Christopher Pratt, The Des Moines Register

Christopher Pratt

The Des Moines Register

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Past articles by Christopher:

Climbers hike downtown D.M. buildings to support lung health, awareness

Climbers hustle through buildings in downtown Des Moines to raise awareness and dollars for lung conditions. → Read More

Clive ends homeland security agreement with Des Moines

Clive officials did not renew an agreement to centralize homeland security services in the Des Moines metro. → Read More

St. Patrick’s Day parade organizer handles reins of growing tradition

The St. Patrick’s Day parade, which takes place Tuesday in downtown Des Moines, is organized annually by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Central Iowa. Mike O’Connell is current president of the group. → Read More

Few saw first St. Patrick's parade in Des Moines

The central Iowa chapter formed in 1975 and had about 30 people at the first parade in 1981 → Read More

W.D.M. board member rejects accusation she insulted students

A board member accused of calling students "stupid" says comment was taken out of context. → Read More

Fifty years later, Selma still inspires W.D.M. man

Milton Cole-Duvall draws inspiration from the 1965 voting rights march → Read More

West Des Moines school board expels student

The decision came after fights occurred at a school on a recent Thursday. → Read More

Valley's 'Life Lessons' program shows value in diversity

A group of West Des Moines Valley students headline first "Life Lessons from Valley" → Read More

Authorities: Man pulled out of chemical tank

Employees used a safety rope to pull a colleague from a tank filled with a chemical cleaning solution. → Read More

Windsor Heights pursues bike lane on University Avenue

The Windsor Heights City Council is hoping to receive a grant to assist in bringing a bicycle lane to heavily-trafficked University Avenue. → Read More

Nest and camera in place for Wells Fargo ospreys

A nest at the Wells Fargo Jordan Creek campus in West Des Moines is ready for two ospreys to return in the spring. → Read More

Fair's museum director preserves state's past

Shawn Head leads State Fair museum, curator of John Wayne Birthplace Museum. → Read More

Clive taxes stable after camera program ends

Clive council member says increased building permit fees, hotel-motel tax revenue and good staff work helped the city handle the challenge of phasing out the red-light camera program. → Read More

Fireworks competition shaping up for 2015 Iowa State Fair

Companies vying for a contract to light up the night during the Iowa State Fair may be able to participate in a fireworks shoot-off at this year's fair. → Read More

Indoor shooting range takes shape in Johnston

The area's first public indoor gun range is on track to open this month. → Read More

Iowa veteran receives mortgage-free home

Johnson, 32, beamed as he talked about the life awaiting him in the neighborhood near Easter Lake. → Read More

W.D.M. school board OKs boundary plan, moving hundreds to new facilities next fall

After months of discussions, West Des Moines school board members on Monday adopted new elementary and junior high school boundary proposals to place hundreds of students in new schools next fall. All told, the final plan — approved without any dissenting votes — has about 940 students moving to new schools next fall. Officials said that number will likely be significantly lower because some… → Read More

Juvenile home suit claims 'cruel and unusual punishment'

A federal lawsuit says a boy's Constitutional rights were violated at Iowa Juvenile Home → Read More

Uber rules delayed until 2015

The Des Moines City Council was expected to consider the first reading of a new ordinance in December, but during a meeting Monday officials said they will delay until January. → Read More

Clive shifts policy on snow tickets, but fines remain

The city manager now has discretion on enforcement. → Read More