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Astronaut visits Friend

A native Nebraskan who grew up to be a astronaut spoke to more than 100 people during a visit to Friend Nov. 19. Hosted by the Friend Historical Society, NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson of …

Friend gears up for Christmas festival

This year’s Friend Christmas Festival is set to feature a new live attraction alongside its classic traditions. The event, which has been going on for 17 years, typically garners more than 200 …

Odvody named Veteran of Month

The first veteran to be recognized for Saline County’s 2023 Veteran of the Month is Marine Sgt. First Class Emil Odvody, Jr., of Wilber. He was recognized by the Saline County Board of …
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Local Sports
Zach Spohn of EMF keeps his eyes on the JCC quarterback as he fights through the line Oct. 6.

Bobcats outlast JCC in afternoon matchup

It wasn’t a clean game, but the Exeter-Milligan/Friend football team got it done. The Bobcats defeated Johnson County Central 28-26 on Oct. 6 despite multiple turnovers by EMF. In the …

Schweitzer delivers 1,000 career assists

A senior volleyball player at Dorchester hit a milestone of 1,000 career assists in the Longhorns’ game against Harvard and hopes the team continues to play well. Hailey Schweitzer of …

Panthers win three, can’t keep up with Bluehawks

The Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan/Friend softball team started out the week hosting Central City and sent the Bison home with its second loss of the season as the Panthers won 12-11 on Sept. 12. …

Bobcats continue with strong rushing attack, hang 80 on Mustangs

The Exeter-Milligan-Friend football continues to dominate with its rushing attack, picking up 487 total rushing yards in an 80-34 win against McCool Junction on Aug. 31. Breckin Schluter …
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Mikey Bartu marches downfield for the Bobcats in the Aug. 31 evening game in McCool Junction.
Mikey Bartu marches downfield for the Bobcats in the Aug. 31 evening game in McCool Junction.
Mikey Bartu marches downfield for the Bobcats in the Aug. 31 evening game in McCool Junction.
Mikey Bartu marches downfield for the Bobcats in the Aug. 31 evening game in McCool Junction.
Mikey Bartu marches downfield for the Bobcats in the Aug. 31 evening game in McCool Junction.
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Birthdays
Duane Schmidt of Western is celebrating his 85th birthday today. He was born Nov. 22, 1938, in Fairbury. His family members include his wife, Vicki (Nickel) Schmidt; daughter, Lori …
Joyce A. Richtarik of Wilber is celebrating her 80th birthday today. She was born Nov. 15, 1943 in Lincoln. To help her celebrate, cards may be sent to 527 N. Harris St., Wilber, NE. 68465. …
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
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 …
Norman and Cathy Pallas of Wilber will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary early next month. They were married Nov. 3, 1973, in Swanton. To help them celebrate, cards may be sent to …
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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