Bring Back the Threshing Ring | July 2017

Threshing Machine

The cereal grain known as oats was once a common small farm crop in Iowa. In the sun, a field of mature oats looks like a golden sea. A beautiful part of our landscape. July is normally the month for … Continued

We need Professor Harold Hill | June 2017

Do you know the name?  Professor Harold Hill was the traveling salesman that sold the small fictitious Iowa town of River City, Iowa, musical instruments and band uniforms.  The marketing idea by “Professor” (questionable title) Hill was the promise to … Continued

Resolving to Include Youth in Green Initiatives

Recently, we heard from a young lady, Tina Elwinson, who is a champion for green initiatives. She shared this great resource with Keep Iowa Beautiful that offers loads of super ways to get kids involved in keeping our world beautiful. … Continued

The Older Americans’ Legacy | May 2017

Older Americans Volunteering

There are great examples of older Iowan’s leading the way in community enhancement / improvement efforts. Best known to Keep Iowa Beautiful is a group of older Fort Dodge residents known as the PICA group or Pride In Community Appearance. … Continued

Go Sing it on the Mountain | March 2017

Let’s ‘go sing it on the mountain’ to celebrate our commitment to a clean and beautiful Iowa. April continues to be declared Keep Iowa Beautiful month by the Governor Terry E. Branstad. This will probably be the last proclamation of … Continued

Have a Heart! | February 2017

February is American Heart Month and of course Valentine’s Day as reflected in the shape of a heart. I thought it would be good to visit about “having a heart “– not in terms of personal health conditions but in … Continued

Technology Infatuation | January 2017

The beauty of America is all around us – in the landscape, small places, with butterflies, birds, skies, wildlife, statues, buildings, landscapes, people, art, sculptures and hundreds of other places. It is hard to imagine standing beside one of the … Continued

The Natural Gift | December 2016

Marketing of the Christmas gift shopping season begins earlier each year. The focus is clearly on material items – gifts that can be wrapped or are physical in nature and designed to bring pleasure and excitement to the person receiving … Continued

Where Have All The Trees Gone? | October 2016

Each fall, thousands of Iowans and visitors tour the State to view the beauty and color of trees and forests. This picture of our countryside helps restore our spirit, inspire thoughts of nature and recreate memories from similar excursions of … Continued