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Good Friday morning to you!

Good Friday morning to you! We seem to be at a time of unprecedented commercial growth in many central Iowa communities, at least in my lifetime. New buildings and new businesses are popping up seemingly on every major (and not-yet major) thoroughfare. As an unapologetic capitalist, I am jumping for joy. After all, this commercial growth creates more jobs, more sales, more tax revenue, and more opportunities — for nearly all of us. After nearly two years in an economic stalemate, this progress is a bright light that we can now see at the end of what has been a very dark tunnel. The question is, what else is at the end of the tunnel?

I don’t know if there is such a thing as too much commercial growth, but my gut tells me that when it happens too quickly, there will be some fallout. Some people say we should simply “ride the wave” while it lasts. Maybe, but I am also concerned about what gets run over or left behind during this fast and furious journey.

With that said, we also need to be reminded that commercial growth sure beats the alternative. Several years ago I served on a committee that was exploring how to address the facility needs for a growing school district. The consultant who we brought in had worked with districts across the state that were facing closures, and he reminded us of how fortunate we were to have this growth “problem.” He was right, and the situation is similar today.

Some of this commercial growth is simple progression and a transfer of business from older areas of town to bright and shiny spots. Other growth comes from needs that arise from population increases. Certainly tax and other financial incentives can be major factors, too. It all contributes to economic success, but a healthy dose of reality — and lessons learned from past failures — should be considered as well.

Maybe I am just getting older and don’t have the forward vision I once had. Maybe I am becoming too conservative with my financial views. Or maybe I am just stuck in remembering “the good old days.” Regardless, I continue to be quite optimistic about the economic future in central Iowa, and I want to do all I can to ensure that this massive growth is sustainable for the long term. With intense scrutinization and ongoing management at both the private and public levels, it most certainly will.

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

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

The Scene

The Corn Patch restaurant at 309 E. 1st St. in Grimes will close this Sunday after 40 years in business. Dennie and Lucy Schwieso and Larry and Fran Beck opened the restaurant in 1981 and created one of central Iowa’s most popular family-owned-and-operated eateries. Ken and Brandy continued the family tradition and carried out their parents’ and grandparents’ vision. If you want to stop by one last time for their famous fried chicken, potato soup, fresh bread, hand-cut steaks and more, you should know to expect longer waits and a shorter menu, as the restaurant winds down.

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Expect breezy and chilly conditions today with mostly cloudy skies. Cool and dry weather is ahead for the rest of the weekend. Highs in the 40s follow Monday through Wednesday as we move into November.

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

Allergy forecast

The risk of allergy symptoms is: MODERATE until Nov. 2 then drops to LOW today and tomorrow. 

Things To Do

Friday, Oct. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 31
"And Then There Were None”
At: Carousel Theatre of Indianola, 117 E. Salem Ave., Indianola
Info: Ten guilty strangers are lured to a desolate island estate where each is accused of a prior murder by the voice of a mysterious host. Trapped, these “ten soldiers” begin to die one by one at the hands of a diabolical avenger who uses a nursery rhyme to describe their fates. Is the murderer one of them, or is there someone else on the island? www.carouseltheatre.org

Featured Home For Sale
Attention Realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact pat@dmcityview.com for details.

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Find Out More!

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

200 block Scott
800 block S.E. 14th
1000 block E MLK

CLIVE: Beginning Monday, Nov. 1, Swanson Boulevard will be closed west of N.W. 86th Street while full-depth concrete patching is completed in the area. The full closure will extend between the Swanson Depot Shopping Center entrance and Harbach Boulevard and is expected to be in place for two days (Monday, Nov. 1 and Tuesday, Nov. 2). The closure may extend to Wednesday, Nov. 3 if progress is delayed due to inclement weather.

Watrous Avenue from Fleur Drive to Wakonda Drive will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, through 5 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021.

Hull Avenue from E 8th Street to Wright Street will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021.

37th Street from Grand Avenue to St Johns Road will be closed beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, through 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021.

E. 40th Street from Hull Avenue to E. Sheridan Avenue will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, through 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Iowa legislators approve new political boundaries

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa lawmakers approved the new redistricting maps that will impact political boundaries for the next decade. On Thursday, Democrats and Republicans agreed that the second set of maps were fair, nonpartisan and met all constitutional requirements. ,...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Freight companies in need of employees as demand for shipped goods increases

ANKENY, Iowa — America’s trucking industry is bouncing back from the initial shock of the COVID-19 pandemic, but freight companies need more people to help get goods to their destinations.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: State lawmakers pass bill letting Iowans opt out of employer vaccine mandates

House Republicans introduced new legislation focused on medical and religious exemptions for the COVID-19 vaccine. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score

MLB:  Game 3 of the World Series is tonight. Braves and Astros are tied 1 game each.

NFL: Packers win; Arizona suffers first loss, 24-21


CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

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

Best TV Station for Weather
1. KCCI Channel 8
2. WHO TV Channel 13
3. WOI Channel 5


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A high-flying birthday: Mayer celebrates his 90th birthday with a tandem skydive.

Jack Mayer of Indianola had an ambitious goal for his 90th birthday. He wanted to do a tandem skydive. Mark Davis of the Des Moines Skydivers helped Jack fulfill that birthday wish on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 by taking him on a tandem skydive from 13,000 feet. Davis is a member of the Des Moines Skydivers who operate out of the airport in Winterset. Jack’s adventure was photographed by Gabrielle Roth, who is the head videographer for the Des Moines Skydivers.

Roth jumped moments before Jack and was able to capture his descent with a camera attached to her helmet. Jack had a long-time interest in skydiving, but that interest was piqued 20 years ago when his grandson, Kevin Hockett of North Liberty, did a tandem skydive with the Des Moines Skydivers.

Kevin went on to take jumping lessons and now has completed more than 1,800 jumps. In 2005, while Kevin was training at Skydive Arizona, Jack met up with Kevin and did his first jump at the age of 73. Jack thought it was a thrill and had wanted to do it one more time ever since.


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This photo by Sharon Vickery shows a sure sign that it is fall and holidays are quickly approaching!
Share your favorite snapshots! Email to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com to be included in an upcoming Daily Umbrella!
Digital Editions
Waukee 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 latest issue here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday this weekend to Ryan Rivera Oct. 30
and Michelle Haupts Oct. 31!

What lucky celebrities were born on Halloween? Willow Smith, Rob Schneider, Bud Spencer, Piper Perabo, Michael Landon, Nick Saban, Vanilla Ice, John Candy, Dermot Mulroney, Peter Jackson, Vanessa Marano, Dan Rather, Deidre Hall, Frank Iero

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

Poll of the Week

Which Halloween candy is your favorite?

Kit Kat
Milky Way
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups


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

none - 64%
1-2 - 20%
3-5 - 9%
6-10 - 7%
11 or more - 0

Morning Chuckle

Why did the vampire read CITYVIEW? 

IT HAS GOOD CIRCULATION! That one was tricky but Gail Tomlinson got it! William Snyder offered, "Because it’s black and white and read (red) all over." Phil Kreznor's answer was quite witty, but perhaps best not printed!



What do you get when you cross a monster and a new baseball player who devours Oreos and takes bets?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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