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IN THIS ISSUE On The Cover: Dan Asklund works out at Fuller Hall. Webster City offers multiple fitness options for the community to get fit in 2017.





Webster City offers multiple fitness options for community By Adri Sietstra




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he phrase “New year, new me” is often heard at the start of the new year. The phrase centers around trying something new or working on healthy habits to better oneself, whether it be through physical or emotional well-being. For those who wish to pursue a fitness or health goal, Webster City offers a variety of options.

FuLLer HaLL reCreation Center 625 Bank St. (515) 832-9193 Fuller Hall is open year round to the public. The Center includes a gymnasium, 25 meter swimming pool, weight room, cardio-fitness room, racquetball courts, shower facilities, multi-purpose room, game room, and television lounge. “Try an activity that you enjoy doing and then try to stick with it,” said Kent Harfst, Webster City Recreation and Public Grounds Director. “It’s small steps of working gradually into any type of fitness program.” Fuller Hall offers two fitness instructors. Leah Feltz, of Leah Feltz Fitness, and Alyssa Van Diest. Harfst also encourages working out with a friend or partner. This can increase the motivation and accountability to go work out.



Try an activity that you enjoy doing and then try to stick with it,

- kent Harfst,

Webster City Recreation and Public Grounds director An adult Gym annual membership is good for reserved gym time, including Adult Pick-Up Basketball, Tennis, and Pickle Ball. Cost for the year-long pass is $66 for residents and $75 for non-residents. Punch Passes are also available. These are similar to a monthly pass with no expiration date. This punch pass is good for 15 admissions for the swimming pool (indoor or outdoor), weight room, cardiofitness room, or racquetball courts. Cost for an adult resident is $48; cost for a youth resident is $39; cost for an adult non-resident is $55; and cost for a youth non-resident is $45.

Winter Hours: oct. 2, 2016 - april 29, 2017 Monday–Thursday 6:00a.m.to9:00p.m.* Friday 6:00a.m.to10:00p.m.* Saturday 7:00a.m.to10:00p.m.* Sunday 1:00p.m.to9:00p.m.** *Childrenundertheageof18needtobeaccompaniedbyanadultduring thefollowingtimes:12:00p.m.-1:00p.m.,5:00p.m.-7:00p.m. **OnSunday,theonlyareasavailablearethefitnessroomsand racquetballcourts.Childrenalsoneedtobeaccompaniedbyanadult.

Fuller Hall indoor Swimming Pool Hours: Winter Hours: oct. 2, 2016 - april 29, 2017 Monday–Friday 6-8am AdultLapSwim 11am-1pm AdultLapSwim 5-pm AdultLapSwim Monday 7-9pm OpenSwim/FamilyNight Wednesday 7-9pm OpenSwim Friday 7-9pm OpenSwim Saturday 7-9am AdultLapSwim 2-4pm OpenSwim 7-9pm OpenSwim

An adult annual membership includes unlimited use of Fuller Hall that includes: the indoor swimming pool, weight room, cardio-fitness room, racquetball, gymnasium, and towel service. Cost for the year-long pass is $175 for residents and $200 for non-residents. A Youth annual membership includes unlimited use of Fuller Hall that includes: the indoor swimming pool, weight room, cardio-fitness room, racquetball, gymnasium, and towel service. Cost for the year-long pass is $95 for residents and $110 for non-residents. A Family annual membership includes unlimited use of Fuller Hall that includes: the indoor swimming pool, weight room, cardio-fitness room, racquetball, gymnasium, and towel service. Cost for the year-long pass is $320 for residents and $365 for non-residents.



monthly membership Single: $35 monthly; $30 monthly with a six-month commitment requirement; $25 monthly with a 12-month commitment requirement

There are ways that you lose weight and you lose it effectively and you keep it off. That’s diet and exercise.

SeConD Street FitneSS 544 SeConD St. (515) 297-3125 oPen 24/7

monthly membership Family: $60 monthly; $50 monthly with a six-month commitment requirement; $40 monthly with a 12-month commitment requirement Donovan Cuesey, 51, Webster City, is the owner of Second Street Fitness. Second Street Fitness officially opened December 17.

- Donovan Cuesey,

Second Street Fitness, owner

Cuesey chose the downtown destination because of it’s location and parking capabilities.

“I’ve always been into the fitness thing. I’ve always wanted to start my own gym,” said Cuesey. “I thought it would be a perfect opportunity for me to bring a gym into Webster City that I would want to go to and hopefully everyone else would feel the same way.”

“It just seemed like a good fit. There was a lot of traffic. Parking all over. The building was exactly what I wanted,” said Cuesey. Cuesey decided to open a gym downtown after life-changing events in 2008 made his time working out at the gym a “sanctuary”.

Second Street Fitness offers equipment and machines including free weights, squat racks, sled, heavy bag, punching bag, and cardio equipment. According to Cuesey, Second Street Fitness also offers personal training. “We do offer personal training. It’s just me right now, but I have another guy that can come up and do that for me, need be,” Cuesey said. Cuesey also hopes to begin fitness classes in the next couple of months. This includes yoga, aerobics, and other classes customers show interest in.

Cuesey chose the downtown destination because of it’s location and parking capabilities. “It just seemed like a good fit. There was a lot of traffic. Parking all over. The building was exactly what I wanted,” said Cuesey. According to Cuesey, individuals need to get proper nutrition intake in order to see results at the gym. “You have to eat to lose weight. You can lose weight by cutting out foods, but you’re eventually going to gain that weight back because your metabolism slowed down so much that it just gains the weight back,” said Cuesey. “There are ways that you lose weight and you lose it effectively and you keep it off. That’s diet and exercise.” Cuesey’s advice for individuals new to the gym? Start slow and stay realistic. “Start off slow. Keep your goals simple,” Cuesey said. “I just want to help the people that want help and really want to make a change in their lives. That’s what I want to do. Help them make that change,” said Cuesey. Cuesey encourages individuals to check out the facility and all it has to offer. “Come in. Just walk around and get used to the set-ip,” said Cuesey. “The cool thing about the way I have this set up is if you are intimidated by the weight room, you don’t have to be in the weight room to get your workout. You could stay in the cardio room. The yoga/aerobics room is also separated.”



If you are new to fitness, a lot of people enjoy doing it in a group setting because of the camaraderie and people together, which helps you get through it.

- matt kelley,

Snap Fitness manager and personal trainer

SnaP FitneSS 902 SeneCa St. (515) 832-7965 oPen 24/7 montHLY memBerSHiP SinGLe: $34.95 Per montH montHLY memBerSHiP FamiLY: $49.95 Per montH Snap Fitness has been in Webster City for the past 11 years. Matt Kelley has been working on and off at the Webster City location for the past 11 years. Kelley, 33, has been the manager and personal trainer at the Webster City location since last July. Doug Youngdale is the Webster City location’s owner. “We are a 24-hour gym. We offer group fitness classes which are free for all members,” said Kelley. “If you are new to fitness, a lot of people enjoy doing it in a group setting because of the camaraderie and people together, which helps you get through it. We also offer personal training.” Fitness classes are free for members. Non-members can attend fitness classes for $5. For a full list of classes offered, visit and click on the Webster City location. “We have 13 cardio machines, various lower/upper body/core machines, and free weight. We offer all sorts of options,” said Kelley. Snap Fitness offers two fitness instructors, two personal trainers, and an online accountability program for members.

“If you’re a Snap member, you can go online to MySnapFitness and you can enter in your goals,” said Kelley. “They have online tools that help with nutrition tips and weight management and strength training. You can track your progress that way.” According to Kelley, Snap Fitness is a safe and secure place to workout. “We have wireless monitors for if you decide to come in at midnight and are alone. We have wireless panic buttons you can wear. If you fall or something happens, you just press a button and it will alert the police and the hospital,” said Kelley. “In the 11 years that we’ve been here, we haven’t had a single issue. We haven’t had one person have to push that button. It is nice having that safeguard though.”

“I really enjoy the aspect of personal training, helping people when they reach their goals. That’s awesome to see how excited and happy they are that they did what they’ve been meaning to do. Helping someone is a great feeling,” Kelley said. “You spend hours with these people so you get to make very personal connections. It’s a lot of fun to get to know people.” Kelley encourages individuals to check out all that Snap Fitness has to offer. “We’re established. We have a long history,” said Kelley.

Kelley’s advice for individuals new to the gym? Start slow, develop a realistic plan, and track nutrition. “I’ve seen it many times where people come in and go too hard too fast and they get so sore that they can’t do anything for five or six days,” Kelley said. “That’s going to be detrimental to your workout if you can’t workout.” Kelley encourages new members to set up an appointment with him to learn how to safely use the equipment and answer any other questions they may have. “It would be beneficial, for somebody who is new to working out, to do a couple of personal training sessions, simply for the fact that I have done this so many times. I know how to give people the results they want,” Kelley said.




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Dear Almost, One of the great perks of growing older in America is the many discounts that are available to boomers and seniors. There are literally thousands of discounts on a wide variety of products and services including restaurants, grocery stores, travel and lodging, entertainment, retail and apparel, health and beauty, automotive services and much more. These discounts – typically ranging between 5 and 25 percent off – can add up to save you hundreds of dollars each year. So, if you don’t mind admitting your age, here are some tips and tools to help you find the discounts you may be eligible for.

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If, however, you’re not the AARP type, there are other alternative organizations you can join that also provide discounts such as The Seniors Coalition or the American Seniors Association. Or, for federal workers, there’s the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.

Because senior discounts frequently change and can vary depending on where you live and the time of the year, the Internet is the easiest way to help you locate them. To do a search, start by visiting, which lists thousands of discounts that you can search for by city and state, and by the category you’re interested in, for free. You can also look for discounts at, which provides a large list of national and regional business chains that offer them, or you can Google them individually. Just go to and type in the business or organization you’re curious about, followed by “senior discount” or “senior discount tickets.” If you use a smartphone, another tool is the Sciddy app (see that lets you search for senior discounts and can send you alerts when you’re at an establishment that offers them.




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Restaurant Discounts Senior discounts are common at restaurants and fast food establishments – like Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Subway, Wendy’s, Applebee’s and Golden Corral – ranging from free/discounted drinks, to discounts off your total order.

Southwest Airlines provide the best senior fares in the U.S. to passengers 65 and older, while Amtrak offers a 15 percent discount and Greyhound offers 5 percent off to travelers over 62. Most car rental companies provide discounts to customers who belong to organizations like AARP. Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Carnival cruise lines offer discount rates to cruisers 55 and over. And, most hotels offer senior discounts, usually ranging from 10 to 30 percent.

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Many thrift stores like Goodwill, and certain retailers like Banana Republic, Kohl’s, Michaels and Ross stores offer a break to seniors on certain days of the week.

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A NEW It YEAR Looking forward to 2017

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is hard to imagine that another year has come and gone. 2017 is here now and there is something in the air, and it is not just the smell of Lomita’s restaurant lunch menu being blown into City Hall and making everyone here hungry. For me personally it has been a roller coaster year filled with excitement, blessings, and a warm welcome to Webster City. I came to Webster City in August and found a warm community open to new ideas and opportunities. When I officially started, I was greeted by super heroes, witches, ghosts, and all sorts of scary and silly characters roaming the downtown streets in search of Halloween candy and treats. I must admit I knew our population was diverse but I didn’t expect anything like this. It is no secret that my wife and I originally grew up in Los Angeles. We get asked a variety of questions regarding our transition to Iowa. Mainly why did we decide to move to Webster City and how do we like the cold? To answer the second question, Rachel has a closet full of jackets, sweaters, and warm clothing. I would hope that would be enough but she still gets


cold. As for why Iowa and Webster City, we were drawn by the values common in Midwest communities such as Webster City. Values such as the notion of courteousness, thoughtfulness, friendliness, community pride, and the importance of family brought us here. Early on I was asked what do I want to change or see that can be improved in the City? Jokingly I have said that there is a light bulb or two that are burnt out and need to be replaced. In reality there’s two in my office alone and a few elsewhere in the City. Humor aside, the notion of “change” can have a variety of different meanings and stimulate equally different emotions. Instead let us focus on the community’s strengths. The strengths of the community are not based solely on any single aspect or physical and tangible objects likes roads, cars, street lights, major attractions, or brick and mortar shops. The strength of Webster City is found and reinforced in every segment of our community. It comes from the values we instill in our youth and students. You can find it in the people who work hard to restore power after an outage, or the crews

who work late into the night after a snow storm just before Christmas, or the men and women in uniform who not only answer the call for help but who also go out of their way to ensure families have a memorable Christmas. Strength is shown to visitors who are greeted at the gas station or the coffee shop and newcomers that are welcomed to town. Strength is found in the community pride exhibited at high school football games and the caravan that follow them to the unIDome. It is also displayed by the volunteers and sponsors who help put together community events such as the VDMC Auxiliary Election Day Luncheon, Holiday Fair at the ACE Community Center, and the carolers who entertain downtown

shoppers and business owners just before the downtown Christmas tree is lit. our community’s strength and resiliency comes from all around us but it begins with each of us. As we look towards the future and rely on our community’s leaders to make decisions that help chart our future course, let us not forget that there is not always an easy decision to make. As we move forward we have to remember that Webster City is our home. Its greatest assets that do not cost a dime to market are the values and people who make our community a great place to live. With this in mind, it is not about what can change but about what we can build on and what each of us individually and collectively can do.

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HEALTHY Year New By Adri Sietstra

Fourth annual Fuller Hall Health Fair to offer fitness opportunities for all ages


ooking to get healthy in 2017? Interested in learning about a selection of health and fitness organizations in the area? Look no further than the 4th Annual Health Fair/Free Fitness Day at Fuller Hall Recreation Center on Saturday, Jan. 14. The free event will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.


“We’re excited,” said Kent Harfst, Webster City Recreation and Public Grounds Director. “We have a good sign up this year and still looking for more vendors to sign up.” Caitlin Larson and Amber Kastler, registered dieticians at Hy-Vee, will be at the event to off tips on eating healthy. “UnityPoint Health has a wound healing center that they’re going to provide information on preventing and healing injuries,” Harfst said. Jody Harms,Van Diest Medical Center will be presenting “Senior Life Solutions.” This presentation will explain the differing needs individuals have as they age.


“Leah Feltz, from Leah Feltz Fitness, will have different kids’ fitness activities going on,” Harfst said. Nursing students from Iowa Central Community College will be present and will be giving free blood pressure checks. The Dance Connection will have dancers at the event also. Individuals and families can take advantage of the open weight and cardio rooms as well as free swimming from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.There is also lap swimming from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday morning.

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This event is free and there is no charge for individuals or businesses wanting to display their products or services. Anyone interested in sharing their health related information for this event should email Harfst at:



The planning committee for this event is still seeking health related individuals or businesses who want to display or demonstrate their products or services. Examples of items offered include (but not limited to): free fitness evaluation with a certified trainer; healthy cooking demonstrations/samples; use of the weight room, cardio room, and swimming pool; free demonstration by area massage therapists; kids fitness activities; medical professionals present to answer questions, and; various alternative medicine displays. The following vendors are scheduled to be at the fair: Leah Feltz Fitness, Amber Kastler, Registered Dietitian, Unity Point HealthPalliative Care (Anne Doolittle Cheyne), Unity Point at Home Hospice (Joyce Bianchi), Unity Point-Trinity Wound Healing Center (KC Coleman), Hy-Vee Food Stores (Caitlin Larson, Registered Dietitian), McFarland Clinic Physical Therapy (Jessica Hrnicek), McFarland Clinic (Marcia Kent), Prairie Sun Yoga (Mary-Louise Burt), The Dance Connection (Becky Harfst), Iowa State Hip Hop Club (Hannah Harfst), McFarland Clinic Physical Therapy & Family Medicine (Jessica Hrnicek), Iowa Central Nursing Department (Betty Daniel), Hamilton County Public Health (Kroona/Hassebrock), Essential Oils for You (Shelley Rethman), Van Diest Medical Center-Senior Life Solutions (Jodi Harms), Van Diest Family Health Clinic (Lori Foster), Windsor Manor (Jodi Berns-Lennon), Central Iowa RSVP (Becky Koppen), Webster County Health Department (Jacque Johll), Webster County Health-I Smile (Cindy Partlow, Beth Albright), Community & Family Resources (Katie Talbot), La James International College (Stephanie Wood), Briggs Woods Golf Course (Russ Appel), SHIP (Joyce Gelhaus), Southfield Wellness Community (Marilyn Middleton), LeVel (Crissann Cambell), Stony Creek Landscapes-Dirt Therapy (Sherry Adams), Bee Inspired CAPP Program (Tiffany Larson), Damsel in Defense (Kristen Ruppel), and Yoli Optimal Health (Sherry Adams).

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“The event is heavy into our resolution season. If you haven’t been to Fuller Hall before and want to come in and try the weight room or cardio room or swim some laps, it’s free as well,” said Harfst. This event is in collaboration with the Recreation and Public Grounds Department, Leah Feltz Fitness, and Amber Kastler, Registered Dietitian.





The planning committee for this event is still seeking health related individuals or businesses who want to display or demonstrate their products or services. “The event is heavy into our resolution season. If you haven’t been to Fuller Hall before and want to come in and try the weight room or cardio room or swim some laps, it’s free as well,�

- Kent Harfst.

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Salmon: Omega-3 fatty acids can help the body fight inflammation, which has been linked to a host of ailments, including chronic fatigue. Salmon is also high in protein, which can eliminate the mid- to late-afternoon hunger pangs that can derail healthy diets and contribute to weight gain.

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Skinless chicken: A study from researcher Judith Wurtman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Clinical Research Center found that alertness tends to increase when the brain produces the neurotransmitter dopamine and the hormone norepinephrine. Skinless chicken contains an amino acid known as tyrosine that helps in the production of both dopamine and norepinephrine. If skinless chicken is not available, other foods that may provide this same effect include fish, lean beef and eggs. In addition, lean meats like skinless chicken contain enough vitamin B to help ease insomnia.

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What activities are you involved in? Band, WCTV, school plays, softball, volleyball, spanish club, PBis student leader, student council, and i'm class officer.

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Which is your favorite and why? Band is definitely my favorite. Music has become a passion of mine and getting to express myself in a class full of other band geeks everyday is perfect. The best part is we get to spend early mornings together, whether it be marching band or jazz band, and evenings with football games and pep bands. so i basically live band all the time! What activities do you do outside of school? Plays at Webster City Community Theatre, private flute lessons and i perform on the flute for nursing homes and assisted livings. i also babysit! You are involved in so many things, how do you find to do all of that? To find the time to do any of these things, i have to prioritize. if it's volleyball season and i have a game, i'd have to miss a play rehearsal. And i try not to schedule two things at the same time, although it happens a lot. What's your favorite class and why? My favorite class, besides band, is one i just started taking this semester. it's Peer PE. it's a smaller class full of diversity, and so much fun! it focuses on being a good leader with our peers and adds in the fun of scooters and the best kids you could get a chance to work with. i even found a new best friend (in the few days we've had the class), samantha Camp and boy, do we love our ponytails! What comes after graduation? After graduation, i plan on going to either isU or UNi to major in instrumental music education. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? in 10 years, i'll ideally be teaching at a high school and building up a respectable band, and maybe even an orchestra, to become better than they've ever been. i'd love to have my own band room!  What advice would you give to underclassmen about being involved in clubs and activities? Experiment with it! do things you love, and things you have never tried. You can find new activities that excite you and might even find your passion along the way!

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KeeP on GoinG Green THis WiNTER each season presents its own unique set of challenges. From summer heat waves to spring rainstorms to snowfall in winter, the planet throws a lot at its inhabitants.

living an eco-friendly lifestyle is often simple. but sometimes the weather can make it hard to maintain a commitment to going green. winter weather can be particularly challenging, as it can be hard to sacrifice convenience and comfort in the face of harsh weather. but there are ways to stay true to your eco-friendly roots even when winter weather is at its most unpleasant.

save YoUr FirePlaCe ashes. • if your home has a fireplace that you like to cozy up next to in winter, you can make great use of the ashes left behind when the fire goes out. according to the United states environmental Protection agency, ashes from wood-burning fireplaces can be added to compost heaps. once added, these ashes help to create a soil amendment that can deliver valuable nutrients to your garden. after each fire, collect the ashes rather than sweeping them up and discarding them. then add the collected ashes to your compost pile when the weather permits.

insPeCt YoUr heatinG sYsteM Choose an eleCtriC snowblower beFore winter • have your home heating system inspected before winter hits full swing. home heating systems, including boilers and furnaces, should be inspected by a professional each year, ideally before the arrival of winter. heating systems that are not operating at peak efficiency will cost homeowners money and waste energy. if you notice yourself frequently increasing the temperature on your thermostat just to keep your home warm and comfortable, call a local hvaC professional to inspect the system. scheduling such an appointment prior to the arrival of winter can save you the cost and discomfort of living with an inefficient system.

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• install a programmable thermostat. if you don’t already have one, install a programmable thermostat in your home. the office of energy efficiency & renewable energy notes that homeowners can save as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling costs by turning their thermostats back 7° to 10° F for eight hours per day. set the thermostat to drop 10°F when the family leaves for work and/or school in the morning, programming it to return to a more comfortable level when the family returns home at night. this saves you from sitting in a cold home while also saving you money by making sure you are not paying to heat an empty house.

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• Choose an electric snowblower. Many homeowners now use snowblowers instead of shovels to remove snow from their properties. while snow shovels are the most eco-friendly snow removal tool, even the most eco-conscious homeowners recognize how snowblowers make snow removal easy and more efficient. but gaspowered snowblowers consume substantial amounts of fuel. if you must use a snowblower, choose an electric one instead of one powered by gas. even though electric snowblowers consume electricity, the ePa notes that such products leave a smaller carbon footprint than gas-powered snowblowers because they do not emit greenhouse gases.

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