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Friday, Feb. 4, 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.

“Thanks for an old memory! Three of my brothers were older, and when winter came to the farm, we dug out the long johns for doing our outside chores and fun. I always wondered if they made a girl’s version of long johns, because the ones I were given to use had the trap in the front, which wasn’t really helpful for me.” – Pam

Thanks for the note, Pam. I am sure many others can relate to your comments. Long johns, as I have learned, have become stylish fashion statements in today’s world. So, yes, women’s versions are available now! – Shane

“Shane, Marilyn and I are both in our sixties and grew up in NW Iowa. We enjoyed sharing our memories of going to the Abu Bekr Shrine Circus at the old auditorium in Sioux City after reading your column today (I love a circus, Jan. 26, 2022). We didn't have far to travel, as she is from Marcus and I am from Holstein, but I'm sure the bus ride was fun. I enjoy your writings and the Adel Living Magazine, keep up the good work.” - Steve

Thanks for the note, Steve. Oh, to be young again. We could join the circus! – Shane

“At least you are wearing a belt (Jan. 31, 2022 on “pulling a Wayne”). Twice in January, I arrived at the office and noticed I had completely forgotten to put a belt on.” - Brendan

Maybe we should try suspenders? – Shane

“How about the FAX machine (in response to Feb. 3, 2022, column about inter-department envelopes)? It is still used today but mostly for scanning documents to a pdf then emailed.  Being a printer, we lived and died with these machines. Clients would fax in orders. We’d send proofs. Business card proofs were enlarged 200% on a copier first then faxed. Resolution was so poor that you couldn’t tell a 3 from an 8. Lots of reprints. Loved it when I would be talking with a client, and I’d ask, ‘What are the colors?’ They’d say, ‘I’ll fax it to you.’ Haha. Always made me smile.” – Mark

Ah, yes. The fax machine. Not sure when ours was last used, but it sure was handy at one time. – Shane

“Well, I finally found something I'm above average at — checking email! (Repetition, Feb. 1, 2022).”- Brad

Keep up the good work, Brad, and be sure to read the Daily Umbrella email! – Shane

Thanks, everyone. Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

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

Things will improve a bit today on breezy conditions that will last into Saturday and bring us into the 30s. Milder temps stick around in general, and the middle of next week looks even warmer. The forecast stays dry.

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

Things To Do
Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 3-6
Iowa's Original RV Show
At: the Iowa State Fairgrounds, E. 30th and University in Des Moines in the Varied Industries Building
Info: Iowa's Original RV Show. Enough said. www.iowastatefairgrounds.org.
Featured Home For Sale
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Fire destroys Clive duplex
Clive Fire Department responded to a fire call at 1:55 a.m. this morning at a duplex at 10416 Clark St. in Clive. There was heavy fire involvement when firefighters arrived.    
Occupants from one side had safely evacuated. Firefighters conducted search operations on the second duplex in difficult smoke and fire conditions. No occupants were found. They were later confirmed by the building owner to be safe.
Ice was a major issue in fighting the blaze. Numerous departments and agencies assisted.

FROM KCCI: Hoover High School reverses course: Varsity football is back on!

DES MOINES, Iowa — After announcing in January it would no longer field a varsity football team, Hoover High School in Des Moines said it will plan to rebuild the team. In a release, Hoover activities director Jacob Burke said the school has been discussing the future of varsity football for the Huskies. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa will end COVID proclamation, shut down websites

IOWA — Governor Kim Reynolds says the state’s Public Health Disaster Emergency Proclamation for the COVID-19 pandemic will end later this month and the state will shut down its two data reporting websites. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Beijing Winter Olympic athletes with Iowa ties

As the Winter Olympics kick off Feb. 4 in Beijing, Local 5 will be tracking all the athletes with ties to The Hawkeye State...... 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 Local Place to Take Your Kids
1. Blank Park Zoo
2. Science Center of Iowa
3. Des Moines Children’s Museum


'Mr. Bones’
Fake skeleton hangs around the Ernst garage all year.

By Darren Tromblay

The Ankeny garage of Katie Ernst and Mark Ernst has the typical things one would find: a mower, some tools, and plenty of storage.
Oh, and body parts. Fake ones, that is. The hanging skeleton in the back? That’s just “Mr. Bones.”

The couple, along with their children, Elizabeth and Matthew, are lovers of everything scary.

Well, Mark and the kids are.
“They love Halloween; I do not whatsoever,” Katie jokes. “So it’s three versus one.”

Mark is on the other side of the aisle.
“I loved Halloween as a kid because I was the older brother who got to scare the younger brother and sister,” he says. “I grew up in Dubuque, so we had haunted houses galore back in the day. We had run-down, old Victorian houses that organizations would rent out and do haunted houses in each year.”


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Paul Williams shares this photo of snow adding a season flare to a wreath.

Photos are still coming in! Thank you all so much for sharing! — Tammy Pearson
HELP Tammy out by sending your photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com!

Digital Editions
Winterset Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. In the February issue cover story, "Budding Romance," residents share how their romances blossomed over time. 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 February issue here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Alice Cooper, Oscar De La Hoya, Zach King, Gabrielle Anwar, Nicolle Wallace, Hannibal Buress, Gavin DeGraw

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

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
What do you call it when prisoners take their own mug shots?

CELL-FIES! We have broken a record on number of answers received! Thanks for sending them in: Rex Post, Lori Tabbert, Marilyn Harlow, Bob Skelley, Butch Niebuhr, Denise McCauley, Mark Gerken, Megan Brueck, Lori Bluml, Janet Jackman, Robin Smith, Chuck Golliher. Congratulations Denise McCauley for winning the Buccaneer tickets!

We still have tickets left so there will be another drawing tomorrow!


What do cows most like to read?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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