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Wednesday, July 3, 2024
Good morning to you!

The year was 1984, and I was choosing some of my elective courses while in high school. Several of my buddies were born and raised on farms, and they were all involved in FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America), which involved classwork. They convinced me, a town kid, to take the class, too. So I did.

Talk about a fish out of water. I was a good student, but the topics covered in the FFA class were beyond my scope. I first realized this at a soil-judging event, where my buddies were nailing it, and I was desperately lost.

We then had hands-on training with welding, and I was continually sticking rods to iron. In frustration, I submitted a piece from the scrap pile for my grade to our teacher, Mr. Greiman, which saved me for a while. “This is a good-looking weld, Goodman,” Mr. Greiman told me. “You are really catching on.” I wasn’t.

The last straw was my livestock project, of which I did not have one. My buddies joked that I was going to have an ant farm. I knew I needed to find an out. I stuck it out for the semester and then quietly disappeared with a new respect for the farming culture and the knowhow that is required to be a successful farmer. It isn’t easy.

I am reminded of my agricultural ignorance each year when I attend county fairs. As a child, I couldn’t understand the fuss over all the farm animals. I was there for the carnival rides, the cotton candy and the demolition derby. Today, I make time to tour the livestock barns, and I revel at the work these young people put into all their projects. It signifies commitment, dedication, competition and tradition, and those are things all of us — both city and farm folk — can learn from.

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.


Clear Mortgage meteorology

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From www.dmcityview.com

Abortion ruling raises questions — lots of questions

By Randy Evans

Through the years, justices on the Iowa Supreme Court typically avoid harsh or overzealous language in their decisions.

That is why two separate dissenting opinions jumped out Friday when the court issued its long-anticipated decision on the Legislature’s latest attempt to ban nearly all abortions in Iowa.

By a 4-3 split, the Supreme Court decided the 2023 law is a rational response to a legitimate state interest, protecting the lives of unborn children. The law prohibits abortions once “cardiac activity” in the fetus is detectable by ultrasound, usually about six weeks after conception. The law provides exceptions for rape or incest, when the fetus has an abnormality incompatible with life, or when the pregnancy endangers the mother’s life.


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


Best Downtown Bar

1. Hello, Marjorie

2. The Lift

3. 300 Craft & Rooftop

Read all the results now!

Featured event

‘Celebrate the American Spirit’
Urbandale Fourth of July offers three days of festivities.

By Chantel Boyd

It’s time again for hometown family fun on the Fourth of July, and the Urbandale Fourth of July Committee invites you to “Celebrate the American Spirit” at this year’s festivities. The committee has finalized another three-day-long list of family-fun activities.

The festivities, held at Lions Park, 72nd Street and Aurora Avenue in the heart of Urbandale, begin on July 2, a Tuesday, and extend through July 4, a Thursday. Attendees can kick off a fun-filled summer with a parade, carnival, fireworks and a myriad of other fun.

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Explore Des Moines

CITYVIEW's seasonal guide for activities and things to do in Central Iowa

EXPLORE: Walk 'n' Shop

By Cyote Williams

In the mood for strolling through a shopping district where walkability and unique storefronts abound? These junctions, villages and town centers are perfect for you.


Woebegone Wednesday. The word “cracker” first appeared in print in 1739 and gradually replaced the older “wafer.” The leading cracker of the 19th century was the soda cracker, leavened with bicarbonate of soda. The Civil War popularized them. Until the middle of the 20th century, crackers were sold in most American grocery stores in giant barrels, particularly in the south. People would gather "around the cracker barrel" to share the town gossip. The downside was that whoever bought the crackers from the bottom of the barrel might be greeted with soggy crackers and rodent droppings. Nabisco introduced the Ritz in 1934, claiming to offer Depression-era customers “a bite of the good life.” Crackers soon became something that almost every American expected to have in their pantry, whether Goldfish crackers for children or saltines to go with a cocktail. (Ben Wilson, Kitchen Income)

Whatever happened to... Blurring the lines between two classic comfort foods, Heinz introduced baked bean pizza in the mid-1990s. It was described as “strange but delicious” then. Despite its initial intrigue, it died without notice in 2013 after a big decline in sales. (The Chef Recipe, Jamie Anderson).

Sinatra haunts, part VI. Palm Springs served as Sinatra's home and a quieter desert hideaway for Rat Pack members visiting from either Vegas or Hollywood. The Purple Room was one of their favored hangouts and performance venues. Sinatra proposed to his fourth and final wife, Barbara, there. Located within the Club Trinidad Hotel, it still hosts cabaret stars and jazz crooners.

Wednesday deals. It's $1 wing day at Basic Bird (2607 Beaver Ave., Des Moines)… Kathy’s East 14th Street Pub (3418 E. 14th St., Des Moines) offers a Wednesday special on "grilled cheese four ways" for $5.95-6.95... Barntown's (9500 S.E. University Ave., West Des Moines) Wednesday specials are a pound of chicken tenders with fries and two sauces for $11.99, plus $13 core pitchers of beer... Sprockets (2314 University Ave., Des Moines) offers a Wednesday wings special — six free boneless wings when you buy 12 wings... Bottles of wine are half price on Wednesdays at Trostel’s Greenbriar (5810 Merle Hay Road, Johnston)... Kwik Star stores offer $9.99 eight-piece packs of their excellent bone-in fried chicken today... Mickey’s in Yale (217 Main St., Yale) offers spaghetti night specials on Wednesday... Opa! (2800 University Ave., West Des Moines) has steak de Burgo, steak Opa!, steak Diane, steak Marsala, creamy steak de Burgo and bisetecca cremosa dinners with salad for $14.99 on Wednesdays... Aldi stores have a Fourth of July special of $2.19/lb. on boneless chicken breasts sold in five pound packages... Alaskan king salmon is in season and is this week's Wednesday night special at Waterfront stores. 

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

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From the June issue of Urbandale Living magazine

Chamber names Howell educator of the year
Award annually recognizes teacher in the Urbandale Community School District.

The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce named Haley Howell as the recipient of the Educator of the Year award for 2024. This annual accolade recognizes one outstanding educator from the Urbandale Community School District. Howell has demonstrated exceptional dedication, innovation and compassion in her role as a math teacher at Urbandale High School, chamber officials said in announcing the honor.

Sponsored by Buenzow Insurance Group, the Educator of the Year award celebrates educators who go above and beyond to inspire and empower their students. “Howell exemplifies these qualities through her unwavering commitment to her students' success and her innovative approach to teaching,” officials said.



FROM KCCI: Wisconsin fugitive wanted for 30 years arrested in West Des Moines

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — A fugitive wanted for three decades out of Wisconsin was captured in West Des Moines last week. West Des Moines Police arrested George Hartleroad on June 26. He was homeless and living near the Valley Junction area. Court records show officers stopped him for having no rear reflector on his bicycle. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Altoona Smithfield Foods meat processing facility to close

ALTOONA, Iowa – Smithfield Foods announced Monday it is closing its Altoona ham boning facility. The company said it would improve efficiency by consolidating production at other locations. Smithfield said it plans to meet with the 314 employees affected by the closure to provide transition assistance, including severance and information about possible jobs at other Smithfield locations.  ... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Ex-police chief sentenced to 5 years in prison for false statements to buy guns

Brad Wendt was convicted by a federal jury of lying to the government in order to buy guns before selling them for profit, prosecutors argued. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese headline Team WNBA's All-Star squad.   ...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Joey Chestnut Opens Up About Fourth of July Hot Dog Contest Ban.  ... READ MORE
CBS Sports: Wimbledon 2024: Marketa Vondrousova, 2023 Wimbledon champion, loses in opening round.   ...READ MORE
1969: Brian Jones and Jim Morrison die, two years apart to the day. Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones is found dead of an apparent accidental drowning on July 3, 1969. Two years later to the day, in 1971, Jim Morrison of the Doors dies of heart failure in a Paris bathtub.  ... READ MORE
1988: U.S. warship downs Iranian passenger jet. In the Persian Gulf, the U.S. Navy cruiser Vincennes shoots down an Iranian passenger jet that it mistakes for a hostile Iranian fighter aircraft. Two missiles were fired from the American warship—the aircraft was hit, and all 290 people aboard were killed. ... READ MORE
1863: Battle of Gettysburg ends. July 3, 1863: On the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s last attempt at breaking the Union line ends in disastrous failure, bringing the most decisive battle of the American Civil War to an end.   ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Audra McDonald, Betty Buckley, Elizabeth Hendrickson, Gloria Allred, Kevin Hearn, Montel Williams, Ian Anthony Dale, Julie Klausner, Tom Cruise, Yeardley Smith, Thomas Gibson, Patrick Wilson

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Why should you always give birth in a hospital? THEY HAVE GREAT WOMB SERVICE. -  Gail Tomlinson, Rex Post

Today's riddle

What's the problem with the surgical robot that was recently invented?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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