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Friend senior looks to lead team

With basketball season just around the corner, senior Chase Svehla of Friend is looking to bounce back from an injury and lead his team as the only senior for the Bulldogs. Svehla said his …

EM board considers forming new conference

With the new Exeter-Milligan and Friend activities co-op, the Exeter-Milligan district is considering helping create a new conference. The Crossroads Conference, of which Exeter-Milligan is a …

FPS launches new Bulldog Boutique

Friend Public School has launched a free boutique for all its students to use without question. Students are able to select new or gently used clothing and personal items there. Students …

Friend Public School honors veterans

Friend Mayor elected to second term

Jewels Knoke will maintain her role as Friend’s mayor based on unofficial results from the Saline County Clerk’s Office. “I am honored to serve this community and the amazing …

Midterm election draws high turnout

Saline County saw 3,846 ballots cast during the 2022 midterm election Nov. 8. “That’s high for a midterm,” County Clerk Anita Bartels said. Contested races for mayor in Crete …

The Fifty Project: Angel Flight

Alex Abate and Sean Smith of Washington State are flying to all 50 states in a 1979 Mooney M20K to raise awareness and funds for Angel Flight. The couple has Alaska and Hawaii yet to make it to. …

Zito Media to replace cable with fiber internet

The Friend City Council has approved Zito Media to begin replacing its underground cable with fiber as early as next month. The update to fiber will allow Zito to provide better service and give …

DHS junior selected for all state chorus

Ashton Jirsa, a junior at Dorchester, began practicing nightly in July for all state chorus auditions. In late October, he was selected and is the only student representing his …
Obituaries
Wanda Leona Blackburn Segner, of Friend, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, at Tabitha the Gardens in Crete. She was surrounded by family singing, sharing and praying with …
Kenneth Duain Rouch was born May 19, 1952, in York. He passed away Nov. 11, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; sons, Nathan Rouch and Aaron Rouch (wife Rachel and granddaughter Piper); …
Beverly (Naber) Linder-Eide, age 82 passed away Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, at the Hearthstone in York. She was born March 16, 1940, to Raymond and Paula (Brackhan) Naber. She was united in marriage …
Robert Duane “Bob”Paulsen was born April 1, 1935, to Carl and Velma (Noler) Paulsen in Beaver Crossing. He passed away peacefully in his home Nov. 3, 2022, surrounded by his family. …
John “Johnnie” P. Combs was born Feb. 20, 1950, and passed away Nov. 1, 2022. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Combs, and sister, Brenda Combs. He is survived by his …
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EMHS ends season in district final

Wins over Hampton and High Plains in the subdistrict D2-2 tournament sent the Exeter-Milligan volleyball team to a district championship match Oct. 29. The Timberwolves played Diller-Odell for a …

FHS between seasons

The Friend Bulldogs are currently between seasons. Winter sports practices start Nov. 14, with competitions beginning in December. The Bulldog basketball teams open the 2022-23 season Thursday, …

DHS between seasons

The Dorchester Longhorns are currently between seasons. Winter sports practices start Nov. 14, with competitions beginning in December. The Longhorn basketball teams open the 2022-23 season …

EMF shuts out Southern in regular season finale

The Exeter-Milligan-Friend football team dominated its final regular season game Oct. 14, shutting out Southern 56-0 at Milligan. Draven Payne started the game with a bang, returning the opening …

Patriots shut down Longhorns on gridiron

Coach Brent Zoubek described Parkview Christian as “the real deal,” and the Dorchester football team found that out Oct. 14. The Patriots dominated the game, shutting out DHS 64-0 and …

EM ends fourth in conference tournament

Exeter-Milligan picked up a pair of wins on the opening day of the Crossroads Conference tournament. EMHS defeated Giltner 25-20, 25-12 and High Plains 25-22, 18-25, 25-20. The High Plains match …
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Births
Chase Becker and Laura Rau of Omaha announce the birth of their first child, a son, Alban Rau Becker.  Alban was born Sept. 24, 2022, at CHI Health Lakeside in Omaha. He weighed 6 pounds, 4 …
River August Brott was born Oct.13, 2022, at North Platte. His parents are Halie and Kegan Brott of Chappell. Grandparents are Greg and Teri Meints of Plymouth and Steve and Kelle Brott of …
Birthdays
Beverly Stewart will celebrate her 90th birthday next month. She was born Dec. 2, 1932. To celebrate, her family is requesting a card shower. Greetings may be sent to her at 711 Spring St., …
Kathy Palky of Dorchester will celebrate her 80th birthday this week. She was born Nov. 21, 1942. Greetings may be sent to her at 631 State Hwy 15, Dorchester, NE 68343.
Weddings
Engagements
Kelsey Koll of Swanton and Drew McMahon of Gretna are engaged to be married July 30 in Gretna. The bride’s parents are Kenneth and Doris Koll of Swanton and her grandmother is Edna Koll of …
Anniversaries
Dale and Dorothy Due will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Nov. 24. Greetings may be sent to them at 2306 Road 25, Friend, NE 68359.
Wayne and Cindy Divis of Pleasant Hill will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary later this month. They were married Nov. 18, 1972, in David City. Their family members include children, …
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