Thank you for remembering Kent Yeager

Checking the corn drier. My last farm photo of Kent in October, 2014.

Checking the corn drier. My last farm photo of Kent in October, 2014.

First off, you all are amazing.

Words can only begin to describe so many of you during the last two weeks. Your comments, cards and letters have been so wonderful to read during this challenging time in our family. Thanks to the world of new media, many of you could drop notes that helped us through some of the darkest days as we prepared for Kent to leave this earth and enter into his new life.

Following his death, you continued to show support that was both overwhelming and humbling. We are establishing a scholarship in his memory to be given at Jesup High School. He was a graduate, past school board member and continued supporter of JHS. We know he wanted to make sure the next generation of farmer gets the opportunity for education before coming back to the farm.

Grandpa Kent telling Levi the ways of the world. August, 2014.

Grandpa Kent telling Levi the ways of the world. August, 2014.

Thank you for spending time coming to the visitation and funeral. I’m glad it got loud at both events. That’s the way he wanted it. Thank you for the food, flowers and offers for assistance. I do ask that you have conversations with your loved ones to find out what they want when the time comes. We were thankful Kent had shared with us his intentions.

Kristine, my youngest sister, and I both made comments during the funeral. Here are my remarks, not so much for you to read, but as small place on the internet to learn more about the man who cared for the land, his family and community.


Remembering Kent Yeager

January 17, 2014

Standing up here does bring back a ton of memories.


It is from this very spot that I did some of my first public speaking by reading scripture. This is also the same vantage point Pastor Stoffregen could look up into the balcony most Sunday’s and see two squirrelly little boys being contained by their fathers. Mr. John Bergman, that’s just a hypothetical story. Maybe.


This is also the same church where Kent spent many days of his life from baptism to confirmation and would continue to deacon and church council.


That’s one side of Kent Yeager. But let’s get to the chase here and why so many of you are here.


Who had Kent drop in to your house unannounced? Put your hand up please… keep it up here… now how many of you received a phone call ahead of time?


This is the point in the program when we could go deep with fishing stories. He cast a wide net in getting people into the boat. He hooked you on the sport and the social side of it.


But really, I think Dad enjoyed the telling of the fish tale the most.


Or any story for that matter. Dad could really spin a yarn. He did great character development and you felt like you were there. Oftentimes, the finish was the challenge. He’d crack himself up so much – and laugh his way through the punchline.


Yeager boys on the farm. October, 2013.

Yeager boys on the farm. October, 2013.

I’d feel like I did a good job telling a story when I could get him to laugh. I remember one night I was speaking to the Jesup Lions Club on Farmer Appreciation Night. I ran a couple of jokes by him before hand to see if they were too inside baseball for the room or just a bit too sharp against someone. He laughed, but thought I should go a little softer on the guys there.

After we were done with the formal event and were gathered in the lounge area, I told my original jokes and he howled — along with everyone else. I am so thankful for that night as the Weber’s and Breuer’s sure enjoyed those jokes that are not fit for broadcast.


He had good instincts on who he could have fun with.


Take the farmer wave for instance. You know the one. He’d have an out-of-state passenger in the truck who would be amazed at how many people Kent knew. So, Dad, sensing an opportunity, would say as the next truck on the road approached, “hey there’s Tommy” and wave. The driver of the other vehicle would wave back. He’d do it again and again until the passenger figured out he’d been had.


Last known group shot of the Yeager siblings. Grant, Barb, Brian, Lynda, Kent and Mark in April of 2013 at Kent and Joellen's 50th wedding anniversary party.

Last known group gathering of the Yeager siblings. Grant, Barb, Brian, Lynda, Kent and Mark in April of 2013 at Kent and Joellen’s 50th wedding anniversary party.

The other night mom and my sisters sat and read through Dad’s old diaries. We enjoyed his attention to detail about bank discussions, children’s progresses, fishing adventures and meetings he attended.


He was very matter of fact for a long time. We’d see very little emotion other than an outburst over escaped cows, trampled fence or lack of rain.


But lately he’d shown the ability to be more emotional over a family memory of his father, or the days of going to sale barn to bid on cattle with Pop, his grandfather. Dad sure did love the cattle business.


Christmas Game Night. Kent actually sat down for this game and did not offer his traditional "assistance" to participants.

Christmas Game Night. Kent actually sat down for this game and did not offer his traditional “assistance” to participants.

Or even a holiday that was just right because we would all be together. We’d laugh and be loud, imagine that. We would also play board games, except for Kent, who didn’t want to actually play the game, just offer “assistance” by shouting out random answers. Sometimes he was correct, other times he was wrong. But we never knew if we should believe him or not because the answers typically sounded like they could be correct. And then he would walk away from the game satisfied that he had us all completely confused and annoyed. By the way, his best game was Balderdash, the competition to make you answers sound believable enough to fool others.


We’d sing Christmas songs, including one he was very insistent on this year, “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.”


That just happened a few weeks ago. We’ll always have that time in our hearts.


Kent and Joellen attending the wedding of Clark and Elaine. Photo from 1962.

Kent and Joellen attending the wedding of Clark and Elaine. Photo from 1962.

I’m really sad because today marks the last organized story time with the focus on Kent. Many of you have told stories about Dad that we didn’t know. And one big thing we’ve learned is how much he was a part of so many lives in an impactful way. He was friends to so many people. Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook was afraid if Kent ever joined the social network, he’d overwhelm the system.


In a way, I’m glad this happened when it did. So many of his friends were able to be here and got to memorialize him.


His grandfather Pop had said, it’s no fun being the last leaf on the tree. Kent didn’t want to be the remaining leaf.


Dad was always one of the last ones to leave church. How ironic today he’ll be the first one out the door.


He was tired, he was worn, he was weak.


And now he’s on a great big beautiful river. And the fish are bitin’.


Running the combine. October, 2013.

Running the combine. October, 2013.

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My dad could use a little help right now

In an effort to not bury the lead, my father, Kent is in rough shape now. He had a very serious stroke Wednesday evening. Eventually, he was airlifted to Iowa City and we’ve been here since. His right side completely shut down. Following a procedure, he did recover some movement on the side and the ability to speak a few words. But there is going to be too much to overcome.

We have cried, laughed and reminisced and will continue to do so until the Lord calls him home.

Kent loved to fish. I’ve always maintained he was a full-time fisherman and part-time farmer.

Calling him independent is an understatement.

In a testament to his fishing, hit like if you’ve gone with him before. Or talked with him before. Or played golf at the Country Club, played at the baseball or softball complex, swam in the pool, worshipped at ALC, watched cable, talked on the phone or attended school in Jesup. He had his hands in all of those places.

He’s given countless hours to service to organizations.

Now we have countless memories to hold in these final moments.

This photo was from our Christmas a couple of weeks ago. He sure loved those grandkids and many others love him.



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TV Reporters in hats are the stars of early 2015

Justin Andrews, KWWL, Waterloo.

Justin Andrews, KWWL, Waterloo.

Teal Jennings and Lauren Moss of KWWL in Waterloo.

Teal Jennings and Lauren Moss of KWWL in Waterloo.

Apparently a few of you are big fans of the TV reporters wearing hats postings of past and present. Monday’s post was popular. Thank you for checking out the story.
I’m sure it is all about the styles. Some, just like to see what the talent is wearing in the snow. I never wore these great of lids on my liveshots. Just a standard stocking hat. Great advancements in fashion.

A little back story here. I’m not exactly sure how I came to be known as the guy with a blog who puts these posts together. I guess in the days of new media, the ability to see all these Iowa reporters in one spot is fun. I enjoy touching base with old friends in markets I’ve worked or known for way too long.

Keep the submissions coming. I love to see them. Send them to or my Facebook page of Public Paul Yeager. And remember, be safe out there folks.

Courtney Johns, WHO, Des Moines.

Courtney Johns, WHO, Des Moines.

Ryan Schlader, radio guy on TV from time to time, all around good egg and his late fall hat.

Ryan Schlader, radio guy on TV from time to time, all around good egg and his late fall hat.

Mellaney Moore, KGAN, Cedar Rapids.

Mellaney Moore, KGAN, Cedar Rapids.

Marcy Jones, KGAN, Cedar Rapids.

Marcy Jones, KGAN, Cedar Rapids.

Jill Kasparie, KCRG, Cedar Rapids.

Jill Kasparie, KCRG, Cedar Rapids.

Emmy Victor, KCCI, Des Moines.

Emmy Victor, KCCI, Des Moines.

Ashley Davis, KWWL, Waterloo, Wartburg College's Cedar Valley Today and all around good one.

Ashley Davis, KWWL, Waterloo, Wartburg College’s Cedar Valley Today and all around good one.

Brian Boesen, KWQC-TV, Davenport. This came from his Facebook page. Give him a like for this lid.

Brian Boesen, KWQC-TV, Davenport. This came from his Facebook page. Give him a like for this lid.

Thanks, Tony for all the great assistance and support.

Tony Lutz, Waverly News Bureau.

Tony Lutz, Waverly News Bureau.

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Reporter in hats are back in style in 2015

It is the most wonderful time of the year. Iowa’s first big snowfall of 2015 seems like a perfect time to feature some TV reporters out in the elements wearing hats. Glad to see so many were protected. Remember, safety first.

Looking for the latest hats? Check out my Public Paul Facebook page. I’ll post hats as they come in on the site.

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Marissa Scott, KGAN, Cedar Rapids.

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Josh Wurster, KIMT, Mason City.

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Laura Nichols, KCCI, Des Moines.

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Amanda Krenz, WOI, West Des Moines.



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Allie Krug, KIMT, Mason City.

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DeeDee Stiepan, KIMT, Mason City.

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Brady Smith, KCRG-TV, almost like he’s got a cold one there in this report.

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Nikki Newbrough, KWWL, Waterloo.


Vanessa Peng, KCCI-TV. Keep your eyes open for her.



Mark Tauscheck of KCCI-TV finally receives a station-sponsored stocking hat.



Todd Magel of KCCI-TV.



Brett McIntyre, WHO-TV. He was just a few feet from KCCI for this shot. And was out a little longer as the mast on the live truck was frozen with two rungs to go.



Vanessa is back, this time in a different hat.


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Brian Boesen, KWQC-TV in Davenport.

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Mark Carlson of KCRG is the boss with that lid.


Courtney Johns of WHO-TV brings out the purple.



Jason Rantala, KCCI-TV.



Mr. Mark is back with a hood over the hat.



Samantha-Jo Roth of WOI-TV and the newly launched and Local 5.




Mark wins huge points for this selfie. A better shot than off a TV screen.

See a hat that belongs here? Send it to and we’ll get it into the mix. Thanks to Tony, Romelle and Jesse for the tips.

And this is not the first time we’ve done this. Check out the archives for a few past posts.

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Yup, I’ve gone public in more ways than one

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Providing coverage of the 2014 IGHSAU State Track Meet in Des Moines.

This should come as a surprise to no one that I’ve gone public in a few ways.

I don’t want to inundate friends with all my work items on my personal Facebook page and I want to build on some of the items I do for Iowa Public Television, Central Iowa Sports Network and out outlets a place to call home. I know it hard to separate them, but this is an attempt. It is the same me, just in another place.

So, go ahead and like this Public Paul Yeager page on Facebook. Look for a few more work photos and behind the scenes look at making television and radio magic.

I also have spent a lot of time with the Flipboard app. I call it Pinterest for news. The application allows you read news stories in magazine form and them flip them into your own public or private magazine.

This magazine is my primary Market to Market page. We call it the Market to Market Reading Material. It includes lots of great articles that impact rural America.

View my Flipboard Magazine.I do have a place I put a lot of articles I find enjoyable or I want to refer to later. I call it Cornucopia.

View my Flipboard Magazine.

You don’t need the mobile app for iPad or Android, but it looks pretty cool on your desk top.

I’ve also built a magazine for Iowa HS girls sports, Iowa High School Football and a few others.

20140211-064916.jpgAnd the new Facebook page may be the perfect place to find a few photos of your favorite TV reporters in hats.

I always have fun on Instagram @yeagerp


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Making plans for Fort Dodge: Class 5A edition


The Johnston Dragons are headed back to state for the second-straight year. This is the first-time in school history this has happened.

The defending champion, the runner-up and the team that dealt the top-ranked squad their last defeat all are headed to Fort Dodge to play in the 2014 Iowa High School Girls State Softball Tournament.

Iowa Public Television will broadcast the final Friday night, July 25th at 7p. You can also watch the game online at Paul Yeager and Laura Leonard will have the call.

Here is a look at the regional finals and the teams that will play on next week.

Top-ranked Johnston defeats Sioux City East, 12-0. Last year’s 5A runner-up is making its 5th trip to Rogers Park.

#2 Dowling Catholic 8, Ankeny Centennial 1. Maroons will be back in Fort Dodge to defend their 5A state title.

#3 West Des Moines Valley stops Council Bluffs AL in five innings, 12-2.

#4 Southeast Polk 12, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 0. Rams off to State for first time since ’08.

#5 Muscatine 11, Ottumwa 0. Muskies will be in Fort Dodge for the 14th time and first state tournament since 2010.

#6 The Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawks make their 21st state tourney trip with a regional final 1-0 over Dubuque Senior. Apparently, no one wanted to leave the field after the game, according to Jeff Linder of the CR Gazette.

#8 Pleasant Valley 6, Davenport West 0. Spartans advance to 5A state tournament next week.

#9 Waukee 6-1 win over Ankeny. For the first time in 6 years, the Warriors are off to state.

Here’s the Class 5A bracket from the IGHSAU.

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Making plans for Fort Dodge: Class 3A edition

The top two teams in Class 3A from 2013 are back at state in 2014 as Bondurant-Farrar will defend its title and Clarke will look to move past second place. But the top-ranked team of 2014 will only be a spectator this year. Mid-Prairie advances to Fort Dodge with the win Monday night.

The first tourney games will be played Monday and finish Friday at 2:30p. You can watch the finals on Iowa Public Television or online at I will have the call of the game with Laura Leonard.

Here are some first blush notes with strong support from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

Class 3A State Softball Tournament Field:

At Iowa City, West — Mid-Prairie 6 #1 Benton Community 5. Golden Hawks earn the last 3A state tournament slot and are making their 9th trip to Fort Dodge with win over top-ranked Benton. How did they do it with a new coach? Nine-straight wins, that’s how.

At Waterloo West — #2 East Marshall 11,  New Hampton 4. East Marshall returns to Rogers Park for the 3rd consecutive year and 5th time overall.

At Winterset — #3 Clarke 4, #8 ADM 3 Last year’s 3A runner-up returns to Rogers Park. The school’s third trip to the State SB Tournament.

At Battle Creek – (NR) Greene County 12, #4 Sioux Center 3. Rams qualify for state softball for the first time ever.

At Cedar Rapids, Jefferson — #6 Center Point-Urbana 8, #12 Mount Vernon. 5 Second trip to Fort Dodge for the Stormin’ Pointers and 1st since 1994. As Jeff Linder of the CR Gazette will tell you, this is a young team.

At Roland — #9 Bondurant-Farrar 10,  Humboldt 0 (5). The Defending 3A champions will have the opportunity to defend its title. Blue Jays also qualified for state basketball.

At Ottumwa — #13 West Burlington/Notre Dame 6, Prairie City Monroe 4.  The Falcons return to the State Tournament for the second time in school history. Burlington ND won the Class 1A state basketball title. Relive the moment here.

At Emmetsburg — (NR) Spirit Lake 6,  #14 Osage 5.  The Indians are heading to Fort Dodge for the 5th time and 1st since 2006.

Here is the link to the pairings.

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