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Save time this holiday season by shopping for wares from multiple local makers in one place.
Only a grinch could frown after seeing these holiday lights across the Des Moines metro.
- We've compiled a list of free finds and displays worth the extra penny.
I'm coming at you hot with my spicy takes for all the Midwest holiday food staples (though none of the foods are actually spicy.)
How it works: On a scale of 🌽 to 🌽🌽🌽🌽🌽 — one ear of corn is Chef Boyardee lasagna and five ears of corn is grandma-worthy cooking.
We've all heard the call to skip chain stores and buy local this holiday season.
Reality check: The real reason to shop local is because it's better. Des Moines businesses are making tons of cool stuff, which is often unique and more meaningful.
- Plus: Some of these ideas can help you avoid large crowds and supply chain headaches. Score.
Home development dipped by nearly 50% in Des Moines last year as compared to 2019, city permit records obtained by Axios show.
- Permits issued through November of this year are ahead of 2020 numbers, but still well below the 2019 level.
Why it matters: Some developers are questioning whether a zoning overhaul approved by the city in late 2019 is to blame.
U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne, of Iowa, introduced a new bill this week aimed at tightening enforcement of the federal Animal Welfare Act.
Driving the news: "Goldie's Act" is named after one of the 500 dogs recently found in deplorable conditions at Daniel Gingerich's puppy mill in Wayne County, which was shut down last month.
Polk County supervisors have released a lien against some of the property used as collateral to guarantee $3.9 million in taxpayer loans made to Merle Hay Mall in recent years.
Why it matters: The mall says the financial move is necessary to move forward with its plans to build a new $2.8 million Kohl's store at the site of the now-demolished Sears.
- Taxpayer money is at greater risk for losses if the mall were to go bankrupt or out-of-business and liquidate.
Abortion will remain legal in Iowa if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, but access to nearby abortion clinics may become more difficult for western Iowans.
Driving the news: The nation's high court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case involving a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.