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Good Wednesday morning to you!

Have you heard of pickleball? Had a chance to play it? Well, if you haven’t, you should know that it is proclaimed by many to be the fastest growing sport in America. Player numbers have grown from 2 million to more than 4 million in the last few years. Those statistic are courtesy of Daily Umbrella reader Chuck Golliher who suggested I give pickleball a try — and I will.

I recall playing some form of pickleball in my high school P.E. class, thanks to the ingenuity of Bill Fjetland, who worked to get his students to experience something other than dodgeball during gym class. But, to be honest, I don’t recall all the details.

About 10 years ago, I heard my cousins in Sioux Falls talking to each other about their court times for this pickleball thing. So I inquired, and I listened to them while they passionately shared the ins and outs of this rising sport for the next 30 minutes.

As a youth and into adulthood, I played a lot of tennis. I never had formal lessons but improved a great deal simply from having time on the court. While in college, my friends talked me into playing racquetball. A racquet. A ball. A court. Couldn't be that much different than tennis, I assumed. Boy, was I wrong. With that experience in mind, I don't’ want to assume that my tennis skills will carry over to pickleball. I guess I will find out. But where can I play?

According to Golliher, a club formed in the metro area in 2017, and several other organized groups exist in Mason City, Pella, Boone, Ames, Perry and Ankeny. In addition, facilities in West Des Moines, Clive, Urbandale and Waukee have built, or are building, pickleball courts. Des Moines also added pickleball court lines at its McCollum Waveland Tennis (pickleball) Complex. Leagues have been formed and tournaments are now becoming common in the area.

If you are curious about this sport’s 55-plus year history, check out this link. And if you’d like to learn how to play, Golliher says beginner lessons are offered at the Valley Community Center in West Des Moines. Check out their website to sign up. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and as Golliher says, keep your paddle and your spirits up!

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Yet another hot day lies ahead before clouds increase on Thursday and rain chances increase by Thursday afternoon. A slow-moving system will keep us in those chances through Saturday. It appears most of us will see a break Sunday and Monday before another rain chance on Tuesday.

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

Things To Do

Wednesday, Sept. 29
At: Principal Park in downtown Des Moines
Info: Visit www.iowacubs.com for ticket information, official start times and updated information.
Sept. 29: vs. Omaha Stormchasers (Royals), 12:08 p.m.
Sept. 30: vs. Omaha Stormchasers (Royals), 6:38 p.m.
Oct. 1: vs. Omaha Stormchasers (Royals), 6:38 p.m.
Oct. 2: vs. Omaha Stormchasers (Royals), 6:08 p.m.
Oct. 3: vs. Omaha Stormchasers (Royals), 1:08 p.m.

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

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900 Blk Polk
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Merle Hay Road from Madison Avenue to Aurora Avenue will be closed between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. each night through Monday, October 11, 2021. This street closure is necessary to install a new water service to the Kohls building.

SE 18th Street from Scott Avenue to Maury Street will be closed through Friday, October 15, 2021. This street closure is necessary for sanitary sewer installation for the new Municipal Service Center building.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Des Moines police ID 19-year-old killed in four-vehicle crash

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Police Department confirmed Tuesday afternoon that a 19-year-old died Monday in a four-vehicle accident on East 14th Street. According to police, Des Moines resident Christopher Paul Griffiths died in the crash, which occurred at approximately 5:32 p.m. in the area of East 14th Street and Thompson Avenue.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Des Moines police union boss sexually harassed female cops, city says

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The longtime president of the Des Moines police officers’ union sent explicit photos to four female colleagues but retired before he could face discipline and wasn’t criminally charged, the city confirmed late Tuesday. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa schools experiencing food shortages as pandemic hurts supply chain

Some of the shortages Des Moines Public Schools is seeing includes juice boxes, breaded chicken patties and nuggets and supplies like plastic utensils. .... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
MLB:  Pirates 8 Cubs 6, Twins 3 Tigers 2, Cardinals 6 Brewers 2, Royals 6 Indians 4, White Sox 7 Reds 1 ..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 Auto Shop
1. Ace Body & Motor
2. Beckley’s Automotive Services
3. Westside Auto Pros


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Bryce Smith: Owner of Adel Family Fun Center

By Jackie Wilson

As a teenager, Bryce Smith worked at the bowling alley in Adel. While in college, he also worked at a bowling alley. Later, he returned to Adel, where the current bowling alley owner reached out to him to help run it. After several years, he had the opportunity to purchase the Adel Family Fun Center, and Smith wholeheartedly agreed.

“I thought it was a hidden gem. I took the chance to see if it’s worth it. It’s a great way to include my passion,” he says. “I love bowling.”
In 2015, the place became his. It includes 12 lanes of bowling, with state-of-the-art scoring. There’s a full bar and grill for dine in and carryout.


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I suspect many people walk by this building on Vine Street between Third and Fourth in downtown Des Moines every day and do not realize it once was the Rock Island Train Station. The depot was built in 1910. The Rock Island took central Iowans across Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas. As Johnny Cash once sang. “Down the Rock Island Line is a mighty good road. The Rock Island Line, it's the road to ride.” So at age 10, I took Johnny’s advice and rode the Rock Island to Minneapolis.  — Photo by Paul Houston
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Kevin Durant, Halsey, Zachary Levi, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ian McShane, Calvin Johnson, Lech Wałęsa, Madeline Kahn, Stephen Boss, Roger Bart

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Poll of the Week

Should COVID-19 vaccines be mandated in Iowa?

Not sure


Results of last week's poll:

How many sick days did you take from work this past year?

None - 68%
1-2 - 12%
3-4 - 6%
5-6 - 6%
7 or more - 8%

Morning Chuckle
What did the man say when the judge asked him why he was wearing a sleeveless t-shirt in court?
"I HAVE THE RIGHT TO BARE ARMS!" Thanks for the answers Diane Doro, Gail Tomlinson, Lori Bluml, R. Bernardino
How did the police know that the knight wasn't the culprit?

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