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The Murals of Montrose

I crossed the Highway 136 bridge back into Iowa and worked my way down maddeningly slow Main Street in Keokuk, a highly engineered but poorly thought out road that put the stop in stoplight. I plodded along toward Montrose, hoping to get there before the local history museum closed at 4. I’d make it on […]

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Minnesota’s Iron Range Podcast

I was lucky enough to spend much of the summer of 2011 in northern Minnesota, getting to know the region where the Mississippi begins. Of all the places I went, there were few that grabbed my attention more so than the Iron Range. The unforgiving climate and diverse mix of people devoted to grueling work sure […]

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A Paddle on the Wild Lower Mississippi River

It’s just after noon, the sun is high and hot, and I’m standing at the end of a boat ramp at St. Francisville, Louisiana wearing rubber boots and a cotton hat, a black waterproof shirt, and black waterproof pants. In a few minutes, I’ll be stepping into Grasshopper, a 30-foot voyageur-style canoe built for the mighty waters of […]

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