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Good Monday morning to you!

My friend Tommy and I stole salt shakers, ashtrays and “open” signs from an ice cream shop in our hometown when we were teenagers. We thought it was a funny prank, at least until one of the owners saw us do it and called our parents. What happened next was a very serious learning moment for both of us that changed our views on theft of any sort.

After the you-know-what chewing we received from our parents, we were forced to face the people we stole from and return the items. Mr. and Mrs. Colwell, who owned and managed the ice cream shop, lit into us, and deservingly so. These are the folks who served us ice cream after our Little League games, greeted us with smiles every time they saw us, and allowed us to hang out in their shop. They could have called the police, but they didn't. That would have been too easy. Instead, they sat us down and explained how hard they worked to have a business, and how every penny mattered. They described how those salt shakers and ash trays and open signs may not have seemed like a big deal to us, but why they were to them. And, most importantly, they wanted us to know that stealing, of any kind, was not a habit that a young person should form. They were right, and Tommy and I immediately realized this and thanked them.

When I got home, my father gave me a similar speech, but he also let me know how disappointed he was in me — and in himself. Yes, himself. He told me that he clearly did not do a good job in raising me if I felt that stealing was OK. That single comment made this teenager realize how my actions have consequences on other people. I am not sure how much Dad thought through what he said, but his comments had more impact on me than any yelling or screaming or grounding ever did.

I often wonder how those with a history of crime would have fared if Mr. and Mrs. Colwell or their parents would have had that same conversation with them. I also wonder if I, as a parent, have handled matters in the same way with my kids.

That’s a little something for us all to think about the next time we are wronged by a young person. Our comments and how we handle the situations with them could halt future wrongdoings and have a long-term positive effect on them.

Have a magnificent Monday, and thanks for reading.


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

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The Iowa Department of Transportation is providing public notice of corridor preservation for Interstate 80 at the U.S. 169 interchange in De Soto, Dallas County. Corridor preservation is a tool the Iowa DOT uses to preserve land for future highway needs. READ MORE...

Beginning Monday, Aug. 2, N.E. Alice’s Road will be closed to through traffic between Douglas Parkway and Meredith Drive. The closure is expected to last for approximately two weeks.

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FROM KCCI: Good Samaritan saves cat thrown from vehicle on highway

BOONE COUNTY, Iowa — A cat thrown from a moving vehicle is now in a safe home. The Boone Area Humane Society took to Facebook to share the cat's story. Someone in vehicle driving 55 mph on a highway threw the cat out onto the road. A person driving behind the vehicle stopped to save the cat and rushed her to Iowa State's College of Veterinary Medicine. The Good Samaritan wasn't able to grab the license plate number. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Des Moines poets earn first place in international youth poetry slam festival

DES MOINES, Iowa – In July, a group of young women from Des Moines won first place in the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival held in California. Kai Brown, LaNeeta Burgs, Samm Yu, Jocelyn Rifas, and Sophie Savage performed together. The group is a part of RunDSM, an organization dedicated to helping youth express themselves through the arts.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Polk County now area of 'substantial' COVID-19 transmission, CDC recommends even vaccinated mask up

The shift from the moderate to substantial level means the CDC now recommends mask-wearing indoors for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: .The Iowa Cubs (32-43) were shut out in the sixth and final game of the series against the Louisville Bats (30-47), losing 2-0, Sunday at Principal Park. ... READ MORE
MLB: Nationals 6 Cubs 5, Blue Jays 5 Royals 1, Cardinals 7 Twins 3 ...READ MORE
NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: The Des Moines Menace defeated NC Fusion U23 to win the USL League Two National Final with a score of 1-0 on Saturday at Valley Stadium.
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Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Place to Play Golf
1. Waveland Golf Course
2. Jester Park
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A ‘silent’ volunteer : “Slimtastic” Rose does what he can to help.

By Lindsey Giardino

Scroll through the Grimes Community Page on Facebook and you might find a post asking for recommendations of volunteers in the area. On that post, you’d see a shout-out to “Slimtastic” Rose (real name, Thomas Rose). The commenter put it best: “He’s one of those silent volunteers!”

Rose, who commonly goes by the nickname Slim, says if he sees a post online of someone needing help, he goes and does it.
“I basically just see something that needs to be done, and I go for it,” he says.

This has been his motto since he moved to Grimes about five years ago. He grew up in New Orleans and has found that Grimes is a lot quieter and friendlier.

When I first moved up to Iowa, I said hi to somebody, and they said hi back. That kind of scared me for a second,” he jokes.


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