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Molding minds for four decades

Friend Jr.-Sr. High School teacher Margo Houlden is retiring after this year, leaving behind 44 years of service. Holden started teaching at Friend in 1978 – the same year she graduated …

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Seis de Mayo Taco & Margarita Night

EMF FFA: Planting seeds, growing sales

The EMF FFA Plant Sale is underway with 3 successful dates already under their belt. The plant sale is at the new greenhouse located at Friend High School. The FFA Chapter started with 1,500 seeds …

Students recognized at annual FFA banquet

Exeter-Milligan/Friend FFA held its annual banquet in Friend on Friday, April 29. The evening was filled with special moments recognizing the achievements of the FFA students. After introducing …

Commissioners select Weber as Veteran of the Month

Harvey Weber of Friend, left, was selected as Veteran of the Month for February 2021. Because of Covid restrictions, the award was just recently presented. Weber, a World War II veteran, served in …

Red Maple tree planted in Friend for 39th annual Arbor Day event

The 39th annual Arbor Day Celebration was April 25 at Burley Park in Friend. The event was co-sponsored by the Friendly Federated Garden Club as an annual requirement for the Tree City USA …

Board approves summer HVAC project

Friend Public Schools is working to update its heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. At the April 11 school board meeting, the board heard project quotes from Facility Advocates, a …

Friend celebrates Prom in style

Obituaries
Danny L. Troyer was born June 20, 1951, to Milton and Betty (Stutzman) Troyer, in Friend, and passed away Monday, April 25, 2022, in Seward, at the age of 70.    Dan grew up on the …
Deloris Bernice Scott was born Aug. 8, 1925, in Beaver Crossing, to Jerry and Mary (Turek) Bohaty and passed away at her home April 10, 2022, at the age of 96 years, 8 months and 2 days. Deloris …
Roger Semler was born Oct. 14, 1946, to Bob and Dorothy Semler and passed away Sunday, April 10, 2022, at the age of 75. He attended Dorchester Public School, graduating in 1968. He then served in …
Gwendolyn Jeanne Pankoke was born Nov. 25, 1929, in Walla Walla, Washington, and passed away March 20, 2022, in Milligan, at the age of 92. Gwen’s mother, Lula Nelson, died in child birth, …
Cherished sister, daughter, aunt and friend, Regan Victoria Lauber, of Milford, passed away March 17, 2022, north of Pond Creek, Oklahoma, at the age of 21. Regan was born in Lincoln, on Aug. 17, …
Local Sports

Bulldogs fifth at home invitational

The Friend track team hosted 11 other school on a cold, windy day April 19 for the Friend Invitational. Coach Jim Pfeiffer said the Bulldogs’ marks weren’t as good as the previous …

Longhorns compete at Friend Invite

The Dorchester teams scored 35 points in the girls’ competition and 21 in the boys’ standings at the Friend Invitational. The girls’ 4x800-meter relay team helped lead DHS with a …

Timberwolves host home meet in McCool

Exeter-Milligan hosted its home track invitational April 19 at McCool Junction. “It was another tough weather day for a track meet,” EM Boys’ Coach Brian Murphy said. “The …

Friend Invitational results

Friend Invitational Girls’ team scores—East Butler 116, Cross County 116, Meridian 97, Deshler 46, Freeman 41, Crete 39, Dorchester 35, Nebraska Lutheran 21, Diller-Odell 9, Seward …

Relay meet gives chance for different events

Teams with fewer athletes generally don’t do as well at a relay meet, and that was the case for area teams at the Turkey Creek Relays March 29. The Dorchester girls were the top finisher, …

Between seasons - Friend

Friend athletics is between the winter and spring sports seasons. The Bulldogs are set to compete on the track March 23 at Doane, with the golf team competing March 30.
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Births
Isaac Douglas Nissen was born to Justin and Erin Nissen of Lincoln on April 4, 2022. He weighed 8 lbs, 3 oz. and was 20 ¾ inches long. Grandparents are Doug and Karen Nissen of Denton …
Naomi Joy Harms was born to Jason and Kristen Harms of Lincoln on April 19, 2022. She weighed 7 lbs, 14 oz. and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Doug and Karen Nissen of Denton and Marv …
Birthdays
Darleen Dittmer will celebrate her 90th birthday on Tuesday, May 3. Greetings may be sent to her at 942 Redwood Ave., Crete, NE 68333.
The family of Lila Pribyl is honoring her for her 80th birthday with an open house on Sunday, April 10, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Dorchester United Methodist Church. Cards may be sent to her at …
Weddings
Whitney Higgins, from Nebraska City, and Brad Kalkwarf, from Crete, were married Oct. 30, 2021, at Steinhart Lodge in Nebraska City.Their parents are Jerry and Connie Higgins of Nebraska City and …
Engagements
Anniversaries
Lynn and Gloria Erb of Clatonia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this week. They were married May 27, 1972, in Lincoln. Their family members include sons, Barry and Cami Erb of …
David and Bonnie Rezac, of Crete, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this week. They were married Nov. 27, 1971, at Exeter. Their family members include, sons, Paul Rezac of York and …
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