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Good Thursday morning to you!

Who do you like? And why? These are two easy questions that seemingly everyone can answer, and they are the premise of one of our most recent contests and events with CITYVIEW magazine — Des Moines’ Most Likeable People.

This fun social networking contest and charity event started out much differently. It was originally Des Moines’ Sexiest People, which was modeled after People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” and “Sexiest Woman Alive” articles. For our effort, we chose local people who we thought defined sexy, and we wrote a story explaining why. Brian Duffy also drew some amazing illustrations of each person for this light-hearted and fun feature story. In the six or so years that we did this, the list included locals like former WHO-TV anchor John Bachman, Des Moines Buccaneers GM Nate Teut, former DMPS superintendent Nancy Sebring, local musician Randy Burk, bar owner Frankie Farrell, Johnston Chamber of Commerce director Heather Goodwin, and former Des Moines Register publisher Laura Hollingsworth, among many others.

Our advertising sales manager at the time thought she could pull off an event tied into this, and she did. We invited our selection of Des Moines’ sexiest people to a party where they were honored and received gifts from local businesses. Those in attendance voted for their top selections via applause, and we officially named Des Moines’ Sexiest Man and Des Moines’ Sexiest Woman.

To be honest, it felt a bit awkward for most everyone involved — not as awkward as our Swimsuit Edition unveiling party, but still awkward. This was best summed up when honoree Mike Pace (the lottery, Iowa Realty and this-is-where-you-buy-your-Chevy spokesperson) called to let us know that he would not be able to attend our “sex party.”

So we decided to change it up. Being called sexy may be uncomfortable for some, but who doesn’t want to be called “likeable”? And who doesn’t want to promote a chosen charity? Bingo! We changed the rating process to fall in line with social media platforms, and we used Facebook to have our readers “like” each candidate. The top eight men and the top eight women with the most likes were then invited to a party where they and their chosen charities were honored. It worked immediately, and it continues to be successful.

So who do you like? And why? Take a minute now and visit mostlikeable.dmcityview.com where you can submit names and photos of people you like. Friends. Neighbors. Family members. Co-workers. Anyone you like. And then be sure to follow the link to the Facebook page later and “like” them there, too.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, 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

Another hot one today before shower and storm chances slide in later tonight into Friday evening. Following that, another push of summer with highs in the upper 80’s and low 90’s Saturday into Tuesday. We get a taste of Fall after that!

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

Things To Do

Thursday, Sept. 16
At: Water Works Park - Lauridsen Amphitheater
Info: On a sad day in March 2020, music stages around the nation went dark. In the year-plus since, Des Moines has been waiting, and it’s finally time for... Wilco. The Chicago-based alternative rock band arrives this month along with Trampled By Turtles. Doors at 5:30 p.m., the show starts at 7 p.m. Water Works Park is located in Des Moines at 2201 George Flagg Parkway. For more information, visit www.dsmwaterworkspark.com.

Featured Home For Sale
Attention realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact pat@dmcityview.com for details.
2401 Wild Ridge Drive
Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
This four-bedroom, three-bath house sits on 1.1 acres, and has a three-car attached garage and indoor pool  ...
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Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

500 Hartford St.
3100 SW 9th Ave.
1900 Park Ave.

Effective 9:00 a.m. Thursday, September 16, to 6:00 a.m. Monday, September 20: Grand Avenue from 12th Street to 14th Street (north lane until 11:00 a.m. Monday) 13th Street from Locust Street to Grand Avenue will be closed.

The Iowa State Patrol is leading Iowa’s statewide Traffic Fatality Reduction Task Force in an effort to reduce deaths on Iowa roadways. As part of that effort the Patrol will be conducting a special enforcement initiative geared toward reduction of speeding drivers on Thursday, September 16. This time period is one of the most deadly in the state according to the past 10 years of crash data.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Iowa may receive 695 Afghan evacuees for resettlement

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa is expected to receive 695 Afghan evacuees from the first group of arrivals to be resettled in the United States. The Biden administration on Wednesday began notifying governors and state refugee coordinators across the country about how many of the nearly 37,000 arrivals from that first wave are slated to be resettled in their states. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Urbandale School Board votes 4-3 in favor of requiring masks for students and staff members

URBANDALE, Iowa — The debate surrounding masks in Iowa schools is heating up once again, and the Urbandale School Board has now defined which side of the issue it stands on. The board voted four to three in favor of a mask mandate for Urbandale students and staff Wednesday night .  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: How the American Rescue Plan is supporting Iowa artists and their communities

The grants provided by the American Rescue Plan can be given to individual applicants or businesses related to arts and the humanities....... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (48-68) clubbed three home runs to take a 6-5 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers (64-52), Wednesday at Werner Park.  ...READ MORE
MLB:  Phillies 6 Cubs 5, Cardinals 11 Mets 4, Indians 12 Twins 3 , Athletics 12 Royals 10, Angels 3 White Sox 2 ...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 Insurance Agent
1. Cam Naylor - Farm Bureau
2. Cody Crumes, American Republic
3. Mark Courter - State Farm


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A penchant for a particular pickup: Huscher has owned six International Harvester pickups in his lifetime.

By Darren Tromblay

International Harvester is popular in the farming community due to its long and durable line of tractors, combines and other related equipment.

Waukee’s Rick Huscher is a fan of the brand, too, but for another reason: its old pickup trucks.

A 1950 International Harvester pickup that came out of Oregon — one of six he’s owned over the years — currently sits in his garage. Huscher bought his current fixer-upper seven years ago, but hasn’t done a lot to it just yet.
“It’s mostly been sitting while I’ve been collecting parts for it. But now I’m trying to put it back together,” he says.


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Moon songs: "Bad Moon Rising," "Yellow Moon," "Footprints on the Moon," "Harvest Moon," "Pink Moon," "Neon Moon" ... Photo by Tammy Pearson
Share your favorite snapshots! Email to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com to be included in an upcoming Daily Umbrella!
Digital Editions
Urbandale Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The September issue cover story, "Home Run," is about home improvement projects that "hit the ball out of the park." 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 July issue here.
Featured Events
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Nick Jonas, Marc Anthony, Alexis Bledel, Mickey Rourke, Amy Poehler, Jennifer Tilly, Lauren Bacall, B.B. King, Peter Falk, Richard Marx, Flo Rida, Madeline Zima, Molly Shannon, David Copperfield, Tamron Hall

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Poll of the Week

Have you ever had a manicure or pedicure?



Results of last week's poll:

If you could see one of these comedians perform today, which one would you pick?

George Carlin - 31%
Richard Pryor - 13%
Robin Williams - 48%
Redd Foxx - 3%
Joan Rivers - 5%

Morning Chuckle
What do you get if you cross a tiny fish and a little dog?
A GUPPY PUPPY! Good job Ken Rummer and Alysia Webster!
What happened when the red ship crashed into the blue ship?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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