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Friday, April 29, 2022
Good Friday Morning to You!

Welcome to the Friday mailbag, where you will find comments, questions and ideas sent recently by subscribers of this newsletter.

“Your story of the storm while camping reminded me of the storm my family endured while camping (Camping, April 19, 2022). We were in the mountains of Washington state, and the wind was howling around us. The rain was slamming into the tent, and a river was starting to form under and over our tarp and tent. I woke up when there was a large crash of thunder and saw Dad standing in the middle of the tent. He was holding the middle support. I’m not sure if he was holding it up or keeping it down, but Mom told me to go back to sleep. So I did. I knew Daddy had it under control. I learned later Daddy was praying very hard that night that we wouldn’t blow off the side of that mountain. He had it all under control.” - Donna

Yikes. Your father was also likely praying for no lightning while grasping that metal rod. - Shane

“Shane, I read with interest your experiences with camping and was impressed with your perseverance (Camping, April 19, 2022). On Sundays, Mom and Dad would load up the station wagon and head to Iowa Lake or Tuttle Lake near the Iowa-Minnesota border to do some fishing. One trip, they decided to spend the night in the station wagon at the edge of the lake. They put the back seat down, and Mom and Dad slept on an air mattress in the back with my little sister crossways at their feet. I had the front seat all to myself.  The next morning, Mom perched just outside the car between the front and rear passenger doors making bacon and eggs on a small camping stove. It was raining, so one of us held an umbrella over her so neither she nor the bacon and eggs would get too wet.” - Bob

Keep the bacon dry. That’s what I always say. – Shane

Shane, your story (Camping, April 19, 2022) gave me many smiles as I read of your family’s adventures. We, too, did the tent camping thing with our kids, and we even had Brad’s parent’s 1973 Apache hard-side fold down for a few years. I remember one outing where my youngest son and I went out to Cherry Glen earlier in the day and set up the family tent. The weather was beautiful, so we didn’t bother to put on the rain fly. Middle of the night, we woke up to raindrops falling on our faces and then a total soaking. Needless to say, I NEVER forgot the rain fly again. Today, Brad and I camp in a 23 foot travel trailer ‘practicing’ for retirement in a few years and will graduate to a 5th wheel at that time. Camping is a great way to get away and enjoy the beautiful country we have.” - Lu Anne   
Lu Anne, I look forward to your camping graduation party! – Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

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

The Scene

Moberg Gallery sold 19 Chris Vance paintings for his new show, on view through the last week of May. They sold all of those before the show even opened. — Jim Duncan


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

We’ll likely see rain early today and again this evening into Saturday. Saturday looks to have a similar pattern with rain chances early and again late in the day. You won’t be shocked to hear that breezy conditions will be with us today all the way into a cooler and drier Sunday. Rain chances return late Monday.

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

Things To Do

Tallgrass Theatre Company, 2019 Grand Avenue, Suite 100 | West Des Moines

April 29 and various dates through May 15.
Price: $33 online; $35 at Door



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FROM KCCI: Iowa teen dies after hit-and-run near East High School

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police are investigating a deadly hit-and-run after a teenage girl was hit by a vehicle near East High School. According to police, the girl was hit by an SUV at around 3:42 p.m. She was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. She has died as a result of injuries sustained in this incident. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: The Girls Who Went Away: Author chronicles ‘hidden adoption’ stories

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FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 1st human case of H5 bird flu reported in Colorado

Health officials said the risk to people from this virus is low, as it spreads mostly among wild birds and poultry. … 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 Seafood
1. Waterfront Seafood Market
2. Splash Seafood Bar & Grill
3. Laughing Crab


Meet Kyla Bandstra

Thinking outside the box to promote student success.

By Becky Kolosik

Kyla Bandstra wasn’t always sure what she wanted to do with her life. Growing up in Monroe, she worked for her dad's car dealership after high school graduation before deciding to go to college. She enrolled at DMACC for one year and then transferred to Iowa State.

She met and married her husband, Jim, there. Jim suffered injuries in a farming accident on his parents’ dairy farm, and, after 6 months in the hospital and 13 surgeries, he had returned to school himself. They both graduated and moved back to Monroe, buying the family farm.

When their youngest started school, Bandstra went to work at a substance abuse agency. She was promoted to a director position, which provided the opportunity to work in several high schools in Jasper County.

From the April issue of Indianola Living magazine.


Three goldfinches perch in a tree. Photo by Sean Kraft

Send your photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Scott Cooley, Aaron Tecklenberg, and Christi Adams!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman, Willie Nelson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jerry Seinfeld, Andre Agassi, Megan Boone, Master P, Kate Mulgrew, Jay Cutler, Erica Campbell, Eve Plumb, Carnie Wilson, Eric Koston

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

Morning Chuckle
What do you call it when you keep eating while you can’t sleep?


What do you call a horse who has insomnia and keeps you awake?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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