2021 REWIND: Banner year in review, January through June

The past year brought never-before-seen changes to Hillsboro and Traill County.

The global pandemic entered its second year in the state and continued to shape the way people in Traill County went about their daily lives.

Mask mandates, vaccination clinics and the abrupt cancellation of public gatherings continued to dominate headlines across the state in 2021.

But, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, the residents in Traill County continued to soldier on.

New businesses like the Beehive Bar and Grill in Reynolds made their debuts.

The $8.5 million Dakota Natural Gas pipeline began serving homes and businesses in Hillsboro and Mayville.

The Hillsboro School District began talks on buying land that could be home to a new high school in the future.

Meanwhile, school officials in the neighboring MayPort-CG School District formed a new sports co-op with nearby Finley-Sharon.

Central Valley School said goodbye to former Principal Frank Justin and welcomed his replacement, Jennifer Sundby.

Sports fans returned to packed gyms even as the threat of COVID-19 threatened to suspend or cancel seasons at moment’s notice.

And, one year after the virus canceled every event except two, the Hillsboro Days celebration returned with a vengeance in June, welcoming big crowds eager for a return to normalcy and the chance to celebrate with their neighbors.

As is our custom at the end of the year, the Banner this week takes a look back at the news and sports stories that captured our attention in the first six months of 2021.

Stories from the last six months will appear in next week’s edition of the Hillsboro Banner.

For more, see the print or online edition of the Banner.