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The Scene

Joey Libido (AKA Steve Berry of Des Moines) will be making his MGM Las Vegas lounge debut (yes Elvis and Lady Gaga's place) in early June. Gaga's people did not return our calls about any synchronicity. — Jim Duncan, The Food Dude

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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Dry conditions with a warming trend taking us into the mid-80’s by Thursday and upper 80’s by the weekend.

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


BONDURANT: June 1, NE 62nd Avenue will be closed (last approx. 3 to 4 weeks).

WAUKEE: Ashworth Drive, just east and west of Warrior Lane, will close beginning Thursday, June 3 at 9 a.m., weather permitting. This will essentially shut down the five-way intersection located at Warrior Lane and Ashworth Drive for the remainder of the summer, to allow construction crews to build the new roundabout intersection.

DES MOINES: Various stretches of Harwood Drive  will be closed this week for slurry seal.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Iowa worker released from hospital after getting stuck in wind turbine blade

STUART, Iowa — In Adair County, MidAmerican Energy is investigating an incident where one of its workers got stuck in a blade of a wind turbine. It happened at the Arbor Hill Wind Farm, southeast of Stuart, late Sunday night.  ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Police: Woman, children escape injury when bullets hit house

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A woman and three children all escaped injury when their Waterloo house was hit by gunfire early Monday, police there said. The shooting happened just before 6 a.m. Monday, The Courier reported. Police said the gunfire was initially reported along East Fourth Street, but officers were soon called to the house on the other side of U.S. Highway 63 and several blocks away on Kern Street.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Police: Person shot in the leg near 3800 block of MLK Jr Parkway

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police are investigating after a person was shot in the leg Monday night in the 3800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. That is all the information available at this time, according to Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs:  Iowa plays Omaha in an away game tonight.  READ MORE...
MLB: Twins 3 Orioles 2, Cubs 7 Padres 2, White Sox 8 Indians 6, Indians 3 White Sox 1, Royals 7 Pirates 3   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 Internet Provider
1. Mediacom
2. CenturyLink
3. Mi-Fiber


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Keep on trucking: Twenty years later, Vrebac keeps on going

By Darren Tromblay

A little more than 20 years ago, Goran Vrebac and his wife, Iran, left their homeland of Bosnia for a fresh start here in the United States. They wanted less strife. They wanted a slice of the American dream.

Fast forward to 2021. Vrebac has the hood up on his blue, 2012 Peterbilt semi tractor. The front half is out in the sun, while the back half rests in his garage.

He meticulously keeps it in running order to extend its life even more. Over the years, Vrebac has logged more than 4 million miles of road time across the 48 states in the continental U.S. Whether it’s the East Coast, West Coach, north, south, he’s seen it all.
Texas is his favorite route, though, he says. From Ankeny, it’s just a short hop onto Interstate 35, and, from there, it’s straight to the Lone Star State.

“Texas has a lot of traffic, but it’s OK traffic,” he says. “And there aren’t many ups and downs on the highways. That’s good for the truck and mileage.”


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Things To Do

Tuesday, June 1
Principal Charity Classic
At: Wakonda Club, Des Moines
Info: June 1-6: This popular charity golf tournament has raised more than $30 million for Iowa children’s charities. Despite its cancellation in 2020, the tournament raised a record $6.7 million. The 2021 Principal Charity Classic is gearing up to have a strong field of legends and some new faces potentially making their debut, including Ernie Els, Mike Weir, Jim Furyk, Rich Beem and KJ Choi. Check in online for updates. www.principalcharityclassic.com


"When life gives you a puddle..." Seeing these kids at play in Ankeny, photographer Paul Houston asked their parents if he could take a photo. "It makes me smile, and I was tempted to join them," he says.

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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Marilyn Monroe, Heidi Klum, Morgan Freeman, Amy Schumer, Alanis Morissette, Andy Griffith, Javier Hernandez, Nikki Glaser, Pat Boone

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

Poll of the Week

Which is not really a sport?

Auto racing





Would you buy a used mattress?
Yes - 6%

No - 88%

Unsure - 6%

Morning Chuckle
Why was Pavlov’s hair so soft?

Did you hear the one about the scientist who was reading a book about Helium?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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