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Obituaries
Betty (Thompson) Wennstedt

August 22, 1925 – December 1, 2018

Betty (Thompson) Wennstedt, 93, of Fremont died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at Nye Pointe in Fremont.

The funeral service will be on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel with the committal to follow in Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before the funeral. Memorials are suggested to The Presbyterian Church.

Betty was born Aug. 22, 1925, to Bill and Olga (Buhrig) Thompson. She received her schooling in Fremont and graduated from Fremont High School in 1943. She married Vic Wennstedt on Nov. 24, 1946, after he had served three years in the Navy. To this marriage three children were born – David and twins Barbara and Brenda. Betty enjoyed camping, traveling, and watching her children's, grandkids', and great-grandchildren's sporting events. Betty worked for 30 years as a secretaryookkeeper for various places including the law offices of Sidner, Lee & Gunderson, The Presbyterian Church, Midland Lutheran College, and Memorial Hospital of Dodge County. Upon retirement she volunteered at the Low Income Ministry in several capacities for 23 years.

Betty is survived by her husband Vic; three children and spouses, David (Phyllis) Wennstedt of Omaha, Brenda (Bob) Hemje of Grand Island, and Barbara (Norm) Keimig of Minnesota; 8 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, William.

Online guestbook at www.ludvigsenmortuary.com.


AP
Nebraska consortium to present drought plan

LINCOLN (AP) — Nebraska natural resource districts, water utilities and state officials are preparing to present a collaborative report identifying additional water sources for Lincoln and Omaha and ways to replenish the Lower Platte River during drought.

The Lower Platte River Basin Consortium will hold a public meeting Wednesday in Lincoln to share details of its drought contingency plan. The collaboration comes after a 2012 drought that put a strain on the Lower Platte River, the section of the Platte River that divides the Omaha-Lincoln metro corridor and serves about 80 percent of Nebraska’s population.

The consortium published a draft analysis last month on eight potential sources of extra water, ranging in cost from $6 million to almost $250 million. Options that might supply the most water include building reservoirs on creeks, piping in water from the Missouri River or tapping into a nearby aquifer, according to the report.

It’s the first time water managers, such as natural resource districts and the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, have collaborated to chart a path forward with utilities, such as the Lincoln Water System and the Metropolitan Utilities District of Omaha, said Steve Owen, Lincoln’s water production superintendent.

All groups are concerned about the impacts of global warming on the state. Nebraska is projected to experience typical summer temperatures equivalent to those during the 2012 drought and heat wave in between 20 and 50 years, according to an analysis by the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

“As Nebraskans, we should all be mutually concerned that we’re able to deliver water to all of our communities,” said Rick Kubat, government affairs attorney for MUD. “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when (water will be needed). Rather than being reactionary to that situation, the purpose of the consortium is to be proactive.”

The consortium will next evaluate the best options through drought monitoring and test scenarios.


NEBRASKA HORTICULTURE
Sarah Browning: Gift ideas for gardeners

Selecting appropriate gifts for the gardeners on your gift list may be difficult, but only because there are so many options. Here are a few ideas of gifts or stocking stuffers for your gardening friends and relatives:

  • A gift certificate from a local garden center or online mail-order nursery. Not sure where the gardener in your life shops? Check out these General and Specialty Seed Sources at go.unl.edu/mailorderseed. Many sell seeds, plants and gardening supplies, too.
  • Flower or vegetable seeds. Someone who raved over produce from your garden will appreciate seeds of that variety to grow for him/herself.
  • A tool or garden gadget — a rain gauge, for instance, or a large outdoor thermometer. A pair of sturdy gardening gloves, a roll of plastic mulch or row cover fabric, peat pots or pellets, and plastic flats for starting seeds. New pruners or loppers.
  • A garden kneeler, with handles to provide padding for the gardener’s knees, make getting up and down easier. Or flip it over, and it becomes a stool for working in the garden.
  • For the indoor gardener, a new set of grow lights or a new plant stand. Or a new set of ordinary fluorescent tubes, which work just as well for an indoor garden light as grow lights.
  • Every gardener ends up with dirt under their fingernails. Give them a nail scrub brush, gentle hand soap and lotion.
  • A new hand-pump tank sprayer, compatible with both liquid and wettable powder-type pesticides.
  • A roto-tiller to save your gardener from hours of hand-spading and weed pulling.
  • A drip irrigation system for the garden to save water, time and money, consisting of a roll of weeping or soaker hose and water-driven irrigation timer.
  • Garden fencing for vining crops to grow on and to keep rabbits out.
  • A heating cable to warm the soil when starting seeds indoors.
  • A compost bin or tumbler lets your gardener put their garden waste to use, create great compost and improve the soil.
  • A lawn edger, to keep the sidewalks neat and trim.
  • A bird feeder and some wild bird seed.
  • A gardening book or subscription to a gardening magazine.
  • Cuttings from one of your houseplants. Or an IOU for cuttings from one of your landscape shrubs, a tree seedling or a transplant you grow to be presented at the right time for spring planting.
  • A coupon redeemable for some gardening service or supplies. For example, if you’re a horse owner, you might present a gardening friend with a coupon for a load of organic fertilizer. Or the owner of a garden tractor might give a coupon entitling the recipient to have his/her garden plowed and disked.
  • A flowering plant to brighten the home during the holidays. Even if the plant is one that will be discarded after flowering, be sure to include care instructions.

All these items and many more, could make the gardener in your life happy!


Local
Thursday calendar

Today

Alcoholics Anonymous big book study, 10 a.m., Chapter 5 Club, 136 N. Main St., Fremont.

Storytime, 10-10:30 a.m., Keene Memorial Library auditorium, 1030 N. Broad St., Fremont.

Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, noon, Chapter 5 Club, Fremont.

Fremont Kiwanis Club, noon, Presidential Dining Room, Midland University.

Santa’s Village, 4:30-7:30 p.m., The Heritage at Shalimar Gardens, 749 E. 29th St., Fremont. There will be professional pictures with Santa. Personal cameras also are welcome. The event also will feature cookies and cocoa, live entertainment and live reindeer.

Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, 5:15 p.m., Chapter 5 Club, Fremont.

Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes, 5:30-8 p.m., five Fremont homes. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at Interiors Plus in the Kollmeyer Passageway, 408 N. Main St., in Fremont. Proceeds will benefit the Heartland Family Service Jefferson House.

The Banquet, 5:30-6:30 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 3200 E. Military Ave., Fremont. The dinner is for those who dine alone too often, are new to Fremont, are far from family and friends, or are simply hungry. The dinner is free.

WinItBack, the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party Patriots of Dodge County, 6:30 p.m., Keene Memorial Library, Fremont. For more information, call Doug Wittmann at 402-317-1270.

Bingo, 7 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8223, 742 N. Main St., North Bend. Everyone is welcome.

Civil Air Patrol, 7 p.m., 1201 W. 23rd St., in yellow hangar at Fremont Airport.

Fresh Hope Support Group, 7 p.m., Dunklau Gardens Conference Room, Fremont. The faith-based support group is for those suffering from mental illness or family members and/or caregivers.

Narcotics Anonymous Freedom Works Group, 7 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Education Building, west of the church, 1440 E. Military Ave., Fremont. Enter through the rear door.

Storytime, 7-7:30 p.m., Keene Memorial Library auditorium, Fremont.

Tally Ho Toastmasters, 7-8 p.m., Midland University’s Anderson Building, Ninth and Clarkson streets, Fremont. Everyone is welcome to learn skills in communication, self-confidence and leadership. For more information, call 402-936-3479.

Alcoholics Anonymous big book study, 8 p.m., Chapter 5 Club, Fremont.

Friday

Cosmopolitan 100 Service Club, 7 a.m., Fremont Eagles Club.

HomeStore, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 701 E. Dodge St., Fremont. The HomeStore sells donated items at discounted prices. Proceeds support the mission of Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity.

Don Peterson Holiday Open House, 9-10 a.m., 1006 E. Sixth St., Fremont. Non-perishable food items will be collected for Low Income Ministry.

Al-Anon meeting, 9:30 a.m., Chapter 5 Club front room, Fremont.

Community Closet, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Uniquely Yours Stability Support, 240 N. Main St., Fremont. The cost is $5 to fill a bag. There is no limit of how many bags you can buy. For more information, call 402-727-8977.

Fremont Community Breastfeeding Support Group, 10-11 a.m., Three Rivers Health Department conference room, Fremont.

Storytime, 10-10:30 a.m., Keene Memorial Library auditorium, Fremont.

Baby and toddler time, 11 a.m. to noon, Keene Memorial Library auditorium.

Alcoholics Anonymous 12x12 study, noon, Chapter 5 Club, Fremont

Fremont Rotary Club, noon, Fremont Golf Club, N. Somers Ave.

Cedar Bluffs Music Department Soup Supper, 5-8 p.m., Cedar Bluffs Public Schools lunch room. Soup will be sold for $3 per bowl. The hometown holiday celebration also will include a cookie walk, craft fair, senior citizen craft and bake sale, winter book fair, pictures with Santa, and elementary school Christmas programs.

December artist reception, 5-7 p.m., Gallery 92 West, Fremont. Everyone is welcome. Admission is free.

Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, 5:15 p.m., Chapter 5 Club, Fremont.

Fremont Izaak Walton Fish Fry, 6-8 p.m., Izaak Walton Main Lodge, 2560 W. Military Ave., Fremont. Fried Pollack, baked Pollack, french fries, cole slaw, bread, soda and water will be served. Chicken strips will be available for non-fish eaters. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Carry out dinners may be ordered by calling 402-721-6112 at least 20 minutes in advance.

Fremont Antique Car Club, 7 p.m., Fremont Rural Fire Hall, 110 Boulevard St. For more information, contact Scott Reeson at 402-719-8318.

Al-Anon meeting, 8-9 p.m., Chapter 5 Club back room, Fremont. This support group is for families and friends of alcoholics.

Narcotics Anonymous Freedom Works Group, 8 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Education Building, west of the church, 1440 E. Military Ave., Fremont. Enter through the rear door.

Alcoholics Anonymous candlelight meeting, 10 p.m., Chapter 5 Club, Fremont.

Saturday

HomeStore, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 701 E. Dodge St., Fremont. The HomeStore sells donated items at discounted prices. Proceeds support the mission of Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity.

16th Annual Catholic Daughters Cookie Walk, 8 a.m. to noon, Delaney Hall, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Fremont. Mrs. Claus will be visiting the cookie walk.

Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, 10 a.m., Chapter 5 Club, Fremont.

Stuff the Cruiser event, 10 a.m. to noon, Dollar General Store, North Bend. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting donations of new toys, winter wear and clothing that will be delivered to families.

Storytime, 11-11:30 a.m., Keene Memorial Library auditorium, Fremont.

Alcoholics Anonymous women’s heart to heart group, noon, Chapter 5 Club, Fremont.

Stuff the Cruiser event, 1-3 p.m., Dollar General Store, Hooper. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting donations of new toys, winter wear and clothing that will be delivered to families.

Stuff the Cruiser event, 3:30-5 p.m., Dollar General Store, East Military Avenue, Fremont. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting donations of new toys, winter wear and clothing that will be delivered to families.

Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, 5:15 p.m., Chapter 5 Club, Fremont.

Soup & Pie Feed, 5:30-7 p.m., Fremont Air Boat Club, 3159 Big Island Road, Fremont. A $10 donation will be accepted for ages 11 and older. A $5 donation will be accepted for ages 10 and younger. Bring your own beverages. Everyone is welcome.

Narcotics Anonymous Lie Is Dead Group, 8 p.m., Care Corps, 723 N. Broad St., Fremont.

Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, 10:30 p.m., Chapter 5 Club, Fremont.