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BIG GAME: Waukee vs Roosevelt

It’s Football Friday and it’s hard to believe we just passed the midway point of the season.

This week’s Big Game features #7 Waukee up against the Roosevelt Roughriders.

The Riders were hoping to add to their best start in seven years.

It took just two minutes for their hopes to be dashed. Trevor Allen scores for the Warriors for a 7-0 lead.

Roosevelt answers to tie at 7-7 but it was all Waukee after that.

The Warriors cruise to a 55-7 win.

To see the other scores and highlights, click here.

AMAZING TIMELAPSE: New, Historic Neighbor Moves In

Incredible timelapse footage shows the epic engineering effort it took to move a historic Des Moines home.

The Samuel Green/Norden Hall Row House was built in 1894 at E. 7th and E. Locust Streets but was moved Wednesday after developers saved it from being torn down.

The new home was rolled to E. 4th and Grand, four blocks away.

The Lime Lounge set up a camera to document its new neighbor move in and posted the footage on Facebook.

“That was awesome,” Dj Episode commented about the move. While Devon Payton Greer described the footage saying, “That’s crazy.”

NEW PLAYSCAPE: Natural Play Area Opens

Metro kids can celebrate the opening of a new place to play. Des Moines Parks and Recreation will mark the grand opening of the city’s first natural playscape in Sargent Park. It’s located in the 3500 block of East Douglas Avenue.

The playscape is the city’s first play area made of mostly natural materials. It includes, tunnels, logs and a slide. A spokesperson says the project cost $300,000. The goal is to encourage kids to connect with the outdoors.

Jen Fletcher with the Des Moines Parks and Recreation says, “Kids don’t really spend a whole lot of time outdoors and engaging in nature. And, we really felt it was important in this day and age to get them out and really connect with natural elements like rocks and sand and dirt and that kind of thing.”

The fun starts at 10 a.m. Saturday.

 

BIG GAME: Waukee Versus Des Moines Roosevelt

It’s Football Friday and this week Channel 13’s Big Game is a matchup between two Des Moines metro schools.

It’s a Class 4A showdown between #7 ranked Waukee and Des Moines Roosevelt. The Warriors take on the Roughriders at Drake Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Channel 13 Sports Team will also be covering Des Moines Hoover at Ankeny Centennial, and Boone at Ballard.

Check out live scores from across the state on our Friday Night Live Scoreboard.

BREW MILE: Oktoberfest Fun Run

This weekend the city of Des Moines is celebrating Oktoberfest with a fun run.

Saturday afternoon will be the inaugural Brew Mile run, a mile-long Oktoberfest-themed run.  The Brew Miles is a fun run that you can walk, run or complete as a group or ‘brew crew’.

The run starts at 4 p.m. with awards at 5:30 p.m.  Prizes will be given to some of the fastest to finish the race, a few random finishers in the race and for the top costumes.  Festive German attire is encouraged for the Brew Mile run.

Registration for the Brew Mile is $25 for individuals or $20 per person if you register as a brew crew.  The registration fee for the race also covers the admission to Oktoberfest celebrations.

Register for the race here.

FATAL CRASH: Vigil Held For Motorcyclist

Two hundred people gathered for a candlelight vigil to honor the motorcyclist killed in a collision with a school bus.

The vigil for Nicholas Neal Thursday night was held on the corner where he was killed just hours before.

Neal was remembered as a good husband and father to his three children.

Just Wednesday the family celebrated his daughter’s fifth birthday.

“We built a clubhouse in the back of my back yard.  We were going to paint it and finish it up this weekend,” says Neal’s son Nico.

“We were supposed to go riding tonight. Usually I’ll pass him on the way to work and we’ll talk but I happened to sleep in and didn’t even know,” explained Neal’s brother, Adam.

Funeral services for Neal are still pending.

He was 34-years old.

SOLDIER HOMECOMING: Families Welcome Heroes

A group of Iowa soldiers came home Thursday following a ten month deployment.

Waiting for a loved one is tough.

“I`m really nervous and excited, it`s just overwhelming,” says Amanda Coffey of Des Moines.

“I can`t stand still, I’m super excited, I can`t wait,” says Teresa Seabrooke of Des Moines.

Waiting on a loved one who’s fighting overseas is even harder.

“It`s  been 11 months,” says Coffey.

“286 days,” says Seabrooke.

Family and friends anxiously waited to welcome home soldiers they couldn’t wait to get their arms around.

The Des Moines based 402 Engineer Company includes 95 soldiers who helped clear routes through Afghanistan.

During their deployment the group found 18 IEDs and three weapon caches, where weapons were being hidden.

Now after nearly a year, they’re home.