March 9, 1989 |
If you want to know what the average American is thinking, marketing experts say, head for Des Moines. It seems that residents of the Iowa capital are surveyed by phone more often per capita than people anywhere else in the nation, according to a Connecticut company that sells phone numbers to market researchers. "Des Moines is considered kind of average, your typical U.S. metro kind of thing," said Beth Wallace, a spokeswoman for Survey Sample Inc. "Our customers want average metro areas."
November 10, 1991 |
It was one of those Southern California days when people remember why they moved to Los Angeles. The smog, or rather haze, as some residents call it, wasn't too bad. The temperature was in the 72-degree range. It was the perfect day for an outdoor wedding.
March 8, 1989 |
This city is a prime place to sample the likes and dislikes of the typical American, say marketing experts, because residents are so, well, average. Des Moines residents are surveyed by phone more often per capita than people anywhere else in the nation, according to a Connecticut company that sells phone numbers to market researchers. "Des Moines is considered kind of average, your typical U.S. metro kind of thing," said Beth Wallace, a spokeswoman for Survey Sample Inc.
August 30, 1993 |
Renewed flooding caused by as much as 10 inches of rain forced hundreds of people to evacuate Sunday as crews rushed to protect the city's water treatment plant for the second time this summer. "Now we can talk about the two floods of 1993. It's going to be a mess," said Tom Tucker, owner of an interior design business in West Des Moines that was flooded twice. The rain sent creeks and rivers out of their banks throughout central Iowa.
September 1, 2002 |
Born in Minneapolis, Gretchen Kogold, 20, moved to Des Moines with her father when her parents separated. But she left because he beat her, she said. While on her own, she was seriously hurt when a car hit her. Later, she became pregnant. Her 18-month-old son now lives with her mother in Minneapolis, and she sees him about twice a month. She is more stable now, but small things remind her of how her life is better. "You got your own keys," she said. "Room keys, a mailbox key. It feels good."
January 10, 1988 |
The Iowa Cubs and the city of Des Moines have come to terms on a stadium improvement plan that will keep the American Assn. club in Iowa for at least another five years. At a cost of about $1 million, the city will add 2,000 seats to Sec Taylor Stadium and install a new parking lot, with the improvements completed in time for the next season.