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Jean M. Boyd

Jean M. Boyd was born Feb. 16, 1930 in Fairbury to Floyd D. and Jessie Palmer Harlan. She died Feb. 22, 2012 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury at the age of 82 years and 6 days.

She grew up in Fairbury and lived her entire life in Fairbury.

On April 13, 1941, she was baptized, becoming a member of the First Baptist Church.

She attended Fairbury schools and graduated from high school in 1948.

She married James M. "Red" Boyd on Dec. 20, 1947. To this union two children were born. She worked various part-time jobs, her last tailoring clothes at Richardson's Men's Wear.

She loved to sew and make clothes for her children and grandchildren. She also knitted, crocheted, bowled, golfed, walked, hunted, and did yard work. She was an active person and a competitive person. She and "Red" loved to dance and could dance on roller skates and ice skates.

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Major Larry Brandt

Major Larry Brandt was born Dec. 24, 1935 in Jefferson County to Henry H. Brandt and Therese K. Brandt. He died Feb. 16, 2012 at home in Woodland Park, Colo., at the age of 76.

He attended Fairbury High School and graduated in 1953.

He served in the National Guard from 1952 to 1954; and in the Marine Corp from 1954 to 1957. He attended Embry Riddle from 1957 to 1960 and graduated third in his class of 58. He underwent U.S. Air Force pilot training in Lubbock, Texas, where he finished seventh in his class of 48. He graduated Summa Cum Laude, from Troy State University in 1974 and received his MBA from Southern Illinois University with a 3.6 GPA. He graduated from the Army Command and Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. in the top 20 percent.

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Gene "Ed" Jurgena

Gene "Ed" Jurgena, 67, of Holmesville, Neb., died March 2, 2012 at the Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen; son, Todd Jurgena and wife, Bonnie of Beatrice; daughter, Tori Allen of Lincoln; step daughter, Peggy Nickels of Beatrice; step son, Theodore Nickels of Beatrice; granddaughter, Cheyenne Jurgena; five step grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; six brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews.

Private graveside services were held at the Blue Springs Cemetery with John Snyder officiating. Harman-Wright Mortuary of Beatrice, service.

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Justin Lee Kunc

Justin Lee Kunc, 33, of Western, Neb., died Feb. 28, 2012 at the Crete Area Medical Center in Crete of a farm accident.

Survivors include his wife, Amanda; daughters, Tayley and Laney; parents, Frank and Pam Kunc of Dorchester; brother, Jacob Kunc of Wilber and special friend, Melanie Veprovsky of Dorchester; sister and brother-in-law, Amber and Perry Shane of Atkinson; nephews, Oliver, Ian and Case Shane; parents-in-law, Bradley and Dawn Hynek of Western; brothers-in-law, Colby Hynek of Western, Ethan Hynek of Hoxie, Kan.; grandparents, Delbert and Leoda Yost of Crete, Robert Kunc of Wilber, Howard and Pauline Hynek of Endicott, Larry Haake of Daykin; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services were held March 3 at Sokol Hall in Wilber. In lieu of flowers, memorials to family's choice. Burial was in the Wilber Czech Cemetery.

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Janis Dunback Schroeder

Janis Dunback Schroeder, 67, of Fairbury, Neb., died Feb. 29, 2012.

Survivors include her son, Schaun Schroeder and wife, Krystal of Fairbury; daughter, Colleen Stonecipher and husband, Steven of Ashland; grandchildren, Trevor, Michaela, Moriah and Tara Schroeder; special friend, Richard Bear; sisters, Carol Harper of Salina, Kan., Joy Dunback of Denver, Colo.; brothers, Steven Dunback and wife, Kathy of Belleville, Kan., Kean Dunback and wife, Vanessa of Wamego, Kan.

Services were held on March 3, 2012 at the Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home Chapel, Fairbury with Pastor Charles Schmidt officiating. Burial was in the Washington Township Cemetery of rural Republic, Kan.

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Join The Million Challenge!

By Kathy Helmink RN, CDE

The American Diabetes Association's is asking the public to "Join the Million Challenge" by rallying one million people to take the Diabetes Risk Test beginning on Tues. March 27, the annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day. Diabetes Alert Day, is held the fourth Tuesday in March, and is a one-day, "wake-up" for communities to take the Diabetes Risk Test to see if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This Risk Test requires users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for type 2 diabetes. It shows individuals whether they are at high risk for pre-diabetes or diabetes. If they are at high risk, they are encouraged to talk with their health care provider and get screened.

Diabetes by the Numbers

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Election Filings Continue To Come In

Filing dates for many of the elected positions is fast approaching. Deadline for non-incumbents is March 1.

Voter registration, party change, address change and name change can be completed in the County Clerk's office until May 4, at 6:00 p.m. If you are completing this by mail or agent the deadline is April 27, and received in the County Clerk's office by April 30.

Below is a list of filings as of Mar. 6. (I)-Incumbent

Republican Delegates for County Convention

William Schwab

Joshua Whitney

Beverly Schwab

Ralph Knobel

Martha Knobel

Ron Schwab

Kenneth Meints

The following need to file with the Secretary of State.

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Bin Bin Chen Makes Honor Roll For School Of Pharmacy

More than 4,400 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas earned honor roll distinction for the fall 2011 semester, including Bin Bin Chen, of Fairbury. She is a Prof 1 in Pharmacy. She made the honor roll for the School of Pharmacy.

The honor roll comprises undergraduates who meet requirements in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and in the schools of allied health; architecture, design and planning; business; education; engineering; journalism; music; nursing; pharmacy; and social welfare.

Honor roll criteria vary among the university's academic units. Some schools honor the top 10 percent of students enrolled, some establish a minimum grade-point average and others raise the minimum GPA for each year students are in school. Students must complete a minimum number of credit hours to be considered for the honor roll.

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Tax Revenues for Dec. 2011

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Statewide Tornado Drill Set For Wednesday, March 21

Area communities will be participating in the annual statewide tornado drill on Wednesday, March 21 as part of 2012 Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week activities.

The week-long observance, which runs March 19 to 23, includes the Wednesday drill as a time for residents, businesses and industries to test their severe weather emergency preparedness plans.

The morning drill will begin around 10 a.m. with the issuance of a mock tornado warning and activation of outdoor warning devices (sirens) about 10 to 15 minutes later.

Another mock tornado warning may be issued sometime around 7 p.m. the same night and some communities may also choose to activate their warning sirens.

If severe weather is possible that day, the drill may be postponed or canceled.

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