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Mowinkel tells story of pandemic

When the rest of the world was sheltering in place, Brandon Mowinkel was sheltering in the cab of his Chevy Silverado quad cab. After school got out in May, Mowinkel decided it was time for a …

History in every bite

A farm in rural Beaver Crossing is producing homemade jams and jellies with a little history mixed in. Debbie and Bob Kennel, owners of Kennelwood Farms, began producing jam from trees and wild …

"Fast and furious" bull riding hits Seward County

Rodeo announcer Fred Huffman promises a good mix of finesse and chaos at the Kick N Dust Bull Riding Challenge at the Seward County Fairgrounds July 31. “Fans can expect these bulls to be …

Milford Fun Run returns with twist

Milford's annual fun run is back but with a new twist this year. The Fun Run, set for July 24, will include a mile and 5K route. Organizer Mallory Gregory said that the one mile path is geared …

Cross country trip leads to interstate system

It’s not often a five-star general comes to Seward. One was in town for the 2021 Fourth of July celebration. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (portrayed by Chan Taylor) was at the Nebraska National …

Pheasants to targets: Anderson shares shooting journey

From hunting pheasants in rural Nebraska to shooting on the international stage, Gary Anderson has hit the bullseye. The Nebraska native is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in shooting, winning …

MHS grad follows dream into sky

Hannah Compton knew at age 13 what she wanted to do. She wanted to join the U.S. Air Force. “My family was always into aviation,” she said June 23.

Firework vendors blast off for selling season

Area firework retailers and experts have a simple message for shoppers as the Fourth of July approaches. “The big thing is, buy early,” said Tim Thurber, a former Seward resident who now works as account manager for Columbia, Missouri-based, fireworks wholesaler Spirit of '76.

Fire burns six acres in rural Milford

Obituaries
Diane Kay Irwin was born Jan. 10, 1946, in Bassett, to Walter and Neva (Harlan) Bussinger, the oldest of six children, and passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, July 11, …
William “Bill” Erb Roth was born July 23, 1934, on a farm near Friend, to William and Clara (Erb) Roth, the eighth of 12 children, and passed away Friday, July 9, 2021, at his home …
Frederick Richard Rolfsmeier was born Oct. 8, 1936, in Seward, to Fred and Alma (Sell) Rolfsmeier and passed away suddenly on Friday, July 2, 2021, at the age of 85. As a young boy, Fred …
On Monday morning, June 28, 2021, our beloved Andy Warren Brayton of Milford, unexpectedly went from life to life everlasting and is now basking in the Glory of our Lord and Savior, Jesus …
Wayne LeRoy Buls, passed away Thursday, June 24, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas. He was born in Omaha to Carl and Hazel Buls on April 29, 1941. Wayne was the second oldest of five siblings. He grew …
Local sports

Crete drops trio on diamond

The Crete Legion Post 147 Stop N Shop seniors played tough competition last week. Crete lost to Lincoln Christian 15-9 June 16, to Ashland 6-1 June 17 and to Wilber 11-6 June 20. Lucas Lenhoff, …

Local drivers win weekend

It was a great weekend for the local racing teams – two big wins and five top 10 finishes out of seven events. The big one was the Peterson Team's victory at the US 36 high bank track in …

Eagle, Broncos second, third in SNC girls' competition

It’s been awhile since the Milford girls were at the top of the Southern Nebraska Conference in track. Since 2003, in fact, when they were SNC champions. While they weren’t …

Eagle girls third, boys fourth at Malcolm meet

The Milford girls’ track team finished in the third spot at the Malcolm Invitational April 7. Mariah Richards was one of the team’s top performers, Coach Marty Hingst …
Updated 5/5/21

Seward County track leaders

Girls 100-meter dash 1) Coral Collins, Seward, 13.11 1) Sydney Stelling, Milford, 13.27 2) Eden Schulz, Seward, 13.28 200-meter dash 1) Coral Collins, Seward, 27.8 2) Sydney …

Broncos, Eagles top two in girls’ battle

The Centennial and Milford girls’ track teams were the top two in the team standings at the end of the Wilber-Clatonia Invitational March 30. The Broncos won the meet with 124 points, while …
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Celebrations
Births
Lainey Grayce Kramer was born May 21, 2021, to Chandler and Morgan (Boroviak) Kramer of Malcolm at Bryan East Hospital in Lincoln. She was seven pounds, two ounces and 19.25 inches …
Nate and Tiffany (Kathol) Hitchins of Seward are parents of a 7 pound, 8 ounce son, Brek Turner Hitchins, born July 1, 2021, at Memorial Hospital in Seward. Grandparents are Duane and Connie …
Birthdays
Mel Bolte of Seward will celebrate his 90th birthday this month. He was born July 30, 1931. His family members include his wife, Clarice; children, Melanie and Bob Nutt and Stan Bolte; and six …
Richard Bohaty of Seward will celebrate his 85th birthday on Aug. 6. His family includes his wife, Eleanor; children, Richard (Ann), (Marilyn) Kevin, deceased, Jeffrey (Janet), Anthony (Carmen); …
Weddings
Engagements
Lauren Johnson and Tyler Van Cleef, both of Lincoln, are to wed Jan. 18 at Seward Methdist Church. Parents of the couple are Russell and Theresa Johnson of Seward and Michael and Nancy Van Cleef of …
Anniversaries
Mark and Kathleen Divine of Central City will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next month. They were married Aug. 21, 1971, in Wisconsin. Their family members include sons, Tex and …
Roger and Betty Spahr celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family trip to the beaches of Cancun, Mexico.  Children joining them were Jeffery and Janna Spahr, Milford; Sheri and …