January/February Newsletter

Hello! Atkins Dwellers:

This is starting to feel like a travelogue with all of my trips here and there. Let me catch you up if you are interested, if not; just skip to the city announcements, and stuff.
I took another trip to San Francisco for a fast 10 day stay. We had a few functions lined up that we went to.  Luncheon at the Olympia Club which is an old, private club that includes swimming pools, basketball courts (regulation sized) exercise rooms and of course the bars and dining rooms. Very swoosh!!
On the weekend we went to a 2 hour plus parade in Los Gatos on a beautiful sunny day. We hurried back from that to a crab feast.  Dungeness crab season in the Bay area and they are quite good. First time I sat with a bib and cracker thingys  and crab forks to eat a whole crab. Lots of work to get so little.  You could starve before you cracked one of those things. Lots of laughter and shady jokes later you felt like you needed a bath. Bibs? I laugh at bibs.
 December 7th, Pearl Harbor Day, and we went to a formal Naval Order dinner at the Marine Memorial Club.  Another old, swanky place. 
The most fun event for me though was the huge luncheon at the St. Francis Hotel, honoring the Guide Dogs for the Blind chapter in San Rafael. It was a fund raiser and those gorgeous well-behaved yellow labs, Golden retrievers or mixes did not seem to care one way or the other. I fell in love with the 8 week old black lab whose name was Gary. How cute was that?
We had heavy rains and bad weather in San Francisco messed up my flight to San Francisco. I was trapped in the Denver Airport for about 3 extra hours. Have you ever looked at some of the shops they have in that place? Oh! My goodness! Don’t throw me in that briar patch! Beautiful things with an empty pocket book.
The Ladies Society at St. Stephens had the Nimble Fingers Quilting group and the 3rd grade class from Central Lutheran for lunch at the new St. Stephens fellowship hall. Another eye opening experience for me. I wish I had brought my new laptop along so one of those kids could have helped me figure it out. Either the kids are smarter or they are exposed to so much more than we ever had.  We rented our books and had to share with someone else cause we did not have enough to go around.  Don’t hear of that anymore. They even have access to 3D printers. My clunker is out of ink and can’t even get a copy of this after I am through. Things are a changin’!
Now we can make those New Year’s resolutions. Make it positive and not one that you deprive yourself. Like, I won’t eat chocolate in 2015.  Easy one to break. I heard a salesman who said that he resolved to meet a new person every day. I would break that one because I may not leave my house for two or three days.  Maybe I could count the wrong numbers I get, or the phone salesman or maybe call information and talk to that person?? My kids and I, when they were younger, resolved to do something different every month. That one worked out pretty good. 
Happy New Year to everyone and think about a proactive resolution
Now I pass this on to Melissa and Heather and let them fill in the rest.
Until next time,
Dell James

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Start the New Year with the Woman's Club. The next meeting will be January 14th in the Council Room at the City Hall/Library. Anyone of any age, any walk of life, anyone new to town or those who have lived in Atkins for years are welcome to join. We are a fun group and would love to see you!

The Atkins Community Club would like to thank all the business sponsors we donated to our annual Christmas party.

38 Fire Club • A & G Asphalt Atkins Angels • Atkins Automotive Atkins Community Club • Atkins Family Pharmacy • Atkins Legion • Atkins Legion Auxiliary Atkins Lumber • Atkins PTA Atkins Savings Bank • Atkins/ Blairstown Storage Atkins Telephone Company • Atkins Woman's Club Bill Rinderknecht Construction • Bloomsbury Farm • Bobbi T's Cassill Motors Charlene's Hairstyling  D & N Fence  Dean Haerther Farms Den-Ker Trucking Don Risdal Builder  Early Beginnings Daycare Ed's Autobody Frontier Natural Products G & H Electric Harbach Family Havlik Engineering Iowa Realty (Jessica Haerther & Teresa Mally) • Jensen Wall Systems Jim & Connie Ternus •  Family JMS Transportation Kaestner Real Estate Auctions and Sales Kaestner/Shaw Financial Kimm's Trucking  Korsmo Northview Storage Linn Co-op  M & D  Mini Storage Mike Wagner Construction Ollinger Garage Doors Palo Savings Bank Pinochle Club  Ralston Construction Schanbacher Dairy Schanbacher Seeds Target The Depot Express • VanMeter Inc. • West Side Salvage  Wirtanen Concrete Inc.

We would also like to thank all the people who attended to make this party successful, along with the Billy K. Murray Band and of course, Santa Clause and Mrs. Clause.
Our winners are as follows:

Kids: Grand Prize Winner:  $50- Emerson Ridgwall
Second Prize Winner:  $25-Nate Polansky
Adults: Grand Prize Winner: $100-  Michelle Davis
Second Prize Winner:  $50- Julene Udell


Important Dates

Jan 5th @ 7:30 PM City Council Meeting
Jan 8th @ 6:30 PM Planning & Zoning Meeting
Jan 14th @ 7:00 PM Woman's Club Meeting
Jan 15th @ 6:30 PM AIM Meeting
Jan 19th @  7:30 PM City Council Meeting

Feb 2nd @ 7:30 PM City Council Meeting
Feb 5th @ 7:00 PM Community Clun Meeting
Feb 11th @ 7:00 PM Woman's Club Meeting
Feb 12th @ 6:30 PM Planning & Zoning Meeting
Feb 16th @  7:30 PM City Council Meeting
Feb 19th @ 6:30 PM AIM Meeting

For our calendar of events visit

Sheila's Hot Cheese Dip
8 oz cream cheese (room temp)
1 C shredded swiss cheese
1/2 C Hellman's Mayo
5 green onions
Mix together and put into pie plate
1/2 C Ritz cracker crumbs
8 strips of bacon fried crisp and crumbled (can use a bag of Oscar Meyer "Real Bacon")
Spread on top of cheese and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Serve with your favorite cracker.


Partridge Sidewalk MATCH Grant
Thank you to everyone that made a pledge to the Parkridge Sidewalk project.  We ran into some challenges with a pledge for the 9,000 cubic yards of dirt and it just didn't work out.  However, the Wellmark Foundation has given us an extension on the fundraising until March 2015. If you were going to make a pledge but missed the end of November 2014 deadline, you still have time!  Also, if you have contacts with a company that might have a large amount of dirt, trucks for hauling, or other supplies for building a sidewalk (concrete, culverts, etc), please reach out to them and put them in contact with the City of Atkins.  Any questions can be directed to Melissa at 319-446-7870.

An elderly couple was celebrating their 60th anniversary.  The couple had married as childhood sweethearts and had moved back to their old neighbor hood after they retired.  Holding hands, they walked back to their old school.  It was not locked, so they entered and found the old desk they’d shared where Jerry had carved” I love you, Sally.”
On their way back home, a bag of money fell out of an armored van, practically landing at their feet. Sally quickly picked it up but sure what to do with it, they took it home with them.
At home, Sally counted the money-fifty thousand dollars!!
Jerry exclaimed, “We've got to give it back.” 
Sally said, “Finders keepers.” She put the money back in the bag and hid it in their attic.
The next day, two police officers were canvassing the neighborhood looking for the money, and knocked on their door.
“Pardon me, did either of you find a bag that fell out of an armored car yesterday?” 
Sally quickly answered, “No.” 
Jerry said,”She’s lying. She hid it up in the attic.”
Sally responded ,”Don't believe him, he’s getting senile.” 
The agents turned to Jerry and began to question him.   
One said: “Tell us the story from the beginning.” 
Jerry calmly answered, "Well, when Sally and I were walking home from school yesterday .... “
The first police officer turned to his partner, shrugged  and said, “Were outta here!”

Atkins Community Club Christmas Lights 2014 winners.
1st place: Joe Larson
2nd place: Brian Cruise
3rd place: Carl Bode

Honorable Mention:
~ Todd Damon
~ Brian Morton
~ Matt Schulte
~ Shawn Becker

Feral Cats

A feral cat is a domesticated cat that has returned to the wild, or the descendants of such an animal. It is distinguished from a stray cat, which is a pet cat that has been lost or abandoned, while feral cats have never been socialized.

We have a large problem with the residents feeding feral cats during the winter. We wanted to let you know, per the City Code, Ownership is defined by “any person owning, keeping, sheltering or harboring an animal,” and therefore, if you are keeping (maintaining, protecting) the cats by feeding them, you are considered the owner.  As owner of these animals, you are responsible for Section 55.06 At Large Prohibited and 55.09 Sanitation. 

Ownership ends when feeding the cats ceases.  If there is ownership and the ownership responsibility as indicated in the Code is not met, the City could assess a fine up to $750 as provided by law.
Although it seems harsh to not feed the, the cats will move on to find other food sources and your neighbors will appreciate not having a large number of cats around.



Check out the new authors at the Atkins Public Library!

  • Charles Kipps
  • Mark Sullivan
  • Patricia Harmon
2015 Brown Bag Book
Grab at your own risk
Come in select a brown bag with a book in it, take it home and enjoy.
Tell us what you think

Cathy and Vicky
PS The good, the bad, and the ugly

It's that time of year again, clean out the closets, check under the furniture and bring back any books, DVD's and magazines.  Thank you for your help!

Overdue Materials
To help eliminate future fines send your e-mail address or cell phone number (plus Providers name) to or call 319.446.7676. Your patron information will be updated to notify you two days in advance of the due date of checked out materials. All fines must be paid.

Meter Reading Change
Meters will be read the third Wednesday of the month starting in January. Bills will continue to be mailed at the end of the month. If you have any questions, feel free to call Melissa at 446-7870.

Sno Glo Winners
Best Cookies: Karen Skow
Tastiest Treat: Cindy Sevde
Best Overall Lights: Dick and Cindy Lange
Most Creative: Todd and Christy Damon
Best Traditional: Sarah McClain
Chili: Becca & Aaron Bunce
          Melissa Rammelsberg

Pinochle Players Wanted
Do you know how to play pinochle and looking for a group to play with?  The Pinochle Club is looking for additional players, and you will fit right in!  They meet at 9am at the library Monday through Saturday. Call 446-7676 for details.
Winter Parking

Winter is here, and although we haven't had much snow, we thought it would be a good time to remind residents about the snow emergency parking.  When we are forecasted to have half an inch or more snow, the City is in a snow emergency which means there should be no or limited parking on the streets.  This helps our city plow guys to get the snow cleaned off the street. With the cars gone, the plows can get the streets clean quickly and on the first pass.  Also, vehicles can only be parked on the street for 48 hours without being moved, otherwise they can be ticketed.  Thanks for your help in following the code, and if you would like to see the full code, contact City Hall.

Christmas Tree Pick Up

City Employees will pick up Christmas Trees through January 9th. Please leave trees near the curb.

Single Stream Recycling Guidelines

Acceptable Items
  • Flattened Cardboard
  • Magazines
  • Office Paper
  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Newspapers
  • Paperboard
  • Paper Cardboard, Dairy & Juice Containers

  • Junk Mail
  • Phone Books
  • Plastic Bottles & Containers # 1-7
  • Glass Bottles & Jars
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Tin or Steel Cans
Do not include food waste, films, plastic bags, plastic wrap, or Styrofoam.
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