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Good Thursday morning to you!

We have been sharing results from CITYVIEW’s 2020 Best Of Des Moines poll in this newsletter lately, but the 2021 results will be released soon. In fact, you can join in on the virtual events when we share the top vote getters. We are working on the videos right now, and this is going to be a lot of fun. All you need to do is click on the links that will be posted here for each of the six categories: http://www.dmcityview.com/best-of. Of course, we look forward to being able to have an in-person event again next year, but we are making the “best” of the situation and giving well-deserved kudos to all of our local winners. I hope you can join us.

Have a great Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Des Moines Weather
High of 42 today and low of 14. Beautiful day today. Enjoy it before colder temperatures move in!
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Des Moines PD explains how it took 2 months to identify hit-and-run victim

DES MOINES, Iowa — On Wednesday, the Des Moines Police Department identified the man killed in a hit-and-run on Thanksgiving. The family of 68-year-old Jeffrey Larson didn't even know he was missing. KCCI's Laura Terrell explains why the coronavirus pandemic played a role in the months-long case. … READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Pork Executive Gives $25,000 Donation to Governor Reynolds After Receiving More than $1 Million in State Aid

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An owner of a large pork production company that disproportionately benefited from an Iowa coronavirus aid program recently donated $25,000 to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ campaign, a new disclosure report shows. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV 13

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Ex-sports radio host Marty Tirrell sentenced to more than 3 years in prison

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former sports talk radio host Marty Tirrell has been sentenced to 41 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to repay $1.4 million to victims in a multi-year sports ticketing scam. … 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 Restaurant Period was:

1. Simon’s

2. Centro

3. Flying Mango

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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Roots and relationships run deep: Van Harden, retires from 50 years of broadcasting

With a voice that is recognized by many across Iowa and beyond, Van Harden is planning to retire from his morning show at WHO on Jan. 8, exactly 50 years to the day that he started his career in radio at KDLS in Perry. Significant dates and places are important to Harden, a person who appreciates history and the people who lived it.
“When I was a kid, I used to ride my bike and think that I was probably riding over the same brick streets that Nile Kinnick rode his bike over,” says Harden. “Later in life, I found out my dad, Ralph, went to grade school with Nile, and, when the Kinnicks moved to Omaha, my mother, Grace, went to Benson High with him.”


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Things To Do

Thursday, Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m
The Hall DSM in Valley Junction
Info: www.sporcle.com/live/venue/22800/the-hall
One of the largest and best live trivia games in town. Games start at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday nights. The Kitchen DSM will be serving up stellar bar food.


"OK,  there is no greater place in Des Moines to visit than the Blank Park Zoo." — David Whims

Has your family been having fun in the snow this month... snowmen, sledding, snow angels? Send us a photo! Email it to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com and maybe it will be chosen!

Digital Editions
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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
Why did the piglets not want to play with the daddy pig?

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