2021 Year in Review

Logan County lives up to its reputation of helping others in 2021

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[January 13, 2022]   It is no secret that the citizens of Logan County are generous beyond expectation, have hearts of gold and will go to the extreme to be helpful to their friends, neighbors and even strangers in need.

Throughout 2021, in spite of the struggles the community was facing with the coronavirus there were many examples of how our people care deeply for others. 

Here are just a few:


Just before Christmas, LDN shared the story of Nate Rolhfs and his long and uphill battle to survive Covid-19. LDN was happy to share that Nate had returned home in time for Christmas.

Nate's son Evan is an alumnus of the Land of Lincoln CEO. LLCEO instructor Britta Langley lives just a stone's throw from the Rohlfs family. Before Christmas, the LLCEO students and alumni got together to spread a little Christmas joy by decorating the Rohlfs home for the season.

Pictured in the foreground is Evan Rohlfs. In the background members of the LLCEO on the porch of the Rolhfs' family home.


LLCEO share a little Christmas spirit with Nate Rohlfs family - Album


Ms. Jenna Kloba's seventh grade reading class at Mount Pulaski Junior High recently read the novel "A Long Walk to Water." After learning about the difficulties South Sudan people have in securing safe drinking water the class was led to take action. 

The students have planned some local fundraisers to assist in sending financial aid to South Sudan and have opened a gofundme account for those wishing to make donations from the comfort of their home. 

In today's Lincoln Daily News see an article the students wrote about South Sudan and actions the students are taking. 

Photo by Jenna Kloba

Mount Pulaski seventh-graders work to help those in need


On Friday, members of the Lincoln Zonta Club, along with Logan County Victim Witness Coordinator Lisa Bob set 199 pinwheels on the lawn of the Logan County Courthouse in Lincoln.

The pinwheels represent victims and/or witnesses of crimes in Logan County assisted by Bob in the past year.

The pinwheels mark the closing of National Crime Victims Rights Week. The display will remain on the south lawn of the courthouse, facing Pulaski Street until Sunday. 

The Logan County board also passed a National Crime Victims Rights Week proclamation in support of local victims and witnesses.

Photo provided by Marcia Cook   

Lincoln Zonta and Logan County recognize National Crime Victims Rights Week with pinwheels - Album

Spring Clean-up Day makes a big difference in our community

 Spring Clean-up Day - Volunteers prepare for a morning of cleaning up around town - slideshow

Spring Clean-up Day - Putting in the work and reaping the reward - slideshow


From the left: Woodshop instructor at Lincoln Community High School Justin Dietrich, students Niccolas Sundeen and Andrew McCray; and also on staff at LCHS, Patrick Hake. 

These four are primarily responsible for a new bench installed at Kicakpoo Creek Park in Lincoln on Wednesday. The bench was Hake's idea to honor Kennedy Freese, who lost her life in a vehicle accident in 2018. He then took the idea to Dietrich, who in turn assigned the project to Sundeen and McCray. 

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New bench at Kickapoo Creek Park honors Kennedy Freese

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Friends and family celebrate local hero with Cody Brennan Day in Elkhart


On  Saturday morning a Law Enforcement Torch Run event started in Springfield and wrapped up with a group photo around the Lincoln statue on the lawn of the Logan County Courthouse.

Those participating included members of the Illinois State Police, local law enforcement and Special Olympics athletes. 

The run was conducted to raise awareness for the Special Olympics of Illinois.

Law Enforcement Torch Run comes to Lincoln


The Logan County Fairground is well known as one of the neatest, cleanest fairgrounds around. From the well-kept green spaces to flower beds that are lovely and well maintained, the fairground presents well for those coming to the fair from all over.

The fairground is also very neat. It is rare to see trash strewn about on the ground. While this is partially due to the respect fairgoers have for the orderly fairgrounds; there are also a lot of people who work hard to keep everything clean.

On Thursday, the His Hands Youth from Lincoln were among those working to keep the grounds clean. The kids took a quick break in the back of their pick-up truck to have a photo taken with leader Ed Tibbits.

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On Saturday afternoon the Lincoln Knights of Columbus were blessed with $100,000 from Joe and Sudie Mintjal. The money will be used for a new parking lot at the Knights Hall. 

As a show of appreciation, the Knights presented a large plaque to be hung in the Hall. A similar small plaque was given to the Mintjal's for them to keep. 

Pictured from the left are Roger McCoy, Nick Vaini, Joe and Sudie Mintjal, Sam McShane, and Andy Fitzpatrick. 

Lincoln Knights of Columbus gifted $100,000 for new parking lot


Harvest is an important time of year for area farmers, as it is literally the time when they get to see the fruits of their labors. When farmers head to the field in combines with trucks or wagons following behind, they do so with a sense of urgency.

That is why it is all the more remarkable when they pull out of their fields and head off to a neighboring farm to assist a family in need. That is what happened a couple of weeks ago, as farmers gathered to harvest the corn acres of the Osborn family. Chad Osborn passed away on September 4th this year. With the loss it would be more challenging for the family to move forward with the harvest. But their neighbors and Brandt Fertilizer and Grainland Cooperative stepped up and helped them get the job done. 

Chad's mother, Brenda, wanted to send all her neighbors a public message from the Osborn Family. "A big thank you to all the neighbors, Brandt Fertilizer and Grainland Cooperative who helped harvest and transport the Osborn corn crop following the loss of Chad. It was much appreciated. - The Osborn family." 

This is just another fine example of how the people of this community look out for each other.

Photo provided by Nina Huddleston


Donors from Zion Lutheran Church recently filled Doug Sheley's truck with diapers and baby wipes for the Crisis Pregnancy Center. 

The diapers and wipes were given as a gift in September. In August, the church collected 150 boxes of cereal and donated it to the Lincoln Logan County Food Pantry. 

The gifts are given as part of the ongoing celebration for the 150th anniversary of the church. A community celebration will be held at the church on Sunday, October 17th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Photo by Kristan Lockenour

Fuller's new book raises funds for the Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society - Album


The individuals in custody at Logan Correctional Center were looking for a way to give back to the community and chose to sponsor and hold a 5k during the month of October to benefit the Lincoln Logan Food Pantry in Lincoln.

The population at Logan Correctional Center donated over $2,600 to the Lincoln Logan Food Pantry. In coordination with the food pantry, the staff donated a trunkload of food and personal items. Their generosity was especially appreciated due to increased need at this time of year.

The gift was presented to the food pantry by LCC staff.

Photo provided by Heidi Browne 


Employees at Lincoln Memorial Hospital filled 15 baskets with food to help local families enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast this holiday season.             

Organizing the food baskets is an annual Thanksgiving tradition at the nonprofit hospital. Employees have donated food baskets to the Lincoln Logan Food Pantry every year for at least nine years. This year they also donated baskets to the Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois for distribution to needy families. 


Each basket contained ingredients to prepare several traditional Thanksgiving side dishes and desserts. A gift card was also included to assist with the purchase of a turkey and perishable items. 

Photo provided by Michael Leathers

Bikers for Brats answers Christmas wishes of local children

 Santa brings gifts on a motorcycle - slideshow


[Nila Smith]

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