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BC-NE--Nebraska Weekend Exchange Digest, NE

September 17, 2018

Below are the Nebraska member exchange stories for the weekend of Sept. 22 and Sept. 23. 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:

EXCHANGE-FEMALE HONOR FLIGHT

LINCOLN, Neb. —Linda Plock wore a lot of hats during her 20 years with the Nebraska Army National Guard. On Sept. 24, she’ll don another hat, as one of more than 130 veterans on the first Female Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. While in Washington, the veterans will visit military memorials, attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery and have lunch at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. By Julie Koch, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 843 words.

EXCHANGE-BIGFOOT MUSEUM

HASTINGS, Neb. — Skeptics and believers alike can learn more about Bigfoot thanks to a new museum in Nebraska. The Crossroads of America Bigfoot Museum in Hastings hosted its grand opening Wednesday morning. Harriett McFeely, the museum’s owner, said she became interested in Bigfoot after seeing footprints on Mount Everest on TV. The artifacts housed at the Bigfoot Museum include three 2,000-year-old skulls, Bigfoot hand castings and a picture of Bigfoot “Patty” famously walking across Bluff Creek in 1967. By Austin Koeller, Grand Island Independent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 598 words.

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For use Sunday or thereafter:

EXCHANGE-CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

OMAHA, Neb. - Charis University, a Christian school proposed for the metro area, will not launch this fall and has changed and downsized its plan. Charis, which was to be the offshoot of the defunct Grace University in Omaha, has a memorandum of understanding and tentative plans to partner with the Illinois-based Trinity International University. And for now, Charis’ hopes are on hold to move onto part of the old Dana College campus in Blair, Nebraska. By Rick Ruggles, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 459 words.

EXCHANGE-CELEBRITY ENCOUNTERS

HASTINGS, Neb. —For nearly 40 years, Hastings resident Kent Theesen had been gathering stories for his recently released book, “Backstage Behind the Curtain.” Released officially on Sept. 1, the book features 60 celebrity encounters Theesen has had while building his extensive autograph collection during his varied careers, which include stints in show business as an actor, radio personality gigs, and manning the front desk in the hotel industry. By the Hastings Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 612 words.

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