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Wed
22
Feb

Moore is ‘Historian of the Year’

By Alan Rusch

Ellsworth City administrator Scott Moore doesn’t often find himself at a loss for words. Sunday afternoon, however, was an exception, as he accepted the Ellsworth County Historical Society’s 2017 Historian of the Year Award.

Moore, along with Maico Industries manager Dave Cox and others, were instrumental in the 2016 effort to move the society’s caboose to its new home beside the Terra Cotta Depot on the grounds of the Hodgden House Museum Complex in Ellsworth.

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Wed
22
Feb

DOG ON THE MOVE

BY Mark Gardner

At the end of this month, Conan, the Ellsworth Police Department’s K-9 officer, and his handler, Brad Cole, will move to a new home across the street.

The K-9 team has been with the police department for almost two years. But in a few days, Conan and Cole plan to join the Ellsworth County Sheriff ’s Department.

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Wed
22
Feb

Speaking of History

Take a look at Page A3 of this week’s Independent-Reporter.

On that page, you will find information on the history book the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter plans to produce in recognition of the 150th anniversary of Ellsworth and Ellsworth County.

Many events are planned this year to mark the one-in-a-lifetime occasion; however, a history book filled with photos from the county’s past will serve as a reminder long after the year passes.

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Wed
22
Feb

Centennial Mystery

By Mark Gardner

Ellsworth is headed into its 150th birthday celebration with a mystery worthy of Agatha Christie.

Organizers of this year’s event hope to go back 50 years — to the town’s Centennial — and dig up the time capsule that was buried as part of that celebration.

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Wed
22
Feb

Step Back in Time

As a grade school student in Marquette, Kristen Hudson enjoyed spending time with her friends in the balcony at City Sundries. It also was the place to go in the summer for a soda or ice cream cone after a day at the Marquette Swimming Pool. 

All these years later, Hudson enjoys offering the experience she enjoyed as a youngster to the town’s younger residents.

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Wed
15
Feb

Generations shine in Ellsworth County’s year of special history

By Jennifer McDaniel

A blustery winter wind whips the brittle native grasses back and forth as Ellsworth rancher Dennis Katzenmeier makes his way across a sweeping pasture to check on his cattle herd. Traces of snow still cover the ground from a recent snowfall. Even in full sunlight, there’s little warmth, which only encourages the remnants to hold on. The job isn’t easy, especially during this time of year as temperatures — often well-below freezing — can test even the toughest cattleman.

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Wed
15
Feb

KaBoom

By Mark Gardner

Directors of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce have decided to shift their resources to help support Ellsworth’s 150-year anniversary celebration, a decision that cancels the community’s annual Star Spangled Spectacular fireworks show — at least for this year. “This was a very difficult decision to make,” said Angela Schepmann, the chamber’s executive director.

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Wed
15
Feb

Commissioners

By Mark Gardner

Ellsworth County Sheriff Murray Marston was between a rock and a hard place Monday after contractors refused to bid on the removal of black mold in the basement of the jail due to the severity level. Marston was at the regular meeting of Ellsworth County commissioners for the third week in a row Monday morning to update officials on conditions at the jail and his efforts to make them better.

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Wed
15
Feb

Wilson teen expected to recover from rifle wound

By Mark Gardner

A Wilson teenager is expected to recover after an apparent accidental shooting the afternoon of Feb. 9 at a home across the street from Wilson School. The most recent update came Monday night from Wilson school administrator Ken Roy Wilson at a meeting of the Central Plains School District at Wilson. The administrator said the teen will need further surgery; however, the outlook is good and the boy is expected to survive.

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Wed
15
Feb

Going Vintage

By Adreinne Danner

It’s no secret that opening a business in a small town can be a gamble. But for Rusty Tin Boutique and Rusty Bucket Liquor Store owner Becky Witte, the gamble did pay off. Since starting her boutique in 2011, the store has more than tripled in size. What once was only a storefront with a handful of antique vendors is now a full downstairs gallery complete with 10 antique vendors, clothing, shoes, jewelry, antiques, treasures and trinkets.

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