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Good Monday morning to you!

Republican or Democrat. Liberal or Conservative. Muslim or Christian. Black or white. Young or old. Male or female. Straight or gay.
    These are just a few of the ways we categorize ourselves — and each other— in our world today. In recent years, we have gone to great lengths to celebrate our differences, from formal government days of recognition, to community parades, to peaceful protests and, unfortunately, even dangerous riots. And although there can be benefits to these celebrations of differences, they can also cause even greater divides.
     Do you ever wonder what life would be like if we used just a fraction of the time that is spent focusing on our differences instead on celebrating how we are alike? We do this subconsciously when we look past our differences and come together to cheer on our American athletes in the Olympics, or salute our soldiers who defend our freedoms, or assist our neighbors who are truly in need. Politics, religion, race, age, sex or sexual orientation don’t seem to matter much then.
     So please continue to celebrate our differences. They are important. But starting today, please join me in also trying to seek out the ways we are alike and celebrate those, too.

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


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Des Moines Weather
High 36. Low 22. Chilly to start the month off, but warmer days ahead... starting tomorrow! Partly cloudy today.
The Score
Men's Basketball
Yesterday: Iowa 73, Ohio State 57
Saturday: Drake 61, Bradley 67
Saturday: Iowa State 72, TCU 76
Women's  Basketball
Yesterday:Iowa 84, Wisconsin 70
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Woman shares story of being first Black female to reside in Drake dorms

DES MOINES, Iowa — Elaine Estes came to Des Moines from Missouri at 16 years old to attend Drake University for their business administration program. She was the first African American woman to live in the dorms on campus, an approval that came from University trustees in order for her to attend the program. Elaine said her experience in the dorms was “Just fine.”… READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Iowa Man Finishes Goal to Run All Des Moines Streets

DES MOINES, Iowa — Through snow, rain or sleet, there has to be coverage on Des Moines streets. “I have traction for when it is icy. I have a light vest, a head lamp and lots of layers of clothes,” said Matt Millard of Altoona. He doesn’t spend his time plowing Des Moines, but as a running enthusiast he cleared plenty of paths through Des Moines streets by running. Actually, he ran all of them. “Once the pandemic hit, I thought I might as well do something bigger,” Millard said. … READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: MidAmerican warns energy bills will be higher for months

You won't have to pay that increase all at once. The company will spread it out over a number of months. For instance, customers will pay $13 more on their March bills, but each month's increase will vary. … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

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 Pest Control Company

1. The Bug Man

2. Springer Professional Home Services

3. Diam Pest Control


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OPEN WIDE: Local dentists share their passion for the profession.

When you walk through the doors of Indianola Pediatric Dentistry, the bright colors and friendly staff make most any kid feel at home. In the hallway, you can’t miss the framed, colorful drawings Dr. Sandra Fox has received from her young dental patients.
“Kids are great… and they are so funny, honest and continually growing and changing,” says Fox, smiling. “I love that I get told silly jokes and gifted colorful drawings as part of my job.”
Growing up in Oelwein, Fox knew she wanted to go into healthcare. Her dad is a general dentist, so while dentistry seemed like the natural fit, she still considered several different options during college before deciding dentistry was right for her.
Fox completed her training at the University of Iowa. That included four years to earn her bachelor’s degree, four years to complete dental school, and two years to earn her certificate in pediatric dentistry.


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Things To Do
Monday, March 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
(first Monday of the month)
Virtual Writer's Workshop
At: Zoom for the Des Moines Public Library
Info: Writers share writing samples and receive feedback from others in the group. If you would like to share your writing with the group, visit www.dmpl.org/events for details.

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Poll of the Week

How many video conferencing calls are you on per week?

11 or more

How often do you use the bathtub?

Daily - 13%
Weekly - 11%
Monthly - 6%
Annually - 15%
Never - 55%

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