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Good Thursday morning to you!

Paul Bunyan was a giant lumberjack and an American folk hero. Although I have cut a few trees down in my lifetime, I have never been confused with Paul Bunyan. Case in point, Jolene and I had friends over this past weekend for grilling on our deck. One of our friends pointed out three dead 25-foot trees along my fence line and how much work was going to be involved to take those down. We then discussed how and where to drop the trees and avoid hitting the fence, my shed or my neighbor’s shed. This was going to take serious math and precision cutting.
     The next morning, I was visiting with my neighbor about these dead trees. I mentioned that on an upcoming Saturday, we should try to tackle that. Ten minutes later, he had a ladder on one of the trees and a chainsaw at his ready.
     Now, most all of us have seen YouTube videos of amateurs attempting to cut trees down, only to have them fall on their houses or their cars or their neighbors’ houses or cars. With that in mind, we did what any of you would do; we made sure nobody was recording us. Then we carefully started cutting – my neighbor on the ladder cutting and me pulling the trees with a strap to direct the fall.
Mission accomplished. Three trees down. Two sheds still standing. Fence intact. Paul Bunyan? Certainly not me. I am more like Babe the Blue Ox. Even so, the view sure is better without the dead trees, and I have once again learned the value of a good neighbor.
     Have a thriving Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
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Meet Martha Munro
I have been an employee with Big Green Umbrella since August, almost 10 months, as a sales account executive. 
    I am the youngest of 7 brothers and sisters, with 17 nieces and nephews and 2 great nephews. One of my favorite things to do is celebrate St. Patrick's Day. This has been a family tradition since I was in elementary school, and, except for the past two years, we have been a part of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick parade downtown Des Moines. We have about 31 participants in this celebration, and we have a great time, handing out beads and candy to those on the parade route and afterwards finding a pub that has Irish music and celebrations. I am looking forward to the St. Patrick’s Day festivities next year!

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Decreasing clouds on a breezy day today with a high near 64. Friday looks gorgeous with light winds and a high in the upper 60’s. Showers and thunderstorms late Saturday into Mothers’ Day morning.

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Traffic notes
The Des Moines Police have mobile radar units at these locations today:
3700 block of Hull Avenue
2900 block of 42nd Street
1900 block of Dean Avenue
WAUKEE: The northbound lanes of SE Boone Drive and SE Brick Drive will be intermittently closed through Friday, May 7 to allow crews to complete curb repairs.
The Score
IOWA CUBS: After a night when Iowa registered just two hits and struck out 15 times, the offense exploded for eight runs in an 8-3 victory Wednesday night over the Indianapolis Indians.
MLB: Reds 1 White Sox 0; Mets 7 Cardinals 2; Cardinals 4 Mets 1; Cubs 6 Dodgers 5; Rangers 3 Twins 1; Indians 5 Royals 4 MORE RESULTS...
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Vaccine passport ban heads to Gov. Reynolds desk following 32-16 vote

A bill banning the use of vaccine passports in certain circumstances is headed to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ desk for signature. State senators passed the measure Wednesday in a 32-16 vote. Vaccine passports provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Drake AD Responds to Governor Reynolds’ Letter About State Track Meet Attendance

DES MOINES, IOWA — Drake University Athletic Director Brian Hardin is thanking Governor Reynolds for her interest in the attendance policy at this year’s State Track Meet at Drake Stadium. But he doesn’t appear to be swayed by her arguments. Governor Reynolds, in a letter on Tuesday, asked Drake University’s Athletic Director to reconsider limits on attendance for this year’s state track meet at Drake Stadium.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Organizers say 80/35 Music Festival will be back for 2022, announce 1-day festival for September

DES MOINES, Iowa — Organizers have assured Local 5 80/35 will be back in 2022.
"80/35 is one of those crown jewel events in the larger scene in the city of Des Moines,” Jerry Lorenson said. Lorenson, a local performer, said while he is disappointed, news 80/35 was canceled didn't shock him...… 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.

Best Local Chiropractor
1. Vero Chiropractic
2. Iowa Family Chiropractic
3. True Roots Chiropractic


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2020 Citizen of Year Crystal Ellis has huge impact on community

As a volunteer for the Norwalk Area Ministerial Association, Crystal Ellis has become the community’s chief navigator, creative problem solver and moral support for hundreds of residents, leading to recognition by the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce as Citizen of the Year for 2020 at the Chamber’s 28th annual Awards Banquet Jan. 22.
     As a result of Crystal’s leadership, hundreds of Warren County families have experienced support through various projects over the past 13 months. The Ministerial Association is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, meaning donations, which are essential for its services, may be tax deductible.



Things To Do
Thursday-Saturday, May 6-8
Tulip Time Festival in Pella
At: Pella
Info: Tulip Time means a "walking" parade, delicious food, Dutch costumes, flower shows, auto displays, city tours, Dutch Craft Market, shows, entertainment and of course, TULIPS! Tulip Time Festival in Pella returns Thursday-Saturday, May 6-8. The town is rumored to be... "Back in Bloom," and organizers have made modifications to this year's event for safety reasons. Activities begin each day around 9 a.m. and continue until the lighted parade floats go dim around 9:30 p.m. Each evening the Feesthouden show features live and free special entertainment on the Tulip Toren stage at 6:30 p.m. Thursday's entertainment will feature the Living Word Fellowship Worship Team. Friday's entertainment will feature Pella High School's Jazz 1 and AcaPella groups. Saturday's entertainment will feature Tyler Richton and the High Bank Boys with iconic country music. For more information, visit www.pellatuliptime.com.

I call this fella Raider Randy because he likes to raid the bird feeder. But, occasionally he enjoys the food that is meant for him. — Photos by Tammy Pearson

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Digital Editions
Adel Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The May issue features a story about passionate golfers, informational articles, an education feature, a community feature and photos from local events. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Scott Nelson at Legacy Financial Group!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:Adrianne Palicki, Alan Dale, Bob Seger, Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters), Gabourey Sidibe, George Clooney, Naomi Scott, Tony Blair, Willie Mays

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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%

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