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Good Friday morning to you!

Several years ago, I spoke with my friend Pip Stehlik, whose family owned a grocery store in Nebraska City, Nebraska, where I served as publisher of the newspaper. A Walmart store was being proposed in the community, and the local merchants were expressing their grave concerns. Pip's father started the family’s supermarket store years prior, when he said there were a dozen or so neighborhood grocers in the community of 7,000 people. Pip, who now teaches about investing in real estate, explained how his dad’s original store was the Walmart of its day, and how that store started the demise of the neighborhood grocers in the community. At the time of our discussion, their store was already struggling (it is closed now), but Pip didn’t blame Walmart. He blamed the automobile, or at least the prevalent use of it. He explained how decades prior, residents would walk to their neighborhood store several times a week to buy fresh produce and meat. Now, Pip said, people think nothing of driving an hour to a store in Lincoln or Omaha to buy groceries. He was right.

I thought of Pip's story this morning when I learned of Fareway Stores debuting its small-town grocery concept in Colfax where the local grocery store owner retired and left residents without an option in the city. It is an interesting approach that could benefit rural Iowans and, possibly, even those living in isolated neighborhoods of urban communities. We should applaud Fareway’s effort on this and do all we can to encourage more of it, as having residents shop in their community benefits everyone.

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

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

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High 53. Low 30. Partly cloudy, but who cares about today? The weekend ahead is lovely! Highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s. Sunny tomorrow! Enjoy!
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FROM KCCI: 'We're ready to fight them about it': HUD secretary says feds may sue Iowa over bill

DES MOINES, Iowa — As a controversial housing bill sits on Gov. Kim Reynolds' desk, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development indicated that the Biden administration may sue Iowa if she signs it into law. Senate File 252 would prohibit cities and counties from banning landlords from discriminating against tenants based on whether they accept federal Section 8 housing vouchers. Des Moines, Marion and Iowa City currently have "source-of-income" ordinances. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Offline Iowa Nuclear Plant Eyed as Site of Solar Project

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A decommissioned eastern Iowa nuclear plant could become the site of a new massive solar energy project. NextEra Energy of Florida on Tuesday laid out plans in a meeting with nearby landowners to build a solar farm near the now-idle Duane Arnold Energy Center in Palo, The Gazette of Cedar Rapids reported.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Police are still searching for answers after a man led officers on a pursuit that ended with him jumping into the Des Moines River near Prospect Park Wednesday night. Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department called the incident sad because officers were trying to help the man before he led them on a pursuit. … 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:

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2. University of Iowa
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Brittingham builds for emus and leadership

By Rachel Harrington

Andrew Brittingham has been a part of the Boy Scouts of America since he was in Cub Scouts, going on 12 years. He says that once he crossed the bridge into Boy Scouts, there was never really a question in his mind that he would follow the organization through all the way to Eagle Scout.
“As I talked with my grandfather, I knew he wanted me to, and I decided to go for it,” he remembers.
Andrew began working on the planning phase of his Eagle Scout project at Blank Park Zoo in September of 2019.


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MIXMASTER... is one Iowa word I found out-of-staters don't know, so I took a photo to prove that it is indeed a word. Other common Iowa words others don't use: Kybo, Puppy Chow, Crick. Can you think of others? — Photo by Tammy Pearson

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Should apes receive COVID-19 vaccinations before humans?
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Today I walked down a street where many computer programmers live. The houses were numbered 64k, 128k, 256k, 512k and 1MB.

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