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Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024
Good morning to you!

You may have had enough ice, but how about some fire? Better yet, how about both? They go great together, as we will prove once again this Saturday in Valley Junction.

I am referring to our Fire & Ice event, an interactive, hockey-themed pub crawl at six different venues in the Valley Junction area from 1-4 p.m. on Jan. 20. It is one of several events that we own and operate under our CITYVIEW magazine division, and this is one of my favorites.

Maybe it is because I was cooped up in the house this past weekend, and I am looking forward to getting out.

Maybe it is because the folks who participate in this event are fun-loving, energetic and appreciative.

Maybe it is because the weather forecast now predicts a balmy 5 degrees on Saturday.

More than likely, it is all of the above — and several more positives, too.

Events like Fire & Ice are a lot of work for our staff, and I appreciate their efforts in helping to put this together.

We don’t make a lot of money on our events like Fire & Ice, as the ticket revenue sales go to the liquor license holders, which are the participating bars. So why do we do them?

First and foremost, we want our advertisers to see that promoting events in CITIVEW is effective and can bring a crowd. They will hopefully then spend more of their advertising dollars with us.

Second, we want our advertisers to succeed, and we take great pride in seeing them swamped with customers.

Third, they help to promote our CITYVIEW brand in yet another positive way.

And fourth, any maybe most importantly, they are simply a lot of fun.

I hope you are able to join us. See details at https://fire-and-ice.dmcityview.com where you can buy discounted tickets now.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

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

See Shane Goodman's previous columns here.


Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Temperatures warm a bit today. We’ll see a slight chance of light snow Thursday evening into Friday morning as temps get cold again. Things look to get milder next week!

For help with pre-approvals or refinancing, get in touch with Originating Branch Manager Carrie Hansen at carrie.mortgage.

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
The polls have closed and a record number of readers have cast their votes in the latest CITYVIEW'S Best Of Des Moines readers' poll — the metro's original and largest poll of its kind.
Winners will be announced in the February 2024 issue of CITYVIEW!
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Honor, respect, authority and integrity

Magruder’s badge collection holds a storied history.

By Becky Kolosik

Don Magruder has a great respect for those who wear badges in service of law, fire and transportation entities and the brave sacrifices they make each and every day.

“From the time I was a little boy, I always wanted to be a police officer,” he says.
But his first career took him into the aerospace industry working on aircraft and spacecraft/missiles, which he enjoyed for many years. Then, in 1973, his path took a turn, and he ventured into managing and directing employee assistance programs.

In the late 1980s, while living in the St. Louis area, Magruder’s childhood dream of becoming a police officer was finally realized.

Read more in the Indianola Living magazine.


China canceled its ban on seafood and booze imports from Taiwan, a week before Taiwan's presidential election. Coincidence? It didn't work; Taiwan re elected a government that does not want to mollify China. Also of note, Taiwan forbids political polls for 10 days prior to an election.

Walmart tested out Samyang's "buldak" instant noodles last year on the West cCoast where it quickly became their top selling premium ramen. They are taking it national, as are Costco and Albertsons. The product elevated Kim Jung-soo from R&D to CEO of the South Korean corporate giant. Buldak is considerably spicier than any other instant noodle (4404 units on Scoville scale, twice as spicy as Tabasco). The instant noodle market in inflation-struck USA has increased 52% in the last five years and is worth $50 billion. (Jaiyoung Sohn, WSJ)

Wednesday brings $6 meat loaf dinners with two sides and a roll to Price Choppers.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Perry community gathers along procession route to welcome home slain principal Dan Marburger

PERRY, Iowa — People in Perry gathered today as high school principal Dan Marburger's body was escorted back home. Marburger died Sunday of the injuries he sustained in the Jan. 4 shooting at Perry High School....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Police investigate drive-by shooting on northwest side of Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred on the northwest side of town Tuesday evening...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, oldest member of Senate, hospitalized with infection

WASHINGTON — Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the oldest member of the U.S. Senate, has been hospitalized in the Washington area with an infection and is receiving antibiotic infusions, his office said Tuesday.....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Calvin Harris, Dwyane Wade, James Earl Jones, Jim Carrey, Kelly Marie Tran, Michelle Obama, Steve Harvey, Zooey Deschanel

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

How did the farmer with a bad Internet connection solve the issue? HE MOVED THE MODEM TO THE BARN WHERE HE COULD GET STABLE WI-FI! Thanks for the answers Gail Tomlinson and Rex Post.

Today's riddle

What do you call a rustic wood house where people go to write online diaries?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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