Monday, August 29, 2016


Posted April 06, 2016in Featured Story, Food Dude

Kue’d jumps to front the queue

From nowhere, Des Moines became a solid barbecue town in the last two decades. Beginning with Flying Mango’s opening in 1997, central Iowa and barbecue initiated a sudden love affair. Woody’s, Jethro’s, Smokey D’s, Uncle Wendell’s and others followed soon behind.  Other than Jethro’s, those stores all evolved from the competition

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Posted April 06, 2016in Featured Story, Perfect Pairings

Set the tone with the right wine

  As I peer into my backyard, a shade of green catches my eye. Among the unraked leaves are small clusters of chives reaching for the sun. It is the beginning of Iowa’s bountiful growing season. It lasts for more than three-quarters of the year and includes everything from asparagus

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Posted April 06, 2016in Center Stage, Featured Story

Silence and song

  Few community theaters would take the risk Tallgrass has in “Children of a Lesser God.” The 1986 movie made a star of Marlee Matlin, the first deaf actor to achieve such success, but Hollywood made a Hallmark card of her romance with her speech pathologist. In its original form

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Posted April 06, 2016in Featured Story, Joe's Neighborhood

Tulips and candles

  Temperatures continue to drop this day in late March. It is now below freezing, and the drizzly rain has turned sharp with just an edge of ice. The grey sky is an old Dutch Masters’ painting — dark and a little foreboding. A Rembrandt sky. And the wind? Busily

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Posted April 06, 2016in Featured Story, Homepage Cover Story, Political Mercury

Grassley says guns OK on Republican convention floor

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, tells Political Mercury he’s leading efforts on a bill that would allow delegates to carry firearms into the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in July.   Ohio is an open-carry state, but Quicken Loans Arena, the convention venue, prohibits firearms. Asked if attendees should be able to take guns into

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Posted April 06, 2016in Civic Skinny, Featured Story

Four good men: Ward Reynoldson, Dick Jacobson, Joe Garagiola and Bob Hudson

  Ward Reynoldson For the past 40 years or so, I have kept a small picture of Ward Reynoldson on my desk at home. It was taken at a picnic at his home outside Osceola when he was Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. In the picture, he is

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Posted April 06, 2016in Featured Story, Locker Room

Fast and furriest

  Think of physical education class back in grade school when the teacher would have you sprint back and forth to see who was the fastest in the class. If you can remember that, get ready for flyball — a relay race for dogs and their humans. This Saturday, Skidmarkz

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Posted April 06, 2016in Featured Story, On the Move

Hy-Vee buys the former K’s Merchandise

  Hy-Vee has bought the vacant 81,936 square-foot building in Urbandale that used to be K’s Merchandise. The grocery store chain bought the building at 3303 86th St. earlier this month and paid $3.6 million. The plan is to transform the old building into an employee training facility and a

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Posted October 21, 2015in Center Stage, Featured Story

Supersizing the magic

“The Illusionists” might seem like a super-sized machine. Versions of the show are playing Broadway, London and elsewhere. Dan Sperry, one of seven magicians coming to Des Moines, tells me the production “looks like the MTV Video Awards.” He and the others pull off everything from card tricks to hair-raising

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Posted October 21, 2015in Art Pimp, Featured Story

Three new shows

Moberg Gallery opened an exhibit of the works of Gary Kelley, TJ Moberg, Derrick Breidenthal and Midwest Pressed. Kelley’s paintings usually hang around with historical figures of American history, Greek mythology world art, agriculture, blues and jazz. At exhibitions, people work hard to identify all the famous people in some

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