Posted April 16, 2014in Community Featured, Windsor Heights

No room for a car

The mitre saw is the preeminent tool of any finish carpenter. Dave Fish’s mitre saw, along with his other tools, takes the place of his truck in his Windsor Heights garage. “I couldn’t do what I do without a good mitre saw,” says Fish recently. “When doing finish work or

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Posted April 16, 2014in Community Featured, Grimes

Gearhead garage

Jeff Kynion says he’s always had a thing for cars. His love for all things that go has led him to a nice big garage that holds a number of cool cars. “We actually added on to the back of the garage about five years ago, and now we have

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Posted April 16, 2014in Community Featured, Winterset

1972 El Camino

Just north of Winterset, near a place locals know as Scullyville, sits Dale and Sandy Thompson’s property. One might pass by and think they need to clean up their grove of old cars. In reality, the Thompsons have their own picker’s paradise because of Dale’s lifetime love for cars and

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Posted April 16, 2014in Ankeny, Community Featured, Featured Story

Don’t miss the boat

What’s better than a summer vacation? If you ask Mark and Sue Schmidt, a summer vacation with a boat. Today, the 40-year-old boat is safely tucked in the garage. Come summer, the couple will dust it off and head north for a weeklong vacation. Mark purchased the small motor 14-foot

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Posted April 09, 2014in Community Featured, Norwalk

Norwalk Racers

An elephant must be eaten one bite at a time. A masterpiece is painted one stroke at a time, and Iowa becomes the healthiest state one person at a time. Norwalk’s Jen Downe is doing her part to help Norwalk residents lead a healthier and active lifestyle. After moving to

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Posted April 09, 2014in Community Featured, Des Moines West

Salsa Mukluk

The garage of Kim Hopkins already contained just about every style of bike one could imagine, including a road bike, mountain bike, cyclocross bike and even a vintage Schwinn tandem that she and her friends enjoy together. Last October, however, she found room for just one more bike — a

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Posted April 09, 2014in Community Featured, Greene County

Spousal Avoidance Unit

Jean Braden, 63, of Jefferson has a special name for the upstairs of her garage — the Spousal Avoidance Unit. “There’s no phone, no TV and no husband,” she says with a smile. When they began talking about building a nice, large garage, her husband, Jim, wasn’t on board with

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Posted April 09, 2014in Community Featured, Fort Dodge

1977 Nova

Why should boys have all the fun? Fast cars, hot cycles — they’re not just boy toys anymore. In increasing numbers, girls wanna have a little fun, too. “Classic cars, they look neat, sound great, and they make a person feel pretty cool,” says Maggie Flint. She bought her first

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Posted April 09, 2014in Community Featured, West Des Moines

1929 Model A

Most automobiles that are around long enough to celebrate their 85th birthday are either  confined to a museum or driven only on sunny days in a parade. Lang Wightman’s 1929 Model A Ford, however, is anywhere but a museum or parade, or even in his West Des Moines garage, for

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Posted April 09, 2014in Clive, Community Featured

The joy of eight

The music industry is unforgiving. One day an artist is at the top of the charts; the next, he or she’s being featured on a one-hit-wonder countdown. The same is true for the technology that delivers music to one’s ears. These days it’s MP4s and other digital files. And although

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