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Des Moines Weather
Blizzard warning until 6 p.m. High of 33, low of 24. Snow total of 4-7 inches expected. Colder tomorrow.
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Police: Man set bathroom on fire after saying he'd blow the place up

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines man was arrested this week after authorities said he set fire to a bathroom in a business. According to court documents, security cameras caught Joseph Barrese Jr. went into the bathroom of Big Dog Billiards at 4:10 p.m. Jan. 4. Police say he used lighter fluid and a flame to start a fire in the bathroom. … READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Blizzard Arrives: Heavy, Blowing Snow Reduces Visibility and Creates Dangerous Road Conditions

A Blizzard Warning remains in effect for most of central Iowa until 6 PM. Expect wind gusts over 35 mph along with heavy snow through the morning will reduce visibility under a mile at times. Snow will continue to fall especially across the west side of the state through the afternoon and evening, but will end by midnight. The wind is expected to gradually weaken for those along and east of I-35 but for those west of I-35, wind gusts will still be up to about 30 mph from the northwest. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV 13

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Regional FBI office: 'No specific and substantial threat' to Iowa Capitol

OMAHA, Nebraska — The regional field office has created a command post to gather intelligence and coordinate with local and state law enforcement on any potential threats.
"At this point in time, the FBI has not received any specific and substantial threat to the state Capitols or other government buildings in our area," said officials.. … 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 Coffee/Coffeehouse were:

1. Smokey Row Coffee Co.

2. Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure

3.Horizon Line Coffee

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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Andy Anderson

Andy Anderson plays all the instruments and sings in each of his four albums.
For musician Andy Anderson, the pandemic temporarily squelched his decade-long gigs with the Dueling Pianos. However the energetic and multi-talented musician and performer focused on recording four albums instead.

Anderson first began playing drums at age 7. At age 11, he knew he wanted to be a musician after listening to Freddie Mercury of Queen.


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Things To Do

Friday, Jan. 15, 10 p.m.
Ghost Party
At: Black Sheep, 223 E. Walnut St., Des Moines
Info: All vinyl night at Black Sheep. Des Moines Underground goth oddities and trap bangers. Located in downtown’s Historic East Village.

Saturday, Jan. 16, noon
Winter Wonderbags Tournament
At: Captain Roy's in Des Moines, 1900 Saylor Road
Info: Get dressed in your warmest gear and join the fun put on by Des Moines Parks and Recreation and Captain Roy's. The inaugural Winter Wonderbags Tournament offers two divisions: Competitive and Recreational. Prizes from Captain Roy's include swag and gift certificates. Registration is $20 per team and only one player needs to register the team. Register online — 18 and older — at bit.ly/wonderbags2021 This a blind-draw, best-of-three-sets single-elimination tournament.

"A drive down an Iowa country road sometimes gives you a surprise view." — Dave Whims
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
If everyone decided to purchase only pink cars, what would we have?


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