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Open House Recognizing Nebraska Senator Clements

On Sunday the Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association hosted a congratulations reception for the newest Nebraska State Senator Robert Clements. Executive Director Kurk Shrader hosted the event at the Bess Streeter Aldrich House and Museum.

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Governor Pete Ricketts attended the event and gave Rob high praise and called him a ROCK STAR. Below is a video of the event, Rob being taken aback by being called a rock star. 

 I overheard the Governor state he didn't know it was a formal tie event, as he dressed casual and fit right in, you wouldn't have known he was a politician. Except by his security detail standing on the perimeter all by himself watching. 


Peggy Clements was decked out in patriotic colors and was personally thanked by the Governor for her support. Several people took the opportunity to take photos with the Governor and Representative Clements and of course, it's always an honor to get into one of Julie Anderson's selfie photos.


4th of July Celebration

Get your Fireworks locally. Located in Elmwood, across from the Post Office you can buy the latest and greatest pyrotechnics for the 4th of July. If you ever wondered what a certain firework looked like you scan the QR code on the package and watch it before you buy. How cool is that??? 

Snappers are still 0.50 a box and my favorite are the Killer Bees. 

ElmwoodFireworksStand2They will be open every day, even July 4th after the Murdock parade. Stop by and take a look. Ask some questions and put together a great display this year. Remember to stay safe and respect your neighbors. 



Murdock 4th of July Fireworks

 Schedule of Events

7:00 am Breakfast at Bulldogs Bar & Grill

7:30 am Dillon Synovec Memorial Run

9:00 - 4:00 pm For the Love of Junk Open

10:00 am - 1:00 Murdock Museum Open

10:00 - 1:00 One-Romm School House open

10:00 Games & activities - BOUNCE HOUSE- Petting Zoo

10:00 am Parade Line Up

11:00 - 1:00 pm Lions Club Lunch

11:00 Murdock Parade!!

Following the Parade

12:00 - 3:00 pm Pie and Ice Cream Social (United Methodist Church basement)

Afternoon - Free Watermelon - (Sponsored by Tommorrow's Producers 4-H Club)

Ball Games (at Murdock Ball Field)

Dusk --- >>> FIREWORKS (at Murdock Ball Field. Donations requested)

Yes, there are fireworks in Murdock again, no need to travel any further than our own community. 

We would also like to thank ALL of the are business and patrons who contribute by donating so this show can happen. Without those donations, it just wouldn't be possible!

2017 Dillon Synovec Booster Club Run/Walk 

It is time for the 4th of July Memorial Run/Walk in memory of Dillon Synovec. Entry fee is $25.00 and you receive a t-shirt if you register before June 16th.DillonSynovec Booster run 2017

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We all have ways within our various organizations to honor and thank individuals who put forth an exemplary effort for the organization. But how do you thank someone who voluntarily puts forth an outstanding effort for the entire community or goes out of their way to help out a neighbor?

Well, the Elmwood-Murdock Merchants’ Association (EMMA) Good Neighbor Award is the answer to your question. This award recognizes individuals who make the Murdock and Elmwood communities a better place to live.

Maybe you have received the Good Neighbor Award yourself—remember the thrill of riding the float in the 4th of July parade, receiving your certificate, or seeing it posted at the Cass County Fair for all to see?

Take time to pay it forward and nominate another deserving community member.

See who won past awards for being a good Elmwood-Murdock Neighbor

Past Good neighbor Recipient List as of 2016 page 0

Nominations are now being accepted. Forms are available at the EMMA website (elmur.org). The deadline has been extended to Saturday, June 17, so act fast!

Just a reminder that past recipients are not eligible to be nominated again. There are many more out there - let's honor them this year! 

Miss Elmwood- Whitney Noelle Koehn

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Congratulations to the newest Miss Elmwood. Whitney graduated from Elmwood-Murdock High School in 2017 and was the Class Valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA. 

Parents: Karey & Mike Koehn , Elmwood
Grandparents: Harvey & Cindy Mills, Murdock
Great Grandmother: Hallie Mills, Murdock
31939 A Street, Elmwood NE 68349
whitneykoehn@gmail.com (402) 318-9037

Elmwood-Murdock High School Graduated May 13, 2017 - G.P.A. 4.0., class valedictorian

I am enrolled to attend Nebraska Wesleyan University where I will major in biology/pre-physician assistant studies. While attending college, I will also play volleyball for Nebraska Wesleyan University.

4-H – 12-year member, served as club vice president and president, club junior leader, served on the Cass County 4-H Council.
Completed 20-25 projects per year including showing market swine. Have earned awards the past seven years for high involvement in 4-H and leadership. Selected for a two-state Premier Science Awards for computer design. Selected as state career portfolio winner, 4-H National Congress delegate

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) – Chapter leader for 3 years, serving as vice president this year. I have represented my school four years at FBLA State, and three years at FBLA Nationals. I have won state awards for community service, public speaking, sales presentation, business communication, proofreading and computer applications.

Other Activities - student council; high school band and flag line (flute section leader and flag line captain), high school and club volleyball, yearbook staff, digital journalism news and sports broadcasting for high school football and basketball games, church and youth group member, academic honor society, volunteer elementary volleyball coach, numerous community service activities.

• NSAA Academic All State - 2014, 2015, and 2016
• All Conference and All State Volleyball - 2014, 2015 and2016
• Academic Awards – Class Valedictorian, 4.0 GPA, National Society of High School Scholars, ECNC Gold Academic Achievement Award, ACT Gold Award, Omaha World-Herald Academic All-State, Lincoln Journal Star Class Act Academic Awards, high ability learner in science, spelling, reading, math, language arts.
• Scholarships Awarded – Nebraska Wesleyan Board of Governor’s Scholarship, Nebraska Wesleyan Achievement Scholarship, Nebraska Wesleyan Writer’s Scholarship, Harry and Reba Huge Foundation Scholarship, Great Plains United Methodist Scholarship, Murdock United Methodist Church Scholarship, Charles H. and Esther P. Miller Scholarship, Elmwood Canopy Masonic Lodge Memorial, Elmer and Marietta Vogt Scholarship, Margaret Hall Memorial Scholarship, Maxine Cline Memorial Scholarship, American Red Cross Scholarship, Elmwood Rescue Squad Scholarship, Elmwood-Murdock SOS Scholarship, Elmwood-Murdock Merchant’s Association Scholarship, Murdock Lion’s Club Scholarship, E-M Booster Club Scholarship, Freel Family 4-H Scholarship.

Guest Relations, SAC Air Museum 2016 – present
Guest Relations, Wildlife Safari Park 2015
• Provided guest service at admissions, concessions and gift shop. Led activities for visiting youth groups.
• Previous experience in childcare assisted youth I babysit with 4-H projects

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Deans List

UNL just posted their Spring Dean's List. Congratulations to the following students from our community!

Mirissa Scholting: sophomore, Dean's List, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, agricultural education.

Brenna Backemeyer: sophomore, Dean's List, College of Business, Marketing; Dean's List, College of Education and Human Sciences, pre-business, marketing and information technology.

Brandon Frates: sophomore, Dean's List, College of Business, accounting.
Lauren Stohlmann, senior, Dean's List, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, agricultural and environmental sciences communication.


UNO Spring 2017 Dean's List:
Adrianna Baker - Elmwood
Emma Leone - Elmwood

Wayne State College Spring 2017 Dean's List:
Patrick Hynes - Murdock

Peru State College Spring 2017 Dean's List:
Austin Closner - Waverly
Laura Fortney - Murdock

Nebraska Wesleyan University Spring 2017 Dean's List
Katelyn Bornemeier - Murdock

CelebrateElmwood People

Clements Angela closeupCongratulations to Angela M. Clements

Angela M. Clements, daughter of Richard and Maechelle Clements, has been selected to the 2017 Northern California Rising Stars list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice.

Only 2.5% of the 51,500 attorneys in Northern California receive this distinction. Selection to the Rising Stars list provides third-party validation of an attorney's practice.

 Angela recently was named a Senior Counsel attorney at the Hanson Bridgett law firm where she works in San Francisco, CA.


Bess Streeter Aldrich House

BessStreeter WeddingexhibitThis month's wedding exhibit at the Bess Streeter Aldrich House was wedding themed and included more than wedding dresses in each room. 

Next Month is a Salute to VeteransBessStreeter Weddingexhibit2

The Aldrich House is open on Wed., Thurs., Sat. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Elmwood BubbleSoccer


September 10, 2017 1:00 pm

The Elmwood Rescue Squad is hosting their 3rd Annual Bubble Soccer Fundraiser!

We are hoping to make this year our biggest and best year yet!

Must register in advance- spots fill up fast!

Registration Fee - $125 per team.
Teams of 5 players
Registration includes 2 10 Minute Matches, T-Shirt, and Water Bottle.
Must be 16 years or older to play. Between the ages of 16-18, parents must sign the release form.

Check in starts at Noon **All team members must be present to check in**
Games starts at 1 pm
Will be at the Elmwood Park in Elmwood Nebraska

Cash Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.

For a registration form send me a message with your email or mailing address!

Food will also be available for purchase.

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Bits and Pieces 402-994-5755

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

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

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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 9:30 am to reserve

Suggested price for noon meal is $5.00

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Submit Your Stories and NEWS

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  

Cass County News and Events

Love of Junk in Murdock will be open July 1st and Tuesday, July 4th. Stop by and check out the treasures and what you can do for an UPCYCLED project. 

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Eagle FarmersMarket

Eagle Farmers Market 

Thursdays at the Community Park

Starting June 1st   4:00 -6:30 pm

Garden Produce, Baked Goods, Crafts

There is room for more vendors.

If you're interested please call or text Trisha at 402.890.1786

 Cass County News and Events

  Cass County Fair News

It is getting to be that time of the year again. Time to start thinking about fair entries and exhibits. 

Quilt Raffle: Last year's special block contest was for quilt blocks using the colors of the Olympics since it was an Olympic year. The blocks were then made into a quilt to be raffled off at this year's county fair. Besides the blocks from the contest, there are 7 blocks which were signed by 2016 Olympic athletes who had Nebraska ties.

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Tickets will be for sale at the Fair Expo Building between August 8 and August 12, drawing to occur at 8:00pm the evening of August 12 in the Expo Building.One does not need to be there. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.

If someone wants to buy tickets ahead of the fair, call Ramona Oehlerking at 402-429-8585. May have to leave a message.

Be aware that this year's contest (and next year's raffle quilt) is for 12 1/2" blocks of true blue and white. 2018 fair requirements will be 12 1/2" block of autumn colors.

2017 Quilt Block Contest Flyer

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Summer Workshop Announcement:

 19 Clover Kid Workshop

21 Community Service Workshop


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