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  • Members of the Heartland United Way Hamilton County Committee pictured at Saturday’s kickoff event include, from left: Laurie Pfeifer, Bridgett Svoboda, Jayne Smith, Tricia Grafton, UW staff member Tiffany Schrunk, and Kurt Johnson.
    Members of the Heartland United Way Hamilton County Committee pictured at Saturday’s kickoff event include, from left: Laurie Pfeifer, Bridgett Svoboda, Jayne Smith, Tricia Grafton, UW staff member Tiffany Schrunk, and Kurt Johnson.
  • Megan and Clint Ohlson successfully completed their very own unguided caribou hunt in Alaska at the end of last month.
    Megan and Clint Ohlson successfully completed their very own unguided caribou hunt in Alaska at the end of last month.
  • Band member and cross country runner Hannah Donnell aims for gold during the AHS senior athletes dance at the pep rally.
    Band member and cross country runner Hannah Donnell aims for gold during the AHS senior athletes dance at the pep rally.
  • Bryce Knorr gave seminar viewers an update on the grain market.
    Bryce Knorr gave seminar viewers an update on the grain market.
  • The Aurora Huskies pulled out a win against rival York for homecoming weekend.
    The Aurora Huskies pulled out a win against rival York for homecoming weekend.
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United Way kicks off 2020 campaign, raises awareness
The Heartland United Way kicked off its 2020 campaign in Hamilton County Saturday, offering words of encouragement to young flag football players and their families while also sharing information on how local UW donations benefit local people in need.
Members of the United Way’s Hamilton County Committee passed out sports drinks donated by the Aurora Mall to flag football participants, using the opportunity to create awareness about the pending fund drive.

Who’s got grain? A look at the global supply picture
“The big question is who’s got grain?” Bryce Knorr, senior market analyst for Farm Futures Magazine, began his Husker Harvest Days seminar by asking. “We’ve got it. Does the competition have it?”
Looking at the future market, he noted that between a drought in some areas and Derecho devastating crops in the Midwest, that crop ratings have plummeted. 

Huskies renew Duke rivalry with Homecoming W
Friday night felt familiar for Huskies and their fans with a large Homecoming crowd watching a rivalry game against York, which the Big Red won 37-21.
It’s been three years since the neighboring teams went toe to toe on the field, and coach Kyle Peterson said it felt good to renew the Duke rivalry, and especially to get the win. After a two-year hiatus with the Huskies playing C1 ball, the two teams picked up where they left off with a physical brand of football.

A great day to be a Husky
Despite many obstacles presented by the events of the year thus far, the Aurora High School homecoming parade and pep rally went off without a hitch. This year it featured its classic lengthy community parade, as well as senior dances and some encouraging words by Principal Doug Kittle and 2007 Husky grad Allie Gomez. 
“Welcome to the 190th day of ‘14 days to flatten the curve,’” Kittle joked. “Before we get started, I need to share a quick update from the Central Nebraska Health Department. This afternoon at 2 o’clock we moved to Phase 5 -- hallelujah.”

Aurora couple reflects on unguided adventure in Alaskan wild
Aurora couple Clint and Megan Ohlson returned  Aug. 23 from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Alaskan wild, where an unguided caribou hunt together was an experience they will never forget. 
“We hired a pilot to take us up there to the Brooks Range,” Clint began. “And we hunted caribou. It was just her and I in a tent, a cook stove and no heater.” 
 

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