Nebraska Passport 2016: Nebraska City

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Nebraska City hugs the Missouri River in southeastern Nebraska. The city of about 7,900 people has been home to a lot of history – the Lewis and Clark expedition camped here, Arbor Day got its start with J. Sterling Morton and abolitionists helped run a spot along the Underground Railroad during the slavery chapter of… Continue Reading …

Beasley’s Orchard welcomes the Great Pumpkin (and apples) to Hendricks County

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It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Will Linus find the Great Pumpkin this year? Or, will some youngster navigating the corn maze at Beasley’s Orchard beat him out? The Danville, Indiana, orchard is one of a few orchards across the United States participating in the 50th anniversary of Charles Schultz’s “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie… Continue Reading …

10 ideas for Fall fun in Omaha

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Fall – the time of the year when there’s a crisp feel in the air and leaves start changing colors. This is Lisa’s favorite time of the year. It’s also a time to take in the autumn season in the Omaha area. Here is our look at a few things to do in the Omaha… Continue Reading …

October Midwest Travel Twitter Chat – Kinseth Hospitality

Patio at the Homewood Suites West Des Moines – photo provided by Kinseth Hospitality Disclaimer: Thanks to Kinseth Hospitality for sponsoring this post and the October Midwest Travel Twitter Chat.  All opinions and views are ours. Warm and inviting spaces, great food and hospitality are what Kinseth Hospitality delivers at its hotel and restaurant locations throughout the Midwest and… Continue Reading …

Eating our way around Hendricks County

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The food scene in Hendricks County is delicious! I felt like I gained at least five pounds during our visit (fortunately, the scale didn’t agree when we returned home). We dined at some amazing restaurants, each of them locally owned. Oasis Diner in Plainfield opened in the mid-1950s. It was closed for a few years,… Continue Reading …

Hendricks County wins the race for fun visit

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Hendricks County, Indiana, is about a 45-minute western drive from downtown Indianapolis. The pace there is slower. People say hi to you on the streets. Yet, it has the advantage of being near the large city, yet far enough away that people can enjoy suburban and rural life. Its attractions run along the same lines… Continue Reading …

Cedar Rapids goes ‘Gothic’ with art project to honor artist Grant Wood

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Grant Wood was 39 when he created his most-famous painting – American Gothic. The painting, which features a farmer and either his wife or daughter standing in front of a farm house, is quickly recognized by almost anyone who sees it. Wood died in 1942. In recognition of his 125th birthday this year, Overalls All… Continue Reading …

Nebraska Passport 2016: Springfield Drug Soda Fountain, Springfield

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You come for a milkshake, but a visit to Springfield Drug is like taking a step back in time. Not only do you get a hand-scooped ice cream treat at the old-fashioned soda fountain, the store is chock full of antiques. Keith Hentzen opened the drug store in 1977 inside an old bank building. He… Continue Reading …

St. Paul’s Fort Snelling history strikes personal chord

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Visiting Minnesota’s Historic Fort Snelling was more than just a tourist stop for me. It was the military base used to imprison members of my tribe (Santee Sioux, Eastern Dakota, or iSanti) during the mid-1860s before forcing them to move to a reservation at present-day Santee, in northeast Nebraska. My great-great-grandparents (Francois and Mary) and… Continue Reading …

Tour the dining world in Missouri’s Pulaski County

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Something from Column A. An item from Column B. Next thing you know, you’ve traveled the world, tasting some of the best food there is to offer. All, within a 15-minute drive. This is the culinary world of Pulaski County in Missouri. A taste of Asia. A dabble of Europe. And who can pass up… Continue Reading …

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