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What we do when our friends are in need

The term “Iowa nice” started out as a compliment, but some of our wisecracking neighbors have begun using it when they want to insinuate that we Iowans are naive or ignorant or simply not as smart as they are. Well, if the worst thing they can call us is nice, then we should take that with a smile.

Most of you reading this have heard stories of farmers helping other farmers in times of need, specifically when disease or hardship hits a family and neighbors pitch in to help with planting, harvesting, livestock, etc. It’s just what you do when your friends are in need. And, thankfully, it’s not just Iowans — and not just farmers — who feel this way.

Just last week, I learned that our printer, Page 1 Printers in Slayton, Minnesota, caught on fire. The staff there said it “wasn’t bad,” but have you ever known a fire to be good? Those working at the plant did their best to keep the flames under control, and they did, despite suffering some smoke inhalation. What happened next is truly “Iowa nice,” or maybe “Minnesota nice.” Much like our farming friends, others started pitching in to help out. Our magazine covers were already completed, but the inside pages were printed at another plant and then stitched together somewhere else again. Then a truck delivered them in the wee hours of the morning to be sure that our timelines were met.

With so much consolidation in the printing industry, there simply aren’t many printing plants left. Those that are seem to be owned by daily newspaper corporations that often put their needs ahead of their customers’. I don’t know if we are Page 1 Printers’ largest customer or not, but they sure make us feel like we are, and that’s what is important.

You can call it Iowa nice… even in Minnesota.

Thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Seen around town

The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for the remodel of Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory on Aug. 18.


Page earns CFA designation

Mokosak Advisory Group announced that Ryan Page, wealth management advisor, has earned a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute. A CFA designation identifies an individual who has met the rigorous educational, experiential, and ethical requirements of the CFA Institute. To earn the credential, CFA candidates must pass a series of three increasingly difficult exams. Page is in his eighth year with the company.


UCSD School Board Candidate Forum
The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce welcomes the community to get to know each of the Urbandale Community School District school boardcandidates and where they stand on the issues by attending a virtual School Board Candidate Forum from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. Learn more and register online at https://businesses.uniquelyurbandale.com/events/details/candidate-forum-urbandale-school-board-12090?c=6. The virtual candidate forum will be broadcast live on Zoom, as well as recorded and available for you to view at your convenience.


City and School Board elections deadlines
The next regular City/School Election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 2. Oct. 18 is the deadline to pre-register to vote and to request an absentee ballot. Visit the Dallas County Elections webpage, https://www.dallascountyiowa.gov/government/county-government/auditor/elections-office/2021-city-school-election-information, for 2021 City/School Election details, including the candidate lists. Visit the Secretary of State's website, https://sos.iowa.gov, to determine your voting precinct and polling location.
Robert Andeweg, incumbent, is the only person to have filed for election to the seat of mayor. Two At-Large City Council seats are up for election. Candidates who have filed for those seats are Amy Croll, John Bouslog and Larry McBurney.
UCSD has eight candidates running for three open seats during this year’s School Board Election. They are: Steve Avis, Tami Biggerstaff, Daniel Gutmann, Heath Hinkhouse, Kevin Johnson, Rachel Kent, Jenny Meade, Jason Menke.


Accepting nominations through Oct. 4.

Upcoming events

Mayor’s Bike Ride and Lions Pancake Feed: Meet at the Giovannetti Community Shelter at Walker Johnston Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 2, for the Mayor’s Bike Ride. Urbandale Lions Club will be providing a pancake breakfast from 7-9 a.m. The ride starts at 9 a.m. This is a free event sponsored by the City of Urbandale. Pre-register at www.urbandale.org/ride-reg.

A historical program about the roller skating rink in Urbandale will be presented Sunday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m. at Urban House, 4010 70th St. The Urbandale Historical Society will host this program. Come to learn more about this  popular recreational venue young people enjoyed during the 1950s. Bring your memories and stories to share with others during the meeting.

Trunk or Treat will be held Thursday, Oct. 28 from 5:30-:30 p.m. in the Urbandale Police Department parking lot. Kids will receive candy and enjoy seeing the decorated vehicles.

Library Happenings

Booked for Dinner Book Club, Oct. 12, 6 p.m. adults (18-plus), in-person. Booked for Dinner Book Club meets the second Tuesday of each month. New members welcome. This month, the group will discuss “A Goof Neighborhood” by Theresa Anne Fowler.

Joke of the week:

Why does a chicken coop only have two doors?

If it had four, it would be a chicken sedan!

Your Urbandale Living magazine

Mailed to residents of Urbandale the first Thursday of each month. 

This month's cover story: 

Home run

Residents share home renovations that “hit the ball out of the park.”

By Darren Tromblay

Judging by the popularity of websites like Pinterest and TV channels like HGTV and DIY Network, home improvement projects are all the rage right now. Since many people have spent more time in their homes than ever before during the last 18 months, it’s not surprising that they are noticing their home’s imperfections and outdated styles and being inspired to take on projects worthy of social-media posts and magazine spreads. From small projects, like installing a tile backsplash, to the more complex, like a whole-room re-do, residents are hitting the ball out of the park with their renovations.


Read this month's issue
Kings of the rim

Hooping it up in the Kupresanin’s drive

By Darren Tromblay

Not surprisingly, as a youth growing up in Serbia, Vladimir Kupresanin’s No. 1 sport was soccer, as it is for millions of kids around the globe.

But Kupresanin had a secret other love as well — a love that was a little more “American.” Hoops.

“Back home, we didn’t have team sports like basketball,” he says. “It was soccer. But we played basketball outside all the time. Every evening, there would be 3-on-3 games.”

Twenty-two years later, Kupresanin and his son, Aleksandar, along with neighbor,
Corran Becker, are here in the U.S. and continuing that tradition with a “friendly game” of hoops in front of the family garage.


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Women and investing

By Lorna Brons

If you are anything like me the last thing you need is one more thing on your to-do list, but as a female in investments, I feel strongly about this topic. Women, especially women of color, are more likely to live below the poverty line than males and face financial insecurity into their golden years.

There are a variety of factors that affect income, but, on average females earn $.82 for each dollar a male earns. There has been significant work to close the gender pay gap, but it continues to exists. The intention of this article is not to argue why or how the gap exists, simply to acknowledge that it does exist and what that means.

Not only does the average woman earn less than the average man, but women also tend to outlive their male counterparts. The combination of these two factors make it vitally important for women to be investors.


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70.1% of Living magazine readers say they purchase products or services from ads seen in the magazines. Keep that important statistic in mind when deciding where to place your advertising dollars. You should expect results from your advertising. Contact us today to learn how. As always, thanks for reading.


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