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Fort Calhoun science teacher retires after 42 years

Originally, Paul Bentley kept the possibility of going into education as his second choice when picking a career. Growing up in West Central, Iowa, and attending Central College in Pella, …

County Board approves funds, resolutions waiving items for tornado victims

At its regular meeting Monday, the Washington County Board of Supervisors approved two resolutions that would waive permit fees for property owners, as well as waiving temporary occupancy …

Longtime para to retire from Fort Calhoun Elementary

For 27 years, Lynn Wright has enjoyed coming to school every day and helping out the staff and seeing the Fort Calhoun Elementary students walk the halls. Wright decided it was time for her to …
Simeon Stangl recounts the life of George Washington Carver Friday during a wax museum presentation via the Washington County Homeschoolers group Friday at the Blair Public Library and Technology Center.

Washington County homeschoolers put on historical wax museum

The Washington County Homeschoolers group traveled back in time Friday evening and presented facts about their chosen historical figure for a "wax museum" at the Blair Public Library and Technology …

UNMC congratulates more than 1,100 graduates in commencement ceremonies

Diplomas and certificates were conferred on more than 1,100 University of Nebraska Medical Center students during ceremonies held May 2 in Lincoln, Norfolk and Kearney and May 4 in Omaha and …
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Hailey O'Daniel, from left, Owen Miller and Ethan Baessler are the final Nannen Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week of the 2023-2024 school year.
2023-24 Athletes of the Week, Part 34
It’s graduation day for many, so I’ll keep this intro short. Hailey O’Daniel, Owen Miller and Ethan Baessler are the final Nannen Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week for the …
Blair senior Nate Wachter celebrates an RBI swing on his way to first base Tuesday at Tal Anderson Field in Omaha. The Bears knocked off the second-seeded Elkhorn North Wolves, 9-8, during NSAA Class B State Championships play.
'Amazing' at state
Blair High School junior Nelson Kosch didn't think “great” was a good enough word to explain how he felt after the Bears' come-from-behind state baseball victory Tuesday in Omaha. …
Blair senior Bode Soukup chips onto the second green Monday duringthe Class B-2 District Tournament at River Wilds Golf Club. The Bear finished tied for 10th overall, earning a state tourney qualification.
BHS' Soukup qualifies for state golf
Bode Soukup's round at the Class B-2 District Golf Tournament didn't end ideally Monday afternoon. “I had to hit the only tree I could to make it interesting,” joked the Blair High School …
Arlington's Josh Hamre hits his ball from the fairway toward the pin Tuesday during the Class C-2 District Tournament at Oakland Golf Club.
AHS golf season ends at districts
Arlington High School senior Josh Hamre was on pace to earn a top-10 finish and qualify for the NSAA Class C State Boys Golf Championships in Columbus. Through nine holes, the Eagle had just 40 …
Cadence Field of Otte Blair Middle School recently earned multiple track medals and a state title at a Nebraska junior high school championship meet in Gothenburg.
Zam Driver Turned Writer: Ex-Pioneer, future Calhoun and Blair track athletes compete
The iced green tea in my glass looks more of a neon yellow, but I'm content. It's Sunday afternoon — Mother's Day — as I write this and my heart rate is normal. I'm relaxed looking out of …
Arlington hosts Mother's Day Softball Tournament
Arlington hosted its Mother's Day Softball Tournament on May 10, Saturday and Sunday at the RVR Bank Sports Complex. The host age 10 and younger team went 3-2 overall, picking wins against the Blair …
Obituaries
Kay Mosher, beloved mother, grandmother and sister passed away on April 26, 2024, after a lengthy illness. She was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the daughter of James and Jean Stokes. She grew …
Sharon Siert Madsen of Surprise, Ariz., passed away on April 1, 2024, after a courageous battle with cancer. Sharon was born Aug. 25, 1940, to Robert and Dorothy Siert of Blair. Her life's …
Robert J. Rasmussen, age 93, of Herman, Neb., passed away on May 9, 2024, at Dunklau Gardens, Fremont, Neb. Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at 2 p.m. at the First Lutheran …
Michael "Mike" Pallas, age 69 of Fort Calhoun, Neb. Born: October 3, 1954, Hastings, Neb. Died: May 5, 2024, Fort Calhoun, Neb. Preceded in death by: parents, Stan and Joan Pallas; …
LaRae K. Moseman, age 87, of Hooper, died Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at Dunklau Gardens. LaRae Katherine Moseman was born on Sept.15, 1936, in Hooper, Neb., to William and Esther (Stuenkel) …
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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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In a previous column it was mentioned how much ancient DNA technology has helped scientists revealing and understanding the past history of humankind.  Any organism can be identified by the …
"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." John 15:12 It is amazing how a crisis like the tornado last week can bring out the best in people. We have seen amazing …
There have been a number of historic events in the history of humanity, such as the Industrial Revolution, that have changed the direction and future of the human race.  Our early human …
Last Saturday morning, I visited some of our parishioners who had lost their homes to the tornadoes. As I drove toward their homes – or what was left – it was a sad picture of houses …
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