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Edna May Kruse

April 4, 1921 - November 11, 2017

Edna May Kruse, age 96, of Waverly, formerly of Omaha, was a school teacher, a Sunday school teacher, avid camper, Cub Scout leader and PTA life time member. Preceded in death by husband; John Kruse, twin brother; Edward Rusho.

She is survived by children: Elaine E. Booth (Tom), Gerald J. Kruse (Sally) and Katheryn A. Forbes (Mike), six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, brother; Robert Rusho, sister; Dorothy Maske, many loving family members and friends.

Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, with celebration of life at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, both at Braman Mortuary 72nd Street Chapel, Omaha. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Omaha. Memorials may be made to First Central Congregational UCC at 421 S 36th St. Omaha, NE 68131. Please share condolences with the family at

Harvey Pickrel

April 8, 1939 - November 10, 2017

Harvey Pickrel, 78, of Benedict, died Nov. 10, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Janice; daughter, Lori (Zach) Suddarth; son, Clark (Sandi) Pickrel; six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and sister, Bonnie (Elden) Heiden.

Services: 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20, at the First United Methodist Church, York. Family will greet friends from 4:30 - 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Metz Mortuary, York. Memorials suggested to the First United Methodist Church Foundation or in care of family. Condolences,

LeRoy Dale Dickey

October 5, 1955 – November 5, 2017

The Lord took LeRoy Dale Dickey, 62, of Valparaiso, to heaven on Nov. 5, 2017. Cremation, no visitation. Memorial service: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ceresco. Memorials to the family. Condolences,

Harold E. Crabtree

Harold E. Crabtree

Tecumseh, November 11, 2017

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Elmwood will fill village board vacancies in mail election

A special election by mail has been scheduled for Dec. 12 to fill three vacancies on the Elmwood Village Board in Cass County.

Three of the five members of the board recently resigned, prompting Secretary of State John Gale to call for an election as authorized by state law when half or more of the seats on a city council or village board are vacated.

Five candidates filed for terms that would end in December 2018 -- Kathleen Goerlitz, Tony Graff, Brandon Collins, Miki Bruns and Terry Carlton. Voters will choose two board members from the list, according to Cass County Election Commissioner Nancy Josoff.

One candidate, Trenton Shrader, filed for the single term that ends in December 2020.

Josoff said her office will mail ballots on Nov. 20 and they need to be returned by 5 p.m. on Dec. 12.

Kevin Scott Randall

March 23, 1955 - November 10, 2017

Kevin Scott Randall, 62, of Bennet, passed away November 10, 2017. Visitation: 9a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday and with the family 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral service: 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 15, Saint Mark's United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd. Burial will follow at the Bennet Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers to the family for later designation. Condolences: Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements

Robert Allen Fahrnbruch

September 8, 1956 - November 12, 2017

Robert Allen Fahrnbruch, 61, of Hallam, passed away Sunday, November 12, 2017. Born to John and Vera (Cummings) Fahrnbruch on September 8, 1956, in Lincoln.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, at Hallam Congregational United Church of Christ, 205 North Harrison Street, Hallam. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. with family present from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, November 14, at the church. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Leslie D. Ward

Leslie D. Ward

Fairbury, January 31, 1937 - October 25, 2017

Sujay Kollipara

March 11, 1968 - November 8, 2017

Sujay Kollipara, 49, of Lincoln, passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 8, 2017. Sujay was born in Secunderabad, India, on March 11, 1968. He graduated from St. Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia, Missouri, and went on to study at Concordia University in Seward and receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, as well as a master's in counseling from Doane University in Crete. Sujay worked as a counselor at Epworth Village in York, Orr Psychotherapy in Lincoln, and at Cypress Creek Hospital in Houston, Texas. He enjoyed golfing, classic rock music, eating good food, rooting for the Huskers, watching sports, and spending time with his friends and family.

Sujay is survived by his parents, Drs. Jayasuri and Indira Kollipara; his brother and sister-in-law Samith and Stephannie Kollipara; his three nephews, Ian, Brighton, and Oliver, and his girlfriend, Nancy Lehfeldt.

The family has suggested giving a memorial gift to Saint Paul Lutheran High school in memory of Sujay, in lieu of sending flowers. If you'd like to do that, you can do so here: Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 14, at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 724 S. 12th Street, Lincoln. Interment: Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery. Condolences at

Agnes Louise “Pudge” Adams

September 12, 1925 - November 11, 2017

Agnes Louise “Pudge” Adams, 92, of Lincoln, passed away November 11, 2017. Born September 12, 1925, in Havelock, to Ralph Harold and Laura Marie (Hardin) Mallory.

Preceded in death by husband, William “Bill” Adams; parents; sisters, Dorothy Thompson, Mary Lebsack and Helen Donaldson. Family members include her daughters, Elisa (Bob)Martin, Gretna and Cheryl (Lee) Griess, Omaha; grandchildren, Megan, Kristin and Justin, and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. Friday (11-17) at Fairview Cemetery, 84th & Adams. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, to Alzheimer's Association or Tabitha Home Activities Fund. Visitation: 1-6 p.m. with family present from 1-3 p.m. Thursday at Roper and Sons Waverly Chapel, 10851 North 148th St. Condolences online at

RaeLeen (Monroe) Formanek

May 19, 1959 - November 10, 2017

RaeLeen (Monroe) Formanek passed away November 10, 2017. Visitation: 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, November 15, at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Celebration of life service: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, November 16, Second Baptist Church, 525 N. 58th St.

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Nebraska Air Force base expands protection against drones

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE — Offutt Air Force Base officials say the base has expanded its defenses against drones and can stop any that venture within its boundaries of airspace.

A news release from Offutt says it now has "a number of unique defense systems" to protect against drones. The release doesn't go into specifics.

"Our mission is to ensure the safety and security of resources and personnel on base and this is just one method of keeping pace with an ever-evolving threat," said Lt. Col. William Smith, commander of the 55th Security Forces Squadron at the base.

Drones are entirely off-limits within 3 miles of the base's airfield. Drone use between 3 miles and the edge of its Federal Aviation Administration airspace at 5 miles is very limited.

The message follows recent guidance from the Pentagon that lays out the military's authority to disable or shoot down any drone that violates airspace restrictions over a U.S. base. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said a classified policy covering drones had been approved in August.

Davis said the policy details the actions the military can take to stop any threat, including destroying or seizing any unmanned aircraft flown over a base.

"The increase of commercial and private drones in the U.S. has raised our concerns with regards to safety and security of our installations," he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration estimated last year that there are about 1.1 million drones in use. The agency predicted the number could grow to 4.5 million by 2021.

Davis said the military has always been authorized to defend the bases and troops, "but this I think makes it a little more solidified with what we're able to do."

Tuesday Calendar

Government meetings

Board of Commissioners — 9 a.m., County-City Building, Room 112, 555 S. 10th St. 402-441-7485.

Lincoln Lancaster County Board of Health -- 5 p.m., LLCHD, Training Center, 3140 N St. 402-441-8093.

Performing arts

Black Violin -- 7:30 p.m., Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 N. 12th St. 402-472-4747.

Night life

Auld Pavilion — Veterans Celebration Dance, featuring The Humdingers, 7-9 p.m., 1650 Memorial Drive, Antelope Park. For all ages.

Cottonwood Cafe Bistro Bar — Pub quiz, 7 p.m., 440 S. 11th St.

Lincoln Eagles Club #147 — jam session, 7-10 p.m., 500 W. Industrial Lake Drive.

Vega -- Trash Talk with Jocko, Justified Aggression, 7 p.m., 350 Canopy St.

Zoo Bar — Jazzocracy, 7 p.m.; Shake a Tail Feather with DJ Relic, 10 p.m., 136 N. 14th St.


Ross Media Arts Center — "Goodbye Christopher Robin" (PG) 4:40, 7, 9:20 p.m.; "The Florida Project" (R) 4:50, 7:15, 9:40 p.m., 313 N. 13th St. 402-472-5353.


Nebraska Community Blood Bank blood drive — 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., University of Nebraska-Lincoln Corn Bowl, 1400 R St. 877-486-9414 or

Preservation Association of Lincoln Brown Bag -- "Jim McKee's Compleat History of Lincoln Program No. 25" with Jim McKee, noon, Nebraska History Museum, 131 Centennial Mall North. Open to public.

Ryan Post fundraiser spaghetti feed -- 4-8 p.m., Lincoln Firefighters Reception Hall, 241 Victory Lane. Spaghetti, salad, dessert and beverage. Also, raffles. $10/adults, $5/ages 11 and younger. Proceeds to Ryan's family for medical and funeral expenses.

Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist Lecture series -- with ceramic artists Linda Lopez and Cristina Cordova, 5:30 p.m., Richards Hall, Room 15, Stadium Drive and T Street. Open to public.

Upcoming events

Wednesday: Nebraska Community Blood Bank blood drives — 8-11 a.m., Department of Veterans Affairs, 3800 Village Drive; 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., UNL Corn Bowl, 1400 R St. 877-486-9414 or

Wednesday: Fine Wine performance -- 10 a.m., Lake Street Senior Center, 2400 S. 11th St.

Wednesday: Lincoln Music Teachers Association event -- "How to Play Piano and Harpsichord, Differences in Sound, Technique and Expression" by technician Morgan Cowell, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 2723 N. 50th St.

Wednesday: The Salvation Army Tree of Lights Kickoff -- 5-7 p.m. (tree lighting at 6 p.m.), HOME Real Estate, 5322 O St. Musical entertainment, face painting, kids activities, photos with Santa and refreshments.

Wednesday: Journal Club -- with Catherine Griesen, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Francie & Finch Bookshop, 130 S. 13th St.


Topic breakfast -- featuring Tom Bassett, antiques guru, 7:30 a.m. Nov. 16, Roper & Sons Reception Room, 4300 O St. Do not bring items for evaluation. Reservations: 402-476-1225 or

"'70s Boogie Night: Live and in Color" — 6:30-9 p.m., Nov. 16, Nebraska History Museum, 131 Centennial Mall North. Disco dancing to the Gittin' Hipper Fun Bunch, food and drink, behind-the-scenes tour, TV trivia contest and more. Advance tickets/$20 at or $25/at door.

"Into the Woods" auditions — TADA Productions, 6:30-9 p.m., Nov. 19 and 7-10 p.m., Nov. 20, TADA Theatre, 701 P St. Roles available for actors/singers ages 16-60s. Schedule appointment and send a photo and list of stage experience to

Records, 11.14.17


NOV. 5

Kavan, Heather (Waldman) and Michael, Malmo, boy, Butler County Health Care Center

NOV. 7

Hein, Jennifer (Haselhort) and Bryan, David City, girl, Butler County Health Care Center

NOV. 9

Olderbak, Amber (Hegwood) and Michael, Lincoln, girl, Bryan

NOV. 10

Nielsen, Lindsay, and Herman, Andrew, Lincoln, girl, Bryan

Rezac, Sarah, Lincoln, girl, Bryan

Westfall, Heather, and Higgins, Patrick, Lincoln, girl, Bryan

NOV. 11

Bailey, Elizabeth (LaFevre) and Cy, Lincoln, girl, Bryan

Gresham, Samantha, and Bullock, Keith Jr., Humboldt, boy, Bryan

Higgins, Brandy (McCreah) and Cory, Lincoln, girl, Bryan

Ornelas, Roxana, and Valdovinos, Emanuel, Lincoln, boy, Bryan

NOV. 12

Fryzek, Cristy (McAllister) and Aaron, Lincoln, boy and girl twins, Bryan