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Friday, March 10, 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.

“We still have our first flat panel TV, just moved it to our bedroom for early-morning weather. We have two others (Television sets, Feb. 22, 2023). Size and price made all of this gluttony possible. We haven’t gone super-technical, partly because we don’t understand, and mostly because we don’t watch that much. Also we have endured what was described by a TV dealer as Sony coming in during the night and making software updates on a TV we thought was turned off. Or, even more spooky, our television has talked to us when it was supposedly turned off. Over several months, a few times in the middle of the night. Saying words to the effect there was an error and to take some kind of correction action. We were never sure if it was the TV or the satellite receiver until we moved. In our new apartment with no satellite, we have had the TV talk a couple of times.” - Chuck

You might want to inspect your closets. - Shane

“One thing I do actually get right is the answer to your question. It’s ‘spring forward, fall back’ (It’s about time, March 1, 2023). I only know this because before they changed it to mid-November, in my college years, I always got an extra hour at the bar on my birthday weekend (end of October) because they turned the clock back at midnight. That doesn’t need to end up in the mailbag; that’s just for your knowledge. Ha!” - Chris

Oops. - Shane

“Good morning, Shane. Congrats on being recognized by the Johnston program (Invested in wrestling, March 7, 2023). Well deserved. Also, an awesome column. We're blessed to have had both boys wrestle over many years from youth through college. The lessons learned and the friendships will last them forever. We also have many friends because of wrestling. We've shared highs and lows and celebrations on and off the mat with them.” - Jeff

Compared to other sports participants and fans, the wrestling circle may be small, but it is definitely strong. - 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 Local Mediterranean Food

1. Fresh Mediterranean Express

2. Gazali’s Mediterranean Grill

3. Olympic Flame Restaurant


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USDA announced that domestic sugar production is up despite bad weather in Texas. Imported sugar is going down. ...

Campbell's announced a 9% increase in soup sales, citing bargain-conscious shoppers. 

The American Cheese Society is coming to Des Moines for their annual conference July 18-21. This a really big deal for Iowa.

—Jim Duncan

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

It'll stay cloudy but dry today and we'll melt a little of our snowfall. The next snow chance comes late Saturday afternoon into Saturday night, when we could see accumulations similar to our last system. Saturday and Sunday will be breezy. It appears beyond that it'll be dry into next Thursday.

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

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On March 10 ...

1959: On March 10, 1959, Tibetans band together in revolt, surrounding the summer palace of the Dalai Lama in defiance of Chinese occupation forces. By March 17, Chinese artillery was aimed at the palace, and the Dalai Lama was evacuated to neighboring India. Fighting broke out in Lhasa two days later, with Tibetan rebels hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned. Early on March 21, the Chinese began shelling Norbulinka, slaughtering tens of thousands of men, women and children still camped outside.

1988: Disco sensation Andy Gibb dies at the age of 30. With his heart greatly weakened from years of cocaine abuse, he  succumbed to an inflammatory heart virus on March 10, 1988. He was only 30 years old.

1906: A devastating mine disaster kills over 1,000 workers in Courrieres, France, on March 10, 1906. An underground fire sparked a massive explosion that virtually destroyed a vast maze of mines.

Read more at History.com.


FROM KCCI: Family identifies victims in deadly Dallas County crash

PERRY, Iowa — Two teenagers are dead and another is hurt after a crash near Perry Thursday, according to the Dallas County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa State Patrol. The Iowa State Patrol says the three teenagers were from Jamaica, Iowa, and were in a car traveling east on Iowa Highway 141 when the vehicle crossed the center line at Diagonal Road and hit a truck traveling west. The sheriff's office believes the crash was related to the snow-covered roads in the area. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa Auditor says new bill would undermine office’s ability to uncover corruption

DES MOINES, Iowa — State Auditor Rob Sand is calling out Iowa GOP lawmakers over a proposed bill he said would undermine his office’s ability to provide independent audits and allow entities to keep documents hidden that could reveal corruption and fraud. Sand also said SF 478 would put Iowa at risk of losing hundreds of millions in federal funding because it conflicts with auditing standards. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: University of Iowa will 'reimburse' state taxpayers for Ferentz settlement

The university's athletics department is a self-sustaining unit that does not receive tuition revenue or taxpayer support, according to UI President Barbara Wilson.. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Meet Brian Cyr

Teaching architecture and engineering

By Darren Tromblay

Brian Cyr is an architecture and engineering instructor at Waukee Apex Innovation & Learning Center.

In layman’s terms, describe what an architecture and engineering instructor does.
“At Waukee APEX, our focus is to provide professional development and growth experiences to our student-associates by drawing on the expertise of business partners to bring real-world experience to high school. As an architecture and engineering instructor, my focus is to provide the basics of the design process and development tools so that the student-associates can add value to business partners in this sector while exploring career possibilities. Through passion-based learning, authentic projects and experiences, it’s a win-win experience for both the students and the business partners.”

... Read more in the February issue of Waukee  Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Chance Tomlinson!

These celebrities were born on this date: Olivia Wilde, Chuck Norris, Sharon Stone, Carrie Underwood, Zach LaVine, Jon Hamm, Emily Osment, Paget Brewster, Robin Thicke, Jasmine Guy

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What kind of spells do leprechauns use? LUCKY CHARMS! - Kris Laurson, Gail Tomlinson, Carolyn Rogers, Rex Post, Rich Hoidahl. Or SHORT ONES. -William Snyder. Or A CLOVER ONE! - Deb Jackson

Today's Riddle


Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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