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Murdock News June 20, 2018

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The Murdock 4th of July Celebration is just around the corner! Make plans to attend, get a float ready, get some running in for the Dillon Synovec Booster Club Run/Walk.

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Cass County Creative Cats Complete Community Service Project

image 1Members of the Cass County Creative Cats made fleece tie blankets to donate as a club community service project. Members shown in the photo include: Logan and Isabelle Hartman, Spencer and Harrison Koehn, Charlie Cawley, Maddie and Brantley Zierott (and junior assistant Jameson Zierott), Kate Zakaras, Michael and Erin Hynes. 4-H club alumnae member Megan Hawks assisted with this project.

Other club members supporting this community service effort include: Jacob Stewart, Dakota Glasshoff, Angela Brockhoff, Chase Acker, Katie Taylor, Morgan Jennings, Emmett Jones, Noah and Ben Willey, Dakota, Clayton and Austin Wagner, and Austin Hawks.

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Happy Fathers Day


The Sunday School Class decorated Fathers Day ties and gave them to their Dads in church this past Sunday. The older class learned about a Fathers Sacrifice and what their Fathers give up for their kids. TrinityMurdockFathersDay2


As you can see they have a lot of fun in class. Be sure to join us in July for our Vacation Bible School.

Water Rescue Vacation Bible School

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July 16th - 19th 

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

All kids are invited to participate in our "Water Rescue" Vacation Bible School. There are so many fun things played including crafts, games and Jonah and the Whale PLAY 

Yes, there is a MOVABLE boat!! 

A Chomping Whale!

and a WHOLE lot of Fun!

Contact Pastor Kulhman at 867-2916 for more details on how to register.

The Cost is FREE! The memories and rewards are forever!

Join us Every Sunday 

9:15 Sunday School & Bible Class

10:30 am Divine Service  

Listen to the weekly sermon anytime at Pastor Brent Kuhlman's Blog 

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Join VBS on July 23-27

All kids ages 4 through 6th grade are invited to join Vacation Bible School on July 23-27 from 6:15-8:15 p.m.

The event will be held at the Murdock Methodist Church. VBS will be hosted by the Murdock Methodist, Elmwood Methodist, and Elmwood Christian churches.

This year’s theme is “Hero Central” and kids won’t want to miss the chance to meet local heroes and learn about having power in their own lives. Join the fun for singing, crafts, games, science discoveries and daily lessons.

The week will end with a family program and celebration on Friday, July 27.

The cost to attend is $7 per child or $14 per family. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Worship Time: 9:30 am Sunday

Children's Sunday School: 9:55-10:30

PH 402 867-3191 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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booster run 2Can a Splash Pad at the Murdock Park be in the Future?

SplashpadWhat do you think? The idea has been tossed out there.

There is funding assistance. The Murdock ballpark brings thousands of people each summer for ball games and this would be a fantastic way to improve our town. 


It's been many many years since the playground set was built by the school. Over 25 years actually. There is grant money to build new parks in our communities. 

Who thinks this would be a fit?  

LINCOLN, Neb. — Grant money is available for recreation facilities hoping to add things like ballfields, splash pads and picnicking areas across Nebraska. 

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting grant applications for parks and other outdoor recreation facilities and amenities promoting outdoor recreation.

The grants are funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program administered by the National Park Service for outdoor recreation projects. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, ballfields, soccer fields, swimming pools, picnicking facilities, playgrounds, pool renovations, splash pads, park acquisitions and development, and park-related support facilities. 

All projects must encourage outdoor recreation. Project sponsors must be a political subdivision, such as cities, county governments or Natural Resource Districts. The LWCF provides reimbursable matching grants for up to 50 percent of the project costs.

The LWCF was established by Congress in 1964 to ensure access to outdoor recreation resources for present and future generations and to provide money to governments to purchase land, water, and wetlands to benefit all. The primary source of revenue for the LWCF is from federal oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Grant applications must be submitted by Sept. 7, 2018. Information and application materials are available at

Approved grants will be announced after the January Commission meeting. Contact Schuyler Sampson at 402-471-5283 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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Elmwood Murdock Cheer Squad  

35481236 10217126651386329 1953505775108227072 nThe Elmwood Murdock Cheer Squad traveled to Kansas City June 13-17 to attend the Universal Cheer Association’s 2018 Summer Camp. This is a great opportunity for them to work with collegiate cheerleaders & coaches to continue to improve their skills, learn new material and compete against squads from the Missouri and Nebraska area.

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This year’s EM Cheer Squad, along with their coach Casey Clements, brought home daily Gold Ribbons in Sideline Cheer, Rally Dance Routine and Crowd Cheers. One the final day of competitions the Cheer Squad brought Home a Superior Trophy for overall performances, 3rd place in the Rally Dance Routine and they were presented the UCA Leadership Award. The Leadership Award is given to the squad based on the votes of the 150 other cheerleaders that attend the camp.

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The cheerleaders are asked which team consistently exhibited leadership throughout the camp as well as what squad you would want to be a part of if you were not on your current team. The Leadership Award is UCA’s highest camp honor given at each camp.

35488060 10217126650746313 3142319294910562304 nIn addition to their squad awards, Brianna Scattergood was awarded with the “Pin It Forward” Award for Leadership, helpfulness to other cheerleaders and ability to work with others. Brianna also won the All American award which is given by individual tryout at camp. This award is given to the top 5% of cheerleaders at camp and it gives Brianna the opportunity to represent Elmwood Murdock at the New Year’s Day Parade on London England!

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The Cheer Squad had a great time enjoying time at World’s of Fun and dinner at The Cheesecake Factory the day before camp started to have some fun and bond as a team. We had a great week and are really looking forward to incorporating our new skills on the sidelines at EM games this year!

Send your alumni news to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let's recognize the achievements of our alumni. 

Congratulations to these local students who were named to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Spring 2018 Dean’s List.


Brenna Anne Backemeyer, junior,

Dean's List, College of Business, marketing; Dean's List, College of Education and Human Sciences, business, marketing and information technology. 


Kara Ann Zimmerman,junior,

Dean's List, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, agribusiness.

Northwestern University Spring Academic Honors
Nebraska Wesleyan University has released their Academic Honors List for Spring 2018. To be honored, students must earn a 3.75 GPA or above while completing 12 or more credit hours. Several local students were honored.

Katelyn Bornemeier, Murdock
Whitney Koehn, Elmwood
Sheridan Spohr, Alvo

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Spring 2018 Chancellor's List 

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To qualify for the Chancellor's List, students must earn a grade point average of 4.0 for courses taken at UNO during the semester, provided 12 or more quality hours were completed.

 Spring 2018 Dean's List 
BACHLE RANDAL Murdock NE United States
WARNER TRENTON Murdock NE United States
COOPER ASHTYN Elmwood NE United States
OCONNELL EMILIE Elmwood NE United States

To qualify for the Dean's List, students must earn a GPAs of 3.5 or better for courses taken at UNO during the semester, provided a minimum of 12 quality hours were completed.

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To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.7 to 4.0 scale and be registered for full-time coursework.


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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. 

Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association

The latest newsletter of the Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association has just been released. Here is a sneak peek in PDF format and below.  

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It's Not Too Soon to Think About the County Fair

 2018 County Fair Quilt Raffle

"Remember last year's quilt block contest at the 2017 County Fair? Everyone who saw all the quilt blocks commented that the finished quilt would really be pretty. It is finished and ready for this year's raffle at the 2018 County Fair. Do be ready to purchase your raffle tickets when at the fair!"

2018 Quilt Raffle Poster2018 Cass County Fair books will be available in May, but start thinking about the Special Contests entries now. We have the BEST County Fair in the State, hands down.

Not only is it a totally free fair, but there is something for everyone. 

You just can't do and see everything. Start practicing your appetizers, snickerdoodle cookies, pumpkin pies now. It's a lot of fun to sit and watch the judging in the Open Class Building and the crowd gets bigger and bigger every year. 

2018 Fair Special Contests2 2018 Special Quilt Block rulesUpcoming dates spur request to fly and honor U.S. & Nebraska flags

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LINCOLN – Secretary of State John Gale says two approaching dates afford Nebraskans the privilege of flying their U.S. and Nebraska flags, with pride. The first occasion, National Flag Day, falls on June 14.

“The U.S. flag strongly represents and symbolizes the American values of freedom, liberty, and democracy,” Gale noted. “We sometimes take for granted the privileges we enjoy as citizens – but those flags serve as perfect reminders to our neighbors and the world.”

Just a few weeks after National Flag Day, Americans have the opportunity to fly their flags again on the Fourth of July.

“To me, Independence Day has always provided an opportunity to reflect on the heroic efforts of our military men and women and what their sacrifices have meant to our nation from the time of the Revolutionary War until now.”

Through the years, Gale has used both holidays as an opportunity to promote a free and popular service provided by his office.

“Every year hundreds of people send requests, along with their flags, to my office so that they can be flown over the State Capitol. The service is free. The only requirements are that a flag must be provided to the office, along with the information about when, why and for whom the flag should be flown.”

Those who wish to have a flag flown over the State Capitol should call 402-471-4070 for additional information. Flags are flown Monday through Friday, with the exception of holidays. Each flag is accompanied by a keepsake certificate signed by Gale detailing the date and purpose of the flight.

Laura Strimple

Assistant Secretary of State & Communications Director

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 Work to Begin 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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Welcome to a new section of the Elmwood and Murdock weekly news. Senator Rob Clements will be submitting a regular summary of what is happening in the Nebraska Unicameral.  If you ever wanted to know how Nebraska is run, how decisions are made he is the one to ask. 

Area News and Events  

Elmwood Farmers Market

This past spring was late, with snow on May 2nd, so there is very little local produce being harvested. 

BUT, soon there will be tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, cucumbers and much more than you can use. Bring your extra to the park between 8:00 am-Noon with a chair and make a little bit of money. 

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If you know someone who sells eggs, honey, makes baked goods (muffins, bread, cookies) and even does unique crafts, let them know!

Pull up a chair and let's sit and socialize if anything else. You don't have to be from Elmwood to participate. I know there are some Murdock residents who have honey and bake.

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Country Musc Theatre - Louisville

June 23 - Al Kelley & Reilly Creek Band

July 7 - Kenny Briton & Friends

July 21 - Rodger Roberts & Friends

August 4 - Irish Donahoo & Friends

August 18 - Terry Hovey & Friends

September 1 - Steve Jensen & Friends

September 15 - Larry Hanson & Friends

September 29 - Fred Larson &Friends

October 13 - FREE ADMISSION! CCMT Anniversary Show!
October 27 - Frank Bigelow & Friends

November 10 - Warren Brewer & Friends

November 24 - Josh Krohn & Dirty River Ramblers

December 8 - Christmas Show,

(Young musicians, up to 16 years old will be entertaining!)

** 7 PM, Monday, December 31, New Year's Eve Party!


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We have competitive wages, excellent benefits
& a superior working environment.  

FT CNA’s, 2 pm – 10 pm
Summer Only Lawn Workers, M-F 8-4:30
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Must pass pre-employment physical, drug test, and background checks.


Tobacco Education & Advocacy of the Midlands: Now is Your Time to Quit Tobacco


(PAPILLION, NE) –Keeping New Year’s self-improvement promises can be difficult. Tobacco Education & Advocacy of the Midlands and the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline want to help you make 2018 a tobacco-free year.
Through June 15 (while supplies last), the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline is providing extra assistance for those who are ready to quit with a two-week supply of no-cost nicotine replacement therapy.
"Quitting isn't easy, but with the Quitline, tobacco-users have a whole team of support on their side," Autumn Sky Burns, T.E.A.M. Coordinator said. "Get the tools you need to be successful by calling1-800-QUIT-NOW, talking with your healthcare provider, and building that support from friends and family.
Call the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline (available 24/7) and ask about the no-cost nicotine patches, gum or lozenges. This offer is available for Nebraska residents who are 18 years of age or older. Callers will be screened for medical eligibility to receive the medication, which is shipped directly to the caller’s home. All information provided to the Quitline is confidential.¬
“It is never too late to quit. Quitting brings immediate advantages to not just tobacco-users, but their families are well,” Burns said.
For help quitting, the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline is available at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), and for Spanish services at 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-355-3569). Translation services are also available in more than 170 languages. For additional resources

Funding for this project is provided by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services/Tobacco Free Nebraska Program as a result of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.


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