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BC-NE--Nebraska Weekend Exchange Digest, NE

March 5, 2019

AP-Nebraska stories for March 9 and March 10. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 402-391-0031.

For use Saturday, March 9, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-LONGTIME TRAPPER

WOOD RIVER, Neb. _ When Joe Jack was 12, his brother-in-law got him started trapping muskrat and mink. Seventy years later, Jack is still trapping. Jack, 82, traps beaver, muskrat, badgers, fox, coyotes and raccoons. He sells the pelts through North American Fur Auctions, which is based in Toronto. By Jeff Bahr, The Grand Island Independent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 989 words.

EXCHANGE-POVERTY CHALLENGES

FREMONT, Neb. _ Beth Vogt knows what it’s like to struggle with poverty. And now, she wants to help those who are still struggling. That’s why Vogt recently took a position as an AmeriCorps member serving with the Fremont Family Coalition. She’s been tasked with organizing a new set of monthly meetings, meant to allow community members struggling with poverty the opportunity to learn about local resources that can help _ and to offer suggestions about how to address gaps. By James Farrell, Fremont Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 961 words.

For use Sunday, March 10, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-JAPANESE HALL

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. _ A small, white building in Scottsbluff holds the history and stories of generations of local Japanese-Americans. The Japanese Hall is home to these memories in the valley. Vickie Sakurada Schaepler, a Sansei, or third-generation Japanese, is working to not only preserve the history, but the very building in which so many memories were made. By Irene North, The Scottsbluff Star-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 789 words.

EXCHANGE-CUSTOM STRINGS

NORFOLK, Neb. _ Ron Harmon, owner of Extreme Bowstrings in Norfolk, said he started “playing with strings in 2002.” By 2004, Harmon said he started getting good enough at making bowstrings in his Norfolk home that he was selling a few here and there. By 2006, he launched his website through the help of his brother-in-law. Bowstrings, Harmon said, are made to order, with customers selecting material, color and length. Harmon said they have made strings for archery enthusiasts with PVC pipe bows, youth bows, bows made from sticks, and others. By Grace Petersen, Norfolk Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 646 words.