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Magic Mike 6XL: Grooving after dark

Alright, I have a confession. I am about to tell you something that no one in my life knows. I've kept it secret for years, but here it goes. I secretly dance. Yes, you heard that right. Okay, let me be clear about this, there is only one type of dancing I understand. Line dancing, tap ...

You’ll Figure It Out: My “Mom” story!

We all have those exceptional stories about our Mothers! Some funny, some sad, some heart-warming and some just dog-gone interesting. This story would be in the latter category. You see, in our Sheda Family, Mom was clearly the "brains" of the clan. She was meek, friendly and mild-mannered ...

Pastor’s Corner: EF-0 tornado versus an EF-7!

After moving to Des Moines from the farm, I won’t forget the tornado of 1964. Later, it was characterized as an EF2 tornado (with winds 113-157 mph). Playing in our yard with my brother and sisters, I looked up through the neighbors back yards at the ominous, heavy, dark clouds and a sudden ...

Magic Mike 6XL: A fever, a cough, and two tubes of Chinese toothpaste

Well, I got sick, had me some Influenza, a sprinkle of ear infection, and just a touch of pneumonia. The bad part is the rest of the house was sick too. I can't have nothin' for myself. Ya know, somethin' else? I either look like death all the time or when I'm sick I have the power to retain ...

You’ll Figure It Out: John’s annual pet peeve article!

Finally! After a long and cruel winter, I've managed to lock a lot of things inside me, things that just frustrate and annoy me. Those little things are called "pet peeves." Over the last month or so, I've asked a number of people those little annoyances that just bug the "bejeebers" out of ...

Magic Mike 6XL: Me talks no goodly

Finding a new subject for mockery amongst my family is like finding a 20 at the landfill; most everything else has been picked over by the buzzards, making the find a wondrous delight. The latest find has been me, or at least the way I talk. I was born here, and I grew up here, yet somewhere ...

Just Jonathan: Journalistic tag teaming

One of my favorite things since I started at the paper a little over a year ago, is the art of tag teaming. Many of the greatest articles I have been a part of have been due to different partnerships in the “newsroom”. When Mike and I got our start, we had quite a few duo articles. ...

You’ll Figure It Out: Caitlin Clark!

It's Monday morning, and I'm writing this prior to the quarter final basketball game between Iowa and LSU. But regardless, this young lady of 22 from Des Moines can impact the whole country with her incredible basketball skills....but she has. Every arena, except two, she's played in has as ...

Pastor’s Corner: 23 pound grasshoppers?

You’ve gotta love conspiracy theorists! They’re entertaining because they are so serious about their subject! Some are convinced that Paul McCartney of the Beatles died in a car accident in the mid-60’s and was replaced by a look-alike. The tabloids only fuel this craziness. I’ll ...

Magic Mike 6XL: Egg-cellent hidin’

You've tuned into the Mike show on this Easter weekend, and my mind's percolatin' and my blood's ciculatin', so let's get at it. Sit back in your easy chair, munch on that chocolate bunny that will be half off next week, sittin' by the Fourth of July stuff, and listen to a tale selected from ...