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Good Monday morning to you!

Putt-putt. That’s my kind of golf. I don't have the patience or skills — and I am not willing to commit the time or money — to play on the big courses, but I will ante up for most any miniature golf course. And that’s exactly what I did on our family vacation recently.

In the midst of heated play, my daughters and I had a conversation about miniature golf. Who invented it? Where was the first course? And why don’t other sports have “miniature” versions?

Garnet Carter may not have invented miniature golf, but he was the first person to patent it with what he called "Tom Thumb Golf" in 1927. Carter built his miniature golf course on Lookout Mountain in Tennessee as part of an effort to build traffic for his hotel. His wife, Frieda, designed the course's obstacles, which had a fairyland theme.

Credit should also go to Thomas McCulloch Fairborn, who built a miniature golf course with a surface made from crushed cottonseed hulls mixed with oil. This concoction was then dyed green and rolled on top of a sand foundation. Fairborn patented this playing surface. 

As far as other “miniature” sports, my daughters reminded me that ping pong is actually “table tennis,” and foosball is a miniature version of soccer. OK, fair enough. With that in mind, I guess that violent game of Nerf basketball my childhood friends and I played in our basement could be considered miniature basketball, too. But at my age, I will stick with miniature golf.


Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman

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

GOLD! The U.S. women's volleyball team won the Olympic Gold Medal with a very local food service connection. Kelsey Robinson, back for her second games, is the cousin of Johnston caterer Cyd Koehn and was coached in high school by local restaurateur Jeff Duncan.

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

We’ve got a hot one ahead today and again tomorrow with highs both days in the low 90’s. A storm chance comes our way Tuesday evening as a boundary moves across the state. It’ll be a hot start to the Iowa State Fair on Thursday with slightly cooler weather as we head into the weekend.

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

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Things To Do
Aug. 9-11
⇛The 48 Hour Film Project - Premiere Screenings
At: State Historical Building Auditorium, 600 E. Locust St., Des Moines
Info: The challenge? The films were made in 48 hours in central Iowa. Now it’s time to select the winner who will go on to compete against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2022 and possibly get the opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2022 Short Film Corner. www.48hourfilm.com/en/des-moines-ia
Group A: Mon, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m.
Group B: Tue, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m.
Group C: Wed, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m.
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The Des Moines Police Department will activate a new speed camera downtown to crack down on speeding. Des Moines police said the camera will be placed at 14th Street and Grand Avenue near Western Gateway Park.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: DMPD investigates body found in parking lot of business

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Police Department is investigating a death after a woman's body was found Sunday morning. Authorities were called to the 800 block of Southeast 14th Street at about 9 a.m. Sunday to investigate a body that was found. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Iowa moms organize ‘Safe at School Sit In’ at the State Capitol for this week

DES MOINES, Iowa – With COVID-19 case and hospitalization numbers increasing, many parents have apprehension ahead of the upcoming school year when it comes to the pandemic.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Dog rescued after wandering the streets of Perry for 13 years

PERRY, Iowa — A stray dog wandered the streets of Perry for 13 years until police were finally able to catch him on Tuesday—only because a broken leg slowed him down.
The Shiba Inu was apparently abandoned by his original owner. Despite the Perry community putting out food and bedding for "Brown Dog" for years, no one was able to keep him in one place..

The Score
Iowa Cubs:  The Iowa Cubs (35-47) lost a late lead to the Indianapolis Indians (41-42), falling 8-5 in the series finale on Sunday at Principal Park. READ MORE...
MLB: Twins 7 Astros 5, Royals 6 Cardinals 5, White Sox 9 Cubs 3  ...READ MORE
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 Place to Get a Costume
1. Theatrical Shop
2. Party City
3. Goodwill


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Meet Julie Mehls and Donna Kolb: Helping teachers and students through the day

By TK West

Horizon Elementary School Administrative Assistants Julie Mehls and Donna Kolb say the best part about working with the Johnston Community School District is the people. Prior to moving to Johnston five years ago, Kolb lived with her husband and four children in the Chicagoland area. Mehls, on the other hand, has lived in Johnston with her family for 22 years.

Both women say they work with some of the most wonderful, caring, and amazing individuals. They also say that one of the best parts about working with elementary school children is their excitement about everything.
“The kiddos are so happy, honest and strive to learn new things,” they said in a joint email.


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Chilling out on a hot day. This fella was stretched out and relaxed after a visit to the squirrel feeder. Photo by Tammy Pearson

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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Anna Kendrick, Whitney Houston, Michael Kors, Melanie Griffith, Gillian Anderson, Bill Skarsgård, Sam Elliott, Rhona Mitra, Jessica Capshaw, Kevin McKidd, Ashley Johnson, Deion Sanders, Chris Cuomo, Hoda Kotb, Derek Fisher, Jason Heyward

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Poll of the Week

Do you know how to swim?



Results of last week's poll:

Are you watching the Olympics?

Yes - 55%
No - 45%

Morning Chuckle
What kind of music do planets sing?
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