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10 Years Of Wrench: A Moment With Jim McGreal

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Wrench, a comic strip The Chief Engineer includes every month. Jim McGreal, a long-time resident of Beverly, is the artist behind the characters. Jim’s father inspired the character of Wrench, Jim said. His father was a city inspector and cigar smoker. Over time, he said, the strip has [...]

Farmer Powers Irrigation System With Solar Energy

By Dave Dreeszen WHITING, Iowa (AP) – Dolf Ivener turned to sunshine to water his corn field this growing season. Ivener became the first Siouxland farmer to power a center pivot irrigation system with solar energy. It’s also one of the first of its kind nationally. He designed a photovoltaic system based on the average [...]

Bridges Key Piece To Toting Big Soybean Harvest

By David Mercer STOCKLAND, Ill. (AP) – A no-frills concrete bridge on the edge of Stockland, Illinois, represents just the kind of headache the nation’s soybean farmers hope a multimillion-dollar campaign and a little creative thinking will cure. The 50-feet concrete span and hundreds like it in soybean-growing states can’t handle the weight of fully [...]

Asbestos Pushed In Asia As Product For The Poor

By Katy Daigle VAISHALI, India (AP) – The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at the conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world’s poorest people. The industry’s wonder product, though, is one whose very [...]

World Engineers Honor Polish Enigma Code Breakers

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – A global organization of engineers honored the three Poles who broke the German Enigma cipher codes and helped end World War II. J. Roberto de Marca, head of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, unveiled a stone memorial with two plaques in honor of mathematicians Marian Rejewski, Jerzy Rozycki and [...]