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Friday, Jan. 28, 2022
Good Friday morning to you!

Welcome to another Friday mailbag, where I share comments, questions and ideas that were sent recently by several of you.

“Shane, your column in the Monday Jan. 17, 2022, Daily Umbrella and Jim's conversion van remembrance in The Daily Umbrella on Jan. 21, 2022, forced me to remember my own conversion van. In the very early 1980s, I acquired a 1968 Dodge van. Much like Jim, I built a full-size bed with cabinets beneath accessible from inside and outside. They held can goods, pots and pans, and a Coleman stove, among other essentials. The Banana Van, as I had come to call it, also sported the ever-present red canoe on top. What could I do but dig up an old photo? Thanks for the memories.” - Brent

I love it! Many of the readers of The Daily Umbrella will, too. Thanks for sending this in, Brent.

“So your hamster got away (Iowa Living magazines, page 3) and met an awful end. So sad. I had a 2' x 4' wooden framed enclosure separated into 4 cages for my hamsters. The top was ¼” plywood with 2 hasps to keep the lid closed. One of the male hamsters found that if he pushed on the unhinged corner of the lid that he could escape. He decided that the coal bin was a good place to hide. We set out a one gallon glass jug with a goodly amount of corn inside it, knowing that he would not resist going in and pouching up on the corn. Once he had done that, he was too greedy to dump the corn from his pouches and escape. We found him in the jug the next morning, broke the jug and put him back in his cage. From then on, both free corners of the cage had a brick on them.” - John

Those hamsters can be escape artists. You should have thrown it in the river. (Once again, I am just kidding.) Thanks for sharing your story, John.

“Hi, Shane. I enjoy reading your articles! I never attempt DIY plumbing and only try small electrical jobs. That said, I thought I would point out that a few weeks you discussed how you loved the tradition of hand-washing dishes. Lol! - Matt

OK, maybe I don’t like hand-washing dishes all that much. Busted.

“Hello, Shane. I read the DM Register's self-report that the newspaper will no longer be a daily. It seems that any Saturday happenings are not worthy of actual printing & delivery. There was no mention of a price break for print subscribers. Just that the on-line version will be available. As it already was. We are sadly witnessing the demise of an institution. Yet readers are hungry for news, especially on the local level.” - John

You said it all. Thanks, John.

And thanks to all of you for taking the time to send me a note or two. More to come next week.

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

Sunny skies and colder temperatures are ahead today, but things improve for the weekend with warmer temps. We’ll see forties on Monday (!) before rain and snow chances move in to Iowa late Tuesday into Thursday along with breezy conditions.

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Things To Do

Friday, Jan. 28
Za Ga Zig Shrine featuring The Royal Hanneford Circus
At: Iowa State Fairgrounds, at E. 30th St. and University Ave. in Des Moines
Info: Adults $16, Children 1-12 years old $8.
Come early to get seats. Doors open 1 hour prior to show time. For more info, visit www.zagazigshrine.org. Tickets: www.etix.com/ticket/p/3701422/zagazig-shrine-circus-des-moines-iowa-state-fairgrounds-interim-events

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FROM KCCI: It's official! New pro soccer team coming to Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa —  After months of planning, demolition and collaboration, a USL Championship pro soccer team will kick off in central Iowa starting in 2024. Krause Group and USL made the announcement on Thursday night at the Greater Des Moines Partnership Dinner. The team's name will be chosen with help from the community.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Ankeny man dies after being shot in the face

ANKENY, Iowa – A man who was shot in the face in Ankeny Tuesday night has died from his injuries. Ankeny police tell WHO 13 that 21-year-old Eli Reed passed away Wednesday night. Reed was injured in a shooting Tuesday night at the Ankeny apartment he shared with friend 24-year-old John Peak.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Cure Violence project begins training with staff selected for strong community relationships

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Police Department reported a drop in homicides from 21 in 2020 to 14 in 2021, but the Cure Violence program is working to bring that number down even more. Cure Violence is a joint project between the City of Des Moines and Creative Visions that's been two years in the making. With last year's decline in homicides, DMPD said there was an increase in the number of people getting shot and surviving. Cure Violence wants to decrease those occurrences as well, by getting to the root of the problem. .... 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!


Lyon’s pet chickens: Produce colorful egg baskets

By Jackie Wilson

When Lori Lyon’s husband, Larry, brought home baby chickens from a farm store, she at first kept them in a large Rubbermaid container. As they got older, they jumped out, and the couple realized they needed a different living arrangement if they were going to keep them.

Larry built a small chicken coop, and, since then, Lori’s enthusiasm of raising chickens has intensified. She began obtaining a variety of chicken breeds for the different colored eggs.
“I like a colorful egg basket. My goal is to have every egg color,” she says. “I like all the frou-frou type chicks.”

She also has begun hatching eggs in school classrooms where she is an instructional coach and reading recovery teacher.


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Photos are still coming in! Thank you all so much for sharing! — Tammy Pearson
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Paula Williams sent this photo of a warmly glowing snowman covered in, you guessed it, snow!
Sharon Vickery shared this photo from a cold day at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines.
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday on Sunday to Pete Gardner!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Will Poulter, Ariel Winter, Elijah Wood, J. Cole, Rick Ross, Nick Carter, Andre Iguodala, Alan Alda

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Poll of the Week

When was the last time you made a snowman?

In the past year
In the past 5 years
In the past 10 years
More than 11 years ago


Have you received your COVID-19 booster shot?

Yes - 79%
Not yet, but I plan to - 4%
No, and I do not intend to - 17%

Morning Chuckle
WIN TICKETS TO SEE THE DES MOINES BUCCANEERS! Send in your riddle answer to be put in a drawing each day for the next four days for 2 tickets to see the Buccaneers!
What did the drummer call his twin baby daughters?
ANNA1 ANNA2! Answers from Gail Tomlinson, Dewayne Johnson, Celeste Tilton, Lu Anne Gafford, Bruce Holum, Rex Post, Judy Anderson
Drumsticks was another popular answer: Shane Goodman, Jack Fatino
Congratulations Bruce Holum for winning today's tickets to see the Buccaneers!


What’s the difference between a cranky two-year-old and a duckling?

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