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Good Wednesday morning to you!

“How do you work with your spouse every day. I couldn’t do it.”

I wish I had a dollar for every time I have heard that. The honest answer to that question is that I don’t have anything else to compare it to.

For those of you who don’t know, my wife, Jolene, is the advertising director for our company and the person I lean on the most. As such, Big Green Umbrella Media is a family-owned and operated company. That is unique in most industries today, and it is especially rare in the world of publishing or media.

Jolene and I met in 1990 when I was employed at The Des Moines Register and she was at the Shopper News Network. Within a few months, Jolene began to work at the Register as well, and that’s when we began dating. I was hoping for a promotion as a supervisor, and I knew that dating someone in the department would not help my chances. So we kept it quiet until I left the Register to pursue other jobs in the industry — and then Jolene was promoted. Go figure.

We married a couple years later and decided to start a family. Jolene opted to quit her job at the Register and stay home to raise our first daughter. In addition, she worked part-time in the businesses I managed, serving as our circulation manager for one of the papers. She also remained involved in the industry, doing contract sales for the Iowa Newspaper Association, the Association of Free Community Papers, and Meredith Publishing.

Jolene was patient when my career choices moved us to Nebraska and then back here. She focused the bulk of her energy on raising our three daughters. When we started our first lifestyle magazine here in 2007, she attended the launch party and then better understood my vision of what this company could be. It was then when she decided to get back into the business. That was the beginning of numerous roles Jolene has served here including advertising sales rep, sales manager, sales recruiter/trainer and now as the advertising director. I had to nudge her a bit with each role change, but she has grown more confident each time. We have had a number of employees who have made incredible contributions to this company, both past and present, but none have been as committed and loyal to our efforts as Jolene.

She is my partner in life, and she is my business partner, too. That’s how I work with my spouse every day, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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

Rain chances will continue into the afternoon hours today. We’ll get a break from the rain Thursday before more chance move in Friday, along with a chance for stronger storms. Rain chances continue into Saturday morning, then another break, then more chances Sunday and Monday.

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

Things To Do

Wednesday, July 7 at 7 p.m.
⇛Menace vs. Chicago FC United
At: Valley Stadium - 4440 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines
Info: www.menacesoccer.com

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

4500 Douglas Avenue
4500 Euclid Avenue
3100 Aurora Avenue

WAUKEE:  S.E. Ashworth Road will close west of Grand Prairie Parkway Thursday, July 8 at 6 a.m. to allow for reconstruction of the roadway. The intersection of SE Ashworth Road and SE Parkview Crossing Drive will also be impacted. The closure is expected to last into the fall. A signed detour will be in place to direct traffic around the closure via SE LA Grant Parkway, SE Westown Parkway and Grand Prairie Parkway.

JOHNSTON: The contractor is scheduled to begin paving NW 54th Avenue from NW 86th Street to just east of NW 90th Court on Wednesday, June 23 and finish this section of paving by Friday, June 25.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Johnston bar's political sign spurs discussion at city council meeting

JOHNSTON, Iowa — The Johnston City Council heard complaints Tuesday regarding a political sign with vulgar language placed on a Johnston bar. The sign, which hangs outside Johnston’s Boat House bar, reads "Trump 2024 National Headquarters" and ... goes on to reference President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, reading “Joe and the (expletive) gotta go.”  ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: How Des Moines police plan for security at large-scale events

DES MOINES, Iowa — After a lone gunman shot and killed 60 people from a room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel overlooking a music festival in Las Vegas in 2017, hotel employees around the country were put on high alert. Police say a hotel worker in Chicago may have prevented another potential tragedy this past weekend..  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Soon-to-be Americans ready for naturalization ceremony at Principal Park

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Fourth of July may be over, but for immigrants in Des Moines, the celebrations continued through Tuesday for a naturalization ceremony at Principal Park. Local 5's Lakyn McGee spoke with two of the 25 people scheduled to become United States citizens Tuesday evening. A total of 15 countries were represented by those being naturalized.. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
IOWA CUBS: The Iowa Cubs (21-31) had their three game winning streak snapped, losing 11-1 to the St. Paul Saints (26-28), Tuesday at Principal Park. READ MORE...
MLB: Phillies 15 Cubs 10, Royals 7 Reds 6, White Sox 4 Twins 1, Cardinals 6 Giants 5 READ MORE...
NBA Finals: Suns 118 Bucks 105. Suns lead series 1-0
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 Eye Clinic
1. Wolfe Eye Clinic
2. Des Moines Eye Surgeons
3. Physicians Eye Clinic


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Binky bunnies: Foster rabbits are happy in new home.

By Jackie Wilson

When Claire Olsem’s 14-year-old son wanted a rabbit, he outlined a responsibility chart as to how he would take care of the bunny. Once he brought home Dynamo, Claire and her husband, Dustin, both became instant bunny lovers, first fostering rabbits, then adopting their own. They now have two rabbits, Patch and Sapphire.

Patch was a foster rabbit and was given up to A Home For EveryBunny, Iowa’s only foster-based rabbit rescue. The Olsems brought Patch to their home — temporarily. When he arrived, he had health problems they thought might require surgery. After a fundraising campaign for Patch, he became a “poster rabbit” for the organization. It turns out Patch didn’t need surgery. The funds went back to help with other bunnies.


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The Iowa Gold Star Museum on Camp Dodge is a great place to visit, with interactive and educational exhibits. Open Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Photo by Jackie Wilson

Want to see your photo included in the Daily Umbrella? Send your Snapshots to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com, and maybe it will be chosen!

Digital Editions
Johnston 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. View a sample digital edition from this week 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: Justin Cook, a wonderful nephew!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Ringo Starr, Dylan Sprayberry, Shelley Duvall, Kirsten Vangsness, Jack Whitehall, Jim Gaffigan, Ally Brooke, Cree Summer, Amy Carlson, Jorja Fox, Allen Payne, Michelle Kwan, Chris Andersen, Brandon Rush

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

Poll of the Week

Do you seek out fireworks for the Fourth of July?



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

Traditional burial with casket - 23%
Cremation - 67%
Don’t care - 10%

Morning Chuckle
What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple?
FINDING HALF A WORM! — Lu Anne Gafford, Gail Tomlinson, Denise McCauley, Judy Anderson, William Snyder, Lori Bluml, Pat Hartley and Tom Stoner got it and Lori has a vivid memory of this happening to her as a child.
Why did the apple cry?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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