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2022 Nebraska Passport completed

For those who think they can not take a long vacation, they need to check out what Nebraska has to offer. When COVID hit and the quarantines started, I looked for alternative ways to vacation. I...

 

Couple traveling with pop-up camper on stilts

While taking the usual evening walk through Lincoln Park, an unusual sight seemed to spring out of nowhere. At close range it looked something like a camper on stilts. In fact, it was a rooftop camper on a metal frame that gave a new meaning to high...

 

Ivan Frost receives Quilt of Valor

Brenda Frost Carlson pieced, quilted and bound a Quilt of Valor to honor her father, U. S. Navy veteran Ivan Frost. The quilt was awarded at a family ceremony on September 4, 2022, at Brenda's home in Sutton, Neb. Ivan Frost and his wife, Leta, are...

 

World traveler selects Superior as central location for her home

When people have lived in many areas of the United States and abroad, what brings them to a small town like Superior, Nebraska? That's what many think when they see someone new. In Barbara Huntington's case, it's family that brought her to Superior....

 

Ghost town of Otego had a short-lived high school

Otego High School By Kerma Crouse The ghost town of Otego, Kan., had a high school. Likely one of the lesser known of the 16 Jewell County high schools. Otego High School existed, perhaps as early as 1903, and continued until the 1919-1920 school...

 

Mankato sale barn in business for 93 years and going strong

Since 1929, a livestock sale barn has been located on the north edge of Mankato. The original barn has been replaced with the modern sale barn, office and pens of Mankato Livestock Inc. At a recent...

 

Gerlach (98) receives WWII awards at Cowles

Wayne Gerlach, 98, a resident of Cowles, Neb., was honored last Monday night at the Cowles American Legion 116 meeting. Attending were members of the Cowles Legion, Wayne's family and friends. Retired Major General Charles Barr, Liberty, Neb.,...

 

Three Generations of the Fair Family operate Jewell County banks

This is a story of a bank. More than that, it is the story of people who staked their claims and gambled their livelihoods on farming and enterprising on the rough prairielands of north central Kansas --which was to become the geographical center of...

 

Pawn shop for the rich opens in Hesston

Kansas welcomed a pawn shop for the rich in exchange for a promise of rural development As Brad Heppner faces allegations of fraud and the SEC investigates his former business, legislators still support his new endeavor By Sherman Smith Kansas...

 
 By Lori Potter    Features    July 29, 2022

Tiny heartthrob: Therapy mini-horse brings oversized joy to Nebraskans

By Lori Potter Flatwater Free Press The heartthrob has skinny legs, wild hair and a laid-back personality that captivates everyone he meets, from preschoolers who want to touch his head to...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    Features    July 28, 2022

Mayview, Kansas and the Mayview Post Office

The little, now long-gone, town of Mayview, Kansas, was getting “a new store” and the “population was increasing” in March of 1881 (March 24,1881, Jewell County Review and the March 11, 1881, Jewell County Monitor) In fact, 1881 might seem a...

 

Time with family and history enjoyed at Fort Riley

What a weekend! We went to Fort Riley to visit Robert and my two adopted army brats and family. We arrived at the boys' place early in the afternoon on Friday. We were at the house long enough to use...

 

48 teams participate in Red Neck Miniature Golf Fundraiser

Red Neck Miniature Golf Fundraiser held in and around Deweese The 10th Red Neck Miniature Golf Tournament was held on Sunday, in and around Deweese. Forty-eight teams participated on a beautiful...

 

After the deer hunt comes processing the meat

Every year, thousands of people apply for a deer license with the hope of bagging a trophy buck and providing food for the family. Though I have never shot a deer, hunting season has been a big deal in my family. Almost more prominent than the...

 

Brian Blevins

Brian Blevins, athletic director, physical education, health instructor at Lawrence-Nelson Middle School and High School said, "As the football coach and athletic director, I get multiple opportunities every year to build and strengthen...

 

Jessica Stokes

Jessica Stokes ELA teacher Lawrence-Nelson Middle School and High School told about teaching during COVID quarantine. "In the spring of 2020, I spent a lot of time meeting individually with a few students to help them catch up on their school work...

 

Kylee Haba

Kylee Haba, Art and 9-12 Journalism at Lawrence-Nelson Middle School and High School told about an uplifting experience which encourages her in teaching. "It was the summer of 2020 (we all know how that went!) and I was sitting at home doing...

 

Outstanding Alumni Award

This year Hastings College gave all of their alumni in the education field the Outstanding Alumni Award for their hard work and dedication put forth during the current pandemic. Congratulations to...

 

Lawrence-Nelson Honor Roll

Research shows students involved in their school perform better academically, and Lawrence-Nelson is no different. Students hold signs with the number of extra curricular activities they are involved...

 

A smile behind the mask - Nancy Marihugh

Originally from Lincoln County Kansas, Nancy Marihugh, Jewell County's health administrator, has lived in Jewell County since 2005. She currently resides in Esbon. Marihugh graduated from Lincoln...

 

Ute Theatre started before 1915 across the street from today's location

The Ute Theater in Mankato has quite the history. Prior to 1915, the theater was located across the street from its current location. Around 1915, Sam Blair of Belleville bought the theater and moved...

 

Bushy Nutz Squirrel Hunt held at Nuckolls County Fairgrounds

The third annual Bushy Nutz Squirrel Hunt was held at the Nuckolls County Fairgrounds Saturday. Teams of two registered for the event the day before, with a bag limit of five squirrels per team. The squirrels are weighed and measured. The top five ar...

 

Nurse finds "happy place" while hunting whitetail deer

Amanda Peters refers to the outdoors as her “happy place.” The Lincoln, Neb., woman is a cardiac intensive care unit nurse at Bryan Medical Center East, and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has leaned on that happy place even more. That...

 

Amanda Womack: A friendly face at the Farm Bureau office

If you need insurance you might go into Farm Bureau to get it. While there you will probably be greeted by Mankato resident, Amanda Womack, an insurance sales associate. Womack attended Mankato High S...

 

Bloodmobile visits Nelson Jan. 8

Reminder of the bloodmobile coming to Nelson on Friday, Jan. 8.  Information was received on an alert: There’s new FDA blood donation eligibility guidance for those who receive a COVID-19 vaccination. But good news, there’s no deferral time...

 

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