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Good Friday morning to you!

I just returned from a long road trip to California, driving my oldest daughter’s “stuff” in a U-Haul across the country to her new apartment. My wife Jolene and I decided to take the south route to avoid any bad storms. If you watched or read any national weather in the past week, you know that didn’t work out so well for us. Snow in Missouri. Snow in Kansas. Snow in Oklahoma. Snow in New Mexico. Snow in Arizona. But once we made our way to California, the weather cooperated. The 10-foot couch we moved up three flights of stairs? Not so much. Some of you can relate. I remember my dad helping me move, and I am sure he had many of the same thoughts that crossed my mind. But he simply smiled and enjoyed the moment, and I tried to as well. It’s another stage of life that I am glad to experience.

Thanks for reading.


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Des Moines Weather
High of 24. Low 12. Sun off and on. A low that is higher than recent highs, so we are moving in the right direction! Sunrise 7:03 a.m. Sunset, 5:53 p.m. Do you make it home before dark now?
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Criminal complaint: DMPD officer tried to obtain evidence in investigation of girlfriend

DES MOINES, Iowa — A senior officer with the Des Moines Police Department is on paid administrative leave Thursday after being arrested in Altoona. The Altoona Police Department charged DMPD Senior Officer Rodney Alan Briggs with non-felonious misconduct in office after he reportedly used his police credentials to access video connected to an investigation into his girlfriend. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Urbandale Police, Federal Agents Offering $10,000 Reward in Gun Shop Burglary Investigation

URBANDALE, IOWA — A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in an investigation of a burglary at a gun shop in Urbandale over the weekend. Police say two suspects broke into JLM Gun Shop around 9:20 pm on Saturday, February 13th. Police say the men forced their way into the building and stole “several” firearms.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa GOP moves quickly on bill limiting early voting

DES MOINES, Iowa — House and Senate committees have passed an election bill that would significantly limit voting by mail and early voting, threaten criminal charges against county auditors who depart from state election guidance and remove voters from the active voter rolls if they miss one general election. … 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 Daycare

1. Generation Next
2. Lil Scholars Too
3. Grace Preschool

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


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Garage features ram — and it’s not a truck

Ted Rives’ Waukee garage is your typical suburban space, filled with a workbench, projects, a vehicle — and a ram’s head.
Rives, who has been living in Waukee for more than a year after previously living in Woodward, has a stuffed dall ram’s head mounted on the wall. It’s impossible to ignore.
“Me and my dad went on a wild hog hunt in Texas 15 years ago, and while there, and were offered a ram hunt, so we decided to do that as well,” he says.


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Things To Do
Friday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.
At: Buccaneer Arena in Urbandale
Info: The Des Moines Buccaneers ice hockey team plays home games at Buccaneer Arena. For more information, visit www.bucshockey.com.
Feb. 20 vs. Waterloo Black Hawks at Buccaneer Arena (6 p.m.)
Feb. 26 vs. Chicago Steel at Buccaneer Arena (7 p.m.)

 The State Wrestling Tournament is underway at Wells Fargo Arena. Photo by Shane Goodman

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How many miles are on your vehicle right now?

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50,001 - 100,000
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Where are you working mostly?

From home - 50%
At the office - 30%
On job sites - 11%
A mix - 9%

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