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Evelyn Kettelhake Becomes U.S. Citizen

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“I’m happy, very thankful and I’m glad it’s over,” said Evelyn Kettelhake of Tecumseh, who was awarded her U.S. Citizenship on June 4 at about 9:20 a.m. at the Immigration Building in Omaha. She was one of approximately 16 recipients attending the ceremony.

County Fair will have a new look

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The Pawnee County Fair will definitely look a little different this year. Although the Ag Society cancelled or postponed until next year the events they had been planning, they voted to support the planning of a 4-H Fair. Due to concerns about the coronavirus and social distancing, the Ag Society, voted to have a Show and Go style fair, then relaxed restrictions enough that animals could be brought into the barns the night before their show so they could get acclimated to their surroundings. The animals will be released and taken home after their show is over.

Coming school year challenges

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The beginning of a new school year is traditionally an exciting time for students, families, and staff members. However, the start to this year provides far more new challenges--after a hasty and unprecedented end to the 2019-20 school year, and many uncertainties looming for the 2020-21 school year. Nonetheless, I am excited to welcome all Pawnee City Public Schools students, families, and staff members back to continue the important work of our school’s mission and goals in spite of the obstacles that lie ahead! To that end, I would like to share some of the changes you can expect for the start of 2020-21.

Summerfield High School undergoing a revival

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Walking down the hallways of Summerfield High School in Summerfield, Kansas, you can’t help but notice the school still has life. The last high school graduation was in 1979 and they had an elementary school for 14 more years. But it is not vacant; it is undergoing a revival. Several people are working to put businesses in the building and two of them are Linn and Pat Sunderland of Beatrice.

How To Remove Ticks

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Now that the ticks are out again, it is time to review the best ways to remove them. There are many methods, none of which is successful every time.

Early morning emergency

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Fire and rescue units from Pawnee City were called to the Matt J. Bloss residence around 4 a.m. Monday morning. Occupants of the house woke up and smelled smoke and called the fire department. Pictured are an unidentfied woman chatting with Katie McAhon, EMS, center, and Sean McAhon of the fire department. No further details are known at this time.

New face at City Hall

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Laura Poskochil is the Utilities Billing Clerk at Pawnee City City Hall. Poskochil graduated from Pawnee City High School in 2004. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, and a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin where she lived from 2009-2019 before returning to Pawnee City to be closer to family. Laura is excited to join the City Office team and get reacquainted with the community.