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  • Road Closure Gives Drake Relays a Festival Feeling

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  For decades the Drake Relays has drawn a huge crowd of fans to the stadium, and then a huge crowd of alumni to the bars and restaurants down the street. This year, the university will try to bring the two groups together along Forest Avenue by closing off a part of the street. This is an attempt to give the community more of a chance to engage in the Drake Relay atmosphere. By closing off Forrest […]

  • Community Involvement Makes ‘Grand Blue Mile’ More Than Just a Race

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  We’ve seen the painted streets and beautiful bulldogs but Tuesday starts the Drake Relays athletic competitions with the Grand Blue Mile. The course is a little different from last year, the finish line is still in front of Wellmark on Grand Ave but it begins at Meredith Corporation on Locust Street and loops around to Grand. Unlike many of the other competitions during Drake Relays, you don’t have to be an elite athlete to participate in […]

  • Weekend Festivities Kick Off Drake Relays Events

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Drake Relays kicked off this weekend with beautiful bulldogs and street painting. Street painting is a Drake Relays tradition that starting in the 1970s, where organizations and clubs paint a square along this sidewalk in the middle of campus, the painting must follow a central theme. This year’s student-developed theme is “life in the fast lane” each student organization can sign up to paint a square that represents their club and the student relays’ theme. And […]

  • Earth Day Trash Bash Expects to Pick Up More than 80,000 Pounds of Garbage

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  As the snow melts, it reveals just how much garbage was underneath. You can see it on the side of the roads, in parking lots, on the trails and at parks. Des Moines Parks and Recreation is hosting its Earth Day Trash Bash to help pick up garbage around the city. “Winter, although it still seems to be around, left a lot of debris in the park system and it’s really a good way to get […]

  • Silent Dance Party for People with Disabilities Brings People Together

    URBANDALE, Iowa  —  Thursday, Courage League Sports, an adaptive gym in Urbandale, hosts a different kind of dance party. One without bass-pumping speakers and strobe lights. It’s a sensory-friendly and silent dance party for people with disabilities and their families. This is the second year Silent Disco DSM and Courage League are partnering to put on this sensory-friendly event. They expect around 200 people. It all starts with the headphones. There are three different live DJs you can switch between […]

  • Local High School Seniors’ Documentary Wins $5,000 Grand Prize

    GRIMES, Iowa  —  Two Dallas Center-Grimes high school seniors won a $5,000 grand prize in a national C-SPAN documentary contest. There were 150 national winners from nearly 3,000 submissions. C-SPAN said the Dallas Center-Grimes senior’s documentary called “Old Enough to Fight, Old Enough to Vote” on the 26th amendment really stood out. The prompt was to choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and make a 5 to 7-minute video of why it is important to you. Adam Koch and […]

  • Local Sitter and Tutor Business Works to Beat the Summer Brain Drain

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Summer is not far away and many parents may be looking for nannies or sitters. But they don’t want their children just sitting in front of a screen all summer. College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors in West Des Moines helps pair families with a nanny, sitter or tutor who will keep kids active and learning. Franchise owner Brian Tingleff said this business is different than competitors like care.com because nannies, sitters and tutors are […]

  • Astronaut Peggy Whitson Receiving Award for Inspiring Others to Chase Their Dreams

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Astronaut and Iowa native Peggy Whitson will receive the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award Friday at 7 p.m. at the Ray Center’s All-Star Evening in West Des Moines. The Robert D. & Billie Ray Center at Drake University bases the award off of the six pillars of character; trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring, fairness and good citizenship. They say Peggy Whitson has demonstrated those exemplary qualities in her life and inspired others to do […]

  • Speed Stacking Takes Local Kid to World Championship

    URBANDALE, Iowa  —  In many sports you sprint with your legs but in Speed Stacking you sprint with your arms. One 11-year-old from Walnut Hills Elementary competed in the speed stacking World Championship in Florida. “It’s a sport where you’ve never seen anything like it. Usually when it’s on video people think it’s sped up,” said 5th grader at Walnut Hills Elementary School Ethan Biggerstaff. When it comes to speed stacking all you need is 12 cups, a mat, a […]

  • New Mural Brings Awareness to Crime Victim’s Rights

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A new mural will be completed in the East Village on the corner of East 6th and Grand . The mural surrounds Marsy’s Law for Iowa, a crime victims protection law that currently has legislation in the house and senate. Local artist Kelsey Lampe said this mural does not have a title, leaving its message up for interpretation. The quote on the mural is by Anais Nin and says, “and the day came when the risk to remain […]

  • Upgrade Your Caffeine Routine

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  If you wake up with a cup of coffee every morning, you may be getting tired of the same old cup o’ Joe. DSM Brew in Des Moines has some tips and tricks to upgrade your caffeine routine. If you want double the caffeine of a cup of coffee, try making a cold brew. Steep coarsely ground coffee in cold water for 15 to 24 hours and strain out the grounds for a cool drink that […]

  • City Hall Opens to the Public After Two Years of Construction

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  After two years of construction, Des Moines’ City Hall reopens its doors to the public Monday. City Hall first opened to the public on January 1st, 1912. During the most recent renovation, more than a century after it first opened, workers were very careful not to damage or remove anything with historical significance. “The project really was important to keep our historic building up to date, functional, safe and running smoothly,” Assistant City Manager Pam Cooksey […]