Aug. 7-13, 2020 

Welcome to the Polk City Square

Posted 3/16/2020

The Polk City Square is the newest publication of Big Green Umbrella Media (BGUM), the publisher of North Polk Living magazine. Many of you know the Polk City Square name, as it had previously been an online-only effort. This new single-sheet, double-sided bulletin will publish weekly and be distributed to high-traffic areas throughout the city. It will be packed with local and timely news items from a variety of community sources.

“We have news and information that doesn’t fit the format or publication cycle of North Polk Living, and the Polk City Square will be a perfect fit for this,” says BGUM president and publisher Shane Goodman.

To submit news items to the Polk City Square, email Celeste Tilton at with the subject line “Polk City Square submission.” To advertise in the Polk City Square or to become a distribution outlet, contact Andrea Hodapp at 515-953-4822, ext. 322 or


How to get the Polk City Square in your business

Posted 6/26/2020
     If you are a business owner or manager and would like to have the Polk City Square available for your employees or customers, simply let us know and we will add you to the list. Here are 5 reasons you may want to consider this:
    1.  It’s free! We provide copies at no charge, and you simply make them available. We pick up the returns when we deliver the news ones, and we adjust the amount we give you based on how many were picked up. No work on your part.
    2.  It drives traffic to your store! Once residents know you are a distribution location, they will seek out the Polk City Square by returning to your store.
    3.  It supports the local business community! Local businesses are dealing with a new set of challenges now, but buying local is seemingly always the solution.
    4.  It shares positive news about the community! Those who read the Polk City Square tell us they feel better about themselves and this community.
    To begin delivery, contact us online at
    Thanks for reading.
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher

Polk City Democrats meeting

Posted 7/30/2020
    Polk City Democrats meet the first Monday at 6:30 p.m., currently over Zoom. For more information, contact

Des Moines to Celebrate Its Renaissance

Posted 7/30/2020
    After 10 years on the east side of the metro, the 15th Des Moines Renaissance Faire has moved to its new location for Aug. 7-9. It will be established at the currently developing event venue known as The Pines in Saylorville, just behind Puttmasters park.
   This year the festival will run into evening hours and offer specialized comedic entertainment under the theme of “MidSummer Night’s Dream.”
  The Des Moines Renaissance Faire daily hours will be Friday, 4:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Tickets at the gate are $12 for adults, $6 for kids from 8 to 14 and free for children younger than 8 years old. Additional day passes are $3 for each day. Parking is free.
  The wearing of protective masks on the festival grounds will not be mandatory, but certainly will not be discouraged. And for the first time, patrons can carry in their own camp chairs for separated seating. With such a large area to fill, the merchant tents will be spread out, and show seating will be adjusted for social distancing.
  For directions to The Pines at 2977 N.W. 66th Ave., and details on the festival, see

Funeral notices

Posted 7/30/2020
    • Cindy Nelson, 61, of Polk City, passed away July 25, 2020.
    • Ronald Toney, 71, of Polk City, passed away July 25, 2020. Ron’s full obituary and details about the livestream can be found at
    • Betty Ann Brown, 85, of Polk City, passed away July 24, 2020. A visitation will be held 1-2 p.m., Aug. 8 at Lakeside Fellowship Church (1121 W. Bridge Road, Polk City). A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. also at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lakeside Fellowship Church or MercyOne Hospice (5820 Winwood Drive, Johnston, IA 50131).

Polk City United Methodist Church offers online and outdoor services

Posted 7/30/2020
    Polk City UMC, 1421 W. Broadway St., will hold in-person outdoor worship service on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the greenspace at church, at the north end of the property, and will follow CDC and Iowa UMC guidelines for safety during the pandemic.
    Online worship will be livestreamed to its Facebook page at 9:30 a.m., and then made available as a recording on later in the day.
    Join them for worship and communion – outdoors or online — this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. You’ll want to bring or have on hand some type of fruit juice or water, and some type of bread or crackers — enough for everyone in your household.

Polk City UMC worship times

Posted 7/23/2020
Join us for Sunday Worship - Outdoors or Online - Sundays at 9:30 AM!
Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets, and join us for socially-distanced in-person worship. Masks encouraged.
OR join us for live streamed online worship

Funeral notices

Posted 7/23/2020
    • Gene Paul Jackson, 68, of Polk City, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 25, 2020, at 5 p.m. at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). Following the service, a visitation will continue until 7 p.m.
    • Penny Gordon, 60, of Polk City, passed away July 14, 2020.  A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be given to her family, to be divided among charities she supported.

Hammock Area Installed at Saylorville Lake

Posted 7/23/2020
    In the past couple of years, “hammocking” has become a growing trend across the country, and now people wishing to “hammock” can do so in a designated area at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, Saylorville Lake project.
    Hammock poles can now be found at Saylorville Lake’s Cherry Glen Picnic Area behind Shelter No. 2. This area is free to the public and is located near the campgrounds on the east side of the lake. The hammock area provides a shaded location to hang multiple hammocks and the poles are equipped for “slackline” support if users wish to use this method.
    To ensure lake visitors remain safe and trees are preserved, hammock and slack line use will only be allowed on the designated hammock poles in the Cherry Glen Picnic Area. Use outside of this area continues to be prohibited and will be enforced by park rangers.

City-Wide Clean-Up Event

Posted 7/23/2020
    The city-wide clean-up event has been scheduled.  It will look a little different this year with appliance and tire drop-off at the maintenance facility only allowed on Thursday, Sept. 24 and Friday, Sept. 25 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The curbside clean up will be Saturday, Sept. 26. Have acceptable items at the curb Friday night.  For more details, visit

Donations needed for NP Comet Cupboard

Posted 7/16/2020
    Donations are needed to help fill the NP Comet Cupboard. Some of the items needed are: hamburger, Hamburger Helper, chips, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, canned tuna and chicken, macaroni and cheese, cookies, dish soap and roll of paper towels.
    Food donations can be left at the Polk City United Methodist Church (1421 W. Broadway, Polk City) or the Sheldahl United Methodist Church (609 Sixth St., Sheldahl).
    For questions, contact Dixie Bequeaith

Free clinic now open

Posted 7/16/2020
    St. Luke’s Free Clinic is now open with restrictions. They will screen patients and will not see patients with known Covid exposure, with respiratory symptoms, or who have temperatures of 100.4 or above. Masks are required. If you do not have one, it will be provided. Use the second entrance on east side of church, marked “Clinic Entrance.” The clinic will continue to see patients the first and third Wednesday of each month with the same restrictions. The free clinic is located at the Polk City United Methodist Church, 1421 W. Broadway.
    If you have questions, call Tess Young at 515-238-6425.
    The clinic is offered on the first and third Wednesdays, from 6-8 p.m.

Free mulch available

Posted 7/9/2020
    Fresh mulch is now available for Polk City residents,  located at 301 Northside Drive. This is open daily, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is self-serve.

Polk City United Methodist Church offers online and outdoor services

Posted 7/9/2020
    Polk City UMC, 1421 W Broadway St., will hold in-person outdoor worship service on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the greenspace at church, at the north end of the property, and will follow CDC and Iowa UMC guidelines for safety during the pandemic.
    Online worship will be livestreamed to their Facebook page at 9:30 a.m., and then made available as a recording on later in the day.

Museum closed

Posted 7/9/2020
    The Big Creek Historical Society museum is closed until further notice. Visit the website at

Polk City Farmers Market resumes

Posted 7/2/2020
    The Polk City Farmers Market will be held Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. at the Polk City Square.


Posted 6/26/2020
    As we move into a cautious phase for gatherings, Polk City UMC encourages people to gather in smaller groups outdoors, as they feel comfortable, for faith and life connections.
    For those who feel more comfortable continuing to stay safer at home, they want to give you a way to enjoy some connections, as well. See details on
    • Sunday – “Come As You Are” Virtual Coffee Time, 10 a.m. via Zoom. Join by Internet (audio and/or video) from smartphone, tablet or PC. Dial in by phone (audio only): 1-312-626-6799. When prompted, enter the following: Meeting ID: 822 0107 1642. Password: 830823
    • Wednesday – “Wednesday Night Live” Small Group, 7 p.m., outdoor in-person gatherings on the patio behind the Wing in the Woods at Polk City UMC. Masks and 6-ft physical distancing encouraged
    • Thursday – “Music in the Park” with New Song, 6:30 p.m. Bring your own picnic. 7 p.m. music rehearsal and opportunity to worship with the band at Shelter No. 2 at Jester Park. Lawn chairs, bug spray and 6-foot physical distancing encouraged.

Sports Complex Reopening

Posted 6/11/2020
    Fields at the Polk City Sports Complex will reopen. Restrooms, drinking fountains and the concession stand will remain closed until further notice.
    All users are expected to practice COVID-19 mitigation guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and governing bodies of youth/adult sports.
    Staggered scheduling is a major component of COVID-19 mitigation. To help implement staggered scheduling, user groups are asked to reserve field time. Reservations will be staggered by 15 minutes. Field reservations can be done through Polk City Parks & Recreation at 515-329-8036, or

North Polk School Board updates

Posted 6/4/2020
    At the North Polk Community School District Board meeting on May 21, the following were approved:
    • Resignations: Christensen, D., HS Football Volunteer; Christensen, D., 7th grade Assistant Baseball coach; Dombrowski, S., HS Math and Nathional Honor Society Sponsor (pending suitable replacement); Halterman, R., MS Basketball; Stites, M., Director of Special Programs; Williams, L, Food Service
    • Appointments: Anderson, M., 5th grade teacher Central Elementary; Bakken, M., Extended School Year (ESY); Briley, V., ESY;  Chicoine, H., MS Media Associate (Increase from 2 days/week to 5 days/week); Christensen, D., HS Football Assistant Coach; Christensen, D., 7th grade Head Baseball Coach; Figgins, S., Summer Custodial Help; Groepper, E., Summer Custodial Help; Harris, O., Summer Custodial Help;  Haywood, E., 5th grade teacher Central Elementary;  Houser, A., Summer Custodial Help; Huffy, S., Summer Custodial Help; Hupp, A., MS Girls and Boys Basketball Cheer Sponsor; Johnston, M., Summer Custodial Help; Kult, K., MS/HS Technology Instructional Coach (.375 FTE);  Leach, K., Summer Custodial Help; Ludwig, N., ESY; McGough, A., Summer Custodial Help; Miller, D., Summer Custodial Help; Richards, D., Summer Custodial Help; VanderLeest, L., Technology Teacher West Elementary; TLC Positions- listed in board packet.
    Mr. Reeves, Director of Food Service, shared he has produced almost 9,000 meals to North Polk families since the pandemic began. He has received over $20,000 in donations to help cover food cost and paper supplies.

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church services

Posted 6/2/2020
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church | 515-984-6740  |  Live Stream at on Sundays at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. - In Church services Saturday "Come as you Are" Service at 6 p.m., Sundays at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

School district hiring

Posted 6/1/2020
See current openings here:

Funeral notice

Posted 5/28/2020
    Edward Simmons, 70, of Polk City, died May 21, 2020. Hamilton’s Funeral Home was in charge of services.

Majority of Summer Iowa Games Cancelled for 2020

Posted 5/28/2020

Iowa Games officials announced today that the bulk of sports for the 2020 Summer Iowa Games presented by Grinnell Mutual in Ames and surrounding communities have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
Due to the group gathering nature of this large-scale sports festival and social-distancing guidelines currently in place, the majority of the Summer Iowa Games have been cancelled for 2020. Athletes and participants are encouraged to follow the Iowa Games on social media, as virtual events may be offered this summer for some of the cancelled sports.
“The Summer Iowa Games takes months of coordination with a tremendous amount of effort from our staff, Iowa State University, and the Ames community,” commented Chuck Long, Iowa Games CEO/Executive Director. “We could not justify holding the Games while putting our athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff at risk.”
Due to the nature of some events, a small number of sports may continue to be held as scheduled. These sports/events include: 3D Archery, July 25-26; Big Fish Classic, August 09; Black Powder (Pistol), July 31-Aug 2; Black Powder (Rifle), Aug 7-9; Bocce, July 11; Bowling Districts, June 27-28 & July 11/12 (reschedule from June); Bowling Finals, Aug 8 (rescheduled from July 18); Bowling High School Team, Aug 7 (rescheduled from July 17); Cycling Road Race, August 02; Cycling Time Trial, August 01; Disc Golf, July 18-19; FootGolf, July 11; Golf - 4 Person Best Shot, July 19; Golf - Juniors/Pee Wee (IPGA), July 16; Golf - Juniors/Pee Wee (non-IPGA), July 15; Hoover-Ball, August 08; Light Saber, July 18-19; Sand Volleyball (Cedar Rapids), Aug 15 (rescheduled from June 13); Sand Volleyball (Des Moines), July 18; Trapshooting, August 15; Triathlon/Duathlon, July 12; Water Skiing, July 18-19; Whitewater Slalom, June 20.
The Iowa Games will continue to monitor the situation, and any changes to the above sports will be announced as needed.
For more information regarding this cancellation, please visit or email, as our staff is continuing to work remotely.

Summer Recreation 2020 canceled

Posted 5/21/2020
    In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Polk City has canceled the summer recreation program for 2020. Their intent will be for the summer recreation program to return in 2021. Be on the lookout for new recreation programs starting Fall 2020 as well. Questions may be directed to Jason Thraen, Parks and Recreation Director, at or 515-329-8036.

First Responders Club

Posted 5/21/2020
    Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa (BGCCI) announced Iowa’s first-ever First Responders Club at the Gregory & Suzie Glazer Burt Club at Drake University, serving children of those working the frontlines of the pandemic.
    Beginning Monday, May 18, the Burt Club, located at 25th St. and Forest Avenue in Des Moines, will open its doors for up to 80 children, kindergarten through fifth grade, of metro area police, fire and EMS workers.

Polk City’s 2019 Water Quality Report

Posted 5/21/2020
    Polk City’s 2019 Water Quality Report is now available at In compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, Polk City provides a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) annually on the website. Every citizen has a right to know where their water comes from and what’s in it. This report highlights the great quality of water that the City provides to our citizens.

Polk City Restaurants

Posted 5/15/2020

  • Papa's Pizzeria | 515-985-6361 Monday - Sunday 11am - 8pm (carryout only)
  • Reising Sun Cafe | 515-984-9061 Monday - Saturday 7am - 12pm
  • Fenders Brewing | 515-984-0011 | Monday-Friday 4pm- -7pm, Saturday noon - 3pm (carryout only)
  • The Outside Scoop - Ankeny | 515-444-8234 | Friday 2pm - 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 9pm
  • Polk City Pub | 515-984-9388 | Tuesday - Saturday 11am- 10pm, Sunday 11am - 8pm.
  • Copper Oak | 515-984-9440 | Wednesday 5pm - 8pm, Thursday - Saturday 4pm - 7pm (carryout only)

Camp Dodge cancels summer concert series, other event

Posted 5/14/2020
Upcoming events and summer activities held by the Iowa National Guard are canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The guard announced the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is canceling the annual Memorial Day breakfast along with the summer concert series held at Camp Dodge.
The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is canceling its annual Memorial Day breakfast and recognition event, and the museum itself remains closed to visitors in compliance with the state’s COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
The decision comes as Maj. Gen Corell said nearly 900 Iowa National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are helping out with the COVID-19 response and another 2,000 are preparing for deployment overseas.
The guard’s No Man’s Land Trench Run is also cancelled this year along with the Iowa National Guard Alumni Day event held in August. Alumni Day is rescheduled for Aug. 7, 2021.

Four Seasons Festival cancelled; Sounds on the Square and Farmers Market suspended until further notice.

Posted 5/11/2020
   As you know, our community has been profoundly impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Go Polk City Board of Directors has been closely monitoring all the developments to identify the best course of action for our Four Seasons Festival. The Festival relies heavily on volunteers, community support, and sponsorships, the COVID-19 global pandemic has disrupted our ability to responsibly prepare and produce the festival in a manner that ensures its future success. It is with that in mind that we announce we have decided to cancel the Four Seasons Festival originally scheduled for July 17-18.
   While this is a difficult decision, we are committed to hosting quality events that provide a safe environment to celebrate our great community.
   We will also be indefinitely suspending Sounds on the Square and our Farmer’s Market until an appropriate time.

Des Moines Symphony postpones concerts

Posted 5/7/2020
    The Des Moines Symphony announced that it will postpone its annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert, as well as its second summer season of Water Works Pops.
     The Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops, originally planned for Thursday, July 2 at the Iowa State Capitol, will be reimagined as a community-wide Labor Day celebration on Monday, Sept. 7 in the Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park.
     The Symphony’s second season of Water Works Pops, originally scheduled July 24-26, will move to Labor Day weekend along with the rescheduled Yankee Doodle Pops Concert, creating a full weekend of free music for the community. These free, outdoor concerts, offered Sept. 5-7, will be presented thanks to the generous support of Linda and Tom Koehn.
     Further announcements will be made at

Polk City Community Foundation pledges funds

Posted 4/23/2020
    The PCCF has pledged $6,000 over the next six weeks to North Polk Community Schools and United Methodist Church Comet Cupboard to help ensure no child goes hungry during COVID-19. To help, go here to donate:

Polk City Police Officers Association donates to North Polk Schools

Posted 4/23/2020
    The PCPOA is proud to announce a $250 donation to the North Polk School Grab-N-Go Meal Program. This donation will assist in providing North Polk Students a free nutritional breakfast and lunch during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Spring Cleanup postponed

Posted 4/16/2020
    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Polk City has canceled the spring cleanup event originally scheduled for May 2. When it is safe to do so, a new date will be selected and communicated. Look here for details.

Funeral notice

Posted 4/16/2020
    John (Jack) Raymond Temme, 80, of Polk City died on Sunday, April 12, 2020. A celebration of life will be held at a later date once virus and travel restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Assumption Catholic Church in Granger.

Wesley Life Meals on Wheels

Posted 4/16/2020
    Every day, WesleyLife Meals on Wheels directly supports the health, vitality and independence of more than 900 adults living in greater Des Moines through delivery of a nutritious meal to their front doors, with close to 230,000 meals delivered each year. For more information or to sign up for service, call 515-699-3243.

NP Comet Cupboard needs donations

Posted 4/10/2020
    Donations are needed for the NP Comet Cupboard. You can drop items off at Polk City United Methodist Church, 1421 W. Broadway St. There is a plastic covered bin beside the church entrance if the cupboard is full. Or email with your address, and she will arrange for a pick-up outside your front door. See the NP Comet Cupboard Facebook page for current needed items

Blessing Box food pantry in Elkhart

Posted 4/10/2020
    They are open the first Saturday of each month, 9-10 a.m. and the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, 6-7 p.m. The pantry is located within, but not associated with, the Elkhart Christian Church at 252 N.W. Washington Ave. Contact via Facebook, or by text at 515-249-7228.

Iowa PBS hosts online storytimes, more

Posted 4/10/2020
    View a virtual learning camp, livestream of Iowa PBS Kids, coloring contest and more at Abby Brown will share a story online each Wednesday. Join Iowa PBS on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Des Moines Art Center launches virtual tours

Posted 4/2/2020
    The Des Moines Art Center recently launched seven virtual tours of its permanent collections and special exhibitions. The tours allow visitors to click through the extensive collections as if they were at the museum — an important experience as the Art Center galleries are closed to the public until April 7 in response to COVID-19.

Funeral notice

Posted 3/16/2020

John Bertelsen, 62, of Polk City died Monday, March 2 in Des Moines. Funeral services were held Friday, March 5 at Ankeny Funeral Home.

North Polk voters approve special election bond referendum

Posted 3/9/2020

ALLEMAN, Iowa - On March 3, voters went to the polls to weigh in on North Polk’s special election bond referendum. Based on unofficial results indicated by the Polk County Election Office, the district is pleased to announce that the $15 million bond referendum passed with 87.78 percent voter approval. To obtain a passing vote, 60 percent “YES” of the total votes were required. Please note, results are ‘unofficial’ until certified by the County Board of Supervisors.

To meet the growing needs of students, the North Polk Board of Education called for a special election to be held on March 3, 2020, for the sale of up to $15 million in general obligation bonds. Funds generated from the passage of the bond referendum will allow the district to construct a new elementary school and an academic addition to the existing high school. Additional space is needed to accommodate a student body that is anticipated to grow by 27% over the next nine years.

“On behalf of the North Polk Board of Education, students, and staff, I want to thank everyone for supporting the bond referendum and participating in the election process,” said Dr. Dan Mart, superintendent of schools. “Passage is a positive step for our district as we address current and future student enrollment
  • Council Meetings: City Council 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:00 pm.
  • Parks Commission: 1st Monday at 6:00 pm.
  • Planning and Zoning: 3rd Monday at 6:00 pm.

All meetings are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 112 3rd St. All meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in them is encouraged to attend. Click here for agendas & minutes 
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In the winter months, Lakeside opens their gym for walkers, Monday- Friday, from 8am-10am. This is open to everyone!

Important Links


  • Kiwanis Meetings: First and third Thursday nights at Miller park at 6:30 pm. All welcome! We are looking for community minded people to join us in our community programs and services!
  • Polk City Women Meetings:7 pm, 1st Tuesday of every Month at the Qube Hotel. All Women of Polk City our Welcome. Facebook page and website for more information!
  • Operative Lodge #308 (Masons): Meets every 2nd Monday of the month for dinner at 6:30 PM at the Lodge building next to City Hall. Dinner is open to anyone interested in joining. Email us at
  • Cub Scouts Pack 89: Your child will go camping and hiking, earn awards, make friends, and learn lifetime values through fun and adventure. Info can be found here: Info Click Here