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Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022
Good Wednesday morning to you!

The best of the best. That’s what we celebrated last night at the Palace Theater in Adventureland — live and in person! CITYVIEW’s Best Of Des Moines event was an incredible display of more than 900 folks who represented the people, places and events that CITYVIEW readers deemed as “the best.”

This was our 14th year for this type of event and nearly 25 years for our readers’ poll. Earning the title Best Of Des Moines by CITYVIEW readers is a great honor, which is obvious by the many Best Of Des Moines certificates that are proudly displayed in stores, restaurants, bars and offices.

This year’s Best Of Des Moines poll consisted of 288 questions that provided voters with the opportunity to fill in the blanks with open-ended responses. A total of 13,765 votes were cast this year — our second highest total ever. That’s more votes than a lot of city council or school board elections have.

The poll was broken out into six categories: Eats, Culture and Recreation, Shopping, Health & Beauty, Nightlife, and Best of the Rest. We highlighted each of the category winners with video presentations amid much applause, whistling, screaming and yelling — and I loved it.

Events like this would not happen without the financial support of some wonderful sponsors along with focused work from the staff of CITYVIEW and Big Green Umbrella Media. I also owe a special thanks to the event’s Pinnacle Sponsor, Bank Iowa.

As we have done today and in the past, we will feature the poll results from one category each day in the Daily Umbrella. You can also find all the results from the poll in CITYVIEW magazine at more than 750 metro locations, or you can view it online at www.dmcityview.com.

Some people say the best is yet to come. That may be true, and I truly hope it is. In the meantime, we can celebrate the best right now.

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

Light snow is possible in southern Iowa this morning with a dusting at best expected in the metro. Thursday will be cold and a bit blustery before things get milder into the weekend. Expect thirties for highs Saturday through Monday.

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Things To Do

Don't miss The Mavericks' 'En Español' World Tour on Friday, February 18 at Hoyt Sherman Place! Tickets are on sale now!

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Wednesday, Feb 2
High Life Lounge’s Eighteenth Annual Groundhog Day Grand Opening Celebration
When: Wednesday, February 2 – starting at 6 a.m. – Predictions at 7:26 a.m.
What: Free Miller High Life from 6 a.m. - 8 a.m. – Breakfast Served until 11 a.m. (Lunch menu served at 11)
Where: High Life Lounge & el Bait Shop – 200 S.W. 2nd Street – Downtown Des Moines
*The party and prediction will be held regardless of weather conditions and is suggested for patrons 21+*
Not up and about in time for the prediction: Find out what Polk County Paula predicts and act accordingly. Either start planning your spring time fun or just go back to bed for the rest of February.
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FROM KCCI: See inside a historic wooden storm sewer in Des Moines

A major Des Moines storm sewer project is about to claim a piece of underground history. It's a nearly 100-year-old Wooden storm sewer. Des Moines Public Works opened a manhole near Aurora and Cornell on the cities Northeast side to give us a look. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Urbandale man left woman on floor for 4 days after fall, police say

URBANDALE, Iowa – An Urbandale man is facing a charge of neglect of a dependent person for allegedly leaving his partner on the floor for four days after a fall and refusing to care for her. The Urbandale Police Department says the woman, Ann Essy, died a few days after she was finally hospitalized.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 'It's that phone call no parent wants': Family of Spc. Eli Reed speaks out after his death

Reed's family describes him as loving, jovial and dedicated. Police say the 21-year-old Iowa National Guard member died after an accidental shooting in Ankeny..... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best New Local Restaurant
1. Early Bird
2. RC’s Diner
3. Charlotte’s Kitchen


Every car has a story to tell

DeVerne Dixon’s cars hold a place in his heart and memory

By Becky Kolosik

DeVerne Dixon’s passion for cars dates back to his teenage years. You’ve likely seen him (and other family members) behind the wheels of his 1929 Fargo Packet, 1947 Mercury and 1965 Buick Riviera in local parades.

At 93, Dixon has owned many cars over the years, and each represents a specific time or memory — like the 1940 Ford his dad bought when he was a newly licensed high school junior.

“Dad was a salesman, and when he was home on the weekends, I’d get to drive it,” Dixon recalls. “I quickly found out I could outrun all of my buddies’ cars.”


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The stage is set... or it was last night for the CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines Celebration held at the Palace Theater at Adventureland. Winners in more than 250 categories were announced. See the results in the February issue of CITYVIEW! Photo by Shane Goodman

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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Shakira, Christie Brinkley, Ina Garten, Brent Spiner, Nathan Fielder, Naomi Grossman, Emily Rose

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Poll of the Week
Do you send or receive flowers for Valentine’s Day?



When was the last time you made a snowman?

In the past year - 5%
In the past 5 years - 14%
In the past 10 years - 11%
More than 11 years ago - 70%

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 happens if I have my ashes placed in a glass urn?
Thanks for sending in answers: Joseph Jones, William Snyder, Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson, Janet Jackman.
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