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 The Annual SOS Spring Carnival brought out hundreds of people.  The games and activities were fun for everyone.  One of the most popular games is the cake walk.  It's hard to walk away without a yummy prize!

Carnival 1

 Quintin and Lindsey ran the rubber ducky trough.

carnival 2

 Teaching the kiddo how to play Plinko.

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Climbing the inflatable wall is always easier wearing a pink tutu!

carnival 4

Here's the cake walk!

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They are determined!

carnival 6

The lollipop pyramid is very popular...especially with the girls running it!

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Anthony and Mrs. O were keeping everything straight.

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Heath and Tifanie were bidding on the silent auction items.

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Carrie Nunez kept the cotton candy flowing!

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Mikey took a turn at the lollipop stand.

carnival 11

Guns in school?!!!  Only for the carnival!  These kids were great shots!

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Mrs. B gives the wheel a spin.

carnival 13

Tiffany gives the camera the stink eye!

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Watch out!!  It's whacking time!

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Diane Vice, Brenda Vogt, and Susan Oliva help pass out tickets.

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Check out the wall of sponsors!  Without their generous support this carnival could never happen.  Thank you to everyone!

carnival Jeff Backemeyer and Bobby Hanes

I'd say the most popular two volunteers were Jeff Backemeyer and Bobby Hanes.  Thanks for keeping the meat grilling!


 Elmwood Murdock FBLA Succeeds at State Competition Again!

FBLA going to Nationals

 These are the kids that represented EM at State last week.  Mr. Shrader prepares his team well and they always excel.

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 These the members of the team that will be representing Elmwood Murdock at the National FBLA Competition in Chicago this summer!  Congratulations to everyone who competed.  You are all very impressive!

FBLA Miguel Whitney John Jenna

 Miguel Rikli, Whitney Koehn, John Willey, and Jenna Meyer

FBLA John Willey

 John Willey was elected as the FBLA State Vice President for next year!  Whoo hoo!!!!


BJ Burrows was awarded the Business person of the year at the Nebraska FBLA conference.  This award is given to only five business leaders a year.

FBLA Final Tally - Special thanks to Owen Kunz for reporting!

Business Person of the Year(Given to 5 business people in Nebraska)- Bj Burrows

Business Achievement Awards- Brenna Backemeyer and Marti Ita

Installed as Nebraska FBLA State Vice President- John Willey

Accounting II- Brenna Backemeyer 8th Place

American Enterprise Project- Brenna Backemeyer, Wyatt Stroy, and Natalie Elwood 1st Place (National Qualifier)

Business Calculations- Trevor A. Lockman 5th Place

Business Ethics- Brenna Backemeyer, Trevor Lockman and Callie Zeorian 1st Place (National Qualifier)

Business Presentation- Hannah Smith, Olivia Lancaster, and Marti Ita 6th Place

Client Services- Emily Zakaras 3rd Place (National Qualifier)

Community Service- Trevor Lockman, Callie Zeorian, and Ashtyn Cooper 3rd Place (National Qualifier)

Computer Applications- Katrina Hansen 6th Place

Database Design and Applications- Katrina Hansen 4th Place

Desktop Publishing- John Willey and Hanna Justesen  5th Place

Digital Design and Promotion- Carlie Kuhlman, Sheridan Spohr, Whitney Noelle Koehn 3rd Place (National Qualifier)

Digital Video Production- Briauna Walling, Ashtyn Cooper, and Megan Hawks 8th Place

E-Business- Owen Kunz, Austin Closner, and Zach Dwyer 8th Place

Electronic Career Portfolio- Naomi Snyder 5th Place

Emerging Business Issues- Mirissa Scholting, Natalie Elwood, Naomi Snyder 3rd Place (National Qualifier)

Entrepreneurship- Trevor Lockman and Brenna Backemeyer 1st Place (National Qualifier)

Intro to Information Technology- Whitney Kohen 8th Place

Local Annual Business Report- Owen Kunz, Callie Zeorian, and Brandon Frates 1st Place (National Qualifier)

Mobile Application Development- Miguel Rikli, Riley Backemeyer, and Jenna Meyer 6th Place

Partnership with Business-- John Willey, Kara Zimmerman, and Marti Ita 2nd Place (National Qualifiers)

Public Speaking I- Whitney Kohen 4th Place

Public Speaking II- Ashtyn Cooper 3rd Place (National Qualifier)

Job Interview- Trevor Lockman 2nd Place (National Qualifier)

Future Business Leader Scholarship goes to Brenna Backemeyer

 In Conclusion, Congratulations to all of these members mentioned here today and all that attended thee conference . We will have about 17/33 students going to National Competition this summer. This is the last time our seniors will go to State Leadership Conference as students and me as a senior I will say I have enjoyed my experiences. I would like to send a huge Thank You to Mr. Kurk Shrader, Ms. Laura Rikli and Mr. Jacob Shaffer for all of their help, time and commitment over the past year preparing us for this conference along with Angie Willey for taking her time to help us during this Conference this year. Once again I say Thank You to all of my friends and my advisers and any patrons for their support towards our chapter and now it is time to begin preparation for national competition. If any of this information is incorrect my apologies in advance. Great Job again Elmwood-Murdock FBLA and as always KNIGHT PRIDE!   - Owen Kunz


Congratulations to the Elmwood Murdock FCCLA State Runner Ups who will be representing the school in Washington DC.  Kate Zakaras in Teach and Train.  Riley Backemeyer, Payton Frahm, and Josh Lockman in Food Innovations. Good job, kids!!


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 Field Day

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Park meeting 04 23 2015

Aldrich Spring


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The Rural Route Rust at Bloom Where You're Planted Farm was a huge success.  The people came from far and wide to check out the cool treasures.

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This was the line to get in at 10:10...it opened at 10:00.  I'm guessing that people arrived early!  They were lining up on the road to park all the way back to Highway 34!

book letters

What a clever idea to do to the Readers Digest books!

fairy land

The Fairy Gardens were cool.


This is just some of the vendors.

Garden junkie sign

The Garden Junkie from Murdock was selling treasures, too.

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Melody Stohlmann, the Garden Junkie, on her maiden voyage with her trailer.


Casa Uncorked


Concessions Help

Challenge Coin


Elmwood Rescue Recruitment

Christ Lutheran Flea Market

2015 03 18 Garage Sale pic

Shakespeare in the streets

Whitney Koehn photo


Koehn Earns 4-H Award and Trip to National 4-H Congress

Whitney Koehn was named a state winner for her 4-H Career Portfolio in the curriculum area of Consumer and Family Science. This is one of the highest levels of 4-H achievement, and she has also been selected to represent Nebraska 4-H at National 4-H Congress in Atlanta on November 27-December 1, 2015.

Koehn’s career portfolio is a document that outlines her achievements and leadership accomplishments in 4-H, school and her community. It also includes an essay that relates her 4-H experiences to her future plans. Koehn’s career portfolio was selected the winner in the Cass County 4-H competition before being forwarded to the state 4-H career portfolio competition.

Whitney Koehn is a sophomore at Elmwood Murdock High School where she participates in volleyball, basketball, band, flag line, dance team, FBLA, FCCLA, student council, and speech team. Koehn is a member of the Cass County Creative Cats 4-H club and has participated in 4-H for 11 years.


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 This is page one of the Elmwood Murdock Merchants Association Spring Newsletter.

Click here to see the entire Elmwood Murdock Merchants Association Newsletter!



Eleanor Fleischman - It is her 99th birthday on May 5th!!!

No party this year...she is holding out for a big wing ding next year!

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Gaga pit


Cass County Fair 2015

ECC April Menu

ECC Help

ECC Thanks

ECC Goodby to Ashley

Mahoney jobs

Jobs at Day care



Pool Employees

 2015 GAC KCCB poster


“Love” is in the Air at the Lofte!

 Manley, NE [April 7, 2015] - The Lofte Community Theatre will be holding a special event on April 24, 25 and 26.  A.R. Gurney’s classic, “Love Letters” will be produced on stage with a rotating cast of actors playing the principal roles on different dates. 

Love Letters” is the story of Melissa and Andrew, and their fifty-year relationship as told through their letters to one another.  Their sometimes funny and often complicated relationship grows, despite their geographic distance, through the power of the pen.  This script has been produced many times on stage and screen and has become a favorite over the years.

Directed by Erik Quam of Omaha, Melinda Mead, Betty Colbert and Anne Pope will rotate the role of Melissa while Doug Rothgeb, Kevin Colbert and Jamion Biesterfeld play Andrew.  Curtain time on April 24 and 25 is at 7pm.  Sunday, April 26 will be a 2pm matinee.

Wine, chocolate and cheese hors d’oeuvres will be served to help set the mood for this romantic stroll down Lover’s Lane.  Tickets for the event are $25 per person.  Advanced reservations are suggested.  Tickets may be obtained by calling the Lofte box office at 402-234-2553.  

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Due to retirement, the Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools has a vacancy for a full-time Head Custodian at the Murdock School site.  Individual will oversee custodial responsibilities at the Murdock School site.  The start date for this position will be on or around May 1, 2015.  Troubleshooting skills regarding plumbing, heating and electrical services would be beneficial.  Individuals interested in applying for this position will need to contact Tammy Harrison, HR Manager for ABM Janitorial Services at 402-342-1495 or via e-mail at Tammy.harrison@abm.com
  Please make reference to applying for the Murdock School site position when making contact with ABM.    




2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR

 The Elmwood-Murdock Public School has a vacancy for a Kitchen Assistant at the Murdock School site.  Perspective employees should have knowledge of quantity food preparation, understanding of basic nutrition, basic math skills and a willingness to learn ordering system and menu planning.  Applicants must be physically able to lift 40 pounds.  Start date for this position is on or about August 13, 2015 and employee will work days school is in session for students.  Interested applicants should contact Dan Novak, Superintendent, at 402-867-2341 or via e-mail at dannovak@emknights.org
.  The Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.


VIP* Job Opening at the EM Schools

(*Very Important Person)

Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools are in need for substitutes for the para-professionals in our district (Prek-12th grade).  A para professional provide instructional support and assistance within the classroom setting. Some services could be provided 1:1 or with a small group.  Para Substitutes are paid on an hourly wage of $7.25. The school follows the federal minimum wage rate for this school year.

For application details, please contact Tycha Stander (Tstander@emknights.org  ).  For questions in regards to job description, please contact Heidi Zierott (hzierott@emknights.org ).


 Eagle Raceway Marketing Director Position:

 Seeking well versified person to seek and sell sponsorship and advertising packages, develop marketing and event strategies and promote Eagle Raceway, America’s Home Track.

Main duties include:

- Seek, sell, plan and execute sponsorship and advertising packages

- Fulfill sponsor needs

- Develop and execute yearly marketing guide and strategies while implementing social media, print, radio, press releases, etc.

- Develop sponsor/advertising/LED signage/program ads/billboard spreadsheets (Microsoft Office skills)

- Schedule radio and print

- Develop PA announcements, VIP Suite guest list, gate lists weekly

- Organize and schedule 50/50 recipients

- Organize and participate in event and intermission activities

- Seek, sell, plan and execute company outings

- Attend designated workshops for continued education (at company’s cost)


Preferably candidate would be someone with a home office that is self-disciplined, but is not mandatory.

Must have sales and marketing experience. Inquiries please contact Michelle Hadan 402-238-2595 or slackerinvest@hotmail.com


The Cass County Veterans Service Committee has an immediate opening for a committee member.  Qualifications include having “served on active duty in one of the branches of the armed forces of the United States and have been discharged with a characterization of honorable as provided in revised State Statute 80-401.01.”  Committee members must be residents of the State of Nebraska for five continuous years prior to assuming a committee appointment and must be a resident of Cass County.   In order to maintain representation from throughout the county, preference will be given to veterans from the western portion of Cass County.

 Eligible veterans with a desire to serve their fellow veterans in this volunteer capacity or have additional questions, please contact and/or submit qualifications to Bonnie Brewer (bb45231@windstream.net
) or call (402) 994-5315.


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