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Guinness Records Knows Casey, Illinois

The folks at Guinness Book World Records knows Casey, Illinois very well.  It seems they have to send someone there on a regular basis to…

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A Beautiful Rocking Chair

It’s a beautiful rocking chair.  The kind of chair that would be the perfect place to relax.  There’s plenty of people coming by to see…

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How Windchimes Changed Lives

They are the windchimes that changed the way people thought about this small town.  How could wind chimes do that you ask?  Well, then you…

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A Place They Call Barnacopia

What does a farmer do when he retires from working the land?  For Gary Bocker he really wasn’t looking to get away from agriculture.  Instead,…

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An Iconic Vehicle Modernized

Some say it was the iconic vehicle of World War II.  A vehicle that General Esienhower said was one of the most important weapons in…

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Grieving Traditions

When someone close to us passes, we mourn.  While it’s not a topic we usually want to dwell upon…this man provides some insights into the…

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History of a Difficult Subject

Today’s topic is one people don’t often like to discuss, yet it’s one with which all of us must deal at times in life.  We…

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Popcorn and Pumpkins

Popcorn, pumpkins and more.  Colin just thought every farm in American grew those crops, but then he took a look around and found his county…

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The Risk of a Crop Below Ground

Most farmers take on some risk when they put a crop in the ground.  This farmer sees the risk in what is below ground –…

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An Oil Field Where You Might Not Expect It

When you think of American oilfield you perhaps think of Texas, North Dakota or the fields on the north slope of Alaska.  But here you’ll…

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A Trip to the Mastodon Park

Imagine you unearthed the bones of an animal and had little idea of what you found. Now imagine making up a tale about the creature…

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From Korea to Vietnam

Over 2 decades after he first entered the army, Kermit Bell was now on his way to Vietnam. Not only would he serve in that…

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Civil War History in Sycamore, Illinois

In the days after the Civil War, some African American families moved north with the Union troops with which they fought.  But the story of…

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The Historic Chicago Fire

Bells rang the warning.  Prison cells were opened to allow inmates to save their own lives ahead of the coming disaster.  No one had see…

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A Fast Moving Fire

It was a fast moving fire. In fact, it was moving so quickly that people could not find aware to avoid it.  Some thought the…

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The Most Famous Cow in History

No doubt, she is one of the most famous cows in history…but is she really to blame for the problems she caused?  This is the…

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Inside the Dickson Mounds

Long before there were cities like New York and Chicago…these giant cities were scattered across the nation.  Today we try to uncover their link and…

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An Early City of a Thousand Years Ago

Havana, Illinois is located on the Illinois River but is far from the first city that’s stood here.  In fact, we know of a large…

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Chicago’s Old City Library

Chicago’s Michigan Avenue has long been a place noted for fine shops, hotels and attractions.  Many people though, pass by one of the great gems…

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Chicago’s Cultural Center on Michigan Avenue

Chicago’s Michigan Avenue has long been a place noted for fine shops, hotels and attractions.  Many people though, pass by one of the great gems…

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