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Good morning, Iowa!

Happy Thursday. The sun is shining down on us and it's the perfect to pull out your bike for a ride on your nearest trail. Here are a couple of bike rides to check out this year. Have you all seen any of the Art Route paintings downtown? They're pretty cool. And now for what people are talking about around Des Moines... 

CALL ME, BEEP ME

Many people would call Mike Draper cool. He founded your favorite Des Moines-famous T-shirt empire, Raygun. One part of Draper's like that a little less than modern. His cell phone. It's a small brick of a device that reminds me of Nokias of the past. As one of our reporters traipsed across the state covering the Iowa caucuses this year (remember that?), she noticed a trend: a lot Iowans don't really care to have smartphones. “Four years ago not having a smartphone was lame, but now it seems to be coming back around, like hammer pants or bell-bottoms.”

HUNGRY? WHY WAIT.

There's no such thing as the perfect meal, these dishes at Le Jardin come darn close. Be sure to try the black garlic Alaskan halibut ($24) paired with a glass of rose ($7.50) and the peach cobbler coffee cake ($3).

LIFE'S A BEACH

Thinking about your next summer getaway? Start going through list of Iowa beaches to check out for some fun in the sun. From jet ski rentals to snack shacks, here are eight fun beaches in Iowa:

  • Awaysis Park at Storm Lake, 4338 North West 94th Place, Ankeny, IA 50021

  • Cherry Glen at Saylorville Lake, 4338 North West 94th Place, Ankeny, IA 50021

  • City Beach at Clear Lake, South Lake View Dr, Clear Lake, IA 50428

  • Honey Creek Resort Beach, 12633 Resort Dr, Moravia, IA 52571

  • Lake Macbride State Park, 3525 Highway 382 N.E., Solon, IA 52333

  • Pikes Point, 15973 213th Ave., Spirit Lake, IA  51360

  • Terrace Park Beach, Okoboji Blvd, Milford, IA 51351

  • West Lake Beach, 14910-110th Ave., Davenport, Iowa 52804 

All about the Des Moines Arts Festival...

The Des Moines Arts Festival begins Friday. This event offers a full weekend packed with visual art, music, culinary art, film, performing arts and interactive art, so there’s truly something for everyone.Don’t miss out on the fun — but before you go, here are 11 insider tips to make the most of your experience.

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- Ameena, Juice

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