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Good Friday morning to you!

Do you remember the first website you ever visited? If you are like me, it was probably America Online (AOL) or Netscape. It’s hard to believe that we had to insert a CD to download the software so we could surf the Internet — and it wasn’t that long ago.
The world’s first website was built in 1991. Today, there are nearly two billion sites on the Internet.
     With all this in mind, we started a new website. You are participating in it right now, in a roundabout way. The traditional logic for a digital publishing project was to start with a website and then branch out into email, social media and other efforts. Today, some companies are skipping the website and going directly to email or social media marketing. There is a business risk in not owning a website and relying on Facebook as a sole digital presence, but some are willing to roll that dice. Meanwhile, with the Daily Umbrella, we launched with email only and then promoted it in our publications and social media. And now, we are rolling out our website, www.thedailyumbrella.com.
     It is a very simple site with today’s news and information along with links on how to subscribe, how to contact us and how to access our full archive of past Daily Umbrella emails. We realize that some people simply don’t want more email and would prefer to link directly to a website. If you are one of those folks, then this website is for you. Please check it out and let me know what you think.
     Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

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

The Scene

The much loved and missed Woody's BBQ on Cottage Grove is posing to become a Black Cat. That would be the first ice cream store in actual Des Moines in many years. — Jim Duncan

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain today and chances several days as temperatures warm into next week.

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

The Score
MLB: Tigers 4 Royals 3; Cardinals 2 Brewers 0; White Sox 4 Twins 2 MORE SCORES FROM YESTERDAY
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Police: One person dead after individual flees from authorities, causing crash

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Police Department investigated a fatal crash near Guthrie and Hubbell avenues on Thursday evening. Authorities said a 35-year-old woman had multiple warrants for her arrest and fled from police at a high rate of speed. It resulted in a three-vehicle crash. Police said a 53-year-old man was critically injured in the crash and taken to a local hospital. He has since died from his injuries.  ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: DNR: Black Bears Could Make Iowa Their Home in the Near Future

IOWA — Springtime has arrived in the Midwest and with it comes mating season and some surprise visitors to Iowa that shouldn’t be so surprising anymore. In recent years sightings of black bears in northeast Iowa are becoming more common. That isn’t a coincidence. The DNR says that as black bear populations in Minnesota and Wisconsin continue to grow, so will the area that the animals call home. ““Within the next three to five years, I think we can expect to see cubs show up and a small breeding population become established,” says Vince Evelsizer with the Iowa DNR.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 'Don't answer': Iowa AG's office says ignore numbers you don't know if possible to fight robocalls

DES MOINES, Iowa — More than 100 million robocalls were placed on phones in Iowa just this year according to robocall tracker YouMail, and it's safe to say all of us are getting pretty fed up.  "Unfortunately, bogus nonprofits and warranty operations are the top offenders," said Lynn Hicks with the Iowa Attorney General's Office. "The only penalty for violating this section is a serious misdemeanor, which can only be pursued in criminal court by a county attorney." ... 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 Contractor
1. Home Solutions of Iowa
2. Amazed Construction Services
3. Lotus Homes


Read more

Ritchhart helps find missing pets:
Is your pet on the loose? Grimes Pet Retrievers is at the ready.

By Lindsey Giardino

     The genesis of Grimes Pet Retrievers happened back in July 2019, when Katie Ritchhart, the group’s founder, heard a report of a missing dog in Grimes.
     She saw a picture of the canine, which looked a lot like one of her own.
     “It absolutely broke my heart,” Ritchhart recalls. “I didn’t know this dog, but I just got thinking, what if this was my dog? I would hope that people would be out trying to help me find my dog.”
     So she did just that. Even though she has a full-time job, Ritchhart dedicated her nights and spare time to searching for the pup. For 10 days, she spent so much time trying to help find it that she got sunburn on her eyes.



Things To Do
Friday-Sunday, May 14-16
At: The Pines Park in Saylorville Township, west of Saylorville Township, behind Puttmasters, 2977 N.W. 66th Ave., Des Moines
Info: Pirate jokes and fire? Yep. Armored combat? Check. An original Shakespearean story by Lorenzo Sandoval? You betcha. Plus a whole wacky world of renaissance run amok at this annual central Iowa family-friendly event. For more information, visit www.dmrenfaire.com.

IOWA WILD vs. Texas Stars:
Friday, May 14, 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena, www.iowawild.com/games
Saturday, May 15, 6 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena, www.iowawild.com/games
IOWA BARNSTORMERS season opener:
Saturday, May 15 @ Sioux Falls Storm 7:05PM

Can we ever see enough tulips? This photo was taken in Pella by Diane Gray about 10 days before the festival started.

Want to see your photo included in the Daily Umbrella? Send your Snapshots to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com, and maybe it will be chosen!

Digital Editions
Winterset 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 Matilda Webster of Bondurant! She is celebrating her 12th birthday!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Mark Zuckerberg, Cate Blanchett, Miranda Causgrove, Ron Gonkowski, George Lucas, Sofia Coppola, Tim Roth, Greg Davis, Frank Gore (He played college football for the University of Miami and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played with the 49ers until 2014 and is their all-time leader in rushing yards. He also led my fantasy football team in rushing points one year, helping me secure the championship,)

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
Why did the woman go out in the rain with her purse open?
Donna Willems Answer: She wanted liquidity in her wallet.

What happens when fog lifts in southern California?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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