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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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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.

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 ...

Roosevelt Students Use Walkout to Call for More Gun Control Legislation

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A student-organized walkout took place at Roosevelt High School Thursday morning. Students were taking a stand on many issues but ...

Metro Students Trade Pencils for Microphones During National School Walkout  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa -- On the anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, Iowa students walked out of class to protest gun violence. “There's people killed ...

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.

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.

Roosevelt High School Principal Supports Students Following Immigrant and Travel Ban

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

Des Moines Police Officer Hypes Up Roosevelt Roughriders  WHO TV Des Moines

It's been an up and down basketball season for the Roosevelt Roughriders. But in the home finale, everyone smiled before the game even tipped off. John Sears ...

Roosevelt High School Student Receives Praise from President Obama

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 ...

No punishment for Roosevelt swim club for hiring stripper

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 ...

Roosevelt High School Teams Up with Feeder Schools to Fight Hunger

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 ...

ISU ‘Science Bound’ Program Names East High Best Des Moines High School  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa State University has named East High School the Best Des Moines High School for its STEM program. “Science Bound” is a ...

Roosevelt High School Fundraising Questioned After Money is Improperly Deposited

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

Roosevelt High School Names Charles Zanders Head Basketball Coach

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

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.

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 ...

Des Moines Students Walk Out on Classes and Speak Against Racial Injustice

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Roosevelt High School Junior Tyerell Jones staged a protest and nearly one thousand came pouring out of the school's doors thirty ...

Antics of All Center Bums long gone but still remembered

It's officially the Roosevelt Cultural District now, and a buff-up is underway befitting that status. The All Center Bums would have gotten a kick out of that, as they ...

Des Moines Roosevelt Educator Awarded Golden Apple

DES MOINES, Iowa -- At a school assembly at the beginning the school year, Des Moines Roosevelt Principal, Kevin Biggs, urged his students to build ...

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.

Roosevelt coach charged with sexual exploitation, assault

Roosevelt High School's teacher and girls' basketball coach is facing charges related to sexual abuse, Des Moines police said.

Fmr. Iowa Gov. Robert Ray to Lie In State Thursday  KAAL

Former longtime Iowa Gov. Robert D. Ray will be the first person in 63 years to lie in state at the Iowa Capitol. Ray's body will be brought Thursday afternoon to ...

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

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

Janis Bolsem, 76, Urbandale

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, ...

Future of North High's Pool in Question but Former 'Otter' is Trying to Save It  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Des Moines Public School administrators say they are spending far too much money on the pool at North High School; to the point they ...

'The Wonder Years'-style show being filmed in Des Moines

'Play by Play,' a coming-of-age show set in the '90s, will be available on Complex Network's digital-video streaming *service*, go90.

Incredible Roosevelt Soccer Goal Remains on Minds of Many

DES MOINES, Iowa -- For the first time in six years, the Roosevelt Roughriders ride into the boys' state soccer tournament. Roosevelt beat Dowling on Saturday, ...

Anderson shines as Ottumwa wins Metro opener | Chad Drury  Ottumwacourier

It didn't matter if Des Moines Roosevelt High School post Grace Cumming played 10 minutes or 32.

Des Moines Police Identify Roosevelt Student Shot in Head

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 ...

Sex abuse case against former Roosevelt coach dismissed

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

The ballad of Dan, Diane and Maya: A love story cut short by a rare disease  Des Moines Register

The love story began in 1982 during a session of the Iowa General Assembly. Dan Miller was covering the Legislature for Iowa Public Television. Diane Graham ...

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 ...

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.

Parents Say Iowa Can Do Better With Race Relations After Possible Slur at Football Game

DES MOINES, Iowa -- When Victoria Olsen Daniels took to Facebook and reported that her son Matthew, an African American student on Roosevelt High ...

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.

Iowa primaries: Central Iowa legislative race results  Des Moines Register

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

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.

MLB prospect arrested in Iowa City  KCRG

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

Samuel J. Plecas, 82, West Des Moines

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

Des Moines Principal Resigned After Misusing Nearly $5k in School Funds  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa -- For three years Eric Van Dorin was the face of Moulton Elementary. "When I'd bring my kids to school here he was always giving ...

Iowa primary election results and coverage from Election Day 2018  Des Moines Register

Complete primary election results and coverage from the 2018 Iowa primaries, including results, stories, videos and photos.

Latino Heritage Festival Ends the Summer Festival Season  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Latino Heritage Festival is this weekend and there they will present $5000 in academic scholarships to local high school and college ...

'I just want you to vote': Deidre DeJear wins Democratic race for Iowa secretary of state  Des Moines Register

Deidre DeJear narrowly won the Democratic race Tuesday to determine who will challenge Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, making her the first ...

Gov. Announces Privately-Funded Computer Instructional Program for Kids  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A half-dozen Iowa schools could soon be getting high-tech makeovers. Gov. Kim Reynolds' office has announced the creation of a ...

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack faces November rematch with GOP's Christopher Peters in 2nd District race  Des Moines Register

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, a Democrat, will be opposed by Christopher Peters, a Republican, in November's general election for Iowa's 2nd District seat in ...

Quick 50 Program Allows Students to Get Paid for Reporting Crimes Anonymously  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa -- $50 a tip. That's how much students at Lincoln High School will get paid under a new program that allows them to report crimes ...

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

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

Couple make generous donation to proposed skateboard park  KCCI Des Moines

A million-dollar donation will give a huge boost to the construction of a regional skate park in Des Moines.

NORA ALICE WOOLIS-RUTKOWSKI | Obituaries  Corydon Times

NORA ALICE WOOLIS-RUTKOWSKI. Nora Alice Woolis-Rutkowski, 91, of Corydon, passed away on Oct. 26, 2018, at Corydon Specialty Care. Alice was born ...

Iowa primaries: Dallas and Warren county supervisor race results  Des Moines Register

Residents in Dallas and Warren counties headed to the polls Tuesday to select candidates in four board of supervisors primaries. The unofficial results as ...

Slain Des Moines Sgt. Tony Beminio 'was always just smiling'

Des Moines police Sgt. Tony Beminio worked as a school resource officer at Roosevelt and East high schools earlier in his career.

DMPS Aviation Program Helps High School Students Earn Associates Degree  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Des Moines Aviation Technology program is only one of two federal programs that allows high school students to earn certifications in ...

Valley High School May See New Principal  WHO TV Des Moines

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- A West Des Moines school could soon be getting a new principal. On Friday, it was announced that David Maxwell had been ...

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 ...

14 Year-Old Yore Jieng, Shot Monday, Dies in Hospital

DES MOINES, -- According to a family spokesperson Jamie Buelt 14 year-old Yore Jieng , shot in the head on Monday, died Saturday afternoon in the hospital.

Des Moines Women's March draws thousands to Iowa's Capitol  Des Moines Register

Isabelle Brace, 14, of Des Moines wants to be a teacher when she grows up. But she plans to do more than teach facts and figures; Brace also wants to run a ...

Marjorie Hunzelman  The Storm Lake Times

Marjorie Hunzelman, 95, of Storm Lake died on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 at Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake. Funeral services were held on ...

Area students selected for the National Council on Youth Leadership  Dallas County News

DES MOINES — More than 230 high school seniors from 24 area high schools were selected by their schools to attend the National Council on Youth ...

Iowa Law Allows Teachers to Carry Guns at School, Law Comes as a Surprise to Teachers Union

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Under Iowa law, teachers are allowed to carry weapons at school. According to Iowa Code 724.4B, the school must specifically authorize ...

Roosevelt Dismissed Early Because of Suspected Food Poisoning Outbreak Among Staff

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

Des Moines Barbers Buzzing About “Clash of the Clippers”  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The barbers at Platinum Kutz in the Drake neighborhood are already masters of their craft, but on Sunday they'll be around some of the ...

5 Iowa artists to watch in 2018

Let 2018 be the year that your new favorite album comes from Iowa. Not sure where to look? Don't worry. We're here to help. We'd like you to meet the Register's ...

St. Theresa's Almost Ready for Students After Extensive Flood Damage  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa -- When the first day of school arrives on August 23rd, St. Theresa's Catholic School will be ready for students. The school suffered extensive ...

IHSAA Legend Bud Legg Announces Retirement  WHO TV Des Moines

IOWA -- A legend of Iowa high school athletics is retiring. Bud Legg announced on Tuesday he is retiring as the information director for the Iowa High School ...

Bicycle Riding Mentors of Des Moines Homicide Victim Share Memories of the Late Teen  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa -- In 2014, Tyrese Parson rode the full year with the Dream Team. "I think he started when he was 12 or 13," said riding mentor Brian Horsfall ...

Iowa School Report Card releases rankings

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

State wrestling 1A takeaways: Tragedy fuels Missouri Valley's Nathan Haynes, other Class 1A results  Des Moines Register

Nathan Haynes' childhood friend died in a car crash in August. He's on Haynes' mind as he attempts to make the third time the charm for a state title.

In governor contest, Kim Reynolds runs as 'embodiment' of Iowa; Democrats call for change  Des Moines Register

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is banking on optimism in her election bid while Democrats focus on voter frustration.

Senior Spotlight: Cortez Daniel  The Simpsonian

Q: Where are you from? A: Riverdale, Georgia. About 15 minutes outside of Atlanta. Q: How did you get to Simpson? A: Dr. Bernard McDonald came down for a ...

Longtime Des Moines Dry Cleaning Business Closing  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa -- After more than a century in operation, a Des Moines business is closing its doors. French Way Cleaners announced Thursday that it is ...

18-year-old charged with stealing car at gunpoint in Carlisle

Ruot Ruot, 18, of Des Moines, is charged with robbery and false imprisonment for the incident.

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 cance.

A glimpse into the lives of 12 transgender Iowans

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 ...

Beaverdale gun violence: Is it really getting worse?

When people in Beaverdale awoke a week ago Sunday to news there had been another fatal shootout, Facebook posts began to fly all over again. Council ...

Boulevard Sports' final ride

Boulevard Sports' owner decides to call it quits two years after her husband's death.

State wrestling 3A takeaways: Southeast Polk’s Lance Runyon remembers his friend with initials on his shoes  Des Moines Register

Lance Runyon, Southeast Polk's junior 152-pounder, lost a friend to suicide just two weeks ago. He wrote his initials on his wrestling shoes to honor him.

20 Iowa child deaths in 2016 that could have been prevented

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 ...

Johnston High School Students and Staff Adapting Well to New Environment

JOHNSTON, Iowa – Johnston High School opened its doors for the first time in August, and since then both faculty and students are settling in. The school is built ...

How a ring lost in Iowa 50 years ago led to a forever friendship from 1,000 miles away  Des Moines Register

William Albright was swimming in an eastern Iowa hotel pool in 1964 when the ring "flew off my finger." A Des Moines man returned it to him after a year-long ...

SCAVO Community School Mourns Loss of Murder Victim

DES MOINES, Iowa -- High school students across the metro went back to school Wednesday. That is where Noah Campbell should have been, too. “Right now ...

Leading the Jaguars  Fort Dodge Messenger

GOWRIE — Two new principals are taking the reins at Southeast Valley Middle School and High School. Kerry Ketcham, who will lead the high school, comes.

Local Mentorship Program Prepares to Break Ground on New and Improved Space  WHO TV Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Children and Family Urban Movement organization has stayed at its same location for five decades, but that will soon change.

NEW DAWN: DM's Steve Higgins On 'Tonight Show'

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 ...

Difficult Year of Teaching Lands West Des Moines School Teacher Golden Apple Award

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- It has been an extremely trying year for Stilwell Junior High School, from death to sickness even to difficult administrative decisions.

Des Moines Man Killed in Weight Lifting Accident

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Des Moines man is dead after a weight lifting accident at a metro gym. According to the Elite Edge Transformation Center in Ankeny, ...

March of the Millennials and beyond  Quad City Times

DES MOINES — They marched for their lives, numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

Through it all, Roosevelt Barber Shop endures

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

Beer Brackets are back! Vote now for the Iowa beer you love most  Des Moines Register

The 64-beer tournament, sponsored by the Iowa Taproom, kicks off March 1, running throughout the month.

Meet John Tinker: a Missourian whose Supreme Court case helped pave the way for today's student marches  Columbia Missourian

Nearly 50 years ago, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District extended freedom of speech to public schools. Today, the man behind the ...

HAMILTON's Celebrated Education Program, EduHam, Will Come To Minneapolis  Broadway World

Hennepin Theatre Trust announced today the innovative educational program that debuted at HAMILTON on Broadway will continue in Minneapolis on ...

Black 'Hair' on Your Tongue? Here's What That Could Be  WHO TV Des Moines

ST. LOUIS – When Dr. Yasir Hamad heard that a patient's tongue had turned black, he decided he needed to see it for himself. "It was the typical textbook case" ...

Surveillance video released in Git-N-Go robbery  KCCI Des Moines

It only took two minutes for a robbery suspect to walk inside a Des Moines convenience store then walk out with a handful of cash. Watch this story.

I9 INVESTIGATION: Nearly half of Iowa school cafeteria kitchens have health code violations  KCRG

Ice buildup in a freezer dripping on food, staff washing hands without soap, washing machines not working, and rusty utensils are just some of the observations ...

Valley Southwoods High School Principals Suspended

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Both the Principal and Vice Principal at Valley Southwoods High School on are paid leave as a complaint concerning them is ...

Des Moines summer programs lend helping hand to kids

Free summer programs target at-risk, low-income kids to encourage learning and safety.

Three vie for Des Moines council seat in Ward 3

The seat representing Des Moines' south and west side will have a new council member for the first time in 24 years.

Former Cyclones star Jake Knott jailed on theft charge

Former Iowa State linebacker Jake Knott was arrested Saturday after he was caught stealing merchandise from an Ankeny sporting goods store for the second ...

After-School Program Warns Latino Community of ICE Raids in Central Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Rumors of immigration raids are circulating throughout the Latino community in Des Moines. One after school program is using social ...

'My heart bleeds for you,' police chief tells slain cop's family at funeral

His voice raw with emotion, Des Moines police Chief Dana Wingert told the family of slain Sgt. Anthony “Tony” Beminio at his funeral Monday, "My heart bleeds ...

Civil Rights Commission revises church exemption language

DES MOINES, Ia. — An Iowa Civil Rights Commission brochure that some churches interpreted to mean they must abide by transgender bathroom rules and ...

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