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Happy Friday morning!

The votes have been tallied, and the winners will be announced starting today at noon. Of course, I am speaking of our 2021 CITYVIEW Best of Des Moines readers’ poll, which had a record number of votes this year. The results, as typical, will be published in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine. But if you want a sneak preview, you can check out our virtual presentations, which start today at noon. These virtual events are open to the public, so grab your lunch and join us for any or all of our six segments, which are:

EATS segment
Friday, Jan. 28

Friday, Jan. 28
12:30 p.m.

SHOPPING segment
Monday, Feb. 1

Monday, Feb. 1
12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Tuesday, Feb. 2
12:30 p.m.

I hope you can join us and celebrate the BEST. Have a great Friday!


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Des Moines Weather
High 33. Low 29. Slight chance of some rain. Clouds will increase as the day progresses. Light winds out of the southeast.
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: 'Keep and bear arms' amendment passes Statehouse, now headed to voters

The Iowa House and Senate have passed an amendment to the Iowa Constitution that would declare that the "right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." The final vote for the House came shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday. This is the second time the bill has moved through the legislature, having been approved in 2019. It will now appear before voters in the 2022 general election. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Des Moines Snow Removal Budget Still Solid Despite Record Breaking Storm

DES MOINES, IOWA — The record-setting storm that hit Des Moines on Monday and Tuesday cost the city $335,000 to clear. But Des Moines Public Works says its snow removal budget is still doing fine, despite nearly a foot of snow falling in 24 hours. So far this winter season, the city of Des Moines has seen 41.9″ of snow. That’s is already above the 10-year-average of 36.5″ of snow. Despite being ahead of average for snow, the city says it still has two-thirds of its snow removal budget available. They say that is partly to do with the size of the storms we’ve seen.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV 13

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Cricket-based food business expanded into nearly two dozen stores in 2020

COLLINS, Iowa — While many businesses struggled in 2020 due to the impacts of the coronavirus, the owner of Gym-N-Eat Crickets said her business saw an increase in sales.
Shelby Smith started the unusual food business in 2018. She sells dry-roasted crickets that come in an assortment of flavors, cricket protein bars and cricket powder..… 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 West Glen Restaurant for 2020 was:

1. Bonefish Grill

2. Blu Toro Cantina & Grill

3. Banana Leaf

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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Speed and adventure drive Becker: Riding UTVs becomes a family passion.

Jesse Becker has been riding UTVs since early 2003. Before her children were born, she and her husband drove a side by side. After having children, they switched over to a four-seater side by side. Now that their children are older, Jesse and her family ride two two-seater UTVs. 
“I always rode three wheelers and dirt bikes when I was a kid at my dad’s property,” explains Jesse. “I used to live in Michigan. We rode all over there and in the Upper Peninsula, and we drove snowmobiles all around. We like riding the sand dunes in Michigan. That’s probably our favorite riding.” 


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Things To Do

Friday, Jan. 29:
Sunny Sweeney, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
At: Wooly's
Info: www.firstfleetconcerts.com/listing
Sunny Sweeney makes it look easy. Just as comfortable commanding a stadium stage on tour with Bob Seger as she is pouring her heart out from a listening-room stool, she is an outlier: A humble East Texas kid with super-star chops, singing her own songs made up of equal parts wit, soul, and hard truth.

Must RSVP on....Friday, Jan. 29 to view the following shows:
Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m.
"Nickel and Dimed" by Joan Holden
At: The Internet
Info: TheatreMidwest presents a free Online Fresh Produce Concert Reading. RSVP online at TheatreMidwest.org. A link for viewing will be sent approximately 12-24 hours prior to to those who RSVP.
SUMMARY: A middle-aged, middle-class woman goes undercover and experiences hardships associated with working low-wage service jobs first-hand in Nickel and Dimed by Joan Holden.


"Peek-a-Boo!"  Photo by Tammy Pearson, who knows our readers can do better!  Send your Snapshots 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
Why did the Algebra teacher confiscate the rubber band pistol?

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