"Helping the World Discover Adel" Newsletter
Vol. 63 January 2014
Dear Friend of Adel,

Happy New Year! With start of a new year we thought it'd be a great time to take a glimpse into a small portion of the events planned for 2014.

As we get closer to the actual event we'll expand on them here in the Newsletter and on the daily website.

I have to confess something, I thought it would be easy to find a single photo in the thousands I have, that would represent Adel in the Featured Article section.

I was wrong. We're known far and wide as the county seat. We have had Governors, and those to be, announce their candidacy here. Vice-presidential candidates and countless representatives have spoken on the Courthouse steps to numerous news cameras. But that is only a part of Adel.

We have a downtown that is starting to flourish after the latest economic downturn. Internationally known companies that call Adel home and home based businesses following the American dream. Have you ever tried to put hundreds of business photos into a space the size of a post stamp?

The people of Adel are dear to me also, but I knew I couldn't get the sesquicentennial photo showing the downtown and many of the community to all fit and do it justice.

The School system, which is why we moved here, is a result of the great community that we live in. Many of our graduates have gone on to impact other states and the world.

Adel is even more than that. The Festivals are a time that we invite the world onto our brick streets and into our hearts. The brick streets are a significant part of our identity, and I have a sweet spot for them.

During the brick street renovation I was invited to climb the court house and take "aerial" views of the city. So, I'm standing, in 100 degree weather, 40 feet up in the air on a small platform, that barely holds one person, with three big courthouse workers  and the City Administrator squeezed in around me. It turned out to a beautiful summer day and i got to see the beauty of Adel from a unique perspective.

I got many great shots, but my favorite shows Adel with the future on the horizon. Fittingly, that is the one I went with.

So, grab a cup of coffee, get comfortable for a great read.

We look forward to seeing you in Adel this month and wish you a Happy and Blessed New Year.


In This Issue
A First look at Adel in 2014
LSB & Compass - Social Security Workshop
Brick Street Barbecue is Good Anytime
Master Gardener Deadline Extended Jan 10th
The Animal Hospital - Food Pantry Drive
Support the Adel Community by Joining the Chamber
Adel HealthMart
Around Town - Upcoming Events
A First look at Adel in 2014


Welcome to 2014! The past year has been good to Adel, Iowa and 2014 looks to be full of exciting news for the entire community.  


This month we spoke with community leaders about the great expectations of 2014. Get out your pens and mark your calendars now for another wonderful year in Adel, Iowa!


Adel Iowa - New Construction This year the City of Adel anticipates 70-100 new homes will be built,  

marking the 4th year of the 6-year  

urban revitalization plan.  


Families can look forward to new and expanded recreational programs  

including previously under served age groups including pre-kindergarten and younger and seniors.  


Also, don't forget that the new Aquatic Center, located at 1800 South 15th Street, opens May 24th.




Nile Kinnick - Adel Museum
Nile Kinnick - Adel Historical Museum

The Adel Historical Museum is raising funds to build an addition to the 1857 schoolhouse featuring Iowa's favorite son, Nile Kinnick, Jr. and Iowa's 21st Governor George W. Clarke.  


The new addition will provide 840 square feet to house commemorative artifacts of their accomplishments. For a minimum of a $25.00 donation, you will receive a free Kinnick t-shirt. Larger donations will be recognized in perpetuity at the new addition. Please click here to download a donation form.   

Casa de Oro
Casa de Oro  Coming to Adel (Perry Location Shown)
As the New Year dawns, Casa de Oro will be opening their new downtown location in January on Adel's Historic Courthouse Square

The Mexican restaurant is a successful family franchise known throughout Central Iowa and will be the only restaurant of its type in Adel.

Stay tuned to DiscoverAdel for more information as it becomes available..
Adel Facade Project
Main Street Adel Upcoming Facade Project

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Facade Project will begin construction this summer revitalizing 21 locations in our historic downtown.  


The architectural firm has been selected and the City of Adel will be holding a "kick-off" meeting with the building owners January 16th.


- Courtesy of Brett Klein, Adel City Administrator

ADM Schools
ADM Schools

2013 Best High Schools - Adel IowaIn 2013 the ADM school district proved time and again that it offers the best education in central Iowa - full of rich academics and successful extra-curricular programs.


ADM students continue to represent the community well with ACT tests scores at an all-time high. In fact, we continue to outscore Iowa graduates in general!  


Now is the time to show your support for our great school system with your vote on February 4, 2014 in support of the Bond Election.


The proposed $13.5 million will provide funding to remodel, repair, renovate, and improve the Adel Elementary, DeSoto Intermediate, and the Middle and High School buildings. Learn more about the ADM School Bond issue here. 

Raccoon River Valley Trail Association
Raccoon River Valley Trail Association
The Raccoon River Valley Trail Association (RRVT) wants to remind us all that the recreational trail is more than just asphalt. Throughout the year the RRVT Association hosts events that foster community awareness, tourism, and more.


Buy your tickets now for the 7th annual banquet of the Raccoon River Valley Trail Association held February 15th. This event is the primary fundraiser supporting the work of the trail association, which advocates for the RRVT.


Join us February 27th for a one-day conference on recreational trail tourism and economic development held at the Hotel Pattee in Perry, with representation from all RRVT trail towns, including Adel. The conference will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is coordinated by the Common Thread Consortium of Communities.


On May 10th, Adel and the other towns on the south loop of the Raccoon River Valley Trail will host "Market to Market Relay/Iowa." This 75-mile team running race stars in Jefferson and combines running with outrageous costumes, memorable van rides, and a lively Post-Race Shindig.  


Registration is limited to 250 teams so sign up before its too late!  


- Courtesy of Chuck Offenburger, Raccoon River Valley Trail Association


ISU Dallas County Extension Office
ISU Dallas County Extension and Outreach Team 

Dallas County Extension and Outreach offers practical, how-to education by providing free to marginal-cost programs and resources covering the topics of: parenting, 4-H youth development, STEM education, agriculture, early literacy, nutrition and health, commercial horticulture, local foods, caregiving, gardening, economic development, early childhood education and much more.


Help us celebrate and honor those partnerships during Extension Week March 23rd-29th.  


Dallas County 4-Her's will be attending the Dallas County Fair July 7th-13th, with many additional opportunities for growth and development throughout the year.


- Courtesy of Anne Feltner, ISU Extension Office


Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce Upcoming Events 

Now is the perfect time to join the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce with the 2014 Membership Drive underway, but remember everyone is invited to these special events!


August 9th: Sweet Corn Festival featuring daytime performances by Sons of Gladys Kravitz, 34th Army Band Sidewinders; evening performances by Gimmik, Big Show Dueling Pianos .


June 21st: All Iowa Wine Festival featuring the El Dorados.


December 5th: Business Holiday Open House


Summer Concert Series:

April 25th - Des Moines Karaoke, sponsored by Adel Kiwanis

May 23rd - Abby Normal, sponsored by Lincoln Savings Bank

June 27th - Rob Lumbard and Matt Woods, sponsored by Horizon Printing

July 25th-  Roulette, sponsored by Adel Lions

August 22nd - Get Off My Lawn, sponsored by Peoples Trust and Savings Bank


- Courtesy of Karina Ward, Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce


Remember to support our local causes, businesses, and events by "liking" them on Facebook and make sure to follow throughout the year for the latest news about Adel, Iowa!

LSB & Compass - Social Security Workshop

LSB Savings Bank - Adel Iowa Adel's Lincoln Savings Bank (LSB) is partnering with Compass Financial to host a community workshop on available Social Security options, and the many factors to consider. 

The workshop will be held at the Adel Public Library on January 30th from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. and from 6:00 - 7-30 p.m.

It is open to the public, and admission is free. Following is an excerpt of the information that will be offered:

Social Security Benefits May Surprise You - By Steve Conard, CFP®


Social Security has been the subject of intense debate in recent years as Baby Boomers begin retiring.  


Steve Conard - Compass Financial Services
Steve Conard
Compass Financial Services 

Since its last major funding overhaul was enacted in the early 1980s, many more dollars have been paid into the system than were paid out in benefits, building up a surplus represented by IOUs from the US Treasury.  


In 2010 outlays began to exceed contributions (sooner than projected in 2016 due to the Great Recession), thus intensifying debate over the program's future prospects for providing a reliable income source for retirees.


Apart from the politics of funding the Social Security program as a whole, however, lays the issue that is nearest and dearest to individual households - what role will Social Security benefits play in our personal retirement financial picture? The answer to this question is often less straightforward than the estimates provided to individual taxpayers by the Social Security Administration.


Benefit estimates are now available online at since the annual mailing of paper statements was discontinued in 2011 for people under age 60. Three estimated benefits are calculated - the amounts to be paid at age 62 (the earliest age available), at "full retirement age" (which varies based on birth date), and at age 70 (the maximum age at which benefits must commence). The longer one delays claiming their benefit, the larger the monthly payments will be.


But this set of estimates doesn't tell the whole story. In fact, Social Security retirement benefits can be claimed based on the earnings history of a spouse, ex-spouse, or deceased spouse under certain circumstances, and may yield a larger benefit than those based on one's own earning history. The rules also allow claimants to switch from claiming benefits against their own account to a spousal or widow's benefit and vice-versa when doing so will result in larger payments.


Knowing the different claiming strategies can make a substantial difference in both monthly and lifetime benefit payments to claimants and their spouses. Knowing not only when, but how, to initiate claims is the key to maximizing benefits available under the law.


Our firm will host a community workshop to provide more details on available Social Security claiming options, and the factors to consider when developing a claiming strategy that makes the best sense on an individual household level. The workshop will be held at the Adel Public Library on January 30th from 1:00 - 2:30 PM and from 6:00 - 7-30 PM. It is open to the public, and admission is free.


Steve Conard is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional with Compass Financial Services, a registered investment advisor with offices in West Des Moines and Adel. Securities offered through LPL Financial, member FINRA/SIPC.Compass Financial Services is not an affiliate of LPL Financial.


Lincoln Savings Bank - LSB Financial
805 Main St # 3
Adel IA 50003
Office: 515-253-9475
Office: 800-361-1558
Fax: 515-253-9502
Lincoln Savings Bank - Member FDIC
BBrick Street Barbecue is Good Anytime
Brick Street Barbecue Adel Iowa Winter is here and the grill is covered in snow, but you can still have Barbecue.

Merle at Brick Street Barbecue has the smoker going and is fixing ribs all winter.

Smoked low and slow with a combination of dry rubs and a smidge of sauce.

His technique results in the most tender, flavorful and delicious BBQ dining experience you'll find.

Place your order by Wednesday for Friday.

Merle Brick Street Barbecue Brick Street Barbecue
29048 Prospect Ave
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3049
BMaster Gardener Deadline Extended Jan 10th
Master Gardener ISUEO Master Gardener Course to be Held in Adel

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dallas County
will host Master Gardener program trainings beginning January 16, 2014 in Adel.

The Master Gardener course includes 40 hours of web-based and face-to-face local training and a one-day training session on the Iowa State University campus to take advantage of their special horticulture laboratories.

"Dallas, Madison and Warren counties have an active group of Master Gardeners who initiate and guide educational gardening projects throughout the tri-county area" said Cathy Simon, Regional Horticulture Education Coordinator. "We are always looking for newly trained Master Gardeners to join us. We welcome long-term veterans of gardening, novices, and those with varying degrees of experience to take the course and complete the program."

Iowa Master Gardener training covers many aspects of gardening - from soil and weed management to botany, to growing all types of horticultural plants. Since its inception in 1979, the Iowa program has trained more than 10,000 participants. To see a full description of the topics covered, visit the Iowa Master Gardener website at

In partial exchange for training, Master Gardener participants are expected to share their time and knowledge in approved projects within their local communities. Trainees must complete a one-year Master Gardener internship consisting of 40 hours of approved volunteer service projects. In subsequent years to maintain active Master Gardener status an additional 12 hours of volunteer service and 6 hours of educational updates are required annually.

To register for the class, contact the Dallas County Extension and Outreach office at 515-993-4281 or email

More information and the application form are on the Dallas County website at The fee for the course is $195.

The deadline to register has been extended until January 10, 2014.

Dallas County ISU Extension Office
28059 Fairground Road
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4281
Fax: (515) 993-1027
BThe Animal Hospital - Food Pantry Drive
The Animal Hospital of Adel - Adel Iowa The Animal Hospital of Adel is holding it's Annual Food Drive. The season to give thanks is upon us again.

Hunger affects 1 in 8 Iowans and we want to help those in our community who are struggling. We are asking you to help us in our efforts.

Please bring any non-perishable (not expired) human food items to our clinic. We will be running the food drive until February 1, 2014.

Please keep in mind... Continue reading

The Animal Hospital of Adel

1126 Greene St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3410
Facebook: The Animal Hospital of Adel
BSupport the Adel Community by Joining the Chamber
Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce has a proud history of serving Adel and the surrounding area.

We are a proactive force involved in festivals, economic development, marketing, government relations, and other topics which affect our membership and the community.

We also strive to be aware of and reactive to the specific needs and concerns of our members. Simply put, our mission is to work with and for you!

As a family or individual member, you can help support a variety of programs, including the popular Summer Concert Series, Holiday Open House, and Sweet Corn Festival.

Family and individual members are also invited to all Chamber programs, including all business events. Membership forms were mailed with January utility bills and are also available at the Chamber office.

We appreciate your support and look forward to working with you to ensure the success and prosperity of the Adel community!

Do you have a direct-sales or other home-based business? The Chamber can help you promote and grow your business!

Contact us at 515-993-5472 or to become a business member for as little as $125 per year. If we all work together, we can make Adel an even stronger community!

Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
301 S. 10th St.
P.O. Box 73
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-5472
Adel HealthMart -
Adel HealthMart - Adel IowaOur Adel HealthMart pharmacy specializes in serving our community with fast, friendly, professional service and the highest-quality medicines and health products.

You'll always work with somebody at our pharmacy who greets you by name, and our pharmacists take the time to counsel you and answer your questions.

Visit us for all your healthcare needs!

Check out our facebook page and while you are there be sure to "like" us!
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Adel Health Mart
Phone: 515-993-3644
Fax :515-993-4714
After hours Emergency: 515-333-2959
Around Town
Adel Snowman Contest Adel Snowman Contest

The Adel Parks and Recreation Department will once again hold it's Annual Snowman Contest. Take your family to any Adel City Park between...   Continue reading
ISU Dallas County Extension Office Local Food Growers to Meet Jan. 6th 2014

The first meeting of the winter for the Growing Food and Profit group will be Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1204 13th Street, in...   Continue reading 
Flu Shots Available at Adel HealthMart

Flu shots are now available at Adel HealthMart. No appointment is necessary. Hours the vaccination is available are Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m...   Continue reading
Iowa State University Extenion ISU Extension - Stover Harvest Meetings Jan. 6, 14, 21st.

Opportunities to harvest corn stover exist in two regions of Iowa - near Nevada in central Iowa and near Emmetsburg in northern Iowa...   Continue reading
Adel Quilting & Dry Gods Co. Adel Iowa Open Sew Friday at the Adel Public Library

Join Jacque Johnson, owner of Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co., the 2nd Friday of each month at the Adel Public Library for Open Sew Friday! Participants may join...    Continue reading

Harveys Winter Market Adel Iowa 2013 Harvey's Greenhouse Winter Markets

Harvey's Greenhouse will be hosting four winter markets. They will be Friday from 12-5 p.m, and Saturday from 9 a,m,-2 p,m inside the greenhouse...    Continue reading

Volleyball Mini Adel Adult Coed Indoor Volleyball

Adult Coed Indoor Volleyball. Adults ages 18 years and up. (Must be a high school graduate). Sunday evenings beginning January 5th. (No games Feb. 2nd...   Continue reading 

Basketball 1st, 2nd Grade Boys & Girls Basketball

1st and 2nd Grade Boys and Girls Youth Basketball Clinics. Saturday mornings; Jan. 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th. At the Adel Elementary School Gymnasium....  Continue reading 
Free Kids Closet - Adel, Iowa Free Kids Clothes Closet

Kids Clothes Closet is here to help with free clothing! Stop by the Kids Clothes Closet in Adel on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9-11am... Continue reading 

Wednesday Night Suppers UMC - Adel Iowa
Adel United Methodist Church Wednesday Night Suppers

Each Wednesday from September 11th to May, the Adel United Methodist Church will offer a balanced meal to members of the church and to people in our community... Continue reading 
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The Annual Soup Luncheon will be held on Saturday, January 25th at Noon with program to follow at 1:00 p.m. Your free will donation benefits further Adult programming.  


This year's program, presented by Robert Wolf, features a fossil collection called "Bob's Box of Rocks" where you'll get hands on experience with fossils, some of which are more than a billion years old!




Children's activities are a great escape during these bitterly cold January days.


Story Time for 3-5 year olds will meet on Mondays, Toddler Time for children 3 and under will be held on Tuesdays, while Music Time for all children will meet on Thursdays. We are excited for kids' activities to resume on Monday, January 20th at 10:30 a.m. Come have some fun!    




To kick off our winter children's programming, Dallas County Conservation will host an exciting story time on Wednesday, January 14th at 10:30 a.m.    




Thanks to all those who came last month to watch movies with us.   


We had so much fun watching "The Man from Snowy River" that, at our next Classic Movie Monday, we'll watch the sequel "Return to Snowy River." Join us on Tuesday, December 9th at 2:00 pm; we'll bring the popcorn!   




Kick those extra holiday pounds by joining our Morning Exercise Program three mornings each week and get your New Year started in a fit and healthy way.   


The exercise group meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. every week.   


Complete schedules are available at the information desk.




Reading is Sweet! It's time for our winter Family Reading Program to begin.   


Come to the library on Friday, January 16th to sign up for the program and play a life sized game of Candy Land from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.




Our Book Clubs are always welcoming new people to our fun-filled discussions.

The library has two monthly adult book clubs that are open to everyone.

The Brown Bag Book Club meets on Thursday, January 9th at Noon to talk about "Sophie: the Incredible Story of the Castaway Dog" by Emma Pearse.

The Prairie Street Book Club will meet on Thursday, January 30th at 7:00 p.m. to talk about the novel "Arcadia" by Lauren Groff. 



The library is a great place to host your meeting or event, our Community Room was used for your events 487 times last year.


Please remember the library will close at 1:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve and will be closed on New Year's Day.



As always, information about the Adel Public Library and all of our clubs, events, and programs is available on our website at,  

or you can follow us on our Facebook page or on Twitter.


Library Hours:
Mon. and Fri. 10am-5pm
Tues. -Thurs. 10am-7pm
Sat. 10am-1:30pm

Trever Jayne
Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Adel Public Library
Recipe of the Month
DDiscover Chef
Artichoke and Potato Casserole

When the girls were little I tried to show them how to  make "foil dinners" like I had in scouts.

You know, that hamburger, onion, carrot and potatoes meal wrapped in foil that burned on one side and was still frozen on the other.

It wasn't one of my better experiments. Somehow I ended up with all of the carrots and little of anything else.

So we retired that recipe and I asked what they did like.

They didn't like carrots but spinach and mushrooms were "ok". (Seriously, you just can't make this stuff up.)

So, here is a freezer meal, minus the carrots, that is ideal for days when its just too cold to cook.


1 Bag Shredded Hash Browns
1/2 Stick Frozen Butter, Diced
1 Onion, Diced
1 lb. Ground Beef, Browned
2 Cans Artichoke Hearts, Drained
5 Mushrooms, Diced
1 Pkg. Frozen Spinach, Thawed
1 Pkg. Cream Cheese, Room Temp
2/3 C. Sour Cream
2 C. Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 tsp. Onion Powder
1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1/4 tsp. Salt & Pepper
1 pt. Cherry Tomatoes, Halved
2 C. Broccoli, Diced Small


1. Coat 9x13 pan with nonstick spray, layer hash browns.

2. Evenly disperse butter onto of hash browns.

3. Top potatoes with onions and ground beef.

4. In separate bowl combine drained Artichoke Hearts, Spinach, Mushrooms, Sour Cream, Cream Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Tomatoes, Broccoli and seasonings.

5. Disperse small dollops of cheese mixture to evenly top casserole.

To freeze: Seal with foil. Label with date and baking instructions using permanent marker. Place in freezer for no more than 3 months.

To bake: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake covered for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake additional 10 minutes until brown.

Talk With Your City Councilman
Adel Iowa

City council member Bryan Welch would like to hear comments, concerns, and suggestions from Adel residents.

He will be at the Adel library the 2nd. Saturday, of every month, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the board room.

Answers to questions from last month's meeting will be presented.
City of Adel
301 S. 10th Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4525
Fax: (515) 993-4527
2014 Dance Series
at Park Plce
Park Place Catering

Park Place Catering

Presents a Dance Series at Park Place Banquet Hall


Jan. 11th - Disco Night
all about the 70's

Jan. 25th - Country Night and Line Dancing

Feb. 1st - Oldies Night
40's 50's, and 60's

Feb. 15th - Prom Night
For Adults
Rock & Roll Night $15.00 (includes a full dinner doors open 6pm)

March 1st - 80's Night
all about the 80's

March 25th - 90's Night
all about the 90's

Doors open 7:00 p.m.

We will have Pizza and sandwiches from Italian Villages. A full Cash Bar

All the Dances only Cost $5.00 at Park Place Banquet Hall. Call Brenna for more information at 515-371-1993

Prom Night for Adults is $15.00 and includes a dinner (call for tickets or purchase them from Brenna before February 1st)

Park Place Catering
1015 Riverside Drive
Adel, Iowa 50003
Contact: Brenna Young
Phone: (515) 371-1993
Adel Video
Viewpoints with Terry Bradshaw - Adel IA

ViewPoints w/Terry Bradshaw highlights the history and growth of Adel, Iowa in this short video titled "Welcome to Adel Iowa".

The video was posted  on Youtube® and Facebook by Adel City Councilman, John McAvoy.
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