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Thu
31
Jan
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City wants unlicensed vehicles licensed

Letters will be going to owners of abandoned or unlicensed vehicles in Pawnee City. That action was decided at the regular Monday night meeting of the City Council.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that there are 146 unlicensed vehicles in Pawnee City. Mayor Deb Klein wants to do something about them and asked the Council for advice.

The consensus was that the City should send letters out to say please get the vehicle you own licensed or face getting a ticket. The letters are not going out to all in the city at once, but to a section at a time. The Northeast section of the town will be the first to get the letters.

In other business, Jerry Berggen of Berggen and Associates was at the meeting, as he was at the last meeting. Berggen’s firm is the architectural firm handling the renovation of the Kobza Dental Building. He said the next step in the process is putting the bid in shape so they can do cost estimates. The total cost estimate at this point is $592,400.

Thu
31
Jan
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Help youth in our town by becoming a mentor

All youth can benefit from a mentoring relationship. Whether in a formal relationship such as Team-Mates or an informal relationship such as a neighbor or relative, we believe everyone needs a positive role model to provide guidance and wisdom. The role of a mentor is to identify the strengths and talents of a student.

Thu
24
Jan
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Honoring Kolt Byrd

The HTRS-Pawnee City basketball games was a time to honor Kolt Byrd, a Pawnee City student who died recently. Special shirts were made for the boys and girls teams for PC. We weren’t able to get a picture of the girls team, but here are the boys. Front Row L-R: Tyler Tegtmeier, Gavin McHenry, Kylenn Koester, Kodenn Koester, Wyatt Whiffen, Sabian Adams, Kaden Lang, Keegan Vetrovsky, Erik Soehner. Kneeling Behind front row: Simon Osborne. Second Row (Standing) L-R: Theo Lilleheim, Mitch Gyhra, Tyson Crosby, Mason Lierz, TJ Mawhiney, Kyle Gyhra, Colby Robison, Brayden Nicholas. Grace Kanel, HTRS student, organized the event and said in loving memory of Kolt Byrd, the teams participated in a green out to show awareness for Muscular Dystrophy. The boys’ basketball team did a dollar for a shot during girls’ halftime to fundraise for the Muscular Dystrophy summer camp that Kolt loved to go to. They ended up raising $110.00 towards this special cause.

 

Thu
24
Jan
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ReUse Fund in play in Pawnee City

The ReUse Fund may again come to the rescue of the City of Pawnee City. The City is going to reapply for ReUse funds to help pay for the renovations of the former Kobza Dental Building. They have to reapply because the amount they applied for may not be enough, even though that amount was approved.

They applied for $310,000 to pay what was then thought to be the cost of the repair. Since then, the City has been consulted by Berggren Architects, the firm it has hired to oversee the project. Jerry Berggren was at the last City Council meeting and he told them the $310,254 he had estimated originally was just the bare minimum. The cost could go as high as $600,000, he said, to do extensive repair.

Thu
24
Jan
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Kelly Findlay, PCMH nursing director, honored

LINCOLN, NEB. - The Nebraska Hospital Association Research & Educational Foundation (NHAREF) Leadership Institute is pleased to begin Class XV (16). Nearing the 400 mark of alumni, the Leadership Institute has proven to be inspiring, invigorating, invaluable, innovative and effective. The Leadership Institute’s mission is to advance the effectiveness of hospitals by providing a quality environment for professional development, support and personal growth for health care leaders. Each year, approximately 40 health care professionals from across Nebraska come together for a 10-month program designed to instruct, inspire and invigorate. Participants in the NHA Leadership Institute improve their leadership skills and enhance their effectiveness in the health care field while preserving the care and compassion critical to quality health care delivery. Participants also establish peer-to-peer connections and bonds with classmates and faculty.

Thu
17
Jan
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Reflecting on MLK Day

Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 21. It commemorates the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an American civil rights leader who worked to end racial discrimination.

On a recent trip to New York City, several young men in Times Square tried to get me to stop and talk about their cause, almost certainly to get money. Their approach was hardly sincere. “Don’t be afraid of a Negro,” one said, trailing along for a bit as another attached to my sister, “I’m a Negro, don’t be afraid of me because I’m a Negro!” I just laughed and kept walking.

Thu
17
Jan
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Architect talks to City about dental building

Jerry Berggren of Berggren Architects was at the Pawnee City City Council Monday night meeting to talk about the plans for the former Kobza Dental Building.

Berggren has submitted a minimum estimate of $310,254 to fix the building. That amount would be paid for by the ReUse Fund money that is available through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. SENDD is involved in that process.

That amount has been approved by the ReUse Fund Committee, but it appears it may not be enough. Berggren stressed the $310,254 figure was only a starting point, the least amount they could get by with. To do the building in a comprehensive manner may take toward $600,000.

The city needs to come up with a detailed plan of repair and when it does will resubmit the plan for approval by the ReUse committee, which is made up of local people Jim Kubik, Joe Stehlik and Mayor Deb Klein.

 

Thu
17
Jan
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Playing in the snow

Cole and Cooper Hunzeker take a break from snow activity in Table Rock to pose for the photographer. The area got 6-10 inches or more in Saturday’s snow.

 

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Thu
10
Jan
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Rough 2018 for Ag in U.S.

Agriculture had a rough year in 2018.

Local producer Don Bloss said this is the fifth year in a row farmers have had to deal with low commodity prices.

“To make it even more disappointing, Ag is catching the blunt end of trade wars where there have been significant tariffs placed on the products we raise,” he said.

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Thu
10
Jan
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Julie Slama State Senator for District 1

Governor Pete Ricketts has announced the appointment of Julie Slama, a young professional and fifth generation Nebraskan from Peru, to fill an upcoming vacancy in Legislative District 1.

“Julie will push for property tax relief, help create policy that supports strong families, and work to grow agriculture,” said Governor Ricketts. “She will be a fierce advocate for rural communities and will help bridge the urban-rural divide in the Legislature. I look forward to working with her to help move our state forward and grow more opportunities for the next generation of Nebraskans.”

“It is such an honor to serve and represent Southeast Nebraska in the Legislature,” said Slama. “I look forward to working to cut property taxes, protecting our pro-life values, and creating more opportunities for our farm families. I will always be a listening ear and vocal advocate for the communities across the five county area.”

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