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Des Moines has a big, honkin’ problem. As officials seek solutions, Iowa’s dominant goose species adapts to city life

Growing up in West Des Moines, I became familiar with geese very quickly. They chased me on my bike, pooped all over the trail and flapped their wings menacingly at my brother and I as we walked our nervous dog. […]

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‘This is not the end. The end is when we win’: Thousands rally at the Iowa State Capitol for abortion rights

“All of us are here today to stand in solidarity with all of you, as we stand with child-bearing people all over the country,” Luana Nelson-Brown told the more than 2,000 people gathered on the West Terrace of the Iowa […]

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Clive Library joins the list of fine-free public libraries in Iowa

If you’re an avid library-goer, you may have noticed a change in the way your favorite library is collecting (or not collecting) late fees recently. Following a resolution passed by the American Library Association on Jan. 27, 2019, public libraries […]

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Gov. Reynolds won’t ask lawmakers to outlaw abortion yet, will try to get the courts to do that

Gov. Kim Reynolds said on Wednesday she’s waiting until state courts decide whether to revive a never-enforced 2018 law banning almost all abortions in Iowa, before she’ll announce if there will be a special session of the Iowa Legislature this […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, rescinding a right for the first time in its history

“As of today, this Court holds, a State can always force a woman to give birth, prohibiting even the earliest abortions,” Justice Elena Kagan wrote, summing up what the Republican-appointed majority on the U.S. Supreme Court did in its decision […]

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Five questions with Megan Casey and Jamie Lamb of Paws & Pints, a ‘doggy Disneyland’ in DSM

Des Moines dog-owners have been anxiously awaiting the opening of Paws & Pints, an indoor-outdoor dog park complete with a bar, grooming center, doggie daycare, and restaurant that serves food for both humans and pups. Little Village sat down with […]

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Iowa Supreme Court slashes abortion rights protections, Reynolds calls decision ‘a significant victory’

Just four years after its landmark decision establishing the fundamental right to an abortion as not only protected by the Iowa Constitution, but having greater protection under the state constitution than under the U.S. Constitution, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled […]

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Jo Allen celebrates being both Black and queer with Pride and Soul skate night

Pride and Juneteenth have so many intersections to navigate. Jo Allen has challenged Des Moines to take those roads and realize that every marginalized community in the city are fighting for the same rights against the same people. “I was […]

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Ride your toad into battle: The Rook Room encourages adults to play games, get creative

Because of their similar sounding surnames, their shared love of board games and their charming banter, Annelise Tarnowski and Tony Tandeski almost seem like siblings. But the pair of best friends met while volunteering for the Drake Alumni Board. It […]

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Planned Parenthood workers in Iowa and four other states join fight to unionize

Four-hundred Planned Parenthood employees across 28 Midwest clinics may soon be unionized. The majority of Planned Parenthood North Central States (PPNCS) workers have joined SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and Iowa, filing for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board […]

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