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Good Thursday morning to you!

We have a lot of great days in America like Memorial Day, Labor Day, Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day. The list goes on and on. But ask most any American which day of the year is his or her favorite, and I doubt you will find one who will say Tax Day. Most of us certainly appreciate the things our taxes pay for, but very few of us, if any, actually enjoy paying them.
    Tax Day has typically fallen on, or just after, April 15, at least since 1955. This year, it has been extended to May 17 for most of us and June 15 for those affected by severe winter storms in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Here are a few things you may not know, or at least may find interesting, about Tax Day, according to Wallet Hub.

     o The average tax refund as of Feb. 26, 2021, is $3,021.
     o The number of lines in the new 1040 Form is 38.
     o The percent of Americans who saw their taxes decline is 65%.
     o The number of hours that Americans spend preparing their tax returns is 8 billion.
     o The average wait time when calling the IRS in 2020 was 18 minutes.
     o The number of tax returns that get audited by the IRS each year is 771,000.
     o The IRS operating budget for 2021 is $12.04 billion.
     o The number of changes in the tax code from 2001 to 2016 was 5,900.

     Now be sure to get your taxes filed on time so you don't become one of those statistics, too.
     Make it a thriving Thursday, 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

Another fantastic day ahead with Des Moines metro-area highs in the upper-60s. Rain chances kick in tomorrow morning, and there’s a rain chance really every day into midweek next week. Temperatures warm next week as well.

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

The Score
IOWA CUBS:The St. Paul Saints evened the series with a 6-1 victory over the Iowa Cubs at CHS Field Wednesday night. READ MORE ABOUT THE GAME...
MLB: Indians 2 Cubs 1, Tigers 4 Royals 2, Brewers 4 Cardinals 1, White Sox 13 Twins 8. MORE RESULTS...
THE WILD: Iowa Wild (15-12-4-0; 34 pts.) rallied in the third period to top the Texas Stars (16-16-3-0; 35 pts.) Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Arena by a final score of 3-1.
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Roosevelt High School vaccinates students, parents at clinic

At Roosevelt High School on Wednesday, teens 16 and up and their parents received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Health staff with Des Moines Public Schools say allowing more kids to get vaccinated will get them closer to a normal school year again.  ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Community Receives First Look at Southeast Polk School District’s Planned $19M Sports Facility

PLEASANT HILL, Iowa –For Southeast Polk High School Freshman Mazin Arafa it was love at first sight. “This is a big upgrade from what we have now,” he said with a laugh. .... The 6,200 seat stadium is smaller in capacity than Grandview University’s 10,000 seat Duke Williams Stadium but with a state of art locker room, rooftop plaza and a pedestrian underpass entrance…Pleasant Hill resident Daniel Dickey feels it’s looks as if it belongs to a small college.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines police officer returns to active duty after serious misdemeanor dismissed

A Des Moines police officer placed on paid administrative leave is back on the job. But Rodney Briggs is still subject to an internal investigation by his own police department.
Briggs was facing one count of Nonfelonius Misconduct in Office, a serious misdemeanor. However, the Polk County Attorney’s Office dismissed that charge on May 7. The criminal complaint alleges Briggs exceeded his authority by trying to persuade employees of the Southeast Polk School District to provide him with evidence, specifically video evidence, related to an ongoing Altoona police investigation that involved a friend of Briggs. ... 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 Live Music Venue
1. Wooly’s
2. Noce
3. Captain Roy’s


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Jean Berger at Jethro’s BBQ & Bacon
By Jim Duncan

Jean Berger is the executive director on the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union, the only sports organization in America dedicated to girls’ sports, plus speech and music competitions. She is the first-ever female director of the organization that has roots more than a century deep.

We asked her to lunch recently, and she chose Jethro’s BBQ and Bacon in West Des Moines. Over brisket and salads, we discussed the sporting scene for women in Iowa.

“I have not been out much since the COVID began, but I love Jethro’s. The owner, Bruce Gerleman, also owns Splash, and we have our post basketball tournament party there, for workers and our board of directors. They really put out a spread there. Also, our fastest-growing event, in conjunction with the basketball tourney, is the Jethro’s chicken-wing-eating contest. Fans love it. "



Things To Do
Thursday, May 13
Sign up for Walking Architecture Tours, held one Friday a month, including May 14.
At: Downtown Des Moines
Info: Iowa Architectural Foundation’s 2021 season of “Architecture on the Move” returns with modifications for health safety. These public tours provide an opportunity for people to appreciate and understand the architectural treasures of the city. Guides will teach about architectural detail, style and elements, with intriguing stories and the historical significance of the buildings that shape the downtown skyline. Sign-in starts at 5 p.m., inside the atrium at Capital Square, 400 Locust St. Tours take off at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $20 and tickets can be purchased in advance on Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com/e/architecture-on-the-move-guided-walking-tours-of-downtown-des-moines-tickets-148932983563
All proceeds benefit the Iowa Architectural Foundation’s public educational programs.
For more information, visit www.iowaarchfoundation.org.

The Sands Volleyball Club practicing Tuesday evening. The season starts next week. —Photo by Jason Ludwig

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Digital Editions
Norwalk Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The May issue features residents who are passionate about golf, as well as other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Stevie Wonder, Stephen Colbert, Debby Ryan, Dennis Rodman, Bea Arthur, Lena Dunham, Ritchie Valens, Joe Louis.

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

Which payment method do you use the most?

Credit card
Debit card
Electronic transfer

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

Yes - 95%
No - 5%

Morning Chuckle
What did the little boy take his bicycle to bed with him?

Why did the woman go out in the rain with her purse open?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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