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Thanksgiving is Tomorrow!

Is your turkey thawed out? Pies baked? Plans made for Black Friday shopping?

Clear your day on Saturday for the Holiday Extravaganza sponsored by the Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association.

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There is so much to do, so it's best to plan your day starting off with pancakes at the fire hall. 

Santa arrives at 10:00 am at the Elmwood Firehall so get there early for pancakes and photos with Santa. It's an annual tradition you don't want to miss.

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Then head over to Candy Cane Lane at the Community Center to purchase baked goods, cookies and holiday treats.

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The hayrack tour of Elmwood leaves from the G.A.R. Hall and will probably give you historical facts about Elmwood you didn't expect. 

If you have little ones that love Spiderman and Disney Princesses then go to The Quonset for lunch and get photos with superheroes and Princess Photos.

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That doesn't even cover half of what is planned for the day! Did I mention the Elmwood/Murdock Backpack Craft Fair at the Elementary school, or the Living Nativity, balloon artist, 


Seriously there is a make and take door hanger class at the Thairapist hair salon, Starry Night parade and soup supper. Invite your friends, invite your family. It's a perfect opportunity for the family to come home and celebrate and spend time together.

Shop local, get your Christmas presents and support small business owners in your community. I know I've gotten a lot of my shopping done early just by stopping by Bits N Pieces, Iron Horse Antique Emporium, and the Craft Fair.

Check out the FULL Holiday Extravaganza Schedule below

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ElmwoodNebraskaLibraryTime travel IS possible! Well, at least it is on the internet.

The Elmwood Public Library is proud to announce that Elmwood's newspapers published from the late 1890s to the last issue published in 1953 are now available online via the Elmwood Public Library.

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When the Elmwood newspaper stopped publishing it was known as the Elmwood Leader Echo. Earlier in its history, there were two newspapers the Elmwood Leader and the Elmwood Echo. They later merged. Another Elmwood publication (Weeks Review) was also available in the 1890s. The process to search for people, places or events in our town's history is made very simple by the website's search engine.

The funding for this project was provided by Kirby and Cindy Drake in memory of Kirby's parents Arthur & Gwineth (TenBroeck) Drake and their 15 children that grew up in Elmwood and graduated from Elmwood High School.

The Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation was instrumental in helping the Drake's relay funding for this project so it could take place and the George Blessing family granted copyright permission for the last decades of the Elmwood Leader-Echo. The copies can be accessed via a permanent link located on the Elmwood Public Library's website.

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Cindy Drake is the Librarian of the Nebraska History Library at History Nebraska (formerly the Nebraska State Historical Society). History Nebraska has been microfilming Nebraska newspapers since the 1950s. This includes Nebraska newspapers published since the territorial days to the present. This large collection for the State includes all available issues of any newspapers printed in Elmwood.

The State of Nebraska does not fund the digitizing of Nebraska newspapers at this time. Any digitization of Nebraska newspapers is supplied by local entities (libraries, local historical organizations, foundations, or in this case private individuals). The History Nebraska Microfilm Lab under the direction of Mary Woltemath will send their film to vendors who will scan, digitize, and in most cases OCR (make word searchable) the microfilm when it is paid for by local sources. The company that scanned the Elmwood newspapers and hosts the site where they are stored is Advantage (located in Iowa).

When History Nebraska originally filmed the bulk of the Elmwood newspapers they were continuous over many rolls of microfilm. Sometimes missing issues or short runs of a newspaper cannot be spliced with the original microfilm. For that reason, History of Nebraska would microfilm together on one roll issues of many different community publications and call them "filmstrip rolls." This is what happened with some issues of the Elmwood newspapers. On some rolls of filmstrip microfilm where some Elmwood newspapers were located, there were also copies of other newspapers from other communities across the State. Instead of solely scanning the Elmwood newspapers, Advantage scanned the entire roll. This way, the treasures of other communities have been digitized as well. For that reason, you will see listed publication for other community newspapers including those of Brownville, University Place, Thomas County, Alliance, Axtell, and others.

As of right now, online access is available for Elmwood newspapers printed up to May 4, 1950. It came to the attention of Cindy Drake that the last roll of microfilm for the Elmwood newspaper did not make it to Iowa to be scanned. That will be corrected and soon the remaining issues through September 24, 1953, will be on the website very soon.

The Elmwood Public Library wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Cindy & Kirby Drake, their families as well as the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation for helping to implement this important historical reference for our community. We encourage everyone to explore the website at their leisure. Those with questions about utilizing the site may visit the Elmwood Public Library for a little extra help.

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Thursdays 10:30 am

Ages 3-5 

Library cards are available for non-residents for only $10.00 What does this include? Access to the books, movies, and services at the library, PLUS e-books for your Kindle, or tablet reader. 


Spread the word about the Elmwood Public Library!

Visit the Overdrive website for more information on checking out electronic books and media. 

Library hours

Monday 3- 8pm

Tuesday 2-6pm

Wednesday 2 pm -6 pm

Thursday 10 am - 2 pm

Saturday 10 am - 2 pm 

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Movie Matinees at the Community Center!! 

In December the movie Christmasy will be shown on December 20th

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The Elmwood Community Center provided daily lunches Monday through Friday for anyone who wants a good home cooked meal for a very reasonable price...$5 per person!

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)

 Please call by 9:30 am to reserve

Suggested price for noon meal is $5.00   

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Marvin Knits Hats!!

A LOT of Hats in fact. So many that Ramona was caught giving away his hat collection. 

While I was attending the Veterans Day program at the Elmwood-Murdock Elementary I ran into Ramona Oehlerking with a tote of very colorful knitted hats. Of course, I was curious and found out MARVIN had knitted them.

Yes, Marvin Oehlerking is extremely talented and a little "passionate" about his hats. How did it start? 

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Well, last year they went to visit his brother in law in Florida for a week and he had started knitting hats and taught Marvin. This kicked it his new hobby and now he collects yarn (he doesn't need any more yarn I was told) and sometimes makes 2 hats a day. 

Yes, you heard right. Calculate that by the number of days in a year and you can see why Ramona was donating them to the school for the kids that come to school without hats. They will also be sent home to needy families. They are so colorful, fun and soft. What a great gift they will always remember. 

I didn't count how many were in the tote, but there were dozens! All colors, some with pompoms, some without.

Marvin has made hats for all sizes and even has some very tiny infant hats. Some have been donated to hospitals in the area to the nursery and NICU units. 

According to Marvin's wife Ramona, he shows no sign of slowing down.

The hats keep getting churned out and I think it's GREAT!

High School Blood Drive

Join the Elmwood-Murdock FCCLA in our mission to Give more life at the Elmwood Murdock High School Blood Drive on Tuesday, November 27th from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Not only can your one donation help up to 3 patients, but it will also go towards providing the class of 2019 with scholarship money!

Give the gift of life

At this blood drive, the Red Cross will have a FREE t-shirt while they last!

All blood drives in Elmwood and Murdock are set up with enough days between drives that you can donate at both.

Blood is desperately needed at this time. There is a critical shortage due in part to Hurricane Michael.

The need will not diminish especially with winter weather leading to increased accidents. Please consider helping out. If you need another reason why to donate, please watch the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_KWUxff_cg

We can work with you today in setting up an appointment and what time would work best for you, please call the school at 402-867-2341 or register for an appointment online at https://www.redcrossblood.org/. Of course, walk-ins are always welcome!



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There is a wealth of information on the new Elmwood-Murdock website. It is updated on a daily basis by various teachers and department heads.    

Check out the calendar on the Elmwood Website

If the date is TAN (Beige) then there is something to do in town that day!! 

Send me Elmwood-Murdock events you would like me to place on the calendar at editor@elmwoodnebraska.com  


Elmwood #LittleFreePantry

The Little Free Pantry is located between Hufstader Chiropractor, the Elmwood Meat Market, and the Village Hall. 

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The items in it are FREE for those who are needy, don't have food in their cabinets and need just a little something to get them by till the next day. Various people donate items to put in the cupboard, and they notice that several items do disappear. 

Spread the news. Stop by and put something in when you come back from grocery shopping. If you know a family or anyone struggling, let them know this resource is available in town. 

What can you donate, what may you find?

Generally, canned vegetables and proteins, personal care items, and paper goods. Kid-friendly non-perishables, crayons, and school supplies are perfect, even travel soap and personal hygiene items are welcome. 

 Elmwood Christian Church Update 

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St. Paul United Methodist ChurchMethodistChurch 2018
400 West G Street

Elmwood, NE 68349 

Sunday School (Sept.-May) 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Worship Services 10:30 a.m.

Holiday Extravaganza, Saturday, November 24th
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Craft Fair and Concessions (Elementary School)
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Candy Cane Lane (Community Center)
4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Soup Supper (Community Center)

Christmas Caroling, Sunday, Dec. 3rd, 3:00 p.m.
Blue Christmas Remembrance Service
Sunday, December 16th, 6:30 p.m.

Candlelight Service, Christmas Eve
Monday, December 24th, 5:30 p.m.


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 Work on N-63 Alvo North Realignment

March 15, 2018 (Lincoln, Neb.) — Weather permitting, work is scheduled to continue the week of March 19 on N-63, between Alvo and I-80, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation.

Knife River, LLC of Sioux City, Iowa has the $11,758,926 contract. Work will include realignment of N‑63, culverts and box culverts, and wetland mitigation. This will be the second of two phases of work.

During this phase, N-63 will be closed to traffic from Reference Post 4+20 (Alvo) to Reference Post 9+68 (Church Road). A marked detour will be in place along I-80 to N-66 to N-50 to US-34 for southbound traffic and along US-34 to N-50 to N-66 to I-80 for northbound traffic. This portion of the project is anticipated to be completed in November 2018.

The Department’s project manager is Jesse De Los Santos of Lincoln. Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through work zones and along detours.

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