March 24-30, 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


Our path moving forward

Posted 3/25/2020

Like many of you, we have been trying to deal with the turmoil and grief that COVID-19 has caused over the past few weeks. We decided that, if there is any chance of seeing life on the other side of this storm, CITYVIEW and our Iowa Living magazines must “go dark” and suspend publishing for a period of six weeks, and we will then redetermine our next steps. We plan to continue to publish the Lake Panorama Times, the Adviser publications, and the Polk City Square, at least for now. Needless to say, there are more questions than answers.
We don’t take the health risks of COVID-19 lightly, and you shouldn’t either. But we also recognize the impact that these restrictions are having on our economy. There are no easy decisions to be made, and there will be fallout no matter what happens. We simply all must play with the cards we have been dealt and do what is best for the well-being of ourselves and others, too. Meanwhile, please continue to shop local in safe ways. Our local businesses need your support now more than ever. And we do, too.
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media

Reaching Cupp Insurance during the pandemic

Posted 3/25/2020

Cupp Insurance isn’t taking appointments in person until further notice. They can be contacted for quotes, questions and service at 515-984-9090 for the Polk City office and 515-334-5286 for the Urbandale office. They can also be contacted via email at or or through the agency website at

Grab-N-Go meals available to North Polk students

Posted 3/23/2020

Message from North Polk Community School District.
North Polk Families & Staff,
These are uncertain times and we want to do whatever we can to help members of our North Polk communities. There are members of our student body that rely on North Polk to provide a nutritional breakfast and lunch. As a result, this extended break will be even more challenging for some members of our Comet family.
Starting Tuesday, March 24, we will provide Grab-N-Go meals to those in need in an effort to offer some relief. In order to keep each other safe, we will honor social distancing by placing the lunches on a table. All you need to do is grab your bag and go!
What you need to know:
All meals are FREE of charge for school-age children.  Please sign up by 8:00 pm the night before the next delivery date.
Those that have signed up for meals will be served first.  If you do not sign up you will be asked to wait until all individuals that have signed up have been served, depending on the availability of meals.
Meals in Polk City and Elkhart will be delivered by a North Polk school bus and will be available from 11:30 to noon.
  • Alleman, In front of the High School, 13930 NE 6th Street 
  • Elkhart, Vista Village Mobile Home Park, 737 E Walnut Street
  • Polk City, In front of West Elementary, 1400 W Broadway
  • Polk City, The Polk City Square
We will be offering a lunch meal on the day of and a breakfast meal for the next morning.
Please use this link to request your Grab-N-Go meals. This will simply help us know how many meals to prepare.  Please specify what location you are going to pick up the meals.
The District has received inquiries about how to assist financially with this opportunity.  There are two ways to do just that. First, you may put additional funds in your child’s lunch account and email Mr. Reeves the amount to be deducted as a donation; or secondly,  send a check (made out to North Polk CSD) to the District Office: North Polk CSD, Foodservice Donation, 13930 NE 6th St., Alleman IA 50003.

North Polk Family Medicine offering FaceTime visit

Posted 3/23/2020

North Polk Family Medicine started offering FaceTime visits on Monday, March 23. These visits will be offered for anyone who should not be exposed to crowds (older than 70, heart disease, lung disease or diabetes) or anyone who has a concern that he or she may have Covid-19 (fever higher than 100.4 and shortness of breath/cough and/or known exposure to the virus from someone who tested positive for the disease and/or traveled to a high-risk area). North Polk Family Medicine continues to strive for all of its patients to have access to safe medical care. Call the office at 515-984-6426 and schedule your FaceTime or in-clinic visit. The office is open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Business changes during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted 3/20/2020
  • As of March 23, The Cutting Edge Salon will be closed until March 31, or until it is safe to be open. Customers who had booked appointments will be contacted and rescheduled as soon as possible.
  • Polk City EyeCare updated hours: Monday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday: Closed. Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday: Closed. Friday: 8 a.m. to noon. If you have an emergency and no one is there, leave a message as the staff will be monitoring messages regularly.
  • A message from North Polk Family Medicine: Our clinic is not doing COVID-19 testing. If you think you need to be tested, call 211. Someone there will talk you through it and tell you where to go to be tested if necessary. Do not go to a clinic for this testing. Our clinic is still open for everything else.
  • A message from Polk City Chiropractic: In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak, we want to first and foremost assure you that patient safety is our No. 1 priority. In order to keep our patients and community safe we will be making the following changes: 
    • We will be removing all toys from the waiting room and adjusting rooms. 
    • We will be swapping out our current chairs for metal chairs, for more effective sanitation. 
    • Dr. Chris will be increasing our sanitary procedures after every patient, so please allow a little extra time for him to do so. 
    • To reduce congestion in the waiting room we will be spreading out appointment times. Our hope is to only have one person/family in the waiting room while another is being adjusted. If you feel more comfortable waiting in your car, please let us know and we will make accommodations. 
    • If you have been sick or traveled out of the country in the last two weeks please wait to make your appointment.
  • CeCe Nails and Spa is doing appointments only and no walk-ins until further notice. Call or text 515-771-1598.
  • Cullen & Associates Insurance Services will not be making face-to-face appointments until further notice. They will be able to help with questions and changes via email and phone. Ankeny and Polk City office: 515-963-8500,, and lauren.
  • Kyle Matzen’s Edward Jones office is not meeting in person with new and existing clients at this time.
  • Ace Hardware in Ankeny and Johnston is offering online orders and curbside pickup. Place your order at (set your store to Ankeny or Johnston). Once you’ve received confirmation that your order is ready, head to the store. Call and let the staff know you are there and an employee will deliver your order curbside to your vehicle’s back seat or trunk to minimize contact.
  • Enhance Performance Therapy is offering online video sessions for those who are unable to get to the clinic. Message or call 515-209-2299 for more information.
  • In order to protect the firefighters, EMTs and paramedics, the Polk City Fire Department asks if you call 911 for any reason to let the call taker know if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms. 

Polk City churches offering virtual/online services

Posted 3/23/2020
  • United Methodist Church, 515-984-6274, live stream on Facebook Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
  • Lakeside Fellowship, 515-984-6910, live stream Sunday at 9 a.m. on YouTube and Facebook 
  • Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church is offering online services Sunday at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. via their website,

Polk City restaurants offering takeout

Posted 3/20/2020

  • Papa’s Pizzeria: 515-985-6361
  • Reising Sun Café: temporarily closed until further notice
  • Fenders Brewing: 515-984-0011, Monday-Friday 4-7 p.m., Saturday noon to 3 p.m
  • The Outside Scoop, Ankeny, 515-444-8234, pint orders only for drive up
  • Polk City Pub: 515-984-9388, Monday closed, Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.
  • Subway, 515-984-9257, open for takeout and delivery​​​
  • Sandbar - Latitude 4: temporarily closed until further notice.  

Polk City takes steps against COVID-19

Posted 3/20/2020

Mayor Jason Morse has signed an emergency proclamation regarding community spread of COVID-19. Until further notice, the City of Polk City will restrict public access to all city facilities, including City Hall and the library. They apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, however, they are taking all precautions regarding the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus). The city is encouraging the public to conduct their business with the City electronically at or over the phone, 515-984- 6233, if possible. In situations where this is not an option, arrangements will be made. The City will be monitoring this situation and will make a determination about reopening city facilities as the situation evolves. Please visit the website,, for more details and for future updates. 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers preventative COVID-19 closures

Posted 3/20/2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District has closed all visitor centers, beaches, day use areas and project offices to the public. Boat ramps and trails will remain open and available.

Unopened Corps campgrounds within the Rock Island District will have an indefinite delay in their previously advertised seasonal openings. Refunds will be provided through Recreation One-Stop, 1-877-444-6777, or All other events, including Corps-sponsored events, interpretive programs, lock-and-dam tours and site visits scheduled through May 11 are now cancelled.

The Rock Island District regrets any inconvenience caused by these closures. The safety and health its visitors and employees its our top priority.

For up-to-date information on modifications, closures or other restrictions related toRock Island District areas visit

Polk City Community Library is closed

Posted 3/20/2020

Mayor Jason Morse has issued an emergency proclamation closing the Polk City Community Library until further notice. Staff will be at the library Monday-Fridays until 5 p.m. You may reserve materials online and the staff will deliver them to your vehicle when you arrive. Due dates have been extended, although patrons are encouraged to return materials as they finish them so others may receive them. 

March 18 free clinic closed

Posted 3/16/2020

The Free Clinic at the Polk City United Methodist Church will be closed Wednesday, March 18 due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus.  We will reassess before the April clinics.

North Polk students showcase artwork at Ankeny Art Center

Posted 3/16/2020

This month, North Polk students are showcasing their artwork to the public at the Ankeny Art Center. This is the second of three school districts that will be featured at the Ankeny Art Center during the 2020 Gallery Season. The North Polk exhibit runs through March 31.

The youth art exhibitions feature a wide array of mediums presented by children in grades kindergarten through 12th. This is an opportunity for the young artists to display their work in a public setting.

“The K-12 Community Art Exhibits at the Ankeny Art Center have become a beloved annual tradition for families in our area. The joy these shows bring to the students as they see their work displayed in a professional gallery is priceless,” said Barb Vaske, director of the Ankeny Art Center.

All shows and receptions at the Ankeny Art Center are free and open to the public. As a special treat, K-12 receptions also feature pottery wheel demonstrations in the Art Center’s studio space.

The Ankeny Art Center is located at 1520 S.W. Ordnance Road. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday, 4-7 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. The Center is closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, please visit or visit the Center’s Facebook page.


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.

Polk City UMC: “Enter the Story”

Posted 3/16/2020

Lent Worship Series, March 8 - April 8
The events of Christ’s Passion, which take place during the last week of Jesus’ life, often don’t receive enough time in our worship and study. These stories are important to our faith journey and our identity as followers of Jesus. And yet we often move too quickly from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with little time to take in the dramatic story of that last week.
Join the members of Polk City United Methodist Church for worship during Lent, as they intentionally put a “frame” around the scenes of Jesus’ last week, and also frame our own lives in a way that will help us see what really matters. How might taking a closer look at the ancient story open us to deeper conviction for who it calls us to be?


Recycling pickup

Posted 3/23/2020

Recycling is collected every other Friday. The next collection is Friday, April 3.

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

Lenten Bible Study

Jesus’ final days were full of risk. Every move he made was filled with anticipation, danger, and the potential for great loss or great reward. Jesus risked his reputation when he entered Jerusalem in a victory parade. He risked his life when he dared to teach in the temple. His followers risked everything when they left behind their homes, or anointed him with costly perfume. We take risks as we read and re-read these stories, finding new meanings and new challenges.

In the book “Entering the Passion of Jesus,” author, professor and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the ethical and spiritual questions in the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story of Jesus. This Lenten study will challenge us to examine our consciences and find out how deepening our relationship with Jesus and the Bible can bring us into closer relationship with others and the world.

(NOTE: the book can be purchased from all major booksellers. Remember that if you are purchasing from Amazon, be sure to go to and search for “Polk City United Methodist Church” as your charitable organization, or use this link:

There are two different opportunities to participate in this Bible Study with others:
  •  In-person Bible Study (Adult Sunday School): Sundays at 9:30am (Rooms 1 & 3), facilitated by Thomas Webb.
  • Online Bible Study (Private Facebook Group): weekly online discussions on your own time, facilitated by Pastor Melody Webb

New – Holy Yoga Class Coming To PCUMC

Brandy Young, certified Christian yoga instructor, has agreed to offer a Holy Yoga class here at Polk City UMC. In order to schedule a class time, we need to hear from you. If you are interested in attending this class, which will be offered one hour a week on either Tuesday or Thursday evenings, please complete this survey to help us choose the best time:

We would love to have your feedback in the next week so we can schedule classes to begin in March.
  • 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!
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Important Links

On-Going Community Events and Information

  • Polk City United Methodist Church Free Medical Clinic 
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm first and third Wednesday each month Clinic staffed by volunteer healthcare providers. No insurance filed, $5 donation appreciated. Come in for sports physicals, school physicals, immunizations, or ill visits. Currently closed due to COVID-19.
  • Polk City United Methodist Church Free 
    outdoor mini-food pantry (NP Cupboard) has food available 24 hours a day. Please take what you need.

Religious Organizations

  • Lakeside Fellowship: Morning Services: 8:30 & 10:30  1121 W Bridge Rd., Polk City, Iowa 50226. Online services only until further notice
  • Website |Facebook
  • Polk City United Methodist Church: Morning Services: 8:30 & 10:30 1421 W. Broadway St., Polk City, Iowa 50226
    Website | Facebook
  • Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church: Morning Services: Bible Study 9:30 Service 8:15 (Traditional) & 10:30 (Contemporary), Sunday School 9:20 1701 W. Jester Park Drive; Polk City, Iowa 50226
    Website | Facebook


  • 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