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Good Friday morning to you!

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? William Shakespeare could not have envisioned the havoc that COVID-19 has wreaked upon us. And with the solution that so many have waited patiently for in their basements now just in front of us, news reports show that a surprisingly high number of Americans are opting to skip the vaccination. Maybe they think they won’t need it. Maybe they don’t trust the government. Maybe they think they are just too busy to deal with it. Whatever the “maybe” is, this pandemic is real for our society. I want, as much as anyone, to get back to “normal,” to fully open our economy and to let capitalism work. But I also want to be sensitive to our front line health care workers, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. I believe in American innovation, and we are seeing it in action right now with the development of the vaccines. Yes, the distribution needs to speed up, and it will. We need to do all we can to work toward destroying this coronavirus and the gloom and doom that has accompanied it, and vaccinations are part of that solution. I will be taking the vaccination, and I hope you will consider joining me. I look forward to a better tomorrow.

Have a fantastic Friday, and, as always, thanks for reading.


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Des Moines Weather
High of 0. Low -5. Wind chill advisory this morning with wind chills of -20 to -30. Cloudy today. Colder temperatures yet to come. But a warm up is on the horizon!
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: DMPS returns to in-person instruction for the first time in 11 months

DES MOINES, Iowa — The metro's falling positivity rate comes as Des Moines and other metro schools prepare for students to return to class full-time next week. More than 20,000 students in Des Moines Public Schools plan to return full-time, in-person on Monday. It will be the closest thing to a normal-looking school day in 11 months. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13:  ‘Stomp the Straw’ Initiative Challenges Iowans to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics

DES MOINES, IOWA — The Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines is launching a new initiative along with Metro Waste Authority to educate Iowans about single-use plastics, the harm they can cause and how to cut them out of your life by “stomping the straw.” READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Man arrested in April shooting death of Des Moines woman

DES MOINES, Iowa — Police have announced the arrest of a man for the shooting death last April of a Des Moines woman. Police said in a news release Thursday that Antonio Markez Hodges has been charged with first-degree murder and intimidation with a dangerous weapon in the death of 33-year-old Catherine Bobbitt. … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers’ poll. CITYVIEW readers have voted:

Best Local Bar (Overall)
1. 300 Craft & Rooftop
2. The Bartender’s Handshake
3, Iowa Distilling Company

Find all the Best Of Des Moines 2021 winners in February’s CITYVIEW!


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Meet Dr. Rachel Revell

Dr. Rachel Revell was in her third year of dental school and doing clinical rotations.
“I was leaning toward being an endodontist — a root canal specialty — because I like to work fast and efficiently as a way to practice. Some of my teachers were encouraging me, said I was a ‘natural.’ Then, my third day of rotation in a pediatric dental clinic at Siouxland Community Health, I knew I wanted to be a pediatric dentist. I loved helping the children get through their fears. I’ve always enjoyed being around kids; I babysat and taught dance, and it was a perfect fit,” say Dr. Revell.


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Things To Do
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Info: Celebrate being single at Reclaimed Rails this year. Couples welcome too! Live Music, Craft Beer and great times all night long!

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