Names & Notes

Bryan completes Ford ASSET training

Jensen Ford Lincoln service technician Don Bryan completed the Ford ASSET Automotive Program from Des Moines Area Community College. He lives in Grinnell with his two children. He enjoys playing recreational sports in the Marshalltown and Grinnell area Park and Rec programs.

He now joins our service team as a full-time technician. He is certified in several different areas such as braking/steering/suspension, diesel, electrical and electronics, hybrids and transmissions to name a few. The service department is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. They can be reached at 641-753-5593.

Tama Native publishes ‘Lyle’s Laws’

Tama native Lyle Feisel has published his new book, “Lyle’s Laws.” The book is a collection of short essays, each dealing with some aspect of life and work. The author brings a very personal dimension to his commentary by sharing anecdotes about growing up on a farm near Tama, attending high school there, parenting three children and traveling the world. The essays are entertaining and insightful, offering ideas on – and acknowledging the challenges of – conducting oneself appropriately, making good decisions and navigating tough times.

Educators and parents will find “Lyle’s Laws” to be a useful starting point for discussions on honesty, ethics and career preparation. The casual reader, from any walk of life, will find it thought-provoking and entertaining and will be likely to pass it on to a friend.

Feisel, who grew up in Tama and graduated from Iowa State University, is an engineer who has also worked as a farmhand, metalsmith, construction worker, truck driver, sailor, theater manager, association executive, professor and university dean. He is now retired and lives in St. Michaels, Md.

“Lyle’s Laws” is published by Brooklyn River Press, Brooklyn N.Y., and is available through major online book distributors such as Amazon and

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