Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Best of Des Moines 2018

And the winners are… Being the best at anything is a tall order. Being the best in the entire city — including all of its surrounding territories consisting of a population of more than 500,000? That’s even more challenging. Every year CITYVIEW embarks on a journey to find this city’s best of just about everything. Where are the [...]

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Featured Story
The Dixie Wooten era

Iowa Barnstormers boast the league’s best wide receivers and a coach who won’t hide his intent to use them “We did it last year, and we’re going to do it again this year,” says Iowa Barnstormers Head Coach Dixie Wooten. The coach isn’t talking about 2017’s franchise record 11-game winning streak. Instead, he’s offering up his first offensive play of the [...]

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Featured Story
DARTing questions

Funding conundrums lead to head scratching “Is DART fiscally unstable?” I ask. I’m on the phone with Elizabeth Presutti, the CEO of the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART). If you are like I used to be, then you don’t give much thought to public transportation. This is Iowa, and statistically speaking, Iowans don’t have [...]

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Civic Skinny
McCoy vs Mauro? Hatch vs. Bisignano? Who’s giving what in gubernatorial race.

Matt McCoy isn’t talking, but friends say he almost certainly will leave the Iowa Senate and run against John Mauro for Mauro’s seat on the Polk County Board of Supervisors. Both are popular Democrats with deep followings, especially on the south side of town. A McCoy-Mauro race could complicate South Side politics for years to [...]

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Political Mercury
In Steve King’s Iowa, white women need to be pregnant — like all the time

Hail King and Crania Americana! In the snowy white, diversity-free future Steve King envisions for Iowa, a blonde-haired, milky-skinned paradise parade of pure-bred Caucasians, white women had better get pregnant early and often. Carroll County has a 1.9 percent unemployment rate, and over in Greene County, that number has dipped to an all-time low, a [...]

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Film Review
‘I, Tonya’ is fearless, ferocious and very funny.

“America. They want someone to love, but they want someone to hate … There’s no such thing as truth. I mean it’s bullshit!” —Tonya Harding Kids today are often told they can do anything or be anyone. But not too long ago, they were told they had best toe the line and try not to [...]

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Food Dude
Range redefines the sports bar

This is the best sports bar food ever in central Iowa The word “redefine” is usually overstated in restaurant parlance. Once in a great while, someplace truly deserves the verb. This column is about one of those rare occasions. Range is a sports bar like no other in the metro. It includes a fine dining [...]

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Your Neighbors
7 yards and then happily ever after

Chris Norton’s whole world changed in an instant. Eight weeks into his freshman football season at Luther College, Chris Norton dove to make a tackle while covering a kickoff. “Chris, get up,” he heard his teammates saying. But he couldn’t. Severe harm had never been a real threat before to the 18-year-old kid from Altoona, [...]

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Joe's Neighborhood
It was so cold . . .

. . . the water in the toilet froze! Yup, there I am, minding my own business after the holidays, watching our adult kids go back to their own lives, putting away holiday decorations for another year, and feeling the gentle quiet of a cold Iowa winter settle peacefully around our retired lives. Meanwhile, the dark underbelly of bad luck [...]

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Center Stage
Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre

Floatin’ like a butterfly, stingin’ like a bee Theatre cuts a wide swath when it comes to its purpose and effectiveness. Comedies, musicals and dramas expand into areas of history, society and humanity. A performance hall becomes a safe place for new experiences, to learn, then to take an expanded perspective back into the world [...]

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Cityview’s question of the week

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