Good morning, Iowa!

Did you hear? The secret is out. Microsoft is gearing up to build yet another massive data center in West Des Moines. Another plot twist: Chris Soules isn't going anywhere. And can we talk about how I'm a little jealous of these new Minnesota State Fair attractions? Enough of that, here's what's buzzing around town...  


Only one album can be named the "greatest" by long-standing music magazine Metal Hammer. And that album comes straight outta the Midwest. "Iowa," Slipknot’s influential sophomore album got the honor. The list of all 100 albums appears in the latest issue of Metal Hammer magazine. Slipknot taking its talents to Wells Fargo Arena — the group’s first hometown show in eight years — on Aug. 5 with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice and Men.


Wanna get rich? You're in the right place. According to Money Under 30, a blog that compares financial products, Des Moines and Cedar Rapids were both listed as "The Best Cities in America for Young Adults to Get Rich." Des Moines came in at at No. 4, where young people are making a median salary of $56,113 a year with at least a bachelor's degree. Fifty-two percent of the young population is making at least $35,000 a year. Cedar Rapids came in at No. 5, where apparently only three millennials out of 1,000 are out of work.


Beyond the coffe chains, there are a handful of local java houses that are a little above average. Ritual Cafe, one of those small-scale shops, with its downtown location and political bent, makes you feel like you fell asleep and woke up in a college town. Get the sweet and spicy, a chickpea salad sandwich, for $7.50. The warm curry notes mixed were complemented by the sweet mango chutney and crunchy, refreshing spinach leaves.

515 Alive Music Festival, Friday and Saturday...

This grassroots festival, in its 14th year, promises to bring more than 15,000 music fans to Western Gateway Park in Des Moines with a full lineup of popular acts, including Zeds Dead, Machine Gun Kelly, ASAP Ferg and many more DJs, live bands and hip-hop acts on five stages. Tickets are $39.50-$99.50 at



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