May/June Newsletter

Atkins Flag Contest

City of Atkins and Atkins Community Club has donated $300 to the winner of best design. All the entries will be on display at Watermelon Days for voting and the top 3 will go to City Council for the final vote. The winning entry will be used for the making of the city flag and also for the city logo. Let's be creative and and remember our history in the design. Designs can be turned into City Hall or emailed to

Woman's Club Easter Egg Hunt winners for this year are:

   Riley Hoeck 0-3 age group
   Tucker Koeing 4-Kindergarten group
   Noah Helpker 1st & 2nd grade

No one claimed the grand prize for the 3rd & 4th grade age group. If you found a grand prize slip in your egg and would like to claim your prize call Norma Lemker at 712-830-3337.

Congratulations Atkins
Scholarship Winners

Atkins Woman's Club met Wednesday, April 9th and selected this years scholarship winners. They are: 

  • Andrew Damon
  • Matt Gerhold
  • Megan McGovern
Congratulations to all of them. It was a difficult job as all the applicants well rounded and worthy.
Atkins Community Club scholarship winners this year are:
  • Andrew Damon
  • Megan McGovern
  • Ben Hearther
  • Cameron Hearther
  • McKinley Spading.

Important Dates

May 4th @ 7:30 PM City Council Meeting
May  7th @ 7:00 PM Community Club Meeting
May  13th @ 7:00 PM Woman's Club Meeting
May  14th @ 6:30 PM Comprehensive Plan & Future Land Use Committee Meeting
May 16th @ 10:00 AM Tot Time
May 18th @ 7:30 PM City Council Meeting
May  20th @ 6:30 PM Library Board Meeting
May  28th @ 7:00 PM AIM Meeting

June 1st @ 7:30 PM City Council Meeting
June 4th @ 7:00 PM Community Club Meeting
June 6th @ 8:00 AM City Wide Garage Sale
June 10th @ 7:00 PM Woman's Club Meeting
June 11th @ 6:30 PM Planning & Zoning Meeting
June 15th  @  7:30 PM City Council Meeting
June 17th @ 2:00 PM Summer Reading Program
June 17th @ 6:30 PM Library Board Meeting
June 24th @ 2:00 PM Summer Reading Program

For our calendar of events visit
To view City Council minutes visit

Thanks to everyone who came to support the Firefighter and First Responder Picnic!

Q: Who earns a living driving their customers away?
A: A taxi driver.
Atkins Townwide Garage Sales

Date: Saturday June 6th   from 8 am – 4 pm  (If you want to open on Friday, feel free to do so)

Registration Fee: $4 (if you plan to have a sale, PLEASE pay the fee as it will pay for advertising in the local newspapers, etc.)

Provide the following registration info:
  • Name & Address
  • Brief description of items for sale – focus on the unique pieces that are different than others
  • If possible, please note if you will be open on Friday
Joy Greiner Contact Info: Cell phone (319) 310-8120 (call or text)
                                            Email –

Adult Cycling

Interested in...

	Training for Ragbrai?
	Long bike rides?
	Safety in numbers by riding with a group?

Contact Kirk Draper at 446-6123 or

Benton County Above the Influence Coalition requests you take their quick survey.

For more information, please visit

George was going to bed when his wife told him that he'd left the light on in the shed. George opened the door to go turn off the light but saw there were people in the shed in the process of stealing things.

He immediately phoned the police, who asked "Is someone in your house?" and George said no and explained the situation. Then they explained that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be there when available.

George said, "Okay," hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police again.

"Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people in my shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now because I've just shot them all."

Then he hung up. Within five minutes three squad cars, an Armed Response unit, and an ambulance showed up. Of course, the police caught the burglars red-handed.

One of the policemen said to George: "I thought you said that you'd shot them!"

George said, "I thought you said there was nobody available!"

Spring is

With spring upon us a friendly reminder about upkeep of yards, open burning, building and golf cart permits.

Now that the snow has melted and grass and weeds have started growing. Grass and weeds are to be cut periodically and should never be greater than eight (8) inches.

Open burning is allowed within the city limits. When burning within city limits it must be conducted in compliance with rules and limitations established by the State Department of Natural Resources.

Building permits are required for any structure being built, brought in, or added to with in the City of Atkins. Golf cart permits are required for all golf carts being driven within city limits. Contact City Hall or visit our website at for permits and applications.

Golf carts are not to be driven on Parkridge Road, 33rd Ave, or on the trail.

Help keep textiles out of the landfill with the new USAgain box located outside Library/City Hall.

According to the U.S. EPA, a whopping 85% of all discarded textiles – 12 million tons – are sent to U.S. landfills every year. USAgain, a green for-profit enterprise, works to reduce this textile waste by providing thousands of convenient locations across the US where you can recycle textiles any time of the day, any day of the year. By putting them back in the use cycle we conserve precious natural resources, prevent greenhouse gas emissions and save landfill space. What’s more, the clothes are given a second life at affordable prices for people who can’t afford brand new clothes. The City of Atkins is also paid for each pound of clothing donated. This reduces our landfill fees and benefits Atkins. Textile recycling: It’s a win-win-win proposition. For more information check out their website!

With the nice weather and more people out and about, please remember to be cautious while driving for anybody out for a walk or children out playing. Also, it is unlawful for any owner to allow or permit an animal to run at large within City limits, so please keep all animals on a leash if outside.

Reminder: Please do not dump yard waste in the conservation land by the trail.

Legion Breakfast
Sun. May 3rd
Last One Until Fall
9:00 - 12:00

Biscuits & Gravy
Eggs & Sausage Links
Pancakes, Potatoes
Milk, Coffee, Juice

Proceeds for Hall

Improvements for Atkins
Memorial Hall


Reminder: Sign up for the Atkins Library Summer Reading program.  Forms have been sent home from the school and we also have them here at the Library.  Or sign up May 5th from 5-7 at the Library.

Volunteers are needed contact Cathy at 446.7676 or Pamela Duball at 981.7755.  Silver Cord hours count.


New Materials
Stuart Woods  Hot Pursuit
David Baldacci  Memory Man
Harlan Cobin  The Strangers
Andrew Gross One Mile Under

Please join us for Tot Time at the Atkins Library!

Saturday, May 16th at 10:00 AM

Woman's Club Recipe

Fruit Dip

8 oz Cream Cheese
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup White Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla

Mix well. Use for sliced apples or other fruits.
-Mona Kidwell

The Atkins Community Club is looking for two large chest freezers in working order. If you would like to donate one or have any questions please contact Mike Wagner (446-7138) or Kevin Korsmo (446-7013).

If anyone has ideas or would like to see something in the newsletter please contact Cathy at the library by emailing or calling 446-7676.

Any and all ideas would be great!

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