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This was an interesting and exciting week for the Gothenburg High School speech team, as the team divided to compete in two different meets in two different places. Some members of the team made the long journey to Wyoming for Nationals Qualifications, while the rest of the team traveled to …

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Eight years ago, Natasha Sukup and her husband relocated from Kearney to Gothenburg, and it did not take long for them to feel welcome. This past December, Sukup was able to make a long-time dream of hers come true in the town she now calls home, when she opened her own business.

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The Nebraska School Counselor Association honored six distinguished school counselors at their formal School Counselor of the Year Dinner at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln on Friday, Feb. 21. Jerry Wiggins of Gothenburg High School was among the ones recognized. The six individuals were selec…

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The Dawson County Democratic Party will meet on Saturday, March 7, at 10:30 a.m. at the Wilson Public Library, 910 Meridian Avenue, in Cozad. The party meets on the first Saturday of the month.

Greetings District 36. As Chairman of the Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee this week I presented one of two Committee Priority Bills, LB909, to the Legislature during General File debate. A Committee Priority Bill has “priority” over other bills that advanced from Committee and are…

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The freedom to go outside and play in the snow and mud whenever they want, is something most 11-year-old boys take for granted. That kind of freedom is something that Cade Atkinson has not experienced for a few years, but because of one group’s generosity that has changed.

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The Gothenburg Early Childhood Learning Coalition, in partnership with Nebraska Children and Families Foundation and First Five Nebraska, hosted a stakeholders lunch on Feb. 28 to discuss the impact that early childhood services have on the economy of a community. It’s a series of dots that …

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Gothenburg’s newest industry, Curbtender, Inc., came full circle this week when the first completed refuse collection vehicle came off the production line. The milestone was achieved less than 120 days after the facility began a retrofit process to accommodate Curbtender’s operation.

Who isn’t confused by nutrition related advice these days? In spite of oodles of nutrition research, conflicting recommendations seem to abound. If anything is clear, it is that even medical professionals disagree.

The Gothenburg Health Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which exists to receive, manage, generate and disburse charitable gifts and donations. The Foundation hosts various events to generate funds to go toward projects designed to improve the health and quality of life of the r…

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The Gothenburg FFA is an agricultural science program with 286 active students and two teachers. The chapter boasts 136 members, and 11 officers (pictured at left), and is recognized as one of the premiere chapters at both the state and national levels.

Greetings, District 36. We are approaching the halfway mark of the current legislative session. It is a very busy time with bill debate in the morning and public hearings in the afternoon. I have introduced 11 bills this session, and all have had a hearing or have a hearing scheduled. The fi…

Conservation Nebraska’s AmeriCorps Common Ground Program would like to invite the community of Gothenburg to a free screening of the NET documentary, Crane Song. The Crane Song screening will take place on March 26 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Sun Theatre, 404 10th St.

This week at GHS was an exciting one. Mrs. Morgan’s freshman Spanish class was studying bullfighting and replicated a scene in class with Spanish dialogue and some fancy costumes to go along with the bullfighting action.

The Gothenburg High School speech team traveled to North Platte Saturday, Feb. 15, for the Blue & Gold Speech Invitational. Once again the team performed very well and brought home a slew of hardware, including four gold medals, five silver medals and five bronze medals between the varsi…

I talk a lot about the synergy of occurrences that lead me to write about a particular topic. That is true with this short essay about owls. The occurrences were the moving of Beth Barrett from Gothenburg to Lincoln and the calling of a great horned owl.

A friend sent me an inspirational reading about joy and fun. It said, “Let yourself go. Have a little fun with life. Or, have a lot of fun with life. If you’ve spent years being extremely disciplined, reliable, and somber, maybe part of achieving balance is having a decade of fun.”

A March 7th, 2020, wedding is set for Raquelle Bowman of Covington, Ohio, and Cullon Hecox, of Cozad. The bride-to-be is currently a full-time nanny for two families in the Denver, Colorado area. Cullon is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Hecox and is a 2014 computer and electrical engineerin…

On Jan. 30, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation to recognize the work that Chambers of Commerce across the state do to enhance our quality of life. Our local Chamber of Commerce professionally promotes the community, advocates for local businesses, recognizes extraordinary …

In 1964, February was declared American Heart Month to help bring awareness to the number one killer of both men and women in America - heart disease. Heart related health concerns come with many physical symptoms ranging from chest pain or discomfort to shortness of breath; but is there a c…

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Last year was a busy one in terms of construction in the city of Gothenburg, and while there was not an increase in construction numbers, the good news is there was not a decrease. If nothing else the city is consistent, issuing a total of 100 building permits in each of the past three years.

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They have been given all the tools they need to be successful and five Swede wrestlers will put those weapons to use when they compete at the NSAA State Wrestling Tournament on Feb. 20-22 in Omaha.

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Dr. Douglas Netz is a cardiologist with the Pioneer Heart Institute in Lincoln and has been making the three-hour drive to Gothenburg to see patients on a regular basis for more than 20 years. On Thursday, Feb. 13, Dr. Netz hosted a Lunch & Learn event at Gothenburg Health to present inf…

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For the past few months the Gothenburg City Council has been discussing plans to improve the water/sewer lines and streets in the community. Last Fall, with the help of Miller & Associates Engineering firm, the council came up with a plan they call Project 2020, with implementation to be…

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Two years ago fundraising efforts began for the Revitalize the Sun renovation campaign for Gothenburg’s Sun Theatre. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, First State Bank of Gothenburg presented a check for $20,000 to the theatre to be used for that project. Through the generous donations of individuals and…

The Gothenburg speech team hosted the Swede Invitational speech meet on Saturday, Feb. 8. As a team, the Swedes finished the day with four gold medals, three silver medals and six bronze medals on their way to another good showing. Here are the results from the home meet:

Gothenburg Public Schools held a Renaissance Assembly on Tuesday, Feb. 4, to recognize those students who have achieved academic success during the first semester. Students who earned all A’s for the semester were honored with a gold card, while students earning all A’s and B’s for the semes…

Twelve members of the Gothenburg FFA chapter have earned their state degree. Interviews for the degree, one of the highest honors a chapter member can receive, were held Jan. 29 in Valentine. Chapter members earning their state degree are: Maggie Aden, Neligh Andersen, Maguire Bartlett, Ryan…

On Feb. 5, Gothenburg FFA traveled to North Platte for the first round of CDE competitions. The Career Development Event focuses on introducing students to careers involved in agriculture. Results from the competition were as follows:

Greetings District 36. This week will see the Legislature pass 20 out of the total 60 days of the session. Senators are busy debating legislation on the floor in the morning, and committees are listening to bills in hearings each afternoon. Committee hearings will be completed by the end of …

Sixty-seven years ago Burton and Betty McPheeters vowed to love one another through good times and bad, in sickness and in health. They meant it.

There are decisions that we can make that will have a huge impact on the trajectory of our lives - whether to take the job, make the move, accept the invitation. James Shank, like most of us, has faced a few of those decisions. The most recent one landed him in Gothenburg, hundreds of miles …

The Gothenburg Board of Education has reached an agreement for certificated staff for the 2020-21 school year. Jeremy Sitorius, chair of the board’s personnel committee, informed the board that after meeting five times since October 2019, an agreement between Dawson County School District #2…

A smaller than usual group of community members met for the monthly Gothenburg Public Schools Stakeholders meeting last week, which Superintendent Dr. Todd Rhodes attributed partly to scheduling conflicts and partly to illness. The few who did attend the Feb. 5 meeting had an opportunity to …

After sitting vacant for nearly a year, the former Shopko building in Gothenburg has new owners. According to records filed with the Dawson County Register of Deeds office, Steve and Ligia Peterson have acquired the property through a transaction facilitated by the Gothenburg Improvement Com…

On February 7, 2020, the YMCA at Gothenburg Health sponsored a Daddy-Daughter Date night with a Kentucky Derby Theme!

The candidates for Gothenburg High School’s Coronation 2020 were announced on Friday, Jan. 31, in a special assembly in the school gym. The themes for the Spirit Week festivities, and the class representatives for Coronation, were also announced.