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Good Tuesday morning to you!

Author Michael Connelly said, “A newspaper is the center of a community, it’s one of the tent poles of the community, and that’s not going to be replaced by web sites and blogs.”

He was wrong. And he was right, too. Kind of.

He was wrong in that many who once read traditional newspapers are now looking to web sites and blogs (and, unfortunately, social media) for news. That replacement is undeniable. One could argue that other factors — like out-of-state ownership, down-your-throat opinion pieces, editorial decisions by 20-somethings that alienate a paper’s older and most loyal readers, and the fact that each subscriber seemingly pays a different price — may be factors, too. But facts are facts, and significantly fewer people are subscribing to and paying for newspapers today.

He was right that community newspapers — ones with reporters that cover city council, school board and board of supervisors meetings, high school sports and activities, and the often-laughed-at and almost-always-read chicken dinner news — are tent poles of the communities they serve. These newspapers are sorely missed by residents in communities that no longer have them — or that have a sliver of what they once were.

The loss of this type of journalism in communities is evident by the decisions that many cities are making to hire “communications” staff and publish their own publications, websites, YouTube channels, email lists and social media sites. They feel a need to communicate more with residents, which is a good thing, especially since many newspapers aren’t doing it as often, or as well, today. Unfortunately, your taxpayer dollars are being used to do this, and it wasn’t necessary in the past.

At the root of this is a bigger problem, in that city staff members are determining what the news is or isn’t. The potential for cover-ups is certainly there. Will a communications staff member release information on a mayor who violated campaign laws or a school superintendent who was “sexting” on a school computer and district-issued email? Or will these folks “spin” these problems to show more favorable scenarios? A good reporter would have dug through the data without fear of retaliation and exposed these situations, many of which are happening in communities of all sizes.

Think about this when debating whether or not to subscribe to your newspaper. It may not be what it once was, but it still plays a very important role and is most certainly a tent pole of your community.

Have a terrific Tuesday, 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

Today will be a bit cooler, but still not bad, given the time of year. Rain moves in Wednesday, starting mid-morning it appears in the metro. That precipitation will last until around lunchtime Thursday. Thursday and Friday will be very breezy and colder. We could see a few flurries and snow showers on Friday. Yeah, I said it. A chilly Saturday is followed by a chilly and windy Sunday, and I may need to add some light rain and flurries to Sunday’s forecast tomorrow… will monitor.

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

Things To Do

Tuesday, Nov. 9
At: Hilton Coliseum, located at 1705 Center Drive, Ames
Women's Game: Iowa State vs. Omaha, 11 a.m., and Men's game: Iowa State vs. Kennesaw State, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 9: Drake University Basketball: The men's team takes on Coe at 7 p.m. at the Knapp Center.Wednesday, Nov. 10: Drake women's basketball kicks off a big non conference schedule Wednesday with long time rival Creighton, 6 p.m. at the Knapp Center. Masks are required.

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The Score
NFL: Pittsburgh 29 Bears 27

FROM KCCI: New $5.6M Des Moines facility to help house the homeless

The city of Des Moines will be able to move more homeless people indoors this winter. Central Iowa Shelter & Services held a ribbon cutting Monday on a new facility on Mulberry Street. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Des Moines teen remains in critical condition after being shot in the head

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police continue to investigate the shooting of a 15-year-old on Sunday. The boy was shot in the head around 11:23 a.m. at 17th Street and Forest Avenue, right by Evelyn K. Davis Park. The boy remains in critical condition as of Monday evening, according to police.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Commission sparks call to end 'degrading' and 'hurtful' mascots in Iowa schools

IOWA, USA — The Iowa Department of Human Rights has sent out a letter to Governor Kim Reynolds calling on the 66 K-12 schools in Iowa to retire mascots that use Native American Imagery or symbols.. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

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 Bicycle Shop
1. Bike World
2. Kyle’s Bikes
3. Ichi Bike


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Custom craft: Feldmanns fall for walkability and unique character of houses.

By Amy Kort

Joe and Michelle Feldmann packed up their place in downtown Des Moines and headed to Ankeny to start a family just over nine years ago. Now, along with their kids Aiden, 9, and Avery, 7, they enjoy the Prairie Trail neighborhood on the southwest part of town and living in their custom home.

The Prairie Trail area now extends to the west of Prairie Trail Elementary to Ankeny High School to the east.

“We loved the access to the school, pool and The District, unique character of all the homes, access to parks and walkability,”

Michelle says. “We appreciate being able to walk to the school and then the pool in the summer. We also like having Dean Park so close to our home.”


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The warm, windy conditions Sunday created perfect kite-flying weather in Terra Park in Johnston for Finn Abbott, 5. Abbott was there having a good time with his twin brother, Gus Abbott, and dad, Kent Abbott. — Photo by Darren Tromblay
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Vanessa Minnillo, Eric Dane, Chris Jericho, Lou Ferrigno, Nick Lachey, Lio Tipton

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Poll of the Week

How long have you had the pillow you sleep with?

Less than 3 months
4-12 months
1-2 years
3-5 years
6 years or more 


Which of these mealtimes are you most likely to skip?

Breakfast - 56%
Lunch - 19%
Dinner - 10%
None - 15%

Morning Chuckle

What do you call a Ford Fiesta out of gas?

A FORD SIESTA! Thanks for the answers Gail Tomlinson, David Whims


Why wasn't the horse very good at dancing?

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