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Monday, March 28, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

As a teenager, I worked at a concrete statuary in my hometown of Algona after school. My boss was Dennis Meyer, who now owns and operates a statuary here in central Iowa called Created in Johnston and is a close friend.

On my way to work one day, while running late, I passed a school bus that was slowing down for a stop. The school bus driver finished his route and then stopped by the statuary to talk with Dennis’ father and business partner, Amos, who, as I learned later, had also driven a school bus at one point in his life. The conversation we soon had was not pleasant, but it was a life-changer for me. Amos made it clear, in no uncertain terms, that I would no longer be employed there if he ever heard of me passing a school bus again. I tried to awkwardly explain that the bus had not stopped yet, but that didn’t matter. The conversation was stern and short.

After Amos left, Dennis softened the blow a bit, but he was also firm in his delivery. He told me he didn’t expect me to ever be late and that I should plan my time better. But if I am running late, he said, don’t ever pass a school bus that is slowing down or stopped. Ever.

I don’t know who that school bus driver was, but I appreciate how he handled the situation. He could have reported me to the police. He could have called my parents. He could have personally chewed me out. But he knew that the wrath of the Meyers would be penalty enough. And it was.

I grew up in town, so I didn’t ride the school bus. As a result, I didn’t understand the issues and hazards bus drivers had to deal with then or today. Now, as a father of three daughters who all rode the bus, I know what kind of an impact a driver can have on an anxious and apprehensive youngster. My adult children still speak fondly of their bus drivers.

I shared this memory with Dennis in recent years, and he offered his trademark ear-to-ear smile and said, “I hope you learned something.” I did. Ever since that day as a teenager, when I see a school bus, I slow down way sooner than I need to, and I stop and patiently wait, offering a friendly wave and a smile to the driver and the kids.

Driving a school bus is not easy work, and drivers are getting more and more difficult to find. The last thing they need are impatient drivers of any age zipping by them. The Meyers — the concrete statuary owners — made that clear. It is cemented in my brain now.

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

It’ll be a bit breezy today… expect a high approaching 50 degrees. Breezy conditions continue on a warm Tuesday. Rain chances move in Tuesday evening, lasting into Wednesday morning. We may see some light snow on a windy Thursday.

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

Things To Do
Beartooth: The Below Tour Part 2
Monday, March 28, 7-11:30 p.m.
Val Air Ballroom, 301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines
A handful of bands play the “devastating riffs and catchy hooks” game, but for BEARTOOTH, this music is the difference between life and death. As easygoing, charming, and outgoing as these young men may appear, there’s an inner turmoil churning away, only satiated by the savage music they play.
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FROM KCCI: Driver in custody after high-speed chase through Polk County

No one was hurt but officials say the driver topped 150 mph during the chase.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Southeast Polk dance team takes home haul of national awards

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Southeast Polk High School RhythAMettes had waited a long time to prove themselves on the national stage. This weekend, the dance squad lived up to their high standards. The SEP dance team entered five team events in the MA Dance National Competition in Arlington, Texas. The RhythAMettes won first place for all five routines, which included styles ranging from dancing with pom-poms to routines set to hip-hop and jazz.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 4 hospitalized, 1 dead after West Des Moines man attempts to outrun police

A 19-year-old West Des Moines man is dead and four others remain in the hospital with injuries after he attempted to outrun a police car. … 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 Women’s Clothing Store
1. Empress Threads
2. MARNē
3. The Funky Zebras


Horses will roam
Winterset property provides space for horses

By Lindsey Giardino

Tobi Sharon and her husband, Brent, moved to Winterset four years ago. The family enjoys having horses and started to acquire some. Sharon knew she wanted to start breeding Friesian horses as well, so they needed more space.

Fortunately, they found a plot of land in Winterset that fit that desire.
“We chose this land because of the beauty,” Sharon says. “We have an awesome view of rolling hills and, on the other side, a beautiful tree line.”

Sharon adds that her husband built their home, which “makes it pretty special. The way the home sits, we have a beautiful view of Madison County rolling hills, and we also have views of the horses right in our own pastures. It’s very quiet and peaceful.”


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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Mariah Carey, Quentin Tarantino, Brenda Song, Fergie, Nathan Fillion, Pauley Perrette, Elizabeth Mitchell, Holliday Grainger, Matt Harvey, Vicki Gunvalson, Buster Posey, Robert Guerrero

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Poll of the Week

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How many COVID booster shots are you willing to receive?

None - 21%
One - 5%
As many as recommended - 71%
Not yet sure - 3%

Morning Chuckle
Why don’t fish do well on school tests?
BECAUSE THEY WORK BELOW C-LEVEL! Good job Gail Tomlinson, William Snyder (who confessed to using the Internet),


What’s the fastest fish in the lake?

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