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Imagine 32 thoroughbred horses, 16 riders and four wagons, each turning in figure eights around two barrels set in an infield and then racing onto the half mile track with all the horses at a dead run. Why, it’s...
What do you have to do to cross a state off your “been there” list? My friends and I have had this conversation in the past. If your plane flies into an airport and you change planes and never...
Butterflies! If you like butterflies, the place to go is the Butterfly Wing of Reiman Gardens on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. Although the butterflies can be very active, patience usually pays off, with a few of the...
“There’s a lady looking down from heaven, and she’s proud of me. I guarantee it,” said Iowa State University Football Coach Paul Rhoads to hundreds of motorcyclists at the sixth annual “A Ride to Remember” at Jack Trice Stadium...
“Living forms of public art.”  That’s how the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden accurately refers to its outdoor gardens, which opened to the public in October 2014. While the outdoor gardens and the new Café Trellis are wonderful additions to...
“Skål!” the Scandinavian version of “Cheers!” is one of the current exhibits at the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa. The exhibit is described as follows on the museum’s website: Denmark, Norway and Sweden share a “spirited” tradition...
Memorial Day seemed like a good time for a drive to the approximately 12-foot-high, 60-ton Freedom Rock on Highway 25 just a few miles south of I-80 to see how artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II is honoring veterans. It began...
Iowa artist Sarah Grant grew up in Ames, where the ISU campus was her playground. Even though her college degrees are from the University of Iowa—a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and intaglio printmaking and a Master of...
An Iowa spring offers many pleasures for the traveler, and two noteworthy events are featured in these photos. First is Pella's annual Tulip Time Festival, which celebrates the town's Dutch heritage and features tulip gardens, performances, crafters, music, food, Dutch...
What is that moment in your life that leads to an unforeseen result decades later, a result that can then be traced back to that seemingly small moment?  For Robin Oliveira, author of the All Iowa Reads selection “My...