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Have the BEST Wednesday!

The results of our 2021 Best Of Des Moines Readers’ Poll have now been shared, and we are pleased to provide you with multiple options to learn about the BEST people, places and events that CITYVIEW readers voted for in the EATS, BEST OF THE REST, SHOPPING, NIGHTLIFE, CULTURE & RECREATION, and HEALTH & BEAUTY segments. We held six virtual events — each about 20 minutes in length — and they all can be viewed at www.dmcityview.com/best-of. Full results will also be published in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine and at www.dmcityview.com starting this morning. This is our most popular magazine and the most visited page of our website throughout the year. Readers bookmark the page and refer back to it often when making buying decisions, as they trust the judgement of CITYVIEW readers. And you should, too. Be sure to congratulate all who made the top three in each category, as they are truly the best.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Des Moines Weather
High of 40. Low of 34. Rain moving in overnight and turning to snow, along with dropping temperatures and increasing winds. Might need to shovel with 1-3 inches predicted. But at least today is above the average high of 33, so enjoy!
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Des Moines School Board expected to end decades-long resource officer program

DES MOINES, Iowa — School district leaders asked the Des Moines School Board Tuesday to end its School Resource Officer program after more than 10 years. The program, which involves a partnership between the school district and the Des Moines Police Department, started in 1999. Des Moines Public Schools said it wants to end the program because students of color are disproportionately affected by having officers inside schools. … READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: UnityPoint: Dowling Asked for COVID-19 Vaccines First and Was Ready First

DES MOINES, Iowa — Teachers, staff and faculty at Dowling Catholic High School will receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday. On Monday, both Dowling Catholic High School and West Central Valley Schools notified families about staff members receiving the vaccine.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV 13

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: LOCAL 5 FORECAST: Blizzard conditions possible on Thursday

... A potent cold front will roll through Iowa Thursday morning. What will start as rain late Wednesday night will quickly transition to snow once the front passes your location. For Des Moines and Ames, that transition will likely occur around 7 am. Snow will continue to fall in central Iowa through the early afternoon.. .… READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers’ poll. CITYVIEW readers have voted:

Best Local Brewery

1. Confluence Brewing Company

2. Exile Brewing Company

3. Barn Town Brewing

Find all the Best Of Des Moines 2021 winners in February’s CITYVIEW!


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Schrodt finds passion in woodworking: Says he’s not one to sit around

Dave Schrodt hasn’t always been a woodworker. Three years ago, his wife passed away.
     “I needed something to do,” he says. “I was in the garage and decided I wanted to make a sign by hand for my man cave. I thought that there had to be an easier way to do this. I went online and found a machine that I now have.”
Schrodt uses a computer-operated machine to create designs and cut them out.


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Things To Do
See what your local library has to offer. According to the weather forecast, conditions will be perfect for curling up with a good read. Even the penguins are going to want to stay inside.

The Iowa Wild vs. Chicago, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa (2020/2/25). (Shane Abbitt/Iowa Wild Photographer)

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
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

Which of these creep you out the most?


How many miles do you drive your vehicle on average each year?

5,000 miles or less - 26%
10,000 miles - 37%
15,000 miles - 22%
20,000 miles - 6%
25,000 miles or more - 9%

Morning Chuckle
Why was the giraffe so slow to apologize?

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