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Happy Tuesday morning to you!

Snow. You either love it, or you hate it. But if you are living in Iowa, you better get used to it. And why not?

Snowstorms bring me back to my childhood days, playing for countless hours, all bundled up for the winter weather, sledding on the hills. I also remember my brother Brian getting his dirt bike out and racing around in the snow on an open lot near our childhood home. He convinced me to allow him to tie my sled to the back of his motorcycle and pull me around. It was fun for a few laps, until he fell to the temptation of taking me airborne — Evel Knievel style — over a snow pile, eventually landing squarely on my behind. I didn’t break any bones, but my plastic sled was in pieces. My brother then found out how fast a little guy in tears could run home with both hands on his buttocks. He chased after me in hopes of stopping me from ratting him out to Mom. He wasn’t fast enough.

Hopefully this snowstorm didn’t leave you with too much soreness or a reason to tell on your siblings. Just go with it and enjoy the winter weather. After all, it’s Iowa.

Have a great Tuesday!


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Des Moines Weather
Some snow showers this morning. High 22. Low 13... and even colder temperatures coming tomorrow (hint, the low will drop below 0).
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Iowa State athletic finances improving; new projects planned

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State’s athletic budget outlook is better than expected, and the school will push forward with several initiatives hoped to create new revenue streams, athletic director Jamie Pollard said in a video sent to fans Monday. The COVID-19 pandemic was expected to cause operating revenue to decrease from $90 million to $43 million and, after cost-savings measures, leave the department with a $35 million deficit. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Public Officials React to the Governor’s Proposed Back the Blue Act

AMES, Iowa– During Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Condition of the State Address, she proposed a bill she wants to introduce to the Statehouse that addresses attacks on law enforcement..  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV 13

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowan feels like she's 'competing' for vaccine appointment

DES MOINES, Iowa — More than 180,000 Iowans have received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday afternoon, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.
But pharmacies and local public health departments are overwhelmed with inquiries from Iowans wondering when they will be next. .… READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Best Of Des Moines 2020

Best of Des Moines 2021 winners to be announced in upcoming virtual events!

Join us for the 2021 Best of Des Moines Virtual Events, where we will announce the winners in each of our six categories from our 2021 poll. Each event will consist of a 20-minute video announcing the finalists for each poll question and the top vote-getter from CITYVIEW readers. 
Click here for details!

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2020 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers’ poll. CITYVIEW readers said the Best Local Burger for 2020 were:

1. B-Bop’s

2. Zombie Burger + Drink Lab

3. Dirt Burger

What do you think? See the results in all 250 categories from the original and most relevant readers’ poll in the area.
Watch for the Best Of Des Moines 2021 winners in February’s CITYVIEW!


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Pandemic sparks Lundstrom to write books

In March of 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began, Ankeny’s Jessica Lundstrom was as perplexed as everyone else. The questions were many. What is this? How long will it last?
But instead of getting mired in negativity, Lundstrom turned to her creative side and published two books: one for children titled “When Am I Supposed To Wear A Mask?” that hit shelves in October; and a second book, “The Adults Can Read Between the Lines,” a book of poetry.
Lundstrom says it was her two young sons and their reactions to having to suddenly wear masks in public that gave her the idea to write the children’s book.


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Things To Do
Take a photo!
Enjoy the snow. Build a snowman, throw a snowball, make snow angels, sled. snowshoe. But whichever you do, be sure to take a photo and send it to us for The Daily Umbrella! Email your photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Sara Goodman of Johnston submits this photo of her dog, Kobie, taking great interest in the snow and the deer in the backyard during Monday afternoon’s snowstorm.

Has your family been having fun in the snow this month... snowmen, sledding, snow angels? Send us a photo! Email it to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com and maybe it will be chosen!

Digital Editions
Iowa Living magazines are published each month and mailed to every household in the communities of Johnston, Urbandale, Grimes, Dallas Center, Clive, Norwalk, Adel, De Soto, Minburn, Waukee, Winterset, Indianola, Altoona, Bondurant, Ankeny, Polk City, Sheldahl, Elkhart and Alleman, as well as the Jordan Creek neighborhood of West Des Moines. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. View a sample digital edition from this week here.
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Poll of the Week

How many miles do you drive your vehicle on average each year?

5,000 miles or less
10,000 miles
15,000 miles
20,000 miles
25,000 miles or more

How do you deal with snow on your sidewalks and driveway?

• Shovel it - 27 percent
• Use a snowblower - 59 percent
• Hire someone to remove it - 11 percent
• Wait for it to melt - 3 percent

Morning Chuckle
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