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Monday, Feb. 28, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

I haven’t lived in my hometown for 32 years, but I still feel connected because I subscribe to my hometown newspaper — the Kossuth County Advance. You should subscribe to yours, too.

I would not have made this comment a few years ago, as I was disappointed in what was happening to local newspapers after being bought by out-of-staters who cared more about their profit margins than the communities they served. But, as typical, my life experiences changed me.

First, let me be clear. I do not own or publish any traditional paid circulation community newspapers. In fact, some would say that our publications compete for local advertising dollars with many in that category. Even so, I recognize the important role that newspapers play in communities of all sizes, but especially those in our rural areas that haven’t been soiled by the greed of out-of-town publishers.

Now back to my life-changing experience. My mother was in need of rehabilitation after a leg and hip injury and was in a facility in central Iowa for a few months. I thought she might enjoy reading her local newspaper, so I bought a subscription for her and had it delivered to my home. I then brought it to her when I would visit. But before I delivered it, I would read through the newspaper myself. I learned how my high school wrestling team was performing. Whose funeral services were being held. What the city council was doing with some of the old buildings in town. I smile when each issue arrives in my mailbox, and I am pleased to pay the subscription fee to have this to look forward to. When Mom’s physical therapy was completed, and I moved her back home, I changed the mailing to her address — and I bought another subscription for myself.

Reading my hometown newspaper is a small way for me to stay connected with my hometown, and I look forward to receiving it. Sure, I could read online and get the news more quickly, or I could look to social media and read the gossip. But I am not in that big of a hurry, and I prefer to read news written by trained journalists. I hope that you do, too. Reach out today and subscribe to your hometown newspaper. You will be glad you did.

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Great weather is ahead as we move from February into March with highs warming to the 60s on Tuesday and on Wednesday. Rain moves into the forecast by Friday night.

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

Things To Do

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Terrace Hill to Re-Open for Tours on March 1
Terrace Hill, Iowa Governor’s Residence and National Historic Landmark, will open for the tour season on March 1. Guided tours are offered Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Reservations are required at least 48 hours prior to the desired tour time by calling 515-281-7205. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and older and $2 for ages 6-12. Admission is free for children 5 and younger. Admission must be paid by cash or check only. Tours last approximately one hour. Terrace Hill is an accessible facility. Arrangements to use the handicap-accessible entrance can be made with the reservation.

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THE SCORE: Clark dazzles as Iowa crushes Michigan to claim share of Big Ten title...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM CITYVIEW: University sabbaticals: robot handicaps, turtle DNA, mosquito hearing… and the boudoir

The following excerpts are a sample of the professional development assignments, also known as sabbaticals, that were approved by the Board of Regents for 2022-23 at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.

Iowa State University: Debra Marquart, a distinguished English professor and former Iowa Poet Laureate and Fellow of the Academy of American Poetry, will “conduct research in North Dakota for a book-length work that blends docu-poetics and research nonfiction to tell both the human and scientific story of the true cost of oil extraction.” The title? “Things Go Boom in the Bakken: Dispatches from an Oil Patch – A Work of Docu-Poetics and Research Nonfiction.” ...READ MORE FROM CITYVIEW

FROM KCCI: Two people fire shots at Ankeny police officers during traffic stop

ANKENY, Iowa — Ankeny police are on the hunt for two people who exchanged gunfire with officers late Saturday night. Initially, police were called to Prairie Point Apartments in reference to a large fight and reports of gunshots being fired. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: 1 teen killed, 3 injured in Madison County crash

MADISON COUNTY, IOWA — One teenager was killed and three other teens were injured in a crash in Madison County early Sunday morning that authorities say likely involved alcohol. According to an online crash report, a 2003 GMC Sierra was speeding in the 2400 block of 195th Trail – a gravel road northeast of Winterset – when the driver lost control, went into a ditch and hit a tree.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Woman found stabbed to death at Des Moines apartment complex, police say

DES MOINES, Iowa — A suspect has been charged with murder after a woman was found stabbed to death at an apartment complex early Saturday morning, according to the Des Moines Police Department. ... 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 Senior Living Community
1. Edencrest
2. Deerfield
3. Calvin Community


Meet Elizabeth Reels: ELA teacher at Oak View

By Hayden Wagner

Hayden, daughter of Chris and Darlene Wagner, is an eighth grader at Oak View. She wrote this article as a Talented and Gifted enrichment opportunity. Karene Rosenbury is her teacher.

Elizabeth Reels is a seventh-grade reading and English teacher at Oak View in Dallas Center-Grimes. Her favorite thing about being a teacher is getting to make a difference in students' lives. Mrs. Reels also enjoys teaching new and interesting topics to students.
At the beginning of her career, Mrs. Reels was inspired by her own teachers to dive into the education system. To start, she went to Beloit College in Wisconsin and graduated with a degree in government, a master’s degree in teaching, and an endorsement in reading. Soon after, Mrs. Reels started teaching at her first school in fifth grade in Houston, Texas. 


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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Jason Aldean, Bernadette Peters, Gilbert Gottfried, Robert Sean Leonard, Sarah Bolger, Amanda Abbington, Tasha Smith, Noureen DeWulf, Anabelle Acosta, Aroldis Chapman, Josh Green

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

Poll of the Week

Do you like when restaurants play music?

Depends on the type of music


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

Like it - 46%
Hate it - 43%
Not sure - 11%

Morning Chuckle
When can you put things in a basket and never fill it up?
WHEN PLAYING BASKETBALL! Got it Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson, Lori Bluml


Where do butterflies sleep?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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