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Wed
18
Jul

Klawonn travels through Normandy, gets up close with D-Day geography

Editor’s note: This is the final in a series of guest columns submitted by Aurora history teacher Brenda Klawonn, who is spending a month traveling and studying in Europe.
I met up with another group of teachers in Paris for a week-long tour of Normandy, France. I got to know this group of teachers last summer during our seminar at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, La., and continued to learn from some of them throughout the year through Facebook and Twitter. Meeting up with them was a reunion of friends who were ready for a week-long adventure with Dr. Donald Miller.

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Wed
11
Jul

Wedeking’s vision marks golden anniversary

The late Irv Wedeking had a vision in 1968 to build a permanent home for FFA leadership training, a dream which came true years ago and still continues to evolve on a sprawling campus at the east edge of Aurora.
As the Leadership Center marks its 50th anniversary in 2018, many current and former board members and employees marvel at the initial vision and what has since become so much more than a place to train the state’s future ag leaders.

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Wed
11
Jul

Rescue 28 outlines EMS service plan

Representatives of a privately owned start-up ambulance company provided county commissioners with more depth and detail Monday of a potential solution they say offers a local alternative that will save as much as $400,000 in taxpayer money per year while providing the same quality EMS care.
Gerry Picek spoke to the board nearly two months after debuting the local group’s plan, beginning with an announcement that the entity has changed its name. What started out as Neighbors Helping Neighbors has since been renamed Rescue 28.

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Wed
11
Jul

Commissioners approve new Valley View subdivision

The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners held three public hearings Monday regarding both the replat and rezoning of a new Valley View subdivision and a plat request to continue business at the Mariposa Lake subdivision.
Planning and zoning administrator Scott Stuhr approached the board first with the Valley View Recreational Association’s request for a preliminary replat to create the Valley View fourth subdivision located in part of the Valley View area approximately 2-1/2 miles north of Marquette. Once approved the land would be able to be used for residential purposes.

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Wed
11
Jul

Giltner village OKs fire house rezoning

The Giltner Village Board spent Monday’s regular monthly meeting with a public hearing on rezoning for the fire department, which they approved the same night.
The zoning request came from the Giltner Fire and Protection District in hopes to rezone a tract located on lots 1-4, block 10 in Giltner from industrial moderate to business.

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Wed
11
Jul

Hampton board looking to fill utility supt. job

Hampton village leaders went into executive session Monday to discuss plans for hiring a new utility superintendent after accepting Chris Friesen’s resignation last month.
Chairman James Parsley reported that no action was taken, though the board is planning to move forward with interviewing three or four finalists. In the meantime, Larry Klute has been asked to focus his part-time role on mowing and maintaining various village properties.

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Wed
11
Jul

4R board approves policies, dues

The Aurora 4R School Board met Monday to further discuss policy and handbook changes for the next semester.
Having already performed the first reading and hearing no questions regarding any of the changes, the board moved to approve all new policy and handbook changes. The approval was unanimous.
Also discussed in Monday’s meeting was the approval of the Nebraska Rural Community School Association dues.

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Wed
11
Jul

Phillips celebrates Fourth of July in style

Phillips area residents celebrated the Fourth of July with a gathering at a new facility built for just that kind of community event.
Penny Evans, manager of the newly built Phillips Memorial Hall, said the July 3 event was well received.
“People were very pleased,” Evans said. “There were a lot of positive comments about the decorating and what can be done with the building. People also enjoyed the air conditioning. It stayed very cool in there compared to the other building, where there was no air conditioning. This is a very efficient building that holds up well to crowds and the weather.”

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Wed
11
Jul

Learning the art of slow travel

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of guest columns submitted by Aurora history teacher Brenda Klawonn, who is spending a month traveling and studying in Europe.
My usual vacations fall into two categories; travel in a study group and have schedules to meet so we can see as much as possible or travel with family and have schedules to meet so we can see as much as possible. I now have experienced a third category I call slow travel.
I was introduced to slow travel when I left Berlin, Germany for a little town called Todstedt. A very relaxing Sunday morning two-hour train ride took me from the Berlin Hauptbahnhof (train station) to the Hamburg Hauptbahnhof. The ride was so smooth and quiet so I used that time to write my previous article and also enjoy the view of the countryside.

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Tue
03
Jul

'Sticker shock'

More than 100 Hamilton County property owners are protesting their valuations after learning of a spike in assessed values driven by what the county assessor and area realtors agree to be a red hot local housing market.
“The term sticker shock has been used a couple of times to me to describe how some people felt opening their residential value notices,” Hamilton County Assessor Patricia Sandberg said Monday, the final day protests could be filed in her office. For a detailed report, see this week's ANR.

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