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Good Friday morning to you!

Masked or unmasked? Which are you? Early on in the coronavirus pandemic, I didn’t know a single person who wanted to wear one of these face coverings. Today, I am not so sure. I was truly looking forward to an official mask-burning party sometime this year, but I now wonder if wearing a mask will be a habit for some that is continued far into the future, if not forever. As much as the effectiveness of masks in stopping the spread of COVID-19 is debated, one can’t help but appreciate the decrease in cold and flu symptoms this season. I am intrigued by the stance of our governor, Kim Reynolds, on lifting the mask mandate. And I am equally intrigued by the stance of Des Moines’ mayor, Frank Cownie, on keeping it in place. Brian Duffy summed it up quite well in his cartoon in the March issue of CITYVIEW with these two leaders in a professional wrestling match. To be honest, I am not sure what to believe, but my hope is that we soon will no longer have a reason to wear a mask and debate this. But for now, like many of you, I will continue to wear one in public places.

Have a fantastic Friday, and, as always, thanks for reading.


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Des Moines Weather
High 46. Low 26. Slight chance for some rain but we should see the sun some. Let the sunshine in, the sunshine in!
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Documents: Man caught dragging dog has relinquished rights on pet

WAUKEE, Iowa — The Waukee owner that was charged with animal neglect will relinquish his pet according to new documents filed Thursday. According to the documents, on Saturday Zac Brooks will give his dog to the breeder he got it from. Brooks was seen on camera dragging his dog and allegedly throwing things at the dog. Neighbors are upset Brooks is not facing harsher charges. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Wolverines Rout Hawkeyes in Top 10 Showdown

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Hunter Dickinson gave Luka Garza fits around the basket, and Franz Wagner scored 21 points to lead No. 3 Michigan to a 79-57 victory over No. 9 Iowa. The Wolverines passed yet another test against a highly ranked opponent after beating No. 4 Ohio State last weekend. … READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Elder Iowans can call 2-1-1 to schedule vaccine appointments starting March 8

JOHNSTON, Iowa — Iowans 65 years and older will finally be able to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments over the phone starting the week of March 8, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday. Elder Iowans will be able to call 2-1-1 to speak with a "vaccine navigator" who will ask the person some questions and take basic information to schedule an appointment at a nearby Hy-Vee pharmacy... … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's 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 West Glen Store

1. Worn
2. Target
3. Josephs Jewelers

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


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Eagle Scout project reels in fishing shed

Evan Baker has been working diligently over the past year to attain his Eagle Scout rank, the highest rank one can achieve within the Boy Scouts of America. He started working on his Eagle Scout project in November of 2019 at Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat just north of Indianola.
“I started working on the project over the summer in 2020, and it was put together near the end of the summer,” he says. “We built a fishing shed and the concrete pad underneath it to hold all of their fishing equipment. They had an old, falling apart shed there that had been there about 15 to 20 years and was just sitting in the dirt. It looked pretty bad.”


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Things To Do
Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.
At: Buccaneer Arena in Urbandale
Info: The Des Moines Buccaneers ice hockey team plays home games at Buccaneer Arena. For more information, visit www.bucshockey.com.

The Basilica of St. John Catholic Church in Des Moines.
Construction of the church was completed in September of 1926 at a cost of $480,000. It is in the style of the Northern Italian, or Lombardy Romanesque, and resembles Saint Paul’s Basilica outside the Walls of Rome. The barrel vaulted coffered ceiling covered in gold leaf rises 50 feet above the floor. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. — Photo by Paul Houston

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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%

Morning Chuckle
Why did the raven get kicked out of the bar?

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