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Iola Not Too Soggy
June 10, 2008

I received an e-mail of concern this morning from a reader asking how we were doing in light of the news he was hearing about floods in Wisconsin.

I appreciate the concern, though I could not resist answering humorously. I responded that we here in Iola are so far north that the rain couldn't find us.

It is no joking matter for the people in the southern part of the state. Areas from La Crosse on the west to Milwaukee on the east were affected, including major damage to the tourist area known as the Wisconsin Dells.

With gas around $4 a gallon, there is concern about the summer tourist season. Now with the flooding, further misery has been added.

Speaking of tourists, I have written about Iola's annual Old Car Show before. It is coming up July 10-13. This topic arises again because in the weekly Numismatic News poll question, it was asked if high gasoline prices are causing readers to reduce show attendance.

I received one response from a reader in Arkansas who said it would mean he couldn't come to the car show. While that wasn't the question asked, it certainly is a relevant topic. Arkansas is a long drive from here. I have done it myself when driving to the Memphis paper money show.

I still hope he can scrape up the time and money to come visit. There is still a month to figure out how.

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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