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Posted December 02, 2020in Feature 1

Twas the night before: A Christmas classic for the holidays

Publisher’s note: Thirty-eight years ago, when Michael Gartner was editor of The Des Moines Register, he walked over to the desk of writer Bob Hullihan and said, “How about writing me a Christmas classic for the holidays?” Hullihan said, “Sure.” And he did. It ran in the Register and years

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Posted November 04, 2020in Feature 1

World Record

Remember the first time you witnessed “Guinness World Records”? Recall the majesty of seeing a man standing nearly 9 feet tall? Or a woman not quite 3 feet high? Or the person who can juggle fire and eat Doritos with his feet while ordering drive-through cheese sticks and making his

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Posted September 30, 2020in Feature 1

70 wonders of Des Moines

“Is this heaven?” You probably remember the now famous “Field of Dreams” query, where a man who is experiencing some sort of an afterlife emerges from the Kevin-Costner character’s corn rows onto a baseball field. This man gets to suit up and play the sport he loves, which is something

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Posted September 02, 2020in Feature 1

Iowa high school sports dynasties

Which Iowa high school sports powerhouse can lay claim to being called the most dominant dynasty of all time? What is the most feared program in Hawkeye-state history? Which team was the best, flat-out, of any sport when measured against every generation? Objective stats have a way of taking on

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Posted August 05, 2020in Feature 1


You can’t turn on the TV, switch on a computer or exist within shouting distance of electricity without being electronically smacked by sirens, flashing lights and urgent-speaking media-types narrating a new controversy involving unseemly acts or heroic deeds of a police officer somewhere. But this story is not about any

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Posted July 01, 2020in Feature 1

Summer Arts & Entertainment Guide

COVID-19, coupled with social distancing, facemasks and cancelations, have altered central Iowa’s summer plans in a big way. That is no news flash. But as pandemic restrictions begin to lift, and local organizations adapt and improve sanitization procedures and implement other precautions, the forecast for fun in the area is

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Posted April 01, 2020in Feature 1

Play ball! (and soon, please?)

Relaxing at Principal Park while sipping something cold and watching America’s hottest up-and-coming baseball talent is a summer staple in central Iowa. Triple-A baseball usually begins in April and runs through August and into September, but due to the spread of Covid-19 as CITYVIEW went to press, Minor League Baseball’s

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Posted March 04, 2020in Feature 1

Only in Iowa

Iowans embrace the state’s quirks. We believe wiener schnitzel should be made with pork instead of veal and served on a bun, and that French dressing should be orange and very sweet. We drink more Black Velvet Canadian whisky than any kind of Bourbon or Scotch. We are still proud

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Posted February 05, 2020in Feature 1

Bullseye! CITYVIEW Best of Des Moines

Local people, places and events hit the target in our 2020 Best Of Des Moines readers’ poll. The Best Of Des Moines Awards act as all great democracies should. There is no unelected oligarchy pulling strings and artificially orchestrating wrong-headed outcomes. Instead, the choice belongs to you, the many, the

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Posted January 01, 2020in Feature 1

Cuddling therapy

When intermingling with people and getting hugs isn’t enough, this therapeutic and platonic touch may be the answer. Michelle White was looking for a way to fulfill her need for personal connection and touch. She had been single for several years and wanted affection. “Intermingling with people and getting hugs

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