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January, 2018 Retired from retirement.

February 6, 2018 by Mike Critelli (Register to contact)

After 6 months of retirement that included four trips to Des Moines and Okoboji and a stint working for the Houston Astros in their successful quest for a World Series crown Mike retired from retirement. In January of 2018, Mike took a part time (Monday- Thursday) position with the Mayor's Office of Special Events (MOSE) helping the city of Houston manage sponsorship of their signature special events.

Mike Critelli Retirement

July 4, 2017 by Mike Critelli (Register to contact)

Mike Critelli, TRHS Class of 1976 retires after a distinguished 30 year career at Silver Eagle Distributors in Houston, Texas. Silver Eagle is the nations largest Anheuser-Busch distributor and carries Modelo brands as well dozens of local, regional and national craft beers. While Mike was directing SED's Marketing Department, he helped move their market share from 24% in 1987 to 64% in 2005. Since 2005, Mike has been a Key Account Manager calling on national and regional chains. Today, two out of every three beers sold in greater Houston area comes through Silver Eagle's warehouse. Mike is retiring in July 2017 and will take an extended vacation at family home at Lake Okoboji, IA.

Class of 56

October 17, 2012 by Jack Harkness (Register to contact)

About 30 alumni from the class of 1956 will gather in Scottsdale, AZ on November 14th. There will be two days of a golf match between the Jewish alumni and the Gentile alumni, which is a rematch from our 50th reunion played at Wauconda and Waveland golf courses in September of 2006. I would be happy to report to you highlites of this fun
event, along with a photo or two. Organizers and co-hosts include Max and Carolyn (Bookey) Lettween, Marty and Cris Waldinger, Dorie (Onthank) Fisher, Bill and Sharon Wenner. You have my e:mail contact info.

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Roosevelt High School Launches Barber Shop Vocational Program  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Des Moines high school is looking for creative ways to get students thinking ahead to possible career choices. It's latest idea is a cut ...



People to Watch: Meet Fez Zafar, a Roosevelt High teen determined to change the world  Des Moines Register

Fez Zafar, 17, founded a nonprofit, hosted the American Iftar Dinner and is planning a youth-focused presidential candidate forum before the caucuses.



31 High School Students Crowned 2019 National Speech and Debate Champions  GlobeNewswire

The National Speech & Debate Tournament is the largest academic competition in the world.



College Decision Deadlines Fast Approaching for High School Seniors  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The countdown is less than a month away for high school seniors thinking about higher education. May 1st is a common deadline for ...



Roosevelt Students Provide Diversity Face Lift at Justice Center  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Teenagers are typically not thrilled to spend time at the Polk County Juvenile Court offices in Des Moines. But for the last three weeks, ...



UnityPoint Health announces sponsorship of prescription drug safety education for high school students  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Opioid overdose is now the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States according to the National Safety Council.



New Restaurant Inspired by Friendly Roosevelt & Dowling Rivalry  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa – A brand new bar and grill opens Monday with a “hometown” feel. The name “Teddy Maroon's” is inspired by the two owners who both went ...



2 friends with special bond make Roosevelt homecoming court  KCCI Des Moines

This year's homecoming court is extra special because of two students who have been best friends for years.



No punishment for Roosevelt swim club for hiring stripper  DesMoinesRegister.com

Roosevelt High freshmen girls who hired a male stripper to perform at their synchronized swimming club's annual banquet this past Friday won't face ...



Number of Iowa High School Students Taking College Credits Increases  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa – The number of high school students jointly enrolled in college classes at the state of Iowa grew during the 2017-2018 school year.



Des Moines proposal would cut 'couple million dollars' in teacher positions  Des Moines Register

Teachers are preparing for staff cuts even if the district does not move forward with the high school schedule change.



How a Des Moines teacher made a drive to college possible for an Iowa teen  Des Moines Register

Seeing the need, her former business teacher and soccer coach at Roosevelt High offered a black GMC Envoy.



Roosevelt High School Fundraising Questioned After Money is Improperly Deposited  whotv.com

DES MOINES, Iowa -- An audit of Roosevelt High School's basketball program has raised questions about the school's fundraising methods. A special ...



Roosevelt principal's message to students is receiving a lot of attention  KCCI Des Moines

A Des Moines principal is wearing his heart on his sleeve, showing support for students who come from different countries.



Roosevelt High School Student Receives Praise from President Obama  whotv.com

DES MOINES, Iowa -- It's not unusual to find a teenager glued to a computer screen for hours but the praise 15-year-old Roosevelt freshman Fez Zafar received ...



Former Roosevelt coach accused of sexual contact surrenders license  Des Moines Register

Tig Johnson agrees to permanent revocation after state licensing board determined that he had "engaged in sexual contact with a student."



Des Moines School District Breaks Down Budget Cuts  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Des Moines Public School District is proposing millions of dollars in budget cuts for the following three years. The district plans to ...



Boys tennis: Roosevelt claims Metro title | High School Sports  Ottumwacourier

OTTUMWA — The Des Moines Roosevelt High School boys tennis team already proved itself at least somewhat state-tournament material.



Roosevelt High School Principal Supports Students Following Immigrant and Travel Ban  whotv.com

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Roosevelt High School Principal Kevin Biggs addressed his students on Monday morning after President Trump's immigrant and travel ...



Senate Bill Aims to Add Mental Health Topics to Iowa School Curriculum  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa – An amended bill in the Iowa Senate looks to change the language of subjects taught in state health classes. If passed, Senate File 376 ...



Des Moines public schools propose job cuts, schedule change  KCCI Des Moines

A Des Moines public schools proposal would shorten classes for students while cutting teaching positions. Advertisement. KCCI's Cynthia Fodor has details.



Gordmans is holding a 'grand opening' for its Des Moines stores — and is giving away free gift cards  Des Moines Register

In celebration of Gordmans expanding their amount of their stores and staving off an expected closure, the company is holding a grand opening celebration at ...



How to watch and follow the 2019 Iowa high school state wrestling tournament  Des Moines Register

The 2019 state wrestling tournament is down to its final day. The action, which began with Wednesday's duals, finishes with the traditional tournament ...



Roosevelt High School Names Charles Zanders Head Basketball Coach  whotv.com

Charles Zanders has been named the new head coach of the Roosevelt High School boys' basketball team.



Man grieves daughter's death, grandchild being cut from womb in heinous crime  KCCI Des Moines

Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, was strangled in April and her unborn child was cut from her womb while living in Chicago.



Roosevelt High School Teams Up with Feeder Schools to Fight Hunger  whotv.com

DES MOINES, Iowa - It's the time of year for canned-food drives and charitable spirits, and students at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines are hoping to see a ...



Sex abuse case against former Roosevelt coach dismissed  DesMoinesRegister.com

Well-known girls' basketball coach Gerald 'Tig' Johnson was accused of inappropriately touching and kissing a student on Dec. 3.



Interest in Pinterest soars as Des Moines native launches IPO  KCCI Des Moines

Pinterest laid out its plan to sell public stock on Tuesday. The social media platform allows people to search anything based on their interests and save the links ...



It's lit: Des Moines' nighttime basketball league fosters community under the lights  Des Moines Register

Summer City Hoops gives kids an opportunity to stay active and interact with police during the summer.



Meet the 24 'best and brightest' 2018 high school graduates from the Des Moines area  Des Moines Register

Each year, the Des Moines Register recognizes top seniors through its Academic All-State recognition, highlighting the next generation of leaders.



Restaurant themed after age-old rivalry brings new flavor to Ingersoll Ave  KCCI Des Moines

Like salt and pepper, a new restaurant themed after an old rivalry hopes to spice up Ingersoll Avenue with new flavor. On Monday, Teddy Maroon's will open its ...



People to Watch: Kameron Middlebrooks is the new face of Des Moines' civil rights movement  Des Moines Register

Kameron Middlebrooks is working to improve the economic stability of black Iowans. He's also the next president of the Des Moines NAACP.



Swanda is sharp as Bees split doubleheader  Burlington Hawk Eye

John Swanda admitted he wanted a chance to get that last out of the fifth inning.But the reality of minor league pitch counts was coming toward him as Burlington ...



Police credibility: Confusion about 'liars list' may be depriving suspects of fair trials  Des Moines Register

Register investigation finds wide disparities in whether prosecutors are notifying defendants of possible problems with police officers' credibility.



High school opens 'all gender' restrooms  KCCI Des Moines

Roosevelt High School is now the first Des Moines public school to have gender-neutral restrooms. Two gender-neutral restrooms are now open in support of ...



Two People Suffered Burns in Overnight House Fire  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa –Des Moines firefighters spent the frigid overnight hours on the scene of a house fire in the neighborhood near Roosevelt High School.



Iowa high school state wrestling: Championship round live updates and analysis  Des Moines Register

The Register's Cody Goodwin and others will have updates, photos, videos and analysis from Saturday's action of the Iowa high school wrestling tournament.



MLK Day 2019: Find Iowa celebrations and service events near you  Des Moines Register

Iowans wanting to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday and national day of *service*, won't have to travel far. Dozens of events spread all ...



Des Moines Police Identify Roosevelt Student Shot in Head  whotv.com

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A shooting Monday night has left a Des Moines teenager fighting for his life and now police are asking for people who may have ...



Where the 2020 Hopefuls Stand on Public Education  Progressive.org

Broad support for the wave teacher strikes has candidates jostling each other step up on public education.



State wrestling: Meet the Happels, arguably Iowa’s most dominant wrestling family  Des Moines Register

LISBON, Ia. — When Lisbon wrestlers win individual state championships, they are memorialized on the walls here inside the practice room in the form of a ...



Iowa Eight wrestling: Here are Iowa’s best prep wrestlers for the 2018-19 season  Des Moines Register

The eight best high school wrestling talents in Iowa for the 2018-19 season.



2019 state wrestling: Team rankings, returning champs, undefeated wrestlers, cool names  Des Moines Register

The big dance is only a few days away, wrestling fans. The 2018-19 wrestling season officially began on Nov. 12, 2018 — 91 days ago. This week, the state ...



Disability brings opportunities to soccer-loving teen  KCCI Des Moines

Soccer is a family sport in the Holmes house. Soccer coach Sean Holmes played in college and professionally in Canada. Matthew Holmes, 21, played soccer in ...



Analysis: Iowa high school wrestling standouts show out in opening weekend  Des Moines Register

Each Monday, the Register's Cody Goodwin takes a look back at the wrestling week and weekend that was.



Roosevelt girls basketball coach charged with sexual exploitation  KCCI Des Moines

Two nurses are training puppies for veterans. Advertisement. They're doing so at Touro Hospital for a new program called United States Veterans *Service* Dogs.



State wrestling: Teams, individuals seek to seize their opportunities in Des Moines  Des Moines Register

The Register's Cody Goodwin offers team race previews, wrestlers to follow and first-round matchups to watch ahead of the 2019 state wrestling tournament.



Are new school start times bad for low-income families?  KCCI Des Moines

It was the first day of school for tens of thousands of children in Iowa today. And that means new school start times for students in the Des Moines Public Schools ...



Senior prank fills DSM high school hallways with balloons  KCCI Des Moines

At Roosevelt High School, the seniors who just graduated left a little present for those remaining students:



Youths protest gun violence at March for Our Lives rally  KCCI Des Moines

More than 100 people -- some demonstrators as young as middle school students -- gathered Sunday at the Iowa Statehouse, advocating for stricter gun laws.



West High yearbooks offer glimpse of past  DesMoinesRegister.com

Des Moines Public Schools receives three yearbooks (1909-1911) from former downtown high school.



Sex Abuse Charges Against Coach Dismissed: ‘All I was doing was my job’  whotv.com

The trial of a former Roosevelt High School teacher and coach is set to begin Tuesday, one day later than originally scheduled.



Danielle Dee Davis Hamilton  Newton Daily News

Danielle Dee Davis Hamilton, 79, (“Danne”) was born Aug. 29, 1939, in Omaha, Neb., to Marvin Ray Davis and Gladyce Lucille Radcliffe Davis. An only child ...



Des Moines High School Opens Gender-Neutral Bathrooms  KCRG

A Des Moines public high school has opened two gender-neutral bathrooms for students and staffers.



The Register's list of the 50 best Iowa high school wrestlers of all time  DesMoinesRegister.com

Editor's note: This story was originally published in February 2018. The Iowa High School Athletic Association organized and unveiled the state wrestling ...



Standout Iowa high school wrestler loses contact lens during match, picks up and keeps competing  Des Moines Register

Julien Broderson is a very good wrestler. We know this. But good enough to lose a contact during a match and then pick it up while he's still wrestling?



Complaint: Roosevelt Coach ‘Made Sexual Advances on 16-Year-Old Student’  whotv.com

DES MOINES, Iowa --The Roosevelt High School girls basketball coach made his first appearance in front of a judge Wednesday morning. Gerald “Tig” Johnson ...



High school graduation ceremonies in the metro  Des Moines Register

Metro-area graduations for the class of 2018 are set for the following dates and times. Ankeny. Ankeny Centennial High School: 6:30 p.m. May 30 at Hilton ...



Roosevelt Dismissed Early Because of Suspected Food Poisoning Outbreak Among Staff  whotv.com

Classes at Roosevelt High School were dismissed early Thursday because a large number of the school's stuff was struck down with food poisoning.



Senator Cory Booker Remarks in Des Moines, Iowa  C-SPAN

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) gave remarks and met with local and state representatives and voters in Des Moines, Iowa.



Observations: Good day, sad day, happy day | Opinion  nwestiowa.com

Last weekend was certainly the end of an era for Peter and me.



Four GEAR UP Iowa students chosen for national summit  KCRG

Four high schoolers from Iowa have been chosen for the 2018 Youth Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. for three and a half days next week.



Cloris Leachman stops by Des Moines school  KCCI Des Moines

A famous actress returned to her high school in Des Moines Monday. Cloris Leachman graduated from Roosevelt High School. She is now age 90.



AOC And Bernie Sanders Introduce Bill To Cap Credit Card Debt At 15%  Citizen Truth

“There is no reason a person should pay more than 15% interest in the United States. It's common sense – in fact, we had these Usury laws until the 70s.”.



Joyce Mitchell, 1932-2019  Columbia Daily Tribune

Joyce Lindgren Mitchell, 86, of Columbia, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2019. A memorial *service* will be held at 2:00 p.m. March 30, at the Missouri United ...



Update: 14-year-old boy shot in head dies of injuries  KCCI Des Moines

A 14-year-old boy who was shot in the head early this week has died, friends and family confirmed Saturday.



Through it all, Roosevelt Barber Shop endures  DesMoinesRegister.com

Church is a peaceful place to go on Sunday mornings, but good old-fashioned barber shops are where men find sanctuary on Saturday afternoons.



Homegrown Terrorism: Des Moines student admits to ties with ISIS  KCCI Des Moines

At Roosevelt High School, Will Skelton was known as an outgoing student who ran cross country, played basketball and hung out with friends his sophomore ...



Meteorologist Frank Scaglione no longer at KCCI; minors describe sexual solicitations  DesMoinesRegister.com

Frank Scaglione, who apparently deleted his social media accounts Sunday, had been with the Des Moines television station since he was 17 years old.



Iowa School Report Card releases rankings  DesMoinesRegister.com

Families can look up their school's performance on the Iowa School Report Card, which released 2016 school rankings Thursday.



THE MONDAY HIVE: Veteran Bees catchers are all about communication  Burlington Hawk Eye

Burlington Bees reliever Luke Lind charged out of the bullpen to pitch the seventh inning of what would end up being a 2-0 loss to South Bend in the second ...



Iowa MLB prospect charged with OWI  KCCI Des Moines

A Des Moines native, and Major League Baseball draft pick, is facing charges in Iowa City.



Samuel J. Plecas, 82, West Des Moines  DesMoinesRegister.com

Samuel J. Plecas was called home by Jesus his Lord and Savior on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.



MLB prospect arrested in Iowa City  KCRG

A Los Angeles Angels prospect faces an OWI charge after an arrest in Iowa City, Saturday night.



Just a bunch of photos of pigs  DesMoinesRegister.com

Zach Wigle of Solon, kisses Eggs, a baby pig at the Swine Cuddles booth in West Bend during RAGBRAI on Monday, July 24, 2017. The booth is a fund raising ...



'Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)' star promotes serious issue in metro  KCCI Des Moines

Hip-hop artist Silento, best known for his top-five hit “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” – a song that gained popularity for its outlandish dance -- visited Des Moines ...



Janis Bolsem, 76, Urbandale  DesMoinesRegister.com

Celebration of life services for Janis Bolsem, 76, who passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines of pancreatic cancer, ...



Cindy Woltz, 69, Osceola  DesMoinesRegister.com

Cynthia Jane Woltz, 69, passed away April 20, 2018. A memorial *service* will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 2018, at McLaren's Chapel in West Des Moines ...



Peterson: After three decades, an Iowa State receiver will hear his name called during the NFL Draft  Des Moines Register

It's going to be an interesting weekend," Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said about David Montgomery and Hakeem Butler both being drafted, maybe as soon ...



High school basketball players charged in attempted burglary  KCCI Des Moines

Two of Des Moines Roosevelt High School's top basketball players were arrested and charged in an attempted burglary case Monday. Rakim Tullis and Jordan ...



Bob Ray, beloved 5-term Iowa governor, dies at 89  Des Moines Register

Robert Dolph Ray, a popular Iowa governor who served five consecutive terms from 1969 to 1983, died Sunday. He was 89. Rodney White, rodwhite@dmreg.



Iowans Asked to Pay Their Respects to Robert D. Ray Today in Des Moines  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Robert D. Ray dedicated his life to serving Iowans. Today Iowans are being asked to show their final respects to him. Ray, Iowa's 38th ...



Woody's Smoke Shack reopens with new owner, same barbecue offerings  Des Moines Register

New owner plans to continue offering the same menu as the original owner.



Report Reveals Source of Foodborne Illness Outbreak at Iowa High School  Food Safety News

A recent outbreak of foodborne illness following a catered staff luncheon at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, IA, sickened at least 58 people and.



Former coach to lose teaching license in bank accounts case  KCCI Des Moines

Officials say a former Des Moines teacher and basketball coach will lose his teaching license for a year for wrongly operating outside of district oversight two...



Sanders speaks to high school students in Des Moines  KCCI Des Moines

The Democratic presidential candidate was at Roosevelt High School.



Former coach didn't likely steal from Kuemper  Carroll Daily Times Herald

January 20, 2017 A former Kuemper High School boys basketball coach might have pocketed thousands of dollars of sports donations and registration fees ...



Teen takes joyride in luxury car, crashes it into trash can  KCCI Des Moines

Authorities said a teenager driving a stolen luxury car led police on a short chase Thursday afternoon through Des Moines before crashing near 37th Street and ...



Des Moines-area proms: when and where  DesMoinesRegister.com

Ankeny High School: Saturday, April 23 from 9 p.m. to midnight at the FFA Enrichment Center on the Ankeny DMACC Campus. After prom is midnight to 5:30 ...



Bob Ray: A remarkable Iowan's life — from seventh-grade class president, to 'Governorray,' and beyond  Des Moines Register

Bob Ray was the Iowan we all want to be. For a generation, Ray embodied the ethos of his native state in a way few public servants can imagine. He unified the ...



Teens are getting their hands on easily concealable e-cigs  KCCI Des Moines

Metro schools are warning about a new e-cigarette and its effects on teenagers.



NEW DAWN: DM’s Steve Higgins On ‘Tonight Show’  whotv.com

Monday sees Jimmy Fallon become the new Johnny Carson and Des Moines-native Steve Higgins the new Ed McMahon. They will officially make the move ...



A glimpse into the lives of 12 transgender Iowans  DesMoinesRegister.com

As part of a series exploring the lives of transgender people in Iowa, reporter Courtney Crowder and photographer Michael Zamora spoke with more than 20 ...



Man charged with murder in 2017 Des Moines killing has history with guns, police say  Des Moines Register

A 19-year-old man has been charged with murder in the 2017 fatal shooting of a Des Moines man, authorities said.



20 Iowa child deaths in 2016 that could have been prevented  DesMoinesRegister.com

A rising number of Iowa children have been victims of homicide the past three years — from abuse, shootings and unsupervised accidents. At least 20 Iowa ...



Fred Hubbell wins Democratic nomination to run against Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds  Des Moines Register

The winner of Tuesday's primary will take on incumbent Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds in November 2018.



Nearly half of Iowa school cafeterias violate health code  KCCI Des Moines

An investigation found that 47 percent of schools had at least one health code violation.



Finney: Music lover 'rubbed people the right way'  DesMoinesRegister.com

Nate Williams always took to music. His older sister, Kerry Williams, caught Nate standing in the family bathroom wearing a velour sweater doing his hair and ...



Former Coach and Mentor Says Lolo Made Right Decision  whotv.com

DES MOINES, Iowa - “I had too many complications coming back from hip surgery, so I will not be able to compete at the Olympic trials this year." Lolo Jones ...



Iowa primaries: Central Iowa legislative race results  Des Moines Register

Voters selected candidates in seven legislative primaries Tuesday in Polk, Dallas and Warren counties.



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