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Linh Ta, author of Des Moines
Jun 9, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

Des Moines' artisanal ice cream shop Black Cat returns

The storefront of Black Cat Ice Cream. Photo: Linh Ta/Axios

Des Moines' eclectic ice cream shop Black Cat is returning Saturday at its new spot in the Drake neighborhood.

  • Cool down at its grand opening from noon to 8pm at 2511 Cottage Grove Ave., Des Moines.

Flashback: Black Cat Ice Cream was housed at the Gas Lamp until new owners took over the building in 2019.

🍦 Our take: Heck yeah, vegan ice cream!

Iowa eases records restrictions for adoptees

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Iowa natives who were adopted can now obtain copies of their original birth certificates under a new state law signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds last month.

What's happening: People born in Iowa before 1971 are now able to apply for copies of their original certificates and, on Jan.1, the open-records law expands to anyone 18 or older.

  • There were 85 requests as of Friday, the state's Public Health Department told Axios.

Why it matters: The identities of thousands of biological parents are now more easily accessible to their children.

  • Uncovering medical and family information can be important for an adoptee’s well-being, potentially helping them minimize genetic diseases or other conditions.
Linh Ta, author of Des Moines
Jun 9, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

Rising food prices overwhelm Iowa pantries

Lemons, limes and oranges on a supermarket shelf. Photo: Sven Hoppe/picture alliance via Getty Images

Global food prices continue to rise, putting more pressure on businesses and food-insecure Iowans.

By the numbers: In the U.S., food prices rose by nearly 3% in 2020, roughly double the rate of inflation. That particularly burdens the poorest Americans, who spend more than one-third of their income on food.

What Des Moines religious leaders have to say about QAnon's influence

Poll: 5,625 U.S. adults. Margin of error for full survey: ±1.5%. Graphic: PRRI

A recent poll suggests QAnon's bogus conspiracy theories are taking root in churches across the U.S., and some religious officials in Des Moines say they've seen an uptick in the number of people who believe the wildly inaccurate claims.

Why it matters: The spread of false narratives around the government, media and other institutions cultivates distrust, particularly at a flashpoint in our country as we try to recover from the pandemic.

Des Moines to consider new river rentals program

Canoes like these would be available for rent at Captain Roy's later this month under a plan that goes before the DSM City Council Monday. Photo courtesy of Quarry Springs Outfitters

You might soon be able to rent stand-up paddle boards, canoes, kayaks and bicycles at Captain Roy's under a plan that goes before the City Council next week.

Why it matters: Recreation is a big piece of the planned $117 million Central Iowa Water Trails project that's been in the works for years, and the rental program could pave the way for more water activities.