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Feature Story
Play ball! (and soon, please?)

Relaxing at Principal Park while sipping something cold and watching America’s hottest up-and-coming baseball talent is a summer staple in central Iowa. Triple-A baseball usually begins in April and runs through August and into September, but due to the spread of Covid-19 as CITYVIEW went to press, Minor League Baseball’s first pitch was put on [...]

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Feature Story
The mysterious juice of philanthropy

What’s in a word? A rose may smell as sweet by any other name, but the gift of money doesn’t smell so much as speak. And it speaks the difference between magnificence and mediocrity, health and sickness, pride and shame, survival or death. Derived from the Greek words for “love of mankind,” the word peaked [...]

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Business Feature
Promises kept

Des Moines City officials say the first six months of state payments from a voter-approved sales tax have helped clean up more blighted properties, fix roads, staff fire departments and reduce property taxes. The Iowa Department of Revenue has projected it will pay the City about $37 million during the first year of the Local [...]

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Civic Skinny
A family fight at Noah’s. Furloughs at the Register. Brownell, Van Oort have opposition. Updating stuff.

There’s a family fight at Noah’s Ark, and it has spilled into the courtroom. Two grandchildren of Noah Lacona — who founded the well-known and bustling Ingersoll Avenue restaurant in 1946 — are suing an aunt who is trustee of their grandparents’ trust, which owns the land and building housing the restaurant. And they say [...]

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Political Mercury
Scholten makes second bid for King’s seat

J.D. Scholten — an Iowa Democrat who rose from obscurity to national prominence with a near-miss challenge to U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, two years ago — has filed nomination for a second run in the sweeping, 39-county 4th Congressional District. Scholten, 40, a former minor league baseball player from Sioux City, faces no primary [...]

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Film Review
‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’

Note: Due to the impact of COVID-19, this month’s review will be a little different. Since movie theaters are currently closed, we decided to look at streaming services. This movie is available on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu. So whether you “Netflix & Chill, Hulu & Hump, or just RedBox & Jerk-Off” (quote [...]

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Food Dude
Patience on the edge

The Euclid-Douglas corridor was long considered to be on the edge of town, then Des Moines expanded beyond the borders of its city limits. Now the corridor remains a border space between the tried-and-true restaurants in the ilk of the woe begone Knox Café and the still thriving Iowa Beef Steakhouse, and ethnic and immigrant [...]

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Your Neighbors
Burrito slingers

“So there was one cold rainy night about five years ago, and I found myself with a crazy man with a backpack full of burritos and some fruit and some water and we were looking for homeless people…” How did this happen to Curt Carlson? Several years prior, Joe Laslo — a co-worker and friend [...]

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Joe's Neighborhood
Dog lovers everywhere

“No!” It seems a simple enough word. Sure, I love my daughter and her notorious criminal accomplice, my wife, but the answer is clear. “No, never, no way will we get another flea-bitten dog!” But my adult daughter is wonderfully persistent in everything. Especially when it comes to dogs. “It will be my dog. I’ll [...]

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Center Stage
All the world’s a stage?

This month’s column was going to cover the opening of three metro stage shows — “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” (DMYAT); “Pippi Longstocking” (DMP-Kate Goldman); and “That Golden Girl Show” (DMPA-Temple). COVID-19 changed those plans, along with the plans of countless businesses, cultural events and personal lives. David Kilpatrick, the Des Moines Community [...]

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CITYVIEW’s question of the week

Do you trust that what our government is telling us about the coronavirus is true?

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