About me

Welcome to my backyard! I’m a marine industry customer service manager by day, aspiring writer by night, and this is my blog.

Visit our backyard¬†is based on the monthly column “From our backyard…” which I pen for the Ida County Courier in Ida Grove, Iowa. My work has also appeared in Farm News, The Iowan and Boating World, and I have served as a travel scout for Midwest Living magazine.


I live in Ida Grove with my wife, four of five children, and the most loving Labradoodle on the planet. My fifth and oldest child is now a Missouri resident and appreciates our character-filled county from afar.

Aside from my day and night jobs, I am an Ida Grove City Council member representing Ward II.

We’re fortunate to live where we do! Please make yourself at home and enjoy the stories!

Doug Clough





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