The Nebraska Humane Society, which responds to about 40,000 animal control calls per year, officially is the outstanding animal control agency in the nation. The award from the National Animal Control Association says a lot about the privately funded group, its people and the good work they do for the community.

Congratulations to students at Bertrand High School for helping update the history of their hometown. An account of the south-central Nebraska community’s first 100 years was published, but that was nearly 30 years ago. Social studies teacher Mark Dethlefs guided seniors through researching 10 years of Bertrand history from 2003 to 2012, and many class periods were spent researching and writing sections for the history book. Knowing our links to the past is important for many reasons. And, as student Ryan Dahlgren said, “It made me appreciate Bertrand more. I want to brag about my town.”

Papillion’s latest appearance on Money magazine’s list of the best small towns to live in is a well- deserved honor for the Sarpy County community. It’s the fifth consecutive time Papillion has made the list — but that kind of recognition never gets old.

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