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Good Wednesday morning to you!

Are you Irish? I am. At least I think so. That’s what my mother told me, and with her maiden name being Lane, her skin being milky white, and her hair once being quite red, I tend to believe her. But she also told me that my great, great grandmother was American Indian, a Cherokee in the Crow’s Feet tribe. I researched long and far on this and haven’t been able to find a bit of proof that I have any American Indian blood, let alone 1/16th. But I was able to trace my mother’s family back to Ireland. Regardless, I have learned not to question my 85-year-old mother.
    In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I am celebrating being Irish — or at least Iowaish — by shaking the dust off and wearing the green clothes I had stored away in my closet since last year. With that, I leave you with this Irish blessing: May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.

I mistakenly stated in yesterday’s column that Sen. Grassley will be 95 when he runs. In fact, he’ll be 89 but will turn 95 if he serves out his full term.

Thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Wednesday Recipe

Take the fear out of trying unfamiliar produce

Introducing kids to unfamiliar flavors doesn’t have to be a frightful experience. A passion for produce may begin with America’s favorites, like bananas, apples, citrus, celery, carrots and broccoli, but that’s just the beginning.

Whether it’s their angry names and tough exteriors, or simply a fear of the unknown about taste and preparation, dozens more diverse and exotic fruits and vegetables like dragon fruit, horned melon and Brussels sprouts are often the sources of produce paranoia.

One easy way to introduce new flavors is by trying a variation of a familiar fruit or veggie. For example, there are more than 500 edible banana varieties in the world. You might sample a red banana or a Manzano, or even an ice cream banana, with a taste resembling vanilla custard.


Des Moines Weather
High 44. Low 35. Windy and rainy through the day, night and into the morning, with maybe some wet snow tomorrow morning. But, that should all move out to give us a beautiful weekend!
The Score
Reports: Otzelberger to replace Prohm as Cyclones' head coach

LAS VEGAS — Reports out of Las Vegas indicate that a former Iowa State Cyclones coaching assistant could replace basketball coach Steve Prohm. The Las Vegas Review-Journal and 8 News Now Las Vegas report that the University of Nevada, Las Vegas head coach T.J. Otzelberger is slated to replace Prohm. READ MORE FROM KCCI

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: House passes bill prohibiting 'divisive concepts' in school, government diversity training

DES MOINES, Iowa — In a party-line vote, the Iowa House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday night that would ban what Republican lawmakers view as "divisive concepts" in diversity trainings that take place at public schools, state universities, and in government. It is one of a number of bills taken up in the 2021 legislative session dealing with the nation's broader culture wars. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Hinterland Music Festival Announces Lineup for 2021 Return

ST. CHARLES, Iowa — Hinterland Music Festival has announced plans to return in 2021 after the pandemic forced last year’s festival cancelation. Hinterland is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 6 through Sunday, Aug. 8 at the Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater in St. Charles, Iowa. The lineup includes many of the same acts previously scheduled for last year’s festival. The Avett Brothers, Tyler Childers and Leon Bridges are the headliners each night. Other additions to this year’s lineup include Caamp, Black Pumas, The Marcus King Band and Elle King.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Noticing more trash on the side of Iowa's roads? Here's why COVID may be to blame

DES MOINES, Iowa — It happens every spring: The snow melts and reveals a layer of trash and debris along Iowa roadways, but this year, it's costing taxpayers more than usual to clean up. "We do get a lot of concerns and complaints about litter," said Eric Lack, operations manager with the Iowa Department of Transportation .… 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 Winery
1. Jasper Winery
2. Covered Bridges Winery
3. Summerset Winery


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Meet Ted Van Deventer: WDM, education in his blood

Ted Van Deventer, a West Des Moines teacher, knows the district. He grew up in West Des Moines, graduated from Valley High School, and his grandfather lived in Valley Junction. So, when it came time for a teaching job, West Des Moines Community School District was his only choice.
“My grandfather had a passion for serving the community and pride growing up in West Des Moines. I feel lucky to teach in West Des Moines,” he says.
He currently teaches U.S. history, government and current issues at Walnut Creek High School. He’s in his 20th year teaching and also taught at Valley Southwoods.


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Things To Do
Wednesday, March 17 at 10 a.m.
Did St. Patrick really drive all the snakes out of Ireland?
At: ZOOM LINK: https://polkcountyiowa-gov.zoom.us/j/93825229753
Info: www.polkcountyiowa.gov/conservation/events/virtual-snakes-patty-day
A discussion regarding St. Patrick and snakes along with info on other myths surrounding scaly and slithery serpents. Learn about snakes from around the world and even meet some that live here in Iowa. Live animals will be used in this program.

Detail in the ceiling of one of the buildings at Iowa State University. I think this was in Memorial Union. My sister and I visited ISU campus a few years ago. It brought back memories of our years there. I was in the Memorial Union when news came on the television that an assassination attempt was made on President Reagan. — Photo by Tammy Pearson

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Happy Birthday

Cameron and Christian Crabb turn 7 on March 17 as does their cousin Lyric Skinner. — Sent in by Papa Donald C. Skinner

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

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Actor Rob Lowe; Singer Tamar Braxton; Actor Kurt Russell; Soccer Player Mia Hamm; Wrestler Samoa Joe; Singer Nat King Cole (1919-1965); Bandit the Husky 

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
Why do you wear shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day?

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