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Wed
03
Feb

Laundromat back partially removed

The back wall down to the top of the first floor of the laundromat has been torn down. Jerry Graham and company tore it down Friday. After separating the wall from the adjoining building, they used a chip gun and chipped out the rest of the rock. The rock in the alley way has been moved already, Graham said Monday.
 
Wed
03
Feb

Stephens leads hospital/clinic

By Ray Kappel
 
The Pawnee County Hospital and Clinic has Ruth Stephens as its new CEO. Jim Kubik retired from hospital administrator in August. They’ve an interim CEO during that time and Stephens took over as of Jan. 25. She describes her management style as “very collaborative”. She is eager to work with the many members of the hospital and clinic staff who have what she described as a vast knowledge of how things work around here. She said those people are the ones that keep the organization afloat.
 
Wed
03
Feb

Local people take part in National March for Life

Members of St. John Lutheran Church, St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Tecumseh and St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Steinauer all experienced the blizzard that hit the national news when Mother Nature dumped two to four feet in snow in the area of our nation’s capitol. Many people came up to them and stated that they must be from the Midwest, because of the way they were dressed in layers of clothing. “We just took it all in stride,” said Pastor Jason Wolter of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Tecumseh, as he and his family enjoyed the opportunity of bundling up and walking around in 2 ½ feet of snow.
 
Wed
03
Feb

School to address playground

By Ray Kappel
 
The playground for the elementary kids was one of the first things Superintendent Darron Arlt noticed when he came here. It desperately needed his attention. A new basketball court and tether ball place have been built on concrete near the high school. But to get to it, the elementary kids have to cross a muddy big patch of land. To get to the court, the teachers have to take them the long way around because we all know telling the kids to stay out of the mud isn’t going to work.
 
Wed
27
Jan

City Council hears concerns of Creative Thoughts

By Ray Kappel
 
Susan Pope, owner of Creative Thoughts, came to the Monday night Pawnee City City Council meeting to talk about her business in wake of the fire in September. She is in a difficult situation with her business because this time of year is 40 percent of her business, she said. She has been told by her insurance company that the back wall to the laundromat has to come down before the insurance company will pay for repairs to the business. 

 

Wed
27
Jan

New ladder truck takes firefighting to a new level

By Ray Kappel
 
The Pawnee City Fire Department has a new truck. It is a 1979 Chevy ladder truck. They bought it for $7,200 from the Garnett, Kan. Fire Department. Part of the money came from the appreciation dinner the firemen had done for them after they bravely tamed the fire that claimed the laundromat and other nearby buildings. The firemen kicked in the rest of the money for the truck from the department funds. 

 

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Wed
27
Jan

Pouring cement at the future Dollar Store site

Foundation work began at the Dollar Store site in Pawnee City Monday. Workers, taking avantage of warmer temperatures, began pouring cement at the site. The store is scheduled to be built by sometime in March, according to the last word we had. We assume that local people will be employed in the store, though the manager could come from outside the area, according to the last time we talked with Dollar Store officials.  

 

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Wed
20
Jan

Unprecedented demand reported for Marketplace Health Insurance coverage

Consumers in Nebraska continue to be active shoppers According to figures released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, consumers in Nebraska are actively engaged in selecting health insurance coverage for 2016. Among those reenrolling customers in Nebraska, 69 percent came back, reviewed their information and actively selected a Marketplace plan.
 

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Wed
20
Jan

NioCorp plans to begin mineshaft construction in 2016

By Ann Wickett
 
ELK Creek Nebraska is one of the few places on earth where the rare earth mineral Niobium has been found. Niocorp Developments, LTD. plans on mining this resource along with scandium and titanium. The company claims that this is the highest grade Niobium project in North America and the largest prospective producer of scandium in the world.
 

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Wed
20
Jan

Pawnee City Chamber of Commerce has great 2015

By Ray Kappel
 
The Pawnee City Chamber of Commerce had a great year in 2015. The Chamber was involved in many projects, including the increasingly popular Harvest Bash. This year’s celebration was bigger and better than ever.
 

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