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Dorchester survives the end of the world

FCHS renovations near completion

Friend Community Healthcare System doctors and nurses are now better equipped to fight COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.  FCHS administration recently received approval from the State …

Veterans honored at Friend ceremony

Dorchester students pay tribute to veterans

Sports co-oping still on the table

The potential to coop all sports and activities with Friend Public Schools was back on the agenda for the Exeter-Milligan school board Nov. 15. “I asked to put it on the agenda again to keep …

Father, son honored with quilts of valor

On Wednesday, Oct. 27, Exeter resident James Stevens, Sr. was draped with a Quilt of Valor in his home with his son, James Stevens, Jr. Pat Becker, a member of the Quilt of Valor program, …

Boswell sentenced to life for role in Loofe murder

Bailey Boswell will not become the first woman on Nebraska’s death row as she was given a life sentence for the murder of Sydney Loofe on Monday at the Saline County Court- house in Wilber. …

FHS seniors honored for involvement

Friend High School seniors Cameryn Brandt and Elijah Black fill their time between school and sports with service-oriented groups. Brandt is a member of the National Honor Society, Student …

German student gets exchange experience

Adrian Schoofs wanted the foreign exchange student experience, but it just about didn’t happen. “Due to COVID they needed to place one third of last year’s (foreign exchange) …
Obituaries
Connie K. Sutton, 87, of Friend, passed away Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury. Connie was born Oct. 10, 1934, in Seward, to John and Vivian (Gembler) Sampson. She grew …
Stanley A. Paulsen was born March 26, 1936, in Friend, to Aage Paulsen and Eileen (Johnson) Paulsen, and passed away Saturday Oct. 16, 2021, at Bryan West Medical Center in Lincoln at the age of …
Gwenda Faye Cogswell was born Nov. 23, 1936, in Cedar Rapids, to Samuel and Altha (McClatchey) Ramp, the oldest of two children, and passed away Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Warren Memorial Hospital in …
Sandra L. Brambila, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, died at her home on Oct. 14, 2021. Sandra was raised on a farm in Saline County and graduated from Friend High School. She was an avid reader; …
A Celebration of Life for Ed Stich will be Sunday, Sept. 12, in Crete at Tuxedo Park from 1 to 4 p.m.. Casual attire, masks suggested.
Local Sports

Bulldogs in between

Friend High is currently between seasons, with winter sports starting in December. The basketball teams will open play Thursday, Dec. 2, at Lewiston starting with JV at 4 p.m. The wrestlers …

Longhorns in between

Dorchester High is currently between seasons, with winter sports starting in December. The Longhorn basketball teams will start their competitions at Meridian Thursday, Dec. 2, with the girls …

District title sends Exeter-Milligan to state

The Exeter-Milligan volleyball team took care of business in its subdistrict and district matches, earning a trip back to the state volleyball tournament for the first time since 2018. The …

Bulldogs end season at hands of T-wolves

The Friend Bulldogs drew a tough first-round assignment for subdistricts, facing Exeter-Milligan. EMHS defeated Friend 25-15, 25-12, 25-9 to end the Bulldogs’ year at 2-22. “I am so …

Dorchester falls in subdistrict final

A familiar foe faced Dorchester across the net in the subdistrict opener Oct. 25 – McCool Junction, for the third time in three weeks. Coach Claire White said the matchup created problems …

Bobcats can't get past LCC on road

A back-and-forth battle ended in defeat for Exeter-Milligan-Friend Oct. 21 in the opening round of the Class D1 playoffs. Laurel-Concord-Coleridge scored on a 47-yard pass in the fourth quarter to …
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Births
Josh and Kasey (Shogren) Behlen, of Lincoln, are parents of Wells Gene Behlen, born Oct. 24, 2021, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln.His birth weight was 7 lb., 6 oz. and was 20 inches long.His …
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.
Birthdays
Eyvonne (Jensen) Johnson of Exeter will celebrate her 100th birthday next month. She was born Dec. 9, 1921, in rural Cordova. Her family members include her husband, Arden. Greetings may be …
Loren Yost will turn 95 years old on Nov. 25. Greeting may be sent to him at P.O. Box 284, Plymouth, NE 68424.
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
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
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 …
Bob and Judy (Richardson) Holroyd of Wilber will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary later this month. They were married Oct. 22, 1961. Their family members include son and spouse, Scott …
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