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Hannibal Magazine Privacy Policy

We provide a variety of online Web services, mobile applications, and services for location-enabled and other types of devices (collectively, the “Services”) from news and entertainment information to electronic commerce. Because the success of the Services is dependent on building and maintaining goodwill with our customers, this website and The HANNIBAL MAGAZINE (hereinafter collectively referred to as "we" or "us" or "our") are committed to implementing measures designed to protect the privacy of those using our services. Moreover, we see it as our responsibility to set examples and help establish the standards for privacy on the Internet.

Although we respect the privacy of all those who use our Services, we do collect information from our members and visitors. This Privacy Policy governs your interaction with the Services, and your registration for and use of this site's Services. Except as set forth within this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Service and/or other published guidelines, we do not release personally identifiable information about the Service's members and visitors without their permission.

Please note that we review these privacy practices from time to time, and that these practices are therefore subject to change. We ask that you periodically review this page to ensure continuing familiarity with the most current version of this website's Privacy Policy. To contact us about privacy issues, to report a violation of this Web site's Privacy Policy, or to raise any other issue regarding the Web site, please e-mail us at hannibalmagazine@qni.biz.

The information we gather

We gather two types of information about the users of the Services:

(1) Non-personally identifiable information: When you use the Services, we may collect and aggregate information indicating, among other things, which pages were visited, the order in which they were visited, and which hyperlinks were "clicked." Collecting such information involves the logging of IP addresses, operating system and browser software used by each user. Although such information is not personally identifiable, we can determine from the IP address a visitor's Internet Service Provider and the geographic location of his or her point of connectivity.

The non-personally identifiable information we collect helps us diagnose problems with our servers, administer the Services, identify the most popular areas or features of the Services, and determine the effectiveness of our promotional activities. In addition, we may disclose some of this information to advertisers to inform them of the number of people who have seen and/or clicked through their advertisements.

For the same purposes, we use "cookies"---that is, small text files placed on your computer's hard drive---to help us determine the type of content and sites to which you link, the length of time you spend at any particular area or feature of the Services, and your usage of the Services. Cookies also tell us which advertising you have seen on the Services. At certain times, we may use outside advertising companies to display advertisements on the website that may contain cookies ("banner ads"). These banner ads collect information stored by the advertising company and we do not have access to this information.

Essentially, cookies are your identification cards for our computers, or servers, that placed them there. Cookies are only read by the server that placed them, and are unable to execute any code or virus. Cookies allow us to serve you better and more efficiently, and to personalize your experience on the Services. Nevertheless, you are able to control how and whether cookies will be accepted by your web browser or device. For more information on how to do so, please refer to the documentation accompanying your browser or device.

The Services may also utilize an electronic file called a Web beacon to count users who have visited a Web page or recognize users by accessing certain cookies. We, our third-party suppliers and/or the websites and services of advertisers and merchants with which we have a relationship may use cookies and Web beacons (a) for auditing purposes and to collect information from the websites of certain advertisers or merchants; (b) to report anonymous individual and/or aggregate information about our users from such advertisers or merchants and (c) to collect general internet usage information over time regarding users of the Services. Aggregate information may include demographic and usage information. You may choose to opt-out by contacting us at hannibalmagazine@qni.biz.

At this time, this website and the Services do not recognize automated browser signals regarding tracking mechanisms and preferences, which may include “do not track” instructions. However, you may adjust the privacy preferences of your browser, including the control of how and whether cookies will be accepted by your web browser or device. For more information on how to do so, please refer to the documentation accompanying your browser or device.

(2) Personally identifiable information: Certain features of the Services, such as surveys and contests may require that you provide personally identifiable information (including, for example, zip code, age, income, and e-mail address, and when applicable, credit card information). HANNIBAL MAGAZINE has access to this information. In addition, when registering to set up an account to use certain services of the website such as e-mail and forums, or to receive certain newsletters or specifically targeted information, we do require that you provide a valid e-mail address.

In addition, we may collect information about your location when you access any of our mobile applications. If you do not enable the service to use your location information or if the app does not have that feature, we will not collect or store your location information.

We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children younger than 13 years of age. Before registering for an account to use the Services of the website, we ask that all minors thirteen years old and older to have their parents read our Privacy Policy. 

We do not control the acts of users of the Services. All users should be aware that, when they disclose personally identifiable information in a bulletin board, chat room, guestbook, or other forum, the information may be collected and used by others to send that person unsolicited e-mail from other parties outside of the Services or The HANNIBAL MAGAZINE. In the event that you encounter any user of the Services who is improperly collecting or using information about you or other users, please contact hannibalmagazine@qni.biz.

How we use (and do not use) the information we gather

Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the different ways we use the information that we gather. We cannot and do not assume any responsibility for any actions or omissions of third parties, including the manner in which they use information received either from us or independently. Nevertheless, in the event you encounter any third party associated with, or who claims association with us who you feel is improperly collecting or using information about you, please contact hannibalmagazine@qni.biz and we will be happy to forward your message to the third party.

(1) How we use (and do not use) non-personally identifiable information: We use non-personally identifiable information in aggregate form to build higher quality, more useful Services by performing statistical analyses of the collective characteristics and behavior of the users of the Services, and by measuring demographics and interests regarding specific areas and features of the Services. We provide statistical information based on this data to advertisers, affiliates, and other current and potential business partners. We also use the aggregate data to inform these third parties as to the number of people who have seen and clicked on links to their web sites.

The Services may contain links to other Internet websites and services, including co-branded or other affiliated sites that may or may not be owned or operated by us. Unless otherwise explicitly stated, we are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites or services, including their use of any information (such as IP number, browser type, or operating system) collected when users or visitors to the Services click through links to those sites. Even though such information might not identify you personally, we strongly encourage you to become familiar with the privacy practices of those sites and services.

(2) How we use (and do not use) personally identifiable information: This Privacy Policy serves as notice that personally identifiable information is collected during the registration process. You may choose to "opt in" to receiving promotional materials from us and/or our affiliates, advertisers, or other business partners. If you "opt in" to receiving such promotional materials, we reserve the right to release any personally identifiable registration information regarding you to third parties who provide goods or services that we believe may be of interest to you. We will not release your credit card information to third parties unless necessary to complete a transaction between you and such a third party. If you decide that you would like to discontinue receiving promotional information from such third parties, please contact those third parties directly, or contact us at hannibalmagazine@qni.biz.

We limit our own e-mail contact and solicitations to those customers who have "opted in" to receiving such communications. The solicitations are limited in that they, among other things, will clearly indicate the originator of the e-mail and provide the customer with a method of "opting out" of receiving future communications of a similar nature.

In addition, as our businesses change, we may buy or sell various assets. In such cases, personally identifiable information about our users of our Services may be disclosed to the other party(ies) of the transaction.

In addition, we sometimes use demographic data to decide which advertisements and sponsor messages to show to which members. As an example, if Sponsor XYZ wishes to display their advertising only to female members of the Services, we may use member registration data to ensure that Sponsor XYZ's ads are displayed only to female members.

Finally, we may use individual members' data to "pre-populate" forms, which are displayed for the purpose of collecting individual data by us and/or our sponsors. In no case does pre-populating a form transfer any data to any advertiser or third party. Only if the member voluntarily requests that such data be transferred will any transfer take place---for example, if/when a member clicks a "submit form" button or other button.

In addition, we may use information about your location when you access our mobile applications to provide location aware products or services and for advertising purposes, and if you submit video or images for the news, for news reporting purposes. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, we may provide your location information to third parties who provide goods or services that we believe may be of interest to you.  

We reserve the right to release any and all information contained within our access logs concerning any visitor or member when that visitor or member is in violation of our Terms of Service or other published guidelines, or partakes (or is reasonably suspected of partaking) in any illegal activity, even without a subpoena, warrant, or other court order, and to release such information in response to discovery requests, or in response to any circumstance which we, in our sole discretion, deem an emergency. We cooperate with law enforcement agencies in identifying those who may be using the Services for illegal activities. We also reserve the right to report any suspected illegal activity to law enforcement for investigation or prosecution. We also reserve the right to comply with subpoenas, warrants, and other court orders requesting information obtained or any information obtained or stored by us.

If and when we sponsor promotions or sweepstakes, or third parties sponsor promotions or sweepstakes in conjunction with us, either we or the third party will post relevant privacy information in the official rules and/or registration area for the promotion or sweepstakes. That privacy information, to the extent it conflicts with this Privacy Policy, will govern that particular promotion or sweepstakes.

Security

No security system is impenetrable. Accordingly, we cannot guarantee the security of any database that stores personally identifiable information in connection with the Services, nor can we guarantee that information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet. Questions regarding this Privacy Policy should be directed to us at hannibalmagazine@qni.biz.

Changing/deleting personal information

If you would like to have your personally identifiable information changed or removed from our database, please contact us and we will use reasonable efforts to comply with your request. Keep in mind, however, that there will be residual information that will remain within our databases, access logs, and other records, which may or may not contain such personally identifiable information. The residual information will not be used for commercial purposes; however we reserve the right, from time to time, to re-contact former customers or users of this website.

Third-Party Ad Serving

We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit this website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address or telephone number) about your use of the Services and visits to other web sites and services in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know you choices about not having this information used by these companies, please contact us at hannibalmagazine@qni.biz, or click here http://www.networkadvertising.org/optout_nonppii.asp.

Questions?

Questions regarding this Privacy Policy should be directed to us at hannibalmagazine@qni.biz.

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By Kelly Wilson 23 Feb, 2017

It would be difficult to over-estimate the impact of the first commercial steamboat churning its way upstream past Hannibal around 1825; the few residents who would have seen this landmark event might have thought it a sign that their world was about to change forever. Even today, that sense of wonder exists for those who come to the riverfront to find a 3- to 5-story vessel docked at the western bank of the Mississippi, like a floating hotel.  

Just as the establishment of a national highway network and safer, faster, more comfortable cars and trucks enabled the population of cities to spread into suburbs and “exurbs,” the steamboats allowed the opening of the upper Mississippi to be more accessible to trade – leading to more jobs and settlements to the north of St. Louis. Before the use of steam engines, travel north of the Missouri River confluence would have been challenging, since the river depths are much shallower and it is prone to freezing over in winter.

A packet — or   transport — riverboat, eased trade between St. Louis and destinations north such as lead-mining giant Galena, Ill. Moses Bates, who was   pivotal in the founding of Hannibal and Galena, used Hannibal as a stopover point; it did not hurt that the region provided raw materials such as limestone, salt and other minerals to make it a profitable port. Packet boats were not restricted to supplies, rather they tended to carry just about anything necessary for life along and off the river – building materials, livestock, people, household goods, etc.

Steam power

Steamboats made the process of transport and settlement faster, which caused a growth spurt along the river. By the 1850s, accounts peg the number of ship dockings in Hannibal at greater than 1,000 annually. Railroad expansion would take some business away from the river, but not until well after the end of the Civil War. By the end of the 1800s, the rails would claim more of the passenger trade as fares would become more affordable, yet “excursion” boats remained an option into the mid-20th century.  

The decline of riverboat cruises along the upper Mississippi for years could not be pegged to just one factor: aging vessels too expensive to repair and economic recessions pushing down demand did not help the business, either. The resurgence of cruises that include Hannibal as an attraction began in 2012, and the forces behind this are a bit more clear. First, heritage tourism is booming. This tourism is based on a love of history more than simple amusement, such as traveling the Mississippi to understand the river itself as well as its role for settlers and traders. Second, Americans can enjoy the luxury of a cruise without having to obtain a passport.   In addition, themed cruises provide an experience not easily matched by other types of travel packages, featuring on-board historians, excursions at different stopovers and suites with views of the landscape.

Here come the cruisers

The American Queen Steamboat Co., whose namesake vessel is the largest steamboat ever built, began running routes in 2012. The American Queen — with a capacity of 435 people — stops six to eight times per year.

This year, the company is introducing a smaller ship named the Grand Duchess, claiming it is the first all-suite paddlewheeler built in the U.S., capable of accommodating 166 guests. The Grand Duchess is scheduled for five stops between late July and late August, with her sister ship visiting twice.  

American Cruise Lines initiated its St. Louis to St. Paul, Minn., routes almost simultaneously. Its Queen of the Mississippi boat, like the new version of the American Queen, was built specifically for use on the Mississippi River. The Queen of the Mississippi is designed to hold 150 passengers, and its brand-new counterpart, the America, can service 185 people. Together, the two are scheduled to make 17 stops from July through October; up from an average of 10 to 12 routes per season.  

A third player in the market will begin its cruises this year: the Louisiana-based French America Line will roll out its 150-capacity all-suite Louisiane ship at the end of June, scheduled to make eight stops through September. This raises the total of projected visits to 32 from 17 in 2016, though anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of scheduled stops may be canceled because of river conditions and other factors.

Nature of the river

The nature of the river north of St. Louis is often what dictates the number and timing of these 8- to 10-day cruises. Shallow depth, a network of 28 lock and dam systems, late season flooding and dredging issues can conspire to make the window for travel much shorter than that of the lower Mississippi, where cruises are possible year-round. Also, demand is higher for the warmer climate of the south, where companies have scheduled twice as many routes as those in the north. Finally, the cost of a cruise may limit the number of visitors: prices per person can range from $2,000 to up to $4,000 for a two-bed suite, and trips from New Orleans to St. Paul can exceed $9,000 for a fortnight.

Who takes these trips? While some tourists from overseas are attracted to the cruise packages, the majority of customers are U.S. citizens more than 50 years of age who are drawn to this type of travel as much as the destination. A 2015 survey of cruise ship travelers shows that roughly 40 percent have taken multiple cruises. The average income for those taking river cruises is more than $100,000 per year. In essence, the type of tourist coming by boat to Hannibal is distinct from the demographics of those who come by other means.

This economic impact of this is not easy to estimate. If the scheduling holds, more than 5,000 visitors will be brought here who may not otherwise have found their way here. Since many dockings are limited to 5 hours or less, spending is somewhat dampened.

The Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with feedback from passengers, has been able to influence the companies enough that at least one trip from each major liner has spent a full day here each of the last two years.  

The cruise market opens Hannibal to a type of tourist not available to every river town, and the publicity and advertising   offered by the companies costs the individual communities nothing.

What about Viking?

One notable omission from the cruise schedule is Viking. One of the biggest and highest quality cruise liner companies in the world, Viking had made headlines in the area in 2014 — though rumors were surfacing before then — that it would begin its own venture onto the Mississippi by 2016, planning 28 stops in Hannibal. Now, the company is hopeful that it can deploy up to six ships, two at a time, by 2018.

The delay is because of a law enacted in 1920 called the Jones Act that requires any ship used to transport people or goods between ports inside the U.S. to have been built in an American shipyard and be entirely American-owned.  

As of late 2016, Viking was still working on a shipyard and fulfilling the other requirements.

More communities are taking advantage of the increased traffic as a way of boosting tourism through the original social network: word of mouth that spreads when travelers head home. 

- By KEN MARKS

By Kelly Wilson 23 Feb, 2017

Cruise ships and yachts will be visiting a revitalized riverfront in Hannibal within the next few years, if the city’s plans for renovation stay the course.

Hannibal’s riverfront renovation project, which was approved in 2016, calls for an overhaul for docking areas, parking zones and recreation spaces extending from where North Street once ended southward to Bear Creek. In the process, the design plan seeks to maximize the potential use of the riverfront not only as a park space but also as an economic tool in attracting and serving visitors.

The timing of the renovation appears to link it with the spate of new riverboat cruise lines, including Viking Cruise Lines. In fact, Viking’s desire to have two docking slots available — should it decide to run cruises concurrently against other companies or launch two cruises simultaneously — is what has led some residents to believe that the cruise line’s wish list sparked the riverfront restoration plan. Hannibal Parks and Recreation Director Andy Dorian said the plan had been initiated in 2011, one year before the revival of upper Mississippi cruises had begun.  

By 2011, wear and tear to a retaining structure referred to as Glasscock’s Wall had meant that repairs to the riverfront would be inevitable, yet not immediate. Replacing the wall would require a significant investment of money and construction to complete, and lining up the financing for such work would require several years of on-again, off-again planning. By implementing a full restoration of the riverfront while construction is taking place, city leaders are attempting to reap the most benefit of a situation that would have to occur with or without a long-term plan.

Permitting underway

The project is in the stage of obtaining all required permits, and the physical work is slated to begin in 2018. The concept drawing highlights a more flexible docking area for tug boats as well as excursion ships, including the Mark Twain Riverboat. The marina, after debate among city leaders and concerned boat enthusiasts, will not be scrapped but rather relocated near Bear Creek in most of what is Nipper Park. The park will be moved to the space previously occupied by the marina and expanded to the edge of Glasscock Landing. An installed sidewalk at the river’s edge allows people to travel the length of the park space without interruption.

Among the upheaval of earth, stone and concrete, the riverfront itself will be raised several feet in the process. The changes will result in a Nipper Park less prone to flooding, but the elevation change will not create a significant impact on flooding in general. This also means leveling the old cobblestone incline between Broadway and Center streets; although the stone will be removed, Dorian adds that the stone will be repurposed within the project. The riverfront and Kiwanis park will also be fully electrified to make the area more attractive for holding festivals and other events. The restoration plan attempts to make as many infrastructure upgrades as possible at once in a cost-effective manner.

The price tag befits what one expects from such a project: $5.4 million to cover all phases of the project and to plan for contingencies. The city of Hannibal is prepared to cover the cost itself if needed, though over a 20-year graduated payment plan. Much of the funding derives from Parks and Recreation Department funds and revenue, with specific taxes already in place for several years to cover most of the remaining balance. Dorian notes that the city, while not relying on federal or state funding for the project, will be applying for various grants; he adds that the monies set aside for this restoration are not at the expense of funding other city initiatives since these targeted funding sources are contingent on the project itself — as opposed to pulling money from a central fund.

The riverfront restoration, slated to begin in spring 2018 and to be completed in several stages by 2020, is one of the largest projects attempted by the city in its history. In building a more user-friendly riverfront, city leaders hope to attract more visitors and residents to spend time downtown. Yet, the project also pays tribute to the roots of the city as a river town nearing its bicentennial birthday, a city whose relevance — then and now — owes much to the mighty Mississippi. 

- By KEN MARKS

By Kelly Wilson 23 Feb, 2017

The Mark Twain Riverboat will be back in the water mid-March, and cruising is expected to get underway April 1.

The boat has been a feature of the Hannibal riverfront for more than 30 years, welcoming guests at its mooring at the Center Street Landing.

The boat offers two excursion options — one-hour guided tours and two-hour dinner cruises.

Cruises departs from Center Street Landing three times daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day, with two departures daily during September and October.

Built in 1964, the Mark Twain Riverboat is 120-feet long and 33-feet wide; it has a 400-passenger capacity, and is wheelchair accessible, with a few limitations.

The boat has been owned and operated by Steve and Sandy Terry since 1997.

The one-hour sightseeing cruise includes commentary on river history, legends and sights. You will see Jackson’s Island, Lover’s Leap and the historic architecture of downtown Hannibal. Beverages and sandwiches are available on-ship for purchase.

These narrated cruises are $18 for adults and $11 for children ages 5 through 12.

The two-hour dinner cruise includes live music and dancing and a buffet meal featuring a full menu plus dessert and beverages. There also is a cash bar.

The dinner cruise is $40.95 for adults and $21.95 for children ages 5 through 12.

- By KEN MARKS

By Kelly Wilson 23 Feb, 2017

Expect wall-to-wall chocolate when visiting Historic Downtown Hannibal on Saturday, March 11.

The Chocolate Extravaganza, now in its seventh year, continues to grow, and this year includes chocolate and wine pairings, a cooking-with-chocolate demonstration, a cakepop class and, of course, an abundance of chocolate treats including candies, mochas, martinis, muffins, cupcakes, pies and more.

Brought to you by the Historic Hannibal Marketing Council, the popular event features a Chocolate Extravaganza Passport, which serves as your guide to the event and contains five chocolate tickets that may be redeemed for your choice of an abundance of special offers exclusive for passport holders — ranging from chocolate soaps, cashmere scarves, spa treatments and more. Passports also provide entrance to some events and award discounts at some merchant locations. Only 500 passports will be available, and passports have sold out the last two years. The $20 passports may be purchased at chocolateextravaganzahannibal.com.

One of the passports includes a golden ticket, and the lucky holder immediately receives an all-access pass with additional passport tickets and a golden ticket T-shirt.  

In addition to the passport giveaways, the weekend will feature live music, a gallery art walk and make-and-take classes.

New at this year’s event is a Chocolatier Trivia Mixer that includes, of course, chocolate-themed questions and an all-you-can eat appetizer bar included with your ticket purchase. Each of the Chocolatier Trivia Challenge winners will receive a free Chocolate Extravaganza Passport. Form a team or come solo and you’ll be teamed up with other trivia and chocolate enthusiasts. The event, which starts at 7 p.m. will be at Finn’s Food and Spirits. Tickets are $15.  

Passports and tickets for the Chocolatier Trivia Mixer may be purchased at ChocolateExtravaganzaHannibal.com or at these downtown Hannibal businesses: Ava Goldworks, Chocolaterie Stam, Danni Nicole’s, Java Jive, Main Street 101, Mark Twain Museum Gallery, Mark Twain Dinette, Mark Twain Book & Gift, Mississippi Marketplace, the Powder Room and the Wine Stoppe.

More information is available by contacting Dena Ellis at the Mark Twain Museum at 573-221- 9010, ext. 403, or Kenna Bogue at Mark Twain Dinette at 573-221- 5511. 

- By KENNA BOGUE

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