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The Shop that Time Forgot

His business is truly a time capsule.  When Matthew Edel died in 1940, the doors were closed and no one entered until decades later… SharePrintEmail

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The Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop

You most likely have never heard of Matthew Edel.  You might never have known him if not for the business he left behind… SharePrintEmail

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The Large Windmill of Elk Horn

 http://www.big49erssanfrancisco.com Many people like reminders of their heritage.  For the residents of this small town, the reminders is one very large…windmill… SharePrintEmail

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Losing Traditions

When a couple marries they often incorporate traditions from both of their families.  But for the immigrants from this nation, they found they were losing…

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 The Danes Come to America

Immigrants from many countries came to the U.S. wholesale jerseys from chinaduring the 19th century, but the young men from this country often came because…

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Albert the Bull

He is the biggest of his kind and you certainly won’t miss him if you drive into Audobon, Iowa.  He’s been in the movies and…

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Operation T-Bone

It’s called Operation T-Bone and for over six decades it’s had an impact on west central Iowa.  It’s a mission that has changed over the…

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The Empty ‘Big House’ Makes a Comeback

It’s one very large and empty house.  It’s what some call “The Big House.”  But this historic and currently empty place could soon be changing….

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Not So Pleasant of a Stay

Most people would say this river town is a pleasant place to live.  However, for those who happened to find themselves inside the walls, it…

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The Betsy Ross House

In Ft. Madison, IA you will find the Betsy Ross house.  But hold on you say…American flag maker Betsy Ross lived in Philadelphia and never…

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The Long Walk for Food

It’s a long walk from Fort Madison, Iowa to St. Louis, Missouri.  However, that’s exactly what was facing a few dozen men if they didn’t…

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Capture the Flag

When the native Americans laid siege to this remote American outpost, it was a part of a coordinated effort to retake the middle of the…

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The Oldest City in Iowa

What is the oldest city in the state of Iowa?  The answer has a lot to do with the fight to keep a young nation…

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Glen Miller – Musician and Soldier

He was one of the most famous Americans in the early 1940s…a man who was making up to $20,000 per week. But he knew he…

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Glen Miller – Hitmaker

Even if you are not old enough to have enjoyed this man’s music when he originally created it, there’s no doubt you’ve heard it. In…

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It Started with a Trombone

  The gentleman who ran a store in Grant City, Missouri could have never imagined what would happen when he bought one of his young…

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Hallowed Ground in a Field

In northern Iowa you will find many picturesque corn and soybean fields dotting the landscape.  But one of these fields it hallowed ground for many. …

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The Day the Music Died

Don McClean wrote the song “American Pie” about the day “the music died.”  It was the night of February 2nd, 1959 and Buddy Holly, the…

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A Night at the Surf Ballroom Over 50 Years Ago

It’s been over fifty years now since a big time music tour rolled through the upper Midwest.  It was called the Winter Dance Party Tour…

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The 70th Anniversary of a Special Nativity Scene

This year in Algona, IA, residents will celebrate the 70th anniversary of a very special Nativity scene.  It was a gift from prisoners far from…

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