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Good Wednesday morning to you!

One of the most shared columns I have written in the Daily Umbrella dealt with why I fly the American flag. I thought about those words recently when I noticed a wide range of flags being flown, all seemingly symbolizing what is important to each person or group — or maybe to simply annoy the neighbors. I can’t be certain.

The annual Iowa vs. ISU football game brings out flags galore every year. So does PRIDE month and NFL game days. Some people fly state of Iowa flags or nautical flags. Flags that celebrate heritage are popular with our Mexican, Irish, British, Canadian and other friends. And although clearly not as popular today, the Confederate flag still pops up now and then.

Chicago Cubs fans celebrate with the “W” flag. U.S. veterans proudly display their Army, Navy Air Force or Marines flags. The City of Des Moines even has a renewed flag, and some families have their own versions, too.

There is a word for all this flag stuff. It is called vexillology, the study of the history, the symbolism and the use of flags. The word is derived from the Latin word vexillum and the Greek suffix -logia. 

Serious debate continues to arise in the discussions of when and where flags originated. Some argue that the Shahdad Standard is the oldest flag in the world. The squared bronze flag from Iran dates back to 2400 BC. Although not a cloth flag or in the shape of a rectangle, it did have a pole, an eagle with open wings mounted on top of the pole, and an emblem.

Cloth purists say flags were invented in ancient China and then spread west through Eurasia and Africa, reaching Europe and the Mediterranean in the early middle ages.

Regardless of where and when they started, flags are most all designed with careful color considerations and meanings. Red symbolizes valor and bravery. White signifies purity and innocence. And blue denotes justice, perseverance and vigilance. At least for some of us.

But the question remains, why do we fly flags? The best explanation is that flags are used as representations of places and people — in other words, what we associate ourselves with.

Regardless of what flag you fly, continue to do so with pride and comradery and a friendly competitive spirit. And if it annoys your neighbor, well, so be it.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

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

John Ruan III (1953 – 2021)

By Michael Gartner

John Ruan III was raised by a feisty, tough, bare-knuckle man who started with a dump truck in Beacon, Iowa, and ended up with an empire that stretched across the country. At the time of the elder Ruan’s death, in 2010, the Ruan family owned Bankers Trust, the largest privately owned bank in the state, as well as a huge trucking company that bore his name and a skyscraper or two, among other things.

It must have been hard to be his namesake son.



Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Temperatures start climbing, so enjoy today's milder temperatures. Rain chances move in Friday and Saturday.

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

Things To Do

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
⇛Yappy Hour
At: Bailey's Bark Park + IDJ Pre-Party, The ARL Main; Bailey's Bark Park, 5452 N.E. 22nd St. in Des Moines
Info: Hey, party people and dog lovers of Iowa, it's bark o' clock somewhere. Unwind with your pups at Bailey's Bark Park. All are welcome to enjoy the good vibes, dog kisses and cold drinks as the ARL gears up for Iowa Dog Jog taking place on the following Sunday (Sept. 19). And guess what? The first 25 attendees who RSVP to this event will receive a free Camp Bow Wow tote filled with goodies. This is a FREE event, though you are asked to RSVP. 

Featured Home For Sale
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Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

200 E. 30th St.
2700 Scott Ave.
800 E. 14th St.

A project to reconstruct the two right lanes of northbound Interstate 35/eastbound Interstate 80 over Hickman Road requires shifting traffic to the left two lanes from 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, until 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 20, weather permitting,

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Bousselot wins special election to represent Ankeny in House

ANKENY, Iowa — Voters in the fast-growing suburb of Ankeny elected Republican Mike Bousselot to the Iowa House, filling a seat left vacant after the incumbent died in July. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Police K-9 takes a bite out of man accused of stabbing puppy to death

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines man is facing an animal abuse charge after police say he stabbed his girlfriend’s puppy, which later died of its injuries. Officers were called to a home in the 2300 block of Amherst Street on Sunday afternoon about a dispute with a weapon, according to a news release from the Des Moines Police Department. Police say prior to the call a woman heard one of her pets yelping and then saw her boyfriend, 31-year-old Viljar Rosales, stabbing her 6-8 week old puppy.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: City Council approves sale of Des Moines Social Club space to Abbott Properties

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Old Central Fire Station No. 1 property, formerly known as the Des Moines Social Club, is now the property of Abbott Properties, a Kansas City-based property management company. The Des Moines City Council approved the sale of the property during Monday's meeting. The building located at 900 Mulberry Street was purchased from the city by the Des Moines Social Club in 2013 for $600,000 according to the city........ READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (47-68) were jolted with power from the Chicago Cubs’ No. 1 ranked prospect, propelling them to an 8-1 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers (64-51), Tuesday at Werner Park. ...READ MORE
MLB: Indians 3 Twins 1, Twins 6 Indians 3, Cubs 6 Phillies 3, Cardinals 7 Mets 6, Royals 10 Athletics 7, White Sox 9 Angels 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 Financial Planner
1. Aaron Plaskas - Financial Architects, Inc.
2. Loren Merkle - Merkle Retirement Planning
3. Jacob Repp - Principal Financial Group


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Until ‘checkmate’ do we part?
By Jeff Pitts

Her ride home from school was delayed. Bored, the 15-year-old Ankeny High School student looked for a fun way to fill the time. Since she couldn’t find one, Katie Gordinier stopped into Ankeny High’s Chess Club.

“I ended up having a great time learning how to play,” she remembers.

She also met a boy.


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Kids enjoy the Waukee Public Library’s Stories Outside program at Windfield Park. Several area libraries are holding activities outside while the weather is nice. Photo courtesy of the Waukee Public Library.
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Happy Birthday Boston Grimes!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Tom Hardy, Agatha Christie, Tommy Lee Jones, Jimmy Carr, Heidi Montag, Oliver Stone, Ben Schwartz, William Howard Taft, Josh Charles, Dan Marino, Pete Carroll

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Poll of the Week

Have you ever had a manicure or pedicure?



Results of last week's poll:

If you could see one of these comedians perform today, which one would you pick?

George Carlin - 31%
Richard Pryor - 13%
Robin Williams - 48%
Redd Foxx - 3%
Joan Rivers - 5%

Morning Chuckle
1. I lost 2 balls in the ball washer! Rex Post got it!
3. The greens had water hazards! - Tom Stoner
What do you get if you cross a tiny fish and a little dog?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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