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Posted May 18, 2016in Cover Story

Another star

  Des Moines Menace men’s soccer team is on the hunt for its next PDL championship   It’s the first day of practice for the Des Moines men’s Menace soccer team, and General Manager Matt Homonoff is watching cone drills and calisthenics while cleats dig into the field turf at

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Posted May 04, 2016in Cover Story, Homepage Cover Story

SoundOFF Stands Out

Twenty years and 1,000 episodes of sports-fueled lunacy on Sunday night TV. In the summer of 1999, I was obsessed with WHO-TV’s offbeat sports call-in show, “SoundOFF.” Every week, WHO sportscaster Keith Murphy and local funny man Steve “The Round Guy” Pilchen would talk about virtually anything people called in

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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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