News | July 19, 2017

Sometimes, it’s an ice cream kind of day by 9 a.m.

St. Paul member Kristin Burns is the quality control manager for Whitey’s Ice Cream, the iconic Quad Cities sweet treat company. And yes, that means taste testing at all times of the day.

She spends her work hours in the company’s manufacturing facility, where every single tub of ice cream, topping, baked good, and filling is made for the company known for its red and white stores. She is surrounded by stainless steel equipment that churns, bakes, and packages. She walks among stacks of product in a freezer that is kept at 20-below-zero degrees year-round.

“I love hearing people’s stories,” Kristin said. “Ice cream is such an emotional food – people celebrate with it, or have some when things aren’t going so well. The stories give us a chance to step into their lives a little bit.”

But beyond the emotion, there’s a lot of science, food safety, and thought that goes into making ice cream, she said.

A little bit of history
Whitey’s Ice Cream was established in 1933 in Moline by Chester “Whitey” Lindgren, who received his nickname due to his white-blonde hair. In 1935, Whitey hired Bob Tunberg at the age of 15. Over the years Whitey and Bob became close friends. Bob and his wife, Norma, purchased Whitey’s Ice Cream in 1953.

During the day, Bob and Norma made the ice cream. At night, they worked in the store, on 16th Street in Moline. Their sons, Jeff and Jon, joined the business when they were old enough and started picking up trash in the parking lot before they went to school each morning. Today, Jeff and Jon serve as co-owners. The title of president remains vacant to honor their father, who died in 1991.

Whitey’s Ice Cream remained a one-store business until 1977, when a second store and larger manufacturing facility opened on 41st Street in Moline. Stores opened in East Moline and Rock Island in 1982. Whitey’s opened its first Iowa store in Bettendorf in 1984. The company now has 10 stores and is available in grocery stores across the Midwest.

Love and ice cream
Not only is Whitey’s Kristin’s workplace, it also happens to be where she met her husband, John, while on internship during college – a Whitey’s romance, she said. Kristin studied food science and chemistry in college, and went to work for another ice cream icon – Blue Bunny in LeMars, Iowa, right out of school.

Then, an opportunity came to return to the Quad Cities and work at Whitey’s. She’s been there about six years. Her husband also works in the food industry – with a Coca-Cola distributor.

She thinks about the appearance, flavor, and texture of the ice cream – the foundation is the ratio of milk, cream, sugar, and air (Whitey’s has very little air). She also is involved in developing new flavors and new products, and manages the company’s bakery.

So what’s her favorite kind of ice cream? Chocolate peanut butter revel. Which flavor could she leave behind? Black walnut. Does she ever get tired of ice cream? Not really.

“I’ve always liked ice cream,” she said with a smile.

One comment on “Yum!”

  • Don Garrison

    July 21, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    I’ve always liked ice cream too. Growing up in Peru, IN our special treat was hand packed black walnut. I’m salivating now!

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Isaiah 53:4-12

4Surely our griefs He Himself bore,

And our sorrows He carried;

Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,

Smitten of God, and afflicted.

5But He was pierced through for our transgressions,

He was crushed for our iniquities;

The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,

And by His scourging we are healed.

6All of us like sheep have gone astray,

Each of us has turned to his own way;

But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all

To fall on Him.

7He was oppressed and He was afflicted,

Yet He did not open His mouth;

Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,

And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,

So He did not open His mouth.

8By oppression and judgment He was taken away;

And as for His generation, who considered

That He was cut off out of the land of the living

For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?

9His grave was assigned with wicked men,

Yet He was with a rich man in His death,

Because He had done no violence,

Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

10But the LORD was pleased

To crush Him, putting Him to grief;

If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,

He will see His offspring,

He will prolong His days,

And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.

11As a result of the anguish of His soul,

He will see it and be satisfied;

By His knowledge the Righteous One,

My Servant, will justify the many,

As He will bear their iniquities.

12Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,

And He will divide the booty with the strong;

Because He poured out Himself to death,

And was numbered with the transgressors;

Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,

And interceded for the transgressors.

Psalm 91:9-16

9For you have made the LORD, my refuge,

Even the Most High, your dwelling place.

10No evil will befall you,

Nor will any plague come near your tent.

11For He will give His angels charge concerning you,

To guard you in all your ways.

12They will bear you up in their hands,

That you do not strike your foot against a stone.

13You will tread upon the lion and cobra,

The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.

14“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.

15“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will rescue him and honor him.

16“With a long life I will satisfy him

And let him see My salvation.”

Hebrews 5:1-10

The Perfect High Priest

1For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in things pertaining to God, in order to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins;2he can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness;3and because of it he is obligated to offer sacrifices for sins, as for the people, so also for himself.4And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was.

5So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him,



6just as He says also in another passage,



7In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.8Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.9And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,10being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

Mark 10:35-45

35James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, *came up to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You.”36And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?”37They said to Him, “Grant that we may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory.”38But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”39They said to Him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you shall drink; and you shall be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized.40“But to sit on My right or on My left, this is not Mine to give; but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

41Hearing this, the ten began to feel indignant with James and John.42Calling them to Himself, Jesus *said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them.43“But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant;44and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.45“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Bartimaeus Receives His Sight