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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Clouds will decrease on a breezy and cooler day today. Winds will be calmer Friday, and we may see an afternoon sprinkle as a quick-moving system heads across Iowa. Frost is possible Saturday morning, and Sunday and Monday look cool and rainy. Monday could be windy as well.

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

Allergy forecast

For the next week, the risk of allergy symptoms is: MODERATE

RAGWEED pollen is the offender and levels are high for today and moderate for tomorrow.

Things To Do

Thursday, Oct. 21
Ron White’s stand-up comedy
At: Stephens Auditorium, Ames
Info: www.center.iastate.edu/events

Featured Home For Sale
Attention Realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact pat@dmcityview.com for details.
1000 31st Street
Des Moines, IA 50311

Beautiful Drake area home with gorgeous original hardwood floors, dining room, and updated kitchen. 2 Bedroom. 1.5 bathroom. All new stainless appliances in the kitchen along with new cupboards and matching backsplash. The main floor is wood flooring and you will find both bedrooms upstairs with all new carpet.Come see your new home today! ...

Find Out More!

Waukee: SE Waco Place will experience closures from Oct. 20-31 for an asphalt overlay of the gravel portion of the roadway north of SE Ashworth Road. The road will be closed to traffic beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20 through the end of the day Friday, Oct. 22. The road will then be closed to traffic Monday, Oct. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. Please use caution when traveling in the area.

Westbound University Avenue from Cummins Parkway to 62nd Street will be reduced to one lane beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021, through 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 12, 2021. This lane closure is necessary for storm sewer repair.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Iowa boy seriously injured in drunk driving crash makes remarkable recovery

MINBURN, Iowa — An Iowa boy seriously injured in a drunk driving crash is making a remarkable recovery. Eight-year-old Javen Sorensen was hospitalized last February with broken bones and a fractured skull after a drunk driver crashed head-on into Javen and his mother, Danyel Hardisty, near Perry. Hardisty, 39, died in the crash. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Former SE Polk teacher sentenced to 24 years in federal prison for sexual abuse of student

DES MOINES, IOWA — A former teacher at Southeast Polk High School could spend more than two decades in federal prison for carrying on a sexual relationship with a minor student. On Tuesday, 39-year-old Abraham Christopher Smith was sentenced to 288 months – or 24 years – in prison after pleading guilty to Enticement of a Minor in federal court.. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Gov. Reynolds announces new requirements for unemployment benefits in face of worker shortages

ADEL, Iowa — Unemployed Iowans would be required to meet weekly with state case managers, conduct twice as many weekly work searches and undergo audits to prove they’re actively looking for work under a new proposal announced by Gov. Kim Reynolds..... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score

MLB:  Astros 9 Red Sox 1 (Houston 3-2); Braves 9 Dodgers 2 (Atlanta 3-1)

NBA: Knicks beat Celtics in Double Over Time, 138-134


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 Place for a Wedding Reception
1. Curate
2. Holiday Inn Downtown
3. Glen Oaks Country Club


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Spot Light

‘A Friend of Youth: Optimist Club hosts fundraisers, events to benefit the community’s kids.

By TK West

Beginning in 1984, the Winterset Optimist Club was formed after an original member attended a Community Betterment Program at Iowa State University. With the help of other local Optimist clubs, the Winterset group began with approximately 42 members and a car wash as their first fundraising event.

Today, the club continues to host a variety of fundraising events and programs throughout each year. One major project is to place flags, alon


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A ribbon cutting was held at Warners’ Stellian Ankeny location yesterday. — Photo by Aaron Burns
Share your favorite snapshots! Email to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com to be included in an upcoming Daily Umbrella!
Digital Editions
North Polk Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The October issue cover story, "Moving Forward" is about the forces that have impacted economic development in the community and what the future may have in store. 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 October issue here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Carrie Fisher, Amber Rose, Andrew Scott,  Alfred Nobel, Zack Greink, Judy Sheindlin, Glen Powell, Will Estes, Matt Dallas, Patti Davis

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

Poll of the Week

How many concerts have you attended in person in the past year?

11 or more


How often do you exercise?

Daily - 30%
3-4 times per week - 44%
A few times per month - 14%
Never - 12%

Morning Chuckle

Why was Cinderella not very good at softball?

HER COACH WAS A PUMPKIN! William Snyder agreed. Thanks for the answers Gail Tomlinson


What is a vampire’s favorite fruit?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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