production making spiritual/inspirational cards and gifts.

“It started with just one card, with doing the one thing I knew I could do to help others in this group. By the end of the class, the instructor was trying to convince me I had a gift, and I should consider selling the items I was creating in a store.”

The brand 4 His Glory! was produced to help encourage love, support and kindness to people going through difficult trials in their life. The small

Internet-based company has been growing over the past 19 months and has made it back into a local retail shop in Fort Dodge. Tea Thyme has opened up a retail shop called Thyme to Shop, where 4 His Glory! spiritual and inspirational cards and gifts are being sold.

“I just love her company name, 4 His Glory,” said Tea Thyme owner Debbie Lacina. “I think it's a one-of-a-kind line of cards. I've never seen anything like it. Susan's work is very professional, beautifully done, and spiritual.”

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When Investing, “Face to Face” Beats Fingers on a Keyboard These days, you can purchase just about anything you want on the Internet. However, you can still benefit from a human, face-to-face experience for some purchases — such as your investments. And that’s why you may want to work with a financial professional. Unlike a computer interface, a financial professional will take the time to truly know your situation today — and then help you make adjustments tomorrow. Let’s first look at two key areas a financial professional will consider today: * Your risk tolerance — By asking the right questions, a financial professional can help you determine if you’re a moderate, conservative or aggressive investor and then recommend those investments that are suitable for your risk tolerance. * Your time horizon — If you’re saving for a down payment on a new home you expect to purchase within two or three years, you may want an invest-

ment that offers significant preservation of principal. But if you’re saving for retirement, and you’re three decades away from it, you’ll likely need investments that offer the potential for growth. Your financial advisor can help you choose the mix of short- and longterm investments that can help you make progress toward all your goals. Now, let’s look at the types of milestones that a financial professional can help you with as your life progresses: * New child — When you bring a new child into your life, you also add new responsibilities. Do you have sufficient life insurance? Do you plan on helping the child pay for college? If so, what college funding vehicles should you consider? A financial professional can help you answer these questions. * New spouse — Whether you’re getting married for the first time, or you’re remarrying, you’ll have to reconcile your financial picture with that of your new spouse. A financial professional can review both your situations and possibly recommend ways for you to

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reduce debt, eliminate redundancies in your investment portfolios and consolidate insurance coverage. * Career change — When you change jobs, you may have to make many investment-related decisions: Should you move the assets from your old employer’s 401(k) to an IRA? Or should you roll over your old 401(k) to your new employer’s plan, if a rollover is allowed? Knowing your options when you leave your job can help you make the right choice for your retirement savings. A qualified financial professional can help you review and understand your rollover options. * Retirement — Once you retire, you’ll have several issues to consider: How much can you withdraw from your investments each year? From which accounts? Should you rebalance your portfolio to provide more potential sources of income? What about the transfer of your wealth? A financial professional who is familiar with your situation can help you make the right moves to enjoy the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned.

Money Matters continued next page.

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Money Matters continued from page 45. So, when you really want to invest, leave the “virtual” world behind and connect with a financial professional — someone who has gained insight into your individual needs and who has the experience and expertise to help you build, maintain and adjust a portfolio that can help you move toward your goals.

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