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Posted August 28, 2013in Good Bad Ugly

The good Leaders from Des Moines Public Schools, Drake University and Des Moines Area Community College are working together to form a new partnership to recruit, educate and hire more minority teachers. The goal of this “3D Coalition” is to guide aspiring minority teachers through the postsecondary education needed to

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Posted August 21, 2013in Good Bad Ugly

The good Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa (BBBSCI) recently received a $4,000 gift from the Darden Foundation’s Restaurant Community Grants program, which will support BBBSCI’s Community Based Mentoring programs for young people ages 5-18 in five Iowa counties. Nonprofits are considered for this grant if they possess one

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Posted August 14, 2013in Good Bad Ugly

The good The Polk County Health Department recently announced that financial assistance is available for eligible families that have lead hazards in their home through its Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. For many families, this means new siding, windows and doors, and most families pay nothing for these repairs. Rick Kozin,

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Posted August 07, 2013in Good Bad Ugly

The good Water. Cool water. Twenty Iowa cities will benefit from a combined total of more than $42.3 million in low-cost water quality loans through the State Revolving Fund. State Revolving Fund Construction Loans are a low-cost construction financing option available for municipalities. The Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa

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Posted July 31, 2013in Good Bad Ugly

The good Amanda the Panda Grief Center will host its annual volunteer appreciation event at its new facility in West Des Moines from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4 The event invites the non-profit’s dedicated volunteers to be recognized. Mary and Mark Whitfield, Kelly Lester, Darla Jergens, Ryan Gansen and

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Posted July 24, 2013in Good Bad Ugly

The good Mark one up for the advocates of privacy. The last thing our society needs are more cameras monitoring people’s every move. That’s why we applaud the Clive City Council, which last week voted to not renew the city’s contract with traffic camera company Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. Ironically,

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Posted July 17, 2013in Good Bad Ugly

The good Des Moines Metro Opera received a $25,000 grant from DuPont Pioneer last week to support its continued work of “educating and inspiring nearly 40,000 Iowans annually through its educational and outreach programs.” According to a press release, much of the DuPont Pioneer’s annual fund contribution will be put to

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Posted July 10, 2013in Good Bad Ugly

The good Getting some young adults to leave the comfort of their parents’ home can be a challenge. Trying to locate one who chose to hitchhike and train-hop across the country is quite another. Daniel Landgrebe, 20, was reported missing since June 24, but was found alive earlier this week

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Posted July 03, 2013in Good Bad Ugly

The good Bad news for burglars in Des Moines. Since January, the police department has had plain-clothes officers assigned to a Crimes Against Property beat to assist with burglary investigations following an insurgence of burglaries city wide. The department announced last week that this special squad did reduce the number

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Posted June 26, 2013in Good Bad Ugly

The good The State Veterans Home in Marshalltown has been awarded $23,840,617 from the Department of Veterans Affairs for renovation to the Dack and Malloy buildings at the State Veterans Home. “Our veterans deserve the best care available, and these funds will go a long way toward providing resources and

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