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Good Monday morning to you!

When I bought CITYVIEW in 2004, I was sitting at our attorney’s office going through the closing documents when I noticed that the “Best Of Des Moines” service mark was included as an asset. To be honest, I didn’t think a whole lot about it. Today, I recognize the importance of owning that mark and preventing others from using it to their advantage.

We have grown the poll substantially in the past 17 years. CITYVIEW’s Best Of Des Moines poll is now clearly the most influential one of its kind with nearly 14,000 votes cast in 375 categories. The winners proudly display their certificates in their businesses across central Iowa, and rightfully so.

Through the years, others have tried to cash in on our success. I have vehemently protected the “Best Of Des Moines” mark and have prevented others from using it. Some found out the hard way that we own the name. Others wiggled around it and created something similar with a different name. And today, the big corporations — including Gannett and even data-mining darling Next Door — have created their own versions. They just can’t call them Best Of Des Moines. And we can’t either, or at least we won’t.

We decided a few years ago to launch community versions of readers’ choice polls with our Iowa Living magazines by county or by a smaller region. They are not as large or complex or all-encompassing as CITYVIEW’s Best Of Des Moines poll, and they weren’t designed to be. But they do give the local mom and pop shops in each community a chance to be recognized, too. We promote the polls in our Living magazines, which are delivered to all residents and read in eight out of 10 households in the communities we serve.

We currently administer five of these polls: Eastern Polk County, Dallas County, Madison County, Northwest Polk County, and Warren County. The Eastern Polk County and Dallas County polls are currently open, so check them out and be sure to vote for your favorites. See details here.

So, basically, we stole the idea from ourselves, if that’s possible. As entrepreneur and author Tim Ferriss says, “One can steal ideas, but no one can steal execution or passion.”

Have a magnificent Monday, and, as always, thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

CITYVIEW's Civic Skinny

McCoy asks to join Nahas suit against other supervisors.

In passing, he says Hilton Hotel will lose $8 million this year.

In case there was any doubt, Polk County Supervisor Matt McCoy proved this week that the board is totally dysfunctional.

That was fairly clear in the lawsuit that the ousted Polk County personnel chief Jim Nahas filed in Polk County District Court the other day against supervisors Tom Hockensmith, Angela Connolly, Steve Van Oort and Bob Brownell and county manager John Norris. That suit — which is detailed below — painted a picture of a government body that “lacks cohesion, is run by fear [and] intimidation” and exists in an atmosphere of “harassment, vulgarities and threats.”

Now, McCoy, the fifth and most recently elected supervisor, has filed a petition in Polk County District Court seeking to join Nahas’ lawsuit.


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

The transition to more fall-like weather is in progress with cooler temps and rain chances today and again on Wednesday, which will also be a windy day. Temperatures in the 60’s follow into the weekend.

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

Things To Do

Monday, Oct. 11 (runs through Oct. 17)
⇛“Disney Descendants,” Des Moines Young Artists Theatre
At: Stoner Theater, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines
Info: “Disney Descendants” by the Des Moines Young Artists Theatre is a brand-new musical comedy based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies.

THE SCENE: Latino Heritage month lasts through Friday in Des Moines. Some Latino restaurants are offering some very special things to commemorate. The ultimate Seafood tower tostada at Mojito's Mexican Grill on University in Windsor Heights is a sensational example.

Featured Home For Sale
Attention realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact pat@dmcityview.com for details.
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Adel, IA 50003
Welcome home to this great 2 story home in Adel. Main floor features an open spaced living room with a wood fireplace, bathroom with main floor laundry, big kitchen with vaulted ceilings, and wood floors. Second story offers 3 bedrooms and a charming full bath.....
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30th Street from Leado Avenue to Arnold Road will be closed between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12, 2021.

Burnham Avenue from SW 14th Street to SW 17th Street will be closed between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Thousands attend Iowa rally for former President Donald Trump

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former President Donald Trump held his first rally in Iowa since he left office. Thousands of people streamed into the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday to hear former President Donald Trump speak. Saturday was Trump's first time back in Iowa since before the 2020 presidential election. Several top Republicans spoke before the crowd throughout the day, including Congresswomen Marianette Miller-Meeks and Ashley Hinson, Senator Charles Grassley and Gov. Kim Reynolds. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: 2 injured in shooting at Des Moines bar after fight breaks out

DES MOINES, Iowa — Two people were shot at a Des Moines bar overnight, a month after another shooting happened at the same location, police said. A 26-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were both shot after a fight broke out at the High Dive Bar at 508 Indianola Road just before 1 a.m. Sunday, the Des Moines Police Department said. The man was treated and released from the hospital, but the woman remains in critical condition, authorities said.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: No. 3 Iowa beats No. 4 Penn State 23-20, fans storm field

The Hawkeyes (6-0, 3-0) took control of the Big Ten West with their 12th straight win and thrust themselves into the College Football Playoff conversation. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score

 NFL: Bills 38 Chiefs 20; Cardinals 17  49ers 10; Bears 20 Raiders 9; Vikings 19 Lions 17; Packers 25 Bengals 22 ... READ MORE

MLB: Red Sox 6 Rays 4; White Sox 12 Astros 6


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 American Food
1. Jethro’s
2. Americana
3. B-Bop’s


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Time and memory influence the works of Chuck Hipsher
By Jim Duncan

Chuck Hipsher grew up in Council Bluffs, later attending the University of Iowa and The School of Chicago’s Art Institute. He worked in New York, Chicago and Detroit, and lately he has shown his work in New York, Denmark and at Moberg Gallery where his new show opens Oct. 8. He lives in Bloomington, Illinois, now working in an advertising agency as a designer. He admits he has been greatly influenced by Willem de Kooning throughout his career, and during his years in NYC, he “mustered the courage to pay de Kooning a visit” at the artist’s Long Island studio. He was turned away, and de Kooning died the following year. He remains a major influence.


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The Budweiser Clydesdales made an appearance at a variety of locations around the metro, including at Smash Park on Oct. 8. This horse took a particular interest in having its photo taken.  — Photo by Jackie Wilson
Share your favorite snapshots! Email to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com to be included in an upcoming Daily Umbrella!
Digital Editions
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Jamie Weddell!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Luke Perry, Matt Bomer, Michelle Trachtenberg, Emily Deschanel, Joan Cusack, Eleanor Roosevelt, David Morse, Jane Krakowski, Bradley James, Daryl Hall, Dawn French, Steve Young

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

Poll of the Week

How often do you exercise?

3-4 times per week
A few times per month


Should religious exemptions be allowed for COVID-19 mask requirements?

Yes - 25%
No -  70%
Not sure - 5%

Morning Chuckle
What sounds like a sneeze and is made out of leather?
A SHOE! Lots of responses to this one! William Snyder, Pat Banwart,  Lori Bluml, Jeff Lorenz, Gail Tomlinson, Janet Jackman. Thanks all!
What happened when the teacher tied all the children's shoelaces together?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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