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County Board Member Attends State Workshop

Gale Pohlmann, Jefferson County Commissioner, completed a three-day workshop conducted here June 1-3, 2016 by the Nebraska Association of County Officials.
The annual County Board Workshop, part of a continuing education and leadership development series, provided county commissioners and supervisors with over 12 hours of specialized training. Approximately 160 county board members and officials from across the state participated in the event.
The workshop addressed some of the more significant proposals currently being considered by the Nebraska Legislature and other topics pertaining to responsibilities and duties of county boards.
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15
Jun

summer resiliency camp benefitting youth disaster victims in DeWitt

Members of Thrivent Financial are forming a Thrivent Action Team in DeWitt. The event will be a youth summer camp in DeWitt to teach resiliency skills to children affected by flooding, and participants are looking for community volunteers to join.
The event will take place on July 24 and will be a week long, ending Friday, July 29. You do not have to be a member of Thrivent to volunteer.
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15
Jun

Bob and Renae DeWald

The children of Bob and Renae DeWald would like to honor them with a card shower for their 35th wedding anniversary on June 13.
Children are Nicole, Nicholas and Nolan.
Cards may be sent to 605 Horseshoe Lane, Smithville, Mo, 64089.
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15
Jun

Carlyn Koenig

Please come to help Carlyn Koenig celebrate her 80th Birthday on Sunday June 26. The party will be at Risky's Bar and Grill at 2317 No. 6th St., Beatrice, on the day, Sunday June 26th after 5:00 p.m. Snacks will be provided, cash bar and restaurant meals available.
Julie and Vickie and families
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15
Jun

Willard Engelman

Willard Engelman will be celebrating his 90th birthday on June 23.  Friends and family are invited to help us celebrate by sending birthday cards or notes of remembrance to 1119 Monroe St.  Apt. #119, Beatrice, NE  68310.
With lots of love from your children, LaVern, Larry, Gordon and Patricia and our families.
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15
Jun

Lumir and Irma Vacek

Lumir and Irma Vacek of Wilber will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary Sunday, June 26 with an open house and card shower hosted by their son Alvin Vacek and daughter Jan(Ron) Smetter at The Sitting Bull Restaurant, 210 West 3rd St, Wilber, NE from 2-5 p.m.
They were married June 26, 1946 in Washington, Kan. They have also been blessed with five grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and three step great grand sons.
Your presence will be their treasured gift.
Cards may be sent to 611 West Fifth St, Wilber, NE 68465.
Wed
15
Jun

The Many Cultures of Malaysia

By Gordon Hopkins
Special Contributor
Days 8-9: Kuala Lumpur.
On day eight of my Southeast Asia tour, my fellow travelers and I arrived in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. We picked an interesting time to visit an Islamic country, as it was the first day of Ramadan. I say “interesting” because Ramadan is a month of intense prayer and dawn-to-dusk fasting. Some tourists have suggested Ramadan is not the best time to travel through a Muslim country as not eating all day can, understandably, make folks a little crabby. I experienced none of this myself. Everyone seemed to be in quite a good mood. Oh, maybe the occasional cab driver was a bit surly but they never came close to the attitude of the average, well-fed, New York cabbie.
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15
Jun

Quick Quips

• The passing of Muhammad Ali provided me with a teaching lesson for my oldest daughter, Adaline. She asked who he was and why it was significant he passed away.
I explained he was a controversial figure that polarized the world with his behavior, thoughts, words and deeds. Ultimately, he became a silent figure for human rights in his later years.
“What did he do for a living?” she asked.
“He was a pretty good athlete,” I responded.
I remember in my youth watching Ali fights with my father. There was always a retrospective or fight night program where some of his bouts were featured. My father was a former professional boxer and he would sit with me and go over the fine points of the fight. Often, he’d be standing in the living room shadow boxing and showing me some of the ‘sweet science’ behind boxing, and Ali in particular.
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15
Jun

Letters to the Editor

The United States of America
We stand so proud and unafraid.
We have stood on many battlefields-even our own.
We have rallied to meet the grade.
Our banner and our flag we do not yield.
With the blood of many peoples pulsing through the heart of this land.
And many faiths rising high from  the steeples...
still it is together-united we stand.
1492-1776-2000 and beyond, our footprints on every continent, our language in each to be found.
The quality of life, a value we believe in.
A standard to which we must always be bound.
 
With faith in ourselves. With faith in our God.
With faith in our technology. With faith in our future.
We stand proud and unafraid.
The vast expanse of space before us.
We stand so very proud to meet the standard-the grade.
Wed
15
Jun

Orlando Shooting Is Not The Nation’s Worst Massacre

I really try to stay off of the national stage as much as possible. There are enough national pundits out there who can do larger scale work, my thoughts aren’t perhaps needed.
But when it came to the tragic shooting event in Orlando, Florida over the weekend everyone has it wrong. I have waited and watched to see if it would be corrected by any one but it has not. 
All forms of national, region and local media have heralded it as “the worst mass shooting in American history.” Our political leaders have even heralded as much.
However, the fact it...it is not the worst mass shooting in our country’s history.
The worst shooting, occurred in 1890 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation when more than 300 native Americans, mostly Lakota Sioux, were slaughtered at the hands of...the United Stated Government.

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