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Posted May 23, 2016in Uncategorized, Email blast, Web Exclusives

2016 Iowa Blues Challenge

The 2016 Iowa Blues Challenge preliminary rounds are now complete. The following blues artists will advance to the Finals: The Solo /Duo prelim winners are Steve Robinson, Bruce Kort and Bare Bones.  In the band category The Royal Blues, Diva & the Deacons and Jeff Banks Band will be competing

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Posted May 06, 2016in Email blast, Clive, Des Moines West, Community Web Exclusives, Web Exclusives, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines

Art Along the Trail

The City of Clive, Clive Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Clive Public Arts Commission will host a dedication for 2016 Art Along the Trail Program Thursday, May 19.  The event will be hosted at 515 Brewing Company at 7700 University in Clive beginning at 5:00pm. A ceremony will

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Posted September 02, 2015in Adel, Community Featured, Email blast

All Dallas County Reads 1 Book

Summer is drawing to a close and the leaves are beginning to turn as we prepare for an exciting fall here at the Adel Public Library. September brings the second annual All Dallas County Reads 1 Book in Perry, a great program on Iowa Ghosts and the Afterlife, as well

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Posted September 02, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, Johnston

Steak for lunch

Those of us in the working world all know a certain set of initials: T.G.I.F. — Thank God It’s Friday. The work week is coming to a close, the weekend beckons, and there’s a good chance it’s payday. And there’s another reason to celebrate in Johnston. Texas Roadhouse is open

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Posted September 02, 2015in Cover Story, Community Cover Story, Email blast, Urbandale

Preparing for college

Gabi Wilson, 21, of Urbandale, is preparing one last time for college. She is busy getting ready to hit the road this fall for her senior year at Central College in Pella. She is spending precious time with her family while she still can before leaving for school. “In my

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Posted August 26, 2015in Community Featured, Bondurant, Email blast

No newbie

No “newbie” when it comes to collecting antique cars. Don Newby, 82, of Bondurant considers himself a semi-retired farmer, and a full-time, antique car buff. Newby currently owns three vintage vehicles: a 19641/2 Mustang convertible, a 1949 Mercury, four-door, and a 1968 Cadillac. He says that all of the vehicles

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Posted August 26, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, Waukee

A prime spot

It’s a warm Friday night and jazz music floats softly through the speakers of John and Nick’s Steak and Prime Rib. Chandeliers on the ceiling provide dim, atmospheric light; wine bottles and pictures of Paris decorate the walls. We slip into a cozy booth with marbled, granite tabletops and observe

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Posted August 26, 2015in Community Featured, Beaverdale, Email blast

Goodbye, Rudy

Rudy, known as the Beaverdale Dog, was a longtime fixture in the yard of Joy Brady and Marty Canova’s house at 46th Street and New York Avenue. Beaverdale residents, young and old, paid daily visits to the newfoundland-labrador mix, as he was tied alongside the sidewalk. Rudy bounded out to

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Posted August 26, 2015in Altoona, Community Featured, Email blast

Meet Kari Fast and Amy Daugherty

With a new school year in progress, Southeast Polk high school guidance counselors Kari Fast and Amy Daugherty are in full swing. Their work with students is an important balance of harnessing academic, social, and emotional skills. This effort helps students successfully complete high school as well as develop and

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Posted August 26, 2015in Community Featured, Boone, Email blast

New service added

We are so excited to announce our newest digital service: Mango Languages! Through Mango, you can learn over sixty foreign languages, right from the comfort of your home, the library, the bus…anywhere you can take your smartphone. The web-site is accessible both from library computers or your home computer. The

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