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Good Monday morning to you!

Are you concerned about your online privacy? Your digital footprint? The massive amount of data the Big Tech companies are collecting about you? You should be. But, unfortunately, most of you reading this are not. My fear is that we are all going to learn this data privacy lesson the hard way — and soon. In the meantime, Big Tech is aggressively tracking what we read, what we buy, what we search for, what we watch and what we say. And that’s what we know about. Companies like Facebook, Nextdoor, Instagram, Twitter, Amazon and others are collecting thousands of data points — if not tens of thousands — on you, and they are selling it to companies that you are likely not comfortable having that data. Or they are collecting enough data so they can sell their company to another Big Tech company that can then sell your data to others. So what do you do about it until our elected officials approve laws to stop this data theft? Be very careful. Read every company’s privacy statement closely. Say “no” when Big Tech asks for your data. And have a healthy skepticism about anything the Big Tech companies are ever offering. While we are on the subject, you can rest assured that our locally owned company is not tracking you or your data or selling it to anyone — ever. We should not live in fear, but we should not be naive either.

Be careful out there, and have a great Monday!


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Des Moines Weather
Winter Storm Warning. Snow, snow, snow... All day and night. Expect to shovel 8-12 inches of it. High of 26, low of 20.
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Des Moines PD make arrest after chase, machete found in vehicle

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police have arrested a man with multiple warrants Sunday afternoon. Sgt. Paul Parizek said the department had been called to a home six times in two days in reference to Daniel Phillip Garretto harassing a resident. People told police they saw Garretto with a shot gun. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Police: Pleasant Hill Man Charged With Attempted Murder After Beating Roommate With Vacuum Cleaner, Recliner

PLEASANT HILL, Iowa — A Pleasant Hill man is charged with attempted murder after severely beating his roommate with his fist, a vacuum cleaner and even a recliner, according to police. Dezrien Vance, 30, is charged with attempted murder and willful injury.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV 13

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa National Guard holds welcome home and farewell ceremonies

JOHNSTON, Iowa — Camp Dodge saw both a welcome home and a sendoff ceremony this weekend. Saturday, 250 members of the Iowa National Guard were welcomed home from Washington D.C., where they served in securing Wednesday's presidential inauguration. The next morning, the base held their farewell ceremony for 80 guardsmen, of the 734th Regional Support Group, who are on their way to Fort Hood, Texas. The troops will begin training in Texas before they are deployed overseas. Sen. Joni Ernst, a former member of 734th RSG, spoke at the sendoff..… READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Best Of Des Moines 2020

Best of Des Moines 2021 winners to be announced in upcoming virtual events!

Join us for the 2021 Best of Des Moines Virtual Events, where we will announce the winners in each of our six categories from our 2021 poll. Each event will consist of a 20-minute video announcing the finalists for each poll question and the top vote-getter from CITYVIEW readers. 
Click here for details!

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2020 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers’ poll. CITYVIEW readers said the   Best Valley Junction Restaurants for 2020 were:

1. G. Mig’s 5th Street Pub

2. Cooper’s on 5th

3. Chuck Celsi’s Tavern Restaurant

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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A lifetime of love, respect and loyalty: Robert and Florence Stucker celebrate 75 years of marriage

Today, couples often meet through an online dating site, using a profile and a photo, evaluating their options and maybe meeting in person to further fill out their requirements of a possible partner. Robert and Florence had met briefly in town through Florence’s cousin. A few weeks later, Robert decided to show how much he was interested in Florence by bidding on the Box Lunch she had made for Bishop High School in the farming country of Oklahoma near the Texas border.
“In those days, we did Box Socials to raise money for the school or church,” says Florence. “You decorated a box, filled it full of good food that you made and then they auctioned it off to the highest bidder.”
The bidder got to check off some criteria, too: ability to decorate a box and ability to cook.
“I bid $20” says Robert. “I knew I’d get to know Florence better and I’d get to eat her cooking, too.” (That $20 would be $270 today.)


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Things To Do
The picture says it all. Shovel yourself out but be smart. Bend at the knees. Take a lot of breaks. Better yet, find someone you can pay to clear the walk and driveway then stay inside with a cup of hot chocolate.

An Afternoon Ride — photo by Brent Hess

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
Iowa Living weekly newsletters are published  in print and online each week in the communities of Adel, Grimes, Johnston, Waukee and Polk City. Printed versions can be found at hundreds of community locations, and the digital edition can be subscribed to via email. Learn more at www.iowaadviser.com View a sample digital edition from this week here.
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Poll of the Week

How many miles do you drive your vehicle on average each year?

5,000 miles or less
10,000 miles
15,000 miles
20,000 miles
25,000 miles or more


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

See results on tomorrow's Daily Umbrella

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

Morning Chuckle
What do you call an elephant that doesn't matter?

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