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At the Neihardt State Historic Site in Bancroft Sunday afternoon, a recording of John G. Neihardt’s voice carried the words of Black Elk’s prayer across the grounds. Gathered for the 56th annual Neihardt Day, the crowd of 50 people listened intently to his words.

The Cuming County Board of Supervisors learned last week that it might be asked to help replace some funding that the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department (ELVPHD) is losing.

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The Cuming County Fair Foundation and Agricultural Society (Fair Board) have undertaken the restoration of a wagon once used by the West Point Cadet band in the late 1800s before it became the property of the Agricultural Society in the early 1900s.

The Wisner 150 Planning Committee is firming up events for the anniversary celebration June 25 – 27. The Wisner Junior Livestock Show will be held June 24 – 27 in conjunction with the 150th celebration.

The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District’s board of directors isn’t short of opinions to consider regarding its proposed groundwater management area for parts of Cuming, Dodge and Colfax counties.

Wisner’s Easter Egg Hunt is back this year after being cancelled last year due concerns over COVID. The Easter Egg Hunt will take place on April 3 at 1 p.m. at the Wisner Care Center.

Proposed changes to the Groundwater Management area in Cuming and two other counties will be discussed at an Open House Public Hearing Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the Nielsen Center in West Point.

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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Marilyn Raabe was one of those people who made the world a more pleasant place for everyone else. She gave far more than she took. She was kind, caring, cheerful, dependable, loyal and humble, to name a few of her traits.

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On Feb. 25, Wisner-Pilger Junior-Senior High School held a planned, unannounced safety sweep in conjunction with the Nebraska State Patrol K-9 unit, Cuming County Sherriff’s Department and the Wisner Police Department.

Sub-zero temperatures the night of Feb. 16 didn’t stop organizers of an event that usually occurs during the heat of the summer from telling the Wisner City Council they’ll be back this year.

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.

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