Vol. 48 October 2012
Dear Friend of Adel,

It's been a busy year in Adel and we had the pleasure to sit down with Brett Klein, the Adel City Administrator to discuss those changes and what the future holds for Adel.

Don't forget to come out to John's Baby Steps 5K this month. It's a great event and noble cause. DiscoverAdel will be there with many of our staff participating... of course I got out of the run by volunteering to do the finish line photos.

Our Around town section continues to grow, and the calendar at adds even more events on a daily basis.

We've also got an Adel HealthMart Spotlight, news from the Library, great Outreach Programs from the Methodist Church, a Recipe From Home and Much More!

Have a great October. We look forward to seeing you in Adel this month!



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In This Issue
Brett Klein - Adel City Administrator
Aquatic Center Update
Community Out Reach - Methodist Church
1st Annual Mini Golf Classic - Thank You!
John's Baby Steps 5K - Extended Registration
Operation Christmas Child - 2012 Campaign
Adel HeathMart - Ruth Jarrell Spotlight
Around Town - Upcoming Events
BBrett Klein - Adel City Administrator
City of Adel
Think of Adel as a business with the mayor and city council defining our vision for the future. That future is just a dream without the hard work and dedication of concerned citizens, city employees, and elected officials.

Brett Klein, Adel City Manager
Brett Klein
It is Brett Klein, the new City Administrator, who coordinates these efforts into a cohesive plan of action and carrying out the initiatives with city staff. This month we spoke with Brett about the challenges Adel faces as we implement our dream, and the surprises he finds around every corner.

Brett was born, raised and educated in the Chicago area where he spent 14 years in the Clay County Sherriff's office transitioning from law enforcement into an administrative position while receiving his Masters in Public Service Management.

Wisconsin granted Brett, his wife and their 4 children the first opportunities to test the rural waters, but they found the distance and isolation from the hustle and bustle less than ideal. During trips to central Iowa to visit family and friends, the Klein's searched for the perfect solution.

It was Adel, with the harmonious mix of city and country, where they found home. "We liked the proximity, conveniences, and amenities in Chicago but I was tired of the traffic and the people. I liked my first rural positions in Wisconsin, but we missed the city. Adel is the best of both worlds; close, easy access to the city yet far enough away to have that small town feeling. I was surprised by the quality of the schools and the recreational offerings...and the library- what a jewel that is! I think of all the advantages we have, every day."

Brett is excited by the challenges Adel faces in the near future with ideas to grow the Parks and Recreation program, develop plans to fund an aging infrastructure, stimulate downtown business growth, and keep citizens informed in our digital age.

The City of Adel has just announced the creation of an Economic Development Commission - a commission formulated by the city council with representatives appointed by the mayor.  The 9-member commission will include 2 city council members, 7 community - focused individuals and business owners, and multiple ad hoc members dedicated to the future of Adel.

"[It] will consist of representatives from the community with a desire and passion to see Adel grow in a positive and smart way. This will hopefully centralize the city's efforts to strategize and develop polices on the economic development front- getting all resources in one place so that potential businesses can find everything at their disposal."

The new Economic Development Commission will not replace the need for countywide organizations, instead adding it's name to the list of resources available, working closely with ad hoc members such as the Greater Dallas County Alliance and MidAmerican Energy.

In addition to the new committee, Brett is focused on nurturing those with the entrepreneurial initiative to help grow Adel's offerings downtown and throughout the zip code.

"Entrepreneurs, or those with the entrepreneurial spirit, are not taking advantage of the incentives the city can offer to nurture or grow their business. There are several grants and educational opportunities available!" Whatever your dream business-whether it's home-based, downtown, or a light industrial/ commercial operation, you are encouraged to contact City Hall to learn more about educational programs, services, and incentives available.

Brett is also completing grants to be used across town towards such projects as the beatification of Adel's 5 main entry points with additional signage that may be used to announce local meetings, street closings, or other community wide announcements. Nile Kinnick, Ortonville Circus, and Governor Clark fans will be glad to hear of a recently submitted grant to add a 1000 square foot addition to the Adel Historical Museum.

One dream Brett has had to put on hold is the development of Adel's own hotel, but it's not the hotels that are stalling the process! "[Each chain I speak with] is ready to move in. We are about 20-30 minutes from the nearest hotel and West Des Moines is known to have only a limited number of available rooms. We would be able to capitalize on family travel, festival visitors, weddings, and funerals... But we are faced with the challenges of building in a weak economy and finding a location for it. We need space and infrastructure for a nice, modern, full service hotel. If we had it, we would have a hotel." Brett is optimistic that an Adel hotel is just a few years away.

Along with the challenges, Brett is encouraged by what Adel has to offer. He is continually impressed by the dedication of Adel businesses, volunteers, and citizens in their support of our schools, community events, festivals, and fundraising opportunities such as the Adel Public Library's recently completed third wing. He is especially pleased with our numerous recreational offerings, including the Raccoon River Valley Trail that he hopes to promote along with our water trail.

With all the new developments around town, it can be difficult to keep everyone informed. For example, did you know that rechargeable batteries and CLF bulbs can be dropped off at city hall for recycling? Or that pet licenses may be purchased there? Brett recommends watching the City of Adel website as it continues to improve, adding new services and information daily, as well as reading the monthly newsletter and signing up for the new email blast notifications. Newsletters will soon become paperless in an effort to save dollars and reach citizens virtually. Anyone without a computer or having a need for a paper newsletter simply needs to request one from city hall.

It is important to remember that Adel's future is not in the hands of any one person or group, nor is it set in one narrow path. Community members are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas. A great way to give feedback is by making use of Adel's semi-annual surveys. "They don't fall on deaf ears! The last one was a key survey. We asked everyone 'where do you want funding to go?' We had 500 of the 2000 surveys returned. We have another one coming up in less than a year and hope to have an even greater response." Can't wait for the survey? Share your comments and concerns via the City of Adel website, where you will find phone numbers and email addresses for all appointed and elected representatives.

We are proud to welcome Brett Klein and his family to the community and look forward to building our dreams together.

Brett Klein
City Administrator
City of Adel
301 S. 10th Street
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4525

Aquatic Center Update - October 2012 

Brett and Parks and Recreation Director Nick Schenck were happy to provide an update about the new aquatic center.

Most of the work has been underground to this point, but soon crews will begin working above ground as the project enters its next phase. Masonry and pouring of the pool floor will begin in a few weeks.

The condition of Meadow Road is currently being discussed with Dallas County, as the centerline dedicates the North half of the road for Adel, and the south half the responsibility of the county.

Pricing has not yet been finalized, but Nick is optimistic that a daily pass will settle around $5, subject to review, which is the average for pools of this capacity in our surrounding area.

Brett added that the city has begun to work with local churches and civic groups to develop assistance programs for families who wouldn't otherwise be able to attend.

The project is currently on schedule, planning to open Summer 2013.

Community Out Reach - Methodist Church
United Methodist Church Adel Iowa The Good Samaritan Food Pantry is located at the Adel United Methodist Church and has new hours and phone number beginning in October, 2012.

The food pantry is available to people living in the ADM school district. Please don't forget to share your blessings with those in the community who are suffering financial distress and hunger.

New Hours:
Monday, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Phone number: (515) 423-0753.

Contact Deb Ersland, Michelle Messer or Teresa Wichendahl about needs of the food pantry or how you can be of help to it.


Wednesday Night Suppers at the Adel United Methodist Church

Each Wednesday we offer a balanced meal to members of the church and to people in our community. We encourage you to invite and bring your friends, neighbors and family! Invite people you know! Invite people you don't know!

We welcome everyone in the community to enjoy a meal and Christian fellowship with us each Wednesday from 5:30-7:00 p.m., or any part of that time!

Cost for the meal:
$4.00 for adult,
$1.00 children up to 10 years old
$12.00 maximum per family

If you have any questions about the meals, or if you would like to offer your help, please speak to Lori Hawbaker at (515) 677-2669.

Adel United Methodist Church
115 South Tenth Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3791

1st Annual Mini Golf Classic - Thank You!  

Adel Library Mini Golf Classic The Adel Public Library Foundation's 1st Annual Mini Golf Classic was a success!

Library Director Paula James states that the event drew more than 60 participants and raised over $700 for new furnishing.

Each of the 18 miniature golf holes were sponsored and created by local businesses and community members. Participants were challenged around every bend.

 View the custom layouts.

Especially difficult were Archer Home Center's display which required the ball to be shot through a narrow arrow into the company's logo, a mine field of melted vinyl records using the theme "Before iTunes", and a winding display of grocery items from Fareway.

Event goers were also visually impressed by the Girl Scout's cookie display, Paula's pink flamingo challenge, Reich and Loynachan Insurance's "Fall Foliage", and G.Rafics Inc.'s "Old School Technology".

Golfers were asked to vote for their favorite hole which was awarded to Luellen Chiropractic. "Putt The Spring Back Into Your Step!" consisted of an elevated platform with large and small Slinky's (Registered mark?) obstructing the course. Luellen Chiropractic won a 3 foot party sub from Adel Subway.

The Adel Public Library Foundation wishes to thank all the sponsors and participants who made the first of many Mini Golf Classics a hole in one!

Adel Public Library
303 S.10th Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: 515-993-3512

John's Baby Steps 5K - Extended Registration
John D Gomke 5K - Adel Iowa
John's Baby Steps 5K will be held October 13th at Kinnick-Feller Park in Adel at 8:00 a.m. In addition to the 5K there will be a 1 Mile Route,  Tot Trot and Kids Fun Run at 9:00 am.


Chip Timing, Gender & Age Awards: 19 & under, 20-40 & 41+, Raffle Prizes & Food.


Cost: Pre-register at
5K Run/Walk or 1 Mile

$25.00 early registration through October 1st.

$30.00 registration after September 23rd.


Packet Pick-Up:
Adel Public Library Thur. Oct 11, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Fri. Oct 12, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

On Race Day:
Kinnick-Feller Park
Packet Pick-Up & Registration
6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

For more information, contact

John D. Gomke Charity
PO Box 613
De Soto, Iowa 50069
BOperation Christmas Child - 2012 Campaign
Operation Christmas Child Adel United Methodist Church
Operation Christmas Child Adel United Methodist Church
Stefanie Wilderdyke, Joe Bonus, and Garrett Bonus
Operation Christmas Child
is gearing up to begin its 2012 campaign! The Adel United Methodist Church is once again serving as the Dallas County drop-off site for the gift-filled shoe boxes/plastic containers containing simple gifts such as little toys, school supplies, articles of clothing, and hygiene items. 

After the boxes leave Adel, they are transported to Atlantic, Iowa and then on to Minneapolis, Minnesota for processing. Once boxes have been inspected to make sure they don't contain liquid, breakable, or violent items, they are ready to travel to one of over 130 countries around the world. 

Last year, boxes reached 8.6 million children in areas of disease, poverty, war, or oppression. The boxes are transported by plane, boat, train, horse, even camel or elephant, whatever it takes to get them to their destination. Most of the time, the Operation Christmas Child gift is the first and only gift children in these areas will ever receive.

This simple box brings so much happiness and joy to the children and their families.  It gives them hope that they live in a world that has not forgotten them but one that cares.  In addition to the boxed gift, the children receive food, medical care, and a booklet which shares the love of Jesus Christ, the ultimate gift.


One simple gift...a new life of hope.  Please consider donating a gift-filled box this year to Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan's Purse.


Please include a check to Samaritans Purse for $7 to help cover the shipping expenses.  You may also make donations online by going to More information about Operation Christmas Child is available at this site, or you may contact the Dallas County Operation Christmas Child Coordinator, Stefanie Wilderdyke, at 515-993-1003 with any questions.


Adel United Methodist Church
115 South Tenth Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3791
Adel HeathMart - Ruth Jarrell Spotlight
Adel HealthMart Adel Iowa
Ruth Jarrell Adel Healthmart Name: Ruth Jarrell

Title: Pharmacy Technician

Work Experience: In the past, I have worked as a church secretary and as an insurance/real estate secretary.

I was also a stay-at-home mom for several years, raising my daughters, Lora and Janessa.

I have worked at Adel HealthMart since the Vandevanter family bought the business on July 1, 2008.

Previous to that, I worked as a pharmacy technician/bookkeeper for five years.

Favorite part of working here: My favorite part of working at Adel Healthmart is definitely the contact I have with the friendly people of this community. I also enjoy the people I work with and the variety of tasks I perform as a pharmacy tech.

Outside of work: When I'm not at work, I enjoy movies, dining out, traveling, ISU sporting events, and most of all, spending time with family and friends.

Adel HealthMart
Phone: 515-993-3644
Fax :515-993-4714
After hours Emergency: 515-333-2959
Around Town
ADM Schools 2012 ADM Homecoming Week Oct 1st - 6th.

This year's Homecoming theme is "Going for the Gold." Powder Puff and Coronation: Thursday, October 4 7:30 p.m. Parade: Friday ...Continue reading

Adel Parks & RecAdel Park and Rec. 2012 October Events

New Amenities Added to Adel Parks... Continue Reading
2012 Girls Basketball League... Continue Reading
2012 Ballroom Dance Lessons...  Continue Reading

River Valley Golf Course - Adel Iowa Adel's River Valley Golf Course - October 2012 Update

This change in weather could only mean one thing, Fall Golf is here! We love this time of year out at River Valley. The cool weather begins the... Continue reading
Active Girl Active Girl Fitness 2012 Boot Camp to Continue in October

The 2012 September Boot Camp Sessions at Evans Park in Adel have been a Success! If you haven't joined yet, there is still time to participate... Continue reading 

4H Dallas County Youth Celebrate National 4-H Week 7-13

Dallas County is celebrating the 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community, and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.... Continue reading 

Strengthening Families Program mini Strengthening Families Program Parents and Youth 10-14

This program is for parents to attend with their youth if they want to: Help their children succeed in the future, Keep them from serious behavior problems like...   Continue reading

Reach For The Stars Grants Available to Dallas County Child Care Providers

Grants Available to Dallas County Child Care Providers who are participating in the Quality Rating System. The Women's Leadership Connection through...  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
Garden Gate Antiques Adel IAGarden Gate Antiques - Occasional Sale - 6, 7th.

Garden Gate Antiques will be open for our monthly weekend Oct 6th and 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Many new displays. 10% discounts on...  Continue reading
Hail Hail Specials at Adel Chrysler Dodge RAM Jeep

Adel Chrysler Dodge RAM Jeep has 75 vehicles affected in last week's bout of hail, and is running a "Hail Sale" until all vehicles are gone... Continue reading
Dig Pink Volleyball
2012 Dig Pink with ADM Volleyball to Beat Cancer

The ADM Volleyball team will be raising money for the fight against Breast Cancer at Dig Pink Night at the Dallas Center-Grimes High School. October 2nd at... Continue reading
Yoga Adel
Yoga Class in Adel - Fall 2012

Classes are held at the Raccoon Bank Community House, 11th and Main Street in Adel from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. on...  Continue reading
Salamander Crossing
Salamander Crossing Web Watch Program

Every October hundreds of salamanders travel across the fields of Voas to their winter wetlands. To witness this amazing journey... Continue reading
Adel Beggars Night
2012 Beggar's Night in Adel, Iowa - Oct. 30th.

This year, Trick or Treating will take place Tuesday, October 30th from 6 - 8pm. Local parents and kids are looking forward to a fun, safe night... Continue reading

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The publication is available for in-house use.  

Friday, Oct. 5th: Scrapbooking - 6:00 p.m.
Join us for a night of scrapbooking.  Bring your latest project and a snack to share.

Wednesday, Oct. 10th: Early Out - Elephant and Piggie Party - 2:00 p.m.
Celebrate the release of the newest Elephant and Piggie book, Let's Go For a Drive, with a party! 

We will share our favorite books, play games, and have a snack.

Thursday, Oct. 18th:
Quilt Talk with Virginia Berger - 6:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered about an old quilt?  Virginia will be at the library to tell you about your old quilt.

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd:
Early Out - Movie: Spooky Buddies - 2:00 p.m
The library will show the movie "Spooky Buddies."

Friday, Oct. 26th & Saturday, Oct. 27nd: Library Bake Sale & Garage Sale
From 9am until 5pm on Friday and 10am until noon on Saturday, the library will have its annual bake sale.

Stop by for delicious baked goodies and browse the garage sale while you are there. 


Mondays Preschool Storytime - 10:30 am


Tuesdays Toddler Time - 10:30 am


Thursdays Music Time - 10:30am



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

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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Healthy Waldorf Salad

My family has never been big fans of the "mayo and fruit salads" that are considered Midwest classics.

Sure, we have our family versions of potato and pasta salads just like everyone else- what kind of Iowans would we be without them?

It's the idea of savory mayo mixed with sweet fruit that has always sent the kids running.

It wasn't until my daughters all did a stint in restaurants  that we began exploring the options Mayo has to offer.

Often times to wrinkled noses and looks of concern (or terror in the case of Broccoli and Raisins and the infamous Frog-eye Salad).

It was also around this time that each took to trying their hand at cooking foods they knew to be healthy, even though they didn't like them - such as celery.

In an attempt to recreate traditional items in a healthier vein, we present  a Mayo-Free Waldorf Salad that is perfect for fall.

It incorporates fresh apples, dried cranberries, traditional celery and walnuts, with a new family favorite, Greek yogurt.

Make it in a single serving for a snack or triple the recipe for the whole family!

Healthy Waldorf Salad

Single Serving Greek Yogurt (Plain or Honey Flavored)

1 medium Apple, any variety, cored and diced

1 Celery Stick, diced

1/4 C. Walnuts, chopped

1/4 C. Dried Cranberries

1. Mix together all of the ingredients and eat immediately.

2. Stored salad may get watery, stir before serving and add more yogurt if needed.

Try these tips to make this recipe even more versatile!

- Prep ahead of time:
Cover cored and diced apples in lemon juice to prevent browning, make sure you drain before adding to salad.

- Don't like celery?
Try slicing the stick in 4 long, thin stands then dice. Harder to see, harder to taste! Add to lemon juice when you prep your apples for a milder taste.

- For a healthy way to start your day.
Chop your favorite granola bar into the mix for a balanced breakfast.

- Replace the dressing on SNICKERS Salad with greek yogurt.
Make it healthier by replacing the SNICKERS bar with a chocolate coated fruit and nut granola bar!

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