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EPA approves sulfoxaflor

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a long-term approval for the insecticide sulfoxaflor—an effective tool to control challenging pests with fewer environmental impacts. After conducting an extensive risk analysis, including the review of one of the agency’s largest datasets on the effects of a pesticide on bees, EPA is approving the use of sulfoxaflor on alfalfa, corn, cacao, grains (millet, oats), pineapple, sorghum, teff, teosinte, tree plantations, citrus, cotton, cucurbits (squash, cucumbers, watermelons, some gourds), soybeans, and strawberries.

 

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Kenny Edwards speaks on Table Rock Village Board issues

This is an interview News Editor Ray Kappel did with Kenny Edwards of the Table Rock Village Board. Here are the questions and Kenny’s answers.

Q: What has the village board accomplished so far this year?

A: The Village Board of Table Rock has had a very productive year in many regards this year. So far, we have hooked everyone up to electronic water meters, have seal-coated the west and south streets around the village square, replaced hydrants and sections of plumbing throughout town, and have purchased a new lawn mower, a computer, and a snowblade. Also, due to our passage of a schedule of fees for citations, we were able to issue a citation for the first time in 20+ years, which was for a dog-at-large. We have also updated our water fee rates to make it more affordable for families.

Q: What have been the big issues still unresolved?

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One man’s junk is another man’s treasure

Webster’s Dictionary defines junk as: useless or worthless stuff; trash; rubbish.

If you take a drive around town, you see examples of what some would call junk. But if you talk to some of the people who have collected items in their yard, especially unlicensed cars, you can tell junk is in the eye of the beholder.

One resident even called the City Council “communist” at a recent meeting because the city was intruding on his rights, he said.

Another resident has commented that what is in his yard doesn’t fit the definition of junk as he sees it.

The city has long wanted to get rid or clean up what it considers to be nuisance properties and to license unlicensed vehicles.

 

 

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Welcome Pastor Kim

Hyun Sook Kim got her calling to be a United Methodist Church pastor from Genesis 12 verses 1-9.

In that passage, God called on Abraham to leave his house and land and go where God directed him. Abraham obeyed.

This calling she had while in Seoul, South Korea where she was raised. She left her home, which consisted of two sons she had raised on her own, for a new home in America. The sons were adults and she decided then to leave and go out to spread God’s word.

The sons are 27 years old and 25 years old respectively and still in South Korea. Their pictures are large on her computer screen.

She said raising them on her own was very hard. She called on God many times to ease her sufferings, she said.

 

 

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Pawnee Co. Fair coming up

Nanette Smith reports that there are a lot of things to set up but that the Pawnee County Fair is in good shape as we approach the first weekend in August. The Fair officially starts July 31 with the 4-H portion and finishes Aug. 3. There is no carnival this year, but there are plenty of fun things to get involved in. The Rodeo comes back after two years absence and also new are the Donkey Polo competitions. There will be teams of three and the donkeys are provided. It is played just like polo with mallets and ball.

The Rodeo will be Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. The Donkey Polo is 3 p.m. Saturday.

Also new this year is the Outlaw Hot Rod Pullers and their Mini-Rods competition. That is a free event happening Thursday, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

You will see a juggler at the Fair this year. Peter Brunette will put on shows between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2. He does a variety of presentations in his show.

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Getting a new foundation

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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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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Lauren Moser is the 2019 Pawnee County Fair Queen

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?

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Dennis Schaardt announces his candidacy for Nebraska Legislature District 1

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.

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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.

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