Expect roads to be snow covered and slippery with reduced visibilities from tonight into Saturday south of I-90. This will result in some travel impacts. The highest snow totals (2-4 inches with locally higher amounts possible) will be found across Clayton and Fayette Counties in northeast Iowa and Grant County in southwest Wisconsin. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for these counties for tonight and Saturday. There will be a sharp cutoff in snow amounts on the north side of this snow band. North winds will gust to 35 mph late tonight and Saturday. These winds may produce patchy areas of blowing and drifting of snow in parts of northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin. Adjust travel plans if necessary and slow down on slow covered roads. In addition, this snow will be heavy, so take frequent breaks when shoveling it.
A classic Christmas movie is now represented in gingerbread. Michelle Wilbowo took to Twitter to show she created the house from ‘Home Alone’ out of gingerbread in a collaboration with Disney Plus in celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary. The house even includes a pizza delivery car from the multiple scenes in the movie where pizza is delivered to the house, and has miniaturized and edible versions of some of the famous traps from the film, including paint cans tied to the stair railings. The house will eventually go to the Oak Centre for Children and Young People at the Royal Marsden hospital in Surrey, England, where it will be displayed for young cancer patients.
A system looks like it will impact the Upper Midwest with some wintry weather from late Friday into Saturday. There is still low confidence in the details with this system, including the track, precipitation type, and how much snow may fall. Monitor the forecast from a trusted source, especially if you have travel plans later this week or over the weekend.
Lifetime will debut a 15-minute “mini movie” this weekend, where Mario Lopez plays a SEXY version of Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Colonel Sanders. It’s called “A Recipe for Seduction”. Check out the trailer!
On this day (December 7th) in 1941, a Japanese air squadron launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The attack killed more than 2,400 people, drew the United States into World War Two. It was, in the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “a date which will live in infamy.”
The United States Postal Service wants to make sure every letter to Santa not only reaches its North Pole destination, but gets the response it deserves. In order to do that, they have launched the “Operation Santa” program.
Beginning on December 4th, volunteer elves will be able to sign up to adopt a letter through the USPS website. Once you are pre-screened, you will promise to write a Santa-approved response letter and make sure a gift for the child or family arrives on Christmas morning.
Santa’s very busy this year, so approved elves can “adopt” as many letters as they want.
A gas station attendant in Oregon named Bradley Rowe was filling a guy’s tank last month, and mentioned that he’s been struggling to get a $2,000 car loan to buy a 1998 Ford Explorer. So the guy drove off . . . went straight to a dealership . . . wrote a huge check . . . and told a salesman to let Bradley pick out whatever he wanted. The salesman found Bradley at the gas station, and he ended up getting a 2016 Kia Sportage. Now he’d just like to find the guy and say thank you.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation hit movie theaters on this date back in 1989! It ranks in my top 3 Christmas movies of all time. Fun fact: It’s the only sequel in the franchise to have its own direct sequel, the made for TV National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2. -EK
Before Thanksgiving last week, someone in Milwaukee stole a tire off a guy’s car and replaced it with a turkey. His back left tire was gone, and his car was propped up on a frozen turkey. The owner of the car says he’s confused, and angry at them for wasting food.
It’s almost time to roll out the turkey for Thanksgiving! With the turkey being the headliner for Thanksgiving, what is your favorite side dish for the big feast?? The website Zippa did a little research broke down the popular sides by state. In Iowa, corn is number one. In Minnesota and Wisconsin, mashed potatoes reign supreme. Check out some interesting findings form Zippa‘s research.
Mashed potatoes are the favorite of 10 states.
Right behind mashed potatoes is mac n’ cheese- 7 states know that it’s not Thanksgiving without the cheesy, delicious dish.
While most states are reaching for the carbs, Maine is all about that side salad.
The south isn’t a casserole belt, but the Midwest can’t get enough – especially of green bean casserole
Alabama doesn’t eat stuffing, they like “dressing” AKA southern people stuffing.
Only New Hampshire is a big fan of cranberry sauce.
Biscuits. Rolls. Crescent rolls. Forget, fancy sides, just toss some rolls in the oven.
47 states want their sides carby, cheesy, potato-y and delicious. Only 3 are reaching for veggies more.
How can one word sum up THE craziest year in our lifetime? The people at Oxford English Dictionary say . . . it can’t.
The editors at the Oxford English Dictionary say that when they were deciding on their annual pick for Word of the Year, quote, “It quickly became apparent that 2020 is not a year that could neatly be accommodated in one single word of the year.”
So instead, they picked dozens of words that sum up, quote, “the phenomenal breadth of language change and development over the year.”
Those words include: COVID-19 . . . work-from-home . . . lockdown . . . support bubbles . . . essential workers . . . furlough . . . Black Lives Matter . . . mail-in . . . superspreader . . . social distancing . . . QAnon . . . and impeachment.
Major League Baseball announced via Twitter today that it has scheduled a game at the Field of Dreams site in Dyersville for the 2021 season. The White Sox and the New York Yankees will take the field on August 12, 2021.
The White Sox and Yankees were suppose to play at the site this past season, but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Nashville Christmas Carol premieres on the Hallmark Channel. Saturday, Nov 21, you can watch Sara Evans, Wynonna Judd, Raelynn, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Kix Brooks join Wes Brown and Jessy Schram as they give a country music themed twist to Charles Dickens timeless tale, A Christmas Carol.
Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins will host the 11th Annual CMA Country Christmas holiday special, airing on ABC, Monday November 30. Thomas and his wife Lauren will be joined by Dan + Shay, Gabby Barrett, Lady A, Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, and Darius Rucker with Lindsey Stirling.
The Hallmark Christmas Movies are in full swing, I think they started a few weeks ago already. I like to joke with Kathy that all the movies are basically the same, with just a few details changed here and there. This past weekend I came across a video done by the Holderness Family, and it hits the nail on the head…..how every Hallmark Christmas movie goes! -EK
Iowa High School Football Playoffs are underway at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, and the first game yesterday in 8-Player was a BARN BURNER!!! Remsen St. Mary’s beat Montezuma, 108-94…..yes that is a football score. According to the Iowa High School Athletic Association, the game is the highest scoring in Iowa Football history, with a combined 202 points. WOW!!!
Maren Morris was the big winner at Wednesday’ night’s CMA Awards, which was broadcast live from Nashville. She took home the trophies Song and Single of the Year for “The Bones” and the coveted Female Vocalist of the Year.
Luke Combs earned two CMA trophies – Male Vocalist and Album of the Year, while Eric Church was the surprise winner of this year’s Entertainer of the Year.
Hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, the show featured memorial performances for Charlie Daniels, Joe Diffie and Mac Davis, as well as a musical celebration of Urban Cowboy, which turned 40 this year.
Several acts were forced to dropout of show after testing positive for COVID-19, including Lee Brice, Lady A, Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts and Musician of the Year winner Jenee Fleanor.
Musical Event of the Year
I Hope You’re Happy Now – Carly Pearce and Lee Brice, Producer: busbeeMusic Video of the Year (Awarded to Artist & Director)
Bluebird – Miranda Lambert, Director: Trey FanjoySingle of the Year (Awarded to Singer, Producer and Engineer)
The Bones – Maren Morris, Producer: Greg Kurstin, Mix Engineer: Greg Kurstin
Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters
The Bones – Songwriters: Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz
New Artist of the Year
Vocal Duo of the Year
Dan + Shay
Vocal Group of the Year
Album of the Year (Awarded to Artist & Producer)
What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs, Producer: Scott Moffatt
Have you ever had a major mishapwhen cooking a turkey for Thanksgiving?
Well, there’s now insurance for that. Whole Foods has teamed up with Progressive Insurance to provide “turkey insurance” for anyone who messes up while cooking their bird. OK, their Thanksgiving Turkey Protection Plan isn’t really insurance (as the fine print will tell you). Rather, if you buy a turkey from Whole Foods for Thanksgiving and something goes wrong when you cook it, you’re eligible to receive a $35 gift card to Whole Foods to make up for it.
“As we anticipate more smaller Thanksgiving gatherings and first-time cooks tackling turkey preparation this year, the Thanksgiving Turkey Protection Plan allows customers the freedom of culinary exploration, knowing all is not lost should their cooking go astray,” said Theo Weening, Whole Food’s vice president of meat and poultry. “We want to help customers rise to the occasion and take on that turkey with confidence for less-stressed Thanksgiving meal preparation.”
What a great story for Veterans Day today. A retired contractor in Acton, Massachusetts named Mark Starr has been staying busy during the pandemic by building a disabled veteran a new home. He got his town to sell him the land for $1, and people have donated around $40,000 in time to help make it happen.
Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency for another 30 days. The proclamation imposes a number of additional public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These new measures will be effective at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11 and will continue until 11:59 p.m. on November 30, 2020. To view a summary of enhanced mitigation measures, click here.
The proclamation continues the requirements that those attending any social, community, recreational, leisure or sporting gathering must maintain six feet distancing from other groups. But it now also requires that those groups are limited to 8 people unless the entire group is from the same household. Additionally, all these gatherings that occur indoors with more than 25 people, or outdoors with more than 100 people, are prohibited unless all participants over 2 years old wear masks excepts when eating and drinking. In addition to these distancing and masking requirements, at an indoor youth sporting or recreational gathering, only two spectators are permitted for each youth athlete.
Customers and employees are also now required to wear masks at salons, barbershops, massage therapy establishments, tattoo establishments, tanning facilities, and other establishments providing personal services.
The proclamation also states “I continue to strongly encourage all Iowans two or older to wear a mask or other face covering when in public settings, especially in circumstances when it is not possible to remain six feet away from others outside their household, unless it is unsafe to do so because of health or disability.”
Bars and restaurants continue to be required to ensure six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking; to ensure all patrons have a seat at a table or bar and consume alcohol or food while seated; and to limit congregating together closer than six feet. And a group seated together is now limited to 8 people unless the entire group is from the same household.
Bowling alleys, pool halls, bingo halls, arcades, indoor playgrounds, and children’s play centers are now required to ensure that groups and individuals remain six feet apart at the establishment. And groups at those establishments must also be limited to 8 people unless the entire group is from the same household.
In order to discourage any unnecessary gathering in workplace settings, the proclamation also orders all employers to evaluate whether any more of their employees can feasibly work remotely and to the extent reasonable, shall take steps to enable such employees to work from home.
And the proclamation strongly encourages “all Iowans to consider how their choice to adhere to public health mitigation strategies impacts the spread of COVID-19 in their family and community. Specifically, I strongly encourage Iowans to consider avoiding events not adhering to social distancing and mask recommendations and thereby considered high risk including but not limited to weddings, funerals, bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties, holiday celebrations, conventions, indoor entertainment, spectator sports, private parties, tailgating, and vacationing.”
Finally, the proclamation also again extends the suspension of weight limits for transportation of agricultural supplies and commodities on state highways from the fall harvest. And it extends many of the previously issued regulatory relief measures necessary to respond to this public health disaster, including those related to healthcare, professional licensure, educational workforce, and expirations of driver’s licenses.
The proclamation now remains in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, December 10, 2020.
The executive producer of “Jeopardy!” paid tribute to Alex Trebek before last night’s show. He said, quote, “[Alex] loved this show and everything it stood for . . . He will forever be an inspiration for his constant desire to learn, his kindness and for his love of his family.”