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Good Monday morning to you!

Black dirt. Top soil. Mud. Clay. Loam. Earth.

There are lots of kinds and lots of names for the ground we walk on, but for most of us, it is simply dirt. At least that’s what my father called it. He and my Uncle Red were in what he would refer to as the “dirt business.” They owned a gravel and excavation company in Kossuth County, one that my brother Brian and cousin Denny now own and operate. Digging basements. Building pads. Hauling gravel. That kind of stuff.

The dirt business never rubbed off on me. Operating heavy equipment was stressful, as the margin of error was slim, and the potential for damage was huge. Having said that, I was quite effective with a shovel. My friends fondly called me Scoop. Still, I never quite understood the different degrees of dirt.

I was born and raised in a rural Iowa community, but I lived in town. (Note to my journalist friends: I know, hogs are raised; people are reared. I am still going with raised.) Even so, the rural connections were strong as many of my classmates lived on farms, and most all of my friends worked in agriculture at some point — detasseling corn, walking beans, baling straw or picking rocks from fields.

One of my buddies talked me into joining FFA — the Future Farmers of America. The only thing I really knew about the organization was that John Cougar Mellencamp wore one of their blue corduroy jackets with the sleeves cut off in concert. Seemed cool to me. But being in FFA meant being in the classroom studying FFA stuff, like soil judging. I was clueless, as it was all just dirt to me. Our class participated in a soil judging contest. I took last place. Mr. Greiman, the FFA instructor, politely suggested that maybe FFA wasn’t for me. He was right.

I continue to struggle with dirt when I place top soil and grass seed in the bare spots in my lawn each year. The weeds grow just fine. The grass, not so much. I probably don’t water it enough, but I am blaming it on the dirt.

Maybe I am just bitter that I never had one of those FFA blue corduroy jackets. Who knows? Meanwhile, the only dirt I am digging up now can be read in the stories of our publications. You can still call me Scoop.

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

Two slim rain chances early and late today, otherwise hot this week. Another rain chance comes our way late Thursday into Friday. The heat builds back again on Sunday.

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

Things To Do
Monday, Aug. 23, 8-10 p.m. (Mondays through Aug. 30)
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These road closures and reduced lanes begin today:
Fleur Drive from Park Avenue to Watrous Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction through Nov. 30.

E. Douglas Avenue from N.E. 46th Street to Village Run Drive will be closed through Oct. 31.

Birdland Drive at the 2nd Avenue River Bridge will be closed through Friday, Aug. 27.

George Flagg Parkway from Park Avenue to SW 30th Street will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily beginning through Friday, Aug. 27.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: DMPS teacher remembered for his community impact

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hundreds came together for a vigil to remember a beloved Des Moines Public School teacher who died suddenly. Kristopher Rollins was well known for starting leadership programs within Des Moines Public Schools. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Iowa State Fair comes to a close; attendance slightly lower than 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa’s yearly obsession came to an end on Sunday. The Iowa State Fair finished its 11-day run with the usual vendors and a concert from the Doobie Brothers.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Professional cornhole comes to Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — An unusual sport got its time in the limelight, as professional cornhole players showed off their skills in Des Moines. Professional cornhole? You read that right. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (41-54) recorded 11 hits in their 5-2 win over the St. Paul Saints (53-43) to take the series finale, Sunday at CHS Field. ... READ MORE
MLB: Rays 9 White Sox 0, Cardinals 3 Pirates 0, Royals 9 Cubs 1, ...READ MORE
BARNSTORMERS: the Iowa Barnstormers have secured a home playoff game. The Iowa Barnstormers will face the Duke City Gladiators at Wells Fargo Arena in the first round of the 2021 Indoor Football League playoffs on Saturday, Aug. 28. Kickoff will be at 7:05pm with doors opening at 6:00pm.
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 Place To See Beautiful People
1. Coachlight Clinic & Spa
2. Iowa Distilling Company
3. Fresko Natural Food


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Meet Kevin Atterberg: New Valley instructional coach

By Jackie Wilson

In Kevin Atterberg’s science class, kids had a cow — literally. When Atterberg taught science in Lincoln, Nebraska, he worked with the Big 10 College Network to bring a cow to the school.

“Bringing a 2,000-pound animal brings excitement in learning a different way,” he says.

He taught in Nebraska for five years, and has spent the last six years at Stillwell Junior High. This August, he begins a new role as an instructional coach at Valley High School.
In his role, Atterberg will work with teachers, helping them hone their craft.

“It’s not about their teaching, but it’s to focus on their needs and how they can become a better teacher,” he says.


Read more


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Snapshots: Fun at the Iowa State Fair!

Nora Peterson checks out the big pumpkin at the Iowa State Fair. — Photo by Jolene Goodman

Matilda Webster is holding a new fair food — the Flaming Hot Cheeto Funnel Cake. — Photo by Alysia Webster

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Featured Events
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Alysia Webster!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Kobe Bryant, River Phoenix, Seth Curry, Jeremy Lin, Barbara Eden, Scott Caan, Gene Kelly, Shelley Long, Julian Casablancas, Rick Springfield, Jay Mohr, Sway Calloway

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Poll of the Week

How many postage stamps do you use per month?
16 or more
None of the above


Results of last week's poll:

When was the last time you bathed in a bathtub?

A day ago - 20%
A week ago - 2%
A month ago - 7%
More than a year ago - 67%
Never - 4%

Morning Chuckle
Where do horses go when they’re sick?
THE HORSEPITAL! Thanks for the emails Abbey Brown, Judy Anderson,William Snyder, Gail Tomlinson, Chuck Gollliher and David Whims!

How many oranges grow on a tree?

 Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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