December 2014

Farm Layouts at the National Farm Toy Show - Dave Nieuwsma’s Farm Replica

This year’s farm toy show was a doozey with tons of layouts with competition like I have never seen before. Some of the best of the best were those that first showed their displays at the Gateway Farm Toy Show in St. Louis like the grain elevator or cotton gin. There was much to be […]

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Getting ready for the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln funeral procession

The City of Springfield is truly the Land of Lincoln and they would be remiss without remembering their favorite son. The city will honor our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln with the accurate reenactment of the historic anniversary of his funeral procession. While several events that kick off in April are leading up to this somber […]

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Prairie Gold Treasure, the unearthing of an MM mystery piece

This year at the National Farm Toy Show I had a chance to interview veteran Minneapolis Moline Collectors Jerry Erickson and Loren Book about a corn sheller the two located and bought that is a one of a kind. The two found the corn sheller at auction and this piece had once graced the cover […]

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Auto Thrill Museum/Antique Shop

It is always fun when you walk into a store without knowing just what you will find. That was the case when in the town of La Porte City, Iowa and stopped by The Real Deal where Chad Van Dyke auctioneer, motor cycle rider, antiquer and funny car enthusiast has his shop. Inside the shop […]

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Most year’s we head to the Amana Colonies for Prelude to Christmas a chance to recuperate from the stress of field work and a kick off to the Christmas season. One of my favorite stops is the Festhalle barn that was once a dairy barn located in Amana. Amana is the largest of the seven […]

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