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Murdock News, November 21, 2018

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Thanksgiving is Tomorrow!

Is your turkey thawed out? Pies baked? Plans made for Black Friday shopping?

Clear your day on Saturday for the Holiday Extravaganza sponsored by the Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association.

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The hayrack tour of Elmwood leaves from the G.A.R. Hall and will probably give you historical facts about Elmwood you didn't expect. 

If you have little ones that love Spiderman and Disney Princesses then go to The Quonset for lunch and  get photos with superheroes and Princess Photos.

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That doesn't even cover half of what is planned for the day! Did I mention the Elmwood/Murdock Backpack Craft Fair at the Elementary school, or the Living Nativity, balloon artist, 


Seriously there is a make and take door hanger class at the Thairapist hair salon, Starry Night parade and soup supper. Invite your friends, invite your family. It's a perfect opportunity for the family to come home and celebrate and spend time together.

Shop local, get your Christmas presents and support small business owners in your community. I know I've gotten a lot of my shopping done early just by stopping by Bits N Pieces, Iron Horse Antique Emporium, and the Craft Fair.

Check out the Holiday Extravaganza Schedule below

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  Santa is coming to Murdock!!

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Saturday, December 8th

1:00 pm - 3 pm

Join us as we welcome Santa back to Murdock!

Start by getting your picture taken and then make some crafts and have some snacks and hot cocoa while we print your picture! You are welcome to take your own picture as well! As always, this is a free event!

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High School Blood Drive

Join the Elmwood-Murdock FCCLA in our mission to Give more life at the Elmwood Murdock High School Blood Drive on Tuesday, November 27th from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Not only can your one donation help up to 3 patients, but it will also go towards providing the class of 2019 with scholarship money!

Give the gift of life

At this blood drive, the Red Cross will have a FREE t-shirt while they last!

All blood drives in Elmwood and Murdock are set up with enough days between drives that you can donate at both.

Blood is desperately needed at this time. There is a critical shortage due in part to Hurricane Michael.

The need will not diminish especially with winter weather leading to increased accidents. Please consider helping out. If you need another reason why to donate, please watch the following video:

We can work with you today in setting up an appointment and what time would work best for you, please call the school at 402-867-2341 or register for an appointment online at Of course, walk-ins are always welcome! 

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Marvin Donate Hats to the Elementary School

Yes, Marvin Oehlerking is extremely talented and a little "passionate" about knitting hats. How did it start? 

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Well, last year they went to visit his brother in law in Florida for a week and he had started knitting hats and taught Marvin. This kicked it his new hobby and now he collects yarn (he doesn't need any more yarn I was told) and sometimes makes 2 hats a day. 

Yes, you heard right. Calculate that by the number of days in a year and you can see why Ramona was donating them to the school for the kids that come to school without hats. They will also be sent home to needy families. They are so colorful, fun and soft. What a great gift they will always remember. 

I didn't count how many were in the tote, but there were dozens! All colors, some with pompoms, some without.

Marvin has made hats for all sizes and even has some very tiny infant hats. Some have been donated to hospitals in the area to the nursery and NICU units. 

According to Marvin's wife Ramona, he shows no sign of slowing down.

The hats keep getting churned out and I think it's GREAT!


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There is a wealth of information on the new Elmwood-Murdock website. It is updated on a daily basis by various teachers and department heads.  

Subscribe to the weekly news to get updates each week on what is happening in town. Want something posted to the Murdock website? It's easy just email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 M.I.T- Murdock Improvement Team News

M.I.T. is excited to announce that the new Murdock Improvement Team leader is Mary McHugh. She will announce M.I.T. events which will be broken down with M.I.T. co-leaders heading each task.

For instance, our Christmas in Murdock already has the following Murdock Improvement Team co-leaders and activities:

Laura Riki and FBLA will place the wreaths on doors down the main street. They will set their own date/time.

Dan Murdoch will need many volunteers to help set up the dozen decorated trees on December 1st at 9 A.M. (This may change according to weather that morning.)

Mary McHugh will head the flower planter decorating activity so make plans now on which planter you’d like to decorate…fun!

Contact Mary to let her know which planter you would like to be responsible for decorating. We have ten planters to beautify.

Having everything in place the end of November or early December would be a reasonable goal.
Downtown Murdock will be all festive for the holiday to bring smiles to many!

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Thanksgiving Eve Service

November 21, 7:00 pm

Church Bell History and Repair

The Trinity Lutheran Murdock church bell was donated by the women of Trinity Lutheran and installed in 1906.

The bell weighs 1,200 pounds and was cast at the Stuckstede Bell Foundry our of St. Louis. 

Over the years age and weather have taken its toll on the bell, the bearings, the bell deck, and the wooden bell wheel. As you can see in the photo below a spoke of the bell wheel is actually broke. 


Trinity Lutheran Church loves the sound of the church bell that starts service each Sunday and will be fundraising to repair and restore the bell so it can be enjoyed for many more generations.

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    

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Worship Time: 9:30 am Sunday

Children's Sunday School: 9:55-10:30

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")  

Area News

Time travel IS possible! Well, at least it is on the internet.

The Elmwood Public Library is proud to announce that Elmwood's newspapers published from the late 1890s to the last issue published in 1953 are now available online via the Elmwood Public Library.

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When the Elmwood newspaper stopped publishing it was known as the Elmwood Leader Echo. Earlier in its history, there were two newspapers the Elmwood Leader and the Elmwood Echo. They later merged. Another Elmwood publication (Weeks Review) was also available in the 1890s. The process to search for people, places or events in our town's history is made very simple by the website's search engine.

The funding for this project was provided by Kirby and Cindy Drake in memory of Kirby's parents Arthur & Gwineth (TenBroeck) Drake and their 15 children that grew up in Elmwood and graduated from Elmwood High School.

The Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation was instrumental in helping the Drake's relay funding for this project so it could take place and the George Blessing family granted copyright permission for the last decades of the Elmwood Leader-Echo. The copies can be accessed via a permanent link located on the Elmwood Public Library's website.

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Cindy Drake is the Librarian of the Nebraska History Library at History Nebraska (formerly the Nebraska State Historical Society). History Nebraska has been microfilming Nebraska newspapers since the 1950s. This includes Nebraska newspapers published since the territorial days to the present. This large collection for the State includes all available issues of any newspapers printed in Elmwood.

The State of Nebraska does not fund the digitizing of Nebraska newspapers at this time. Any digitization of Nebraska newspapers is supplied by local entities (libraries, local historical organizations, foundations, or in this case private individuals). The History Nebraska Microfilm Lab under the direction of Mary Woltemath will send their film to vendors who will scan, digitize, and in most cases OCR (make word searchable) the microfilm when it is paid for by local sources. The company that scanned the Elmwood newspapers and hosts the site where they are stored is Advantage (located in Iowa).

When History Nebraska originally filmed the bulk of the Elmwood newspapers they were continuous over many rolls of microfilm. Sometimes missing issues or short runs of a newspaper cannot be spliced with the original microfilm. For that reason, History of Nebraska would microfilm together on one roll issues of many different community publications and call them "filmstrip rolls." This is what happened with some issues of the Elmwood newspapers. On some rolls of filmstrip microfilm where some Elmwood newspapers were located, there were also copies of other newspapers from other communities across the State. Instead of solely scanning the Elmwood newspapers, Advantage scanned the entire roll. This way, the treasures of other communities have been digitized as well. For that reason, you will see listed publication for other community newspapers including those of Brownville, University Place, Thomas County, Alliance, Axtell, and others.

As of right now, online access is available for Elmwood newspapers printed up to May 4, 1950. It came to the attention of Cindy Drake that the last roll of microfilm for the Elmwood newspaper did not make it to Iowa to be scanned. That will be corrected and soon the remaining issues through September 24, 1953, will be on the website very soon.

The Elmwood Public Library wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Cindy & Kirby Drake, their families as well as the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation for helping to implement this important historical reference for our community. We encourage everyone to explore the website at their leisure. Those with questions about utilizing the site may visit the Elmwood Public Library for a little extra help.

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