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Engraving of the external anatomy of a bee shown in three full views and various details with key at bottom, circa 1630.

Bee Queen is Insane

“Every eye is turned upon her, every voice is hushed, and everyone leans forward so they may catch her every word.”
It was a beekeepers’ national convention held in the mid-1870s, and the person who was about to speak was an Iowan. Her name was Ellen S. Tupper. She was known as the Bee Queen of Iowa.

Chad Ingels, a corn, soy and hog farmer in northeastern Iowa, pulls weed in his no-till soybean field on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Ingels uses herbicides as well as insecticides and fungicides, when needed, on his fields.

IowaWatch Connection Podcast: Health Impacts Of Widely-Used Pesticides Uncertain

Iowa’s wide expanses of row-cropped fields produced roughly 2.5 billion bushels of corn and 554 million bushels of soybeans in 2015. And for many, those high yields are thanks in part to pesticides. But what impact, if any, do those chemicals have on our health? It’s a controversial topic and the answer is hard to pin down. In many cases, those we spoke with said the jury is still out.

Panoramic view of an almost totally destroyed town; Sign reads, "this was Forges." Photo taken in 1918.

The Sooner, The Better

It was both a “horrible and wonderful spectacle.” That’s how Roger Lewis, a Manchester, Iowa native, described the view from his billet near the town of Monthairon, France, where he was stationed with the 110th Ammunition Train during World War I in 1919. They were situated in the Meuse River valley, and Roger reported the soldiers could see gently rolling hills for miles in either direction.

A Sperry plane is shown near Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C in 1922.

Royal Mounties Battle Iowa Fugitive in Mid Air

“Just wait, I’ll explain everything,” Joseph Gadbury pleaded as Deputy Sheriff Anthony Row of Britt prepared to transport the fugitive from Winnipeg, Canada, back to Iowa. “I thought the check was good.”