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Friday, April 26, 2024
Good morning to you!

Welcome to the Friday mailbag where you will find some of the comments, questions and ideas sent recently by subscribers of this newsletter or our publications. They are edited for space and clarity.

“I keep an atlas between the seats to double check the GPS (Technological advances, April 22, 2024). A ‘friend’ put in an address once and headed in the wrong direction, not knowing there are several locations in other states with the exact address including the city name. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, end up on an unwanted 200-mile side trip!” - Chuck

Good to hear about an atlas being put to good use. You might want to give one to that “friend.” - Shane

“You realize the agricultural community has known and used AI for a very long time (Technological advances, April 22, 2024). So along comes a ‘new’ meaning for an old, been around a long time farm acronym, an entirely different concept! LOL.” - Diane

Nothing seems to be simple anymore. Or new. - Shane

“Those were the days to be a kid, eh buddy (The wheels keep turning, April 24, 2024)? Mom needed bread – ‘Ride your bike up to the store and get some bread. Here's a dollar. Bring me the change.’ I needed to go to ball practice – ‘Ride your bike.’ I wanted to go visit a friend on the other side of town – ‘Ride your bike.’ I was needing to go the dentist – ‘Ride your bike.’ I wanted to go to the golf course (with my clubs!) – ‘Ride your bike.’ And then the inevitable moment of trouble – ‘Why weren't you home on time, and where were you? – ‘I was riding my bike!’ ” - Brad

Good points, but it sure beat walking. - Shane

“Your column on your early bicycling today makes me wonder: Have you ridden RAGBRAI (The wheels keep turning, April 24, 2024)? When people used to ask me how long the Des Moines Register would keep doing RAGBRAI, my answer was: ‘Until everybody in Iowa has ridden it at least once — and we’re waiting on YOU!’ Are they still waiting on the Goodmans?” - Chuck

I love the salesmanship, Chuck! My wife has ridden RAGBRAI many times, and I am glad she, you and so many other people enjoy it. As for me, it’s not my idea of a vacation. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, 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.


Clear Mortgage meteorology

Rain lasts into the morning hours. Watching for strong storms in parts of Iowa this afternoon into this evening. All modes of severe weather are possible. Slight chances for severe weather late Saturday and Sunday in parts of Iowa also.

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

From the April issue of CITYVIEW

ArtForce Iowa

By Jackie Wilson

Goodrell Mural by Goodrell Students
As artists, being heard and valued is key to creativity, belonging and a reflection in their artwork. For young people who have been in the court system, suffered homelessness, or are immigrants, it can be a challenge. Expressing oneself through art can offer healing and provide hope.

That’s where ArtForce Iowa comes in. ArtForce is a nonprofit located in Mainframe Studios. The organization’s mission is to create opportunities for Des Moines area youth to transform their lives through art.

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
The results have been tallied and published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and online!


Best Local Car Dealership (Domestic)

1. Stivers Ford Lincoln

2. Willis Automotive

3. Karl Chevrolet

Read all the results now!

Featured home for sale
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SALE DATE: 2024-01-31
SALE PRICE: $290,000
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From the April issue of Bondurant Living magazine

The gift of a future
Residents share their stories of organ transplants.

By Chantel Boyd

Anna Harlow of Altoona was the recipient of a new kidney, and the organ donor created the rest of her organs, too. Anna’s donor? Her mother, Sheri Fogarty.

Sheri did not hesitate to give her kidney to her daughter.

"Any mother would do this. With no hesitation," Sheri says.

Anna developed inflammation of valves — triggered by an autoimmune disease — and needed a new kidney quickly. All in what should have been one of the happiest times of her life.

"I went into kidney failure just weeks before my wedding," she says.
Receiving the kidney changed everything for Anna.


The term "organic" is now as dubious as "recyclable." "The Truth About Organic Milk," a disgusting revelation in The Atlantic by Annie Lowrey, reveals acts of unthinkable cruelty practiced by a giant dairy farm that supplies Whole Foods. She concludes that nothing much can be done to stop it: "The labels on milk and yogurt are the purview of the Food and Drug Administration, not the USDA. And the FDA holds that it has no role in validating animal-raising claims. As far as the federal government is concerned, when it comes to milk and the cows that produce it, anyone can claim almost anything."

Iowa organic dairies are above such suspicions. We have been writing their praises for decades and the New York Times has also discovered them. Kalona Super Natural, which is supplied by 60 small farms mostly within 20 miles of Kalona, and Pickett Fences of Woodward make organic milk that is not homogenized. Their farms are open to viewing. Their cows appear healthy, happy and carefree. So it is at Radiance Dairy of Fairfield which produces milk so good that travelers like I keep a cooler in the car trunk when visiting Jefferson County.

Friday deals. Eastside Eddie’s (3517 E. 26th St., Des Moines) Friday specials are chicken smashers or chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes, gravy and corn for $10... Every Friday from 4 p.m. until sold out Whatcha Smokin’? (403 Iowa Ave., Luther) serves prime rib dinner plates with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans... Fish & chips specials are featured Fridays at Red Lobster (3838 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines), Machine Shed (11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale), and Cracker Barrel (11701 University Ave., Clive)... Fresh Thyme (2900 University Ave., West Des Moines) is selling Florida sweet corn at 4/$ through April 30.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


CITYVIEW's Guide to All Things Dining


Gardens — Not just for the backyard

The return of the neighborhood joint

Spilling the beans

Questing for the holy zip code


FROM KCCI: Never full: Newton girl struggles with rare genetic disease

DES MOINES, Iowa — At just 9 years old, Carly Eddy's day-to-day life is hard. A rare genetic disease makes the Newton girl feel like she's constantly hungry. As a result, her weight has increased quickly over the last few years. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: ‘My Mom Can Fight.’ How boxing is helping Parkinson’s Disease patients fight the battle of their lives

FORT DODGE, Iowa — The Norma and Tom Schmoker Center at Friendship Haven in Fort Dodge serves as a community space for residents. Twice a week, it’s a training center for seven boxers fighting the toughest battle of their lives. “I want to help slow down Parkinson’s,” Gary Klaassen of Pomeroy said..... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 2024 NFL Draft: Cooper DeJean doesn't hear his name called; QBs fill up the board

The 2024 NFL Draft is here. The Chicago Bears picked Caleb Williams first overall, followed by Jayden Daniels going to Washington and Drake Maye to New England......READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Weekly fuel report

The price of regular unleaded gasoline fell 4 cents, averaging $3.28 across Iowa according to AAA. The price was down 22 cents from a year ago. The national average on Wednesday was $3.66, with no change from last week’s price.

$etail diesel prices in Iowa fell 4 cents this week with a statewide average of $3.75. One year ago, diesel prices averaged $3.93 in Iowa. The current Iowa diesel price is 27 cents lower than the national average of $4.02.

Wholesale ethanol held steady and is currently priced at $2.16.

Natural gas prices rose 29 cents at the Henry Hub reporting site and are currently prices at $1.96/MMbtu.

Continuing throughout the summer months, we will only report retail heating oil and propane prices in Iowa once a month.

Sports headlines
ESPN: Knicks call Joel Embiid's foul on Mitchell Robinson 'dirty'....READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: 2024 NFL Mock Draft Day 2: Predicting Every Pick of Rounds 2 and 3... READ MORE
CBS SPORTS: 2024 Zurich Classic leaderboard, scores: Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry among leaders after Round 1 ... READ MORE
1986: Test triggers nuclear disaster at Chernobyl: On April 26, 1986, the world’s worst nuclear power plant accident occurs at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in the Soviet Union. Thirty-two people died and dozens more suffered radiation burns in the opening days of the crisis, but only after Swedish authorities reported the fallout did Soviet authorities reluctantly admit that an accident had occurred.... READ MORE
1937: Nazis test new air force, Luftwaffe, on Basque town of Guernica. During the Spanish Civil War, the German military tests its powerful new air force—the Luftwaffe—on the Basque town of Guernica in northern Spain. Although the independence-minded Basque region opposed General Francisco Franco’s Nationalist forces in the Spanish Civil War, Guernica itself was a small rural city of only 5,000 inhabitants that declared non-belligerence in the conflict. With Franco’s approval, the cutting-edge German aircraft began their unprovoked attack at 4:30 p.m., the busiest hour of the market day in Guernica... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday Ann Appleseth on April 27!

These celebrities were born on this date: James Sunderland, Channing Tatum, Jay DeMarcus, Jordana Brewster, Aaron Judge, Jason Earles, Kevin James, Tom Welling, Carol Burnett, Kamila Valieva, Giancarlo Esposito, Jet Li, Colin Borden

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Why is it so difficult to drag a clam on a leash? IT'S HARD TO WALK WITH A PULLED MUSSEL! - Gail Tomlinson, Rex Post. Or, Because it has only one foot! - Carolyn Rogers. Or Because it's hard keeping the leash on their long neck. - Brent Hoover. Or, It's hard to determine where the neck is for the collar! - Mike Chiston.

Today's riddle

Why would a pig dressed in black never get bullied?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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