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Des Moines eyes creating a directory for vacant buildings

Des Moines has demolished 64 homes since 2019. More than three dozen others are ready for demolition and legal action against 124 others is in progress. Photo courtesy of the city of DSM

A vacant buildings directory might be part of an upcoming Des Moines property improvement initiative.

Why it matters: Vacant buildings can be dangerous, diminish nearby property values and have been linked with an increase in crime.

Linh Ta, author of Des Moines
1 hour ago - Axios Des Moines

Slipknot's Knotfest plagued by long lines for food and water

A crowd of people outside a non-alcoholic beverage tent on Saturday at Knotfest. Photo courtesy of Chelbi Coughlin

Knotfest was one of Iowa's largest music events of the year, but attendees reported long waits for essentials like food and water.

  • Refillable water bottles and outside drinks were not allowed inside.

State of play: 30,000 metal fans descended upon the National Balloon Classic field just outside Indianola on Saturday.

Linh Ta, author of Des Moines
1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Conservative online trolls target Chuck Grassley

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Sen. Chuck Grassley's seat is considered safe this upcoming election.

  • But that doesn't mean he's safe from conservative internet trolls.
  • In fact, it may actually expose him to more criticism from within his own party, said Matthew Record, a political science professor at Drake University.

State of play: Grassley has always faced an onslaught of criticism from Democrats online, but people within his own party are trolling him for acknowledging President Biden's election win and supporting the president's infrastructure bill.

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