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Good Wednesday morning to you!
 
While the national news is filled with stories of riots, impeachments and general gloom and doom, we choose to share some good news about the people, places and events in central Iowa. So settle in to this unusually warm winter day with a dose of positive news to get you going. And don’t forget to share the morning chuckle. COVID-19 is certainly contagious, but a smile can be, too. Thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
shane@dmcityview.com
 
Des Moines Weather
 
The high today will be 44 degrees with clouds. The low tonight will be 33 degrees. Enjoy, as rain and snow are forecast for Thursday and Friday!
 
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Racist video sent to group chat upsets Waukee students, parents

WAUKEE, Iowa —A racist video sent to a group chat has some Waukee High School students and parents upset. A video of a Black female being hanged in front of a Confederate flag made its way around several Waukee High School students. … READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Des Moines Police Officers Begin Policy Training on Crowd Control

DES MOINES, Iowa — After a summer of protests and contentious standoffs with law enforcement, police officers in Des Moines have begun training on a more transparent crowd control policy. "The goals are to maintain a peaceful environment in our city, make sure property is protected and lives are protected but also make sure people’s rights are protected when they want to express their opinions,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV 13

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Reynolds to introduce bill that would withhold funding to local governments that defund police budgets

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa's governor said she plans to propose a bill that would withhold funding from local governments that reduce police budgets. Gov. Kim Reynolds addressed the state legislature, judicial branch and Iowans Tuesday during her annual Condition of the State address. … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

 
The Best Of 2020
 

Best of 2021 coming in February!
Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2020 CITYVIEW’s Best Of Des Moines readers’ poll. CITYVIEW readers said the Best Local Nachos were:

1. University Library Café

2. Jethro’s 

3. Smokey D’s BBQ

What do you think? See the results in all 250 categories from the original and most relevant readers’ poll in the area.
 
Watch for the Best Of Des Moines 2021 winners in February’s CITYVIEW!
 
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PERSONALITIES
 

Hairless, quirky cat

Sai doesn’t look like a typical cat. There is no tiger stripe, tuxedo or calico cat look, nor does he have soft fur. Instead, his huge triangle-shaped ears sit atop his angular face, while his wrinkled skin resembles an aging man’s bald head. Sai is a sphynx cat, also known as a hairless cat.

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Things To Do

Coloring With Kittens! Wednesday, Jan. 13, 6-8 p.m.
Animal Rescue League, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines

Be immersed in a coloring book while enjoying a family-friendly evening and sipping hot cocoa. Also... adorable kittens will be on hand to meet and possibly adopt, if your heart says so. Registration includes your own copy of ARL’s Second Chances coloring book and a complimentary beverage.
Click here for Info

 
Jobs
 
Snapshot
An ice storm a few years back coated playground equipment with icicles. Photo by Tammy Pearson
Would you like to see your photo in The Daily Umbrella? Email it to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com and maybe it will be chosen!
 
Digital Editions
 

Iowa Living magazines are published each month and mailed to every household in the communities of Johnston, Urbandale, Grimes, Dallas Center, Norwalk, Adel, De Soto, Minburn, Waukee, Winterset, Indianola, Altoona, Bondurant, Ankeny, Polk City, Sheldahl, Elkhart and Alleman, as well as the Jordan Creek neighborhood of West Des Moines. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. View a sample digital edition from this week here.

 
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Poll of the Week

What SHOULD the speed limit be on U.S. interstates?
55 mph
65 mph
75 mph
85 mph
No speed limit

Results of last week's poll: If you had to move, which one of these bordering states would be your LAST choice?

Illinois 35%
Nebraska 25%
South Dakota 20%
Missouri 16%
Minnesota 4%

 
Morning Chuckle
 
Why does the chicken coop only have 2 doors?
 
IF IT HAD 4 DOORS, IT WOULD BE A CHICKEN SEDAN!
 

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