“At school, my first teacher was Mrs. Kirk. I went to Cozad pre-school, and I’ve always had a reputation for being a bit wild, especially to one of my later teachers, Mr. Kennedy,” Shirley Longo laughed, turning to me as I asked her about him, and replied, “We joked around a lot. Bonehead was a favorite word of ours.”
Pastor Jon Alan Mapa was ordained into the ministry on April 28, 1985. His ordainment started him on a 36- year journey that led him to the American Lutheran Church of Gothenburg, Nebraska, and is now taking him to North Platte, Nebraska. Mapa has been honored with a new position, bestowed upon him by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). He will be leaving behind his role as lead pastor at the American Lutheran Church and stepping up as Assistant to the Bishop.
The Gothenburg Times was established in 1908 and has been a part of the Gothenburg community for over 100 years. During this time, several men and women have dedicated their time to help document our town’s history through newsprint. Our archives have dozens of books full of our past editions. Each edition documents the tragic, joyous, unusual, and everyday events of Gothenburg throughout the years.
Downtown Gothenburg is full of many historical buildings that have switched hands and have been renovated over the years, but one of these old buildings stands proud and tall across from the Public Library, like a lighthouse in a storm. The First Presbyterian Church of Gothenburg was founded 21 years after the town of Gothenburg was established by Olaf Bergstrom.
The Gothenburg FFA Chapter held their annual Kickoff Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Lake Helen on Tuesday August 24, 2021. Before getting down to business, attendees enjoyed a meal of burgers cooked by alumni, Idaho baked potatoes, locally donated sweet corn, and desserts brought by members. Many of the items served would not have been possible without community donations. After food had been served, the 2021 Officer team performed their opening ceremonies and began the meeting. Information about upcoming events, outcomes of past events, competitions, and new opportunities to be involved were shared. Competition season will start very quickly with the Gothenburg FFA Dairy Judging Team competing at the State Fair on Saturday September 4th.