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Monday, Feb. 7, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

We shared the results of CITYVIEW’s Best of Des Moines readers’ poll at our Best Of Des Moines event last Tuesday evening at the Palace Theater in Adventureland. The results are in this month’s CITYVIEW magazine and at www.dmcityview.com.

I often wonder what motivates so many CITYVIEW readers to take the time to write in their choices for the best. The answer is that they are so impressed with what they experience that they want others to know, too. But what makes something “the best”? John Gordon summed it up well in his weekly newsletter from Aug. 21, 2017, entitled “11 Traits of the Best of the Best.” Here are a few of his points:

“The best are always striving to get better. They are always looking for ways to learn, apply, improve, and grow. They stay humble and hungry and are lifelong learners.” We should all make concentrated efforts to learn something new every day, and the simplest way to do that is to read. You are doing that right now.

“The best do ordinary things better than everyone else. For all their greatness, the best aren’t that much better than everyone else. They are simply a little better at a lot of things. They work hard to master the fundamentals.” There isn’t a magic pill for being the best, but it does require focus, discipline and work on all the little things.

“The best zoom focus. The best focus on what matters most and tune out distractions. Distractions are the enemy of greatness and the best don't let distractions get in the way of their growth and improvement.” Today’s world has more distractions than ever before, thanks mostly to social media. The best can clearly cut through that clutter.

“The best are mentally stronger. Life is not a sprint or a marathon. It’s a series of sprints combined with a boxing match. You’re not just running; you are getting hit along the way.” Nobody said life was easy, and we all have our crosses to carry. The best prepare for — and readily accept — those challenges and setbacks.

“The best leave a legacy. The best live and work with a bigger purpose. They leave a legacy by making their lives about more than them.” The older I get, the more I realize how important this is. We should all strive to make sure everything we are part of is better when we leave than when we arrived.

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

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

It’ll be a decent February Monday with highs in the upper-30’s and light winds. Tuesday and Wednesday get even warmer, with highs in the 40’s. We may see a Wednesday evening flurry, and sprinkles are possible late Thursday. Friday looks breezy and mild.

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

Things To Do
Monday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
“Fiddler on the Roof”
At: Stephens Auditorium in Ames
Info: Performing Arts Series; www.center.iastate.edu/events
Featured Home For Sale
Attention Realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact pat@dmcityview.com for details.
4119 Muskogee Ave,
Des Moines, IA 50312
Pride of ownership on this 1 1/2 story, South of Grand home. Updated top to bottom and ready for a new owner. The main level features a large living room, dining area, two nice-sized bedrooms, a remodeled full bath, gorgeous kitchen and second living room with a wood burning fireplace.Second level has a ton of closet space and the master suite with remodeled 3/4 bath... SEE MORE ABOUT THIS LISTING
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FROM KCCI: The Iowa Café program, restaurants provide meals to older Iowans

The Iowa Café is a new project that helps provide older Iowans with food options. According to the Iowa Department on Aging, the Iowa Café creates partnerships between Area Agencies on Aging and food service establishments. These partnerships provide hot and cold food options for Iowans over 60 and their spouses. You can register for the program here.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Plans for Apple data center in Waukee go before city commission this week

WAUKEE, Iowa — A long-planned Iowa expansion for one of the world’s largest tech companies appears to be moving closer to breaking ground. Apple’s plans for a data center in Waukee are scheduled for a review by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday night. Updated site plans were made public ahead of the review. It shows Apple hopes to begin its complex on West Hickman Road with a 315,000-square-foot data center building. The blueprint also shows future plans for as many as five more identical data center buildings at the site.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa National Guard sending troops to Poland later this year

About 250 soldiers from National Guard companies based in Mason City and Iowa City are preparing to mobilize to Poland in 2022..... 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 Credit Union
1. Veridian Credit Union
2. GreenState Credit Union
3. Community Choice Credit Union


Meet Amanda Erps: Making art accessible for all

By Ashley Rullestad

Amanda Erps received her teaching degree from the University of Northern Iowa in December 2020. Last fall, she was a student teacher at North Ridge Elementary and spent time as a substitute teacher for the district, where she taught in general education, special education, and ENCORE classrooms. 

“Those experiences were so beneficial because it helped me see what strategies I wanted to implement in my own classroom. This year, I became the North Ridge art teacher, where I teach students in kindergarten through fourth grade.”

When Erps was in elementary school, she didn’t have art class, so she's excited to be able to give her students the experience she didn’t have growing up. Her favorite thing about teaching elementary school students is their imagination and limitless creativity. Her goal is for the art room to be a safe place where they can go and let their imaginations run wild.


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A trip to the bird feeder on a blustery day.

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Digital Editions
Johnston 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: Ashton Kutcher, Matthew Stafford, Isaiah Thomas, James Spader, Chris Rock, Deborah Ann Woll, Eddie Izzard, Garth Brooks, Tina Majorino, Robyn Lively, Steven Stamko, Robert Smigel

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 cows most like to read?
Thanks for the answers: Gail Tomlinson, Vicki Hansen, Lu Anne Gafford, Mark Gerken, Megan Brueck, Lori Bluml, Mark Hansen, Tony Putz, Gary Winter. Gary Winter is the winner of the Buccaneer tickets!


How do farmers count their cows?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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