Vol. 5 March 2009
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This month we offer interviews with Julie Baily, Program Director for the Adel Chamber of Commerce, Kathy Barger from Adel Family Practice and Tammy Howe from Adel Winterset TV and Appliance.

We also have a recipe for St. Patrick's Day and a dessert that is good anytime! There is the proposed Nile Kinnick Museum, several open houses, some trivia on Adel, and the One Year Anniversary of Cafe in the Park!

We hope you enjoy this month's newsletter.

In This Issue
Feature Article - Getting To Know Adel Partners
Adel Family Practice
Adel Winterset TV and Appliance
"Spring Breezes" at Atherton House
Nile Kinnick Museum Envisioned for Adel
Cameo Rose - Spring Open HouseFlowers & Gifts
St. Patrick's Day
Save Money and Eat Healthy
Recipe of the Month
Adel Trivia
Cafe in the Park Celebrates 1st. Year
What is DiscoverAdel.Com
A Getting To Know Adel Partners
Julie Bailey Adel Partners Adel IAThis month, DiscoverAdel was fortunate to discuss the Adel Partners with Julie Bailey, Program Director for the Chamber of Commerce.

The Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce was started in 1997 as part of Main Street Iowa, a program to improve the economic development of Iowa's communities. After two years, the Partners decided to focus, not just on the downtown square with Main Street Iowa, but all of the Adel community. Many of the Chamber members are home based businesses in the Adel zip code.

The Adel Partners strive to be an event based chamber, which is different than other communities' Chamber of Commerce. The Partners encourage community participation through many sponsored activities such as city council forums and education for business owners. Partnered with Simpson College, the Adel Partners are offering college business classes and workshops. The classes qualify as four college credits and focus on business communication, resource networking, and small business administration. These classes are available to local business owners as well as high school students.

Parks and Recreation Adel IATourism is an important part of being an event based Chamber of Commerce. Julie's job is to find the charm and character Adel has to offer and showcase it, making Adel a destination community. The Chamber is focused on enticing more retail specialty shops to operate in Adel as well as encouraging groups to make day trips to experience small town life. Adel was awarded the Tourism Community of the Year in 2008 mainly because of events like the annual Adel Sweet Corn Festival in August! But that's not all Adel has. Adel also has the annual Iowa Book Festival in May and Adel is lucky to have the Raccoon River and the Bike Trail winding their way through the community. The Raccoon River was the first river in Iowa to be designated as a Water Trail, meaning it can be used for canoeing, kayaking, wildlife viewing, fishing, and tubing. For more information about the Parks and Recreation activities available in Adel, please visit the Parks and Recreation page.

The Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce is broken into different committees, such as the Design and Beautification committee. This group of individuals work in different ways to help the community improve, such as preserving the historic brick streets and listing downtown Adel as a National Historic District. This is also the committee that helps local business owners determine the standards and technical aspects their buildings must meet for Historical District status

The Marketing committee focuses on Shop Local to help the community stay vibrant. They promote Adel though the use of brochures in the Iowa Welcome Centers and the Iowa Travel Guild. This committee is focusing on signage along Interstate 80. These signs will help direct traffic to Adel to see the Historic District and Landmarks. This committee is also working on signs for the gas stations and restaurants in town. These will be available to the stores in the community for a nominal fee each year.

The Adel Partners are able to do all of this because of grants and memberships to the Chamber of Commerce. Julie has experienced 26 years working with the Iowa Arts Council, giving her the tools needed to run the grant program so that events like the Iowa Book Festival can be accomplished. In 2007-2008, the Chamber was awarded $16,000.00 in grant money! The City of Adel also dedicates $10,000.00 and office space to the Chamber of Commerce each year. The rest of the budget is made up of memberships and event revenues. There are three options for membership; Business, Family, and Individual. The different memberships offer different advantages. Some of the benefits for the Business members are a discount on advertising, great business referrals, and the resources to better your business without the hours of research or homework.

Renew Iowa Adel IAThe Adel Partners have many events that are just around the corner. Coming up on Thursday, March 19th, the Chamber is hosting a FREE Business Success Seminar! Offered by Farm Bureau, the seminar is part of Revive Rural Iowa, an important campaign to improve small business. Normally this seminar costs $250.00 per person, but because of the resource network the Chamber of Commerce has, local business owners are able to attend a seminar in their own neighborhood that is directed to their business needs at no cost. Some business owners say they can't take a day off from work.

Julie says "Don't think of it as a day away from work. Think of it as a day to work on your business!" For more information contact Julie or visit to register. Make sure to register before March 19th!

The Iowa Book Festival, an Adel original, will be held May 2nd. The Iowa Book Festival, "Bringing Books and Book Lovers Together" is a family event featuring high quality Iowa authors sponsored by Barnes and Noble. There will be discussion groups, kid activities, story hours, kids' parade, Adult level workshops, street vendors and strolling storybook characters like Clifford the Big Red Dog. A local, established playwright will be visiting the Adel- DeSoto- Minburn Middle School Thursday and Friday the week of May 2nd to work with the kids on play writing and poetry. A core group of children will be selected to read their works at the festival! This year, the Iowa Public Television K-12 coordinator has partnered with the events and will be broadcasting parts of the in school residency to any school that wants to turn it on through the ICN network. Any Iowa author can come and promote their own book for free, though books stores that want to be vendors are charged for the space. There will also be an Open Mic so that authors can sign up for a slot to read their work in front of a live audience.

Adel Sweet Corn Adel IAAnd last, but certainly not least, this August, Adel will celebrate the 30th Annual Sweet Corn Festival! Last year the festival broke 100,000 people. To find out how you can help increase that number, contact Julie for volunteer projects!

The Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce wants the community to know that they are here for you. Whether it is to better your quality of life, your family, or your business, the Adel Partners can help. A great way to get involved with the community is to volunteer. Julie says she can find even the busiest of families, projects to work on. If you have one hour a month (or less!) consider helping with one of the great events held throughout the year. To find out how you can volunteer or join the Chamber of Commerce, contact the Adel Partners website at or contact Julie Bailey at

Adel Family Practice

Adel Family Practice Adel IAThis month, Kathy Barger talked with us about, Adel Family Practice located at 309 S 7th St in Adel. Mike and Kathy Barger have lived in Adel since June of 1995.

They met in 1983 in the Army at Spanish Language school in San Francisco.

Mike is originally from Illinois and spent 13 years in the Army as a Special Forces medic before moving to Des Moines to go to college in 1992. He worked with Dr. McHose in Dallas Center for one year and then worked in Des Moines at an Internal Medicine practice from 1997 until they opened the clinic.

Kathy is originally from Pennsylvania, spent 4 years in the Army as an Interrogator/translator, and then went on to college to become a CPA.  She is in charge of the books and medical billing for the clinic.

They have three children. Daughter Chelsea,23 who moved to Texas after graduating from ISU last spring. Two son's, Rob who is 20 and a junior at ISU. David who is 18 and a senior at ADM - also heading to ISU next fall.

Q. What is a brief history of your practice?
A. Mike and Kathy Barger opened the practice with the help of Dr. W. Nick Palmer in December of 2002.

Q. What are the names of your physicians? What are their areas of expertise or emphasis?
Dale Grunewald, DO - family practice
W. Nick Palmer, DO - family practice
Mike Barger, PA-C - family practice - with special interest and experience in diabetes
Dave Michael, PA-C - family practice - with special interest and experience in Alzheimer's disease

Q. What is an important tip that patients forget when visiting the office?
A. It's really helpful for patients to remember to bring in their current medicines (or a list) including over-the-counter vitamins.

Q. How is the Adel Family Practice different than other doctor offices?
A. We realize that sometimes it really helps the patient for us to make house calls, and we will open after hours for our patients whenever we can.

Q. How do you characterize the bedside manor of your physicians?
A. They are excellent listeners and are very sympathetic, down-to-earth, family men.

Q. What are the communication styles of the doctors and nurses at your practice?
A. They consider themselves to have open conversations where the patient is part of the team approach to treating ailments.

Q. Are your doctors open to new approaches or alternative treatments?
A. Certainly. They attend continuing education courses and work with and learn from colleagues all the time. Many times, alternative treatments are not covered by insurances, so then it is up to the patient to determine how much they are willing to pay out of their own pocket.

Q. Do you allow walk-ins or appointments only?
A. Both. We have quite a large walk-in population.  Patients understand that if they walk-in they may have to wait for a while.

Q. How can patients ensure all their questions/ concerns are answered during an appointment?
A. Probably the best way is to have the questions written down on a note they bring to the appointment. Also, we pride ourselves on being as accessible as we can be by phone to our patients.

Q. How is the practice involved with the community? Do you participate in local fundraising or charitable organizations?
A. Mike and Kathy have been active in Adel Lions and Kiwanis in the past. Our clinic donates to things like Adel After Prom and the Booster Club. We are also a member of Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce.

Adel Family Practice Adel IAQ. Is there anything else you would like to say or let the readers know about your practice?
A. Mike and Dave are both here on a full-time basis. They alternate Saturday mornings. Our plans are to stay in Adel for a long time. We hope that our caring, empathetic style sets us apart from and above the "assembly line" practitioners in bigger clinics. We want to maintain the "old-fashioned" feel of a small-town doctor's office while offering "state-of-the-art" modern medicine.

More information can be found at their directory listing or call 515-993-1099

Adel Winterset TV and Appliance

kenny Adel Winterset and Appliances Ael IAAdel Winterset TV and Appliance was originally started in 1960 as Ken's TV and Appliance, named after its owner Ken Chapman. The building has moved and expanded over the years, though it's Adel locations have always been on Main Street. After the Locker Fire in the 1980's, which drastically changed downtown, and the closure of another local business, Adel Winterset TV and Appliance was able to expand on both sides to the building we see today.

counter Adel Winterset and Appliances Ael IAThe staff of Adel Winterset TV and Appliance is incredibly knowledgeable. Most have been with the company for more than 10 years, some can boast more than 20 years! The Sales staff can help you determine what is right for your family. They take the time to get to know their customers and their needs. The Maintenance staff receives continual, hands on training about the products sold. That is what makes Adel TV different than other stores. There is a high level of trust between the customers and the staff. Tammy Howe, the store manager and daughter of Ken Chapman, has customers who don't even worry about coming in the store! They will call Tammy, tell her what they need, and Tammy is able to select the right appliance for the customer. Terry Chapman, Ken's son, knows everything from start to finish about installing new appliances. Terry works with local contractors to make sure the wiring and gas lines are placed correctly in the house for ease of repair and proper efficiency.

Adel Winterset and Appliances Ael IAAdel TV and Appliance is a full service store offering the same options as a national department store. As well as TVs, vacuums and kitchen appliances, Adel TV is also a supplier for Dish Network, offers water heaters, washer and dryers, and Geothermal Heating and Cooling. Geothermal heating and cooling is an energy saving procedure using the constant temperature of the Earth to regulate the temperature of your home. The Heating and Cooling department of Adel TV has grown substantially because of the popularity of the higher efficiency and lower energy costs associated with geothermal energy. For more information about how to integrate this system into your home, please contact owner Ken Chapman at 515-993-4287.

Adel Winterset and Appliances Ael IAThe Digital Television (DTV) transition has affected many households this February. Adel TV has sold thousands of digital converter boxes as well as helped others upgrade their old systems to new digital televisions or Dish Network. The government is offering free coupons for those who choose to keep their analog TVs. With the coupon, the converter boxes are approximately $23.00. Without the coupon, the boxes are around $60.00. To find out which option best suits your needs, come in and speak to a sales representative.

There has been a lot of talk in the media about Conservation or "Going Green." If you are looking to update your appliances to be more energy efficient and better for your wallet, Adel TV can help. Take for example, purchasing a new Energy Star Washing Machine. Front-loading washers use less water to clean your clothes. Also, a front-loading washer spins at 1200 RPM whereas a top-loading machine spins at around 600-700 RPM. By using less water and having a more efficient spin cycle, the clothes take less time to dry, cutting down on your costs!  There are many appliance that now carry the Energy Star approval, stop in to speak with a sales person to find out more.

Adel Winterset and Appliances Ael IAAn important issue the store faces is for the community to shop locally. The impact shopping locally has on the city is enormous and effect every member of the community. Adel Winterset TV and Appliance does everything they can to help. For starters, every concession stand has a fridge from the store. Price cuts have been made to customers to help them through tough times, or to make sure the customer has all the knowledge they can about a new product they purchased. Whether it is a box of Girl Scout cookies, a magazine subscription, coaching a Little League team, or a donation to the Lions Club, every employee has made a contribution.

Adel Winterset TV and Appliance wants Adel to know that they are here because of the community, for the community. So the next time you are in need of a new water heater or timing belt for your washer, make a stop at Adel Winterset TV and Appliance for a down-to-earth shopping experience!

Website: or Phone: 515-993-4287.
"Spring Breezes" Open House
Atherton House Adel IA

Join the Atherton House March 5-7 for the "Spring Breezes"
Open House

Artisan Bunnies & Eggs · German Flower Girls · Windhoven Flowers ·
New Motawi Tiles · Turkish Tulip Bowls · Cambodian Purses ·
New American Pottery! Clay Rabbits · Lou Hanson Flower Plaques ·
Tasha McKelvey Bowls · German Linens · Glass Garden Stakes ·
Steiff Bunnies & Friends · Garden Saints · Vaillancourt Chalkware ·

Weather Folklore- Did you know...
If a robin sings on a high branch of a tree, it is a sign on fine weather, but if one sings near the ground, the weather will be wet. · When the dandelions bloom early in the spring, there will be a short season. When they bloom late, expect a dry summer. · Fireflies in a great number indicate fair weather. · Before rain or wind, spiders fix there frame-lines unusually short. If they make them long, the weather will usually be fine for fourteen days. · If swallows touch the water as they fly, rain approaches. · If the rain falls on the dew, it will fall all day.
· When the mulberry buds and puts forth its leaves, fear no frosts or bad weather. - R. Inwards, 1893

Atherton House Adel IANew Store Hours
10:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

David took on a skid loader in October, 2008. The skid loader won. We are changing our hours while he continues his recovery.

It's almost here... 10th Annual Kiln Opening, May 7-10! Look for more information in the April Newsletter!

Atherton House
202 S 9th St
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: 515-993-2034
Nile Kinnick Museum Envisioned for Adel
Nile Kinnick Heisman Trophy Adel IAThe community of Adel is well-known for its brick streets, beautiful County Courthouse, and the Sweet Corn Festival.  Adel is also the hometown of Nile Clarke Kinnick Jr., the winner of the 1939 Heisman Trophy for the University of Iowa. The football stadium at the University of Iowa is named in his honor. 

The Adel Historical Museum and Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce are pursuing a vision for a Nile Kinnick Wing of the current historical museum in Adel.

In April 2009, a few select pieces of Nile Kinnick memorabilia will be available through an on-line auction.  The Adel Historical Museum is fundraising in an effort to purchase all or part of this memorabilia and bring it home to Kinnick's community where he spent his childhood.  This would also complement the Kinnick items currently held in the Adel community and support the beginnings of a museum addition to highlight Kinnick's life.

Nile Kinnick with Trophy Adel IANile Kinnick was born on July 9, 1918, in Adel, Iowa, the grandson of a governor.  His grandfather, George Clarke was Governor of Iowa from 1913 to 1917 and practiced law in Adel.  Nile was a star athlete in football and basketball at Adel High School before the family moved to Omaha, Neb., after his junior year.

In 1939, Irl Tubbs was out as coach, Eddie Anderson was in, and the path was cleared for Kinnick's senior season at the University of Iowa.  A halfback who was the team's main passer, Kinnick threw for 638 yards and 11 touchdowns as well as rushing for 374 yards on 106 carries (3.5-yard average). He also made 11-of-17 dropkick conversion attempts and scored 41 points. By passing, running or kicking, Kinnick was directly involved in 107 of Iowa's 130 points that season. He also made eight interceptions.  He finished his career at Iowa with 1,674 yards rushing, 18 interceptions (an Iowa record that lasted half a century) and an average of 39.9 yards per punt.

Nile Kinnick with Heisman Adel IAThe Chicago Tribune's version of the Big Ten MVP award preceded Kinnick's winning the Walter Camp and Maxwell awards, further validating the prevailing opinion he was the nation's best football player. On Dec, 6, 1939, his acceptance of the Heisman Trophy became a seminal moment - both in athletics and in oratory. Kinnick's celebrity became so strong, he was named 1939's top male athlete in the country by the Associated Press. The honor was particularly noteworthy considering his competition included Joe DiMaggio, Joe Louis and Byron Nelson.

In August 1941, Kinnick decided war was imminent and joined the Naval Air Corps Reserve. While waiting to be called to active duty, he was an assistant coach for Iowa that fall. On December 4, three days before Pearl Harbor, he reported for duty.  On June 2, 1943, Kinnick was flying a training mission from the U.S.S. Lexington off the coast of Venezuela when he experienced engine problems. Rescue parties searched for several hours, but Kinnick's body was never found amid the oil slick. Nile Kinnick was 24.

"A Nile Kinnick wing of the Adel Historical Museum would be a tremendous asset to the Adel community and the state of Iowa." says Julie Bailey, Program Director for the Adel chamber of commerce.  "Kinnick's legacy is so large and it only seems fitting to honor him in the town he loved so much." she continued.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Kinnick museum planning process or is interested in making a tax deductible contribution toward the purchase of the memorabilia to begin the new museum effort can contact Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce via email at or phone 515-993-5472 
Cameo Rose - Spring Open House
Cameo Rose Adel IA

Cameo Rose Adel Iowa  March 5, 6 & 7 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  ·Check out our Spring, Easter and 
   St. Patrick's Day decorations
  .Lots of new and nicely priced
   jewelry, accessories, home decor,
   fragrances and gift items
  ·Visit our newly added
   Antiques Room
  ·Daily door prize drawings
  ·Refreshments served


  107 N. 9th St., Adel, IA 50003
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St. Patrick's Day
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 My Gram was Irish, so I look forward to St Patrick's Day every year.

I have great memories of my Mother and Grandmother making fried cabbage, onions, corned beef, carrot, pickled beets, fresh baked bread and Irish potatoes. They would spend the day preparing it and we would make it disappear in minutes.

The world spins faster today than it did when I was a kid. I don't have a day to spend in the kitchen and I doubt that I'd ever match their abilities. So I have an easy recipe that meets my time table and still satisfies my craving. This can be started in the morning on the way to work.

Crock Pot Corned Beef

 3-4 lb. corned beef brisket
1 c. chopped onions
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 bay leaves
1 head cabbage
New potatoes halved
Carrots sliced

Place corned beef in slow cooking pot. Barely cover with water. Add onion, garlic and bay leaves. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours.

Cabbage: Place cabbage wedges and carrots around beef for last 45 minutes of cooking time or until done.

Boil potatoes with the skin on. Drain, add butter and parsley.

Add a nice loaf of bread, some pickled beets and you have dinner for 4 to 6.

The pint of Guinness is optional.


Oh, and don't forget your green that day!
Save Money and Eat Healthy with "Spend Smart Eat Smart"
Spend Smart Eat Smart ISU Extension Office

From ISU Extension - Dallas County
Are you spending more and more on food and ending up with less and less?

Does the thought of meal planning make your head spin?

Do leftovers become mold-covered "science projects" cluttering your refrigerator?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, find a computer and log on to the new Spend Smart Eat Smart interactive website from Iowa State University Extension. You'll find it at
the ISU Extension website.

Besides offering dollar-saving tips, the site includes game-like activities so you can figure your family's cost of food at home, test your smart shopping skills and compare meals prepared at home vs. eating out. You also can watch easy recipe videos, sign up for e-mail updates and blog with ISU Extension nutrition specialists.

Spending less on food often means investing time and effort in planning, shopping and preparing food. Spend Smart Eat Smart will help you learn skills and adopt habits so you can feed your family nutritious meals for less money.
Recipe of the Month
DDiscover Chef
Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies:

This is recipe is especially good- Enjoy!

1 family size brownie mix
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 egg
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 c. flour
3/4 c. Seedless red raspberry preserves

1. Make brownie batter according to package directions. Spread batter in prepared 13 x 9 inch pan.

2. In separate bowl, combine cream cheese with the egg, sugar, vanilla and flour. Mix well. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto brownie batter. Drop teaspoonfuls of raspberry preserves between cheesecake batter.

3. With knife, marbleize the three batters together.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, or until the cheesecake batter begins to brown.

5. Cut into squares when completely cooled.
Adel Trivia
Dallas County Court House Adel IA

When was Adel incorporated as a town?

A. In 1856, a public vote to incorporate as a town carried. The vote required that the population number at least 300 hundred residents and that at least 25% of them petitioned to incorporate.

Q. How many Dallas County courthouses have been built in Adel?
A. 4

#1 1847: double log cabin at the intersection of 7th and Court

#2  1853 - 1 story frame building at the SE corner of Main and 9th

#3 - 1858 - Courthouse square - 2 story brick building

#4 - 1902 - Present courthouse

Q. Which original Adel street was later turned into the railroad right of way?
A. Ferry St. The original depot was located between 5th and 6th St.  

Q. How much did the railroad bridge connecting the Des Moines, Adel & Western Railroad across the river to Adel cost to build? 
A. $4740.  

Q. When was the bridge completed?
A. April 2, 1879

Q. When did the first train arrive in Adel?
A. The first train arrived in Adel on April 24th, 1879

Q. Why was the Adel Improvement Company formed in the late 1880's?  A. To raise funds to build a hotel in Adel to fend off the efforts of larger towns seeking to relocate the county seat.

Q. When were the first brick streets completed?
A. Friday, Aug 17, 1892 - brick paving around the square opened to public travel.  

Q. What was the original name of 9th St?
A. Vine St.

Cafe in the Park Celebrates 1st. Year
Cafe in the Park Anniversary Adel IA

The Cafe In The Park, in conjunction with Adel Partners/Adel After Hours held their
One Year Anniversary
Open House, Tuesday February 24 from 5 - 7.

There were sample
items from their banquet/catering menu, BBQ done on the spot and all enjoyed live the entertainment provided by "Curry & Red"
(acoustical blues).

The Cafe featured Penoach Winery and Adel Flowers & Gifts.

The previous year has seen Elvis,Richie Lee and
 Ray Liotta at the
Cafe in the Park in Adel.

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