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Good Friday morning to you!

Work isn’t supposed to be easy. If it was, it wouldn’t be called work.

My father would say how good it felt to be tired after a day of hard work. And even though I am not laboring manually like my father did throughout his life, I wholeheartedly agree. Our muscles and our mind should both be used to their fullest most days. We also need time to rest, relax and rejuvenate — a renewal of sorts. This is what author Stephen Covey called time to “sharpen the saw.” Then we should get back to our chosen work or purpose.

Michael Gartner has often said that 20% of every job stinks. Doesn’t matter what job it is, it won’t be perfect. There will be bad work days, probably one out of five every single week — and that’s normal. He has also said that if more than 20% of the job stinks, it might be time to look for another job. True. Unfortunately, for employers and employees, we live in a world where many staff members seek new jobs annually or sooner with unrealistic expectations that the next job will be the perfect fit. There is no such thing.

I am fortunate that I do have a job I enjoy. I look forward to going to work every day. Yes, some days stink, but I relish the challenges of those times, too. From writing to editing to designing to selling to distributing (and more), this job provides plenty of variety. But what can appear to be the simplest of jobs can be quite satisfying, too. Russell Martinson proved it.

In his “retirement,” Russell worked in our mailroom at a printing plant I once managed in Syracuse, Nebraska. He served in the Army during WWII, owned and operated a sanitation business for more than 30 years and was a volunteer fireman. But what amazed me the most about him was his respect for work. He was a serious and stern man, but he greeted me every day with, “Good morning, Mr. Goodman.” Keep in mind I was half his age. Russell organized the mail room floor, moving postal cages and keeping supplies ready for who were processing jobs. He was in his seventies at the time, but you wouldn’t have known it by his work ethic.

Some may have seen Russell’s job as mundane, but he took great pride in every task, and not just at work. We would have a company cookout each summer, and Russell would come to the picnic in the July Nebraska heat in dress pants, a shirt and a tie — every year. He was a man of very few words, but he would seek me out each time, shake my hand, look me in the eyes, and say, “Thank you for the picnic, and for my job.”

Russell died in 2018 at the age of 93. He left a wonderful example of work ethic, respect and loyalty to all who knew him then and to those of you who are reading about him now.

Have a fantastic Friday, and, as always, 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 CHANCES will be around from today into Sunday morning. The rainfall itself will be intermittent, and there will be intervals where getting outdoor activities in will be possible. Temperatures will be cooling into the 70’s.

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

Things To Do
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 1-2
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Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

1200 E 25th Ct
1400 Blk E 9th
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Merle Hay Road from Madison Avenue to Aurora Avenue will be closed between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. each night through Monday, October 11, 2021. This street closure is necessary to install a new water service to the Kohls building.

SE 18th Street from Scott Avenue to Maury Street will be closed through Friday, October 15, 2021. This street closure is necessary for sanitary sewer installation for the new Municipal Service Center building.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Officials: Adolescent's body found in rural Poweshiek County

MONTEZUMA, Iowa — The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and Poweshiek County Sheriff confirmed that an adolescent's body was found at about 2 p.m. Thursday. Authorities said a local farmer was doing fieldwork when they came across human remains. DCI said they discovered clothing that was similar to what 11-year-old Xavior Harrelson was wearing when he went missing, though they have not confirmed it was Xavior.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Des Moines Public Schools to offer free drive-thru COVID-19 testing

DES MOINES, Iowa — The hunt for a COVID-19 test in the Des Moines metro will soon get easier, thanks to the local school district. Des Moines Public Schools announced it will offer free drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Hoover High School and the Kurtz Opportunity Center, starting Monday.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: White Sox Hall of Famer buys controlling interest in Field of Dreams Movie Site

DYERSVILLE, Iowa — A venture led by former Chicago White Sox slugger and Hall of Famer Frank Thomas now has controlling interest in the Field of Dreams Movie Site and All-Star Ballpark Heaven. .... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: Last night's game canceled.
MLB: Cardinals 4 Brewers 3, Cubs 9 Pirates 0, Tigers 10 Twins 7, Indians 6 Royals 1  ..READ MORE
NFL: Bengals 24 Jaguars 21
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Valley Junction Restaurant
1. G. Mig’s 5th Street Pub
2. Cooper’s on 5th
3. Chuck Celsi’s Tavern Restaurant


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Bertholf family legacy continues:
Lives on property of pioneer ancestors

By Rachel Harrington

Linda Bertholf is part of a long line of Bertholfs to live in the community. Her great-great-grandparents bought the property where she now lives around 1851 shortly after Winterset was established.

“We were one of the first families in the area,” she says. The Bertholf land was originally 80 acres but has since grown to about 400 acres. “We do farm it still, and we have about 80 acres of timber,” Linda explains. “This property has seen the Civil War, World War I, and World War II, and it is still in the same family. It is one of the oldest farms in the county, having been in the family for 170 years.”


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Here’s someone I encountered on my walk the other day. Seems like it was a bit too hot for him/her to be wearing such a furry coat! — Photo by Diane Doro
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Meg Eaton on Saturday and Jake Lewton on Sunday!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Brie Larson, Jimmy Carter, Julie Andrews, Richard Harris, Zach Galifianakis, Walter Matthau, Ip Man, Rupert Friend, Randy Quaid,  Mark McGwire, Stephen Collins, Lucy Li

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Poll of the Week

Should COVID-19 vaccines be mandated in Iowa?

Not sure


Results of last week's poll:

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

None - 68%
1-2 - 12%
3-4 - 6%
5-6 - 6%
7 or more - 8%

Morning Chuckle
Who was the roundest knight at King Arthur’s table?
SIR CUMFERENCE! Got it Gail Tomlinson. Or, from Paula Becker, SIR EATALOT!
What do you call a chess blunder where you lose your castle?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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