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Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

Here we grow again. I say those words not to boast but rather as a symbol of pride, as we re-launched a publication and completely redesigned another in the past few weeks.

Whether we grow or not is not up for debate in our company. Growth is a necessity. Growth in readers. Growth in advertisers. Growth in staffing. Growth in revenues. And, hopefully, growth in profits.

I heard a saying a few decades ago that stuck with me: “If you keep on doing what you have always done, you will keep on getting what you have always gotten — or less.”

I have seen too many good businesses fail because the owners or managers refused to change. Sadly, this has been obvious in the newspaper business. So, we keep pushing for growth. Sometimes we succeed, and sometimes we don’t, but we keep marching forward.

Last week, we brought back Clive Living magazine, which we suspended publishing dating back to the COVID shutdown. Little by little, we have been bringing our Iowa Living magazines back, and this brings us up to 14 again. Of course, I believe our magazines benefit every community we serve, but I especially feel so in Clive, which has so many wonderful residents and businesses. Clive is the envy of many communities, and I am pleased to bring Clive Living magazine back. You can check out the magazine here.

A few weeks prior, we redesigned our Lake Panorama Times publication, which is mailed each month to all the property owners at the lake. It had been a traditional broadsheet newspaper, and we converted it to tabloid size in a magazine format. The feedback has been 100% positive, and I am thankful to our faithful readers and advertisers in the Lake Panorama community. Check it out here, and let me know what you think.

So, what’s next? We are working on launching two more publications this summer, and we have our eyes on a few more re-launches by the end of the year, too. Have some ideas on other publications, digital offering or events we should do? Send them my way.

Growth doesn’t happen overnight — and not without a lot of work from some wonderful and talented people — but it does come together with a focused effort, one step at a time.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

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

CITYVIEW's  Best Of Des Moines

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Shopping District

1. Historic Valley Junction

2. Historic East Village

3. Jordan Creek


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Slight rain chances will be with us every day into the weekend, with best chances coming in the afternoon and evening. Not everyone will receive precipitation, but those who do will see decent amounts from slow-moving storms. Expect a hot week with highs near 90.

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

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Local supermarkets, particularly Hy-Vee, have been running a lot of special sales on snacks and other "junk foods." This might be why: "Tortilla chips and non-chocolate sweets are the only segments of the snacks industry that are not undergoing drastic sales drops this year," Sally Lyons Wyatt, executive vice president for top market researcher Circana, told the Sweets & Snacks Expo in her keynote speech this month. Overall, snacks and sweets are suffering big sales declines. Wyatt suggested overpricing might be why.

A group of McDonald's shareholders have demanded the company stop practices in hiring and promotion that discriminate against whites and white males.

The latest new product from Planter's is dill-pickle-flavored cashews.

Hindustani Times reported that the inaugural official dinner at the recent Cannes Film Festival featured a French-Indian menu by chef Prateek Sandhu. The French actually had a short-lived colony in what is now Chennai state, but Portuguese and English influences dominated Indian cuisine. Until now, anyway.

Paula's (524 Elm St., West Des Moines) begins new extended summer hours today: Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

— Jim Duncan


FROM KCCI: No fatalities reported in Iowa as officials plan to demolish partially collapsed building

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Iowa are making plans to demolish a six-story apartment building a day after it partially collapsed, injuring at least one person and displacing countless residents and business owners. No fatalities have been reported.. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Driving lesson ends in pond at Water Works park

DES MOINES, IOWA — A new driver learned an expensive lesson on Monday afternoon at Water Works Park in Des Moines. Des Moines Police and Fire were called out to the park after a car left the road and went into a pond. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa 6th grader headed to Scripps National Spelling Bee

Back in February, Lindsey Jessen won the 42nd Annual Dispatch-Argus Regional Scripps Spelling Bee, beating out 44 other spellers. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

On May 29 in history ...

1953. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reach Everest summit. At 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa of Nepal, become the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, which at 29,035 feet above sea level is the highest point on earth.

1942: Jews in Paris are forced to sew a yellow star on their coats. On May 29, 1942, on the advice of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler orders all Jews in occupied Paris to wear an identifying yellow star on the left side of their coats.

1979: Woody Harrelson’s father is arrested for murder. Judge John Wood, known as “Maximum John,” is assassinated outside his San Antonio, Texas, home as he bent down to look at a flat tire on his car. Actor Woody Harrelson’s father, Charles Harrelson, was charged with the murder after evidence revealed that drug kingpin Jimmy Chagra, whose case was about to come up before “Maximum John,” had paid him $250,000.

Read more at History.com.


Pilots: Freedom of flight 

Zach Stubbs of West Des Moines got “bit” by the aviation bug early in life. He and his father often drove to the Des Moines airport, near the “blue lights” and parked, watching airplanes land and take off. His childhood toys were often airplane related.

Zach’s dad’s friend was a pilot, and Zach was excited to fly as a passenger at a young age. He dreamed of flying his own plane someday.

Yet life, between college and his career, delayed his dream. More than a decade ago, however, Zach finally completed training and obtained his pilot’s license.

“That was 12 years ago,” he explains. “I realized I wasn’t getting any younger.”

... Read more in the May issue of West Des Moines/Jordan Creek  Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Wynonna Judd, Antoine Fuqua, Idina Menzel, CeeLo Green, Lenny Davidson, John Ross Bowie, Sean Giambrone

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why should you never use Beef Stew as a password? IT'S NOT STROGANOFF (STRONG ENOUGH)! - Judy Anderson, Gail Tomlinson. Other answers from William Snyder, Carolyn Rogers

Today's Riddle

What do you call a group of men waiting for a haircut?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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