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"Journeys and Destinations" with Dan Kaercher

The Decorah Public Library has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host a presentation called “Journeys and Destinations” by Dan Kaercher at 7 pm Thursday March 27 in the Decorah Public Library Mezzanine Gallery.


A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities. The program is free and open to the public. If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance, please call 563-382-3717 in advance.


In “Journeys and Destinations,” Iowa-based Dan Kaercher, retired founding editor-in-chief of Midwest Living magazine and popular public television host, shares some of the magical moments, occasional mishaps and meaningful lessons he learned during a highly successful 40-year career as a magazine editor, television personality and travel author and writer. Hear Dan's personal story, his observations on the changes he witnessed in the media industry, and some of his favorite travel destinations in Iowa and the Midwest. He adds that “though I am of German and not Norwegian heritage, I have been lucky enough to sample many delicious Norwegian food specialties, in Decorah and elsewhere, including lutefisk (which makes a hilarious story that I will include in my talk).”


Kaercher is the retired founding editor-in-chief of Midwest Living Magazine and host of "Iowa's Simple Pleasures" and other travel-related programs aired on Iowa Public Television and other public television stations nationally. A native of Council Bluffs, he graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, majoring in journalism. During his extensive, award-winning media career at Meredith Corporation in Des Moines, Dan served as a writer and editor for such publications as Better Homes and Gardens, WOOD magazine and BH&G Special Interest Publications. He spent 21 years as founding editor-in-chief of Midwest Living magazine, published by Meredith. The popular regional publication focuses primarily on travel, food, home and garden information for readers in the 12 Midwest states ranging from Nebraska to Ohio, Michigan to Kansas (with Iowa at the heart of it all). Dan also hosted Midwest Living Radio Magazine, which aired on more than 100 stations in the region. He is the author of three books about the Midwest and Iowa: Best of the Midwest, Taste of the Midwest, and Parklands of the Midwest. Long a popular public speaker, Dan now spends his time primarily in Urbandale and Spirit Lake with his wife, Julie, their two children and two grandchildren.


Call the library at 382-3717 for more information.