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Good Wednesday morning to you!

     “Unmasked.” If it sounds like a 1980 album by the hard rock band KISS, that’s because it is. You can chalk that up to another bit of useless knowledge stored in this brain.
     More importantly, “unmasked” is what many of us are today due mostly to COVID-19 vaccinations. We all have our reasons for getting vaccinated (or not getting vaccinated), but for many of us, the driving factor to take the needles was the desire to get back to “normal.” Back to going out to eat at restaurants. Back to attending concerts. Back to participating in events. If you can relate to any of this, then you will likely find our Explore Des Moines magazine to be of great interest. It is 36 pages of spring/summer events and attractions in central Iowa.
     Biking and cycling. Fun in the sun. Wineries. Tasty eats. Brick and mortar shopping. Farmers markets. Date ideas. Sporting events. Community festivals. And much more. All in an easy-to-read format in print and digital editions.
     The printed version is available at hundreds of high traffic locations across central Iowa, and the full digital edition can be viewed at www.dmcityview.com/ExploreDesMoinesSpring2021/index.html. If that link is too long for you, just visit www.dmcityview.com and go to the HOME drop down menu. And if page-flipping on your phone isn’t your thing, then check out the mobile-friendly version at www.exploredm.com.
     Unmasked. Finally. Now let’s get out and enjoy what Des Moines and central Iowa have to offer. I look forward to seeing you.
Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

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


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

A gorgeous day ahead today with light winds in the metro and a high in the low 80’s. Showers and storms move in after midnight, with heavy rain possible in spots on Thursday. It gets cooler after that, with highs only in the 60’s Friday and Saturday. Rain chances reenter the forecast late Sunday into Memorial Day.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at


Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

1500 Hull Avenue
3700 16th Street
1100 E. Madison Avenue

Des Moines: 4th Street from University Avenue to Creighton Avenue will be closed beginning at 12:00 noon today through 5 p.m. on Friday, June 4 for sanitary sewer repair.

Waukee: Northbound traffic on NW 10th Street will shift to the newly constructed northbound lanes between NW Douglas Parkway and NW Sunrise Drive beginning tomorrow at 9 a.m.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Casey’s customer credited with stopping armed robbery before police arrived

COLFAX, Iowa — Police in Colfax arrested a man Tuesday after a citizen walked in to find him robbing a Casey’s General Store. Colfax Police Department and Jasper County Sheriff's deputies swarmed the Casey's at 501 W. State St. around 3 p.m. Tuesday. Three Casey's clerks were on the phone with law enforcement while hiding in an office. Brice Gathercole walked into the store to buy a bag of ice when he noticed something suspicious. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: 77-year-old woman hit by vehicle on Merle Hay Road in Johnston

JOHNSTON, Iowa — A woman was hospitalized after getting hit by a vehicle on Merle Hay Road in Johnston on Tuesday. A vehicle traveling southbound on Merle Hay Road at 10:30 a.m. struck 77-year-old Kim J Ga, who was in the roadway at the 6100 block, according to the Johnston Police Department. Medics transported Ga to a hospital and she is in stable condition, according to her family.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Prayer & reflection: Des Moines community gathers in memory of George Floyd 1 year after his murder

DES MOINES, Iowa — George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the back of his neck for nine and a half minutes along the side of a street on May 25, 2020. One year later, Des Moines community members gathered at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park to reflect not only on Floyd's death, but the changes experienced by all Americans since. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (9-8) fell behind early to the St. Paul Saints (8-11) and lost the first game of the series by a score of 17-6, Tuesday at Principal Park. READ MORE...
MLB: Cubs 4 Pirates 3, Royals 2 Rays 1, White Sox 8 Cardinals 3, Twins 7 Orioles 4.  READ MORE...
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Co-Working Space
1. Gravitate
2. Blue Bean
3. Regus


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Gardening is worth every effort:
Staving off weeds and pests takes some creativity.

By Rachel Harrington

     Teddi Yaeger and William Moody moved to Winterset from Seattle in 2014 and soon established a 2,000-square-foot organic vegetable garden.
     “The first year we ended up spending four to five hours a day weeding the garden,” says Teddi. “We got burnt out and stopped gardening for a while. Last year, William was able to work from home, and, because he had more time, he really got busy with the garden.”
He built raised beds with room to mow in between so they could cut down on the weeds.
     In total, about 150 cherry tomato plants in about eight varieties were planted.
     “That was probably three to four times the amount we needed,” remarks Teddi.


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Things To Do

Wednesday, May 26 at 12:08 p.m.
⇛IOWA CUBS vs. St. Paul Saints (Twins)
At: The I-Cubs play home games at Principal Park in downtown Des Moines.
Info: I-Cubs Triple-A baseball action, for more information, visit www.iowacubs.com.


Percheron draft horses at Living History Farms, Urbandale. — Photo by Paul Houston

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Digital Editions
Grimes/Dallas Center Living weekly newsletters are published each week in print and online. Printed versions can be found at dozens of community locations, and the digital edition can be subscribed to via email. Learn more at www.iowalivingweekly.com. Read the digital edition from this week here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:  John Wayne, Scott Disick, Lenny Kravitz, Lauryn Hill, Stevie Nicks, Miles Davis, James Arness, Hank Williams Jr., Sally Ride, Bobcat Goldthwait.

SUBMIT: Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday or a Congratulations on their big day? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Poll of the Week

Would you buy a used mattress?




Which ice cream flavor would you choose?

French Vanilla - 26%
Chocolate - 9%
Swirl - 14%
Mint Chocolate Chip - 32%
Cookies and Cream - 19%

Morning Chuckle: Condiment Week!
What do you call a discount for mustard?
POUPON COUPON! (Thanks Russ Cerniglia) or Lori Bluml was on the right track with Grey Coupon.

What do you call a singing jar of mustard?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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