Backyard Bounty

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Pictured is Bruce Thompson, Cooper/Greater Longfellow resident. Thompson’s bought their home in 1993. Soon after they moved in, he discovered the rich black soil in their backyard. His garden is 15 x 30 feet approximately, and he gardens everything from hops to peppers, to majestic sunflowers in the distance. Bruce also has perfected home brewing with his hops.

Photo: Katie Simon-Dastych

A Secret History of American River People


Wes and his dog pal Hazel pose for a picture in front of their shantyboat off the banks of the Mighty Mississippi. Wes started A Secret History of American River People which is, according to his website,, an anthro-historical research journey through the history of a river. According to the site, they just embarked on their trip the same day this photo was taken.

Photo: Guthrie Byard