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Confirmed

Confirmed Sunday April 24, at Grace Lutheran Church of Fairbury were Raven DeFrain, daughter of Cory and Tina DeFrain and Joseph Melcher, son of Bill and Cindy Melcher pictured with Pastor Charles O. Schmidt. (contributed photo)

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May

Knust Elected FBLA State Reporter

Knust being installed as the 2016-2017 FBLA State News Reporter. (contributed photo)

The Tri County Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) participated in the 2016 State Leadership Conference in Omaha on April 7–9.  
The members of the Tri County chapter were awarded several individual awards during the conference. Riley Knust received Honorable Mention in Intro to Financial Math. Riley also placed third in FBLA Principles and Procedures and first in Intro to Parliamentary Procedures. Cooper Smith placed eighth in Intro to Parliamentary Procedures. The Local Chapter Annual Business Report written by Shianne Bryant, Riley Knust and Shayna Lijewski earned seventh place.
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May

School lunch menu 5-9 to 13

Fairbury
Monday,  May. 9- Popcorn Chicken w/HMD Bread or Tuna Salad Sandwich or Chef Salad and Croutons or Yogurt and Cheese with Granola, Cowboy Beans
Tuesday, May. 10-  Macho Nacho or Ham & Cheese Wrap or Chef Salad with Crackers or Yogurt and Cheese with Granola, Refried Beans
Wednesday,  May. 11- HMD Beef Pizza or Turkey Sandwich or Chef Salad with Croutons or Yogurt and Cheese with Granola, “SA” Potato Smiles
Thursday, May. 12- Oven Fried Chicken w/HMD Bread or Ham & Cheese Flatbread or Chef Salad and Croutons or Yogurt and Cheese with Granola, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
Friday, May. 13- Sack Lunch, PBJ Sandwich 
High School
Monday,  May. 9- Popcorn Chicken w/HMD Bread or Jeff Rib on Bun, Cowboy Beans
Tuesday, May. 10- Macho Nacho or Cheeseburger on Bun, Refried Beans
Wed
04
May

Donation Goal Met

Red Cross Blood Mobile visited Fairbury Tuesday, April 12, for its quarterly drive. Despite a slow start at the day's onset, the numbers increased so that the goal of 59 was exceeded.
Donating double red cell was: Martina Bramhall, Neil Wehling, Michael Meier, Don Fox, Cycilia Horn, Ken Nance, Sean Knothe and Michael Mooren. Garrett Ragland was a first-time donor.
Winners of the Trivant T-shirt raffle were: Samantha Banahan, Shari Bachle, Naomi Bennett, Carol Carpenter, Mary Flagle, Steve Grummert, Linda Harris, Cycilia Horn, Elsie Houser, Max Houser, Douglas Kapke, Lois Kroeker, Christina Maschman, Jan Nance, Jennifer Richtarik, Dee Short, Donna Steinbrook, Joynita Strunk, Kendra Weers, Janelle Weise and Belinda Wood.
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May

Quick Quips

• Turn signals became available to U.S. car buyers in the 1930s and were made popular by car manufacturers in the late 1940s.
To some of the people of Fairbury: cars today still have turn signals and there is absolutely no fee for using it.
I have almost been in three accidents the last two weeks because someone did not use their turn signal. Yes, I sound like a grouchy old man, but all three incidents were from people older than I am (I am in my 40s) and were just simply a case of carelessness.
Wed
04
May

The Fading of Fairbury

What does Fairbury’s future look like? What will it look like if people continue to not be active?
These are some of the questions that plague me as I turn and toss, lost in the drowse of more sleepless nights. In all honesty, Fairbury’s future will not look bright if we continue to be held back by our past and by our unwillingness to act on issues political and social.
Of course, the region is rich in history; however, it seems that in some cases we cannot escape that same history that helped this community to grow from its sparse foundation. 
From the time I was young, I remember asking people what makes this place so special. This would be the typical response:
“We had the railroad here.” (Queue speaker gazing into the distance, lost in a daydream of the past). “Until it left.”
Wed
04
May

Parents Are Parents, Not Bartenders

The saying goes, “Numbers don’t lie.” Numbers also shock and disappoint.
While at the mock accident last week at the Elks, the Jefferson Community Coalition presented some information from surveys from twelfth grade students in the county.
The numbers really shed some light on not only Jefferson County, but the sum of the whole of society as it is today.
I counted in this week’s graduation tab 114 students and I am basing the data presented by the Jefferson Community Coalition on those figures.
Of the seniors in this county, 23.8 percent (26 of 114) consumed alcohol in the last 30 days and of those 26 kids, 13 drove while or after drinking the last 30 days. Twenty-three kids rode with a driver who had been drinking in the last month alone.
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04
May

The Fairbury Elks Lodge Is An Organization Worth Having

Normally I don’t make a habit of stumping for specific service organizations. But there is little doubt that The Fairbury Elks Lodge is perhaps the finest service organization in our community.
This past weekend I spent quite a bit of time at the local Elks Lodge. I’ve been a member there for many years. I hate to admit it but even I didn’t realize all of the really great things they do.
On Saturday the lodge staged a fundraiser in which nearly 300 people from throughout our area attended. 
The purpose of the event was to keep the lodge up to snuff and help them help kids. And while it is not unusual for any of our fine service organizations to host a fundraiser, what was unique to me, at least, was what the Elks lodge does with that money. 
That was made obvious to me Sunday evening.
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04
May

Alma Siebengartner

ALMA Siebengartner
Alma Siebengartner, 88, formerly of Fairbury, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016, at the Linn Community Nursing Home, Linn, Kan. She was born January 3, 1928, in Pawnee City, Neb. the daughter of David and Rose (Prahl) Milburn.
She graduated from Huntington Beach Union High School, Huntington Beach, Calif. in 1945. Shortly after she married the love of her life, Martin L. Siebengartner and they were married until his death in 1985.
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May

Lena Friesen

Lena Friesen
Lena K. Friesen, 92, formerly of Jansen, passed away on April 11, 2016 at Good Samaritan Home in Beatrice. Lena was born to Peter E. and Anna (Kroeker) Friesen in Jansen on Aug. 11, 1923.
She graduated from both Moody Bible Institute and Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago. Lena was an RN, studied in Belgium and served nine years as a missionary in Africa. She worked many years at the Beatrice Mennonite and Fairbury hospitals. Lena attended Christ Community Church in Beatrice, loved traveling, painting, quilting and many other crafts.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and two brothers.
Graveside services were at Jansen Cemetery on April 15. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury in charge of services.     b

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