Posted April 15, 2015in Ankeny, Community Featured

Sparkle Run

In October 2013, the Ankeny community was saddened by the loss of a very special girl, Erin Moomey. A fifth-grader at Crocker Elementary, Erin died of complications from her battle with leukemia. Those in the Crocker community wanted to do something to honor her memory, and soon the idea for

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Posted April 08, 2015in Community Featured, Greene County

Creating memories

Cindy Adamson of rural Jefferson takes T-shirts and quilts them into treasured memories to display, cover beds or keep people warm while they settle into an evening of watching movies. “I’ve made well over 100 quilts since I started doing the T-shirt quilts,” she says. It all started when she

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Posted April 01, 2015in Bondurant, Community Blogs

Library Musings

The Facebook Altoona Data Center awarded their Community Action Grants Tuesday, March 24th at a reception for the recipients. The Bondurant Library was one of those lucky recipients! Can I get a wooohooo? Robin McNichols of the Bondurant Library Foundation and I both attended. I thought I’d write a little

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Posted April 01, 2015in Clear Lake, Community Featured

Hoist high the flag

Merle Hartkopp checks his flag to make sure its in good repair The log cabin home is situated on a quiet, corner lot on North 13th Street. Two Adirondack rocking chairs welcome friends to sit a spell on the cozy front porch. The brown of winter still surrounds Merle Hartkopp’s

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Posted April 01, 2015in Community Featured, Perry

Bonnie and Clyde

Older residents of Perry most likely remember. Newer and younger residents probably know nothing about the historical ties linking Perry and Dallas County with notorious gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow and the rest of the gang, including Clyde’s brother, Buck and his wife, Blanche. Anyone interested in the rest

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Posted March 26, 2015in Clear Lake, Community Blogs

Around the Lake

Come to fabulous Clear Lake, Iowa! We hope you will enjoy a day trip or weekend visit to Clear Lake. Great shopping & dining is yours!!   Here is a peek at some of what you can do this week. You can get more information of events & activities by just

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Posted March 25, 2015in Bondurant, Community Featured

The thirst for knowledge

The warmth and rapport of the women who comprise the Bondurant-Farrar Women’s Club fills every room where they meet with fragrant friendship.   They first met through their children at school as part of the Junior Women’s Club, the volunteer arm of the Bondurant – Farrar grade schools. Once you reach

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Posted March 25, 2015in Boone, Community Featured, Email blast

Looking for a home

Miah Ann probably won’t be waiting long for a home. At just nine months old, the bubbly, tan and white Blue Heeler mix loves to make new friends. She charms anyone who walks through the dog adoption kennels at the Boone Area Humane Society (BAHS). And she isn’t alone. On

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Posted March 24, 2015in Community Blogs, Downtown

LEAP Mentoring Workshop Connects Aspiring Professionals

The women and men of the Downtown community “leaped” to share their experiences with mentorship at the first Leadership Education and Advancement Pipeline (LEAP) program. (follow #LEAPdsm on Twitter and Facebook for photos and conversation) This was just the first workshop of the LEAP program, a ten-month series of programs

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Posted March 11, 2015in Adel, Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Appanoose County, Beaverdale, Bondurant, Boone, Clear Lake, Clive, Community Blogs, Des Moines West, Downtown, Fort Dodge, Greene County, Grimes, Johnston, Norwalk, Perry, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, Waukee, Webster City, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Winterset


Every Day is Christmas So often we designate a day, week or month to honor the significant things, places, people, or events in our state or national heritage. Keep Iowa Beautiful is no different; as a Statewide organization, we recognize the significance of a clean and attractive Iowa. For the

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