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Good Thursday morning to you!

My friend Darren and I were recently driving through towns and cities in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. As we passed through several of the communities, I noted to him how they all started looking the same. Same chain restaurants. Same chain convenience stores. Same chain retail stores. Same chain hotels. Our discussion then changed to wondering what these towns and cities looked like many decades prior when local residents owned and operated the restaurants, the gas stations, the stores and the hotels/motels. Those were times when each community had its own flavor, so to speak, which was likely an extension of the owners’ personalities. Of course, the consistency we have come to expect from the many well-run chain operations would not have been there, but that uniqueness would be a welcome change to the blandness so often experienced in communities across our country today. The lesson? Support your locally owned businesses and celebrate the uniqueness of your community.

Have a great Thursday, and thanks for reading.

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

Des Moines Weather
High 56. Low 33. Partly cloudy. Winds will decrease and be much calmer by tonight.
The Score
Boys State Basketball 

Class 4A


Johnston 49, Dowling Catholic 33
#1 Cedar Falls 42, Dubuque Senior 27
#3 Ames 54, #4 Abraham Lincoln 37 Box Score
#2 Waukee 65, #5 Pleasant Valley 43

Class 1A


#1 North Linn 63, #3 Martensdale-St. Marys 5
#6 Montezuma 49, #7 Grand View Christian 35

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI:  Iowa Senate passes bills punishing unlawful protesters, cities that cut police budgets

DES MOINES, Iowa — In the wake of a summer of racial justice protests in Iowa and across the country, the Iowa Senate passed bills Wednesday that would heighten penalties for unlawful protests and ban cities from reducing police budgets. Senate File 534 heightens penalties for assaulting police, rioting or assembling unlawfully. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Sheriff: 11 Year Old Assistant Coach Helps Lead Western Iowa Team To State Tournament

DES MOINES, Iowa — Only the elite reach the Iowa high school boys state basketball tournament. “We made it our goal, our mission to make it back here. We are one step closer to winning it all,” said Lennx Brown of Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln High School. Brown and his Lynx team are one of those elite teams complete with talent, coaching and an assistant with 11 years of life experience. “He’s a coach. He’s not just a kid being involved. He’s got advice and plays and defenses,” said Lynx head coach Jason Isaacson. … READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Johnston woman charged with child endangerment for locking children in 'blacked-out' room

JOHNSTON, Iowa — A Johnston woman faces child endangerment charges after allegedly keeping three children locked in a blacked-out room.
According to the criminal complaint, three children in the care of 31-year-old Brittany Roozeboom said they were routinely locked in a bedroom for extended periods of time, sometimes so long they urinated and defecated in their clothes. … 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 Gamble
1. Prairie Meadows
2. Lakeside Hotel & Casino
3. Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel


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McGraw molds a pottery passion: State Fair sparks girl’s desire to learn more.

Josie McGraw has been intrigued by pottery since she was a child. She remembers, as an 8-year-old, she particularly enjoyed visiting the pottery stands at the Iowa State Fair.
“It was my favorite part of the fair,” she remarks.
After seeing all the various pottery pieces, she says she begged her parents for a pottery wheel. When she turned 9, they gave her a toy one. When she turned 10, she was given a real pottery wheel.
Pottery was a growing passion for Josie, and she decided she wanted to learn how to do it correctly. She took lessons of a sort every now and then from Bob Kling, a previous art teacher at Indianola High School.


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Things To Do
Thursday, March 11
Info: DID YOU KNOW: Only 5 percent of the ocean has been explored and the other 95 percent remains unknown. Oceanographer David Gallo (pictured) speaks about his quest to discover more about our planet at clLive! on Thursday, March 11. ciLive! annually gives students and the community the chance to interact with accomplished and inspired creators to absorb and engage. Generous sponsors make the event free and open to the public. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit www.dmacc.edu/ciweek/Pages/welcome.aspx.

Sunset last night was beautiful! — 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
Jordan Creek Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the Jordan Creek neighborhood of West Des Moines. This month's cover story shares residents' stories about their home improvement projects. Each issue includes community photos, recipe, calendar, features and informational articles. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. View this month's Jordan Creek Living  digital edition  here.

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:

Actor Johnny Knoxville; Actor Terrence Howard; Actor Anton Yelchin (1989-2016); Singer Bobby McFerrin; Journalist Sam Donaldson.

Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday on their big day? Email name and birth month and day to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com.

Poll of the Week

Should apes receive COVID-19 vaccinations before humans?


Not sure

How many video conferencing calls are you on per week?
11 or more -14%

6-10 - 19%

1-5 - 32%

none - 35%

Morning Chuckle
I'm reading a book called "Quick Money for Dummies."

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