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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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Posted August 05, 2020in Collections & Hobbies

Holy cow… Urbandale basement hosts a royal rumble!

“This is the worst Christmas ever,” Kyle Peterson remembers thinking. The crushed 7-year-old awoke to find next to no presents waiting for him. “There were like two GI Joe guys [...]

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Posted July 01, 2020in Collections & Hobbies

Chugga-chugga choo-choo!!!

Jon and Sharyl Engelhardt transformed their basement into a boxcar bonanza. What started as one couple’s vision of a toy train set looping their Christmas tree — they figured it [...]

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Posted April 01, 2020in Collections & Hobbies

Build nights for space robots

Snapping together models based on space robots, Iowa Gundam Builders has gone from zero to 300 members in two years. As a kid, Dylan Black didn’t care for putting models [...]

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Posted March 04, 2020in Collections & Hobbies

‘Do what you love; love what you do’

The planes buzzing by mesmerized the youthful eyes of the small girl perched atop the fence post of her family’s 1950s farm in rural southeast Iowa. During these formative years, [...]

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Posted February 05, 2020in Collections & Hobbies

Norwalk man will compete to win $10,000 and a world championship

Matt Ouverson won last year’s Steak Cooking Association Points Championship and will vie for a world title later this year. Last year’s steak grilling national points championship cost Norwalk’s Matt [...]

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Posted January 01, 2020in Collections & Hobbies

19 years to go

A grandpa’s legacy: “The Moraine Collection” Mr. Harry Pittman, Jr. knew beans about baseball cards, but the bubblegum card collecting craze was peaking in 1988, and his 8-year-old grandson, Adam [...]

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Posted December 04, 2019in Collections & Hobbies

3-D printer makes flying saucers?

LaVerne Sanders enjoys the challenge of making things fly. Tucked in the basement of LaVerne Sanders’ Urbandale home are three unique looking machines. Sanders combines these apparatuses — a laser, [...]

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