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Wiardas showcase custom restoration five years in the making

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It’s been said that if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. For two of the owners of Wiarda Rod and Custom -- Mark and Karrie Wiarda -- fixing up classic beauties is just another day on the job.
This rang true when the couple decided to breath new life in to a 1968 Chevy Camaro that they had owned for many years.
“We owned the car for a long time and kind of collected parts for a while,” Mark explained. “We maybe started four or five years ago and then two or three years ago we started pushing harder on getting it finished.” Full story in this week's print or e-editions.

 

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Foged family paints windows with array of characters

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With no school in session, and a recommendation to stay at home, Madison and Cierra Foged sought out to find a project to not only help pass the time, but bring some joy to the community.
This led the duo to paint the windows of their home with a variety of cartoon characters that spanned from wishing everyone a happy Easter, to reminding them to wash their hands. Full story in this week's print or e-editions.

 

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AMS brings fitness challenge to students, community

The doors to the school may be shut and classes have moved online, but that hasn’t stopped Aurora physical education teachers Jessica Gallagher and Derek Keasling from continuing their fitness challenge tradition.

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First Hamilton County COVID case shares experience

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Shelby Moellenberndt woke up one day in late March to discover that she didn’t feel good. This 19-year-old Aurora resident described having severe chest pain and no idea why.
With the country on high alert for COVID-19, everyone was watching for symptoms of the coronavirus. This led Moellenberndt to check with doctors about her chance of being COVID-19 positive. Full story in this week's print or e-editions.

 

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Funeral home balances service with caution during pandemic

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Finding closure and laying a loved one to rest is always a delicate and very personal experience, but the process has grown more complicated during this coronavirus pandemic.
Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is taking extra precautions to keep grieving family members safe, while simultaneously trying to protect their own staff members. Story in this week's ANR.

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Churches urged to remain closed

Gov. Pete Ricketts announced this week that he will loosen restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic for much of the state effective May 4, though local health officials advise that Hamilton County is not included on that list.

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Old ‘airplane shed’ destroyed by fire

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Embers from a control burn at the Gregg Kremer place on the west edge of Aurora blew into an old shed and burned it to the ground April 21.
Aurora firefighters arrived quickly on the scene and were able to contain the spread to a few area trees, though the shed was a total loss.
“We were doing a burn in a hole and were pretty well done when embers must have spread into that building,” Kremer reported the next morning. “It was an old building that needed to come down, but I didn’t want it to come down like that.”
Assistant Fire Chief Glenn Obermeier said Aurora firefighters didn’t have any trouble knocking the fire down, though by the time they arrived much of the damage had been done.

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4R board digs deeper into $2M renovation plan

During last week’s 4R board meeting, further light was shed on the district’s decision to approve the renovation of a number of classroom spaces utilized for performing arts (band and choir) as well as the Aurora High School entrance. Both of the needs reportedly stem from a sheer lack of space for the growing needs of the school and its students.
Some of the board’s members, as well as Supt. Damon McDonald, took time after the board meeting to explain in a bit more depth what is planned under the approximately $2 million price tag, as well as how the board reached its decision. Detailed report in this week's ANR.

 

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Ethanol plants now locally owned

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The two ethanol plants on Aurora’s western edge are now solely owned by the Aurora Cooperative after a purchase agreement announced last week with Pacific Ethanol. The California-based energy company closed the deal April 15 on an agreement to sell its remaining 74 percent ownership interest in Pacific Aurora, LLC to Aurora Cooperative Elevator Company for a total valuation of $52.8 million. See a detailed story in this week's print or e-editions.

 

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Aurora Middle School garden grows more than produce

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Many different grade levels are known for their own “thing” in the Aurora school district, whether it be the seventh graders P.O.P. presentations and the eighth graders with their service learning and Aurora Community projects. This is no exception in the sixth grade, especially with the bountiful start in the fall of 2018 to their produce garden at the middle school. Read more details on this creative hands-on project in this week's print or e-edition.

 

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