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Good Wednesday morning to you!

Who came up with the 40-hour work week? And why?

According to a 2014 story from NBC News, eight-hour days “became rallying cries in the latter half of the 19th century, as workers in the building trades and similar industries marched together for better conditions.” The article also states that The Ford Motor Company “advanced the idea in 1914, when it scaled back from a 48-hour to a 40-hour workweek after founder Henry Ford believed that too many hours were bad for workers’ productivity.”

Work conditions are much improved thanks to the efforts of many in prior generations. Even so, a growing number of employees today think 40 hours of work per week is too much. A younger generation of workers are often criticized for not being willing to “put in the hours.” In their defense, they say they saw their parents focusing too much on work and not enough on other priorities.

The pandemic hasn’t helped many employers with this dilemma. The idea of expecting employees to come to the office or work site on time and work a full eight hours before heading for home is seemingly becoming an idea of the past, at least for some. With labor shortages aplenty, many employers are now giving in to demands for reduced hours, more vacation and increased benefits because they don’t have a choice. Meanwhile, the companies that do this then often have greater expenses and less output, resulting in a decrease of profits and, ultimately, an increase in the consumers’ cost of the company’s products or services. In other words, inflation. This work-less approach is a vicious circle and one that we all seemingly end up paying for, one way or another.

Meanwhile, the old adage that the road to success doesn’t have any short cuts will continue to prove to be true. It takes hard work. And 40 hours per week.

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

Any rain chance for the metro is a slim one today as most of us look to stay dry on another very warm day. Dry condions follow. Dewpoints drop a hair on Friday but then rise again into the holiday weekend and next week. It’ll be sprinkler time as the heat builds in.

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

Things To Do
Wednesday, June 30
⇛Zoo Brew at Blank Park Zoo
At: Blank Park Zoo
Info: Wednesdays through August, Zoo Brew is the zoo’s biggest fundraiser and more important than ever after the nonprofit lost a significant amount of revenue due to the pandemic. The zoo depends on operations to care for the animals at a cost of approximately $19,000 per day. At this time, there is an urgent need. Zoo Brew starts weekly at 5:30 p.m.;
www.blankparkzoo.com/donate. Live music on June 30: Hoppy Hour, Shock Collar
Featured Home For Sale

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

300 S.E. McKinley Avenue
3724 S.E. 19th Street
2600 S.E. 22nd Street

DOT: PUBLIC INPUT REQUESTED FOR PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS OF INTERSTATE 35 IN POLK AND STORY COUNTIES: The Iowa Department of Transportation is requesting public input for a proposed project on Interstate 35, from just north of the 36th Street interchange in Ankeny in Polk County, to approximately three miles north of Iowa 210 in Story County. FOR INFORMATION...

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Urbandale PD searching for 30-year-old woman last seen June 12

URBANDALE, Iowa — The Urbandale Police Department asked for assistance from the public Tuesday in locating a missing 30-year-old woman. According to Urbandale police, Rachel Reuter was reported missing on June 16. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Gun deaths rising in Iowa as new law removes handgun permits

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gun deaths are surging in Iowa as a law is set to go into effect Thursday that will allow people to more easily buy handguns and carry them in public without training or a permit. A record 353 Iowa residents died from gunshot wounds in 2020, including 263 suicides and 85 homicides, an Iowa Department of Public Health spokeswoman said Tuesday. The shooting deaths represent a 23% increase from Iowa’s previous high of 287 in 2019, including an 80% jump in homicides, according to state data.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Here's where you can shoot off fireworks for Independence Day 2021

DES MOINES, Iowa — Independence Day is nearly here, and that means there will be tons of events for you and your family to enjoy in central Iowa. Below you'll find a list of cities in the metro with what events they have scheduled for the holiday as well as their laws on shooting off fireworks. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (18-28) won the series opener 9-3 over the Indianapolis Indians (25-23), Tuesday at Victory Field.
MLB: Red Sox 7 Royals 6, White Sox 7 Twins 6, Brewers 2, Cubs 1, Cardinals 3 D-backs 2  READ MORE...
NBA Playoffs: Hawks 110 Bucks 88, Series tied 2-2
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 Restaurant... Period
1. Simon’s
2. Shanghai Chinese Restaurant
3. Fresko Natural Food


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Gorman leans on his Craftsman for comfort:
Riding mower makes life a tad easier

By Darren Tromblay

Michael Gorman looks as content as a baby in a blanket riding the red Craftsman 1300 riding lawnmower he purchased from Sears three years ago. His old one had seen better days, and it was time for a replacement.

And he’s glad he did. Although riding lawnmowers aren’t known for their ability to get in nice and tight around every turn and tree, he appreciates it nonetheless. Plus, he has a push mower he can use just for those spots.

“I can’t get to every spot that I want to, but it’s a lot easier than walking,” he says.

That’s especially important for Gorman, who has gone under the blade many a time in an effort to get his back “back” in place.
“I’ve had seven spinal surgeries,” he says


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A view of the Capitol building from Principal Park during an Iowa Cubs home game earlier in the season. Photo by Tammy Pearson

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Digital Editions
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Summer Stirs
CITYVIEW's traveling cocktails are back!  The next event is in the Historic East Village, Friday, July 23, 5-9 p.m.

Sample the signature Summer Stir drinks at 7 participating establishments! For only $20 (prepaid online), participants will receive 10 tickets to use to sample drinks at any of the participating venues. Tickets may also be purchased at the event for $30. All of the establishments will be within walking distance.

Details and Tickets
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Peggy Skinner, who turns a young 72  today, June 30!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Mike Tyson, Michael Phelps, Lizzy Caplan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Monica Potter, Lena Horne, David Alan Grier, Willam Belli, Miles Austin

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

Poll of the Week

Upon death, what do you wish to be done with your remains?

Traditional burial with casket
Don’t care


Which one would you choose to satisfy your sweet tooth?

Apple pie - 20%
Chocolate chip cookie - 30%
Milkshake - 33%
Brownies - 12%
Cupcake - 5%

Morning Chuckle
What do British sea monsters eat?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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