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Good Wednesday morning to you!

In most of our Iowa Living magazines this month, we feature stories on local dentists from each community and share why these folks selected their chosen professions. With February being National Children’s Dental Health Month, it seemed like a logical fit. And speaking of kids and dentists, the relationships between the two have certainly come a long way. There are few people in life whom I feared more than my childhood dentist, Dr. J.G. Clapsaddle. I am sure he was a nice man, but the mask and the needles and the drills made him seem like a villain from a monster movie to this apprehensive kid. Today, I see kids smiling and skipping and looking forward to the trip to the dentist, and that is a credit to all the professionals in the industry who have focused on making dental hygiene a more pleasant experience. Be sure to check out our stories at www.iowalivingmagazines.com and join us in saying thank you to dentists everywhere who make us proud to smile.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Des Moines Weather
High of 12. Low -2. Some snow showers this morning will move out for the afternoon. Much of the same the next few days except colder. Hang in there.
A.M. Headlines

Johnston Police Investigate Look-alike Firearm at Middle School

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, at approximately 2:45 p.m., a Johnston Police Department School Resource Officer was informed by staff members at Summit Middle School of a report of a student with a weapon on school property. The School Resource Officer responded quickly with school administrators to remove the student from the general student population into an isolated area. The reported weapon was recovered and secured by police officials without major incident. All persons involved in this situation are safe, and the incident remains under investigation. No further information is being released at this time as this is an active criminal investigation. The middle school student(s) identity in this incident is not anticipated to be released due to Iowa’s juvenile confidentiality laws.

FROM KCCI: Des Moines schools could lose out on money under two new bills

DES MOINES, Iowa — Debate heated up at the Statehouse Tuesday over two funding proposals that would exclude some central Iowa schools. The bill calls for a 2.2% increase in State Supplemental Aid. The Iowa Senate’s plan offers $30 million in additional funding to districts that met Gov. Kim Reynolds’ in-class criteria during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Des Moines Shelter Going Beyond Bed Capacity to Help Provide Warmth to Homeless

DES MOINES, Iowa — Many warming centers are forced to shut down at night when the weather is the coldest. Central Iowa Shelter and Services (CISS) is stepping up for the homeless around the clock by saying no one will be turned away as the metro continues to face brutally low temperatures. “We have 150 beds. If we go over that, it’s not ideal, but people can still stay here. We are not turning anybody down. We’ve got chairs prepared that people can sleep in. We will make it work to keep everyone safe.” said Melissa Gradischnig, the director of marketing and community relations at Central Iowa Shelter and Services in Des Moines.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: With no way to socially distance, Iowa salon owners await their turn for the vaccine

DES MOINES, Iowa — On a regular day at Allegory salon, you can catch Dan Frye and his wife Dawn clipping, cutting, and styling. The husband and wife duo own the salon in the East Village in Des Moines, and said it’s their life’s work to make people feel good about themselves. “The best feeling in the world is when someone looks in the mirror and they have a new outlook on their self-image,” said Dan. “It’s just an amazing feeling that I don’t think ever gets old.” .… 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 Running Event
IMT Des Moines Marathon
Drake Relays

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


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Webster’s woodworking a lifelong passion

Gary Webster has been woodworking since he was 14 or 15 years old. Today, he builds a variety of items, but he began his passion in woodworking as a wood carver.
“My parents used to take us on vacations, and we’d usually go to souvenir shops,” he remembers. “The only things I’d be interested in were little cedar boxes. I started trying to build up my collection of those. Eventually, I started trying to build them for myself.”
After vocational school, Webster snagged his first job at a kitchen cabinet company, where the shop foreman taught him millwork.


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Things To Do
Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m.
Drake (men) Bulldogs vs. UNI
At: Knapp Center, 2601 Forest Ave., Des Moines
Info: godrakebulldogs.com/index.aspx?path=mbball
The Drake Bulldogs men's basketball team is off to its best start in school history. The team takes on UNI tonight at the Knapp Center.

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Poll of the Week

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From home
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Which of these creep you out the most?

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

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What do you call a fish that performs brain surgery?

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