Vol. 32 June 2011

Dear Friend,

June promises to be a busy month for Adel. With two festivals returning and the start of the farmers' market, it promises to be a great time to get outside and explore.

The Brick Street Car Show and the All Iowa Wine Festival both promise to be great events for getting out and enjoying the town. While here, take a stroll down our beautifully renovated Historic streets.

This month we have an interview with Craig Hertel of the Dallas County Extension Office as well as the latest events from Around Town, news and events from the Adel Public Library, a Recipe from Home, and more!



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In This Issue
Craig Hertel - ISU Dallas County Extension
John's Charity 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
4th Annual All Iowa Wine Festival
Farmers Market Returns
Brick Street BBQ At Farmers Market
Craig Hertel - ISU Dallas County Extension
Dallas County Extension Office, Adel Iowa

ISU Dallas County Extension OfficeFly over states, The Middle, whatever others may call the Midwest; Iowans know life begins in the field.

Over the past century however, we distanced ourselves from rural life and the knowledge that comes with it.

Now, movements towards green living, naturalism, and the pursuit of information have revived our agricultural spirit.

This month we spoke with Craig Hertel, Regional Extension Education Director of the Dallas County ISU Extension Office in Adel, Iowa about the history, resources, and classes born on the farm and thriving in our urban world.

When I met with Craig to take photos, he and his crew were in the midst of cleaning the outside of the office and landscaping. They were taking a scheduled maintenance day as they removed winter's shadow from their section of the fair grounds.

ISU Dallas County Extension Office
Left to Right: Aleta Cochran, Darcy Spellman, Carolyn Meyer, Cindy Watson Pottebaum, Lisa Mickelson, Craig Hertel, Joe Hannan, Kathy Beni, Anne Feltner

Craig graciously discussed the history of the Extension office and the some of the many services his team provides. His enthusiasm for his job is very contagious.

The history of the ISU Extension office dates back to 1861 when President Lincoln signed The Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act. Land-Grant Colleges were considered  "people's colleges," designed not for the academic and well-to-do, but created places of higher education for the everyday man of which Iowa State University, ISU, was the first. 

Subjects included agriculture, mechanical studies, and home economics aimed to teach the working person practical matters that applied to their life. By the early 1900s, these flourishing colleges began to branch out, finding creative ways to share their wealth of knowledge. 

The Corn Train with Dr. Holden crisscrossed the state picking up farmers at countryside depots along the way. The moving classroom covered the latest information about corn, production, and answered questions the farmers were dealing with in the field.

Soon, county centralized extensions of ISU began springing up. Now, ISU Extension has 100 offices - one in every county and two in Pottawattamie. 

The overall extension philosophy remains the same, utilizing a three-way partnership to improve the quality of life in Iowa.

This starts with the Extension Agent. Living in the community for which they work and represent, the Extension Agent gathers information and research from the University then translates that knowledge into a language that makes sense to the workingman.

The agent is then able to take questions from the field back to college researchers. The University in turn uses those questions to identify possible trends in the area and, using the national system of Land Colleges and Extension offices, shares their findings with the country.

As times have changed, technology has only improved this partnership, allowing more people greater access to a wider range of topics. Today, the ISU Extension Office offers programs in business and community leadership, gardening, healthy living, parenting and families, agriculture, manufacturing, and recovering from disasters. 

Unlike your basic online search, knowledge provided by the ISU Extension Office is accurate, up-to-date, scientifically-based research specific to the concerns of the local community, county, and state.

The Extension office does not simply supply answers, rather offers the tools to help individuals make good decisions. 

Multiple classes are offered on site for free or a small fee. A full list of events can be found online at the ISU Extension website, 

The offices also offer continual resources online. Check out these great websites and newsletters! 

Spend Smart. Eat Smart - Helping you reduce food expenses, shop for nutritional items, and save time when eating out or at home. 

Just in Time Parenting - Offering age-paced newsletters, core information and resources to help your children and family thrive.

Strengthening Families - Skills-building curriculum designed to prevent teen substance abuse, strengthen parenting skills, and build family strengths for parents and youth 10-14.

Words on Wellness, WOW - A monthly newsletter based in Dallas County connecting readers to nutrition and fitness that promotes a healthy lifestyle for Iowans.

Adel is fortunate to be home to the Dallas County ISU Extension office.

This valuable resource in our own backyard is located at the Dallas County Fairgrounds. These offices have always been and continue to be the best resource for farm, family, or other unanswered questions.

"Like your grandmother always said, if you don't know, the Extension will!" 

To find out more about the Dallas County ISU Extension office, it's topics, upcoming events and more, please visit

Dallas County ISU Extension Office
28059 Fairground Road
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4281

John's Charity 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
John D. Gomke Golf Tournament

There is still time to register for the the 2nd Annual John D Gomke Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 18th.

There will be two flights during each tee time at 7am & 1pm.

Tee times are on a 1st come basis! Each tee time will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places prizes.

Prizes: TaylorMade 2.0 Iron Set, 40" TV, Hotel stay, $100 HyVee Gift Card, Serenity Spa Massage & pedicure, CASH & much more!

Register online until June 16 or call (515( 314-9171.

Day of registration is check or cash only.

John D. Gomke Charity
Golf Tournament
4th Annual All Iowa Wine Festival 
All Iowa Wine Festival - Adel, IA

The Adel Chamber of Commerce has once again organized the  "All Iowa Wine Festival" in Adel, Iowa on Saturday, June 18

The All Iowa Wine Festival kicks off at 4 p.m. and continues to 9 p.m. Ten Iowa Wineries will be in attendance handing out samples and selling bottles of wine. 

Blues/country/rock band "Brother Trucker" will begin playing at 5 p.m. through 9 p.m

For $15, attendees will receive entry to the festival, a commemorative wine glass, wine samples, and a $5 off coupon good toward the purchase of a bottle of Iowa wine. 

Food from multiple vendors will be for sale within the event grounds and prize drawings will take place through out the evening. 

Bring your own cork screw, a comfortable chair and an appetite for good wine, good food and good music. 

Come early and stay late. Great wine, food and music makes this central Iowa's premiere Iowa-only wine event.

For more information:
Farmers Market Returns
Harvey Floral Co. - Adel Iowa

The Harvey Floral Company will once again present a summer Farmer's Market!

The Farmer's Market will be held every Tuesday, rain or shine, June 7th- September 20th from 4pm-7pm.

Stop by and find locally grown produce, entertainment, crafts, baked goods, organic produce, farm fresh eggs, kettle corn, BBQ and more.

Vendor spots are still open! If you're interested in selling your wares, contact Debbie or Mary at (515) 993-3916.

Harvey Floral Company
611 Nile Kinnick Dr S
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3916
Terry's Travels
Terry's Travels in Adel Iowa
Each month, Terry journeys through our community enjoying the sights, sounds, deals, and meals that make Adel great! 
 This month Terry visits Brick St. Car Show

This is a quick one since I'm traveling right now, sorry for the pun!

But I will be back just in time for the Brick St. Car Show. After all, it's the start of my summer in Adel.  

I've been going to car shows since I was a kid. I love chrome and the way they used to make cars.

I've seen Model T's, concept cars, Shelbies, 57's and the list goes on.

Usually those big events have entrance fees and fussy car owners. The worst are the shows under florescent lighting. It just ruins the chrome!

None of them compare to the energy and camaraderie you'll find on the brick streets. 

Not to mention most of the above vehicles can be found at the Adel show, minus the fussiness and the florescent lights.

Chrome, friendly car owners, a great band, and good food makes for a day I just can't miss!

Hope to see you there, I'm leaving the parka at home this year!

 - Terry

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Brick Street BBQ At Adel's Farmer's Market
Brick Street BBQ - Adel, Iowa

Brick Street Barbecue
 can be found all summer long at the Farmer's market at Harvey's Greenhouse.

BBQ Master, Merle Cox, prepares Southern Style Barbecue the traditional way. His combination of slow and low smoking and just the right amount of dry rub seasonings produces mouth watering Ribs, Pulled Pork, Pork Loin, Beef Brisket and Beef Tenderloin.

Perfect for tailgating at your favorite sporting event, family dinner, and all your catering needs! Reserve a date now for your next special event or when you have a craving for finger licking barbecue.

Stop by, have a sandwich and say hello to Merle. While you're there place an order to pick up more BBQ on Friday!

Brick Street Barbecue
29048 Prospect Ave 
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3049
Around Town

Adel MuseumAdel Historical Museum Now Open Saturdays

The Museum is open from 12:00 to 4:00. New (old) items have been added.  Having out-of-town company?  Bring them to the museum.  There are 8 rooms filled with wonderful historical Continue reading...  

Adel Parks & RecAdel Park and Rec. Events for June 2011 

June is a busy month in Adel for sports and recreation. Here is the official listing of the Adel Parks and Recreation events for June, 2011. Continue reading...

ADM Alumni GolfThe 9th Annual ADM Alumni Golf Tournament

The Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Alumni Association Invites You to Join us Friday, August 12, 2011. The 9th Annual ADM Alumni Golf Tournament. Continue reading...

Captains Quarters - AdelCaptain's Quarters is Now Open

Captains's Quarters is located on Adel's Historic Courthouse Square in the old Kinnick's location. Brenda Peshel and Kathy Ackelson held a Grand Opening Continue reading...

Adel Quitling and Dry Goods Adel IA 2Last Relay For Life Autograph Quilt

The last Relay for Life Autograph quilt is on display now at Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co, 909 Prairie Street in Adel.  Jan Price has made several  Continue reading...

Adel Quitling and Dry Goods Adel IA 1Little Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show - June 17th & 18th

The Little Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (named after the famed Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon) is June 17 & 18.  In addition to a large assortment of beautiful quilts  hanging  Continue reading...

Marc Stephens - AdelMarc Stephens Salon Welcome Stylist Megan Stauner

Megan has 10 years experience and joined the Marc Stephens team in May. We are happy to have Megan on staff to help serve the needs of our Continue reading...
Golf - AdelCoed State Golf Tournament 

The River Valley Golf Course will be hosting the Iowa Coed State Golf Tournament. The event is June 7th just North of Adel in the scenic River Valley.  Continue reading...
Sheep Festival - Adel7th Annual Iowa Sheep & Wool Festival

The Iowa Sheep & Wool Festival takes place at the Dallas County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12. Activities include spinning, Continue reading...

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Summer is right around the corner and that means it is time for the summer reading program at the Adel Public Library!

This year we will be traveling around the world with the theme 'One World, Many Stories.'

As part of this program, kids from birth through grade 5 can sign-up to earn prizes for reading!

Teens have a program just for them where they can not only read but also volunteer.  

Participating in summer reading programs is a great way to keep kids minds and bodies active!  

The summer reading program is not only a way for kids to earn prizes for reading but also features a variety of programs to keep them busy.  

This years programs include:

- Creations With a

- visit from the Blank
  park Zoo,
- Human Candy Land
- Family Night
- Teddy Bear Sleepover
- Magic Tree House
  Book Club
- Story Times 
- Craft Times
- Special Teen Only

and much more!

For more information check out the library's website at
Upcoming Events
All Month Long

June 7th
Creations With a Twist (Everyone)

June 9th
Picnic in the Park (Everyone)

June 27th
Human Candyland
Family Night

June 14th
Magic Tree House
Book Club
(Ages 5-12)

Adventurer Club
Every Wednesday we will have a different program for kids to do including special quests, games and movies.

Each Monday 
A different Teen Only activity including International Candy Tasting, Microwave Cooking, Angry Bird Wars, and more.
(students must have completed 6th grade)

Check the calendar to see what else is happening. 

Laura Guth-Hanson
Youth Services Librarian
Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003

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 Recipe of the Month
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Chicken Asparagus Enchiladas

Every year I get on an asparagus kick. It's healthy, easy to fix and reminds me of being a kid.

We're at the end of the season and it's a bit larger which works perfectly in this recipe.

It's also easy to pull out the asparagus, if you're like my youngest daughter, who isn't a fan of the vegetable but loves the enchiladas.

1 lb. Fresh Asparagus
1 Clove Garlic, chopped
1 T Olive Oil
1 Small Onion Sliced
8 Oz. Mozzarella Cheese
8 Oz. Tomato Sauce
6 Chicken Breasts Sliced
8 Tortilla Shells

Slice the asparagus lengthwise into two separate halves.

Add Olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. 

Lightly brown asparagus in oil, both sides. Remove and set aside.

Add the Chicken and onions to the pan. Cook until chicken is golden brown, then add the onions. Cook until garlic is slightly browned.

The onions should be nicely caramelized.

Put half of the tomato sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish.

Take a tortilla shell, add cheese to the center. Lay four asparagus slices lengthwise. Put an eighth of the chicken and onions on top and roll up the shell. Set it in the baking pan.

Repeat with the remaining shells and ingredients.

Top shells with last half of the sauce and the remaining cheese.

Bake at 400 for 15 minutes until cheese is golden brown.

Remove and let set 5 minutes.

Serve with mexican rice, lettuce, guacamole, salsa and sour cream.

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