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Good Friday morning to you!

Memorial Day has become part of a three-day weekend that many Americans cherish as the unofficial beginning of summer by firing up the grill, sharing time with friends and family, and cracking open a few cold beverages — and I do much of the same. But I also worry that many of us have forgotten the meaning of this important holiday.

My father was a veteran of the Korean War and experienced the battlefield. He lost comrades and friends in this war, and, as such, Memorial Day affected him in ways most of us can’t understand. As a child, I joined Dad in viewing the Memorial Day parade and service each year to honor those who had fallen. It was a dutiful yet humbling experience for both of us, and it brought a tear to Dad’s eyes each year.

Years later, I took my young children to Memorial Day services at a cemetery near our home. My kids didn't understand why we were there or why it brought a tear to my eyes, too, but they respectfully joined me and listened while I did my best to explain. An elderly woman walked up to me in one of those early years and thanked me for bringing my children and helping to teach them the importance of Memorial Day. That one comment motivated me to continue to attend these services and to honor those who gave their lives for us. I hope that my comments here may do the same for you.

Thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

The Scene

Two of Des Moines' top restaurateurs are ready to open a unique collaboration in Windsor Heights. Joe Tripp (the only James Beard Awards semifinalist from the city in four years) and Simon Goheen (owner of Simon's, the Best Restaurant Period by CV readers) are ready to open a New York City style diner with Jewish roots in the former Baru 66. The hang up is Windsor Heights construction on University. Juneteenth remains vague as it was at the end of the Civil War.  — Jim Duncan, The Food Dude

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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain will be with us for part of the morning and clouds for most of the day on this very cool Friday. Saturday and Sunday will be better with highs in the mid-60’s. Rain chances reenter the forecast Sunday night into Memorial Day. Temperatures in the 70’s return on Tuesday.

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Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

900 Maury Street
800 S.E. 14th Street
100 S.E. 6th Street

Effective 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 28, to 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 29 and  5:00 p.m. Saturday, May 29, to 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 30: Court Avenue from 2nd Avenue to 4th Street and 3rd Street from Walnut Street to Vine Street.


A.M. Headlines

Des Moines City buildings reopen June 1

After more than 14 months of COVID precautions, restrictions and closures to the public, Des Moines next week will reopen its City administration buildings. The reopening on Tuesday, June 1 includes the City Hall, Argonne Armory, Municipal Service Center, and Public Works buildings, the Des Moines Wastewater Reclamation Authority (WRA) and the office location for the Civil & Human Rights Department at Polk County River Place.

State confirms first case of West Nile

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the first case of West Nile virus infection reported in 2021, an older adult (aged 61 years to 80 years) from Montgomery County. The case was confirmed through a test at the State Hygienic Lab.

“Humans get infected with West Nile virus through a mosquito bite and being outside means there's a risk for West Nile virus infection. But we have easily accessible preventive tools like insect repellent, that can help keep Iowans safe from mosquito bites, which lowers the risk of West Nile infection" said IDPH Medical Director & State Epidemiologist Dr. Caitlin Pedati.

FROM KCCI: ISP: 2 juveniles dead, 2 with life threatening injuries after train hits truck

CLARKE COUNTY, Iowa — The Iowa State Patrol has confirmed that two people are dead after a train hit a vehicle on Thursday evening. Sgt. Alex Dinkla told KCCI at about 4:30 p.m., a Chevy Silverado pickup truck was traveling east on a level B road near Kendall Street and 160th Avenue in Clarke County. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Watch: Iowa’s first glow-in-the-dark trail officially opens

VINTON, Iowa – A uniquie new trail is now open to Iowa riders – though it has already been drawing a crowd. The Nathan’s Miles Trail – perhaps the longest glow-in-the-dark trail in the world – has it’s ceremonial opening Thursday night.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines welcomes MMA fighters for Friday night events

This Friday, mixed martial arts, or MMA, fighting is coming to Wells Fargo Arena. Xtreme Fighting Championships fighters will take the hectogon at 6 p.m. Friday. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs lost a close game to St. Paul on Thursday at Principal Park, falling 4-2 on a ninth-inning rally by the Saints. READ MORE...
MLB: Cubs 5 Pirates 3, Rays 7 Royals 2, White Sox 5  Orioles 1, Cardinals 5 D-Backs 4  READ MORE...
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Place for Cryotherapy
1. CryoSpa Mind & Body Wellness
2. KryoVitality
3. Hassel Family Chiropractic


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Meet Sharon Jensen
: Practicing what she “teaches”

By Becky Kolosik

Educators who engage in lifelong learning set an example for their students because they practice what they teach.

Simpson Professor of Education Sharon Jensen says it was her undergraduate advisor at Simpson College who first fueled her desire to become a lifelong learner.

“I was also fortunate to have passionate grad school professors who helped continue that enthusiasm.”

Jensen grew up on a farm near a small town of 300 people in southwest central Iowa — just an hour and 15 minutes west on Highway 92.
While it may sound cliché, Jensen knew from the time she was a third grader that she wanted to follow in her mom’s footsteps and become a teacher.

And she has her third-grade teacher to thank, too.


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Explore Des Moines

The Spring/Summer 2021 Explore Des Moines is CITYVIEW's seasonal guide for activities and things to do in central Iowa. Don't miss out on the wonderful offerings in arts, entertainment, tourism and more! Get your digital edition! Click the link below.

Explore Des Moines
Things To Do

Friday, May 28
⇛Night Ranger and Skid Row and Great White! Wow.
At: Boone Iowa River Valley Festival
Info: Night Ranger, Skid Row, Great White to play Memorial weekend, May 28-30, in Boone County, Seven Oaks Recreation, 222nd Drive, Boone.

Saturday, May 29
U.S. Veterans Car/Truck Show
The Fourth Annual U.S. Veterans Car/Truck Show will be held at the VA CIHCS Hospital parking lot, 3600 30th St., Des Moines. Rain date is Sunday, May 30. Food stands, music, silent auction and prizes are planned. Admission is free for spectators. Vehicle Exhibitor Registration is $20 day of the show. COVID-19 protocols will be followed.


“The Shish Tawook and Shawarma with rice, lettuce and tomato drizzled in Tahini sauce and spices from Lazize Mediterranean Grill at Merle Hay Mall Local Eats Food Hall is worth the wait.” — Photo by Cady Colosimo

Want to see your photo included in the Daily Umbrella? Send your Snapshots to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com, and maybe it will be chosen!

Digital Editions
Bondurant Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The May issue features information about two upcoming community events — Summerfest and Celebrate Bondurant — as well as other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Cameron Boyce, Carey Mulligan, Seth Rollins, Michael Oher, Gladys Knight, John Fogerty, Laura Bailey, Sondra Locke, Patch Adams, Jim Thorpe... James Francis Thorpe was an American athlete and Olympic gold medalist. A member of the Sac and Fox Nation, Thorpe became the first Native American to win a gold medal for the United States.

SUBMIT: Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday or a Congratulations on their big day? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Poll of the Week

Would you buy a used mattress?




Which ice cream flavor would you choose?

French Vanilla - 26%
Chocolate - 9%
Swirl - 14%
Mint Chocolate Chip - 32%
Cookies and Cream - 19%

Morning Chuckle: Condiment Week!
What did May have when she spilled mayonnaise in the sink?

How do you make a pancake smile?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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