Des Moines, IA Government

Struggles continue in Des Moines' redlined district

Households in Des Moines' historic redlining district are some of the most likely to face insecurity and seek help from a food pantry, according to a new report by the Des Moines Area Religious Council.Why it matters: The redlined neighborhoods that lacked investment 90 years ago — many of which are on the city's south and east sides — are still suffering from economic instability and lower home ownership rates, according to DMARC.For example: Some of the homes at the highest risk for flooding are in the redline district because their foundations are falling apart and they lacked home aid...
Picture for Struggles continue in Des Moines' redlined district

Our Des Moines: So much for a nice, serene walk through the Iowa State Fairgrounds

I’m back. Actually, I’ve never stopped walking through the Iowa State Fairgrounds, only this time it’s different. It’s still the best place in town for a quiet respite, either by foot or bicycle. It’s still an A-plus gem of a place to spend a morning, an afternoon or early evening — when hundreds of thousands of sweaty people aren’t crowding shoulder-to-shoulder to purchase something on a stick.
Picture for Our Des Moines: So much for a nice, serene walk through the Iowa State Fairgrounds

Storms cause damage around Des Moines area

DES MOINES, Iowa — Strong storms rolled through the metro Sunday night. High winds knocked down trees and disrupted power for thousands of customers. Viewers sent in numerous photos of storm damage and lightning after the state received some much needed rain.

Wakonda Club preparing for restoration

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Wakonda Club is preparing for a huge makeover. The southside golf club will play host to the Principal Charity Classic next spring. Then the course will shut down so crews can start making improvements. The improvements will include removing some unhealthy trees and replacing...

Iowa State Fair 2022: Your guide to Iowa's largest event

DES MOINES, Iowa — This year, the Iowa State Fair runs from Thursday, Aug. 11 through Sunday, Aug. 21!. Advance admission tickets cost $9 for adults (ages 12 and up) and $5 for children (ages 6 to 11). Tickets at the gate cost $14 for adults and $8 for children. Other ticket options provide discounts on adult beverages, barnyard yoga, demolition derby and giant slide tickets among others.

Ankeny woman climbs 17-story apartment for fundraiser

US Senate passes bill to address climate change, prescription drug costs. The U.S. House now has a sweeping bill to address various issues like climate change and prescription drug costs. Authorities investigate string of murders involving Muslim men in New Mexico. Updated: 1 hour ago. Authorities in New Mexico are...

Survey feedback about Harmony Park leads to long debate with volunteers and council members

The splash pad features of the proposed Harmony Park haven’t even been built, but already the water is getting murky. Updates from the Newton Main Street committee spearheading the project led to a spirited debate between volunteers, city staff and elected officials on Aug. 1, eventually leading to one council member feeling personally attacked for his opposition while organizers are left wondering if the city supports their efforts.

A New Bar for Dogs & Humans is Opening Soon in Iowa [PHOTOS]

There are some bars and restaurants in the area that allow dogs on their patio, but what about a bar that's specifically designed FOR dogs and their humans?. According to a new article from the Des Moines Register, there's a new "canine retreat" opening soon at 6218 Willowmere Drive in Des Moines. Paws & Pints features a dog park, a coffee house, a bar and kitchen, a vet clinic, a doggy daycare, a dog hotel and spa, a training facility, and a shop.

Dallas County To Honor William Wagner During Adel Sweet Corn Festival

This year celebrates 175 years of the city of Adel, and during this weekend’s Adel Sweet Corn Festival on Saturday the Dallas County Courthouse will be open for viewing. Supervisor Mark Hanson says because of the work that William Wagner did during an early phase of renovation of the Dallas County Courthouse along with various other ventures and contributions, he will be honored with a special event Friday at 4 p.m. that will coincide with that day being proclaimed William Wagner Day.

Crews work to restore power after storm blows through Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — Thousands of MidAmerican Energy customers in Des Moines didn’t have power after a storm rolled through on Sunday night. The storm hit the metro around 6 p.m. with reports of strong winds. Though the metro needed the rain, the wind speeds resulted in lots of broken trees and downed power lines. […]

Beaverdale traffic headaches necessary to prevent future flooding

DES MOINES, Iowa — Driving through Beaverdale there are many construction projects blocking roads. After severe storms caused flooding in the Beaverdale neighborhood in 2018, the city sped up plans to build new stormwater infrastructure. “We’ve been working closest creek since the early 2000s,” Patrick Beane, the Clean Water Program Administrator for Des Moines Public […]

Vendors excited for Iowa State Fair opening day

DES MOINES, Iowa — Everyone has their favorite part of the Iowa State Fair. For many, there's no better place to grab a bite to eat. "I like to eat healthy, so I'd say it'd probably be the pork tent, because the pork is really good," said Dean Small, who was visiting the fairgrounds with his granddaughter Monday.
Iowa State Daily

Ames City Council to vote on a resolution for 801 Day penalties

During Tuesday’s meeting, the Ames City Council will vote on a resolution authorizing the enhanced penalties for nuisance party violations during 801 Day weekend. In a 4-1 vote, the Council voted in July to increase fines from $100 to $650, a $550 increase, for first time violations as well as subsequent offenses from $200 to $855, a $655 increase. This decision came after an extensive discussion the council had last week and multiple complaints from residents living in Ames.

Culvert repairs close one-quarter mile of 187th Road

One-quarter mile of 187th Road is closed until Tuesday for culvert repairs, the Dallas County Secondary Roads Department announced Monday. The closure of 187th Road will occur between Lexington Road and Lexington Place near Minburn. The roadway will reopen Tuesday at 5 p.m., weather permitting, the roads department said. For...