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Cover Story: Vacationing in Iowa


A selection of unique and quirky vacation spots that only our state can offer

You don’t need to drive hundreds of miles to view some old guys’ faces chiseled into a hill, spend thousands of dollars to meet a pair of asexual mice, or bore yourself silly riding a mule down a desert hole this summer. We’ve got plenty of exciting stuff to do right here in our corn-laced borders. Read More..


 The Sound
Ari Herstand: solo artist in a global community

Ari Herstand understands the power in going his own way. He’s been doing it for quite a while.

“I’ve been touring pretty much constantly for the last four years,” said Herstand Read More...

 Civic Skinny
Who remembers Ruth Hollingshead? Also: Jimmy Carter, Pratt, Colson

Jimmy Carter will be the Bucksbaum lecturer at Drake on Sept. 13, thanks in part to 1970 Drake alum Brent Slay. Slay heads a Michigan company that makes “employee-recognition products Read More...

 Food Dude
Red velvet revolution

Cupcakes are a 21st century super trend, even replacing layered cakes in many weddings. A search engine quest turned up more than a dozen cupcake businesses in Des Moines. Not that many were real stores, though Read More...

 Political Mercury
Lincoln’s eyes

The most–visited presidential library and museum in the United States is at once a journey into the past and an eye-popping window into the future. Read More...

 Locker Room
Australian football

The Des Moines Roosters return with another
action packed season

Des Moines sports fans have a lot of teams to root for in a wide variety of sports including baseball, football, basketball, hockey, roller derby and more. Read More...


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