Proteus celebrates 40 years serving migrant workers

Proteus celebrates 40 years serving migrant workers

DES MOINES — Proteus, a Des Moines-based nonprofit that helps immigrant farmworkers find support to live safely and securely, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Named after the Greek God that transforms to the needs of the people, Proteus focuses on...
Ames’ rainbow crosswalks are more than a symbol

Ames’ rainbow crosswalks are more than a symbol

I was born and raised in Ames. My parents and a sister still live there, and I live only 30 minutes away. It’s where  I learned about the world, learned to love and accept people who are not like me, and became who I am. Ames is a part of me. Ames has now given me yet...
NEW: The Real MainStream Puzzler

NEW: The Real MainStream Puzzler

Introducing: our new monthly Puzzler! Each month, we’ll offer an online crossword built on the previous edition. Created by Assistant Editor Becca Hathaway, this debut Puzzler provides clues for answers that can be found in the August 2019 edition of The Real...
Axe-throwing, inspired by Canada, takes off in Iowa

Axe-throwing, inspired by Canada, takes off in Iowa

One to three pounds of wood and sharpened metal. Lift it slowly behind your head, take a step forward, and thwak. The axe is buried in the wooden target, and cheers sound from behind you. Welcome to axe throwing, a new recreational sport steadily growing in popularity...
Tips for raising a transgender child

Tips for raising a transgender child

“When I grow up, I want to be a girl.” Genevieve Carter (not her real name) is, in many ways, a typical nine-year-old  third-grader. She loves gymnastics and math, and is the embodiment of childhood enthusiasm. Her thick brown hair falls below her shoulders, and her...