The Crawl: From Fridley to the ‘Top’ of MTV

When MTV tapped Fridley's Lenay Dunn for its weekly pop-culture recap show "10 on Top" a year ago, Justin Bieber was supposed to be co-host. Then "the fever" broke out, and Dunn became a solo act. Not that she needed any help. One of the bubblier young celebrities on the scene, she's managed to score perfect grades in high school, snag a rock 'n' roll husband and get discovered by a TV network, all before age 25. During a recent whirlwind visit to the Mall of America, Dunn walked and talked so fast that it was tempting to make an emergency stop at the oxygen bar. She sang Rebecca Black's inane Internet hit "Friday," declared that Forever 21 is her favorite store, bought a perfectly silly straw hat and befriended every salesperson within reach. "I love malls," she said while trying to hunt down a Starbucks. "Malls make me happy." This is not an act, say those who know her best. MTV exec Steve Tseckares believes the show would have flopped if its audience thought Dunn's pumped-up personality was a put-on: "When Lenay's on the air, you don't feel like she's been through a bunch of training. That untaught quality serves her well." Dunn's unconventional path to stardom began in 1985 in Zaire, where her parents, Ted and Kim Olsen, served as teachers for the Evangelical Covenant Church. By 1988, the family had moved stateside, where Dunn's father served as a minister in Chicago, Wisconsin and, finally, the Twin Cities. By middle school, Dunn started making wacky videos with her friends. (You can find her work at Red Bull caught some of them and hired her to drive a truck and do promotional work while attending the University of Minnesota Duluth. After graduation, the drinkmaker gave her even more exposure, signing her for a series of videos in which she did everything from driving NASCAR to skydiving. On MTV, she's hung out with such guests as Zac Efron and Ken Jeong ("Community"). But the showbiz spotlight hasn't shaken her enthusiasm -- or her faith. She's Continue Reading

7 Things in Your House That Are Dirtier Than Your Toilet

Grab a big bottle of hand sanitizer before you read on—and clear your schedule. You've got some new cleaning chores coming up. Stephanie Booth, provided by Published 5:30 am, Monday, February 12, 2018 Photo: Skynesher/iStock Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Skynesher/iStock 7 Things in Your House That Are Dirtier Than Your Toilet 1 / 1 Back to Gallery You wouldn't dare drink out of your toilet, but surprisingly, it's not the grossest spot in your house. After all, it gets regularly disinfected (we certainly hope). Yep, that's right—there are potentially bigger, more disgusting threats to your health scattered throughout your home. And we've got more bad news for you: You've probably already touched a few today. So grab a Costco-sized bottle of hand sanitizer before you read on—and clear your schedule. You've got some new cleaning chores coming up. 1. Your carpet Your carpet—as well as any soft furnishing, like an area rug—acts like an air filter, trapping dust, dirt, and other allergens. Home & Real Estate Channel Now Playing: Now Playing You Can Take The Escape One XL Cabin Wherever You Go Brandpoint Dealing with insurance companies after a hurricane - Ask a Real Estate Pro Sun-Sentinel Prices For Trump Condos are Reportedly Falling Veuer Gated community only gated for cars not pedestrians too - Ask a Real Estate Pro Sun-Sentinel This Bamboo Treehouse Is the Most Wished-for Airbnb in Hawaii Time Hot Property | Simon Cowell takes his talents to a bluff top in Malibu Los Angeles Times Real Estate: What a half-million dollars will get you in Silicon Valley KTVU New report shows Maine real estate market best in 10 years WMTW Page 6 for 2.1 Fox7 How Is Morgan Stanley Making A Boatload Of Money Wochit Continue Reading

The Des Moines Register Metro’s Best for 2017

Auto Repair FIRST PLACE: DOWNEY TIRE PROSTaking their business seriously, but also having fun, Downey Tire Pros creates a comfortable atmosphere for its customers, while getting down to the important task of quality oil changes, steering and suspension repairs, brake service, diesel engine repair and much more. Bonus services include pick-up and delivery and a lounge stocked withFind it: 103 W 2nd Ave., IndianolaInfo: 515-961-0345; SECOND PLACE: WEST SIDE AUTO BODYAttributing their long-running success to a staff of “outstanding” well-trained employees, West Side Auto Body has been a destination for collision repair since 1976, offering free estimates on minor and major work and a lifetime warranty on most repairs.Find it: 1838 Fuller Rd., West Des MoinesInfo: 515-223-0134; THIRD PLACE: WOODY'S REPAIR SHOPDedicated to producing consistent, quality work, the Woody's Auto Repair Service team can draw on a wide range of specialty knowledge, including four-wheel-drive systems, air bags and computer diagnostics. They also keep a large inventory of tires and batteries on site.Find it: 217 E. 1st St, AnkenyInfo: 515-964-7925; woodysautorepairservice.comBody Shop FIRST PLACE: ANKENY AUTO BODYFamily-owned since 1978, customer satisfaction is the goal at Ankeny Auto Body. Painting, hail damage, dent and glass repair are all part of their daily work and they also warranty the work for as long as you own your vehicle.Find it: 1501 SE Cortina Dr., AnkenyInfo: 515-964-7291; SECOND PLACE: GRAHAM COLLISIONWorking directly with your insurance company and offering a lifetime warranty on all repairs, Graham Collision computer scans every vehicle THIRD PLACE: WEST SIDE AUTO BODYAble to fix both major and minor issues, West Side Auto Body offers laser frame repair among its many expert methods to help pinpoint Continue Reading