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Recruitment of three doctors during shortage tops 2013 news

With the recruitment of three physicians, including a family practice physician, Gothenburg is no longer part of the shortage gripping the rest of the country.

Even before Gothenburg Memorial Hospital had recruited the doctors in November, CEO Mick Brant said finding family practitioners would be difficult since most don’t want to practice in rural communities.

A family practitioner and obstetrician/gynecologist will begin full-time practices this week with an orthopaedic surgeon coming in February.

Sadly, Gothenburg is no longer a hub for livestock sales.

A 77-year-old auction barn, owned by Gothenburg Livestock, burned to the ground in March. The owners later decided to move the business to Broken Bow.

Timely rains and a cool spring helped fields and pastures recover somewhat from a lingering drought and prices of farm and pasture ground continued on the upswing.

The first-ever Pony Express BBQ Challenge kicked off in April, boosting tourism in town to another level.

Gothenburg also received kudos as one of America’s Best Small Cities and a third-place finish as the best city in the state in which to raise a family.

The Platte River roared out of its banks in September because of run-off from heavy rain and flooding in Colorado.

Homes and businesses, like the KOA Campground in Gothenburg, near the river were underwater for several weeks.

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