Wichita’s Old Town combines history with art and retail

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Old Town Marketplace in Wichita is home to about 100 businesses. The area is more than 100 years old and has featured some historical events. Carrie Nation, the infamous prohibition supporter, raided the Carey House during her drive to rid the United States of alcohol. As we know, prohibition lasted a few years, eventually giving… Continue Reading …

Bradley Fair offers more than just shopping in Wichita

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A shopping center with a lake and an island? Bradley Fair shopping center in Wichita offers visitors that view. The island was decked out for Christmas. So, does that make it Christmas Island? Are the misfit toys there? Will Rudolph and Santa make a stop there Christmas Eve to pick up the toys? If they… Continue Reading …

Weston, Missouri, field trip brings more than holiday attractions

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We’ve been told a couple of times that we needed to check out Weston, Missouri, for its Christmas season. Father Christmas roams the downtown area and the area is decked out for the holidays. We made the 2.5-hour drive south from Omaha to check out the holiday season in Weston. Initially, I didn’t see the… Continue Reading …

Omaha holiday season includes lights, gingerbread and poinsettias

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“Christmas is all around us,” so sings Billy Mack in the 2003 movie “Love Actually.” In Omaha, Christmas celebrations come in the shape of gingerbread houses, poinsettias, lights and even song. We’ve enjoyed the pleasure of taking in some of the events this season. We kicked off the holiday season with our annual sojourn to… Continue Reading …

Oakland, Nebraska, celebrates Swedish heritage

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My dad’s parents came to America from Malmo, Sweden, in the early 1900s. So, my dad and his twin sister were the first Swansons from that side of the family born in the United States. My dad didn’t speak English until he started grade school. My kids would say he never learned to speak English,… Continue Reading …

Canadinn offers great service during Grand Forks visit

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The Canadinn Destination Center in Grand Forks is more than just a hotel. It’s basically all you need for a short getaway. The hotel has restaurants, an arcade and indoor water park. You can check in for a stay and never leave the property while you’re there. We stayed at the 3-diamond (AAA/CAA) hotel during… Continue Reading …

Grand Forks offers great and diverse dining options

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From Canadian donut holes to prime rib, the food choices in Grand Forks are plentiful. We enjoyed a nice dinner at The Blue Moose in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, on Thanksgiving. I was the only one in the party to go with the traditional turkey dinner. My daughter Mallory and her mom each had a… Continue Reading …

Wichita celebrates Christmas season with ‘Illuminations’ and a Victorian Christmas

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Wichita loves itself some Christmas spirit. “Humbug” doesn’t fly this time of the year. We participated in three holiday-related activities in one day over the weekend. From kicking off the holiday season with a parade to stepping back in time for an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas, Wichita gave us a great look into the Christmas season.… Continue Reading …

Season of giving lives in Grand Forks with holiday events

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The holiday season brings out the best in trees and decorations in the Grand Forks, ND, area. The best part is a couple of activities are fund raisers. The 21st Festival of Trees features 70 decorated Christmas trees that are displayed at the Columbia Mall. They were donated by area businesses, along with cash donations.… Continue Reading …

Taking a stroll down memory lane at North Dakota missile site

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How often do we get to relive our youth? I had that opportunity during a recent trip to North Dakota. We took a drive to one of the missile security centers I worked at while assigned to Grand Forks Air Force Base in the early and mid-1980s. Oscar Zero (O-0) is located a few miles… Continue Reading …