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I run into some pretty interesting things while putting together The Iowan that don’t make it into print. I thought I’d share some of them with you here each Friday morning.
If you don’t mind, I’ll also ask your opinions, advice, and suggestions from time to time about subjects and story ideas we’re considering. I’d love to get your feedback — leave a comment below, or email me at Either way, I look forward to hearing from you.
Happy Friday!
Dan Weeks

August 8, 2014

My wife Randi and I gave a genial barefoot guy with a backpack and a banjo a ride home from the annual Conference and Campout at Decorah’s Seed Savers Exchange [“Heritage Farm,” March/April 2014.]   Huck Finn turned out to be more entertaining than public radio. The details are hazy,...

August 1, 2014

  While researching the story about state fair stunts in the current July/August 2014 issue [Train Wrecks and Other Genteel Amusements, page 40], I came across this 1953 photo in the Iowa State Historical Society archives of two human cannonballs.  Before OSHA and liability lawsuits put an end to it,...

July 11, 2014

The yacht club overlooks a sprawling marina with dozens of docks and hundreds of boats. Launches ferry folks out to still more power yachts and blue water sloops moored in the basin. At least one of the boats was sailed here by its local owner — all the way from...

July 3, 2014

Every July 4th, my wife Randi and I like to head someplace new. Last year, we spent the holiday weekend in Charles City [“Surf Iowa,” July/August 2014]. I was wandering around with my camera at the citywide party in the town square that Saturday night when some folks said I...

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