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James Dean Weiner

James Dean Weiner

James (Jim) Dean Weiner, 57, of Bend, Ore., beloved husband, father and son, went to be with his Lord at home on Saturday, Mar. 22, 2014. Following a month of at-home care by his wife, his Lord rescued and healed him from a rare and aggressive cancer. He was born on July 24, 1956, to Dean and Wanda Weiner and graduated from high school in Odell in 1974.

He married Sandy Brown on July 28, 1979 in Beatrice. Their daughter, Julie was born in 1980 and son, Mike in 1983. Through his life, Jim and Sandy lived in Diller, Brownlee, Fremont, Gering, Columbus and Lincoln, before moving to Bend, Ore. in 2007 to be with their two children.

Jim was employed with Pacific Source Health Plans in the facilities department for the past seven years. He previously worked as a church building superintendent, county road maintenance heavy equipment operator, truck driver and grain elevator laborer.

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Patricia (Stettenbenz) Peterson

Patricia (Stettenbenz) Peterson

Patricia (Stettenbenz) Peterson, 73, passed away on Mar. 26, 2014 at the Gold Crest Retirement Center in Adams, Neb. She was born to Joseph and Jessie (Spradley) Stettenbenz in Tecumseh, Neb. on July 11, 1940. She was baptized at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tecumseh. She grew up in Tecumseh and attended Tecumseh Public Schools, graduating with the Class of 1958.

She met the love of her life, Dale Peterson, while he was working construction in Tecumseh. They were married two weeks later on Oct. 27, 1962. They spent the early years of their marriage traveling for Dales job. They settled in Fairbury in 1965, where they resided for 42 years. Dale and Patricia moved to Cortland, where they lived the past seven years. Dale passed away July 7, 2010.

She was a cook at SCC in Fairbury, at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury and after moving to Cortland, worked at Walmart in Beatrice.

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Rev. Kenneth R. Jacobson

Rev. Kenneth R.

Jacobson

Rev. Kenneth R. Jacobson, 95, passed away on Mar. 25, 2014 at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury.

He was born on Oct. 24, 1918 to Thorwald and Anne (Dybevik) Jacobson in Sebeka, Minn.

Survivors include his wife, Clara; daughters, Solveig Bischoff of Beatrice; Mary Hoppe and husband, Dick of Fairbury; Margit Kegel and husband, James of Eugene, Ore; sons Peter and wife, Anne Jacobson of Wichita, Kan.; Paul and wife, LaVonne Jacobson of Northfield, Minn.; Thomas and wife, Kim Jacobson of Champlain, Minn.; 25 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; Brother, Rev. Arvild Jacobson and wife, Jo of Sun City, Ariz..He is preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; five brothers; one son-in-law and one grandson.

Services were held Monday, Mar. 31, 2014 at the American Lutheran Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Brian Julin-McCleary officiating.

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Dorothy Jane Combs Boeckner

Dorothy Jane Combs Boeckner

Dorothy Jane Combs passed away on Mar. 22, 2014.

She was born Nov. 29, 1924.

Dorothy and her twin sister, Doris were the third and fourth children born to John and Audrey (Henson) Combs of rural Alexandria, S.D.

They followed the birth of twin brothers.

At an early age the family moved to Kansas where they obtained their early schooling, graduating from Winchester High School. The family moved to the Bay Area of California, first to Berkley then to El Sobrante.

During the war, their mother worked for Cutter Laboratories of Berkley and Dorothy and her sister followed.

She was active in the First Christian Church of Richmond, Calif. where she met her husband, Howard Boeckner and they were married on June 8, 1947.

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Briefly Speaking...

Lincoln Area College FairApril 13

College-bound students can visit with representatives from over 80 state and regional colleges during the Lincoln Area College Fair,Sunday, April 13 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.at Southeast Community College, 8800 O Street in Lincoln.Admission is free.

The college fair, sponsored by EducationQuest Foundation, will provide an opportunity for students - especially juniors and sophomores - to begin their college selection process.

The following tips will help students make the most of their College Fair visit:

Before you attend, visitNebraskaCollegeFairs.orgto register for a barcode to print and take to the college fair. College reps will scan the barcode to retrieve your demographic information so you wont have to complete information cards. If you already have a barcode from a fall college fair, you may reuse it.

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Local Student Receives Full Scholarship to Wayne State College

Photo caption: Rachel Bender

Local Student Receives Full Scholarship to Wayne State College

Rachel Bender of Fairbury, daughter of Brian and Shirley Bender, has been awarded the Board of Trustees Scholarship from Wayne State College. This scholarship will provide full tuition to attend Wayne State College in Wayne. She will graduate from Fairbury High School in 2014. Besides an excellent grade point average she is a member of FBLS, FCCLA, Crimson Elite Show Choir and volleyball.

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Bluebirds Across Nebraska to host 20th Annual conference in Beatrice

All nature lovers are invited to attend Bluebirds Across Nebraskas (BAN) 20th Annual Conference to be held on April 4 and 5 at Aunt Marys Center, 111 8th Street in Beatrice.

On Friday, April 4, a social hour will start at 6 p.m. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m. After the dinner, Al Batt, a nationally known writer and speaker, will entertain with his humorous stories. Cost for the dinner is $15 if registering before March 20, and $20 after.

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Mayor Pleased with Progression of Electric Rate Hike Ordinance

Fairbury Mayor Homer Ward said, Well see what happens, but so far, so good.

On Tuesday, members of the Fairbury City Council passed second reading of an ordinance which would increase electric rates by 13.4 percent a year for two years an increase that Mayor Ward says is sorely needed.

By this time I think the people of Fairbury are very aware that our electric utility is losing money at a record rate, he said, These increases are needed not to give us more money in the bank and not to buy more equipment. They are needed just to get us out of the red.

The Fairbury utility has been withdrawing approximately $100,000 a month from its cash reserves account just to meet expenses. If left unchecked, the loss could amount to slightly more than a million dollars for the current fiscal year.

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Meridian has Rock in Prevention Program

Photo caption: Contributed PhotoThe Rock in Prevention program March 21 at Meridian School concentrated on decreasing bullying by training high school mentors using music to reach the hearts and minds of the students in teaching other students to identify and decrease bullying.

Our kids are great, we dont have problems with drugs or bullying.

Every parent or teacher would like to think that, but dealing with the facts can be a totally different matter.

Statistics show that one in three students in American schools are bullied. Of those bullied, 1 in 4 grow up to have criminal records. Schools are consistently working towards improving the school situations so that they are supportive and are able to move their students on to future success in life.

Meridian recently had a Rock in Prevention Program in conjunction with Bruning/Davenport Public Schools, Fairbury Elks Lodge and Thayer County Community Coalition.

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The Quilters Guild and Fairbury Public Library Host Presentation

Rock Creek Quilters Guild and the Fairbury Public Library will be hosting an evening with Suzi Parron, noted author of Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement, Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church.

Parron has spent the past year traveling the country speaking to quilt guilds and other groups about barn quilts and the many other painted quilts that make up the quilt trail.

Parron will take you on a journey along the quilt trail, beginning with the very first barn quilt, which stemmed from Donna Sue Groves and her wish to honor her mothers quilting art. Parrons presentation features over 100 photographs of barn quilts, some of which rival cloth quilts in their intricacy. She will share stories of some of the individuals who have painted quilt blocks to honor loved ones or their local culture, as well as a few humorous anecdotes.

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