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Good Monday morning to you!

It’s puzzling. The whole puzzle thing. I remember my parents spending hours on the winter weekends working on jigsaw puzzles and seemingly enjoying it. Snow was falling outside, but it was cozy in the house. Slippers were on their feet. Hot coffee was in their hands. Smiles were on their faces. They were as relaxed as they could be looking over all those pieces and trying to find a fit. This teenager couldn’t think of anything that could possibly be a greater waste of time. Several decades have passed by, and I found myself with slippers on my feet and a cup of coffee in my hands working on a 1,000-piecer while the snow gently fell outside. And, admittedly, I found it relaxing. What in the world happened? Yes, it’s puzzling. But don’t let these late season snowstorms get you down. Turn off the TV, put your phone away and open up a jigsaw puzzle box.

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Des Moines Weather
Hi 41. Low 30. Clouds will give way to a clear night. Enjoy the warmer temperatures. Celebrate surviving the Arctic Vortex.
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Des Moines PD says boy was found shot in the back

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Police Department is investigating a shooting on Southwest 9th Street near Army Post Road and Blank Park Zoo. The call came at about 5 p.m. Sunday. When officers arrived they found a juvenile boy shot in the back. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Garza Breaks Iowa’s All-Time Scoring Record, No. 11 Hawkeyes Beat Penn State

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Luka Garza scored 23 points to become Iowa’s all-time leading scorer, and the 11th-ranked Hawkeyes beat Penn State 74-68 on Sunday. Garza has 2,126 points for Iowa, breaking the record of 2,116 points set by Roy Marble from 1985-89. Garza scored 12 points in the first half to get within a point of Marble and passed the mark with a layup off a pass from Jordan Bohannon at the 8:18 mark of the second half.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Cloris Leachman died of stroke and had COVID-19, medical examiner says

LOS ANGELES — Oscar-winning actor Cloris Leachman died last month from a stroke, but that COVID-19 was listed as "another significant condition," the San Diego Medical Examiner has determined. Leachman died in her sleep at her home in Encinitas, California, on Jan. 27. She was 94.  … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers’ poll. CITYVIEW readers have voted:

Best Local Yoga Studio/Instructor
1.Yoga + Co. - Lindsay Duvick
2. Power Life Yoga
3. Good Vibes Yoga - Ben Spellman

Find all the Best Of Des Moines 2021 winners in February’s CITYVIEW!


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Meet Christel Oberbroeckling: School nurses do much more than administer Band-aids.

... “Each day is different at the elementary, and it keeps me on my toes. I remember when I accepted the position 17 years ago, a nurse I used to work with commented, ‘Won't that position just entail placing Band-aids and checking hair?’ She couldn't have been more wrong. I have learned so much in this nursing position,” Oberbroeckling says.
Each day typically consists of medication administration, office visits that require assessments and possible referrals, collaboration with staff and health-care providers, communication with parents, health screenings, immunization compliance and more. Oberbroeckling says that they are fortunate to have a nurse in every building working with students and families. She also says that her position sometimes involves out-of-the-box thinking and is rewarding when children succeed in the classroom.


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Things To Do
Get your tickets for this performance!
At: Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St., Des Moines
Info: www.dmplayhouse.com
A classic tale of a family road trip, “Leaving Iowa,” is the story of a writer, Don, who returns home to find a final resting place for his father’s ashes. When he discovers his grandmother’s house is now a grocery store, Don travels across Iowa, along with his own son, searching for a proper resting place for his father. The road-trip transitions smoothly between Don’s present predicament and his memories of the torturous but hilarious annual family vacations with Mom, Dad and Sis. With his father’s help, Don realizes that the journey really is as important as the destination.

The Intensity of State Wrestling Action. Photo by Luke Lu

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Poll of the Week

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How many miles are on your vehicle right now?

Less than 50,000 - 36%
50,001 - 100,000 - 27%
100,001 - 150,000 - 19%
150,001 - 200,000 - 8%
More than 200,000 - 10%

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