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April 2nd, 2015

Roger Wackerla, 65

April 2, 2015

After an illness of six weeks, Roger Wackerla passed away March 23, 2015, at the VA Hospital in Grand Island at the age of 65 years and 17 days.

Roger was born March 6, 1950, in Broken Bow, Nebr., during the ‘Blizzard of ‘49’ to George E. and Carol D. (Glendy) Wackerla. He was the first of two children born to this union.

His early years were spent on the McDaniel place near Pressey Park where he worked on the L.O. Glendy Ranch with his parents, brother, grandparents, uncles, aunt and cousins.

Ruth Melham Taylor

April 2, 2015

Ruth Melham Taylor passed away March 13, 2015, at her home in Omaha. 

She was born in Broken Bow, to Noah and Sadie Melham and was raised in Sargent. She graduated from Sargent High School. 

Growing up, she worked in the family grocery store, restaurant and Oscar’s Palladium in Sargent. 

Ruth moved to Omaha with her family. She booked and promoted bands for several years. She developed, owned and managed Tootsie’s Shoes, selling dance shoes internationally. She was a lifetime member of the Omaha Phoenician Club.

Lawrence Jaynes, 66

April 2, 2015

The Reverand Lawrence W. Jaynes, Feb 14, 1949 - Mar 27, 2015.

Larry Jaynes, 66, passed away at the Nebraska Medical Center surrounded by his loving family and with the prayers of his many friends near and far.

Larry’s strong and gigantic spirit and his contagious laughter will be remembered and celebrated by all who loved and knew him.

Larry was born in Lawrence, Kan., and spent his childhood in the small town of Yates Center, Kan., graduating from Yates Center High School in 1967.

Steven Lee Rader, 60

April 2, 2015

Steven Lee Rader was born Sept. 29, 1954, in Broken Bow, to Marvin and Ardeth (Wirz) Rader. He passed away peacefully March 16, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln at age of 60 years, 5 months and 16 days.
His early years were spent in Dunning and Kearney, Neb., and Wichita, Kan. The family moved to Lincoln in 1965, and Steve lived there for the remainder of his life.

Brenda Joyce Brychta, 73

April 2, 2015

Brenda Joyce Brychta, age 73, passed away Wednesday, March 18 at home in Denison, Texas.

Born December 18, 1941, in Lexington, Neb., to Verle and Naomi Francis. Brenda attended elementary school in Broken Bow, Neb., and graduated from Lincoln, Neb., High School in 1960.

Brenda worked in Lincoln at an insurance company, after graduating, where she met Judy Brychta. The two new friends decided to move to Denver, Colo., where Judy introduced Brenda to her brother, David.

Donna Lou Sevier, 59

April 2, 2015

Donna Lou Sevier, 59, of Seneca, departed this life March 24, 2015 in Lincoln due to complications resulting from multi-system organ failure.

She was born to Don and Marge (Moger) Herbig of Mullen Oct. 20, 1955 in Red Cloud. She attended and graduated from Mullen Public Schools. Afterwards, she attended college at North Platte Community College. After college she found employment at the Custer County Chief and later at the Jenny Melham Memorial Hospital.

In Broken Bow, she met and married ‘Gar’ Holbrook and had a son, John William.

March 31st

After volatility of Nebraska, Pelini finds comfort at home in Youngstown, Ohio

March 31, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The heroes of northeast Ohio cover the walls at the most popular Italian restaurant in Bo Pelini's hometown.

Bernie Kosar's No. 19 Cleveland Browns jersey next to the door that leads to the kitchen. The photograph behind the bar of Ron Jaworski, the former Youngstown State quarterback who took the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl.

5 US aid workers monitored for Ebola in Nebraska released

March 31, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — All five American aid workers being monitored in Nebraska for exposure to Ebola have completed their quarantine periods free from symptoms of the deadly virus.

Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson said Tuesday that four of the individuals who were brought to Omaha earlier this month for monitoring have left the area. The fifth, who developed a heart problem Saturday and required CPR, has now been discharged from the hospital and will soon leave Omaha.

Nebraska lawmakers spar over feedlot permits

March 31, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers will continue to clash on whether the state or counties should set policies to help develop agriculture.

The Legislature sparred Tuesday over a measure that would create statewide standards for livestock producers trying to obtain permits.

Advocates say the bill encourages growth in the Nebraska's top industry by simplifying the permit process for new or expanding operations. But opponents say a "state-down" approach discredits county boards' knowledge of local community needs.

Runza sponsors TeamMates fundraiser

March 31, 2015

Once again, Runza of Broken Bow is sponsoring a fundraiser for its youth. Across Nebraska and Iowa, including Runza of Broken Bow, if you eat at Runza today, March 31 between 10 am and 9 p.m., Runza will donate 10 percent of its profits to the youth mentoring organization.

The effort is part of Runza's belief that it takes more than food to serve a community. Seventy-six Runza locations are participating in TeamMates Day.

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