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Good Wednesday morning to you!

I sat quietly on my deck this past Saturday, soaking in a beautiful morning while my wife caught a few extra z's. I poured a cup of coffee and decided to check out all the activity in the backyard. The air was still crisp in the early hours, but that didn’t stop the wildlife from scurrying about. I watched chubby robins jump from branch to branch on my still-surviving ash tree. A lone cardinal flashed its red coat while sorting through scattered bird seed on the ground. And four sparrows traded playful head butts as they simultaneously sought after some tasty treat.
    The birds weren’t the only ones having fun. Two fox squirrels chased each other across the top of the chain link fence, across the yard and up and down my weeping willow tree. And in midst of it all — and as a reminder of the cycle of life — my dog gnawed on the remains of a rabbit leg seemingly left over from a nighttime snack of the two great horned owls that nest in the cavities of my neighbor's century-old cottonwood tree.
    The older I get, the more I seem to appreciate these simple occurrences. They bring back memories of being fascinated with similar activities as a child. But somewhere in the decades in between, I seemed to have lost an interest in this incredible Midwestern wildlife.
    In an effort to get back in touch, I bought a book last summer that helps identify birds that can be seen in Iowa. My kids rolled their eyes at me, stating, “Now you are one of those parents.” Well, I guess I am, and that’s fine by me. The phone and the TV and the computer can all wait until the coffee cup is empty and the birds and animals have found somewhere else to play. It’s springtime in Iowa, and I am enjoying it.
   Have a wonderful Wednesday, and, as always, thanks for reading.

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

Wednesday Recipe

Samosas a standard of Indian Cuisine

By Chhaya Jain

Growing up in India, Chhaya Jain of Johnston first learned how to make her family’s traditional Samosa (stuffed triangles) recipe from her grandmother.

“Samosa is a traditional Indian dish which is usually cooked in the north part of India,” Jain says. “The recipe which I like to share is an old traditional recipe I learned from my grandmom. I usually cook samosa in big batches to share.”


Des Moines Weather
High 49. Low 37. Windy and rainy through the day and night. Couple more "rain" songs: "Who'll Stop the Rain" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. "November Rain" by Guns N'Roses. "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" by Willie Nelson.
The Score

Iowa Hawkeyes beat the No. 4 seed Kentucky Wildcats 86-72 to advance to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.


Olympic qualifying event comes to Iowa! The only United States-based Olympic skateboard qualifying event for 2021 will take place in Des Moines in 2021. Dew Tour announced on its website Tuesday that its annual skateboard competition and festival will be held at Des Moines’ new Lauridsen Skatepark May 20-23. Watch for the April CITYVIEW story about the new skatepark!


A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Police: Fisherman find human remains in eastern Iowa pond

DEWITT, Iowa (AP) —Police say human remains have been found in a pond in a rural area near DeWitt, about 20 miles north of Davenport where authorities have been investigating the disappearance of a 10-year-old girl since last summer.… READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Groups React to Gun Legislation Heading to Iowa Governor

DES MOINES, Iowa — In the wake of deadly shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, and Boulder, Colorado, the Iowa chapter of Moms Demand Action opposes the possibility of Gov. Kim Reynolds signing a bill that would loosen Iowa’s gun laws. “The legislation that’s sitting on the governor’s desk makes it easier for people to carry firearms into places like grocery stores and any other number of public places,” said Traci Kennedy, a volunteer for Moms Demand Action in Iowa. “As a gun owner, I just don’t see the need or the place for that in our society.” READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa Department of Corrections: Inmate kills 2 employees at Anamosa State Penitentiary; press conference scheduled for Wednesday afternoon

ANAMOSA, Iowa — A nurse and prison guard are dead after an assault at the Anamosa State Penitentiary. According to the Iowa Department of Corrections, an inmate attacked multiple staff and fellow inmates inside the infirmary Tuesday morning around 10:15 a.m. Security staff members were able to restrain the inmate. Staff tried to save the nurse and prison guard's lives until paramedics arrived.… 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 Hipster Spot
1. The Bartender’s Handshake
2. Up-Down
3. Bellhop


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Where ice is nice
Ankeny’s Rasavanh giving back to the sport that has given her so much.

By Darren Tromblay

Sarah Rasavanh’s home away from home is the ice skating rink.
From the moment she first stepped foot — or skate — on ice at the tender age of 7, she was hooked.
Although college keeps her busy these days and thus makes it difficult for her to compete, the now-19-year-old Rasavanh is still involved in the sport she so loves.
For many years, Rasavanh had been under the keen and watchful eyes of renowned skaters and instructors Elena Tobiash and Igor Velikanov, who recently opened the Iowa Figure Skating Academy where they teach skaters of all ages, from basic level to private lessons. Tobiash and Velikanov have been ice sports educators to students of all ages for more than 20 years and possess a long and impressive resume in the sport.


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Things To Do
Wednesday, March 24, 7-9 p.m.
At: Smash Park, 6625 Coachlight Drive | West Des Moines
Info: This is your starting line. This is your arena. How well you play... That’s up to you.
For more information, visit https://app.smashpark.com/H2tYbiZh2SGdjCj6r9Jf/events.

Its hair and tail flying in the wind, this horse gave me a chuckle as it seemed to be enjoying the ride! — Photo by Tammy Pearson

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Happy Birthday

Happy 16th Birthday to Christian Stockman! Christian is a sophmore at DC-G and works part-time at Raccoon Valley Bank.— Sent by Great Grandma Karen and Great Grandpa Alan McNeese.

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: Jim Parsons, The Undertaker, Peyton Manning, Dorothy Height, Harry Houdini, Louie Anderson, Eddie Peng

Poll of the Week

How many greeting cards do you mail per year?
100 or more

Were you spanked as a child?
Yes 87%
No 13%

Morning Chuckle
What do you call a wolf that meditates?

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