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Good Monday morning to you!

Getting back to nature. It’s something we could all use a bit more of, unless, of course, you are struggling with allergies. If that’s the case, a weekend with the windows closed and the AC on hits the spot. But those who are willing to explore the outdoors of central Iowa are fortunate to have many options nearby. For those of you outside of the state who are reading this and only see the media coverage of the Iowa Caucuses, yes, we do have more than cornfields in Iowa. In fact, Iowa has 68 state parks and four state forests, and those are just the state-operated facilities. Throw in county parks and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers grounds, and the choices are bountiful.

I talked with my friend Chad Kelchen the other day. He is the supervisor for state parks in south central Iowa for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. I asked him if the parks were still full of campers. “It’s manageable now,” he said. “Last year was crazy, but you can find some camping spots this year, especially if you are willing to drive a little.”

And so we did — all the way to Jester Park. We packed up the RV this past weekend and set out for these great outdoors. Electric campsites have been scarce, but we were able to find one. With temperature highs in the lower 80s and lows in the lower 60s, we didn’t have much need for the AC anyway — and a campfire actually felt good.

Jolene and I have camped for years — in tents, then a pop-up camper, then a travel trailer, then another travel trailer and now a small RV. It gives us a calming peace, away from the hustle and bustle of the world. You can call it “glamping” if you like. We don’t mind. As long as we stay dry and cool, we are happy.

What about you? Could you use some back-to-nature time, but overnight camping is not your thing? Take a walk in the woods. Ride a bike on the paths. Grill some burgers at a shelter house. The options are aplenty, and then you can still go home, close the windows and turn on the AC.

I hope to see you in the parks.

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

Our dry and hot stretch of weather continues with the next rain chance looking to come on Thursday and Friday.

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Monday, Aug. 16
⇛Register for Tomahawks and Atlatls
At: Pickard Park: 1468 Highway 92 East, Indianola
Info: An evening of educational fun to learn about tomahawks and atlatls is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m., but space is limited. The deadline to register is today at www.warrenccb.org/events/tomahawks-atlatls-4.
There will be a brief history of each tool, safety instructions and participants will learn to throw each one. So get your arms ready for tossing a tomahawk and spear at our large cardboard bison and 3D targets. Children must be accompanied by an adult and be at least 9 years old to throw. This program is co-hosted by Indianola Parks & Recreation and will be held at Pickard Park, on Softball field #1.
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A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Ernst, Grassley respond to the ongoing situation in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — Iowa Republican Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley released statements regarding the current situation in Afghanistan. In recent days, the Afghan government has lost control of multiple parts of the country. The Taliban entered Afghanistan's capital Sunday stating they would hold conversations to create an "open, inclusive Islamic government." ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: ‘A lot of scared people’: Iowa nonprofit aids Haiti as death toll rises after earthquake

PELLA, Iowa — A nonprofit in Pella plans to send food to Haiti after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the country on Saturday, leaving at least 1,200 people dead. Iowan Denise Dent is part of Many Hands for Haiti, a nonprofit based in Pella. She currently lives in Haiti where she serves as the director of education for the nonprofit.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Pools are closing down for the season—these are still open

ANKENY, Iowa — The hot weather isn't done with us just yet, but now there are a few less places to beat the heat. Sunday was the last day of the swim season at the Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center in Ankeny. Gates officially closed on the last open swim session at 6 p.m. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
IOWA CUBS:  The Iowa Cubs (39-49) threw eight no-hit innings, shutting out the Omaha Storm Chasers (49-39) to win the series finale by a score of 10-0, Sunday at Werner Park. READ MORE ...
MLB: Marlins 4 Cubs 1, Cardinals 7 Royals 2, Twins 5 Rays 4, Yankees 5 White Sox 3 ...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 Local Chinese Food
1. Shanghai Chinese Restaurant
2. Tsing Tsao
3. Lucky Bamboo


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In search of peace: Former African refugees now call Waukee home

By Darren Tromblay

It’s been said that peace is not real peace until it has been tested in the storm.

Waukee’s Mariam Uwabatoni has seen that storm — and never wants to again. Ever. A refugee from Ruwanda, Africa, Mariam knows of the evil that men can do. Her homeland became a genocidal war zone in 1994, costing millions of people their lives and displacing even more, including Mariam and her then-husband.

After moving to Uganda for a couple of years, they made their way to Des Moines, where they lived for 10 years. But peace remained elusive. Her husband returned home, leaving Mariam in Iowa with three children and another on the way.


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Special Education Teacher Associate
The Johnston Community School District is seeking individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of students as a Special Education Teacher Associate. There are full-time (over 30 hours per weeks) and part-time positions (under 30 hours per week) available. Starting rate of pay is $16.96 to $17.65 per hour. Full-time employees are eligible to receive medical and dental insurance. All full-time and part-time positions are eligible for the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS).
Please apply online at: https://www.applitrack.com/johnston/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Support+Staff
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· Maintains working knowledge and use of available technology.
· Duties and responsibilities as requested by supervisor may vary from time to time.

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Camping means getting close to nature. In this case, a praying mantis stopped for a visit.

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Digital Editions
Jordan Creek Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The August issue cover story, "Roll Call" is all about back to school! Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com.
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Shane Goodman! (I hear he is hoping for goodies to share with his staff today!) 

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Madonna, Steve Carell, Angela Bassett, Cam Gigandet, Cristin Milioti, Rumer Willis, Kathie Lee Gifford, Arden Cho, Julie Newmar, Greyson Chance, Piper Curda

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Poll of the Week

When was the last time you bathed in a bathtub?

A day ago
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Results of last week's poll:

Do you know how to swim?

Yes - 81%
No - 19%

Morning Chuckle
What do you call a hen that can count her own eggs?
A MATHAMECHICKEN! That one seemed to stump everyone. 
Why did the man wear only one rainboot to town?
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