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Posted March 31, 2021in Feature 2

Won’t you be my neighbor?

A map of Des Moines outlines the 52 official neighborhood associations chartered by the city. These groups of hard-working volunteers aim at bettering the spaces surrounding their family, friends and [...]

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Posted March 03, 2021in Feature 2

Do farm subsidies work?

Since 1995, the top 1 percent of American farm subsidy recipients have received 26 percent of subsidy payments, and the top 10 percent have been handed 78 percent of the [...]

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Posted January 06, 2021in Feature 2

The seating divide

For three consecutive years in the 1970s, four German friends synchronized their vacations to tour America. They would fly into New York City, rent a car and drive to Las [...]

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Posted December 02, 2020in Feature 2

Fresh Ice!

The building that is now known as Buccaneer Arena opened 60 years ago. Back then, the Des Moines Buccaneers didn’t exist. Instead, the venue housed minor league professional franchises, but [...]

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Posted November 04, 2020in Feature 2

In chaos, there is opportunity

In Blake Edwards’ 1959 film “Operation Petticoat,” a devious junior officer played by Tony Curtis seizes a moment of war panic to acquire some things of value. “In chaos, there [...]

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Posted September 02, 2020in Feature 2

Iowa goes primal

Humankind and its animal compatriots have maintained an adversarial dependency on each other for thousands of years, since long before planting and harvesting were discovered. Survival depended upon hunting and [...]

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Posted August 05, 2020in Feature 2

Ultimate Burger Challenge

They are contradictions on a bun, simultaneously the scourge of nutritionists and the piece de resistance for low carbohydrate and paleo dieters — without the bun. Although they have been [...]

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Posted July 01, 2020in Feature 2

The future of dining and Covid-19 crisis trends

The food business has long operated on the brink of terror. Before the 20th century, when the U.S. became the best-fed country in the history of the world, people were [...]

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Posted April 01, 2020in Feature 2

The mysterious juice of philanthropy

What’s in a word? A rose may smell as sweet by any other name, but the gift of money doesn’t smell so much as speak. And it speaks the difference [...]

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Posted March 04, 2020in Feature 2

Records and Rankings

Humans yearn for orderliness: Where do things stand?… How high are those things stacked?… How far away is this?… What’s the pecking order of that? After understanding where stuff is [...]

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