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Union Bank donates to pool repair and 4-H

By Ray Kappel

Union Bank and Trust of Pawnee City will make a $1,000 donation to the pool repair fund and a $1,000 donation to 4-H in the area. That was announced by the bank’s Branch Manager Caralyn Friedly at the Monday night Pawnee City City Council meeting.

Union bank is celebrating this year and made the money available to these two local causes.

In addition, the bank will help with fundraising for both the pool repair and 4-H.

 

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Wed
14
Feb
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Spelling Bee winners

The Pawnee County Spelling Bee was held at Lewiston Consolidated Schools last week.

Ribbon winners are from left, front, Brady Nelson, Lewiston, Deacon Bernadt, Pawnee City, Colin Fender, Pawnee City, Madelyn Osborne, Pawnee City, Jayden Nickles, Lewiston, Jazmine Thomsen, Lewiston. Middle row, from left, Cameron Ottersburg, Pawnee City, Rae Foster, Pawnee City, Elijah Bredemeier, Lewiston, Jaxon Janssen, Lewiston, Tristen Ray, Lewiston, Caleb Rule, Lewiston; back row, from left, Carliegh Weyers, Lewiston, Persefenie Woutzke, Lewiston, Jacqueline Mullins, Lewiston, Simon Osborne, Pawnee City, Stella Hunzeker, Pawnee City, Sarra Parrot, Pawnee City.

 

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Marty Tuttle, some 50 years of birdwatching

By Ray Kappel

When he was a boy, Marty Tuttle of Lewiston crawled about 100 yards on his belly to photograph the mating rituals of Greater Prairie Chickens.

He knew early on that watching birds was a hobby for him. He got started when he was about 8-10 years old and has been watching birds now for 50 some years.

He said he is not sure about why he likes the hobby.

“I can’t really put a finger on it,” he said.

He said he is attracted by the beauty of the birds and he finds all of them interesting.

 

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Premier Estates' Trish Fisher proud to call Pawnee City home

By Ray Kappel

Trish Fisher has lived in Pawnee City all her life and graduated Pawnee City High School in 1988. She is the MDS coordinator at Premier Estates.

She started out working for Premier Estates while in high school. She holds an RN license that she got in 1991 from Bryan Hospital.

Her job as MDS coordinator is to make assessments of each resident. The residents each have different levels of care and her reports on them are filed quarterly with the state.

 

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Thu
08
Feb
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Job seekers don't miss hiring event

By Ray Kappel

Need a job?

Come to the Hiring Event to be held Tuesday, February 13, at the Poteet Hall in Pawnee City from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. It is put on by the Nebraska Department of Labor.

The event is geared toward the unemployed, underemployed, those looking for a different career or looking for a different job, according to Kari Janssen of the NDOL.

Several area employers will be there to answer questions. So far, those employers are: Smart Chicken, Landoll Corp., Better Living Counseling, Loch and Co., Inc., Smith Auto, Inc., Premier Estates, DHHS, Dept. of Corrections, C.J. Foods, Valley View Trucking, LLC, Valley View Milling, LLC, Game and Parks, Haverkamp Brothers, Inc., Pawnee City Assisted Living, and Horizontal Boring. There is room for more employers if any business is interested in attending they can call Kari at 402-223-6060. There is also a Facebook page NDOLsoutheast that you can check out.

 

Thu
08
Feb
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PC School Board voices concerns over property tax

A news release from the School Board.Pawnee City Public School District remains extremely concerned about our over-reliance on local property taxes to fund our annual operations. Our concerns have grown over the past several years. In May 2017 we joined the newly-formed founded “Nebraskans United for Property Tax Reform and Education” with the intent to further the dialogue and pursue legislative action to remedy the issue. We have begun working with elected officials on this important topic and appreciate their efforts and input. We are hopeful that a new bill drafted by Senator Tom Briese’s office, with support from “Nebraskans United for Property Tax Reform and Education,” will gain traction and help move us closer to a legislative solution of this complicated issue.

The following data points clearly illustrate we have a school funding problem despite some saying that high property taxes are due to excessive school spending:

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08
Feb
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Putting on trim around the windows

Workers began putting on the trim around the windows of the Assisted Living Facility last week.

 

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Wed
31
Jan
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Sen. Briese's office responds to more property tax questions

Because of email problems last week, we didn’t get a return from Sen. Briese’s office on our questions about property tax reform in time for publication. Here are the responses to our questions from Edward Boone, an aide to Sen. Briese. If you read our story last week or in other papers, you should know Sen. Briese wants to shift the tax burden away from property owners. The first question we asked was how long has Sen. Briese been working on this issue? Boone said Sen.

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31
Jan
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Making way for a new silo in Burchard

Grain bins are being torn down on part of the Farmer’s Coop Elevator site in Burchard. They are replacing bins that held 180,000 bushels with a concrete tube silo that will hold 500,000 bushels. The new silo will be for beans and will be able to take 15,000 bushels an hour

 

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New faces at Premier Estates have Pawnee City ties

By Ray Kappel News Editor

Diana Thiemann said she had tears in her eyes when she walked into Premier Estates back in August. It was her first day on the job as Administrator. “I felt like I was home,” she said. Both she and Director of Nursing Lynne Roland are hometown girls. Both graduated from Pawnee City High School. Thiemann graduated high school in 1978 and Roland graduated high school in 1977. Thiemann’s maiden name was Gyhra and Roland was a Bredemeier. Thiemann’s parents are the late Joe and Helen Gyhra and Roland’s parents are Arden and Jan Bredemeier.

 

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