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Good Tuesday morning to you!

Will U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley seek an eighth six-year term in the Senate? As reported in this month’s Political Mercury column in CITYVIEW, if he does run and win, he will have served 70 consecutive years in public office. I would challenge you to find anyone who has made that kind of commitment — to anything.
I suspect that Sen. Grassley will run again, and I suspect that his decision will be good for most Iowans, especially those in the agricultural industry. That’s not a political statement, as I said the same thing about Tom Harkin during his 30-year Senate run. Having elected officials with that much seniority provides perks (and funding) for our state. That's fair fodder for those with newcomers as their senators who think the system is unfair. With that in mind, term limits certainly have their advantages, but don’t expect those to be voted in anytime soon. Do expect Sen. Grassley, who will be 95 at the time, to run again — and win.
   Have a terrific Tuesday, and, as always, thanks for reading.

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

Tuesday History Tidbit


March 16: 1985
American journalist Terry Anderson kidnapped

In Beirut, Lebanon, Islamic militants kidnap American journalist Terry Anderson and take him to the southern suburbs of the war-torn city, where other Western hostages are being held in scattered dungeons under ruined buildings. ... He was the last and longest-held American hostage in Lebanon. Although his nearly seven-year ordeal was the longest of the 92 foreigners abducted during Lebanon’s civil war, he was saved the fate of 11 hostages who died or were believed murdered. Anderson spent his entire captivity blindfolded and was released when the 16-year civil war came to an end.



Des Moines Weather
High 49 and low of 35. Cloudy and maybe some rain late. Not much different the rest of the week but the weekend is looking splendid! Get geared up for yard work.
The Score

The Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones women’s basketball teams on Monday learned their opponents for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

No. 5 seed Iowa (18-9) will play No. 12 seed Central Michigan (18-8) at 11 a.m. Sunday on ESPN.

No. 7 seed Iowa State (16-10) will face No. 10 seed Michigan State (15-8) Monday at 5 p.m. on ESPN.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Police: Webster City man accidentally shot 7-year-old son in foot

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa — A 7-year-old Hamilton County boy is recovering after police said he was shot accidentally by his father over the weekend. According to the Webster City Police Department, the boy suffered a gunshot wound to the foot Saturday. Police said the father’s gun went off as he pulled it out of his waistband. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Des Moines to Reopen Buildings to Public by Appointment Only in May

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines city officials are planning to partially reopen administration buildings to the public in May as more residents get vaccinated against COVID-19. Starting May 3, the public will be able to meet with city staff in administration buildings on an appointment-only basis. City officials plan to fully reopen the buildings to the public on June 1, if conditions allow.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Attempted burglar drives car into front door of Des Moines business

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines small business owner is left to pick up the pieces after an attempted burglar drove into the front door of her shop early Monday morning.
Carol Harton is the owner of Unkl Ruckus's Smoking Emporium and Skate Shop located on Keosauqua Way. She told Local 5 that the alarms of her shop didn't go off when someone drove directly into the door. … 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 Seafood
1. Waterfront Seafood Market
2. Splash Seafood Bar & Grill
3. The Seafood Trap


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Flexsenhars add a little light: Tearing down wall allows for bigger, brighter kitchen.

Doris and Allen Flexsenhar have lived in Norwalk for the past 25 years. Five years ago, they bought a home just outside of town.
“We had been wanting a little acreage out in the country, but we still wanted to be on the pavement,” says Doris. “We searched off and on for about five or six years for the kind of place we wanted, but nothing was ever quite right. When this one came up; it was just a good fit.”
The Flexsenhars enjoyed their new home. The space worked perfectly for the lifestyle they enjoyed. They had the privacy offered by an acreage, Allen could do the yard work he enjoyed, and they had plenty of room for a garden.


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Things To Do
Tuesday, March 16, noon to 1 p.m.
Iowa History 101: Emir el-Kader
At: Virtual - online
Info: Did you know an Iowa town is named for the so-called “George Washington of Algeria”? Learn more about Elkader and its fascinating namesake from Kathy Garms and Matt Peterson, both from the Abdelkader Education Project, and John Kaiser, author of “Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader.”
    Their online presentation is part of the “Iowa History 101” series, which the State Historical Society of Iowa offers to commemorate Iowa’s 175th year of statehood. The event is free and will be recorded, but registration is required. #Iowa175
  Learn more and register via Zoom. 

This pair of geese have been hanging out around our office. We speculate they have nested nearby. They seemed not to mind my stopping to take their photo as I headed into work, although one did glare and hiss at me. — Photo by Tammy Pearson

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Celebrity Birthdays

Rapper Flavor Flav; President James Madison (1751-1836); Actor Victor Garber; Actor Monica Cruz; Baseball Player Hee Seop Choi.


Poll of the Week

Were you spanked as a child?



Should apes receive COVID-19 vaccinations before humans?
Yes - 15%

No -77%

Not sure - 8%

Morning Chuckle
What do you call a goat that knows martial arts?

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