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Good Thursday morning to you!

What would you think of having your bodily remains composted? Yes, composted. Like lawn debris. Or vegetables. Or coffee grounds. And eggshells.

I’m not sure. To be honest, I still struggle with the idea of cremation. I understand the benefits and have talked about it in-depth with family members and funeral directors. Even so, something feels evil to me about burning a body. But that’s just me.

I recently became curious with the human composting process that is now available in Washington state. An article in People magazine details the country's first funeral home to offer these services since Washington became the first state to legalize the practice of “natural organic reduction.” The article says this new process is quite appealing to environmentalists.

But how many people are actually doing this? Fifty so far, according to the story, with 25 fully transformed into soil.

What does it cost? About $5,500 per person, and the article states that more than 775 people have already signed up for the company's pre-pay membership.

How does it work? The story shares that, after death, a body is brought to the facility and “placed in an 8 feet by 4 feet steel cylinder with alfalfa, wood chips and straw.” Natural microbes then break down the remains, including teeth and bones, into soft compost over 30 days. After a few more weeks of aerating the soil, the bodily compost is ready for pick up.

Can this happen in Iowa? Not yet, according to my friend Blair Overton with Merle Hay Funeral Home. He says Iowa has “approved measures of final disposition” that would prevent it from happening here. He also says a permit would be required from the city where the process would occur, and that the ability to set up and provide these services could be “economically unviable.” Even so, he says it makes sense from an “earth to earth, ashes to ashes” viewpoint.

As for me, I will stick to composting my grass.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

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

The Scene

Drake student Yinka Ajayi returned home to Nigeria this summer for the first time in three years. She tried out for the Olympics track team and made it. She will be running the 4 by 400 meter relay for Nigeria. She is planning to return to Drake this fall to begin post graduate work. Her brother is Jay Ajayi of the Miami Dolphins. — Jim Duncan

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Hot and dry weather looks to continue until at least Tuesday in your outlook, which takes us through a muggy holiday weekend.

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

Things To Do
Thursday, July 1
⇛Blues Traveler & JJ Gray and Mofro
At: Water Works Park at - Lauridsen Amphitheater
Info: Doors at 5:30 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m. 2201 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines; www.dsmwaterworkspark.com
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A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Iowa Supreme Court overturns bias verdict against Branstad

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Overturning a landmark $1.5 million jury verdict, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that former Gov. Terry Branstad did not illegally discriminate or retaliate against a gay state official. The court found a lack of evidence to show that Branstad discriminated against then-Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey because of his sexual orientation. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Audit: Former DMPS teacher misspent $19k, hired wife as assistant

DES MOINES, IOWA — Craig Nelson, a former horticulture teacher who oversaw the Des Moines Public Schools’ greenhouse operations, is accused of misspending more than $19,000 – and possibly more – in a report released by State Auditor Rob Sand on Thursday. That includes more than $18,000 paid to Nelson’s wife to serve as his assistant and $1,300 in misspent Menards rebates. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Delivery, to-go cocktails here to stay

DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa law taking effect Thursday will allow bars and restaurants to permanently sell cocktails to go. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (18-29) lost their first extra-inning game by a score of 2-1 to the Indianapolis Indians (26-23), Wednesday at Victory Field.
MLB: Cardinals 7 D-Backs 4, Brewers 15 Cubs 7, Red Sox 6 Royals 2, White Sox 13 Twins 3  READ MORE...
NBA Playoffs: Suns 130 Clippers 103. Suns win series.
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 Martini Menu
1. The Stuffed Olive
2. The Lift
3 Irina’s


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Meet Lisa Miltenberger: Retirement will mean missing her school “family.”

By TK West

After 13 years at Anderson Elementary, school counselor Lisa Miltenberger has recently made the decision to retire. Originally from Monticello, she received an undergraduate degree from the University of Dubuque and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa.
She says that one of the things she has liked best about working with the Bondurant-Farrar School District is the people, adding the staff, families and, especially, the students have become like family.

“It’s a growing school but has maintained its small-school feel. The teachers are excellent and easy to work with, and I always felt supported by the administration, especially during the pandemic,” Miltenberger says.


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This water feature not only helps decorate the landscaping, it also provides a refreshing water break for the family dog. Photo by Tammy Pearson

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Digital Editions
Adel Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The July issue cover story, "On the Same Page," is about residents who enjoy book clubs. Each issue also includes other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com.. See the latest Adel Living here.
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 Jordan Huxford! May your day be joyful and lovely!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Diana, Princess of Wales, Pamela Anderson, Liv Tyler, Hilarie Burton, Claire Forlani, Debbie Harry, Dan Aykroyd, Olivia de Havilland, Missy Elliott, Tariq Nasheed, Carl Lewis

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
Ten Tickles! (Tenticles!)
Why is the octopus such a good cook?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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