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First Day of Harvest

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Thank you, Gretchen, for the picture of Randy on his "First Day of Harvest photo". Their little girl started kindergarten this year and held a sign so she wanted her Daddy to do the same. It's actually a "thing" on social media now, so check it out.

Was your first day of harvest this week?

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You may not be a farmer, but you know one and harvest is the season they look forward to all year. It can also be the most dangerous time of the year with early mornings starting before the sun rises and late nights in the field. 

Combines and tractors are out on the country roads so PLEASE be careful. They are wide and cannot move over to the ditches as quickly. PLEASE tell your kids to be careful and drive slow when going over the hills. Look ahead over the next hill and ridge.

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Watch for "alien lights" on the highways, flashing lights usually means a "lead pickup" is escorting a large piece of equipment. I will be sharing photos of harvest in the coming weeks, feel free to share your own by sending them to editor@elmwoodnebraska.com 

Elmwood Hosted the Harvest Moon Road Race


This 4th Annual race is described as the following...

"Fast. Flat. And in the dark! The unique setting of a full Harvest Moon, coupled with a night time trail run on the Mopac Trail & after party has made this a ‘must run’ event for Nebraska runners each fall and sells out quickly. "


This 10K race brings people from all over Nebraska and Iowa to Elmwood. Over 1000 runners participated with the fastest time of 33:25. But it's not just for the pros, some people walk/jogged to just say they DID IT!!! They took a little over two hours to complete the course. I want to be with them!!  I bet the conversation was wonderful.


Thank you to the volunteers who helped at the Elmwood Fire Hall. A nice donation was made to the Fire Hall and the Elmwood Park. 

Many nice things were said about the park and people commented they would be coming back to town and bringing their kids to enjoy the playground.

Elmwood Farmers Market

Speaking of people visiting from out of state, this couple stopped by the farmers market on their way back to Minneapolis. She is from Germany and they met in Thailand where he was teaching English to 2nd graders. 

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They were so interesting! Elmwood was their last stop in an eight-week journey across the United States that took them through the Badlands, Yellowstone, Montana, California, the Grand Canyon, and Colorado before stopping to "Couch Surf" in Elmwood.

She enjoyed a breakfast of hot lemongrass tea and a biscotti at the farmers market and deemed it the "BEST BREAKFAST" of their journey. They were very pleasantly surprised to find unique and delicious food.

This is why I set up a table every Saturday morning, you never know who you will meet and the stories you will hear.


The first true Elmwood Farmers market is about to wind down. Only 2 more weeks left to pick up jalapenos, jams, jellies, baked goods and herbal teas. 

West Nile Warning

Two local Elmwood residents have been hospitalized recently for West Nile.

This is no joke!

Mosquitoes are out and it's important to use insect repellent.  Symptoms include a high fever, a very severe headache, and stiffness. It may feel like a very bad flu, but WORSE. Both people were in the hospital for a week, so it is a major illness. It can cause encephalitis or meningitis.

One person I spoke to it's something he never wants again and he is still feeling very weak.


Pumpkins are back at the Oerhlerking Farm

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Don't forget to stop by the pumpkin patch at the Oerlerking Farm on Highway 34. There are no "official hours". Just stop by, take a picture by the tractors or wagons or tractors and leave payment in the can. 

The kids can even play in the corn pit.

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Bess Street Aldrich House and Museum

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Plan to attend the Fall Quilt and Barn Quilt Show at the Bess Streeter Aldrich House

Over 70 quilted pieces are inside and you just can't appreciate them until you visit. The quilt show theme is fall and Halloween and the creativity of the Oxbow Quilters is simply amazing!!

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This is in addition to the wooden quilt squares outside in the garden. It's looking like a beautiful fall week so head on over and check it out. 

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You can bid on the wooden barn quilts displayed outside and visit the Bess Streeter Aldrich page and see the "live auction" and the current bid. 

Give the gift of life

Elmwood Bloodmobile

Monday, October 1st,

Time : 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Elmwood Fire Hall.

I will be there, will you? Give the gift of life, it only takes an hour at most. But can save a life. 

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. 


  Preschool Story Time begins September 6th

Thursdays 10:30 am

Ages 3-5

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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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Getting ready for the Annual AppleJack Parade. Yes, It's time for the Apple Jack Festival in Nebraska City and the Elmwood Murdock band always competes for bragging rights in the marching band competition. 

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If you live in Murdock you can probably hear them practicing as they march down the streets during the first period. Oh, how I miss my kids in marching band. It was one of my best memories of their school experience. Yes, I was THAT band Mom.

(Thanks Beth P for the photo submission)

If you have photos of AppleJack this year please send them to editor@elmwoodnebraska.com for next weeks edition.

Booster Club Clothing Orders

You can order Knights tee shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, shorts, and more through the E-M Booster Club Clothing Order.

All orders are due by October 1 and will be delivered in early November, so they make great holiday gifts!

View the items on this form and then order online at cisport.online/elmwood-murdock (password: elmwood2018). If you have questions, contact kareykoehn@gmail.com

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  School Events - Calendar Reminders

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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      

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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! The Center not only hosts daily meals but it is also a facility that is rented out for meetings, receptions, and family reunions. It is a wonderful facility that provides a great service to the community. 

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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

Coming soon Quarter-Mania!!

The last fundraiser to get the Mommy and Me swings in the park. If you missed last springs event don't miss this one. It is Saturday night October 27th and the doors open at 5:30.

Space will be limited so buy your table space now. Get together with your friends and get extra paddles.

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It's Summer and time for all kinds of activities

There are things happening. Who is in the news, who is making news? This is what I need for the upcoming year

Baseball sign updates

Softball sign updates

Game Schedules

Business special events or Open Houses

4-H meeting dates (photos from meetings)

School Accomplishments (high school, college)

Alumni News

Holiday Events & photos (What Memorial Day Activities are planned, garden tours, plant sales etc)

SEND ME THE NEWS and PHOTOS to editor@elmwoodnebraska.com 

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When: November 3 - 4, 2018

Where: The Leadership Center, Aurora, NE

Cost: FREE (We'll even pick you up!)
The summit is open to all Nebraska youth in grades 7-12 or ages 12-18.

Big Tobacco has a long history of marketing it's deadly products to youth through manipulation and deception, and we've seen it all and had enough of it! As youth, we have the power to change the social norm created by Big Tobacco and celebrate our collaborative achievements. Awareness and unification are keys to our success in the past and moving forward.

Our applications are now available to be filled out online!

Click here to submit your application or download the PDF and fill it out offline.

Applications are due Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018.

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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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