Sunday, December 4, 2016


Posted July 27, 2016in Locker Room

Up, up and away

If you haven’t seen the majesty of 100 hot air balloons filling the Iowa sky with a cascade of colors on a peaceful summer night, you need to make it priority No. 1 to get to the The National Balloon Classic in Indianola. Step out of your air-conditioned house and

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Posted July 20, 2016in Locker Room

Flying low

  It’s parade season. Your 1957 Chevy has been in storage for 11 months, and it’s time to bring your prized possession out once again. Those glass packs you worked so diligently on installing are in need of a good “airing out,” and the cheater slicks need some of that

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Posted July 13, 2016in Locker Room

Gentlemen, start your… beaks?

Is watching a gaggle of expensive cars driven by multi-millionaires turning left on an oval 200-plus times getting stale? Has the Iditarod simply become a vowel-heavy, embarrassing word (“You did a what?”) you refuse to say in public? Is the thought of watching another 3,200-meter run at the Olympics enough

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Posted July 06, 2016in Locker Room

A run of a different color

When Zac Brown sang about having his toes in the water and ass in the sand, it’s a good bet that he wasn’t envisioning himself doing so on an Iowa beach. Why not? Well, our beaches come with broken logs, busted fishing line attached to four-pronged hooks with “tetanus” written

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Posted June 29, 2016in Locker Room

Polo on the Green

Let’s be honest here. Polo is a word that — at least in the prevailing sporting circles in the U.S. — summons thoughts of a Ralph Lauren line of clothing more than it does an actual sport. That’s just the way it is. We are not a country of polo-ites.

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Posted June 22, 2016in Locker Room

Get up, get out

Ah, the beautiful days of July. Temperatures so high that chickens are laying fried eggs and squirrels are fanning their…walnuts. But unless you’re between the ages of 0 and 8 and blissfully unaware of, well, everything, being outside and soaking in every ray of the skin-leathering sun is not, and

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Posted June 15, 2016in Locker Room

Let’s get ready to rumble

  Nothing says “Happy Father’s Day” like a pack of 700-horsepower stock cars barreling around a racetrack at 150 mph, the thunder of their collective engines moving innards and eardrums alike. Such will be the case June 18-19 at Iowa Speedway when NASCAR once again comes to the self-proclaimed “fastest

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Posted June 08, 2016in Locker Room

Gable’s way

  You don’t have to be a Frank Sinatra fan to know what Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, a movie and a tub of popcorn, and a pencil and an eraser have in common. That’s right: Like love and marriage, you can’t have one without the other. And here in

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Posted June 01, 2016in Locker Room

A plane and simple pull

A question for the men out there: Are you single, lonely and in need of some attention from the ladies? Are you tired of scouring Craigslist to find your “soul mate,” that person you exchange emails with, agree to meet on the corner of Fifth and Douglas by the Greyhound

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Posted May 25, 2016in Locker Room

The choice is yours: 18 or 18

As Americans, we love choices. Whether it’s in the buffet line, on the couch clicking through channels on a lazy Sunday afternoon or picking out that perfect pair of slacks for the golf tournament, we want optionas, and plenty of them. The Friends of Des Moines Parks Board understands that

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