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Good Friday morning to you!

Paper or plastic?

At our home, a brown paper bag simply cannot be found. My wife prefers the plastic grocery bags, and since she does most of the shopping, that’s what we have. Admittedly, they come in handy with the family dog’s duties, but I cringe each time I see them blowing in tree branches or stuck in ditches. The better solutions are the reusable bags, but we don’t seem to remember to put them back in our vehicles after each use. Change isn’t easy. Thankfully, Margaret Knight didn't give up that readily.

Margaret is the inventor of the iconic flat-bottomed, brown-paper grocery bag. She envisioned this idea while working for the Colombia Bag Factory in Springfield, Massachusetts, where her job was to fold paper bags by hand. This was a slow and inefficient process that resulted in many irregularities in the bags. Margaret began to draw up plans for a machine that would automate the manufacturing of these paper bags so that the bottoms were flat. She filed for a patent for her invention but was surprised to learn that one had already been awarded to Charles Anon, a man who was familiar with her design. Margaret hired an attorney and sued, claiming this invention was her own. The court ultimately sided in Margaret’s favor, and she was awarded a patent for her machine in 1871. Although improvements have been made to her design over the years, Margaret’s bag is quite similar to the brown paper grocery bag still in use today.

I thought of the brown paper bags when I heard a reference to elementary grade students who wrapped their textbooks in them and then customized the covers to their liking with crayons, markers or pens. I was one of those students, although I am not sure I could recall the exact cutting and taping process today. Margaret likely didn’t envision that use, but her invention clearly made grocery sacking, carrying and delivering much simpler. And if she were alive today, she would certainly cringe at the sight of the plastic bag waste, too.

Paper or plastic? Think of Margaret before you answer next time.

Have a fantastic Friday and, as always, thanks for reading.


Shane Goodman
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Warm and dry weather continues into the weekend. There’s a slight rain chance ahead Sunday afternoon, with another on Tuesday.

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Things To Do

Friday, Sept. 10 (through Sept. 26)
At: Des Moines Playhouse - John Viars Theatre
Info: In a late-1920s Berlin nightclub, a garish master of ceremonies assures the audience they will forget all their troubles at the cabaret. As his bawdy songs provide wry commentary, “Cabaret” explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life in Berlin as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. The Playhouse is located in Des Moines at 831 42nd St. For more information, visit www.dmplayhouse.com.

Saturday, Sept. 11
At: Wells Fargo Arena
Country icon Alan Jackson performs an impressive repertoire that places him alongside country music’s greatest names — enduring hits such as his debut single “Here in The Real World,” and signature songs “Chattahoochee,” “Drive,” “Gone Country,” “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and others. The Iowa Events Center is located in Des Moines at 730 Third St. For more information, visit www.iowaeventscenter.com/events.

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

1400 block E. MLK Parkway
1600 block S.E. 14th St.
1800 block Maury St.

56th Street from Douglas Avenue to Madison Avenue will be closed beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 9, 2021, through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

A project to reconstruct the right lane of eastbound Interstate 235 over Cummins Parkway at mile marker 4.3 requires shifting traffic to the left on the roadway for a short distance from 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, until 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, weather permitting,

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: 9/11: Always Remember

DES MOINES, Iowa — Tonight at 9 p.m., KCCI will commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Tune in to our primetime special, "9/11: Always Remember," as we look at that day through the eyes of Iowans 20 years later. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Developer agrees to buy, rehabilitate historic Des Moines Fire Department headquarters

DES MOINES, Iowa — One of Des Moines’ most culturally significant buildings is almost in new hands. Abbott Properties of Kansas City has agreed to buy the historic Des Moines Fire Department Headquarters on 9th and Mulberry. According to city council documents, the landmark sold for $3.1 million, with Abbott Properties agreeing to invest $3.5 million into building rehabilitation.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Ex-Des Moines Public Schools employee facing multiple felony theft charges following January audit report

A former Des Moines Public Schools employee accused of receiving improper payments while working for the district turned himself into jail Tuesday, according to the Des Moines Police Department...... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (46-65) defeated the Toledo Mud Hens (64-47) by a score of 5-1, snapping a seven-game home losing streak on Thursday night at Principal Park. ... READ MORE
MLB: Cardinals 2 Dodgers 1, Athletics 3 White Sox 1, Indians 4 Twins 1, Royals 6 Orioles 0, ...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 Personal Trainer
1. Neil Patel
2. Andrew Seymour
3. Nikki Jones


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Meet Bennet, a TheraPet: A little snuggle can help relieve anxiety.

By TK West

Bennet, a three-and-a-half-year-old golden retriever, is a happy and gentle dog that loves to play, swim, and, most of all, interact with people. Because of this, Bennet and his owner, Cyndy Phelps, have volunteered with the ARL TheraPets program for almost two years. In addition, Bennet is a fully trained therapy dog who has earned his AKC Canine Good Citizen award. Phelps says that she and Bennet were first introduced to ARL TheraPets by a Southeast Polk reading specialist whose dog also participates in the program.

“I am so blessed to have this dog in my life. He is a special pup,” Phelps says. “If someone is having a hard day, Bennet seems to know that, through a snuggle or pet, things can seem better and that stress and anxiety can be lessened.”


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