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If you happened to be in the downtown area while Wisner was dealing with last week’s sub-zero weather, you probably noticed it was noisier than usual. That’s because the city was running its pair of 2,200 horsepower Caterpillar generators to keep the lights on in the community.

During a recent Wisner City Council meeting, council members picked the winning logo design that will grace banners, advertising, t-shirts and other memorabilia for Wisner’s 150th Celebration.

If it seems like the coronavirus pandemic has been hanging around for awhile, well it has.

The Wisner Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5767 was honored for 75 years of service to area veterans on Feb. 9 when the post received a commemorative citation from the national VFW organization marking the occasion.

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The Wisner Lions Club recently donated new plaques for the flag cases that line the walls of the Wisner VFW. The cases honor deceased VFW members by displaying their casket flags.

After 49 years of deadlines and headlines, Marilyn Raabe hung up her pica pole and retired from the Wisner News-Chronicle on Jan. 29.

Friday, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that Nebraska has launched vaccinate.nebraska.gov, an online portal for COVID-19 vaccination registration.

Pastor Jared Hartman told the Wisner City Council Monday that St. Paul Lutheran Church has installed a new sound system in the bell tower which will play music during the day, on weekends, and for weddings, church services and celebrations.

Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department conducted two events for COVID vaccinations on Friday; one at the Nielsen Center in West Point and one at the Lifelong Learning Center in Norfolk.

The Wisner City Council Jan. 19 raised cemetery rates. Other agenda items included discussion of a request that tax increment financing (TIF) be considered to help in developing the Grandview Addition, a presentation on resources available to help the community deal with stress from COVID-19…

Dan Bossow has assisted with several community fund-raisers over the years, but he never thought he’d be the focus of one. Bossow suffered a debilitating stroke in September 2020, and now the community is pulling together to help him cover his medical expenses.

The Wisner-Pilger Board of Education voted on the annual reorganization of the board at Monday night’s meeting. Mike Stuhr was elected president, David Raabe was elected vice president and Mark Glaubius was elected treasurer.

The Wisner Care Center is dealing with several cases of COVID-19 and one resident has died from the virus, according to Administrator Jonathon Brandow. In his report to the Wisner City Council Monday night, Brandow said the individual who died was a longtime resident.

Gina Uhing, Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department director, has been named Area Person of the Year by the Norfolk Daily News and Elkhorn Valley Bank.

David Branch shared some end-of-the-year good news with the Cuming County Board of Supervisors at last week’s board meeting and indicated he hoped he could add to it in four months.

Healthcare workers and EMTs in the area are receiving vaccinations for COVID-19. Wisner, Beemer, and Bancroft EMTs had the opportunity to be vaccinated at clinics conducted by the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Dept. in the last two weeks, according to Melanie Thompson, emergency respons…

The 2020 winners of the VFW and Auxiliary District 7 Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pen essay contests are both students at Wisner-Pilger Junior-Senior High School. Senior Regan Scholting placed first with her Voice of Democracy essay, and eighth grader Sidney Feyerherm won with her Patriot’…

Randy Woldt’s career with the city of Wisner has spanned 40 years and his duties have included everything from mowing to city administrator/utilities manager.

At 11:24 p.m. on Friday night the Stanton County Sheriff’s office was notified and responded to a 911 call of a house fully engulfed in fire and two people still believed to be inside the residence on 575th Avenue southeast of Pilger.

For most people, the thought of being employed by the same business for 45 years seems unimaginable. However, Jeff Rabe clearly remembers what he was told when he was hired at Wisner Farmers Elevator. “People who work here, work here a long time,” said Tom Hoefs, the elevator’s manager at the time.

Jay Meyer attended his first council meeting as a new member, representing Ward 1. Meyer was elected in the Nov. 3 general election and replaces Chris Liermann, who chose not to seek reelection. Meyer, and Ward 2 incumbent Barry Meyer, who was reelected, read and signed their oaths of office.

David Steffensmeier never thought he’d return to his hometown, however he just marked his 50th year with First Community Bank, Beemer.

An update from the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department on Monday showed a total of 315 active COVID-19 cases for Cuming County. The update on ELVPHD’s Facebook page also added three more deaths due to COVID-19 in Cuming County, bringing the total number to five.

On Monday in Stanton County District Court, Kimberly Neiman, 58, of Pilger entered a guilty plea to Attempted Theft by Unlawful Taking a Class IIIA felony in connection to the theft of funds from the Village of Pilger where she formerly served as Village Clerk.

Wisner Postmaster Theresa Jones will be stamping her last envelope on Nov. 20 when she retires after nearly 30 years with the United States Postal Service.

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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.

The Wisner Fire and Rescue Departments held a joint disaster drill on Nov. 3 complete with smashed up vehicles and real “victims.”

The public is invited to join in the planning of Wisner’s upcoming Q150 celebration at meeting on Thursday Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at Rumor’s Lounge.

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W-P Schools COVID-19 response continues to change. Wisner-Pilger School’s Board of Education learned at Monday night’s meeting that the W-P Schools’ COVID-19 plan continues to evolve.

There will be no Veterans Day program open to the public at Wisner-Pilger Schools this year. Instead, the program will be pre-recorded at W-P Schools and presented to the public at the Wisner VFW Club on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

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Wisner will turn 150 years old in 2021 and plans are underway to celebrate this momentous occasion. More than a dozen Wisner residents met on Oct. 29 to gather ideas for the celebration and talk about tentative celebration dates.

In person early voting will continue until Monday, Nov. 3 at 4:30 p.m. in the County Clerk’s Office. The Clerk’s Office will be extending their hours for early voting until after Election to accommodate voters.

A chance meeting in Wisner’s River Park led to a warm and unexpected thank you for Wisner resident Russ Eschliman. In recognition of his military service as a Vietnam veteran, Eschliman received a patriotic quilt from a complete stranger.

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