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Good Thursday morning to you!

My mother liked to go grocery shopping. She looked forward to it, and she had a plan. At 85 years old, she misses it. Growing up in my hometown, we had three grocery stores, and she shopped at all three every week. Meat at Fareway. Produce at Hy-Vee. Household products at SuperValu. Or any combination thereof, depending on the coupon offers in the newspaper that week. I remember being a little guy and going with her, riding in the cart and knowing to never act up or to ask for anything in the checkout aisle.

Mom had a number of jobs outside the home through the years, but none that she took more seriously than the job of homemaker. She managed every aspect of our household, including how money was saved and spent. Every penny mattered in our home, and she made sure of it.

Some of her penny-pinching rubbed off on me, but I also see her cringe when she sees how Jolene and I spend some of our money on what she considers frivolous items. That’s when I remind her that we all have different interests — and I share my estimate on what she spent on cigarettes all the years she was smoking.

Meanwhile, I do think of Mom each time I go to a grocery store, which isn’t very often. I don’t enjoy shopping like she did. I don’t visit multiple stores. And I don’t have a plan. But I do have a goal: I want in and out of the store as quickly as I possibly can.

The Price Chopper store (formerly Dahl’s) in our neighborhood closed in recent years, and I miss the convenience of it. I appreciate the Fareway, Hy-Vee, Aldi and other stores in the area, but I don't appreciate the drive and the time it takes to get in and out of some of the behemoths. I also realize that I am not the primary customer those stores are marketing to, and that the little bit I spend can’t keep their doors open.

I guess we could order groceries online and pick them up, or we could have them delivered. I realize that many of you are doing this and enjoy the process. If online ordering was available in Mom’s younger years, she may have done it as well — as long as she knew that she could still get the best deals. Time is money, but those pennies still add up, and some habits are tough to break.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, 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

Rain will continue today and last into the early morning hours on Friday, with breezy conditions. The weekend looks dry and cool, and highs will fall into the 40's next week. I don't see accumulating snow yet, but wouldn't be surprised to see flurries the first weekend of November.

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

Allergy forecast

The risk of allergy symptoms is: MODERATE the next 4 days then drops to LOW.

RAGWEED pollen will be NONE today then LOW  tomorrow. 

Things To Do

Thursday, Oct. 28
At: Pella Opera House
Info: Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty at this fun event featuring bourbon tasting, ribs and heavy hors d’oeuvres... Led by whiskey expert Amanda Korth, Bourbon and Ribs aims to raise funds for the Pella Opera House. Dig in! The Pella Opera House is located in Pella at 611 Franklin St. For more information, visit www.pellaoperahouse.org.

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

2400 block Riverwoods
4200 block S. Union
1700 block E. Grand

Update: Westbound I-235 traffic shift over Cummins Parkway in place until Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Water Street between Court Avenue and Market Street will be closed beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29, 2021.

Lanes of Euclid Avenue from 2nd Avenue to 12th Street will be reduced between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, through Friday, October 29, 2021.

Bell Avenue between S.W. 9th Street and S.W. 12th Street will be closed between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, and on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Iowa couple transforms their home into a Harry Potter Halloween destination

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines couple has transformed their home into a Harry Potter fan's dream. Sandy and John Selby turned their garage and front yard into a haunted Hogwarts. The couple has been putting on a massive Halloween display at their home on the northeast side of Des Moines for 20 years. Each year they choose a different theme. ,...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Metro Waste Authority to open new, innovative recycling facility in Grimes

DES MOINES, Iowa — Back in 2018 China announced that it would no longer buy plastic waste from places like the United States. Since then, local and national recycling facilities have been going out of business or having their recyclables sent to the landfill. Executive Director of Metro Waste Authority, Michael McCoy said that after years of innovation and planning, they will be opening a new recycling facility in Grimes.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Books temporarily removed from Waukee Northwest High School after complaint at school board meeting

WAUKEE, Iowa — Books found in the Waukee Northwest High School library are igniting controversy after a woman brought up the issue during a school board meeting Monday.
Amanda McClanahan believes the nature of the books are inappropriate and have no place in the high school's library.  ...

The Score

MLB:  Astros 7 Braves 2, World Series tied 1-1


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 Moving Company
1. Two Men and a Truck
2. The Approved Movers
3. The Affordable Movers


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Meet Brandon Schmitz: Transitions to strength and conditioning role

By TK West

When Brandon Schmitz first decided to pursue a career in the field of education, he thought his path would lead to the math department. However, after a semester in college studying calculus 2, he realized that math was not his true passion.

He instead changed his focus to physical education and currently works for the Norwalk Community School District.

“I have always loved physical activity, and a physically active lifestyle has such a positive impact on every aspect of my life. This job provides an opportunity for me to share my passion for fitness with my students and hopefully make a positive impact on the way in which they live their lives,” Schmitz says.


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Something you don't see too often these days: an outhouse. This one is in Madison County. — Photo by Jackie Wilson
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy BirthdayVinnie C.!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Bill Gates, Matt Drudge, Julia Roberts, Caitlyn Jenner, Joaquin Phoenix, Frank Ocean, Jack Eichel, Matt Smith, Finn Wittrock, Lauren Holly, Annie Potts, Brad Paisley, Jami Gertz, Jonas Salk

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Poll of the Week

Which Halloween candy is your favorite?

Kit Kat
Milky Way
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups


How many concerts have you attended in person in the past year?

none - 64%
1-2 - 20%
3-5 - 9%
6-10 - 7%
11 or more - 0

Morning Chuckle

How is a witch like a candle?

THEY ARE BOTH WICK - ED! Got it Jeff Pitts! Gail Tomlinson offers, "They both can be taken out by water. The witch melts in Wizard of Oz after water is thrown on hee. Flame goes out with water."



Why did the vampire read CITYVIEW?

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