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Good Wednesday morning to you!

Do you remember pulling up to the gas pump and carefully filling your tank by rounding to the nearest dollar? Some of you may recall the days before auto-shut-offs when you would overfill your tank and have gas spill all over the side of your car and the pavement. And a select few of you may even recollect driving off from the station with the nozzle still in your tank and the hose dragging down the road.

Some of the more age-experienced readers of this column may even reminisce about the days of the full service station when a friendly attendant would not only fill your tank but check your oil and wash your windshield. “Fill ’er up!”

Believe it or not, there was a time when buying gasoline was straightforward. Then along came a gazillion choices. It started in the 1970s with unleaded, and that was simple enough. Now we have a variety of octane choices along with three different ethanol blends. I didn’t know I needed a master’s degree in petroleum engineering to fill my car with gas.

Unfortunately, choosing your gas is just part of the process. Although I appreciate the whole pay-at-the-pump idea — as it prevents me from indulging in a Coke Zero fountain drink and a bag of Skittles — I cringe at all the information I am now asked to submit at the pump and the seemingly endless questions I have to answer. Debit? Credit? Zip code? Fuel saver card? Car wash? And then, at some stations, I can’t concentrate because of the music blaring over the speakers and the barrage of ads popping up on the display screen. I just want some gas, for Pete’s sake!

But, alas, I eventually surrender my name, rank and serial number and begin fueling. And as I put the nozzle back in the pump and submit to accepting the entire pay-at-the-pump process, a message comes across the screen that I need to go inside the store to collect my receipt. Ugh. So I do — and I buy a Coke Zero fountain drink and a bag of Skittles.

“Fill ’er up!”

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman

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

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

More hot and dry weather through Thursday, then a decent chance of rain Friday. Saturday stays warm, but less humid. Breezy Sunday with another rain chance Sunday into Monday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Featured Event
Things To Do
Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.
⇛Bryce Vine - I Miss You A Little Tour
At: Val Air Ballroom, 301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines
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Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

5400 Park Avenue
2900 S.W. 23rd
3400 S.W. 9th

9th Street from Seneca Avenue to Madison Avenue will be closed between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 19.

28th Street between Ingersoll Avenue and Linden Street will be closed beginning on Thursday, August 19, through Friday, September 3. 

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Home near Norwalk hit by vehicle for third time

NORWALK, Iowa — Call it a house of cars. A home near Norwalk has the regrettable distinction have having been hit by three vehicles in the last two years. An additional five vehicles have crashed into other parts of the property during the same timeframe. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Behind the scenes at Barksdale’s State Fair Cookies

DES MOINES, Iowa — One of the staples at the Iowa State Fair is a cup of cookies. A few years ago, Joe Barksdale gave his business, Barksdale’s Cookies, to the Iowa State Fair. Now the fair has built a new central kitchen, churning out cookies to sell across the fairgrounds.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 'We served for a reason': Iowa VFW Commander encourages fellow veterans to seek support amid turmoil in Afghanistan

Commander Michael Braman urges veterans to reach out to their local VFW organization and contact their buddies from their time serving..... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (39-51) lost the suspended game from June 20 by a score of 6-5, and game one of their current series against the St. Paul Saints (50-41) 4-3, Tuesday at CHS Field. ... READ MORE
MLB: Cubs 2 Reds 1, Brewers 2 Cardinals 0, Royals 3 Astros 1, White Sox 9 Athletics 0, Royals 3 Astros 1 ...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 Wine Store
1. Ingersoll Wine & Spirits
2. WineStyles
3. Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits


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Meet Kim Reding
: Helping students feel safe and valued in the classroom.

By Becky Kolosik

As Kim Reding prepares her classroom for new students, she can’t help but feel excited for this school year. It’s been a couple of years since Irving has had a “normal” year-round schedule due to building renovations and then a pandemic, but students and teachers alike are ready to get back to learning together.

Reding has been in the classroom for 30 years — 19 of those in Indianola. It’s a community and district that has treated her and her family well. Her three grown daughters attended and graduated from Indianola schools.


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"Move in day for our son Max. Took this cool pic of the iconic Marston water tower at Iowa State University." Photo by Andrea Hodapp. The 168-foot tall water tower was the first elevated steel water tank west of the Mississippi when it was built in 1897. It was named after Anson Marston, the first dean of engineering at ISU. He designed and oversaw its construction.

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
Urbandale Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The August issue cover story, "Roll call," is out annual back-to-school issue. Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. Read the August issue here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Patrick Swayze, Robert Redford, Andy Samberg, Edward Norton, Christian Slater, Madeleine Stowe, Kaitlin Olson, Parker McKenna Posey, Denis Leary, Bob Harper, Bart Scott

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

Poll of the Week

When was the last time you bathed in a bathtub?

A day ago
A week ago
A month ago
More than a year ago


Results of last week's poll:

Do you know how to swim?

Yes - 81%
No - 19%

Morning Chuckle
What is a horse’s favorite sport?
STABLE TENNIS! Or Horseshoes (Judy Anderson and Shirley Petersen). Or Horsing Around (Larry Herren)

When does a horse talk?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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