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Good Thursday morning to you!

Happy birthday! Most all of us enjoy hearing this cheerful greeting from our friends, family and others on the anniversary day of our birth. It makes us smile, feel good and celebrate the moment. It’s also fun to say happy birthday to others and watch them smile, feel good and celebrate the moment. With that in mind, we decided to help with the process. If you read yesterday’s Daily Umbrella (and, of course, you did), then you know that a birthday feature is being added to this newsletter each day. We are starting with celebrity birthdays to prime the pump, and then we will be adding birthdays of area residents, too. So send us your birthday, or your kids’, or your mother’s, or your neighbor’s, or your co-workers’. Send them all, and we will publish them here. Just email the full name and birthday (we won’t publish the year) to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com. And while you are at it, encourage them to sign up to receive the Daily Umbrella each day as well by clicking on the JOIN OUR EMAIL BLAST in the upper right corner of www.dmcityview.com.

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

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Under the Umbrella
Kristine McDonald, who we sometimes affectionately call Gertrude, just celebrated her 1.5-year anniversary with Big Green Umbrella Media. She is an account executive for Indianola Living and Winterset Living magazines and works on several special projects throughout the year. She lives in Winterset and has been married to John for 25 years. They have three kids. Grace is 21, Lillian is 18 and Charlie is 15. This is her first full time job since shortly after being married. She was solely a stay at home mom for 10 years then she substitute taught, sold real estate and coached for the last 10 years before joining us. She's a graduate of Cornell College. Her family has 3 cats, 3 dogs. (That makes 2 Cyclones, 1 Beaver, 1 Ram; 7 cats, 9 dogs "Under the Umbrella")
Des Moines Weather
High 51. Low 29. Partly cloudy. The average high is 43, so we are enjoying above average temperatures. The record high for the day is 81 (1983). Remember 2014? The record low was that year: -7.
The Score
Girls State Basketball Quarterfinal winners from yesterday:
Dike-New Hartford; West Branch; Bishop Garrigan; Exira-EHK; Newell-Fonda; Montezuma.
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI:  Iowa GOP bill would create harsher consequences for rioters

DES MOINES, Iowa — A bill that the Republicans say would increase penalties for rioters passed another hurdle at the Statehouse on Wednesday night. The controversial measure passed out of the State Senate Judiciary Committee. In the bill, rioters would be charged with a felony if it results in injuries or laser pointing with the intent of assault. There is also language that suggests there would be a disorderly conduct charge for blocking roads. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Sheriff: Driver Fleeing Traffic Stop Killed in Iowa Crash

ATKINS, Iowa (AP) — A driver who reached speeds over 100 mph while fleeing a traffic stop in eastern Iowa died after crashing his car, Linn County Sheriff’s officials said. The crash happened early Wednesday morning, after a Linn County sheriff’s deputy tried to pull over a car in Atkins on suspicion of running a stop sign, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. Instead of stopping, the driver sped away and onto Highway 30, reaching 115 mph, the release said.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: State takes steps to strip administrator license from Des Moines Public Schools superintendent

DES MOINES, Iowa — The superintendent of Iowa's largest school district is at risk of losing his administrator license. A document filed Feb. 3 with the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners alleges Des Moines Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Ahart violated Iowa law by not submitting or implementing a lawful return-to-learn plan for the 2020-21 school year. … 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 Orthodontist
1. Stork Orthodontics
2. Dr. Melissa Bernhardt
3. Johnson Orthodontics


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Couple who grew up in former Soviet Union settle in Johnston.

Since 2002, Maria Fedorova and Sergei Svitashev have called Johnston home.
Both Fedorova and Svitashev were born and raised in the former Soviet Union, and as career scientists, they decided to look for job opportunities abroad. Eventually the two found themselves in Minnesota, which is where they met, and moved to Johnston when they both took jobs at Corteva.
As they looked for homes in the area, their number one priority was its proximity to work, as well as a nice neighborhood. At the time, Fedorova and Svitashev were doing discovery research as part of their jobs and frequently going to the lab in the evenings or on the weekends, so they desired a short commute.


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Things To Do
Thursday, March 4, 8 p.m.
Open Mic
At: Teehee's Comedy Club, Des Moines
Every Thursday, sign-up is at 7 p.m.
Des Moines Community Playhouse continues "Leaving Iowa" March 4-7. https://www.dmplayhouse.com/events/leaving-iowa-2/

This garden trowel, created by artist Claes Oldenburg, is more than 23 feet tall and weighs 2,300 pounds. It is sited at the west entrance to downtown Des Moines, on the grounds of Meredith Corporation. — Photo by Paul Houston

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:

Reality Star Chaz Bono, Reality Star Bobbi Christina Brown (1993-2015), Actor Steven Weber, Actor Patricia Heaton, Basketball Player Obi Toppin, Journalist Lynn Sherr, Football Player Michael Gallup

Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday on their big day? Email name and birth month and day to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com, 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
Can bees fly in the rain?

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