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On April 8, 2011, Des Moines realtor Jen Stanbrough was showing houses like any other day when her phone began to flash repeatedly with calls and texts — but, still in work mode, she waited to answer.
When she finally did, she expected to hear something had gone wrong with a closing. Instead, a fellow realtor told her that her close friend, Ashley Okland, had been shot twice at her open house in West Des Moines and pronounced dead at the hospital.
Polk County’s deaths increased almost 20% last year, up 706 from 2019, according to a report presented to supervisors Wednesday by Polk County medical examiner Joshua Akers.
Why it matters: It's a sobering reminder of the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, underscoring the importance of vaccines and maintaining precautions like wearing a mask.
A Des Moines man accused of starting a fight after being confronted over wearing his face mask incorrectly has been convicted of a felony and faces a mandatory 10 years in prison, as first reported by Iowa Capital Dispatch.
Why it matters: The case raises the question about whether the punishment fits the crime and could result in legislative action, Bob Rigg, a Drake University law professor told Axios.
Scooping the loop in Des Moines is a coming-of-age tradition bred out of Midwest boredom and our love for long drives.
But city officials, like they have for decades, say it's a nuisance to downtown residents that needs to change.
The Fleur Cinema and Café won’t reopen until mid-summer or early fall because not enough movies are currently available for theater distribution, owner Michael Coppola told Axios this week.
Why it matters: The four-theater cinema, which shut down a year ago due to the pandemic, is the prime place for DSM to catch new indie and foreign films on the big screen.