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AREA NEWS DIGEST

Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

Gothenburg grad signs authored books

COZAD—Author Lauri Gengenbach Garretson will sign her new children’s book, Willamena Picklepants and A Case of the No Good, Really Mean Words, at the Wilson Public Library in Cozad on July 6. Garretson’s new book, geared toward elementary aged students, is a whimsically illustrated story about childhood bullying and the significant power of our words. Garretson is the daughter of Gerard and Connie Hanna Gengenbach of Cozad and Muriel Oberg Gengenbach of Denver, CO, and was a graduate of Gothenburg.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Tour de Nebraska brings crowds to Bow

BROKEN BOW—Nebraska may not be one of the top tourist destinations in the U.S., but it certainly provided an unforgettable experience for almost 500 bicyclists in the annual Tour de Nebraska. This was the 30th anniversary of the bicycle adventure which took participants from Saint Paul to Loup City, Broken Bow, Ord and then back to Saint Paul within a matter of five days. The tour stretched across 122 miles of the Nebraska Sandhills. One of the highlights for participants was Broken Bow with entertainment provided at Kinkaiders, as well as a free ice cream bar and talent show at the Square. Free limo rides were also provided to Broken Bow’s Dairy Queen.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Fur traders featured at Ash Hollow

OGALLALA—Fur trading was an integral part of the American culture 150 years ago, and that way of life will be resurrected during the 150th signature sesquicentennial event “Convergence on Sacred Ground,” July 21-23 at Ash Hollow State Historical Park. Hosted by Friends of Ash Hollow and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, fur traders are one of the five cultures being represented as inhabitants of the area in the 1860s. The exhibit will be a re-enactment of the events with trade tents, living quarters, teepees and folks dressed in period-specific clothing. Tomahawk and knife throwing will also be demonstrated along with black-powder rifles.—reported in the Keith County News.

Great Outdoors 4-H Camp at Frontier Co.

CURTIS—Nebraska State 4-H Camp came to Frontier County recently where 32 area youth ages 6-12 years old had a fun educational time with Nebraska State 4-H Camp staff during the local “Great Outdoors 4-H Camp” at the Curtis Park. The event was sponsored by Nebraska Extension State 4-H and Nebraska Extension-Frontier County. Youth enjoyed singing songs, playing camp games and doing hands-on activities as if they were at the state campgrounds located near Halsey. The two visiting camp staff held balloon rocket races, rock painting, nature exploration lessons and more.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

Sen. Matt Williams promotes Drive 150

ARNOLD—District 36 Sen. Matt Williams of Gothenburg was in Arnold recently taking a look at Arnold’s landmark for Drive 150 for Custer County. The senator agreed to be a celebrity driver to promote Drive 150 that takes a scenic route to eight towns in the county—an idea that came out of the Broken Bow Chamber to celebrate Nebraska’s 150th birthday and gives Nebraska residents a fun way to get out and see this beautiful part of the state. The group was led to Arnold’s landmark, the Rialto Theatre. The drive encourages travelers to explore 150 miles of Custer County and the small communities within the county and will take place from July 6 to Aug. 21.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

Rockin’ the eclipse with ‘Cornstalk’

CALLAWAY—Callaway native Bob Griffith and family, with land north on Ryno Road, are planning a free weekend of camping, music, games and a prime viewing area for the upcoming eclipse on Aug. 21, referred to as “Cornstalk.” Griffith says, “If you were too young for Woodstock, don’t miss Cornstalk.” Hundreds, even thousands, of people are expected to arrive for prime viewing areas and the Griffith family is offering lots of camping space, fresh water on-site, port a-potties and food venders as well as two music bands, Borderline and Prairie Fire. Horseshoe tournaments are planned as well as volleyball and even a mud pit.—reported in the Callaway Courier.

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