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Good Friday morning to you!

We all need mentors, and I have been fortunate to have some great ones. I met one of them for lunch while he was in town this week. His name is Gary Gerlach, and he was one of my bosses for many years, presiding over numerous publishing companies including Partnership Press, Midwest Newspapers and New West Newspapers. Prior to that he was publisher of The Des Moines Register and served as the company’s general counsel. His resume certainly doesn’t stop there, and neither do his admirable qualities. Gary is a brilliant man who is full of positive energy and enthusiasm, and he has a deep desire to help others learn, even while into his retirement. I could write a book about all the things I have learned from Gary, but here are a few nuggets that I thought you might enjoy:

1. “Try not to look in the rearview mirror.” I once asked Gary about a newspaper he had sold, and he gave me that response. Learn from the past, but always look ahead, he told me. That proved to be great advice that stuck with me.

2. “Show that you can take care of what you have before you ask for more.” I took over the management of some underperforming companies for Gary through the years, often on a shoestring budget. I knew what I had to do. But as those companies showed profits, he showed not only a willingness, but a desire, to invest in them for more growth. In fact, he expected me to ask for more. But first I had to show a growth trend and an ability to properly manage the companies. That was an important lesson in personal responsibility… and rewards.

3. “There are three things to look for in employees: loyalty, hard work and talent — and in that order.” Talent is useless if not directly properly, he would tell me. Talent with hard work is a good combination, but only if the employee’s goals are in line with the company’s goals. Talent, hard work and loyalty are the winning combination. Loyalty is not blind faith, he would say, but rather a true commitment to work toward mutual goals.

4. “Our mission is to publish newspapers we are proud of, to make money and to have fun — and not necessarily in that order.” He said if you can’t be proud of your work, then you should find something else to do that you can be proud of. You should want to make more money personally, he said, and you should want your employer to make more money, too. The two go hand in hand. And through it all, you should be able to work with a genuine smile on your face and have fun. He led by example with that attitude, and from what I saw in him this week, he continues to do so.

I hope these pieces of advice connect with you like they have for me. Feel free to share with others, as I know Gary would approve.

Have a fantastic Friday, 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

A slight chance for a morning storm will be with us today. The heat sticks around through Saturday, but moderates a bit on Sunday as another decent rain chance moves in. Slight rain chances are ahead Monday night and Tuesday as well.

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

Things To Do

Saturday, Aug. 28
At: The Avenues, Des Moines
The 17th Annual Ingersoll LIVE runs this from 4-11 p.m. This free open-air street festival will bring live music, local artists, family-friendly games, food trucks and more to the 2800 block of Ingersoll. The live entertainment includes performances on three stages by: NOLA Jazz Band, Dick Danger Band, a Drag Show and She’s Crafty, an all-female Beastie Boys cover band from Chicago. New this year is a Community Stage, showcasing local talent with performances by Oakridge Neighborhood, Devine Dancers, City Voices, the Des Moines Playhouse and Roosevelt High School.
For more information, visit www.theavenuesdsm.com.

Saturday, Aug. 28: It’s a 7:05 kickoff for your Iowa Barnstormers indoor football team as they face the DC Gladiators in the IFL Playoffs. The game takes place at Wells Fargo Arena. The Barnstormers are the No. 4 seed taking on the No. 5 seed.
Call 515-633-2255 or visit http://bit.ly/2W9oUVb for tickets.

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

100 Indianola Rd
1600 SE 6th St
1200 MLK,Jr Pkwy

Traffic lanes on E Court Avenue from E 1st Street to E 3rd Street will be reduced beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 30, 2021, through 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 11, 2021. Local traffic will be maintained.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Polk County officials say one person died in crash near Army Post Road

The Polk County Sheriff's Office said that on Thursday, a vehicle crashed in the northbound lanes of the 65 bypass. A 53-year-old man from Pleasantville was killed in the crash according to authorities. His name will be released once family and friends are notified. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: HHS Secretary Becerra tells Iowans to get vaccinated to protect children

DES MOINES, IOWA — A member of President Biden’s Cabinet was in Des Moines on Thursday assess the surge of COVID-19 in Iowa. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra met with local leaders at the Polk County Health Department on Thursday morning. He’s on a tour of multiple states right now, including stops in Washington, North Carolina and Louisiana.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: How one Afghan family escaped to Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — More than 82,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan following the Taliban seizure of the country.  One of those families is now in Des Moines.
That family includes a mom, dad and kids said Kerri True-Funk, the field office director for U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). They've been in Iowa for a little more than a week...

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (42-57) dropped a close one in game three against the Omaha Storm Chasers (54-44) on Thursday night, falling 3-2 at Principal Park. ...READ MORE
MLB: White Sox 10 Blue Jays 7, Pirates 11 Cardinals 7, Red Sox 12 Twins 2, Royals 6 Mariners 4 ...READ MORE
The Iowa Barnstormers will face the Duke City Gladiators at Wells Fargo Arena in the first round of the 2021 Indoor Football League playoffs on Saturday, Aug. 28. Kickoff will be at 7:05pm with doors opening at 6:00pm.
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 to Purchase a Musical Instrument
1. Rieman Music
2. Uptempo Music
3. Professional Music Center


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Military pilot shares journey to highest rank

By Rachel Harrington

Greg Wilbur was born and raised in Indianola and lives there as he serves in the Army National Guard. His military career has taken him from a dream of flying helicopters to the reality of flying them in combat.

As a young high schooler, he dated a girl whose dad and older brother were serving in the Army.

“Her brother was always saying that I needed to join the Army,” says Wilbur. “My senior year, I was talking to her dad and said that I’d join the Army if I could fly a helicopter. He told me the Army had helicopters in Des Moines, and he took me and introduced me to a general there who said, if I could pass the tests, they’d send me to flight school. Her dad helped create the opportunity and facilitated getting me to the right people to make my passion happen.”


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Every day,  Officer Dao Meunsaveng and his dog, Bero, with the Des Moines Police Department come together to stop crime in its tracks. Where most coworkers spend only about nine hours a day together, the K9 unit is a 24-hour team.  In order to perform efficiently, the dog and handler form an equal partnership based on loyalty, training and, most importantly, a trustworthy bond. It’s time for a donut.  — Photo by Paul Houston. 
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Featured Events
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Aaron Paul, Alexa PenaVega, Sarah Chalke, Patrick J. Adams, Lyndon B. Johnson, Peter Stormare, Chandra Wilson, Paul Reubens, Blake Jenner, Cesar Millan, Suranne Jones, Barbara Bach, Amanda Fuller, Demetria McKinney, Darren McFadden

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Poll of the Week

How many postage stamps do you use per month?
16 or more
None of the above


Results of last week's poll:

When was the last time you bathed in a bathtub?

A day ago - 20%
A week ago - 2%
A month ago - 7%
More than a year ago - 67%
Never - 4%

Morning Chuckle
Why were the Australian members of a cooking show surprised when the audience applauded the chef's meringue?
What do you call a boomerang that doesn't come back?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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