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Coming Home to the Place That Held You Captive

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/05/13May22-Camp-Algona-Iowa-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)It’s hard to imagine being held as a prisoner of war and then, after the war, immigrating to the country…

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Camp Algona Iowa

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/05/12May22-Camp-Algona-Iowa-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Over the years you’ve heard us feature some towns in the heartland of America that served as POW camps during…

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Jubilee Days in Shenandoah, Iowa

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/05/11May22-KMA-Radio-History.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Imagine hosting a breakfast so large that you needed to buy pancake flour by the boxcar.  That’s exactly what happened…

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Small Town, Big Impact

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/04/20Apr22-Perry-Iowa-100-Plus-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Four times each year a group of people in Perry, Iowa are writing $100 checks to an important local cause…

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One Hundred Plus for Perry

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/04/19Apr22-Perry-Iowa-100-Plus-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)It’s called One Hundred Plus for Perry.  Although local residents can’t take credit for the idea, they adapted in from…

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Grotto of the Redemption

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/04/18Apr22-Grotto-of-the-Redemption-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)It took 80 years to build this structure in West Bend, IA and today it is valued in the millions…

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A Story for Good Friday

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/04/15Apr22-Grotto-of-the-Redemption-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)It is a story fitting for the message of Good Friday – the story of a priest who recovered from…

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The Work of the Wallace Family

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/01/28Jan22-Henry-Wallace.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)This father and son pair both served as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.  The son even became vice president of…

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The First Great Train Robbery

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/01/27Jan22-Jesse-James-Train-Robbery.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Great train robberies are the stuff of wild west movies.  In real life though, the first such event occurred here. …

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From Car Trunks to Airplanes

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/01/26Jan22-Iowa-Aviation-Museum-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)For the past few days we’ve taken a look back at a stop I made in Greenfield, Iowa, home to…

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He Could Have Beaten Lindbergh

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/01/25Jan22-Iowa-Aviation-Museum-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Charles Lindbergh was the first person to fly an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean.  But lost in our history books…

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First Flight Off of a Ship

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/01/24Jan22-Iowa-Aviation-Museum-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Today, aircraft carriers and the planes they transport play a vital role in country’s military might.  However, have you ever…

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A Gift from Prisoners

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/12/24Dec21-Algona-Nativity-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)In Algona, Iowa there is a nativity scene that has been on display for over 75 years.  It was a…

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The Nativity Scene That is Always Set Up

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/12/23Dec21-Algona-Nativity-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)During the advent season, many families and churches will set up Nativity scenes.  The figures remind us of the birth…

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The Oakley and the Hills of Muscatine

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/12/17Dec21-Muscatine-Car-Dealer.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)For many years Marvin Kreiger operated a car dealership in Muscatine, Iowa. Today, we take a look back at a…

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The Thing That Put Muscatine on the Map

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/12/15Dec21-Muscatine-Pearl-Buttons.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)There’s plenty of fertile farmland along the Mississippi River here.  But a century ago, this city was known for something…

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New Melleray’s Caskets

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/10/05Nov21-New-Mellary-Abbey-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)When people began attending funeral’s here, many had the exact same reaction.  They mentioned that when they passed, they wanted…

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New Melleray’s Timber Transformed

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/10/04Nov21-New-Mellary-Abbey-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)These men had about 3500 acres of farmland, pasture and timber.  However, tilling the land they owned was becoming more…

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Monks of the Union Army

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/10/03Nov21-New-Mellary-Abbey-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Who helped supply the Union army’s depot in Galena, IL during the Civil War?  The monks at this abbey of…

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Amazing Photos from A Historic Event

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/09/17Sep21-Union-Pacific-Railroad-Museum-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)This company was created from scratch in the 1860s.  From the start, those founders knew that their work would be…

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