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May 27, 2022 - Things to Do

Iowa's state parks are more popular than ever

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Memorial Day weekend is finally here, and Iowans are expected to go outside in full force.

Driving the news: Visits to state parks swelled in 2020 as Iowans and the rest of the country sought more opportunities to get outside at the height of the pandemic.

7 biggest events in Des Moines in 2022

Hot air balloons in the sky at National Balloon Classic in Indianola, Iowa.
Photo courtesy of National Balloon Classic

Festival season is in full swing and we are booked and busy in 2022, folks.

  • Here are the top seven events happening in Des Moines, starting this week.
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What: This festival brings together different Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in Iowa around food, educational activities and live cultural entertainment.

Meet Des Moines' Red Bull speed demons

A photo of a Red Bull Soapbox team.
The Cream Team: These are employees of the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department with a vehicle inspired by the Iowa State Fair Butter Cow and Anderson Erickson Dairy. Photos courtesy of Red Bull Soapbox Race

The Red Bull Soapbox Race this week published the list and concept drawings of the teams that will compete in the June 18 race at the Iowa Capitol.

Why it matters: Team Axios is in the lineup and we're sizing up our competition.

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May 17, 2022 - News

Walleye season is booming in Iowa

Walleye eggs hatching
Some just hatched caviar. Video courtesy of Iowa DNR

It's prime walleye season in Iowa. Did you know the magic doesn't start in the state's rivers, but rather, in giant fish lava lamps?

Driving the news: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is busy hatching an astounding 145 million walleyes and stocking them into the state's waters this year.

You can buy the devil's Des Moines-area digits for $22,666

A photo of an eBay ad.
Screenshot of eBay listing

Occasionally, I scroll through eBay just for kicks. This ad selling a 666 vanity telephone number caught my attention last week.

By the numbers: For just $22,666.66, you could own the devil's digits.

Des Moines' park system ranks in nation's top 25

A photo of Western Gateway Park in Des Moines.
Des Moines' Watern Gateway Park. Photo: Rachel Mummey/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Des Moines' park system ranked #25 in the nation this year, according to a ParkScore report released last week by the Trust for Public Land.

  • That's up 10 spots from last year and ahead of places like Atlanta, San Diego and Tampa.

Saucy Questions: Kelly Foss talks farmers market favorites

A photo of Kelly Foss.
Kelly's Foss's favorite sauce is the bottomless Saturday morning bloody Mary's from Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Company. Photo courtesy of Keely Rosenberg

We're back with our second edition of "Saucy Questions," a new feature where we ask all our most pressing and... cheeky questions. In today's saucy seat: Kelly Foss.

State of play: Foss served as director of Des Moines' Downtown Farmers' Market for 23 years, helping it gain recognition as one of the best in the nation.

"League of Wives" exhibit opens at Iowa Gold Star Military Museum

A photo of a new exhibit at the Gold Star Museum.
The "League of Wives" exhibit opens tonight. Photo courtesy of Kristine Bartley

A new exhibit at Johnston's Gold Star Military Museum shares the stories of women who helped free or account for prisoners of war during the Vietnam War.

  • "League of Wives" will open to the public Thursday at 7pm, and run through Aug. 31.
  • Admission is free.
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