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Do you have your solar glasses, your chair, your sunscreen and bug spray and most of all the spot picked out to watch the solar eclipse?  Even if you step out of your office for a few minutes on Monday, take a minute to acknowledge this rare happening when the sun, moon and earth align. […]

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Legoland, End of the Summer Family Blast

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It is hard to believe that as far as grandkids go, summer is over.  School crept up as me like E.E. Cummings poem, “The fog came on little cats feet”. First it was Memorial Day, then 4th of July, then back to school.  I must say I mourned it a bit, the freedom to load them […]

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The Stuttgart Tractor - remembering innovation

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It was 1999 when Dan Shima, a good friend and Minneapolis Moline collector told us about the winter convention in Stuttgart, Arkansas.  We traveled south in the middle of winter to a whole other lifestyle of rice fields and duck hunting and met the man who was instrumental in building what may be the first […]

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Glimpse of a statue, R.G. LeTourneau's legacy - picture by Janna Seiz

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Sometimes a statue can be a thought provoker and that is how it was with the statue of Robert Gilmour LeTourneau, better known as R.G. LeTourneau. While looking for the Luthy Botanical Gardens I spied the statue by the Glen Oak Park tennis courts where the statue has always sat.  I just learned that at […]

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Take the Ag Tour at the Illinois State Fair!

You know that summer is winding down when it is state  fair time.  My grandkids start school early next week and when we had a chance to hit the state fair today, we took it.  Time with them is fleeting, these days they actually still like us and going places with us so we are […]

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