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Murdock Nebraska News - April 14, 2021

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We offer two divine services:  8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
The 10:30 divine service is live-streamed every Sunday via Robin Kuhlman's Facebook Page.

9:15 am - Sunday School for children and adults

Last week in our 5th and 6th grade class we discussed the crowds following Jesus and how Zaccheaus had to climb a sycamore tree to see him. How Zaccheaus was a tax collector and judged, looked down on by many.

We talked about what a mob, a riot was and how to protest (or disagree with someone) as taught by Jesus. Everyone is welcome to our adult and student Sunday School and services. 

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Who knows what you might learn.

10:30 am Divine Service

To Listen to last weeks Sermon Visit Pastor PodCast 

Sermons are streamed on various podcasts including Spotify

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.)

Glimpse into Murdock History

Continuing with our new series to the weekly news.

During the 1950s Pastor Heim would document his home visits with parishioners by taking a photo. These are no ordinary photos, but COLOR photographs. In the 1950s this was almost unheard of then. It was cutting edge "technology". Thank you to Ramona Oehlerking for the video/images. 

Happy SPRING to the Streich family.

What a surprise to see a picture of me as a little girl on the Murdock web page. I am standing beside my sister (Rosalyn Vogler) and I am the younger girl (Ramona Dittrich). We have a younger brother (Clayton Streich) but he is not in the picture. I find this picture interesting because it shows my dad in his overhauls,

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Rosalyn and I look like we are wearing everyday play clothes but mom has on a nice dress. Whoever the photographer was I am guessing must have stopped by the farm unannounced and asked for a picture. If it would have been on a Sunday our dad would have been dressed in a suit and tie.

Since I look to be the age of 7 or 8 and Rosalyn 9 or 10, this picture would have been taken in 1948 or 1949.

As I recall, Rev. Nichols was the minister of the EUB church back then. He taught my catechism class in 1951.

Ramona Streich Dittrich

Remember, reader-submitted photos like this are a reason why the newsletter is interesting. You can send your Murdock photos of events, friends, and family to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   


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 Check out the calendar on the Elmwood Website    


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2021 Memorial Day Flyer to print

Cass County VETS June Save the Date

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Bike Share in Elmwood Nebraska

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I am SOOOO excited, the new Elmwood Bike Share program is amazing and such a great addition to Elmwood and our community. 

What is the bike-share program? Quite simply there are five bikes available for the public to use for FREE! Yes, you heard it. bike share elmwood ne 042021b

In coordination with St Paul Methodist Church, United Methodist Health Fund, Hutchinson, Kansas, and Bits & Pieces five bicycles are available to check out (just like a library book) and ride around town, to the park, or on the trail. 

  • To check out a bike, you must sign a waiver. General bike share program rules-
    must show a drivers license at check out
  • 12-17 can rent bikes with a parent at check out. Parents take full responsibility and sign a waiver for their child.
  • The bike is due back by the next Bits and Pieces business day. Plans are in the works to get a key dropbox. (Stay tuned.)
  • The condition of the bike is checked at check out and when it is checked back in
    when you check out a bike you are responsible for the bike. Any damage will result in a fee.
    failure to return the bike by the due date will result in the suspension of your ability to check out bikes.
  • No holds/reservations on bikes will be allowed
  • We do not provide helmets. You can bring your own helmet to use while riding the bike.
  • Have fun!!!!

Funding for this project was provided in part by the United Methodist Health Fund, Hutchinson, Kansas.đź’— About 30 people attended the official ribbon cutting on April 12th and I was even the first person to check out a bike. It's easy and once you are registered you just add the next date and time to the notebook.

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Updates from the Legislature merged

Senator Rob Clements Column 4-9-2021

The Nebraska Legislature is over halfway through this year’s 90-day session. I have been working on the budget with the Appropriations Committee since January. On April 8th we had the first round of debate on the two-year budget and advanced it to the second round. There are a few highlights I would like to discuss.

The General Fund budget is $4.78 billion for fiscal year 2021-22 and $4.94 billion for fiscal year 2022-23, an average growth rate of 1.6 percent per year.

One of my budget priorities is property tax relief. In 2020 we passed LB 1107 which created a new income tax credit based on the property tax paid to public schools. The 2020 appropriation was $125 million, providing for an income tax credit of 6 percent of school tax paid. This tax credit increases when state revenues grow more than 3.5 percent. State revenue has grown enough to allow for credits totaling $313 million for 2021, which would be a 14 percent credit. In addition, we are increasing the original property tax credit on your property tax statement, going from $275 million to $313 million by June 30, 2022.

Another budget priority was to replenish the Cash Reserve Fund, the State’s savings account. Increased revenues allowed the reserve to increase from $426 million to $763 million by June 30, 2022. This reserve helps stabilize the budget if there is an economic downturn in the future.

State aid to schools is a priority and is fully funded. School aid will increase by $18.4 million over the next two years. The state will send $1.047 billion to K-12 public schools this coming year.

The budget also sets aside $115 million for a potential new state penitentiary or remodel of the current facility. A new prison would cost $235 million and would increase the number of beds, would be more efficient, and provide more space for inmate rehab programs. A new prison study will help decide the best option.

Nebraska is still in the competition for a new Space Force Command headquarters. We set aside $50 million for the state share if Nebraska is chosen. If not, the money will add to the reserve.

Provider rates were increased for the Department of Health and Human Services Medicaid programs, community corrections, and juvenile services. The budget increases these payments by 2 percent each year. This is an increase of $89.3 million and helps providers keep up with inflation.

There is $211 million still available for spending in bills up for debate. Senators will be wanting to fund their proposals with these unobligated funds. I prefer to give it back to the taxpayer with property tax credits or tax decreases. I will work to avoid adding new ongoing spending increases.

The Revenue Forecasting Board will meet again on April 29th to adjust the budget forecast. This will affect the budget for the next biennium. State revenues continue to be favorable due to Nebraskan’s decision to remain open as much as possible during the pandemic, plus the substantial federal stimulus payments.

Feel free to contact me or my staff for assistance, information, or questions on issues. You may reach me at: Senator Robert Clements, State Capitol Rm 1120, Lincoln, NE 68509, Phone 402­471­2613
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Elmwood Farmers Market News 

Look Look, we have new signs for this year's Farmer's Market!!! 

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A pre-season opening will happen on May 1st in coordination with the Bess Streeter Aldrich House Plant Swap. 

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May 1st  8:00 am - Noon

VENDORS - No fee, no mandatory number of times to set up. Join our Elmwood Market Vendor group here for more details or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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May Fitness Challenge

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May fitness challenge-Run, bike, or walk. The highest number of miles completed for each group will win a prize!! A prize will also be awarded for the most posts/updates to the Facebook page.

Sign up here or contact Nicole at the United Methodist Church for a tracking form.

Elmwood St. Paul UMC Cass County Food Bank

There is a new location for the Cass County Food Bank.

They have a new space at the previous Village Board building!

Parking is improved and there is now more space and room for freezers, food storage, and a permanent distribution site. Please let people know about the new location who could use this service.

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A new exhibit debuts at the Bess Streeter Aldrich House, 204 East F Street, Elmwood

Every weekend through Sunday, April 25, 1 to 4 p.m.

Come to the beautiful 1922 Prairie Mansion home of Nebraska Hall of Fame Author Bess Streeter Aldrich to see a wide variety of transportation collectibles shared by their owners.

Collectibles from the Route 66 collection of Linda & Ken Glantz, Murdock, will be showcased in the living room while other contributors share model cars, train collectibles, oil/gas items, pedal cars, model airplanes, horse tack, and other transportation-related items.

Besides seeing these artifacts, guests are invited to take a personal tour of the home and learn more about Mrs. Aldrich, her literary contributions, and her years in Elmwood.

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Louisville Food Pantry
OPEN: every Thursday, 6:00-7:00pm
LOCATION: 304 Main Street, Louisville

Please come and pick up what you need for your household or a friend’s.
We have canned goods, boxed meals, breakfast items, frozen meats, bread, eggs, baking ingredients, cleaning supplies, personal care items, diapers, and wipes.


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  Front Row- Left to right: CeCe Hastreiter, Melissa Holder, Natalie McGovern
Back Row-Left to right: Peyton Banks, Marrissa Charley-Smith, Wade Mumford

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Louisville Food Pantry
OPEN: every Thursday, 6:00-7:00pm
LOCATION: 304 Main Street, Louisville

Please come and pick up what you need for your household or a friend’s.
We have canned goods, boxed meals, breakfast items, frozen meats, bread, eggs, baking ingredients, cleaning supplies, personal care items, diapers, and wipes.


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Fear and Division Examined in WSC Theatre Production of The Crucible

WAYNE, Neb. (April 12, 2021) – The Wayne State College Theatre Program presented The Crucible, a poignant play about the 1692 Salem witch trials, April 8-11 in the Black Box Theatre. Due to COVID-19 safety requirements and venue limitations, audience size was limited.

The Crucible cast members included Jack Ryan Osnes, Jaci Torres, and Sammie Henery of Wayne; Sophie Pascoe of Porirua, New Zealand; Amanda Stuhr of Bellwood; Zach Chromy and Katelynn Stodieck of Schuyler; Caleb Cohen of Missouri Valley, Iowa; Trystan Bennett and Shayla Bennett of Palmer; Miranda Trowbridge of Murdock; Noah Miller and Margaret Coughlin of Omaha; Collin Hain and Anthony Scribner and Elizabeth Aschoff of David City; Avery (Audrey) Partida of Ord; Skyler Stefanski of Lincoln; Nathan Huff of Yankton, S.D.; Cameron Turner and Alycia Gage of York; Daniel Oldenkamp of Sioux City, Iowa; Michaela Timmerman of Wausa; Monserrat Huitron Horta of Columbus; Reagan Connelly of Auburn; Amber Adams of Fremont; Aby Lowther of Wahoo; and Jo (Rebecca) Adams of North Bend.

The Crucible explores the dark side of humanity, examining how fear divides communities, manipulates perceptions, and emboldens intolerance. Set in Puritan New England, the drama begins when a covey of young women falsely accuses others of witchcraft. Hysteria swells beyond the allegations, fueled by revenge, power, and moral authority. Soon 200 villagers are arrested and 19 are sentenced to death. To escape execution, the accused must confess. John Proctor, a simple farmer whose life is shattered by the charges, chooses dignity and truth. Refusing to confess, he is condemned to the gallows.

Written by Arthur Miller in 1953, The Crucible is symbolic of McCarthyism. From 1950 to 1954, Senator Joseph McCarthy wrongly accused many Americans of belonging to or sympathizing with the Communist Party. The paranoia was originally aimed at government employees, but soon spilled into Americans of every vocation. Screenwriters, directors, and actors were blacklisted, unable to find work or launch productions. McCarthyism was an American crucible, a test of justice and freedom.

Rusty Ruth, assistant professor of theatre/communications, directed the three-hour production. Myah Gibney of Fremont acted as assistant director and choreographer. MJ Waterhouse of Spirit Lake, Iowa served as stage manager. Costumes were designed by Anna Kruger of Wayne. Brian Begley, assistant professor of communication arts, acted as scenic/lighting design director and choreographer. The production team included Tessa Masek and Tyler Masek of Wahoo; Laynee Merrill of Trenton; Skyler Stefanski; Jadyn Keller of Humphrey; Miranda Holcomb of Lincoln; Brandon Dorsey of Bancroft; Braden Kern of Ashland, M.J. Waterhouse; Erin Beckman of Elgin; Jaci Torres of Wayne; Hunter Rumery of Cook; Jason Franklin of York; Priscilla Winklaar of Willemstad, Curaçao; Samantha Buffington of Norfolk; Kiara Clark of Kearney and adjunct professor Mollie Young’s Intro to Theatre classes.

Prior to production, the WSC Theatre Program outlined proactive steps to protect students while offering a meaningful learning experience. Actors performed with masks and at a safe distance from viewers who were also masked and socially distanced.

For more information, contact Rusty Ruth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wayne State College, a leading, public four-year college in northeast Nebraska, is a proud member of the Nebraska State College System.


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Demolition of the old railroad bridge on Highway 1 in Murray started March 1st. One lane traffic is being electronically controlled, so please be patient at the lights when waiting, then driving through. Work is expected to continue through the summer months, so plan your travel accordingly. Be careful, watch for workers and machinery and make safety the priority.

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