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BC-NE--Nebraska Weekend Exchange Digest, NE

September 4, 2018

Below are the Nebraska member exchange stories for the weekend of Sept. 8 and Sept. 9. The stories have moved in advance and will move again on the appropriate days. Members using Exchange stories should retain the bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact News Editor Scott McFetridge at 515-243-3281.

For use Saturday or thereafter:


LINCOLN, Neb. —Thuy Nguyen and her family own Little Saigon Plaza in north Lincoln, which includes Pho Factory and the Little Saigon Asian Grocery Store. The Vietnamese population was the first of many refugee groups to settle in Lincoln and build communities. Nguyen was resettled in Lincoln in 1980 after fleeing Vietnam, which was ravaged by the war. Since first opening her grocery store 25 years ago, Nguyen has watched 27th Street develop as other refugee business owners opened up shop. By Emily Case, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1236 words.


KIMBALL, Neb. —Over the past two years, the Goodhand Theatre has been resuscitated from an empty building to once again being part of life in Kimball. The theater first opened on May 6, 1954, and was owned and operated by Marie Goodhand. The newly formed nonprofit Friends of the Goodhand were able to convince the city to delay selling the building for six months, during which time the Friends renovated and updated the theater. The awning and lobby were returned to as close to original as possible. By Mark Gaschler, Star-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 862 words.


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FREMONT, Neb. —The school district in Palmyra has been unable to convince voters to fund a bond issue for new athletic facilities, but it turns out that doesn’t matter — thanks to the kindness a high school principal and mayor showed a young man 80-some years ago. That young man grew up and started a foundation. The Olson Foundation has given the Palmyra and the district $5.4 million for a new football field, a running track, new baseball facility, a renovated softball field, a playground and a walking track.By Tammy Real-McKeighan. SENT IN ADVANCE: 943 words.


OMAHA, Neb. —Fontenelle Elementary School is experimenting with a composting program aiming to cut down on the huge volume of food scraps that end up in landfills. Composting turns organic matter — like certain food scraps, manure, lawn clippings and paper — into a nutrient-rich soil additive that can be used in gardens and at farms. Fontenelle used to fill 24 to 30 bags of trash each day that required a daily dumpster pickup. Now, the school is down to three bags of trash per day. By Erin Duffy, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1170 words.

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