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Area News Digest

Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.

Cozad’s new rescue unit is ‘state-of-the-art’

COZAD—The Cozad Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Unit have received a brand new 2013 state-of-the-art Chevy Ambulance, with all the bells and whistles, that will become their priority emergency vehicle for ambulance service. The sirens are high tech as well as the LED lights on the new unit, and showcases more organized storage and is an overall very safe vehicle with cameras on all sides. It also has a high visibility color, and in case of severe weather, there are electric chains that can be put on the rear wheels while in motion.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Fellow veterans: ‘We take care of our own’

BROKEN BOW—Two years and countless phone calls later, concerned Kent Cemetery volunteers “took care of their own.” When a fellow veteran’s headstone from the War of 1812 had fractured, repairs failed, and a new marker was necessary. After several phone calls, administrators were notified a new marker was on the way, but it too was broken. One more try, one more promise and one more marble marker was on the premises. Due to the efforts of fellow veterans and volunteers, the stone was set in time for the 2013 Memorial Day service.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Visitors asked to be mindful of bird species

OGALLALA—With the Memorial Day weekend, visitors to Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area were asked to be mindful of protected birds nesting on beaches. Visitors were asked to stay out of areas that were marked by warning signs and remain behind fences that protect nesting areas. There also is a requirement that pets be leashed. Disturbance or harassment of protected species by humans or pets is a violation of the federal Endangered Species Act with fines up to $100,000 and a year in jail.—reported in the Keith County News.

34th annual Wurst Tag offers activities for all

CURTIS—The 34th annual Wurst Tag will take place in Eustis on June 8, which is the main fund raiser for the chamber to apply back to the community. To kick-off the event, FFA alumni association members will be serving a breakfast followed by a road race, a road rally and dodge ball competition as well as a pitch tournament. Children’s games will take place at the park and a car show will be on display. Bingo will be featured at the senior center and a Lion’s Club German supper will be served at the Legion Hall. The main attraction of a sausage stuffing contest will take place as well as pie and pretzel eating contests. To end the night, the Rumbles will perform at the dance.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

Memorial funds provide new defibrillator

ARNOLD—A new Zoll Defibrillator is now in use by EMTs at the Arnold Volunteer Fire Department with money received from memorial donations received in 2013. Memorials were received in memory of Bub Geiser, Frances Scott, Dan DeLosh and Jack Collier, and were used to purchase the new automatic defibrillator. Memorial funds help the volunteer members purchase much needed and updated equipment for the department, which in turn, helps the public receive up to date services.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

All Points break-in suspects are minors

CALLAWAY—Members of the Nebraska State Patrol apprehended a carload of suspects in Dawson County in connection with a break-in at the All Points convenience store in Callaway recently. Some late-night fishermen cleaning their catch noticed a suspicious vehicle pulled up next to the pop vending machines at the store, then moved south to the maintenance bay doors when one suspect broke out the east door with a rock. The activity set off the building alarm scaring off the suspects. The six suspects were shortly thereafter nabbed where the identities are held as all are minors. The case remains under investigation.—reported in the Callaway Courier.

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