Tracing North Dakota’s history in Bismarck

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From giant prehistoric fish and dinosaurs to underground missile silos, North Dakota’s history covers about 80 million years. In its earliest days, the Peace Garden State was part of an inland sea. The heritage center and museum in Bismarck tracks the state’s history through various stages of its growth. In all, four galleries offer a… Continue Reading …

Christmas 2016: Celebrating in Omaha

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Editor’s Note: This holiday season, we are taking a look around the country at events and attractions that celebrate the holiday season. Today, we look at our home town of Omaha and its holiday offerings… “Christmas is all around us,” so sings Billy Mack in the 2003 movie “Love Actually.” In Omaha, Christmas celebrations come… Continue Reading …

Christmas 2016: Wichita celebrates with ‘Illuminations,’ Victorian theme

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Editor’s Note: This holiday season, we are taking a look around the country at events and attractions that celebrate the holiday season. Today, we look at our visit to two major Wichita events – Illuminations and a Victorian Christmas at Old Cow Town… Wichita loves itself some Christmas spirit. “Humbug” doesn’t fly this time of… Continue Reading …

Minot’s Sleep Inn offers more than a great room; Swimming and shopping abound

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We’ve stayed at some nice hotels during our trips, but Minot’s Sleep Inn and Suites has to rank among the best. The hotel, which is also a convention center, has been the host hotel for the annual Norsk Hostfest (Scandinavian heritage festival). As we checked in, I noticed an antique car sitting in the lobby.… Continue Reading …

Nostalgia and great food await you at Hendricks County’s Oasis Diner

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The Oasis Diner takes its guests back to the 1950s, where you expect teenagers to be wearing poodle skirts and leather jackets. Instead, enjoy the nostalgia the restaurant brings and the great food it serves. The Oasis Diner opened its doors in Plainfield, Indiana, in 1954. It was housed in a dining car delivered via… Continue Reading …

Creating Hot Blown Glass art in Hendricks County

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Watching hot blown glass art being created is very relaxing to me. The steps taken to create beauty from a small dab of glass is impressive. Getting the opportunity to watch art being created up close is…well…priceless. Lisa Pelo runs her own hot glass art studio out of a workshop behind her home near Clayton,… Continue Reading …

Christmas 2016: Kansas City dazzles as the Midwest’s ‘City of Lights’

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Editor’s Note: This holiday season we are taking a look around the country at events and attractions that celebrate the holiday season. Today, we visit Kansas City to check out this year’s events and some of the wonderful light displays and events the area has to offer… Forget being the City of Fountains. Kansas City… Continue Reading …

Christmas 2016: Seattle zoo celebrates holidays with ‘Wildlights’ display

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Editor’s Note: We are taking a look at holiday celebrations around the country as part of our holiday spirit this year.   Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo combines wildlife with holiday lights during the annual “Wildlights” exhibit, which runs from today (Nov. 25) through Jan. 1. My daughter Mallory and I took in the event last… Continue Reading …

Harvest season: Telling John Deere’s story

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Editor’s Note: Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate! We’ve reviewed stories this week related to farming in the Midwest. Today, as people sit down to turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, cranberries and other great fixin’s, we take a look at the history of the tractor and farm implements via John Deere. We dedicate today’s post to… Continue Reading …

Omaha’s Durham Museum exhibit looks at Prohibition

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It’s interesting how elections or social movements can create a swell that forces change. Less than 100 years ago, such a movement led to creating a “dry” America. Temperance supporters campaigned strongly to create and pass a constitutional amendment to ban alcohol in the United States. The group succeeded, as the 18th Amendment was ratified… Continue Reading …

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