Generations

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Johnnie Kennell feeds Billy an apple. Billy is a 1,900-pound 4-year-old Plains bison bull, which is anticipated to grow up to 2,700 pounds at full size.

Bison are gracing Iowa’s landscape once again

VAN METER — Bison are known as the largest hooved mammal in North America. These large animals once used to be a very prominent part of the continent and even throughout Iowa. According to the Polk County Conservation website, the largest concentrations of bison were in northwestern and ...

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Four generations of Lankfords gather

Four generations of Lankfords gathered recently. Pictured from the left:Haylie Emery; Bobbi Jo Potts-Harrison, mother; Sharon Lankford-Potts, grandmother; Donna Lankford, great-grandmother.

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5 generations of Rogers gather

Five generations of the Rogers family recently gathered. Pictured seated in the front is Ruth Rogers, great-great-grandmother. Standing from the left: M. Bruce Rogers Jr., great-grandfather; Justine Grove Rogers, mother; Kaden Dean Hart, son; and Jonathan Rogers, grandfather.

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Four generations of Lewis family gathers

Four generations of the Lewis family recently gathered. Pictured from the left: Mary Lewis, great-grandmother; Jess Lewis, great-grandfather; William Lewis, grandfather; and mother Chelsey Anfinson holding Drew William Anfinson.

Five generations of Bieges gather

Five generations of Bieges gather

Five generations of the Biege family gathered in Fort Dodge recently. Pictured, from left to right, in the front row are: John Biege, great-great grandfather; and Ella Harvey. Back row, from left to right, are: Paige Copenhaver, aunt; Sue Witt, great-grandmother; Callia Witt, mother; Laurie ...

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Four generations of Keelers gather

Four generations of Keelers recently gathered. Pictured in the front row from the left: Bob Keeler, great-great-grandfather, Callie Keeler, great-great-grandmother, holding Jaxon Schultz. Back row: Sheila Juncker, great-grandmother, Brian Crotts, grandfather, Ashley Crotts, mother.

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Four generations of Bergs gather

Four generations of Bergs recently gathered. Pictured in the front row from the left: Carson Fevold, great-grandchild, Norfolk, Nebraska; Nola Cardona, great-grandchild, Sioux City. Second row: Seth Fevold, father, Norfolk, Nebraska; Brenna Peterson, aunt, Ames; Brittney Fevold, mother, ...

Five generations of Deals gather

Five generations of Deals gather

Pictured from the left: Desiree Dornbusch, mother; Terrie Deal, great-grandmother; Sara Dornbusch, grandmother; Brooklin Dornbusch; Colleen Deal, great-great-grandmother.

Four generations of Deals gather

Four generations of Deals gather

Pictured from the left: Sherry Moritz, grandmother; Bethany Wentink, mother, holding Boone Alan Wentink; Colleen Deal, great-grandmother.

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Four generations of Hartmans

Four generations of the Hartman family recently gathered. Pictured from left to right are great-grandmother Rozella Hartman, young Tatiana Clark, grandmother Denise Clark and mother Jamie Clark. The Hartman family, originally from Palmer, moved to the Pomeroy area in 1967.