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I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.

Bob Dylan
American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist





2018 08 29 uncle sam wants you


Friends, the Murray Freedom Festival NEEDS YOUR HELP!

The Murray Freedom Festival Board of Trustees and Volunteers will meet at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at the Murray Town Hall, 106 W. Main Street, Murray, NE, to discuss the future of the Murray Freedom Festival.

The 2018 Murray Freedom Festival was a fantastic event, but the MFF NEEDS YOUR HELP TO CONTINUE!

Without your help, the Murray Freedom Festival will not have the human or monetary resources necessary to run an event in 2019. This means that the 2018 Murray Freedom Festival is in peril of being the LAST one.

If you have enjoyed the 4th of July events in Murray, we NEED YOUR HELP to continue providing a Fourth of July Celebration for the people in and around the Village of Murray for the year 2019 and beyond!!

The Murray Freedom Festival, a long-running 501c3 non-profit organization, is looking for enthusiastic individuals who are interested and have the time to help run the Murray Freedom Festival!

Currently volunteers meet once a month, on the first Tuesday, and meet a few additional times as the 4th of July nears. However, meeting dates and times can be changed to better accommodate volunteers' schedules, if needed and determined by those interested.

People who are interested in being on the Board, those interested in running events, and people who would like to see the 4th of July continue in Murray are welcome and urged to attend the Tuesday, September 4, 2018, meeting which will be held at 7pm at the Murray Town Hall, 106 W. Main Street.

Please bring your ideas and interests. All positions on the Board of Directors are available as are all event chairman positions.

DON’T LET THE MURRAY FREEDOM FESTIVAL END WITH THE 2018 CELEBRATION! Please show your support and volunteerism at the September 4, 2018 meeting.

We welcome your ideas to help us improve our events!

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Be sure to add a few extra minutes to your travel plans, if you need to go through Murray on Highway 1 in the near future. Work will begin on the roads from Murray west to 84th Street.  The road work will most likely will continue through the fall. There will be a pilot car, so you should expect to wait a few minutes to continue on your journey. For everyone's safety remember to go slowly through the work zone. Above all, be patient and be kind.



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NEST 529 College Savings Plan Celebrates
Back-to-School Memories with Photo Contest
10 Scholarship Winners to Receive $2,000 Each to NEST 529 Account

First National Bank of Omaha and Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg today announced the launch of the NEST 529 Back-to-School Photo Drawing, a new scholarship opportunity open to families across the United States.

Beginning today, NEST 529 invites families to capture and submit back-to-school photos of children 8 years old or younger by September 30, 2018, the date the contest closes. Ten randomly selected winners will be awarded $2,000 each in the form of a NEST 529 contribution. Entries will be accepted by mail and online at

Each photo should include only one child, who would be the beneficiary of the NEST 529 account if the photo is one of the ten winning photos.

“Back to school is an exciting time for parents and kids alike and a time when memories are made. Because families often capture these milestones through photographs, this scholarship opportunity encourages families to prioritize saving for the future as they celebrate the present moment together,” said Treasurer Stenberg, Trustee of NEST 529. “We are happy to share in the back-to-school memories families will cherish for years to come, while helping families plan for the costs of higher education.”

“At NEST 529, we are constantly brainstorming fun, unique, and accessible ways to help our account owners reach their savings goals, and the back-to-school drawing is one example of how we are working towards that mission,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “We look forward to providing families with a financial boost to start the school year and to help prepare ten children and their families for success in the classroom and beyond.”

Scholarship rules and details are available at and

About NEST 529
NEST 529 is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan and provides four plans to help make saving for college simple and affordable: NEST Direct College Savings Plan, the NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, the TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and the State Farm College Savings Plan. The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as Program Trustee. First National Bank of Omaha serves as Program Manager, and all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. Families nationwide are saving for college using Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans, which have more than 260,000 accounts, including over 82,000 in Nebraska. Visit and for more information.

About First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National and its affiliates have more than $21 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

Investments Are Not FDIC Insured* · No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee · May Lose Value
*Except the Bank Savings Investment Option


NEST 529 to Honor

NEST on the Farm
Photo Contest Winners at Nebraska State Fair

The NEST 529 College Savings Plan will host an awards ceremony to announce the winners of the annual NEST on the Farm Fun Photo $1,000 Drawing at the Nebraska State Fair.

The scholarship contest, which was open to Nebraska residents, required the submission of a farm- or ranch-themed photo taken of or by children 13 years old or younger.

At the awards presentation, State Treasurer Don Stenberg, Trustee of NEST, and Assistant State Treasurer Rachel Biar, director of NEST, will recognize six winners with a $1,000 contribution into each winner’s NEST 529 College Savings Plan account.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018
Expected to end by 11:30 a.m.

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CHI Health Pavilion (formerly known as the Family Fun Zone Stage)
501 E. Fonner Park Road
Grand Island, Nebraska


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Beginning September 3, 2018 the Murray Town Hall office will be open

Monday through Thursday

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Closed Saturdays


Click on the Village Office tab above to read the latest minutes from the Village Board of Trustees' meeting.



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Benefit for Lauren Platt

September 7

6:30 - 1:00 am

Quonset Bar and Grill

Elmwood, NE

Darin Platt's wife, Lauren, has been battling illness for a long time now. Several months ago she was FINALLY diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease after years of hospital stays, treatments, specialists, and emergency room visits.

She has lost half of her vision and now uses a walker. She has almost lost her life once already resulting in a lengthy hospital stay. They are aiming to send her to the Hansa Center in Wichita, KS for alternative treatment. The only problem is that the 3-week program is very expensive and with all of the other medical bills, medication, and trips out-of-state for Lyme literate doctors, they are unable to send her at this time.

As a mother of a young son and wife to a husband, she fights for her life every day for her family.

There will be a free will donation for pulled pork sandwiches, beans and a bag of chips. Also, a silent auction will also take place with karaoke following. All proceeds will go directly to Darin and Lauren to help out with all of the medical expenses they will incur through this tough time. Let's pull together and show our support for a great friend and family.



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The winning photographs may be downloaded from the Treasurer’s website at

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Winners in the NEST on the Farm photo drawing shown here in the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer exhibit at the Nebraska State Fair. On the left is Rachel Biar, director of NEST 529, and on the right in Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg, Trustee of NEST 529.

Top row, Hayden Anibal of Bennington, left, and Emerson Schoenfelder of Columbus, right. Center, Charlie Jade Johnson of Champion. Front row, Everett Kegley of Elkhorn, left, and Brandtley Christman of St. Edward.

Each child received a $1,000 contribution to a NEST 529 college savings account. Unable to attend was Ellie Koasek of Western.


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 2018 08 29 ELM Aldrich quilt show

Make plans now to attend the Fall Quilt and Barn Quilt Show at the Bess Streeter Aldrich House, September 1 to October 14, 2018.

With the help of the Oxbow Quilters and several other contributors, the Aldrich House is expecting over 40 fall quilts for the inside the house.  Outside, you will find 15 mini barn quilts (2' x 2') that have been designed to go along with our garden themes.

These "wooden quilts" are available for viewing in our beautiful gardens and will be for sale through a silent auction process. Please share this post with your friends and make this special exhibit part of your fall activities!



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The NEST Draw Your Dreams artwork can be downloaded from the Nebraska State Treasurer’s website at Click on each photo for a larger version.



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Witte Physical Therapy would like to announce a few changes to the 2018-2019 Student of the Week (now Students of the Month) program. We continue to look for nominations from local community members, teachers, coaches, athletic directors, or anybody else who would like to nominate a deserving student. The student could be from Conestoga, Elmwood-Murdock, Louisville, or Weeping Water Public Schools. Please see the criteria below.

1. The student must be an enrolled 7th-12th grade student at Conestoga, Elmwood-Murdock, Louisville, or Weeping Water Schools.
2. The student must participate in at least 1 extra-curricular activity outside of normal class work.
3. The student must be nominated from someone outside of their family and be verified by the school before their nomination can be accepted.
4. Nominations are due the first and third Fridays of the month. Please send an email to your school athletic director or principle for verification prior to sending it to
5. Nominations must include the student’s name, parent(s)’ name(s), activities involved in, grade and school attended, and reason for nomination. Additional information including pictures would be appreciated!

The selected student will be posted on Facebook and Twitter pages belonging to Witte Physical Therapy on Wednesday mornings for consecutive weeks. A post will also be submitted to the weekly community newsletters for Murray, Elmwood, Murdock, Louisville, Weeping Water, and Manley, as well as the Plattsmouth Journal. The selected student will have the opportunity to stop by Witte Physical Therapy in Louisville and receive a free Witte Physical Therapy swag!

Selected Student Winners will be posted on 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/14, 11/28, and 12/12 in 2018. Dates in 2019 include 1/23, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, and 5/15.



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Harvest Ale Festival is Coming on

October 13th!

The Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild, Nebraska Hop Program and Midwest Hop Producers present the inaugural Nebraska Harvest Ale Festival

The Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild, Nebraska Extension Hop Program and Midwest Hop Producers are thrilled to announce a new and exciting event that promotes community and the hop growing and craft brewing industries. The Harvest Ale Festival will take place on Saturday, October 13th at Midwest Hop Producers in Plattsmouth, Nebraska and will celebrate local hops and local beer with food, beer tastings, fall activities and music.

While we might be drenched in sweat under the summer sun busily preparing for harvest this fall, we can look forward to fall days with a nip in the air, crisp beers with fresh hop aromas, and gatherings with friends as the sun goes down. This unique outdoor festival will feature tastings of fresh hopped and harvest styled brews highlighting local hop and craft brew production in Nebraska, local food trucks, scenic views of the largest hop yard in Nebraska, and an afternoon you won’t forget among friends.

This event will bring people from all over the Midwest together and a portion of the proceeds from the event will be going to support the efforts of the Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild and the Nebraska Hop Program’s research and extension hop yard. Both of these organizations are working hard to better the craft brewing industry in the state!

For more information visit: //

Participating breweries: 5168 Brewing Co., Backswing Brewing Co., Blue Blood Brewing Co., Brickway Brewing Co., Code Beer Co., Empyrean Brewing Co., Farnam House Brewing Co., First Street Brewing Co., Infusion Brewing Co., Keg Creek Brewing Co. (IA), Kinkaider Brewing Co., Kros Strain Brewing Co., Lazy Horse Brewing Co., Lost Way Brewing Co., Lucky Bucket Brewing Co., Nebraska Brewing Co., Pals Brewing Co., Prairie Pride Brewing Co., Scriptown Brewing Co., Soaring Wings Vineyard & Brewing, Thunderhead Brewing Co., Upstream Brewing Co., and Zipline Brewing Co.

About the Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild

The Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild is a professional organization that fosters a Nebraska-centric community that is informed, enthusiastic and actively creating unity among its members on market and public policy issues to create the most business-friendly climate for craft brewers.

About the Nebraska Hops Program

The Nebraska Hop Program seeks to provide timely, research-based educational information, tools and resources for hop growers, brewers and the backyard enthusiasts in the Midwest region.

Questions about the Harvest Ale Festival may be directed to Gabby Ayala, Executive Director of the Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild at 402-649-5486 or by email at

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Bubble Soccer is coming back!

Mark your calendar now!

Get your teams together, it's a LOT of fun!

Elmwood Rescue's 4th Annual Bubble Soccer Fundraiser

Sunday, September 9, 2018





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2018 Audition Dates Announced at the Lofte Theatre

Show Audition Dates Production Dates:

Guys On Ice -  Sept. 10 & 11,  Oct. 13-28
Nuncrackers -  Oct. 22 & 23,  Dec. 1-16



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The Great Plains Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association has a wonderful instrument lending program, so please share this information with folks that you know. Here is the information from Jim Wood:

"We are in full swing looking for kids ages 5 to 16 who want to learn to play a bluegrass/old time instrument! 
The instruments we are lending include guitar, fiddles of different sizes, banjo, and mandolin, and have recently been gifted with a fine Dobro, thanks to Doug Van Horn. 
These instruments may be borrowed for a year as long as the learner has a mentor from our music association. 
The mentor will be selected by the student and parent. 
This mentor will give the Instrument lending committee a report of progress every three months."

If you wish to get an application to this Lending program, please contact Jim Wood at 402-397-4673 or







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The following is an employment opportunity available to older adults in Cass County.

Experience Works is a national, non-profit organization funded by the US Dept of Labor to administer the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which assists people 55 and older in getting updated training to assist in returning to the workforce. This is a federally funded program and offers a no-cost employment service to older adults who qualify.
Once accepted into the program, individuals are placed in a training site in or near their community, where they gain on the job experience while working 20-21 hours/week at $8/hour.
We also help with skill assessments, computer training, resumes, cover letters, job search, etc.
The goal is that through the training and job search assistance we gain help older adults gain good jobs in or around their communities.

Stephanie MahonyEmployment and Training CoordinatorExperience Works, Inc.1111 "O" Street Ste 205--American Job CenterLincoln, NE 68508
Phone: 402-441-1654Fax: 402-441-6038stephanie_mahony@experienceworks.orgNebraska Toll-free Number: 1-877-314-7526.

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