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Posted September 02, 2020in Your Neighbors

That girl is on fire!

If you’re in northwest Des Moines and somewhere near Beaverdale or Drake University, and if you happen to see a flaming hula hoop spinning around a performer who is being cheered on by her neighbors while they snap photos, then you will have met Jessica Short — also known as

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Posted July 01, 2020in Your Neighbors

Random acts of bagpipes

“Someone on our street…has been playing the bagpipes lately, and I love it!” writes one northwest Des Moines neighbor on an online community forum. “…I heard her practicing, (too)…” types another interested ear in the area. “I’m not sure who it is,” responds a third, “but it’s greatly appreciated!! Very

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Posted April 01, 2020in Your Neighbors

Burrito slingers

“So there was one cold rainy night about five years ago, and I found myself with a crazy man with a backpack full of burritos and some fruit and some water and we were looking for homeless people…” How did this happen to Curt Carlson? Several years prior, Joe Laslo

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Posted March 04, 2020in Your Neighbors

Beekeeping 101 with Julia McGuire

“Jill of Many Skills” teaches local beekeepers to be honey-production maximizers. A 5,500-year-old jar of honey — the oldest known honey in existence — was found within a noblewoman’s tomb in Eastern Europe in 2012. The purpose of the honey’s placement at the VIP’s final resting place isn’t known, but

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Posted December 04, 2019in Your Neighbors

En pointe with Eleanor Danaan

From biscuit feet to bananas, ballet offers high-energy action. In the beginning of Eleanor Danaan’s ballet life, the young dancer’s feet were shaped like biscuits. “They were… we call them biscuits,” she remembers. “That is when they are just like a claw. I had biscuit feet. But then you stretch

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Posted October 02, 2019in Your Neighbors


Ex-convict serves heaping plates of home cooking to the hungry. It’s an indisputable fact: Bykrmark Carver (formerly known as Mark Carver) used to be a bad man. Indeed, this truth was confirmed by a jury, adjudicated in a court of law, and if you ever meet him, be ready, because

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Posted July 31, 2019in Your Neighbors

Your new Mrs. Iowa is… Meghan Drane!

A childhood dream comes true. “I’m a military wife,” explains Meghan Drane. “I’m a mom of four. I’m from Iowa. We’ve lived on the East Coast, West Coast and Europe.” That is her story, but it is not her whole story. “That is who I’m married to,” she continues. “That

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