RAGBRAI Day 2: Pie every 20 miles
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RAGBRAI Day 2: Pie every 20 miles

After a cold and hilly ride on Sunday, which was fun despite my not one but two flat tires from a piece of metal I picked up somewhere, Monday dawned as a beautiful day. Blue skies full of puffy clouds and highs in the low 80s. That is perfect cycling weather.

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RAGBRAI Day 1: A river of bikes
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RAGBRAI Day 1: A river of bikes

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Tied to tradition: Lessons from grandfather, uncles stay with you forever
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Tied to tradition: Lessons from grandfather, uncles stay with you forever

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Sunset fishing can be picture perfect

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Live vs. Lure: Anglers hold varying opinions on best type of attractant
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Live vs. Lure: Anglers hold varying opinions on best type of attractant

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Outdoor Challenge winners donate prize money

A team from Hannibal, Mo., won the Ultimate Outdoor 3-on-3 Challenge competition Saturday, May 11, at Gardner Camp. The team is donating the $500 first prize to the newly formed Liberty (Ill.) High School Bass Fishing Team.

How birdwatchers can help threatened bird populations
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How birdwatchers can help threatened bird populations

The types of birds coming through your neighborhood are probably changing, and so is the timing of their migrations. Birdwatchers noticing these differences are on the front line in figuring out how climate change and more severe weather events are putting stress on bird populations.

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Gardner Camp to hold 3-on-3 outdoor competition on Saturday

Gardner Camp is hosting an Ultimate Outdoor 3-on-3 Challenge on Saturday, May 11, with participants competing for a $500 school prize. The outdoor skills team competition is for children in grades 7-12.

Buzzing with activity: Bees play important role as pollinators
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Buzzing with activity: Bees play important role as pollinators

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Spring and summer months bring both the buzz of lawnmowers and bees. These fuzzy flyers are important pollinators, playing a crucial role in the production of many favorite fruits and vegetables.