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

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

Des Moines' "naked trike angel" is coming out of hiding

UpDown, an iconic Des Moines sculpture gets new life along a bike trail in Johnston. Photo courtesy of City of Johnston

If you grew up in Des Moines in the 70s and 80s, no doubt the "naked trike angel" at Merle Hay Mall popped into your nightmares.

  • Good news — it's returning to the public sphere, giving a whole new generation of Des Moines residents the sight of its bare thighs.
Linh Ta, author of Des Moines
7 hours ago - Axios Des Moines

Cumming is going to be central Iowa's next hip town

The front of Cumming Tap, one of the most popular stops in Cumming, Iowa. Photo: Linh Ta/Axios

Even though it's right next to Des Moines, let's face it — you've probably never heard of the town Cumming.

But Mayor Tom Becker is banking on the 500-person town being central Iowa's next 'it' destination.

  • "We're going to be the next Waukee," Becker told Axios.

Why it matters: Des Moines is growing at a pace that's faster than the national average and we're seeing tremendous residential development, especially in suburban areas that aren't landlocked.

  • Cumming is nestled perfectly between Norwalk and West Des Moines and developers see its acres of undeveloped farmland as an opportunity to grow.
Linh Ta, author of Des Moines
May 12, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

WSJ says Des Moines is at "forefront" of America's COVID recovery

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Des Moines is expected to fare better than other metros in our COVID-19 economic recovery, according to the Wall Street Journal.

What's happening: Central Iowa benefited this last year by being home to more "pandemic-proof" industries, like finance and manufacturing.

Linh Ta, author of Des Moines
May 12, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

Iowa's puppy mill problem

Illegally imported dogs held in a quarantine facility in the U.K. (Not a puppy mill in Iowa!) Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

The Humane Society of the United States ranked Iowa as the state with the third-highest number of puppy mills, noting 11 locations that are in "filthy, hazardous" condition.

Why it matters: We all have puppy fever, but where we spend money to get our furry friends could be perpetuating a cycle of inhumane breeding conditions.

May 12, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

How Iowa missed its lofty biofuels goal

Expand chart
Data: Iowa Department of Revenue; Chart: Axios Visuals

Iowa’s longtime goal to replace 25% of petroleum used in gasoline with biofuels by 2020 fell far short, a new report from the Iowa Department of Revenue shows.

By the numbers: Last year hit 14.5%, a record yet still short by roughly 226.2 million gallons needed to reach the mark set by lawmakers in 2006.

More Axios Des Moines stories