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Friday, July 28, 2023
Good Friday Morning to You!

Welcome to the Friday mailbag where you will find some of the comments, questions and ideas sent recently by subscribers of this newsletter or our publications. They are edited for space and clarity.

“Maybe a few more spankings would toughen up a soft generation of kids.” (Birthday spankings, July 19, 2023).” - David

Maybe. But, more likely, you would have a soft generation of kids contacting Human Services. Shane

“ ‘Iowa - Nice!’ (Iowa slogan, July 24, 2023)” - Brad

Very nice. - Shane

“Change the state theme from ‘Fields of Opportunities’ to ‘Fields of Dreams’ (Iowa slogan, July 24, 2023). To save money on the 68 interstate road signs, use white paint to cover the current ‘Opportunities’ and when that dries, use black paint for the word ‘Dreams.’ Simple.” - Susan

Sounds like you have done this before? - Shane

“Just an idea, ‘Fields of Freedom’  or ‘Freedom’s Fields’ if that would be cheaper (Iowa slogan, July 24, 2023).” - Donna

Good idea, but “cheaper” isn’t typically one of the deciding factors when taxpayer money is used. - Shane

“ ‘Iowa Life Is Good.’ (Iowa slogan, July 24, 2023)” - Gary

Good? Not great? - Shane

“I always liked ‘Iowa: A Place to Grow.’ I’m sure we can find the old signs in storage somewhere. (Iowa slogan, July 24, 2023)” - Patty

Those are being saved for the legalization of marijuana. - Shane

“Shane, I have no doubt your readers will come up with great slogans (Iowa slogan, July 24, 2023). I bet the state could have offered a $500 prize for the best slogan and ended up with a better one. Then maybe another $500 contest for the artwork. A native Iowan would be proud to sign off on that intellectual property with no further compensation simply to see their input posted all over Iowa. Let's hope an Iowa company gets to replace the signs!” - Dana

Yes, let’s hope so. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
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CITYVIEW's  Best Of Des Moines

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best East Village Bar

1. Coa Cantina

2. The Garden Restaurant and Show Lounge

3. Bellhop


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast

A hot one today but a milder weekend ahead with temperatures dropping below 90.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Carrie at carrie.mortgage.

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India, the world's largest rice producer and exporter, banned non-basmati rice exports this week. They are trying to fight food inflation at home but the move spiked a run on rice in the U.S., particularly in Texas with its huge Indian American market.

Tune in Saturday at 10 a.m. to hear George Formaro, me and Clark Williams talk about cooking for celebrities and their entourages. plus much more. https://kfmg.org

801 Steak and Chophouse (801 Grand Ave.) features a Sunday supper discount that includes their prime, prime rib.

— Jim Duncan


FROM KCCI: Iowa state senator charged with simple misdemeanor during RAGBRAI

SAC COUNTY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa state senator was arrested and charged with a simple misdemeanor after refusing to abide by a law enforcement officer, according to a criminal complaint filed in court. Sen. Adrian Dickey of Packwood, Iowa, was taken into custody Monday afternoon. A $300 bond was posted the same day, and a court hearing is set for Aug. 8. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: August outlook shows some relief from the heat for central Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — While central Iowa is in the midst of the worst heat and humidity of the year so far, there are some signs that cooler weather is heading our way for the month of August. ... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Yahtzee, Des Moines fire's new arson dog, already showing his worth a few months in to new job

DES MOINES, Iowa — Yahtzee, a 2-year-old black Labrador, joined the ranks of the Des Moines Fire Department earlier this summer. In the few months since he's been brought on as an accelerant detection canine, his handler says he's already making a clear impact. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Head-turning wheels

Partial to Mustangs

By Jackie Wilson

PJ Mayfield has many connections to Urbandale. She worked for Holiday Illahee Hills Independent Living as the activities coordinator for four years and at Bob Brown Chevrolet for five years. While employed at Bob Brown's, she participated in the Urbandale Citizen's Police Academy.

These days, instead of selling cars, she spends her time cruising around in her Mustang.

Until recently, she had two Mustangs.

PJ and Chuck have had many Mustangs over their 44 years together. Their last Mustang was a 2015 Anniversary Edition GT 6 speed.

"He bought me Betty to drive because he wouldn't let me park the 2015 at the grocery store,” she laughs.

Read more in the July issue of North Polk Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday These celebrities were born on this date: Elizabeth Berkley, Sally Struthers, Lori Loughlin, John David Washington, Jacoby Shaddix, Soulja Boy, Simon Kirke, Nolan Gerard Funk, Steve Morse, Alan Alda, Jim Davis, Britney Spears

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you get when you cross a dog with a calculator? - A BEST FRIEND YOU CAN COUNT ON! - Gail Tomlinson. Also sending in answers was Rex Post.

Today's Riddle

Why would a miser tape a bunch of corn kernels to his ceiling?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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