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Good Wednesday morning to you!

My friend James and I worked at a Kum & Go gas station in our hometown during our teenage years. As such, we became accustomed to the tasks of filling coolers, mopping floors, making popcorn, brewing coffee, changing out fountain drink tanks, etc. But the one task we absolutely dreaded was redeeming cans. James apparently had amazing vision, as he could spot the can collectors coming in with large plastic bags from blocks away and would quickly volunteer to fill the coolers. I would then be stuck sorting through the sticky, smelly cans and providing the refund to the customer. When the customer would leave, James would magically be finished re-stocking the cooler. Amazing.
     Now, don’t get me wrong. I believe the bottle bill is the single most effective clean-up effort our state has ever had. I recall the ditches of my youth being littered with cans. We don’t want to go back to that. Meanwhile, there has to be a better way. The stores don’t want to deal with the mess and space involved with taking cans back, and rightfully so. It seems that, as in most cases, we should let capitalism solve the problem. Apparently, the store’s split of the nickel refund isn’t worth the hassle. The 5-cent refund was a lot in 1978 when the bottle bill was enacted, but it doesn’t have the draw it once did. And now water bottles and sports drink bottles, which are exempt from the deposit, seem to be more of a problem than beer or soda cans.
     Our elected officials are working on it. Senate File 470 would allow stores to opt out of accepting nickel-deposit drink containers if the store is within 20 miles of a redemption center. The entire solution to the problem is not in this proposed law, but it would help in some regards. At least James wouldn’t have to hide in the cooler anymore.
     Have a wonderful Wednesday, and, as always, thanks for reading.

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


Tammy calls today's color scheme "Confetti." 


Homestead salad

By Tammy Pearson

Years ago, my sister brought this dish to a family gathering, and it became my favorite side. Knowing this, she has kindly made it for many gatherings since then, and I have even tried my hand at it. Turns out, even a notoriously bad cook such as myself can manage it. My favorite thing about this dish is that it stays good for at least 5-7 days. So, when all the other leftovers have been eaten or need to be thrown away, the homestead salad patiently waits to be rediscovered in the back of the fridge and enjoyed. I’ve never had to throw these leftovers out!

Be sure to make this ahead of time, as it needs to sit for the flavors to mellow and meld. I made it the morning of a meal once, and, after a taste, put it right back in the fridge instead of serving it. Hope you like it as much as I do, and, if you need help eating up the leftovers, I’ll be glad to help!




Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Scattered showers and a cooler day today with a high near 69. A tiny rain chance on a breezy Thursday with a high again near 69. Nicer Friday. Breezy and warm Saturday. Next rain chance begins Sunday evening.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at

Traffic notes

The Des Moines Police Department's mobile radar units are located today at:

1200 block 43rd Street
2400 block 50th Street
4100 block University Avenue

Drive safely!

The Score
Indians 7 Twins 4
Pirates 2 Twins 1
Braves 5 Cubs 0
Cardinals 5 Phillies 2
Tigers 5 White Sox 2
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Des Moines police say 4 injured in crash involving squad car

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Police Department is investigating a crash involving one of its squad cars. The crash occurred in the 2400 block of Hickman Road around 6 p.m. According to a preliminary investigation by the Des Moines Police Department, the squad car was traveling east on Hickman Road when a passenger vehicle entered Hickman Road from a private driveway. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: DSM Neighborhood Transforms Message Rooted in Hate to Greeting of Love

DES MOINES, Iowa — Graffiti targeting African Americans and supporters of the fight for racial justice received a swift makeover in a Des Moines neighborhood. Early Monday morning, hate speech reared its head at 6th Avenue and Euclid Avenue in the historic Oak Park-Highland Park neighborhood. It used profanities to target the notion that Black lives matter.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Jury convicts Fort Dodge man of murdering pastor in 2019

FORT DODGE, Iowa — After delays in his trial, a jury found Joshua Pendleton guilty Tuesday of murdering Fort Dodge Pastor Al Henderson in October 2019.
According to court documents, the jury of 12 in Scott County convicted Pendleton of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery. … 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

Best Local Chamber of Commerce
1. Urbandale Chamber
2. Grimes Chamber & Economic Development
3. West Des Moines Chamber


Read more

Winterset Community Education Foundation enriches education of local students

By T.K. West

The Winterset Community Education Foundation, a nonprofit directed by a board of 11, was established in 1987. Since that time, it has been committed to helping support programs and other enhancements for the Winterset Community School District. To serve on the board, members must first be elected to serve a two-year term. Once their term is up, they can choose to seek reappointment or retire.
     “The best part about serving on the board is seeing the generosity of our community and alumni, who help make so many wonderful things possible for our school district, including enrichment programs, school supplies, guest speakers, field trips, equipment, etc. It's wonderful to see the 'give-back' to help strengthen our education system,” says Board Member Jenn O’Neal.


Things To Do

Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m.
TRIVIA: ’90s Hair Bands Music Bingo
At: Smash Park, 6625 Coachlight Drive, West Des Moines
Info: In-person Game Night with socially distancing. Teams are required to register in advance and can be 8 or less players. It's $5 per team.
1st Place will receive a $100 Smash Park Gift Card
2nd Place will receive a $50 Smash Park Gift Card
Register your team at app.smashpark.com/events.


Ian Brandt shares this photo and comment:  "Oh, how the Tides have turned!"

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Digital Editions
Norwalk Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. It features stories and photos of local people, informational articles, calendar pages and more. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. View the April Norwalk Living issue here!
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy birthday:  Terry Cook, an awesome sister (and source of today's recipe)!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Jessica Alba, 39; Klondike Blonde, 23;  Harry Shum Jr., 38; Penelope Cruz, 46; Jay Leno, 70; Ann Margret, 79; Ferruccio Lamborghini; Harper Lee; President James Monroe.

SUBMIT: Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday or a Congratulations on their big day? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com
Poll of the Week

Have you ever played Pickleball?


When was the last time you flew in an airplane?

Last week - 0.5%
Last month - 11%
Last year - 38.5%
More than two years ago - 50%
Never - 0

Morning Chuckle
How excited was the gardener about spring?
(Apparently this one has made its rounds — half my co-workers got it right and so did Judy Anderson!)

What kind of garden does a baker have?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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