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Welcome to Des Moines

Welcome to Des Moines

Home of the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses? Yes, we’ve heard. “Best Place for Business and Careers” and “Wealthiest City in America”? Sure. But what about kitschy brushes with fame and meat lore? Meet the surprising (and sometimes bizarre) side of the city we know and love.

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Project Ruffway

Project Ruffway

Each year, 50 four-legged contestants, chosen by lottery, waddle and strut in Drake jerseys, tutus and wigs, and superhero garb. (A pooch once paraded with a towering sandwich on his back—a tribute to Jethro’s Adam Emmenecker Challenge—that was a feat of engineering.) Accompanied by their hopeful owners, the bullies turn on the charm and work […]

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Professor Emeritus Stanley Hess

Professor Emeritus Stanley Hess

Climbing the stairs from the lower level of the Des Moines Art Center’s education wing, visitors first encounter the artist’s tools—palette, brushes, books. Ascending from the landing, they pass the artist himself at work on a canvas. But not until they’ve reached the main floor and stepped away from the 16×14-foot fresco do they discover the […]

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Diplomat-in-Residence Jerry Gallucci

Diplomat-in-Residence Jerry Gallucci

Last summer, Drake’s first-ever diplomat-in-residence packed his bags and made the trek from the nation’s capital to Des Moines. Pulling into town with District of Columbia license plates, Jerry Gallucci instantly stood out. “I’ve been treated somewhat like an eccentric fish,” says Gallucci. “People are surprised that there is such a person in Des Moines and […]

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Paul “Mr. Drake” Morrison

Paul “Mr. Drake” Morrison

There’s something truly special about the Drake experience—ask anyone. For Drake legend Paul Morrison, JO’39, also known as “Mr. Drake,” that experience has lasted nearly 70 years. The 96-year-old’s family ties to the University go back to 1902 when his parents were students; 14 members of the family have since earned degrees from Drake. With […]

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Blue Notes

Blue Notes

Paul “Mr. Drake” Morrison Professor Emeritus Stanley Hess New Drake Community Press Diplomat-in-Residence Jerry Gallucci Project Ruffway Provost Jones Recommends Pole Vault in the Mall Dining In: Now & Then Surprising Des Moines

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