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Good Tuesday morning to you!

Since you are reading the items in this newsletter, you are getting smarter. It’s true, at least according to an article I read yesterday from Inc. magazine about how reading can “rewire your brain.” It stated evidence that reading “doesn't just cram information into your brain,” but it "changes how your brain actually works" and "boosts your EQ." The article shares how this effect can be seen in a person’s brain waves when he or she reads. Studies also show that deep reading builds up "a person’s ability to focus and grasp complex ideas." On the flip side, studies also show that the less a person reads, the more these “essentials abilities wither.” Reading strengthens our abilities to “imagine alternative paths, remember details, picture detailed scenes, and think through complex problems.” So basically, it makes us smarter.

Congratulations, and thanks for reading.


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Tuesday History Tidbit


First children vaccinated for polio

On February 23, 1954, a group of children from Arsenal Elementary School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, receive the first injections of the new polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk.... The use of vaccines has virtually eliminated polio in the United States and around the world. According to the World Health Organization, polio cases have been reduced by 99 percent and the virus survives only among the world's poorest and most marginalized communities.

WATCH: Modern Marvels: The Polio Vaccine on HISTORY Vault

Des Moines Weather
Hi 45. Low 32. Mostly sunny today. Warmer = more snow melting! Enjoy!
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Waukee man seen kicking, dragging dog charged with animal neglect but gets to keep pet

WAUKEE, Iowa — A Waukee man is facing charges after a neighbor captured video of him dragging, kicking and throwing objects at his dog. Waukee police say Zac Brooks is charged with animal neglect, a simple misdemeanor. "The Dallas County Attorney's Office advised that we could do animal neglect charges, but there was not enough there for abuse," said Waukee police Sgt. Mackenzie Sposeto. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Utility Bills in Iowa to Rise Due to Polar Vortex

DES MOINES, Iowa — Next month, Iowans may pay more in utility costs because of the polar vortex earlier this month. The Iowa Utilities Board said, “While customers will likely see an increase on their bills, we don’t yet know how much or the timing of when they will see the increases. The IUB is in contact with the rate-regulated utilities (Iowa’s largest utilities: MidAmerican Energy, Alliant Energy, and Black Hills Energy) to discuss the costs associated with the polar vortex and what actions can be taken to spread those costs to reduce the impact on customers.”  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: What Iowa's early voting bill could mean for future elections

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowans are making sure their voices are heard at the state's first public hearing of the legislative session Monday evening, and it's all about their right to vote. At last count, more than 500 Iowans have submitted public comments on House File 590, the overwhelming majority of them in opposition to the legislation. … 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 Furniture Store
1. Homemakers
2. Amish Haus Furniture
3. Redekers Furniture

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


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Peny’s partners: Elliott and Davis team up for children’s book

For the last 16 years as an educator, Shuler Elementary fourth grade teacher Natalie Elliott has been looking for something “different” in her quest to show others just how valuable literacy is to their everyday lives.
She had wanted to write a book, but the stars had yet to align — and then came the pandemic.
“I thought, ‘What else am I going to do? I might as well go for it,’ ” she recalls. So she did.


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