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Betsy and Scott Coates (seated in front), pictured with the Oakland Fire and Rescue Department.  From left: Chaplain and President Curt Hineline, EMS Captain and Secretary Jamie Johnson, Fire Lieutenant Billy King, Jason Kasperek, Brian Hayden, Alex Kohl, Treasurer Susie Nelson, Assistant Ch…

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It has been said that there are five languages of love: Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch.  Lately, Scott and Betsy Coates have been on a mission to show that there should be a sixth language – Food.

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Back in July of this year, the Lyons City council and a group of Lyons residents found and raised the funds to add a set of fountains to the lagoon in the park. “It has been a long time since we made any additions to our already wonderful park,” said Mayor Andy Fuston.

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LDNE’s School Board came into session on September 14, 2020 at 7:30 pm

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It is no surprise that it has been a dry summer for Lyons. According to the National Weather Service, Lyons has received less than half as much precipitation this year as it usually gets. The lack of precipitation affects more than just crops. The city council was forced to start steps to co…

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"Daven came into Spanish and was completely overwhelmed,” Mrs. Okereke said of the young man. “Things just didn't stick easily. Rather than shutting down, I have seen Daven rise to the occasion. He has come in at lunch. He came in before school this morning. He is asking questions. He is doi…

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Working together in support of local business, Nelson’s Food Pride and the Oakland Independent teamed up to put $500 worth of groceries in Stephanie Brudigam’s hands.  The former Oakland-Craig grad’s name was drawn for the winner of the Oakland Independent Subscription giveaway.

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            The new school year has started and with it the start of the new BRLD football season. With it comes a bittersweet feeling for the Wolverines. They are happy to be on the field again even with all the uncertainty that is going on in the world, but they are deeply saddened that on…

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This school year at LDNE is turning out to be different indeed. There are new ways of learning, new things to wear, and new rules to follow. This year also added a few new faces to the teaching staff at LDNE.

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The latest Lyons City Council meeting was held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at 5:30 pm.

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The Burt County Board of Supervisors approved the hiring of a secretary for the Department of Roads at their regular meeting on Friday.

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Just a few weeks into the school year and it is already proving to be one of change. Between masks, social distancing, and new ways of learning, all in the name of COVID, Lyons-Decatur is doing everything they can to stick with what traditions they can.  It may have come early but Homecoming…

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While the rest of Northeast Nebraska experienced cruise nights and drive by parties over coronavirus concerns in March and April, Carrie King, Oakland-Craig Class of 2010, also found herself with an unforeseen change of plans due to the pandemic.  As to where many did everything to avoid pot…

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For the past 6 months, the public has been told the same thing over and over again. "Practice social distancing, wear masks, self-quarantine, stay home when you don’t feel well, and if you have certain symptoms go get tested for COVID.” This is all for good reason and is more than likely the…

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According to the latest research done by the United States, Treasury people throw away $62 million in change every year. The nephew of Lyons resident Pete Johnson decided to do something different with his.

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"Polar bear, polar bear what do you hear? I hear a lion roaring in my ear. Lion, lion what do you hear? I hear a hippopotamus snorting in my ear." By Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. 

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On Monday, August 17th the Lyons Storefront Theatre hosted their first Drive-in Movie night. They showed the first episode of Bill Hedges' award-winning independent series Cosmic Cat. “It was a great first night, and it was really nice seeing the community members that came out to support it…

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The Logan View Raider Run scheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2020 has been cancelled. “Making the decision to cancel this year’s event was very difficult”, said Sus Kment Co-Race Director.  “All options were weighed and considered, but in the end, we knew it was the only choice we could make…

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Things have been opening up for people to do. However, folks still seem to be hesitant about going out in public or to social places. Going to the movies is one of the things that people miss. Jamie Horter, of Lyons, and her artist friends involved in the StoreFront Theater in Lyons are look…

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When you think of movies on the big screen, you think of Hollywood and big-name actors, and directors. In reality, there are more independent movies made in people’s backyards than in Hollywood. The nice thing about independent movies is that they can be made anywhere, and by anyone that has…

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If you have stopped into the Decatur Village office over the past few weeks, you have found a familiar face behind the Village Clerk’s desk.  

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As the Oakland Women’s Club continues its service to the community it will do so with a new president at the helm.  As per their bylaws, a new president is elected every two years.  The responsibility to lead now lies with Megan Unwin.  But don’t count former president Amy Denker Rost out qu…

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Recognizing that each school has the authority to determine if it will participate in the 2020 Fall Season, the Nebraska School Activities Association encourages schools to play their regularly scheduled competitions unless a COVID-19 issue prevents them from playing.

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Football and other sports have always been a very important part of living in Lyons. The fans who can make it to the games are important, but the ones that can’t make it are just as valued. This is where the all-important press box comes into play. For a long time now the press box at the LD…

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Even though the doors remain closed at the Senior Center in Decatur, some things are still going forward.  The Meals-on-Wheels program and Curb-Side meals have been on-going.  To reserve a noon meal, please call the day before, phone # 349-5525.  A nutritious meal will be ready and waiting f…

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A perfect spot to sit and solve the world’s problems over a cool beverage will be up for raffle by the Decatur Senior Center.  A two-person outdoor mesh glider with attached tempered glass table is up for grabs.

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It has been a long wait for 41 Logan View graduates who have patiently bided their time until a graduation ceremony was deemed safe.  With the early closing of schools in March due to COVID 19 concerns came the sacrifice of a known certainty when it came to commencement.  The wait is over as…

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A few of the Lyons citizens took it upon themselves to add a little something to the park in Lyons. They were able to raise $2,500 in seed money to add two fountains in the lagoon. However, with the price tag of just over $15,000 they were going to need some help. 

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When people think of 4-H and the county fair they think animals, crafts, and artwork. Most people don’t think of being blown away by a performance from a pair of singing sisters.

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It’s no secret that events like the Relay For Life of the Burt County Area have had to cancel their spring events due to COVID 19 concerns.  When you are a fundraising organization for such an important cause, Attacking Cancer from Every Angle, creative thinking is required to be able to hol…

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Tyler Vavra, age 16 of Lyons, Nebraska passed away on Sunday, Aug. 26th due to injuries sustained as a result of an automobile accident the highway between Bancroft and Rosalie. Details of the accident are yet to be announced by the Thurston County Sheriff’s Department, however other sources…

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An often-discussed problem on Main Street is in the process of being repaired.  A hole 8’ to 10’ deep, running from manhole to manhole, (approximately 275 ft long) exposed the need for repairs on the underground sewer line on Broadway Street.  Once the line was uncovered and could be fully i…

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No sooner were students notified of the honor of being selected to attend the Cornhusker Boys the event was cancelled due to COVID 19 concerns.

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With all the flair that only Burt County 4-H could bring, the local clubs crowned their 2020 King and Queen during the ceremony on Friday evening of the 108th Burt County Fair.

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Desiring to recognize the tireless efforts of the Burt County 4-H members, the Burt County Ag Society held a scaled-back county fair on July 16th-21st.  Limited mainly to the livestock shows and 4-H exhibits, the 108th fair is now in the books.

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