Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Posted April 20, 2016in Cover Story

Mr. Drake

  Paul Morrison was hired by Drake University in 1945. He’s been going to work on the campus ever since.   Paul Morrison leaned over a table piled high with binders, folders and game programs — stuff he specifically compiled for the day’s basketball game. Referees stopped by his courtside

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Posted April 13, 2016in Cover Story

downtown auto dealers

  Where did they go? And will they ever come back? Zombie Burger is located where a used car lot used to be. East Village eatery, Alba, is inside what was once Higgins Ford. Americana Restaurant and Lounge also used to be a car dealership. The first electric car in

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Posted April 06, 2016in Cover Story

Play Ball!

  Summer is almost upon us, and with it comes another season of Iowa Cubs baseball. Spring training has wrapped up, and the April 7 opening day is upon us. As of this writing, the AAA roster had yet to be finalized, but looking at the parent club Chicago Cubs’

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Posted April 06, 2016in Belly Up, Cover Story

Granite City puts new spin on Sunday brunch

Granite City has been a staple restaurant and brewery in Clive for 15 years, especially as the spot for one of the best brunches in Des Moines. In those 15 years, Granite City’s buffet-style brunch has seen little change, until now. “We’ve had one of the more successful brunches in

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Posted April 01, 2016in Cover Story

River Vendors

Riverboat casino loophole allows first food truck barge in the Des Moines River — but controversy looms The first in a new breed of river-floating food trucks rolled off the riverbank and into the Des Moines River on March 24. This self-proclaimed “food barge” — named Catfish Meow — has

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Posted March 23, 2016in Cover Story

Our Lust for War

It was a conflict that started out small, in fits and starts. A league of nations that fell apart, in disarray as one after another member became embroiled and dropped out. A standoff between France and Britain on one side, and Germany on the other. For a time, a “sitzkrieg”

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Posted March 16, 2016in Cover Story

Queens of Green

The luck of the Irish has Des Moines doubling down on green this year. Not only is the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament coming to town, it’s pushing the 2016 Friendly Sons of St. Patrick’s Day Parade back a day. While this makes some feel a little blue, maybe the grass

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Posted March 09, 2016in Cover Story

Our Chance to Dance

This week, fresh on the heels of a slew of high school state championship events, Wells Fargo Arena will once again be packed with visitors, as the Iowa Events Center welcomes in a big first for the city: the regional round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. March Madness is

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Posted March 02, 2016in Cover Story

Under Fire?

Death happens. Accidents can happen anywhere. Anyone could be killed on the clock at any occupation. But being a cop is different. It’s one of the few occupations where the workers are targeted for harm on purpose. Being shot at with malice is a different kind of danger than anything

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Posted February 24, 2016in Cover Story

The Great Ex-cape

In 2006, producer/director Bryan Singer made what might well be regarded as the most successful flop in Hollywood history in “Superman Returns.” Filmed for nearly a year on location in Australia, the film debuted at No. 1 at the box office and would go on to make $390 million worldwide

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