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Good Tuesday morning to you!

Last week I asked those of you who read this column to respond to a short survey about what items in this daily newsletter that you read (or don’t read). About 150 of you replied, which is roughly 1.5% of our 10,000 or so subscribers. That’s not bad, statistically speaking, but I certainly welcome more feedback. It won’t take you more than 2 minutes, I promise. And we won’t collect your data and sell it to the highest-bidding companies like the Big Tech companies do. I promise that, too. We simply want to know what you read and what you don’t read in this newsletter so we can continue to make it relevant for you.

If you have not yet taken the survey but plan to, you may want to stop reading now so you are not influenced — or proceed knowing that your opinions might be swayed. Those of you who have taken it, or those who have no intent to participate, should read on for a few of the findings we have seen so far.

My column has scored the highest on the “always read” selection so far, which I appreciate. Maybe because it’s first. Maybe because it’s an easy read. Or maybe because I haven’t yet run out of topics to hopefully enlighten or entertain you with yet. Regardless, I appreciate you reading my morning musings.

The A.M. Headlines from local TV stations scored second highest with “always read.” You can thank our editor, Tammy Pearson, for working on this at 5:30 a.m. every morning to sort through those overnight stories and choose three that she feels will be of the most interest to you. Thanks also to our local TV stations for the work they do to bring these stories to all of us.

The third-highest score in the “always read” category is my favorite, the Morning Chuckle. Once again, you can thank Tammy for selecting these corny jokes each morning that hopefully bring smiles to your faces. I also want to thank all of you who submit your responses in your attempts to guess the answers, as those can be equally entertaining.

I will share more details in a future column, including the items that scored the lowest (if we have not dropped them by then). Meanwhile, the poll is still open and there is still time to voice your opinion. Simply follow this link and let your voice be heard: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FVX95NT

Have a terrific Tuesday, 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

Dry weather with highs in the upper-40s continues through Friday. A tiny chance of light rain enters the forecast for Saturday morning. A warming trend begins next week with Indian Summer looking likely.

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

Allergy forecast

The risk of allergy symptoms is LOW the next few days then MODERATE for a few days. Ragweed, grass and tree pollen is NONE tomorrow. 

Things To Do

Tuesday, Nov. 2
Try a new restaurant
At: Eateries around the metro
Info: Live a little.... Try a new restaurant — preferably locally owned — and order something you ordinarily never would. Watch for the November issue of CITYVIEW this week. It includes a guide to 50 of the best places to eat!   

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

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Des Moines, IA 50315

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Find Out More!

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

2000 Indianola Ave.
700 Bell
2800 S.W. 12th

Madison Avenue in Des Moines, from 36th Street to 38th Street, will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, through 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Iowa dog breeder gives up 514 dogs, will soon face criminal charges

SEYMOUR, Iowa — As volunteers and workers from the ASPCA and Animal Rescue League of Iowa work to take hundreds of dogs from his rural Iowa properties, Daniel Gingerich has agreed to permanently stop selling, breeding or brokering dogs. Wayne County Sheriff Keith Davis says Gingerich will soon face criminal charges. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: 100% clean energy in Iowa: How it’s possible and how it will benefit Iowa’s rural communities 

October 25-29th marked 2021’s American Clean Power Week, and Iowa is already a leader in the clean power world. 59% of all the state’s electricity is produced using renewable energy. But the Iowa Environmental Council wants Iowa to be able to produce 100% of its electricity with clean energy…and they want it done by the year 2035.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5:  Iowa DNR monitoring environmental impact after train derailment Friday night

CARLISLE, Iowa — 20 cars from a Union Pacific train derailed Friday evening about one mile east of Carlisle where the tracks cross the Middle River, according to Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Many of the cars contained either lumber, corn oil, corn syrup and polyethylene pellets. One car carrying pellets slid down the riverbank and leaked pellets into the river, the DNR said. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score

MLB:  World Series Game 6 tonight. Braves lead series 3-2 over Astros.

NFL: Chiefs 20 Giants 17



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 Interior Designer
1. Meghan Blum Interiors
2. Mrs. Jack Interiors
3. The Redefined Home - Nita Upchurch


Read more

Huerters display passion for comic-cons 

By Rachel Harrington

Cole and Erica Huerter have participated in the world of comic-cons for the last five years or so. It all began when they were living in Florida. In 2016, they were married. Erica was a recent college graduate, and Cole was in school at Full Sail University for creative writing.

“I had a buddy that was going to attend MegaCon in Orlando, Florida. Erica had to work, but I had the weekend off,” Cole recalls. “I went with him to attend my first comic-con. I got hooked.” Before attending MegaCon, Cole says he wasn’t as interested in anime. Anime is Japanese animation, and you can find anime for all ages. Instead, he was a fan of things like video games, Pop figures, Marvel, DC Comics and Kingdom Hearts. Once he was hooked into the world of comic-con, his interest in anime grew.

He sparked Erica’s interest in the world of anime about a year or two after they got together.


Read more
A leaf. What else can I say? Enjoy the season! Photo by Tammy Pearson
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: Tami Wilson and Shayne McGaughy!

Born on this day:David Schwimmer, Nelly, Stefanie Powers, Danny Amendola, London Elise Kress

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

Poll of the Week

Which of these mealtimes are you most likely to skip?




Which Halloween candy is your favorite?

Kit Kat - 4%
M&M’s - 13%
Milky Way - 5%
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups - 52%
Snickers - 17%
Twix - 9%

Morning Chuckle

Why do trees hate tests so much?

THEY GET STUMPED! Got it, Judy Anderson and Gail Tomlinson. Stumped my co-workers.


What do snowmen eat for lunch?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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