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After a year's absence due to COVID-19, organizers are forging ahead with plans to hold a series of Maifest activities for 2021.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it but the road up to the hospital rides really well. Thanks city workers.

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Hermann School students write letters to the big, jolly guy.

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An afternoon spent in fantasy during the pandemic is not a bad way to spend a few hours. In fact, it was a great time last weekend when the Hermann High Drama Club presented Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

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Missouri Life magazine has released a list of winners and second-place finishers from its second annual Discover The Best Of Missouri Life Awards, including those from the Hermann area, in various categories and with commentary on the winners:

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Today, the Advertiser-Courier kicks off a series -- going well into the holiday season -- highlighting Hermann's winners in various categories of the 2020 Discover The Best of Missouri Life Awards.

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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…