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Monday, March 7, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

 I attended a conference this past weekend and met with a number of business owners and managers. I heard two common themes. First, business is improving across the board. And second, they can’t find employees. Neither of these are shockers, but the first one will cease if the second one isn’t resolved.

Regarding the improving business climate, nearly all of us are certainly glad to see this. Most people understand how a well-oiled economic engine benefits those who contribute, and, one way or another, we all do contribute. Regardless of your political slant, it was encouraging to see our president not wearing a mask in the State of the Union Address, as that will certainly help reassure those who are still secluded at home that it can be safe for most people to mingle again. And that, in turn, will help grow the economy even more.

Regarding the need for employees, I wish there was a simple answer. Many theories have been floated as to why we are in an employment crisis, yet there isn’t a clear-cut solution. I have to wonder if the way in which health insurance is provided is a contributing factor.

When I was entering the adult working world, my parents stressed to me how important it was to work for a company with “good benefits” with the most important being a health insurance plan. The majority of young and healthy people didn't understand the value of this then, and I am convinced that even more don’t now. In fact, most young people now stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26, and they have no reason to even begin to comprehend the costs, at least not until they are 26. I have hired a number of people in that age group, and the astonished looks on their faces when they see how much their health insurance premiums are is all too predictable.

I understand why the change to age 26 was made, and my kids certainly are benefiting from it, too. But I have to wonder if a lack of appreciation (or need) for health insurance is preventing some from seeking full-time positions. Instead, they work a few part-time jobs, become an Uber driver, or do other contract work as financial needs arise. Their health insurance is either paid for by their parents or through a government-funded plan. Or they choose to go without. They don't see the need to work full-time for a company with “good benefits.”

Having said that, I am not convinced that reverting the age to go off of the parents’ health insurance plan to 19 or any other younger age would completely solve our employment crisis. But it might help, and we have to try something, as the job openings simply are not going to be filled if we continue with business as usual.

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

After our morning snow, expect gradually clearing skies on a chilly and breezy day, with a high near 36. Breezy conditions and temps in the upper 40s are anticipated Tuesday, then we cool down a bit on Wednesday. Thursday brings another chance of accumulating snow.

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

Things To Do
Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St., Des Moines
Get your tickets today. Performances are March 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20.
Tickets start at $15
Featured Home For Sale
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THE SCORE: Iowa Wild (22-23-3-3; 50 pts.) were defeated by the Chicago Wolves (33-10-4-4; 74 pts.) in a Sunday afternoon contest by a score of 5-3 at Allstate Arena in Chicago on Sunday, Mar. 6.

FROM CITYVIEW: St. Patrick's Feature: The pipes are calling you

A close friend of mine lived directly behind his elementary school. On St. Patrick’s Day in his fifth-grade year, he went to school without wearing any green. Shamed by classmates and his teacher, he walked home at lunch time, entered his family garage, foraged a partially used can of green paint, poured it over his head and returned to school, greener than anyone else. ...READ MORE FROM CITYVIEW

FROM KCCI: Four family members among victims of Madison County tornado

MADISON COUNTY, Iowa — There are six confirmed deaths in Madison County, Iowa after Saturday's tornadoes. Four adults and two children have died in Saturday's storm. Four members of one family were among the deaths. The Madison County Sheriff tells KCCI that the two children who died, Kenley and Owen Bolger, were visiting their grandma, Melissa Bazley, when the storm hit. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Norwalk residents assessing storm damage, no injuries reported

NORWALK, IOWA — Authorities are reporting extensive damage but no serious injuries in the Norwalk area following a Saturday night tornado outbreak. Norwalk Police say there are several reports of homes and businesses with roof damage and a two-story barn was leveled outside of town. There is significant damage east of Norwalk High School, according to police, with several downed powerlines in the area. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: How to help with tornado recovery in central Iowa

Are you looking to volunteer or donate to help with recovery efforts? Here's what you need to know.. … 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 TV Anchor
1. Laura Terrell - KCCI Channel 8
2. Erin Kiernan - WHO TV Channel 13
3. Dan Winters - WHO TV Channel 13


Hometown girl:
Christiansen continues life in Grimes

By Lindsey Giardino

Jocelann Christiansen has lived in Grimes her entire life. Her parents moved to the community from Des Moines so that she could get her education from Dallas Center-Grimes schools.

Now that she’s an adult and graduated from high school, Christiansen chose to continue living in her hometown because, “I just love the community, and there were many apartment options to choose from.”

Christiansen ultimately settled on renting an apartment in Summit at Heritage. She was attracted to the modernness of the complex, the location and the young environment.
“I love my home at Summit apartments,” Christiansen says. “The staff are so helpful, and there are great amenities provided. I also appreciate how the complex feels like its own little community. The closeness to Highway 141 and places like Kwik Star and Hy-Vee is super convenient. It’s crazy to think that where I live and everything around me was just a cornfield when I was growing up.”

Read more

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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Karla Host and Nicole Berger!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Rachel Weisz, Jenna Fischer, Bryan Cranston, Peter Sarsgaard, Laura Prepon, Wanda Sykes, Jesper Parnevik

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Poll of the Week
Will you continue to wear a mask in public?
Not sure

Do you like when restaurants play music?

Yes- 28%
No - 19%
Depends on the type of music - 53%

Morning Chuckle
What is the medical name for owning too many dogs?
ROVERDOSE! Got it Judy Anderson, Rex Post
Other guesses from Gail Tomlinson, William Snyder, John Zeitler, Charles Golliher


What is the difference between the Sahara and Jello?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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