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Best of 2016: A Nuclear “Event”

It was an attention getter.  A statement that showed the world the United States was serious about using nuclear energy for peace.  But when you…

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Best of 2016: General Patton’s Special Drink

Sometimes people will use secret codes to keep vital information from slipping into the wrong hands.  General Patton used such a code in World War…

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Best of 2016: The Moldy Cantaloupe That Saved The World

You could call it the “moldy cantaloupe that saved the world.”  It was an unlikely find, but one that indeed help save thousands of lives…

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The Effect of The Three Wise Men

The Bible tells us that after Jesus’ birth, wise men from the east came to honor the child.   Interestingly, those visitors not only came bearing…

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Away In A Manger

At Christmas time we may sing, “Away in a manger no crib for a bed.”  While the phrase may be true, the picture we have…

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The “Little” Town of Bethlehem

It’s a “little” town forever associated with Christmas.  In a moment you’ll see that town is today a large city, but it remains a place…

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Where Santa Gets His Decorations

If Santa Claus needed a place to buy  all of his decorations, this would be it.  It’s big business in small town Michigan and it…

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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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Honoring the Prince of Peace with Peace

For parts of five years, opposing soldiers dug into trenches all across Europe.  World War I would claim the lives on nearly one million military…

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Christmas in World War I

Christmas is not only a time for remembering the birth of Jesus, but it’s also a time when many of us get together with family…

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Fighting in the Trenches

1914 marked the beginning of a war unlike anything the world had ever seen.  Soon thousands of troops had amassed on the front lines across…

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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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From the NFL to the Farm

Jason Brown had no experience on the farm.  In fact, his job seemed far removed from tilling the land.  But then he felt a call…

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A Call To Help Others

He was one of the best players at his position in the National Football League.  At the height of his career though, he decided to…

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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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A Best Seller From An Ohio Farm

If you go by your local bookstore’s business section, you might just find his name on several best sellers.  Many readers don’t realize that his…

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Honoring Those Who Saved A Small Town

Mary simply wanted to honor those who had helped save the homes and businesses in the small town of Kimmswick.  What resulted was a creation…

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