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Thu
31
Oct

Trunk or treat in Marquette

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The Marquette fire hall was a scary place to be Wednesday. Ghosts, goblins and characters of all kinds filled the hall for a trunk or treat event, which was moved indoors due to the weather. Kids collected candy, then were treated to a meal by the Marquette Fire Department.

Wed
30
Oct

Recall petition filed against Richter

A third recall has been filed in a drive against county commissioners.
A recall petition was filed by Brock Ekhoff of Aurora Oct. 15 seeking the removal of Hamilton County Board of Commissioners District 1 representative Becky Richter.
The stated reasons for the recall were written as follows, published verbatim.
“Failure to represent her constituents. Failure to hire competent trained employees. Failure to address public safety issues.”
Richter was served Oct. 16 and will have 20 business days to file a rebuttal.

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Wed
30
Oct

Oregon Trail sign tells story of early Hamilton Co. history

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Walking through the doors to the Plainsman Museum in Aurora one might venture straight into the main rotunda and take a walk around the half-moon of local history, each case displaying a different subject or town.
Nestled at the bottom of a large case, filled with a judge’s robe and a fence-like structure sits a peeling yellow paper sign on an equally as worn wood plank board. It might easily be passed up, as not much of the original sign is available to read. However, a nearby plaque reveals that this artifact is much more important than it may seem.
“This sign was on the Nebraska City-Fort Kearney Cut-Off where it passed through Hamilton County,” the plaque reads.

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Wed
30
Oct

HPC to end co-op with Osceola

As High Plains Community Schools drew nearer to the Nov. 1 deadline for sports co-op decisions, the school has decided to allow its agreement with Osceola to expire, Supt. Brian Tonniges reported Monday.
The HPC football team played on its own before joining up with Osceola in 2018 for a two-year contract. The current cooperative arrangement will end at the conclusion of the 2019/2020 school year.
“HPC has had a great relationship with Osceola and it’s been a tremendous experience for our students,” Tonniges said. “The board committed to a two-year agreement.”
Tonniges continued, noting that the school has declared it will play 8-man football for the next two-year cycle.

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Wed
30
Oct

HPC seniors prepare for next step with first-ever college fair

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Seniors at High Plains Community High School gathered in the library Oct. 16 to start down the road that leads to their future with the school’s first college fair.
Students and parents were led through the process by school guidance councelor John Kucera.
“This is the first one that we’ve done,” he said. “I didn’t make up the idea, but a lot of big schools have college days and I though these kids deserve that too.”

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Wed
30
Oct

Giltner trunk or treat gets spooktacular upgrade

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The Giltner Elementary School gymnasium was packed to the brim Friday with monsters, princesses, storybook characters and even a group of cops and robbers -- complete with their patrol car, coffee and a donut.
All were gathered for the first of what is hoped will become an annual Giltner Halloween Festival, an event which organizer Casey Sample said was overwhelming in a good way.

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Wed
30
Oct

Hongsermeier appointed to planning, zoning commission

A brief agenda marked Monday’s Hamilton County Board of Commissioners meeting, kicking off with Commissioner Roger Nunnenkamp reporting on his proposed appointment of Ivan Hongsermeier to the Hamilton County Planning and Zoning Commission as a county-wide representative.
“I’ve talked with Ivan Hongsermeier and he indicated that he would be willing to do it,” Nunnenkamp stated. “But then in looking at the map I saw that he did not live in the Deepwell District, which I thought was a requirement for the position.”

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Wed
23
Oct

Henderson, partners building houses in Aurora subdivision

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Aurora native Brock Henderson and his partners in a Seward-based construction business are investing time, effort and money in a local housing project, hoping to help the community grow.
Plex Construction, LLC purchased two lots in the Streeter 1st Subdivision, where basements have already been poured and construction is well under way. The goal, Henderson said, is to frame the two spec homes this next week, get them enclosed before the snow flies and have new homes available for sale and occupancy as soon as possible.

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Wed
23
Oct

Chamber to debut ‘Come Home to Christmas’

Though the end of October, let alone Thanksgiving, haven’t hit yet, the Aurora Chamber of Commerce is already planning something extra to kick off the Christmas season here in Aurora.
For the first time ever, “Come Home to Christmas” will light up the downtown square in combination with Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30 to fill the day with local holiday charm.
“The big thing that we’re pushing right now is that we’re going to have a lighted tractor parade at 6 p.m. that night after we do a lighting of the band stand,” Chamber Director Justise Rhoden said.

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Wed
23
Oct

Residents speak in support of Tooley Park

Citizens who came to share their positive opinions of Tooley Park kicked off a crowded county board meeting Monday, with Nichole Collazo taking charge to introduce her concerns to the commissioners.
“I’m here because I’m concerned about the permanent closure and sale of Tooley Park,” Collazo began. “I had read in the paper the article with Michelle Hultine that came and spoke to you and I ended up posting something on Facebook because I’m not the greatest speaker and stuff like that, but I’m just gonna start with reading that to you and then go from there.”
Collazo read a copy of her Facebook post, which had been circulating in the weeks leading up to the meeting and had garnered a heavy amount of community support.

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