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Anybody tired of this scene?

Anybody tired of this scene

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Drug testing for city workers back on the agenda

Drug testing for city employees is back on the table.

Mayor Deb Klein made that announcement at the Saturday meeting of the Pawnee City Public Library Board. It will still have to be approved by the City Council.

Klein wants all city employees to be subject to random drug tests, whether they are part-time or full time. This will include the lifeguards at the pool, she said.

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City retains SENCA for Pawnee Transit bus

Mayor Deb Klein cast the deciding vote to keep SENCA as the operator of the Pawnee Transit bus in the City Council meeting Wednesday. The Council’s regular Monday meeting was postponed due to the weather. When the issue came to a vote, Council Ric Helms and Councilwoman Sandi Corbitt-Sears both abstained. Councilmen John Dahlgren and Councilman Charlie Hatfield voted to keep SENCA. The Mayor voted aye to break the 2-2 tie.

The Council was looking at changing providers, taking up possibly with Blue Rivers Agency on Aging. Representatives from there spoke by conference call with the Council at the meeting. Also at the meeting was a representative of the Nebraska Department of Transportation and SENCA. Also at the meeting was the Chairman of the County Commissioners, Dennis Schaardt.

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Unlicensed cars sore issue for city

The abandoned and unlicensed cars in Pawnee City were a topic for discussion at the Pawnee City City Council meeting Wednesday. The normal meeting day of Monday was rescheduled to Wednesday because of the weather.

We can’t seem to get a good estimate on the number of unlicensed or abandoned cars in Pawnee City. The previous Council meeting the number of around 250 was brought up and at that last meeting was around 150.

Anyway, there are way too many of them for the Council’s taste.

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State Troopers busy with snow

Nebraska State Troopers were busy this weekend responding to weather-related events throughout the state. As multiple rounds of snow fell across much of Nebraska from Friday to Sunday, troopers performed 216 motorist assists, responded to 43 crashes, and assisted outside agencies with 28 additional incidents.

“Our troopers and dispatchers are always ready to help motorists who need assistance,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP). “The snow provided a challenge for drivers this weekend, but our team was proud to be there for those in need of help.”

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City examines building’s future

Who will be the architect for the new Community Building on G Street is anybody’s guess right now. At the Wednesday night meeting of the City Council it was revealed the architect the city wanted to work with is raising a few eyebrows. Berggren Architects out of Lincoln was the number one selection of the Council to oversee the renovation of the building that is a cornerstone in Pawnee City.

Jerry Berggren has been at two City Council meetings to talk over the matter.

He presented a price tag of over $600,000 for the renovation the last time he was here. The city has to use money out of its ReUse fund to pay for the renovation. Using that fund means there will be no tax dollars from here to go for the renovation. The city has more than $700,000 in the fund, but it does not want to spend a large part of it for one project. That was the feeling of at least some of the Council.

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Schmit wins first match at State Wrestling

OMAHA - Humboldt Table Rock Steinauer/Pawnee City’s Wyatt Schmit participated in the 2019 State Wrestling Tournament which was held at the CHI Health Center Arena last Thursday-Saturday, February 14th-16th.

Wyatt Schmit (41-10) scored 4 team points for the Titans as he won his first match on Thursday, February 14th over Wood River’s Omar Tinajero. He then lost his next two matches. Results are as follows. Champ. Round 1 - Wyatt Schmit (HTRS) 41-10 won by fall over Omar Tinajero (Wood River) 24-24 (Fall 3:10)

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Palmer Cafe offers breakfast, lunch

By Ray Kappel

A Michigan man wanted to leave something for his family, so he purchased the Pawnee Café and renamed it the Palmer Café. He also purchased the motel.

Richard Palmer lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, but he has a daughter, Betty Jo Hatfield, who lives here. She has managed the motel before her dad bought the both the café and the motel.

The Palmer Café is open Tuesday through Friday 5 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Sundays, it is breakfast for the four hours they are open.

 

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Burchard resident came to Pawnee County almost 100 Years Ago

By Sharla Sitzman

Hank deKoning of Burchard is 97 years old. He was born to Wyoming homesteaders. He doesn’t remember his family’s voyage from there to a Pawnee County farm, but when we met at the Harold Lloyd Museum in Burchard last year, his daughter Kathy Fritch prompted him to tell me the story about it.

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Fake money circulating in our area

By Ray Kappel

The Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office is alerting area citizens about fake money circulating in the area.

The fake money looks just like the real thing, according to Sheriff’s Deputy Braden Lang. There are a few differences. One type has Chinese lettering on the side that is translated as ‘practice money.’ The other type has in lettering “Motion Picture Use Only”. The Motion Picture lettering is in the same font as In God We trust on a real bill.

So far, there has been a $100 bill passed at Dollar General and another $100 bill found in the Pawnee Thriftway parking lot. A $10 bill was found at the Action Center.

 

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