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  • Aurora/Scottsbluff II kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday
    Aurora/Scottsbluff II kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday
  • Hamilton Telecommunications President John Nelson would normally be sitting at this desk in his office, but during the pandemic has been working a great deal from home, along with many of his employees, communicating remotely via Zoom.
    Hamilton Telecommunications President John Nelson would normally be sitting at this desk in his office, but during the pandemic has been working a great deal from home, along with many of his employees, communicating remotely via Zoom.
  • Tammy Stuhr noted that her dog, pictured above in her work-from-home space, has helped her connect and engage with students while online.
    Tammy Stuhr noted that her dog, pictured above in her work-from-home space, has helped her connect and engage with students while online.
  • Also invited on this worldwind trip were friends of the Hofmanns. All pictured here include, from left: Hannah Albracht, Cody Albracht, Linda Lautenschlager, Lee Lautenschlager, Kelsey Hofmann and Troy Hofmann.
    Also invited on this worldwind trip were friends of the Hofmanns. All pictured here include, from left: Hannah Albracht, Cody Albracht, Linda Lautenschlager, Lee Lautenschlager, Kelsey Hofmann and Troy Hofmann.
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Huskies host Scottsbluff in playoff opener

The Huskies face a familiar foe in Friday’s opening round of the Class B football playoffs, with Scottsbluff coming to town hoping to flip the script on a Sept. 11 battle which Aurora won 36-14.
Husky coach Kyle Peterson said both teams have improved since that Week 3 showdown, which he recalls as a key turning point in his team’s successful 6-3 regular season campaign.

‘Discovery session’ focused on Aurora’s housing needs
Efforts to identify Aurora’s housing needs took a step forward last week with a discovery session that may ultimately lead to a strategic plan on how to address those needs.
The Aurora Housing Development Corporation launched this effort in January, conducting focus group and stakeholder interviews as part of a study being conducted to both assess Aurora’s housing needs and to “check the box” for a state housing grant requirement.

Hofmanns experience double-header hurricane on Mexico vacation
Not many people can add “survived a hurricane” to their achievement list. Even fewer can add “did it twice” on top of that. Fitting right into that category, Kelsey and Troy Hofmann of Aurora recently returned home from a harrowing vacation to Cancun, Mexico, and took to Facebook to tell the tale. 
Kelsey, a hair stylist by trade when not helping her husband at After Hours Grafix, had returned and told the story of her trip a few times to clients at Urban Creations, when she decided to take to Facebook Live to tell the story to her friends all at once.

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Nebraska Extension educators adapt to teaching from home

As the world, the state of Nebraska and everywhere else in between plummeted into the chaos attached to the pandemic, one thing was certain -- the mission and goals of the Hamilton County Extension Office remained the same. 
Luckily for Lead Extension Educator Tammy Stuhr and the other Hamilton County Extension educators, Stuhr had a bit of experience moving traditionally hands-on material to a digital format. 

Working from home creates management challenge
Employees all over Hamilton County have been logging into their jobs online since the pandemic hit, revamping the work front almost overnight in local businesses large and small. Communicating with those employees, keeping projects moving forward and navigating day-to-day challenges without the benefit of face-to-face conversation has been a learning curve for owners and managers, including an Aurora-based telecommunications company.

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