Bell ringer honored for 50 years of volunteer service, 1972

DIANE BOIT 25 Years Ago – 1997 Mandan City commissioners have set aside $28,500 to purchase the old Doc’s Bait and Tackle building at 500 East Main. Doc’s opened in 1982 by John and Ramona Dockter who operated the business until 1992. Until that time, it was a popular hangout for thousands of anglers from … Read more

Central Illinois students burst into song at Youth in Harmony fest

Youth In Harmony Festival at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. Clay Jackson BLOOMINGTON — LeRoy High School junior Izzy Pray heard a critique from vocal instructors on Thursday that “Midwesterners sing like cornstalks.” That means they stand too still when singing. Pray then suggested: “What if we sing like cornstalks in the … Read more

Proposed changes to transgender student protections threaten mental, physical health of children

Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s proposed policies to reverse protections for the state’s thousands of transgender students in K-12 public schools seriously threaten the physical and mental well-being of these children. Trans students have done nothing wrong and shouldn’t be treated as if they have. As the regional planning organization among local organizations, HomeWard is identifying and … Read more

Omaha congregation hopes to restore church organ that has been silent since 1965

Check out these photos of Omaha’s Union Station Something was missing as Christine Smith Collier walked down the aisle at Dietz United Methodist Church. It was, she says, the glorious sounds of the pipe organ, the warm and rich tones of the beautiful instrument built by Philipp Wirsching in 1888. “It dawned on me at the … Read more

Thousands attend four-day State Fair, 1897

25 Years Ago – 1997 The Ratz Bar, on the corner of Main Street and Collins Avenue, is one of the few smoke-free bars in the entire state. Ivan Gange of Mandan set up the bar for his sons, Jason, age 21, and 19-year-old Jesse, to own and operate. However, Jesse, a sophomore at Jamestown … Read more

Cline House invites to learn about old clothing preservation techniques | Heraldrepublican

ANGOLA — Karen DePauw of Local History Services at the Indiana Historical Society who’s a textile and fashion archivist is going to give a workshop “Caring for Historic Items in Your Home” at the Steuben County Historical Society Museum, 313 E. Maumee St., at 7 p.m. Thursday. Attendance is free, but donations to the Indiana … Read more