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Murdock News - May 27, 2020

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Memorial Day Services

The Memorial Day service at Trinity Lutheran was held after the 8:30 am service. It was a smaller crowd due to the social distancing but it was an honor to be able to attend. 

The Weeping Water American Legion Post gave the military salute and Hannah played very poignant taps at the end of the service. 

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Historical Photos are Back

I missed a few weeks, but thanks to John Guehlstorff I have several more weeks and then we start a NEW series.

The photo below is marked Barbara Goetz and Dad (maybe?) Does anyone know?

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John's Grandpa (Ed) was an avid photographer. He would take photos of any event that went on around Murdock. From family reunions to everyday happenings. When he passed his grandson (John E Guelstorff III) inherited his camera along with his photo processing equipment and all of his negatives.  Recently he found some undeveloped negatives of Murdock

If you have historical or interesting photos of Murdock you would like to share please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Updates from the Legislature merged

Nebraska Phase 2 Health Guidelines starting June 1, 2020

I want to thank everyone for their cooperation during this difficult time with Coronavirus in our state and nation. On May 21st, Governor Ricketts outlined relaxed restrictions starting June 1st for most of Nebraska. The exceptions are the counties of Hall, Hamilton, Merrick, and Dakota.

A summary of the high points follows:

Limited contact team sports, including baseball, softball, volleyball, and rodeo may begin practices on June 1st, and begin competitions on June 18,, 2020.

Bars and Restaurants may open at 50% of rated capacity, with appropriate group size and group spacing.

General gatherings are limited to the greater of 25 people or 25% of rated capacity, with larger venues submitting reopening plans to local health departments for approval. Our local health department is Sarpy/Cass Health, at 701 Olson Dr #101, Papillion, NE 68046, 402-339-4334.

Gyms, Fitness Centers, Salons, Barber Shops, Massage Therapy, Tattoo Parlors, Wedding and Funeral Reception venues may hold the greater of 25 people or 50% of their rated capacity. Six-foot social distancing and other specific requirements apply to each of these venues.

Summer is the season for parades in Cass and Sarpy County. Unfortunately, parades where the public line the streets are prohibited through at least June 30th, and perhaps longer. Parades where patrons remain in vehicles and the public does not line the streets are allowed.

State park camping season has begun. However, through June 30th, the largest state parks, including Louisville SRA, allow RV-only camping by reservation only. Other state parks will allow first-come-first-serve tent camping with groups of no larger than 8 spaced 25 feet apart. Beaches and park showers will be closed. For more specific information, please visit

To learn more about these Phase 2 restrictions as they apply to your specific interest, please visit click on the “LEARN” link, and then “Directed Health Measures” to access Phase 2 Outline of Changes. The Directed Health Measure (DHM) documents for each county are also available on this page. 
Visit for broader statewide information and updates.

If you think you need a COVID-19 test or just want to participate, go to for a survey. Health officials will contact you if testing needs to occur. The survey only takes a couple of minutes and is used for test site planning purposes.

Please consider helping area food pantries that are under pressure to provide food for those in need. The number one item in demand is milk but some pantries do not have the needed refrigeration capacity for perishables.

The Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN) created a fund that will give $4,000 to a local pantry for the purchase of additional refrigeration space. If you are interested in contributing or know a local food pantry who would like to apply, please visit or call 402-421-4472 for more information.

I know this is a tough time in Nebraska, but I am encouraged to see some “light at the end of the tunnel” as restrictions are loosened around the state, and life begins to slowly return to normal. I would like to express my deepest sympathy for those who have been affected by this crisis. May God bless you and your families during this time.

Should you need assistance or have questions, feel free to contact my office at 402­471­2613 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Elmwood-Murdock Farmers Market is Opening!!

The Farmers Market starts in just two weeks. Many of us are getting ready. Are you? The Elmwood Park is renovated with a new handicapped-accessible sidewalk and parking. 

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This year vendors are asked to set up on the grassy areas alongside the new park sidewalks. We can do a better job of social distancing and there will be more parking for customers. We are also getting BIG wavy signs (can't wait to see them) to put up to attract customers. More vendors will have shade tents, I just bought mine. 

The Elmwood Farmers market is only two years old and last year bought more customers than the first year. This year will even be better. Rumor has it fresh spinach and lettuce will be available the first week.


Join our Facebook group and stay up to date on who will be showcasing their produce, baked goods, and other items. Ask if anyone is bringing eggs, honey, cinnamon rolls. 

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We have even started a Facebook group and it will be a great place for both vendors and shoppers to stay connected. 

So far we have been hearing people are looking for 



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If you have any of the above please consider stopping by on Saturday mornings at 8:00 am. There is no commitment to stay the whole time. Stay until you sell out. Which may only be an hour in some cases.

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Coronavirus 2020

Elmwood -Murdock Area

Cancellations, Postponements, Modifications

Bulldogs - Social distancing, and take out. 

Round the Bend Steakhouse RTB 

They have opened up the back and seating capacity is 187 in the ballroom.

The tables are 10 feet apart. For now, carry out and delivery is still available. 

Trinity Lutheran Church (Murdock) 

Two Divine services with social distancing 8:30 & 10:30 am

Contact Pastor Kuhlman via text, email or phone call (402-867-4048 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for a seating assignment.

Closed Pool Updates and News

Eagle and Weeping Water Pools will NOT be open this SUMMER. 

Nebraska DHHS COVID-19 Information Line is open 8 am-8 pm 7 days a week: 402-552-6645

Omaha Metro Area COVID-19 Information Line is open 8:30 am-4 pm 7 days a week: 402-444-3400

For the most up-to-date information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), please click here.

The lastest COVID-19 information can be found on the Sarpy/Cass County Health Website

National Coronavirus Update: Question and Answers


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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Trinity Lutheran Church (Murdock) - two Divine services with social distancing 8:30 & 10:30 am

Contact Pastor Kuhlman via text, email or phone call (402-867-4048 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for a seating assignment. 

Sunday School Lessons Are On Zoom

Contact Steph Stroy 402-416-3517 to get connected!

SUBSCRIBE to the Sunday School FACEBOOK Group for class schedule.

Special Prayers for this Coronavirus Pandemic found on Trinity Lutheran Church Website

Pastors sermons can be watched on The Trinity Lutheran Church Murdock Vimeo Channel

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

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With the closing of Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools this week because of COVID-19, we are closing the church and the Sonshine Daycare Center.
Contact Pastor Michelle if you have any questions, concerns, needs or just want to talk. 

Update and weekly videos can be found on our Facebook page

Stayed tuned for great things to happen  

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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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!  

Cass County Food Bank

Thank you to the Cass County Food Bank volunteers from the Elmwood St. Paul United Methodist Church. Food distribution is on every third Saturday of the month from 9 am - 11 am at the Elmwood Community Center. 

Workers are doing car delivery to anyone from Cass County who needs a little extra help during this difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing, masks, and gloves are being worn for your protection.

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 Check out the calendar on the Elmwood Website   

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 Elmwood Christian Church

Virtual Sunday Services via Zoom. Stay in touch with your congregational members.

Come on in at 9:30 am for some socializing and catching up.

Service starts at 10:00 am 


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Easy Library Links

Online Card Catalog 

Libby Library App

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Reminder, if you’re leery to go out, but need something to read, try either the Libby or Overdrive app. Use your card # and the PIN number (streeter) to see available titles online.

It's easy to get a library card and borrowing electronic books can be done on your tablet or Kindle. It's an easier process. Anyone can be a library member. Even if you live in another town or state. Did you grow up here and want access to thousands of free books. 

It's just $10.00. Really. When you are visiting stop by and find out how to become a member. 

Access digital media! Audiobooks, eBooks, magazines! There's a new library app called, "Libby" to help you with all of your things. Works much easier than OverDrive! Try it out on your phone, computer or other device today!

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Visit the Overdrive website for more information on checking out electronic books and media.


 Cass County News

Eagle Farmers Market

Opens May 28th at 4 pm to 6:30 pm at 5th and Hwy 34.

Every Thursday thru Sept 3.

Anyone wishing to set up a booth for a month or more can contact Trisha.

$5/month or $10 for the summer


The Cass County Extension Office has copies of the 2019 Farmer’s Tax Guide. It’s a 92-page booklet for use in preparing 2019 returns. These tax guides are free. Need one? Stop by the Extension office, open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.  


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