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Murdock News July 4, 2018

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Happy 4th of July!!

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Because of many hours of hard work by many volunteers, Murdock is ready to welcome visitors on the 4th of July. The decorative foil star adorns the Welcome to Murdock sign.

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The flower planter under the Oxbow Trail sign is filled. Purple petunias are blooming on corners downtown.

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People have been working to clean up properties, pulling weeds, removing gutter dirt, painting, mowing, on and on. The 4th of July banners are on display down the main street and our flags are blowing in the breeze. So much has been done but there is still more to do.

There is great enthusiasm to continue to improve this community so watch for information in the future so that you can show how proud you are of your town…your Murdock Pride.

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But it’s time for “Out with the old and in with the new” so we are looking for a name replacement for MURDOCK PRIDE. There will be a naming contest on 4th of July. Go to the Bounce House table to write your suggestion on one side of the paper and your name and phone number on the other side of the paper and put in the jar. The new name will be revealed soon!

While at the Bounce House, be sure to drop a dollar (or a donation) in the jar to bounce for 3 minutes. It will be open shortly after 9:30 AM when it is all set up and ready for customers. Closing time will be 12:30 PM unless there appears to be no interest and then it’ll close earlier.

MURDOCK PRIDE is overjoyed to thank all those who have been involved in making our mission statement become a reality…."To inspire others to volunteer time/talent/support of projects which improve the community of Murdock."

You Are Appreciated!

Our 4th of July celebration was initiated in 1990 by the late Larry McMillan who was the school superintendent. Since then a committee of Donna Wilson, Bruce Stock, and Dale Vanderford (I hope that I have not missed someone) have put in many hours to make the parade special.

Many thanks to those people and to others who give or have given their time to make this day memorable for not only residents but for those who visit on this special day.

God Bless America!

REMEMBER No Parking on Main Street the morning of the parade. Please move your cars so they are not on the parade route.

7:30 am starts off with the run/walk

9:30 am -4:30 pm Love of Junk is open

10:00 am - 1:00 Museum & One Room School House Open

11:00 - 1:00 pm Lions Club Luncheon

10:00 am Games on Main Street Begin

Fireworks at DUSK at the ballpark (about 9:15 - 9: 30 pm)

Other activities will happen during the day, check out the official program and list of events below.

Next week's weekly news will contain photos and video of the 4th of July activities.

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LionsClubPeachesPears Murdock Lions Club Annual Peach and Pear Sale

The Murdock Lions Club is taking orders for Colorado peaches and pears. Yes, these are those delicious peaches you have come to expect every year. 

Order your BOX or HALF box at the Lions Club Luncheon during the 4th of July festivities. 


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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 

 Elmwood Murdock Girls Softball Goes to the State Tournament

For the first time in Elmwood-Murdock history, a girls softball team has competed at the ASA Nebraska State Tournament. This is truly a David and Goliath story as most, if not all the teams are "select" teams. 

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It was a fantastic season and they placed Top 8 in Nebraska Fastpitch Competitive 12 and Under! 


ElmwoodMurdock softballSo if you saw the signs on the highway last week, this is what it was all about!

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

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


The MURDOCK PRIDE group is now looking into the possibility.

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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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. 


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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. 

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QuiltedGarden3The Quilted Garden - Daylilly Garden

Open Saturday and Sunday, July 8/9, 1-7 pm


There are 100+ varieties of daylilies in a production field which should be blooming at various times over the next two weeks.

Go East on Adams, until you are just out of town. Before you cross the bridge, look to the left (north). 

Entry is through our driveway, then to the east of the house. The gardens are set down a fairly steep incline, so be prepared to walk, as that is the only access - going down isn't bad, coming up can be tough.

This is the location of what was once the Elmwood Village Park - William Jennings Bryan spoke here during his political campaign. Also the site of a murder during a Civil War Veterans Reunion on July 2, 1899. History and flowers - what a combination!

Bonnie Brewer is a lady of many talents. Master gardener, quilter, historian,...the list could go on.



I wish I could find her level of energy and the forever running clock so I could get as many things done as she does. Bonnie, with the help of her husband Jeff, tilled the first Daylily bed four years ago. Now they have over 100 different varieties in all kinds of colors.


Last Sunday was a perfect day to tour a new garden in the area, sit with friends and relax.

These are NOT your ditch lilies. You will want these in your garden. Cost is $5.00 per plant, payable when they are dug the end of August to the first part of September. 

Superhero/Princess Fundraiser

Son-Shine is hosting a Superhero/Princess Fundraising event

Saturday, July 21st 9:30-11:30

St. Paul United Methodist Church


SuperheroPrincessPartySpiderman, Batman, Moana, and Elsa will be at the event interacting with kids, signing autographed pictures, singing and posing for photos.

We will also have theme crafts, activities and donuts. Tickets are required for each child and can be purchased ahead of time at the link below for $22 each, or $25 each at the door the morning of the event.

All proceeds benefit Son-Shine daycare. The link to the tickets can also be found on the Son-Shine facebook page.

Register and buy your ticket here 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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Elmwood Farmers Market

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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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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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