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As residents of Gothenburg continue to practice CDC guidelines relating to COVID-19, including social distancing and in some cases self-isolation, several local businesses have closed to the public. However, that does not mean life has come to a standstill.

Americans of all ages are experiencing increased social isolation and loneliness in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the National Institute on Aging, nearly 14 million older adults in the U.S. live alone and are especially vulnerable during this time. Their research has linked s…

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It’s now been a little more than two full weeks since Gothenburg’s children have been in the classroom. In those two weeks the world around them has changed immensely, and that can lead to anxiety, uncertainty and worry.

While a great deal of discussion has been held on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on the business community, there is another industry vital to the economy of Nebraska that could be heavily affected - tourism.

The Gothenburg City Tree Board has received a grant from the Arbor Day Foundation and the Peter Kiewit Foundation to provide trees and planting supplies to residents of the community. The Community Tree Recovery Distribution Grant awards funding for 80 new trees in the city.

Spring is almost here! For most people, shooting the breeze with your friends, the smell of woodsmoke in the air, and watching the Nebraska sun sink into the horizon over crackling flames evokes the onset of s’mores, campfires and relaxing weekends. But for a certain group of people here in …

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Controlled burns are an effective way of controlling cedar tree overgrowth and revitalizing the soil. It has become a valuable tool in land management. But even those most experienced with conducting these prescribed burns know things can go wrong and get out of control in a hurry. That is e…

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The COVID-19 crisis has affected every segment of our society, and every aspect of our lives - including the education of our children. The staff and administration of Gothenburg Public Schools takes their responsibility to protect, as well as educate our children very seriously, and as such…

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Seth Ryker, secondary principal of Gothenburg Public Schools, has issued an updated announcement that the school will not be open April 3 for locker and desk cleanout as originally planned. 

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My Dad was a P.E. teacher, a coach, and an athletic director at Chadron State College; however, his advanced degree was not in physical education, not in coaching, and not in administration. His degree was in recreation…outdoor recreation.

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Greetings District 36. Following CDC recommendations, the legislative session was suspended last week to limit gatherings of more than 10 people. Before the suspension, the Legislature had shifted its focus from property tax and economic development to a debate on the updated biennial budget…

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There will be a new face in town on Monday, March 30, and it is one residents will become very familiar with. His name is Gary Greer, and he has been hired as the next City Administrator of Gothenburg.

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In a continuing effort to keep the residents of Gothenburg informed on the latest updates and information concerning the Coronavirus, various community leaders hosted a virtual town hall meeting on Monday afternoon, March 23. The meeting became even more important with the confirmation of a …

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Community leaders and health professionals have warned us for the past week that it was only a matter of time before the novel Coronavirus would land in Gothenburg. 

**COVID-19 Update** Gothenburg Health has confirmed a positive COVID-19 case in the community. This is a travel-related case, NOT due to community spread; the individual has been requested to be in self-isolation. Out of an abundance of caution, Gothenburg Health is quarantining all exposed …

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Community leaders hosted a virtual town hall March 19, giving Gothenburg residents the opportunity to hear from medical professionals and businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

These five Dawson County 4-H’ers tested their bull judging skills at the 4-H Beef Judging Clinic recently held at the Darr Feedlot. Attending the clinic and earning purple ribbons were: front row, from left, Samual Winter, Gothenburg; and Mollie Spradlin, Cozad; back row, Greg Treffer, Cozad…

The epiphany hits. I am shaking my head in amazement. It all makes sense. Pieces fall into place and the picture is clear.

Twenty-one Dawson County 4-H members participated in the 4-H Public Speaking Contest Monday, March 9, at the Dawson County Extension Office in Lexington, according to Andrea Nisley, UN-L Extension Educator.

Jerry Barlow played a wonderful performance March 16 at the Gothenburg Public Library. His set was full of stories and tunes ranging from Celtic songs passed down from the early 19th century to “Here Comes The Sun” by the Beetles. A throughly engaging performance, fun was had by all. 

The Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department was one of 14 departments from across the region who responded to a large grass fire Thursday afternoon, March 12, 15 miles north of Gothenburg. The fire was located just west of Highway 47, and north of Road 792.

The Senior Center provides a vital service to our senior population by giving them one good hot meal a day and provides social opportunities each day. We serve approximately 40 meals in the dining room and 30 home-delivered meals.

The highly anticipated reveal of the contestants for year three of Dancing With the Stars has been announced. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Gothenburg High School. DWTS is a fundraiser for the Gothenburg Community Playhouse/Sun Theat…

The West Central District Health Department in North Platte has confirmed in a press release issued late on March 17, that a Lincoln County man has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Gothenburg Early Childhood Learning Coalition hosted a meeting for the community’s child care providers on March 17 to discuss the impacts of the school closing and the need for childcare in Gothenburg in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Greetings District 36. It’s been a busy week at the Legislature. We continue with a full-day session debating many issues. This week, Senators were briefed by officials from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) about the coro…

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We are traveling through uncharted waters, and as circumstances continue to change and evolve so will our responses. That was the sentiment echoed by Gothenburg Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Rhodes, and school board president and GIC President Nate Wyatt this week.

The Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department have joined firefighters from communities all across the area Thursday afternoon to battle a grass fire 15 miles north of Gothenburg. The fire is located just west of Highway 47, and north of Road 792. 

Greetings District 36. Full day debate began in the Legislature this week, and there are many issues coming to the body. We have seen bills ranging from allowing public power districts to develop biofuels to clarifying mail-in voting procedures. In the middle of this activity, a couple of my…

Six Gothenburg High School art students have been awarded for their talents, one of which will now be considered for national recognition. Teens in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) apply for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in 29 categories of art and writing. In 2019, students submitted …

Eastside Animal Center partners with Zoetis Animal Health each year to support the Gothenburg FFA Chapter. Eastside Animal Center supports these students who will become the next generation of agricultural leaders. This year, Eastside Animal Center donated $990 to the FFA Chapter. Pictured a…

Driving by LandMark Implement today a flock of about 20 crows were picking among the gravel. The birds reminded me of a tongue-in-cheek letter I wrote to the Editor of the Omaha World Herald 25 years ago. In the letter I bemoaned the idea of the City of Kearney having employees riding around…

Dawson County Veteran Services Officer Steve Zerr is inviting all Vietnam era veterans to a special photo opportunity later this month. In honor of Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day on March 21, all Vietnam era veterans are invited for a group photo at the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicle…

For the second consecutive year, Horizon Ag in Gothenburg hosted a competition for chili connaisseurs. This year’s chili cook-off was held on Saturday, March 7.

There can be a whole host of factors contributing to a child’s social, emotional or behavioral issues in a school environment. That was the topic of conversation at the March 4 meeting of the Gothenburg Public Schools Stakeholders, with a presentation from the four GPS counselors. The meetin…

Country Partners Cooperative believes in giving back to the communities that support their business, and one way they do that is through contributions to local rural fire departments. Since the Spring of 2017, Country Partners has been donating to the local departments, and representatives o…

Ninety percent. That’s the giant part of a child’s brain formed by age 6. Ninety percent. That’s the two-word answer that pops into Sam Meisels’s head when the founding executive director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska is quizzed by a stranger.

Dawson County Head Start is now taking applications for the 2020-21 year. A program of Community Action Partnership of Mid Nebraska, Head Start provides comprehensive services to 10 families in Dawson County.