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A Nativity Scene On Display Year-Round

During the advent season, many families and churches will set up Nativity scenes.  They figures remind us of the birth of Jesus.  But here, the…

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Escaping a POW Camp in the Midwest

If a soldier is taken as a prisoner of war, they may try to escape to freedom.  That was the case for the Germans living…

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Enemy Soldiers Working the Fields of Home

Imagine the pain of losing a son or daughter who was fighting in a war.  Now imagine hiring one of the enemy soldiers to work…

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A Shortage of Labor at Home During World War II

When young men went to fight in Europe and the Pacific during World War II, many communities were left with a shortage of labor.  To…

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Experiencing World War II In a Unique Way

During World War II, some U.S. communities experienced the conflict in a unique way.  They became the homes for foreign POWs, captured abroad and sent…

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Rebuilding the Pine Creek Grist Mill

Retirees are often looking for a good cause to which to devote their time. Not many take up grinding flour from a 160 old water…

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The Pine Creek Mill

People near Muscatine have always known of a place called Pine Creek Mill, but for most of the 20th century, it sat idle, with a…

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A POW-built Nativity

It was Christmas 1945. German POWs at Camp Algona in Algona, Iowa would be returning to Europe the next year. This was the final Christmas…

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Tractors of the War

We may not think of ag equipment manufacturers having much to do with the U.S. military. However, during World War II, most of those companies…

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Now THAT’S a Tractor

If you think those high-tech gizmos on modern tractors are cool, you should check out a John Deere model from the 1940s. It’s equipped with…

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Big Bud – The World’s Biggest Tractor

If you want more information about Big Bud 747, featured in our latest show, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve gathered up some resources…

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Seven Great FREE Places to Visit with the Family this Summer

Here are seven places my family and I have discovered in the American Countryside listening area that are not only fun to visit, but also…

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From Lumber Company to Feed Company

It all began with a lumber yard in Indianola, Iowa.  Of course, today you don’t know this company for its lumber.  You instead know it…

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The World’s Longest Flight

The longest nonstop commercial flight in the world is currently a Singapore Airlines route from Newark to Singapore.  It’s in the air over 18 hours…

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Iowa’s Aviation Museum

For the past few days we,ve been in Greenfield, Iowa, home to the Iowa Aviation Museum.  You probably never realized how many aviation firsts are…

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Charles Levine

Chalres Lindburgh was the first person to fly an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean.  But lost in our history books in the name of a…

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Landing A Plane on a Boat

Today, aircraft carriers and the planes they transport play a vital role in country’s military might.   However, have you ever given any thought to…

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A Unique Midwest Harvest

In some parts of the Midwest, you can buy a brand new car for the same price as one acre of farmland.  That’s land that’s…

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A POW-built Nativity

It was Christmas 1945. German POWs at Camp Algona in Algona, Iowa would be returning to Europe the next year. This was the final Christmas…

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An Odd Request

At first glance, it might appear to be an odd request. A U.S. commander asked a group of German POWs to construct a nativity scene…

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