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Remembering a calming presence

When a shy Brandy VanDeWalle joined 4-H in Saline County, she found a leader who had a gentle way about her, a calm presence. Leanne Manning, who died April 9, served as the Family Consumer Science …

Friend students race towards electric perfection

The racing scene at Friend High School is literally electric. Students on the Friend Electric Car team on April 10 broke its own track record and finished first at a race on the UNL tractor test …

Stopping for buses

Every morning, hundreds of students wait at their homes or at designated locations for a ride to school in a bus. They arrive at school, safely exit the door and continue on their way. The same thing …

Living life to the fullest, Bernice Jeffries remembered by community

Just two years before her funeral, she was being visited and celebrated by hundreds of people whose lives she has touched for her 90th birthday. To celebrate her life, her funeral on April 13 was …

Friend Rescue gets new ambulance

Eggs for Emeline

Hundreds of colorful Easter eggs scattered across lawns throughout Saline County last weekend represented hope in the fight against a neurological disease that has affected a Hallam family. Amber …

Burger feed benefits Saline County deputy

A community's support for a Saline County Sheriff's deputy came in the form of 500 hamburgers. City Slicker's Bar and Grill in Dorchester on March 31 hosted a burger basket feed to raise money for …

Wilber Czech Festival, kick-off event to return in 2021

After a year's absence, the Wilber Czech Festival will return in 2021. The NE Czechs of Wilber announced March 26 that the Czech Festival will be held Aug. 6, 7 and 8 in Wilber. NE …

Dorchester Elementary announces ‘Longhorns of the Quarter’

Dorchester Elemen- tary School third quarter “Longhorns of the Quarter” are, from left, (front row), Natalie Davis, Antonio Loarca, Price Sharp, Mi- chelle Aguilar and Jace Yager; …

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Obituaries
Lois Marie Steggs, her life’s work finally and fully completed, departed this world for the next on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at the age of 86. Born March 2, 1935, Lois was the youngest of …
Rohnna Mae Blatter, 57, of Friend, died suddenly Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Warren Memorial Hospital in Friend.  She was born March 13, 1964, in Waseca, Minnesota, to Clyde and Lorraine …
Everleigh Marie Paden was born Jan. 4, 2021, in Omaha, to Brandi Scofield and Xavier Paden and gained her angel wings on Sunday, March 21, 2021, at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center …
Lillian Irene (Dietrich) Barker-Hannon was born Aug. 22, 1923, on a farm south of Gering, to Alexander and Pauline (Zechman) Dietrich. Lillian was the second of seven children. Lillian passed …
Regene Anne Beggs was born Jan. 9, 1925, on a farm near Utica, to Joseph and Eva (Rohren) Vrbka, the third of five children, and passed away Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at the Gardens Assisted …
Local Sports

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 …

EM, DHS open track seasons indoors

After a year without competition, area high school track and field teams were back in action last week. Dorchester and Exeter-Milligan competed at the Doane Invitational March 18. “It was …
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Births
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 …
Ahrens, Jim and Ana, of Gretna are the parents of twins, Montgomery Louis, weighing seven pounds, 13 ounces, and Magnolia Marie, weighing seven pounds, five ounces, born Dec. 24, 2020.Grandparents …
Birthdays
Lillian Freese of Plymouth will celebrate her 90th birthday in April. She was born April 13, 1931. To celebrate, her family is requesting a card shower. Cards may be sent to 204 E. Maple, Box …
Pat Paulsen of Friend will celebrate her 85th birthday in April.She was born April 3, 1936.To celebrate, her family is requesting a card shower. Cards may be sent to Ridgewood Rehabilitation and Care …
Weddings
Engagements
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 …
Mackenzie Myers of Omaha and Zachary Miller of Omaha are planning an Oct. 5, 2019, wedding at Hillcrest Evangelical  Free Church in Seward. Parents of the couple are Nathan and Heather Myers of …
Anniversaries
Ronald and Marilyn Hayek of Friend are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary this week.They were married April 24, 1976, at Christ Lutheran Church in Lincoln.Their children are Kristi and Matt …
Roger and Marilyn Wolfe of Dorchester celebrated 65 years of marriage recently.They were married Feb. 19, 1956, in Swanton.To celebrate, their family is requesting a card shower. Cards may be sent to …
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