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Jason Clayworth
8 hours ago - News

Iowa Native American boarding schools part of "heartbreaking" report

A photo of a Native American boarding school in Iowa.
The Industrial School in Toledo was built "to educate students in the ways of the white," according to a historic account from the State Historical Society of Iowa. Photo courtesy of the State Historical Society of Iowa

A federal report released this month found Native American children were removed from homes, severely mistreated and, in some cases, died at more than 400 boarding schools across the U.S. between 1819 and 1969.

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.

Jason Clayworth
8 hours ago - News

Des Moines outsources its mosquito control

A photo of a mosquito.
Photo: BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Des Moines' municipal mosquito control has been outsourced to a private company under a contract approved by the City Council last week.

Why it matters: Less itch.

Linh Ta
May 18, 2022 - News

Baby formula shortage hits Iowa harder than much of U.S.

Data: Datasembly; Chart: Baidi Wang/Axios

The baby formula shortage is leaving shelves bare and causing panic among families and caregivers, particularly in Iowa.

  • The scarcity is largely because of supply chain challenges linked to the pandemic and product recalls.

Driving the news: Nearly 50% of Iowa's expected formula stock was absent from shelves the week of May 1, according to Datasembly, a retail software company. In comparison, the nation averaged around 43%.

Jason Clayworth
May 18, 2022 - COVID

Des Moines may mask back up, mayor says

An illustration of a mask.
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Des Moines may reinstate a mask policy if cases continue to escalate, Mayor Frank Cownie warned during a council work session Tuesday.

Driving the news: Iowa averaged around 505 new COVID cases per day in the last week, according to The New York Times tracker. That's more than double the average two weeks ago.

Linh Ta
May 18, 2022 - Politics

Iowa early voting guide for 2022 primary election

Illustration of picket fence with I Voted stickers.
Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Early voting for Iowa's primary election starts today.

How to vote via absentee ballot: You can either vote by mail or in-person at your county auditor's office.

Jason Clayworth
May 18, 2022 - News

Where is the "LOVE" in Pappajohn Sculpture Park?

A photo of a dirt hole surrounded by traffic cones where the "Love" sculpture once stood in Des Moines' Pappajohn Sculpture Park.
A dirt hole where the "LOVE" sculpture once stood. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Hold on to those elaborate proposals you had planned at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park because "LOVE" is currently missing.

Driving the news: The Des Moines Art Center is performing scheduled repair and maintenance of the iconic red artwork.

Jason Clayworth
May 17, 2022 - News

Des Moines is looking into converting 2 major one-way streets

A photo along Grand Avenue in Des Moines.
Trafffic along Grand Avenue in downtown Des Moines on Friday, April 1. Photo: Meg McLaughlin/The Des Moines Register via Imagn

Des Moines will launch a study this year into how to convert Grand Avenue and Locust Street into two-way roads, city engineer Steven Naber told council members in a meeting last week.

Why it matters: Grand and Locust are two of downtown's main arteries.