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Good Wednesday morning to you!

Minimum wage. It was a good idea in the beginning, but it has been handled horribly by nearly everyone involved in recent years. That is a statement we could most all agree with. Expecting someone to make any sort of living on $7.25 an hour is absurd. Having said that, I don’t know any business owners or managers in this area who can hire employees at that wage. One doesn’t have to look far to find entry-level jobs starting at $10, $11 or $12 an hour, including job postings in this newsletter. On the flip side, more than doubling the minimum wage to $15 would have been crippling to small business owners, many who are hanging on by a thread today. And clearly, those increased operating costs will be passed along to the consumers by businesses that can survive.
   So the question is, who should suffer the most? Entry-level employees? Small business owners? Or consumers? The answer to that depends mostly on which one of them you are.
   But, lo and behold, members of Congress are now getting sensible as they consider policies that include a smaller increase to $10 an hour and phase in increases over a longer period of time. Many of the local business owners and managers I know support raising the federal minimum gradually, but they also recognize that the wage level should vary based on income levels and cost of living in various parts of the country.
   Finally, we have some common sense. Now let’s see what our elected officials will do with it. Have a great Wednesday, and, as always, thanks for reading.


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Wednesday Recipe

Spiced apple crumble
(Culinary.net) This scrumptious spiced apple crumble is not only a family favorite but a holiday must-have. It’s the perfect dish to top off that next special meal. Kids and adults love the deliciously sweet apple chunks filling the bottom of the pan along with the crumble topping. Top this killer sweet treat with vanilla ice cream for a sensational, melty, oozing-with-goodness dessert no one can forget.

Nearly everyone loves a satisfying apple, especially when it is baked to perfection, covered with a crumble and topped with creamy, cool vanilla ice cream. Not to mention the splash of lemon added to this mixture brings out a unique tart twist.


Des Moines Weather
High 57. Low 26. Sunny again! Winds will be light and variable. Have you gotten that car washed yet?
The Score
Girls State Basketball Quarterfinal winners from yesterday:
North Scott, Glenwood, Ballard, Dallas Center Grimes, Maquoketa Valley, Unity Christian, Nodaway Valley.
Longhorns 81, Cyclones 67
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Ankeny police: Device found at polling place confirmed to be live pipe bomb

ANKENY, Iowa — The Ankeny Police Department confirmed Tuesday evening that a suspicious device found at the Lakeside Center was a pipe bomb. The discovery of the pipe bomb resulted in the evacuation of the Lakeside Center, which was being used as a polling place for the city's special election. Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald said at approximately 9:25 a.m., staff was alerted by a passerby that there was a suspicious device in the vicinity of the polling location. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Iowa Cubs Season Delayed by a Month

DES MOINES, Iowa — The start of the Iowa Cubs baseball season has been delayed until May. Iowa Cubs president and general manager Sam Bernabe confirmed to WHO 13 that Major League Baseball is delaying the start of the Triple-A baseball season by a month. The Iowa Cubs will now begin the season on May 4 instead of April 6.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 5 arrested, charged with attempted murder following shooting that left 2-year-old in critical condition

DES MOINES, Iowa — A two-year-old boy is still in critical condition Tuesday after being shot in the head in an apparent drive-by shooting, according to Des Moines police.
The incident occurred around 11:00 p.m. Monday night near 13th Street and Jefferson Avenue. Des Moines police said they responded to reports of gunfire and an additional call of a child shot.. … 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 Place to Kickbox

1. Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping - Jordan Creek
2. Anytime Fitness - Downtown
3. TITLE Boxing Club


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Meet Shawna Lewis: Exploring and creating in art class

A native of the Des Moines area, Shawna Lewis graduated from Grand View University with a degree in art education and graphic design. It was during her first year of college when she took a part-time position with the YMCA. She had never worked with children but thought it would be fun to help with the organization’s before-and-after-school program.
     “During my time working with kids, I decided that I wanted to do something more fulfilling with my career plan and decided to pick up a major in art education. This is where I then transitioned my interest from wanting to be a graphic designer to teaching art,” Lewis says.


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Things To Do
A fun family activity is to cook something tasty and enjoy it together. What could smell better than a spiced apple crumble baking in the oven? Make it an easy night by picking up dinner then focus on dessert! And we supplied the recipe above!

Yes, I went to the car wash . . . Just to get this photo. Can I turn it in as an expense? — Photo by Tammy Pearson

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. View a sample digital edition from this week here.

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:

Chef Buddy Valastro; Actor and Producer Jessica Biel; Rapper Montana of 300; Inventor Alexander Graham Bell; Football Player Michael Thomas; Track Star Jackie Joyner-Kersee; Chief Joseph; Artist Esther Gili

Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday on their big day? Email name and birth month and day, and we will include it when the day arrives!

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%

Morning Chuckle
What happened to the plants kept in the math classroom?

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