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Gov. Heineman Dines Out Jefferson County Style

Going out to eat "country style."

Governor Dave Heineman and his wife, Sally Ganem, traveled the dirt roads of Jefferson County Monday evening to attend a potluck supper at Mark and Jan Knobel's rural residence northwest of Fairbury.

They were special guests at a fundraising event for the Jefferson County Republican Women. Approximately 80 people sat down with the governor for supper and the chance to quiz him afterward.

"We are very happy to host the governor and his wife Sally, and I think we have a very good turn out," Bev Schwab of the Jefferson County Republican women said upon the Governors arrival.

Even though the event was held at the Mark and Jan Knobel residence, Jan took little credit.

"I didn't do much other than clean the house," Knobel said. "Kim Allen, Bev Schwab and Rose Wiegert headed up the event."

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Bartek Earns Masters At Kaplan University

Tara Bartek, daughter of Duane and Nancy Bartek of Daykin, earned a Masters in Business Administration from Kaplan University during their Aug. 2011 commencement in Chicago, ILL. Tara achieved a 4.0 GPA, leading to induction into the Golden Key and Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Societies. Tara is currently employed with Ameritas Retirement Plans in Lincoln.

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Construction Work, Wilber to Clatonia

Highway improvements on N-41, Wilber to Clatonia, has begun, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.

Work includes an asphalt overlay with a base stabilization.

The prime contractor is Werner Construction, Inc. of Hastings, who was awarded the $1.8 million contract.

Traffic will be maintained through the work zone with flaggers and a pilot car. Traffic can expect a ten to fifteen minute delay. This project is expected to be completed in late fall of 2011.

The Department of Roads' project manager for this project is Dennis Endorf of Fairbury.

Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through work zones.

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Mary Lutze Named To Dean's List

Mary Lutze, daughter of David and Marsha Lutze of Fairbury has been named to the Spring 2011 Dean's List of the Evangel University, Springfield, Mo. She must maintain a grade point average of 3.6 or higher on 4.0 scale for this honor.

Evangel University is a private, Christian university of arts, science and professions, with an enrollment of 2.100 students.

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Plymouth Practice Burn

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Class of 1981

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2011 Nebraska State Fair Offers More Interactive Activities

For its second year in its new Grand Island home, the Nebraska State Fair will introduce more interactive activities while keeping a strong focus on science, careers and healthy living, said Kathleen Lodl, assistant dean for extension at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

"As we enter our second year in the new facility, we are looking forward to an even better and bigger fair with more opportunities for young people," Lodl, said.

This year a state fair iPad app will enable fair goers to view contest results via their iPads or kiosks throughout the fairgrounds, Lodl said. The app can be downloaded for free from the iTunes store online by searching for Nebraska Extension 4-H.

More interactive 4-H exhibits and activities are also one of the highlights for this year's fair, said Shane Potter, UNL extension educator and 4-H program coordinator.

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No-till/Cover Crop Field Day Scheduled Near Johnson

A No-till/Cover Crop Field Day is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 7th at the Rob Bohling Farm near Johnson. The field day begins with registration and refreshments at 9:30 a.m., with the program starting at 10:00. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Specialist, Paul Jasa will begin the program by discussing cover crops and their impact on soil quality. There will then be viewing of the different cover crop strips which were planted following wheat in late July. There are strips of monoculture cover crops as well as several different cover crop mixes or cover crop cocktails.

Keith Berns a no-till farmer from south central Nebraska and Green Cover Seed and Paul Jasa will discuss the different cover crops. The final component of the field day will be to view the soil pit and discuss the effect of continuous no-till on soil quality. The field day will conclude with lunch at 12:30 p.m.

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Ahl Wins State Proficiency Award

Shalyse Ahl of Fairbury was named the State FFA Veterinary Medicine-Entrepreneurship/Placement Proficiency award winner. She received a $250 check at the state FFA convention and will go on to compete for national honors.

Each application will be judged at the national level and will be rated gold, silver or bronze. There will be four finalists chosen, with each receiving a $500 award and an accompanying plaque. The national winner will receive an additional $500 check and plaque.

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Joyce Betts

Joyce Betts was born April 30, 1948 in Fairbury, Neb. to Kenneth and Jean Becker. She died Aug. 28, 2011 with her family by her side at The Hospice House in Omaha at the age of 63.

She graduated from Endicott High School in 1966.

She was united in marriage to Merlin Betts and together they raised their family in Crete.

She worked for many years at Nestle Purina until her recent retirement with her husband.

She was an avid Husker fan.

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