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March 31, 2023
31Mar23 Lee’s Summit 1
Sometimes the naming of a town is quite a story in itself.  That’s the case for what became one of Missouri’s largest cities.  However, few know the origins of this place that seems to indicate it’s at a great elevation…

March 30, 2023
30Mar23 Finley Farms Ozark Mill 2
When you’re building is in the path of a regularly flooding river you might consider moving locations.  This place did just the opposite.  The rebuilt the foundation to withstand the floods and in the process created a place that brings agriculture of the past into the present…

March 29, 2023
29Mar23 Finley Farms Ozark Mill 1
There was a time when old mills dotted the landscape, grinding grain into feed and food.  One of the oldest mills in the area still stands between Springfield and Branson, Missouri.  It’s undergone a transformation that has people coming from near and far…

March 28, 2023
28Mar23 Lake Itasca 2
The Mississippi River flows over 2500 miles, southward through the Midwestern U.S.  That is, unless you are here, where the river actually meanders north for about 50 miles…

March 27, 2023
27Mar23 Lake Itasca 1
The Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico just south of New Orleans, Louisiana.  But where does the mighty river begin?  That question puzzled explorers for many years, leading many on a search through the woods of northern Minnesota…


March 24, 2023
24Mar23 Last Train to Clarksville 2
In the summer of 1966 the Monkees released “The Last Train to Clarksville.”  The song went to number one on the billboard charts and many people went in search of that last train to Clarksville.  That journey led many to this town and one particular train depot…

March 23, 2023
23Mar23 Last Train to Clarksville 1
In the early and mid 1900s, passenger train service was common in most cities of any size.  Today the passengers and freight have vanished from those stations.  Only a few remain.  Most are now simply historic structures reminding us of the way things once were…

March 22, 2023
22Mar23 Daddy Bryson
His name was Daddy Bryson…and he became one of the best-known train engineers in the Smoky Mountains…not because of his skill on the rails, but instead for the unfortunate accident that cost him his life…

March 21, 2023
21Mar23 River Raisin 2
We all recall the battle cry, “Remember the Alamo” but over 200 years ago it was “Remember the Raisin!”  So what was this “raisin” and exactly why would it rally troops in battle?  Today we dust off the history books for an important piece of early American history…

March 20, 2023
20Mar23 River Raisin 1
It’s long been said that the only thing most Americans can tell you about the War of 1812 is what year it began.  Maybe they recall the burning of Washington or Andrew Jackson’s soldiers in New Orleans, but it is difficult to remember much else…


March 17, 2023
17Mar23 Turkish Countryside Fatma Tribute
A couple of years ago I was approached with a novel idea.  Could we use these broadcasts to help share Americana with those outside this country and perhaps help them learn English as a second language as well.  What resulted was a unique program developed by an enthusiastic teacher in the country of Turkey…

March 16, 2023
16Mar23 Midwest Dream Car Collection 5
Sometimes a car is known for it’s time period in history.  That’s the case for this particular Nissan.  If you’re under the age of 35, you probably realize just how valuable the car on today’s feature is.  If you’ve over 35, well, you might just pass by a half million dollar car without giving it a thought…

March 15, 2023
15Mar23 Midwest Dream Car Collection 4
If you have work to do in the field, you probably get a tractor to pull an implement to get it done.  But one company came up with a more flexible answer – just use your pickup to do the job and much more.  Today we take a look at one of those trucks born from the duties of World War II…

March 14, 2023
14Mar23 Midwest Dream Car Collection 3
Most of us have a car.  Some of us have a boat.  What if wanted both but only had the money for one or the other.  A trip here shows you that the problem may be solved.  We go back in time to a car that still gets a lot of looks today…

March 13, 2023
13Mar23 Midwest Dream Car Collection 2
If you’ve ever seen one of the movies in the Back to the Future series, you know that Michael J Fox, in the role of Marty McFly drives a Delorean which must hit a speed of 88 miles per hour in order to transport him backward or forward through time.  While a time machine may be far fetched, there’s another factor that may have prevented time travel in that Delorean…


March 10, 2023
10Mar23 Midwest Dream Car Collection 1
Did you ever set out to purchase a car and wind up buying several by accident?  I know, that’s probably not going to happen, but in this case it kind of did.  And because of that situation, an amazing car collection was born in the heart of the Midwest – a collection that allows people to truly experience some great cars of all ages…

March 9, 2023
09Mar23 Monroe Michigan Custer 3
When news of the defeat at the Little Bighorn reached Monroe, Michigan, this town had an extra reason to morn.  They did not lose just one soldier in the battle, but five…

March 8, 2023
08Mar23 Monroe Michigan Custer 2
There are several portraits that show the surrender of General Lee to General Grant at Appomattox.  Those scenes usually display a small table on which the surrender documents were signed.  When the ceremony was complete, who ended up with that historic table?

March 7, 2023
07Mar23 Monroe Michigan Custer 1
We know him for the battle at the Little Bighorn.  But to know just that one fact is to miss out on the amazing story of one George Armstrong Custer.  Today we head to his hometown, a place that still honors the family and their service to the nation…

March 6, 2023
06Mar23 Sears Birthplace 3
At one time, Sears was the largest retailer in the world.  Today there are just a handful of stores that remain, but the story of the man behind the business behemoth is one that can be traced to a small town in Minnesota.  In fact, this is a place that Mr. Sears always remembered.  We say hello to our listeners on KLGR in Redwood Falls…


March 3, 2023
03Mar23 Sears Birthplace 2
There was a problem at the rail depot in North Branch, Minnesota.  A box of watches had arrived, but the business listed to receive the package refused the shipment.  So what was the depot to do with these unclaimed watches?  One young man had an idea, and that idea became something huge…

March 2, 2023
02Mar23 Sears Birthplace 1
Richard was born in Minnesota.  His father died while he was a boy and he got a job as a railroad telegraph operator to help earn money for the family.  Interestingly, it was that job which began a career path that made him a household name…

March 1, 2023
01Mar23 Wahoo Friends Cafe 2
Some eating establishments are known for a specific item on the menu.  That’s the case for this spot near Omaha, Nebraska.  The recipe has been around for decades, but when this café opened, the owner had not heard of the item.  In fact, she may have thought it sounded a bit strange.  Now it’s the dish that has many, including myself, stopping by to try it…

February 28, 2023
28Feb23 Wahoo Friends Cafe 1
Over time the use of buildings can change.  That’s the case in downtown Wahoo, Nebraska.  The old co-op offices left their old home in the late 1980s.  One of the businesses that occupies the spot today still attracts a lot of farmers, but for another reason…

February 27, 2023
27Feb23 Wahoo Locker 3
We may think of specific regions of the world offering up dishes that you can only find if you make a journey there.  Today’s story is a bit like that, but the people in Wahoo, Nebraska found that they could offer some special tastes that are unique to the places their citizen’s ancestors once called home…


February 24, 2023
24Feb23 Wahoo Locker 2
You’ve heard of Colonel Sanders special chicken recipe.  In fact, some of our favorite foods and drinks have secret recipes that date back decades.  Today’s stop is no different.  It’s a place turning out a product that has people coming from far and wide…

February 23, 2023
23Feb23 Wahoo Locker 1
Decades ago just about every town in farm country had a locker plant.  Today those numbers have decreased, but demand has suddenly increased. That means finding a local locker plant to process meat can sometimes be a challenge.  The folks in this community though have one of the best…

February 22, 2023
22Feb23 Indio California 2
Most people have heard of Chuck Yeager, but most have not heard of his good friend Jackie…a pilot who set more aviation records that any other aviator.  This is Jackie’s story and how it affected our world…

February 21, 2023
21Feb23 Indio California 1
When the rails came through this stretch of dry wilderness, the only people living here were the Cahuilla Indians.  This is the story of what became of the train depot and the city built in the middle of the desert…

February 20, 2023
20Feb23 Patsy Cline Museum 2
Fans often love to interact with the stars.  But those stars are often too busy to communicate with any one individual.  However, turn back the clock to the 1950s and 60s and this star was known to hand write letters to fans and forge friendships that lasted for years…


February 17, 2023
17Feb23 Patsy Cline Museum 1
She was just 30 when she died in a plan crash in 1963, but her music had already made her one of the most recognized voices in the nation, and that voice remains one that brings people to this museum devoted to her life…

February 16, 2023
16Feb23 Johnny Cash Museum 3
You’ve probably not heard of a museum owner named Bill Miller.  However, Bill was a long time friend of a country music legend and that friendship led him to acquire many pieces of memorabilia that people come to see today…

February 15, 2023
15Feb23 Johnny Cash Museum 2
Some knew him as the man in black.  There were several reasons he may have worn that color – it was an image that stills makes him stand out among music greats.  Today we head to the museum devoted to that man…

February 14, 2023
14Feb23 Johnny Cash Museum 1
He was born in Kingsland, Arkansas in 1932.  After High School he served in the Air Force for four years and then…well then he began a career that just about everyone has heard of…

February 13, 2023
13Feb23 Thomas Jefferson Agriculture 2
Thousands of visitors tour this famous presidential home each year and although most know of this man’s important role in forming the nation, they often have heard little of his efforts to improve life on the farm…


February 10, 2023
10Feb23 Thomas Jefferson Agriculture 1
His face is one of four carved into Mt. Rushmore…but few know the story of how this well known president changed the face of agriculture.  This is the story of one president’s quest to make American farms the best in the world…

February 9, 2023
09Feb23 Lincoln Log Cabin 2
We may remember that President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is February 12th.  But we often forget the important role of his parents long after his birth.  Today we journey to the Lincolns’ final homestead and farm, a place where a mother bid her son farewell…

February 8, 2023
08Feb23 Lincoln Log Cabin 1
Abraham Lincoln lost his mother to a sudden illness when he was just nine years old.  Within a year his father remarried and young Abraham adjusted to a new step mother running the household.  The role of both mothers would be instrumental in his road to the presidency…

February 7, 2023
07Feb23 Jean Lafitte
He’s still regarded as an important figure in New Orleans and American history.  And although almost two centuries have passed, this shadowy figure still intrigues visitors to the French quarter and Cajun country…

February 6, 2023
06Feb23 Bily Clocks 3
In the summer of 1893 a unique visitor arrived in Spillville, Iowa.  He loved the place so much that he stayed for the summer, did some work, and shared his talents at the local church.  It’s a summer they still remember here today…


February 3, 2023
03Feb23 Bily Clocks 2
In 1928 the Bily brothers received quite an offer from Henry Ford.  He offered them one million dollars for something they created.  The story of what they built and wheat they did with Ford’s offer is quite a story…

February 2, 2023
02Feb23 Bily Clocks 1
The Bily brothers were farmers near Spillville, Iowa.  But it’s what the brothers did when they weren’t farming that has people still coming to this small town today for their pastime was truly remarkable…

February 1, 2023
01Feb23 Sam Rayburn 3
In November of 1961, this small town in north Texas was overwhelmed with people coming to pay their respects to a man who had led the House of Representatives longer than any other person.  Local residents were employed just to shuttle all the dignitaries from the nearest airport to the largest building in town, the First Baptist Church…

January 31, 2023
31Jan23 Sam Rayburn 2
Many governors, senators and representatives may aspire to one day become president of the United States.  However, this man believed the real power was leading the legislative branch of government.  After all, there are not term limits to being a representative, but there are for the president…

January 30, 2023
30Jan23 Sam Rayburn 1
In Bonham, Texas you can find the boyhood home of Sam Rayburn.  The small town is also host to the politician’s library and museum.  It’s an interesting look at a man who served his district for portions of six decades and the terms of eight presidents…


January 27, 2023
27Jan23 Two Harbors 2
They are some of the largest boat docks you’ll ever see.  Not mere spots on a lake from which to fish, but rather one thousand foot long steel railways for trains to dump their contents onto waiting ships.  It’s a process that’s been taking place here for over 150 years…

January 26, 2023
26Jan23 Two Harbors 1
Today Duluth, MN and Superior, WI are major shipping points on Lake Superior.  However, turn back the clock a century and a half and it was this town up the shoreline that had the advantage.  They are still loading some of the lakes largest ships here…

January 25, 2023
25Jan23 Al’s Oasis 2
If you’ve driven across interstate 90 in South Dakota you know you’ll see plenty of signs for Wall Drug, an iconic business in that state.  But you also likely to see quite a number of billboards for another well-known stop on the Missouri River.  I’ll take you to that place locals and tourists love…

January 24, 2023
24Jan23 Al’s Oasis 1
An oasis is often thought to be a lush, fertile spot in the middle of a desert.  The oasis I’ll take you to today isn’t in a desert, but it does have a lot to offer, especially when it opened in a sparsely populated part of the country in the early 1900s…

January 23, 2023
23Jan23 Hellcats 2
Many military museums tell the story of an entire war, or perhaps the history of a fort or military outpost.  This museum is unusual in that it shares the story of a division that existed but for three years.  But they were a very important three years…


January 20, 2023
20Jan23 Hellcats 1
They were often known as the Hell Cats.  Others knew them by the name, “Suicide Squad” for their hard fought battles against the fiercest German divisions.  It was one of those fights that resulted in heavy losses for the Hell Cats…

January 19, 2023
19Jan23 Bluff Dwellers Cavern
Arthur Browning thought he was just going to check the traps on his farm one morning back in 1927.  What he found was a far bigger prize than any pelt, for what was under his farm was more important than what was above ground…

January 18, 2023
18Jan23 Sam Walton 3
He was one of the wealthiest men in America.  Yet almost everyone that ever worked with him would tell you that money didn’t change him.  He cared about his employees and his customers and it showed in the way he lived life…

January 17, 2023
17Jan23 Sam Walton 2
It you walked into a business that had just remodeled its space and noticed the floor tiles did not match, you might think the owner was cheap or the contractor didn’t know what they were doing.  It turns out, the fact the flooring didn’t match here told you a lot about the owner and the future of his fledgling business…

January 16, 2023
16Jan23 Sam Walton 1
It’s said, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”  Perhaps that’s how Sam should have regarded the fact that his lease was not renewed and someone else took over the business space.  But the setback was only temporary…


January 13, 2023
13Jan23 Antelope Island 3
Every fall there is a round-up of the herd here just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.  You can even bring a horse, or rent one and help corral hundreds of bison roaming one of the largest islands in the nation…

January 12, 2023
12Jan23 Antelope Island 2
Until the 1960s, ranchers took animals by a barge from the mainland to this island for grazing.  The vast rangeland was difficult to reach and winter storms could produce swells of ten feet or more on the lake.  Yet, ranching continued here for well over a century…

January 11, 2023
11Jan23 Antelope Island 1
Jeremy Shaw is responsible for patrolling a lake larger than the state of Rhode Island.  It’s a unique place that’s been drawing curious visitors here for thousands of years…

January 10, 2023
10Jan23 Scott Hamilton 3
Fourteen Americans have won an Olympic gold medal in individual figure skating.  For Scott Hamilton,  his gold medal is just a footnote in a story that has led him through ups and downs to the happiest moment of his life…

January 9, 2023
09Jan23 Scott Hamilton 2
Many athletes have stories of overcoming failure in order to reach triumph.  For Scott Hamilton, the journey to a gold medal seemed to be leading to heartbreak and his family to bankruptcy…


January 6, 2023
06Jan23 Scott Hamilton 1
Scott Hamilton was never supposed to accomplish much in sports, let alone win a gold medal.  In fact, the way he got involved in ice skating was quite by accident.  This is the story of a child who’s doctor prescribed an ice rink…

January 5, 2023
05Jan23 Walter Cronkite Museum 2
The most trusted man in America.  That’s quite a title and it was often used when referring to a broadcaster who was born in St. Joseph, Missouri.  Today we take a trip to a place that remembers his broadcasts and reminds us about the early days of television news…

January 4, 2023
04Jan23 Walter Cronkite Museum 1
We live in a time when some folks love to throw around the term, “fake news.”  Perhaps it’s warranted in some cases, but let me take you to a place where the news was delivered in an era when people thought the broadcaster was fact-based and trusted…

January 3, 2023
03Jan23 Nome Schoolhouse 2
The schoolhouse in Nome, North Dakota saw its last students in 1970.  The old building would have been demolished a few years ago if not for two ladies who had an idea.  Today that idea has people literally coming from all points in the nation to experience a unique business venture

January 2, 2023
02Jan23 Nome Schoolhouse 1
When your sales increase to the point you need to expand your business, that’s usually a good thing.  That was the case for Theresa and Chris, but the larger building they desired for expansion was a bit out of the ordinary


December 30, 2022
30Dec22 Best of 2022 – Ben the Steer
He is the biggest steer on record – a beef that was over 16 feet in length and weighed well over two tons.  In fact, he was such a site to see, the city of Kokomo, Indiana made sure you can still see him today…

December 29, 2022
29Dec22 Best of 2022 – Green Giant
Some people have a green thumb, and it certainly seemed the farmers in southern Minnesota were experts at growing peas.  Large beautiful peas.  Peas so large and so good that they really needed to be differentiated from all others.  How did they do it?

December 28, 2022
28Dec22 Best of 2022 – Big Bend
In a moment I’ll take you to a small room, about the size of a large walk-in closet, that’s insured for 25 million dollars.  What’s in it?  Not jewels or gold or anything technological.  Rather it’s something rare, old and one of the few places in the world where the public can come and see it…

December 27, 2022
27Dec22 Best of 2022 – Piggy Bank
Maybe you had a piggy bank as a child, or perhaps you still do.  In a moment I’ll take you to the place  where the piggy bank was born.  It all began with a boy, a pig and an important need in the world…

December 26, 2022
26Dec22 Best of 2022 – Ray Starling
It was Ray’s first time in the Oval Office and he did not want to mess up his presentation.  He thought all was going well until the president made a move that seemed to indicate the meeting was coming to a swift end…


December 23, 2022
23Dec22 Twas the Night Before Christmas
We know the words of “’twas the night before Christmas;” words that helped solidify the image of Santa over 200 years ago. Here’s the the place that marks the beginning of their story…

December 22, 2022
22Dec22 Bronner’s Christmas Store
If Santa Claus needed a place to buy all of his decorations, this would be it. It’s big business in small town Michigan and it brings Christmas cheer every day of the year…

December 21, 2022
21Dec22 Camp Floyd 3
For three years, 3500 soldiers served alongside one another in Utah Territory.  It was the largest military outpost in the country.  But within a matter of months, the place would become a virtual ghost town and those same soldiers would be fighting one another…

December 20, 2022
20Dec22 Camp Floyd 2
In the summer of 1858 U.S. soldiers went to Utah to put down a supposed Mormon rebellion.  However, their three year stay in the Utah territory saw no military action.  Some believe it may have all put a ruse to help the cause of the Secretary of War…

December 19, 2022
19Dec22 Camp Floyd 1
In 1857 rumors of rebellion made it to the oval office.  President James Buchannan ordered troops to head to the trouble spot.  Soon one third of the entire nation’s army was on the move to squash the rebels…


December 16, 2022
16Dec22 Friend Nebraska 2
If you live in or near a very small town, it’s a big blow when you lose your grocery store.  It’s rare that one ever comes back to fill that void.  But that wasn’t the case for this town.  They found a unique way to pull their resources to create even more than what they may have imagined…

December 15, 2022
15Dec22 Friend Nebraska 1
Sometimes you need a good friend. In this case, the good friend is the entire town.  After all, it’s in their name…

December 14, 2022
14Dec22 Blue & Gold Sausage
This FFA advisor found a fund raiser that was so successful, he had to quit teaching just to operate the new business.  It’s a venture still doing well over 50 years after it was founded…

December 13, 2022
13Dec22 Kidder Massacre
Today messages can be relayed to a military patrol within a split second.  But in the 1860s, it took a scouting party to track down soldiers on the high plains.  Those trips could take days or weeks and could be very dangerous.  This is the story of one such patrol delivering messages to George Armstrong Custer…

December 12, 2022
12Dec22 Goodland Helicopter
The first operational helicopters took flight in the 1930s.   Widespread production of the aircraft didn’t occur for another decade after that.  However, inventors were experimenting with prototypes for much of the early 20th century.  The first patent was for a craft here on the high plains…


December 9, 2022
09Dec22 Leota Cowboy War 2
It was proclaimed the Cowboy War by national newspapers.  It was truly a battle that required some of the biggest names in law enforcement to head to a couple of towns in western Kansas to try and keep the peace before a vote to determine the place to be named the county seat…

December 8, 2022
08Dec22 Leota Cowboy War 1
I’ve heard several stories over the years about towns fighting to be proclaimed the county seat in the early years of settlement.  But in western Kansas you’ll find a county where that decision was more than a fight, it was a battle between towns that left people dead in the streets…

December 7, 2022
07Dec22 Norman Borlaug Home 2
In an era when most farm boys completed eighth grade at most, this family saw something in their son that led them to help him go to high school and college.  In turn, his work saved the lives of millions and earned him a Nobel Peace Prize…

December 6, 2022
06Dec22 Norman Borlaug Home 1
The old farmhouse that sits about a dozen miles south of Cresco, Iowa that probably appears a lot like other homes built in the Depression era.  The barn still stands and a row of trees provides a windbreak.  Take a closer look and you’ll learn that not just any farmer lived here.  His work impacted the world…

December 5, 2022
05Dec22 USS Constellation 2
She was built in 1854 and one hundred years later she was still serving in the U.S. navy.  We get the story of a ship that served in the Civil War and WW II…


December 2, 2022
02Dec22 USS Constellation 1
A trip to the Baltimore harbor will provide you a glimpse of many ships.  But it is perhaps the oldest one in the harbor with the biggest story.  She is the last surviving ship from the Civil War and today we go on board to get part of her storied history…

December 1, 2022
01Dec22 USS Indianapolis 4
When Japan surrendered to the U.S, Americans rejoiced to know that the conflict was coming to an end.  Buried in the news that very same day was one of the most sobering stories of the war.  It was the story of a ship that was missing…

November 30, 2022
30Nov22 USS Indianapolis 3
We’ve shared many stories of veterans on this show over the years.  All are important stories, yet this one stands out.  It is the story of survival and overcoming one of the worst loss of life at sea in American history..

November 29, 2022
29Nov22 USS Indianapolis 2
As August of 1945 neared, one ship took a top secret cargo across the Pacific.  But for the men of the U.S. Indianapolis that shipment would soon overshadow their own fate…

November 28, 2022
28Nov22 USS Indianapolis 1
He grew up in the heart of the Midwest but during world war II his life at sea would become one of the most important stories of survival to ever be told…


November 25, 2022
Today we associate the Pilgrims with the town of Plymouth, Massachusetts. However, the landing spot was a bit accidental…
25Nov22 Mayflower 2

November 24, 2022
It just happened to be a ship that was available to sail, but the ship that was chosen is still known by us today.  Its name is synonymous for many with our celebration of Thanksgiving…
24Nov22 Mayflower 1

November 23, 2022
It was a mail shipment so large that it overwhelmed a tiny post office and caused the postal service to rewrite its rules.  In fact, it’s a story of how people moved an entire building, piece by piece, using the US Postal Service…
23Nov22 Bank of Vernal 2

November 22, 2022
If you need to ship 40 tons of bricks, you of course use…parcel post.  That’s what one man did to construct a two story bank building in 1916…
22Nov22 Bank of Vernal 1

November 21, 2022
Before he was known as Buffalo Bill, he was simply William Cody.  We all assume he must have some connection to buffalo to get the nickname.  The title actually came from a contest on the high plains in the spring of 1868…
21Nov22 Buffalo Bill Oakly Kansas


November 18, 2022
18Nov22 Lincoln Library Historic Doc 4
Almost every American can recite the opening line of this speech.  It is perhaps the best known in American history, yet it was one of the shortest ever delivered – a speech constructed to say a lot in a little time, but perhaps crafted that way for another important reason as well.  We take a look at a few things you may not have known about the Gettysburg Address…

November 17, 2022
17Nov22 Lincoln Library Historic Doc 3
What is the most important document that Christian McWhirter handles at this vault?  He admits, the answer may seem boring, but it doesn’t make it wrong, and it certainly makes it a very interesting job overseeing a piece of important American history…

November 16, 2022
16Nov22 Lincoln Library Historic Doc 2
We know Abraham Lincoln as a great president and orator.  However, how much do you know about Lincoln as a mathematician?  Perhaps it’s irrelevant, but Lincoln’s math homework certainly made for an interesting piece of history…

November 15, 2022
15Nov22 Lincoln Library Historic Doc 1
Most people think you need to go to Hawaii to see hula girls.  Not so.  In fact, it was one very unique hula girl that had cars driving off the road to see her for over two decades.  What they found was an eclectic mix of items one ninety year old man had gathered and turned into his own city for tourist to enjoy…

November 14, 2022
14Nov22 Hulaville
Most people think you need to go to Hawaii to see hula girls.  Not so.  In fact, it was one very unique hula girl that had cars driving off the road to see her for over two decades.  What they found was an eclectic mix of items one ninety year old man had gathered and turned into his own city for tourist to enjoy.


November 11, 2022
11Nov22 Dorchester Nebraska 4
In May of 1945, Dorchester, Nebraska native, Charley Havlat, was killed in action in the European theatre of World War II.  His death was one of thousands who gave their lives for the cause of freedom.  However, over 50 years after the war, this town learned something that made Charley’s death even more significant…

November 10, 2022
10Nov22 Dorchester Nebraska 3
The journey from slavery to freedom was one of many challenges for many families in the years following the Civil War.  This Nebraska town celebrates one such family who came her to farm and left a positive impact on the community…

November 9, 2022
09Nov22 Dorchester Nebraska 2
You may not think of advertising as a work of art.  A trip to the farm town of Dorchester, Nebraska may change your mind.  What once adorned the stage of a small town not only told you much about the local stores but also served as a beautiful visual reminder of home…

November 8, 2022
08Nov22 Dorchester Nebraska 1
You can still find a few old, historic log cabins in this country.  Many are museums of early pioneer life.  You know you have an important one though when you put that log cabin inside another building in order to protect it…

November 7, 2022
07Nov22 Lincoln Log Cabin
Abraham Lincoln is known as the great emancipator, a champion of ending slavery in the United States.  However, in the fall of 1847 he found himself on the other side of the debate in an Illinois courtroom…


November 4, 2022
04Nov22 Nanibajou 2
Pick a paint color or new carpet for your home and it will probably fade over time.  However, the paint on these walls looks as bright as it did when it was first viewed over 80 years ago.  “Bright” really doesn’t do these colors justice.  Add to the intrigue the fact the owner has now idea what’s in that paint that keeps it looking so nice…

November 3, 2022
03Nov22 Nanibajou 1
Babe Ruth and Jack Dempsey were members of this exclusive club, yet they may have never set foot here.  It’s a place that was built from the wilderness in 1927 and the grand plans had ships arriving here with high rolling guests enjoying its amenities for a summer’s worth of fun…

November 2, 2022
02Nov22 Theodore Roosevelt National Park 2
Although his time here in North Dakota was not long if measured in numbers of days, the quality of that time and the impact it made on his life, in turn impacted Americans forever…

November 1, 2022
01Nov22 Theodore Roosevelt National Park 1
To date, no U.S. president has been born in North Dakota…but this commander-in-chief’s experiences there may be the reason he achieved the office.  The story of that Badlands rancher who would up in the White House…

October 31, 2022
31Oct22 Anoka Minnesota Halloween Parade 2
The town of Anoka, Minnesota can make quite a claim.  That title traces its history to a twelve year old boy who made a trip to Washington, D.C. to get special recognition for what was taking place where he lived.  The story that is very much alive today…


October 28, 2022
28Oct22 Anoka Minnesota Halloween Parade 1
Anoka, Minnesota had a problem.  Every Halloween the local kids were pulling all kinds of pranks – tipping outhouses, turning the cows out of their pens and in general causing plenty of mischief.  So, the town came up with a creative way to keep kids busy.  What resulted is still here today…

October 27, 2022
27Oct22 Jim Grey’s Petrified Wood Shop
Jim says he’s in the treasure hunting business.  He’s looking for items that are worth tens of thousands of dollars and they’re buried in the desert rangeland near his home.  What he finds may well take a trackhoe to unearth, but the discovery is well worth it.  What’s he hunting?

October 26, 2022
26Oct22 Island Mound 3
You may have never heard of the Battle of Island Mound.  However, what occurred there in the fall of 1862 was more than just another skirmish between confederate and union troops.  It was significant because of who fought there and the outcome of the battle…

October 25, 2022
25Oct22 Island Mound 2
Where did the first former slaves take up arms and fight with the Union army?  You may be surprised to find them organizing in the state of Kansas.  But why there?  It all has to do with a man named Jim Lane, a man who served as a U.S. senator and Union general simultaneously…

October 24, 2022
24Oct22 Island Mound 1
In the years leading up to the Civil War, counties adjacent to the Missouri-Kansas border saw bloodshed as pro and antislavery forces conducted guerilla attacks on towns, citizens and property.  One the counties in the crosshairs of the strife was Bates County, Missouri…


October 21, 2022
21Oct22 Marfa Texas 3
There’s something odd taking place in the countryside east of Marfa, Texas.  It’s been going on for over a century and in that time many of people have tried to get to the bottom of it, but no concrete answers have ever been found.  That fact brings many people here each night to look for a phenomenon that some of the early cowboys first witnessed…

October 20, 2022
20Oct22 Marfa Texas 2
The courthouse in Presidio County, Texas is a picturesque and historic place to visit.  It’s small dome affords visitors views of the surrounding countryside and a glimpse at a town that is remote in location, but a hotspot for new residents…

October 19, 2022
19Oct22 Marfa Texas 1
This town in southwest Texas is one of the most remote in the U.S.  Some might think that would make it hard to attract people to live there.  But in the 1970s the exact opposite happened when one person from New York City found a town that was perfect for him and his work…

October 18, 2022
18Oct22 Bullhead City 4
In Quartzite, Arizona you can find the grave of Hi Jolly.  It’s the Americanized name of a man responsible for transporting many of the supplies needed for settlement of what is today Arizona.  But his journey to this country and the method he used to transport those items makes him a unique individual in U.S. history…

October 17, 2022
17Oct22 Bullhead City 3
How do you move people and supplies across a desert?  Well, the answer may depend on what desert you are attempting to cross.  The U.S. military decided to think outside the box.  What resulted was an unusual site in the barren stretches of today’s state of Arizona…


October 14, 2022
14Oct22 Bullhead City 2
When you picture steamboats, we may have images of stately paddle wheeled ships moving up and down the Mississippi River.  So, it may seem odd for us to image those same boats cruising up and down a river in the middle of an American dessert.  It’s exactly what happened here for over a half century…

October 13, 2022
13Oct22 Bullhead City 1
School lunches can be an important part of some kids’ days.  In this district, those meals are so important, they ship them several miles by boat…

October 12, 2022
12Oct22 Apostle Islands 3
School lunches can be an important part of some kids’ days.  In this district, those meals are so important, they ship them several miles by boat…

October 11, 2022
11Oct22 Apostle Islands 2
Some places are hard to reach.  You might need a car, boat or plane to get there.  Depending on the season here, all three might work, or might not.  It just depends on the weather…

October 10, 2022
10Oct22 Apostle Islands 1
At the northern tip of the state of Wisconsin you’ll find the Apostle Islands.  The scenic spot includes several islands surrounded by Lake Superior – the largest of which is Madeline Island…


October 7, 2022
07Oct22 Grand Portage 4
Today you can find many canoes made from aluminum or fiberglass, but you don’t see many constructed of Birch bark.  That fact makes Carl Coster’s work impressive.  Not only that, his canoes compare very favorably with the new ones you might buy today…

October 6, 2022
06Oct22 Grand Portage 3
Normally companies who operate illegally do so by carefully hiding their activities.  This company made no such move to operate secretively.  Of course it’s easily seen work was so far from the rest of civilization, it was difficult for anyone to enforce them to pay their tax bills…

October 5, 2022
05Oct22 Grand Portage 2
Imagine paddling a canoe for eight weeks, reaching your destination, and then turning around and paddling eight weeks back home.  It was reality for the men who came to this isolated spot in the interior of North America.  In fact, in the late 1700s, there were thousands of men paddling here…

October 4, 2022
04Oct22 Grand Portage 1
What is the most important commodity in the world?  There are a variety of answers you might get to that question, but in the late 1700s there was something important that drove men into the far flung reaches of North America to find the precious item.  What is it?

October 3, 2022
03Oct22 Winslow Arizona
This song hit number 12 on the billboard charts 50 years ago, and it’s popularity seems to keep growing.  In fact, this town likes the song so well, they built a special street corner and began a festival in honor of the tune.  What’s the song and where’s the city?


September 30, 2022
30Sep22 Louisiana Missouri 4
So I’ll share a little story about this show.  I’ve been doing it 26 years and I travel to all the places we feature.  I do use the map on my phone to help navigate, but I’m old school, still regularly relying on a road atlas.  In fact, I keep a couple of atlases next to my desk and one in my vehicle and buy new ones each year.  Perhaps I should thank the man we feature today…

September 29, 2022
29Sep22 Louisiana Missouri 3
Some towns take the name of a state.  That is the case of Louisiana, Missouri.  It is an early Mississippi River town that flourished here on the banks of that day’s major highway…

September 28, 2022
28Sep22 Louisiana Missouri 2
Spies are supposed to work in secret.  After all, it’s usually automatic death or imprisonment if you’re caught.  But that was not the case for this spy.  In fact, it didn’t seem to matter that one side knew she was probably up to something…

September 27, 2022
27Sep22 Louisiana Missouri 1
We’ve all heard of the Titanic, and many of us know the name Carpathia, a nearby ship that helped rescue some of the ocean liners survivors.  Today’s story is about one of the passengers on that second ship and the unlikely career launched in the middle of that tragedy…

September 26, 2022
26Sep22 Fort Pierre Karl Fisher 2
For communities near a time zone, it can sometimes be confusing which time one is using when hosting an event.  In Ft. Pierre, SD most folks use central time, even though the town is actually in the mountain time zone.  There is one time though when that later time has proved a benefit over the years…


September 23, 2022
23Sep22 Ft Pierre Karl Fisher 1
Take a walk around the small historic district in Ft. Pierre, SD and you’ll find some buildings with quite a history.  Karl Fisher knows many of the stories well.  Perhaps that’s because his family was one of the groups who came her over a century ago to help supply the folks on the west side of the Missouri River…

September 22, 2022
22Sep22 Lincoln Library Holocaust
It is perhaps only fitting that right now in Springfield, IL you’ll find an exhibit titled “Stories of Survival” at the Lincoln Library and Museum.  Lincoln helped bring freedom and survival to slaves.  Here that story is built upon with real-life examples of individuals facing and triumphing over other injustices around the  globe…

September 21, 2022
21Sep22 Isle Royal 2
Concentrate on this piece of geographical trivia.  It’s the largest island, in the largest lake, on the largest island, in the largest lake in North America.  Where is it?  A trip to that island will offer you far more than the answer in Trivial Pursuit…

September 20, 2022
20Sep22 Isle Royal 1
It takes a boat or seaplane to get to this national park.  Those who make the journey are rewarded with a place like none other.  A remote forested island, surrounded with a rich history and a plethora of ship wrecks that may be explored…

September 19, 2022
19Sep22 American Gothic House 2
It’s one the largest and busiest ports in North America.  That’s saying something when you consider ships can only reach this point ten months of the year…


September 16, 2022
16Sep22 American Gothic House 1
If an artist painted a picture of his sister and his dentist, you’d probably doubt it would be anything special.  Of course, the picture did become famous, you’ve seen it no doubt and the backdrop for that masterpiece is a place people still come to farm country to see every day…

September 15, 2022
15Sep22 Duluth Harbor 2
Most farmers think of New Orleans as being a major grain handling port – and rightly so.  However, for those in the upper Midwest, this is the destination of much of the grain.  Half the trip to Europe is simply making it out of North America’s waters for these ships…

September 14, 2022
14Sep22 Duluth Harbor 1
It’s one the largest and busiest ports in North America.  That’s saying something when you consider ships can only reach this point ten months of the year…

September 13, 2022
13Sep22 Nathan Boone 2
Before there was a U.S. cavalry, this man was noted to be the top mounted military man in the nation.  His skills were so impressive that the future president of the confederacy wrote of his keen ability to lead men on the high plains.  However, few have heard of him, mostly due to the huge shadow cast by his prominent father…

September 12, 2022
12Sep22 Nathan Boone 1
Most of us remember the frontiersman and explorer, Daniel Boone from our history books.  However, we may not be familiar with his children and their equally impressive contributions to building America.  The baby of the family was perhaps the most successful…


September 9, 2022
09Sep22 Maui Costeau Center 3
I can attest, to see this animal up close is truly something unlike any other mammal you’ll encounter.  Katherine’s job is to get people close and to help them better understand an animal that in some cases, even researchers are still trying to figure out…

September 8, 2022
08Sep22 Maui Costeau Center 2
Maybe you live in a city, maybe you don’t, but we usually need to make a trip to the city to sometimes get some of the supplies we need to simply live life.  That holds true in the waters here off the coast of Maui.  While you don’t think you see a city, there is a vast network of buildings here…

September 7, 2022
07Sep22 Maui Costeau Center 1
Some college degrees would seem to do you more good depending on where you live.  Katherine’s degree was in marine biology, but she didn’t live close to an ocean.  Then an opportunity arose that allowed her to do what she loves and share that knowledge with others…

September 6, 2022
06Sep22 Maui Haleakala 3
Some refer to this place as the Seven Sacred Pools.  Make a trip here and you’ll find the true number probably can’t be accurately numbered.  It’s a place of natural beauty and one sacred for hundreds of years to the natives of Maui…

September 5, 2022
05Sep22 Maui Haleakala 2
There are some places on Earth where you are literally and figuratively closer to the sun, moon, and stars.  This place in particular is one that really seems to offer a different view of the heavens and that brings over one million people here each year…


September 2, 2022
02Sep22 Maui Haleakala 1
The island of Maui is a place many come to enjoy the beach.  But it’s also a place with a volcanic peak that reaches over 10,000 feet in the sky.  The slopes of that mountain are one that sustains some of the best farming on the islands…

September 1, 2022
01Sep22 Hinkley Minnesota Fire 3
Imagine a fire that could consume about 500 square miles in just four hours.  Such a firestorm has not been seen since 1945.  It was real life for residents of this small Minnesota town in 1894.  We remember those who lost their lives and the stories of the race to safety…

August 31, 2022
31Aug22 Hinkley Minnesota Fire 2
It sounds like the script of an action adventure movie.  A wall of fire approaches a city as townspeople rush to board trains that can move them to safety.  Locomotives race backwards down the tracks as the flames engulf the cars and people dive into lakes to save themselves.  It was the real life story that occurred here…

August 30, 2022
30Aug22 Hinkley Minnesota Fire 1
We’re all familiar with Smokey Bear and his warnings to prevent forest fires.  But imagine a fire with fuel that had been building, not for one summer, but for twenty-four years.  When that fire began, it was not a wildfire but a firestorm…

August 29, 2022
29Aug22 Monument Valley 3
Some students must ride a bus to school.  But imagine a school district where a student might spend nearly six hours simply riding to and from school each day.  It’s a reality here…


August 26, 2022
26Aug22 Monument Valley 2
You may have thought the use of Medicine Men was a thing of the past.  Not here.  In fact, this man has found the combination of the old and new is the perfect way to bridge cultures and create the best way to treat livestock and grow young leaders in this community…

August 25, 2022
25Aug22 Monument Valley 1
Clyde McBride may have never imagined he’d be teaching his students about Native American traditions in his High School agriculture classes.  However, the intertwining of cultures has led him to oversee one of the most successful veterinary science programs in the nation…

August 24, 2022
24Aug22 Lotz House 3
There’s a good chance you’ve never heard of Matilda Lotz.  However, if you happen to find one of her paintings, there’s a good chance it could be worth six figures.  It all began with a little girl drawing farm animals in the dirt of her Tennessee farmstead…

August 23, 2022
23Aug22 Lotz House 2
Today we sometimes see news coverage of families fleeing their homes with shelling taking place all around them.  That story was a reality here in this country and one of the places that tells of the challenges of triumphs of living near a battle is the Lotz House…

August 22, 2022
22Aug22 Lotz House 1
In Franklin, TN you’ll find a small, historic home called the Lotz House.  Step inside and you’ll learn not only about the family who found their way from Germany to what was then the countryside outside of Nashville, but you’ll also learn of the incredible heartache that was soon all around them…


August 19, 2022
19Aug22 Orphan Train Complex 2
Imagine being an orphan boarding a train on the East Coast, not knowing where your next home might be.  That was the case for nearly a quarter million children during the late 1800s and early 1900

August 18, 2022
18Aug22 Orphan Train Complex 1
In a restored rail depot building in Concordia, Kansas you can find an intriguing story of nearly a quarter million orphans who found new homes in the Midwest.  They are stories of sadness and triumph…stories of finding a new home and a new start on the Great Plains…

August 17, 2022
17Aug22 Forest City Missouri 3
This is a story about people in small towns who are determined to make good things happen.  They may have to overcome challenges but they find a way to bring people together to accomplish something special.  That’s what happened here and you can experience it too…

August 16, 2022
16Aug22 Forest City Missouri 2
The last steamboats docked here in 1868. In fact, some of theme didn’t make it out of town before the river suddenly changed course that August.  You can still find hints of the bustling scene that could be found here and part of that story has everything to do with one of the oldest buildings in town…

August 15, 2022
15Aug22 Forest City Missouri 1
If you drive into Forrest City, Missouri these days newcomers might be surprised to learn a couple of facts about this town of about 250 people.  One, this was once a river town…and two, this was one of the largest and wealthiest towns on the river save St. Louis…


August 12, 2022
12Aug22 Kit City Carousel 2
We appreciate the folks listening on KNAB in Burlington, Colorado who helped us with a story that’s nearly a century old in their community.  It’s a true treasure, even in the literal sense of the word.  We go to a town that tracked down their stolen masterpiece and then held a parade…

August 11, 2022
11Aug22 Kit Carson Carousel 1
The general public usually wants its elected officials to be fiscally responsible.  But the purchase the commissioners in Kit Carson County made was so over-the-top, they had to be removed from office.  What did they purchase?  The answer is well known…

August 10, 2022
10Aug22 Yellowstone Trail 2
Today we don’t think much of hoping on an interstate to zip from one location to the next. But a century ago, national highways were just beginning and it often required a major effort to construct one.  That was the case for a road, dubbed a trail, that led from Massachusetts to Washington state.  There’s quite a story behind it…

August 9, 2022
09Aug22 Yellowstone Trail 1
You’ve probably never heard of a man named Michael Dowling who spent most of his life in southwester Minnesota in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  However his story is one that should inspire us all. His life’s journey is one that is truly amazing…

August 8, 2022
08Aug22 Minnesota Machinery Museum
The school closed in the small town of Hanley Falls, Minnesota in the late 1970s.  Many people wondered what to do with their old school building and how they could keep spirits up in a town that was losing population. The creative idea is one that brings plenty of people of here from across the country…


August 5, 2022
05Aug22 Granite Falls Popcorn Stand 3
1919 was an important year in Granite Falls, Minnesota.  Amidst the hubbub of that year, people at the time wouldn’t have thought that a new business there would still be generating major income from a building barely big enough to fit two grown men…

August 4, 2022
04Aug22 Granite Falls Popcorn Stand 2
Many organizations work to raise money for local causes. That is the case for the Kiwanis Club in Granite Falls, Minnesota. However, you may be surprised at what generates over $30,000 most years that is donated back to the community…

August 3, 2022
03Aug22 Granite Falls Popcorn Stand 1
The folks here can tell you the exact date two brothers started, what to them, must have seemed to simply be a side business to make some extra cash.  The brothers have long since passed, but the business remains an icon in this small town…

August 2, 2022
02Aug22 Squirrel Cage Jail 2
Prisoners have used many different methods to escape from their cells.  A man in this jail crawled through pipes of raw sewage, not once but twice.  It’s just one of the many stories from a place known as the squirrel cage jail…

August 1, 2022
01Aug22 Squirrel Cage Jail 1
If you seem to be busy, but going nowhere in life, you might be said to be a “hamster in a wheel.”  The prisoners of this jail weren’t going anywhere and they truly were like hamsters in one giant rotating wheel..


July 29, 2022
29Jul22 Dublin Bottling Works 2
There are a lot of studies that show high consumption of sugary drinks is bad for your waistline and your health.  But one study actually helped this drink company keep producing its product and expanding its market share at a time when similar brands disappeared…

July 28, 2022
28Jul22 Dublin Bottling Works 1
If someone walked into a restaurant and said, “Shoot me a Waco,” no one would probably know what they meant.  They’d actually be asking for a drink most of us know very well…

July 27, 2022
27Jul22 McGloflin House
Today it is just a historic site overlooking the Oregon’s Wilamette River…yet the man who lived here is regarded to have saved the lives of many who first ventured over the Oregon Trail…

July 26, 2022
26Jul22 Mennonite Heritage Center 2
Perhaps you’ve seen the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.  But have you see the Liberty Bell in Goessel, Kansas?  The version that was crafted by 200 volunteers back in 1976 and it is created from something these citizens brought with them from the Ukraine…

July 25, 2022
25Jul22 Mennonite Heritage Center 1
This community in central Kansas traces their lineage to the Netherlands, Poland and the Ukraine.  During their journey it was a chance meeting with one of the country’s leaders created a name that has been a part of this group’s heritage for about two centuries now…


July 22, 2022
22Jul22 Sy Brenner 4
Life inside a POW camp in Germany was a struggle for survival.  Yet inside the barbed wire and the horrific experiences Sy Brenner encountered, there was hope.  He was part of an effort to pass secret message to underground agents working to help the Allies behind enemy lines…

July 21, 2022
21Jul22 Sy Brenner 3
Sy Brenner was an American soldier captured by the Germans and held in a POW camp.  He was fearful his captors would learn of his Jewish heritage and execute him on the spot.  That’s what he believed was about to occur, but what unfolded was a story straight out of a spy novel…

July 20, 2022
20Jul22 Sy Brenner 2
Sy Brenner served as a medic during World War II.  However, he was about to be asked to serve in the role of doctor.  He had no choice.  His story inside the barbed wire of a German POW camp…

July 19, 2022
19Jul22 Sy Brenner 1
November 29th, 1944 was the night Sy Brenner was killed in action in southern France.  At least that’s what many eye witnesses reported.  However, his survival simply meant he was about to endure a long tenure in a POW camp…

July 18, 2022
18Jul22 Mark Twain Cave 2
Imagine looking through 250,000 signatures, in dark narrow passages with a flashlight in an effort to find where one very famous person had left their mark.  It’s just part of the interesting story behind this place that you may just know from a book you’ve read…


July 15, 2022
15Jul22 Mark Twain Cave 1
There are plenty of caves to visit in this country, but this one just happened to be explored many times by one boy who grew up to write about it.  And because he wrote about it, people are still coming here to see where the adventures took place…

July 14, 2022
14Jul22 Collinsville Ketchup Tower 2
Today we call it “ketchup.”  But there was once a segment of this nation that knew it as “catsup.”  Today we visit with a man nicknamed “The Big Tomato” who will set you straight on the story behind the product and why such a large bottle of it is sitting in Collinsville, Illinois…

July 13, 2022
13Jul22 Collinsville Ketchup Tower 1
If you are one of those folks who will put ketchup on just about anything, head to Collinsville, IL.  If this bottle is full, you should be about to get about 100,000 gallons of the condiment out of it.  Of course, you’d need a crane to tip the bottle and something even larger to shake it…

July 12, 2022
12Jul22 Son Tay Raid 4
Some would say the raid on the Son Tay prison camp in North Vietnam in 1970 was a failure.  Yet, the raid has been used as a pattern for many similar military operation for decades since.  We look back at the historic mission and how the lesson learned are still being used today…

July 11, 2022
11Jul22 Son Tay Raid 3
In the fall of 1970, the U.S. military conducted a mission into north Vietnam to rescue about 60 POWs.  Terry Buckler was the youngest member of what was known as Operation Ivory Coast.  We relive the moments of nighttime raid on the prison…


July 8, 2022
08Jul22 Son Tay Raid 2
What would go through your mind if you were selected for a mission and told your chances for survival were 50-50?  Would you back out?  Would it matter if you had a wife or kids?  It was a decision presented to Terry Buckler…

July 7, 2022
07Jul22 Son Tay Raid 1
Terry grew up during the Vietnam War.  As a young man he decided to enter the armed forces.  When presented with an opportunity to be a part of the special forces, he jumped in.  What happened next made him a part of a historic mission…

July 6, 2022
06Jul22 KORN Radio 2
You know your station has hit the big time when it’s call letters are used for a fictional radio station on a tv show.  I won’t give too much away at this point, other than to say hello to our listeners in Mitchell, SD as their station celebrates 75 years on the air…

July 5, 2022
05Jul22 KORN Radio 1
The radio business has lots of four-letter words.  The words I’m talking about are the four call letters by which most stations are known.  So what can you spell with four letters that must begin with a K or W?  Well, this station found the perfect fit and it turns 75 years old this week…

July 4, 2022
04Jul22 Liberty Bell
July 4th, 1776.  It’s Independence Day in the United States and one of the symbols of our freedom is the Liberty Bell.  But most folks don’t know the real story behind that bell…a bell that really was not famous at all until more than a half century after that famous July 4th in Philadelphia…


July 1, 2022
01Jul22 Gettysburg Battlefield 2
In the three days leading up to Indpendence Day 1863, Americans waged the greatest of battles against one another at Gettysburg  we taking a look back at the the people and sites that played at important role in the conflict.  We begin with the man who led the Union…a man most Americans cannot name…

June 30, 2022
30Jun22 Gettysburg Battlefield 1
Imagine hitting the age to retire and then deciding to volunteer for the army.  That is what John Burns did.  The military rejected him. but then the battle came to him…

June 29, 20022
29Jun22 Limpia Creek Hats 3
How much would you pay for a good cowboy hat?  I suppose it depends what you do for a living or if you think you need one – but here you can find some of the best hats in the nation and the starting price is usually around $500.  There’s usually at least a six month waiting list to get one of these hats…

June 28, 2022
28Jun22 Limpia Creek Hats 2
In 26 years of doing interviews for this show, John Davis may take the award for the most polite person I have every interviewed.  Sure most people are nice, but John begins each one of his answers with “Yes sir” and when my wife came along for the interview he took off his cowboy hat and nodded as she entered.  It’s that cowboy politeness that has perhaps set John’s work apart from others…

June 27, 2022
27Jun22 Limpia Creek Hats 1
Every cowboy needs a cowboy hat.  There are plenty of places you can buy a hat, but this small shop in west Texas has quite a story.  The man who operates it has customers from other continents who know the value of his work…


June 24, 2022
24Jun22 Museum of the Big Bend 3
In a moment I’ll take you to a small room, about the size of a large walk-in closet, that’s insured for 25 million dollars.  What’s in it?  Not jewels or gold or anything technological.  Rather it’s something rare, old and one of the few places in the world where the public can come and see it…

June 23, 2022
23Jun22 Museum of the Big Bend 2
As settlers moved from east to west across this continent they were looking for the best route to reach the Pacific coast.  Each option had its opportunities and challenges.  But this route showed promise.  It mostly avoided hostile tribes and treacherous mountains…

June 22, 2022
22Jun22 Museum of the Big Bend 1
The Big Bend region of Texas is a place where mountain chains meet but few people stayed.  The land was often a place not settled but rather traversed.  We know much about the land from 500 years ago because of the early Spanish who wrote down what they saw…

June 21, 2022
21Jun22 Kingman Arizona 2
Before Hoover Dam supplied electricity for this region of the southwest, this old powerhouse generated the electricity.  In fact, in was the energy from this building that allowed the huge dam to be built.  What happened to the old powerhouse?  It has a use today that has even more people stopping to see the wonder…

June 20, 2022
20Jun22 Kingman Arizona 1
Dinosaurs, caves and safari parks are the things summer road trips are made of.  Perhaps that’s why the combination still appears on an old section of route 66 – a must see for many tourists making their way across the state of Arizona.  This is the story behind those attractions and the smoke they blew into the Grand Canyon…

June 17, 2022
17Jun22 Elmer Long Bottle Tree
Elmer Long doesn’t manage a national forest, but it may be the most unique collection of trees in the nation.  He doesn’t have to plant them and wait for them to grow, he simply creates them – and his building materials are quite interesting.  In fact, it’s hard for him to get his work done these days for all of the people stopping by his front yard…

June 16, 2022
16Jun22 Duluth Aquarium 3
You may have seen folks on tv diving to explore old shipwrecks. Most of the time we may think of those dives taking place in warm Caribbean waters exploring a treasure ship. In a moment though, I’ll take you to a place some call the Disneyland of Diving – a place where the water is just above freezing but the sites you’ll see are truly amazing…

June 15, 2022
15Jun22 Duluth Aquarium 2
Lots of people love to go fishing, and even if you’re one of the folks that doesn’t care much for the pastime, what you’ll find in this body of water is certainly interesting.  It’s a place where cold water meets warmer water and a place where the fish rarely mix until the Spring each year…

June 14, 2022
14Jun22 Duluth Aquarium 1
One of the most recognizable structures in Duluth, and in the state of Minnesota for that matter, is the famous lift bridge.  It traverses the canal that connects Lake Superior with St. Louis Bay.  Along the shoreline you’ll find a place that will tell you all about the very unique and different bodies of water that canal connects…

June 13, 2022
13Jun22 Dylan Boyhood Home 2
The home at of 519 N 3rd Ave. East in Duluth, Minnesota looks much like the ones surrounding it.  In fact, you wouldn’t give it much notice if not for the small plaque there designating it as the boyhood home of a man that this city celebrates each Spring…


June 10, 2022
10Jun22 Dylan Boyhood Home 1
Robert Zimmerman perhaps sounds like a fairly common name.  This young man was born in Duluth, Minnesota, later moving to Hibbing and after high school, changed his name…and with that name change came a man you most likely know…

June 9, 2022
09Jun22 Joe Jeffrey 3
Every cattleman needs good fences to keep the herd from roaming free.  Joe Jeffrey has seen many miles of those fences and he began to notice something unusual.  People will use just about anything to keep the wire up and the cattle in.  Who knew it would end up becoming a new career for Joe…

June 8, 2022
08Jun22 Joe Jeffrey 2
You can plant a crop in the ground, but without water it will do very little.  The farmers of this part of Nebraska knew they had plenty of water available.  The problem in the early days was figuring out a way to move the moisture to where they needed it…

June 7, 2022
07Jun22 Joe Jeffrey 1
When the first residents of this area began building bridges to cross the nearby river, they found they often needed a span that stretched over a mile.  However, there were many time during the year when that mile wide riverbed was nearly dry.  It was all a part of the rugged early years here…

June 6, 2022
06Jun22 D-Day Memorial 2
It’s been several decades since allied troops landed at Normandy on D-day.  Over four thousand men gave their lives that day from many allied nations.  So why is the national D-Day memorial in this rural town of about 6000 people?


June 3, 2022
03Jun22 D-Day Memorial 1
Many of those who served in World War II actually joined the armed forces before the tradgedy at Pearl Harbor.  Some joined for adventure or a source of income during the lean Great Depression years.  The young men from this small farming community had their reasons too, but little did they know they’d make history…

June 2, 2022
02Jun22 Bob Garst D-Day Memorial
It’s estimated that over three million military men and women served in Vietnam and neighboring nations during the Vietnam War.  About 48,000 died during the years of 1955 to 1975.  Bob Garst was one of those who served…

June 1, 2022
01Jun22 Chain of Rocks Bridge
The development of not only cars, but roads themselves has improved safety and lessened highway fatalities.  But in the 1920s building a mile long bridge over the nation’s longest river and putting a curve in the middle of it, didn’t seem like a bad idea…

May 31, 2022
31May22 Cooperstown Doubleday Field
This town has under 2000 residents, yet it hosts thousands of visitors each year and is arguably the most important place to travel for fans of one sport.  So how did it become such a draw?  It all goes back to one man’s cow pasture

May 30, 2022
30May22 Santa Monica Pier 3
Dan Rice has traveled the length of Route 66 over two dozen times.  It might surprise people that his original inspiration for traversing the nearly 2500 miles was a character on the show Happy Days…..


May 27, 2022
27May22 Santa Monica Pier 2
Today this sign on Santa Monica Pier attracts a steady stream of travelers who pose by it.  Interestingly, it’s a replica of a sign that disappeared over a half century ago, but a sign that is the destination for motorists from the U.S. and around the globe……

May 26, 2022
26May22 Santa Monica Pier 1
In 1926 Route 66 ended at the corner of 7th and Broadway in downtown Los Angles, California.  Today, most people will tell you route 66 ends at Santa Monica pier.  Neither of those answers may be officially correct though.  So why’s it matter?

May 25, 2022
25May22 Le Seur Minnesota Nature Center
We may think of a nature center as a place with an interpretive building and a few wooded acres where one can hike.  So when you come to the nature center here near Le Seur, Minnesota, you may be surprised that you’ll find, not one, but two farmsteads that have been transformed into a place to enjoy and learn about past and present of the place

May 24, 2022
24May22 Mayo & the Green Giant 2
Some people have a green thumb, and it certainly seemed the farmers in southern Minnesota were experts at growing peas.  Large beautiful peas.  Peas so large and so good that they really needed to be differentiated from all others.  How did they do it?

May 23, 2022
23May22 Mayo & the Green Giant 1
In Le Suer, Minnesota you’ll find what appears to be a modest old home sitting on a lot in front of a grain elevator.  Unless you read the sign you might not know who lived there.  What makes the place truly special is the identity of not just one, but two families who’s work you’ve certainly heard of…


May 20, 2022
20May22 WW Mayo House 3
In August of 1883 a tornado hit southeastern Minnesota.  It was a devastating event that caused a lot of damage to people and property.  Out of that tragedy though a doctor and some nuns decided to work together to begin caring for those in need.  What resulted is a place still very much a part of our world today…

May 19, 2022
19May22 WW Mayo House 2
One of this medical doctors first patients when he came to town was a horse.  He was glad to treat the horse, but he was there to help people.  In time, the chance to work with humans rather than horse did occur and he gained a good reputation – a reputation that lives on today…

May 18, 2022
18May22 WW Mayo House 1
He was a frontier doctor that found himself in the middle of the Dakota War.  His work in that war led him to take a medical position with the army during the U.S. Civil War.  And from there, well, you know this doctor, you perhaps just didn’t know the beginning to his story…

May 17, 2022
17May22 Brooks Dairy Farm 2
Most corn farmers have a date they would like to have all of their seed planted.  Of course the weather has a big impact on whether that happens or not.  But in a moment I’ll take you to a farm where they plant corn on May 5th every single year no matter the weather…

May 16, 2022
16May22 Brooks Dairy Farm 1
Many farms have a long legacy of working the land.  Just outside Waupaca, Wisconsin you can find a dairy that traces its history to the days before the Civil War.  Part of that history is a unique item that is passed down from each generation as they begin to manage the operation…


May 13, 2022
13May22 Camp Algona Iowa 2
It’s hard to imagine being held as a prisoner of war and then, after the war, immigrating to the country that held you captive.  That’s exactly what happened on many occasions during WW II and today we go to one of the towns familiar with that story…

May 12, 2022
12May22 Camp Algona Iowa 1
Over the years you’ve heard us feature some towns in the heartland of America that served as POW camps during WW II.  Today we head to north central IA where a group of folks keep alive the story of the prisoners, guards and the farm families were many of those POWs worked…

May 11, 2022
11May22 KMA Radio History
Imagine hosting a breakfast so large that you needed to buy pancake flour by the boxcar.  That’s exactly what happened here.  So why was this small town feeding such large crowds and attracting some of the biggest names in entertainment?

May 10, 2022
10May22 Chillicothe Sliced Bread 2
Sliced bread was born, but there’s much more to this story, including how the new product was received and where we came up with that phrase that something is the best thing since sliced bread…

May 9, 2022
09May22 Chillicothe Sliced Bread 1
Go down a supermarket aisle and you can find lots of different types of bread.  White bread, wheat, honey oat, the list goes on and on.  But just about every loaf you’ll find in those aisles has one thing in common that traces its roots back to a man working in Chillicothe, Missouri…


May 6, 2022
06May22 Holbrook Arizona 2
Sometimes movies do more than just bring in dollars at the box office.  They occasionally have an impact on the place where they were filmed.  In a sense, this movie set stretched nearly 2500 miles and today the backdrop of that animated movie is still brining people from around the world to places some thought dead…

May 5, 2022
05May22 Holbrook Arizona 1
There are many towns in the western U.S. that had rough and tumble beginnings.  They are places where it was sometimes difficult to determine exactly who was in charge of peace and justice.  So it shouldn’t be surprising that one town went so far as to send out invitations to a hanging…

May 4, 2022
04May22 Chilicothe T-Mobile Hometown Grant
On the north side of the square in Chillicothe, MO you’ll find a small park where some buildings once stood.  It’s called Silver Moon Plaza.  Those in the area know the significance of the name and in a moment you’ll hear about a major grant program that’s helping this place and could just help your hometown too…

May 3, 2022
03May22 Fort Riley Kansas 2
There is a lot of important military artifacts in this museum and Dr. Robert Smith can tell you why each is very important to the development of the American military.  However, there is one interesting exhibit that seems to draw a lot of stares.  If you’ve never seen a horse wearing a gas mask, join us on this interesting look at the U.S. Cavalry…

May 2, 2022
02May22 Fort Riley Kansas 1
If you drive by Junction City, Kansas on Interstate 70 you’ll see the airfield and buildings related to one of the county’s military bases.  But how and why did such an important fort get established here?


April 29, 2022
29Apr22 Pima Air and Space Museum 3
Imagine flying a plane called the “SuperGuppy.”  There are only two in existence and one is here for the world to see.  As the name implies, it’s not your average aircraft.  It’s a plane that has a 46 foot bulge in the middle…

April 28, 2022
28Apr22 Pima Air and Space Museum 2
The President of the United States flies in Air Force One…and to some extent they can customize the ride to their preferences.  That was the case for one president who had an unusual request when he began flying this version of the president’s plane…

April 27, 2022
27Apr22 Pima Air and Space Museum 1
In Tucson, Arizona you’ll find a place dubbed “the boneyard.”  It’s a military facility that scraps old airplanes.    Across the street from that airbase though is a place that capitalizes, in a sense, on the proximity to the place where many planes go on their last flight….

April 26, 2022
26Apr22 Wahoo Nebraska 2
It’s certainly one of the more unique names for a town in the country.   Interestingly, no one knows for sure how it got its title – but one thing is sure, the town receives plenty of attention.  This is the story of that place at the famous citizens who hail from there…

April 25, 2022
25Apr22 Wahoo Nebraska 1
Lots of people have nicknames.  This baseball hall of famer was so proud of his hometown, they inserted it into his name on his plaque in Cooperstown.  This is the story of that record holder and the interesting town name from where he hailed…


April 22, 2022
22Apr22 Redwood National Park 2
Normally the taller a tree grows, the deeper its roots sink into the ground.  But these trees seem to do just the opposite.  Their size would lead you to believe they must have equally large roots to hold them in place, however, they’ve developed a way to not only stay in the ground but also live some of the longest lives of any tree on the planet

April 21, 2022
21Apr22 Redwood National Park 1
It’s one of the smallest seeds – in fact, it’s just about the size of a tomato seed.  However, what grows from this seed is much different than any tomato.  In fact, most of us are so amazed by what that seed can become, we will drive hundreds of miles just to see it

April 20, 2022
20Apr22 Perry Iowa 100 Plus 2
Four times each year a group of people in Perry, Iowa are writing $100 checks to an important local cause of their choosing.  They don’t seek personal accolades for their donation, they simply meet as a group and vote on a different cause to support each meeting.  It’s an idea that makes quite an impact…

April 19, 2022
19Apr22 Perry Iowa 100 Plus 1
It’s called One Hundred Plus for Perry.  Although local residents can’t take credit for the idea, they adapted in from other towns to create a way that thousands of dollars can be directed to local causes four times per year.

April 18, 2022
18Apr22 Grotto of the Redemption 2
It took 80 years to build this structure in West Bend, IA and today it is valued in the millions of dollars.  However, it was totally built on donations and was not constructed to be a tourist attraction.  It’s a place where people from around the world come to visit, worship and contemplate the work of God


April 15, 2022
15Apr22 Grotto of the Redemption 1
It is a story fitting for the message of Good Friday – the story of a priest who recovered from a grave illness and began to construct a magnificent place to glorify God.  This is the story of the masterpiece which took him 42 years to build…

April 14, 2022
14Apr22 Big Bend River Guide 3
It was a land full of tall grass – a place perfect to graze cattle and set up a ranch.  And that’s exactly what many did.  But today this place looks much different that the accounts of the first visitors, yet it attracts thousands of people each year…

April 13, 2022
13Apr22 Big Bend River Guide 2
If I told you there were people wading the Rio Grande River crossing the border, you might think they were crossing illegally.  Here you can was the river or take a rowboat and it’s perfectly legal because it’s one of the most unique border checkpoints on the country’s southern border…

April 12, 2022
12Apr22 Big Bend River Guide 1
Terry lives in one of the most remote U.S. towns in the lower 48 states.  He didn’t grow up here, but he loves this place, and today it’s a location attracting more folks all the time…

April 11, 2022
11Apr22 Herman Missouri Wurst House 3
Mike would not consider himself a professor, but a trip to this town will find him teaching classes about something he’s been doing just about his entire life.  It’s a story of the farm meting the classroom…


April 8, 2022
08Apr22 Herman Missouri Wurst House 2
Vending machines have been around for decades, so doing a show about such a machine seems to be nothing extraordinary.  But a trip to this town will find people constantly snapping pictures of Mike’s vending machine…

April 7, 2022
07Apr22 Herman Missouri Wurst House 1
Normally having the worst house in town would not be a good thing.  But when you spell “Worst” w-u-r-s-t, well now you have a place everyone wants to be…

April 6, 2022
06Apr22 Herman Missouri Stone Hill 4
John’s father was asked to take a risk free chance on what could be the dream of a lifetime.  That small farmer took the opportunity and today a well-known agricultural enterprise continues its proud history from well over a century ago…

April 5, 2022
05Apr22 Herman Missouri Stone Hill 3
It was beautiful artwork that was part of the underground cellars here at Stone Hill winery in Herman, Missouri.  But today there is a mystery.  While you can still tour those cavernous cellars that are over a century old and still in use, they are still searching for what left during prohibition…

April 4, 2022
04Apr22 Herman Missouri Stone Hill 2
We know that France is known for its vineyards but many of us don’t know that in the mid 1800s an unknown culprit put the future of those grapes in serious jeopardy. It was some folks from Missouri who figured out the mystery and saved the industry…


April 1, 2022
01Apr22 Herman Missouri Stone Hill 1
Mention the town of Hermann, Missouri and anyone who has heard of it will immediately know it’s known for this product.  It’s a crop that dates to the founding of this town…

March 31, 2022
31Mar22 Hot Air Balloon Pilot 2
Imagine a competition where you fly a hot air balloon equipped with survival gear over snow capped mountains in the dead of winter.  Perhaps it doesn’t sound like the smartest event for one to jump into, but that’s what today’s guest did…

March 30, 2022
30Mar22 Hot Air Balloon Pilot 1
What’s seven stories high and can hold two million light bulbs.  It may sound like the set up for a joke…but it’s a real part of Cheri White’s life…

March 29, 2022
29Mar22 Volstead Act Granite Falls 2
Just about all of us have heard of farm cooperatives and no doubt, many of you listening to this use one or are a member of one or more.  Today we look back to a man who had that vision to help bring people together as he saw that need in his own small town…

March 28, 2022
28Mar22 Volstead Act Granite Falls 1
If you know American history the name Andrew Volstead may ring a bell.  This US Representative from small town Minnesota has his name on two important pieces of legislation and there’s a good chance you know them both – but had perhaps forgotten…


March 25, 2022
25Mar22 Grand Falls Minnesota Arts 2
Drive into Granite Falls, Minnesota and you’ll soon see that this small town looks a little different than many.  You can tell by looking at the streets, the benches and even some of the walls in town. It’s a grassroots effort that has made a big difference here…

March 24, 2022
24Mar22 Grand Falls Minnesota Arts 1
In small towns in might be easy to say that things like the arts – galleries, music festivals, sculptors and such are just found in big cities that can support them.  But trip here will upend that notion and show you how a small town or city is probably missing out if it’s not considering the arts as a way to revitalize the place…

March 23, 2022
23Mar22 Landmark Inn
Gary says people should be wary of realtors who say, “Just make a bid on it.”  If you do make a bid – even a low bid – you might just wind up with it.  Gary’s bid was the winner, but he had no idea what to do with his purchase.

March 22, 2022
22Mar22 Big Ben the Steer 2
He is the biggest steer on record – a beef that was over 16 feet in length and weighed well over two tons.  In fact, he was such a site to see, the city of Kokomo, Indiana made sure you can still see him today…

March 21, 2022
21Mar22 Big Ben the Steer 1
Beef producers are usually looking for an efficient, high quality steer to feed.  Perhaps there was none better than Ben, for Ben grew faster than any calf anyone had ever seen…


March 18, 2022
18Mar22 Belmont State Park
In the short stretch of the Mississippi River where Missouri borders Kentucky is a spot where Civil War strategy was so important, one side stretched a chain across the mighty river to stop all the boats.  So how did the plan work?

March 17, 2022
17Mar22 Civil War Naval Museum 2
Imagine boys 11 to 15 years of age going to war.  It was reality for these young men and the conditions in which they served were the equivalent of riding inside a floating oven…

March 16, 2022
16Mar22 Civil War Naval Museum 1
Perhaps you’ve heard of the story of the Monitor and Merramack…the first two ironclad ships to do battle in the Civil War…but in a moment you’ll hear a much bigger story of the Civil War navy and the 450 pound cannonballs that were needed to even the match…

March 15, 2022
15Mar22 Copper Queen Mine
You’ll find plenty of wild mining stories in southern Arizona.  One of the biggest tales includes a mine where you can still ride the ore cars today…

March 14, 2022
14Mar22 Oklahoma State Capitol 3
This state’s government was ready to move out of its temporary home in a downtown hotel.  However, the route to building a grand and permanent capitol building still had several hurdles…including a stockyards and a World War…


March 11, 2022
11Mar22 Oklahoma State Capitol 2
It’s said, “home is where the heart is.”  And in this state it can be said, “The capitol is where the governor decides to put a handmade sign over the door.”  Today we head to the hotel room that one governor proclaimed as the seat of government…

March 10, 2022
10Mar22 Oklahoma State Capitol 1
Voters often face multiple choices when electing candidates for office.  But the residents of this state had a most unique multiple choice question to decide.  Which of the following cities should become the capital of the state?

March 9, 2022
09Mar22 Lake Superior Railroad Museum 3
Some people will go to great lengths to create something luxurious.  But have you ever heard of someone spending an entire year doing the interior painting for something the size of a large room, but only using turkey feathers as the paint brush?

March 8, 2022
08Mar22 Lake Superior Railroad Museum 2
What is the most powerful steam locomotive in U.S. history?  We may say the Big Boy and that answer would get you very close.  But if you want to know and see the correct answer, you can come here…

March 7, 2022
07Mar22 Lake Superior Railroad Museum 1
Many towns and cities have restored their old rail depots.  That’s the case in Duluth, Minnesota and the building is quite impressive in its own right.  Step inside and head down to the tracks you’ll find something world class…


March 4, 2022
04Mar22 Butte Montana Speakeasy 2
Today we head undergound…both literally and figuratively as we uncover some of this city’s history and dig up some of its interesting stories during the prohibition era…

March 3, 2022
03Mar22 Butte Montana Speakeasy 1
Beginning in 1920, the 18th Amendment made the manufacture and consumption of alcohol illegal until it was repealed in 1933.  During that time something known as a speakeasy became common place…a secret location to get a drink…we head underground…

March 2, 2022
02Mar22 Last Indian Raid
Americans are familiar with the fate of Custer and his men at the Little Big Horn.  It was far from the last conflict between tribes and settlers on the high plains.  Today we head to northwestern Kansas…

March 1, 2022
01Mar22 Bald Eagles 2
The Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, MO is a great place to come and learn about a variety of animals.  One of the very important and challenging tasks the staff veterinarian has here though is caring for raptors that are in danger…

February 28, 2022
28Feb22 Bald Eagles 1
When I was a kid it was a big deal to see a bald eagle in the wild.  In fact, I don’t think I ever saw one until I was in my high school years or beyond.  Today the populations have risen but there are still challenges…


February 25, 2022
25Feb22 FFA History 2
You have to give Henry Groseclose a lot of credit.  Not only did he use his hospital stay to write the entire constitution, bylaws and ceremonies for a national organization, but when he returned home he even shot and stuffed an owl for them…

February 24, 2022
24Feb22 FFA History 1
The week of George Washington’s birthday is annually celebrated as National FFA week.  Today we trace the history of the Future Farmers to a small oak table in a classroom on the campus of Virginia Tech university…

February 23, 2022
23Feb22 Stockton Jailhouse Rock 2
Elvis once sang about the jailhouse rock.  In fact, many of us know that tune decades after it was first recorded.  Who knew it would also become a catchy title for some important work in the state of Missouri…

February 22, 2022
22Feb22 Stockton Jailhouse Rock 1
Randy Hayward says he’s always tried to follow what God wanted him to do with his life.  But what happened about three decades ago is still fresh in his mind.  It’s seemed God was telling him to go visit a place that seemed a world away from anything he knew…

February 21, 2022
21Feb22 Stockton Missouri 2
There were many reason the first pioneers selected specific spots to begin town and cities.  It’s easy to find the main reason in Stockton, Missouri – it’s still underneath this town…


February 18, 2022
18Feb22 Stockton Missouri 1
Today we say hello to our listeners on KYOO in Bolivar, Missouri.  Just up the road in Stockton, town residents once prepared to defend their city from raiders sweeping in to do harm to life and property…

February 17, 2022
17Feb22 Las Vegas Weddings 2
February is of course the month noted for love…it’s the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day.  There are many weddings that take place during the week of Valentine’s and today we head to a chapel that set a wedding record one February…

February 16, 2022
16Feb22 Las Vegas Weddings 1
This county performs more weddings than any other in the nation.  You probably have a good idea where that county might be located, but do you know why it became known as the place to tie the knot?

February 15, 2022
15Feb22 Clarksville Customs House
The local newspaper originally described it as “an eyesore and public laughing stock.”  Quite a tagline for a building that became one of the most popular and most photographed places in this state.  Where is it and what is it?

February 14, 2022
14Feb22 White Cloud Past and Future
Many of us like to reminisce about the way things once were.  They do that a bit in White Cloud, Kansas, but one difference is, those memories are being brought back to life…


February 11, 2022
11Feb22 White Cloud Piggy Bank 2
Maybe you had a piggy bank as a child, or perhaps you still do.  In a moment I’ll take you to the place  where the piggy bank was born.  It all began with a boy, a pig and an important need in the world…

February 10, 2022
10Feb22 White Cloud Piggy Bank 1
We all have causes that are close to our heart – organizations or individuals that we donate to in order to help a need in our community or world.  So, on the surface, it wasn’t unusual that young Wilbur wanted to help his mom raise some money for kids who needed help.  However, his story from over a century ago is one that lives on today…

February 9, 2022
09Feb22 White Cloud Kansas
When you drive into White Cloud, Kansas, along the banks of the Missouri River, some people will see a ghost town.  Others will see a town that is springing back to life.  Perhaps both are true at the same time and if you ask Deb Bryan about what’s taking place here, she’ll tell you her personal story of helping restore a place to vibrancy…

February 8, 2022
08Feb22 Patrick Henry 2
It may be one of the most famous speeches ever delivered.  Even if you know nothing else of about the life of patriot Patrick Henry you probably remember his words: “Give Me Liberty or Give me Death”…

February 7, 2022
07Feb22 Patrick Henry 1
His leadership skills rivaled those of Washington and Jefferson…and his speaking skills were superior…yet when you mention his home of Red Hill…you probably have no idea who he is.  That’s because he was on the move much more than the famous residents of Mt. Vernon and Monticello…


February 4, 2022
04Feb22 Fort Kent Maine 2
Some people like the sun, others like the snow and some need a little of both.  But when you live in Ft. Kent, Maine you better like blizzards and bitter cold…because you’ll see plenty of it…

February 3, 2022
03Feb22 Fort Kent Maine 1
Just as Route 66 is one of the most famous highways in American, this road running up and down the eastern seaboard, is a road with special ties as well.  In a moment we’ll head to the end of Route U.S. 1, or is it the beginning?

February 2, 2022
02Feb22 Faribault State Bank 2
I had heard stories about the State Bank of Faribault.  Sure you can deposit money there and get loans…but it’s everything else that no other bank has.  Grizzly bear, deer, museum items AND a beer bottling line that actually sends bottles down the track near where you visit with the tellers…

February 1, 2022
01Feb22 Faribault State Bank 1
Today we welcome our new listeners on the Mighty 920, KDHL in Faribault, Minnesota.  Across from the radio station you’ll find a bank that attracts some people just to see the interesting items inside – including something called “The Might Faribault” that helped do work on the farm before the days of tractors…

January 31, 2022
31Jan22 Fort Defiance
Most cities don’t renovate a Civil War fort that never fired a shot.  Then again, one could make the case that  because the fort never fired a shot, there was as a city left to renovate it…


January 28, 2022
28Jan22 Henry Wallace
This father and son pair both served as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.  The son even became vice president of the United States and made an unsuccessful bid for president.  Although it’s been over a half century since either was in office, their work can still be seen today…

January 27, 2022
27Jan22 Jesse James Train Robbery
Great train robberies are the stuff of wild west movies.  In real life though, the first such event occurred here.  Today we travel to the spot were an infamous gang pulled the rails and waited for a big pay day…

January 26, 2022
26Jan22 Iowa Aviation Museum 3
For the past few days we’ve taken a look back at a stop I made in Greenfield, Iowa, home to the Iowa Aviation Museum.  You probably never realized how many aviation firsts are tied to Iowa, including a car company that decided to try its hand at making airplanes.  Its unique vision is preserved here…

January 25, 2022
25Jan22 Iowa Aviation Museum 2
Charles Lindbergh was the first person to fly an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean.  But lost in our history books in the name of a man who would most likely have beaten Lindbergh to the prize, if not for a court case that kept his plane from taking off from the very same airport…

January 24, 2022
24Jan22 Iowa Aviation Museum 1
Today, aircraft carriers and the planes they transport play a vital role in country’s military might.  However, have you ever given any thought to the first brave soul that attempted to take off and land a plane aboard a boat?  It takes a courageous or perhaps very crazy individual to try it…


January 21, 2022
21Jan22 Mark Hall Patton
It was Ray’s first time in the Oval Office and he did not want to mess up his presentation.  He thought all was going well until the president made a move that seemed to indicate the meeting was coming to a swift end…

January 20, 2022
20Jan22 Ray Starling 3
It was Ray’s first time in the Oval Office and he did not want to mess up his presentation.  He thought all was going well until the president made a move that seemed to indicate the meeting was coming to a swift end…

January 19, 2022
19Jan22 Ray Starling 2
During the middle of the farm crisis in the 1980s, those in agriculture lobbied to have a full time staff member to advise the president of the United States on agriculture issues.  It was part of the farm bill, but that one measure almost caused the collapse of the entire legislation…

January 18, 2022
18Jan22 Ray Starling 1
Ray was expecting a call from a guy trying to sell him some firewood.  When an unknown number popped up on his cell phone he thought he’d just call back later as he was busy at the time.  Turns out someone else was calling.  It was the White House…

January 17, 2022
17Jan22 Las Vegas Endurance Plane 2
If you’ve ever flown into the Las Vegas airport, you may have noticed a colorful Cessna airplane hanging from the ceiling over the baggage claim area.  Most people think it’s just an interesting prop.  However it’s actually a world record holder, for no other manned airplane has ever remained aloft for more continuous days that this one…


January 14, 2022
14Jan22 Las Vegas Endurance Plane 1
What’s the longest time a plane has stayed in the air without landing and with the same two men at the controls?  Would you believe the record is over two months in a small Cesna aircraft…

January 13, 2022
13Jan22 Faribault Woollen Mill 3
There are only two vertical woolen mills remaining in the U.S.  One has been in this town since the days just after the Civil War.  Chances are, if you have one of their blankets you’ve kept it – they tend to last a lifetime and the tag on the throw has built a brand…

January 12, 2022
12Jan22 Faribault Woollen Mill 2
Paul Mooty says if he drove his own car one day back in 2011 down to Faribault, Minnesota, he might not be the owner of one of the town’s century old businesses.  That’s because five minutes into his tour he already knew he was not interested in the place, but since he road with someone else he could not leave.  And because he stayed, this mill stayed put as well…

January 11, 2022
11Jan22 Faribault Woollen Mill 1
Imagine a time when a horse walked a treadmill to help power the machines that produced wool blankets for early settlers in the days just after the Civil War.  This company traces its roots to that horse named Jenny and they still have the harness to prove it…

January 10, 2022
10Jan22 Chattanooga Battlefield 2
Imagine being a slave at the beginning of the Civil War only later to have an opportunity to join the Union army and fight back at those who enslaved you. It is here that former slaves joined men from the Union army to wage war in some of the most difficult terrain of the Civil War…


January 7, 2022
07Jan22 Chattanooga Battlefield 1
Today it is a beautiful city perched along the hills and rivers of southeastern TN. But during the Civil War, it was the focal point of intense fighting…

January 6, 2022
06Jan22 Luna Cafe 2022
In front of the Luna Café, on old route 66 near Mitchell, Illinois, you’ll find a beautifully restored neon sign…the bright lights include a drinking glass with a red cherry that lights up  it was a beacon for infamous characters and that lit cherry had extra meaning as well…

January 5, 2022
05Jan22 Turkey Tracks 2022
There is definitely an art to tracking and calling a wild turkey.  Jerry Law had no trouble tracking this turkey.   That’s because the turkey’s tracks have been here for nearly a century now.  In a moment we visit those old turkey tracks and tell you why Jerry worked so hard to mark the spot so others could see them…

January 4, 2022
04Jan22 Turpentine Wildlife Refuge 2
Lots of people come to Eureka Springs, Arkansas every year to enjoy the Ozark setting and attractions.  One of the places that some might see if a farm of sorts that may seem out-of-place.  Rather than raising cattle, hogs or chickens, this farm is home to tigers, lions, bears and more.  It’s mission is one that is of critical importance…

January 3, 2022
03Jan22 Turpentine Wildlife Refuge 1
Occasionally you hear of a large truckload of cattle or hogs that is stranded on the highway and other trucks must come to offload those animals to get them feed and water.  Now imagine that truckload of animals is a trailer full of tigers…


December 31, 2021
31Dec21 Best of 2021 Macomb Illinois Monopoly
Charles Darrow had a great new board game he sold to Parker Brothers – Monopoly.  The only problem was, Charles didn’t invent the game.  Rather it was a lady from MaComb, Illinois who not only created it, but held a patent on it.  So what happened when she went to Parker Brothers?

December 30, 2021
30Dec21 Best of 2021 Evel Knievel Museum
There was no stunt he wouldn’t consider.  And because of his daredevil nature, some have called him the first, real-life superhero.  After all, he was the first to have his own action figure, just like superman and batman…

December 29, 2021
29Dec21 Best of 2021 Boise City Bombing
They made a mistake worthy of a court martial.  A bombing crew made a wrong turn and bombed their own country’s residents.  However, a mistake that could have ruined the careers of those aboard and cost lives on the ground actually challenged the team to become the best that ever flew…

December 28, 2021
28Dec21 Best of 2021 Bob Slater
It’s a big deal to meet the president of the United States.  Some people will do just about anything to travel to a place where they might get to shake the president’s hand.  That’s what Bob did.  He even hitchhiked to get there.  But what happened next was quite unexpected…

December 27, 2021
27Dec21 Best of 2021 Ben Hur
Some people fix up their office with pictures and knickknacks that remind them of their favorite things in life.  This man went a step further.  He made sure his office allowed him to do the thing he most enjoyed in life at the same time – fishing…



December 24, 2021
24Dec21 Algona Nativity 2
In Algona, Iowa there is a nativity scene that has been on display for over 75 years.  It was a gift from prisoners far from home, who were about to leave the friends they had made in a foreign country…

December 23, 2021
23Dec21 Algona Nativity 1
During the advent season, many families and churches will set up Nativity scenes.  The figures remind us of the birth of Jesus.  But here, the Nativity scene is always set up, for it is by far too large to ever be taken down…

December 22, 2021
22Dec21 Faribault Christmas Tree 2
Jerry Lageson is very well known for what he does every Christmas.  He never set out to be popular or draw attention to himself, but somewhere along the way, what is in his yard became an inspiration for countless travelers each season…

December 21, 2021
21Dec21 Faribault Christmas Tree 1
On the surface it would seem Jerry has an easy Christmas lighting situation.  He puts lights on just one tree in his yard each year.  But oh, if you’ve see that tree along Interstate 35, you know Jerry really takes time to make it look just right, and everyone remembers it…

December 20, 2021
20Dec21 LeRoy Keyes
In1968, O.J Simpson won the Heisman Trophy…but it was this man who was runner-up in the Heisman balloting that year.  He passed from cancer earlier this year but I thought it was fitting to back are recall his inspiring story – one still remembered in the Hoosier state…


December 17, 2021
17Dec21 Muscatine Car Dealer
For many years Marvin Kreiger operated a car dealership in Muscatine, Iowa. Today, we take a look back at a successful business…but also a time when it was not so easy to sell a car in this town…especially if you had this specific model on your lot…

December 16, 2021
16Dec21 Muscatine Quack Hospital
We appreciate the many stations that air our broadcast each day, but a century ago there was a station with a signal mightier than any in the country.  It was KTNT that flaunted the law and blasted their signal to most of the country touting a cure for a deadly disease.

December 15, 2021
15Dec21 Muscatine Pearl Buttons
There’s plenty of fertile farmland along the Mississippi River here.  But a century ago, this city was known for something else. It was not the land along the river, but something from the river that was putting the town on the map…

December 14, 2021
14Dec21 Blue Springs Heritage Center 2
Natural springs are a thing of beauty and also of mystery.  Attempts to find the source of this spring have led divers to incredible depths with few answers.  But one of the most interesting stories about this Arkansas spring is a connection with Alaska…

December 13, 2021
13Dec21 Blue Springs Heritage Center 1
Just outside of Eureka Springs, Arkansas you will find one of the largest natural springs in the area.  It’s captivating blue waters have been a place people have been coming for a centuries.  It’s a place John and his family know well….


December 10, 2021
10Dec21 American Ninja Warrior 2
We never give it a thought, but most of us perform our jobs with our feet on the ground.  Even if you fly airplanes, your feet are still on the floor of the airplane.  But now imagine a career in which your feet are almost always dangling in mid air and your strength to hold on will determine your success of failure…

December 9, 2021
09Dec21 American Ninja Warrior 1
In his early 20s Alex Weber realized that he was some sort of comedic sports actor.  Perhaps he wondered if the combination of those skills was really anything that one could turn into a career.  Then a most intriguing job offer came his way…

December 8, 2021
08Dec21 Pearl Harbor Sterling Cole 3
Sterling Cale acted with bravery and courage during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Why then was he going to be court martialed.  He couldn’t believe what he was hearing…

December 7, 2021
07Dec21 Pearl Harbor Sterling Cole 2
He was an eye witness to history, a man who was in the waters of Pearl Harbor during and after the Japanese attack, doing his part to fight back and preserve life.  We look back at his heroic story…

December 6, 2021
06Dec21 Pearl Harbor Sterling Cole 1
He was a farm boy from Illinois who thought he’d received the prime spot for anyone to serve in the military.  On December 7th, 1941, he found himself surrounded by a day that will live in infamy…


December 3, 2021
03Dec21 Burnham Phillipine Hostages 4
Today’s story is about Thanksgiving.  Yes, it does involve the holiday, but in a much different way.  It’s the story of hostages celebrating a meager meal in the jungle and somehow keeping their faith even when events made it hard to simply survive…

December 2, 2021
02Dec21 Burnham Phillipine Hostages 3
In the Spring of 2001 several people were taken hostage in the Philippines by terrorist and held for over a year.  Two of those held against their will were Martin and Gracia Burnham.  We look back twenty years to an event that got the attention of the world

December 1, 2021
01Dec21 Burnham Phillipine Hostages 2
For a time the Burnham family few crop dusting jobs in western Nebraska.  Perhaps it was good training for flights they would someday be making in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  But the most dangerous part of the mission would be something they encountered on the ground…

November 30, 2021
30Nov21 Burnham Phillipine Hostages 1
It was a flight not for the faint of heart – flying small planes in and out of mountainous jungles.  But it was a life that Martin Burnham grew up with and a life he wanted to live as an adult…

November 29, 2021
29Nov21 Lanesboro MN History Alive
Jane loved history and the performing arts and when she found herself in this town of under 1000 people she had an idea of how the two might be combined for a unique production that today draws many here to see it…


November 26, 2021
26Nov21 Plymouth Plantation
We associate the first Thanksgiving with the Native American and Pilgrims living in Plymouth Colony.  However, we know very little about that event.  Today we head to Plymouth Plantation and look back about 400 years to a meal that we still celebrate…

November 25, 2021
25Nov21 Plymouth Rock
Each Thanksgiving we are likely to remember the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock.  But is that rock really the spot they disembarked and eventually celebrated a meal we trace to our holiday?  We’ll go rock hunting…

November 24, 2021
24Nov21 Hannibal Riverboat 3
When the nation was founded, waterways were the interstate highways of the day.  Today those rivers can still move a lot of cargo, but most of us don’t see it on the water unless we happen to be passing over a major bridge.  Today we head out on the river to see just how much those barges can move…

November 23, 2021
23Nov21 Hannibal Riverboat 2
Who is Mark Twain?  Perhaps the better question is “What is Mark Twain?”  Knowing what mark twain is will help you better understand who the man with the pen name Mark Twain really is.  This is the story of a name with an important meaning..

November 22, 2021
22Nov21 Hannibal Riverboat 1
Steve Terry grew up along the Mississippi River but he perhaps never imagined he would spend most of his career working on that river.  But a teenage job aboard a riverboat changed his ideas about what he wanted to do in life…



November 19, 2021
19Nov21 Waldo Missouri 1
When Union and Confederate sympathizers threatened to take this bankers money, he did something quite unique – he dressed as a woman and began transporting the cash underneath his skirt to secret locations where it could be safely kept until the end of the war…

November 18, 2021
18Nov21 Waldo Missouri 1
You may remember the popular Where’s Waldo books that had kids searching for a man hidden in pictures.  Today we search for Waldo ourselves – a real man with links to the presidency as well as the Midwest…

November 17, 2021
17Nov21 Lanesboro MN Stone Mill Hotel 2
Most farming towns have a least one feed mill and Lanesboro, Minnesota is no exception.  However, one of those feed mills looks a bit different on the inside.  For while the bins and augers are still here, there are people sleeping around all of that equipment…

November 16, 2021
16Nov21 Lanesboro MN Stone Mill Hotel 1
In southeastern Minnesota you’ll find a rolling landscape known as the Driftless area, and within that region there’s a town named Lanesboro that was established in the mid 1800s to draw east coast tourists.  The dream of a luring visitors did come true, but it took over a century…

November 15, 2021
15Nov21 Dayton Carillon Historical Park
If you’re over 40 years old, you probably remember aluminum cans that had the old pull off tabs.  Today of course we have pop tops on virtually every beverage can in the world.  May not seem like a big deal…but it adds up over time…



November 12, 2021
12Nov21 Wright Brothers Flyer
The Wright Brothers first took flight in 1903 and that plane is in the Smithsonian.  But the brothers said there was a much more important flight than that first one…and that plane is here…

November 11, 2021
11Nov21 Father John Cummings 2
Normally a priest’s words are to inspire the local congregation.  In this case, the priest’s words sent him to jail and then to the U.S. Supreme Court to decide his case.  The issue wasn’t so much about what the priest said, but rather what he refused to say.  This is the story of the ruling on a small town priest who wound up in the highest court in the land…

November 10, 2021
10Nov21 Father John Cummings 1
For many folks it seemed to be a good idea.  Have people take an oath of allegiance to the nation.  However, one man objected – someone who might have seemed an unlikely man to break the law and spend a long period of time in jail for doing so…

November 9, 2021
09Nov21 John Brooks Henderson 2
On a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River you’ll find a bust of a U.S. Senator who authored one of the most important pieces of our U.S. Constitution.  In fact, the plaque below his statue reminds us of the very words he wrote – words that govern us today…

November 8, 2021
08Nov21 John Brooks Henderson 1
There’s a good chance you’ve not heard of Senator John Brooks Henderson.  On the surface he seemed an unlikely man to write legislation that would become part of our U.S. constitution.  However, a series of events over a matter of weeks saw him become a U.S. Senator and then a regular visitor of President Abraham Lincoln…


November 5, 2021
05Nov21 New Mellary Abbey 3
When people began attending funeral’s here, many had the exact same reaction.  They mentioned that when they passed, they wanted a funeral just like that.  What resulted is a business with deep ties to the mission these men serve…

November 4, 2021
04Nov21 New Mellary Abbey 2
These men had about 3500 acres of farmland, pasture and timber.  However, tilling the land they owned was becoming more difficult as they grew older.  What they did next not only pays the bills, it has become a well-known enterprise

November 3, 2021
03Nov21 New Mellary Abbey 1
Who helped supply the Union army’s depot in Galena, IL during the Civil War?  The monks at this abbey of course.  Their work is why you’ll find many of the beautiful buidings that still stand on the hills just outside of Dubuque…

November 2, 2021
02Nov21 Mulvane Kansas Restaurant 2
If you love Italian food perhaps you dream of a trip to Tuscany in Italy to savor the true tastes of that country.  But if you are looking for a great experience closer to home, you might not expect to find it in one small, rural Kansas town…

November 1, 2021
01Nov21 Mulvane Kansas Restaurant 1
Nancy grew up in small town Kansas but had a desire to see the country and the world.  For several years, her home town was a place she occasionally travelled to see family and friends, but then something changed…