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Feature Story
Time for The Slaughterhouse

A conversation with a co-founder of one of Des Moines’ most famous haunted attractions and two of his key collaborators. Ian Miller and his brother started Big Al’s Slaughterhouse a decade ago. In the beginning, the duo’s DIY haunted popup attraction operated on the city’s Southside — behind the American Family Thrift Store on Southwest [...]

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Feature Story
Hooked on hockey?

Witness the on-ice action at Wells Fargo Arena as the Iowa Wild take aim at a return to the playoffs while offering an unforgettable fan experience. The Iowa Wild made franchise history last season. For the first time in its six-season existence, the team reached the American Hockey League (AHL) playoffs — faltering in the [...]

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Feature Story
Root cause

Learn why some central Iowans are turning to holistic, functional medicine to cure body, mind. Brittany Cousins was frustrated with the moodiness and lethargy she felt from the thyroid condition with which she’d been diagnosed. About three years ago, her doctor diagnosed her with hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid becomes underactive and does [...]

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Civic Skinny
Mike Whalen wonders about buying Register. Was appointment of Iowa Corrections chief done legally? Bookings of women jump at Polk County jail; Godfrey bills jump.

An Iowa businessman is poking around to see if he can drum up support from some colleagues to make an offer to buy The Des Moines Register.   “Iowans have looked on as the newspaper’s owners and managers have attempted to stop the bleeding [in circulation and news coverage] by amputating limb after limb in [...]

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Political Mercury
Why Ro Khanna should be Democrats’ vice presidential candidate

He’s a little Lyndon Johnson, a little Barack Obama, and that’s just the right blend for the time. Ro Khanna, a son of immigrants who earned a congressional seat in the nation’s most robust economic district, California’s 17th, home to Silicon Valley, is one of the more popular national figures in, of all places, Jefferson. [...]

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Film Review
‘IT: Chapter 2’

This sequel might put the franchise to rest for another 27 years. If you came across nightmares from your childhood today, how would you respond? That’s one of the questions at the center of “IT: Chapter 2” that audiences can explore long after they’ve left their seats. And it’s this question that simultaneously make is [...]

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Food Dude
Bistro Nomad

Stars of the appetizer menu included the pata de negro Iberico, the leg of the most coveted pig in the world for charcuterie. Bistro Nomad sits downtown with a view of Jaume Plensa’s sculpture Nomade. It certainly lives up to its name. The café is owned by an Ames pair who opened Plus 39 before [...]

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Your Neighbors
Xnmate

Ex-convict serves heaping plates of home cooking to the hungry. It’s an indisputable fact: Bykrmark Carver (formerly known as Mark Carver) used to be a bad man. Indeed, this truth was confirmed by a jury, adjudicated in a court of law, and if you ever meet him, be ready, because there is a high likelihood [...]

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Joe's Neighborhood
An Italian mother

I want an Italian mother. Don’t get me wrong, the wedding itself was heavenly. It flowed with a gracious ease that can be so elusive at many formal events. For starters, the handsome groom came down the aisle sober. A definite plus. Even his buddies stood by his side with no noticeable weaving from too [...]

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Center Stage
One mean musical

“Mean Girls” provides different twists to the familiar odd fish in an established hierarchal pool storyline. “Mean Girls” soon will spill onto the Des Moines Performing Arts stage like students packing the hallways at final bell. The Civic Center will be filled with a sensory, bombastic assault of music, comedy and coming-of-age mayhem. With creative [...]

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CITYVIEW's Question of the Week

CITYVIEW’s question of the week

How do you feel about the number of U.S. troops in the Middle East?

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