Posted September 17, 2014in Ankeny, Community Featured, Email blast


Things that make you smile: celebrations, kids and balloons, which means Blake and Shelly Engel, who own Amazing Balloon Twists, must smile a lot. It all started several years ago, when a friend requested their help twisting balloons at a fundraiser. Inspired, the couple studied numerous balloon models and sculptures,

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Posted September 17, 2014in Community Featured, Winterset

1976 Mercury Cougar

It was a Wednesday afternoon, just a couple months ago. Chris Barker was driving his big yellow, 1976 Ford LTD to work when he realized he had left his phone in the house. He ran inside leaving the car running. When he came back out, he smelled gas and knew

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Posted September 10, 2014in Community Featured, West Des Moines

Old-school ride

If the most interesting man in the world lived in West Des Moines, his name would be Lang Wightman. Wightman has driven a 1929 Model A across, Asia, Europe and South America, ridden  a mountain bike through Africa, Switzerland and Australia and enjoys exploring Iowa’s gravel roads by any means

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Posted September 10, 2014in Clive, Community Featured

Retiring the tent

Life is all about changing. All about growing. As we age our preferences change, and what we may have liked before has become something we’d like to avoid. Like anything else, this can be both good and bad. However, when change sets in to keep a family together, well, that’s

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Posted September 10, 2014in Community Featured, Norwalk

Get Smart

With his smart phone and its Internet access, email, camera and phone, Realtor Jon Niemeyer has everything he needs to make his office mobile. And when he backs out of his garage in his fuel efficient Smart car, he looks forward to saving money on gas as he criss-crosses town

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Posted September 10, 2014in Community Featured, Des Moines West

Rowing shell

Tucked in the rafters of David Lynch’s garage is a boat that has carried him through Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Des Moines. Lynch, a member of the Des Moines Rowing Club, has been rowing for nearly 30 years and continues to enjoy spending time making his way up and down

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Posted September 10, 2014in Community Featured, Fort Dodge

Cruise to the Woods

Classic cars of all makes and models will be rolling through Webster County again this fall when the 31st Annual Cruise to the Woods makes it way to a new home on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 and 5. Now the largest cruise show in Iowa, the WC Cruisers started

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Posted September 03, 2014in Community Featured, Urbandale

Taking shape

Evan Smith was enamored by the sights and sounds of the dirt track racing as soon as he saw it himself. Not the full-size cars at the Boone or Knoxville Speedways. Rather, he was captured by the speeding electric RC cars zipping around the twisting, bumpy dirt track at Hobby

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Posted September 03, 2014in Ames, Community Featured

Runs like a tank

It isn’t what’s currently in the structure that makes Leo Milleman’s garage story unique. Rather, it’s the plans that were hatched there and the memories it holds of a piece of American history most people know little about — even lifelong residents living in an agricultural state where John Deere

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Posted September 03, 2014in Adel, Community Featured

Is this for real?

Yes, it is for real. Hanging plain as day on the faded, old, whitewashed wall of a rural Adel garage, is this very sign — “What Happens in the Garage Stays in the Garage.” And one man’s longing for “simpler times” is what gives this piece of tin its significance.

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