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Good Thursday morning to you!

It’s Earth Day, and you can make a difference. Yes, you.
    Several years ago, I was walking with my father on a sidewalk down the main street in a Nebraska town where I used to publish a newspaper. After we exited a hardware store, I reached down to the ground and picked up a paper insert and placed it in the nearby trash receptacle. My father looked at me and said, “I’m proud of you, son. If everyone did that, imagine how much cleaner the world would be.”
    Truth be told, that piece of paper was an insert from one of our publications, and I didn't want anything from our papers littering the streets. But, regardless, Mother Earth had one less piece of litter on it that day.
    I often think what our world would be like if everyone did pick up one piece of litter today. Many people have written about this before me, but the numbers astound me every time I see them. Using round figures, if every American picked up just one piece of litter today, there would be more than 300 million fewer pieces of litter in our country. If every American picked up 10 pieces of litter, there would be 3 billion fewer pieces. Imagine how impactful that would be.
     I became further intrigued about this topic when I learned about a free app called “One Piece A Day” that encourages its users to pick up one piece of trash a day, take a photo, and then dispose of it responsibly. The App logs each piece on a counter, and each person can see how many pieces he or she picked up to date, per year etc. There are likely many other apps that do the same thing, but I like that this is a non-profit effort and that the developer does not collect any data from the app.
     So whether you need an app to motivate you, or you can simply bend over and pick up some litter on your own, make it a point to do so today.
     Have a great Earth Day, and thanks for reading.

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

Traffic Corner 

Here are today's mobile radar locations from the Des Moines Police Department

900 block of Polk Boulevard
900 block of 56th Street
2000 block of MLK Parkway

Drive safely!


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin
Warmer today. Rain chances off and on late Thursday evening into early Saturday morning. Breezy Saturday into next week. Warmer weather ahead!
For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at

The Score
Athletics 13 Twins 12
Nationals 1 Cardinals 0
Cubs 16 Mets 4
Royals 9 Rays 8
White Sox v Indians postponed due to weather.
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Authorities: Redfield man accused in Jan. 6 Capitol riots ordered to remain in custody

DES MOINES, Iowa — A federal judge ordered a Dallas County man arrested in connection to the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots to remain behind bars at a detention hearing Wednesday. Kyle James Young, 37, of Redfield, is accused of being part of a group that assaulted D.C. Metropolitan police Officer Michael Fanone and attempting to take a weapon from an officer. In ordering Young to remain in custody, the judge cited, among other reasons, Young's past drug abuse and five prior felony convictions, which include burglary and felon in possession of a firearm. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Michael Lang Released from Hospital, Booked in Jail for Murder of State Trooper Jim Smith

GRUNDY CENTER, IOWA — The man accused of killing Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Jim Smith in a shootout earlier this month is now out of the hospital and behind bars, charged with murder. 41-year-old Michael Lang was released from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on Wednesday and immediately transported to the Grundy County Jail where he was booked on charges including First Degree Murder, Attempted Murder and Assault on a Peace Officer.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa lawmakers vote to expand school choice, bill now heads to governor's desk

DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa senator said it took her five years, but she is now one signature away from eliminating voluntary diversity plans in Iowa schools.
"I think it was COVID; I think it was the inability to access in-person learning; I think it was the of the revelation of the documents that Local 5 referenced, the fact that a student was raped and wasn't allowed to leave,” Sen. Amy Sinclair, R-Allerton, said. “I think it was a perfect storm of everybody realizing, suddenly, that the decisions were not being made in the best interest of individual students." … 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 New Store
1. MARNē
2. give.
3. Des Moines Mercantile


Read more
Joe's Extra

‘Petrichor sighting in Des Moines’

By Joe Weeg

The rain drizzles against my hat in a steady pat-pat-pat. It can’t decide whether to come down in a torrent or to give up and go back home. Perhaps it’s waiting until a May wedding or a fun Fourth-of-July picnic or that special barbecue with your sweetheart.


I fight to stay upright as my shoes slide across the mud on the washed-out sidewalk. After swinging to the left and dipping to the right, I amazingly don’t fall. I raise my arms. A victory for old men everywhere.


Things To Do
Thursday-Sunday, April 22-25
"She Kills Monsters"
At: Online only
In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres and '90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.
    Available for virtual performances only, running April 22-25. This production contains depictions of bullying, loss of a family member, and other adult themes and is not recommended for children under the age of 12. Tickets are $20 per household or device and are available at www.dmyat.booktix.com.
Thursday, April 22, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 23, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 24, 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 24, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 25, 2 p.m.

Trail Cleanup in Des Moines

A group of bike friends organized a trail cleanup Friday on the Carl Voss Trail. Stayed after it for four hours and pretty much made a clean sweep: 20 or so tires, stove, water heater, plastic drain tile, wheel barrow plus countless plastic bags and water bottles.
Event organized by Randy Kramer and his Fun Haters friends; Jordan Hildreth from the Des Moines Parks & Recreation volunteer staff provided support.

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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Paula Williams! Thanks for reading our Ankeny Living magazine each month!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Amber Heard, Jack Nicholson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Marshawn Lynch, John Waters, Peter Frampton, Glen Campbell. Favorite Glen Campbell song? "Rhinestone Cowboy," "By The Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman."

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Poll of the Week

When was the last time you flew in an airplane?

Last week
Last month
Last year
More than two years ago


Which food is the most “Iowan”?
Sweet corn - 59%

Steak deBurgo -2%

Maid Rites -28%

Pork chops -7%

Scotcharoos -4%

Morning Chuckle
Why did Star Wars Episodes 4, 5, and 6 come out before 1, 2, and 3?
DIRECTED BY YODA, THEY WERE (If you need an explanation, email Tammy)

What do you use to cut a wave in half?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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