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The bottom line is that we have to try a lot harder to reach people today, as the communication methods are aplenty and varied. Gone are the days when the majority of residents simply read the daily newspaper each morning or watched one of three TV stations each night.

If you are a regular reader of this column, you know about my reservations to put too much trust (or personal data) in the Big Tech companies. Unfortunately, they are a necessary evil in the process, at least until Congress reins them in.

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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain and snow showers will be with us today with only a dusting of accumulation expected in the Des Moines area. Winds will gust as high as 40mph today. Sunshine returns Saturday with a chilly high near 40. A very light rain/snow mix is possible Saturday night before a breezy and chilly Sunday. Things warm up on Tuesday.

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

Things To Do

Friday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Nov. 14
“Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!”
At: Des Moines Community Playhouse
Info: Will Junie B. teach Tattletale May a lesson? Or will the spirit of Christmas inspire her to do the right thing? An unforgettable family holiday comedy that will have you saying, “Wowie wow wow!” Children’s Theatre at the Des Moines Community Playhouse, located in Des Moines at 831 42nd St. www.dmplayhouse.com.

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The Score

NFL: Dolphins upset Ravens 22-10


FROM KCCI: KCCI Investigates: Why are beef prices rising?

DES MOINES, Iowa — It is no secret, beef prices at the grocery store are high. They hit a record price at the start of the pandemic, then fell, but have steadily been increasing since. Take the price of ground beef, for example, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Before the pandemic, it hovered around $3.80 per pound. At the beginning of the pandemic, in the spring of 2020, it hit a record high of almost $4.75 a pound, then dropped. But, it has been steadily increasing since, now up to $4.50 per pound. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa National Guard’s longest serving soldier retires in time for Veterans Day

DES MOINES, IOWA — Steve Swisher is celebrating Veteran’s Day on Thursday as a civilian for the first time since the Ford administration. On Wednesday Swisher celebrated the end of his military career, stepping down as the longest serving member of the Iowa National Guard. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines police say 15-year-old shot and killed was armed and participating in a robbery

DES MOINES, Iowa — A 15-year-old boy shot and killed earlier this week was armed with a handgun while committing a robbery, according to the Des Moines Police Department.
A second 15-year-old male has now been arrested in the incident and charged with Robbery in the First Degree. DMPD said that teenager was armed with a knife while the first boy committed a robbery.. ...

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 Thai Food
1. Cool Basil
2.Thai Flavors
3, Lucky Lotus


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Waukee’s 130-year-old home: Neighbors admire Wonders’ new porch

By Jackie Wilson

Pete and Mary Wonders have witnessed many changes in Waukee since moving to their century-old-home 33 years ago. The 130-year-old house is located in “old” Waukee, and they’ve kept most décor original. But this year was different.

They tore out the front porch since the foundation was crumbling. The new wraparound porch keeps the charm of the original home. The Wonders wanted to make sure the porch blended with the home’s age while using long-lasting materials.

A maintenance-free porch made of composite wood means no yearly staining. The original was made of tounge and groove. Pete even found square nails embedded into the old wood.

As they considered their space, 5 feet of deck was added onto the 20-foot porch. Storm doors of an unusual size are back ordered. When they began the project in January, lumber prices shot up 300 percent.


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Lakeview Park in Urbandale  has beautiful views every season — Photo by Nicole Berger
Share your favorite snapshots! Email to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com to be included in an upcoming Daily Umbrella!
Digital Editions
Norwalk Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The November issue cover story, "Sing. Sing a Song" is about people who are driven by a passion for singing.Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. Read the October issue here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to Kathy Summy Saturday and Darren Tromblay Sunday!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Anne Hathaway, Ryan Gosling, Russell Westbrook, Neil Young, Nadia Comăneci, Gustaf Skarsgård, Cote de Pablo, Megan Mullally, Sammy Sosa, Al Michaels, Jason Day

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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

Two flies are on the porch. Which one is an actor?

THE ONE ON THE SCREEN! Answers from Lori Bruml and Gail Tomlinson


What eats nuts and bolts?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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