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Thu
21
Feb
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City examines building’s future

Who will be the architect for the new Community Building on G Street is anybody’s guess right now. At the Wednesday night meeting of the City Council it was revealed the architect the city wanted to work with is raising a few eyebrows. Berggren Architects out of Lincoln was the number one selection of the Council to oversee the renovation of the building that is a cornerstone in Pawnee City.

Jerry Berggren has been at two City Council meetings to talk over the matter.

He presented a price tag of over $600,000 for the renovation the last time he was here. The city has to use money out of its ReUse fund to pay for the renovation. Using that fund means there will be no tax dollars from here to go for the renovation. The city has more than $700,000 in the fund, but it does not want to spend a large part of it for one project. That was the feeling of at least some of the Council.

Thu
21
Feb
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Schmit wins first match at State Wrestling

OMAHA - Humboldt Table Rock Steinauer/Pawnee City’s Wyatt Schmit participated in the 2019 State Wrestling Tournament which was held at the CHI Health Center Arena last Thursday-Saturday, February 14th-16th.

Wyatt Schmit (41-10) scored 4 team points for the Titans as he won his first match on Thursday, February 14th over Wood River’s Omar Tinajero. He then lost his next two matches. Results are as follows. Champ. Round 1 - Wyatt Schmit (HTRS) 41-10 won by fall over Omar Tinajero (Wood River) 24-24 (Fall 3:10)

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Thu
14
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Palmer Cafe offers breakfast, lunch

By Ray Kappel

A Michigan man wanted to leave something for his family, so he purchased the Pawnee Café and renamed it the Palmer Café. He also purchased the motel.

Richard Palmer lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, but he has a daughter, Betty Jo Hatfield, who lives here. She has managed the motel before her dad bought the both the café and the motel.

The Palmer Café is open Tuesday through Friday 5 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Sundays, it is breakfast for the four hours they are open.

 

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Thu
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Burchard resident came to Pawnee County almost 100 Years Ago

By Sharla Sitzman

Hank deKoning of Burchard is 97 years old. He was born to Wyoming homesteaders. He doesn’t remember his family’s voyage from there to a Pawnee County farm, but when we met at the Harold Lloyd Museum in Burchard last year, his daughter Kathy Fritch prompted him to tell me the story about it.

Thu
14
Feb
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Fake money circulating in our area

By Ray Kappel

The Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office is alerting area citizens about fake money circulating in the area.

The fake money looks just like the real thing, according to Sheriff’s Deputy Braden Lang. There are a few differences. One type has Chinese lettering on the side that is translated as ‘practice money.’ The other type has in lettering “Motion Picture Use Only”. The Motion Picture lettering is in the same font as In God We trust on a real bill.

So far, there has been a $100 bill passed at Dollar General and another $100 bill found in the Pawnee Thriftway parking lot. A $10 bill was found at the Action Center.

 

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Thu
07
Feb
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PCMH has cyber security incident

Pawnee County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) in Pawnee City, Nebraska announced Monday that it recently experienced a cyber security incident involving some patients' personal health information. On November 29, 2018, PCMH discovered that a malware virus had entered its business e-mail system and may have resulted in unauthorized access to protected health information of some patients. PCMH immediately began an investigation and hired a forensic computer investigator to determine what happened.

Thu
07
Feb
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Sen. Slama’s busy first month

New Senator Julie Slama said her first month on the job has been a whirlwind.

Slama was appointed by Gov. Ricketts to finish out the term of Dan Watermeier who went on to the Public Service Commission. Slama’s background information appeared in a previous issue of the Republican.

“I’ve been contacting constituents, introducing bills and researching legislation that comes to the floor. Thankfully, my staff and new colleagues have been a great resource for information and advice,” she said.

She has already introduced four bills. This is her recap of those bills: LB 232 lowers the current cap on county liability for riots and incidents at state prisons within those counties by 40 percent, saving Johnson County about $90,000 based on 2017 numbers.

 

 

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Thu
07
Feb
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Story of the pedal organ

Last spring the Pawnee City Historical Society and Museum received a letter from an attorney in Lincoln that said that we were donated a pedal organ from the estate of Dwight L. Lubken. So several months later they let us know that we could come and get it. Jon Howard and wife went to Lincoln and brought it back. It is now located in the Bartram building. Later a relative in Colorado sent his hymnal, book of History of the Bible and a CD of their life. The CD is on the computer at the Beyreis building. The following is a short version of his and his wife’s life. Maybe some of you remember them. Rev. Wolfe passed away in 1954 and she in 1949. Their last years they lived on a farm close to Pawnee City.

This organ belonged to John H. Wolfe and his wife Delia. They carried it in a covered wagon as they preached in Free Will Baptist churches .

Thu
07
Feb
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Producer Bloss, Supt. Rottinghaus comment on LB 497

The Republican asked two local people to comment on the new bill, LB 497 that addresses property tax reform and school funding.,

The Nebraska Agriculture Leaders Working Group has announced its support for a bill introduced by Sen. Curt Friesen to fix major inequities in how Nebraska funds K-12 schools, while lowering property taxes for all Nebraskans. With numerous legislative proposals dealing with school funding and tax relief having been introduced, the agriculture leaders believe LB 497 is the best bill from which to start. Local producer Don Bloss was a member of four of the organizations that back the bill:

Thu
07
Feb
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Bad accident near Table Rock corner

Enrique Mael Marquez Green, 24, of Humboldt was sent by ambulance to the Pawnee County Hospital following a bad crash at the intersection of Highway 50 and 65 Sunday afternoon. The accident happened around 1:19 p.m. He was driving a 2002 Chevy Monte Carlo and apparently ran the stop sign on Highway 65 at a high rate of speed. He left the roadway and hit a steep bank. The car then became airborne for a considerable distance and then hit the ground and rolled three times before coming to a stop at a tree. According to the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office drugs or alcohol was not suspected. The Sheriff’s report said there is no citation pending.

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