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IOWA WILD: Disappointing Season A Big Success

There’s one advantage to the minor leagues.

“I thought it was a good showing,” said Darren Ruud of Des Moines.

You can have thousands of happy fans…

“I think it went real well,” said Tom Stevens of Johnston.

…even when you finish dead last.

“I would have liked to have seen them win more game than they did,” said Julie Hale of Des Moines, “but I think they had a good turnout.”

And that seems to be the consensus at the close of the Iowa Wild’s first season at Wells Fargo Arena where they averaged 59-hundred fans per game—that’s tenth out of 30 AHL teams.

“The only nights when it probably lacked a little bit more atmosphere than we would hope would be some of our mid-week games,” admitted Wild president, Todd Frederickson, “and those are always going to prove to be a challenge.”

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GOP DEBATE: Three Senate Hopefuls Weigh In On Issues

The 2014 Iowa republican primary is less than two months away.

US Senate candidates made their pitch to young voters in Des Moines Wednesday evening.

Five republicans are running for a spot on the ballot opposite Democrat Bruce Braley. However, only three of them took part in tonight’s debate at Grand View University.

State Senator Joni Ernst and businessman Mark Jacobs both declined to take part in the event. The Polk County GOP also pulled its sponsorship from the debate.

The three remaining challengers, Radio host Sam Clovis, businessman Scott Schaben and former US attorney Matt Whitaker were in attendance.

The men answered questions on topics including same sex marriage, foreign aid, abortion and the Affordable Care Act. They also weighed in on what they say needs to happen to the nation’s tax system.

SPRING CLEANING: Program Revitalizes Neighborhoods

People are sprucing up a Des Moines neighborhood this week. The Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity kicked off its 2014 season with a Rock the Block three day event.

From home repairs to yard work, the Martin Luther King Jr. neighborhood is getting a facelift. Homeowner Barbara Sinnah-Yovonie says, “They’re going to make it look better.”

Habitat for Humanity volunteers are painting Sinnah-Yovonie’s home of 20 years. She says, “I’m a 77 year old women, but I’m still getting blessed. That’s the way I feel, that I’m blessed.”

Next door, they’re re-siding part of her sister’s house. She says, “We saw other people getting their houses repaired and everything, and we asked somebody, how do you get in this program?”

INGERSOLL RESTORATION: Investments ‘Paying Off’

The saying used to be “it’s all on Ingersoll” and the team working to revive the street says it’s working towards having it be a focal point again.

City planners along with the Restoration Ingersoll board say they’ve been putting money into the street for the last 12 years and the investment is finally paying off.

The group has spent $2.3 million on a 27 block area from 42nd to 15th streets and they say it was money well spent.

“There’s been interest in acquiring the land that`s available to put together projects that will be good for the future of the district,” Dave Nagel says.

Nagel adds that revamping Ingersoll has been a work in progress since the nineties. By improving new sidewalks, streetlights and transforming store fronts into a new urban streetscape.

Ingersoll Avenue is a main street that leads traffic into downtown from the west.

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STRONG WINDS: Large Debris Flies Off Younkers Building

The strong wind picked up pieces of the burned-out Younkers building Wednesday.

Large pieces of debris were blown off the west side of the building.

Police say workers with the Alexander Company, the owner of the building, are dealing with the mess.

People in the area say they’ve seen debris flying off the building all day.

NEW SEASON: Civic Center’s Lineup Released

Leave it to the Civic Center. It’s really a night of basic information but they make a production out if it.

It’s a fancy way to announce the new season and get the crowd excited for what’s to come. It worked.

“Couldn’t have hand-picked it any better,” said one season ticket holder at tonight’s Season Announcement event.

“I am so excited for Kinky Boots,” said another. “I think it’s going to be a great show.”

Kinky Boots is the big score; it hauled in six Tonys last year and it’s heading here on its first nationwide tour.

“I get asked every week by somebody in Des Moines, Iowa about ‘When are you bringing Kinky Boots?’ and the answer is January,” said a smiling Jeff Chelesvig, CEO of the Civic Center.

The crowd is also abuzz over the next headliner.

“Pippin!” one fan shouted.

“It actually won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 2013,” said marketing director, Cindy Hughes Anliker.

GOP DEBATE: Sponsor, Senate Candidates Pull Out

A Republican senate debate Wednesday night in Des Moines is now without its co-sponsor and two leading candidates in the race.

Grand View College Republicans are hosting the debate on their campus. Today the Polk County GOP withdrew its sponsorship from the event.

Chairman Will Rogers says he had too many unanswered questions about the event to allow the local party’s name to be involved.

Shortly after they pulled out of the event, State Senator Joni Ernst followed suit. Her campaign says she wasn’t comfortable with last minute changes or the fact that fellow candidate Mark Jacobs wasn’t attending.

Sam Clovis, Scott Schaben and Matt Whitaker are still scheduled to take part in the debate that starts at 6:30 p.m. at the school’s Krumm Business Center.

Free tickets can be reserved on the Grand View University College Republican’s Facebook page.