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The Washington County Planning Commission moved to recommend that a proposed conservation easement is in conformity with the county's Comprehensive Plan Thursday at its regular meeting. The …
Mid-January through mid-February is often referred to as “Honor Band Season” in the Nebraska high school band world, as the majority of the regional honor bands hosted by universities and …
The Fort Atkinson Harold W. Andersen Visitor Center has quickly changed over the last few months. The Visitor's Center is in the process of a remodeling, which is set to finish by the spring. A …
The local Salvation Army chapter is in need of added assistance. Bill Smutko, unit president, said the Blair chapter has already allocated most of its funds raised for the year to families in …
The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District (Papio NRD) administers an annual conservation tree and shrub program. Through the program, landowners purchase trees/shurbs in bundles of 25 …
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James becomes BHS girls' 1st state qualifier
Wrestler Abigail James faced more steep competition to qualify for state Friday and Saturday at Fremont High School than she did in 2022 as a Ralston Ram.The Blair High School senior was up against a …
Arlington wrestlers win 6 matches at girls district tourney
The NSAA District 1 Tournament version of the Arlington girls wrestling team looked nothing like the one that began its first season with its first-ever official practice in November.“The whole …
BHS girls' losing streak hits 5 games; Boys beat Seward
The Blair girls basketball team had two opportunities to break its three-game losing skid during a three-day period.First, the Bears struggled at Class C2 No. 9 Fremont Bergan on Thursday, falling …
Arlington boys wrestling goes 1-4 at dual tourney
The Arlington boys wrestling team went 1-4 in Friday night duals at Ashland-Greenwood.As a result, the Eagles finished fifth out of six teams during the Bluejays' dual tourney. They beat the …
Eagle basketball teams split games with Cougars
The Arlington girls basketball team started Friday's home doubleheader with a win before the Eagle boys ended it in defeat.Coach Luke Brenn's squad beat Conestoga 46-38, outscoring the Cougars 19-11 …
Pioneers wrestling goes 1-3 in Lincoln duals
The Fort Calhoun wrestling team defeated its host Saturday, but went 1-3 overall during the Lincoln High Wrestling Duals tournament.The Pioneers beat the Links 60-6, but lost to Papillion-La Vista …
Obituaries
Betty Stender, 85, of Blair, passed away peacefully on Feb.1, 2023. Her life will be celebrated and remembered at a memorial service on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at Hillside Christian …
On Jan. 21 2023, Michael (Mike) B. Urdahl, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away at age 68. Mike was born on Oct.1, 1954, in Williston, N.D. to Leonard and Doris (Bergh) Urdahl. Mike …
Linda Lee Holiday, age 75 of Kennard, passed away Jan. 20, 2023.  A memorial visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Campbell Aman Funeral Home in Blair.Linda was born …
Fae Lorraine Everhart Williby, age 104 of Blair, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, surrounded by her loving family.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. …
Jenae Elizabeth Hays, 42 of Blair, peacefully passed away at her home on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, with her mother Susan by her side after a lengthy battle with cancer. Jenae was born Aug. 30, 1980, …
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I would like to thank the students of Blair High School who made blankets and donated them to MCH. A patient there received one of the blankets for Christmas. He has a very serious illness. He …
Kennard, NE is experiencing a severe difference of opinion on whether to allow a commercial child care business in a residential zone. Ultimately the decision lies in the hands of the board of …
We see members of our society supporting an adulterer, a habitual liar, that is so cruel he separated innocent children from their parents, and who routinely throws people under the bus, because he …
The new legislation requiring the September 26 public hearing held at the Blair High School Auditorium was pointless. I attended mostly to see what would be accomplished. I understand few if anyone …
The bane of democracy, a society void of wisdom. 250 years of history and nothing is learned. A war, (1776), against the greed of a monarchy was the beginning of our democracy. A war, …
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There are few things in sports that I would consider “perfect” as they currently are. One of those is the NFL’s conference championship weekend. Two massive games, played on home …
Not to piggy back on an idea but I'm adding my hat into the “stepping away” ring to which couple of recent columns in this space have been dedicated. I'm not stepping away in the sense …
At 10:30PM on October 29th, 1969 Charlie Kline sent the first internet message ever:“LO”That message sounds practically Biblical, like the start of some angelic announcement. The reality …
In an ideal world, I would use this space to babble commentary about the random thoughts that pop into my head each month. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world. Sometimes, things …
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