Let's Talk Pella

Pella Resident Shares Story of Addiction, Recovery, in Aim to Help Youth Find Hope

Posted: Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 at 7:00 am

Toni VerMeer is a Pella resident who grew up in the Tulip City, and is fighting a daily battle that remains often misunderstood to those who never suffered what she has.

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Let’s Talk Pella – Knights of Columbus Campaign for Persons with Intellectual Disabililies

Posted: Monday, August 13th, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Joe Lickteig with the Knights of Columbus in Pella previews their annual Campaign for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, which has raised over $100,000 in 19 years for special education departments at Pella and Pella Christian, Christian Opportunity Center, and the Iowa Special Olympics.

Let’s Talk Pella – Pella Youth Coalition Parents

Posted: Friday, August 10th, 2018 at 1:00 pm

John Amelse and Sue Huisman with the Pella Youth Coalition discuss why they joined the group aiming to stop drug and alcohol abuse by all teenagers.

Let’s Talk Pella – City Council Latest

Posted: Thursday, August 9th, 2018 at 1:00 pm

City Administrator Mike Nardini provides an update about a facility needs assessment and what it means for the future of the Pella Community Center.

Let’s Talk Pella – Douwstra Auditorium Renovation

Posted: Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Central College Major Gifts Officer Doyle Monsma discusses the changes to Douwstra Auditorium and its $2.2 million renovation into a modern concert hall.

Let’s Talk Pella – Hearthstone Internship Experience

Posted: Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 at 1:00 pm


Central College Graduate Kari Grindberg and Hearthstone Wellness Director Natasha Nikkel discuss a unique internship experience new to Fair Haven East this summer.

Let’s Talk Pella – Vermeer Teacher Internships

Posted: Monday, August 6th, 2018 at 1:00 pm


Pella High School Teacher Nathan Masbergen discusses a two-week training program he attended with numerous area teachers at Vermeer Corporation this summer.

Let’s Talk Pella – School Board Update

Posted: Friday, August 3rd, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Pella Superintendent Greg Ebeling discusses a financial projection discussed at this week’s Pella School Board meeting, as well as the board’s legislative lobbying priories through the Iowa Association of School Boards.

Let’s Talk Pella – Red Rock Water Control Plan Update

Posted: Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Chief of the Hydrology Branch for the Rock Island District Kevin Landwehr with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discusses the ongoing process to update the control manual for the Des Moines River Basin and Lake Red Rock.

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Let’s Talk Pella – Community Conversations Forum in Pella

Posted: Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 at 1:00 pm


Jeff Kluever and Amy Smit with the Robert D. and Billie Ray Center, and Cheryl Graeve, National Organizer at National Institute for Civil Discourse, talk about the Community Conversations Forum at Central College held Tuesday, and the importance of civil discourse in everyday discussion.

Let’s Talk Pella – Sensory Friendly Library

Posted: Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 at 1:00 pm


Assistant Pella Library Director Chris Brown and Elise Spronk with Kinetic Edge Physical Library discuss how the Pella Public Library is becoming sensory friendly.

Let’s Talk Pella – Pella Police Recall Response to Tornado

Posted: Monday, July 30th, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Detective Justin Bailey and Officer Joshua Boone remember their response to the tornado that hit Vermeer Corporation on July 19th.

Let’s Talk Pella – The Well Tornado Relief Fund

Posted: Friday, July 27th, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Executive Director of The Well Jayson Henry discusses their tornado relief fund established to help anyone impacted by the tornadoes in the Pella area on Thursday, July 19th.

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Let’s Talk Pella – Pella Christian Grade School 529 Plans and Construction Update

Posted: Thursday, July 26th, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Head of School David Te Grotenhuis discusses how changes to 529 savings plans can help families at Pella Christian and the latest with renovations.

Let’s Talk Pella – Marion County Employer Survey

Posted: Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Executive Director of the Marion County Development Commission Carla Eysink discusses a survey of 37 local employers about how they are doing compared to the rest of the state and the issues they face in growing locally.

Let’s Talk Pella – Kiss Me, Kate and the Union Street Players

Posted: Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Show Director Pati Van Zante and actors Lynn Cooper and Spence Vermeer preview the Union Street Players production of Kiss Me, Kate. Tickets are available at unionstreetplayers.com.

Let’s Talk Pella – Witnesses Respond to Tornadoes Wrath at Vermeer

Posted: Monday, July 23rd, 2018 at 1:00 pm


On today’s program, we talk with individuals who were among the first from outside of Vermeer Corporation to witness the damage wrought by an EF-3 tornado firsthand.

Elise Beukelman was driving on 240th Place toward Vermeer (video above), soon after she was able to see a large tornado cross over the Vermeer Mile.

Pella Hy-Vee Store Director Derek Sparks spent his Thursday evening and a good portion of his Friday providing food and water to first responders on scene.

Let’s Talk Pella – Reaction from Tornado Striking Vermeer

Posted: Friday, July 20th, 2018 at 1:00 pm


We recap some of the initial reaction to Thursday’s tornado. Stay tuned for more updates and interviews from the scene.

Let’s Talk Pella – City Council Latest

Posted: Thursday, July 19th, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Assistant City Administrator Corey Goodenow provides an update from this week’s Pella City Council meeting.

Let’s Talk Pella – Students and the Pella Youth Coalition

Posted: Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 at 1:00 pm


Students Grayson Parisee, Hanna Blom, and Keean Cadwell discuss their involvement in the Pella Youth Coalition. A youth block party for all high school students will be held on Thursday, July 26th from 6 to 9 p.m. at Caldwell Park, and the Pella Youth Coalition kick-off is on Wednesday, August 1st from 6 to 8 p.m.