PORTLAND, Oregon - Responding the 1763 invitation of Catherine the Great for Western Europeans to move to the Russian Empire, more than 30,000 immigrants (mostly Germans) made the trek to the Russian Steppe between 1764 and 1772. Of significance to those whose descendants settled the western Kansas prairie 110 years later, nine Roman Catholic colonies were founded along the Volga River in 1766: Degott (July 18), Graf (June 10), Herzog (July 14), Katharinenstadt (June 27), Louis (June 14), Mariental (June 16), Rohleder (June 14), Schuck (July 18), and Volmer (July 18).
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
With the end of the school year just a couple weeks away, the USD 431 Board of Education met Monday night with only a few items of business to consider. Board members also heard about end of the year preparations around the district.
The aerial photo of downtown Great Bend presented to the City Council Monday night put the proposed water line improvement project into prospective. It had large stretches of Main and 10th streets highlighted in yellow, showing the extent of the undertaking.