Features https://www.opinion-tribune.com/features/todaysfeatures en Rodeo Mom https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/rodeo-mom <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/korinna_hughes1.jpg" alt="Korrina Hughes of Glenwood competes as a barrel racer on the Prairie Circuit. " title="Korrina Hughes of Glenwood competes as a barrel racer on the Prairie Circuit. " align="left" hspace="6" width="84" height="85" /><p> She&rsquo;s raising four children and helping her husband run a successful auction business, but that isn&rsquo;t preventing Glenwood&rsquo;s Korrina Hughes from pursuing her passion of raising horses and competing as a barrel racer on the regional rodeo circuit.</p> <p> A native of Utica, Neb., Hughes competes in at least two dozen rodeos a year and has worked her way up to become one of the top barrel racers on the Prairie Circuit of the Women&rsquo;s Professional Rodeo Association.</p> Just Like Old Times https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/just-old-times <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tumblers1.jpg" alt="Gary Giaffoglione (right) coaches alumni tumblers as they do airplanes. At left are Montana Crow and her base Ashly Duncan. Michaela Staiert is shown with her base Emily Portrey." title="Gary Giaffoglione (right) coaches alumni tumblers as they do airplanes. At left are Montana Crow and her base Ashly Duncan. Michaela Staiert is shown with her base Emily Portrey." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> There&rsquo;s a few moans, a few groans and an occasional&nbsp; whisper of &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not sure I can still do that anymore,&rdquo; but for the most part, the &ldquo;alumni&rdquo; from Gary&rsquo;s Tumbling in Glenwood have picked right up where they left off so many years ago.</p> <p> For the past month, about a dozen graduates of Gary Giaffoglione&rsquo;s nearly three-decade old tumbling program have been hitting the mats on Wednesday nights to perform aerials, back tucks, airplanes, somersaults and more. There&rsquo;s a lot of laughter and reminiscing about old times.</p> Carrying On Taylor's Legacy https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/carrying-taylors-legacy <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/petersons1.jpg" alt="Taylor Williams with his parents, Georganne and Roger Williams, on Graduation Day at Iowa State University in 2015." title="Taylor Williams with his parents, Georganne and Roger Williams, on Graduation Day at Iowa State University in 2015." align="left" hspace="6" width="65" height="85" /><p> &ldquo;Make a difference in the world.&rdquo;</p> <p> The message inscribed on a courtyard bench near the home of Iowa State University&rsquo;s FarmHouse Fraternity serves as a memorial for Taylor Williams, a 2015 ISU graduate, who passed away unexpectedly from a recent cardiac procedure&nbsp;in December 2016 at the age of 25.</p> Motherhood - Gina Takes The Next Step In Life https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/motherhood-gina-takes-next-step-life <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gina1.jpg" alt="Gina Springhower helps her son LaKota celebrate his first birthday in December 2016." title="Gina Springhower helps her son LaKota celebrate his first birthday in December 2016." align="left" hspace="6" width="147" height="85" /><p> The challenges of being a first-time parent are great.</p> <p> For Gina Springhower, the challenges are even greater.</p> <p> Confined to a wheel chair with paralysis (the result of an automobile accident more than nine years ago), Gina is tackling and enjoying the most gratifying challenge of her life &ndash; motherhood.</p> <p> Gina and her husband, John Springhower, are the parents of a happy and energetic 16-month-old son, LaKota, born Dec. 22, 2015, just in time for Christmas.</p> Every Quilt Has A Story To Tell At Hillsdale Church https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/every-quilt-has-story-tell-hillsdale-church <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/quilt1.jpg" alt="Florence Houser and Joyce Draper view some of the quilts on display at Hillsdale United Methodist Church." title="Florence Houser and Joyce Draper view some of the quilts on display at Hillsdale United Methodist Church." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> More than 130 quilts were on display Saturday at Hillsdale United Methodist Church as part of a fundraiser that&rsquo;s become a tradition at the rural Glenwood church.</p> <p> &ldquo;We have a quilt show every two years,&rdquo; Barb Sell said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been doing this about 20 years and interest just keeps growing.&rdquo;</p> Bicyclist Joe Edwards Goes Down Under For 750-mile Challenge https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/bicyclist-joe-edwards-goes-down-under-750-mile-challenge <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/joe_edwards_great_ocean_road.jpg" alt="Glenwood bicyclist Joe Edwards poses for a photo on Great Ocean Road in Australia." title="Glenwood bicyclist Joe Edwards poses for a photo on Great Ocean Road in Australia." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Joe Edwards is no stranger to long bike rides.</p> <p> In the last few years the devoted long-distance rider has taken part in grueling road rides in Alaska, Colorado and the Cascade mountains.</p> <p> But nothing could quite prepare Edwards for the Great Southern Randonee in Australia.</p> <p> &ldquo;As I was riding, I was thinking to myself: this is hardest ride I&rsquo;d ever done,&rdquo; said Edwards, who own graphic design shop Joe Designer in Glenwood. &ldquo;But when I finished I said, &lsquo;Nah, that&rsquo;s not the hardest I&rsquo;ve ever done.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> Katie Weber-Kuhl Lived Her Life With A ‘Big Heart,’ ‘Affectionate Smile’ https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/katie-weber-kuhl-lived-her-life-%E2%80%98big-heart%E2%80%99-%E2%80%98affectionate-smile%E2%80%99 <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/katieweber.jpg" alt="Katie Weber-Kuhl" title="Katie Weber-Kuhl" align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> She enjoyed being outdoors, whether it was camping, enjoying a hog roast with her family or spending time in the water on a boat or inner tube.</p> <p> Two of her favorite foods were chicken fingers and pizza.</p> <p> Her favorite childhood movie was &ldquo;The Little Mermaid.&rdquo;</p> <p> She played basketball and soccer as a youngster and was a Girl Scout. She tried playing the flute for a year or two in the school band.</p> <p> Those are just a few of the special memories Katie Weber-Kuhl&rsquo;s family members have of their daughter, granddaughter and sister.</p> 'Old shop meets new shop’ at Loess Hills Maker Space https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/old-shop-meets-new-shop%E2%80%99-loess-hills-maker-space <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/maker_space_1.jpg" alt="Donna and Rich Dickeson at the Loess Hills Maker Space." title="Donna and Rich Dickeson at the Loess Hills Maker Space." align="left" hspace="6" width="145" height="85" /><p> If you&rsquo;re curious about what&rsquo;s going on inside the Loess Hills Maker Space shop on the south side of Glenwood&rsquo;s Town Square, just picture your junior high shop classroom equipped with 21st Century tools and technology.</p> <p> <br /> &ldquo;Our motto is, &lsquo;Where old shop meets new shop&rsquo;&rdquo; Loess Hills Maker Space founder and co-owner Rich Dickeson said.</p>