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How Cambodian Srey Chhay found a sense of community in DSM USA
October 4, 2018

Posted on on October 4, 2018 by Paige Ruba. Srey Chhay moved from her home country of Cambodia to the U.S. at the age of 31. She was ready to seek new opportunities, but she did not have a concrete plan.

Memorial for fallen police officers approved
September 28, 2018

Posted on on Friday, September 28, 2018 A permanent memorial dedicated to fallen police officers will be built in Des Moines.

2018 Premier Dealer Championship has another year of success
September 25, 2018

On September 25, 41 of Prairie Meadows' table games dealers battled it out for the top spot in the Premier Dealer Championship.

London native gambles on DSM move and hits the jackpot
September 25, 2018

Posted on on September 25, 2018 by Paige Ruba. Since Eddie Llambias began his casino career his life has in some ways mirrored the hustle and bustle associated with Vegas-style casinos. A London native, Eddie worked in many casinos and lived all over the world before moving to Greater Des Moines (DSM) in 2016.

Morsel Combat serves up star chefs for charity
September 18, 2018

Posted on on September 18, 2018 11:13 AM Some of Central Iowa's top chefs and restaurants will help fight hunger at Meals from the Heartland's Morsel Combat. The event runs 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 30 at Prairie Meadows.

Prairie Meadows' Jockeys Visit Blank Children's Hospital
September 18, 2018

Prairie Meadows' top Quarter Horse jockeys surprised young patients at Blank Children's Hospital with a visit on September 13.

Riverview Park concert venue gets green light
September 18, 2018

Posted on on September 18, 2018 at 5:16 PM by Kim Norvell. Construction on a 6,000-seat outdoor concert venue at Des Moines' Riverview Park is expected to begin next spring.

Donation makes new pool possible at 4-H camp in Madrid
September 5, 2018

Posted on on September 5, 2018 at 3:17 PM A major contribution from a Webster City couple will jump-start construction of a new outdoor pool at Clover Woods Camp and Retreat Center near Madrid.

Prairie Meadows Inducts Derron Heldt, Lamont Marks, and Tom Benjamin into Hall of Fame
August 24, 2018

Prairie Meadows recently honored three longtime racing department employees. Vice President of Racing Derron Heldt, Track Superintendent Lamont Marks, and Starter Tom Benjamin were inducted into the Prairie Meadows Hall of Fame on Friday, August 10.

Wagering 101
August 16, 2018

If you've never bet on horse racing, and you're feeling a little intimidated, just remember one thing: even the experts had to make their first wager at some point.