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Good Monday morning to you!

     Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. Those are famous lines from NFL Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombard in his “What It Takes To Be No. 1” speech. Lombardi had delivered pieces of the speech many times but pieced it all together in Dayton, Ohio, in 1970. Those simple words may be more powerful and more meaningful today than they were 41 years ago. I have the entire speech hanging on a wall in my office, and I read it each time I need a motivational kick.
     So how does one define winning? Or losing? In sports or other activities where scores are kept, it’s easier. But what about things that aren’t so measurable? Like marriage? Parenting? Jobs?
     My good friend and Johnston High School head wrestling coach Aaron Tecklenburg tells his athletes every year that part of winning is refusing to quit, and that quitting is a habit that will likely carry over into their marriages, their parenting skills and their careers. Don’t quit, he says. Ever.
     My high school wrestling coach, Bill Fjetland, was more direct in his view on quitting. He said quitters were the lowest things on the earth. Whale turds, he called them. (Think about that for a moment, and you will catch on.) He was so disturbed by quitters that he would cut their faces out of the team photos that were on the walls of our wrestling room. Or in some cases, he would leave the faces in the photos but put the word “quitter” in place of the athletes' names in the captions.
     Regardless of how it is described, quitting has consequences that affect many people beyond the quitter. Teammates. Spouses. Children. Co-workers. Customers. The list goes on.
     “But I am not happy, and I deserve to be happy,” some might say. True, but the choices we make in life aren’t always about us — and shouldn’t be. Think about that the next time you are ready to give up or quit on anyone or anything.
     Have a marvelous Monday, 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

Morning rain is a possibility today and then again tonight into Tuesday morning. At this point, it appears we get a break from rain chances Wednesday before a front brings thunderstorms to the area on Thursday. A cooler and drier holiday weekend follows.

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A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Authorities say two people died in fiery crash

DES MOINES, Iowa —Law enforcement agencies confirm two people died in a fiery crash on Sunday afternoon. At about 1:17 p.m., authorities conducted a traffic stop on a Dodge Charger for speeding on the 4300 block of Northwest Morningstar Drive. The driver fled the scene and the deputy pursued the vehicle. The deputy lost the Dodge Charger, but continued to search the area. A pedestrian then told the deputy that the vehicle crashed at 12th Street and Oak Park Avenue.  ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: One person shot on Des Moines’ south side Sunday

DES MOINES, Iowa — One person was injured in a shooting Sunday afternoon on Des Moines’ south side. A male was shot in the street in the 400 block of E. McKinley Avenue around 4:30 p.m., according to Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek. The victim was alert and conscious after getting wounded and transported to a local hospital. Parizek said his injury is not life threatening.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: World's top women skateboarders greeted by adoring fans at 2021 Dew Tour

DES MOINES, Iowa — Lily Salazar couldn't find words to describe how she felt when she walked into Lauridsen Skatepark this weekend. The 11-year-old from Urbandale said it was overwhelming. "When I first got here...I was speechless," said Salazar. "I didn’t really know what to say. It was so cool, just watching so many great athletes performing and doing their best." ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (9-7) couldn’t climb all the way back to beat the Omaha Storm Chasers (10-7), as they dropped the series finale by a score of 7-5, Sunday at Principal Park. READ MORE...
MLB: Yankees 5 White Sox 4, Twins 8 Indians 5, Royals 3 Tigers 3, Cubs 2 Cardinals 1. READ MORE...
BARNSTORMERS: A strong second half helped push The Duke City Gladiators (1-0) past The Iowa Barnstormers (1-1) on Saturday, May 22. The Gladiators won 63-55 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. READ MORE...
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Ingersoll Area Restaurant
1. Eatery A
2. Sakari Sushi Lounge
3. Cheese Bar


Read more

Meet Erica Smothers: Using special projects to spark enthusiasm for reading

By TK West

     Growing up in Gowrie, Erica Smothers attended Prairie Valley High School before graduating from Upper Iowa University. It was there she earned a degree in sports and recreation. Smothers says she later decided to pursue a career in education because she enjoyed coaching and wanted to work more with children.
     “After many years of coaching sports, I realized I had a passion for working with kids. I enjoy helping kids find their spark. This led me to go back and pursue becoming a teacher,” Smothers says.
     Smothers has since received a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Methodist University in Missouri. Today, she teaches fourth grade at the Winterset Community School District. Her family decided to relocate to the Winterset area because her husband serves as the City’s Parks and Recreation director.


Things To Do

Monday, May 24
At: Centrally located in downtown Des Moines at the north end of the Principal Riverwalk next to the Des Moines River, 901 Second Ave.
Info: The Dew Tour is done for 2021, but that means the Lauridsen Skatepark, the new downtown king of skate parks — it’s 88,000 square feet of concrete and the largest park of its kind in the U.S. — is open if you are ready to roll. Go for it. www.dsmskatepark.com


Words and photo by Cady Colosimo. No stranger to winning, the No. 1 ranked male skateboarder in the world Nyjah Huston collected another first place trophy on Sunday, May 23 at the Dew Tour in Des Moines. In April, the 26-year-old Califorinian Huston was officially announced as a member of the first ever U.S. Olympic Skateboard team for the 2021 Tokyo games.

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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:  Queen Victoria, Bob Dylan, G-Easy, Priscilla Presley, Kristin Scott Thomas, Alfred Molina, Patti LaBelle, Gary Burghoff.

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Poll of the Week

Would you buy a used mattress




Which ice cream flavor would you choose?

French Vanilla - 26%
Chocolate - 9%
Swirl - 14%
Mint Chocolate Chip - 32%
Cookies and Cream - 19%

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