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 By Jean Gray    News    March 1, 2023

"Sew Blessed" group seeks to aid young and old using recycled items

Each Monday a group of women gather in the Haxtun Church of The Brethren basement with a spiritual presence that involves sewing, recycling and laughter. The resulting projects offer more benefit...


Corn Festival & Fran Gilliland turn 101

For all of Fran Gilliland's 101 years, she's lived in a small town. Fran was born in rural northeast Nebraska and later moved with her husband, Keith, and then two high school aged daughters to...

 By Jean Gray    News    March 9, 2022

Fran Gilliland happily remains a "small-town girl" after 100 years

Fran (Ruzicka) Gilliland lived the first 20-plus years of her life in Plainview, a town with a population of just over 1,300 that is "tucked" into the northeast corner of Nebraska between South...

 By Jean Gray    News    March 2, 2022

Haxtun's Jeane Brundige continues a life well lived at 100 plus

One hundred years spans a lifetime and a quarter for most people, but for Jeane (Beckman) Brundige that 100 years represents one lifetime well lived. That message came through the vast number of...

 By Jean Gray    News    February 16, 2022

Church of the Brethren offers a safe place for all age groups to gather

The Haxtun community offers options these days for hosting community events, including two fine school gyms and an elegant community center. That was not the case in the 1920s and 1930s when the...

 By Jean Gray    News    February 26, 2020

Haxtun resident Jim LaJudes finds Open Mic to showcase talent

Jim LaJudes' life on the High Plains of Colorado, where his is surrounded by prairie grass and farm ground, could be likened to his being "a fish out of water." In Jim's case, however, he is a surfer...


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