Jason Clayworth
May 17, 2022 - Sports

Iowans place nearly $4 billion in sports bets

Data: Legal Sports Report; Table: Thomas Oide/Axios
Data: Legal Sports Report; Table: Thomas Oide/Axios

Americans have wagered more than $125 billion on legal sports bets in the four years since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for states to offer it, according to

State of play: 30 states, plus Washington, D.C., have live, legal sports betting markets. Five more have legalized it but are not yet operational.

Linh Ta
Apr 26, 2022 - News

Dew Tour returning to Des Moines

Misugu Okamoto at Dew Tour
Misugu Okamoto competing at the 2021 Dew Tour. Photo courtesy of Catch Des Moines

Well, call us Dew Moines. Our capital city will host the Dew Tour once again at the Lauridsen Skatepark.

Why it matters: It was up in the air if Des Moines would host the competition for a second year, but the commitment cements the city's growing prominence in the skating world.

Linh Ta
Apr 11, 2022 - Business

Hy-Vee opening new sports shop in Waukee

Rendering of Hy-Vee Waukee
A rendering of Hy-Vee's Waukee store expansion. Rendering courtesy of City of Waukee

Hy-Vee is expanding its Waukee store off Hickman Avenue by adding sports, shoes and clothings shops, the Business Record reports.

Driving the news: City officials have approved plans to add more than 30,000 square feet to the existing 90,000-square-foot grocery store.

Jason Clayworth
Mar 30, 2022 - Sports

Iowa's March Madness windfall

A photo of a basketball game.
Emily Ryan #11 Iowa State Cyclones puts up a shot during a March 25 game against the Creighton Bluejays. Photo: Grant Halverson/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

March Madness betting is expected to hit record levels this year, including in Iowa, where taxes collected from sports wagering have already bested previous year totals, Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission director Brian Ohorilko tells Axios.

State of play: Iowa is anticipating millions of extra moolah for 2022 and lawmakers at the State Capitol are debating how to spend it.

Jason Clayworth
Mar 25, 2022 - Sports

Des Moines team wins Red Bull skateboard challenge

A photo of skateboarders in Des Moines.
This could be great fun OR hurt a whole lot. Photo courtesy of Red Bull

Des Moines skateboarders showed off their gnarly moves at unexpected places, including downtown buildings and warehouses.

Driving the news: A Des Moines team won this year's Red Bull DIY Skateboard contest, officials announced this week.

  • It's a winter competition that incorporates less-than-optimal skating weather.
  • Nine Midwest teams competed this year. Their prize is a three-day trip to Los Angeles.

The team: Logan Cook, Conor Patterson, Connor Barrett and Mirza Jasarovic.

Watch their sweet tricks here.

Jason Clayworth
Mar 17, 2022 - News

University of Northern Iowa student breaks record in run across state

A photo of Paul Noble.
Paul Noble. Photo courtesy of Tom Noble

A University of Northern Iowa student who used his spring break to run across the state set a record this morning, a team of his supporters reported on Facebook.

State of play: Paul Noble reached the South Omaha Veterans Memorial Bridge in Council Bluffs this morning, breaking the fastest-known time for the nearly 300-mile route across Iowa.

Jason Clayworth
Mar 14, 2022 - News

University of Northern Iowa student attempts record run across state

A photo of Paul Noble running outside on a sunny day.
Paul Noble. Photo courtesy of Tom Noble

Give a friendly wave if you see Paul Noble on the run Monday.

What's happening: The University of Northern Iowa sophomore and ultra-marathon runner is using his spring break to try to break the fastest known time across the state of Iowa.

Linh Ta
Mar 11, 2022 - Things to Do

Skate DSM to give out 500 free skateboards to Des Moines kids

Kids at the Lauridsen skatepark
Members of the Subsect Kids Skate Crew visit while taking turns dropping into the flow bowl at the Lauridsen Skatepark in Des Moines on Sept. 7, 2021. Photo: Bryon Houlgrave/The Register via Imagn Content Services

If your kid is dreaming of doing some gnarly tricks β€” good news, they could be eligible for a free skateboard.

Driving the news: Skate DSM is trying to get younger people into skateboarding through its new "Get On Board Project."

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