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The biggest eyesores in Des Moines

Last month we asked for your opinions about the metro's greatest eyesore.It was linked with a story about a city of Des Moines initiative to track problematic properties.Your thoughts"The deterioration along MLK. Too many unkempt properties are a detraction along a main corridor into the downtown area," — Carol Morrow, Ankeny"The Kaleidoscope mall, especially from the viewpoint of the skywalk," — David Jennings, DSM"The Homeless Camp on MLK between 9th and 15th. I know this is a bigger issues than being an eyesore but it needs to be addressed," — Nancy Paulson, DSM The new federal courthouse under construction in downtown DSM. Drawing Courtesy of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects via the U.S. General Services Administration⬆️ "The (still-under-construction) federal courthouse downtown. It's not dilapidated, but seeing it is a reminder of what could have been and how the feds completely ignored what our community wanted," — Danny Akright, DSM
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Troopers Arrest Two In Area Counties

Two arrests are reported by the Missouri Highway Patrol for the weekend. Friday at about 2:45 pm in Daviess County, Troopers arrested 48-year-old DuvalMetri L Brown of Des Moines, IA on several charges or warrants, including alleged resisting arrest, following too close, speeding, no turn signal, failure to yield, no valid license, assault on law enforcement, a Harrison County warrant for alleged speeding and a Clinton County warrant for speeding – no insurance – no valid license. He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
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Huge Cat Seen Walking and Growling on Iowa Bike Path

Here kitty kitty kitty. Or maybe, in this case, stay away kitty kitty kitty. This big cat was spotted just strolling along a residential bike path. Rachel Port came across this bobcat in West Des Moines near 60th and EP True. Which is very much in the city on the west side of Des Moines. Rachel said the bobcat looked hungry and (as you can hear below) ticked off.
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No injuries reported in early morning east side Des Moines fire

DES MOINES, Iowa – Investigators are working to determine what caused a fire that displaced 10 people early Monday morning on Des Moines’ east side. The fire happened at a home in the 1900 block of East 9th Street, across from Union Park. The call came in around 3:00 a.m., said Ahman Douglass with the […]

Des Moines sweetens its Market District incentive

Market District developers will receive up to 100% of the new taxes generated from their projects over the next 20 years. It will help subsidize construction, according to an agreement approved last month by the Des Moines City Council.Why it matters: It's potentially millions of dollars more in taxpayer incentives.A previous agreement capped an incentive known as Tax Increment Financing (TIF) at 93%.Context: The Market District is a 10-block, 39-acre area near downtown's East Village that was previously used by industrial businesses.A conceptual plan to transform the area into a downtown urban neighborhood with thousands of residential units, hotels, offices...

Republicans spending big on Des Moines area legislative races

The Republican Party of Iowa has reserved more than $1.1 million in television air time for six candidates seeking Iowa legislative seats in the Des Moines metro area, and will likely spend hundreds of thousands more to promote them on television during the final stretch of the campaign. Documents filed...

Interstate 80 overnight closures announced

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — A heads up to overnight drivers in West Des Moines. All eastbound lanes and one lane of westbound I-80 are set to close overnight Monday night. The closure will be between Grand Prairie Parkway and Jordan Creek Parkway, lasting from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.

Iowan among US Capitol rioters found guilty on all charges

WASHINGTON, DC — A Washington, D.C. jury has found a Des Moines man guilty on seven criminal charges related to his role in the rioting inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6th of last year. Doug Jensen was among the first to be arrested after the attack and he...

More Wells Fargo layoffs announced in Des Moines metro

DES MOINES, Iowa — Wells Fargo is laying off more workers in the Des Moines metro area. According to information from Iowa Workforce Development, another 36 employees are losing their jobs. The last day for the employees will be November 22nd. Since June, Wells Fargo has reported layoffs totaling nearly 400 in the metro. The […]

We invite you to draw Des Moines' neighborhoods

Have you ever quibbled with friends over where one neighborhood ends and another begins?Think you know your city better than other Axios readers? Now you can prove it.What's happening: Our visuals team created a game where you draw what you think are the boundaries for local neighborhoods and compare your answers to other Axios readers.How it works: Select Des Moines and hit play!If you're not familiar with a neighborhood, skip it and receive a different area to draw.Compare your answers afterwards to the average guesses of other Axios readers to see just how well you know our neighborhoods.Don't forget: Download images of your results to share them with friends and on social media.

Check Out These 5 Awesome Iowa Cideries This Fall [LIST]

This morning, I came across a new article from Midwest Living outlining '6 Small-Batch Midwest Cideries Experimenting with Classic and Unexpected Flavors.' I was excited to see that an Iowa cidery made the list!. Winterset Cidery in Winterset is the third business to be recognized in Midwest Living's article of...

En garde, ready, FENCE: Des Moines has a thriving fencing community

Over and over again, those words commanded a pair of amateur swordspeople to begin their bouts on a rainy Sunday morning in West Des Moines. The bouts were quick, athletic and intellectual. During their few minutes together, the fencers must anticipate, mentally and physically, what their opponents will do, trying to touch their epee to their opponents' besuited body.