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The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), private partners, judges, families, and the Governor’s office will be holding events all month long to celebrate Adoption Month in Nebraska. As part of the festivities, a month of events organized nationally by the Children’s Bureau and the Administration for Children and Families, highlights the continual need for services to assist children waiting for adoption, families interested in adoption, and children and families needing post-adoptive services.

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Medicare eligible Nebraskans still have time to review their Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plans through December 7. Also, anyone eligible for Part D but not yet signed up for a drug plan can do so until December 7.

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Super Swede students are nominated for demonstrating any of the 8 Keys of Excellence. The 8 Keys of Excellence are character traits and mindsets to develop for success throughout life: Integrity, Failure Leads to Success, Speak with Good Purpose, Commitment, Ownership, Balance, Flexibility, and This is It (being present in the moment). Congratulations to these Super Swedes!

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As we come upon the season of Thanksgiving, now is a great time to teach children gratitude. It can be as simple as teaching children at a very young age to say “Thank you” or being more intentional by expressing their feelings in a written note.

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“I remember my teen years when I worked detasseling corn,” said my grandpa, Dick Schwanz, while he sipped on his Coke. I always worked so hard all through my teens just so I could buy myself a car,” said Schwanz while he rocked in his chair. This made me laugh because I already knew he was a firm believer in working hard.

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Winterizing spray equipment can be tedious work but taking a little time this fall can save a lot of headaches next spring. The first thing you want to do is to consult the pesticide label of products used this past growing season and determine the proper PPE to wear. Once you are properly equipped, drain the tank, and fill it up to about 15-20% total tank volume with clean water. Circulate this water through the entire system and dispose of any rinsate collected according to pesticide label instructions. Triple rinsing the system ensures the removal of residual chemicals but adding a cleaning agent can also be helpful when cleaning out the sprayer. When filling up the tank the second time, it’s a good practice to add a cleaning agent if it’s recommended. You will want to consult the label of any pesticides used in the tank to ensure the cleaning agent is compatible and appropriate for the tank. Depending on the quality of the sprayer, certain pesticides may hold on longer in the system by getting caught in any pitting in the tank or hoses. A cleaning agent can help strip these residual chemicals out of the system and avoid carryover issues next spring. After the cleaning agent sits in the system for an appropriate amount of time (see label for directions), rinse the system for a third time with clean water. You will also want to remove any additional sprayer parts (nozzles, screens, filters, sprayer tips, end caps, etc.) to allow for proper drainage. These parts need to be thoroughly cleaned before putting them back on the sprayer. It’s also important to clean the exterior of the tank, sprayer, or tractor used to pull the sprayer if applicable. Make sure everything on the system is drained and completely dry before doing your final inspection. Wearing the appropriate PPE is still a good practice just in case something was missed when cleaning. Look for cracks, leaks, corrosion, or hidden damage and replace anything that needs to be fixed. Follow manufacture recommendations and add antifreeze or oil, if necessary, check the tires and battery, and store in a dry, well-maintained building that is protected from winter elements. More information on cleaning and winterizing your sprayer can be found here: https://extensionpublications. unl.edu/assets/html/g1770/build/g1770.htm.

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Eight Dawson County 4-H’ers will be among the Nebraska 4-H delegation to the 2021 National 4-H Youth Congress, Nov. 26 – Nov. 30 in Atlanta, Georgia. Those attending are Bart Beattie, Sumner; Eli Boryca, Cozad; Karla Herrarte, Lexington; Sydni Ringenberg, Lexington; Greg Treffer, Cozad; Parker Walahoski, Overton; and Spencer Walahoski, Overton; and Aven Zimmerman, Overton.

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The 7th grade girls basketball team began their regular season games on Thursday with a home opener against Lexington. Both the “A” and the “B” teams found success beating the Minute Maid girls in both games. The 7th Grade Swedes participating this season consist of Aubrey Cross, Shayne Kinnan, Kyla Sager, Grace Evert, Addy Evert, Aliyah Carlson, Eliana Shank, Taye Herrick, Allison Shepherd, Greer Tiller, Audrey Holbein, Ava Foster, Alexis Buck, Kaidence Walker, Amelia Flesner, and Colbie Brown. Student managers are Skylar Garza, Ashlyn Peterson, and Kiarra Jonas. The girls are excited for the upcoming season in which we will face a tough Ogallala team on Tuesday in Ogallala.

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