Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Posted May 06, 2015in Cover Story

Summer music festivals

We are gearing up for my favorite portion of the year, boys and girls: Festival time! As the weather gets warmer, people start looking for more and more outdoor activities, and when people start heading outside in droves, bands follow. No matter what kind of music you are into, no

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Posted April 29, 2015in Cover Story

Vacationing in… Iowa

As the school year winds down and the temperatures climb, families are packing their bags and leaving for summer vacation. But for those looking to save a few bucks, there’s nothing quite like a staycation at one of Iowa’s many tourist destinations. Whether a recent resident or a lifelong Iowan,

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Posted April 22, 2015in Cover Story


Few people can say they have sustained two broken thumbs, a broken ankle, a badly bruised knee and multiple concussions and then finish by saying that they’ve been pretty fortunate in their careers. But bull riders are not like “average” people. They spend most of their lives training every day

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Posted April 15, 2015in Cover Story

Golfing in Iowa

The snow of winter has finally melted, and the cool rains of April have brought the color back to Des Moines. Flowers are blooming, grass is turning green, and we will soon be reminded of what sunshine and a good tan looks like. It’s time to get outside and enjoy

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Posted April 08, 2015in Cover Story

Choice Awards – Cityview’s Hall of Iowa Culinary Excellence

Keepers of tradition honored with Cityview’s Hall of Iowa Culinary Excellence awards The idea for this story originated a decade ago and was inspired by Japan’s Living National Treasures. That program honors “preservers of important intangible cultural properties.” In the years immediately after World War II, anxiety arose in Japan

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Posted March 31, 2015in Cover Story

Urban Livestock

Greg Cabbot started his backyard garden in Johnston with just a few tomatoes, cucumbers and herbs back in 2006 because he wasn’t satisfied with the produce at local grocery stores. Living in the city all his life, he never had much experience with gardening. With the help of the Internet,

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Posted March 25, 2015in Cover Story

Taking charge

There is a new music venue opening in Des Moines soon. Anyone even mildly interested in, or associated with, the local music scene will tell you this is a good thing, in no small part because it seems like quality places that support local music have become something of an

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Posted March 18, 2015in Cover Story

Eyes in the sky

As the use of private, military and commercial drones increase, the debate over privacy, policy and ethics heats up as well. Ready or not, the future has arrived. Maybe not the full-blown starships, flying cars and hoverboards future just yet, but with the advent of publicly available personal drones, we’re

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Posted March 11, 2015in Cover Story

Where’s the (corned) beef?

There probably aren’t many times that someone’s asked what sounds good for lunch and you emphatically answered “boiled cabbage for me, please!” And yet, when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, people call every Irish bar in town to find out which ones haven’t run out of the corned beef

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Posted March 04, 2015in Cover Story


I admit: I have a beard because I am lazy. Some people do it because it makes them feel more masculine or gives their face more definition. I just hate to shave. The current hip term for good-looking guys with beards is “Lumbersexual.” I am not a Lumbersexual. What I

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