Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Posted September 09, 2015in Cover Story

Stars in stripes

They are on national television in front of millions of viewers; they are in photos in nationally known magazines and online. Still, you don’t know their faces or their names. They are the thankless ones — the referees. Iowa is a hotbed for high-level officials with a long, rich history.

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Posted September 02, 2015in Cover Story

Keeping pace

The Hy-Vee Triathlon had a rich, if not spectacularly long, history. Started in 2007, the event immediately made waves in the racing world by offering the largest prize in triathlon history, $200,000 each for the men’s and women’s elite winners. That would be a trend that Hy-Vee would continue throughout

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Posted August 26, 2015in Cover Story

Cityview’s Ultimate Pizza Challenge

Call it Mussolini’s Revenge. The Italian dictator didn’t fare too well in World War II, but since then, pizza has conquered America. Before that war, pizza was either obscure or unknown in Des Moines. Today it’s ubiquitous, being made from scratch in convenience stores like Casey’s and QT, in neighborhood

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Posted August 19, 2015in Cover Story

2015 Fall Arts & Entertainment Guide

As we say goodbye to summer once again, at least we have the satisfaction of knowing we are not saying goodbye to the fun and entertainment that we’ve enjoyed for the last three months. The fall calendar in the metro is almost as jam-packed as the summer one, thanks to

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Posted August 12, 2015in Cover Story

Takin’ it to the streets

There’s no way around it: Iowa loves bicycling. Hoping to raise money for a charity event? Host a moonlit pub-to-pub bike ride. Want to take a relaxing day trip? Pedal the scenic High Trestle Trail. Taking a week off work in July? Must be for RAGBRAI. No other place in

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Posted August 05, 2015in Cover Story

Rock of Ages

Everybody knows that the Iowa State Fair is the place to go for all kinds of strange and wonderful foods on a stick — or deep-fried and then put on sticks. But the one thing that always changes at the Fair is the entertainment. Sure, there are some things that

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Posted July 29, 2015in Cover Story

Swimsuit Edition

It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it. Because if we didn’t go through the rigorous processes of selecting models, organizing photo shoots and picking images to publish in these pages, who would? We figure that if it is good enough for Sports Illustrated, then it is good

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Posted July 22, 2015in Cover Story

Up, up and away!

How Indianola’s National Balloon Classic came to be one of the top hot air ballooning events in the United States.   Approximately 15,000 people reside in the city of Indianola, which is roughly 30 miles south of Des Moines. But when the National Balloon Classic sets up camp for nine

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Posted July 15, 2015in Cover Story

Barbershops & the art of men

Things change — hopefully for the better. Women can vote. Gay marriage is found constitutional. Jim Crow laws are prohibited. And so it was in 1974 that the Iowa Supreme Court faced a hairy problem. Long hair was the style, and some men felt the barbers were not keeping pace. So, they went where cutting

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Posted July 08, 2015in Cover Story

Murals of Des Moines

They can be found all over Des Moines. The downtown and East Village areas are peppered with spots of color that catch your eye as you drive past. Faces looking back at you, scenes lamenting times gone by, moments of creativity, stories of change, hopes of the future — all

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