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Good Thursday morning to you!

In the early years of publishing CITYVIEW, we had a lot of fun with our annual April Fools edition. From the sightings of Bigfoot (Namaycush) at Gray’s Lake, to the new ABA basketball team (The Des Moines Dribblers), to the Rolling Stones announcement to play at the Val Air Ballroom (that one caused some problems), we kept our readers guessing. Some caught on right away, others fell for our ploys, and a few were downright angry. It was more than a bit juvenile, but it was fun. It was also a lot of work.
     Despite what some of you may think about “fake news,” making stuff up proved to be much more difficult that reporting on actual happenings. We moved on from these fun and games about a decade ago and haven’t looked back since. But with today being April 1, I was tempted for a moment to publish an April Fools issue of the Daily Umbrella. Then that thought quickly passed.
     You can rest assured knowing that all the content in this issue is for real, as it is every day. But you can still have some April Fools fun by pulling a few pranks on your friends and family like placing a piece of tape under a coworker’s computer mouse, filling donuts with mayonnaise, or inserting a chicken bouillon cube in the shower head.
Have a thrilling Thursday, and, as always, thanks for reading.

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

Under the Umbrella
Alysia Webster will celebrate her three-year anniversary with Big Green Umbrella Media this Sunday! She grew up in Clear Lake and graduated from UNI with a bachelor's degree in Social Work. She has lived in Bondurant with her husband Garreth for 11 years.They have two daughters, Matilda (11) and Penelope (8). They also have 13 chickens, 2 dogs, 1 barn cat and 1 leopard gecko. When she's not working as an account executive for Ankeny, Altoona and Bondurant Living magazines, you can find her either in a National Park or planning her family's next National Park adventure! They have visited 21 so far and hope to visit all 63 by the time their oldest graduates high school.  She says, "The parks truly are America’s Greatest Idea. I also love, love, love live music and cannot wait to go to festivals and concerts again! Safely, of course!"
Des Moines Weather
High 48. Low 32. More sunshine and less windy! But change is coming! Hint: This weekend you can wear your sandals.
The Score
Iowa Wild (6-9-3-0, 15 pts.) took down the Texas Stars (10-7-2-0, 22 pts.) Wednesday night by a final score of 2-1 at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas.
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI:  Boil advisory issued in West Des Moines after boring crew strikes water main

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — West Des Moines Water Works issued a boil order Wednesday for some residents after a boring crew struck a water main. According to a news release, the affected water main is located at the intersection of 60th Street and Ashworth Road. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Pieces of Des Moines’ Streetcar Past Uncovered Beneath Ingersoll Avenue

DES MOINES, IOWA — Ingersoll Avenue is known as an east-west connection out of western downtown. Years ago that connection was made by rail and this week some pieces of that history were discovered when road crews repaving Ingersoll found buried streetcar tracks. … READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Elaine Baxter, former Iowa Secretary of State, dies at 88

BURLINGTON, Iowa — Former Iowa Secretary of State Elaine Bland Baxter's obituary tells the story of an Iowan who blazed the trail for others like her to have the opportunity to do great things. Baxter passed away following a brief illness last Friday at Great River Hospice House in West Burlington. She was 88 years old.… 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 Plumber
1. H & H Plumbing
2. Leaky Pipes Plumbing
3. Mr. Rooter Plumbing


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Twinkle, twinkle

By Jeff Pitts

Psst! Wanna know about a century-old local secret? Have you ever wondered about the copper-domed building with limestone walls that sits between fairways on Waveland Golf Course?

That’s the Drake Municipal Observatory. Not only is it an architectural curiosity, but in order to stay protected from errant golf balls, the building is outfitted with bulletproof windows — making it, in all likelihood, the only observatory in the world with that distinction.

The local star-gazing hotspot offers central Iowa residents the means to peer deep into the infinite night skies. According to Herb Schwartz, who has been involved with the programming at the observatory for more than 40 years, the observatory is an unusual gem that began when Drake University struck a deal with the City of Des Moines.


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Things To Do
Thursday, April 1
Blank Park Zoo’s Wild Lights Festival
At: Blank Park Zoo
Info: “Designed to wow” Blank Park Zoo’s Wild Lights Festival is unlike anything that has been in Iowa before and features more than 35 handcrafted, larger-than-life, illuminated animal-shaped Asian lanterns.
Blank Park Zoo’s Wild Lights Festival is presented by MidAmerican Energy Company.
April 1-May 31 (nightly, Wednesday – Sunday plus Memorial Day)
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Tickets: www.blankparkzoo.com

The first green grass of spring at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge. — Photo by Paul Houston

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Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Otto Von Bismark, Susan Boyle, Rachel Maddow, Debbie Reynolds, Ali McGraw, Sean Taylor, Norm Van Lier. Did you know.... Former NFL safety Sean Taylor was selected to two Pro Bowls with the Washington Redskins from 2004 to 2007. He was tragically shot to death in his home in 2007.

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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
Why did the baseball coach get the pianist to join the team?
Thanks for your guess Donna Willems! You hit the nail on the head!

How do turtles talk to each other?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com. Watch for the answer tomorrow!

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