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ElmwoodCommunity EasterbasketThe Community Center had their Easter dinner on Tuesday ham, fruit pies, and all the trimmings. They also had a drawing for homemade Easter baskets. 

Dinner is served every day at noon for anyone who would like to attend.

It is only $5.00 and is a great place to stop in, chat, catch up on the news and say hello to friends.

Please share your news, past or present. Did you see something happening in town? Someone enjoying the park, horseback riding on the trail, or the baseball team practicing? 

Please send photos of your past events, prom, youth group events, pancake feeds, 4-H club meetings, scout meetings, garden club, church suppers, it's all news that shows the vibrancy and life of Elmwood Nebraska.


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SATURDAY, April 15, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

(Inclement Weather Make-Up Date:
Saturday, April 22, 11:00 a.m.)



Contact Jacob Shaffer at
402-604-0517 or Laura Rikli at
402-580-4384 with questions.

Skating in Elmwood Again

Yes, there is still skating in Elmwood!

At least for a day when over 120 DARE students from Elmwood-Murdock, Eagle, and Louisville once again took over the hardwood floors at the Quonset, formerly known as Flying Wheels.

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Deputy Tuttle hosted the DARE event for the local 5th graders. This event is in its 20th year and Deputy Tuttle has been there every time.

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This is a favorite activity for the DARE program and a long he didn't listen t the rumor that there wasn't anymore skating in Elmwood anymore and called the Quonset to see what could be done.

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The skates are saved, some kids I'm sure brought their own inline skates and it looks like everyone had a blast. ElmwoodSkating 0417b

This was just by luck that I was running an errand and driving downtown and saw the doors open and the DARE vehicle. I could have easily missed it and what a shame that would have been. 

This is a reminder to PLEASE email me upcoming news and events. Or, if you happen to see an event happening, or something fun going on in Elmwood, take a photo and email it to editor@elmwoodnebraska.com  

Let’s Get Ready for Spring!


It’s time for the
Elmwood-Murdock Spirit Squad
Plant Sale!!

Friday, May 5th from 4pm-8pm
Saturday, May 6th 9am-3pm

Elmwood Fire Hall

Thank you for supporting the
Elmwood-Murdock Spirit Squad!
3rdPlace Class C-2 Nebraska State Non-Tumbling
1st Place Class C, Skutt Catholic High School Competition

All proceeds benefit the Elmwood-Murdock Spirit Squad as they raise money to attend Cheer Camp this summer and purchase their new uniforms!

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Annual Elmwood-Murdock Football Fish Fry

The Friday before Palm Sunday it is an annual tradition that people gather in Elmwood-Murdock gymnasium for the annual Football Fish Fry. I believe I have attended almost every year and this year I had other commitments and was very disappointed.


However Randy, my husband, did bring me take out for me to eat afterward. He expected the lines to be shorter since he went later, but that wasn't the case. Thank you to Tammy Brummer for sending me the great photos for the newsletter!!


ElmwoodMurdockFishFry3Hand battered and fried fish, if you haven't been to the Football fish fry you are truly missing out!


 Homemade desserts always fill the tables and it's always hard to choose. Randy did forget my dessert, by the way, someone should mention that to him. I dare you.

Let's see how many actually read the newsletter and mention it to him!!

ElmwoodMurdockFishFryAbout 350 people attended this year according to Julie Schmale and the funds will go to the football team for football camp. If you bought a ticket from a player they get credit towards their costs. This really helps out the team and they thank you!

State FCCLA News

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Twelve Elmwood-Murdock junior high and high school students attended State FCCLA Leadership Conference in Lincoln on April 2-4. F

Five students participated in STAR event competitions and earned medals: Hannah Mather, bronze medal in career investigation; Nate Lockman, silver medal in Sports Nutrition junior division; Austin Hawks and Thomas Hynes, silver medal in Sports Nutrition senior division; and Spencer Koehn, state runner-up and national qualifier in teach and train.

Thomas Hynes was also recognized as a member of the FCCLA State Officer Team. Spencer Koehn and Thomas Hynes will represent Elmwood-Murdock at FCCLA Nationals in Nashville this summer.

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This week our Student of the Week Winner is ABBY MEYER. She is a senior at Elmwood Murdock High School. Her activities include volleyball, basketball, and track. She is the daughter of Vince and Susan Meyer.

She was nominated for these reasons: - She is a responsible student - She works hard, gets work her done on time, and never has behavior issues - She is playing volleyball on a scholarship at UNO - She is well liked by both her peers and teachers

Abby, Vince, and Susan are invited to stop by (we are located under the water tower in Louisville), call (402.234.3333) or email (dan@wittephysicaltherapy.com) to get their Witte Physical Therapy t-shirts OR water bottle!

The next Student of the Week will be selected on 4/18/17. All nominations are due by 4/14/17 to dan@wittephysicaltherapy.com

Meet Elfi Lee
As She Shares
A German Girl’s World War II Story of Survival and a Quest for Peace

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All are welcome to attend the Noval Approach Book Club's meeting on

April 18, 2017 at 7p.m.

Bess Streeter Aldrich House,

204 West F, Elmwood, NE 68349

Elfi Lee whoes life is shared in "Watching Over Me" will be giving a presentation of her book.

Elfie, who was born in Germany in 1940, tells about her experiences during that time and her life after migrating to Nebraska and evidently to Lincoln with her parents and siblings.

Light refreshments. Free Admission. Children are welcome to attend. 

Photography Exhibit at the Aldrich House.

During April over 10 local photographers will be displaying their Nebraska themed Photographs. Check out just a few of the photographs below. 

The museum will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00-4:00 pm.

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ElmwoodChristianChurchGoodFriday 2017Good Friday ~Prayer/Reflection Time

DATE: Friday, April 14
TIME: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Christian Church Sanctuary will be open for prayers, reflections, and meditation on Good Friday, April 14, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Come and go at your convenience and enjoy the music and video selections while reflecting on the
sacrifices made by Jesus Christ.



St. Paul United Methodist Church
would like to invite you to:

7:00 pm April 13, 2017
Maundy Thursday Service, Elmwood St. Paul UMC
7:00pm April 14, 2017
Good Friday Services, Elmwood St. Paul UMC


Easter Sunday April 16, 2017
at Elmwood St. Paul United Methodist Church
6:30am Sunrise Service
9:30am Children Sunday School
10:30am Easter Worship service

Joy of Music

 Several people from Elmwood shared their JOY of music and their musical talents this past Sunday at the Joy of Music concert. This event was held at the Murdock Methodist church and more than 10 area churches were represented. 

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You can just see the JOY in the faces of the Joy Choir from the combined Methodists churches. Thank you to Dan Murdoch for emceeing the event every year and "recruiting" the singers and talent.

If you have any singing voice at all and would like to share it with others contact anyone at either of the Methodist churches. They would love to have you participate.

Various denominations including Methodist, Lutheran, Catholic, Church of Christ, Episcopal and others participated.

The variety of styles ranged from Gospel, western and contemporary with a fantastic rendition of "If I Had a Million Dollars" sung by the Popes.

Some of them included Randy Romine, Karie Hogue, Jim and Anne Poppe, Janet Sorensen, Linda Blunt and many others I know I'm leaving out. Visit the Murdock Newsletter for more photos and video. 

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Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 9:00 – 4:00

Wednesday 9:00 – 12:00 Friday 9:00 – 5:00
Closed on Monday

Elmwood Library News

IMG9507121We're gearing up for our big “Stories in the Streets” event on April 30th.

We would like to invite any of you kids (Let's face it, we're all kid's at heart) to dress up for our Storybook Character Parade that will take place at 2:00.

This is your big opportunity to dress up as your favorite character!

You'll get a prize, too!

For more information call: 402-994-4125.

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Did you know it's National Library Week?

Library week

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Elmwood Community Center

(right next door to Elmwood Inspired)

Morning Coffee Bar 8:00 am

Coffee, Tea, Milk

(Milk available, please ask the cook)
Free will offering - suggested $1.00

Noon Meals

Eat in or Take out
Daily Menu

Please call by 9:30am to reserve

Suggested price for noon meal is $5.00

Dog and Cat Licensing

Time to license your dog and cat for 2017. 

BrodyLeahDogsIf you own a dog or cat, even if your dogs or cats are kept indoors, you are required by law to license your pet for the 2017 year.

Dogs  $10.00 per dog or $8.00 if spayed or neutered Cats $5.00 per cat or $2.50 if spayed or neutered.

You will be required to show a current valid rabies vaccination certificate, and proof of spaying or neutering issued by your veterinarian. You may also provide a photo of your pet to attach to our records for help in identifying pets found running at large.

The dog or cat owner is required to license their pet by May 1, 2017, or said owner will be in violation of the law and subject to a citation.

If you have not secured a 2017 license for your pet by May 1, 2017, you will be responsible for the license fee per pet in addition to a late fee charge of $50.00 per animal; other charges may apply.

Licenses will not be mailed out anymore due to the added costs for mailing.

Red full Entire Pet Licensing letter HERE

Print application and form HERE

Elmwood Dog and Cat Vaccination Clinic

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Cass County News and Events

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4-H Dog Walker Fundraiser

If you love animals this event is definitely for you!

Saturday, April 22nd,

Leid Platte River Connection Bridge, near South Bend, Nebraska.

You can walk your dog and help with raising money for a wonderful cause! Help with raising money for a 4-H project the  AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer, a trailer to help animals in disasters along with people.

This will benefit so many in the end! Help be part of a great cause!

There will be raffle chances and drawings for door prizes, t-shirts, and bracelets available for sale. Please have your pets on a leash, and pick-up bags will be available.

Parking available at trailhead 1/2 a mile South of SouthBend off of Nebraska 66, on 328th Street, or there is a smaller parking lot on the North Side of the Bridge of Nebraska 31 West of 196th Circle at the Trailhead.

Additional Information Contacts; Mary DeGraff - marideq3113@qmail.com

Roseann Dobesh-DeGraff -402-297-3662 - rddegraff@hotmail.com

 Lofte Community Theatre 

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mprove Your Rifle Shooting Skills

Understand what Natural Point of Aim means
Learn the correct way to use a sling
Learn basic range procedures
Develop a correct sight picture
Learn proper breathing and trigger control
Learn prone, sitting and standing shooting positions
In a safe and fun atmosphere

Sunday April 23, 2017

Sign In 8:00 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.
Instruction starts at 9:00 A.M.
Shooting ends approximately 2:00 P.M


CMP Mission - To teach safety and marksmanship skills to U.S. citizens, promote firearm practice, and conduct competitions - with an emphasis on youth.Since1903.

Shoot a rifle match following instruction period

.22 LR only
Any action allowed - semi-auto, bolt, pump, lever
(rifle needs to hold 5 rounds)
Any sight allowed – irons or optics

Shoot a 60 round CMP Rimfire Sporter Match

Clinic is sanctioned by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP)
Clinic is open to members of the public who may legally own a firearm
For more information and to reserve a spot
call Steve Gaebel (402)234-7845

Instruction by CMP GSM Master Instructors
All range personnel are NRA certified Range Safety Officers

Participants need to bring their own rifle and ammunition (65 rds. min)
Rug, mat or carpet remnant for use in the prone position
You may also want to bring something to drink and snack on

Clinic Fee $10

Christ Lutheran Church 

Flea Market & Pop-Up Bakery coming soon! 

Stay tuned for more information ahead. Email clcfleamarketfestival@gmail.com for more information on how to participate or become a vendor. Visit their Facebook Page  ChristChurchLousivilleFleaMarket

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