A GIFT OF THANKS

PICTURE OF FREEDOM: Tim Miller of Gothenburg received an early Christmas gift from his family on Memorial Day weekend. The bald eagle sculpture is made from concrete and hand painted by a Grand Island resident.

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Sports Council (NSC) has announced that the Cornhusker State Games (CSG) Torch Run will be conducted virtually from June 1-25 across all counties in Nebraska.

ALONG FOR THE RIDE

LOADED UP AND READY TO GO: These gentleman were loaded up and ready to place the crosses and flags on veteran’s graves first thing Saturday morning. Several volunteers showed up at the Gothenburg cemetary to help. SHILOH SCHULTZ

RAISING AWARENESS

RAISING AWARENESS: Dreary, rainy weather didn’t stop this determined clan. A group of Eagle Riders stopped in Gothenburg at Ehmen park last Wednesday, May 21 to help raise awareness for children’s Mental Health month. Riders began their ride in Scottsbluff and ended at the Nebraska State Capitol Building. “For the past 13 years, we’ve been proud to have the Eagle Riders as a key partner in raising awareness for children’s mental health,” said Sheri Dawson, director of the Division of Behavioral Health at DHHS. “Year after year, their advocacy helps us deliver the message that there is hope and there is help for those who need it. That’s especially important given the challenges COVID-19 is presenting at this time.” SHILOH SCHULTZ

Grace, Gratitude & Grit

When I arrived at Eggplant Homestead and Greenhouse, I was greeted by a friendly three-legged dog. I remembered Tina, the owner of this operation, having another three-legged dog before. “It’s our fifth one” she told me. Right behind the friendly greeter was his companion, a ranch pup, and then Tina’s smiling hello. I immediately felt welcome and a part of the electric excitement of this expanding venture.

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced updates to driver licensing services availability. DMV teammates are ready to provide services as and when counties open their offices to walk in traffic. Additional teammates and resources are being put in place to increase service capacity in the most heavily populated counties. These additional steps have significantly increased capacity for our customers, with the Omaha Metro area office in Bellevue offering over twice as many drive tests as the same period last year.

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The Brady Community Center will be opening again on June 1st. The food pantry may be utilized each day during the community center business hours. The 2nd Tuesday and 3rd Wednesday of each month offers walk-in availability with no call-ahead necessary. June’s walk-in dates and times are Tuesday, June 9th 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, June 17th 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The pantry is an equal opportunity provider. Brady food pantry patrons do not need to meet financial requirements. Food is given in love and respect to those who come.

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The Brady library will be closed June 3rd. They will be open again on June 10th and plan to continue the weekly schedule on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. - 12 noon. Patrons are encouraged to stop in to check out books, movies, puzzles, crafts, utilize the seed library, internet and even just say hi.

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Nebraska, the second highest ratio for cattle to humans in the United States, celebrates Beef Month in May. Trailing closely behind South Dakota, our cattle producing state averages three cows for every person, totaling a little over six million animals across the prairie.

We may not know them all, but we owe them all

As we honor Memorial Day, many think of it as a weekend that kicks off summer, a time to barbeque, bask in the sunshine and spend with friends and family. Oftentimes we forget why celebrate such a day, especially with a memorial so close to home.

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