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Posted January 05, 2022in Your Neighbors

Living the American Dream while uneasy about a nightmare in Afghanistan

From a rural village to Kabul to Johnston Once upon a time and a half a world away, there was a little boy in rural Afghanistan named Nabi Mohammadi. It [...]

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Posted December 01, 2021in Your Neighbors

It’s the holiday season!

Mary Jo Ragaller, 85, sifts through the seasonal donations at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store. Deep within a forest of fake Douglas fir Christmas trees, and somewhere within the [...]

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Posted November 03, 2021in Your Neighbors

Meet the Des Moines Women’s Novice Hockey League

Mondays the women take the ice at Urbandale’s Metro Ice Sports Facility. Des Moines Women’s Novice Hockey Club is a group of “amazing women” who want to learn more about [...]

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Posted October 06, 2021in Your Neighbors


“Warning! Zombie parking only. Violators will be eaten.”  Some kind of crazy crime scene grabs the attention of the October passersby in front of the brick home in Beaverdale. Hacked-off [...]

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Posted September 01, 2021in Your Neighbors

Top of the world

What goes up must come… to Iowa?   Big mountain adventures while helicopter skiing Alaska? If you find yourself asking what that is, just keep reading.  Mike Thompson knows a [...]

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Posted August 04, 2021in Your Neighbors

Sword artistry, blade skills… En garde!

Jon Greising is a volunteer fencing instructor. In most athletic endeavors, the bigger and stronger competitor possesses an advantage, but that’s not so in fencing, according to Jon Greising, one [...]

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Posted June 30, 2021in Your Neighbors

Architecture on the Move with Ryan Ellsworth

4 educational walking tours of downtown “I’m an architect, but I don’t usually spend my day talking about architecture,” explains Ryan Ellsworth. Creatively designing spaces to efficiently utilize resources… That’s [...]

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Posted June 02, 2021in Your Neighbors

Grateful after 144 days in the hospital with covid-19

Lack of oxygen impels Ankeny man into the CCU for 40 days and sparks several brushes with death.  Mark it down. It’s official. Paul Carpenter, 51, is a “post-COVID” patient. [...]

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Posted May 05, 2021in Your Neighbors

Tina Powell has two houseboats

Why does Tina Powell own two houseboats?  This is a reasonable question, according to Powell, who readily admits that possessing a pair of floating homes wasn’t the original idea. Instead, [...]

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Posted March 31, 2021in Your Neighbors

Meet Dana Lain

Aquarium supervisor at Blank Park Zoo helps to combat Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. “Big Momma” was a 330-year-old underwater giant coral mound. It thrived for centuries near Fort Lauderdale, [...]

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