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Good Friday morning to you!

The term “Iowa nice” started out as a compliment, but some of our wisecracking neighbors have begun using it when they want to insinuate that we Iowans are naive or ignorant or simply not as smart as they are. Well, if the worst thing they can call us is nice, then we should take that with a smile.

Most of you reading this have heard stories of farmers helping other farmers in times of need, specifically when disease or hardship hits a family and neighbors pitch in to help with planting, harvesting, livestock, etc. It’s just what you do when your friends are in need. And, thankfully, it’s not just Iowans, and not just farmers, who feel this way.

Just last week, I learned that our printer, Page 1 Printers in Slayton, Minnesota, caught on fire. The staff there said it “wasn’t bad,” but have you ever known a fire to be good? I haven’t. When my car caught on fire in college, my dad told me I should have let it burn. He was right. But when your home or business is on fire, that’s a different story.

Those working at the plant did their best to keep the flames under control, and they did, despite suffering some smoke inhalation. What happened next is truly “Iowa nice,” or maybe “Minnesota nice.” Much like our farming friends, others started pitching in to help out. Our magazine covers were already completed, but the inside pages were printed at another plant and then stitched together somewhere else again. Then a truck delivered them in the wee hours of the morning to be sure that our timelines were met.

With so much consolidation in the printing industry, there simply aren’t many printing plants left. Those that are seem to be owned by daily newspaper corporations that often put their needs ahead of their customers’. I don’t know if we are Page 1 Printers’ largest customer or not, but they sure make us feel like we are, and that’s what is important.

You can call it Iowa nice… even in Minnesota.

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

It’ll be a breezy one today with a slight chance for an afternoon shower. A warming trend kicks in for the second half of the weekend.

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

Things To Do

Friday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m.
⇛The Okee Dokee Brothers
At: Lauridsen Amphitheater, Water Works Park, 2201 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines
Info: Grammy award winners The Okee Dokee Brothers join forces with Sonia De Los Santos for this bilingual concert including both old and new songs. With an adventurous spirit and a common vision of peace and understanding, the concert encourages young and old to explore dance, song and laughter together.

WEEKEND BONUS: Illumifest: A Fall Festival of Light, 4-9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 25
At: West Des Moines City Campus
Illumifest will feature family entertainment, food trucks, live band and fireworks display, as well as hot air balloon rides, pedal boats, airbrush tattoos, inflatables and games, paper lantern painting, and balloon artist creations.

WEEKEND BONUS: Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival returns this weekend and offers academic scholarships, access to political candidates, entertainment, food and more. The two-day event, themed “Living la Fiesta,” will give Iowans a chance to enjoy a diverse combination of art exhibits, Latin food and musical performances while celebrating the positive influences of Latinos in Iowa and its communities. www.latinoheritagefestival.org

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

1400 block SW ML King, Jr Pkwy
100 block SE 6th St
700 block SE 14th St

A major traffic switch will take place in a busy area of West Des Moines on Monday, September 27. Construction crews will open Grand Avenue from 1st Street to the previous Wendy’s site and close Grand Avenue between the previous Wendy’s site to just east of 5th Street. The work on this phase of the project is scheduled to last through late November.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Iowa hospitals see rise in children getting sick with flu, RSV

DES MOINES, Iowa — Children in central Iowa are getting sick more often – even with illnesses other than COVID-19. That's according to Dr. Jessica Zuzga-Reed, a MercyOne pediatric intensive care unit physician. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Effort to sanction Iowa high school girls wrestling in the spotlight after University of Iowa decision

IOWA CITY, Iowa — When the University of Iowa announced its addition of women’s wrestling as a scholarship sport on Thursday, some wrestling advocates immediately wondered if the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union would give its approval next. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Tax incentives helping cities of Jefferson, Winterset upgrade housing

IOWA, USA — The state of Iowa is infusing new money into apartment renovations in key towns across the state. It's a solution to the housing shortage in rural Iowa, and leaders hope it will attract more young people to these communities.
Cities like Jefferson and Winterset are using tax incentives to turn old school buildings into places to live. ..

The Score
Iowa Cubs:The St. Paul Saints (62-60) clubbed three home runs, taking a 7-5 victory over the Iowa Cubs (51-71) in game two of the series, Thursday at CHS Field. . ... READ MORE
MLB:  White Sox 7 Indians 2, Indians 5 White Sox 3, Cardinals 8 Brewers 5, Twins 7 Blue Jays 2  ..READ MORE
 NFL: Panthers 24 Texans 9
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 Cleaning Company
1. The Queen of Clean
2. Pristine Clean DSM - Angela Sorenson
3. Enforce Cleaning


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Meet Mallory DeLacy —
And her dog, Fog, too

By Ashley Rullestad

Mallory DeLacy has worked in the field of education for a decade now, and she's been an elementary school counselor for the last eight years. She starts her ninth year as a counselor at Dallas Center Grimes Elementary, a new position for her.

“This is my first year at DCG. I'm excited to be joining the team.”

In her role, DeLacey works with all students in the building. She provides whole-class lessons on social emotional learning, with topics such as friendship, problem solving, and managing emotions as well as providing short-term counseling and skill building through small groups or meeting with students individually.

DeLacey brings with her a canine companion, Fog, the therapy dog. Fog and DeLacey have been a certified Professional Therapy Dog team for two years now. The 3-year-old golden retriever was trained and tested by CARES, Inc., and passed his public access test in 2019.


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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday EleniUpah!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Stephanie McMahon, Jackie Sandler, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jim Henson, Kevin Sorbo, Jessica Lucas, Jack Sock, Phil Hartman, Pia Wurtzbach, Nia Vardalos, Eloise Mumford, Robert Irvine, Eddie George, Lou Dobbs, Joe Greene, Jesse Hughes

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Poll of the Week

How many sick days did you take from work this past year?

7 or more


Results of last week's poll:

Have you ever had a manicure or pedicure?

Yes - 61%
No - 39%

Morning Chuckle
Nicki Spoerl also guessed the riddle from Wednesday!
Yesterday's apparently stumped everyone... What did the judge say to the dentist?
What happened when the woman sued a hotel for losing her luggage?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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