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V.4 ISSUE 8 FEB ‘18 FEATURES: 4

A LOVE STORY: Chance reunion leads to second act for two high school friends by Susan J. Leman

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On the Cover: Doug and Loween Getter

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LOVE STORY

There is a small framed newspaper photo prominently displayed on a side table in Doug and Loween Getter’s Webster City home. The 1963 photo shows actress and special guest Donna Reed at the Harvest Ball at Denison High School in her hometown. Pictured behind Reed is a group of high school students. Who would have guessed that the two standing to her left would end up married later in life? The two students were Loween Schroeder and Doug Getter. 4 WWW.OURHOMETOWNWEBSTERCITY.COM FEBRUARY 2018


Chance reunion leads to second act for two high school friends by Susan J. Leman

“Everybody knew everybody in our class. We had a lot of common friends,” Doug recalls. “We dated for a short time our junior year of high school,” says Loween. The two didn’t know it then, but they had formed a connection that would bring them together later in life.

Loween shares that her fellow WCCT

members told her they

had the impression that “something was in the air” that night.

After graduation from Denison High School in 1965, Doug attended Drake University and Loween attended Iowa State University. Each began careers, married, had children, and were later divorced. Fast-forward to 2006; Doug was living and working in Urbandale, where he was Executive Director at Iowa Biotechnology Association. Loween was living and working in Webster City, where she was the Home Economist at Electrolux. That summer, Webster City Community Theater was doing the musical, “Gypsy,” which Loween co-directed. At the same time, Urbandale Community Theater was also working on the same show, with Doug serving as producer. “One day, I was home for lunch, and saw some of the Urbandale cast members talking about the show on the noon news,” Loween remembers. She organized a group of WCCT members who went to Urbandale to see their production on a Friday evening. Loween shares that her fellow WCCT members told her they had the impression that “something was in the air” that night.

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“There is a feeling of everyone being ‘our kid. Our kids and grandkids all like each other.”

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Doug has two sons and daughters-in-law, a daughter and son-in-law, and six grandchildren; Loween has two sons and daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.

“I was reading the program before the show started, and saw the name, ‘Doug Getter’ in it, and thought, ‘It couldn’t be the same one, could it?’” she says. “At intermission, I went up to him and said ‘hello,’ but I don’t think he recognized me, so I said to him, ‘Denison?’ Then he recognized me. We talked more after the show.” “And then the homework began!” Doug says with a smile. He went online to research Loween, and she did the same. When she got home from a work trip that Monday, there was a message from Doug on her answering machine: “It’s been 41 years. Maybe we should get caught up!” The Second Street Emporium was where they had their first date on July 22, 2006. They spent summer and fall weekends renewing their friendship through dinner dates, attending movies and theater events, and many phone calls. Doug proposed on Christmas Eve that year, and of course, Loween said yes.

They shared the news with their children, and started making plans for a Sept. 1, 2007, wedding. While making wedding plans, Loween moved into their current home, and they began the process of moving and combining their households. “We had two of everything!” Doug says. The couple’s dear friend Rev. Curt Miner performed the wedding ceremony at 7B Ranch. Their mutual admiration for theater was reflected in their wedding colors of “Wicked” green and black. Mary Sealine, who played Mama Rose in the WCCT production of “Gypsy,” sang a song from the show titled, “Small World, Isn’t It?” “That’s really true!” Loween says. Their two families have blended well, and they are grateful. Doug has two sons and daughters-in-law, a daughter and son-in-law, and six grandchildren; Loween has two sons and daughtersin-law and four grandchildren. “There is a feeling of everyone being ‘our kids,’” she says. “Our kids and grandkids all like each other.”

Their high school connection, along with numerous shared interests, including theater and travel, are what they credit as being the glue that holds them together. Some of their favorite travel destinations have been Alaska, Hawaii and China. Their trip to Germany last fall was their most recent overseas adventure. When they reflect upon their relationship, Doug and Loween agree on some characteristics that contribute to a harmonious marriage. Friendship and shared interests are what they mention first. “I hadn’t anticipated remarrying, but we knew one another well, and we both had a tremendous love for the theater,” Doug recalls. “We liked a lot of the same things.” Loween adds. “We also have an acceptance that we don’t have to do everything together,” Loween says. Each has hobbies and interests unique to them, and they’re involved in numerous community activities. They agree that it’s important in any partnership to respect each other’s differences and foster individual interests.

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SAVVY SENIOR by Jim Miller

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Whether you’re interested in dating again or just looking for a friend to spend time with, online dating sites have become a very popular and effective way for baby boomers to meet new single people. Making new friends can be challenging as we get older, which is why online dating sites are an excellent option for baby boomers. They provide an easy and convenient way to meet dozens of new people, without ever having to leave home. And, to make things even easier, many sites today use matchmaking algorithms that factor in your interests and preferences so they can steer you to matches that are best suited for you. Here are some other tips to help you get started.

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CHOOSE A SITE OR TWO:

There are literally hundreds of different matchmaking websites and apps available, so choosing can be a bit confusing. Costs typically range between $15 and $20 per month, however some dating sites are completely free to use. Depending on your preferences here are some popular options to look into. If you don’t want to spend any money, free sites like OKCupid.com and PlentyofFish.com are good places to start, but these sites have a lot of advertising. There are also free apps like Tinder (GoTinder.com) and Bumble.com, but these tend to be geared toward younger adults looking for casual romance.


If you’re interested in lots of choices consider Match.com, which has a huge membership in all demographics. Or checkout eHarmony.com, which is also very large but more targeted for people who want to take things slow. Or, if you are looking to find a specific type of person, there are hundreds of niche sites like: OurTime.com, SeniorPeopleMeet.com and 50more.com for those 50 and older; EliteSingles.com for professionals; DateMyPet.com for animal lovers; VeggieDate. org for vegetarians; JDate.com for Jewish singles; BlackPeopleMeet.com for African Americans; and ChristianMingle.com for Christians.

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1⁄4-ounce envelope plain gelatin

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1⁄2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 1⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2

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3⁄4 cup sugar

Pinch of salt

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3. Place the bowl with the gelatin in a larger bowl of hot water and stir until the gelatin has dissolved and the liquid is clear. 4. Melt the chocolate and butter with the cocoa in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of about 11⁄2 inches of barely simmering water, whisking occasionally until smooth. Remove the bowl from the saucepan and whisk in the remaining 1⁄4 cup water and the brandy.

5. With a handheld electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the egg yolks, 1⁄2 cup of the sugar, and the salt in a large, deep heatproof bowl until well combined. Set the bowl over the saucepan of barely simmering water and beat for 15 minutes, or until the mixture is very thick and pale. Beat in the chocolate mixture just until combined. Remove the bowl from the heat, add the gelatin mixture, and beat until the mixture cools to room temperature. 6. With clean beaters, on medium speed, beat the egg whites in a large, deep clean bowl until the whites form soft peaks when the beaters are lifted. Increase the heat to medium-high and sprinkle in the remaining 1⁄4 cup sugar about 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat until the whites form stiff peaks. Beat in the ginger.

7. With clean beaters, beat the heavy cream and vanilla on high speed in a medium bowl just until the cream forms stiff peaks.

8. Place the bowl of egg yolk mixture in a larger bowl of ice water and whisk just until it begins to thicken and set. With a whisk, gently fold in the whipped cream, and then the egg whites. Pour into the soufflé dish and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, until thoroughly chilled and set, for up to 24 hours. 9. To serve, remove the collar from the soufflé. Present the soufflé at the table, and spoon onto the dessert plates.

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ave you ever thought of a great idea for bettering Webster City but didn’t know what to do with it? Have you ever wondered how to get involved with the city or how to make a positive impact in our community? If you answered yes to either of these questions, please keep reading. Here in Webster City there are many ways for community members to get involved in the leadership, direction, and future of Webster City. I would like to use the space on this page to encourage you, yes you, to get involved in any way you feel comfortable. Below you will find my top three ways of ‘jumping in’ to help our community grow. Up first: Attend a City Council meeting. City Council meetings are the perfect platform to relay your ideas and input to the Council and to the public. We (the City Council) always welcome community input and feedback. There is a section set aside on every meeting agenda to allow people to share public information, suggestions, and/or criticism. The City Council meetings are held on the first and third Monday of every month in city hall at 5:30pm. They are televised, covered by the newspaper and radio, as well as uploaded to YouTube so your voice will be echoed throughout many outlets. If you want to go even bigger, the second thing I would suggest is: Apply for a seat on an advisory board or commission. The City Council relies heavily on our many advisory boards and commissions made up of community volunteers. A few examples of these are: Parks and Recreation, Planning and Zoning, Civil Service, Traffic, Wilson Brewer Historical Park & Museum, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and The Youth Advisory Commission. These boards and commissions take on requests, challenges, and goals for our city and then give the City Council

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recommendations. The people that make up these boards and commissions are appointed by the City Council through a short interview process. Seats open up a few times a year either when a term expires or someone resigns. If you are interested in getting involved, please ask for an application at the city utilities window or you can just contact me and I will get one to you. Before I was elected to my first term on the City Council I served on the Webster City Civil Service Commission. This experience gave me a far better understanding of our fire and police departments. The time I spent on that commission also gave me experience that has come in handy as a City Council member. This sets up a segue for my third recommendation for getting involved: Run for City Council. I am on my fifth year as a City Council member and while, with any labor of love, it of course can at times offer trying moments, overall I find serving the community on the City Council extremely fulfilling. Tackling city challenges, representing the community, and working with city staff are just a few of my favorite parts about being on the City Council. City Council elections are held every other November, on odd years, in which Council members are elected to four year terms. If you are interested in running for City Council, please feel free to reach out to me. I would love to help you by sharing my experiences in the election process and what is involved within the role of a Council member. Obviously there are other ways of getting involved or sharing your ideas in addition to my top three. You could write a letter to the editor, contact your favorite council member, or stop into city hall and have a conversation with our city manager. No matter what method you choose, please know that your help is welcomed and needed. Your input and time are the most valuable resources our community has. It will take all of us, working together, to get Webster City to the place we want it to be. I enthusiastically accept this challenge, are you with me.

Logan Welch, Councilman


CITY OF WEBSTER CITY CONTACTS AND APPOINTED BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS City Council John Hawkins, Mayor Brian Miller, Mayor Pro Tem Matt McKinney Jim Talbot Logan Welch

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Dave Stoakes’ black Suburban gets quite the workout touring the central part of the state throughout the fall and winter months and the longtime Webster City resident wouldn’t have it any other way. From late August through early November, it’s Friday nights when the miles get packed on. And from late November through the end of February, it’s Tuesday and Friday nights that you’ll find Stoakes behind the wheel on his way to another game somewhere. It’s what he knows. It’s what he loves. And Webster City athletics is the recipient of his helping hand.

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For nearly a decade and a half, Stoakes and Chris Kehoe have served as the underpaid — that’s to say, not paid at all — statisticians for the Webster City football team. Grant Sletten, who handles the filming duties for the Lynx, joins them on these road trips. Oftentimes there’s a pizza or two, either from Leon’s or Casey’s, amidst the crew as they eat on the go and discuss the upcoming game in detail. If it’s a road game, Kehoe and Sletten, who is also a regular volleyball line judge for WCHS in the fall, compute the stats in the dark of night as Stoakes handles the driving. For home games, Stoakes and Kehoe make a beeline for Diamond In The Rough, Stoakes’ business on the south side of Webster City, immediately following the final horn to get the stats out to head coach Bob Howard as soon as possible. There’s no contract, not even a verbal agreement between Stoakes, Kehoe and the program. They’ve taken care of the stats for so many years that it’s just a given that they’ll be back the next fall, and the next one, and the next one and … Why do they do it? For Stoakes, it’s all about giving back. “I like being around the games, I like being around the players, I like being around coaches and I like being around the officials,” Stoakes said. “ And I’m doing this because there were dads that did it when I played and I want to give back. Plus, I thoroughly enjoy those nights that it’s Grand and Chris and I in the vehicle, and I’ve had a blast riding along to basketball games with Bob (Howard). I’ve really gotten to know Bob better just by being there and listening. It’s fun.”

Stoakes’ service to the school in this current capacity began nearly 20 years ago, back when he still officiating football and softball. Back then he would help scout on football Fridays. He doesn’t remember exactly when he took over the statistician duties, but it seemed like a perfect fit. And it has been. Stoakes has been on the sidelines for all of the Lynx success over the past decade. He was there when they knocked off Glenwood in the 2016 state semifinals, as well as a week later when WCHS competed in the state finals for the first time in school history. Stoakes has only about three weeks off before he’s back to serve as the official scorekeeper for both the Lynx girls’ and boys’ basketball teams. He’s kept the boys’ book since Marty McKinney took over the program and added the girls’ book at the request of current coach Nicole Muhlenbruch.

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“I really enjoy it,” Stoakes said. “My grandpa did it for Goldfield for about 15 years and he was actually doing it in 1955 when Goldfield won the girls’ state basketball tournament. My goal is to get to see a state title like my grandpa did.” Joining Stoakes at the basketball scorer’s table for home games is the husband and wife duo of Tony and Jill Bussan, who have graciously given their time to the Lynx programs for somewhere in the vicinity of 23 years. The Bussans — Tony handles the announcing duties and the clock while Jill takes care of imputing all of the individual scoring and fouls — are no strangers to WCHS athletics and, truthfully, it would be weird to not see them at their posts. “We’ve continued to do it mainly because we enjoy basketball, we enjoy getting to know the kids and coaches, and we enjoy helping out the programs,” Tony, who was the football statistician for many years before handing the clipboard off to Stoakes, said.


We’ve continued to do it mainly because we enjoy basketball, we enjoy getting to know the kids and coaches, and we enjoy helping out the programs,”

- Tony Bussan

For Tony and Jill, it takes them back to their beginning. High school basketball is what actually brought them together 42 years ago. “Our sisters set us up on a blind date and they were on the Marshalltown basketball team together,” Tony said. “The first time we went out on Jan. 8 of 1976 was me taking Jill to the basketball game in Newton. And basketball is the one sport that Jill enjoys watching.” Jill has become a favorite of the coaches and referees. At each home game, she brings out several Ziploc bags stuffed with candy, everything from chocolate bars to peanut butter cups, Nerds and gum. If anybody wants anything, all they have to do is walk up and rifle through the bags.

“I started bringing candy back in the day with the cross country teams (Tony was the long and successful cross country and boys’ track coach at WCHS prior to his retirement in 2016),” Jill said. “I brought it for the kids when they got done so they’d have something to eat or snack on and it just carried over to basketball. It’s over there for anybody … I don’t usually eat it, but I offer it to everybody else.”

It’s the little things that very few people will ever notice that make all the difference. WCHS is lucky to have enthusiastic individuals willing to offer up their time to help out in any way they can. After all, good help is often hard to find. And there’s no doubt that WCHS hit the jackpot with the likes of Stoakes, Kehoe, Sletten and the Bussan family.

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HEALTHCARE

Provider Directory These specialists are available at Van Diest Medical Center on select days to provide patient consultations, follow-up visits and ongoing care. Please contact the specialist’s office directly for additional information or appointments. Primary care services available in the following clinic locations:

Family Health Clinic

Dr. Subhash Sahai* Dr. Nikki Ehn* Darin Eklund, PA-C* Marnie Killip, ARNP* Christina Rider, PA-C* Meghann Smith, PA-C* 515.832.7800

Family Health Clinic of Stratford Penny Osborn, PA* 515.838.2100

Family Health Clinic of Jewell Tonia Odden, PA-C* 515.827.6175

Obstetrics & Gynecology Women’s Health

Cardiology

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Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, OB/GYN*

Katherine Blomgren, PA-C

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Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller* 515.832.7703

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Dr. Christian Ledet 515.832.7746

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*Only those providers denoted with an asterisk* are employees of Van Diest Medical Center; the others listed are visiting specialists. The information provided herein is intended for informational purposes only.

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