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Good Monday morning to you!

When it comes to meal choices, I have often been called a “meat and potatoes Iowa boy.” That’s what Mom cooked, and that’s what I ate. Maybe you can relate. Our family didn’t go out to eat at restaurants very often either, so my food experiences were quite limited as a child. I never even tasted rice until I was in college. Seafood? Other than the fish sticks Mom cooked on Fridays during Lent, it was non-existent. We had our share of green beans, corn and peas, but I never tried cauliflower or asparagus or spinach until I was married. I couldn’t even spell Okra or Kale.
     So with this in mind, and with summer quickly approaching, I couldn’t help but think of the foods that scream “Iowa.” Sweet corn, of course, tops the list. But what about pork chops or Maid Rites or scotcharoos? And here in central Iowa, steak de Burgo has to be on the list. I put these items in our poll question this week, asking each of you which of these foods is the most Iowan. Did I miss some obvious ones? Shoot me a note and let me know. Now forgive me while I get back to my meat loaf and mashed potatoes.
    Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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FROM KCCI: Man accused of killing trooper won 2020 primary election for county sheriff

GRUNDY CENTER, Iowa — New information about the man accused of killing an Iowa State Patrol officer shows that he ran for Grundy County Sheriff last fall. This weekend, authorities announced the arrest of Michael Lang after they say he shot and killed Sgt. Jim Smith during a standoff on Friday. According to Grundy County primary election results from June 2020, Lang won the Democratic ticket for Grundy County Sheriff and received 517 votes. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Pedestrian Dead After Being Hit by Vehicle on Hubbell Avenue

DES MOINES, Iowa — A man is dead after being struck by a vehicle in Des Moines Sunday morning, according to police. Police responded to the 4500 block of Hubbell Avenue at 4:53 a.m. to investigate a report of a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle. First responders found a man dead at the scene, police said. Witnesses said the man was walking in the street along Hubbell Avenue instead of the nearby sidewalk. Initially at least one vehicle driving southbound was able to swerve and avoid the man but another car was not, investigators said. The man was struck just south of East 46th Street.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Central Iowa colleges and universities helping students, faculty get vaccinated

ANKENY, Iowa — Meredith Evans and Abby Richards are both nursing students at the Ankeny campus of Des Moines Area Community College. They're both eager for their college life to get back to normal. But first, they're helping fight a pandemic.
"When I started nursing school, this wasn't going on. It was in the beginning of my very first semester that this kind of came about, so totally last thing I thought would ever happen," said Richards, who this week helped staff a vaccination event at DMACC. … 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 Children’s Store
1. Once Upon a Child
2. The Learning Post
3. Janes - Family Shop


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Meet Jill Fisher:
Helping students learn Spanish and more

By TK West

A native of Altoona, Jill Fisher graduated from Central College with a degree in Spanish and linguistics before earning a master’s degree in teaching from Drake University. As part of her undergraduate program, Fisher spent six months living in Granada, Spain. She then moved to Merida, Yucatan where she lived and worked for three years before returning to her hometown.
     “Living in a Spanish-speaking country and functioning in that language is the best tool a person can have to hone their language skills,” Fisher says. “I taught English in an elementary school there for a year then English in a university for two years. While there, I got married — and my husband's whole family still lives there today.”


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Things To Do

Monday, April 12
Plant flowers
At: Your home
Info: Small animals that hibernate start emerging from their winter burrows in April, and the birds begin flying back north. But maybe most important, the bees and butterflies begin to gather nectar from the first spring flowers. As such, plant some flowers today. (Or make a plan to do so this weekend.) Mother Nature will be glad you did.


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Poll of the Week

Which food is the most “Iowan”?

Sweet corn
Steak de Burgo
Maid Rites
Pork chops

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

Yes - 44%

No - 56%

Morning Chuckle

What do you call a genius monster?


Only one guess??? Thanks Keith Soffa!


What did the alien say to the flower bed?

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


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