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Under your skin

Ever wonder what your body looks like with no skin? Well, you’re in luck because the Science Center of Iowa is hosting the lauded BODY WORLDS Vital traveling exhibit starting this Saturday, May 7. Real donated human bodies are preserved through plastination and will be on display for guests to get a glimpse at what […]

— Nicole Branstad

Grandstanding at the fair

I can’t wait for the corn dogs, butter cow sculpture and people watching, but many others head to the Iowa State Fair for the show-stopping concerts.  This year is no different, and the Iowa State Fair Grandstand act tickets go on sale this Saturday, April 30th. Get ‘em while they’re hot!   Grandstand line-up: Thursday, August […]

— Nicole Branstad

Bust out the bike

With warmer months ahead of us, and a long cold spell behind us, it’s time to hit the trails! It is now easier than ever to get to a local bike trail here in Des Moines and make your way to a number of different destinations. New maps of the central Iowa trail system have recently […]

— Nicole Branstad

Friday recipe: grilled shrimp & black beans

It’s so nice out I imagine some folks will be pulling out the grill this weekend. Here’s a yummy-sounding fresh recipe from Good Housekeeping for shrimp on the grill. Grilled Shrimp with Black Beans Prep Time: 15 min.Cook Time: 3 min Ingredients 1  lime 2 can(s) (15-19 oz each) black beans, rinsed & drained 2  ripe […]

— Nicole Branstad