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Good Thursday morning to you!

More snow and another snowtime memory that maybe you can relate to. Any time the snow fell in my childhood, my friends and I saw an opportunity to go sledding. Except we didn’t use sleds. We used inner tubes. Yes, the black, rubber tubes that went inside tires. The large tractor tubes were the best, as we could pack six or more of us on them, and they slid quite well once they built up speed. Even with inner tubes, we still called it sledding, and sledding was only as good the hills we were sledding on. So where were the steepest hills with lots of snow and no traffic? Cemeteries, of course. Yes, we had to dodge the headstones, and, yes, it seems disrespectful today, but it sure seemed like a good idea back then — kind of like bumper skiing. If you can find time to do some sledding during this fresh snow, I encourage you to do so. Just stay out of the graveyards.

Have a wonderful Thursday!


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Des Moines Weather
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY all day as snow falls and winds blow and temperatures drop. 1-3 inches of snow possible. High 34. Low 14. Sub-zero lows in the near future. Stay tuned.
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: 'I’m just trying to make Iowa proud': Iowa native playing in 2021 Super Bowl

WAUKEE, Iowa — A Hawkeye football alum is heading to the 2021 Super Bowl! Anthony Nelson is also a Waukee graduate. Our own Waukee alum, KCCI's Tommie Clark, spoke with the Nelson family before they head to Florida. In two days, the Nelsons will travel to Tampa for the 2021 Super Bowl. They're not just fans in the stands, but the parents of an Iowan in the game. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Police Asking for Help Finding Mother Wanted for Child Endangerment

DES MOINES, IOWA — The Des Moines Police Department is asking for public assistance to find a mother wanted on numerous counts of child endangerment. 35-year-old Ericka Lynn Rankins is wanted on nine counts of Child Endangerment and two counts of Neglect or Abandonment of a Dependent Person. Police say Rankins has declined to surrender to them and has been able to avoid arrest.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Lifestyle change leads metro man to win national fitness competition

GRIMES, Iowa — A metro man decided it was time to change his unhealthy lifestyle, and put his health, nutrition and fitness first. By doing so, it led him to win a national fitness challenge and win thousands of dollars. Terrell Harris said growing up seeing unhealthy habits was something he was used to, but those choices started to have serious consequences for certain family members. .… 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 Vet Clinic
1. Oaks Veterinary Clinic
2. University West Vet Clinic
3, Starch Pet Hospital

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


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The Bedwells and their fainting goats

Pet owners enjoy a good laugh with their pets. Cats are notorious for arching their backs, turning sideways if their owner sneaks up on them. A dog’s eyebrows wiggle up and down. And what does a goat do when it’s surprised? It faints.

At least that’s what happens to the Bedwell family goats. Tahra and Don Bedwell obtained a fainting goat as a pet for their 3-year-old daughter, Hanna. The breed was tame, small and easy to take care of.


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Things To Do
Thursday, Feb. 4 starts at 5 p.m.
Dome After Dark
At: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines
Info: Grab your special someone (or kids can come, too) and stroll the dome lit up by luminaries, lanterns and twinkle lights while enjoying drinks and food available for purchase from Trellis.

Cold duck

OK, they aren’t really ducks, but this large group of Canadian geese stopped for a break just west of the Johnston High School in an open water area on Wednesday afternoon, prior to the oncoming snowstorm. Photo by Shane Goodman

Want to see your photo included in the Daily Umbrella? Send your Snapshots to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com, and maybe it will be chosen!

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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%

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