Real life horror of the Great Influenza—and it could happen again

Near the end of World War I, an American soldier from Iowa was placed on burial detail. Yet this young man was nowhere near...

Action Jackson recounts biggest win in lawman’s now legendary career

On Aug. 30 of 2018, United States Senator Charles Grassley visited Corydon, Iowa, population 1,500. He spoke to students in the high school library, wooden...

Dr. Ernest Perea’s road from the NSA to WCHCS

Almost 500 years ago, Dr. Ernest Perea’s ancestors emigrated from Spain to America. Outside the Native population, his family has been in the New...

Don Lammers gave his life almost 50 years ago. On Memorial Day, his best...

Don Lammers’ helicopter crashed in Vietnam on Aug. 24, 1968, placing his name on the Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., one of 58,282. On Memorial...

Mike and Patty Street recall life in Wayne County, the childhood home of Hawkeye...

Chris Street’s status as an American sports icon has been fixed in lore for over 25 years. His tale has been told not only...

Paul Mitchell returns to heal the Lakota people with his testimony

Paul Mitchell was born in York, Neb., a full-blood Lakota of the Sicangu Nation. The French referred to his people as the Brulé, or...

Travis Wyman roams Yellowstone Park after pitching to Tony Gwynn

In the movie Major League, Tom Berenger’s character tells Charlie Sheen, “That ball wouldn’t have gone out of a lot of parks.” The wild Cleveland...

Reunite the Fight brings veterans back together on a Wayne County farm

This April, Wayne County served as a destination for veterans from across the country. Some of them knew each other overseas. Others were complete strangers....

Choponis reaches 1,300 basketball games while still teaching math

For almost two decades, Rich Choponis has run up and down the sidelines of college basketball games with a whistle in his mouth. Three...

Nancy Hamar departs Iowa after decades of service

Over the span of more than 50 years, Nancy Hamar lived long enough in Wayne County to become one of its most respected citizens....
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