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Assisted Living dirt moving starts in earnest

By Ray Kappel

It will take two to three weeks to finish the dirt work at the Assisted Living Facility, according to Tim Lempka of Gana Trucking and Excavating, the firm doing the work. They are out of Martell, Nebraska.

They cleared the brush last week, and Lempka said they had no problems in doing that portion.

Three dump trucks were busy with an excavator last Thursday when we came to take a picture. They will be using many more dump trucks once the digging of the foundation starts, Lempka said.

 

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Wed
19
Jul

Feline AIDS appears in Pawnee City

By Ray Kappel

The cat population of Pawnee City is in danger of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) also known as Feline AIDS. One case in Pawnee City has been found so far.

FIV is a retrovirus that inserts a copy of its genetic material into the DNA of a host cell, where it can replicate, according to Katie Schlund of the Safe Haven Animal Rescue Effort (S.H.A.R.E.) She said it can take months or even years to show signs, so the virus is capable of being dormant before symptoms occur.

 

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Wed
19
Jul

Table Rock prepares for eclipse

A total eclipse of the sun will happen on Monday, August 21. It is the first total solar eclipse across the Lower 48 in 38 years and that eclipse was obscured by weather in the five states it covered. This eclipse comes right across Nebraska. Eclipse watchers in Table Rock can view it at the farm of Dena and Tom Hildebrand. Dena has arranged with her tenant to leave a portion of the field by their house that should provide great viewing unplanted. A greenway provides access from the farmstead. The viewing part of the field has the highly-desired unobstructed view of the horizon to the west. It is on a good slope so that watchers will not get in each other’s way. The site cannot be seen from the road as it is over a rise.

Wed
19
Jul

Three years ago a man came to town to talk about the solar eclipse...

By Ray Kappel

Ken Fiscus is the man. Three years ago this Minnesota High School teacher showed up at the Pawnee City Library for a meeting with local organizers about the 2017 Solar Eclipse. He made a great sales pitch that night and the movement started locally to prepare for the eclipse.

Why was he here?

He knew the Pawnee City area, really the county, would be prime viewing for the eclipse, one of a few in the state. You might be interested to know he was born in Pawnee City and lived in Table Rock for the first five years of his life.

 

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Wed
12
Jul

Council learns Raper has insurance for nuisance property

By Ray Kappel

Pawnee City Mayor Charlie Hatfield told the City Council Monday night that Ed Raper has received liability insurance for his building at 522 G. St.

The building was declared a nuisance property some time ago, but Raper bought the building and said he plans to repair it by Dec. 1.

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Wed
12
Jul

Digging starts for Assisted Living Facility

The dirt work has started at the Assisted Living Facility. AHRS is the general contractor and Dana Construction is doing the dirt work. 

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Wed
12
Jul

Board tells Supt. Rottinghaus to look into pre-K for 3 year olds

By Ray Kappel

Pawnee City High School Superintendent Brian Rottinghaus was instructed by the school board to investigate further the possibility of having a pre-K class for 3 year olds.

It was not a regular agenda item, but the school board began discussing the issue when they came to their policy updates at Monday's meeting.

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Wed
12
Jul

Omaha astronomer coming to Steinauer for eclipse

By Ray Kappel

John Johnson of the Omaha Astronomical Society will be in Steinauer for the 2017 Solar Eclipse. He has many ideas on what to do to view the event, which is only a month or so away. The Eclipse is scheduled for around 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21.

Johnson is a retired professional engineer with OPPD. He worked at the Ft. Calhoun nuclear reactor for many years.

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Wed
12
Jul

Lewiston Consolidated hires new principal

By Ray Kappel

New Lewiston Consolidated Principal Adrian Bowen grew up in a big city, but she had a heart for a small town.

She grew up in Tempe, Arizona, attending Phoenix College and then came to the Midwest attending Iowa Wesleyan. She has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Educational Leadership. She has a reading endorsement and a Secondary English Language Learner endorsement.

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Wed
12
Jul

Health alert for Kirkman's Cove

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has issued new health alerts for harmful algal blooms, also known as toxic blue-green algae, at Kirkman’s Cove in Richardson County and Swan Creek Lake 5A in Saline County, and alerts continue at Rockford Lake in Gage County, and Iron Horse Trail Lake in Pawnee County. An alert has ended at Pawnee Lake in Lancaster County.

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