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The National Championship Pedal Pull

Every September kids from across the country come to the Corn Palace to compete in this national championship.  It’s a big deal for many and…

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Another Way to Invest Your Retirement Money

People decide to do a multitude of things with their retirement money.  Ken Meyers decided to invest his in something you pedal… SharePrintEmail

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Everything Is For Sale

What’s the most difficult genre of items for an auctioneer to sell?  That depends on the auctioneer you ask but for this world champion, he…

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The Best Auctioneer

The chant of an auctioneer – it is the sounds that calls for bids and brings items to their top amount on any given day. …

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The Story of Kate Shelley

If you live in the state of Iowa you perhaps know the name of Kate Shelly.  At one time she was known the world ‘round,…

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Disaster Lurking in the Darkness

There was a disaster lurking in the darkness.  A rail bridge had washed out and a passenger train would soon be passing this way.  Certainly…

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The History of a Popular Apple

It’s one of the world’s most popular varieties of fruit and we have it because one farmer couldn’t get a nasty spout to go away. …

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The First Professional African American Baseball Player

Who was the first African American major league baseball player.  Most say Jackie Robinson.  However, residents of this town say it was another man who…

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Keokuk, Iowa–Major League Baseball Town?

You probably don’t think of Keokuk, Iowa as a town that could support a Major League Baseball team.  But that was once the case and…

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A Small Chapter of the Civil War

Whether you are a student of history or not, we each know something about the Civil War.  However, the next chapter is one few have…

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A Rock Festival

A lot of cities will hold a festival centered around rock – but we’re not talking about rock music.  For it’s a real rock that…

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An Odd Rock With An Odd Name

The name of this rock is just as odd as it looks.  Yet it is a rock that puts this place on the map.  We…

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The Barns With An Important Link to the Past

At one time these old barns were hard to see because of the trees and weeds that attempted to engulf them.  However, with a little…

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Saving the Old Barns

Sometimes communities wrestle with the challenge of preserving history while trying to stay progressive at the same time.  Such was the problem facing one small…

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Getting An Ice Cold Drink

These days we don’t give a second thought to getting ice out of a machine to cool our drinks.  There was a time though when…

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Using Your Tools In Another Trade

Some crop farmers may take on extra work in the winter once the harvest is complete.  For farmers near Waterloo, Iowa, they came to work…

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The Big Winter Harvest in Iowa

The state of Iowa is well known for harvesting a strong percentage of the nation’s corn and soybeans.  Once upon a time, the state had…

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A Family Lost In The Pacific

In the fall of 1942, the USS Juneau was sunk in the Pacific.  On board were some young men from Waterloo, Iowa and their story…

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Family Members On The Same Ship

The captain of the USS Juneau saw a potential problem.  He had several members of the same families serving on his ship.  He decided to…

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Brothers From Waterloo

Immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor, many young men across the nation immediately volunteered for the armed forces.  That was the case for some…

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