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Germantown Colony Museum in Minden, Louisiana, reopened Thursday after a year-long construction of a visitor’s center.

The new dogtrot-style building showcases German settlers who established a commune in North Louisiana beginning in the mid-1800s in a quest to avoid religious persecution.

Lynn Dorsey, executive director of the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the $512,000 project ensures that artifacts will be preserved.

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Benteler Steel/Tube will hold a job fair Saturday, Aug. 9, for its steel tube manufacturing facility under construction at the Port of Caddo-Bossier. The $975 million complex will ultimately employ about 675 people. Human resources manager Rhonda Simmons says this event is geared toward blue collar, hourly jobs, but there are some salaried positions that the company aims to fill.

Commentator Gary Joiner provides an overview of the immigrants who settled in this region -- past and present.