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New HPL Friends board meets
After two months without a board, Friends of the Hastings Public Library once again has a leadership structure in place.
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State finishes case
Jurors Monday heard evidence from the autopsy report and DNA testing that were done after the death of a 68-year-old Guide Rock woman last year.
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Faces in Tribland: Bruce Paulus
Bruce Paulus has walked through enough prisons to know that in most cases, their occupants would prefer to be set free.
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Wind farm proposal to get second look
RED CLOUD — A proposal to build wind turbines across an expanse of Webster County drew both support and concern from community members at a meeting here Monday.
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Milo Days revived following hiatus
CARLETON — Don Braun had finished his meal of milo pancakes and a slice of cherry pie when he was sitting at the Milo Days raffle.
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Murder trial nearing close
Prosecutors are expected to finish presenting their case today in the murder trial for 24-year-old Andrew J. Casterline.
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Jurors see accused's interview with cops
Jurors saw Friday a police interview in which 24-year-old Andrew Casterline denied killing his 68-year-old step-grandmother last year.
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$2.5 million building in works for fairgrounds
If all goes well, Adams County 4-H'ers and the extension office will be operating inside a new $2.5 million building at next year's fair.
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CCC discusses wind power study
Central Community College-Hastings may add a wind turbine to its campus as part of an alternative-fuel curriculum, but college officials first are looking into the location's wind potential.
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Faces of Business: Dave and Cindy Hamburger
INLAND — With their diversified farming operation, Dave and Cindy Hamburger focus on developing the most value in every plant, every crop, every acre of land.
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Texas investment company to acquire Imperial Mall
Following 22 months of intensive negotiations, RockStep Capital, a real estate investment company based in Houston, announced this morning it is in the process of acquiring the Imperial Mall in a deal that includes three other Midwest shopping centers.
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Prosecution shows paper trail in murder trial
Prosecutors showed Thursday how Andrew Casterline, 24, drained all the money from a 68-year-old Guide Rock woman’s bank account in the hours after her death.
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Moment of silence honors America
“Thirteen years ago was just like any other day. Thirteen years ago I went to work like any other day.”
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Thirty hogs killed in area semi rollover
SARONVILLE — Thirty hogs were killed near here early Tuesday morning as the result of a semitrailer truck rollover, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office reported.
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Murder investigation detailed
A Nebraska State Patrol investigator says a 68-year-old Guide Rock woman may have been alive when she was covered with boards and left for dead in her home last year.
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Hastings Catholic Schools unveils strategic plan
“To build a school community worthy of the human person.”
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Milo Days returns to Carleton
CARLETON — Milo Days is making its return to Carleton.
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Murder trial begins
His voice cracked at times, and he broke into sobs as he recounted the day his mother was found stabbed to death in her Guide Rock home last year.
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Truck driver bound over on manslaughter counts
CLAY CENTER — The driver of a semitrailer truck who was involved in a triple-fatality crash near Saronville Aug. 28 waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Clay County Court here Tuesday.
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Service celebrates hands of healing
A class of 14 nursing students from Creighton University College of Nursing were challenged to serve God by caring for others during the annual Blessing of the Hands ceremony at St. Cecilia Catholic Church Tuesday afternoon.
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Child abuse plea deal made
A Hastings woman pleaded no contest Monday to a lesser charge of child abuse in connection with the shooting death of her 4-year-old son by his 9-year-old brother.
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City Council takes first step in selling parking lot
Sands of the hourglass are now moving on a downtown development project worth an estimated $30-$35 million.
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Faces of Tribland: Ed Sughroge
This summer, Ed Sughroue moved from one part of the state to the next and from a city of 8,000 to one of 25,000 to take a math position at Adams Central Junior/Senior School where he instead ended up becoming the activities director.
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AC board discusses middle school concept
The middle school concept discussion is coming to the forefront at Adams Central Public Schools.
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Long-standing tank re-located to Shelby
The Vietnam-era, camouflage M60A3 tank that had stood guard in front of the recently closed Mount Surabachi Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1346 at 1053 S. Wabash Ave. since 1996 has been reassigned elsewhere.
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Sorghum syrup cooking returns to Old Trusty show
CLAY CENTER — If you were out and about at the 32nd annual Old Trusty Antique and Collectors Show, you might have seen something that hasn't been showcased for a while.
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Thayer Central addresses safety
HEBRON — Thayer Central Community Schools staff and students have adapted well to changes made to enhance security on the district's main campus on Eads Avenue.
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Suspect denies trying to kill officer
A 29-year-old Hastings man denied trying to kill a Hastings police detective while escaping arrest on Friday in Adams County District Court.
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Principal sent off in style
Within seconds Dave Essink went from being blindfolded and gingerly escorted into the back of a BMW convertible to flapping his cape and waving to a cheering crowd.
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Musicfest "a big party"
Mary Schutz knows who she is catering to when it comes to planning for the annual Miles of Memories Country Musicfest at the Adams County Fairgrounds: Lovers of traditional country music.
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Schools emphasizing student safety
You overslept, the kids forgot their book bags and then the next thing you know, you’re running late getting them to school.
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Down but not out
Paul Hamelink is down, but not out about his dream of owning a bar that sells cigars after the Nebraska Supreme Court struck down exceptions last week to the state’s public smoking ban for cigar bars and tobacco shops.
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United Way kicks off campaign
The rockers of United Way of South Central Nebraska kicked off this year’s fundraising campaign Thursday at Wells Fargo Bank with hopes of reaching their goal of $465,000.
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Bid award protested
Western Alternative Corrections of Hastings is protesting the loss of a multimillion-dollar federal contract for providing federal prisoner residential re-entry services.
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Antique machinery comes alive at Old Trusty
CLAY CENTER — Visitors to the Old Trusty Antique and Collectors Show get insight into the way life used to be.
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A flag to remember
A new flag will be flying above Hastings Fire and Rescue Friday to recognize fallen firefighters.
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Still likes that old time country sound
Few performers have had as much exposure to old-time traditional country music from cradle to present as Ron Williams.
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Truck driver arraigned in triple-fatality case
CLAY CENTER — The driver of a semitrailer truck involved in a triple-fatality collision near Saronville Thursday has been arraigned on three charges of manslaughter in Clay County Court.
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Task force brainstorms over ‘possible’ options
Members of an Adams Central task force spent about 15 minutes Tuesday brainstorming about what do in the future for the education of elementary students.
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Third Hastings family member dies in Highway 6 collision
A third Hastings resident involved in the collision of a sports utility vehicle and semitrailer truck at the junction of U.S. Highway 6 and Nebraska Highway 14 North Thursday morning has died, officials confirmed over the weekend.
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Ram Run front man moves to back of pack
Runners who line up Saturday morning for Central Community College-Hastings’ 32nd annual Ram Run and Walk will notice a familiar face in the back of the pack.
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MPH popular among vintage car club members
Despite a crash last year, Lori Bush-Engel of Golden, Colo., traveled about 400 miles to race this weekend in the Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing Limited Showboat Grand Prix at Motorsport Park Hastings.
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Longtime Hastings doctor battles ALS
A longtime pediatrician and community leader in Hastings is not letting the devastating effects of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis stop him from continuing his life's work in service to others.
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Former St. Cecilia priest heads to D.C. for assignment
A former assistant pastor at St. Cecilia Catholic Church is heading to the nation's capital for a lesson in diplomacy.
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Wood waste pickup a costly proposition, city officials say
City wood debris cleanup efforts triggered by a series of significant area storms in 2014 have proven both costly and time-consuming.
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Experts: Limit tree damage with maintenance
Patience is key in deciding what to do with trees wounded in the multiple storms that have torn through the area this season.
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Faces of Business: Randy Ruhter
For Randy Ruhter and his three brothers, few events throughout the year could top going to the Burwell Rodeo. As children growing up on a farm near Prosser, Ruhter and his brothers helped their parents to raise sheep and grow crops.
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Truck driver may face manslaughter charges
SARONVILLE — A truck driver who failed to stop at a U.S. Highway 6 intersection resulting in the death of a Hastings couple Thursday morning will likely be charged with two counts of manslaughter, a county attorney said.
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Cars pile up at Highway 6 work zone
No one was injured in a three-vehicle collision that left one car on top of another Thursday at U.S. Highway 6 near Blaine Avenue.
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Revive buys new house for sober living program
With the help of the community, women in a sober living home in Hastings will soon have a much shorter trip between their house and their meetings.
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Hastings couple killed when SUV, semi collide
SARONVILLE — A Hastings man and wife died near here early this morning when the sport-utility vehicle they were traveling in collided with a semitrailer truck at the junction of U.S. Highway 6 and Nebraska Highway 14 North, Clay County Sheriff Jeff Franklin reported.
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Detective testifies in attempted murder case
Charges against a 29-year-old Hastings man accused of trying to kill a Hastings police detective while escaping arrest were sent this morning to the district court.
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Little Blue River expected to be out of banks
Steady to heavy rainfall and thunderstorms Wednesday evening and overnight added some more to the running moisture totals for Tribland.
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Kenesaw Booster Club raises money for ALS
KENESAW — While thousands of people in the nation have been taking ice bucket challenges to help fund ALS research, this one was different.
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Returning Chorale singers audition
Sitting on a bench in the hallway, 13-year-old Garrett Engel quietly hums “My Country ’Tis of Thee” as he waits.
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Adams Central analyzing NeSA data
Adams Central administrators are pleased with student results of the state tests released Tuesday but see those results as just another piece of student performance.
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HPS overcoming test challenges
Demographic challenges are no match for the work of students and staff at Hastings Public Schools when it comes to state testing.
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Council increases pay
Members of the Hastings City Council will be compensated an additional $1,400 in the future for their public service.
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Extension Educator extends reach
GRAND ISLAND — Growing up on a farm, Beth Janning always knew she loved animals.
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Faces of Tribland: Naomi Thiel
Health problems have forced the first woman to ever hit a hole-in-one on the Southern Hills golf course to give up the sport of golf.
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More than 250 vehicles at Melon Roast
When asked why he restored the 1947 Ford Nesbitt’s soda truck after using it for more than a decade to haul water on his Giltner farm, Jerry Preissler laughs about the decision.
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Local owners baffled by loss of fed contract
Owners of a local business are baffled by the loss of a multi-million dollar federal contract for providing residential re-entry services in the Tri-City area.
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New nights sit right with spectators
Despite threats of inclement weather, the only thunder rolling around Adams County Fairgrounds for this weekend’s Oregon Trail Rodeo was the sound of livestock rumbling from beneath those riding them.
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Students move into new digs
The smell of fresh paint and new furniture greeted many Hastings College students as they moved onto campus Friday during the start of New Student Days.
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Learning the ropes
Standing tall in cowboy boots, jeans and a western shirt, Troy Heinert looked down at the students from under his cowboy hat.
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Rodeo move appears to be success
With area high school teams and Cornhusker football on the bill next weekend, rodeo fans seemed glad to have a new weekend in which to get their kicks at the 23rd Annual Oregon Trail Rodeo Friday night at the Adams County Fairgrounds.
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Adams Central alum avoids Ebola
As Ebola spread throughout West Africa this year, the disease was a real concern for one Adams Central alum who was planning a humanitarian trip to the area.
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Faces of Business: Gloria Becker
MINDEN — As a Parent2Parent advocate for the adoption support organization Right Turn, Gloria Becker embodies the group's mission to provide family-driven post-adoption and post-guardianship services.
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Half a century of haircuts
MINDEN — Then: Former Minden Mayor George Piester sought out Hastings hair stylist Don Meininger more than 50 years ago when Piester wasn’t satisfied with the haircuts he was getting in Minden.
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Melon Roast car show to fill Brickyard Sunday afternoon
The 2014 Melon Roast car show is shaping up to be a good one.
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HC freshmen collecting for food pantry
First year Hastings College students are hoping to collect non-perishable food items to help others in the community.
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Local officers defend use of stun guns
A civil liberties group believes controls for stun gun use in the state are lacking, but local law enforcement officers believe sufficient checks are in place in Hastings.
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Rodeo competitors from 14 states to lock horns in Hastings
More than 200 cowboys and cowgirls, including current and former world champions, will converge on Hastings this weekend to battle for points, money and glory in the 23rd annual Oregon Trail Rodeo.
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Benefit Saturday for Hastings woman
Kelly Pittman of Hastings knew she was sick when she was admitted to Mary Lanning Healthcare with pneumonia in March.
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Ice Bath
JUNIATA — The Ice Bucket Challenge has become an instant social media phenomenon that has included everyone from former President George W. Bush to Lady Gaga and everyone in between.
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Second life sentence for area man
GRAND ISLAND — A 58-year-old Glenvil man already serving a life sentence for fatally shooting his ex-wife has been given a second life sentence for killing the attorney who represented him in his divorce.
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From Russia with love
There may be 350 students wandering the halls of Longfellow Elementary each day, but that won’t stop new principal Irina Erickson from getting to know each of them by name.
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Faces of Tribland: Ann Mays
Every school day Ann Mays tries to share her passion for history with her students in hopes that they will find their own passion.
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HC Theatre turns green for "Shrek The Musical"
The cast of Hastings Community Theatre will go mostly green in its forthcoming production: “Shrek the Musical,” opening at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and repeating on Aug. 29-31 at the Masonic Center Theatre, 411 N. Hastings Ave.
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AC task force discusses elementary challenges

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HPS reading program a success

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Storm moves in quickly
A thunderstorm packing heavy rain and wind gusts of more than 80 mph descended on the area in a hurry Sunday evening.
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Cow plane crowd pleaser at fun fly
One of the most talked about planes at model airplane shows across the country, including the fun fly event near Hastings Saturday, is Gia Norman, a plane made to look like a cow.
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High winds cause damage
Tammy and Jeff Gregory thought the crack they heard was lightning from Sunday night's storm.
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City picking up branches
The city of Hastings announced Monday morning that city crews will be picking up downed limbs left on public terraces until Saturday.
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Antique Machinery show draws about 100 tractors
CRYSTAL LAKE — From the time Howard Uhrich was a young child, he loved tractors.
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Faces in Business: Elizabeth Spilinek
For Elizabeth Spilinek, being named the next executive director of the Adams County Historical Society was just the right fit for her at this time in her life.
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Sutton woman gets liver from sister
SUTTON — Dealing with infections in her liver for years, Sheila Nuss now is on the mend after receiving a portion of her sister's liver.
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Air Force concert relocates
Because of the chance for rain, tonight’s free community concert performance by the U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band Vortex has been relocated the auditorium at Hastings High.
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Then and Now: Hogans Sporting Goods
Then: In 1960, Hogan’s Sporting Goods & Toy Store was opened at 525 W. Second St. across the street from the Rivoli Theatre by Dick Oberg (now deceased), whose brother Bob, had recently purchased a drug and sporting goods store in Iowa by the same name.
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Juniata passes redevelopment plan
JUNIATA — The Juniata Village Board unanimously passed a comprehensive redevelopment plan Thursday, opening the door for tax increment financing with hopes of attracting new businesses to town.
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Cause released in inmate death
The Adams County Jail inmate who died Saturday appears to have hung himself, Adams County Attorney Donna Fegler Daiss released Wednesday.
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House of straw under construction
You cannot huff and puff and blow this house down.
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Petition group starting to take names
Organizers of a petition to prevent the closing of a portion of Ninth Street say they collected just more than 200 signatures during Kool-Aid Days this weekend.
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Principal nominated for national award
One Hastings principal is on a short list of principals from across the country vying for a national award.
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Kool-Aid by the gallons
More than 2,271 gallons of Kool-Aid was served during Kool-Aid Days over the weekend.
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Little Blue NRD’s tax requirement to dip slightly
DAVENPORT — The Little Blue Natural Resources District will rely on $1.797 million in property tax proceeds to support its $3.299 million budget for 2014-15.
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Air Force band to perform free concert at Brickyard
The U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band Vortex swirls into town for a free live concert performance at 7 p.m. Friday at Brickyard Park.
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Platte Valley Antique Machinery Association holds 31st show
AYR - The Platte Valley Antique Machinery Association’s 31st annual antique and collectors show is this weekend at Crystal Lake Recreation Area near Ayr.
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AC board tours remodeled classrooms
The renovation of the science classrooms and the addition of an agricultural education classroom to the high school got done just in time for the start of school today at Adams Central.
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Girl wants playground
Jadyn Shoemaker has a big dream. The 11-year-old Hastings girl wants to build a playground at the Crossroads Rescue Mission, 702 W. 14th St.
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Library may combine Friends, Foundation
The Hastings Friends of the Library may soon be under the supervision of the Hastings Library Foundation.
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Authorities release name of deceased inmate
Authorities have identified the name of a 39-year-old inmate who died Saturday while in custody at the Adams County Jail.
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Rollover accident kills Shickley man
A 71-year-old Shickley man died in a single-vehicle accident Friday afternoon near the Fillmore County line, according to the Thayer County Sheriff’s Office.
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Fair board honors former race car driver
DESHLER — The Thayer County Fair board wanted to do something special to honor Brent Drohman, a guy who did so much for the fair.
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Kool-Aid Days impresses Kraft managers
Marketing managers for Kraft Foods left Hastings this morning impressed by what they saw during Kool-Aid Days this weekend and wanting to see it grow even more.
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Kool-Aid Jammers race at Aquacourt
It was a kool win for Caleb Clark. Not only did the 10-year-old Hastings boy capture the coveted Jammers Cup at the 2014 Jammers Boat Races Friday at Aquacourt Water Park, he also took home the trophy for best design.
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Smith settles in as CVB director
Sheana Smith isn't looking to make wholesale changes at the Adams County Convention and Visitors Bureau. She doesn't feel it's necessary.
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HC stands behind 9th Street plans
Hastings College administrators stand behind their desire to have a portion of Ninth Street closed in the face of a new opposition group in town.
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Frank, Jesse James photo sells at auction
The family of Frank and Jesse James is questioning the authenticity of a photo that was once in the collection of a museum in Adams County.
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Hebron man arrested on assault charge
HEBRON — A Hebron man was arrested here Friday on a charge of first-degree assault in connection with a disturbance at the Deshler Bar in Deshler Sunday.
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Man pleads not guilty to shooting dog
HEBRON — A Hebron man accused of executing the family dog as his wife watched in their bedroom has been arraigned on four felony and three misdemeanor charges in Thayer County District Court.
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Preparing for Kool-Aid
Brightly-colored streamers adorn the ceiling. Tables are covered with pastel liners.
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Hastings native wins Heartland Emmy
A commercial campaign created as a Christmas present by Hastings native Michael Tushaus for his parents has become the gift that keeps on giving.
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Adams Central task force discusses elementary facilities
A group of Adams Central patrons meeting for the second time shared their hopes and fears Wednesday about trying to build a consensus over what to do with the elementary facilities in the school district.
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Hastings resident fulfills Pryor commitment
At age 52, Richard Pryor Jr. thinks it’s finally time his story was told.
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Blood supply better but still low
A push last month for more donations has boosted blood supplies but the amount on hand is still lower than previous years during the summer months.
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Kool-Aid kooks heat up CCC kitchen
Imagine cooking with Kool-Aid. How would it taste with cooked carrots, in chicken salad or on top of ice cream?
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National Night Out heads to the lake
Festivities moved out to Lake Hastings Tuesday evening for the 31st annual National Night Out.
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Judge moves shooting case to District Court
Charges against a 32-year-old Hastings man accused of firing several shots into the air near a group of young people have advanced to the district court.
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Man charged for molesting children
A 29-year-old Hastings man has been arrested and charged for allegedly molesting three children on Sunday.
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Petition drive to keep street open begins
About 30 opponents of the closing of Ninth Street through the Hastings College campus gathered Monday night at the Hastings Public Library to launch a petition drive that they hope results in keeping the street open.
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Sanders retires from Hastings Utilities
Now that Ron Sanders has retired, he has decided that every day will be Saturday — except one.
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Minden voters to weigh in on sales tax proposal
MINDEN — It's official: Minden city voters will decide in November whether to accept a new 1 percent city sales and use tax to finance water system improvements.
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Man drowns in sewer lagoon after crashing car
RUSKIN — A rural Belvidere man drowned near here Sunday afternoon after his vehicle crashed into the Ruskin village sewer lagoon, Nuckolls County Attorney Timothy Schmidt reported.
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Retired teacher earns living making spoons
Mason Wilmot never intended to get into the business of making wooden spoons. It just turned out that way.
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North Platte woman named Miss Kool-Aid
Brooke Ludemann has extra reasons to celebrate her birthday this year.
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Church dedicates school expansion
PROSSER — Christ Lutheran parishioners, students and patrons no longer have to look at the artist rendering to see what their school’s expansion will look like.
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Veterans memorial planned for KC Courthouse
MINDEN — John Dorn wants to see a six-pillar memorial constructed on the west side of the Kearney County Courthouse as a recognition for all veterans.
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Pilots consider safety when spraying
Watching a plane spray chemicals over a field is a spectacle.
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Faces of Business: John Walz
One of the first stores John Walz looked for when he moved to Hastings three years ago was a discount grocery store.
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Merriment — and rats — fill air at Wasenek Days
KENESAW — Like a lot of the people firing plastic rats at the target set up on the infield of the town ballfield, Cole Haahr got some help.
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Then & Now: Singing Samaritans
THEN: In August 1994, a group of residents at Good Samaritan Village in Hastings gathered to form a choir.
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Hastings woman winner of special gun
Linda Jacobs may be a crack shot with the BB gun she uses to pick off rabbits around her home, but her newest firearm will just be displayed on the wall.
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Small mains to blame for Minden’s water woes
MINDEN — The report Olsson Associates engineers shared Thursday with residents here evaluating the town’s water distribution center wasn’t a surprise.
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Highway 6 repavement project still in early stages
Motorists who feel that the reconstruction of U.S. Highway 6 east of Hastings is making the road worse than before can rest assured that what has been done so far isn’t the finished product, the project’s manager said.
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Patrol ID’s crash victim
Authorities have released the name of a 23-year-old man who died in a vehicle rollover Tuesday evening on U.S. Highway 281 south of Doniphan.
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Miss Kool-Aid Days Pageant on Saturday
Young women with their eye on the Miss America title will grace the stage at the Miss Kool-Aid Days Pageant Saturday.
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UBBNRD proposes short-term shortage solutions
YORK — A proposal to increase well-spacing restrictions in parts of the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District aims mainly to address year-to-year conflicts over seasonal water demand in those specific areas, a district official said here Wednesday.
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Highway fatality
DONIPHAN — One person died in a vehicle rollover Tuesday evening on U.S. Highway 281 south of here.
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Better mobility through tai chi
As Kathy Dessenberger talked about getting involved in tai chi classes to improve her mother's balance, her mother, Kathy Lacy, came striding into the room.
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YMCA names temporary CEO
The Hastings Family YMCA has a new temporary leader at the helm and it's a familiar face.
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City Council renews BID
The Business Improvement District has been in place in Hastings since 1986, but its director says the BID’s goals remains the same: To show Hastings residents and visitors that the downtown area is a great place to work, shop, play and live.
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Faces of Tribland: Dan Rutt
From the classic car he owns to the way he looks at life, Hastings resident Dan Rutt is a throwback to a simpler era.
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Zion celebrates new building
Zion Lutheran Church and School celebrated the completion of a new gymnasium this weekend with two concerts and a community luncheon.
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Quick thinking brings replacement for no-show carnival
BLADEN — This year’s Webster County Fair crowd wasn’t greeted with the carnival rides kids of all ages have enjoyed in the past.
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Dustin Tesdahl Memorial 5K Saturday
Dustin Tesdahl was a Blue Hill senior who died in a bus crash two years ago but a second annual 5k event helps assure that he is not forgotten.
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A pitch for moderation
Young pitchers looking to leave their mark on the baseball diamond are crossing boundaries that may be hindering their ability to stay in the game for the long haul.
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'Thief' sentenced to repay Fairfield $55K
CLAY CENTER — In sentencing her on Friday morning to pay $55,000 back to the city of Fairfield, Judge Vicky Johnson had tough words for former Fairfield City Clerk Jennifer Bassett.
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Minden sees good start to summer lunch program
MINDEN — The summer lunch program here could hardly have gone any smoother in its first year.
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Blood shortage in Nebraska
A shortage in blood donations is typical during the summer. But the amount of shortage at the moment has state and national Red Cross officials concerned.
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Fire destroys bus barn
SUTTON — Fire destroyed a bus barn and two school buses parked inside Thursday afternoon, killing two pets and potentially hampering transportation for the upcoming school year. No people were injured in the fire.
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Then & Now: Glenvil school building
GLENVIL — Then: In 1997, Todd Brown and Cody Carson — graduates of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture — purchased the old Glenvil school from the town for $1 with the intent of turning the then 94-year-old building into apartments.
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Project Homeless Connect aids people ‘from A to Z’
After migrating to the U.S. from Cuba at age 14, Jackie Martinez decided to settle in Hastings about four years ago.
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Fire damages house
A fire caused significant damage to a home in Kingswood Plaza Wednesday afternoon.
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AC group begins discussing facilities
JUNIATA — Adams Central Public Schools and its School Facilities Task Force took the first step Wednesday night in once again looking at the district's elementary school situation.
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Perkins draws crowd for 'soft' opening
The first customer to walk through the doors at the new Perkins Restaurant in Hastings this morning was surprised to learn it hadn't opened yet.
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Council hears idea of allowing chickens in city
At least one Hastings City Council member is intrigued with the idea of allowing chickens inside city limits.
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Hundreds of kids enjoy meal program
Standing in line, 8-year-old Madden Choate watches as a scoop of chicken and noodles is put on his plate.
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Man faces two charges for allegeding firing shots
A 32-year-old Hastings man was charged Monday with two felonies for allegedly firing several shots into the air on Sunday.
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Fire damages John Deere dealership
FAIRFIELD — A fire early Tuesday morning that could be seen from miles away caused extensive damage to the main building of a John Deere dealership east of here.
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Champions top 4-H livestock auction
The Adams County Fairfest officially ended Monday morning with the 4-H livestock auction.
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New site helps church clear Planning Commission
After being turned down the first time, the Gospel Community Church finally was recommended for a conditional use permit to conduct church services.
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Cancer ‘mess’ becomes Minden family’s message
MINDEN — Make your mess your message.
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Hastings man arrested for shooting firearm
A 32-year-old Hastings man was arrested for allegedly firing several shots into the air during an argument Sunday night in the parking lot of the north Burger King.
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Hermann nabs top spot at round robin
The best of the best 4-H showmen got a taste of how the other half lives in this year’s round robin livestock show Sunday at Adams County Fairfest.
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Webster County Fair off to saucy start
BLADEN — The kickoff for the Webster County Fair here this weekend included a new event designed to showcase the wonders of beef brisket when it is prepared by the right set of hands.
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Fine feathered friends
Voaglan Katzberg walked into the poultry barn Friday just as the grand champion standard pullet sign was being attached to his brown leghorn's cage.
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Where's the beef? 4-H'ers know!
Bailey Hinrichs, 19, of Ayr and her Charolais steer, Phil, pulled off the triple crown Friday at the Adams County 4-H beef show.
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Kids get creative with ice cream
There's a saying that there's always room for ice cream.
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HU names new director of operations
A current employee was picked to serve as Hastings Utilities’ new director of operations by the Board of Public Works during its meeting Thursday.
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Youth learn riding skills for therapeutic horse show
Walking over a bridge, weaving in and out of poles, backing the horse up and stopping at a mailbox, 13-year-old Rachel Mieth of Glenvil demonstrated the skills she had learned through the summer.
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Juniata teen big winner at small animal show
Cats, gold fish and a gecko, oh my!
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Mary Lanning to take over marathon
Mary Lanning Healthcare officials have stepped in to fill the void created when former Adams Central activities director Ron Alexander announced that he no longer would be coordinating the Hastings Marathon.
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Blue Hill teen repeats at sheep show
Abbagail Lora has had a good couple of years at the Adams County 4-H sheep show.
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4-H’ers take extra care of bunnies
In amongst judging all the rabbits lined up on a table under a tent Wednesday at the Adams County Fairfest, judge Shannon Ahlman took a slight detour.
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With temperatures dipping into the 50s in the early morning hours this week, livestock handlers were grateful to Mother Nature for having one less thing to worry about as they cleaned stalls and got their animals ready for Adams County Fairfest competition.
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Out with the old Russ's building
Demolition began Tuesday afternoon on a building that had been used as a grocery store in Hastings for almost 50 years.
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With temperatures dipping into the 50s in the early morning hours this week, livestock handlers were grateful to Mother Nature for having one less thing to worry about as they cleaned stalls and got their animals ready for Adams County Fairfest competition.
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Ninth Street closing through college
After nearly 90 minutes of public debate, the Hastings City Council voted unanimously Monday to close a portion of East Ninth Street that cuts through the Hastings College campus.
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HEBRON — The Hebron man arrested last month on several felony charges after allegedly using a handgun to kill the family dog inside his home waived his preliminary hearing Monday and was bound over to district court.
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Contest winner eats 12 hotdogs
MINDEN — Minutes before downing 12 hot dogs in eight minutes Monday evening, Quenton Timm enjoyed a cheeseburger at one of the Kearney County Fair food stands.
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Open class registration busy day at fair
Monday was a busy day at the Adams County Fairgrounds as hundreds of open class entries made their way into the Activities Building.
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Hardy woman achieves GED after 10 years
HARDY — After a long journey, Denise Fuller is finally getting her high school diploma at age 35.
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No death penalty for Glenvil man

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The sidewalks along Second Street in the downtown were crowded Saturday morning as families came out for the annual Adams County Fairfest Parade.
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Hastings firefighters assist G.I.
Hastings firefighters helped extinguish a Grand Island fire that destroyed part of a downtown building Sunday evening.
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Buyers make book purchases up to last minute
"Just one more minute!"
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All 8 Friends' board members to resign
The eight-member board of Friends of the Hastings Public Library is expected to announce its collective resignation today in a letter to the library board and Friends volunteers, a Friends board member said this morning.
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Book sale booming
For Deb Lyons of Hastings, it was easy-to-read books to stock her daughter-in-law's first-grade classroom for the fall.
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'Milkers' give swine a try
CLAY CENTER — Kaydee Caldwell has learned the secret to showing a happy pig.
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Clay County hosts horseless rodeo
CLAY CENTER — Sitting in a wheelbarrow on top of a saddle with her legs crossed in front of her, Lindsey Hinrichs held her arms out in front of her and whooped.
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Fired up for recovery
For the fifth straight year, a local ministry dedicated to helping people overcome hurts, habits and hang-ups flipped burgers and lifted spirits during the barbecue Friday night for the Recovery in the Park Celebration at Brickyard Park.
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City picks partners for downtown development
In a special meeting Thursday night, the Hastings City Council unanimously selected two partners to be the developers for the mixed use downtown redevelopment project adjacent to the City Auditorium.
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Roseland man narrowly escapes sinkhole
HOLSTEIN — Vince Shaw of Roseland is one lucky man.
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Deweese social club opening for centennial celebration
DEWEESE — Then: In 1914, 30 years after he immigrated as a baby with his family from Czechoslovakia to Deweese, Enos Vap built what became known as the Enos Vap Implement & Hardware Store.
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Hail leaves little left in fields
Little is left of cornstalks and soybean vines after Wednesday’s hail storm and strong winds that seemed to cut a 4-mile-wide path from seven miles northwest of Kenesaw to seven miles southeast of Holstein.
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Judge rejects restitution amount
CLAY CENTER — It’s back to the drawing board to establish an appropriate restitution amount for a former Fairfield city clerk who is accused of embezzling more than $100,000.
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Kids Camp sows curiosity about plants
In the book “The Carrot Seed,” a young boy plants a carrot seed and waits for it to grow.
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Area man crashes homemade aircraft
HARVARD — A rural Clay Center man was treated and released from Memorial Community Health hospital in Aurora following a plane crash near here Wednesday morning.
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Storm takes toll on area crops
A series of thunderstorms carrying damaging hail and strong winds Wednesday evening ravaged areas west of Hastings, knocking out power and undermining what had been a favorable growing season for many area farmers.
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Volunteers move thousands of books into place
If you like books, the Hastings Public Library has a special treat for you.
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Area fair moves beef show to evening
FRANKLIN — As the sun set behind them, Brooke Dallman let her steer Diesel drink some water minutes after they earned a pair of purple ribbons.
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Breaking News: Plea deal made in child abuse case
A 30-year-old Hastings man has taken a plea deal in the negligent death of his girlfriend's 4-year-old son.
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Even though she knows each dog by name, she never knows which dogs will be out.
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Indoor archery range in planning stages
A local archery club is seeking approval from Adams County officials to expand into a new archery range north of Hastings.
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Emergency manager remembered
GENEVA — Terry Marshall, who worked 31 years in emergency management in Adams and Fillmore counties, is being remembered as a man who was passionate about his work.
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Change to comp plan turns heated
A proposed amendment to change Adams County's comprehensive plan for future land use turned into a heated discussion Monday about landowner rights.
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Casey's plans new store in Juniata
Monday night the Adams County Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the construction of a new Casey's Convenience Store in Juniata.
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Spring weather took turn for the wetter
While Saturday and Sunday's heat and sunshine may make recent rainfall seem like a distant memory, statistics paint a soggy picture of late spring and early summer 2014 — especially compared to the previous two dry years.
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Recovery in the Park features BBQ, concert
Revive Ministries will host its fifth annual Recovery in the Park celebration featuring a barbecue and live music at 6 p.m. Friday at Brickyard Park, 1919 W. D. Street.
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City sees increase in building permits
The number of new homes under construction in Hastings so far this year could be a sign that the city and local economy are bouncing back after a few stagnant years.
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Underground contaminants released from landfill
City and state officials are closely monitoring for contaminants in the groundwater from an apparent leak in one of the old buried cells at Hastings Landfill.
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Faces of Business: Bryan Lubeck
ALMA — As assistant manager of the Lower Republican Natural Resources District, Bryan Lubeck is a number cruncher.
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Children's Parade
The boys and girls riding bikes and scooters around Fisher Fountain took advantage of cool weather Friday as they participated in the YWCA of Adams County's annual Independence Day children's parade.
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Airman welcomed back to Hastings
After traveling 24 hours straight, Airman Ryan Fitzgerald was welcomed home Thursday by assembled crowds along Burlington Avenue.
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Parts of area in 'high risk' designation
About 127 square miles within Tribland would be subject to more stringent regulations on groundwater use under a proposal being considered by the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District board of directors.
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Clay County Fair includes new event
CLAY CENTER — Organizers of the Clay County Fair are adding redneck flair this year with the implementation of a new event.
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Mother of son who shot brother released from jail
A Hastings mother accused of child abuse in connection with her 4-year-old son's death is now out of jail.
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Independence Day traditions continue
Independence Day traditions will continue Friday in Hastings for the Fisher Fountain activities organized by the YWCA of Adams County as well as the Brickyard Park concert and fireworks display.
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Wife of deceased Minden employee files suit against school district
MINDEN — The widow of the Minden city employee who died Aug. 13, 2013, from injuries sustained clearing sewer lines is suing Minden Public Schools.
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Supervisors vote against closing rural road
Initially, the Adams County Board of Supervisors was open to the idea of closing a one-mile section of 42nd Street that runs through Gottsch Feedlot near Juniata.
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YMCA announces pool renovation campaign
Ag Processing Inc. donated $50,000 to the Hastings Family YMCA this morning to kick off a fundraising campaign to renovate the indoor swimming pool at the 16th Street location.
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Faces of Tribland: James Carson
As manager of Walmart Supercenter in Hastings, James Carson is the one to whom the rest of the store's employees look to for guidance and leadership.
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Mural highlights lobby restoration
HEBRON — Some local history has been tossed in with movie magic to create one of the latest additions to the lobby of the Majestic Theatre.
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MPH scene of Road Rage
Without needing to worry about traffic or potholes, bicyclists tested their endurance Sunday during the third annual Road Rage event at Motorsport Park Hastings.
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Roseland celebrates SummerFest
ROSELAND — Sometimes the worst thing that can happen is getting first place.
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Weather straightens up for Saturday’s festival
Rain on Friday may have left the grounds soggy, but it didn’t keep the crowds away from the Flatwater Music Festival Saturday.
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Hastings site of GOP convention
For the Nebraska Republican Party, the local political races and the local volunteers are just as important as the national races and the major endorsements.
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Rain or shine, show must go on
As rain fell, spirits at this year's Flatwater Music Festival were slightly dampened on Friday.
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Roundabouts may be part of future
The use of more roundabouts could part of the city's future to increase public safety.
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Campbell hosts 6-man all stars
CAMPBELL — Players representing Nebraska and Wyoming in the 6-Man Shootout football game used a Wednesday evening kickball game here to scout one another.
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Then & Now: Safeway grocery store
Then: The Safeway grocery store chain built a $200,000 structure at 611 N. Burlington Ave. in 1965 to combine two Hastings locations into one. The 23,000-square-foot structure served as grocery store for nearly 50 years.
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Concrete being poured on new truck route
The first load of concrete for the $2.8 million truck route around Hastings arrived shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday.
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Attack seriously injures Kenesaw native’s son
The 24-year-old nephew of an area woman is recovering from serious injuries received in an Afghanistan attack Friday that killed three Marines and a military dog.
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Hastings High students help in Pilger area
PILGER — A group of 45 Hastings High athletes and coaches traveled Wednesday to Pilger to assist in cleanup from the devastating tornado that wiped out most of the town earlier this month.
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City done picking up trees
After nearly two weeks of work, most terraces in Hastings are finally free of tree debris.
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Russ’s opens new store
Community members were awed by the sight of the new Russ’s Market store unveiled this morning.
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Little Library opens on 9th Street
Believe it or not, sometimes it is OK to take something.
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Fireworks sales begin Friday
Fireworks go on sale Friday in Hastings and Hastings City Fire Chief Kent Gilbert said those shooting fireworks need to use caution as well as be respectful of others around them.
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Volunteers still needed for Flatwater
Prairie Loft executive director Amy Sandeen is putting out the call for volunteers to help during the Flatwater Music Festival this weekend.
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Supervisor seeks vaping ban
The chairman of the Adams County Board of Supervisors wants to ban the use of e-cigarettes (or vaping) on or in county property.
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Official: Health risks of vaping unknown
A local public health official who said there are too many unknowns about the safety of e-cigarettes is concerned about increased use among youth.
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Daughter to donate kidney to mother
Living with kidney disease from age 5 has transformed Hastings resident Janelle Ham into a fighter.
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Council tables 9th Street talk before it starts
About 30 Hastings residents filled the City Council Chambers for discussion Monday night on an agenda item that never happened.
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Local graduate winner of $10,000 scholarship
When Tess Wahlmeier heard the disappointment in the voices of the seniors at St. Cecilia High School at the news there would be no musical in 2012, she stepped up.
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Building slated for demolition collapses
An empty single-story building owned by Matheson Linweld specialty gas company in the 1100 block of South Burlington Avenue collapsed late Sunday afternoon, spilling debris onto Burlington Avenue that took city workers more than an hour to clear.
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Area woman dies in two-vehicle collision
STRANG — A Shickley woman died Sunday following a two-vehicle collision at the junction of U.S. Highway 81 and Nebraska Highway 74 near here, the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office reported.
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Father keeps daughter motivated during race
Dave Bennett arrived too late to register for the Hastings Marathon..
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Juniata man wins first marathon
Although running his first marathon, Joshua Church of Juniata outpaced competitors to win the inaugural Hastings Marathon on Saturday.
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Large limb falls on car
Staci Burmood doesn’t know whether she should feel lucky after two storms within a week have knocked down trees at her house.
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Ranked sixth in barrels, Dassinger eyes national finals
KENESAW — With some good times this season, making the national high school finals is so close for Jordan Dassinger.
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Tree pick up slower than expected
If you drive around Hastings very much, you already know that a lot of tree branches remain piled up, awaiting the city to pick them up.
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Faces of Business: Anne Cannon
Sometimes you have to experience a situation to know what you're talking about.
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Bull riding in freshman's blood
Bull riding seems to be in Dalton Sweley's blood.
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Hebron man in jail after family dog shot inside home
HEBRON — A Hebron man is in custody here on several felony charges after allegedly using a handgun to kill the family dog inside his home.
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Becker at home for her first state finals
Breann Becker may be a rookie on the high school rodeo circuit but don’t let her youth fool you — she is a seasoned professional.
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Hoffmann utilizes different horses at state rodeo
As one who grew up riding horses, rodeo seemed like the next logical progression for Natalie Hoffmann.
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United Way partners give back to community
This morning, the 19 partners of United Way of South Central Nebraska gathered together in Libs Park to make the Born Learning Trail better.
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HC faculty, students help Pilger
When Mark Weber saw the destruction in Pilger on television, he knew he wanted to help out.
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4-Hers explore great outdoors
AYR — “There’s a fish. I caught a fish. It’s so cute.”
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Roper also medalist at state golf tourney
Curtis Welsh is no stranger to mixing golf with rodeo.
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Public participation encouraged for marathon
The organizer of Hastings’ first-ever marathon hopes residents show their support Saturday morning by encouraging runners as they pass by as well as play music in their yards and driveways.
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More than 1,000 fans pour into Duncan Field
A new era in Hastings baseball was launched with the re-opening of Duncan Field in front of a capacity crowd on a sweltering Tuesday evening.
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Fun with fossils at museum
With a small scraping tool in hand, 8-year-old Jackson Bristol scraped away at the dirt on the rock in his hands.
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Farm hit again four years to the day
HOLSTEIN — Four years to the day, Annette Gentert was reliving a nightmare — only she wasn’t asleep.
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Rodeo ready to roll
A total of 150 high school rodeo participants will compete Thursday through Saturday during the Nebraska State High School Finals Rodeo at the Adams County Fairgrounds.
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Tree debris can be taken to landfill at no charge
Residents of Hastings can haul tree debris to the landfill free of charge through Saturday and city crews will assist in that effort with a citywide pickup of debris placed on public terraces.
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Serviceman loses beloved pickup in storm
The storm that tore through the area late Saturday night left one man serving in the military overseas sad.
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Wind, hail tear up Tribland from one end to the other
Mother Nature served up a terrifying buffet of severe weather to residents across a wide swath of Tribland Saturday night and into the wee hours of Sunday morning.
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Youngsters ‘hold on for dear life’ in Mutton Bustin’ contest
GLENVIL — Those who were sheepish fit right in at the second annual Mutton Bustin’ event Saturday morning in Glenvil.
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Nebraska Lotto winner has ticket to ride
The way Steven Swanson sees it, winning the Nebraska Lottery $5 Harley Davidson Scratch game is a sure sign that it is time for him to let it ride once again.
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Local men win fishing tournament
JUNIATA — Two local fishermen reeled in a pair of sterling silver trophies after winning the Governor's Cup Walleye Tournament Sunday at Harlan County Reservoir.
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Einsel: Not all of NCIS series is Hollywood
Hastings native Doug Einsel has lived such stuff as television series are made of.
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Duncan Field ready to play
The baseball field built for $14,000 and dedicated on Labor Day in 1940 is about to turn the page on yet another exciting chapter in its storied history.
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Mother, boyfriend plea innocent
The mother of a slain 4-year-old boy and her boyfriend pleaded not guilty Thursday to child abuse charges in connection with the boy's death in April.
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Then and Now: Bakery outlet store
Then: For years, the bakery outlet store at 317 S. Elm Ave. has been a place to buy bread and get trays of buns for graduations, parties and other events at discount.
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HPS board will face tough financial decisions
The Hastings Board of Education may have to make some tough decisions when it comes to the district's financial future over the next 15 months.
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LBNRD OKs program to help pay for Hastings nitrate project
DAVENPORT — The Little Blue Natural Resources District will implement a program to assist municipalities of all sizes with water system projects following action by the district's board of directors Thursday.
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Kids make mess at camp
The rules of Messy Art camp are simple:
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Lightning splinters tree, breaks windows
The bright flash in the sky and accompanying crash of thunder shortly thereafter just before 8 p.m. Wednesday night startled Maplewood Street resident John Knudsen.
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Supervisors act quickly to replace bad AC unit
The Adams County Board of Supervisors took immediate action Tuesday to replace an air conditioning unit that is "on its very last leg."
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Minden school bond issue headed for November ballot
MINDEN — Members of the Minden Board of Education have decided to place a proposed $23.1 million bond issue for a new high school on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.
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Library hosts Pressure Systems Investigations
Trying again even in the presence of failure was the lesson of the day during a program at the Hastings Public Library Tuesday.
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Council bans ‘yard parking’
The parking of most vehicles in front and side yards soon will be prohibited in Hastings.
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Adams Central names new activities director
The new activities director at Adams Central already had been hired by the school district to fill another vacant position.
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Faces of Tribland: Mary Fisk
After going to school every day for 57 years, Mary Fisk has finally packed her books and left for the last time.
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Eagle Club site of 39th annual Czech-Slovak Festival
From the time she was a child, Sue Underwood Placek loved to watch her father play the accordion.
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Tigers surprised by visit from Osborne
The most famous player to ever wear the orange and black Tiger uniform made a surprise visit to talk with players on the Hastings High football team Friday afternoon.
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City spending $2.5 million on roads this summer
If you are already sick of being in the "cone zone" do not fear. Progress is being made.
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Adams County Democrats elect new officers
The Adams County Democrats have elected Jamey Hamburger to serve as their chair for 2014-16 term.
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Hastings vet remembers Omaha Beach
Many wonder what Omaha Beach was like on D-Day. Raymond Rutt will never forget.
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Then & Now: Aquacourt Water Park
Then: In May 2004, Hastings residents came out in droves to try out the city’s latest attraction.
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Juniata CRA moves forward despite resignations
JUNIATA — Two of the five members of the Juniata Community Redevelopment Authority resigned Thursday night as the board attempts to forge its new community redevelopment plan.
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Celebrating 50 years of MARC
CLAY CENTER — While conducting research as a doctorate student, Ronnie Green received an impromptu lesson about the importance of his work place.
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90-year-old camper attends 90th Samboree
Margaret Clark is one of the most outgoing 90-year-olds you will ever meet.
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Two Tribland towns top housing survey
MINDEN — Officials from two Tribland towns are pleased their communities made a top 10 list for homeownership in Nebraska even though they are unfamiliar with the entity that made the list.
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Kids attend Camp Invention at Watson
Take the parts from a computer keyboard, add a cardboard frame, a bee theme and some beautifully drawn flowers and what do you get?
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‘Better than Broadway’
Better than Broadway.
That’s how director Randy Kottwitz describes — and with good reason — the latest Hastings Community Theatre production, “The Apple Tree,” which opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday for a two-weekend run through June 15 at Hastings Community Theatre, 515 S. Fourth Ave.
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Camping club arrives in Hastings
A lot of RVs are coming to town — a lot.
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Hastings High auto students bound for nationals
A team of driven Hastings High School seniors is preparing to put its collective mechanic skills to the test against some of the best young mechanics in the country this weekend.
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Tractors arrive in Hebron for relay
HEBRON — Tregg Reiss’s tractor was a favorite among participants on Monday, the third day of the 2014 Tractor Relay Across Nebraska.
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Carbon rule may force HU toward more natural gas
Nebraska utilities might be forced to make expensive changes to comply with new proposed restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions because they rely heavily on coal power.
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Area NRDs record more drops in spring water levels
Spring static underground water levels dropped by around 1 foot from 2013 to 2014 in three of four Tribland natural resources districts, officials reported recently.
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Planned burn emotional for school’s patrons
Her eyes swelled with tears as she watched her childhood turn to ash.
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Inaugural Minden triathlon goes off ‘without a hitch’
MINDEN — The first year for the Minden Sprint Triathlon was a success.
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Krings announces resignation from YMCA
The executive director of the Hastings Family YMCA announced his resignation this morning to the organization’s board of directors and its staff.
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Storm nothing more than a big wash locally
A cluster of thunderstorms carrying heavy rainfall caused minor street flooding locally while giving the area a good soaking Sunday afternoon and evening.
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Relay For Life takes aim at cancer
For Gina Wheeler, 22, of Hastings, Friday wasn't the first time she had participated in the annual Relay for Life of Adams County. What made this walk special is that it was her first laps as a cancer survivor.
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Mustaches4Kids campaign raises $32,000 for kids camp
A costume-clad, mustache-donning crowd of supporters convened Friday night and watched the final numbers tick in: 3-1-9-6-1.
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'Life Wide Open' being warmly welcomed
A week after its debut, Hastings' "new brand" is going strong and getting a lot of attention.
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Cattle thefts cost producers much more
While higher cattle prices may make ag producers more aware of thieves, authorities don't believe it will result in more theft.
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Then and now: Oline Marvel
Then: Oline Marvel played an influential role in furthering the cause for the state’s official song. She helped introduce the song to residents of Hastings in 1968 by accompanying vocalist Marlene Mullen on piano during the annual Memorial Day services at Highland Park.
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HU low on coal reserves
A national shortage on the delivery of coal has created low coal reserve levels at Hastings Utilities power generation plant east of the city.
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Glenvil man given life sentence
KEARNEY— A 58-year-old Glenvil man accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife and his former divorce attorney has been sentenced to life in prison.
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Minden to try another high school bond election
MINDEN — The scope has been determined for another project to build a new high school here, with patrons expected to render a verdict in the Nov. 4 general election.
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Students experiment with fun at science camp
HEBRON — The competitive spirit came out this week for about 40 students from Thayer Central Community Schools who just finished third through sixth grades.
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City street project begins Friday
The city of Hastings will begin a resurfacing project on Oswego Avenue between Third and Fourth streets Friday.
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Speaker feels holiday celebrated too much
Hearing about the experiences of military service and sacrifice from someone who experienced it first-hand will mean more to children than getting it from any other source.
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Heineman applies for NU presidency
LINCOLN — Gov. Dave Heineman has applied for the University of Nebraska presidency, little more than a week after he publicly expressed interest in the job.
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LBNRD mulling new program to help with nitrates
DAVENPORT — Directors of the Little Blue Natural Resources District will consider establishing a program to assist municipalities districtwide — including the city of Hastings — that are facing water quality issues related to non-point source pollution.
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Juniata CRA looking to move on redevelopment
JUNIATA — In February 2013, the Juniata Village Board approved a resolution to designate the entire village as blighted property, which qualified the town for tax increment financing and subsequent redevelopment projects under the Nebraska Community Development Law.
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Council moves to ban yard parking
Without much discussion, members of the Hastings City Council approved the first of three readings of a proposed ordinance that would ban residents from parking vehicles and trailers in front yards and side yards.
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Memorial a reminder to continue legacies of service
KENESAW — Several generations were represented in a gathering for the dedication Monday of Kenesaw's new Veterans and Kenesaw Volunteer Fire and Rescue Memorial.
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Service honors sacrifice of veterans, families
Beginning his address in a self-depreciating manner, the Rev. Joel Remmers said that any veterans or family members of veterans present may have more qualified speakers than himself.
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Faces: Diane Mahoney and Joyce Overturf
ROSELAND — The Silver Lake school district bid farewell to more than 60 years of teaching experience at the end of the school year.
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Harvard pauses to remember long-ago tragedy
HARVARD — Memories of a tragedy that exploded in the skies over northern Clay County more than seven decades ago returned to the fore here Monday as the community paid tribute to the 14 U.S. servicemen who lost their lives.
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Lot no longer freely open for public use
After nearly two decades of use for public parking, an owner of a downtown parking lot is now reminding motorists it is private property and putting restrictions on its use.
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Area WWII vet says he's not a hero
ROSELAND — Charlie Bourg served gallantly during World War II but the 93-year-old veteran doesn't consider himself a hero.
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Recount confirms District 3 results
Jennifer Czekai of Ayr has been affirmed as the winner for the District 3 seat on the Adams County Board of Supervisors.
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Then & Now: Veterans Memorial Circle
Then: With around 150 flags on display, the Veterans Memorial Association dedicated the Memorial Circle near the entrance of Parkview Cemetery during the Memorial Day ceremony on May 30, 1964.
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Mini golf course gets facelift
Renovations funded by a Hastings Convention and Visitors Bureau grant are helping give Hastings Family YMCA miniature golf course a much-needed facelift.
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Cozad native to become new CVB director
The Adams County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau board of directors has been anxious to find a candidate for the organization’s next executive director who would continue the momentum sustained by current director Kaleena Fong.
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Marathon organizer moving to Colorado
The organizer of Hastings’ first-ever marathon has resigned from his position as activities director at Adams Central to move back to his home state of Colorado.
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‘Life Wide Open’ city’s new brand
A discussion over lunch has turned into the city of Hastings’ new cooperative marketing strategy.
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Historical Society director retiring
After nearly 50 years with the Adams County Historical Society, one member will be taking a break from the job.
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City, college move forward with plans to close street
In the wake of several years of discussions, the Hastings City Council and Hastings College still intend to cooperate on a plan to close Ninth Street between Elm and Ash avenues, creating a green space and pedestrian mall for the campus.
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Faces of Tribland: Garry Steele
EDGAR — In light the big network of individuals required to equip a community for emergencies, Edgar resident Garry Steele considers himself one cog in the greater machine of public service.
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HPS board wastes no time in issuing bonds
Less than a week after voters approved a $21.5 million improvement project for Hastings Public Schools elementary schools, members of the HPS Board of Education approved issuing the project's first bonds.
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HHS seniors thankful for support
Seniors thanked supporters and spoke of the diversity among the 234 students who graduated Sunday at Hastings High.
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More than 200 graduate from Hastings College
Remember what you've learned and be ready to use it in the future.
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The City Auditorium's next chapter
A comprehensive plan for the city of Hastings in 1957 showed a proposal for a large conference center in the downtown district much like the one city leaders are proposing at the moment.
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Back and running
SUTTON — Following a week of cleanup after a tornado caused extensive damage in town, Brown's Thrift Store is ready to open today.
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Candidate asks for recount
Contrary to a Hastings Tribune story in Friday's edition, the outcome of the Adams County Board of Supervisors District 3 contest is still up in the air and a recount has been requested by one of the candidates.
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Then & Now: Election Commissioner
Then: After seeing a public notice about the need for a new election commissioner in Adams County in 1985, Chris Lewis successfully put her name in the ring.
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Canvassing board finalizes election
The Adams County canvassing board has signed off on the results of Tuesday’s primary election and the results will stand.
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HPS names new board member
A Hastings High alumni has been named the newest member of the Hastings Board of Education.
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Hastings College senior paints cafeteria’s baby grand
Thanks to Beau Neville, Hastings College has maybe the most unique-looking piano in Nebraska.
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Providence Place looks to create lasting memories for families dealing with dementia
Construction of a 16-unit assisted living memory care center in Hastings is expected to officially break ground next week.
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Sheriff’s deputy to appear on national TV Show tonight
NELSON — Brad Baker, chief deputy with the Nuckolls County Sheriff’s Office, will appear 9 p.m. today on the A&E network’s TV show “The Killer Speaks.”
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HPS gets green light for improvements
Within six years, all Hastings Public Schools elementary buildings will have air conditioning and improvements to provide 21st century learning.
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Magee wins sheriff’s race
Gregg Magee won the fight to retain his position as Adams County sheriff by a landslide Tuesday.
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Six tornadoes pinpointed in Tribland
Damage survey teams from the National Weather Service have studied the aftermath of six tornadoes reported Sunday in Tribland and have assigned two an EF scale rating of 3 and one an EF-2 rating.
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Council invites proposals to expand auditorium
The city of Hastings is inviting competitive proposals for the redevelopment and expansion of the City Auditorium, with the intention of transforming the venue into a new city conference center that will complement the downtown business district .
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Hastings marathon approved as Boston qualifier
The Healthy Hastings Run For Your Life Marathon is now a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.
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Sutton residents survey debris
SUTTON — A home seated on a plot of land about a mile north of Sutton Public School has been in Kenny Reutzel’s family for four generations.
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Hastings family rides out tornado at Beaver Crossing
It was a storm scenario all-too-familiar to Hastings resident Todd Cerny.
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Faces of Tribland: HHS teacher Jim Fielder
Jim Fielder has spent most of his life walking the halls of Hastings High and, in that time, he has never grown tired of his love of learning and teaching.
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Bond raised to $250,000 in child neglect death
Bond has been increased to $250,000 for the mother of a Hastings boy killed last month with a rifle fired by his brother.
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St. Cecilia students graduate ‘on angel’s wings’
With a torrential rain producing what one observer described as the sound of angel’s wings beating, 33 seniors from St. Cecilia High School made their final procession together Sunday as classmates at the school’s 79th commencement exercise at Frances Consbruck Chapman Gymnasium.
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CCC honors 455 graduates
Do what you love, love what you do and be proud of where you come from.
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Hard work pays off for L-N senior
NELSON — The crowd inside of the packed gymnasium went crazy Saturday afternoon as Ryan Kile lifted his left leg to move forward and accept his diploma during the Lawrence-Nelson Class of 2014’s graduation ceremony.
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Sutton sustains structural damage, remains without power
SUTTON — At least two unconfirmed tornadoes touched down in Clay County Sunday evening, destroying three homes and delivering significant structural damage to much of the town of Sutton.
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Blue Hill man able to walk at benefit
BLUE HILL — With more than 300 supporters cheering his steps, Rick Myers walked in the door of the Blue Hill Community Center here Friday evening to attend the fundraiser in his honor.
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82 seniors graduate from Adams Central
The 82 members of the Adams Central High School class of 2014 put a lot of time into graduating.
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Kenesaw grads thankful for support
KENESAW — Graduates thanked family, teachers and friends for their help and support over the past four years during Saturday’s graduation ceremony at Kenesaw High School.
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Silver Lake celebrates graduation of 16
ROSELAND — Members of the Silver Lake High School class of 2014 compare their school years to notches on a totem pole.
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Mom, boyfriend charged
The mother of a Hastings boy killed last month with a rifle fired by his brother has been charged along with her boyfriend with negligent child abuse that resulted in death.
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Area authorities nab chase suspect who fled on foot
HEBRON — A woman who fled on foot from authorities near here early Thursday morning following a high-speed chase on U.S. Highway 81 has been apprehended, the Thayer County Sheriff's Office announced.
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HPS surprises couple at music program
After 46 years of service, two longtime music instructors for Hastings Public Schools are turning in their conductor's batons.
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Then & Now: VFW Club
Then: In September 1963, after 18 years of leasing temporary headquarters in the building at 412 W. Third St., Hastings' Mount Surabachi Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1346 and adjoining women's auxiliary opened its clubhouse at 1053 S. Wabash Ave.
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Area authorities nab chase suspect who fled on foot
HEBRON — A woman who fled on foot from authorities near here early Thursday morning following a high-speed chase on U.S. Highway 81 has been apprehended, the Thayer County Sheriff's Office announced.
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Benefit Friday for area man injured Feb. 24
BLUE HILL — In the blink of an eye, everything can change for an individual, a family and a community. The community of Blue Hill is pulling together to help in just this type of change.
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Student-built house sells for $146,000
A Superior couple Wednesday offered the highest bid of $146,000 for the purchase of a home built by students who are in the construction program at Central Community College-Hastings.
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City awarded $750,000 to renovate, expand auditorium
The city of Hastings has been awarded a $750,000 grant by the state through the civic and community center financing fund and intends to use the money to renovate and possibly expand the City Auditorium.
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Supervisors allocate $250,000 for security
Following significant discussion, the Adams County Board of Supervisors voted 4-3 at its regular meeting Tuesday to designate $250,000 from the county inheritance tax fund for security updates at the Adams County Courthouse.
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City, county cooperating on Baltimore resurfacing
Adams County is cooperating with the city of Hastings on the pavement of some major arteries later this year into the Hastings area, which will include North Baltimore Avenue and North Adams Central Avenue.
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A college final with public appeal
Within minutes, a cornfield and urban skyline began to take shape behind the Blue Moon Coffee Co.
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Hastings High student scores 36 on ACT
Not many high school students can say they scored a 36 on their ACT. But Hastings High’s Ryder Mays can, after coming darn close the first time he took the test.
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Sheriff: College student’s death accidental
An intentional act led to the accidental death of a 21-year-old Hastings College junior Saturday, according to the Howard County Sheriff’s Office.
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Area runners qualify for Boston Marathon
Nine Hastings runners completed the Lincoln Marathon and 87 completed the half-marathon on Sunday.
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Fans growing to like college rodeo
Crowds gathered Friday and Saturday evening for the second annual Bobby Gottsch Jr. Memorial Hastings College Rodeo at the Adams County Fairgrounds.
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Placement of electric lines progressing with development
The alleyways between First and Third streets from Burlington to Minnesota avenues in downtown Hastings used to be much more of an eyesore.
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High schoolers take shot at trapshoot competition
DONIPHAN — For Louise Pavilionis, a foreign exchange student from Denmark, shooting at the 45th annual Cornhusker High School and Junior High Trapshoot was a new experience.
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Hebron steer wrestler chases a million bucks
HEBRON — One million dollars.
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Give Hastings Day a success
Excitement took over late Thursday night in the Hastings Community Foundation office for the folks helping out with the inaugural Give Hastings Day.
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Then & Now: Lightner’s Auction House
Then: Hundreds of people crammed inside Lightner’s Auction House at 220 S. Hastings Ave. every Thursday in search of bargains and collector’s items or just to soak in the atmosphere at Ed Lightner’s weekly consignment sale.
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NAD tour brings history to life
By telling stories from former U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot employees about daily tasks at the closed military base, Walt Miller brought its history to life.
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3rd District forum yields friendly debate
An air of friendship and goodwill existed between two of the three candidates running for the House of Representatives in Nebraska’s Third District at a town hall forum Wednesday night.
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Statewide group tours Maryland Living Center
A statewide group of homeless education liaisons visited the Maryland Living Center on Wednesday.
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