I used to go to the Wild Rose Film Festival in Des Moines. In looking for it this year, I see that it was put out of commission by COVID — no postings on their Facebook since then. Is this totally dead? Or any chance for a revival? I hope you can let me know.
We reached out to Kimberly Busbee, the festival’s founder and artistic director, who said: “We are taking a break but may consider revamping and reviving the international Wild Rose Independent Film Festival sometime in the future.” The Wild Rose Independent Film Festival claimed to be the longest continually running international film festival in the state, deemed a Top 100 Film Festival with FilmFreeway, a conduit for film festival registration and promotion. They announced a hiatus in 2017.
What important election-related dates should I keep in mind? And what positions will be on the ballot?
Here are important dates for the upcoming general election:
• Wednesday, Oct. 19: First day of absentee voting
• Monday, Oct. 24: Pre-registration deadline; deadline to request absentee ballot to be mailed
• Saturday, Nov. 5: County auditor’s office will be open for absentee voting
• Monday, Nov. 7: Absentee ballot in-person deadline. (Be sure to verify what time your county auditor’s office closes. Polk County Auditor’s Office closes at 5 p.m. and Dallas County Auditor’s Office closes at 4:30 p.m.)
• Tuesday, Nov. 8: General Election polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; absentee ballot receipt deadline is 8 p.m.
In Polk and Dallas counties, the following positions will be on the ballot: U.S. Senator, U.S. House, Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor, Secretary of Agriculture, County Treasurer, County Attorney, County Recorder, Iowa Senate District 23 (Dallas County), Iowa House District 43 (Polk County), Iowa House District 44 (Polk County), Iowa House District 46 (Dallas County), Dallas County Supervisors Districts 1 and 3.
A useful resource for learning about candidates is www.ballotpedia.org. Check and make sure you are registered to vote at www.sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/regtovote. Find your polling location (it may have changed) at www.voterready.iowa.gov.
Kwik Star, Kwik Trip, QuikTrip — what’s the difference?
Sorry to disappoint, Kwik Star fans, but your favorite gas station/convenience store is only known as Kwik Star in Iowa (and Illinois). Some might call us special; others find it bizarre.
The company goes by its original name, Kwik Trip, in Minnesota and its home state of Wisconsin. When the chain opened its first store in Iowa in 1993, it changed the “Trip” to “Star” to avoid confusion and trademark violations with QuikTrip (QT), an Oklahoma-based chain that got here first. Kwik Trip/Star has over 800 locations across the Midwest, and QT has over 900 locations spread mainly throughout the southern U.S.
Now, look up: “Hardee’s versus Carl’s Jr.”