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Empire State Bldg. Run Up

February 7, 2013 by Wayne Hunkins (Register to contact)

I completed the Empire State Bldg. Run Up Feb. 6. About 35 minutes. 86 flights and 1576 steps. Good fun was had by all.

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Family plays key role in Pillen Family Farms | Nebraska News  Lincoln Journal Star

COLUMBUS — Jim Pillen makes it very clear that family is critical to success.

Columbus High announces Kwapnioski as new AD | High School  Columbus Telegram

Columbus High School announced the hiring of a new Athletic Director in a press release sent out by current AD Dave Hiebner on Tuesday.

STEM Academy building Columbus' future workforce | Local  Columbus Telegram

In a matter of months, Columbus High School will hand out diplomas to a second class that has spent a full academic year in the new facility. May will also.

CHS receives award for STEM program | Local  Columbus Telegram

Columbus High School has one of the best skilled and technical science programs in Nebraska, and now it has the award to prove it.

Two CPS Principals to retire this year | Local |  Columbus Telegram

It's hard for Superintendent Troy Loeffelholz to watch extensive experience and talent walk out the door.

Columbus softball coach Braun stepping away to become a fan  Columbus Telegram

After a decade in the dugout, and four daughters in the lineup during those 10 years of coaching, Paul Braun stepped down from Columbus High School softball ...

Columbus High School Timeline | Local |  Columbus Telegram

1860-61 — Columbus forms a school district after the first school building is donated. The log cabin was previously used as a company home by the Columbus ...

Columbus hosts first-ever Spanish competition | Local  Columbus Telegram

Liliana Velasco was surprised when the annual Language Fair at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was canceled this year.

They'll come marching in: Musicians coming to town for competition  Columbus Telegram

Color guards, drum lines and indoor marching bands from Omaha metro will be making their way to town this weekend for the Columbus Indoor Competition.

Several CHS graduates overcome obstacles to cross the finish line  Columbus Telegram

The long and winding road to a high school diploma is a unique journey for everyone involved.

STEM program to return at CPS for second year  Columbus Telegram

Columbus Public Schools will once again be showcasing the STEM on the GO! program this year through interactive lessons at the district's elementary and ...

Area proms | Local |  Columbus Telegram

Three area schools recently held proms. Students at Scotus Central Catholic attended prom on March 30, Lakeview High School's prom was on April 6, and ...

Columbus High School Marching Cardinals set for summer showcase  WiscNews

The Columbus High Marching Cardinals have been hard at work preparing for the coming fall competitive marching arts season. Since July 15, students have ...

Hiebner to ascend again | Local |  Columbus Telegram

Dave Hiebner knows blood is red, but it could be argued his blood is maroon. He's dedicated more than a decade of his life to serving students and the ...

Sleepers No More | High School |  Columbus Telegram

Columbus High junior Ivan Rios-Lopez admitted after Saturday's match that the Discoverers have felt perhaps disrespected, or at the least, overlooked at the ...

High school students learn to embrace their cultures  Columbus Telegram

Three Columbus High School students left the Latino Youth Summit on Tuesday feeling more empowered about their heritage.

Columbus wrestling primed for a big run | High School  Columbus Telegram

There's a certain feeling that's readily apparent stepping on the mat in the Columbus High School wrestling room.

Fortenberry town hall tour to make stop in Columbus  Columbus Telegram

U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, congressman for Nebraska's first congressional district, will hold his yearly town hall with constituents at 3 p.m. Friday at Columbus ...

New CHS AD: Always a Discoverer at heart  Columbus Telegram

You might say that Tim Kwapnioski is Columbus through and through, always a Discoverer at heart.

CHS recognizes top students | Local |  Columbus Telegram

Columbus High School recently recognized 133 students for being in the top 10 percent of their class. Those earning this honor include:

Vaping among youth raises issues | Local |  Columbus Telegram

Five Columbus High School students on average are caught vaping on school grounds every week.

Field of Dreams: CHS planning for baseball, softball fields in five-year plan  Columbus Telegram

"If you build it, they will come." Those immortal words were whispered to Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) one evening in the fields of his Southwest Iowa farm.

After strong season, CHS tennis ready for Omaha  Columbus Telegram

Columbus High girls tennis has put together one of the most impressive seasons in recent memory. The Discoverers went 5-1 in dual competition, finished ...

CPS seniors earn hundreds of scholarships | Local  Columbus Telegram

Columbus High School graduating seniors recently gathered to celebrate at the CHS Annual Honors Night.

Joann Poffenberger  The Republic

Joann Poffenberger COLUMBUS Lois Joann Daily Poffenberger, 88, of Columbus, passed away peacefully at her home Thursday, August 22, 2019. Joann was ...

Arlt's Columbus Soccer Club work a labor of love  Columbus Telegram

Kay Arlt's Friday began before the sunrise on a trip to Lincoln and Sam's Club to obtain provisions for the concession stand. When she returned to Columbus, ...

A cappella groups come to Columbus for inaugural event  Columbus Telegram

Jacob Ritter had a strenuous last week. First, as Columbus High School's choir director, he prepared his three show choirs for the Nebraska A Cappella ...

CHS concert choir Nashville bound to compete at Grand Ole Opry  Columbus Telegram

Dozens of Columbus High School Concert Choir students on Wednesday evening loaded a charter bus and started the approximately 13-hour trek to Nashville, ...

Columbus students move into new high school | Nebraska News  Lincoln Journal Star

COLUMBUS — Columbus students moved into the district's new high school Monday, the first step in the Columbus Public Schools' modernization plan.

CPS welcomes new foundation director | Local  Columbus Telegram

A newly created position at Columbus Public Schools has just been filled with Nicole Anderson taking over as the CPS Marketing/Foundation Director.

Schutt to become CHS girls soccer coach | Sports  Columbus Telegram

Columbus High School announced the hiring of Jennifer Schutt as the next Head Girls Soccer Coach earlier this week.

Discoverer hall welcoming sixth class | High School  Columbus Telegram

Fourteen individuals and two teams will take their place in Columbus High School immortality when the Discoverer Hall of Fame welcomes in its 2019 class on ...

Lakeview band director goes beyond music | Local  Columbus Telegram

Wade Howles said he didn't become a music teacher to win awards or receive special recognition.

High school bands to compete in Columbus Marching Festival this Saturday  Columbus Telegram

High school bands from all over Nebraska will be seen marching through the streets of downtown Columbus for the 44th annual Columbus Marching Festival on ...

Students explore local career options on Manufacturing Day  Columbus Telegram

Area businesses opened their doors on Thursday to Platte County high school students to explore local career opportunities.

Seiler goes from no-name in high school to Boston Marathon qualifier  Columbus Telegram

Matt Seiler has run two marathons in his life. In his first try, he accomplished his goal and broke the three-hour mark. In his second, he qualified for the Boston ...

PK loss denies Discoverer dreams | High School  Columbus Telegram

OMAHA - The dream of bringing a first-ever state soccer championship to Columbus High School will have to wait a bit longer.

Viral video inspires kindness in Columbus Public Schools  Columbus Telegram

Columbus High School Social Studies Teacher Patrick Clark never had any aspirations of becoming a viral video star, it just happened.

Relay for Life of Platte County officially rescheduled  Columbus Telegram

Relay for Life of Platte County will get underway later in the summer than expected, but it's still happening.

Youth | Local |  Columbus Telegram

Since the March flooding disaster struck the area, Trinity Lutheran School students and staff have been supporting a local family, gathering weekly monetary ...

Columbus readies for Memorial Day program | Local  Columbus Telegram

It was a moment Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley will never forget.

Treasures of the Church making a stop in Columbus  Columbus Telegram

History and healing will be on display Friday night when St. Isidore's Catholic Church hosts "Treasures of the Church."

CHS golf hosts home invite | Golf |  Columbus Telegram

Some of the top high school golf teams in the state gathered at Elks Country Club on Thursday for the annual CHS Invite.

Behlen visits Columbus High School welding class | News  Columbus Telegram

Students at Columbus High School Friday got a firsthand introduction to what a life working at Behlen Building Systems might look.

Joseph shows off technicolor dreamcoat in CHS musical this weekend  Columbus Telegram

The Holy Bible will meet Broadway for the latest Columbus High School musical.

Design finalized for new Columbus High campus | Education  Lincoln Journal Star

COLUMBUS — Plans for the $49.9 million Columbus High School project were recently completed, even though work started on the 60-acre site along 33rd ...

Frost makes surprise visit to Columbus | Local |  Columbus Telegram

Nebraska Cornhuskers head football coach Scott Frost said he was determined to get the whole state behind the program when he was hired in 2017, and on ...

CHS rolls through GNAC tournament | High School  Columbus Telegram

Columbus wrestling entered the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference tournament the clear favorite to walk away with another team title.

Centennial Elementary lands new principal | Education  Columbus Telegram

Columbus Middle School Assistant Principal Andrew Luebbe on Tuesday spent a good portion of his day helping with the fourth-grade orientation process.

Seeing double, triple | Local |  Columbus Telegram

Victoria Joseph, head cheer coach at Columbus High School, said this year's homecoming candidates are a sight to behold because of a unique coincidence.

Local dancer with Down syndrome eyes final competition, life moving forward  Columbus Telegram

Morgan Putnam didn't walk until she was 2 and didn't speak until she was at least 3 after being diagnosed with Down syndrome by a physician during a routine ...

The reluctant superstar | High School |  Columbus Telegram

Columbus High School Homecoming is on Saturday night, and Joey Braasch doesn't have a date.

Hughes to help run Big Apple Bagels | Local |  Columbus Telegram

Longtime Columbus resident Steve Hughes never imagined he would get back into the restaurant industry, but then came a phone call from friend and bowling ...

Apply2College Day provides push for post-secondary education  Columbus Telegram

Columbus High School seniors were given the extra push to complete their college applications on Thursday during Apply2College Day.

CCC All-Star game entertains fans | Basketball  Columbus Telegram

Fans present at the 2019 CCC All-Star game held Thursday evening at Columbus High School witnessed high-level basketball as some of the top players in the ...

Youth digests | Local |  Columbus Telegram

LINCOLN -- Jackson James Osborn will graduate from the University of Nebraska College of Law on May 4. Osborn is the son of Jim and Betty Osborn of ...

'This is home': Olk takes pride in helping hometown  Columbus Telegram

Editor's note: "Community Champions" is a new weekly feature in which area residents who are advocates for the community are profiled. To recommend ...

Documentary puts Columbus High in spotlight | Local  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — Sarah Kwapnioski was feeling like a movie star.

Despite delays, new CHS expected to be under budget  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — Columbus Public Schools board members on Monday evening approved some spending changes in the construction costs for the new ...

James "Jim" R. Loseke | Obituaries |  Columbus Telegram

James "Jim" R. Loseke, 83, of Columbus, died Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Morys Haven in Columbus. The funeral *service* will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, ...

Coming full circle: Mueller's big aspirations helping Columbus grow  Columbus Telegram

Editor's note: "Community Champions" is a new weekly feature in which area residents who are advocates for the community are profiled. To recommend ...

Joseph "Joey" Sullivan | Obituaries |  Columbus Telegram

Joseph “Joey” Sullivan, 24, of Columbus, died Saturday, June 22, 2019, as the result of an auto accident north of Columbus. Mass of Christian Burial, the ...

Trevor Michael Luckey | Obituaries |  Columbus Telegram

Trevor Michael Luckey, 15, passed away Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at Children's Hospital in Omaha surrounded by his family. He was diagnosed on Feb. 22, 2018 ...

2 nurses receive prestigious honor | Local |  Columbus Telegram

Two women with Columbus ties recently earned honors for their work in nursing.

Jeanne Raimondo | Obituaries |  Columbus Telegram

Jeanne Raimondo, 79, of Columbus, and Lakewood Ranch, Florida, died Friday, July 5, 2019, at Bryan LGH East Campus in Lincoln. Mass of Christian Burial ...

CHS graduate spends summer at Oxford | News  Columbus Telegram

Gerardo Soto's journey from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to the University of Oxford began with a decision he made midway through his collegiate term.

Fighting for survivors: 2019 Relay For Life of Platte County gets new venue  Columbus Telegram

The 2019 Relay For Life of Platte County is moving on up – to the north end of town.

Barry Wilke | Obituaries |  Columbus Telegram

Barry Wilke, 69, of Columbus, died Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Bryan LGH East Campus in Lincoln. The funeral *service* will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, ...

Gary Gotschall Sr. | Obituaries |  Columbus Telegram

Gary Gotschall Sr., 65, of Columbus, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at Bryan Medical Center West Campus in Lincoln. A memorial *service* will be held at 2 p.m. on ...

Meet records fall at Columbus home track event  Columbus Telegram

The Columbus High boys' and girls' track teams saw three meet records broken Monday in a dual meet with visiting Norfolk at Columbus High School.

Three Columbus natives enter Innocent's Society | Local  Columbus Telegram

Three Columbus natives selected to be part of the 13-person University of Nebraska-Lincoln Innocents Society were recently recognized with their peers on April ...

Shattering the stigma: School counselors aim to help all students  Columbus Telegram

One of the biggest challenges for Columbus Public Schools counselors is parents, not kids.

Christian Reid Schwager | Obituaries |  Columbus Telegram

Christian Schwager, 26, of Columbus, died Monday, May 27, 2019, as a result of an auto accident west of Columbus. The funeral *service* will be held at 10:30 ...

Columbus falls to Bryan without top scorers | Sports  Columbus Telegram

Columbus High's leading scorers were held out of Thursday's regular-season-ending road match recovering from injury and sickness. Ivan Lopez, who leads the ...

Columbus prom dress drive makes a return | Local  Columbus Telegram

Prom is a night that most who attend will remember in one way or another for their entire lives.

New middle school final step along seven-year path  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — Troy Loeffelholz thanked the entire community for helping Columbus Public Schools reach the end of a path it set course on seven years ago.

CMS Vocal Tech jazz choir takes home prestigious award  Columbus Telegram

It was during her senior year at Columbus High School in 2004 that Celeste Ditter participated in the first ever Vocal Jazz Festival.

5 things you may have missed in The Columbus Telegram recently  Columbus Telegram

1. “Home in the heartland” (June 15). The evening of Sunday, June 9, had a picture-perfect moment that Jill Goedeken will likely not forget anytime soon.

Ralph Olson | Obituaries |  Columbus Telegram

Aug. 11, 1945-Jan. 7, 2019. Ralph Olson, 73, of Columbus, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at his home in Columbus. A memorial *service* will be held at 10:30 a.m. ...

Columbus hosts golf invite | High School |  Columbus Telegram

A crisp, cool morning greeted golfers from 15 different high schools as they coverged on the Elks Country Club for the Columbus High School boys' varsity golf ...

Busy summer for Keep Columbus Beautiful | Local  Columbus Telegram

Summer is finally here! Hopefully, everyone enjoyed the fireworks and family time over the Fourth. As beautiful as the Fourth of July is it is actually one of the ...

Cindy Harsh-Zimmer | Obituaries |  Columbus Telegram

Cindy Harsh-Zimmer passed away suddenly on March 10, 2019, at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, ...

Leading by example: Larson thrives by forging his own path, helping youth  Columbus Telegram

Fighting against the current is something Nick Larson has never shied away from.

Columbus' Kucera signs with Northeast | High School  Columbus Telegram

Being a defender in soccer means your head must constantly be on a swivel. But, what goes on between the ears is just as important.

CHS athletic facilities sure to wow | Local |  Columbus Telegram

Editor's note: This story and a dozen others will be featured in a special section in Saturday's Telegram highlighting the new Columbus High School.

Senior students celebrate at proms before graduation | Local  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS – Prom season is not merely an occasion for the glitz and glamour, but it also a time for togetherness and celebration.

CHS trio sign letters of intent | High School |  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS -- Michael Koch, Juan Leon and Nathan Slusarski were among the catalysts for the Columbus High football team the past four years.

Opening date for new Columbus High pushed to March  Lincoln Journal Star

COLUMBUS — Contractors will need more time this winter to put the finishing touches on the new $49.9 million Columbus High School and revamp the old high ...

Scotus basketball drops openers to St. Cecilia | High School  Columbus Telegram

The Hastings St. Cecilia girls hit six times from long range in the second quarter and built a lead No. 10 Scotus Central Catholic never overcame the rest of the.

New-look Higgins Memorial set to open later this month  Columbus Telegram

Dennis Hirschbrunner hoped that renovations for the Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial at Pawnee Park would be complete just in time for the 75th anniversary ...

Columbus Middle School hosts annual science fair | Local  Columbus Telegram

Sara Amador was nervous. She was noticeably uncomfortable talking to strangers, but regardless, she pressed on with presenting her science experiment ...

Douglas J. Micek | Obituaries |  Columbus Telegram

Douglas J. Micek, of Lincoln, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Lincoln. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, at St. Stanislaus Catholic ...

Behlen launches apprenticeship program | Local  Columbus Telegram

Area students will be able to receive first-hand work experience with Behlen Manufacturing Co. launching its Registered Apprenticeship Program on Tuesday.

Cynthia Marie "Cindy" LaCroix | Obituaries |  Columbus Telegram

Cynthia Marie “Cindy” LaCroix, 62, of Norfolk, died Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at her residence in Norfolk following a valiant 15-year battle with lung cancer.

Ashley Hellbusch | Obituaries |  Columbus Telegram

Ashley Hellbusch, 27, of Columbus, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at her home in Columbus. The funeral *service* will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb.

Design makes high school 'uniquely Columbus' | Local  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — When DLR Group designed the new Columbus High School, it took the school's theme and mascot to heart.

Columbus High's best returning for final home game  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — Some of the best basketball and volleyball players in Discoverer history are returning Friday to bid farewell to the current Columbus High School.

Central makeover continues with new gym floor | College  Columbus Telegram

Over the past 50 years Central Community College - Columbus has had its share of successful teams come and go at the Raider Fieldhouse.

CHS teacher resigns over student relationship allegations | Education  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — A Columbus High School teacher recently resigned from her job on the same day allegations arose about an improper relationship between the ...

Douglas Blair DeNio | Obituaries |  Columbus Telegram

Douglas Blair DeNio, 67, died Friday, Dec. 28th, 2018, at Columbus Community Hospital. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Columbus ...

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