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Good Wednesday morning to you!

“Every time you spend money, you are casting a vote for the kind of world you want.”

That’s a quote from Anna Lappe, an American author, educator and sustainable food expert.

Lappe was likely referencing the importance of choosing sustainable foods and avoiding the stuff we know we should avoid. That is a lesson in itself, but, in this week of holiday shopping, there is another.

When you go online and purchase a sweater for your sister from Amazon, you are casting a vote. When you search for tools and buy a drill on Facebook for Uncle Mel, you are casting a vote. And when you exchange cash or credit for a watch at a local retail store, you are casting a vote, too. How you spend your money really does say a lot about what kind of world you want.

Former publisher, association executive and my friend Loren Colburn wrote a column in INK magazine this past month addressing this topic and taking it a step further. He addressed the importance of doing business with people who do business with you — and encouraging your co-workers to do the same, acknowledging that this effort is constantly being “challenged with convenience, cost savings, availability and an endless stream of other obstacles.”

He explained what so many of us know but seem to continually forget: that local businesses are the ones who “support the local property and school tax base, provide jobs for our families and neighbors, donate to local charitable organizations, sponsor youth sports and social programs and so much more.” He challenged us to become “champions of educating our communities on the benefits of buying locally.”

I accept Loren’s challenge, and I challenge each of you to do the same. If you are looking for a place to start, check out 21 pages of local gift ideas in this month’s CITYVIEW magazine (view online here). Or take a stroll down main street or any shopping district in the community of your choice. The options are aplenty. It just depends on “what kind of world you want.”

Where will you place your vote?

Have a wonderful Wednesday, 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

Expect windy conditions today with highs in the 50s. Things get colder Thanksgiving day, then warm back up to the 40s for the weekend. There is a small rain chance late in the day Saturday. Otherwise, the outlook — even out to ten days — remains dry.

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

Things To Do

Festival of Tree and Lights

Relax a bit before the rush of Thanksgiving day — and get in the festive spirit! Attend the Festival of Tree and Lights at the Iowa Events Center!

Wednesday, Nov. 24 through Nov. 28
UnityPoint’s Festival of Trees & Lights
At: Iowa Events Center – Veterans Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center.
Info: www.unitypoint.org/blankchildrens/festival-of-trees.aspx
More than a fun, family-friendly holiday event, featuring decorated trees, entertainment, activities, food and shopping, the popular Festival of Trees & Lights helps support critical programs for patients and families at Blank.

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FROM KCCI: Police say they recovered gun from Waukee student's backpack

WAUKEE, Iowa — The Waukee Police Department recovered a gun from a student's backpack Tuesday. Police received reports of a threat at Waukee Timberline School that they investigated. School staff told authorities that there was a possible gun in a student's backpack. When police searched the student's bag, they found a handgun. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

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FROM WOI-DT Local 5: What medical professionals want you to know ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday

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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 BBQ
1. Smokey D’s BBQ
2. Jethro’s
3. Kue’d Smokehouse


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Meet Julie Mindermann: Giving students a voice

By Becky Kolosik

When Julie Mindermann’s family moved to Indianola in 2005, she had never considered working for the schools nor thought she would be qualified to do so. However, in 2007, when Ed Johnson, principal at Whittier, asked if she would be interested in a position, she said, “Yes,” and has worked in special education ever since.

The different programs and levels of disability have had her working in different buildings, including two elementary buildings, the middle school and finally the high school.

“Most of the kids I have worked with are graduated, and I occasionally see them in the community and love catching up,” she says, smiling. “I continue with new students since special education is in my blood now.”


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Einstein the Chinese Crested waits impatiently for the turkey to be ready. — Photo by John Gray
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Altoona 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 locals who are passionate about singing and sharing their talent with others. 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 November issue here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Peyton Meyer, Katherine Heigl, Sarah Hyland, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Colin Hanks, Shirley Henderson, Garret Dillahunt, Denise Crosby, Elena Satine

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Poll of the Week

Which would you prefer?

A white Christmas
A green Christmas


Have you ever taken a photo with a Polaroid camera?

Yes - 95%
No - 5%

Morning Chuckle

What kind of plates do they use in space?

FLYING SAUCERS! Awesome answers from Martha Munro, Julie Anderson, Gail Tomlinson, Sandee Cook, Merrill Harrington, Lori Bluml, Tony Putz, Rex Post


What do you call a 3-year-old from Russia who explores outerspace?

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