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A Friend staple comes to an end after decades of serving the community

Amanda Moon and Jesse Fousek bought Daisy Queen as their first business venture. The couple took ownership of the small town diner in April of 2019. “We were looking at investing in a …

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Friend's longtime resident sees self in new residents

Keith Clouse has seen Friend change throughout his 70 years in the town, while also changing himself. Clouse moved to Friend from Milford in 1945 with his family, who opened a variety store in the …

History in every bite

A farm in rural Beaver Crossing is producing homemade jams and jellies with a little history mixed in. Debbie and Bob Kennel, owners of Kennelwood Farms, began producing jam from trees and wild …

Saline County Fair comes back to town

The Saline County Fair is underway in Crete this week. The fair will bring five days jam-packed with activities for the whole family at Tuxedo Park. On Wednesday, July 14, the fair will host a …

Committee celebrates successful 150th

Friend celebrates Fourth, 150th in fashion

“Selfless” couple named Friend's Citizens of the Year

To make a small town click, its citizens many times must wear multiple hats. Dick and Carol Thompson’s exemplification of that attitude is why the long-time Friend couple was …

Honoring Ray Page: A look into an aviation pioneer

Friend’s 150th and Fourth of July Celebration stood still momentarily July 3 to honor one of the city’s most famous citizens.  In the early 1900s, Lincoln was one of the …
Obituaries
Roy E. Horner came into this world Dec. 7, 1930, on a farm northeast of Friend and left this world as an active farmer up until the day of his passing on Aug. 2, 2021, at the age of 90 years, 7 …
Richard “Rick” Dee Sand, of Huntsville, Alabama, took the hand of Jesus, on June 30, 2021, while an inpatient at Noland hospital in Anniston, Alabama. Rick was born Aug. 3,1953, in …
Stanley Irvin Rhodes was born Sept. 14, 1926, on a farm near Cordova, to Arthur and Harriet (Hart) Rhodes, the oldest of four children, and passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at the …
Daryl Dean Taylor was born April 24, 1927, to Ray A. and Leona M. (Zwieg) Taylor on the family farm near Exeter and passed away at his home June 9, 2021, at The Lexington Assisted Living Center in …
Bob Newcomb passed six weeks short of turning 94 in Bertrand. Bob moved to Friend to become the shop teacher and coach at the high school in 1954 and taught for three years. He was married to …

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Three represent area in 8-man all-star game

Sharks see offense stall in tournament games

The offense sputtered a bit for the Cornerstone Bank Sharks last week. The Legion seniors from Geneva fell to York 9-1 June 17, lost to Stromsburg-Osceola-Shelby 13-8 June 19 and came up short to …

Track teams busy all week

With conference meets on the schedule, last week was a busy one for local track and field teams. Action started April 26 at the Tom White Invitational at McCool Junction, at which Friend and …

Teams compete at Meridian Invite

After rescheduling the Meridian Invitational because of weather, local track teams gathered at Friend April 9 for competition. Area coaches saw improvements from their athletes at the meet and …
Updated 5/5/21

Saline County track leaders

Girls 100-meter dash 1) Kiarra Fennell, Friend, 12.95 2) Samantha Rainey, Tri County, 13.25 3) Alexa Kraus, Crete, 13.36 200-meter dash 1) Kiarra Fennell, Friend, 27.54 2) Alexa …

Relay meet features local athletes

Area track teams met in Friend for the Turkey Creek Relays March 30. A unique competition, a relay meet requires each event to be contested in teams. Field events are two-person teams, and running …
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Births
Sabrina Plouzek of Wilber welcomed a daughter, Violet Ann, on July 11, 2021. Violet weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Grandparents are Cindy and Dave Plouzek of Wilber.
Pospisil, Preston and Lynette of Hallam, a daughter, Jocelyn Remington Pospisil, born Jan. 21, 2021, weighing seven pounds, six ounces and 20.5 inches long. Grandparents are Dwayne and Sandy Pospisil …
Birthdays
Charles (Chuck) W. Zoubek will celebrate his 90th birthday with an Open House on Sunday, Aug. 22, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Wilber Legion Park Building. Chuck was born, Aug. 24, 1931, to Frank and …
Dorothy Rowe of Crete will celebrate her 90th birthday later this month. She was born July 29, 1931, in Spring Valley, Minnesota. Her family includes her daughters, Bev Sack of Wilber and …
Weddings
Engagements
Whitney Higgins of Nebraska City and Brad Kalkwarf of Crete are planning a late October wedding inNebraska City.The bride's parents are Jerry and Connie Higgins of Nebraska City. She attended …
Lauren Johnson and Tyler Van Cleef, both of Lincoln, are to wed Jan. 18 at Seward Methdist Church. Parents of the couple are Russell and Theresa Johnson of Seward and Michael and Nancy Van Cleef of …
Anniversaries
Rodney and Betty Nickel of Western are celebrating their 45th anniversary this week. They were married Aug. 6, 1976, in Fairbury. Family members include their daughter, Jill (Jesse) Hraban of …
Dave and Sue Dawson of Seward will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this month. They were married Aug. 14, 1971, at the First Congregational UCC in Crete. Their family members include …
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