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Posted May 31, 2017in Feature 1

Motorized Mayhem

The people, the places and the dirt on central Iowa motorsports Iowa has 3 million people and nearly 60 racetracks. Depending on how you count it, that makes us, according [...]

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Posted May 31, 2017in Feature 2

Summer Music Festivals

Once the weather warms up, it’s easy for music fans to find something to do almost every night of the week. For fans of outdoor music, it’s the most wonderful [...]

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Posted May 31, 2017in Feature 3

Unbridled Freedom

Who said diamonds are a girl’s best friend? There is a certain magic to motorcycles. There is an air of freedom, romance and rebellion. However, common societal views associate motorcycles [...]

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Posted May 31, 2017in Civic Skinny

Cady bars guns at courthouses. Corning among last of breed. Reynolds needs some tutoring.

Chief Justice Mark Cady on Monday (June 19) barred all weapons from “courtrooms, court-controlled spaces, and public areas of courthouses and other justice centers occupied by the court system” in [...]

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Posted May 31, 2017in Political Mercury

Democrat Norris spies 1974-like opening

“Testing the waters” with a swing through Iowa Red Oak native John Norris, a former top staffer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and key figure in Iowa campaigns for [...]

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Posted May 31, 2017in Film Review

Another King Arthur retread

Timeless tale is promising at first but disappoints King Arthur is a timeless tale that has been told many times in books, plays, movies and for TV. It makes one [...]

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Posted May 31, 2017in Food Dude

A new path

Six flavors of southeast Asia Since I began writing about the dining scene in Des Moines in the 1980s, most innovation has come from immigrant restaurants. A Dong, India Star, [...]

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Posted May 31, 2017in Your Neighbors

17 million outs

The umpire strikes back, back, back… play ball! “Relationships are started in the oddest places, from home plate to the outfield fences, and I’ve had many,” George Davis says. Indeed, [...]

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Posted May 31, 2017in Joe's Neighborhood

The Merle Hay Trestle

“I remember…” began the old man. The streetcar sits high in the air, click-clacking across the tracks. A long bridge with eight buttresses, wood and steel framing, and exposed sides [...]

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Posted May 31, 2017in Center Stage

An epic anniversary, with music off the chain

Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) may be nearing the half-century mark, but it’s still open to fresh thinking. One of its three major productions this summer — “Billy Budd,” a [...]

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