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is a dry, light red with strawberry notes and toasty oak on the nose and palate and a finish that hints of caramel. A blend of Marquette, St. Croix, and Frontenac grapes grown in our Iowa vineyards, Iowa In the Dark is a nice food pairing wine. Try it with lightly seasoned meat. Serve at room temperature.

is a dry red with complex aromas and flavors and spicy notes on the finish. Made from Marquette grapes grown in our Iowa vineyards, 2013 Iowa Marquette was fermented in stainless tanks and then aged in French Oak for a year and neutral barrels for nine months. Pair with grilled meat. Serve at room temperature.

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FROM The Publisher 2017 is here, so many of us will do what we always do — embark on the annual tradition of making resolutions. We’ve all done it, and in all likelihood, we haven’t followed through with our resolutions. And really, what are resolutions? Simply put, they’re pledges to change our behavior—for the most part, in ways to better ourselves. I’ll be the first to admit that having goals is a good thing, but I have had it with resolutions. In years past, I’ve almost always made some type of resolution(s). They typically involved depriving myself of something or resisting certain temptations. I followed through with some of them, and others, I broke right away. Do I want to eat healthier, exercise more or maybe lose a few pounds? Sure. But those types of things require a life change, not just a promise to myself and a little extra effort for a few months. So this year, I’m not going to make any resolutions. This year, I’m making a promise to myself to celebrate the things I enjoy. During the warm months, I enjoy spending time with my friends on my bicycle on the trails in and around Dallas County, so I think I should try to do more of that this year. I also enjoy smoking quality cigars with my friends, and I also like to enjoy a good scotch or bourbon, and I think I should try to do these things more often this year—within moderation, of course. These really aren’t resolutions, just ways to ensure I’m getting the most of out of life and doing what is satisfying, rather than completely denying myself of it. So with that, we’ve decided that the first issue of myWaukee in 2017 should not be about resolutions, because honestly, you’re probably sick of the same idea every January. We’re not going to tell you how to eat better in 2017. Instead, we want to tell you where you can get a good beer (or cigar) in and around Waukee. Maybe I’ll see you there. I hope I do. So let’s toast to a wonderful 2017. Happy New Year!

Chad C. Airhart, Publisher


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JAN/FEB 2017 Publisher Chad Airhart

Creative Directors Jason McArtor Zachary Kern

Lead Photographer Laura Wills

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Marjorie Sandner

Mackensie Graham Sara Stibitz

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09 STORY New Year. Craft Beer

Four military veterans have come together to open Global Brew Tap House, which offers a huge selection of unique craft beers from around the world while making a positive impact on the local community.


The newly remodeled and improved Grant Park in Waukee had almost all the elements and amenities of a perfect park. The only thing missing from the 1.5-acre plot was a few big trees to provide shade on hot summer days. This is where the Kiwanis Club of Waukee saw a service opportunity.

When sitting down at your favorite local bar to take your pick of brews, have you ever stopped to think about how the beer magically flows from the tap or how all of those bar fridges get perpetually restocked? That part of the beer’s journey—between the brewer’s fermentation tank and the bar’s beer menu—is the portion that sales representative (and Waukee resident) Andrew Doll and his colleagues at Doll Distributing think about every day.

Samantha March

Meet Samantha, local author and beauty vlogger who finds her inspiration right here in Waukee.






14 STORY Three Tiers for Beer



0 4 F rom th e P ublisher 0 6 Ci ty of Waukee 1 3 Un der Con s truc tion 1 9 Commu n i ty News 2 3 F rom th e Sc hool D istric t 2 6 Si n ce We L a st Spoke 2 7 You r Wau kee Library 2 8 You r Wau kee Cham ber 3 0 Wau kee Hi story ON THE COVER On tap: Filling the glass from one of many, many taps on hand at Global Brew. Photo by Laura Wills

Christopher Thayer

Get to know Chris, owner of Club Herf, a retail cigar shop/smoking lounge that includes indoor golf simulators. Opening soon right here in Waukee.


Waukee Public Library Turns the Page to Progress The Waukee Public Library (WPL) has a long history in our great city, reaching back all the way to 1878. A lot has happened in 139 years. The library opened and closed multiple times, moved around to various locations, and in 1941, it even lost all of its books in a structure fire. But since its reopening in 1942, the library has gone from 150 books and one librarian to an incredible 40,000 materials and 15 staff members. The library has been in its current location since 2003, and library programs and partnerships just keep growing. With 12,000 library cardholders and more than 100,000 visitors through the building’s doors last year, the demand for programs and improvements continues. “The biggest challenge we face at the library is keeping up with our growing community,” said Library Director Kristine Larson. “We are constantly striving to improve library materials, online resources and programming.” In 2016, the Waukee Public Library built on to already existing programs and added many new programs. Staff expanded adult programs by developing events and activities about the Shuler Coal Mine, the Underground Railroad, Jane Austen and “Ghosts in Iowa.” The Adult Services Department also developed programs focused on topics such as gardening, cooking, coloring and crafts. With a long-standing reputation for high-quality youth programs, the library continued its beloved storytime and playtime sessions for Waukee’s littlest residents. Two new weekly storytime sessions were also added.

A new Youth Services Associate was hired to focus on teen programming, and weekly programs were added for teens, exploring art, science, creativity and social development. “Our children’s programs are really the heart of the community,” said WPL Board of Trustees President Darcy Burnett. “Participation in the programs is a great way to expose children to reading, meeting people and enjoying social activities.” The city’s library also received some significant recognitions in 2016. Gov. Branstad’s STEM Advisory Council (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) awarded the WPL a STEM grant, allowing staff to add 20 additional STEM programs. The library also attained the highest accreditation rating from the State of Iowa Library. It was also a record year for the Summer Reading Program, with a reported 2,007 participants. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Waukee, the Summer Reading Program welcomed 3,000 visitors to its events and donated 2,100 books to those in need. New this year, Winter Reading Program participants can register and log hours online through a program called Beanstack.

Several new online resources were also added to the library’s line-up. “We now have,, World Book Encyclopedia Online and Pronunciator, which is a foreign language learning resource,” said Burnett. “With your library card, you have access to more than 4,000 courses in business, technology, language and creative skills.” Times sure have changed from those days of 150 books. The library is now a multi-platform, program-driven tool for the entire community. And, because of a real fox that kept visiting the library, the Waukee Public Library also introduced a new mascot to welcome visitors. Be sure to meet “Kit the Fox” during your next visit, and be sure to keep an eye out for even more changes and improvements to come. Larson said one of the big goals for 2017 is to improve the interior of the library while continuing to serve adults and children alike. “Libraries should be a place for excitement, exploration and learning for all ages,” she said. “We really do have something for everyone.”

Visit the Waukee Public Library at 950 Warrior Lane. It’s open seven days a week. For more information about hours and programs, visit

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The library has increased teen programs, and it has a very active Teen Advisory Board.

Diana Dunbar is a legend in Waukee, having led storytime for generations of kids.

David Cannon with Living History Farms presented a program in June 2016 about Josiah Bushnell Grinnell and the Iowa Underground Railroad.

Library Director Kristine Larson started with the Waukee Public Library in October 2014. Prior to that, she worked at both the Des Moines Public Library and the Iowa State University Parks Library. She earned her Library Science degree from the University of North Texas in 2007. Originally from Sioux City, Kristine resides in Waukee with her husband Eric and their two children.

The Blank Park Zoo helped kick off the start of both last year’s Summer and Winter Reading Programs.


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In these cases, a more comprehensive approach to estate and succession planning may be helpful. This involves addressing three primary areas. First, ensure a properly funded buy-sell agreement is in place and limited powers of attorney for business decisions are executed. Next, protect non-exempt personal assets through application of corporate law strategies. Lastly, create an estate plan and functional trusts to avoid probate and streamline wealth transition. Ensuring that properly funded buy-sell agreements are in place and that there are people who can make timely decisions are critical first steps in ensuring that the financial needs of the family unit are met when the need arises. It’s important to consider the triggering mechanisms for this agreement, which can include events such as death, disability, retirement, divorce, or bankruptcy, as well as the valuation method that will be used upon a particular triggering mechanism taking place.

These documents provide a degree of certainty by clarifying, prior to the triggering event, what will happen in a given scenario, and can be used to restrict transfers, avoid litigation and provide a market for instant liquidity when it could be needed the most. Protecting non-exempt personal assets through application of corporate law strategies involves creating various C or S corporations, limited liability partnerships, limited liability corporations, etc., and transferring applicable assets into said entities. This can help protect assets from creditors, ease in the transition process, and provide a detailed set of rules from which to operate by ensuring that things are done your way—not only while you’re alive, but even after your passing. Once the first two items have been addressed, you can create an estate plan and functional trusts to avoid probate and streamline wealth transition. Now you can better protect and control your various assets and sources of wealth, dictate the terms and process for any asset and/or wealth transfer, and determine the triggering mechanism(s) for such a transfer. This strategy can also be employed to assist in long-term tax planning and help ensure your wishes and the needs of your family are met when you are not there to make the decisions yourself. Or course, individual needs vary so it’s important to have conversations early and often with your trusted advisors to make sure all of your wealth, regardless of form, is preserved for generations to come.

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STORY WORDS Sara Stibitz

PHOTOS Laura Wills


Four military veterans have come together to open Global Brew Tap House, which offers a huge selection of unique craft beers from around the world while making a positive impact on the local community. “We were fans of Global Brew, and we knew we wanted to do something entrepreneurial,” said James Chambers, the managing partner. “Global Brew is different from other concepts because it has a community component,” he explained.

“We get involved in the community through beer festivals, golf tournaments and charity events. Giving back to the community is an escape from the stresses of running a business. We enjoy working with the organizations and it gives us exposure to a new group of people every month.” CONTINUE >>


Global Brew selects a local charity each month and supports it through a threepronged approach. First, two dollars of every local beer flight sold during that month goes to the charitable organization. “The participating Iowa breweries also partner with us,” said Chambers, meaning that Global Brew donates one dollar and the breweries donate the other dollar of every beer flight. They also hold a monthly event that features live music, free food and a silent auction. Ten percent of the evening’s proceeds go the charity, as well as the all of the proceeds from the silent auction. In November, Global Brew raised $1,000 for the Young Women’s Resource Center. The explosion in the brewery trend is about ten years old, and while Des Moines may have been behind the curve at one time, it’s not anymore, explained Chambers. “At this point, when you look at breweries per capita, we’re becoming one of the biggest beer towns in the country,” he said.

“At this point, when you look at breweries per capita, we’re becoming one of the biggest beer towns in the country.” 10

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Chambers said he thinks the trend has longevity because it’s not just a passing interest of a younger demographic—craft beer and the movement around it resonates with folks of different age groups. “Every year, craft beer has taken up a larger portion of the total beer market,” he said. “A decade ago, craft breweries weren’t even mentioned in the same breath as the massive light-beer producers. Today, craft beer accounts for about 13 percent of beer production in the United States and more than 20 percent of total beer sales.” Chambers went on to explain, “It’s a change in a market in which everyone has been drinking light beer for decades, and now we have so many more flavors and styles to choose from.” Beer drinkers are also getting the opportunity to try different types of beer that are hundreds of years old but have never had a place in the market. “Take pumpkin beer for example,” said Chambers. “We tend to think of it as a modern evolution in beer, but that’s not true—American settlers used pumpkin in place of barley to make beer for sustenance in the 1600’s.” The reemergence of older styles of beer and the stories behind them make it easy for people to get into the history of beer, according to Chambers. “Many of us have enjoyed a glass of Angelicus from Ankeny's Firetrucker, but when you learn about the beer’s long history, how it ties into World War I, and Firetrucker’s role in the return of the recipe to North America, it really adds to the experience.”

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Global Brew regularly carries about 250 unique craft beer selections, along with a smaller selection of wines, but its ever-changing menu means there will always be something new to try. In the first three months of operation, nearly 400 craft beers have made their way through the tap house.

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“When you look at the rapid growth in the industry and modern twists on old beer styles, it’s really important to give customers the opportunity to try the best craft beers we can offer, and the rotating menu allows us to do that,” said Chambers. Global Brew customers can also sign up for the United Nations Membership Club, a rewards program in which they earn prizes like t-shirts, athletic jackets and even a $500 Global Brew gift certificate after they try 500 beers. Global Brew has also partnered with local restaurants to bring its customers whatever local food options their hearts desire. If they’re craving pizza from nearby Gusto, Casey’s or 7 Stone, sushi from Wasabi, or sandwiches from Jimmy John’s, they can have it delivered right to their table. A book of area menus is available for perusal. Customers can even bring food from home or set up a potluck with friends. And for parents on the go, children are welcome at the Tap House with the exception of Friday and Saturday nights after 6:00 p.m. Open since August, Global Brew is located at 9500 University Ave., Suite 118, next to Wasabi restaurant. Hours are 3 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday; 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday.






A New Year + A New You Meet Our

Registered Dietitians Lori Graff completed the Coordinated Undergraduate Program in dietetics and received her Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University. Lori is very passionate about nutrition - and her excitement around food as a means to combat and prevent stress, disease and fatigue can be felt by everyone, whether she is speaking one-on-one in an individual consultation or to a group of 500. Her specialties include celiac disease, food allergies and sensitivities as well as weight loss. Lori accomplished training as a wellness coach through Des Moines University in 2009 and in 2012 completed the coach training program through the Coaches Training Institute to earn the title of Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. As a nutrition coach, she will be your motivator, who helps push you to accomplish more; a mentor, to help you overcome barriers and get healthy; and a teacher, to help you understand what a healthy lifestyle entails so you can live a healthier life.

Erin Good

received her Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics and a Spanish minor from Iowa State University. She recently completed a 12-month dietetic internship at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Illinois and St. Jude Affiliate in Peoria, Illinois. Erin has worked with clients having diabetes, heart disease, gastric bypass and seeking weight management. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Erin is passionate about guiding, motivating and helping others achieve a happy, healthy lifestyle.

Feel free to contact Erin or Lori by email or call their office at 515-216-2770 to set up an appointment and take advantage of the following services: • Individualized nutrition counseling • Personalized supermarket tours • Group nutrition classes • Diabetes education

• Food allergy and intolerance information • Health and wellness presentations • Wellness coaching

Or How About A Group Or Personalized Store Tour... FREE? Would you like to learn how to shop smart and begin eating healthier? Your Waukee dietitians, Erin and Lori, provides this service free of charge! The tour can be personalized to meet your specific health concerns, such as shopping on a budget, low-sodium diets, diabetes, weight management, quick meal ideas and much more. Arrange your tour today!


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Give Back and Grow Kiwanis Club P lants Trees for Kids at Local Park

The newly remodeled and improved Grant Park in Waukee had almost all the elements and amenities of a perfect park—a soccer field and a half-court basketball area ready for friendly competition, picnic tables for snacks, walking paths and even restrooms alongside the new playground. The only thing missing from the 1.5-acre plot was a few big trees to provide shade on hot summer days. Unfortunately, trees don’t just magically appear in places like this. They need community champions to strategically coordinate and plant them. This is where the Kiwanis Club of Waukee saw a service opportunity. Playtime at the Park Nancy Cullen, currently serving as secretary of Kiwanis Club of Waukee, would often take her granddaughter to Ridge Pointe Park in her neighborhood. The 21-acre park is an oasis for children and adults alike with not just one, but two playgrounds, a sand volleyball court, pavilion, and even a “Little Free Library” for book sharing with other park visitors. As she played with her granddaughter, she noticed the lack of shade trees over the playgrounds. “Children need to be protected from the sun,” said Cullen. “Since our club is dedicated to helping children, we thought of the tree planting idea.”

Plant the Seed of Inspiration One unintended consequence of the Kiwanis tree planting project was the inspiration and example it set for other organizations looking to give back to the community. “Other organizations have planted trees as well,” Cullen shared. “I hope more will join in, not only in playground areas but throughout our community, to help provide shade for children and to add to the beauty of Waukee.” Cullen added that the club has already voted to plant additional trees in the future. While the tree planting project was in the works, another club member, Laura Pleasance, and her husband planted trees—and added new playground equipment— at Ridge Pointe Park, in memory of their son. Growing Impact Tree planting was by no means the first service project the club has undertaken since its beginning in September 2013 as a chapter of Kiwanis International. “A past project that we are very proud of involves an opportunity for our local WIC program,” explained Shaw. “We provide a library for parents involved in this program. Currently, this library has over 1,500 children’s books that they can take home and keep. Our goal was to enrich their children's lives through literacy by making sure that they have this access.”

It was a natural fit, given that the club’s website states, “In Waukee, we have the wonderful opportunity to not only help the children of the world, but more importantly, we can focus our efforts in our own backyard through our service and fundraising efforts.” The club literally decided to dedicate a service project to growing their “backyard!”

Shaw said the club plans more involvement with the schools in Waukee in the future.

After the initial idea, the club reached out to the Waukee Parks and Recreation Department for assistance in selecting the park that was most in need of shade for its playground area, and they decided on Grant Park.

The Club’s service projects typically come about by members reaching out to the community to uncover its greatest needs.

The club then worked with the experts at Earl May to select the trees to be planted.

Shaw said the club is young and growing, and they’re now accepting new members.

“We chose two maples because they grow quickly, a pin oak for its beautiful leaves and tallness, and a flowering tree that will also provide some shade,” said Cullen. Earl May did the actual planting of the new trees, explained Cullen.

The Kiwanis Club of Waukee currently has 12 members and meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. inside the wine tasting meeting room at the Waukee Hy-Vee. Kiwanis International, as a whole, has close to nearly 600,000 members and raises hundreds of millions of dollars and dedicates millions of volunteer hours toward initiatives that specifically serve chapter communities and children.

Abel Shaw, president of Kiwanis Club of Waukee, said the decision to plant trees at a park was the largest financial commitment to any project they have done so far.

“Kiwanis offers clubs for school-age kids as well, with Key Club being the largest. Clubs like these give kids an opportunity to learn leadership skills through service,” said Shaw.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

For more information, visit the club’s website at or search Facebook for Kiwanis Waukee.


STORY WORDS Mackensie Graham

PHOTOS From Local Brewers

Three Tiers for Beer Family-Owned Distributors Mean More Choices on Tap When sitting down at your favorite local bar to take your pick of brews, have you ever stopped to think about how the beer magically flows from the tap or how all of those bar fridges get perpetually restocked? That part of the beer’s journey—between the brewer’s fermentation tank and the bar’s beer menu—is the portion that sales representative (and Waukee resident) Andrew Doll and his colleagues at Doll Distributing think about every day. The Beer Keepers Doll Distributing, like the name implies, is a distribution company for beverages, and their product selection is as impressive as their reach. Doll Distributing supplies domestics (including well-known Anheuser-Busch brands like Budweiser, Rolling Rock and Michelob Light), craft brews (such as Millstream, Back Pocket and Lion Bridge brewery beers), and imports (like Belgium’s Leffe Blonde and Germany’s Maisel’s Weisse) to 3,269 retailers in 41 of the 99 counties in Iowa. The beer makes its way to the vendors from three locations across the state—Des Moines, Spencer and Council Bluffs. A roster of this depth makes it the largest alcohol distributor in the Midwest! Three-Tier Distribution Independent distributors are state and federally licensed to distribute, as the U.S. Constitution denotes it, “intoxicating liquor.” States have regulatory powers over the alcohol in their state, which means each state’s liquor laws and regulations are unique. Way back when, prior to Prohibition, alcohol producers were directly tied to the bars and venues that sold the alcohol. This created a natural barrier to new brewers and producers who couldn’t enter the market easily without the same sort of direct access to a vendor. Highvolume drinking was encouraged through aggressive sales and cheap pricing, made possible from the “tiedhouse” model. In turn, this brought about pervasive social problems like addiction, gambling and people (typically men) drinking away their wages, leaving nothing for their families. Then the country went through a dark age in which alcohol was outlawed and also unregulated.


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Moonshine was brewed in secret at home, the Mob moved in on distribution and speakeasies took consumption underground so their customers could avoid arrest. Luckily, Prohibition didn’t last forever, and following the passage of the Twenty-first Amendment to the Constitution in 1933, all states could regulate alcohol as they saw fit. This amendment also constructed a tiered system for the alcohol industry. Unlike the prior system that facilitated overconsumption and monopolistic selling, the three tiers help balance regulations of control with consumer access. This is where businesses like Doll Distributing enter the foamy fray. Brewers make the beer and sell it to independent distributors. A distributing company can buy different beers from different brewers, so their selling selection is more diversified. In the third tier, the vendor can buy from the distributor what they wish to sell. It’s All in the Family Established in 1965 by Merlin and Edith Doll, Doll Distributing is still family owned and operated. Andrew Doll is a part of the third generation involved with running the business. Nathan Cooper, Executive Director of the Iowa Wholesale Beer Distributors Association, explained that this familial element is a unique element of the threetier system. “Part of the three-tier system is designed to prevent or reduce the prevalence of absentee owners,” said Cooper. “Distributors’ operations are required to be in-state, so beer distributors have been local since the repeal of Prohibition. When businesses are accountable to people in their own communities, they’re more likely to give back and be a leader in the communities they serve, and that’s the case with beer distributors. We’re proud of that.”

Raise a Glass to What Works Can’t wait to try the new seasonal beers at the restaurant down the street? You can thank distributors for the wide variety available to you. Distributors work with brewers big and small to cultivate varied and vast selections for their clients, which means a better, diversified beer selection for everyone. “More than 120 brewers ship beer into Iowa, plus another 70 more make beer in Iowa. Distributors are proud to display tremendous portfolios of local, regional, national and international beers. If there’s a demand for the beer, there’s a wholesale beer distributor willing to work with the brewer,” said Cooper, citing Peace Tree and Exile as two of the many Iowa brewing companies who work with distributors. Doll believes this tiered system works, especially if you look at the economics of the U.S. and Iowa beer market. “We have products from down the street to across the world in many of the retail establishments the consumers visit, and we’ve seen a massive expansion of craft breweries across the U.S. and Iowa. This industry has succeeded under the three-tier system,” said Doll. In comparison, Doll explained, countries like Mexico or European nations are places where craft breweries have little access to the overall market. As the head of an association that is focused on providing equal distribution access to both macro- and micro-level brewers, Cooper can attest that the system allows micro-producers a level of access unmatched in any other retail sector. “The last decade has shown that it’s easier now to start a brewery than at any other time in American history,” said Cooper. “There are more breweries than ever: 70-plus in Iowa and more than 4,500 nationwide and counting.” Yet, Cooper is not blind to the challenges the beer industry in Iowa is facing overall; he cited Iowa beer consumption peaked in 2008 and is falling.

Hops vs. Vodka “Iowa’s three-tier system applies to all types of alcoholic beverages, but you see more beer distributors because the volume is much larger,” said Cooper. He explained that the state of Iowa is the wholesaler for liquor, and “every bottle of liquor sold in Iowa must be shipped to a central state warehouse in Ankeny to be taxed and distributed.” In this, Iowa’s not alone; there are 17 “control states” in which the state has a distribution or retail monopoly on liquor. Doll stated that many of the alcohol industry principles are the same across state lines “to ensure the customer has product in stock and in code.” The main differences are the different state laws. For example, in Minnesota, strong beer sales on Sunday are illegal; in Nevada, liquor can be sold at supermarkets and convenience stores; and, in Pennsylvania, wine and liquor can only be sold through 600 state-run stores. Safety Precautions Even though most don’t know about the three-tier system, it’s important to the quality of the beer. Because distribution companies are independent, they have to maintain state and federal licenses, which means transparency, accountability and a certain standard of safety. Doll explained that wholesalers ensure the product they represent is safe and hasn’t been recalled by the producer. “In other countries, that is not the case, and people have died from tainted alcoholic product because of no regulation,” said Doll. Plus, companies in the alcohol industry pay some hefty state and federal taxes. In Iowa, that results in $2.43 in state and federal taxes generated for every case of beer sold! Along with paying taxes, distributors serve as excise tax collectors of the money that is then used to pay for state and community programs. CONTINUE >>

“Most people don’t believe me when I say that, but it’s true,” he said. So we’ve got more brewers than ever and falling demand. It’s a very competitive marketplace, and much of that is directly attributable to the three-tier system. But we’d be hard-pressed to find major deficiencies in this system.”


Beyond the Warehouse Doll Distributing’s role goes beyond being the middle segment of the system. They also act as a sort of community safety guard against the potential issues and dangers that arise with alcohol. Doll said that a motto within the company is that “if we are not part of the solution, then we are part of the problem.” “We work tirelessly to ensure our message of responsibility is on people’s mind when they make that decision to drink,” said Doll. That message of responsibility starts with the people in the service industry. Doll Distributing offers training to teach bartenders and wait staff how to identify those who have overindulged and how to intervene in those cases. The company also focuses on preventing drunk driving by collaborating with multiple radio stations to promote a “safe ride home” program. They have even given out more than 175 vouchers for free cab rides home. OWIs don’t just apply to automobiles, so Doll Distributing circulates materials for motorcycle and boating safety and works with the Iowa Bicycle Coalition and Friends of RAGBRAI.

Of course, the concern of underage drinking has to be addressed and Doll is “adamantly opposed” and committed to prevention. The company works with parents on conversations to have with children, retailers on identifying fake IDs, and schools and colleges on reinforcing the message that 21 is the legal age to responsibly purchase and consume alcohol. It all goes back to the community-centered heart of the distribution company. Brewing Accessibility “No system is perfect,” said Cooper, “but Iowa’s alcohol policy is good about ensuring market access for manufacturers and virtually unlimited consumer choice in every retail outlet. That’s not by accident. It’s because of Iowa’s three-tier system, our system and the independence each tier is provided within that system.” Brewer, distributor, vendor, or consumer— we can all “cheers” to that!

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By visiting a designated physician, the employee received quality care from an occupational medicine specialist. As a result, the injured employee returned to work sooner. For the employer, having access to a network of designated physicians resulted in a more efficient and effective way of handing work-related illness and injuries, which translated into a reduction in workers’ compensation claims. Some of those benefits include:

»» Designated physicians that specialize in treating workplace injuries understand how to read job descriptions and often visit the workplace to better understand the nature of specific jobs. »» Because they specialize in occupational medicine, designated physicians are more familiar with the workers’ compensation system, which streamlines the claims process for all parties. »» Designated physicians work closely with employers, injured employees and the workers’ compensation claims adjuster. »» Improved communications positively affects the efficiency of the claims-handling process.

»» Having a designated provider may help injured workers return to work faster, which helps reduce the risk they will be out for good. One study showed that a worker off for three weeks has a 75 percent chance of returning to work, whereas a worker off for six weeks has a 50 percent change of returning to work. »» Depending on the injury, a visit to a designated urgent care physician is much less expensive than a visit to the emergency room. Designated physicians help streamline the claims handling process, but early reporting of injuries is just as important. It’s recommended that the following steps be taken in the first 48 hours following an injury to ensure the injured worker gets the attention they need, and the claims process is set in motion for an effective resolution: »» The employee should follow your established reporting procedures. »» All information regarding the injury should be collected while the incident is still fresh in the employee’s mind. »» The employee should be directed to a designated physician for prompt medical care. »» The injury should be reported to your workers’ compensation insurer in a timely, well-documented manner.


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January/February 2017

COMMUNITY NEWS Waukee Leadership Institute

Waukee Leadership Institute Makes Bike Parking a Priority

Each year, a dozen Waukee area leaders enroll in the Waukee Leadership Institute (WLI), a program that provides leadership development through training, networking, mentoring and roundtable discussions. Last year’s class, led by former Executive Director Randy Yontz, was the tenth class to complete the eightmonth program. In addition to class time, each WLI class is tasked with completing a group project for the betterment of the community. After much discussion, the Class of 2016 voted to increase the amount of bicycle parking available in public areas of Waukee. “We had so many ideas on the table, but it came down to wanting a project that was both impactful for the community and practical for us to complete,” said Kelsey Cervantes, a 2016 graduate and marketing assistant at McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith, P.C. “As we thought about what’s happening in Waukee now and what we believe will happen in the future, bike racks stood out as a way to support the growing biking culture in Waukee and Greater Des Moines.” The group worked with the Waukee Parks & Recreation Department and the Waukee Park Board to determine where additional bike racks might be needed in the city. The team identified Centennial Park, Windfield Park, Ridge Pointe Park and the Waukee Trailhead of the Raccoon River Valley Trail as potential sites. After putting together early concepts of the bike racks and informational brochures about where they might be located, the WLI Class of 2016 set forth to raise $4,000 to cover the production of four racks. The team ended fundraising work with a total of $5,375 and covered the cost of five racks.

“We started knocking on doors, and to no surprise, the support was overwhelming,” said Devin Boyer, a 2016 graduate and commercial relationship manager at Bankers Trust. “Within a couple of days, we already met our initial fundraising goal. We are lucky to live in a community that has such supportive corporate organizations and citizens.” Donors include: Waukee Rotary Club Foundation, Cy and Meighan Phillips Family, Bankers Trust, Shottenkirk Chevrolet Waukee, Westview Church, McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith, P.C., Shive-Hattery, Inc., David and Diane Leonard and various WLI Class of 2016 members. The black powder-coated steel bike racks were custom-made by Anova Site Furnishings, and each features a laser-cut City of Waukee logo. The racks were installed this fall with concrete and labor provided by the Waukee Parks & Recreation Department. Centennial Park has two new racks, Windfield and Ridge Pointe Parks each have one new rack, and the remaining rack will be installed at the Waukee Trailhead upon the completion of upcoming improvements and the completion of an art installation. “The Park Board was really excited when they first heard of the class members’ project idea to create and install bike racks. It was something for which there was a growing need,” said Matt Jermier, Waukee Parks & Recreation Director. “The custom bike racks represent the city well and will be useful for residents and visitors for years to come.” Be sure to check out the new bike racks when you venture out to the parks this spring! For more information about the Waukee Leadership Institute, visit

Photo 2016 WLI Class: Pictured at the 2016 Waukee Leadership Institute graduation are (back row, L-R): Ryan Tyler (former WLI Board President), Jennifer Mertz, Kelly Barton, Waukee Mayor Bill Peard, Paul DeYarman and Randy Yontz (former Executive Director); (front row, L-R): Greg Means, Summer Evans, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds (graduation speaker), Kelsey Cervantes and Bree Onna Shnurman. Not pictured are graduates Devin Boyer, Ben Miller and Josh Van Leeuwen. 19

FACES OF WAUKEE Samantha March Tell us about your family. I’ve been married to my husband Mitch for three years, and we welcomed our vizsla puppy, Aries, into the family two months after getting married. It’s just the three of us, but vizslas are high-energy and she keeps us busy!

What do you do for a living? I am a published author of four novels and one holiday novella—“Destined to Fail,” “The Green Ticket,” “A Questionable Friendship,” “Up To I Do” and “The Christmas Surprise.” I got started in publishing by creating my blog,, in 2009, and I still feature book reviews nearly daily on the blog. I also do freelance work for authors, such as editing, proofreading and book marketing. I’m also a beauty vlogger (video blogger) and content creator, and I upload daily videos on YouTube featuring makeup reviews, beauty hauls, makeup tutorials and more. I work out of my home office and I’m always busy, but I’m grateful that I get to do what I love every day.

What do you enjoy most about living in Waukee? We were first attracted to Waukee because it had a small town feel, yet it was close enough to West Des Moines for shopping, food, etc. As Waukee grows, it’s great to see more restaurants and retail space popping up, and yet its small town, friendly vibe hasn’t changed!

Tell us about your experience working at Eason Elementary. I started at Eason Elementary last year, when I was struggling to write my fifth book. This was the first book I had attempted to write since working at home full-time, and I truly think the lack of being around people was making it hard to create a story. Knowing I would need a very part-time job, working for two hours each school day seemed perfect, and I ended up really enjoying being at Eason. I help out in the lunchroom and at recess, and the kids make me laugh every day. As someone who doesn’t have children yet, it’s been so interesting to be around elementary school kids each day. I love the stories they tell me, and what they find cool and trendy. They gave me so much writing inspiration, I wrote my fifth book in six weeks—a new record for me. I enjoyed my time there so much that I came back for a second year!

Any New Year’s Resolutions you’d like our readers to know about? A few goals I have for 2017 include releasing three new books and hitting 100,000 subscribers on both Instagram (@MarchBeautyWord) and YouTube (Samantha March). I need to get to work!

“I love the stories

they tell me, and what they find cool and trendy. They gave me so much writing inspiration.”

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BANKING Luana Savings Bank

Leading the Market

Why Luana? New Since 1908!

ALETHA LENZ Luana Savings Bank S e n io r Re sid e nt ial L o an O f f i c er al e n z @l u an asav in gsb an k . c o m 5 1 5-9 87-21 1 6 Founded in 1908 in rural Northeast Iowa, Luana Savings Bank has created a significant lending presence throughout Northeast and Central Iowa, expanding to the Metro area in 2008. Luana Savings Bank is one of the top performing banks in the nation and maintains stable growth by consistently providing the most competitive loan products and services in its market areas.

Lu ana S a vings Bank is lead in g th e D es Moin es mar ke t w i t h c o m petitiv e interes t ra tes an d a “No Orig inat io n/ No Cl o s i n g C ost” loan specia l. No matter where you are in the home buying process, Luana can help you explore your financing possibilities. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer, or you’re upgrading or downsizing, Luana has a variety of mortgage products to fit your needs for a single family home, investment property or condo/townhome purchase. Our no-cost mortgage special is very popular for both purchases and refinances. This special limited-time offer allows customers to lock in a competitive rate at no cost. Eliminating closing cost fees protects you from being overcharged. Not all lenders are able to offer this type of lending – but we do!

Whether you are buying, “building, or refinancing, we’ve got super competitive rates and the best financing options around.” Building? Construction-to-Permanent financing protects you from rising interest rates with a convenient single closing.

Buying? No Cost Mortgages let you obtain a competitive low rate with ZERO closing costs. Ask a mortgage specialist for details!

LUANA’S IN-HOUSE OPPORTUNITIES SET US APART FROM OUR COMPETITION Our lending guidelines go further than those directed by Fannie Mae’s guidelines. We have our own programs and products to meet each individual’s needs. This allows a “common sense” approach and enables us to be more accommodating with our clients’ needs and situations. WE OFFER LOCAL DECISIONS WITH A LOCAL SERVICE APPROACH Luana also understands the importance of quick loan approvals and local loan decisions. We’re unique because we approve and service loans locally. We retain the servicing on all of our mortgage loans. Our customers know upfront that their loan will not be sold to another company after the loan is closed. This means our customers make local payments and can call anytime with questions and get the answers they need.

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AUTO REPAIR Willard Garage What is TPMS and how does it work?

At Willard Garage, we often hear frustration from car owners about the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on their cars, especially when facing the cost of repairs. We’d like to help demystify this system. The inner workings of the TPMS can be complex, but the purpose is simple—it’s designed to let you know when air pressure in one or more tires is below a safe level, which can lead to sudden unanticipated tire failure. The symbol looks like this: The TPMS low tire pressure indicator illuminates when there’s a low tire or blinks when there’s a malfunction in the system.

There are two different types of systems— indirect and direct. An indirect TPMS relies on the anti-lock brake system wheel speed sensors. When a wheel starts spinning faster than expected, the computer knows the tire is underinflated and alerts the driver. A direct TPMS uses radio transmitter sensors within each tire to monitor actual pressure in the tire. Each sensor transmits pressure, temperature, battery data and its unique serial number wirelessly to a radio receiver. The TPMS data is analyzed and then data is sent to display low tire pressure warnings, actual tire pressures or TPMS faults, depending on which features are built into the vehicle. This is why some displays are able to show live pressures at each wheel. Many manufacturers use proprietary technology, so replacing a TPMS in a way that’s consistent and compatible with your vehicle requires specialized technicians, tools and parts. At Willard Garage, we work with these systems every day. We see many different faults in these systems—some requiring replacements and some only needing simple repairs. Customers often ask whether it’s worth the expense to fix or replace their TMPS. We say yes. Sensors often last 7-12 years before failure, covering several sets of tires, and the TPMS serves an important role in vehicle safety. When your TPMS light comes on, bring your car in to Willard Garage and we’ll diagnose and repair the problem, getting you safely back on the road.


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Reflections on Two Decades of Organized Chaos On December 7, after more than 22 years of working in the Waukee Community School District, and over 35 years in public education, I walked out the door for the last time as the Superintendent of Waukee Schools. It’s been quite the adventure. I used to have a sign behind my desk that said, “Pay no attention to the mess. All items are in a well-regulated and systematic state of confusion.” For me, it was to justify the piles of papers that seemed to stack up on my desk. They seemed to miraculously reproduce on their own whenever I ventured out of the office and into the schools. A lot has changed in Waukee over the past two decades. In 1994, we were serving around 1,200 students in grades K-12 with 85 certified teachers. We graduated 68 seniors that spring. Today, we are serving approximately 10,000 students with 695 certified teachers, and we anticipate 550 graduates for the Class of 2017. In 1994, the total assessed valuation of the school district was $230 million. Today, it is $3.4 billion. Our general fund operating budget in 1994 was around $8 million. Today, it’s $100 million. We opened the brand new Eason Elementary in the fall of 1994, way out in the middle of the country on a gravel road. It meant the district had three buildings to serve students. Today, we’re completing the Waukee Innovation and Learning Center, which brings our total school building count to 15.

“We need to support innovation and creativity and encourage students and staff to dream of what can be and provide them with the resources to chase those dreams.”

Over the years, we’ve collaborated to help bring the YMCA to the district, to locate city parks next to school buildings, to relocate the Vison Soccer Academy, and participated in hundreds of partnerships with the business community across the metro. First and foremost, our unwavering focus has been on providing a great quality education for the students and communities we serve. The academic achievements of our students and the steady upward trend in academic performance indicate that focus pays dividends. As the district moves forward, it will continue to face challenges and opportunities. State funding challenges aren’t going away in the short term, continuing to place pressure on the district to maintain staffing levels at an acceptable level. The challenges and opportunities of growth will persist, with all indications that student enrollment will continue to increase at 500+ students per year. Broader U.S. challenges also exist. Increasingly, it seems schools are looked to as the panacea for all of society’s ills. Over the years, we’ve looked to public schools to address and solve social issues like teen pregnancy, teen smoking, bullying, suicide prevention and obesity, and at the same time, we complain that our public schools aren’t performing at international levels. We ask more and expect more now from students than at any time in our history.

Despite the criticisms leveled continuously against public schools since “A Nation at Risk” was published in 1983, schools have delivered on the promise to educate ALL. There are those who seem to want schools to look and act the same as when “we were kids.” Ignoring the fact that “when we were kids,” there was no such thing as the Internet, computers didn’t exist in schools, and the thought of a phone working without being wired directly to a wall was pure fantasy! So please, drop the mantra of “back to the basics.” We need to support innovation and creativity and encourage students and staff to dream of what can be and provide them with the resources to chase those dreams. Innovation has been the cornerstone of the U.S. economy, and our schools need to foster innovation in all aspects of education—not try to revert back to a former time. Please be patient and supportive with the new district administration. Give them the same support and commitment you’ve given me and the district over the years. Things may look and feel a little different, but that is a GOOD thing. Different doesn’t mean less than, it just means different. Fresh new eyes will bring fresh new experiences. School boards come and go. In Waukee, I’ve had the privilege of working with a large number of individual board members, but they have ALL volunteered for the board for the sole purpose of supporting and guiding in a positive manner. We’ve been fortunate and blessed with great school boards. Please keep that tradition going. I read recently that someone said school districts are like a book. School leaders write the chapter that encompasses their time there. Some chapters are longer than others, but we each write our own chapter. It’s time for a new chapter, and I’m excited and extremely optimistic that the Waukee Community School District will continue to lead the way, and provide awesome opportunities for students. Thank you and God bless. I can’t begin to express what this district has meant to me or the amount of appreciation I have for all of you. Go Warriors!


FACES OF WAUKEE Christopher Thayer Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in the South. I spent a lot of time in Florida during my youth and I have a fondness for returning.

You’re opening up a new business in the area; can you tell us about that? That would be Club Herf. Our business model centers around the boutique cigar market. Along with cigars and a lounge, we’ll have two golf simulators, televisions, wireless stereo and a BYOB policy. We’ll also have cigar lockers for our customers’ use inside the humidor. To top it off, we’ll have a loyalty program for our customers. It’s my belief that customer relationship management is huge in regards to customer lifetime value.

Can you tell us why you chose Waukee for your business? We were looking for retail space that could support our projected business growth. Existing retail space in the area did not provide that opportunity. We also encountered some extremely high square-footage costs. As we progressed in the establishment of Club Herf, everyone kept saying that growth in this area is moving towards Waukee. We were introduced to Signature Real Estate by Clyde Evans at West Des Moines Community and Economic Development, and it has turned out to be a great relationship. As we progressed towards signing the lease, we were told that Global Brew would be moving into Hawthorne Center. After signing the lease, we heard Barn Town Brewing would be occupying space as well. There are some great business synergies that we are or will be working on with our neighbors.

How did your passion for cigars begin? Cigars began for me as a hobby during the cigar boom of the 90’s. I discovered boutique cigar manufacturers within the last five years and realized I wanted to be involved in this industry.

It’s that time of the year—any New Year’s resolutions you’d like to share? My New Year’s resolution is to prove out my business model. We discussed increasing the size of our model, but in the end, it’s all about getting the doors open and proving out our business networking efforts.

“It’s my belief that customer

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SENIOR LIVING The Lakeside Village

Accommodation without sacrifice in quality

Lakeside Living… Small Town Feel! Secure building Elevators Indoor heated garage Three, restaurant style meals served daily All utilities & wi-fi included (except phone & cable) Emergency call system On-site beauty salon Indoor mailboxes Transportation

When Jim and Mava married 58 years ago, they imagined growing old together on the family farm where Jim had lived his entire life. Unfortunately, Jim’s health declined to the point where he required some rehabilitation. When his health care needs changed, he was quickly moved to a community where he could receive the care and support he needed. However, the community did not have an apartment where both Jim and Mava could live together, and within three weeks, Jim was back at the farm. They then found themselves with the all-too-common question of what to do next. They wanted to continue living together; however, Mava, who had some health issues of her own, could not handle caring for Jim alone. Their son hopped in his car and began the search. Three days after walking through the doors of The Lakeside Village, Jim and Mava were moving into the community together! Does Jim & Mava’s story sound similar to yours or someone you know? When being a full-time caregiver becomes too much to handle, The Lakeside Village, Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care Retirement Community can accommodate the unique, individual needs of each spouse. We offer one- and two-bedroom Independent and Assisted Living apartments or can accommodate a combination of Independent and Assisted Living or Memory Care needs. We can accommodate any combination of assistance needs. The Lakeside Village is committed to providing you and your loved one with excellent customer service and healthcare services.

Private dining room Daily social & recreational activities Pet friendly Chapel Fitness center Activity rooms Library Billiards table Fireplace lounge Access to The Lakeside Inn outdoor pool & hot tub Discounted dining at The Port

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When asked about her thoughts on The Lakeside Village, Mava said, “Our laundry, cleaning and cooking is all done for us, so now Jim and I can just sit back and enjoy each other.” Let The Lakeside Village assist you in fulfilling your dreams of growing old together! Contact The Lakeside Village today to schedule your tour and see how your best memories are made at the lake! If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about The Lakeside Village or would like to schedule a tour of the community, please call Angie Holloway at (641) 755-3443 or (641) 757-9800.

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SINCE We Last Spoke

Step Up To The Plate It’s been about two months since I last sat down to write an article for this magazine. Since then, we’ve had a presidential election AND we’ve seen the Chicago Cubs win the World Series for the first time in over 100 years—in one of the craziest seven-game series that most of us have or may ever see! So, you know what to say the next time someone tells you that something will NEVER happen. Work has been fairly busy, in the creative realm that I navigate, as our clients try to wrap things up in anticipation of an exciting 2017. Does everyone have to want everything done by the end of the year? People look at January as a time to sort of refresh, or start over with a new plan, or expand on something they’d started a year or so before.


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As baseball playoffs were set to begin in early October, we received a verbal agreement from a client on a website project on which we had been negotiating back and forth. A co-worker grabbed a dry erase marker to move the project to our “won” column, even though there were still a few details to finalize. This reminded me of a youth baseball game I played in when I was a kid in the small rural Southeastern Iowa town of Winfield. We were playing a very good rival, the Wapello Indians’ 6th or 7th grade team. We had, I believe, a one-run lead as we took the field as the home team in the top of the final inning, and our coach told us to put the bats away.

This, of course, meant he assumed we wouldn’t give up any runs and would escape the game with a win of the narrowest margin, without having to hit in the bottom of the inning. Well, I still cringe at the memory of that opposing player sliding across home plate headfirst in a cloud of dust— unnecessarily as there was no play—with the lead run. That’s when I learned to never put the bats away before the game is over. My parents used to tell me not to count my eggs before they hatched. Other folks have said when you ASSUME, you…well, you know how that one goes if you’re old enough and reading this. While starting something in January may make you feel like you have 12 months to finish it, in all honesty, the best time to finish, fix or improve something is now. Implement that new idea. Start that new thing. As for the website project that we moved into the “won” column? Well, we did get the job and just launched prior to the new year for a Chicago/Des Moines based software company. They called the finished product “awesome”…I’d call it a home run.







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January/February 2017

FROM THE LIBRARY Leah White Get to Know Your Roots!

Cowpoke Camp

Genealogy Resources through the Waukee Public Library

Jan. 6; 4:30-5:15 p.m.

The Waukee Public Library maintains subscriptions to databases for our patrons to use for research. The library has two brand-new online genealogical resources available—Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest Online. Both of these databases are robust research tools that allow you access to the same collections that genealogists and historians use. Ancestry Library Edition – Accessible from the Waukee Public Library only. The world's most popular genealogy collection, with census reports, city directories, public records, military records, immigration and naturalization records and more. Find the graves of your ancestors, create virtual memorials or add virtual flowers and a note to a loved one's grave. Heritage Quest – Accessible through our website and can be used from home.

Young cowpokes should wear their boots to the library. Join us for campfire stories and pool-noodle-horse races, make your own hat and bandana, and enjoy a few mini-s’mores made of Teddy Grahams and minimarshmallows! Introduction to Mindfulness Jan. 7; 10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. This lively introductory class is a fun and engaging way to learn about mindfulness. Discover why so many people around the world are embracing this simple and effective way to help reduce stress and improve health and well-being. You will learn easy steps you can take immediately to begin, or enhance, your own mindfulness meditation practice. The workshop will be led by Emily Smith, LISW. Emily is a psychotherapist and mindfulness meditation instructor who teaches mindfulness-based stress reduction classes in Des Moines.

The Underground Railroad in Dallas & Guthrie County Feb. 5; 1:00-3:00 p.m. This program will be presented by the Waukee Area Historical Society and the Waukee Public Library. Movie Matinee: “The Choice” Feb. 9; 10:00 a.m. Lego Club Feb. 11; 10:00-11:30 a.m. All Lego fans are invited to drop in and play with the library’s extensive collection of Legos! Final creations may be photographed and shared online. Paws to Read Feb. 11; 10:00 a.m. Young readers are invited to register for a 10-minute session to read to a registered therapy dog. Students are encouraged to arrive with a book ready to read. The dogs’ trainers will remain in the room, and parents may also remain in the room but are encouraged to sit quietly to the side. If time allows, walk-ins will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Conduct genealogy and historical research by searching census records, family and local histories, the PERSI archive, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank applications and the U.S. Serial Set.

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Newspaper Archive – Accessible from the Waukee Public Library only.

Movie Matinee: “Brooklyn”

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Jan. 12; 10:00 a.m.

Lego Batman Party

The Newspaper Archive contains tens of millions of searchable pages from over 400 cities and towns and from hundreds of newspapers dating back as far as the 1700s. The collection includes coverage from the United States, the United Kingdom and over 15 other countries.

Mad Scientist Creations

Feb. 17; 4:30-5:15 p.m.

Jan. 27; 4:30-5:15 p.m. 1st-3rd graders, be prepared to get messy! Create slime, build your own lava lamp and try other crazy experiments.

Wear your favorite Batman gear to the library and drop in for some cool Lego Batman activities! Design your own mask and bookmark, play Lego beanbag toss, go on a Lego mini-figure hunt, enter to win a jar full of LEGOs and more!

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The library has 69 years of Waukee High School yearbooks that can be used for research. The yearbooks are available for in-house use.

Exploring Gravity


Feb. 24; 4:30-5:15 p.m.

Decorate a Valentine’s Box

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Feb. 4; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

1st-3rd graders, create your own balancing robot and explore how parachutes work. Registration is requested for this event.

Waukee High School Yearbooks – Years available 1921, 1931, 1948-2015.

For more library information, contact us at or (515) 978-7944.

JANUARY PROGRAMS: Baby Music Each Thursday in January – Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26; 10:00– 10:30 a.m. Join instructor Shelly Peterson from Kids in Harmony, LLC, for 30 minutes of music and movement for you and your little one, ages 0-18 months. Please register at

To learn more about Emily, please visit her website at

Students of all ages are welcome to drop in and design their own box for upcoming Valentine’s Day parties. All boxes and decorating supplies will be provided.

Baby Bump Storytime

Arm Knitting

Feb. 27; 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Feb. 4; 1:30 p.m.

New and expecting parents are invited to learn fun songs, rhymes and stories to help your babies develop literacy skills during the most critical first three years of life. This will include a brief overview of babies’ brain development and time to practice educational play. Parents are welcome to bring newborns to the class. Light snacks will be served.

Have you always wanted to knit, but don’t want to mess with cumbersome knitting needles? Come to the library to learn the easy alternative, known as Arm Knitting. Instead of needles, you will use your own arms to create a fashionable knitted infinity scarf. Class size is limited, so sign up soon! Yarn will be supplied by the library.

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FROM YOUR Waukee Chamber “Iowa Nice Guy” Scott Siepker to Keynote Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce 2017 Annual Dinner The Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce will welcome Scott Siepker as the keynote speaker at the 2017 Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner. Siepker is an actor, writer, producer and filmmaker. He began his career as a stage actor at Iowa State University and has since gone on to co-found the film company Iowa Filmmakers, which has been responsible for the Iowa Nice series of hit videos that included a two-season run on ESPNU’s College Football Daily. The Annual Dinner & Silent Auction will be held Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 at the West Des Moines Marriott. The reception, silent auction and networking will begin at 5:30 p.m.; the dinner and program at 6:30 p.m.; awards at 8:00 p.m.; and keynote at 8:30 p.m.


“The purpose of the Annual Dinner is to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and convey to our membership the organization’s goals for the coming year,” said Waukee Chamber 2017 Board Chair Charlie Bottenberg. “We will also recognize our outgoing board members and announce the Member of the Year and Ambassador of the Year.”

Our Mission: An association of businesses, organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting growth and prosperity in our local economy.

More information is available online at or by calling 515-978-7115.

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Best Ways to Enhance Your Chamber Membership Experience 1. Volunteer on one of the Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce’s six committees: Government Affairs, Community Development, Economic Development, Membership, Scholarship or Ambassadors. 2. Refer local business. 3. Get more involved by attending our monthly luncheon.

“The purpose of the Annual Dinner is to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and convey to our membership the organization’s goals for the coming year.”

4. Highlight your business in one of our five signature events: Annual Dinner & Silent Auction; What's Cookin' in Waukee: A Business Expo and Tasting Experience; Golf Outing; Waukee Fall Harvest or the Waukee Economic Development Bus Tour. 5. Use and/or support existing local businesses. 6. Support new businesses by welcoming them to our community and being a part of their grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremonies. 7. Stay “in the know” with the Waukee Chamber Monday Business Report. 8. Share your successes, job openings and events in our communications to membership. 9. Collaborate with local organizations to strengthen our community. 10. Connect with the Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce by using our membership directory at


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WAUKEE HISTORY Sue Ellen Kennedy

GOLDEN VOICES: THE WAUKEE BOYS’ CHOIR Organized by Director Margaret Jordan in 1967, the Waukee Boys’ Choir was formed from Waukee Elementary’s third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades. Tryouts were held at the beginning of every school year, during which each boy sang a cappella, and every voice was taped. Besides having a good singing voice, each boy’s academic performance and level of self-discipline was taken into consideration. There was a waiting list for students who wanted to join the choir. By 1970, the Waukee Boys’ Choir was well-known and respected for not only its talent, but for the professionalism displayed consistently by its members. The 1970-1971 choir performed the following songs: “America the Beautiful,” “What the World Needs Now,” “Silvery Star,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “South of the Border,” “This Land is Your Land,” “Vocal Solo with Banjo-Job Schmidt,” “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” “Dry Bones,” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” In addition to the Waukee Elementary Christmas Program and the 1971 Elementary Concert, the 19701971 choir also performed on television for Bill Riley, for the Women’s Department Chamber of Commerce at Clayton House in Des Moines, for the senior citizens in Waukee, for Blue Goose (Insurance Personnel) at Echo Valley Country Club, for the Dallas County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, and at the Iowa State Fair at Variety Theater. After their performance for the National Association of Secretaries at the Savory Hotel in Des Moines in April 1971, Jordan received the following note from June Foster. “Dear Mrs. Jordan: Thank you and your talented, delightful boys for your large part in making such a success of our National Secretaries Association’s ‘Executive Night.’ Their devotion to you is apparent in their fine performance. Your interest and leadership at this particular time in these youngsters’ lives will be an influence on their later life. As a Mother of 2 boys, I appreciate this. Again, thank all of you. You were a huge hit.”


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Jordan, Accompanist Carol Baer and the choir received several accolades over the years. Jordan also received several complimentary letters from her peers. One in particular, dated April 4, 1972, was from Herald Stark at The University of Iowa School of Music. (Jordan graduated with a B.A. in Music Education from the University of Iowa.) Stark had seen an article in the Des Moines Register from March 17, 1972. The article was titled, “Waukee Boys’ Choir Boasts a Waiting List” by Mary Kay Shanley. Stark stated in the letter, “Congratulations for the good work you are doing… You must have the magic touch.” We can only imagine how it must have felt for Jordan to read those words. The 1971-1972 choir performed for the American Choral Directors Association at their State Convention on May 13, 1972, in Indianola. It also performed for the Veterans Administration Hospital, Iowa Methodist Hospital at Younker Rehabilitation Center, Saint Patrick’s School in Perry, and they were invited back to sing in the Variety Theater at the 1972 Iowa State Fair. It’s amazing how two donated scrapbooks can tell such a wonderful historical account of our Waukee history. The Waukee Boys’ Choir also recorded a record and all copies made of it were sold. If you should happen to come across one, please contact the Waukee Area Historical Society at (515) 782-0025.

It’s amazing how two donated scrapbooks can tell such a wonderful historical account of our Waukee history.


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