Local Specials

The Blacksmith as an Artist
3:22 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Creating Art from Unwanted Metal

Matt Myers at work in his studio

Most  people who come across an abandoned car or discarded washing machine  see a piece of junk. Matt  Myers sees opportunity.

"There's an old car parked behind  the shop here," Myers said at his studio, Black Toad Forge, which  is just west of Macomb.

"I  don't see that like most people,  who see an old car. I see it as a pile  of metal that I can cut  apart and turn into anything I want."

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Roquette Lockout
3:14 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Solidarity in the Gate City

Supporters of Local 48-G complete a lap through downtown Keokuk to show support for workers locked out by Roquette America

March 28 marked the six month anniversary for Roquette America locking out roughly 240 union workers in Keokuk.  Hundreds of people from throughout the Midwest met in the southeast Iowa city over the weekend to stand in solidarity with the union.  The event also served as a rallying cry for the working class.

Supporters  honked their car horns as more than 400 people marched along Main  Street in downtown Keokuk.

The  demonstrators marched from  the Keokuk Labor Temple to the intersection  of 14th and Main and  back, carrying signs and chanting.

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Local Specials
2:02 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Flying High with Lightweight Engine Design

Macomb, IL – When Western Illinois University engineering professor Rafael Obregon talks about his current project, he's reminded of the Wright brothers: "Before they were able to fly for the first time, there were a lot of trials that never [worked]."

Obregon's current project pairs him with a long-time collaborator, Dan Meyer of Innovative Design and Research Corporation in Rushville.

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Blues Train
1:15 pm
Wed September 12, 2007

Simply The Blues Train

All aboard for a blues concert on an Amtrak train!

On the Friday of Mother's Day weekend, the lounge car of Amtrak's Southwest Chief was turned into a blues club for a few hours between Chicago and Fort Madison.

John Primer and Dan Beaver performed a show to promote the Simply The Blues festival in Fort Madison.

During this half hour documentary you'll hear from the musicians, passengers, and the man who came up with the idea for holding a blues concert on a train. The program also features a lot of music from the Simply The Blues Train concert.

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