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Good Monday morning to you!

You can’t drive down very many roads in central Iowa without seeing dozens of help wanted signs posted. Local employers have many struggles today, but staffing issues typically top the list. We are here to help by offering FREE employment ads in the Daily Umbrella. You will see several posted below, along with simple information on how to post your FREE job openings. So, if you are hiring, let us know. And if you are looking for work, be sure to check out the openings and let the employers know that you saw the posting in the Daily Umbrella.

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Des Moines Weather
Bitterly cold. High of 6. Low -5. Cloudy today with snow showers possibly developing this afternoon. Don't look for any relief this week!
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: VIDEO—Iowa lawmakers discuss the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa is about to have two neighboring states where recreational marijuana is legal. South Dakota can begin selling marijuana on July 1. It became legal in Illinois on Jan. 1, 2020. There is a renewed push by elected officials in Iowa to legalize pot. State Sen. Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City, is leading the charge. He wants Iowa to take the leap 15 other states have to regulate recreational marijuana like alcohol. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Des Moines Film Society Fundraises to Renovate the Varsity Theater by 2022

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Varsity Theater in Des Moines has sat empty for two years, but it won’t be for much longer. The Des Moines Film Society is raising money to renovate the theater to reopen in 2022. The Varsity Theater has been a staple in Des Moines for 80 years.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Teen arrested in Iowa returned to Wisconsin to face murder charge in mall shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa — A teenager charged in a fatal shooting at a shopping mall in eastern Wisconsin has been extradited from Iowa, where he was arrested days after the slaying. Law enforcement officers traveled to Iowa on Friday to pick up 17-year-old Dezman Ellis. He was arrested in Des Moines on Thursday. .… 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 Wedding Venue
1. Curate
2. Glen Oaks Country Club
3. Country Lane Lodge - Adel

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


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70 years of music for Gil Davis

A No. 3 hit record on the Billboard music charts. Inductee into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame. Performance at the Apollo Theater in New York.
These are just a few of the accomplishments of Gil Davis’ remarkable 70-year musical career.

Davis, 80, a bass guitarist and singer, began singing in church with his brother and sister in Des Moines. When he wanted to play the bass guitar at age 14, he borrowed his brother’s six-string guitar, removed two strings and called it a bass.


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Things To Do
Play cards
Seriously, when's the last time you pulled out a deck of cards for a rousing game of Hearts, Pinnochle or Go Fish? It is bitterly cold out, and even if COVID-19 isn't keeping you inside this week, the temperatures may be. Gather whomever may be at home, put your screens away and start dealing the cards. Look online for a directions if you want to try a new card game. Here's a good one for the whole family: Help Your Neighbor. Find directions for this and more at https://frugalfun4boys.com/help-your-neighbor/

Place your help wanted ad here for FREE! Email to pat@dmcityview.com. And ask us about upgrading your FREE ad with a display ad in any of our publications.










“At 5:05 p.m. on Jan. 20, I snapped this picture from our deck off the kitchen. It is looking northeast with the top of Adel's Dallas County Courthouse in the foreground and the Dallas Center grain elevators in the background. Applying the Pythagorean theorem, the distance between the courthouse and the grain elevators is 5.83 miles.” — Jim Peters

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 weekly newsletters are published each week in print and online in the communities of Adel, Grimes, Johnston, Waukee and Polk City. Printed versions can be found at hundreds of community locations, and the digital edition can be subscribed to via email. Learn more at www.iowaadviser.com View a sample digital edition from this week here.
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Poll of the Week

Where are you working mostly?

From home
At the office
On job sites
A mix



Which of these creep you out the most?

Spiders - 9%
Mice - 19%
Snakes - 47%
Cockroaches - 25%

Morning Chuckle
If the Earth is flat and the fish swam over the edge, where did it go?

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