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Good Friday morning to you!

I received comments from several of you about a column I wrote last week referring to me as a child going to work with my dad and drinking coffee from his Thermos while riding down gravel roads in his dump truck. This story apparently connected with many of you, and I appreciate your feedback.
     Pat Pithan, the director of sales and consulting at MMIT Business Solutions Group in Urbandale, pointed out that we “must have grown up in a similar way in small town Iowa.” He said his father left for work every morning with the same kind of Thermos and his black lunch “pail” after, of course, giving his mother a big kiss on the cheek.
     “His lunch pail was modified with bailing wire used for the handle,” Pat shared. “He certainly didn’t replace that pail when the handle wore out, as he just put some bailing wire in its place.”
    Pat said he would ride with father from time to time on snowy winter nights in his Woodbury County Ford truck as he plowed and sanded the roads. And that “pail” has some added meaning.
    “I proudly display his pail in my office, and it reminds me every day of hard work,” Pat said. “My team is also very familiar with it, as we do our incentive gift card drawing from the George Pithan lunch pail.”
    What a great idea and a heartfelt symbol of what work ethic and family ties are all about.
Thank you for sharing this, Pat.
     Have a fabulous Friday, and thanks for reading.

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

The Scene
• Dogtown continued to roll out as many new restaurants as the rest of the city, with Egg Roll Ladies (1139 24th) and Gursha Ethiopian (2316 University) opening. Gazali's is still operating but it's property begins reconstructions soon, and they will be moving to Hickman in Clive, where Pita Pit failed a few years ago.
• Alex Hall has taken over the lease on the former Red Rossa in Clive. Expect his second Franka there before the State Fair.

• The Strip Club has opened in East Village giving double meaning to both carryout and delivery services.

— By Jim Duncan
Des Moines Weather
High 61. Low 44.  Overcast day expected, but it seems that often overcast days end up with the sun peaking through, so let's cross our fingers that this will be the case again! Looking to the weekend. Cool and cloudy Saturday, high of 60, but Sunday, look out! High of 70 and sunny!
The Score
Cubs 4, Pirates 2
White Sox 6, Royals 0
Twins 10, Mariners 2
Cardinals 3, Brewers 1
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: ARL rescues 17 cats from Des Moines hoarding case

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Animal Rescue League of Iowa said it rescued 17 cats from a home in Des Moines. The cats are now receiving medical and behavioral care and will be in their car for weeks. None of the cats were spayed or neutered. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Attempted Murder Charge for 16-Year-Old in Stabbing at Des Moines Subway

DES MOINES, Iowa – A 16-year-old is charged with attempted murder in a stabbing that critically injured another teen Wednesday afternoon. The Des Moines Police Department says 16-year-old Brian Schnathorst is in custody and facing charges of attempted murder and willful injury.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 'The president's problem': Gov. Reynolds declines to help house migrant children

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she has rejected a federal request to accept migrant children into the state, saying the need to find homes for them "is the president's problem.” Reynolds told WHO radio on Tuesday that her priority is the health and safety of Iowans and that the state doesn’t have facilities to house migrant children for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. … 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 Local Coffee/Coffeehouse
1. Smokey Row Coffee Co.
2. Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure
3. Horizon Line Coffee


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Super Bowl champ:
Waukee native plays on winning Super Bowl team

By Jackie Wilson

Not many Iowans attend the Super Bowl game, let alone play in it. So when a Waukee native played in and won the Super Bowl on Feb. 7, it was a big deal for one young player and his family.
Anthony Nelson, a 2015 Waukee High School graduate, joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two years ago as an outside linebacker. After playing for three years at the University of Iowa, he was drafted in the fourth round in 2019 by the Bucs.
Anthony’s parents, Christy and Jeff, have faithfully followed their son’s career since he first played as a child in their hometown of Waukee. Jeff knew the sport well, as he played for Hayden Fry and the Iowa Hawkeyes from 1988-1992. Anthony’s brother, Nathan, also plays football at the University of Iowa.


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Things To Do
Friday, April 9
”Some Enchanted Evening - The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein”
At: Des Moines Playhouse
Info: Broadway icons Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II are celebrated in a musical revue of songs from Carousel, Cinderella, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, and more. Five singers share more than 30 memorable numbers including “My Favorite Things,” “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “Shall We Dance?,” and, of course, “Some Enchanted Evening.” Some Enchanted Evening and The Velveteen Rabbit will be in repertory, alternating weeks. Some Enchanted Evening performances are April 9-11, April 22-25 and May 6-9.

"The blue flower plant is Brunnera. One of my favorites. Extremely hardy and blooms early every year no matter what the weather.  It prefers shadier locations. Great to pair with Hosta." — Dan Juffer

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Happy Birthday to these celebrities:

Actor Dennis Quaid turns 66, Actror-model Paulina Porizkova turns 55, Actor Keshia Knight Pulliam turns 41, Actor Kristen Stewart turns 30, Actor Elle Fanning turns 22, Rapper Lil Nas X turns 21. Favorite Dennis Quaid movie? "A Dog's Purpose"? "Footloose"? "The Rookie"? "The Right Stuff"? "Frequency"? I could go on....
Poll of the Week

Do you, or did you ever, own a skateboard?


How many trees have you planted in your life?
50 or more - 17%

25-49 - 5%

11-24 - 19%

1-10 - 46%

none - 13%

Morning Chuckle
Where do zombies go swimming?
Great guesses from Kim Snyder, Shirley Smajd, Janet Jackman.

What do you call a clever monster?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com. Watch for the answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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