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Judson Gaston

The family of Judson Gaston would like to honor him with a card shower for his 103rd birthday on Jan. 28.  
Cards may be sent to Judson Gaston, Cedarwood Assisted Living, 828 22nd Street, Fairbury, NE 68352.
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Heitmann, Dorn Wed

Marcia K. Heitmann, of Fairbury, and Gale A. Dorn, Axtell exchanged wedding vows June 28, 2015, at American Lutheran Church in Fairbury. Pastor Brian Julin-McCleary performed the 4 p.m. ceremony.
Mothers of the couple are Delores Heitmann, Byron and Maye Dorn, Minden. Ushers Michael Ringen and Jerod Dorn escorted their grandmothers into the church. 
The bride was escorted down the aisle by her sons, Michael Ringen, Beatrice and Matthew Ringen, Omaha.
 The bride wore an ivory hi-low gown with embroidered tulle overlay over satin, fashioned with delicate gold thread, pearls, sequins, and lace, which cascaded from tea-length in the front to floor length in the back.  
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Coming Together


A benefit was held at Meridian School on Jan. 23 to help Billie Novotny with medical bills. A large crowd, estimated at between 400-500, came out for the silent and live auction that featured hundreds of items. Tammy Lintz, Novotny’s mother, explained the event was stupendous. “It was great that so many people came out on a cold January night to support Billie. I thank everyone that came out and donated items and just being there for my daughter,” Lintz said.
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Elks Teens Of The Month

The Fairbury Elks Lodge #1203 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elk USA announced their teens of the month based on character, leadership, community service, citizenship, and scholastic achievement. 
Jakub Donovon VanWesten, son of Jay and Staci VanWesten of Tobias, attends Meridian high school. Hobbies include hunting and going to the movies. Jakub has received CRC Leadership Summit award at the regional level his sophomore and junior years. Community service include People's City Mission. He is involved in football and was a three-year letter recipient, band and choir, Quiz Bowl, basketball with four-year letter recipient and 2015 Mudecas B all-tour honorable mention, show choir, FBLA, Stu-co, NHS and track with a one-letter recipient. Work experience includes summer help at Meridian High School, detasseling, and self-employed mowing service. Going to Wayne State to major in sports management and minor in business.
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Recapping This Legislative Session Thus Far

Bill introduction came to a close on Wednesday, the 20th. In the end, about 450 new bills were introduced, adding to the 664 that were introduced last session. Those 446 new bills (as well as a few proposals for state constitutional amendments) will receive hearings before one of the standing committees, and those committees will decide whether to advance them to the floor or not. 
Given the number of carryover bills (bills which were introduced last session, but never debated on the floor) the likelihood is that most of those 446 bills (as well as most of the carryover bills) will not see action this year. Some bills are introduced to keep discussions alive about particular issues, or to see who will come out and support or oppose a bill, so that a senator--looking ahead--can determine how to proceed on a particular issue into the future. 
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Dire Warnings Point To Higher Local Power Rates

Don’t kill the messenger. That should be the mentality that all customers of Fairbury’s electric utility should be reminding themselves of. Last week’s comment by Fairbury City Auditor Brian Blobaum that the light department is bleeding red ink is most unwelcome, yet not surprising news.
 Blobaum told members of the Fairbury City Council that the electric department lost more than one million dollars in 2015. This is the second consecutive annual loss of that nature for the Fairbury utility. The light department also finished more than a million dollars in the red in 2014 and nearly a half a million dollars the previous year.
 Again, don’t kill the messenger. The city auditor gets paid to compile numbers and give a financial “state of the community” assessment, if you will.
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Hack, Cough, Sniffle, Wheeze; I’m Still Hanging In There

A business associate of mine told me last week that I looked gaunt. “Are you eating?” she asked. ‘Yes, but everything tastes like phlegm,” I replied. That’s not a pretty mental picture.
Except for four days when I was at a trade show in Florida, I have had either the flu or a nagging cold. Keep in mind I have had both the flu shot and that “remedy” designed to ward off and shorten colds. Neither, in my estimation, have worked.
Jefferson County Treasurer Leroy Bast and I used to have this running joke. When we worked at the Journal-News together it seemed like both of us either were getting or just getting over a cold. We used to call it our ‘semi-annual, six month cold.’ When we see each other on the street one of us will ask the other “you got it yet?” then we laugh. Well the laughing is over.
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Dean Zweifel

Dean Zweifel
Dean Loren Zweifel was born June 4, 1937 to Harry and Grace (Johnson) Zweifel. He grew up on the family farm west of Fairbury and attended school in Fairbury.  He graduated from Fairbury High School in 1955.  Shortly after graduation, Dean went to work for Engels Aircraft, where he earned his Pilot’s License and Airplane Mechanic’s Certificate. He continued to work there until the business closed in 2004 and also farmed.
He married Cheryl Achtemeier on Aug. 4, 1968 and to them one daughter, Carrie, was born. Dean lived on the family farm until his death on Jan. 1, 2016. Dean joined the Fairbury Rural Fire Department in 1977 and remained a member until his death.  He was also a member of the Nebraska National Air Guard based out of Lincoln, Nebraska where he worked as a mechanic. 
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Lawrence J. Haake

Lawrence J. Haake
Former Hastings resident, Lawrence J. Haake, 95, of Fairbury, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.
 Services will be Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at 10 am at First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Hastings, with Rev. Joel Remmers officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings. Visitation will be Tuesday Jan. 26, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Apfel Funeral Home, Hastings. Apfel Funeral Home, Hastings is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.apfelfuneralhome.com.
 Memorials may be given to First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Hastings.
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Mildred C. Coffendaffer

Mildred 
Coffendaffer
Mildred C. Coffendaffer, 93 years of age, of Wymore, passed away at the Beatrice Community Hospital Saturday morning, Jan. 23, 2016. She was born on Dec. 28, 1922 on a farm near Reynolds to William and Cena (Kubert) Hruska. She attended school at District 94, graduated from Fairbury High School in 1939, and attended Cosmetology  School. Mildred and Walter C. Coffendaffer were married on June 23, 1946. She was a licensed beauty operator in Nebraska and California and was a beautician for over 50 years. Mildred was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Wymore and the Altar Society; Catholic Daughters of America; American Legion Auxiliary Post #25 in Wymore; Blue Valley Seniors; and former member of the VFW Auxiliary Post #6874 in California. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading, crafts, and volunteering at the Wymore Library. 

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