Friday, December 15, 2017

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Featured Story
The search for the perfect Christmas tree

This holiday tradition is far from perfect, but those who partake wouldn’t have it any other way The image of cutting down your own Christmas tree is a holiday delight. Getting outside for some old-fashioned family fun while tracking down the ideal evergreen is enough to bring many fine folks to their local tree farm. But buying an authentic pine isn’t [...]

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Featured Story
Twas the night before: A Christmas classic for the holidays

Publisher’s note: Forty years ago, when Michael Gartner was editor of The Des Moines Register, he walked over to the desk of writer Bob Hullihan and said, “How about writing me a Christmas classic for the holidays?” Hullihan said, “Sure.” And he did. It ran in the Register and years later in the Ames Tribune. [...]

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Featured Story
2017 Des Moines’ most likeable people

A social networking contest and charity event For the second year in a row, we asked our readers who they thought were the most “likeable.” More than a popularity contest, the finalists were also asked to pick a charity and attend an event in their honor.  The nominations on our “Des Moines’ Most Likeable People” Facebook page were vast and consisted of police officers, [...]

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Civic Skinny
Mandelbaum-Kiernan city race was costliest ever. Poll favors Fred Hubbell. Godfrey case is narrowed.

The race between Josh Mandelbaum and Mike Kiernan for the Third Ward council seat was the most expensive in the history of Des Moines. Mandelbaum, an environmental lawyer, had raised $188,240 with still nearly a week to go before the Nov. 7 election, which he won with 56 percent of the vote. Kiernan, a stay-at-home [...]

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Political Mercury
A point and twist on sexual misconduct?

Can Dr. Andy McGuire reconcile Moore bashing, Clinton denial? Dr. Andy McGuire of Des Moines, an Iowa Democrat running for governor in 2018, is quick to believe the women who have accused Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual harassment and assault in the 1970s. She says the Moore accusers, many who were teenagers [...]

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Film Review
“Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”

A fantastic dark comedy with great performances “The more you keep a case in the public eye, the better your chances are at getting it solved.” Whether or not you believe the quote, this does posit a rather interesting idea. What lengths would you go to ensure there’s justice for the victims of crime — [...]

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Food Dude
Cowboys and Indians and chickens

Common poultry made extraordinary at local resaurants To some, Cowboy Chicken is a brilliant bird rising from the ashes of an American legend. To others, it’s an intelligent business lesson in restraint. Kenny Rogers, the singer, entered the franchise food league in 1991 with a restaurant called Kenny Rogers’ Roasters. It became American folk lore, growing to 425 restaurants in [...]

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Your Neighbors
Who is the Norwalk Santa?

It’s you, and you, and you and you and you… The woman had been kicked out of her apartment, was living on the street and was unable to get in the homeless shelter. If she could get to Indianola, she had a place to stay, but the needle on her car’s gas gauge was lodged [...]

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Joe's Neighborhood
The old man, the combine, and baseball

“I’d offer you lunch, but I’ve already eaten it,” the old man says without a hint of a smile. Dry humor fits this landscape of dust and whirling blades and blowing chaff. A foreign country for sure, where everyone operates on a seasonal punch clock. Not my world, even though it’s just a few miles [...]

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Center Stage
Des Moines Playhouse takes the plunge

“Disney’s The Little Mermaid”  Take a big breath as the Des Moines Playhouse prepares you for a deep dive into Ariel’s world with the  “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.” This year’s holiday show began its run on Dec. 1 and runs through Dec. 23. Based on the beloved tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this story captures [...]

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