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When spring arrives in Nebraska, snow melts, days get longer, and we enjoy the warmer weather and sunlight. It’s refreshing to get outside and resume activities that weren’t possible during the winter months.

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The morning of March 20th saw Gothenburg YMCA’s first St. Patty’s Day 5k. There were 10 participants on this cold and windy day. The run was a collaboration with Comeca Camp, which is a Christian camp and retreat center in Cozad. “It was our very first year running a 5k in conjunction with Comeca,” said Julie Czochara, the Executive Branch Director of the YMCA, “so, that was different. The course was not a difficult course. Next year, we will have an option of a flatter course and a more hilly course, a more advanced course. We will make this an annual event. We are loving the fact that we are partnered with Camp Comeca.”

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Heidi Phelps moved in Gothenburg in January of this year. She grew up in Custer County and has lived in quite a few places during her life. Her father was in the Marine Corps; she was born in California, lived in Guam for awhile, then started grade school in North Carolina. They moved to Nebraska when he retired early from the military. “It was weird moving to a landlocked state when you learned to swim in the ocean,” Phelps commented.

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In a bit of a twist on the term “farm to table,” the Gothenburg High School FFA Chapter is once again bringing knowledge and information to local grocery aisles. The Future Farmers of America will be back at Peterson’s Supermarket for the third time over the past several months when they make their appearance next Wed., March 31 from 2:30-5 p.m.

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Jerry Wiggins, the guidance counselor at Gothenburg Public Schools, has been running the job shadowing program for the last 22 years. The program is for sophomores and is a week-long workshop that takes place during their Biology class.

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Gothenburg Health is still working through the guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. They have provided a list of those who are currently eligible for vaccination:

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“Your dad is a good person now; but when he was younger, he was a handful,” shared my grandmother, Kathleen Pratt, as she sat back on the couch in her living room. This honesty was so characteristic of Pratt, and I recalled the time she told us, “Your dad got into trouble almost every day and, as a consequence, had to do yard work at the school for most of his school years.”

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Todd and Tricia Grabenstein of Smithfield were Thursday evening supper guests of Kenneth and Ginger Adkisson.

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