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Ella Eager House gets national recognition

A two-and-a-half story wood framed Queen Anne-style residence built in Beaver Crossing 120 years ago has officially cemented its place on the National Register of Historic Places. The Ella Eager …
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Complex childcare problem requires collaboration

There is a desert in Friend; a childcare desert. Friend’s only childcare center closed in December 2023 leaving many parents wondering, “now what?”  At first look it may …

Various factors at play with merger

Action steps towards a consolidation of the Exeter-Milligan and Friend Public School districts are being taken one meeting at a time leading up to the moment of truth: Voting. A big decision …
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Kremer to represent EMF at state

The Exeter-Milligan/Friend wrestling team showed some of its best wrestling of the season at the District D1 meet Feb. 10. Dayton Kremer earned a spot at the state tournament with his …

Sladek wins one at subdistrict; boys set for postseason

The Exeter-Milligan/Friend girls’ wrestling team saw its season end Feb. 3 at the subdistrict tournament, but Coach Nathan Baber was encouraged by what he saw throughout the year. …

Bobcats win three, first in conference tournament

The Exeter-Milligan/Friend girls’ basketball team bounced back from two straight losses the previous week with three straight wins, defeating Heartland 44-38 on Jan. 25, Pawnee City 48-36 on …

Sladek, Kramer fourth at Superior Invite

Kyler Sladek of Exeter-Milligan/Friend represented the Bobcats at the Centennial Invitational Jan. 20 and, although she finished out of the medals, she went 2-2 on the day at 115 pounds. She …
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Kyler Sladek of EMF, left, takes down Carleigh Birdwell of Kearney in their match at Centennial Jan. 20.
Kyler Sladek of EMF, left, takes down Carleigh Birdwell of Kearney in their match at Centennial Jan. 20.
Kyler Sladek of EMF, left, takes down Carleigh Birdwell of Kearney in their match at Centennial Jan. 20.
Kyler Sladek of EMF, left, takes down Carleigh Birdwell of Kearney in their match at Centennial Jan. 20.
Kyler Sladek of EMF, left, takes down Carleigh Birdwell of Kearney in their match at Centennial Jan. 20.
Celebrations
Birthdays
Dave Sebek of Wilber will celebrate his 90th birthday early next month. He was born March 8, 1934. His family members include his wife, Erma; children, Ken and Millie of Guntersville, …
Marilyn Kratochvil of Wilber will celebrate her 75th birthday next week. She was born March 5, 1949. Her family is honoring her with a card shower, and cards may be sent to 1506 State …
Births
Heston Jon Fritz was born to Jeremy Jon Fritz and Ashley Ziegler, of Wilber on May 30, 2023. He was born at Bryan Hospital in Lincoln and was 10 lbs, 8 oz. Grandparents are Daniel Jon and Cindy …
Isaiah Francis Placek was born Feb. 23, 2023, to Keith and Kristine (Wassinger) Placek of Eagle. Isaiah weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz., and was 20 1/2” long. Grandparents are Richard and the …
Anniversaries
Harold and Becky Brown of Friend will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this week. They were married Dec. 29, 1963, in Edgar. Their family members include daughter, Tressa and Bill …
Jerry and Marge Kalkwarf of Wilber will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday, Nov. 9. They were married in Wilber at the Catholic Church. They have four sons. To help them …
Weddings
Amanda Pohlman of Omaha and Grant Biggs of Seward were married Aug. 26 at Christ The King Catholic Church in Omaha. The bride’s parents are Brent and Michele Pohlman of Omaha and the …
Engagements
Heidi Weber and Josh Johnson, both of Seward, are to be married June 10 at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward. The bride’s parents are Jim and Connie Weber of Seward and parents of the …
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