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Happy Monday morning to you!
 

Does the snow make you smile? Or does your back still hurt from shoveling? Either way, this is Iowa, and our wonderful state comes with every season. Meanwhile, we keep moving forward. Speaking of opinions, do you have a poll question that you would like us to ask? Send me your questions, and we will review them for consideration. And while you are at it, be sure to respond to this week’s poll question about your preferred snow removal process.

Have a great week, and thanks for reading.


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
shane@dmcityview.com
 
Des Moines Weather
 
High of 31 and low of 18. Surprise, it will be windy! The days are getting longer. Sunset is 5:13 p.m.
 
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Police: Doctors say there has been an increase in baby deaths in Polk County

DES MOINES, Iowa — Doctors at UnityPoint said they saw an uptick in baby deaths last year due to unsafe sleeping conditions. Eight infants died in 2020 in Polk County alone. … READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Young Des Moines Father in Urgent Need of Heart Transplant ‘Not Giving Up’

DES MOINES, Iowa — After doctors recently told 35-year-old Dustin Bachman he had two months to live, the first thing he thought about were his three young children. “I had to sit down my kids and have that tough conversation. It’s terrible,” he said.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV 13

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: No protesters seen Sunday at Iowa State Capitol despite national call

No protesters showed up at the Iowa State Capitol throughout Sunday afternoon despite nationwide calls for armed marches on all 50 state capitals in advance of the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.. … 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 Beaverdale Area Stores were:

1. Back Country

2. Beaverdale Books,

3. Uptempo Music

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
 

The biggest catch: Yanders has a life-long love of fishing.

Fishing is one of those hobbies that, once it’s in your blood, it’s there for good. Gary Yanders of Johnston can attest to that. The inside of his garage is filled with fishing equipment, including the boat he bought in 2002. One cannot help but notice that Yanders simply loves to fish.
As a youngster, he was a hard-working farm kid. Most are. The farmstead was large and featured a particularly excellent fringe benefit for Yanders — a pond.

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Things To Do

Americans across the U.S. are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy with a day of service. Take a little time to reflect on his life and message by revisiting his celebrated I Have a Dream speech in its entirety.

 
Jobs
 
Snapshot

"Sunrise on the Des Moines River"  — By Paul Houston

 
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

How do you deal with snow on your sidewalks and driveway?

• Shovel it
• Use a snowblower
• Hire someone to remove it
• Wait for it to melt


Results of last week's poll: What SHOULD the speed limit be on the Interstate?

55 mph: 8%

65 mph: 14%

75 mph: 65%

85 mph: 8%

No speed limit: 5%

 
Morning Chuckle
 
What do you get if you throw a pig into a bush?
 
A HEDGE HOG!
 

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