Note to readers: Last week, the Hillsboro Banner recapped the headlines from the first six months of 2020.

This week, we highlight the stories and photographs that captured our attention during the second half of the year.


New brewery

Terry Sando, president of the Hillsboro City Commission, announced that downtown Hillsboro could become home to a beer distribution center selling microbrews under the name Goose River Brewing.

Sando revealed that he was working with a group of investors to construct a new building – at the former site of the Hillsboro Banner along Caledonia Avenue – that would house a 7- to 10-barrel microbrewery.

The brewery would feature a small taproom and include the operators of West Fargo-based Flatland Brewery, which would partner with Sando and reform as Goose River Brewing.


Airport funds

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven announced that the Federal Aviation Administration had released $2 million in funding from an airport improvement grant for Hillsboro Regional Airport.

Hillsboro’s airport was one of three in the state to receive the grant awards.

Larry Mueller, president of the Hillsboro Airport Authority, said the $2 million released by the FAA would be used to build a new taxiway parallel to the airport’s runway.

Construction was slated to begin in the fall with completion of the project expected to occur in 2021, depending on fall weather.

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