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New Mellary Caskets

When people began attending funerals here, many had the exact same reaction. They mentioned that when they passed, they wanted a funeral just like that….

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Making Use of Their Timber

These men had about 3500 acres of farmland, pasture and timber. However, tilling the land they owned was becoming more difficult as they grew older….

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Monks and the Civil War

Who helped supply the Union army’s depot in Galena, Illinois during the Civil War? The monks at this abbey, of course. Their work is why…

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The House with the Gothic Window

Holly Berg finds a steady stream of people that stop by her office to have their picture taken in overalls holding a pitchfork. There’s a…

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Painting Your Sister and Dentist

If an artist painted a picture of his sister and his dentist, you’d probably doubt it would be anything special. Think again. It became the…

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Iowa’s Tall Corn Stalk

Over time, corn yields have steadily risen. Sure, there are dips in production due to drought and disease, but over time, farmers produce far more…

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If your restaurant sat in an alley underneath a parking garage, you would not have a prime location to attract customers. But if you’re a…

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A Delicious Fruit

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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Herbert Hoover

Some consider this president to be the cause of the Great Depression.  It was probably more a matter of being President at the wrong time…

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Harold Barrett and His Indian Motorcycle

Today we say hello to our listeners on KWBG in Boone, IA.  Folks there should stay alert!  There’s a 90 year old man south of…

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Harold Barrett

Harold Barrett has been farming and feeding cattle as long as he can remember–and that’s about 90 years so far.  So how has the operation…

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Big Pumpkins

Some people put a lot of time into carving a jack-o-lantern. But if you want to use one of Don Young’s pumpkins, you might need…

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Rebuiling 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 Radio Quack in Muscatine

Today we say hello to out listeners in Muscatine, IA on KWPC. Eighty years ago it was a station called KTNT that flaunted the rules…

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The Car with the Hill Gear

For many of Marvin Kreeger’s 84 years, he’s operated a car dealership in Muscatine, IA. It’s a successful business, but as he’ll tell you, it…

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For Sale: A Field of Dreams

This Iowa farm family is asking $5.4 million dollars for their corn field. For that price you get the house, barns AND a magical baseball…

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Mount Pleasant’s Old Threshers Reunion

Today it is a farm event that easily doubles the size of this Midwestern city. But when it began back in 1950, they simply wanted…

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The Button Capitol of the World

There’s plenty of fertile farmland along the Mississippi River at Muscatine, Iowa, but a century ago, this city was known for something else… SharePrintEmail

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The Roots of the 4-H Clover

The 4-H Program is now over a century old and many people recognize the familiar green clover that symbolizes those well-known clubs. But the story…

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