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S&W Welding still going strong after 30 years
Manufacturing Boot Camp’s goal is to find, train employees
Klitz: Trip to Korean War Memorial ‘super,’ but reception at Omaha made it special
Crowning moment
Always at your side
S&W Welding still going strong after 30 years Wes Schulzkump, left, and Hal Wagner stand beside one of the staples of their S&W Welding business, the Blow Hard Bunk Cleaner. Right at 50 of them are sold each year. The West Point business is marking its 30th year. See more here: S&W
Manufacturing Boot Camp’s goal is to find, train employees Clarence Schmitt had a passion for helping others succeed in school and business. And his desire to help others better their lives  by furthering their education lives on after his death in 2012.
Schmitt’s son, John, helped introduce the Manufacturing Boot Camp last week at a meeting Thursday night at the Nielsen Community Center, West Point, where the classes will meet.
Klitz: Trip to Korean War Memorial ‘super,’ but reception at Omaha made it special Francis Klitz had been to the Korean War Memorial a few years ago while visiting relatives on the East Coast.
He wasn’t going to pass up a second chance, especially when it meant traveling with a few hundred other veterans of that war.
Crowning moment In a program showered with tradition, Guardian Angels Central Catholic elevated to a level never before reached as they captured the Class C-2 state speech title.
The championship, which was captured Friday at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, marks GACC’s first-ever state title in speech.
Always at your side Tradition runs deep for the West Point-Beemer wrestling program. The backbone of that tradition is consistency.
And it’s guys like Jason Redmond who provide that rock-solid foundation thanks to a ton of hard work and dedication.

Citizens State Bank, Wimmer family donate total of $208,000 to Nielsen Center

The West Point Auditorium Foundation, the organization that has committed to funding the construction of the Nielsen Community Center, has received two major donations in recent weeks.  
Citizens State Bank of Wisner and West Point has contributed $100,000 to the foundation, and the Wimmer family has added another $108,000.   Steve Paus, president of the foundation, announced the gifts this week.
“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of these two donors,” he said.
“It’s appropriate to note that they represent the oldest and the newest supporters of the community center. Long before it was built, Harold Wimmer and George Wimmer, Sr. had the foresight to establish a fund for maintenance and repairs of a future center. And now, Citizens State Bank has recognized the value of the Nielsen Center to our community.”
The original document creating the Capital Maintenance Fund was signed in April of 1999 by George and Harold Wimmer, as well as their wives, Ilse and Dolores.
That was about seven years before construction on the Nielsen Community Center began.
Paus said the Foundation is proud of the fact that virtually all of the cost of the Nielsen Center, as well as the Jake and Shirley Weber Education Center, has been paid by local donors.  
“Nearly ten years ago, our foundation committed to funding the construction cost of this building, approximately $5.5 million, and we are very near meeting that goal, with only about a quarter million to go,” Paus said.
He said efforts continue to solicit those dollars, and that when the goal is met, “we will endeavor to support the center with upgrades like more paved parking and other needed features.”


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