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Happy Thursday morning!

Do you remember sticking your tongue out and trying to catch a snowflake falling from the sky? Wincing your eyes to keep the snow from hitting your pupils? Trying to see if you could taste anything? If you did this the last few days, good for you. If it has been several decades, you are not alone. Bring back that innocence of your youth today and learn to appreciate the wonders of snowfall. After all, nobody is asking you to eat yellow snow (I don’t recommend it) or stick your tongue on a street pole (I don’t recommend this either). Go outside and make a snowman (or snowwoman), go sledding down a hill, or at least throw a snowball (lightly) at someone you love. It will make you smile. I promise.

Have a great Thursday!


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Des Moines Weather
High 25. Low 19. Beginning of a short warming trend! And, finally, calm winds. Take Shane's advice. Enjoy!
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: 'She was larger than life': Loved ones say goodbye to Iowa native Cloris Leachman

DES MOINES, Iowa — The world is saying goodbye to Academy Award winner and Des Moines native Cloris Leachman. Her longtime manager confirmed Wednesday that she died at age 94. Friends and family described the actress as spontaneous, talented and having a deep love for her hometown. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: AP: Iowa Arranged COVID-19 Tests at Office of Another of Governor’s Top Donors

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP, Ryan Foley) — Gov. Kim Reynolds’ administration arranged coronavirus testing for employees at the suburban office of a large pork company whose owners are her top donors, underscoring allegations that her wealthy supporters have received special treatment..  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV 13

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Education bill would use Iowa taxpayer dollars to fund savings accounts for students

DES MOINES, Iowa — A bill that would give parents greater power on deciding where their child would attend school— while using Iowa taxpayer dollars —is taking shape in the Iowa Legislature.  A lengthy debate on Wednesday between Senate Education Committee members brought up several issues each side has with the legislature, which would create education saving accounts for about 10,000 Iowa students..… 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 Local Fine Dining for 2020 was at

1. 801 Chophouse

2. Centro

3. Simon’s

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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Meet Natalie Wilson: Navigating the challenges brought by the pandemic

.... As a guidance counselor, Wilson is inspired by the little surprises that she receives every day. She also appreciates the heartfelt notes and pictures that students make for her. However, similar to classroom teachers, this year she has learned to navigate remote learning, whether that be through lunch groups, show and tell video chats, or trying to maintain the school-to-home connection.
“This year, more than ever, I’ve had to trust that all the unknowns and situations our students and families are facing outside of school will fall into place for them. I can do as much as I can within my scope of practice, but when the pandemic hit, it was tough to feel like you were doing enough to really make an impact,” Wilson says.


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Things To Do
Thursday, Jan. 28, 6-7:30 p.m.
Learn to make Norwegian Sweet Rolls: Kringla Knots
At: Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale
Info: www.lhf.org/events-and-programs/historic-skills-classes
Mix. Bake. Enjoy. Engineer a Norwegian sweet roll by way of a wood-burning stove, and then wash down your fresh baked kringla knots with holiday punch.... NOPE. It’s too late to register for this class, but you still have time to sign up for next week’s instruction on Fattigmann and Coffee, and that might be even better. But you need to sign up before noon today.

"Prettier from inside!" Photo by Tammy Pearson, who knows our readers can do better!  Send your Snapshots to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com and maybe it will be chosen!

Digital Editions
Iowa Living magazines are published each month and mailed to every household in the communities of Johnston, Urbandale, Grimes, Dallas Center, Clive, Norwalk, Adel, De Soto, Minburn, Waukee, Winterset, Indianola, Altoona, Bondurant, Ankeny, Polk City, Sheldahl, Elkhart and Alleman, as well as the Jordan Creek neighborhood of West Des Moines. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.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?

• Shovel it - 27 percent
• Use a snowblower - 59 percent
• Hire someone to remove it - 11 percent
• Wait for it to melt - 3 percent

Morning Chuckle
What does a potato wear to bed?
(Did you expect me to be able to find a picture of a potato in yammies? A cat will have to do!

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