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While we may not all agree on political issues or candidates, one thing we can all agree on is the fact that this has been a very contentious election season. And now we are in the final countdown - just five days away.

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There is something unique about Halloween 2020 - we are all already accustomed to wearing masks! And in line with social distancing protocols, the Gothenburg community has pulled together in true fashion to provide several fun and safe candy-collecting opportunities for the kids.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, has collected and delivered more than 178 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 160 countries and territories. This year Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach…

On a trip to the mountains, Siri’s voice directed me along the streets. “Take the next right. Stay right. Stay in the right lane. At the light, turn right.”

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Most of us who have grown up in a small town have memories of the local pub. That place where you could get a cold beer or soda pop, shoot a game of pool and eat a greasy cheeseburger. Perhaps best of all, it was the place where you could leave your troubles at the door and be among folks yo…

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Two Rivers Public Health Department reports that the number of positive Covid cases in its seven county region continues to rise, and the community of Gothenburg has been seeing an increase as well. In just one week’s time Gothenburg’s number of cases per 1,000 residents jumped from 6.10 to 11.00.

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Listen up, Gothenburg. We are facing a crisis of overloading our healthcare system locally and across the state because we’re not taking this pandemic seriously. Since March, Gothenburg Health has worked diligently to protect our community, but it’s clear that “pandemic-fatigue” has set in, …

During Arts and Humanities Month, Nebraska’s “I Love Public Schools” is reflecting on how art affects our daily lives. From museums and sculpture gardens to murals on buildings across town, art is everywhere. Without art educators to encourage students’ creativity, we may not have these beau…

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The winds died down and the evening was perfect for a very special event held at the Gothenburg Rodeo Grounds Oct. 14. Some may even say it was divine intervention. Either way, a large crowd gathered in the grandstands to enjoy worship music together and hear testimonies.

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As school districts continue to navigate their way through uncharted waters of a pandemic, trying to figure out the safest way to conduct activities and events has proven quite a challenge. As guidelines and restrictions change from week to week, or sometimes day to day, plans for nearly all…

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Recently, I attended a wedding where the common passage from 1 Corinthians 13 was read. Although I’ve heard this many times, the phrase that struck me was “love keeps no record of wrongs.” What a charge for not only a married couple but all of us as humans.

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Together, and only together, Nebraskans can rebuild the state’s struggling child care system, which is reeling during COVID-19. We can do it in a way that makes age-old problems, like a statewide shortage of quality child care, largely disappear. And we can do it in a way that benefits famil…

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Munchkin Masquerade has been offering families an opportunity to trick-or-treat safely in downtown Gothenburg for decades. With this year’s coronavirus threat in the forefront, safety couldn’t be more important. That’s why the Gothenburg Chamber of Commerce and Gothenburg Early Childhood Lea…

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It has been noted that one of the positives to come out of the Covid pandemic is that people are spending more time at home with their families. However, one of the negative effects of the pandemic is...that people are staying home more with their families. You see, not all homes are a place…

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Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen joined Gov. Pete Ricketts for a press briefing earlier this month, to highlight the preparations for the Nov. 3 election and discuss the work being done by the Secretary of State’s office to safely run polling locations and to verify ballots sent in by mail.

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In response to the increase in the number of positive Covid cases in Nebraska, Gov. Pete Ricketts has announced changes to the State’s directed health measures (DHMs) that went into effect statewide on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Those changes primarily affect gatherings, bars/restaurants and electi…

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The term “blighted” refers to something that has a severely detrimental effect on someone or something. In terms of property, blighted is often used to describe a building or area that has been run down or abandoned.

Rural communities that are vibrant, growing, and healthy, enjoy a handful of similar resources. One is access to education, and another is access to healthcare. Ask yourself this question: “Would I move my family to a community that does not meet my needs and expectations as they relate to e…

The general election is a little more than two weeks away, and Dawson County Clerk Karla Zlotkovsky wants to remind the public that the last day to register in-person to vote in the upcoming election is Oct. 23 at the Clerk’s office. That is also the last date she can mail out an early ballot.

My granddog came to stay with me this past weekend. This is the first time that he has stayed with me without his people. It was such a great experience and provided an opportunity for reflection.

Dave Zorn of Gothenburg, senior biologist for The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District, was named as one of several appointees to Nebraska’s Riparian Vegetation Management Task Force. Members of the task force were announced last month by Gov. Pete Ricketts.

For nearly as long as Gothenburg has existed, a cooperative elevator has served the area’s farmers. In the early years of settling along the Platte Valley, various communities sprung up across the Plains following the rail line, providing easy access for supplies and materials from the east.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) funding to implement a crisis counseling program for the current pandemic. Funding was provided to all six behavioral health regi…