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Friday, July 15, 2022
Good Friday Morning to You!

Welcome to the Friday mailbag, where you will find some of the comments, questions and ideas sent recently by subscribers of this newsletter. They are edited for space and clarity.

“Congratulations on the newspaper purchase (Times Vedette, July 7, 2022). I subscribe to Ogden, Scranton and Jefferson print newspapers. My mom gets some others including Storm Lake. Love reading your columns. Democracy requires informed citizens. Newspapers, or something like newspapers, are needed to strengthen communities and keep us informed. Thanks for your efforts.” – David

I am glad that you are supporting newspapers — and democracy. – Shane

“Hope you’ll soon be feeling and breathing better (Late to the COVID thing, July 6, 2022). But… we always knew you were a slow learner.” Judy 

Ahem. I prefer the term “late bloomer.” Thanks, Judy. – Shane

“I totally agree with your comments concerning the problems with our present political party system (Pollyanna, July 11, 2022). There is a better system. Canada has five major political parties. This requires the cooperation of different parties to gain a majority. There is almost no cooperation in the U.S. political party system.” – George

I tend to agree with you, George… or it is all political theater, as my friend Brad points to with the comparison to this Looney Tunes video. – Shane

“We are among the last to get a hard copy of The Des Moines Register delivered… and I pay for subscriptions to the New York Times and the Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New Yorker and The Week. I am a firm believer in supporting our press and keeping it a key part of our democracy. Thanks again for your work and belief in the free press (Times Vedette, July 7, 2022).” – Diane 

Just in case you want to subscribe to a few more, here’s a link. – Shane

“I tagged along to my wife’s trade conference and tested positive on June 22, three days after arriving in Spokane (Late to the COVID thing, July 6, 2022). I spent the rest of my vacation isolating in a hotel room. This was the sickest I have felt since I had the flu in 2013. I finally started feeling better a few days ago, enough that I went on a run. I am still dealing with congestion, cough and fatigue, but I figure I am at 85%. Interestingly, my wife had it in May, and despite the close exposure, I never got it. Such a strange illness!” – Brendan

I am glad that you are out running. Too bad we can’t run from COVID. Thank you for the note, Brendan. – Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman

President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain chances will be with us during the morning hours today and then diminish. That’ll be it for precipitation for a while as hot and dry weather will cover the state into next week. We could see triple digits in Iowa the week following.

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

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FROM KCCI: Iowa continues to shatter sports gambling records

DES MOINES, Iowa — Despite the seasonal summer slowdown, Iowa keeps setting new sports betting benchmarks. In June, more than $122 million were wagered in the state. That's the highest amount in June on record, 10% higher than the year before. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa Air Guard leader charged with OWI, leaving scene of an accident

DES MOINES, IOWA — Thomas John (T.J.) Fennell, the senior enlisted leader of the Iowa Air National Guard, is accused of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident in Polk County. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa Department of Corrections changes mail protocols

Incoming non-legal mail must be sent to a central mail processing facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, beginning July 21, says IDOC..… READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

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 Landscaper
1. Plant Life Designs
2. Ted Lare Creative Landscape Design + Build
3. A+ Lawn & Landscape


The Swansons are friends to people and dogs

Margo and Dirk Swanson are long-time residents of Adel, moving to the area about 30 years ago. They raised their three children, Kelsey (32, now in Washington, D.C.), Daniel (30, in Kansas City) and Kate (24, in West Des Moines) in Adel and have been involved in their church, Grace Lutheran, and school and community activities.

Both Margo and Dirk work for the Heartland Area Education Association, which conveniently, has a branch office right here in Adel. “People who like people” is a good phrase to describe the Swansons. Dirk is a physical therapist who works with children who have physical disabilities and Margo works with families of infants and toddlers who are delayed in their development. Therefore, it is not surprising that they volunteer in “people-activities” with their church, including teaching Sunday school, Bible study and confirmation, and accompanying youth groups on mission trips.

... Read More.

MLB, July 14: Royals 3 Blue Jays 1, White Sox 12 Twins 2, Mets 8 Cubs 0, Brewers 3 Giants 2, Dodgers 4 Cardinals 0   ... READ MORE
Iowa Cubs July 14: Iowa Cubs 4   Buffalo 5
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Brian Austin Green, Forest Whitaker, Damian Lillard, Brigitte Nielsen, Taylor Kinney, Gabriel Iglesias, Linda Ronstadt, Scott Foley, Lana Parrill, Vincent Lindon, Jesse Ventura, Adam Savage, Tristan Wilds

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
How do trains hear?
WITH THEIR ENGINE EARS! Thanks Gail Tomlinson, Lori Bluml, Mike Chiston. 


Why do standup comedians perform poorly in Hawaii?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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