Author: Alex Kline

Kyle works and lives at Wilson's Orchard. He spends his days maintaining the over 20,000 apple trees and over 100 acres of rolling orchard hills and valleys, under his care. His introduction to farming started with his Uncle's and Grandfather's farms which are mostly dedicated to corn and soy beans. Work at the apple farm offers a little extra space to breath. Instead of planting fence line to fence line, apple trees dot the landscape in not so tidy rows, with room for native plant and insect populations to thrive -- letting the good guys take care of the bad guys. Every once and awhile he finds evidence of wildlife making its way through the orchard, a deer hoof here, a fox or mink den there. Kyle's dedication to practicing the kind of farming that both produces a hearty crop, and also protects a diverse eco-scape is just one of the things that maked him just east of ordinary....

For 18 over years Joe and Frank Zahorik have been performing throughout Iowa. This Father-Son duo has been thrilling crowds with their band, Joey Bravo, cookin up their spin on country and blues classics, taking cues from the greats like Waylon, Hank, Johnny, and Merle. With Frank on the harp and Joey on the guitar, you can sometimes find them at Sutliff Cider on a Sunday afternoon. Or, you might catch Joey at a gig with his rock-a-billy band, the Magnetos. Cats like them don't come around all that often, and if you get the chance to see them play you'll understand what we mean when we say they are just east of ordinary....

When Janet Tiffany turned 70 years old she walked the state of Iowa, alone. She had decided that she better do something interesting, for no better reason than to say that she had done it. In 2017, from April to September Janet walked 10 mile days from the Missouri border to the Minnesota border. With her husband in tow and a couple of friends in a follow vehicle, she took mostly country roads and some bicycle paths to get her from the bottom of the state to the top. If you ask her, nothing about her journey was all that extra ordinary, she would even say it was mostly pretty boring. But when she had finished, those who know her shared in her triumph, even baked her a cake with a special victory message, and dropped it off on her doorstep to surprise her at the finish line. However, Janet would never know what the cake said...

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