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September 23, 2013

Historic site marks Lincoln's role in 1832 war

Historic site marks Lincoln’s role in 1832 war

ELIZABETH, Ill. — A historic site in northwestern Illinois is highlighting Abraham Lincoln’s role in an 1832 conflict.

The Apple River Fort State Historic Site in Elizabeth will focus on Lincoln’s involvement in the Black Hawk War and mark the day when men of the Illinois militia were released from service.

Lincoln was part of the militia. While he didn’t participate in any battles, he had a leadership role as a militia captain and formed relationship that later helped him enter politics.

Historian Mark Johnson with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency will speak about Lincoln on Thursday evening at the site’s interpretive center. On Saturday there will be a recreation of the ceremony that released soldiers from active duty in the militia.

The Black Hawk War of 1832 lasted three months.

Some Iowans may have to count pollen by the sneeze

DES MOINES — The state has stopped taking pollen measurements, which some Iowans could measure in stuffy noses, sneezes and red, weepy eyes.

Crops, weeds and trees thrive in Iowa and freely loose their pollen into the air. Ragweed pollen tends to make this time of year the worst for allergy sufferers.

The Des Moines Register says the State Hygienic Lab used to take regular pollen measurements in Ankeny in late summer and early fall. But the lab quit taking the measurements this year, partly because of budget cuts.

Some weather sources had been relying on the state measurements.

The local office of the National Weather Service stopped including pollen counts in its daily reports when the state stopped taking the measurements.

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