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Good Wednesday morning to you!

Those of you who live in the communities of Johnston, Grimes, Dallas Center, Urbandale, Waukee, Ankeny, Bondurant, Polk City, Elkhart, Sheldahl, Alleman, Adel, De Soto, Minburn, Winterset, Norwalk, Indianola, Altoona and the Jordan Creek neighborhood receive one of our monthly Iowa Living magazines mailed to your home each month, and it is read in nearly eight out of 10 of these 125,000 households. That is an unmatched reach by any other form of media, and we sincerely thank you for your support.

Many residents in these communities also receive a localized Iowa Living Weekly newsletter, which is sent via email, viewable online at www.iowalivingmagazines.com, and available in print editions on the racks in Adel and Johnston.

We are slowly but surely figuring out this email thing, and we are keeping your privacy at top of mind while doing it. We believe it is morally wrong to collect a bunch of data on you and sell it to the highest bidders. Much like this Daily Umbrella newsletter, we simply ask for the email address that you want us to deliver to, and you can subscribe or unsubscribe at any time.

We now publish free weekly newsletters in Johnston, Adel, Waukee, Polk City, Grimes/Dallas Center, Urbandale and — new this week — Winterset. These quick reads provide relevant information from the various cities, schools and organizations, as well as items on recipes, local events, sports schedules and weather forecasts — and a lot of photos of people in the community. We will be launching more of these in weeks to come to match the communities listed above where we distribute our monthly lifestyle magazines. They complement each other well, while providing an even timelier option for news and advertising.

If you are curious what we are up to, check out our options at www.biggreenumbrellamedia.com. Or, if you would like to learn how to have an Iowa Living magazine and an Iowa Living Weekly newsletter in your community, reach out to me directly.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Our mild weather continues through Thursday. A system will drop into the state from the northwest and strengthen as it moves southeast Friday into Saturday morning. At this point it appears we'll need shovels Saturday. Colder, but not bitter cold, weather follows, with a light mix possible late Sunday again.

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

Things To Do
The Mavericks

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Wednesday, Jan. 12
DRAKE University Men’s DI basketball vs. Illinois State at 7 p.m.
At: Knapp Center, 2601 Forest Ave., Des Moines
Info: The Drake University men’s basketball team plays Division I hoops in the Missouri Valley Conference. For more information, visit godrakebulldogs.com/sports/mens-basketball. godrakebulldogs.com/sports/mens-basketball

Featured Home For Sale
Attention Realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact pat@dmcityview.com for details.
718 NE 5th Street
Ankeny, IA 50021
You won't want to miss out on this well cared for home in a great location! Walk up to the main level and you'll find hardy wood floors in fantastic condition. Enjoy your large kitchen with enough room to fit a full-sized table. Walk out the sliding door to your large deck with a rare view in Ankeny! ...
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FROM KCCI: Iowa senator criticized for comments about Iowa teachers

DES MOINES, Iowa — The president of the Iowa Senate is under fire for comments he made at the Opening Session that a teachers' union calls outrageous and irresponsible. The Iowa State Education Association says teachers are offended that Sen. Jake Chapman accused them of having a "sinister agenda."   ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Gov. Reynolds proposes $2B tax cut with changes to income tax rates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds proposed Tuesday night that Iowa cut taxes by nearly $2 billion by moving to a 4% flat income tax phased in over four years and repealing all state taxes on retirement income beginning next year. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Drake University will start 2022 spring semester online

Drake's spring semester will start as scheduled on Jan. 24, but the first two weeks of classes will be held remotely. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2022

The polls have closed, the results have been tallied, and the 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices will be announced soon! Watch for results in the February issue of CITYVIEW!


Lifelong resident loves hometown: For Glade, Bondurant has always been “home”

By Lindsey Giardino

Tammy Glade has lived in Bondurant her entire life, save for a brief stint in southeast Texas when she was in her early 20s. While she was there, though, “All I wanted to do was go back home,” she says.

In fact, pretty much her whole family was born and raised in town. Her father graduated from Bondurant, as did she and her children. Now her grandchildren attend Bondurant schools, too.

When Glade was growing up, she remembers everybody knowing everybody. Her family lived in the Paine Heights neighborhood, and she has fond memories of playing outside until the streetlights came on, signaling it was time to go home.

“I thought it was the best little town to grow up in,” she says. “I loved it.”


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Interested in planes and the history of flight? Visit the Iowa Aviation Museum, Greenfield, in Adair County! The museum features a hangar with vintage aircraft, a Hall of Fame of Iowans' contributions to aviation (did you know an Iowan woman gave Amelia Earhart flying lessons?), and displays on aviation history in Iowa, including famous plane crashes and milestones. And, while there, take a photo as I did of my sister and brother-in-law! Photo by Tammy Pearson. 

SEND YOUR PHOTOS of favorite places to visit in Iowa! (Or, anything else of interest!)

Email to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com to be included in an upcoming Daily Umbrella!
Digital Editions

NEW! Winterset Living Weekly launched this week. Our Weekly newsletters are published each week online and delivered for free via email to those who have subscribed. Enjoy the monthly Winterset Living magazine — delivered monthly to homes — with its engaging feature stories and informative articles and advertising, and receive the weekly newsletter for additional community news that complements the magazine! To subscribe, visit www.iowalivingmagazines.com and click on the SUBSCRIBE button.

COMING SOON: More Iowa Living magazines will have a weekly newsletter! 

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Jeff Bezos, Howard Stern, Rob Zombie, Kirstie Alley, Dominique Wilkins, Issa Rae, Jeremy Camp, John Lasseter, Melanie Chisholm, Oliver Platt, William Lee Golden

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

Poll of the Week

Should masks be mandated in Iowa right now in an effort to stop the further spread of COVID-19?

Not sure


Do you make New Year’s resolutions?

Always - 13%
Sometimes - 26%
Never - 61%

Morning Chuckle
Why did the emu lose all his friends when he grew a few feet taller?
Also, from Rex Post, He outgrew his buddies; William Snyder: He stood out from the crowd.



What did the doctor say when a woman in labor suddenly shouted, “Shouldn’t! Wouldn’t! Couldn’t! Didn’t! Can’t!”

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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