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:
JANUARY 9 - TOP PICTURE
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
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 -
APRIL 22 – TOP PICTURE
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
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
APRIL 24 – TOP PICTURE
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
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
MAY 14 – TOP PICTURE
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.
New bench at Kickapoo Creek Park honors
Friends and family celebrate local hero
with Cody Brennan Day in Elkhart
JUN 14 – COMMUNITY TOP PICTURE
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
Law Enforcement Torch Run comes to Lincoln
AUG 7 – COMMUNITY
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
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OCTOBER 4 – TOP PICTURE
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
OCTOBER 11 – TOP PICTURE
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
OCTOBER 13 – COMMUNITY TOP PICTURE
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
NOVEMBER 24 – COMMUNITY TOP PIC
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
NOV 29 – COMMUNITY TOP PICTURE
Employees at Lincoln Memorial Hospital filled 15 baskets with food
to help local families enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast this
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
brings gifts on a motorcycle - slideshow