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Good Tuesday morning to you!

Bob Dole ran for president three times. I was eligible to vote for him twice. I did so once. Reluctantly.

Politics and policies aside, Bob Dole was grumpy, or at least he appeared that way. Could have been due to his near-fatal injuries in World War II. Could have been from the stress of 35 years in the Senate. Could have been the three failed presidential campaigns (and one as a vice presidential candidate). Could have been how the media portrayed him. Or it could have just been who Bob Dole was.


After Dole lost to Bill Clinton in 1996, he had every right to be even more grumpy, but he wasn't. Or at least he didn’t seem to be. I recall watching an episode of “Late Night With David Letterman” when he was a guest in 1998, and I saw another Bob Dole. Funny. Energetic. Almost youthful. And he was 74 at the time. I was inspired to buy his book, “Great Political Wit: Laughing (Almost) All the Way to the White House.” It was a wonderful read from a wonderful man, and I am going to read it again.

With the stories of Dole’s death in the news, I am now also inspired to read his 2005 book, “One Soldier’s Story.” A book synopsis says Dole “recounts his own odyssey of courage and sacrifice, and also honors the fighting spirit of the countless heroes with whom he served.”

If Bob Dole was grumpy, he had every right to be. But, as we are learning now — and as history will show — he spent much of his 98 years earning the right to be called a decorated war hero, a talented attorney, a political leader and a true statesman.

May he rest in peace.

Enjoy your 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

A couple of flurries are possible on what will otherwise be another chilly, breezy day today. Conditions improve a bit Wednesday and Thursday with milder temperatures. Rain Friday afternoon could change to light snow early Saturday. Sunday looks dry.

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

Things To Do

Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m.
Drake University women’s basketball vs. Simpson
At: Knapp Center, 2601 Forest Ave., Des Moines
Info: The Drake University women's basketball team plays in the Missouri Valley Conference. All games listed are scheduled for the Knapp Center unless otherwise noted.

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FROM KCCI: Strange Brew: Iowa brewery releases beer made from butterfly yeast

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Iowa breweries keep popping up with new and interesting craft beers. At West Hill Brewing Company in Indianola, they're about to release a most unusual IPA for a good cause. KCCI's Cynthia Fodor reports it's the first of its kind in Iowa. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: DMPD: 1 person arrested in connection with eight overnight arson fires 

DES MOINES, Iowa – Police in Des Moines are investigating a series of fires they say were intentionally set late Sunday night into Monday morning on the east side of the city. One person is now in custody and charged in connection to those fires.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Ditching diesel: The future of Iowa school buses

DES MOINES, Iowa — While only 3% of vehicles on roads across the country run on diesel, their exhaust accounts for over a quarter of the nation's transportation greenhouse gas emissions. Research shows school buses nationwide emit up to 8.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. That is roughly equivalent to the carbon dioxide produced by a single vehicle driven more than 21 million miles. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
NFL: New England 14 Buffalo 10
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 Caterer
1. Cyd’s Catering
2. Taste! To Go
3. Great Caterers of Iowa


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Meet Amanda Hintz: Students’ individual learning needs vary.

By TK West

Currently in her 19th year as an educator, Amanda Hintz grew up in Bondurant, graduating in 1997. From there, she attended Simpson College where she received a degree in elementary education and endorsements in physical education, coaching, reading and special education.

Hintz says, when growing up, she wanted to be either a teacher or a hair stylist. When given the opportunity in high school to help in elementary school classrooms, she made the decision to become an educator.

“My college path started with wanting to be a physical education teacher and coach, but after volunteering at Simpson to help with the Special Olympics, I developed a new passion for special education and have made that my career choice,” Hintz says.


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The Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce held a tree lighting ceremony on the Courthouse lawn on Dec. 3. Photo by Dan Juffer
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Nicholas Hoult, Yuzuru Hanyu, Noam Chomsky, Jennifer Carpenter, Jon Moxley, Larry Bird, Aaron Carter, Terrell Owens

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Poll of the Week

How do you prefer your eggnog?

Right out of the carton
I don’t like eggnog


Which type of can opener do you have?

Electric - 18%
Manual -82%
None - 0%

Morning Chuckle

What does Santa pay to park the sleigh? 

NOTHING! IT'S ON THE HOUSE! — Randy Lagerblade

or EIGHT BUCKS (NINE IF IT IS FOGGY). — Lori Bluml, Brent Antisdel


Why did the elf put his bed in the fireplace?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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