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How a farmer and former UNI football player became an innovator of pork

When technology think tank IdeaMensch came to Des Moines this summer, they packed Jasper Winery with entrepreneurs and code writers brainstorming on how ideas become valuable. Local legends Ben Milne, of Dwolla, and Tej Dhawan, of Startup City, headlined, but it was a pig farmer named Carl Blake who stole the show. Read More..


The Sound
Cosmosamantics ‘3 Piece Junkband Tour’ comes to Caspe Terrace

Michael Marcus cut his teeth listening to blues albums in San Francisco in the 1960s, wanting to emulate people like Sonny Sitt and Charlie “Bird” Parker. Read More...

Civic Skinny
Backers of Justice Wiggins gear up; More and more Iowans back gay marriage

Bob Vander Plaats is firing up his campaign to throw out another Iowa Supreme Court justice this fall, but this year things are different. Read More...

Food Dude
New Jimmy’s draws huge crowds

Recent visits to Jimmy’s Big Ten Restaurant and Bar suggest that things have changed. Sports bars now provide the same opportunity that stadiums do for true fans to collectively share the agonies and ecstasies Read More...

Political Mercury
War paint or church potluck civility? Your call

Shelve for a moment partisan instincts, ideological positioning. Consider the race for the 4th District congressional seat in much the way an employer would Read More...

 Locker Room
Throw some wood at the Kubb Klassic

What the helvete is Kubb? Nope. No idea. None.

This 1,000-year-old sport has some branding issues. Not to worry, though, it’s catching on. Read More...


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