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Independence Day a sign that a light still shines

On July 4, 1776, our Founding Fathers made a statement which has been felt around the world for centuries since a band of 13 small colonies stood together and declared their independence from the British Empire. It was a bold move, considering the colonies were home to a mere 2.5 million people and their economies were almost wholly dependent on British trade. Their odds of victory against the most powerful empire in the world were slim to none, yet our Founding Fathers had the courage to oppose a tyrannical government. As Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence, he uttered, “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

Against all odds, the American Experiment has thrived and become a model for countries across the globe seeking freedom for their own citizens.

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Rainy day feeling

For the younger crowd, the Eurythmics sang a song that talked about the rain coming again, falling on the head like a new emotion. For the older crowd there’s Gene Kelley who made “I’m Singing in the Rain” famous, saying what a glorious day, “I’m happy again.” There have been all kinds of rain songs in between.

There are many who think we have had enough.

Farmer Don Bloss comments, “I read that over 50% of the 2019 U.S. crop was planted around the first week of June. With the very long days and the very short nights we were fortunate that there weren’t numerous farm accidents on the farm and on the road. There are still prevented planted acres and wet spots on a lot of farms that won't have a crop produced on it. If a farmer has federal crop insurance they will be paid some on the acres not planted, but the wet spots will just lower the yield on the particular field or farm.

 

 

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Isaac's Ride for a Curve to benefit the Cure Tay Sachs Foundation

Saturday, June 29. wasn’t too hot to wilt the spirits of the folks involved in Isaac’s Ride for a Cure to benefit the Cure Tay Sachs Foundation, organized by Jon and Gail Howard. Their grandson Isaac, who was present and got a front row seat on the wagon is afflicted with this neurologically degenerative fatal disease.

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Summer exercise gets off those winter excess pounds

Last winter, when I was dealing with icy roads, severe wind chill factors, and darkness, I longed for summer weather, when running would be so much more pleasant. Now that I’m fighting deer flies, heat, humidity, sunburn, mosquitoes and allergies, I find myself wishing that it would be winter all year long! (not really).,

Here are some ways to take advantage of the longer days and work off some of the weight you may have gained over the winter.

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Walking Trail partly closed

The gravel part of the walking trail in Pawnee City is now closed. It was closed for safety reasons due to the effect of the rains on the trail. The concrete portion is still open. Also, Mayor Deb Klein ordered all the sculptures to be removed for now. They have again been vandalized. She commented that the city crew would look at repairing them later in the year.

 

 

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Building Community pride is a responsibility

Community pride is everyone’s responsibility. Take a good look at your property periodically and see if it is “pleasing to the eye.” You might say, it is good enough for me, or, I like a front yard cluttered with junk. If you have this approach, then there is very little community pride.

We all live in Pawnee City and want our city to be a positive picture to those who visit our city. The better we look, the greater the chances of attracting people to call Pawnee City their home.

The Pawnee Pride Committee was formed by the City Council in October of 2017. John DeFreece and Deborah Niss are on this committee with me. The committee’s primary function is to visit with homeowners whose property might need sprucing up. Often times, their direction comes from a complaint that is filed with the city office. They take the complaint and visit with the party, encouraging them to make some changes. If nothing is resolved, then the Council has responsibilities to get it done.

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New City Hall work progressing

Work is nearing completion on the new City Hall Building in downtown Pawnee City. The painting is done and they were getting the tiles for the ceiling last Monday. Then there will be odds and ends and the floor to be done. Completion set for some time in July. Top photo shows the interior work and bottom is the exterior.

 

 

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2 Councilmen & Mayor spar over incident with employee

Mayor Deb Klein and Councilmen John Dahlgren and Ric Helms argued over an employee incident at the Monday night City Council meeting.

The incident happened when Shop Foreman Clint Johnson dumped concrete into the creek by the library recently. Johnson said at the meeting it isn’t the only thing being dumped into the creek.

The Mayor wrote a reprimand of Johnson and considered the matter over. She did not like it being on the agenda, which was requested by Dahlgren.

Klein said the only reason it was on the agenda was that Dahlgren wanted to everyone to know Johnson made a mistake. She said she took care of it and that it should have stopped there.

Dahlgren said the matter should be brought before the Council to talk about, stating that the Council does things as a group.

Helms responded to Klein’s assessment that the matter was taken care of by stating that the concrete still hadn’t been removed.

 

 

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Julian committee seeks advice from Table Rock

At the last census, the population of Julian, Nebraska was 59. A goodly part of the population was thus represented when ten members of the Julian Preservation Committee arrived last week in Table Rock (last census population 269), led by Ken and Grace Burgert. The Committee has been restoring Julian’s historic filling station, built in 1928, and its adjacent repair garage. Last year they put on new roofs and installed new windows, replaced concrete, and painted. This year they added gas pumps and a “Julian Filling Station” sign.. They also wired the place so that the globes of the pumps and the original style lighting is up and running. You can go see it for yourself. They leave the lights on daily until 11 p.m.

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Valuations up for some, down for others

The sales ratio for Table Rock residential was brought up sharply by the County Assessor and that caused a rise in residential property values there. Jon Bailey, the Assessor, said the sales ratio should be between 92 and 100 percent. That is the sales price minus the land price to get residential values. That is divided into the replacement cost new for a property and that gives you your physical depreciation.

The sales ratio for Table Rock was around 63.5 percent. So he had to raise the valuations a lot to hit the 95 percent target. He said it had gotten low because he had let the values slide over the past two years, thinking they were going to come back up. They did not and continued to slide.

The ratios are figured over a two year period. For the past two years, Table Rock has dropped significantly. It was in the 80 percent range two years ago but dropped to 63.5 last year. The valuations went up this year between 20 and 45 percent.

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