Pat Racette

09/24/2014 - 5:34pm
Known as the Vilmar church, St. John's Lutheran Church is actually located in rural Greene. The second reverend of the church, Conrad Weltner (1883-1928), named the town Vilmar after one of his professors in Germany, but it no longer exists. The 131-year-old structure is one of the oldest churches in Butler County. With the area inhabited by German immigrants in 1876, nearly all the...
09/24/2014 - 5:28pm
A fire seized a farmhouse Saturday morning in northeast Clarksville. A property at 16882 Willow Ave. on the boundary line between Plainfield and Clarksville was up in flames through the roof by the time both towns’ fire departments arrived, getting the page at 9:15 a.m. The structure was already lost before the fire crews got there,...
09/24/2014 - 5:27pm
Engineering hydraulic cylinders for Terex Cranes and other big implement enterprises for pay, Duane Klipping is far removed from the manufacturing world in his spare time. Finding natural scenery in his home county of Butler, the Bristow resident shoots photos of everyday life that few of us take the time to notice. For instance, Klipping...
09/24/2014 - 5:25pm
Clarksville Ambulance Paramedic Paul Miller spearheaded a project seven months ago to get local organizations and businesses to invest in automatic external defibrillators, which are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest. A total of seven groups invested in them – Immanuel United Church of Christ, Schmadeke Feed Mill, Clarksville Community...
09/18/2014 - 1:02pm
The second tenant of Butler Logistics Park, Zinpro Corporation, held an open house for the public Friday. After two years of construction, several hundreds flocked to the rural Shell Rock facility, just west of the Flint Hills Resources ethanol refinery, for a free steak sandwich meal served by the Butler County Cattlemen, and a tour of the...
09/18/2014 - 12:59pm
Midwest Plastic Products hosted the third annual Benning-Mehmen Tractor Tour Saturday. A total of 17 area farmers made the round trip from Plainfield to Charles City, paying their own way. “We don’t have the bells and whistles,” Benning said, “We just keep it simple, and focus on having a good time and seeing the...
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