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Posted August 04, 2021in Collections & Hobbies

Stand-up comic collects comics

Dan Umthun excels at finding and accumulating action figures and comic books.  Meet Dan Umthun.  “When I was 8, I brought a Superman figure with me to Grandma’s farm house [...]

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Posted June 30, 2021in Collections & Hobbies

Seeing Iowa slowly

Waldorf professor retraces 300 miles of Dragoon history. Road signs for Iowa’s Dragoon Trail are a common sight in central Iowa. As a boy, Kevin Mason couldn’t help but wonder: [...]

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Posted June 02, 2021in Collections & Hobbies

No cheat days! 

Local wonder woman wows at bodybuilding competition.  The backstage atmosphere before a bodybuilding competition is unlike almost any other.  “You go in the competitor entrance, and you see all these [...]

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Posted May 05, 2021in Collections & Hobbies

Rich Hoidahl collects pro golf memorabilia

The Principal Charity Classic is a definite “go” for this year, and the annual PGA Champions pro golf tournament is scheduled to be held June 1-6 at Wakonda Club in [...]

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Posted March 31, 2021in Collections & Hobbies

Twinkle, twinkle

Psst! Wanna know about a century-old local secret? Have you ever wondered about the copper-domed building with limestone walls that sits between fairways on Waveland Golf Course? That’s the Drake [...]

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Posted March 03, 2021in Collections & Hobbies

Bam!

Jackpot. Mushroom hunting has been a passion for Steve Roberts since a young age, but in May of 2019, he and a friend hit the motherload. Combined, the duo bagged [...]

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Posted February 03, 2021in Collections & Hobbies

Don’t grow up!

It was Christmas morning in 1986 or so. The unwrapping had ended, and there were no more presents under the tree. “You look a little down,” said Matt Martone’s concerned [...]

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Posted November 04, 2020in Collections & Hobbies

Toy stories

“I’m a flea market nut,” explains Dave Zaabel while gesturing to rows and rows of shelving in his Urbandale basement. “Flea markets, antique shops, garage sales… but everything was canceled [...]

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Posted September 30, 2020in Collections & Hobbies

Blood, sweat and stained glass

Diane Bacon keeps a box of Band-Aids at the ready. The skilled stained-glass artisan has had her hands bloodied more times than she can count while pursuing her passion. “Hundreds,” [...]

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Posted September 02, 2020in Collections & Hobbies

Attack of the drones

Drone racing isn’t virtual reality, even though participants appear to be wearing VR goggles. And drone racing isn’t a video game, even though the hand-held controllers function in a similar [...]

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