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  • Iowa Contest Encourages Kids to Walk or Bike to School

    ALTOONA, Iowa — Kids at Centennial Elementary School are participating in a challenge happening all across Iowa to encourage exercise in their daily routines. Each participant got a punch card from the Iowa Safe Routes to School Program, through the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, and it’s punched every time they walk or ride their bike to school. Many kids at Centennial already walk or bike when the weather is nice. “We are fortunate enough to have a lot of kids that […]

  • Iowa DNR Talks Safety Ahead of Boating Season

    DES MOINES, Iowa — As spring temperatures warm up more people will be getting outside and participating in outdoor activities like boating. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources wants people to remember safety tips if you decide to take a boat out onto the water. Iowa DNR Conservation Officer Aron Arthur said one of the most important things to do is wear a life jacket. “Life jackets are the seat belt of the boating world and you are required to […]

  • Ankeny Businesses Join Together to Help Troops in Afghanistan

    ANKENY, Iowa — CJM Financial has teamed up with several local businesses to collect donations for the USO Center in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Partners for Kandahar includes Delta Dental, HyVee, Ankeny Chiropractic Health Center, 3M, Charter Bank, Priority Leasing, Lincoln Savings Bank, Keller Williams Realty, Everything Homes of Iowa, Designed 2 Move Chiropractic & Sports Rehabilitation, Modern Woodmen of America, Cafe Diem,Wig and Pen, and Main Street Cafe & Bakery. “It started just in the office with the employees and it […]

  • Record Number of Volunteers for Annual Earth Day Trash Bash

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Parks and Rec’s Marketing Supervisor Jen Fletcher said there are a record number of volunteers for the annual Earth Day Trash Bash on Friday. Seventeen-hundred volunteers will gather at Cowles Commons at noon for lunch and music before heading out to 68 different locations to clean up the city. “They will be helping clean up parks, trails, cemeteries, you name it, anywhere the city needs cleaning up,” Fletcher said. The department is responsible for the […]

  • Lincoln Rails Students and Staff Skip Class for Community Service

    DES MOINES, Iowa — More than 400 students and staff are taking Thursday off to do community service. It’s the first time Lincoln Rails Academy has done a day like this during the school week, usually students are doing community service during breaks outside of school hours. “During spring break we put in 12 hours at the Meals from the Heartland and that was a great experience because I met people all over Des Moines just doing that,” Asascia Manderson, […]

  • TSA Set to Expand its Partnership with DMACC

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Transportation Security Administration is making a big announcement Wednesday at the Des Moines International Airport on the expansion of its partnership with Des Moines Area Community College. “The TSA is coming in to talk to us about taking on additional states, they’d like us to do more online. They’re very impressed with the quality of our faculty, the way we communicate with TSA and keep all the students up to speed on where they are […]

  • Tax Day Tips for Filing Last Minute

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Tuesday, April 18th is the last day to file a tax return on time or submit an extension form. Christopher Miller with the Internal Revenue Service said the best way to file taxes quickly is to use the Free File tool on the IRS website to e-file a tax return. He said if you are missing paperwork or can’t file your taxes for some other reason it is important to file an extension, but an extension […]

  • Self-Defense Class Teaches Everyday Tactics

    DES MOINES, Iowa — There are several self-defense classes in and around Des Moines that will teach you everyday tactics for getting out of tough situations. When the weather warms up, the crime rate also tends to go up. A study from Iowa State University states, “There are about 2.6 percent more murders ad assaults in the United States during the summer than other seasons of the year; hot summers produce a bigger increase in violence than cooler summers.” The […]

  • Rabbits, Chicks, and Small Animals Are Not Good Easter Gifts

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Animal Rescue League said this Easter holiday should not be a motivation to purchase or adopt small animals. “We’ve really seen a resurgence of abandoned animals, abandoned rabbits, chickens and other small animals after the Easter season. So that`s very disappointing. We thought we were going in a proper trend and now we seem to be slipping back which is basically an indication to us that it`s an impulse buy,” Tom Colvin Executive Director of […]

  • Morel Mushroom Hunting Season is in Full Swing

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Experts said Saturday will be one of the best days to hunt for morel mushrooms. “We are right at that optimum soil temperature. So this weekend, I’m thinking you need to be out in the woods,” Alan Foster with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said. If you are new to the hobby or want to sell mushrooms there is one more certification workshop on Saturday from 1 – 4 p.m. at Iowa State University in […]

  • Spring Reminder for Trail Usage Etiquette

    DES MOINES, Iowa — As the weather warms up the trails in Des Moines will be seeing more visitors and it’s important to remember the usage guidelines. Jen Fletcher with Des Moines Parks and Rec said the trails get used over 300,000 times per year. “The biggest thing for our trails is no motorized vehicles. No ATVs, no motorcycles or anything like that,” Fletcher said. Here is the complete list of guidelines: Always wear a helmet while biking. Share the trail […]

  • Iowa Cubs Home Opener is Finally Here

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The home opening game for the Iowa Cubs is Tuesday at 6:38 p.m. against the New Orleans Baby Cakes. There are several new additions to the the park this year for fans to be excited about. The new video board in left field is 130 feet long. “It will have a lot of stats for the baseball geeks in the audience, but also a lot of fan friendly things that will make the game more fun,” Scott […]