Des Moines Register prepares to move into new offices

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The Des Moines Register will move to new office space Friday. “We’ll fill up about 2,100 boxes, and about midnight on Friday night, we’ll head up to Capital Square down Locust Street, and we’ll be there Saturday morning,” Register Editor Rick Green tells WHO-TV’s Andy Fales.

“It’s been Iowa’s epicenter of ‘What’s up,’” Fales says of the old digs, which the paper has occupied since 1918. “But now it’s a testament to the ‘Has-been.’”

Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich on Tuesday posted photos of things she won’t have room for in the new space: An “Oversized button from the Democrats’ 1992 Fall Fest with Bill Clinton”; some utensils that double as pens (“I hear we won’t be eating at our new desks,” Obradovich writes).

The paper announced last year it would move to the new space, which will include “about 3,000 square feet of retail space” where Publisher Laura Hollingsworth “imagines a ‘digital, interactive’ space where journalists’ and readers’ paths could cross,” Donnelle Eller reported in September.

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