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Thu
18
Jul
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Getting a new foundation

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The crew from Ensors Movers was finishing up work last Thursday on a house in Pawnee City at 906 5th Street.The house is owned by Steve and Marie Glenn and belonged to Steve’s mother Carolyn VanHorne. Ensors jacked the house up and chipped out the basement to make way for a new foundation to be put there.Work started Monday, July 8 and was to be finished by Thursday, July 11, according to Ryan Baltenspeger of Ensors. A concrete crew will now come to work on the new basement. Marie Glenn said they were told the house was built in 1861.

 

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Thu
11
Jul
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Random act of kindness

A heart-warming story about how nice it is to live here from Ray Kappel. “I was shooting pics in the Lewiston-Burchard area and on the way home blew a tire. I called roadside assistance since I am too old to do this delicate operation. While I waited two separate guys stopped to say they would change it. I thanked them but waved them on since I had a guy coming. Well, a third guy pulls up and I figure this is the guy. He starts right to work. It turned it was not the guy it was Mitch Turnbull who just wanted to help. He changed it and I called the roadside guy off who was late anyway. I offered Mitch money but he wouldn’t take any. He told me to give it to his grandma Laura so she and a friend could go out to dinner. That is a double act of random kindness!

 

 

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Thu
11
Jul
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Lauren Moser is the 2019 Pawnee County Fair Queen

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We submitted questions to the new Pawnee County Fair Queen Lauren Moser and these are her answers. Q: What year will you be in school this year? A: I will be a senior at Pawnee City. Q: What do you think about being Fair Queen? A: Being the fair queen is something I’ve always wanted to do, so it is pretty neat. Q: What do you hope to accomplish with this role? A: While being fair queen, I hope to get more people involved in 4-H. Q: What will be your duties as Fair Queen? A: My duty at the fair is to help out with all of the 4-H shows, and to promote the Pawnee County Fair. Q: How does your reign last and will you be doing anything with after the Fair is over? A: I am queen for 1 year. This fall I will choose a classroom to read an agricultural book to. Q: How long have you been in 4-H and what animals have you shown? A: I have been in 4-H for 9 years. This year I am showing Goats, Rabbits, and chickens. Q: What do you like about your animals?

Thu
11
Jul
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Dennis Schaardt announces his candidacy for Nebraska Legislature District 1

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A 10 a.m. July 4 in front of the Pawnee County Courthouse, Dennis Schaardt formally announced his candidacy for the State Legislature representing District One. With endorsements coming from, Senator Floyd Vrtiska,Table Rock, Dave Heng Jr., Nebraska City, Bryan Mellage, Auburn, David Sickel, Falls City, Dr. Ted Evans, Tecumseh, Duane Caspers, Tecumseh, Jeff and Sarah Dean, Douglas, Mike and Juli Habegger, Pawnee City, Bob Miller, Pawnee City, as well as an endorsement from the Pawnee County Board of Commissioners. Dennis runs a succesful business on Main Street and has served the community in many different civic roles for over 30 years. He is aware of the challenges that face rural Nebraska and what it will take to overcome these obstacles.

Thu
11
Jul
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EPA to send city warning

The Environmental Protection Agency will be sending Pawnee City a stiff warning about dumping concrete in the creek near the library. That came about after the article mentioning the dumping was seen in the Republican and someone called EPA. Mayor Deb Klein reported that the EPA wasn’t going to fine the city, but will be issuing a warning letter. Klein said the fine would have been stiff and could result in jail time for the mayor and the Council, and also the person who dumped the concrete. The dumping incident was talked about in open session at the previous meeting, June 24. There was an argument then between Mayor Klein and Councilman John Dahlgren over the appearance of the incident on the agenda at that meeting. The mayor didn’t like it on the agenda, and told the Council then that she was taking care of the problem. Dahlgren argued that it should be talked about by the Council.

Thu
11
Jul
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Janet Palmtag runs for Nebraska Legislature District 1

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With the endorsements of former Governor Dave Heineman and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, small business owner and community leader Janet Palmtag announced her candidacy for the Nebraska Legislature to represent Legislative District 1, which includes Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee and Richardson Counties in southeast Nebraska. Having worked with farmers, businesses, and families throughout her career, “I am running for the legislature to strengthen the quality of life in communities across southeast Nebraska. Farmers and ranchers across the district and state are struggling and need help now,” said Palmtag in announcing her candidacy for the Legislature. “Property tax reform is needed to stabilize and strengthen our farms, downtown businesses and families.”

Thu
11
Jul
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Celebrating Independence Day

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The fireworks show sponsored by the Pawnee City Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations was again spectacular last Thursday, July 4th.

 

 

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Thu
04
Jul
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Ethanol’s future in NE

This is a question and response story that Ray Kappel conducted with Roger Berry, Administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board about the future of Ethanol in Nebraska.

Q: What is the state of the ethanol industry in Nebraska?

A: Margins have been very tight for Nebraska’s ethanol producers since winter or before. In the last couple of weeks, the margins have improved slightly. The price of ethanol has been increasing as the price of corn increases so the corn price increase has not been a negative factor on our ethanol production facilities. I would say all things considered the state of the ethanol industry in Nebraska is strong. Q: Is President Trump helping or hurting?

Thu
04
Jul
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Little Kingdom Comes to Little Town

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For many years, Little Kingdom Children Center in Lincoln takes a field trip to Table Rock. Floyd Vrtiska once enjoyed the job of tour guide, and now it has fallen to me. Thirty kids of all ages, with teachers, came this year.

Thu
04
Jul
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Independence Day a sign that a light still shines

On July 4, 1776, our Founding Fathers made a statement which has been felt around the world for centuries since a band of 13 small colonies stood together and declared their independence from the British Empire. It was a bold move, considering the colonies were home to a mere 2.5 million people and their economies were almost wholly dependent on British trade. Their odds of victory against the most powerful empire in the world were slim to none, yet our Founding Fathers had the courage to oppose a tyrannical government. As Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence, he uttered, “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

Against all odds, the American Experiment has thrived and become a model for countries across the globe seeking freedom for their own citizens.

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