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Tuesday, March 7, 2023
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

I invested countless hours in the sport of wrestling over my lifetime, and I use the word “invested,” as it provided many paybacks. I competed for more than a decade on the mat, and I coached for more than 25 years. Through the blood, sweat and tears, I learned to appreciate it all.

This past year, I decided it was time to hang it up, at least the physical aspect of coaching. It wasn’t an easy decision, but I needed to give my body a rest and dedicate more time to my family, my faith and my job. I do miss much about the sport, but I have no regrets.

I was honored last night by the Johnston wrestling community and specifically by my friend and head coach, Aaron Tecklenburg, as a “Friend of the Program.” I was humbled. In receiving the award, I couldn’t help but think of three specific messages that I want to share this morning in this column. The comments are mostly directed to the young men who were the ones being honored, but I hope this message resonates with each of you, too, whether you know the difference between a takedown and a touchdown or not.

First, I want the wrestlers to understand the need to replant the seed. Many wrestlers and coaches gave their time and talents to me, and it was my duty to return that. It is now their duty, too, and they can do so by coaching, refereeing, volunteering at tournaments, donating financially and, most importantly, continually praising the benefits of the sport.

Second, I want them to value the friendships the sport helped create. Even their opponents today will be seen as friends years later through the respect that is built in this circle of wrestling. The bonds created through countless battles, gallons of sweat and streams of blood will never be broken. Many of my fellow coaches are now my best friends. If I died tomorrow, those guys would be carrying my casket. That’s friendship.

And third, I want them to realize loyalty — an understanding, appreciation and respect for their coaches, their teammates, their families, the program and the sport itself. Loyalty can be defined in many ways, but, maybe most importantly, it means realizing that what is happening right now isn’t all about you and that sacrifices have to be made personally for the betterment of others. These young men don’t need to — and are not expected to — fully understand that as teenagers. In time, the lessons of loyalty will carry over to lifetime relationships in their roles as friends, husbands, fathers, co-workers or bosses.

And finally, I want them to yearn for the discipline, structure and demands of wrestling and to carry those qualities with them no matter what they choose to do — and to always bleed purple.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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On March 7 ...

1965: In Selma, Alabama, a 600-person civil rights demonstration ends in violence when marchers are attacked and beaten by white state troopers and sheriff’s deputies. The day's events became known as "Bloody Sunday." The violence was at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, which many have called to be renamed after the late civil rights activist John Lewis, who was hospitalized from his injuries there.

1876: Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone.

1936: Nazi leader Adolf Hitler violates the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact by sending German military forces into the Rhineland, a demilitarized zone along the Rhine River in western Germany. The Treaty of Versailles, signed in July 1919—eight months after the guns fell silent in World War I—called for stiff war reparation payments and other punishing peace terms for defeated Germany.

Read more at History.com.


FROM KCCI: $2 million lawsuit: Des Moines bar sues landlord over loss of alcohol sales

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FROM WHO-TV: Slate of Broadway shows announced for Des Moines Performing Arts

DES MOINES, Iowa – The next round of big Broadway shows coming to the Des Moines Civic Center has been announced. Des Moines Performing Arts revealed its 2023-24 Willis Broadway Series on Monday. It includes tours from multiple shows the DMPA invested in on Broadway: Company, Girl from the North Country, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, and THE WIZ.  ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Lawmakers look to cap non-economic damages in commercial vehicle crashes

Iowa lawmakers are considering a measure that would cap the amount of money Iowans receive in settlements against commercial trucking companies. Senate File 228 would set a limit of $2 million for non-economic damages. The measure has passed the Iowa Senate and awaits consideration by House lawmakers. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


From 0-50

Couples reflect on 50 and more years of marriage.

Jim and Marlene Valentine dated about a year before they were married. They were wed at the Bondurant Christian Church on Aug. 23, 1969.

“It was nothing too fancy, but it was very nice,” Jim says of the wedding.

The two have been longtime Bondurant residents, as were both of their grandparents.
Marlene was a dental assistant and then worked at the Bondurant High School and Bondurant Christian Church. She retired after 25 years serving as the American Legion Auxiliary executive director for the State of Iowa.

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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Karla Host and Nicole Berger!

These celebrities were born on this date: Rachel Weisz, Bryan Cranston, Laura Prepon, Jenna Fischer, Peter Sarsgaard, Wanda Sykes, Jesper Parnevik

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Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
An Arab sheik is old and must leave his fortune to one of his two sons. He makes a proposition: Both sons will ride their camels in a race, and whichever camel crosses the finish line LAST will win the fortune for its owner. During the race, the two brothers wander aimlessly for days, neither willing to cross the finish line. In desperation, they ask a wise man for advice. He tells them something; then the brothers leap onto the camels and charge toward the finish line. What did the wise man say? SWITCH CAMELS! Thanks for the guesses Dick Williams, Gail Tomlinson , Rex Post and Dennis Porter

Today's Riddle

What washes up on very small beaches?

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