On a spring day in the Mississippi River town of LeClaire, Iowa, a few visitors explored the tourist-bait antique and gift shops in the small downtown. Nearby, in the wide river, a tug pushed huge barges past an old-fashioned cruise riverboat docked on the levee. But on a side street off Cody Road — the main drag, named after William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, who was born in LeClaire in 1846 — Antique Archeology buzzed with browsers. Part quirky junk shop, part hipster mercantile, the business is owned by a more recent famous local, Mike Wolfe, co-host of “American Pickers,” the History Channel reality series/antiques show. Full of vintage finds picked from barns and garages across the country, Antique Archeology was among the highlights of an afternoon drive along a 73-mile stretch of the Great River Road in eastern Iowa, exploring small river towns between the bigger cities of Davenport and Dubuque. As an Iowa transplant, I have long enjoyed exploring … [Read more...] about Midwest Traveler: Exploring small towns along the Great River Road in Iowa
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RED WING — The 2018 Spring Flood Run will roar down both sides of the Mississippi River on Saturday. The motorcycle rally, which has become a spring and fall tradition, commemorates the assistance 12 metro-based motorcyclists gave to the Winona community during the floods of 1965. The event has evolved into a fundraiser that has raise hundreds of thousands for the Gillette Children's Hospital.The event starts at Shiner's Bar and Grill in Lakeland and winds down U.S. Highway 61 on the Minnesota side, and Wisconsin Highway 35 on the east side of the river. Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman urged motorists to use extra caution this weekend with as many as 30,000 motorcyclists riding between the Twin Cities and Winona for the event.“This event being the start of the riding season, riders should be doing everything they can to prevent crashes and keep themselves safe on this and every ride,” Pohlman said. “That means always riding smart, wearing the gear … [Read more...] about Bikers hit the Great River Road for charity
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Looking Up: Into the "Great Rift" Part of the Great Rift lies in the constellation of the snake, Serpens. This was among the 48 constellations listed by 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Ted Wolfe, Columnist Published 5:05 a.m. ET March 31, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE If you're ever fortunate to see the Milky Way stretching across the night sky from a really dark location, you'll see it's not uniformly lit across its length. Here and there you'll see darker regions across its disk. We're looking into one of those regions here, … [Read more...] about Looking Up: Into the “Great Rift”
When it comes to the Great River Road, it’s hard to know what exactly the “great” in the name describes. There is, of course, the Mississippi. It is among the largest watersheds on Earth, right up there with the Amazon and the Nile, and stretches more than 2,300 miles. It passes through or borders 10 states, widening on its way from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. So, it’s hard to argue that the word defines anything more than the river. But the road is pretty great, too. The Great River Road — a designated route of interstates, state highways and county and city roads — hugs the Mississippi on its long route, passing through beautiful bucolic landscapes and river towns along the way. The idea for it was born in the 1930s, an early acknowledgment of the psychic pull the mighty Mississippi holds on the American public. The stretch in Minnesota is part of a National Scenic Highway. It winds across the state from Itasca State Park to the Iowa … [Read more...] about Minnesota’s best fall drive? Great River Road might be it.
The home of the next National Champions? Monday, August 4 The Vikings might be the worst thing that ever happened to the Minnesota Gophers football program. It's difficult for me to even imagine this, but the Gophers were National Champions in 1960. The Vikings rolled into town the following year and the Gophers have been lousy ever since. They're also attention hogs. Everybody talks about Vikings draft pick this, and Vikings training camp that. Well the Gophers have training camp, too, and you don't have to drive two hours to get there! The Gophers have opened two Fall Camp practices to the public, today and tomorrow only, at 5:15 pm. Football practice may not sound exciting, but I love getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse at just about anything. A jelly bean factory tour? Sure! Check out a sewage treatment plant? Sign me up! If this isn't your scene, the Gophers also host a scrimmage this Saturday at 4:40 pm at TCF Bank Stadium. Just think, if this season turns out to be the one … [Read more...] about Daily Adventures: Gophers Training Camp, National Night Out, Great River Tour, Mill City Live and Rock Week