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Good Tuesday morning to you!

We have been sending the Daily Umbrella newsletter for nearly three months now, with our first edition emailed out on Jan. 11, 2021. We have learned a lot from this experience and made a number of changes in our first 90 days. Most of the improvements came as suggestions from you — our readers — and I thank you for the feedback. Not a single day has gone by without responses sent to me from our subscribers, which, by the way, now total more than 8,300 with about 100 additions per week. Those are impressive numbers in such a short time, but we are just getting started.
     I am glad that you appreciate what we are doing, and you can look forward to some exciting new features in weeks and months ahead from your locally owned and independent Big Green Umbrella Media. We appreciate the opportunity to “cover” you.
     Meanwhile, and as always, thanks for reading. Have a terrific Tuesday.

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

Tuesday History Tidbit


1909: Robert Peary reaches the North Pole... ALMOST.

"On April 6, 1909, American explorer Robert Peary accomplishes a long elusive dream, when he, assistant Matthew Henson and four Inuits reach what they determine to be the North Pole. Decades after Peary’s death, however, navigational errors in his travel log surfaced, placing the expedition in all probability a few miles short of its goal."

So, if Peary was short of the North Pole, who actually got there first? It was 1952. He was from Oklahoma...



Des Moines Weather
High 77 and low of 61. Mostly cloudy day. Might be some late night showers or a thunderstorm. About 50% chance. Wednesday and Thursday, falling temperatures likely to be accompanied by thunderstorms and rain.
The Score
MLB Monday scores
Twins 15 Tigers 6
Royals 3 Indians 0
Cardinals 4 Marlins 1
Cubs 5 Brewers 3
White Sox 6 Mariners 0
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Drive-in theater proposed for Valley West Mall parking lot

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — The parking lot of Valley West Mall’s former Younkers could soon become the home of a drive-in movie theater. Norwalk businessman John Putbrese, owner of HD on the Go, wants to turn the empty parking lot into a summertime entertainment venue. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: DM City Council Passes Parking Changes to Combat ‘Scooping the Loop’

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines City Council is hoping to break up the “scooping the loop” tradition through downtown with a targeted new parking ordinance. On Monday night, the city council approved a plan to make 12th Street a no parking zone on both sides between Walnut Street and Grand Avenue from Friday at 9 p.m. to Monday at 6 a.m.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Ames woman denied coverage for $16K prescription, insurance says it's because bloodwork wasn't done during pandemic

Sara Willette feels her insurance company is forcing her to choose between getting exposed to COVID, which could kill her, or going without a lifesaving therapy. … 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 Place to Take Visitors
1. John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park
2. Des Moines Downtown Farmers’ Market
3. Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden


Read more

Meet Blair Brown:
Returns to teach at district where she found her passion for English.

By TK West

Originally from Pleasant Hill, Blair Brown enjoyed playing volleyball while attending the Southeast Polk Community School District. She also was a columnist and sports editor for her high school paper, “Rampage.” She attended the University of Iowa where she studied English before pursuing a master’s degree in teaching with a focus on English education.
“I really enjoyed my time in the Southeast Polk district growing up, and I loved the idea of being a part of that same journey for other kids. It’s a good feeling to return to something that was such a huge and positive part of my life,” says Brown.
As a recent addition to her alma mater, Brown says she chose to teach language arts because it is a subject where “conversations happen.” She also likes to read, which has been her favorite way to learn and grow. She says that studying English in college opened a new world for her and that she wants to spread the enthusiasm she has for reading and writing.


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Things To Do
Tuesday, April 6 through May 16
Iowa Artists 2021: Olivia Valentine Virtual Programming
At: Des Moines Art Center - Richard Meier Building and the I.M. Pei Building
Info: This exhibition presents two bodies of work by Olivia Valentine. Valentine is recognized for her work in textile construction, drawing, and sculpture, as well as textile installations that interface with architecture. For this project, Valentine presents Mediate/Equivocate and The shadow is my body. In conjunction with this exhibition, the Art Center is offering virtual event opportunities. The exhibition, organized by Associate Curator Jared Ledesma, will run through May 16. For more information, visit www.desmoinesartcenter.org.

Conk-la-ree. That is the song of the male Red-Winged Blackbird which is a familiar sight atop cattails in Iowa farm ponds. Glossy-black males have scarlet-and-yellow shoulder patches they can puff up or hide depending on how confident they feel. Walnut Woods State Park. — Photo by Paul Houston

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Digital Editions
Norwalk Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in  Norwalk. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. View this month's digital edition here.

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Celebrity Birthdays

Candace Cameron Bure, Billy Dee Williams, Marilu Henner, Merle Haggard, Raphael (the painter, 1483, not the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Can you name the other TMNTs?)

Poll of the Week

Do you, or did you ever, own a skateboard?

How many trees have you planted in your life?
50 or more - 17%
25-49 - 5%
11-24 - 19%
1-10 - 46%
none - 13%

Morning Chuckle
What is a row of rabbits walking backward called?
Lots of correct guesses for this one! Thanks Karen Smith-McNeese, Mark Gerken, Kathy Krogmeier, Janet L Buck, Tom Stoner
What do you call an alligator that swims too close behind another alligator?

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

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