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Mar
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Matt Bloss, Mark Bloss, Don Bloss honored

Both Matthew Bloss, right, and Mark Bloss placed 3rd nationally and 1st place in the state yield contest in their respective categories in the National Sorghum Producers yield contest. Matthew was on hand at the National Sorghum Producers meeting in Orlando this past week to receive his award. Mark was not present. Their dad, Don Bloss, left, was honored for his many years of service as President of the National Sorghum Board. The national sorghum yield contest is a contest where sorghum growers nationwide can enter a field of sorghum that appears to be good enough to be entered in a yield contest. There are nine different categories of entries that range from dryland no-tillage to irrigated tillage. In 2018 there were entries from around 14 states from Idaho to Florida, most of them from the Midwest. The top yield for the year was 219.1 bushel per acre from a producer in Idaho. Most of the yields run from 150 bu. per acre to 220 bu. per acre depending on the year.

 

Thu
28
Feb
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The snow business of clearing county roads

Clearing the county roads after a snow is not a fun job, says County Road Superintendent Chris Rauner. They have 429 miles of rock road to clear and 238 miles of dirt roads to look after.

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Thu
28
Feb
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Table Rock prepares for Summer Fair

By Sharla Sitzman

The Table Rock Fair in the Square is planned for Saturday, August 10. The Community Club moved the date from September back to summer to avoid conflicts with the Nebraska football game.

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Thu
28
Feb
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Numerous crashes closes Interstate 80

The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) and Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) closed Interstate 80 Saturday due to numerous crashes and white out conditions in the eastern half of the state. I-80 was closed between mile marker 312, near Grand Island, and mile marker 439, near Gretna.

 

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Thu
21
Feb
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Anybody tired of this scene?

Anybody tired of this scene

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Thu
21
Feb
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Drug testing for city workers back on the agenda

Drug testing for city employees is back on the table.

Mayor Deb Klein made that announcement at the Saturday meeting of the Pawnee City Public Library Board. It will still have to be approved by the City Council.

Klein wants all city employees to be subject to random drug tests, whether they are part-time or full time. This will include the lifeguards at the pool, she said.

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Thu
21
Feb
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City retains SENCA for Pawnee Transit bus

Mayor Deb Klein cast the deciding vote to keep SENCA as the operator of the Pawnee Transit bus in the City Council meeting Wednesday. The Council’s regular Monday meeting was postponed due to the weather. When the issue came to a vote, Council Ric Helms and Councilwoman Sandi Corbitt-Sears both abstained. Councilmen John Dahlgren and Councilman Charlie Hatfield voted to keep SENCA. The Mayor voted aye to break the 2-2 tie.

The Council was looking at changing providers, taking up possibly with Blue Rivers Agency on Aging. Representatives from there spoke by conference call with the Council at the meeting. Also at the meeting was a representative of the Nebraska Department of Transportation and SENCA. Also at the meeting was the Chairman of the County Commissioners, Dennis Schaardt.

Thu
21
Feb
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Unlicensed cars sore issue for city

The abandoned and unlicensed cars in Pawnee City were a topic for discussion at the Pawnee City City Council meeting Wednesday. The normal meeting day of Monday was rescheduled to Wednesday because of the weather.

We can’t seem to get a good estimate on the number of unlicensed or abandoned cars in Pawnee City. The previous Council meeting the number of around 250 was brought up and at that last meeting was around 150.

Anyway, there are way too many of them for the Council’s taste.

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Thu
21
Feb
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State Troopers busy with snow

Nebraska State Troopers were busy this weekend responding to weather-related events throughout the state. As multiple rounds of snow fell across much of Nebraska from Friday to Sunday, troopers performed 216 motorist assists, responded to 43 crashes, and assisted outside agencies with 28 additional incidents.

“Our troopers and dispatchers are always ready to help motorists who need assistance,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP). “The snow provided a challenge for drivers this weekend, but our team was proud to be there for those in need of help.”

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Thu
21
Feb
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City examines building’s future

Who will be the architect for the new Community Building on G Street is anybody’s guess right now. At the Wednesday night meeting of the City Council it was revealed the architect the city wanted to work with is raising a few eyebrows. Berggren Architects out of Lincoln was the number one selection of the Council to oversee the renovation of the building that is a cornerstone in Pawnee City.

Jerry Berggren has been at two City Council meetings to talk over the matter.

He presented a price tag of over $600,000 for the renovation the last time he was here. The city has to use money out of its ReUse fund to pay for the renovation. Using that fund means there will be no tax dollars from here to go for the renovation. The city has more than $700,000 in the fund, but it does not want to spend a large part of it for one project. That was the feeling of at least some of the Council.

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