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  • New Exhibit at Des Moines Art Center

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Art Center opens their Wanderlust Exhibition Friday. The theme of the exhibit surrounds artists stepping out of their studio and creating art in the world. One of the works in the exhibition is titled “Gyre” made by American artist Marie Lorenz in 2017 takes up three stories in the atrium of the Richard Meier building in the Des Moines Art Center. It features 1,200 porcelain sculptures Lorenz molded from debris she collected in […]

  • Work Immersion Program Helps Adults With Disabilities Find Jobs

    URBANDALE, Iowa — A local work immersion program is helping adults with disabilities find jobs in the community. Goodwill of Central Iowa brings in four interns to participate in a nine month work immersion program, which is at the Urbandale Hy-Vee this year. “Anyone [over the age of 18] with a developmental or intellectual disability can apply to our program,” Goodwill Project SEARCH instructor Sam Pattison said. During the 8 hour work day the interns are paid minimum wage by […]

  • Local Business Does ‘Berry’ Well on Valentine’s Day

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Chocolate Storybook in West Des Moines celebrates Valentine’s Day with thousands of chocolate covered strawberries. The store’s co-owner Steve Shearer said, “today alone we will dip more than 3,000 berries.” Nationally, the week of Valentine’s Day American’s will purchase around 58 million pounds of chocolate. Shearer said Chocolate Storybook goes through 4,000 pounds of chocolate the week of Valentine’s Day. Because chocolate covered strawberries aren’t the only thing they dip in chocolate. They also sell […]

  • Killing With Kindness: ARL Takes on Animal Hoarding

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) said hundreds of animals are affected by animal hoarding in Iowa every year. “You hear about people maybe collecting newspapers, or any number of types of things and unfortunately our concern is when it happens for animals,” ARL Executive Director Tom Colvin said. This is why the ARL brings Randall Lockwood, Senior Vice President for Anti-Cruelty Special Projects for the ASPCA, to the metro to speak with the public […]

  • Tiny Homes and Giant Gardens at the Des Moines Home and Garden Show

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  This is the 40th anniversary of the Des Moines Home and Garden Show hosted at the Iowa Event Center. There are more than 400 exhibits with all kinds of home improvement and design inspirations from flooring to lighting and everything in between. Interior designer and member of 2016’s HGTV Design Star cast, Tyler Wisler, designed a custom mailbox for sale in a silent auction. “You Got Mail” bids nearly a dozen mailboxes, all designed by local […]

  • Jordan House: Central Iowa’s Connection to the Underground Railroad

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  —  February is Black History Month and the West Des Moines Historical Society invites the public to view a local connection to the underground railroad. The Jordan House in West Des Moines has public tours every Friday and Sunday 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Jordan House was built in 1850 and became a designated stopping point on the Underground Railroad for slaves seeking freedom. The executive director of the West Des Moines Historical Society Gail […]

  • Ultraviolet Light Helps Metro EMS Disinfect Ambulances

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hospitals have been using ultraviolet lighting to disinfect equipment for years, but now emergency medical services in the metro are using smaller, portable UV lights to disinfect ambulances. Before turning on the light, crews use sprays and wipes to sanitize the surfaces in ambulances. The UV process takes around 30 minutes to kill germs like bacteria, viruses, and fungus. West Des Moines EMS says the UV lights use radiation similar to the sun to kill […]

  • Decision Day, Residents Vote on School Bond Referendums

    IOWA  —  Tuesday, residents in three metro school districts are voting on bond referendums that aim to build new schools. The Ankeny school district, the Urbandale school district, and the Waukee school district have open voting from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at various polling locations. (Click on the school district for their poll locations) Each school district wants different things out of their bond referendums and it may require a higher property tax for residents. The Ankeny School District […]

  • Des Moines Plans a Recreational Riverfront

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The city plans to make big changes to the Des Moines riverfront making it a hot spot for recreational water sports. Construction would create white water rapids and kayaking on the river, and the project would even include a zip-line. There are more than 60 projects in total along 150 miles of the river, but when it comes to Des Moines, the city is looking at three main projects, the three big dams around the city. […]

  • Local Groundhog Day Event Celebrates 14 Years

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  High Life Lounge in Des Moines had lines out the door at 5 a.m. on Friday for its annual Groundhog Day Celebration. The bar served free beer from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and breakfast until 11 a.m. This year, local groundhog Polk County Paula did not see her shadow Friday morning, meaning she thinks central Iowa will have an early spring. This tradition started 14 years ago when the High Life Lounge opened on Groundhog […]

  • Victim’s Family Can’t Believe that Admitted Child Sex Abuser Won’t Face Charges

    NEWTON, Iowa  —  A Jasper County family is outraged at the news they heard from their County Attorney. A Newton who had confessed to committing sex acts on a young girl is being set free … all charges against him dropped. “I can`t believe they could take 16 counts of a class b felony and just dismiss him,” says Sarah Bradbury, the 10-year-old victim’s aunt. 42-year-old Shawn Cooper of Newton pleaded guilty to 16 charges of sexual abuse but Monday […]

  • The Tea Room’s First Afternoon Tea Since Its Restoration

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Thursday afternoon The Tea Room in downtown Des Moines opens its doors to the first public “Afternoon Tea” since the event center’s restoration. The Tea Room’s business development manager Mark Nelson said he gets multiple phone calls and emails a day asking if The Tea Room will open again for lunch, just as it had back in the mid – 1900s and early 2000s. “I think a lot of people have great memories of The Tea […]