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Good Tuesday morning to you!

Dr. Christian was a professor who taught Spanish at Waldorf College during the 1980s. I enrolled in two of his classes and learned a great deal, but the one thing that I remember most about him had nothing to do with the Spanish language. Every day when he would walk into the classroom — and I mean every day — he would flip on the lights and say, “Do you ever notice how the room brightens up when I walk in?” And then he would laugh out loud.
     This became a ritual, a “Ground Hog Day” moment. Dr. Christian made his students smile in his classroom each day beginning with one simple comment. Of course, that good-hearted nature carried through in how he taught and in how he lived his life. Thirty-four years later, I still remember him for it.
     What impact do you have on others when you walk into a room? What will people remember about you decades later? Think about that today — and every day.
     Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

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


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Breezy and cool today, with a high near 60. A nice Wednesday ahead with a high in the mid 60’s. A slight rain chance late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Dry Friday, with slight weekend rain chances.

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

Traffic notes
The Des Moines Police have mobile radar units at these locations today:
2400 block of S.E. 22nd Street
2700 block of S. Union Street
300 block of Porter Avenue
The Score
 Twins 6 Rangers 5
Cardinals 6 Mets 5
Indians 8 Royals 6
Cubs v Dodgers postponed
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: WDM FD fights apartment fire at same complex as weekend fire

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — On Monday night, crews were fighting a fire at an apartment complex in West Des Moines. The West Des Moines Fire Department responded to the Regency Woods Apartments, which had another fire over the weekend. Authorities said Monday night's fire was in a different building than the fire that displaced families on Saturday. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Johnston School Board Approves District’s New Diversity Director

JOHNSTON, Iowa — For over an hour, the Johnston school board heard passionate remarks from parents and community leaders about a position that aims to bring equity and inclusion to students. Parents argued whether past social media posts from the district’s new diversity director were appropriate. Johnston selected Louis Fountain as the district’s new diversity director last week, and the school board made the hire official Monday night. For supporters of Fountain, the school board’s approval ushered in a new era in the Johnston Community School District.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 100 days until the 2021 Iowa State Fair— what are your favorite memories?

DES MOINES, Iowa — When summer rolled by and it became clear we wouldn't have a 2020 Iowa State Fair, we asked you to share your favorite fair memories over the years.
It was part of our "Happy Moments" segment, and it was one of the biggest responses we've had to any request for photos and videos. And that's not surprising, because even though we had been through a lot in the pandemic, losing the fair was unthinkable. .… 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 Winery
1. Jasper Winery
2. Covered Bridges Winery
3. Summerset Winery


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Given the choice, Mlekos chose Norwalk:
Military family returns to Iowa

By Rachel Harrington

Zach and Jamie Mleko know what it is like to move around. Zach retired from the U.S. Air Force about two years ago. They were stationed in Iowa about12 years ago and lived in Ankeny at that time. After that, the Air Force sent them to Texas.
     “We were content and happy in Texas, but I remember thinking, when Zach retired, it might be nice to moved back to Iowa,” says Jamie. “We were happy and content in Texas. That’s where my kids first attended school after I homeschooled them. I liked the school district and the church we attended. However, this past year, a lot of what I enjoyed about Texas wasn’t enjoyable anymore because everything was closed down. It wasn’t a job or anything like that that brought us here. I’m not entirely sure what brought us specifically to Norwalk apart from God. This was the first time that we were able to choose where we wanted to live.”



Things To Do

Tuesday, May 4: Cubs vs. Indianapolis Indians (Pirates) at 6:38 p.m.
At: The I-Cubs play home games at Principal Park in downtown Des Moines.
Info: After having its entrie session cancelled in 2020, I-Cubs Triple-A baseball action returns.

Other games this week:

Wednesday, May 5: Cubs vs. Indianapolis Indians (Pirates) at 6:38 p.m.
Thursday, May 6: Cubs vs. Indianapolis Indians (Pirates) at 7:08 p.m.
Friday, May 7: Cubs vs. Indianapolis Indians (Pirates) at 7:08 p.m.
Saturday, May 8: Cubs vs. Indianapolis Indians (Pirates) at 7:08 p.m.
Sunday, May 9: Cubs vs. Indianapolis Indians (Pirates) at 1:08 p.m.
Visit www.iowacubs.com for ticket information, official start times and updated information.


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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Audrey Hepburn, Rory McIlroy, Keith Haring, Will Arnett, Erin Andrews, Grace Phipps, George Hill, Jorge Lorenzo, Shameik Moore, Lance Bass, Randy Travis.

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Poll of the Week

What’s your guess? Will we need to get COVID-19 booster shots in the next year, too?


Have you ever played Pickleball?

Yes - 24 %
No - 76%

Morning Chuckle
What did Luke Skywalker say to the tree on Arbor Day?
MAY THE FOREST BE WITH YOU! Good job Kathy Krogmeier and Russ Cerniglia!

Why don't ants get sick?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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