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Health event at local church

COLUMBUS -- Area residents are invited to attend a Life Line Screening event from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 13 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2200 25th St.

Screenings can check for plaque levels, HDL/LDL cholesterol levels, diabetes risk, bone density and kidney and thyroid function. Packages start at $149 and can be customized based on risk factors and age.

Preregistration is required by calling 1-877-237-1287 or visiting

Pals holding fundraiser

COLUMBUS -- Big Pals-Little Pals will hold its 15th annual Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Westbrook Lanes.

This is the only fundraiser the Big Pals-Little Pals organization holds during the year. Participating teams will receive a Bowl-A-Thon T-shirt, bowl two games and win prizes throughout the day.

There are several ways to get involved: Form a four-member bowling team with a $120 entry fee for the team; a business, organization or church group can sponsor four Big and Little Pals to bowl by making a $120 donation; contribute free products or gift certificates to be used as prizes for the Bowl-A-Thon; or purchase Bowl-A-Thon raffle tickets. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Big Pals-Little Pals office, Art Editions or from Big Pals-Little Pals board members for $5 a ticket or five tickets for $20. You need not be present to win.

For more information, call 402-563-1081 or visit

Campus Visit Day at CCC-C

COLUMBUS -- Prospective students who want to see Central Community College-Columbus are invited to attend Campus Visit Day from 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 8.

Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the campus, meet faculty and learn about financial aid and scholarships.

For more information or to register for Campus Visit Day, contact Erica Leffler at 402-562-1257; toll-free at 1-877-222-0780, ext. 1257; or email To register online, go to

Individual and group tours also are available by appointment Mondays through Fridays.

Farm foreclosures become concern

OMAHA (AP) — A new report is highlighting growing concerns that farm foreclosures will be the greatest challenge to rural banks in parts of 10 Plains and Midwestern states over the next five years.

The Rural Mainstreet Index for the region rose slightly to 45.3 in October from 39.6 in September. The index released Thursday ranges between 0 and 100, with any number under 50 indicating a shrinking economy.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey of bankers, says about 10 percent of bank CEOs surveyed expect their operations to be hit hard by farm foreclosures in the next five years. Goss blamed the concern on weak farm income and low commodity prices.

Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.

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