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With Veterans Day coming up, I can’t help but feel a strong sense of pride to be an American. Seeing the beautiful flag hanging in the gym and listening to the brave men and women of the armed services talk at our annual Veterans Day program has got to be one of my favorite times of the year. 

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The Logan View Chapter of TeamMates mentoring is really making an impact by inspiring students at Logan View to reach their full potential.  Each week at Logan View, mentors and mentees are getting together in a one-to-one setting at school where they are developing safe positive relationshi…

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It is only fitting that Scott and Lisa Gatewood took ownership of the former Anderson Hardware on Oakland’s Main Street on April Fool’s Day this year.  After all, the process of buying the store began with a joke last fall.  Scott remembers former owner Keith Anderson telling someone at the …

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Highschool carries many negative stigmas. One certain stigma, in particular, is that everyone is just parading around the halls, bullying and harassing the less popular. While this is definitely blown out of proportion in the media, certain forms of bullying and harassment still happen withi…

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Last week Pastor Al and Michelle Monson shared their story of how they are involved in helping coordinate Foreign Exchange Students, their interesting experiences of hosting students prior to moving to Nebraska and that they are hosting two students this school year.  

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HALLOWEEN FUN for the kids.  Everyone will meet at the City Hall, October 31 beginning at 5 p.m.  Kids in costumes will parade down to North Park for costume judging, with hot dog and marshmallow roasting to follow.  Afterwards, kids will be out for “all around town” trick-or-treating.

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Members of the Oakland community have the opportunity to have their voices on where they would like to the community focus in the coming years.   A survey is being distributed online and in paper copy to allow citizens to comment on the areas they want to see the community work on in the yea…

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The Wedergrens gathered for both a Cousins Reunion and 60th Family Reunion.  The cousins met on Oct. 11th at the Office Bar & Grill in Hooper with 13 members present from Omaha, Fremont and Hooper.  An enjoyable time was had by all.  The 60th Family Reunion was held on Oct. 13th at Golde…

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The Oakland-Craig Junior High Choir had 17 members perform at the Fremont Middle School Honor Choir held at Fremont Middle School on Saturday, October 19.  The 200+ member choir consisted of musicians from eight different schools. 

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Foreign Exchange programs provide a wonderful opportunity for secondary students to further their studies in a different country. It allows participants to experience the history and culture they otherwise wouldn’t. They discover new friends, enriching their personal development.

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Next Friday, Oct. 25th is Parent’s Night for BRLD Football, Cheer and NEN Viper Softball.  Football players and their parents will be announced prior to the start of the football game at 6:30 PM.  Cheer and Softball and their parents will be announced at halftime. 

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Once again here at the Burt County Museum we find ourselves in a panicked state of life. Where in the world has the summer gone and, oh my goodness, Christmas will be here before we know it. My grandmother warned me time would fly when I got older but this is ridiculous. It not only flies bu…

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The first topic was to finalize plans for Halloween. Parents with kids in costumes will meet at the City Hall at 5:00 p.m. From there everyone will parade down Main Street to North Park, where costumes will be judged.   Age group categories for the costume judging are: 0-2; 3-4; 5-6; 7-8; 9-…

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A special group of visitors from Germany made a visit to our area last week.  The group of 32 travelers were from the area of Oldenburg, Germany and were here touring the Midwest with stops in and around Hooper and Scribner with a special stop at Logan View.

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With the Christmas season fast approaching, area residents are invited to a series of concerts.  For ten years the former Burt County Brass Quintet has concertized throughout Burt, Cuming, and Washington counties.  The Quintet has developed a devoted audience and a reputation for exciting pe…

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October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am not sure when this came to be, but designating a month to get the word out to every woman, encouraging the importance of getting yearly mammograms- kudos to whoever came up with the idea. Breast cancer is one of the most common kin…

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Virtual Reality is one of the newest tools being deployed in today's classrooms to assist in the explanation of complex subject matters. Recently the EMT Class at P2T (Pathways 2 Tomorrow) in West Point began using the Oculus VR system to explore human anatomy, specifically how the different…

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Following in his parent’s footsteps, Dominick Seery – 2019 Oakland-Craig graduate, has hit the ground running as a first responder.  Nick Seery, his father, joined the Oakland Fire & Rescue eighteen years ago.  Dominick was just two years old.  His mother, Susan, joined the department ab…

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I have been very fortunate to grow up in a big family. I am the oldest of six kids, five boys and one girl. Living in a big family, you learn some very important lessons that you might not learn otherwise. 

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Recently I was at a nearby town shopping at a well-known store that I am sure you have all been in at one time or another.   When I was checking out, paying for some paint and other supplies, the clerk asked, “Is Charlie a Veteran?”  My response, “Yes, he is a veteran and served in Vietnam f…

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On October 15th, at the JV and Varsity volleyball games vs. North Bend, there will be a raffle for nine, one of a kind, BRLD Wolverine t-shirts. In order to be eligible to win, tickets will be for sale as you walk into the volleyball game. Tickets are 1$. Buy one or 20 for more chances to win!

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As the Germans prepare to celebrate Oktoberfest, the Swedes are planning to join them this Sunday at the Swedish Heritage Center.  Actually, all nationalities are going to enjoy a German meal of German roasted pork, potato dumplings with pork gravy, Sauerkraut, cooked carrots and German cook…

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Congratulations to Max Ward, Zoe Linder, Hannah Moseman, and Laurence Brands on being selected to write for the Oakland Independent as senior columnists.  These four Oakland-Craig seniors are anxious to share their thoughts with our readers.

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Jackie Anderson shared two pictures of Levi Chytka’s artwork.  You have heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  But that isn’t always true.  The artwork currently on display at the Sears Center is an example of something you need to go see for yourself.

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About 20 youngsters from the Oakland, Craig, Tekamah area are excited to get the Cub Scouting year going as they met for a second time at the scout cabin in the Oakland Park.  The boys and girls enjoyed several games with lessons in cooperation before listening to a presentation by Oakland F…

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Midwest Tennis and Track has begun the resurfacing of the Oakland-Craig Track and Runways.  The $120,433 cost is being covered by the school district’s insurance company as the need for the project was brought on by the flooding earlier this year. 

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Over the past few years there has been increased attention paid to careers in manufacturing and trades. The aging current work force and lack of young adults entering into these fields are both contributing factors in what has been dubbed the “Skills Gap”. The strain on the labor market can …

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