Step back into an elegant time while sipping on a modern cocktail at The New Northwestern Cocktail & Wine Bar.
I stopped by the historic site of the former Northwestern Hotel to give you a sneak preview.
Polk County's former HR director Jim Nahas is accusing four of the county's five supervisors of extortion, libel and wrongful termination in a lawsuit made public in court records Tuesday.
Hy-Vee is piloting an autonomous robot at five of its stores, including Ankeny and Altoona.
Why it matters: You may run into Tally while grabbing groceries. (Don't worry, it's polite.)
How it works: Tally scans store aisles two to four times a day, capturing high-quality images of shelves.
Between the lines: The information Tally gathers helps stores more accurately forecast sales and cuts labor spent tracking inventory, said Brad Bogolea, CEO of Simbe Robotics, which produces the robot.
💭 Our thought bubble: It gives a whole new meaning to a helpful smile in every aisle.
Homes built with a 3D printer could alleviate Iowa's affordable housing gaps and help rejuvenate rural areas, Zach Mannheimer of 3D housing company Alquist told Axios.
Driving the news: Mannheimer's company is planning to build a 3D-printed home in Stanton, Iowa, next year.
Why it matters: Central Iowa is facing a shortage of tens of thousands of new housing units over the next few decades, according to a DSM study from 2018.
A Des Moines company bringing machine learning — and most notably the sense of sight— to computer software raised $20 million this month.
What they do: Roboflow's technology allows users to "train" computer programs to recognize and identify information, which can help software teams can create better image collections.
Why it matters: Computer vision has the potential to transform multiple industries.
What's next: The company has 11 employees and recently posted job openings for nine more, co-founder Brad Dwyer told us.
Lumber from Des Moines-metro trees is now for sale in the area.
What's happening: The Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity is partnering with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for a pilot urban lumber program.
Why it matters: The program aims to maximize the use of local trees to minimize waste.
State of play: Commercially sold lumber generally comes from outside Iowa, while urban trees are often used for mulch or firewood, Iowa forestry specialist Aron Flickinger tells us.
Of note: The lumber program is in pilot stages so, for now, there isn't a directory of urban cutters who will donate your tree to the program.
Where to get it: Habitat for Humanity Restore, 2200 E. Euclid Ave, DSM, and 4033 NW Urbandale Dr., Urbandale.
A vacant buildings directory might be part of an upcoming Des Moines property improvement initiative.
Why it matters: Vacant buildings can be dangerous, diminish nearby property values and have been linked with an increase in crime.
Knotfest was one of Iowa's largest music events of the year, but attendees reported long waits for essentials like food and water.
State of play: 30,000 metal fans descended upon the National Balloon Classic field just outside Indianola on Saturday.
Sen. Chuck Grassley's seat is considered safe this upcoming election.
State of play: Grassley has always faced an onslaught of criticism from Democrats online, but people within his own party are trolling him for acknowledging President Biden's election win and supporting the president's infrastructure bill.
Knotfest — Slipknot's giant metal music festival — is drawing in 30,000 fans from around the world to the National Balloon Classic field just outside Indianola this Saturday.
Why it matters: Iowa is a seemingly odd location when you consider Slipknot has drawn masses of fans, aka "maggots," to festivals in Japan, Colombia and France.