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Good Friday morning to you!

I start each one of these notes with a morning wish and an acknowledgment of what day it is. But on this day, it truly is Good Friday, a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is a solemn day for Christians but also a realization that better days are ahead.
     I was baptized Catholic and have spent most of my years practicing the religion — and it truly is practicing, as I still have a lot to learn. I am not one to wear my faith on my sleeve or evangelize to others. And I most certainly will not be cutting off anyone’s head who does not agree with my religion. My definition of faith includes words like acceptance and understanding and forgiveness. Some may call me a cafeteria Catholic, and that’s OK. In the end, I am only truly concerned about one judgment. Meanwhile, my faith gives me peace, and that’s something most all of us could use a bit more of today.
     So whether you are Christian or not, take time today to reflect on the pain and suffering that so many in our world have endured and recognize that our best days are ahead of us.
     Have a good Friday, and, as always, thanks for reading.

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

Des Moines Weather
High 64. Low 45.  Sunny and windy, but getting warmer! Look forward to rising temperatures through the weekend. Saturday around 70 degrees and Sunday around 80! And continued dry weather, so get ready for outside chores and fun!
The Score
NCAA results from yesterday:
Volleyball: The UNI volleyball team defeated the #2 seed Drake Bulldogs 3-0 in Thursday's MVC Quarterfinal match. The Panthers won with set scores of 25-19, 25-21, 25-20.
Softball: ISU 1, Oklahoma State 11
Women's Rowing: The University of Iowa rowing team competed in the Ohio State Duals on Saturday, taking on Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Oregon State. The Hawkeyes won three races and took second in six additional races.
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Polk County Sheriff’s Office confirms motorcyclist killed in Bondurant crash

BONDURANT, Iowa — At least one person died Thursday in a crash between a moving truck and motorcycle in Bondurant. The Polk County Sheriff's Office confirmed to KCCI that the fatal crash occurred in the 6300 Block of NE Hubbell Avenue around 8:40 p.m. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Iowa Among 13 States Suing Biden Administration Over Stimulus Bill Rules

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys general from 13 states sued President Joe Biden’s administration on Wednesday over a rule in the federal stimulus that bars states from using relief money to offset tax cuts. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: School district saving 99% on cleaning products by making their own

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — It probably comes as no surprise: classroom surfaces can get a little germy. So as more and more kids go back to the classroom, schools are having to disinfect more areas, more often. The chemicals they use can get expensive. … 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 Roofing Company
1. Home Solutions of Iowa
2. Affordable Exteriors
3. Bakeris Roofing


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Polk City musician Adam Girard loves performing country music

By Darren Tromblay

For 33-year-old Polk City resident Adam Girard, music isn’t something that just happens in the background of life.
“Music is something I have to have,” says Girard, an automotive teacher at Ankeny Centennial High School. “Whether it is playing, making or listening, I have music around me at all times.”
Girard’s love for music extends back as far as he can remember. He credits his parents for planting the musical seed.
“We always had music playing if we were cooking or cleaning the house, and I got the privilege of being introduced to some artists now that I can fully appreciate for their influence on me,” he says. “I initially had wanted to play guitar but, instead, started teaching myself harmonica in high school. In college, I taught himself to play guitar and joined three friends in Sioux City to form a rock/blues band called Premium Draft.”


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Things To Do
Friday, April 2 at 7 p.m.
Waterloo Black Hawks vs. Des Moines Buccaneers
At: Buccaneer Arena
Info: www.bucshockey.com

This Pulsatilla is commonly called ‘Pasque Flower’ for the Easter season. A beautiful, early blooming perennial that is often overlooked! — Photo by Debby Keiser, Polk County Master Gardener, Urbandale

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Digital Editions
Winterset Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the Winterset zip code. This month's cover story shares residents' stories about their home improvement projects. Each issue includes community photos, recipe, calendar, features and informational articles. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. View this month's Urbandale Living digital edition here.

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Happy Birthday to these celebrities:

Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author of The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, and other classics. His fairy tales are some of the most translated literary works in the world. He lived to be 70.
ALSO: Marvin Gaye, Alec Guiness, Linda Hunt, Rodney King, Christopher Meloni.
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 did the turtle call his mother?
Joan Ellis offered this answer: "Turtles talk to each other with snail mail." Works for me!

What did the thief who stole a calendar get?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com. Watch for the answer tomorrow!

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