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Not Fair?

Cheaters never win at the Iowa State Fair, despite some participants making grand efforts HOG HEAVEN The Iowa State Fair features more than Ferris wheels and people eating every kind of fried food. It’s one of the largest livestock shows in the world, and it is the highest level of competition of its kind in [...]

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Featured Story
Big Seats!

Iowa’s largest places where people congregate and what they mean about us. Iowa breached the national consciousness with its exceptional inclination for coming together. No other state saw such a high percentage of its men volunteer to fight in the Civil War — 76,000 out of a total population of 675,000 in 1860. Walk through [...]

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Featured Story
Iowa — land of 16 lakes

We may not be as aquatic as our neighbors to the north, but Iowa does have its share of ponds, reservoirs and lakes Go jump in a lake! Or is it a pond? And what’s the difference, anyway? And when does a lake become a pond? Believe it or not, even 21st century science hasn’t [...]

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Civic Skinny
Reynolds’ ‘surprise’ at Miller ruling was phony. Gross kin for U.S. attorney? No payout for Donley.

Attorney General Tom Miller‘s staff indicated to Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds or her staff weeks in advance that he was going to rule she would not have the constitutional authority to appoint her successor after she took over the Governor’s duties from Terry Branstad. So her “surprise” at the May 1 ruling was feigned, her [...]

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Political Mercury
Redneck skeet shooting with prizes

The comedian Bill Burr invented another shooting sport should the worlds of Amazon.com, the Goliath of modern e-commerce, collide with the diminished rural regions of the nation for which the Internet is proving to be something akin to the Smallpox-infected blankets white soldiers gave to Native Americans in the 1800s. Redneck skeet shooting with prizes. [...]

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Film Review
A summer blockbuster to avoid

Latest Transformers movie is overstuffed, overlong, boring and exhausting Sometimes a movie comes along that leaves certain audiences wondering, “Why?” Why was this movie made? Who was this made for? What was the point the movie wanted to make? You get the idea. “Transformers: The Last Knight” is the fifth film of the Transformers series [...]

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Food Dude
Lucca finds its niche

Des Moines keeps turning out new restaurants at a pace that old timers think is unsustainable. The city also continues to support a number of traditional old restaurants where newcomers are rarely tempted to go. The hardest positions to maintain are in between those concepts — the places that were new and trendy 10 to [...]

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Your Neighbors
In the tank

Old school passion with a twist During the workday, Joseph Chapman is all business. As the chief of environmental management service at the VA hospital, he manages the housekeeping, laundry, linen, waste removal, interior design and pest control. While he’s doing that, he wears a suit, tie and starched shirt. But when 5 o’clock rolls [...]

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Joe's Neighborhood
Working out

Spandex shorts, wicking shirt, sport socks. Check, check, check. Weight-lifting gloves, yoga mat, roller tube. Got ’em. High-performance shoes carried in my high-performance bag. Yup. And don’t forget the protein drink and proper hydration bottles. At last, I zip up my breathable, rain-resistant jacket, and I’m ready to go. It’s time to work out. The [...]

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Center Stage
An opportunity like nowhere else

The night of the last election, I stayed up reading James Baldwin. His work from the 1960s seemed the best way to grapple with my own moment — and apparently lots of others felt the same. Baldwin has recently enjoyed a resurgence. There’s even a documentary, celebrating his essays, novels and activism. “But he was [...]

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