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Falls City Solar Eclipse

Beth McGill (left) and her sons Matt, 9, and Luke, 10, look up at the eclipse during lunch on Monday in Falls City at the Dine in the Dark event. 

FALLS CITY -- As cloudy, rainy weather threatened to put a damper on the Dine in the Dark event in downtown Falls City, the deejay apologized for "Nebraska's bipolar weather" and assured the crowd that it would pass.

"We thought that this would be the best place to watch it, because the weather looked more promising," said John Dixon of Minneapolis. Dixon drove with his sister-in-law to Falls City in hopes of beating the clouds as well as the crowds.

It turns out his luck was good. Just after 12:45 p.m., after many gave up on the cloud cover, the eclipse became visible and everyone clapped and cheered. For the next half hour, everyone on the cobblestone Main Street sat watching the sky.

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The downtown event drew 700 tourists and sold out quickly.

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"We just lucked out," said Amber Holle, executive director of the Falls City Chamber of Commerce.

-- Amber Baesler

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