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Looking For Nominations For Pioneer Farm Awards

The Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation and the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers announced recently that nominations for the 57th annual Nebraska Pioneer Farm Awards, sponsored by the Nebraska Farm Bureau, are now being accepted.

The program honors farm families in Nebraska whose land has been owned by members of the same family for 100 years or more.

Each honoree receives an engraved plaque and gatepost marker as permanent recognition of this milestone.

Nominations forms can be obtained from the local County Fair Board Office, Jefferson County Extension Office or by writing the Ak-Sar-Ben Pioneer Farm Awards, 8707 West Center Road, Suite 101, Omaha, Ne. 68124 or online at www.aksarben.org. All nominations must be received by the county fair board office in which the land is found no later than May 1, 2011.

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Relay For Life Plans Kick Off Party On Feb. 24

When cancer strikes, it seldom takes a day off. After you have taken some time off to stay warm during this cold winter with your family, think about joining the battle against cancer with the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Jefferson County. This year's event is scheduled for Friday, June 17, at the Fairbury City Park.

A Kick Off party will be held at the First National Bank, Fairbury at the Burkley Family Center, 511 E St., on Thursday, Feb. 24, 5:30 p.m. Bring your family and friends to join in the celebration of the Sixth year of this event in Jefferson County. A highlight of the evening will be a guest speaker, one of the 2011 Heros of Hope for the Nebraska region, Michelle Bellsas. Michelle is a thyroid cancer survivor and has a truly inspirational story.

For more information or to get involved, call Brenda Riggle at 729-6419 or Krystal Schroeder at 587-0387.

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Landowners See Benefits of Open Fields and Waters Program

A little extra money is always welcome, and Nebraska landowners can cash in by signing up for the Open Fields and Waters program with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The program pays landowners to allow walk-in access to their property for hunting and fishing.

Gary Frerichs of Beatrice enrolled some pasture and timberland in Open Fields and Waters last year. He said Game and Parks staff made it easy to enroll, and they posted signs to mark access boundaries.

"I was skeptical at first," Frerichs said, "but it has been a win-win for me and the hunters who now have access to my land. The extra income helped pay for improvements on the property. I recommend Open Fields and Waters to anyone."

This year the Conservation Reserve Program-Management Access Program merged into Open Fields and Waters to create a single public access program.

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Are You Ready To Dial Area Code? New System Goes Into Effect On Feb. 26

Dig out your phone instruction book. It is only days away before you will have to dial 402 to make a local call. So if you have all your numbers programmed in to your phone, now is the time to make the change.

The reason for the change is the area code overlay.

What is an area code overlay?

Due to increased demand for telephone numbers, the Nebraska Public Service Commission approved the addition of a new area code, 531, for the same geographic area as the 402 area code. This is called an area code overlay. An overlay does not require customers to change their existing area code or telephone number, but does require customers to dial the area code + seven-digit telephone number for all calls, including calls within the same area code.

Who will this affect?

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Fairbury FFA RED & BLUE Game

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Fairbury FFA RED & BLUE Game

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Laura Brueggemann

Laura L. Brueggemann, 92, of Daykin, Neb., died Feb. 15, 2011 at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury.

Survivors include her daughters, Carolyn Maschman of Daykin, Donna Zabel and husband, Larry of Lincoln, Doris Zoubek and husband, Larry of Western; son, Robert Brueggemann and wife, Elaine of Gainsville, Texas; sister, Evelyn Schwisow of Omaha; 10 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 18 at St. John's Lutheran Church at Daykin with the Rev. Lawrence Fruhling officiating. Memorials to family's choice. Burial will be in the Plainview Cemetery, Western. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury, service.

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Eva Garrels

Eva J. Garrels, 91, of Diller, Neb., died Feb. 10, 2011. Survivors include her son, Jerome Garrels and wife, Donna of Colorado Springs, Colo.; daughter, Sandra Stelling and husband, Harold of Fairbury; grandchildren, Ronnie Stelling and wife, Tricia of Lincoln, Darrell Stelling and wife, Gin of Roseville, Calif., Donell Anderson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Gavin and Aiden Stelling of Lincoln, Dakota Anderson of Colorado Springs, Eva and Stella McMillan of Roseville; brother-in-law, Billey Garrels and wife, Jean of Filley; nieces and nephews.

Services were held Feb. 14 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Diller with the Rev. Mark Liscom officiating. Memorials to family's choice. Burial was in the Prairie Home Cemetery, Diller. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury, service.

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Rex Cerveny

Rex Cerveny, 60, of Fairbury, Neb., died Feb. 14, 2011 at BryanLGH West Hospital in Lincoln.

Survivors include his mother, Clairice Cerveny of Fairbury; brothers, Donald of Beatrice, Todd Cerveny and wife, Stephani of Portland, Ore. sister, Ronda Rasmussen of Fairbury; nieces, nephews and great nieces.

Graveside services will be held 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18 at the Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury. Cremation. Memorials to family's choice. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury, service.

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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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