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Karpisek Fights To Help Horseracing Industry

My colleagues and I put in some extra hours this week and wrapped up our business to adjourn sine die. It was a busy week for me, as I continued my fight to return Saline County to the first congressional district, and moved to override the governor's veto of LB256, a bill I introduced to help the horseracing industry.

Our redistricting debate from last week continued on Select File. In the Congressional redistricting fight, I led the charge to try to return Saline County to the first congressional district. Other concerns that were raised about the proposal that advanced from General File included the division of the city of Bellevue between districts and the dilution of minority voters within the second district. I did not have the votes to pass my amendment, and apart from a small change that moved all of Gage County into the third district, the plan passed Select File and Final Reading in its original form.

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Just Around The Corner

Friendly Thursday

Friendly Thursday Club will meet on Thursday, June 9, noon at Griffey's Steakhouse.

125th Anniversary

Jansen 125th Anniversary will be held Saturday, Aug. 13. Parade participants wanted. Call Linda at 402-239-2042.

Relay For Life

Jefferson County Relay For Life will be held on Friday, June 17, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. at the Fairbury City Park. June is National Cancer Survivor Month, wear purple. For more information contact Brenda Riggle at 402-729-6419 or Krystal Schroeder at 402-587-0387.

Jefferson County Republican Women

The Jefferson County Republican Women will meet on Tuesday, June 14, 6 p.m. at Wally's in Fairbury. All are welcome to attend.

Flag Day

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First National Bank Of Fairbury "Here Today, Here Tomorrow"

First National Bank of Fairbury, is proud to be recognized as a 5-Star Superior Bank by BauerFinancial, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, the nation's bank rating firm. Earning this highest 5-Star rating for strength and stability, Mr. Vernon R. Pfaff, CEO, and the entire team at First National Bank of Fairbury have proven their commitment to their customers. To earn Bauer's 5-Star Superior rating, First National Bank of Fairbury must excel in areas of capital adequacy, delinquent loan levels and profitability to name just a few. In fact, it has done so for eight consecutive quarters.

First National Bank of Fairbury was established in 1883 and has been serving the banking needs of its neighbors and friends for 128 years. It currently operates through three conveniently located offices in Fairbury and can also be found on the internet at www.fnbfairbury.com.

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Westin Foods Expands Its Healthy Foods Division

Acquisitions such as Mae's Health & Wellness, a seven-year-old family owned business that sells products based on the native North American aroniaberry, are enabling Omaha-based Westin Foods to expand its fledgling healthy foods division.

"There's a light bulb going off with the American consumer that due to the financial burdens of health care and related issues, healthy foods offer an alternative for each individual," said Westin Foods President and CEO Scott Carlson.

"We're searching for additional products and acquisition opportunities as we further diversify into an existing and growing health and wellness segment," Carlson said. Westin Foods, which was founded in 1950, specializes in the production and distribution of its own brands as well as private and controlled label products sold by retailers and restaurant chains.

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Farm Bureau Collecting Food For Blue Valley Food Pantry

Nebraska Farm Bureau is partnering with the Can Care-A-Van again this year. In conjunction with this, the Jefferson County Farm Bureau will be collecting food for the local Food Pantry.

"Farm Bureau has collection sites all over the county and Judy Zimmerman and Bill Warnke have been organizing this," Ryan Bailey, BVCA Family & Community Services Coordinator, said. "We had around 3,000 pounds last year without even being a regular "stop" of the Can-Care-A Van. Wow! We are hoping for a good turnout this year too, as the shelves are quite bare again! One hundred percent of food donated remains here in our pantry to help local families. Any and all food donations are welcome!"

Farm Bureau is asking everyone for their support to help fill the Food Pantry.

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Big Indian Lake Improvement Project Completed

In partnership with the Big Indian Advisory Council and the Big Indian Archers, the Lower Big Blue NRD is having a public site showing and Grand Opening on Saturday, June 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Big Indian Recreation Area.

The lake is located four miles south and two miles west of Wymore. EA Engineering, NRD Staff and members of the Big Indian Advisory Council will be on hand to discuss the improvements with the public.

A hayrack ride touring the lake will start at 11:00 a.m. and a free hotdog lunch will start at 11:30 a.m.. KUTT 99.5 FM radio will be on location from 10:00 a.m. - noon. If the weather cooperates and the lake is at full pool, EA Engineering will be giving boat rides. Please join us at the shelter near the archery range on the west side of the lake.

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Beatrice Children's Theatre To Hold Auditions June 13, 14

Beatrice Children's Theatre is holding auditions for its 2011 summer production of "Alice in Wonderland" on Monday, June 13, and Tuesday, June 14.

Auditions are Monday all day from 9 am to 4 pm, so please bring a sack lunch. Tuesday auditions are from 9 am to 12 noon or 1:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon; depending on your cast assignment.

Please plan on attending both audition days. No prior preparation is necessary, as children will be asked to read from the script and participate in acting games. Rehearsals will begin Monday, June 20 and will be held either in the mornings or afternoons also depending on the cast to which they are assigned.

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First National Bank Of Fairbury "Here Today, Here Tomorrow"

First National Bank of Fairbury, is proud to be recognized as a 5-Star Superior Bank by BauerFinancial, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, the nation's bank rating firm. Earning this highest 5-Star rating for strength and stability, Mr. Vernon R. Pfaff, CEO, and the entire team at First National Bank of Fairbury have proven their commitment to their customers. To earn Bauer's 5-Star Superior rating, First National Bank of Fairbury must excel in areas of capital adequacy, delinquent loan levels and profitability to name just a few. In fact, it has done so for eight consecutive quarters.

First National Bank of Fairbury was established in 1883 and has been serving the banking needs of its neighbors and friends for 128 years. It currently operates through three conveniently located offices in Fairbury and can also be found on the internet at www.fnbfairbury.com.

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Assembly Of God Collects Food For Pantry

The Assembly of God Sunday School Class recently donated 482 pounds of food to the Blue Valley Food Pantry. Shown loading the van, back row, left to right, Samuel Netherton, Alfred Davis, Sunday School members, Donna Pope, church volunteer, Sharon Ramsey and Ron Ramsey, co-teachers of the teen Sunday School class, and in front, Marlaney Deras, church volunteer and Chistina Netherton, Sunday School member. According to Ramsey, they held a class on feeding the 5,000, so they decided to raise 5,000 ounces. The class ended up with over 6,000 ounces total. (Journal-News photo by Vicki Check)

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Karl Hundtofte

Karl L. Hundtofte, 41, of Council Bluffs, Iowa died May 20, 2011 at his home.

Survivors include his wife of nine years, Jennifer; son, Luke; daughters, Rachel and Anna; parents, Vern and Martha Hundtofte; sister, Karen (Dave) Cole, all of Council Bluffs; grandmother, Rachel Anderson of Stanton, Iowa; in-laws, Dan and Barbara Arner of Fairbury; nieces and nephews.

Services were held May 25 at Queens of the Apostles Catholic Church with the Rev. Chuck Kottas officiating. Memorials may be made to Pray for Gray Foundation, P.O. Box 1923, Council Bluffs, IA 51502, St. Peter's Church, American Cancer Society or Hundtofte Children's Education Fund, P.O. Box 1923, Council Bluffs, IA 51502. Burial was in the Memorial Park Cemetery.

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