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Good Friday morning to you!

 When I first met my friend and CITYVIEW columnist Joe Weeg, I walked into our conference room at Big Green Umbrella Media headquarters with a pen and a yellow legal pad. He immediately started laughing at me. “I remember when I used to carry those things around,” the now-retired Polk County prosecutor told me. “These days, I carry a cup of coffee,” he said with that famous sparkle in his eye.

And there you have it. The legal pad. The go-to note-taker for many of us. It is my lifeblood. Three ruler-drawn columns with six spaces for my tasks of each weekday and a catch-all for everything else. As each task is completed, it is crossed off. It’s a simple process in today’s overly complicated digital world, but it works for me — and it has for years.

In going through boxes of old stuff in the basement of our home, I found many of my college textbooks and a stack of spiral notebooks. They were full of my tasks of the day, written out in the same way I do now. One of the notebooks was unused and inserted in a green plastic cover. Perfect! I took it to work and used it instead of the standard yellow legal pad that Joe mocked me about. Being packed away tightly for 31 years kept the pages of this notebook crisp and white.

While using it, I ripped out some pages and couldn't help but think of my seventh grade English teacher, Mrs. Manske. She was a wonderful instructor and a pleasant woman, but we students knew her point of irritation. She would become deeply annoyed by the ragged edges of a piece of paper torn from a spiral notebook. As such, she required loose leaf sheets from her students for all assignments. If a student only had a spiral notebook, then she would demand that the frayed edges be cut off evenly with scissors before being handed in. I think it all had to do with her ability — or inability — to jog the papers into neat stacks. I couldn’t appreciate her obsessive-compulsive behavior as a 13-year-old, but now I can truly relate.

With textbooks becoming obsolete and iPads filling up bookbags for many of today’s students, the spiral notebook may have gone the way of the dinosaur. With that in mind, I will hang on to this one, carefully drawing my ruler lines on each page until I am down to the last sheet. Then it’s back to the yellow legal pad, regardless of what Joe Weeg has to say.

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

Rain moves in today, especially during the afternoon hours. The weekend looks gorgeous as a warming trend moves back in into Monday, when rain chances increase late. Cooler weather follows.

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Things To Do

Friday, Sept. 17
At:Wells Fargo Arena
Info: An Evening with Michael Buble? Enough said. 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!

700 SW 3rd St.
700 SW ML King, Jr Pkwy
1600 SE 6th St.

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.

A project to reconstruct the two right lanes of northbound Interstate 35/eastbound Interstate 80 over Hickman Road requires shifting traffic to the left two lanes from 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, until 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 20, weather permitting.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Vigil remembers DSM woman killed over lawn tractor dispute

DES MOINES, Iowa — Family and friends are mourning the loss of Amber Burton, the 42-year-0ld Des Moines woman who was shot on Sunday. Des Moines police officers found Burton's body at home in the 900 block of Randolph Street on Sunday. They were called there due to reports about a dispute. Police say 50-year-old Nery Arnoldo Lopez Morales is charged with first-degree murder.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Proposed new congressional map could radically change Iowa political landscape

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s four congressional districts would include two that lean heavily toward Republicans, one that favors Democrats and one that both parties would have a chance at winning under proposed redistricting maps released Thursday by a nonpartisan agency. .  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: West Des Moines schools will reinstate mask mandate, Waukee will not

TDes Moines, Ames, Urbandale and West Des Moines all reinstated their mask requirements within days of a federal judge's order that lifted the ban on mandates. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (49-68) came out on top of a back-and-forth contest with the Omaha Storm Chasers (64-53) on Thursday at Werner Park, notching an 8-5 victory to extend their winning streak to three games.  ...READ MORE
MLB:  Athletics 7 Royals 2, Angels 9 White Sox 3, Phillies 17 Cubs 8...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 Nachos
1. University Library Café
2. Jethro’s
3. Smokey D’s BBQ


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Top of the world:

What goes up must come… to Iowa?

By Jeff Pitts

Big mountain adventures while helicopter skiing Alaska? If you find yourself asking what that is, just keep reading.

Mike Thompson knows a thing or two about the aforementioned mouthful. He helped pioneer the sport.

Born in Minnesota, Thompson moved to Colorado as a teen after his father passed away.

“I wholeheartedly put myself to skiing,” he remembers.

The youth grew to be more than capable on skis and started on the Pro Mogul Tour out of high school and into college.

“Back in the 1980s, we were kind of the rebels of the mountain,” he says of extreme skiers.


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It was September 23, 1959, the day that Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev came to town to visit his friend, seed corn salesman Roswell Garst, and to witness cutting-edge American agricultural technology. The event drew hundreds of reporters and thousands of curiosity-seekers eager to catch a glimpse of the world’s leading Communist. He is seen here riding with Governor Harold Hughes and being escorted by the Des Moines Police Department. — Photo submitted by Paul Houston
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Ankeny 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 September issue here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Laura McClatchey!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Narendra Modi, John Ritter, Kyle Chandler, Hank Williams, Phil Jackson, Cassandra Peterson, Jimmie Johnson, Rasheed Wallace.

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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 happened when the red ship crashed into the blue ship?
 The crews were marooned! Got it Judy Anderson! Gail Tomlinson and Peter Gardner were on the right track!
How does an Eskimo stick his house together?

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