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Taco Night benefits cancer research

For the past 20 years, area residents have gathered in Fremont to honor and remember loved ones during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Dodge County event.

Last year, more than 300 people participated in the event and raised more than $73,000 toward cancer research.

“It’s a way to honor people that have survived cancer or to remember those that we’ve lost,” Diane Wilson, committee member, said about the annual event.

Leading up to the relay, teams and individuals participate in fundraising before taking turns walking or running around the track at Midland University during the actual event.

Next week, area residents will get the chance to assist in this year’s fundraising efforts by simply enjoying a taco.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life leadership team is hosting a Taco Night on March 15 in the Community Life Center at Good Shepherd Church at 1544 E. Military Ave.

The menu will include a choice of taco salad or softshell taco with choice of toppings, desserts and drinks, all of which will be served from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children under 5-years-old.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from Relay For Life participants, at Pinnacle Bank (1520 E. 23rd St.), or at the door on the night of the event.

Net proceeds from the fundraiser will help the American Cancer Society fund cancer research, educational programs, advocacy and patient services.

Wilson encourages area residents to attend.

“It’s about a community that takes up the fight,” she said. “It’s one way to unite people for a common cause, against cancer. I don’t know if I’ve ever met anybody who hasn’t been affected by it. In this day and age, it’s just nice to find something that people can get united over.”

The 20th Annual Relay For Life of Dodge County will take place on June 9 on the campus of Midland University in Fremont. The theme of this year’s Relay For Life of Dodge County is “At The Movies.”

For more information about the Taco Night fundraiser, or the Relay For Life of Dodge County, people are encouraged to contact Stephanie Stephenson at 402-398-0774, visit the group’s website at, or email

Sam Pimper / Tribune files 

A group of walkers make their way around the track during a past Dodge County Relay For Life.

Archers may make use of city ash trees

Some archers may help the City of Fremont take aim at dealing with a woody problem.

On Tuesday night, the Fremont Parks and Recreation Department advisory board approved a request by the Nebraska Traditional Archers to use Hormel Park for spring and fall tournaments.

It was a standard request as tournaments have been held there for years.

But Kim Koski, parks and recreation department director, also mentioned how the archers might help the city.

“We have another use for our ash trees that are going down,” she said. “They say they make bows out of them.”

Vince Smith, who represented the archers at the meeting, agreed.

“We love ash,” he said.

In January, the parks board discussed proposed resolutions for dealing with the emerald ash borer – blamed for the loss of millions of ash trees in the United States.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture confirmed the bug was found in Omaha in 2016.

Fremont is in a quarantine zone and with help from a Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) grant the city along with the city of Blair bought a tree chipper/grinder.

The tool allows damaged trees to be put to use rather than being burned or discarded in a land fill.

There are 111 trees in parks and on city land, Koski said.

City trees are expected to be removed within the next five years. Funds have been budgeted for tree replacement.

Colin Larson / Courtesy Photo  

Attendees release balloons with notes to Phyllis Gebhardt at a previous "A Walk With Phyllis" event. On Tuesday, the Fremont Parks and Recreation Department advisory board approved use of Johnson Park trail, grounds and shelter at Military Avenue and Johnson Road from 7:30 a.m. to noon June 9 for this year's event.

Support group plans gathering

The Fremont Caregivers Support Group, presented by the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter, meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the second floor community room in The Heritage at Shalimar Gardens, 749 E. 29th St., Fremont.

Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups, conducted by trained facilitators, are a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to: Develop a support system; exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions; talk through issues and ways of coping; share feelings, needs and concerns; and learn about community resources.

For more information, contact Mary, 402-721-9224; Tracy, 402-909-3088; or Elizabeth, 402-502-4300.

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Woman cited for taking cash from register

A Fremont woman was cited for theft after taking money from the cash register at a local business on Tuesday, according to the Fremont Police Department.

At approximately 3:15 p.m., Renae D. Green, 39, of Fremont was cited for theft after it was learned she was taking money from a cash register at a business in the 3000 block of east 23rd Street where she is employed.

The total estimated loss is $120.