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Posted May 04, 2022in Collections & Hobbies

COVID kindles candle-making career

Kourtney Perry started making candles during the slow days of the pandemic. Laid off from her job, Perry had an abundance of time on her hands. She did some research, [...]

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Posted March 02, 2022in Collections & Hobbies

Sports is in their blood

The French Connection. That’s the name that Gary and Tyler French go by on their Facebook Live streaming channel called Pardon My French Media. PMF Media, as they sometimes call [...]

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Posted February 02, 2022in Collections & Hobbies

Clowning around!

“I’m Pete the clown,” says Craig Matzke, “My son is re-Pete the clown.”  Matzke is a past potentate for the Za-Ga-Zig Shriners and serves as this year’s circus chairman, as [...]

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Posted January 05, 2022in Collections & Hobbies

One man’s pigeons are another person’s pet peeve?

Life is good for the 200-plus pigeons living in domestication within the detached structures behind Larry White’s southside home. Food is plentiful for the pigeons — they eat mostly grains [...]

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Posted November 03, 2021in Collections & Hobbies

Running out of room at the inn?

Merrilyn Mohan’s 150-plus nativity sets come in many shapes and sizes. If it’s mid-November, then it’s time for Merrilyn Mohan to pack away the large teddy bear collection in her [...]

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Posted October 06, 2021in Collections & Hobbies

Giant pumpkins

Two local gourd growers plan to smash the world record. Jaws dropped at this year’s Iowa State Fair when Don Young and his son- in-law, Tommy Rhodes, arrived at the [...]

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Posted January 06, 2021in Collections & Hobbies

The thrill of the hunt

“I buy and sell comics and have a pretty large collection,” says Jeremy Downs. The 34-year-old Des Moines-area resident might be understating reality a bit. “I’d have to get back [...]

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Posted December 02, 2020in Collections & Hobbies

Concert keepsakes

Blood spit straight out of the mouth of KISS’ Gene Simmons is on display at the south-side home of Franco Tangari. The same goes for an eye-popping array of ticket [...]

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Posted July 03, 2019in Collections & Hobbies

Canadian flick

After learning a new axe-throwing technique, Manny Kohl has morphed into a world-class axe thrower. While in the construction business as a journeyman window glazer, Manny Kohl was used to [...]

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