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Friday, Jan. 14, 2022
Good Friday morning to you!

Welcome to the Friday mailbag. In this column, I am sharing some of the wonderful feedback I received from my recent columns. Here we go.

“I am wanting to know how I can get 50 copies of CITYVIEW. I am putting together a gift bag for attendees at a region conference for a worldwide organization whose goal is good food and good wine.” - Lyla 

I am all for good food and good wine! I told Lyla I would gladly reserve copies for her, and I would do the same for anyone else who wants copies of any of our publications for their events or gatherings.

“A pusher?”- Joe

Yes, Joe Weeg, you are a pusher — of coffee anyway. Here is the Jan. 12 column he is referring to.

“I’m wondering why Clive is not receiving your magazine. I know a number of people who would be interested.” - Sandra

Sandra was responding to this Jan. 11 column about our Iowa Living magazines. I explained to her that Clive is next on our list to launch a Living magazine with a Living Weekly newsletter. We published Clive Living magazine for many years but did not bring it back after our brief shutdown when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit. We are looking forward to its return.

“I've seen almond milk in the stores. My sons drink it and like it. I just wonder, who milks the almonds?” - Brad

Now that’s funny. Brad was referencing my almond milk and coffee column from Jan. 12.

“I read your column about The Des Moines Register and the idea of a free daily newspaper. We were very upset about no holiday editions — when they charge you for ‘special editions.’ I am old fashioned. I do not like trying to read a paper online. Would sure support a daily paper.” - Alan

Alan’s reply was one of more than 50 that I received from this column – all encouraging us to march ahead with a free daily newspaper. There are more questions than answers, but we will continue the exploration.

“Oh my goodness! How this column spoke to me! I, too, am OCD about keeping my Chevy Equinox clean. I grew up with a dad who had and still has classic Mustangs and really nice cars. So I watched him wash every time they got DUST on them (stored in a heated Morton building) and he detailed them all the time! Good to know there are other crazy car washers out there as well! - Kim (crazy car-washing lady)

Thanks for replying to my car-washing column, Kim. You’re not crazy. Just keep on scrubbing. It keeps people like us sane.

Keep the comments coming, and have a fantastic Friday. As always, thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Snow will continue throughout the day in the metro and will last until early morning Saturday 6-9" metro totals likely. A heavier band may fall along Highway 169 with higher amounts possible there. Expect colder temperatures Saturday, with slight warming into Monday and Tuesday. Colder temps will return next Wednesday into Thursday.

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

Things To Do

Friday, Jan. 14, and Saturday, Jan. 15, 2 p.m.
Iowa Railroad Depots presentation

While you may not want to attend in-person considering today's weather, you can enjoy the program via Zoom (for connection, email mike@bsvrr.com.) The event is at the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad, 225 10th St., Boone. Bill Greenley, retired railroad engineer and rail fan, along with others, will highlight rare and unusual Iowa railroad depots. For more information, call 1-800-626-0319. Event is free. Museum tour is $8 adults and $3 children.

Featured Home For Sale
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FROM KCCI: DMPD: Suspect who lured and assaulted 12-year-old girl captured

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police say they have arrested a man who lured a 12-year-old girl into a vehicle and assaulted her. According to police, the incident happened on Nov. 11. “The victim was waiting inside a business in the 100 block of E. Euclid Ave after missing a bus. The suspect offered the victim a ride. The victim reports that the suspect drove her to a location other than her destination and assaulted her. The victim was able to run from the vehicle to a nearby business where a concerned citizen contacted police,” Des Moines police said in a Facebook post.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa politicians ponder how to reverse healthcare worker shortage as pandemic continues

DES MOINES, Iowa — Healthcare workers have spent nearly two years trying to treat COVID-19, and Iowa politicians are debating the best way to keep the frontlines full throughout the pandemic. The state is currently spending more than $9 million to bring in more than 100 temporary nurses to staff its 17 highest-rated hospitals.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: State announces $30M recruitment, retention bonus program for Iowa child care workers

The Iowa Department of Human Services says current child development home operators, licensed child care staff and newly hired staff will be eligible for the bonus. ... 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!


Spragues’ yellow shutters worthy of landmark status

By Colson Thayer

The house’s bright yellow shutters are eye-catching enough. But when it really gets interesting is during the Halloween and Christmas months. The Sprague family’s Waukee home is truly a sight to be seen. For years, Matt and Meagan, the father-daughter duo, have built fantastic holiday displays, bringing joy to their entire neighborhood.

Matt and Lindsay Sprague live in their Waukee home with their daughters, Meagan and Samantha. They have lived in this home since 2010 and in Waukee since 2005. The house’s biggest identifier all year long is, of course, its yellow shutters and door.
“That’s my wife’s choice, that’s all I’m going to say,” Matt says with a laugh.


Read more
Hiring Event

Wednesday, Jan. 19
7am - 3pm CDT
at the West Des Moines Marriott, 1250 Jordan Creek Pkwy
Positions include: Specialized Rail Equipment Operators, Mechanics, Technicians, and more!
OJT and nationwide travel available
Click here for more info and to RSVP.



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The marching bands from Waukee High School and Waukee Northwest High School combined to march in the Rose Parade this year. They were selected to march last year, but the parade was canceled. Photo submitted by Colson Thayer

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Jordan Creek Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the neighborhood. The January issue cover story, "Pets of a different kind" is about locals who have chosen unusual pets and what they have to say about them. Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. Read the January issue here.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to Dan Juffer on Sunday! He's handy with an axe.

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Dave Grohl, Jason Bateman, LL Cool J, Holland Taylor, Grant Gustin, Carl Weathers, Zakk Wylde

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
What do you call a doctor who fixes websites?
A URL-OLOGIST! Great job Shane Goodman, Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson. OR A WEB MD! As suggested by Ryan Mohr.



What do we call a deer without any eye?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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