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Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

“No Fences” was a 1990 album by Garth Brooks that reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. In a world where we commonly separate ourselves from each other with fences, his choice for this album title had a deeper meaning.

Consider this. According to grandviewresearch.com, the U.S. fencing market was estimated at $8.2 billion in 2021 and was expected to expand at 5% per year from 2022 to 2030. That’s a lot of fences.

The site says the growth can be accredited to the availability of high-quality materials, consumer affordability, and varied designs and is primarily driven by factors such as increasing housing construction and growing demand from end-user industries such as the residential, industrial and agricultural sectors. But there is more to it than that.

Fences made sense when early pioneers needed a way to gather and hold livestock. Those fences changed the West from vast prairies to a land of farming and settlements. They were a necessity, but, interestingly enough, the Native Americans seemed to survive just fine without them — until the barbed-wire fence changed their lives dramatically.

Michael Kelly twisted two wires together and formed a cable for barbs known as the "thorny fence." This design made fences stronger and forced cattle to keep their distance. Joseph Glidden improved on this with a simple wire barb locked onto a double-strand wire. As a result of the mass use of barbed-wire, the lives of the nomadic Native Americans were radically altered. Just imagine how they discovered barbed wire, or what they called “the Devil's rope.”

Today, we construct fences to distance ourselves from outsiders, both in our rural areas and in our cities. But why? Is it because we are not as willing to share? Is it because we are too territorial? It is out of fear? Or is it simply because we are packing too many people in too small of an area? I tend to think it is mostly the latter.

Some people say we need more fences. Others say they are unnecessary. In many ways, it may be difficult to imagine a world without fences. But, if you are really curious what it would be like, venture across the wide swaths of land in Montana.

Fences may be great for keeping animals in place. But people? As a society, I would like to think we could learn from the Native Americans and make “No Fences” more than an album title.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

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 Local Music Store

1. Rieman Music

2. Marv’s Record Shop

3. Vinyl Cup Records


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Slight shower or storm chances will be with us throughout the day today. More rain chances come for central Iowa late Thursday, then again late Friday into Saturday. Temperatures cool a bit on Sunday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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Olive oil prices are up over 36% this year. Drought in Spain, the world's largest producer by far, is chiefly blamed.

Maxwell's Plum, a legendary Upper east side (New York) restaurant of the 1960s and 1970s, is reopening after four decades. Dubbed "the original singles bar," it's coming back in all its lavish splendor, but to Wellington, Florida, the horse and polo community outside Palm Beach. What Des Moines restaurant from the 1970s or 1980s would you most like to see revived? Rusty Scupper? Johnny & Kay's? Vic's Tally Ho?

Wednesday brings $12 cheeseburgers with truffle fries to St. Kilda Collective (333 5th St., Valley Junction, West Des Moines).

— Jim Duncan

Remember Mother's Day May 14

Art galleries take center stage: Des Moines Art Center. "Rembrandt and His World." Through Aug 27. Des Moines Art Center owns a remarkable collection of Dutch Golden Age etchings by Rembrandt and his contemporaries. https://desmoinesartcenter.org/art/exhibitions/rembrandt-and-his-world/

Heritage Art Gallery. "Freedom of Expression." Through June 16. All the works are created by artists from around central Iowa who identify to be living with disabilities, and their work is profiled in a mini-documentary, as part of the exhibition. The FOE Project, in partnership with Mosaic in Central Iowa, The Greater Des Moines Public Arts Foundation, Heritage Gallery, Mainframe Studios, and The Harkin Institute Fellow Jill Wells, presents this 10-artist group project.

Iowa-connected playwright's breakthrough play produced by Iowa Stage opens Friday, May 12. "A Bright New Boise" by Samuel D. Hunter, an Iowa Writer's Workshop graduate, will begin a two-week run at the Stoner Studio Theatre.

— John Busbee’s The Culture Buzz, (http://theculturebuzz.com)

DEVELOPING NEWS: As of 1 a.m., the Johnston Police Department was on scene at the 4700 block of N.W. 62nd Avenue regarding a double shooting. The suspect had been detained.

FROM KCCI: Dangerous rabbit has bitten at least 2 Perry residents

PERRY, Iowa — One Perry resident tells KCCI she was one of two people bitten by a rabbit last Friday. Roman Rustan said the rabbit jumped up and bit her and then hopped over to the neighbors' house. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Police investigating after body discovered in Beaverdale neighborhood

DES MOINES, Iowa — Police are investigating after a body was discovered Tuesday morning in the Beaverdale neighborhood. Officers were called to the 5200 block of Merced Street a little before 11:00 a.m. after a resident reported finding someone deceased in a yard. Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department said there were no obvious signs of anything criminal or traumatic injuries to the body. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Lynyrd Skynyrd to perform in Des Moines during RAGBRAI

The RAGBRAI L Concert Series exclusively features "nostalgia bands" from the past five decades. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

On May 10 in history ...

1869: Transcontinental Railroad. On May 10, 1869, the presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah, and drive a ceremonial last spike into a rail line that connects their railroads. This made transcontinental railroad travel possible for the first time in U.S. history. No longer would western-bound travelers need to take the long and dangerous journey by wagon train.

1877: Technology. On May 10, 1877, President Rutherford B. Hayes has the White House’s first telephone installed in the mansion's telegraph room. President Hayes embraced the new technology, though he rarely received phone calls. In fact, the Treasury Department possessed the only other direct phone line to the White House at that time. The White House phone number was “1.” Phone service throughout the country was in its infancy in 1877. It was not until a year later that the first telephone exchange was set up in Connecticut and it would be 50 more years until President Herbert Hoover had the first telephone line installed at the president’s desk in the Oval Office.

1994: World News. In South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is sworn in as the first Black president of South Africa. In his inaugural address, Mandela, who spent 27 years of his life as a political prisoner of the South African government, declared that “the time for the healing of the wounds has come.” Two weeks earlier, more than 22 million South Africans had turned out to cast ballots in the country’s first-ever multiracial parliamentary elections. An overwhelming majority chose Mandela and his African National Congress (ANC) party to lead the country.

Read more at History.com.

Lunch With...

Rick Tollackson at Des Moines Golf and Country Club

By Jim Duncan

Rick Tollackson is the most recent inductee of the Iowa Business Hall of Fame. He has been president and CEO of Hubbell Realty since 2004, a golden age for that venerable company. We asked him to lunch recently, and he chose Des Moines Golf and Country Club.

Is that his favorite lunch spot?

“I only go to four places for lunch. I like Biaggi’s (5990 University Ave., West Des Moines) and have for long time. I recently discovered Cooper’s Hawk (12801 University Ave., Clive). I rediscovered how much I like Club Car (13587 University Ave., Clive). And then, I like it here. I usually get the buffet here. They do a great job on that. Today, I needed to be here because I have been getting fitted for golf clubs.”

... Read more in the May issue of CITYVIEW.

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Bono, Kenan Thompson, Linda Evangelista, Halston Sage, Donovan, Rick Steves, Chris Berman, Salvador Perez, Michael Gandolfini

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
How do you stop bulls from charging?  YOU TAKE AWAY THEIR CREDIT CARDS! Thanks for all the answers: Peri Van Tassel, Diane Doro, William Snyder, Patty Miller, Gail Tomlinson, Rex Post, Judy Anderson, Randy Lagerblade, Scott Gonzales, Jeri Motsick, Jolene Goodman, Kris Laurson, Carolyn Rogers, Lori Bluml, Sharon Sorensen. OR UNPLUG IT! - Irving Stone

Today's Riddle

What day of the week are most twins born on?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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