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R-1 revises plans for graduation, prom Based on talks with local health authorities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Hermann school officials on Monday announced a move outdoors for this weekend's graduation ceremonies.Superintendent Dr. Scott Smith told the Advertiser-Courier that graduation wil…

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The Hermann Area Chorus presented their Fall Concert last Sunday afternoon to a good crowd in the Hermann High School (HHS) gymnasium. The group performed selections within patriotic themes  (Star-Spangled Banner, Battle Hymn of the Republic), religious themes (Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?…

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The Hermann Area District Hospital (HADH) held its first “Wine and Jazz” fundraiser under the trees at Adam Puchta Winery last Saturday night. Those that attended the benefit, sipped on wine and wine slushies while listening to the STL Metro All Star Jazz Band. Shanna Greminger served as an …

With the help of Regional Public Library, Mrs. Lane’s future fourth-grade class of students at Hermann Elementary say “Summer School is Out of this World!” They have been studying the heavens and all its mysterious glory. Starting with a trip to the building that will be the new public libra…

“Chug, chug, chug. Puff, puff, puff. Ding-dong, ding-dong. The little train rumbled over the tracks. She was a happy little train for she had such a jolly load to carry. Her cars were filled full of good things for boys and girls.”

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In spite of Missouri River flooding, the Hermann Arts Council stiffened its resolve to have another First Friday arts event come [summer’s] hell or high water. The crowds may have been lighter than usual, but the event went off without a hitch. The Council continues to organize quality artis…

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(Editor’s note: This is the last installment of Steve Mueller’s wonderful series about nick names in Hermann. It is a personal note and hodgepodge of additions and a few corrections.)

If the barbecue smoker hasn’t been cleaned yet, it’s time to get busy. Memorial Day weekend is usually a time to break out the accoutrements and to take stock of your supply of white oak and charcoal. We’re not talking about grilling over an open flame, but a low-and-slow method of cooking t…

About 20 kids got together to build a Maifest float called “Cuckoo Krazy.” It was the anchor of the Children’s Parade and the brainchild of Tavin Hopkins. The kids inside the cuckoo clock would come out of the clock on demand, coming alive with cuckoo birds. There were also two traditional G…

The Hermann City Band will perform a Memorial Day Concert on Monday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Clara Eitmann Messmer Amphitheater. The band is under the direction of Mr. Carl Bounds and will perform a selection of patriotic tunes and marches. Organizers suggest bringing lawn chairs or blank…

The Hermann Wild Bacon Wine Trail was held recently with seven participating area wineries. My question, since Missouri wines are distinctly Missouri wines, is, “Do we have something that really compliments the full spectrum of flavors, the sweet and savory umami and smokiness of bacon?” Mor…

Recently, I was interviewing Luke Sullivan with Sullivan Auctioneers about values of a Peterbilt 386 that was in the line at their spring consignment sale. “Semitrucks like that (this was a farmer-owned vehicle) are like currency,” he observed, explaining how solid their values are regardles…

Chad Schooley keeps an eye on the past, but his rough farmer’s hands work in the present. His boots tread ground plowed by his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. With a mind on the future, he walks the acres of his Cabin Still Cattle Company in the rolling hills of Hamlin County, So…

The Hermann High School (HHS) auditorium was filled with music last week from the polished performances given by the bands from the 6th, 7th and 8th-grade Middle Schoolers and the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band from HHS. It was the May Band Concert and Director Ben Sachs and his students pulled…

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The Showboat Theatre and Friends of the Library hosted “Rivertowns” a screening of the film “Rivertowns: 100 Miles, 200 Years, Countless Stories. Along with refreshments served and a spirited auction, a panel discussion followed with local photographer/videographer Tony Carosella, who did so…

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The third weekend in May has always held a place of special significance for Hermann area students and their teachers. Maifest marked the end of the school year and this was celebrated with a large picnic. Wurste, lemonade and ice cream for everyone! But in 1952, the Brush and Palette Club w…

Parents, brothers, sisters and interested residents entered the front doors and descended two flights of steps to the St. George School gymnasium where they saw creativity and learning in action. The event was the school’s Education Fair and it featured projects from art, to living history, …

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Editor’s note: This is part three of a four-part series, where author Steve Mueller has categorized nick names of Hermannites by genetic phenotypes, juvenile behaviors, and quite possibly, genus and species. It was first published as “A different look at Hermann history—nick names,” in The G…

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This story, for me, starts in 1980. I was working in Indianapolis and had to spend the night. I was sitting in a hotel room with a co-worker when he pulled out the phone and said, “Whenever I spend the night in another city, I always look in the phone book to see if there is anyone with my l…

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The rain held off and a light cloud cover made for perfect track and field conditions for the 11th Annual Hermann Area Local Track Meet, held last Friday at the Hermann Memorial Sports Complex. The Parade of Athletes opened the meet with the athletes from each school district wearing special…

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This Friday, the City of Hermann is going to be one happy destination for 1,200 athletes from 14 school districts participating in the Hermann Area Local Track Meet, in cooperation with Special Olympics of Missouri (SOM). Missy Ash is the director of special education for the Gasconade Count…

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It was a good night for a benefit and this one, performed by the Hermann High School (HHS) Drama Club had the audience in stitches. The production of Live, from Hermann High, its Saturday Night! was a tightly performed set of nine comedy sketches, with a bonus musical performance by HHS Band…

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An etherial chorus of sound filled the Hermann High School auditorium on Sunday afternoon as the Hermann Area Chorus celebrated 10 years of music with their Spring Concert. The group had a lot to celebrate, from their love of singing and by sharing, knowing they have been enriching community…

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Corina Schoenke CPA and partner with Wipfli LLP gave an overview of independent audit findings for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 to the Hermann Area District Hospital (HADH) Board members during the last board meeting at the hospital.

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Kids, bicycles and majestic bur oak trees are featured significantly in Dan and Connie Burkhardt’s children’s book “Growing up with the River: Nine Generations on the Missouri.” Lavishly illustrated by Washington artist Bryan Haynes, his colorful paintings stir the imagination for exploratio…

Even Coach McKague said Monday’s game against the Sullivan Eagles was kind of sloppy, but Hermann bats drove in three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the team up 8-6 going into the seventh. The Eagles were unable to drive anyone home and that put the Bearcats on top.

Thomas Henson was medalist with a 2 over par 38. Brendan Leibach shot 58, Allyson Hollrah had a 59, and Woody Heldt finished with a 60. The closest score to Henson was a 45 shot by St Clair's Justin Hoffman.

My family had a farm sale last Saturday. Not the land, which was sold last year, but farm equipment and household items. On my last visit to the farmhouse, built in 1917 for my grandmother, I said goodbye. While I was there, I looked through family photos and found one of actor Sidney Poitie…

The mission of the Hermann Area District Hospital’s (HADH) Auxiliary is to inspire, support, and enhance the well-being of the hospital. The group been invaluable as a fundraising resource to purchase much needed high-tech equipment. In recent years, the Auxiliary donated $45,000 towards an …

As I reflect upon this past school year, I must say it has gone by extremely fast, but it has been a very productive year! Across Gasconade County R-1 School District we have many students being recognized by different associations and organizations for their quality of work in and out of th…

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Hermann Wurst Haus Wurstmeister Mike Sloan says the first thing you need to know about summer sausage is that it is a product of fermentation. Fermentation keeps the sausage meat and fat from spoiling. Outside of a controlled environment, that roll of sausage is at the mercy of air temp and …

Hermann Masonic Lodge #123 held their annual fundraising breakfast last Sunday at the Lodge. The grills were loaded with sausage links, patties and bacon. Pans of biscuits found their place on serving tables in military fashion back in the kitchen, while out front, steaming stainless steel s…

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Like many that visit Hermann, it didn’t take Jennifer Davis and her husband, Mike, long to fall in love with this German village on the Missouri River. She says it was the architecture; but that’s just her sweeping generalization. It could have been the way the setting sun hit the bricks of …

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The Gasconade County Commission met with Southern District Commissioner Jerry Lairmore and Northern District Commissioner Jim Holland at the Courthouse beginning with Pledge of Allegiance. Attendance: Jerry Lairmore, Present: Jim Holland, Present: Larry Miskel, Absent.

Epic Dance Performing Arts Company recently competed in two regional dance competitions recently, the Kids Artistic Review (KAR) and Rainbow Dance Competition, both held in Chesterfield, MO.

Raising cattle is a way of life in rural Missouri. We have the second-most cows of any state, behind only Texas. Much of our ag economy depends on beef to survive. The same could be said of pork, poultry or a number of other meat animals. So why write an article taste-testing a plant-based “…

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Spring sales of Show-Me-Select replacement heifers are set in four auction barns across the state in April, May and June.

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First Fridays is an event born from the creative minds within the City of Hermann’s Arts Council. The idea is to bring in artists and their works of art to set up in a downtown Hermann business for a couple hours after 5 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, up to the month of December.