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Good Wednesday morning to you!

You will be glad to know that scientists have successfully cloned a wild black-footed ferret, according to an article in Smithsonian in the past week. And I know what you are thinking — it's about time. This is seemingly a good thing for black-footed ferrets and their supporters, but maybe not so good for the prairie dogs across the grasslands that serve as their main source of food. It reminds me of a bumper sticker that says "Eat American Lamb. Ten Million Coyotes Can't be Wrong." Amazingly, the clone was produced from tissue samples taken from a wild black-footed ferret that died more than 30 years ago. Now clearly I am not a genetic scientist, and presumably most of you reading this are not either, but I did watch cloning movies like “Jurassic Park,” “Multiplicity” and “The 6th Day,” and that’s gotta count for something, right? As such, I would be lying if I said I am comfortable with cloning, despite its many benefits. Fortunately for us, it is a very slow process — or so we are told. In the meantime, be sure to check out “Alien: Resurrection.”

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Wednesday Recipe

Savory leek, raisin and ricotta tart
(Culinary.net) Versatile recipes that make mealtime a cinch for busy families are one easy way to free up time for moments with loved ones.

This savory leek, raisin and ricotta tart is a perfect example of a dish that can be enjoyed for breakfast, as a snack or even if your family gets a craving for a breakfast-for-dinner swap. Prep time is minimal before simply baking in the oven 40 minutes, meaning you can have a meal ready in less than an hour. Plus, because it makes 10 servings, you’ll have leftovers to help curb appetites later in the day.



Des Moines Weather
Hi 38. Low 23. Well, hope you didn't get too spoiled yesterday! Cooler today but expect some sun and more melting of the white stuff.
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Iowa Republicans reintroduce religious freedom bill critics say targets LGBTQ community

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Senate Republicans re-introduced a Religious Freedom Restoration bill that's been shelved in several previous legislative sessions. "What it does is it says that government must be held to the highest standards before it can infringe on a person's free exercise of religion," said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Dennis Guth. Critics say the bill is yet another piece of legislation this year that targets the LGBTQ community. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: ‘Tighten it Up’: Ernst Supports Republican Push to Shorten Early Voting in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa – U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst said she is in favor of legislation currently making its way through the Iowa Legislature that would shorten the state’s early voting period. The Iowa Senate on Tuesday approved a bill to reduce the early voting window from 29 days to 20 days. The bill passed with a 30-18 vote, only receiving support from Republicans.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: VERIFY: Highway speeding in Iowa broke records in 2020

IOWA, USA — Iowa State Troopers hear excuses every day for why drivers were caught speeding, but it's tough to justify driving over 100 miles per hour.
More drivers were caught doing just that in 2020 than in the previous two years combined. "There's no rhyme or reason whether this is an interstate problem," said Sergeant Alex Dinkla. "It is the entire state of Iowa."… READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Joe's Neighborhood

Loving Kindness Meditation Versus a Snowblower

The snow storm whooshes up the street blowing hard and fast. Taking a right turn at my house, it joins the mini-storm blowing out of my snowblower and blasts everything back into my face with a splat. Yuck!

But I am undeterred. I am trailing in the fierce competition that has arisen during this year of pandemic and isolation. The stakes could not be higher. And I will not go home without the trophy.

“Hah! I am willing to win at any cost.” I shake my fist at the snow gods.

Let me explain...



CITYVIEW's 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 Burger

1. B-Bop’s
2. Zombie Burger + Drink Lab
3. Dirt Burger

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


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His way: Marshall owns a Chevy SS that was one of only 44 produced.

To say that Jonathan Marshall loves all things “unique” is like saying a trip to the sun would be “hot.”
Marshall is just one of those people who likes to live life the way he wants to instead of following a tried and true path. It doesn’t matter it something isn’t loved by the masses. If Marshall likes it, that’s all that counts.
And it goes that way with his vehicle selection as well. His current ride, a 2015 Chevy SS, was part of a limited run produced in Australia from 2014-17. Only 3,000 a year rolled off the assembly line.
Marshall bought his first one, a black, 2014 SS, from Karl’s Chevrolet. He liked it so much that he had to have another.


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Things To Do
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7-9 p.m.
AViD Presents: Robert Kolker
At: Zoom Program Room - online
Info: Robert Kolker is the best-selling author of “Lost Girls” (2013), named one of the New York Times’s 100 Notable Books and one of Slate’s best nonfiction books of the quarter century. His follow-up, 2020’s “Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family,” tells the tragic, compelling story of the Galvin family, which saw six of 12 children diagnosed with schizophrenia. The mystery behind how so many members of one family could be diagnosed led to them being one of the first families ever studied by the National Institute of Mental Health. The book became an instant No. 1 New York Times best-seller.
Age Group: Adults - registration for this event will close on Feb. 24, at 7 p.m.; dmpl.org/events/avid-presents-robert-kolker

A distant view of the state capitol building on a snowy day last week from Wells Fargo Arena. Photo by Shane Goodman

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Poll of the Week

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How many miles are on your vehicle right now?

Less than 50,000 - 36%
50,001 - 100,000 - 27%
100,001 - 150,000 - 19%
150,001 - 200,000 - 8%
More than 200,000 - 10%

Morning Chuckle
Why did the football stadium get so hot after the game?

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