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Posted April 30, 2020in Joe's Extra

2020 Drake Relays — a slight variation

“Drake University has postponed the 2020 Drake Relays.”  The sporting world goes quiet. The blue oval is an empty, wind-swept desert. A hotdog in a steamed bun is a distant [...]

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Posted April 30, 2020in Just Released


DES MOINES (April 20, 2020) – Security National Bank of Iowa today opens its first full-service location in the West Des Moines area. The location is at 200 S. Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des [...]

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Posted April 28, 2020in The Culture Buzz

Greetings, Cultural Catalysts:

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 – THE CULTURE BUZZ – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Central Time Broadcast regionally on KFMG 98.9 FM; Streaming globally through   Please note that the [...]

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Posted April 27, 2020in Stray Thoughts

It’s time to rethink Iowa’s business incentives

The coronavirus crisis has exposed the financial vulnerabilities of countless Iowa businesses. Whether we like it or not, it will be touch-and-go to see how many come through this intact, [...]

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Posted April 27, 2020in Just Released

Botanical Garden Takes Spring Plant Sale Online

DES MOINES, Iowa (April 27, 2020)—In the interest of health and safety in light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden has shifted its 2020 Spring Garden [...]

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Posted April 23, 2020in Book Review

Book Reviews

‘The Hidden Girl and Other Stories’ In difficult times, I have this odd tendency to reach for sad things. Music, movies, books and art that has a poignant, resonate depth [...]

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Posted April 23, 2020in Just Released


DES MOINES – The Des Moines Symphony today announced the cancellation of all concerts and public events through June 14 at the Des Moines Civic Center and the Temple for [...]

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Posted April 23, 2020in Just Released

DART maintenance employee tests positive for COVID-19

The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) was notified today that a maintenance employee tested positive for COVID-19, commonly referred to as Coronavirus. The employee had most recently been [...]

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Posted April 20, 2020in Stray Thoughts

Public health ‘rock star’ gives us straight talk

In the world of contagions, epidemics and vaccines, there are not many true rock stars. There is, of course, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who directs the National Institute of Allergy and [...]

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Posted April 20, 2020in Just Released

Iowa’s BONNE FINKEN is among The Year’s Most Exceptional Music Projects Nominated in The 18th Annual Independent Music Awards

Bonne Finken, Lucinda Williams, and Steven Van Zandt are among The 18th IMA Nominees New York, NY April 9, 2020 — Alternative Pop/Rock writer, vocalist and producer Bonne Finken from [...]

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