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Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

I generally avoid giving press to survey results, as they are often ploys from public relations companies to avoid purchasing advertising and gain free publicity for their clients. Even so, this one was too good to pass up.

Are you ready? Of the 50 states, Iowa ranks No. 46 in sinfulness. That means 45 other states have greater problems than Iowans with issues like anger and hatred, jealousy, excesses and vices, greed, lust, vanity and laziness. The study was issued by WalletHub, a website that offers credit scores and reports. Just keep that in mind.

What defines sinful? WalletHub says they examined the aforementioned issues using many relevant metrics, which are too lengthy to list here but can be found at this link. For the study, all 50 states were compared across 47 indicators of immoral or illicit behavior, from violent crimes per capita to excessive drinking to the share of the population with gambling disorders. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest level of sinfulness. Of course, one person’s sin may be another’s virtue, but please play along.

What are the most sinful states, according to the study? Nevada, California, Texas, Florida and Louisiana, in that order.

And the least sinful? Idaho, Wyoming, Vermont, South Dakota and good old Iowa.

But before you start polishing your halo, you should know that all is not virtuous in the Hawkeye state. In the excessive drinking metric, Iowa ranked No. 4. That’s not exactly something to say cheers to, unless, of course, you are in the excessive drinking industry.

Overall, though, we Iowans fared well in this survey. Our more-sinful neighbors may call us flyover country, but we don’t mind. We have room to breathe, lower stress levels and faith in our Midwestern values. And we are quite trusting, so much so that we even believe survey results that make us look good.


Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Today will be cold and a bit breezy with a high near 19. Snow looks to begin by midday Thursday and last into the early morning hours on Friday and amount to an inch or two by Friday morning. Then we wobble between the 20s and 40s Friday through Monday with dry conditions.

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

Things To Do

Iowa Wolves home game
Wednesday, Feb. 23 vs. Salt Lake City Stars/Jazz, 7 p.m.
Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St., Des Moines
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THE SCORE: Iowa Wild (20-20-3-3; 46 pts.) were defeated by the Texas Stars (16-18-5-4; 41 pts.) by a score of 4-2 at Wells Fargo Arena on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

NEW MEDICAL CENTER: The Iowa Clinic closed on 7.6 acres of land in the premier, mixed use Kettlestone Development located on the northwest corner of Tallgrass Lane and Grand Prairie Parkway. The Clinic will break ground on a new multi-specialty medical center, the largest of its kind in Waukee, and is tentatively set to open its doors in mid-2024.

FROM KCCI: Lawsuit filed after stranger sneaked into MercyOne NICU and bottle-fed baby

The family of an infant who was bottle-fed by a stranger inside a hospital is now suing. The lawsuit has provided new details about the incident.. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Johnston announces new golf hotel entertainment venue

In an announcement exclusive to WHO 13 News, Johnston Mayor Paula Dierenfeld shared plans for the city council to vote Tuesday night to move forward with “Bombers.” The new golf-hotel-restaurant-entertainment venue will be built in partnership between the city and Stoye & Kann Development. It represents the cornerstone of a bold new vision for the south Merle Hay Rd. entrance to Johnston. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 80/35 Music Festival announces 2022 lineup

DES MOINES, Iowa — The 80/35 Music Festival is back this summer after two years of COVID-19 cancellations. Father John Misty and Charli XCX will headline the July 8 & 9 festival, organizers announced Tuesday. Festival tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.: two-day general admission passes are $95 and two-day VIP passes are $195.. ... 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 Downtown Bar
1. 300 Craft & Rooftop
2. Hello, Marjorie
3. The Stuffed Olive


Schools and hearts combined

By Rachel Harrington

Gary and Kay Gesaman both grew up in northwestern Iowa small towns.

“I lived in a small town with about 50 people in it. She lived on a farm,” says Gary. “She went to school in Hornick, and I went to school in Holly Springs. Both schools were very small, about 100 kids total. When we were juniors, the two schools combined. We then had 15 kids in our class.”

“Our first date was also my first date with anyone,” remembers Kay. “It was at the end of our junior year. Gary approached me and said he knew someone who wanted to ask me to prom. When I asked who that was, he said, ‘Me.’ He invited me to the prom. I was amazed because I wasn’t popular and especially since he was so well liked. He’d been elected for many of our class favorite categories, and I for only a couple by all the juniors and seniors. I like to say Gary brought me out of my shell and made my life so much better.”


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Birthdays and Notables!

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Poll of the Week

How do you feel about a 4% flat tax on income?

Like it
Hate it
Not sure


How often do you exceed the legal speed limit when driving?

Every time - 12%
Most all the time - 66%
Rarely - 22%
Never - 0

Morning Chuckle
What's an avocado's favorite kind of music?
Lots of good answers to this one!
GUAC & ROLL: Jayde Vogeler (who was quite proud to get the answer before any of her co-workers!), Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson
SALSA: Jill Clapper, Gail Pecht, Jen Strom
DIP HOP: Chuck Golliher


What is Romeo and Juliet’s least favorite fruit?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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