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Herman Neumann

Herman F. Neumann, 78, DeWitt, Neb., died on Feb. 11, 2011, at Beatrice Good Samaritan Center, Beatrice.

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Emil Kramer

Emil B. Kramer, 81, of Deshler, Neb., died Jan. 26, 2011 at Parkview Haven Nursing Home in Deshler.

Survivors include sister, Ann Hinrichs of Fairburyl niece, Laura Hinrichs of Denver, Colo.

Cremation. Private family burial will be at a later date. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury, service.

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Esther Grabowski

Esther Louise (Bangert) Grabowski, 86, Beatrice, Neb., died on Feb. 9, 2011, at the Beatrice Manor.

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Chester Renner

Chester Frank Renner of Clear Lake, Iowa was born Aug. 23, 1918 in Daykin, Neb., the son of Robert S. and Nora Elizabeth (Lindekugel) Renner. He died Feb. 2, 2011 at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa, Mason City, Iowa at the age of 92.

He attended country school for three years and graduated from Daykin High School in the spring of 36.

Two years later he moved to Clear Lake with his parents to a farm south of Clear Lake. He found a job working for a farmer who also needed a hired girl, so he sent a proposal back to his high school sweet heart, Ina Mae Jarchow.

They were married on April 30, 1938.

In 1948, they moved to a farm east of Klemme, Iowa , where they farmed until Ina Mae passed away in 1984.

After retirement, he moved to Clear Lake. He married Elsie (Theimann) Murray on July 9, 1984.

He loved all sports.

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Marie Francis

Marie Ellen (Bartels) Francis, 88, longtime resident of Tobias and Lincoln, Neb., died Feb. 10, 2011.

She was born Oct. 12, 1922 on the family farm south of Tobias, to Fred G. and Martha Emilia (Roesler) Bartels. She was the third of five children.

She attended Zion Lutheran School and graduated from Tobias High School (Class of 1940). After graduating from Chillicothe Business College in Chillicothe, Mo.

She worked in the Chicago offices of Swift & Co. routing food supplies to Army camps, where she met Samuel Kenneth Francis who shared her birthday.

They were married on Feb. 20, 1944, in Laramie, Wyo., while Kent was in the Army attending the University of Wyoming. At their wedding were Marie's mother Martha and Frankie Krutsmiter as the couple's attendants, with Mr. Reinfold Schroepfer of Ohiowa, Neb. as the only guest.

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Michael Acree

Michael Ford Acree, 55, died Jan. 10, 2011, at his home in Fairbury, Neb.

He was born in Salina, Kan., on Nov. 1, 1955 to George "Frank" and Lois Acree. He was baptized on April 14, 1957, at the Methodist Church in Washington, Kan. He was confirmed at the same church on March 22, 1967.

He attended school in Washington, and graduated from Washington High School on May 25, 1973. He briefly attended college.

On Dec. 18, 1976, he was united in marriage to Nancy Siebengartner at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hollenberg, Kansas. They resided in Hollenburg, Kan. for a short time and eventually built a home in Fairbury, Nebraska. To this union a daughter was born. In 1984, Michael and Nancy divorced.

On Nov. 30, 1998, he was united in marriage with Charmaine Pauling. He became a step-father to two sons. The couple resided in the Daykin and Hebron area. In 2008, they were divorced.

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Searching For America's Outstanding Oldest Worker Begins

The Search Begins in Nebraska for America's Outstanding Oldest Worker Nominations now are being accepted in the search for America's Outstanding Oldest Worker for 2011.

Sponsored by Experience Works, the search is part of a national effort to raise awareness about the contributions older individuals make in today's workplace and to break down barriers often associated with their employment.

In Nebraska, Experience Works operates the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide skills training, work experience, and community service opportunities for low-income older workers.

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Students Named To UNL Dean's List

Several local students have been named to the Dean's list/honor roll at UNL for the fall semester of the 2010-11 academic year.

Qualification for the Deans' List varies among the eight undergraduate colleges and the Honor Roll for the Division of General Studies. An asterisk (*) following a student's name denotes a 4.0 grade-point average. Students can be on the Dean's List for more than one college.

Daykin: Stephanie Ann Ebke, senior, Education and Human Sciences, nutrition science.

DeWitt: Amy Schroeder*, freshman, Business Administration, accounting; Thomas Schroeder*, senior, Business Administration, actuarial science; Allison Lynn Tyser, senior, Education and Human Sciences, elementary education.

Diller: Joseph David Henrichs, senior, Engineering, civil engineering; Janelle Rickstrew, freshman, Business Administration, Raikes School-accounting.

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Donor Wall Nears Completion

The donor wall being donated by Mark Hansen and his wife, Darcy, owners of Moon and Sun Monuments in Fairbury and Trump Monuments in Lincoln is nearing completion.

The wall will be located near the main entrance of the Fairbury Cemetery on the PWF Road and will be approximately 10 ft. tall resembling a church window. The board recently made the decision to add a donor wall to the local cemetery to encourage people to donate to help keep the cemetery maintained in the future.

Hansen hopes others will continue to keep the cemetery in mind for donations and if anyone is looking for an outlet for a charitable contribution, the board would like for them to keep the local cemetery in mind for that too. Additonal names can be added after the wall is placed.

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Wayne State Announces Dean's List

Wayne State recently announced their Dean's List for Fall 2010 Semester.

More than 900 students at Wayne State College were named to the Dean's List for exemplary academic achievement during the past semester. Students listed on the dean's list are full-time undergraduate students who have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale for the semester.

Local students making the list are Heidi Phillips and Kayla Specht, both of Fairbury and Brianne Hofstetter of Daykin.

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