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Jason Clayworth
Aug 12, 2022 - News

Iowa's Department on Aging to merge with Health and Human Services

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The Iowa Department on Aging will become a division within the state's Department of Health and Human Services, HHS director Kelly Garcia announced in an email to employees Thursday.

  • The expected transition will occur July 1, 2023, she wrote.
Linh Ta
Aug 12, 2022 - Food and Drink

Coaches Kolaches reopening in Urbandale

Coaches Kolaches kolaches
A brisket kolache (left) and jalapeno and sausage kolache. Photos courtesy of Coaches Kolaches

Fans of Coaches Kolaches only have to wait a few more weeks until the popular eatery reopens its doors in Urbandale on Sept. 1.

  • Customers will find a bigger kitchen and expanded menu at its new location at 2777 100th Street.
Linh Ta
Aug 12, 2022 - Things to Do

Iowa State Fair: The actual tips and tricks you need

Kid playing game at the Iowa State Fair
A visitors plays a carnival game at the Iowa State Fair on August 19, 2021. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

Ah, the Iowa State Fair. Our state's biggest event of the year.

  • So influential, we plan our school start dates around it. So notorious, squirting butter grease once graced the New York Times.
Jason Clayworth
Aug 12, 2022 - News

Iowa's Prairie Meadows casino CEO wants to nix his retirement plan

A photo of Gary Palmer.
Photo courtesy of Prairie Meadows

Prairie Meadows CEO Gary Palmer, 75, wants to retract his longtime plan to retire by the end of 2023, he told Axios Thursday.

  • The nonprofit casino's board called a special meeting Friday to consider extending his contract.
Jason Clayworth
Aug 11, 2022 - News

Short staffed: Pool closures called a crisis in Des Moines

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Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Ongoing pool closures are a public health crisis, Des Moines Parks and Recreation board member Loyd Ogle tells Axios.

  • He's calling on the city to devise a new plan to resolve staffing shortages.

Why it matters: In addition to recreation and physical activity, pools offer relief from extreme heat.

Linh Ta
Aug 11, 2022 - Business

New restaurant, edible garden coming to DSM's Ingersoll Avenue

The site plan for the 3900 block of Ingersoll Avenue
The site plan for the 3900 block of Ingersoll Avenue, which was purchased by 39 Block, LLC. Photo courtesy of Chris Diebel

A new fine dining restaurant, edible garden and storefront are planned for the 3900 block of Ingersoll Avenue.

Why it matters: The large development, which includes a 7,600 square foot restaurant and 2,500 square foot storefront, helps redevelop an area that hasn't seen as much foot traffic as Ingersoll's east side.

Jason Clayworth
Aug 11, 2022 - News

Penalties mount for late Des Moines park project

Hold your pee. The completion of this bathroom at Des Moines' Witmer Park is more than 70 days late. (This is how it looked a week ago.) Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Graphite Construction faces at least $35,500 in penalties for failing to complete a Des Moines park project on time.

Driving the news: Witmer Park's $560,000 playground and restroom project was supposed to be ready to go by May 31. But more than two months later, the park isn't finished.

Abortion investigations would be prohibited under Des Moines proposal

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Des Moines police would not be able to investigate complaints about health care providers that facilitate access to abortion under a resolution shared with Axios that was drafted by city councilperson Josh Mandelbaum.

  • It would also direct city staffers to draft an ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing or employment against someone who has had an abortion or accesses reproductive health services similar to those that protect sexual orientation and gender identity.