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Murdock News - December 4, 2019

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  What a wonderful Holiday Extravaganza. There was so much to do I certainly could not see all of it and enjoy it at the same time. This year I had help with an added photojournalist, Bre Romero.

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Bre contacted me earlier this year regarding her interest as a future career as photojournalism. I knew the perfect event and opportunity for her to stretch her wings and get some experience serving her community. Thanks, Bre

There are so many photos I can't share them all in one week. So for the next three weeks make sure to come back every Wednesday. To make sure you don't miss a single newsletter text MURDOCK to 72727 and get a text link. 

Living Nativity Returns to Cass County

The Living Nativity in Murdock Nebraska is the only one in the state. It is quickly becoming an annual tradition with local families. This year there are several new additions. There are now Jacob sheep and baby fainting goats who were born just two days before the Holiday Extravaganza. 

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There was also a baby calf born the same week. 

Saturday, Dec 7 & 14

Sunday, Dec 8 & 15 

3:00 - 6:00 pm

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Stop by on the following dates. Bring a friend and consider bringing your local church youth group. This would not be possible without the volunteers of local residents and 4-H clubs who donate their time and several animals for the various nativity scenes. 

Elmwood-Murdock Parade of Homes

I never have enough time to tour all the homes, but one year I will. Marie and Tom opened up their amazing Country Home AirBnB and it is beautiful.  

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Starry Knight Holiday Parade

The end of the festive day ended with the Starry Night Parade. Next week I will post more pictures of the parade as it is a favorite tradition.

Susie Vogler brought her miniature horses which are enjoyed by all.

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I just love the Vogler family horses and they are anticipated every 4th of July Parade and at the Holiday Extravaganza.

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HJ Dance Studio

HJ Dance is a new local dance studio opened in the community and is located at Elmwood and gives dance students an opportunity to not only enjoy the art of dance but also compete on a local and national level. 

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They received a plaque with their symbolic first dollar earned and welcomed visitors to tour the studio. If you love pink you will love their Christmas tree (but more on this next week,'ll have to come back next week)

HJ Dance not only had their red ribbon cutting for their official grand opening, but they also hosted Glitter Tattoos and hosted a float in the Starry Knight Parade. (but you will have to check back next week for the parade photos and video)

Make and Take Aprons at Massage by JoLean

Massage by JoLean has been hosting activities for the last 4 years. Last year families had the opportunity to make stockings.

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This year about 60 aprons were made by kids and families. What a great project and I'll bet many of the kids will be wearing these fun aprons to make Christmas cookies. (photo by Bre)

Journey into Christmas

The Bess Streeter Aldrich House and Museum is not just for adults, but for kids. Kids can complete a scavenger hunt in each room and turn in their form for a free book drawing.

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The Bess Streeter Aldrich house is decked out with 13 Christmas trees, each with a theme from one of Mrs. Aldrich's short stories. 

In addition to the trees, there is a glimpse of vintage Christmas around every corner. This is just one corner of the kitchen and is so intriguing. Stay tuned the next few weeks for additional journeys into the past. 

Gazebo Grand Dedication 

The newest addition to the park is the new gazebo and it's amazing. The gazebo was purchased through the Crouch Recreation company and Heisman Trophy Winner Eric Crouch even attended the dedication. 

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Funding of the Gazebo and the handicapped accessible sidewalks was made possible by the Midlands Community Foundation, Nebraska Game and Parks, and Cass County Tourism. This in addition to the community fundraising has made this cultural addition to our community possible. Thank you for all the volunteers for your time, effort and dedication. 

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The Nebraska Husker quarterback answered football questions, signed autographs and took pictures with fans.

Give the gift of life

Tuesday,  December 10, 2019

1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m

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 Elmwood - Murdock 4th Graders selling Bakers Chocolates

Since 1992 the Elmwood-Murdock 4th graders have been selling Bakers chocolate meltaways to raise money for their Spring Nebraska History field trip. This year the selling season is extended. Not only will they be selling to neighbors friends and family, but they will be extending their reach and hopefully funds raised.

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You can purchase one-pound bags for $9.50 from any 4th grader or at the following locations. 

Elmwood-Murdock Holiday Craft Show - November 30th

Elmwood-Murdock Winter Music Concerts 

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 The United Methodist Churches of Murdock and Elmwood have a new website! 

Stayed tuned for great things to happen  

 Worship Time: 9:00 am Sunday 

Children's Sunday School 

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

(dismissed from worship following the "Children's Chat")  


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Advent Services

Join us every Wednesday at 7:00 pm for Advent Services 

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 Listen to the Kuhlman Experience Podcast 

If you can't make it to Adult Bible Study then tune in weekly to the Kuhlman Experience podcast

Share it with friends and past congregational members.

Please feel free to 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 


Murdock Website Updates

New things are happening to the Murdock Website!!

What would you like to see? Let us know and we will work on them?

    • Do you want to see Village Boards Minutes? - we can make that happen 
    • Would you like a better calendar of events? - that can happen 
    • Maybe a welcome page for new residents? let me know 
    • Business Listings? - we can do it!

More and more people are reading the weekly news and finding out Murdock has a website. Let's make it your "go-to source for information and updates. Email your ideas and "wish list" to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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The Murdock park committee is moving forward. The land has been secured and now we need your help to make it happen.


 Send this onto anyone you can think of who lived, lives, or visits Murdock.

We NEED your help! 

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This week our Student of the Week Winner is Lauren Justesen. She is a senior at Elmwood Murdock High School. Her activities include volleyball, basketball, track, student council, drama, band, and FBLA. She is the daughter of Gary and Nicole Justesen.

She was nominated for these reasons:
- She is described by kindness and leadership
- She is positive, hardworking, and always smiling
- She is an excellent student-athlete
- She will be attending Bemidji State and playing Volleyball next fall

Lauren, Gary, and Nicole are invited to stop by either of our clinics in Plattsmouth or Louisville, call (402.234.3333) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to
their Witte Physical Therapy t-shirts or water bottles! 

Our next Student of the Week winner will be announced on December 11th.

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4H NewsUpdates

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 Cass County 4-H year is currently open.

If you have a child age 5 (by January 1st) through age 18 and are interested in joining 4-H, it’s time to enroll.

Enrollment is completed on-line at

Maybe you have some friends already in 4-H; ask them which club they belong to.

If you need help selecting a club, call the Extension Office at 402-267-2205.

The office is open from 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.


Veterans G.A.R. Hall Veterans Museum

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The G.A.R. Hall and Veterans Museum would like to include a display of "I Remember" stories from veterans and/or their families at the museum.

Submit special memories - maybe it was your first Christmas away from family, maybe it was spent in basic training, deployed, in the jungles of Vietnam, on the desert of Afghanistan, on a ship in the middle of the ocean, etc.

For the families, maybe it was a special phone call from a far-away service member.

"I Remember" stories can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to Elmwood G.A.R.Hall Veterans Museum, c/o 402 East D Street, Elmwood 68349, for display during the 2019 Holiday Extravaganza

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Cornhusker Country Music Theater in Louisville is located at 211 Main St.

Call, 1-800-480-8797, ext 211, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

You can try out our new dance floor or just sit back and enjoy the music!

We're a nonprofit 501 c 3 organization.

Like us on Facebook @ Cornhusker Country Music Theater!

Coming events:

7:oo, Saturday, December 7th ~ Annual Children's Xmas Show.

Ask your child, 16 years and younger, if he or she would like to be in the show.

They are welcomed to bring friends to join them on stage!


 Cass County News    

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Presenting the Cast of In-Laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should be Shot) We are so excited to have so many returning Born-In-A-Barn players as well as some new faces! Performances start December 7th, and remember, tickets make great holiday gifts, so be sure to reserve yours now:

More about In-Laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should be Shot): It is 6 pm and the Douglas family is busily preparing for their annual Christmas Eve dinner. After robbing a neighborhood liquor store, high strung and irritable Tony, and his dim-witted side-kick Vinny find themselves in need of a hide-out. A comic treasure that is sure to leave you in stitches while celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.


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Win $100 (1st Place) - in the "Night Before Chistmas" Poem Reading Contest! (Enter Here)

In order to help remember the bliss of Christmas as a Kid - and to introduce to concept of "Story Telling" to the Cass County area. Turn Off the TV & Listen to a Story!
Here is a welcome note from John Click Here to listen >>
Please Leave a Message / Comments at 402-968-0821

Announcing to "Night Before Christmas" Podcast Contest!
Winners: 1st Place ($100, 2nd Place $50, 3rd Place $25)
Details here:

We need 3 more judges, please register Here >>

Participants: Cass County Resident
Submissions - Audio ( MP3 preferred ) Family Friendly, No Politics or Questionable Comment ( Judges will have the final say ) Permission to Share Unlimited

Judges Free Services - Permission to Share Name - a person generally known as trustworthy to the community.
Sponsors: a person/company generally known as trustworthy to the community Leave a Message w/Name/Number at 402-968-0821
Hosted by a division of a division of

Lots of Questions, clock is ticking - please leave a message at 402-968-0821 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will reply!
Lets have Fun with this! 

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