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Blair student to participate in national scholarship program

Mobile, Ala. – Ruby Gutzmann of Blair traveled to Mobile, Ala., on Tuesday, June 18, to participate in the 67th Distinguished Young Women National Finals on June 27, 28 and 29 at the Mobile …
Surrounded be family and friends, Bob Kocher makes a few remarks during a luncheon following a special service at Salem Lutheran Church.

Fontanelle pastor honored for 70th ordination anniversary

2004 (20 years ago): Blair resident Brook Matthews, 23, was crowned Miss Nebraska at the end of last Saturday's competition in North Platte. She will advance to the Miss America pageant in Atlantic …
Denise Cada, president of the Washington County Food Pantry, pies Andrew Anderson, senior pastor at Reach Church, after the vacation bible school raised over $1,000 for the food pantry.

Reach Church holds VBS

The Reach Church held its vacation Bible school last week and saw success with over 210 kids participating with over 100 volunteers running the program.   Throughout the week, …
Matt Hunter cuts stringers to replace front porch steps on a home along Jackson Street during a Habitat for Humanity Rock the Block event in Blair.

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Following the ribbon-cutting, guests listened to Nashville, Tenn., native Adam Lee perform several songs at the Adams Street Plaza amphitheater. To start, Lee performed

Adams Street Plaza amphitheater completed

Many attendees enjoyed food truck food, the splash pad and live music at the ribbon-cutting of the Adams Street Plaza amphitheater Thursday evening in Fort Calhoun. The project concludes the …
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Brenna Prenzlow, from left, Brielle Hilgenkamp, Chloe Cartwright and Emily Beam work on their ballhandling skills Tuesday during a basketball camp at Arlington High School.
Young and old Arlington kids get to work at hoops camps
Tashia Wolf spent her Tuesday afternoon working to build a budding love of basketball. The Arlington High School girls hoops coach hosted a three-day youth basketball camp with her staff and players …
Laney Hoier of Herman, shown here during the 2023 Washington County Fair, qualified again for the National High School Finals Rodeo this past Nebraska high school rodeo season.
County rodeo standouts qualify for NHSFR
Laney Hoier, Hailey O'Daniel and Erika Cruikshank are Rock Springs, Wyo., bound. The rodeo standouts all recently qualified for the July 14-20 National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) at the …
American Legion Baseball Roundup (June 21, 2024)
The Fort Calhoun Senior Legion baseball team closed out its 2-2 Dakota Classic run in Harrisburg, S.D., with a win on Father's Day. The Zig Drywall Pioneers beat the West Fargo (N.D.) Vets 7-4 on …
Truman Stanley, a soon-to-be junior at Blair High School, recently pulled this pallid sturgeon out of the Missouri River north of Blair..
Zam Driver Turned Writer: Stanley pulls a massive sturgeon from the Missouri
Work as the Enterprise Media Group Sports Editor comes with the occasional surprise. Take for instance the day I walked into the office and found the photo attached to this Zam Driver Turned Writer …
Blair right-hander Ryan Seefus pitches against Arlington in 2005.
Times Gone By: Seefus strikes out 18 in Blair Legion win
Editor's Note: “A Look at Times Gone By” is an in-depth look at weekly Times Gone By entries compiled since 2015. These articles represent the history of Washington County sports. Blair …
Obituaries
Peggy was born to Roy and Josie Rutledge in Herman, Neb., on December 3, 1925 and left this earthly world on April 13, 2024, at 98 years, 4 months and 10 days. The family moved to Oakland, Neb., …
Donald L. Norwood, age 87 passed away after long battle with Parkinson's disease. He is survived by his wife Ramona and children Michael and Faith. Private graveside services will be held. …
Lorene C. Thallas, age 87 of Blair, passed away June 22, 2024. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday June 27, 2024, at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Blair. Graveside …
Robert (Bob) Oliver Bair of Blair, Neb., passed away Thursday, June 20, 2024, at Crowell Memorial Home in Blair at the age of 73 after battling multiple myeloma. He stayed his normal witty self to …
James Scott Gutschow age 67 (Jamie, Jim, Hymie, Gup) of Parkville, Missouri passed away Monday, June 17, 2024 at the Guperosa, his home in Blair, Nebraska.  He loved God, family, friends, and …
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Imagine you are a parent struggling to make ends meet, to pay for housing, clothing and food for your family. We all know, first hand, how expensive groceries are these days. Putting food on the …
My letter is not written to address politics over the war between Israel and Palestine. This letter addresses gun ownership and the dangers of government gun control and gun confiscation. Prior to …
Gov. Pillen/Sen. Linehan pushed LB 753 through this spring — it provides tax credits to wealthy donors who give to private schools. While this sounds good, what the public needs to realize is …
Thank you so much for your story on the Cook Family and their legacy of service. My maiden name is Cook, so the story caught my eye. I did a little research on Family Search.org and found that …
I want to thank the Enterprise Media Group for the wonderful coverage of the Washington County Museum, located in Fort Calhoun, Neb. The museum, a part of the Washington County Historical …
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Peat bogs are found mainly in the boreal and temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere.  They are especially found in Europe, Canada, Alaska, Scandinavia and Russia where there is a regular …
A few years ago on the TV show "Modern Family," a stepfather did something unexpected but kind in order to save the reputation of his stepson's biological father. Cancelling his own plans, he …
There have been at least two times in human history when toilet paper might have been a big topic of conversation at coffee gatherings. The first might have been when toilet paper first appeared …
Blue poison dart frogs are small, very bright blue amphibians that have royal blue limbs and a dark blue belly.  There is an irregular pattern of small and large spots covering the head and …
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