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AREA NEWS DIGEST

Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

Air show leaves spectators in awe

COZAD—The crowd gathered at the Nebraska State Fly-In held in conjunction with the “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” Air Show on June 10 were left on the edge of their seats. There were new planes and historical planes that lit up the skies around the Cozad Municipal Airport. There were also races between cars and airplanes along Nebraska’s shortest runway being used for the air show.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

TRAN arrives in Bow raising money for vets

BROKEN BOW—A long line of tractors rolled into Broken Bow as part of the Tractor Ride Across Nebraska (TRAN) on June 7. They arrived from the east, having started their journey across the state at Homestead National Monument in Beatrice with a final destination of Scottsbluff in western Nebraska, a distance of 450 miles. TRAN raises money for Operation Comfort Warrior, an organization that provides items of healing for wounded veterans. By the time they reached Broken Bow, they were already just shy of $4,000. A wide variety of tractors participated with one such tractor driven by Cynthia Huhman being a pink John Deere, and another driven by Tregg Reiss was a 1941 Farmall H.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

65 teams compete in Shut Up & Fish tourney

OGALLALA—Sixty-five two-person teams competed in the Big Mac Shut Up & Fish Tournament at Lake McConaughy during a two-day event. First-place finishers Mike Woerth and James Paul II of Columbus weighed in 10 walleye for a total of 33.48 pounds. The biggest fish reeled in was a 9.7-pound fish with another weighing 8.83 pounds. Fish that were caught during the tournament were released after weigh-ins ending the event sponsored by the Nebraska Walleye Association, which included a children’s fishing clinic.—reported in the Keith County News.

Church receives steeple missing for 60 years

CURTIS—A new church steeple has been added to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Farnam. The previous steeple was gone for over 60 years. For several years, the parishioners have been planning on adding a steeple back to their church after the original one was removed in the 1950s. After much prayer and sacrifice, it was installed on June 3 on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Christ in preparation for the coming centennial of the parish this fall. The new steeple was built in 2015 by students of Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, using designs from a drawing of the original church. Once again, the cross on the steeple will be prominently displayed throughout the city.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

Rotarians complete a new park picnic shelter

ARNOLD—Members of the Arnold Rotary Club rallied once again to help the community. Their new picnic shelter at the Arnold Park is nearly complete and will be a useful place for activities, including large family gatherings. Rotarians have been busy painting picnic tables to be used under the shelter with cleaning up around the construction area being the final step to completion. The project was paid for with a grant, Rotary funds and the village of Arnold, just in time for picnic season.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

Area artist inducted into Cowboy Hall of Fame

CALLAWAY—Callaway western artist Mariel Klingbeil was inducted into the Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame during the annual banquet. Klingbeil has long been fascinated with cowboys and their way of life through a long career painting western art. She most recently added sculpted scenes. Her support and enthusiasm for the cowboy way of life was also noted during the ceremony. Klingbeil said she was honored to be counted among the great Sandhills cowboys in the hall of fame, especially since she knew many of them and worked for some.—reported in the Callaway Courier.

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