Axios Des Moines

Why it matters: Axios Des Moines, anchored by Jason Clayworth and Linh Ta, is here to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news and developments unfolding in their own backyard.

Advertise with usArrow

Want a daily digest of the top Des Moines news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Des Moines

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

All Axios Des Moines stories

Des Moines residents reflect on one year in a pandemic

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

March 8, 2020 is when Iowa health officials confirmed the first coronavirus cases in the state.

For many of us, the year that followed was unfathomable.

  • We’ve lost family and friends to the disease, been shut inside with limited contact with those we love and have been forced to adopt seismic changes to even routine and basic tasks like grocery shopping and dining.

There are bright spots.

  • We’re all aware of individual and inspiring acts of compassion. And we’ve sometimes found pieces of our lives improved — our commutes are shorter while our appreciation and use of our fine park systems is up.

Our thought bubble: We criticize 2020 as being awful. In many ways, it was. But it shouldn’t be forgotten. Let’s reflect:

More Axios Des Moines stories