Nic's Steakhouse & Pub, a night away

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We had been stuck at home for days.  Between winter weather and a bout of flu, I was raring to go when we headed for the Minneapolis Moline tractor tours last Friday.  On the way home, we wound our way through Hillsboro and stopped at the amazing Nic’s Steakhouse. A very generous editor had got […]

A Farm Tour in Christian County

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A couple things, one did you know that a cool way to see the country side and learn what’s what in your area is to check out your local Farm Bureau and see what tours and events they have to offer?  I did not until my cousin Carrie Steinweg sent me a message asking how […]

The Abraham Lincoln Hearse is at the Illinois State Fair Museum

I know Norm Claussen because of our shared love of old iron. Norm and Mike Hall head up the antique tractor display at the Illinois State Fair and this year, Norm also took on another job, he is the President/C.E.O. of the Illinois State Fair Museum foundation. This year they brought a very special treat […]

Marilyn Monroe and Bement, Illinois


When my editor from Senior News & Times asked me to do a story about the 60th Anniversary of Marilyn Monroe coming to the small town of Bement, Illinois all I could thing of was “What was she doing there?” The year was 1955 and on August 6th of that year, Marilyn Monroe, her photographer […]

Midgetoys were among some of the unusual toys spied at toy show

The Central Illinois Toy Show in Bloomington, Illinois was a first for me. After trying out a new place to eat Abe’s Café in Springfield, we meandered north and headed for the Holiday Inn near the airport to see what the show had to offer. There were many cool toys that you don’t usually see […]