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The popular Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, was celebrated at the Des Moines Art Center Sunday, Nov. 1, with ceremonies honoring longtime community volunteer Aurora (Boli) Bejarano Lumadue, who died in 2014 at age 84. The popular, life-affirming event...
Robert B. Reich, former labor secretary in the Clinton administration and current chancellor’s professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, spoke this month at the...
Minions, monkeys and a monster—Oh, my! Head to Chariton, Iowa, and the surrounding area for the fourth annual Lucas County Hay Bale Art Contest. The creative designs vary from several rectangular bales forming Snoopy atop his dog house to many...
“A monument’s dimensions should be determined by the importance to civilization of the events commemorated…Let us place there, carved high, as close to heaven as we can, the words of our leaders, their faces, to show posterity what manner...
My dad was less than impressed on our first visit to the Crazy Horse Memorial decades ago. It was hard to imagine Crazy Horse on the rock in front of us, the monumental task ahead of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski, the...
All the elements of the traditional West were in play: mounted riders speeding across the grassland gathering and directing buffalo, a rising cloud of dust created by the running herd, the neighs of horses, the crack of whips, and...
Maybe every presidential candidate campaigning in Iowa should be required to speak from or at least spend some time wandering through the beautiful Cowles Commons at Third and Locust streets in Des Moines and pondering the 10 peace quotations...
The adults outnumbered the kids at least five to one in the Hughes Conservatory of Reiman Gardens in Ames recently when trains, tunnels, towers and bridges were thrown open to inspection at the Reiman Gardens Railroad Exhibition, a new...
“Don’t say it’s a fine morning, or I’ll shoot ya.” That’s John Wayne’s character, George Washington McLintock, in his 1963 movie “McLintock,” with Maureen O’Hara. Who knew I have been quoting John Wayne all my life at all those awful...
Imagine 32 thoroughbred horses, 16 riders and four wagons, each turning in figure eights around two barrels set in an infield and then racing onto the half mile track with all the horses at a dead run. Why, it’s...