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12
Feb
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Dahlgren questions city practice of reviewing P.C. library bills

By Ray Kappel.
 
Pawnee City Clerk Tammy Stephens took issue with Councilman John Dahlgren's view that the approving of the library bills is 'illegal' at Monday night's Council meeting. Dahlgren doesn't think the Council has any business approving the library bills, since they have their own library board to pay the bills. At the last Council meeting, he said he thought it was 'illegal' to keep doing it this way and he repeated it again Monday night.
 
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12
Feb
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Thinking About Health

By Trudy Lieberman.
 
The conversation around health care and what we pay for it is beginning to change. The realization that we pay way more than other countries for the same services is beginning to sink in. Why do Americans on average pay $8,143 for hospital and physician services for cataract surgery while the Swiss pay $2,566 and the French only $1,938? By all accounts, outcomes are similar. For too long Americans have accepted these high price tags for medical care without asking questions. Politicians have justified them saying American quality is better. But studies by many organizations have shown that justification doesn’t necessarily hold up, and in the last year or so I’ve detected a pushback from the public.
 
Wed
12
Feb
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Carol Young steps down after 26 years as Pawnee County Clerk

By Ray Kappel.
 
After 26 years as County Clerk, Carol Young is stepping down. She chose not to file for re-election. She cited health issues as the main reason she is stepping aside. She said the job is very stressful at times and she has heart problems. “I thought it was time to give someone else a chance,” she said. Young has ran unopposed since being elected in 1998. “Nobody wants this job,” she says with her characteristic chuckle. But there is someone who does want the job now, her assistant Candi Tuxhorn, who has filed for the May primary. Young rates her deputy very highly and said Tuxhorn knows the job inside and out.
 
Wed
12
Feb
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Steve Henninger, running the loader

Brian Droge operates a maintainer along Highway 8 east of Pawnee City Thursday. State and local crews were still digging out a couple of days after the storm.
 
Wed
05
Feb
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Pawnee City sales tax revenue dropped slightly in 2013

By Ray Kappel.
 
Sales tax has been in place in Pawnee City since 2008. The city charges 1.5% and that has meant added revenues for the city. For one thing, it has meant money for the Pawnee City Development Corporation, the economic development group that looks over several projects in the city. Half of the sales tax money raised in Pawnee City goes to PCDC.
 

 

Wed
05
Feb
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Foul weather for man and beast

This Amish buggy was caught out in the storm on its way home Tuesday.
 

 

Wed
05
Feb
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Rep. Adrian Smith votes for Farm Bill

By Ray Kappel.
 
U.S. Representative Adrian Smith voted for the latest version of the farm bill. “Nebraska producers have waited for more than three years for a long-term Farm Bill. Policy certainty will help our farmers and ranchers remain competitive and benefit consumers, and the bill contains important reforms to save an estimated $23 billion for hardworking taxpayers. Like any compromise, this legislation is not perfect.
 

 

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05
Feb
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Stehlik sisters active in Relay for Life

By Ray Kappel.
 
His loss is ever-present, as one of his nieces put it. Duane Stehlik was a retired local educator and a friend to many. He loved being a grandpa. He was diagnosed with a rare form of melanoma, and told his family he would fight it, right up to his last day, according to his niece Pawnee County Attorney Jennifer Stehlik Ladman.
 

 

Wed
29
Jan
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Seven county positions on ballot this year

Seven county officials are up for election this year. The race for the May 13 primary will be for the following posts: Sheriff, assessor, attorney, clerk, and treasurer. In addition, Commissioners Bradley Stake in District 2 and Jan
Lang in District 3 are up for re-election. The city has the mayor position open as well as two seats on the City Council, currently occupied by Deb Klein and Charlie Hatfield. 
 
Wed
29
Jan
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After 35 years Woltemath has seniority at Pawnee City School

Nancy Woltemath tested her second graders at Pawnee City schools on geography Monday. They had just learned about the four oceans and seven continents. She's been teaching a long time, 35 years at Pawnee City. She has more years in than anybody else at the school. She graduated Johnson-Brock high school and got her teaching credentials at Dana College. She worked as a traveling resource teacher at ESU 4, then a year at Talmage-Cook and a year at Syracuse-Cook, before coming to Pawnee City. She worked the first 10 years here as a High School resource teacher before taking up residence as the second grade teacher 
 

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