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Good Friday morning to you!

Damn deer.

I don’t like them, but I have never killed one. Well, not on purpose anyway. There was that time when a buck was running alongside the driver’s door of my father’s Olds 98 Diesel while I was driving the backroads of Palo Alto County. This teenager was motoring about 25 mph on a winding road, and I could have reached out the window and pet it. Instead, I slowed down, and that deer darted in front of Dad’s car. Thump…Thump. I ran over it with the front and back tires. Then I looked in the rearview mirror and saw that deer stand up, shake it off, and run into the woods. Amazing.

Not too many years later, I had a deer in my college dorm room — or at least part of one. My roommate was an avid hunter, and he asked me to come out to his car one night. He popped open the trunk and showed me a deer carcass, still fresh from the harvest. He had the meat processed and the head mounted, hanging it with great pride in our dorm room. As such, he wasn’t happy when my friends would put cowboy hats on its head and cigarettes in its mouth. I found the deer head kind of creepy, but I played along.

Many years later, while managing a newspaper in Nebraska, a deer made its way into our Main Street office, pushing open the glass door with its antlers. Once inside, it became a bucking bronco, taking out everything in its path, leaving blood splattered on the punctured walls. A quick-thinking reporter opened the back door and led it out by hand.

I will let you in on my bias. I still don’t like deer. They infiltrate our neighborhood, eating anything within reach, including the Christmas lights I so carefully hang in the bushes each year. They also like to do their business in my backyard, and my dog has a strange fascination with rolling in it. Disgusting. I could do without deer.

And then I met Violet, a beautiful doe that nestled in our backyard with her fawn each evening. She would mother this young deer, protecting her from the big dogs down the street and the big people everywhere. But she couldn’t protect her from big cars. When a young driver swerved to miss Violet last week, he came in direct contact with her offspring. Thump…Thump. But this little deer didn’t shake it off.

Meanwhile, Violet (the young neighbor girls named her) still makes her way to our backyard each evening, and each morning, and each afternoon. Confused. Searching. It’s truly sad. Those deer I learned to hate don’t seem so awful now, at least not this one.

If there is any good in this story, it is that my dog senses something and doesn’t even bark at her now. And if there is any humor in this story, it is that he still rolls in her poop.

Damn deer.

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media

The Scene

Rabbi Yossi Jacobson's Maccabee's Glatt Kosher Deli is celebrating its 30th anniversary with its usual high sense of community spirit.      — Jim Duncan, CITYVIEW Food Dude

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

I would love to dress this forecast up more, but it really boils down to heat, humidity, and a few tiny chances of rain. Hang in there!

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

Things To Do

Friday-Sunday, July 23-25
⇛The Capital City Card Convention
At: Iowa Events Center, 730 Third St., Des Moines
Info: Iowa’s premier sports card experience.

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

1800 block S.E. Hartford Avenue
800 block W. MLK Parkway
2200 block S.W. 9th Street

A project to repave Douglas Avenue/U.S. 6 between Merle Hay Road and 30th Street in Des Moines requires closing the roadway to traffic from 10 p.m. Friday, July 23, until 5 a.m. Monday, July 26, and from 10 p.m. Friday, July 30, until 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, weather permitting

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Officials say 27 people arrested in Des Moines raids

DES MOINES, Iowa — More than two dozen people are facing federal charges after Wednesday's raids in Des Moines. The Assistant U.S. Attorney said there are currently 27 people facing criminal federal drug charges. Of which 21 are Des Moines residents, five of the suspects are from Chicago and one is from Knoxville. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Iowa 1st, Illinois 3rd in ‘structurally deficient’ bridges

Iowa tops the list of structurally deficient bridges in the United States and Illinois places third, according to data from the Federal Highway Administration. The NBI says structurally deficient means “one of the key elements is in poor or worse condition.” Of the 23,982 bridges in Iowa, 4,571, or 19.1 percent, are classified as structurally deficient.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: How are Iowa's voter rolls maintained under the new law?

DES MOINES, Iowa — With more scrutiny on voter data, voter rolls, and how elections are conducted, there is a lot of information shared with the public.
Not all of it is accurate. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
IOWA CUBS:  The Iowa Cubs (27-38) surrendered a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to the Columbus Clippers (29-37), losing 4-3, Thursday at Huntington Park..... READ MORE
MLB: Cardinals 3 Cubs 2, Angels 3 Twins 2 ...READ MORE
The Des Moines Menace advances to the Central Conference championship match against Kalamazoo FC today at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium. If the Menace win,  they will host the NATIONAL SEMI-FINAL on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Meteorologist
1. Ed Wilson - WHO TV Channel 13
2. Jeriann Ritter - WHO TV Channel 13
3. Kurtis Gertz - KCCI Channel 8


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Meet Allison Fisher: Brings nursing career back to Urbandale

By TK West

Allison Fisher, an Urbandale native, not only enjoyed her high school science courses but also had some personal experiences that led her to pursue a career in nursing. She graduated from the University of Iowa and began her career at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. She worked on a medical and surgical pediatric unit until she returned to the Des Moines metro in 2018.

“I will never forget sitting at the nurse's station and watching the first ‘wave.’ My patient's adolescent brother started jumping up and down and squealing with joy when the whole stadium turned and acknowledged them for the first time. We had no idea what a fun, special tradition it would be,” Fisher says.
Fisher then worked at Blank Children’s Hospital for a short time before joining the Urbandale Community School District as a nurse. She has since worked at both Olmsted Elementary School and Jensen Elementary School. She says that the best part about working with the district is definitely the students.


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Special Education Teacher Associate
The Johnston Community School District is seeking individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of students as a Special Education Teacher Associate. There are full-time (over 30 hours per weeks) and part-time positions (under 30 hours per week) available. Starting rate of pay is $16.96 to $17.65 per hour. Full-time employees are eligible to receive medical and dental insurance. All full-time and part-time positions are eligible for the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS).
Please apply online at: https://www.applitrack.com/johnston/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Support+Staff
General job functions include:
· Assists in the supervision of students in the classroom and other areas of the school facility.
· Assists staff in preparation of materials.
· Works with group or individual students in the daily routine of the classroom under the teacher’s direction.
· Keeps teacher/administrator informed of all relevant student-related matters.
· Maintains working knowledge and use of available technology.
· Duties and responsibilities as requested by supervisor may vary from time to time.

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This squirrel seems to be looking over the neighborhood, checking out the evening's action. — Photo by Celeste Tilton

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
Bondurant 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 being members of book clubs — and not just for the "good reads." Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. Read the July issue 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 Celeste Tilton tomorrow, July 24! 

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Wesley, Woody Harrelson, Slash, Marlon Wayans, Kathryn Hahn,  Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stephanie March,  Santo August, Anthony Kennedy, Kelvin Hayden

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

Poll of the Week

Which was the worst “Star Wars” movie?

“A New Hope”
“The Empire Strikes Back”
“Return of the Jedi”
“The Phantom Menace”
“Attack of the Clones”
“Revenge of the Sith”
“The Force Awakens”
“The Last Jedi”
“The Rise of Skywalker"


Which are you most fearful of?

Rats- 28%
Snakes - 51%
Heights - 19%
Public speaking - 2%

Morning Chuckle
Why should you break up in an elevator?
YOU'LL GET LET DOWN GENTLY! Great job David Whims!
Thanks Lu Anne Gafford for your valiant try!
Why did the gambling cowboy put his steer in the elevator?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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