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Monday, Sept. 19, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

Have you ever been thirsty? Really thirsty? If you have, then you appreciate clean, cold water.

Wrestlers and boxers who need to make weight understand this, as they often sweat off pounds of “water weight” in the final hours before weigh-ins, only to replenish it immediately when stepping off the scales. Those who work in the sun without access to water understand thirst, too. These folks know that when they are thirsty — really thirsty — nothing quenches like water.

I learned to have a deep respect for water — and a deep fear. My hometown of Algona was devastated by an F3 tornado that ripped through town in 1979. Not too long after, the east fork of the Des Moines River rose over its banks and flooded the area. It was a mess — times two. But, like many life experiences, over time, we easily forget.

I had a powerful reminder of the power of water in 1993 when I lived and worked in Des Moines and experienced that horrific “flood of the century.” Heavy snows and summer rainstorms led to the Raccoon River reaching more than 25 feet, topping the levee and entering the Des Moines water plant. This forced power to be turned off and the plant to be shut down, leaving more than 250,000 residents without water and 40,000-plus without power. 

I was working in downtown Des Moines for The Des Moines Register at the time. Streets were closed. Power was off. Clean water was scarce. And there was a stench I will never forget. The Register’s printing presses were inoperable, so the paper was published at the Wall Street Journal presses in West Des Moines.

On a personal note, we scrambled for safe water and yearned for electrical service. We got by with help from friends, although the quadrant where Jolene and I lived was the last to have power and water restored.

The flood of 1993 displaced more than 10,000 people, and 21,000-plus homes were damaged or destroyed. Some saw rain for 130 consecutive days and experienced flooding five or more times. The cost of the damages was estimated to be more than $3.2 billion.  
So, yes, water can be incredibly good and incredibly bad. We can’t stop some of water’s devastation, but we can — and should — stop devastating it. We should respect water, care for it, nourish it and protect it. I am saddened by the pollution of our waters, and I am convinced that we need to do more to hold the polluters responsible. The reality is that we can’t survive without it, and if that isn’t a wake-up call, I don’t know what will be.

Have a magnificent Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media


Iowa Cubs, Sept. 18: Memphis 3 Iowa Cubs 1

MLB Sept. 18: Reds 3 Cardinals 0, Rockies 4 Cubs 3, Yankees 12 Brewers 8, Twins 3 Guardians 0, Red Sox 13 Royals 3, White Sox 11 Tigers 5  ... READ MORE


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

We'll have a warm start to the week today, and tomorrow we'll approach record highs on a breezy Tuesday. After that it will start to feel a whole lot like fall with cooler and drier air pushing in. A slight rain chance Wednesday, but a better one Friday.

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

From the Food Dude

SugarGoodies, an A list bakery in Chicago, has decided to move all operations to Des Moines. Jess Dunn, a former Food Dude Young Chef of the year, and husband Ian Robinson, a former Food Dude Young Chef of the Year, are coming home! — Jim Duncan

Nominate Now


Good people are doing good things every day in your community. They truly are people who are making a difference, and we will recognize 22 business leaders in Des Moines and the surrounding area for their efforts and accomplishments in an upcoming issue of CITYVIEW’s Business Journal.

Nominate your boss, your co-worker, your vendor or yourself — anyone who you feel has made a positive impact on the business community in 2022.

Featured Job Posting

We are looking for someone who loves a fun environment and great tips! Mugsy’s offers an easy menu, flexible hours, awesome pay and “tip the cook” options for customers who receive great food! We have new kitchen equipment to make your cooking experience awesome! ... SEE MORE ON THIS LISTING!

View more job listings and post free job listings here!
Featured Home For Sale
Attention Realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact pat@dmcityview.com for details.
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Des Moines, IA 50321
Updated Mid-Century home in Southwestern Hills just minutes from downtown Des Moines and the airport features 3 bedrooms/1.5 baths on nearly half an acre. Enjoy coffee from the private front patio, or watch the moon rise from the back yard patio off the main bedroom. Natural light abounds through the east and west-facing clerestory windows. ...
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FROM KCCI: Large amount of meth recovered after police chase in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Police have arrested a man accused of leading officers on a wild chase across the metro. Police say they tried to pull over Thomas Davis early Saturday morning. He took off on a high speed chase across Des Moines, that went up to Ankeny, before ending near Evelyn K Davis Park. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Dogs and their humans raised money for the ARL at annual Dog Jog 5K

CLIVE, Iowa — Dogs and their humans participated in a 5K walk, run or wag to raise money for the American Rescue League. The 5K took place on Sunday morning from 9 a.m. to noon at the Horizon Event Center. The event is hosted by the American Rescue League with the goal to raise $20,000 to help the ARL take care of over 10,000 pets across the state. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: DMPD: Weather conditions, excessive speed led to fatal motorcycle crash on Saturday

According to the preliminary investigation conducted by Des Moines police, "excessive speed and weather conditions are potential significant contributing factors."...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


"An experienced visitor to the Ankeny airport. There must be a project nearby that requires lift capabilities beyond the range of a crane." — Photo by John Frank

Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Whiskey
1. Prairie Fire - Iowa Distilling Company
2. Cedar Ridge
3. Templeton Rye



Winning in life

Johnston’s Murray returns from Miss Amazing Pageant

By Darren Tromblay

Johnston’s Eilise Murray is a winner in life.
Murray, a 27-year-old special needs woman with a heartwarming smile and “everyone is a friend” outlook on life, is known around town as the unofficial Johnston “super fan” for her never-ending support of Dragon athletics.

She’s also a queen, having won the Iowa Miss Amazing Pageant, which earned her and her mother, Rebecca Murray, a trip to Nashville, Tennessee, recently for the National Miss Amazing Pageant.

... Read More In the September issue of JOHNSTON Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Jimmy Fallon, Jeremy Irons, Danielle Panabaker, Twiggy, Sanaa Lathan, David McCallum, Kim Richards, Katrina Bowden, Lita Ford, Trisha Yearwood, CJ McCollum, Alison Sweeney, Michael Symon, Mario Batali, Columbus Short, Joan Lunden

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What did the dolphin say to the blue whale?
CHEER UP! Good job Gail Tomlinson
Today's Riddle

Why did the killer whale go to jail for stealing all the treasure?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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