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Tree Planting and Recognizing Coloring Contest Winners Celebrated Arbor Day April 22-23 in Auburn

Tree Planting and Recognizing Coloring Contest Winners Celebrated Arbor Day April 22-23 in Auburn

Kindergarteners and third graders at Calvert Elementary School celebrated Arbor Day early with announcement of read more



DISPLAYING THEIR colored pictures which earned them first place in their respective kindergarten classes at read more



THE NEW SCOREBOARD at Bulldog Stadium shows visiting Conestoga got its first goal with over 20 minutes read more



THE BULLDOG GIRLS SOCCER TEAM had nice weather for their April 27 home match with Conestoga. Cierra Wynn read more

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Ricketts Urges Senators to Reconsider Their Decision to Advance Death Penalty Reveal; Protect Public Safety

Gov. Pete Ricketts Thursday, April 16, reacted to the decision by the Legislature to advance LB268, Sen. Ernie Chambers’ plan to repeal the death penalty in Nebraska. “Today’s vote for Sen. Chambers’ plan to repeal the death penalty is out of step with Nebraskans who tell me that they believe the death penalty remains an important tool for public safety.

The Monument Guys Will Air May 6 Upcoming History Channel Series to Focus on Foundry Work of County Natives Steve and Mark Palmerton

An upcoming television show on the History Channel channel features artists with ties to Nemaha County.“The Monument Guys” will be airing for the first time on Wednesday, May 6 at 9 p.m.

Bobcat Baseball Splits Pair with Missouri Valley Saturday; Playoffs Begin Thursday

It was not the Senior Day that the Peru State baseball team wanted. However, after losing their only home contest of the season in the first game, the Bobcats responded to gain a split with the visiting Missouri Valley College Vikings.


JONATHAN HANNAFORD (earlier running the 110 meter high hurdles) placed third in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles at Platteview with a time of 44.14 seconds. He was also clocked at 16.95 in the 110 meter highs

Bonnie Jean Johnson

Bonnie Jean Johnson, one of two children of George J. and Hazel  (Krause) Gerdes, was born on the family farm in Nemaha County, Nebraska on April 24, 1931. She was baptized at St. John’s (Stone) Lutheran Church  on May 20, 1931 and confirmed at St. John’s on March 25, 1945 by Rev. Gustav Wienke. On May 11, 1951, Bonnie was united in marriage to Gilbert E. Johnson by Rev. Goede at St. John’s Lutheran (Stone) Church. Three children were   born to their union: Jacquelyn, Patricia, and Brent. Bonnie worked at Darling Transfer after graduating from High School in Auburn, Nebraska in 1948. She also worked at Hemmingsen’s and at OA Cooper’s in Humboldt, Nebraska. Later, she worked at the ASCS office  in Auburn. Bonnie also helped Gilbert with the farming operation until they retired. As a lifetime member of St. John’s (Stone) Lutheran Church, Bonnie was active in Ladies Aid and other church functions. She enjoyed baking, sewing, and gardening, including canning the produce she harvested. She loved her family, and seldom missed sporting events of her kids, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. After suffering a severe stroke, Bonnie was hospitalized at Bryan West Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was there she passed away, on Monday, April 27, 2015, three days after her 84th birthday. Bonnie is survived by her husband Gilbert; daughters Jacquelyn and husband Steve Kelsay of Auburn, Patricia Johnson of Beatrice, and daughter-inlaw Rhonda Johnson of rural Auburn;  5 Grandchildren: Chad and wife Carie Kelsay, Chris and wife Natalie Kelsay, Bristol and husband Matt Wenzl,  Angie and husband Jereme Peppers, and Chelsea Johnson; 10 great-grandchildren: Payton McCubbin, Harper, Avery and Rhett Kelsay, Brenton and Ainslee Wenzl, Tennyson and Jameson Kelsay, Pryce and Tinley Peppers, and brothers-in-law Ron Evans, Delbert Johnson and wife Bette, and sister-in-law Darlene Rohrs. Preceding her in death was her son Brent Johnson, parents Hazel and George Gerdes, sister Georgia Evans, and brother-in-law Henry Rohrs. A funeral  service will be Thursday, April 30, 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran (Stone) Church near Auburn. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home in Auburn Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with family greeting friends 6:00 to 8:00. Memorials are suggested to family choice. Services are entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn   

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