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10
Oct
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County, City candidates gather for Meet and Greet

By Ray Kappel

 

Pawnee County and City residents got a chance to meet their political candidates at a Meet and Greet at the Pawnee City Public Library last Wednesday. Almost all the candidates were there, though a few had prior conflicts. It was a night of tough questions as the candidates fielded both prepared questions and questions from the audience present. Susan Eisenhauer served as moderator. The Public Relations Committee of the Friends of the Library and Library Foundation was in charge of the event. Director Lola Seitz said the library was neutral in the event, that the Committee handled how the forum was ran. Seitz said the last event they held people asked that the forum be conducted differently, and the Wednesday forum was the result of those suggestions. The questions were anonymous, and some very pointed.

 

Wed
03
Oct
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Kaitlin Ray: This girl plays football

By  Ray Kappel

 

Kaitlin Ray isn’t the first girl to ever venture into the world of playing football. But she might be the most determined. Kaitlin Ray is a 7th grader at Pawnee City Schools. She just turned 13 in August and she plays for the Pawnee City Junior High football team. Her mom, Heather, said Kaitlin has been after her to let her play football the last few years. “I finally gave into her this year,” Heather Ray said. “It has been a lot of fun to see her improve every week and hear her excitement for the game. She has always been fearless and I’m very proud of her for taking on this challenge.” “I wanted to try something new and I really liked the challenge of something that people think only boys can do,” Kaitlin said.

 

 

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Wed
03
Oct
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Vic Faesser goes on bike odyssey: 115 towns and seven states

By Vic Faesser

 

On August 27, I joined bicycling friends, Ric Hines, and Pat Grewe, as we embarked from Ric’s home in Omaha to begin a fourteen hundred-mile, twenty-two-day trek by bicycle through 115 towns around the State of Nebraska. Circa de Nebraska-7 States Tour 2018 commenced on a blue-sky, cool morning, in heavy traffic as we headed east on Q Street towards 144th, then southward on highway 50 towards the more peaceful environs of southeast Nebraska.

Wed
26
Sep
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ReUse hearings coming October 8

By Ray Kappel

There will be a public hearing for two ReUse applications made at the Monday night Pawnee City City Council. The Little Brown Jug owners are asking for a $150,000 ReUse loan and Richard Palmer wants a $125,000 ReUse loan for Pawnee Inn and Café. The Council set October 8 City Council meeting as the night for the public hearing for both requests. The Little Brown Jug hearing will be at 7:10 p.m. and Palmer’s at 7:20 p.m. on October 8. Chuck Rathbun was at the meeting to get permission to put in a driveway at the old VFW building. He got that permission and will work with the City on the details

 

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Wed
26
Sep
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Light turnout at Historical Day but a lot of history was told

By Ray Kappel

Organizers were disappointed with the low turnout Saturday for the Historical Day at the Pawnee City Historical Site. They had one of their best programs ever but only about 30 or so people showed up for it. They had competition from the auction in Steinauer and the Nebraska football game, so it was understandable. But it was a shame as there were several opportunities to learn about history. Betty Spitser was sitting at her treadle sewing machine when I walked through. The treadle operates with a pedal to sew. Betty said she learned to sew on one of these when she was young. She is 87. She said the treadle was the way to sew before electric sewing machines took over. She made her kids’ clothes on one of them until she purchased her first electric sewing machine. Roy Mullin of DuBois was there with several items, including an REO Speedwagon. He brings it out for shows around the area and further away, too.

Wed
26
Sep
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Bistro comes to Pawnee City, women's self-defense in Tecumseh

By Ray Kappel

Teresa Wymore purchased the old library in Pawnee City and will turn it into a Bistro. She is a multi-talented person who will also be teaching women self-defense techniques in Tecumseh. The bistro will be state-of-the-art she said. It will contain artwork from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Texas. Thom Hunt, a Fairbury artist with a national reputation and his wife a nationally known photographer will also have their work there.

Wed
19
Sep
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Governor Ricketts stops in Pawnee City for Town Hall

By Ray Kappel

 

Gov. Pete Ricketts, incumbent Republican, was in Pawnee City Thursday morning to hold a Town Hall with voters. They met at the Union Bank and Trust. Steve Nelson, president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau, was making the road trip with Ricketts. Ricketts is battling Bob Krist, Democrat, in the fall election. Ricketts made statements about his policies before opening the meeting up for questions. Ricketts spoke on a variety of topics, starting with trade and the development of new markets. In introducing the governor, Steve Nelson said Gov. Ricketts has led several trade missions that have resulted in more Nebraska products being sold overseas. Agriculture is of vital importance to the state as one in four jobs directly or indirectly is tied to Agriculture.

 

Wed
19
Sep
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Senate candidate Raybould stops in Pawnee City

B Ray Kappel

 

U.S. Senate candidate Jane Raybould was in Pawnee City Friday for a stop at the Republican. She is running against Republican incumbent Deb Fischer. Raybould is a Democrat. Raybould had just come from Humboldt where she had taken part in the Richardson County Fair parade. She met with constituents as she walked in the parade. She also met with more constituents at the Methodist Church luncheon in Humboldt. Raybould started her conversation with the Republican by talking about her No More Bull campaign.

Wed
12
Sep
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Living History Day teaches many students

Pawnee City fifth grade teachers and sponsors salute the flag being raised at the Table Rock park. Pawnee City fifth grade teacher Hadley Sejkora gave this report on Living History Day held last week. "We had 23 5th grade students attend Living History Day in Table Rock this year.

This is my third year taking the 5th graders over, but the first year we had a run in with the weather.

The kids were able to make it to all the displays that were inside but we missed a few in the afternoon due to the rain. The kids still seemed to really enjoy the day and I think the rain will make a lasting memory. It is always fun to listen to the kids talk about what their favorite exhibit was. The best one is never unanimous, it seems that all the exhibits get picked as a favorite by at least one student. The 5th graders really learn a lot and I hope that they continue to put it on in the future."

 

 

Wed
12
Sep
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Table Rock Fair low key but fun

By Sharla Sitzman

Many little towns once had a fair. Elk Creek had a fair. One year there was a special train scheduled from Table Rock to Elk Creek for fair goers. Dubois had a fair. My favorite picture is of the float bearing the Lad Trecek Band, including Nettie Stehlik at her piano. Humboldt and Pawnee City have hosted county fairs for years.

And then there is the Table Rock Fair. It is the modern incarnation of fairs going back to the Old Settlers Picnics of the 1880s, to the Midsummer Frolic, and to the decades of the Table Rock Free Festival. The Midsummer Frolic? That was in 1927 and the name not lightly given, there having been a contest to name it. It was quite a day in Table Rock, with merchant ads inviting customers to come in out of the heat and enjoy the electric fans. And local boy Dave Johnson took on Jimmy O’Day’s Wrestling Bear, to the enthusiastic cries of “Come on, Dave!” and “Come on, Bear!”

 

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