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Posted February 05, 2020in Your Neighbors

37 mismatched napkin rings

And other Terrace Hill treasures “I taught for 45 years,” says Patrick Phillips-Schrock. As his official retirement date zoomed ever closer, he remembers wondering what was next. “This was my [...]

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Posted January 01, 2020in Your Neighbors

Killing orcs while complaining about your boss and warping around the galaxy

Local Dungeon Master Paul Privitera works to build the popularity of polyhedral dice in central Iowa. Maybe you pretend that Earth’s oceans have flooded, the ice caps have melted, the [...]

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Posted November 06, 2019in Your Neighbors


Local pro wrestling referee offers insight from inside the ring. “What’s it like being a referee in a sport with absolutely no rules?” Comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s question seems like a [...]

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Posted September 04, 2019in Your Neighbors

Painting a picture with yarn

Joyce O’Brien’s fiber art has been displayed in the offices of Gov. Terry Branstad, U.S. Congressman David Young and State Senator Jack Whitver. “I made it up,” says Joyce O’Brien. [...]

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Posted June 05, 2019in Your Neighbors

148 medals and counting

When Frank Perez hears footsteps, the 76-year-old can still shift into another gear. Thump, thump, thump. “I heard these footsteps,” says 76-year old Frank Perez, as he remembers his best [...]

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Posted May 01, 2019in Your Neighbors

Not exactly a quick project

Dave Baker is working on the first of five photography books highlighting Iowa. There is nothing to do in Iowa. You have likely heard it before. But Dave Baker wouldn’t [...]

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Posted April 03, 2019in Your Neighbors

Twice retired

U.S. Army Reserves welcomes new ambassador. Dale Andres retired in 1995 after spending nearly a quarter of a century serving in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve where he attained [...]

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Posted March 06, 2019in Your Neighbors

Dream student

How did opera singing happen to a girl who grew up in Waukee? Opera is a bit of an unknown in the Hawkeye state, but for people who appreciate classic [...]

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Posted February 06, 2019in Your Neighbors

Plenty of sunshine

The Golden Oldies barbershop quartet produces joy for others while enjoying the music themselves.   Energy immediately fills the air as the four gentlemen, in perfect unison, burst into deep [...]

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Posted January 02, 2019in Your Neighbors

8-second intervals

Local rodeo rider gears up to haul full-time professionally. Earning hourly wages at a 9-to-5 is all well and good, but for Briar Dittmer, he prefers to be paid eight [...]

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