Garden Road Zoo

When I was a boy, my Vietnam veteran father took us on one of our summer ‘vacations,’ which never stretched far beyond Des Moines...

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...

After decade in Poland, Joe and Becca Dowdy find a clearer vision

When LivingStone Church held its first service at the 1930s art deco Wayne Theatre in Corydon, Iowa, it was an appropriate locale for Joe...

Denver Broncos hire Wade Harman

On New Year’s Eve of 2018, the Atlanta Falcons fired offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. It was just a normal Monday in the NFL, but Wayne...

An Iowa farm boy, Dale Spinler, once took on Chairman Mao and Joseph Stalin

In 1953 on the 38th Parallel in the Taebaek Mountains, Americans and South Koreans stood across from a line of exhausted Chinese soldiers wearing...

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....

Garden Road Submersion

My wife wants me to find the positive in the time change—not to dwell upon how those without sleep disorders, children, common sense or...

Wayne softball falls to second-rated Lisbon 1-0

To put the situation in another light, at the Iowa State Softball Tournament on Monday, second-rated Lisbon upset Wayne 1-0. It was another great game...

Jim Murray continues to spread good news while battling cancer

From Peru to Wayne County, from Turkey to Cedar Falls, Jim Murray has spread the word. A few years ago, Seymour’s art teacher was diagnosed...

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...
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