After serving the Ottumwa community for 42 years, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Donald Berg has decided to retire. Berg says he’s been busy since the day he arrived in South Central Iowa back in 1975, when he took over the caseload of another surgeon Dr. Fox. Originally drafted into the armed forces, Dr. Berg entered a special program that allowed him to get medical training – he says he’s had days where he did 40 consults in an afternoon and has operated on literally thousands of joints – while ready for retirement he says he will miss his patients and staff, including a physicians assistant who has been on his team for 32 years.
Christmas is coming, and that means ringing bells and shiny red kettles will soon make their return to Pella store fronts. The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign begins Thanksgiving night in Pella; it began the campaign in San Francisco in 1891, and according to the Salvation Army continues to be their biggest fundraiser. Sherril Graham, Pella’s Red Kettle Campaign Coordinator, said $49,224.31 was raised in Marion County last year, with bell ringers in Pella netting $15,611.32.