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The Catholic Businesses Group-Omaha (CBGO) recently held its 5th annual “Leading with Faith” awards at the Champions Run Club in Omaha. Two Catholic business leaders were chosen from among seven finalists this year.

Vickie Welding remembers the day her husband Dave came home and casually mentioned, “I bought a bar today.”

Guardian Angel Central Catholic’s third grade teacher Joyce Ortmeier was selected as Nebraska’s rural elementary school Educator of the Year by the Archdiocese of Omaha. She is one of eight Nebraska educators honored with an educator award this year.

Last November, 8-year-old Quinn Skoda had gone to bed the night before her birthday and woke up to an incredible sight. In her front yard was a 30-foot “Happy Birthday” sign in turquoise and silver letters, complete with a unicorn, rainbow, purple balloons, flowers, a cake and cupcakes.

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It’s a gray drizzly day outside the Sunshine Center in West Point, but inside is warm and cheery as a group of 10 ladies settle into chairs around the room. They’re about to start Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial arts practice also used for its health benefits and meditation.

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It’s a story that’s been told over the ages and performed on stages world-wide. A “tale as old as time,” “Beauty and the Beast” was the choice for this spring’s combined school musical.

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Sam Prokopec has been the administrator at St. Hillside Villa and Retirement Community for just two weeks but he’s already feeling at home among the staff and residents at the two facilities.

On a recent sunny Saturday in March, a Phantom 4 Drone maneuvered over Jim Nebuda’s 41-acre farm. From several hundred feet below, Connor Kreikemeier guided his drone by controller, capturing images of tractors, cars, fields and about 500 people.

Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department will be hosting more public COVID-19 clinic dates in its district (Burt, Cuming, Madison and Stanton counties).

Chris Peatrowsky’s father, Gene Peatrowsky, worked for the last of the Schmitts who founded Schmitt’s Clothing. He worked for the family that owned seven locations.

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Avery Frost reeled in the most fish Sunday morning while ice fishing at Neligh Park lake in West Point. She caught four fish – but none large enough to keep – during the post-church outing organized by Grace Lutheran and Trinity UMC/UCC churches.

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After many years running the 4-H Country Kitchen during the Cuming County Fair, Walter and Becky Luebbert are hanging up their aprons to take a much-deserved rest.

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Area residents looking for another gym option will need to look no further than Beemer. Sam Steffensmeier and Jared Lierman teamed up to create Bobcat Fitness by renovating space in the old Beemer Public School.

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When it comes to pediatric therapy, Franciscan Healthcare has a team that knows what to do when children are experiencing developmental delays, are diagnosed with a disability, need rehabilitation after an accident, or face an array of situations that fall in between.

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Founded in 1998, Hands of Heartland was created to help people with developmental disabilities find employment and eventually the company expanded to provide other services as well.

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Cuming County Treasurer Roxann Fast, and other courthouse employees, had a few inches of snow to remove from their vehicles at the end of their work day Monday. Right at 6 inches of snow fell in West Point Monday, and more came early Tuesday morning.

More than 38,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered last week in Nebraska. As of Sunday, 76,882 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given to those in Phase 1A priority group, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

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From a young age, Christine Bender fell in love with the outdoors. The Auburn, Neb., native was raised on a farm and involved in 4-H, and some of her best memories are filled with camping, hunting, fishing, and lake trips with her family.

The Karlen Memorial Library in Beemer had a special visitor last Tuesday evening. Smiling and twinkly-eyed, Santa Claus welcomed the children and invited them to tell him their Christmas wishes. They also had the opportunity to have their picture taken.

Michelle Soenksen, Interpretive Resource Specialist III at Sam A. Baker State Park in Patterson, Mo., is the recipient of the 2020 Master Front-line Interpreter Award from the National Association for Interpretation (NAI).

An update on the City of West Point’s work on the water treatment plant was given at last night’s (Tuesday) city council meeting. Engineer John Zwingman said Rutjens Construction has been working on removing the remaining four water filters and he’s confident the filters will be out and new …

Alice Brand of Wisner never expected a trip to the doctor to turn into a two-week hospital stay to battle COVID-19. Fortunately, her ordeal ended with her safe return home.

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