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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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Posted November 06, 2019in Collections & Hobbies

Tractors, tractors and tractors

Big or small, fair condition or dismal, Bruce Youde enjoys collecting tractors, working on tractors and using tractors. Replacing the rivets. Sandblasting. Painting. Cleaning. Repairing. Doing whatever is necessary. As [...]

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Posted October 02, 2019in Collections & Hobbies

Wanna get away?

Radio-controlled model airplanes cruise the Iowa skies. Ray Pick stands alone. It’s early evening, and his gaze is firmly trained on something floating high above. As his eyes labor to [...]

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Posted September 04, 2019in Collections & Hobbies

Be kind. Please rewind.

VHS is happiness for video junkie Nate Phillips and his massive collection of tapes. Watching films via digital streaming has largely destroyed the once mighty video store industry, but within the [...]

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Posted July 31, 2019in Collections & Hobbies

Time Machine

Interpreting history while living history and volunteering at Living History Farms. “Well, this is as close as I’m ever going to get to a time machine,” says Barb Raife, an [...]

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