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Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022
Good Thursday morning to you!

Come one. Come all. Under the big top. It’s circus time!

I love a circus. And what’s not to love? Admittedly, I haven’t been to one in years, but I can vividly recall the excitement that this kid had at the opportunity to see a real, live circus.

Those memories were brought back to life this week when I edited an upcoming story about a local Shriner and his involvement with the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine Circus, which is going on this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. If you are up for attending a circus, be sure to check it out — and look to the February issue of CITYVIEW for the story on the local Shriner.

I remember going on a fifth-grade class trip to what I believe was the Abu Bekr Shrine Circus in Sioux City, where my classmates from the public and private schools in my hometown of Algona were bused 120 miles each way to see the clowns, the acrobats, the trained animals, the trapeze acts, the tightrope walkers and more. It was sensory overload, but it was amazing. And, if I remember correctly, our tickets were paid for by the Shriners of Kossuth County. What a deal!

The circus was amazing, but getting there (and back) was half the fun. If you’ve been on a school bus recently with elementary-aged kids, you might envision what this was like. Now imagine going on a 2.5-hour bus trip each way — without cell phones. We packed our sack lunches, our decks of cards, our Mad magazines and our handheld Mattel Electronic Football games (with a spare 9-volt battery, if we planned properly). One guy even brought a black-and-white portable TV with a 5-inch screen and rabbit ears (which ran on nine — yes, nine — D batteries). The boys typically sat in the back of the bus, and the girls gathered in the front. A few courageous ones may have actually met in the middle and sat next to each other. Yes, we all actually talked to each other.

Oh, and there was a circus, too. Clowns, tigers, trapeze artists and… did I mention that black-and-white portable TV with a 5-inch screen?

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
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Thursday, Jan. 27
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FROM KCCI: Iowa Senate GOP proposes flat 3.6% income tax rate, corporate tax reform

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FROM WHO-TV: Medicaid worker shortage abandoning disabled Iowans

DES MOINES, Iowa — Mike and Merry Gerzema say the pandemic is forcing Medicaid coverage to buckle at the knees. “Shock, fear, what do we do next?,” asked Merry Gerzema whose 31 year old son has a life-long intellectual disability. She added, “We worked long and hard to get our children into some sort of independent living that will help them be as independent as they can be without mom and dad and it feels like all of that has been slowly crumbling.” READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

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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!


Meet Jessica Wells: Teaching since she was a child

By Darren Tromblay

Jessica Wells is a language arts teacher at Northwest High School in Waukee.

What is your No. 1 challenge as a language arts instructor?
“Time. Quite honestly, time is the biggest challenge in teaching today. I feel like students and teachers are always looking for more time to accomplish everything that is required to teach and learn as we are preparing for an increasingly diverse world.” 

At what point in your life did it dawn on you that teaching was the route you wanted to take, and why?
“I knew at a very young age that I would become a teacher. My mom tells stories when I first started going to school about how I would come home and set up ‘my classroom’ where I would teach my younger sister. I would gather all of my old school supplies and make her sit (at 3 years old) while I taught her everything I had learned that day. I am proud to say that my first ever student grew up to be an ELP (talented and gifted) student!”


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