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The U.S. Department of Agriculture will hold a meeting Thursday in Minden, La., to help connect local residents with an array of microloans, farm loans and housing assistance programs aimed at lifting up rural America.

The USDA last year designated 44 parishes for its StrikeForce initiative. That’s a nationwide effort to curb poverty and divestment that has long plagued rural areas.

A Minden, La., historian has a new book of vintage photographs of his hometown. John A. Agan accumulated photos of Minden’s heritage over several decades. The book is titled “Lost Minden” because the town sustained a number of devastating fires, according to Agan. At the turn of the 20th century, a city ordinance banned wooden structures in its downtown. Agan says his book captures the businesses, town celebrations, storefronts and back streets that otherwise only remain in memories.

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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.

Commentator Gary Joiners draws a history lesson from Bayou Dorcheat that flows east of Shreveport into Lake Bistineau.

Scottish Society of the Louisiana Hielands

A farm pasture in Minden, Louisiana, will be transformed into a Scottish festival Saturday with food, music and activities that honor the land that’s famous for bagpipes and kilts. 

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