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Friday, September 18, 2009

IowaHawk: Farm boy

Excerpted from this post at IowaHawk

State Highway 9 is a two lane strip of asphalt that cuts across the
northernmost tier of counties in Iowa, from Larchwood to Lansing. If
you drive its 320 miles, as I have done many times, you will not be
dissuaded from the stereotype of Iowa as a flat boring expanse of
cornfields. The few points of interest include Lake Okoboji and the
headquarters of Winnebago in Forest City. It takes you near Mason
City, the model for "River City" in Meredith Willson's The Music Man,
and the site of the plane crash that claimed Buddy Holly after a
February 1959 concert at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. About an
hour of cornfields east of there, when you reach the outskirts of
Cresco, you will see a sign welcoming you to the hometown of Norman
Borlaug. ... Norman Borlaug died Saturday at 95, leaving a
humanitarian legacy equaled by few in history. By some estimates his
life's work saved over a billion human beings from starvation. That
life work was farming, and it took him from a 106 acre spread outside
Cresco to grain fields around the planet.

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