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Good Friday morning to you!

Is the media biased? Unfortunately, a growing number of people think so. And, unfortunately, a growing number of people may be right. If we are being honest, we are all biased to some degree, and editors and journalists are no different. But rather than promoting local news, many media outlets are promoting their agendas, typically driven by the out-of-state corporations that own them. We think that is truly unfortunate. But, of course, our opinion on the subject of local ownership is also biased, because we are locally owned among a sea of newspapers, TV stations, radio stations, social media sites and other news outlets that are not. Be ready for more that are on their way here. Our advice on interpreting news is the same advice we offer on buying or accepting anything. Be careful. Be cautious. And consider the source. Does that media outlet have you and your community’s best interests in mind, or are they out-of-staters simply trying to make another buck? All media should be questioned and held accountable, and that includes us. Meanwhile, we appreciate your readership and the opportunity to serve you.

Now have a great Friday!


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Des Moines Weather
Colder days have arrived. Back to bundling up. High of 22, low of 9. But still plenty of sun to enjoy!
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Police: Man in critical condition after crash at Prospect Park

DES MOINES, Iowa — A man is in critical condition after Des Moines police say a car crashed into a tree in Prospect Park on Thursday afternoon. Police told KCCI that a single-vehicle crashed into a tree at the 1100 block of Prospect Road around 3 p.m. The man inside was taken to a local hospital. Prospect Road from Hickman Road closed for several hours but reopened a little after 6 p.m.. … READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Des Moines Market District Moves Forward

DES MOINES, Iowa. — The Des Moines Urban Design Review Board has given approval by a development group and MidAmerican Energy for the Des Moines Market District The former 39 acre industrial site is the planned development to include business and residential use. That also includes a riverfront park along the Des Moines River with a scenic view of the downtown skyline.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV 13

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowans 65 and up eligible for vaccine Feb. 1 in updated Phase 1B plan

JOHNSTON, Iowa — Even though Iowa is receiving small vaccine allocations, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday the state has expanded the Phase 1B group to include Iowans 65 years and older. Before Thursday, Phase 1B was reserved for Iowans 75 years and older.… READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Best Of 2020

Best of 2021 to be announced in virtual events!

Please 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’s Best Of Des Moines readers’ poll. CITYVIEW readers said the Best Local Bicycle Shops were:

1. Bike World

2. Kyle’s Bikes

3. Rasmussen Bike Shop

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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Meet Candace Berkley: Sharing a love of learning and literature

“Working with students in a variety of capacities has allowed me to know the students both in and out of the classroom and experience their surprising talents. Nurturing their creative and intellectual abilities has been very rewarding. I am continually amazed at the deep level of thought and unique perspectives that students bring to their work.” — Candace Berkley


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Things To Do

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 22-23
At: Fairgrounds - Jacobson Exhibition Center
Indoor Coke syrup racing featuring go-karts, four-wheelers, three-wheelers, quads, motorcycles and lawn mowers. The Great American Racing Show will also be in town and will run concurrently in the 4-H Building. For more information, visit www.battleatthebarn.com.


Photo by Jim Peters

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!

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Poll of the Week

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

• Shovel it
• Use a snowblower
• Hire someone to remove it
• Wait for it to melt

Results of last week's poll: What SHOULD the speed limit be on the Interstate?

55 mph: 8%

65 mph: 14%

75 mph: 65%

85 mph: 8%

No speed limit: 5%

Morning Chuckle
How about another pig riddle? What do you call a pig with laryngitis?

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