Jim Fromm has been named the Indianola Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year.

Jim Fromm was sitting outside the snow fence that surrounded the intramural field at Simpson College in the summer of 1968 when he first felt the spark.

Governor Reynolds comes to call

Indianola's Jim Fromm couldn't inflate his balloon due to wind when Governor Kim Reynolds came to call, but he set up his basket so the governor could get a taste of the Classic. 


Balloonist Jim Fromm of Indianola inflated his balloon to promote the National Balloon Classic outside the Des Moines Metro Opera in 2019. Fromm is always willing to put his balloon to work promoting the event, said Staci Scheurenbrand, executive director.

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“Mom always said it was good to be good for nothing.”

My uptake on that was a little slow. Not the first time, won't be the last time.

But I like it. Thanks for that.


Congratulations, Jim....this is is well deserved. Darren and I have enjoyed getting to know you and Rita this year!

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