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Ernest "Ernie" Havlovic

Ernest "Ernie" Havlovic, 85, of Brainard, died Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at St. Joseph's Villa in David City.

Funeral Mass was Monday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Brainard. Burial was at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery. Memorials in care of the family.

Ernie was born on May 17, 1932 to Joseph and Edith(Rerucha) Havlovic, on the farm near Brainard. He went to school until the 8th grade at Holy Trinity. On February 3, 1953 he enlisted with the U.S. Army and served until January 6, 1955. He came home and farmed for most of his life.

Ernie was involved with the Brainard Volunteer Fire Department, and loved to cook for their breakfasts. He like to garden, raise chickens, farm, and take annual trips with his friends. Ernie was strong in his faith, was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and the Brainard Rejda Legion Post #273.

He is survived by his siblings: Sister Ernestine(Helen), of Omaha, Bro. Edward(Wilfred), of Milwaukee, Jim(Elaine) Havlovic, of Stacyville, Iowa, Marie(Larry) Mielak, of Columbus, Ray(Orletha) Havlovic, of David City, Leonard(JoAnn) Havlovic, of Wichita, Kan., Katherine(Chuck) Lavicky, of Dwight, Bernard(Maureen) Havlovic, of Lyle, Minn., Martin Havlovic, of Portage, Wis., Edwin Havlovic, of Weehauken, N.J., and George(Mary) Havlovic, of El Paso, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

Ernie is preceded in death by his parents: Joseph and Edith; brothers: Joe Havlovic and Jerome Havlovic; and an infant brother: Francis.

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Barricades went up Thursday, June 1 to direct Nebraska 15 traffic east on D STreet in David City. Fourth Street was torn up between C and Iowa streets heading south. 

Maurice Havlovic

Maurice Havlovic, 82, of Brainard, passed away December 1, 2017 at the Butler County Health Care Center.

Funeral Mass was  Tuesday, Dec. 5. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Brainard. Memorials in care of the family.

Maurice was born Feb. 23, 1935 to John and Lucille(Samek) Havlovic on the farm near Brainard. After his father passed away he had to quit school at the ninth grade to go run the family farm. Maurice farmed most of his life, and ran Havlovic Construction.

He loved to Minnesota fish, dance to Polka music, gambling, and traveling. Maurice was a member of the Brainard Volunteer Fire Department, the Brainard Town Board, Holy Trinity Parish Council, and was a lector and usher at Holy Trinity.

He is survived by his wife: Ruby, of Houston, Texas; children: Greg(Shari) Havlovic, of Brainard, Kevin(Denise) Havlovic, of Brainard, and Lisa(Mike) Cunningham, of Lincoln; siblings: Mary Jane(Ed) Karicek, Clare(Carl) Schnase, Monica(Ron) Lyons, and Robert(Charlene) Havlovic; four grandchildren: Travis(Michelle) Havlovic, Bryce(Alyssa) Havlovic, Matthew Cunningham, and Megan Cunningham; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Maurice is preceded in death by his parents; brother: Jack Havlovic, and a sister: Edna Havlovic.

Dennis "Don" C. Svoboda

Dennis "Don" C. Svoboda, 85, of David City died Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at David Place in David City.

Funeral Mass was held Saturday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, David City. Burial was at Appleton Cemetery. Memorials: Masses, Appleton Assumption Catholic Church or Cancer Society.

Don was born on May 17, 1932 in David City, Nebraska to James J. and Rose(Samek) Svoboda. He farmed for most of his life. He was a member of Appleton Assumption Catholic Church all of his life. He was a past president of the Pork Feeders Association, Bruno School Board and Assumption Parish Council. He was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and past Grand Knight and District Deputy Director. He was also a lifetime member of the Fr. McGivney Service Award of Council 1717. He was also a past member of the Butler County Rural Public Power District Board.

After moving to David City, Don and MaryAnn quickly became known for their farmers market, where they would sell sweetcorn, vegetables, melons, and other various produce.

Don is survived by his wife: MaryAnn; sons: Galen(Mary) Svoboda of Pierce, Greg(Judy) Svoboda and Gary Svoboda both of Bruno; two sisters: Darlene Sloup of David City and Delores(Mark) Landholm of Columbus; 7 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 2 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant brother: Don.

Ferdinand M. Dohmen

Ferdinand M. Dohman, 93, of rural Monroe, Nebraska died at his home November 25, 2017.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, Nov. 30 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Tarnov. Burial at St. Anthony's Cemetery, rural Platte Center. 

Surviving Ferd are his spouse of 65 years, Jane of Monroe, children Deacon Louis and Doris Dohmen of Columbus, Theresa and Leo Cuhel of O'Neill, Karen and Gary Kuhr of Platte Center, Joyce and Dan Buresh of Platte Center, Dennis and Sherri Dohman of Monroe, Diane and Joe Hruska of Ulysses, Herman Dohman of Columbus, 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Arrangements with Duesman Funeral Chapel of Humphrey.

Giving the gift of warmth

Lincoln - According to 2015 Census data nearly 225,000 Nebraskans, 12.2 percent of the state’s population is living below the poverty line. In many Nebraska communities nearly half of the families with children registered in school qualify for the low income, free and reduced lunch program. On the sunniest of days making ends meet can be a daily stress. As temperatures drop, many households are contemplating the long winter ahead and wondering how they’ll meet all of their family’s needs.

Through the many programs it offers, The Salvation Army gets to know these families and their struggles personally. They sit with the single mother of three who works two jobs and the disabled veteran who has returned to their hometown. And they find ways to give assistance which also offers families hope.

That’s why the Heat Share program has become so important.

“For families stretched to pay all their bills each month, an unexpected car repair or medical bill could put them behind. The Heat Share program, with funds provided by Black Hills Energy and their generous customers, is a vital resource for these families facing a shut off who come to The Salvation Army for assistance,” says Dr. Linda Burkle, divisional social services director for The Salvation Army. “In addition to helping with utility bills, Heat Share may repair heating systems.

The Heat Share program is largely funded by donations made by Black Hills Energy employees and customers through the Black Hills Cares program. Employees give donations and organize fundraisers across the state with the proceeds going to the energy assistance program.

Black Hills Energy customers can indicate the amount of a one-time or monthly contribution to Black Hills Cares on the return portion of their bill. Donations to Black Hills Cares also can be made through Black Hills Energy’s eBill program, a fast, free and paperless way to view and pay the bill online.

Black Hills Energy matches donations to Black Hills Cares dollar-for-dollar, and forwards the total to assistance agencies in the community. In Nebraska, that means the Salvation Army’s Heat Share program.

The Salvation Army appreciates the program says Burkle, “We are so grateful for this partnership with Black Hills Energy and the resources they provide. Without it, this program would not exist.”

“The future of our communities depends on us having a shared sense of responsibility and knowing we are all in this together. As the natural gas utility partner, we want to be able to give a hand up where we can, and our Black Hills Cares program and Heat Share partnership does that,” states Jeff Sylvester, vice president of Nebraska natural gas operations for Black Hills Energy.

The program is now available to families in all of the communities Black Hills Energy serves across Nebraska.

Black Hills Energy

Black Hills Energy is a community partner to nearly 300 Nebraska communities providing energy to approximately 300,000 customers across Nebraska.  More information is available at and