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Good Monday morning to you!

How many trees have you planted so far in your lifetime, and when was the last time? The old saying goes that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, but the next best time is today. As the month of April inches upon us, so will Arbor Day. And the best way to celebrate this holiday is to plant a tree. The U.S. Forest Service released a study several years ago stating that we are losing more than 4 million trees per year. If that's not a good reason to plant a tree, I'm not sure what is.
    I have a close connection to Arbor Day, as it was founded by J. Sterling Morton, who was the editor of the Nebraska City News, a newspaper I served as the publisher of more than 125 years later.
As a result of Morton’s efforts, on April 10, 1872, more than 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska. The state’s governor officially proclaimed Arbor Day in 1874, and other states followed suit. Today Arbor Day is officially recognized in numerous countries on the last Friday in April.
   I was reminded of all this recently when blocks of trees were removed in our neighborhood in Johnston — and for good reason. Many were diseased or dying trees that had lived their lives. But with them now gone, the view has certainly changed. As such, it is time for new life, and I intend to join my neighbors in planting replacement trees. I hope that you can join us and bring new life to your yard or neighborhood or community, too. As you do so, keep this quote from J. Sterling Morton in mind: “Other holidays repose upon the past; Arbor Day proposes for the future.”
   Have a marvelous Monday, and, as always, thanks for reading.

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

Des Moines Weather
High 72, Low 42. Sunny. WIND ADVISORY from noon to 8 p.m. Gusty strong winds. Don't put your patio furniture out today. Watch for flying trampolines.
The Score

Yesterday's action:

Volleyball:  Drake University defeats Layola, 3-1. Drake secured the No. 2 seed at next week's Missouri Valley Conference tournament with the win.

UNI defeats Bradley University, 3-1

Women's Tennis: No. 33 Cyclones Beat No. 44 Jayhawks, 4-1

University of Iowa defeated No. 28 Nebraska,, 4-2

Men's Tennis: Drake has 5-2 win over visiting Gustavus Adolphus

Women's Soccer: Cyclones Tie Creighton In Home Finale, 0-0.

UNI defeats Valparaiso University, 1-0

The Drake women's soccer team defeated Evansville, 1-0

Softball: University of Iowa defeated Purdue, 8-3

Drake loses to Missouri State, 4-14

UNI Softball Falls To Indiana State, 0-2

Baseball: University of Iowa secures  11-2 victory over Maryland .

Women's Field Hockey: The No. 2 University of Iowa field hockey team defeated Michigan State, 2-0, Sunday afternoon at Grant Field.


A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: ISU confirms 5 students involved in boating accident; 1 dead, 1 missing

HAMILTON COUNTY, Iowa — Iowa State University has confirmed five students were involved in a boating accident Sunday morning. One has been found dead and one remains missing.... Iowa State University spokesperson Angie Hunt confirmed members of the Iowa State Crew Club were practicing on the lake when the boat capsized. Three of the five students were rescued. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Metro Soccer Tournament Helps Lift Iowa’s Undocumented Community

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — For many like Antonio Kuykendall, sports have been a golden opportunity at normalcy in an otherwise uncertain past year. “It’s nice to get out and get all the kicking and get the lungs regenerated. I haven’t touched a ball until today,” said Kuykendall. … READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa daughter donates hair after mother's second leukemia diagnosis

AMES, Iowa — It's a tough thing to do, to battle leukemia. It's even tougher to put the disease in remission only to find out four years later the illness is back.  That's what the Forney family of Ames has been experiencing since Barbara, the mother of the family, was diagnosed with leukemia in February. … 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 Computer Repair Shop
1. Little Dog Tech
2. Dymin Systems
3. 600 Monkeys


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Search and rescue dive team:
Mary White started an all-volunteer nonprofit to meet a need in central Iowa.

By Lindsey Giardino

Mary White initially learned how to dive so she and her husband could enjoy the activity while vacationing somewhere warm and pretty; however, it quickly turned into much more than that.
     When she was doing what’s called an open water checkout dive, which is basically the last step to getting an open water dive certification, White met three people who were then on central Iowa’s search and rescue dive team. White, who previously served in the military, learned about what they did and was hooked.
     “This was something that just spoke to me, and I really wanted to do it,” she says.
She joined the team the next weekend and worked her way up to get certified as a public safety diver, which is a professional-level certification. The dive team eventually dissolved, but White continued to work and train with local fire departments and police agencies. However, she saw a gap in coverage for the area in terms of search and rescue divers since there was no team dedicated to the operation.


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Things To Do

Monday, March 29

Visit the Library!

Starting today, all six locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be open full days Monday through Saturday for in-person services such as browsing, public computer use, printing and copying, holds pickups, new library card signups and more. Masks, social distancing and capacity and time limits are in place. For more information, visit dmpl.org/reopen.

Live in a different city? Check with your local library... And, if it isn't open, remember the online options and curbside pickup they offer!


Backyard Buddies: Ms. Daisy and her best friend Oscar the cat. — Photo by Paul Houston, West Des Moines.

We want to share your photos in the Daily Umbrella! Send your Snapshots to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com, and maybe it will be chosen!

Digital Editions
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Happy Birthday to these celebrities

Scott Wilson, Sam Walton, Brendan Gleeson, President John Tyler, Earl Campbell, Cy Young, Marinia Sirtis, George Blaha. TRIVIA: Which of these played Mad-Eyed Moody in Harry Potter films? And which plays Deanna Troi of Star Trek?

Poll of the Week

How many trees have you planted in your life?
50 or more

How many greeting cards do you mail per year?
none - 20%
1-25 - 44%
26-50 - 13%
51-100 - 16%
100 or more -7%

-Morning Chuckle

How do we know football referees are happy?

Thanks John Johansen, David Whims and Donna Willems and her son for their answers! Donna's son knows they are happy because their parents aren't watching.


A man walked around town all day but only moved 2 feet. How is that possible?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com. Answer on Tuesday!


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