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Des Moines residents turn to golf as COVID escape

Data: Des Moines Parks and Recreation; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Des Moines' three golf courses experienced a significant surge in business in 2020, a financial report sent to the city council last week shows.

The reason is no surprise: It’s an activity where social distancing comes naturally, Parks and Rec director Ben Page said in a memo to the DSM City Council.

Polk County, Iowa's 5 most valuable business properties

Prairie Meadows in Altoona. Photo courtesy of the Polk County Assessor

Last week, Axios reported how certain commercial property segments in Polk County, Iowa, will increase in value by as much as 35% in upcoming reassessments expected to come before April 1.

What's happening: Now, we're showing you the businesses that are currently sitting on Polk County's priciest parcels, according to Polk County Assessor.

Early-voting bill goes to Reynolds' desk

Gov. Kim Reynolds during the 2020 RNC. Photo: Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images

All eyes are on Gov. Kim Reynolds' desk, where a bill scaling back early voting in Iowa awaits her signature after it passed the state Legislature late Wednesday.

Why it matters: Iowans cast a record-breaking 1 million early votes in 2020. But under the bill, they would have less time to send out their absentee ballots if they want to vote by mail in future elections.

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