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Good Thursday morning to you!

So who exactly are these people at Big Green Umbrella Media? Well, by now, many of you know me, but I also want you to get to know the wonderful people who work “under the umbrella” at our locally owned media company. With all the Big Tech companies and out-of-state media corporations in the mix now who don’t know the difference between Waukee and Whittemore, it can be a challenge to know who is covering local news… and more importantly, why. So starting with this issue, and continuing once per week, I am going to introduce you to one of our staff members who live and work in central Iowa and contribute to the communities we are so proud and so fortunate to cover. I am confident that you will like them as much as I do.

Have a great Thursday, and, as always, thanks for reading.


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Under the Umbrella

Meet Tammy Pearson. Tammy has been editor of our Iowa Living magazines for more than three years now and previously was a newspaper editor. She gets up bright and early to send your Daily Umbrella on its way. Yes, she is the one in charge of our Morning Chuckle. Her parents grew up in Boone and she grew up on Army bases. She earned her master's from Iowa State University. We suspect she's a "crazy cat lady." She's also a trustee of the Adair County Historical Museum, an Optimist, and, as a member of the Cumblerland Rose Players, has written and directed a play about the filming of "Cold Turkey" in Greenfield. She has also been champion of a fantasy football league for 4 of the last 6 years. She enjoys Korean movies, her comfy chair, and Sudoku-induced naps.

Des Moines Weather
High of 4. Low -5. Surprise! Some snow showers possible on this cold and cloudy day. But accumulations should be less than an inch. It will be warmer in Juneau, Alaska, high of 18 with sunshine! It's in the 80's in Johannesburg, South Africa.
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Iowa woman will donate kidney to Minnesota toddler she has never met

EAGLE GROVE, Iowa — An Eagle Grove woman will donate her kidney to a Minnesota toddler she has never met. Heather Kimbrough stumbled across a Facebook post back in August that really touched her. In the post, a mother in Minnesota put out a desperate plea to find her son a kidney donor. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: 2021 Des Moines St. Patrick’s Day Parade Canceled

DES MOINES, IOWA — One of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Iowa has been canceled for a second straight year. The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Central Iowa announced on Wednesday afternoon that the 2021 St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration is canceled.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa business owners respond to Gov. Reynolds' decision to lift mask mandate

With the choice now in their hands, some business owners are choosing to stick with mask requirements they already had in place. "We want to let everyone know that even though Governor Kim Reynolds lifted the mask mandate, we are STILL requiring our team AND customers to wear masks inside of our restaurant," 5 Borough Bagels posted on Facebook. … 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 Food Truck
1. El Coquí 515
2. Tex-Mex Kitchen
3. Veggie Thumper

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


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Meet Phil Nord

When Phil Nord began teaching at West Des Moines’ Walnut Creek Campus three years ago, he made a slight shift. As a 21-year teacher, he spent the majority of his time teaching at private schools. He sought out the alternative school as a greater opportunity to help kids.
“I have more opportunity to talk with people, rather than just another student,” he says. “I’ve been loving it here so far.”
He currently teaches algebra, math and geometry. He chose the mathematics field because of math’s accuracy.


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Things To Do
Thursday, Feb. 11 at noon
The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us what?
At: Online
Info: Dr. Rachel Reimer will be presenting "What the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us about public health, healthcare and human behavior." Rachel Reimer, PhD is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the department of public health at Des Moines University. Additionally, she currently serves as the Program Director for both the CEPH-accredited MPH program as well as the CAHME-accredited MHA program. 

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"People eat this? Well, if it has the word BACON, it can't be bad, but how in the world do you prepare it?" asks Tammy Pearson, who took the photo (quote edited by the editor to be family friendly)

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.
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
What do librarians take fishing?

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