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Alice and Laurens McCain of Gothenburg, center and right, accept the Pioneer Farm Family Award from Dawson County Ag Society Director M.J. Hart, left, during a ceremony Thursday night (7-15-21) at the Dawson County Fair. The award is sponsored by the Ak-Sar- Ben Foundation and Nebraska Farm Bureau to honor families who have kept a farm operating for a century or more. The McCains still own land purchased in 1919 by Alice’s grandparents, Oscar E. and Kristina Tederman. (Cutline by Barb Bierman Batie. Photo courtesy of, Alice McCain)

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On Monday July 19, 2021, the Gothenburg FFA Officer Team and their Advisors took a trip to Rigby, Idaho for some team bonding and to begin planning their activities for the year. Their trip started off in Yellowstone national park. Inside the park, the team saw the natural wonders that Yellowstone offers its visitors. They were accompanied by several officers from the Rigby, Idaho FFA chapter.

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July 15 marked the start of Farmers Market season in Gothenburg. The east sidewalk of Ehmen housed market booths of all kinds. Fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, and cold-brewed coffee could be purchased by visitors as they strolled through the market. Spirits were high on opening night. Farmers and their families chattered happily, booths had lines that reached the street, and children played on the playground equipment while they waited for their parents. An FFA kid had her project at the market and many people stopped by or looked over at her table to see what she was doing.

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Look who was spotted putting up a new sign on Tuesday, July 20. The Petersons have been in the process of moving locations for awhile now and their new building now has a fresh look. The sign proudly declares the grocery store to be called Fresh Seasons Market and inventory is being stocked. (Photo by, Ashley Mohler)

The Best Prank I Ever Pulled

“The best prank I ever pulled was to put peanut butter on my friend, Bill Orthman’s, door handle,” shared my grandmother, Joyce Margritz, as she sat in her office talking to me. Despite this, she said she is still very good friends with Orthman to this day. That’s probably because she is rarely that mischievous and is inordinately very kind to all people.

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Do you want to learn more about grassland management and productivity, as well as conservation? Make plans now to attend the Nebraska Grazing Conference in Kearney at the Younes Convention Center on August 9, 10, and 11.

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When soil moisture is available after a cutting of alfalfa, the grasses and weeds will grow just like their name suggests: like weeds. How can these plants be held at bay?

Historical Museum Receives Grant

On Thursday, July 15, the Gothenburg Historical Museum received a $1,000 grant from the Nebraska State Historical Museum Foundation. The museum plans to use the funds to purchase an Ipad and stand.

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