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The City of Porches

Some say this small Midwestern town has the look of New Orleans’ French Quarter.  When you drive down Main Street you’ll see what people mean…

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A Two Story Outhouse

You may be tempted to believe this small building in central Illinois is just a gimmick devised for people to stop and take a look. …

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The Postville Courthouse

Americans regard him as one of their most beloved presidents…a man that pulled a nation together as civil war tore it apart.  When you look…

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An Unexpected Boom

Just south of Interstate 70 in southeast Illinois, you may begin to see some unusual sights popping up and down in corn and soybean fields. …

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More Profitable Than Farmland

There was a time when the farmers of southeastern Illinois found something far more profitable on their land than corn or livestock.  In fact, the…

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Composing Music for Walt Disney

You’ve most likely never heard his name, but you’ve likely heard his music.  His family tried to dissuade him from majoring in music, but it…

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The Small Town that Served 1.5 Million Troops

Many people like to be patriotic and support our troops.  This small town went well above and beyond, helping over 1.5 million soldiers all with…

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Discovering Pluto

He was a farm kid who discovered one of the most distant objects in our solar system.  And recently, his ashes were sent to that…

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Super Slurper & Much More!

It’s called “Super Slurper.”  If you’ve had very young kids, you’ve probably used it and never realized it.  Even more folks don’t realize it was…

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The Moldy Cantaloupe that Saved the World

You could call it the “moldy cantaloupe that saved the world.”  It was an unlikely find, but one that indeed help save thousands of lives……

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The Race For A Cure

Early in World War II, the US Army Air Corp was traveling worldwide looking to help find a wonder drug that could save thousands of…

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The Race to Develop Penicillin

You may have heard of Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin back in the 1920s.  However, most folks don’t know the important role agricultural scientists played…

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The Miracle in Short Supply

It was a miracle drug.  Penicillin.  However Dr. Alexander Fleming’s discovery was far from an immediate success as the world’s supply could be used up…

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Where Did That Pumpkin Pie Come From?

Over the holidays many of us will have a piece of Pumpkin pie.  When you eat that dessert, you might give a brief tip of…

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Changing the Way They Farmed

During the 1980s many farmers were forced to change the way they farmed.  The financial conditions of the decade made a lasting effect on many. …

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More With Holocaust Survivor Judy Straus

We conclude our story with Holocaust survivor Judy Straus.  If you’ve missed any of her story of tragedy and triumph, be sure to go to…

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Lives In Jeopardy

As the end of World War II in Europe drew ever closer, the Germans stepped up the pace of sending Jewish families to death camps. …

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Nazi Death Camps Through the Eyes of a Child

The scenes from Nazi death camps were staggering.  Now imagine experiencing those horros through the eyes of a child.  That was the case for Judy…

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The Nazis Invade Home

The Straus family left Germany in the 1930s to escape the rising power of Adolf Hitler.  Then, in the early 1940s, the Nazis invaded the…

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Holocaust Survivor Judy Straus

This week we visit with Judy Straus, a survivor of the Holocaust  Her story is one of tragedy and hope…and a story I hope you’ll…

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