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Good Monday morning to you!

Always look in your boots before you put them on.

That was sage advice from the farmers I worked for growing up in Kossuth County. I was a city kid, but like many young folks in rural Iowa, I grew up working on farms. The farmers never entrusted me with running the large machinery, and for good reason. I was more of a shovel operator, and that was fine with me.

Each day when I would come out to the farm to do chores, I would slip on a pair of large rubber boots. When I say large, I mean up-to-your-knees large. I quickly learned to appreciate these boots when scooping liquid hog manure from the concrete pads referred to as “open fronts.” These boots were rinsed off each day and left to dry in the shop area of one of the machine sheds, ready for the next day’s work.

But before slipping these on each day, I was advised to turn them upside down and give them a shake. “You never know what may be inside them,” I was told. Seemed silly to me. If I felt a corn kernel in there, I would just kick the boot off and shake it out. No biggie. Then one day when putting a boot on, I felt some motion on my leg. Hickory, dickory, dock! Except there was no clock. Just a fast little mouse that scurried from my toes up to my belt line. “You are lucky it didn’t go inside your pant leg,” the farmer told me. He was right.

From that day forward, I turned my boots upside down before putting them on. In fact, to this day, I have a habit of turning every piece of footwear I own upside down before I put it on. It’s a good practice with an even greater meaning.

How many times in life do we ignore the advice of others and march forward recklessly? Or make a bad hire without thoroughly checking references? Or start a new project without thinking through all the details?

Yes, it is a good practice to turn most everything upside down and give it a good shake before committing — just in case.

Have a mouse-free Monday, 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

We’ve got a very mild week ahead as we head into December in Iowa. We’ll have a high today in the neighborhood of 60, with high in the 50s expected for the balance of the workweek along with dry conditions. We cool to the 40’s for the weekend.

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

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FROM KCCI: 13-year-old Grinnell boy charged with attempted murder in stabbing

GRINNELL, Iowa — A 13-year-old boy is facing an attempted murder charge following a stabbing on Saturday morning in Grinnell. Police officers received a call just before 8 a.m., leading them to respond to a home on Melrose Lane. A 43-year-old man was found inside the home injured by a stab wound to the abdomen. The man was taken to Unity Point Grinnell Regional Medical Center, where he's expected to recover. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

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FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Matt Campbell tears up saying goodbye to winningest class in ISU history at senior game

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

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Meet Mirela Enderton: Learning how she can best support others.

By TK West

Mirela Enderton’s family first moved from Bosnia to the Urbandale community back in 1996. At the time, Enderton started fifth grade at Jenson Elementary School and ended up graduating from Urbandale High School. She says that she always knew she wanted to work with people and help others.

“When I moved to America and started school, I had a very hard time navigating through the new culture and language. It made it difficult to connect to school and feel like I belonged. Because of that, my goal was to make sure that, when students walked into my classroom, they felt like they belonged and felt connected,” Enderton says.


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