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The FFA had a busy week. On Wednesday September 15, the Chapter took fourteen members to the Range Judging Competition. Gage Andersen was the highest scoring member and led the Chapter through a tough competition. Participants in Range Judging identify and classify range plants and their pedigrees, identify ecological sites, and take a test over the information. The next day, on September 16, the Chapter traveled to Grand Island with 74 members for Husker Harvest Days. While there, members were able to see hundreds of exhibits showcasing new farm equipment. The Gothenburg Chapter travels down to Husker Harvest Days every year. However, due to the pandemic, this was the first year for any freshman and sophomores that went. On Saturday September 18, FFA members participated in the Harvest Festival parade. There were around a dozen members that helped to decorate and ride on the float. Riding through the pandemic for the FFA was riding on a mechanical bull built by Officer Jake Burge.

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Cheerleading is a sport that often gets overlooked, simply because there is much debate on whether it qualifies as a true sport or not. No matter what you believe, concerning its status as a sport, however, it is obvious to anyone who attends games that the Swede Cheerleaders love their school.

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Kerri Jo Hansen of Burwell was a Thursday overnight houseguest of Kenneth and Ginger Adkisson.

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housing development next to the Overton Golf Course was approved by the Dawson County Commissioners during their Sept. 15 meeting. Gale Luther of Overton had entered the request to re-zone 13 acres from AG (General Agriculture) to RR (Rural Residential). During a public hearing prior to the board vote he explained those acres would be divided into 1.5 acre lots, which gives enough room for individual wells and septic systems for each house. He noted the road into the development will come off Road 441 off of the south side.

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The winter severe weather season is quickly approaching and it’s time for a new Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness/Preparedness Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest. The contest is sponsored by Nebraska Association of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. The purpose of the PSA contest is to receive a variety of multimedia products from middle school students that promote preparedness, storm readiness, tornado safety, fire safety or other emergency topics.

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GOTHENBURG, NEBRASKA – September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness month and Gothenburg Health’s Senior Life Solutions (SLS) program is working to raise awareness and educate the community on the risk factors and warning signs of suicide. Talk of suicide should never be dismissed. If you, or someone you know, are thinking of suicide call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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The Cozad Area Entertainment Series board members met on August 25, 2021, to regroup for the 2021/22 season. Due to the rise in COVID cases across America, we have decided to postpone this year’s series and reassess in the spring to decide on the 2022/23 year. We are also in need of board members.

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CHI Health Regional Cancer Center at Good Samaritan is launching a new support group for women who have breast cancer. Breast Cancer Support Group 2021 will meet from noon to 1 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 14 in the Cancer Center Conference Room, 104 W. 33rd Street.

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Gothenburg Community Choir will hold its first rehearsal on Sunday, September 12, at 1:00 p.m. Rehearsals will be held at the American Lutheran Church. All singers in the area are encouraged to attend. We will be preparing the cantata “Night of the Father’s Love” to be presented on Sunday, December 5, at 7:00 P.M.

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