Arts & Culture

Canton offers up some Farmall Red history

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The town of Canton was lovely decorated up downtown for the Spoon River drive.  This is a stop that always moves me because I write for Red Power and know how important the International Harvester connection was in this town.  With years of ties to International Harvester, we found an Inn appropriately named, “The Harvester […]

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Finding Lincoln on the Spoon River Drive

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The Spoon River Drive beckons my husband Keith and me each year.  Yes, we have been there, yes we have done that, but I always see something new and different and this year we had just finished harvest and a day away was balm to the soul. Being from the Land of Lincoln, I am […]

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Every year when I travel the back roads on Spoon River Drive with my farm collectible collecting farmer, I see something new.  This year my first “farm find” was a very cool John Deere industrial vehicle with I am sure some unique military history.  “It is not that old and it is not on display,” […]

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Burl Ives Memories in central Illinois

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I have always loved songs by Burl Ives.  When Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer comes on at Christmas, I usually will pause and perhaps will watch the whole show just to hear his renditions of the popular Christmas/children’s songs. There is something so charming about Ives and his voice.  When I learned that his gravesite […]

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Angels Among Us - a sign from the angel tree.

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Every once in a while I think God just leaves His people love signs and this is a story of one of them.  Joe Bergbower is a farmer and an artist.  Joe attends the St. Thomas Catholic church in Newton, Illinois.  There was a big tree in front of the church, and a while back a […]

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