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Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022
Good Thursday Morning to You!

We have had icy roads and severely cold weather in central Iowa this week. As a result, schools canceled classes. That was the choice that every public school district in Polk County made on Tuesday due to the winter weather. The lone exception was Ankeny, which even avoided a late start. District officials said they had one bus without any passengers slide off the road and others that ran slower than normal. No injuries were reported.

Snow is a concern. Ice is a more serious matter. Fortunately, the road crews got on this forecasted challenge early with brine treatments, which have proven to be life-savers.

When we lived in Nebraska, the superintendent of the public schools lived down the street from us. On snowy days, he would fire up his Suburban in the wee hours of the morning and pick up the superintendent of the Catholic schools for a trip around the area to determine if they should collectively cancel school for the day. I would often see him drive by as I was blowing snow out of my driveway. On his return, he would give me a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” through his window as a signal on their decision.

In my many discussions with those two school superintendents, I learned to appreciate the seriousness of school cancelations. They are damned-if-you-do or damned-if-you-don’t decisions. Don’t cancel school, and you risk weather-related accidents or injuries. Cancel school too often, and you hear anger from staff and students who end up with extended school years. With busing being an integral and expected part of education today, the stakes are even higher.

My 86-year-old mother tells stories of her youth in the snowy winters on the farms of northern Iowa.

“School was never canceled,” she said. “If you could make it, you made it. If you couldn’t, you didn’t.”

Did she miss school because of snow?

“Never,” she said. “Dad made sure that we made it to school — one way or another. By truck or by tractor, we were there — always. And so were the teachers.”

Several feet of snow. Gravel roads. Primitive snow plow equipment. No brine treatments. No school buses. And school was in session — always. Right or wrong, we certainly live in a different world today.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

We’ll see snow beginning in the afternoon and lasting into the very early morning hours on Friday, with 1-2” accumulations likely in the Des Moines metro area. Friday will become sunny with a high near 25. We warm back to the 40s and melt the snow Saturday through Tuesday.

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

Things To Do

"Bound By Years," Jana, & The Getaways at Lefty's Feb. 24

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THE SCORE: ISU scores thrilling comeback win over West Virginia

 Izaiah Brockington stole an inbounds pass underneath the Iowa State basket and scored with 22.6 seconds left to give the Cyclones the lead en route to an 84-81 comeback victory over West Virginia on Wednesday night. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM KCCI: Iowans participate in 'revenge travel' trend

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa's cold temperatures have many people thinking about warmer weather and planning trips. Travel bookings have gone up exponentially over the last couple of weeks, with many making up for lost time from COVID-19 restrictions. The phenomenon is being referred to as "revenge travel." ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Another Iowa district switching to 4-day school week

ELDON, IOWA — The Cardinal Community School Board has voted to moved to a four-day week for students and staff starting next fall. The move is something the district has been considering for some time.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 2 Iowans named semifinalists for top culinary honor

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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!

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It’s never too late to find love…again

By Becky Kolosik

An ancient Greek proverb states, “The heart that loves is always young.” When you meet Gordon and Martha Bivens, it doesn’t take long to see they are young at heart. Well into his 90s, Gordon plays golf, tennis, table tennis, and, at the age of 91, he rode in his first RAGBRAI. Martha likes to read, knit, garden, exercise and dance.

Gordon and Martha recently celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary. When they met, each one knew a thing or two about relationships. Both were widowed after spending many years with their previous spouses.



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