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Grand Island, Neb. native and Marine Pvt. Dale R. Geddes was given a proper burial at the Grand Island City Cemetery after his remains were discovered and identified 72 years after being killed during World War II Battle of Tarawa in Tarawa, Betio, Kiribati. Geddes casket was taken from Apfel Funeral Home to the cemetery by an original 1872 horse-drawn hearse with full military honors by Detachment I Maintenance Co. Combat Logistics Battalion 451 USMC of Omaha, Neb.

Detachment I Maintenance Company Combat Logistics Battalion 451 USMC Marines from Omaha, Neb are casket bearers for Pvt. Dale R. Geddes. The Marines transport Geddes casket from an 1872 horse-drawn hearse Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 at Grand Island City Cemetery in Grand Island, Neb. Bill Baasch, left, and Derek Apfel, right, stand on either side. (Andrew Carpenean/The Independent via AP)

Detachment I Maintenance Company Combat Logistics Battalion 451 USMC Marines from Omaha, Neb are casket bearers for Pvt. Dale R. Geddes. The Marines transport Geddes casket from an 1872 horse-drawn hearse at Grand Island City Cemetery in Grand Island, Neb. Bill Baasch, left, and Derek Apfel, right, stand on either side.

Family members grieve during the graveside funeral for Pvt. Dale R. Geddes grieve as the USMC color guard folds a flag draping Geddes casket during a graveside funeral at Grand Island City Cemetery Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 in Grand Island, Neb. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Family members grieve during the graveside funeral for Pvt. Dale R. Geddes grieve as the USMC color guard folds a flag draping Geddes casket during a graveside funeral at Grand Island City Cemetery.

First Sgt. Christopher Westbrook of the USMC takes a knee while presenting an American flag to Pvt. Dale R. Geddes eldest niece Shirley Nelson during a graveside service honoring the fallen solider who was killed in action during the Battle of Tarawa in World War II. (Andrew Carpenean/The Independent via AP)

First Sgt. Christopher Westbrook of the USMC takes a knee while presenting an American flag to Pvt. Dale R. Geddes eldest niece Shirley Nelson during a graveside service honoring the fallen solider who was killed in action during the Battle of Tarawa in World War II.

The Grand Island Fire Dept. flies a flag from the top of a ladder engine in honor of Marine Pvt. Dale R. Geddes on the funeral procession on Stolley Park Rd. Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 in Grand Island, Neb. (Andrew Carpenean/The Independent via AP)

The Grand Island Fire Dept. flies a flag from the top of a ladder engine in honor of Marine Pvt. Dale R. Geddes on the funeral procession on Stolley Park Rd.

Todd Elliott, left, Ralph Zavala and Linda Elliott arraign flowers and a portrait of Pvt. Dale R. Geddes at Apfel Funeral Home Monday. Linda Elliott is Geddes great niece. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Todd Elliott, left, Ralph Zavala and Linda Elliott arraign flowers and a portrait of Pvt. Dale R. Geddes at Apfel Funeral Home Monday. Linda Elliott is Geddes great niece.

A sign in a lawn says welcome home Marine Pvt. Geddes in front of a home along the funeral precession of the late Geddes who's remains were recently identified and brought back to his hometown of Grand Island for a proper burial Monday August 22, 2016 in Grand Island, Neb. (Andrew Carpenean/The Independent via AP)

A sign in a lawn says welcome home Marine Pvt. Geddes in front of a home along the funeral precession of the late Geddes who’s remains were recently identified and brought back to his hometown of Grand Island for a proper burial.

Dave Davis, a Vietnam Veteran, and his service dog Dakota stand outside Apfel Funeral Home as Davis posts an American flag in honor of Marine Pvt. Dale R. Geddes Monday. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Dave Davis, a Vietnam Veteran, and his service dog Dakota stand outside Apfel Funeral Home as Davis posts an American flag in honor of Marine Pvt. Dale R. Geddes.

Chaplin Richard Piontkowski rides next to Brent Jorgensen as he drives two Clydesdales down W. Koenig St. with the body of Marine Pvt. Dale R. Geddes in an original 1872 horse-drawn hearse Monday, August 22, 2016 in Grand Island, Neb. Geddes remains were identified after being discovered 72 years after being killed in the Battle of Tarawa during World War II. The precession started at Apfel Funeral Home with a final resting place at Grand Island City Cemetery. Art Anson, who’s father Bernard Hanson was a WW II veteran holds a flag as the hearse passes. (Andrew Carpenean/The Independent via AP)

Chaplin Richard Piontkowski rides next to Brent Jorgensen as he drives two Clydesdales down W. Koenig St. with the body of Marine Pvt. Dale R. Geddes in an original 1872 horse-drawn hearse in Grand Island, Neb. Geddes remains were identified after being discovered 72 years after being killed in the Battle of Tarawa during World War II. The precession started at Apfel Funeral Home with a final resting place at Grand Island City Cemetery. Art Anson, who’’s father Bernard Hanson was a WW II veteran holds a flag as the hearse passes.

A silhouette of Patriot Guard Rider Larry Blauhorn appears through an American flag in he’s posting in honor of Marine Pvt. Dale R. Geddes Monday. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

A silhouette of Patriot Guard Rider Larry Blauhorn appears through an American flag Blauhorn is posting in honor of Marine Pvt. Dale R. Geddes.

Comfort Dogs

Four purebred Golden Retrievers are being trained to become comfort dogs as part of Peace Lutheran Church’s ministry. A training class is held every Thursday as dog handlers take their puppies to church for various training exercises. At the end of class the dogs are rewarded to play.

Dog handler Brad Keasling gives praise to his six-month-old purebred Golden Retriever Dinah during one of several training exercises inside the Peace Lutheran Church sanctuary.

Dog handler Brad Keasling gives praise to his six-month-old purebred Golden Retriever Dinah during one of several training exercises inside the Peace Lutheran Church sanctuary.

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Human Foosball

Human foosball would most likely fall into a category of a weird sport. Weird but, a lot of fun to photograph and fun to play by looking at the faces of those participating. And for a good cause, a fundraiser for a local hospital. Orie Friesen got the idea by seeing it online and built the plywood box which is the playing field. Human foosball was played after a town barbecue in conjunction with Henderson (Neb.) Community Days.

Spencer Friesen, right, kicks the ball during a game of human foosball at Henderson Community Days.

Spencer Friesen, right, kicks the ball during a game of human foosball at Henderson Community Days.

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Summertime Scenes

Here is an update from events I’ve covered lately that’s conducive with summertime.

The Kait Berreckman Band performs during Hear Grand Island at the Railside Plaza on a Friday evening.

The Kait Berreckman Band performs during Hear Grand Island at the Railside Plaza on a Friday evening.

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The Power of Social Media

Hannah Huston became a household name as a finalist on The Voice in the show’s 10th season. Being a Grand Island, Neb. native she attended a homecoming at her former high school, Grand Island Senior High in which a live broadcast was conducted. While on the popular show Hannah became a hit sensation and made a lot of Nebraskans proud. I tweeted a photo of Hannah that included her Twitter account. She re-tweeted it and it went viral.

A screenshot of the Tweet activity is below the main photo which currently has 17,882 impressions (times people saw this Tweet on Twitter) and 1,135 total engagements (times people interacted with this Tweet).

The Voice finalist and Grand Island native Hannah Huston has a selfie taken with Jack Sheard of Grand Island Public Schools during a homecoming at the senior high auditorium Saturday.

The Voice finalist and Grand Island native Hannah Huston has a selfie taken with Jack Sheard of Grand Island Public Schools during a homecoming at the senior high auditorium Saturday.

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Nebraska Truck Driving Championships

Grand Island is host to the Nebraska Truck Driving Championships which is held at Fonner Park. Ninety-eight truckers competed in six stations to show to officials their driving expertise. The stations were simulated as every day circumstances professional drivers face.

Alan Rogers, safety director with Wynne Transport Service, motions for driver Joe Busch to come up to the starting line during the Nebraska Truck Driving Championships at Fonner Park Saturday. Ninety-eight drivers competed in six stations that are simulated challenges drivers face every day.

Alan Rogers, safety director with Wynne Transport Service, motions for driver Joe Busch to come up to the starting line during the Nebraska Truck Driving Championships at Fonner Park Saturday. Ninety-eight drivers competed in six stations that are simulated challenges drivers face every day.

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Fifth Generation Wedding

A recent assignment was to cover a fifth generation wedding in which five brides were all married in the same church, Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran. Once a country church located outside of the town of Hampton, Neb., relocated at the Stuhr Museum in 1966. It was a beautiful ceremony with a young couple.

Mrs. Laura Goodwin and her husband Shawn smile as a couple after getting married at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church at the Stuhr Museum. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Mrs. Laura Goodwin and her husband Shawn smile as a couple after getting married at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church at the Stuhr Museum.

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Recent Favorites

Here is a collection of images taken throughout this spring that are some of my favorites.

Hannah Huston’s name is in lights as a watch party takes place inside the Grand Theater during the season finale of The Voice.

Hannah Huston’s name is in lights as a watch party takes place inside the Grand Theater during the season finale of The Voice.

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Nebraska State Track & Field Championships

I had an enjoyable and demanding opportunity to photograph a two-day state track & field championship at Omaha Burke High School. It was neat to see the sportsmanship held with rural athletes from opposing schools as I saw just as many teammates embracing as I did certain rivals schools.

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Sand flies as Grand Island’s Mackenzie Puckett lands while competing in the Class A triple jump during finals Saturday. Mackenzie won with a leap of 39-1 1/2.

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Structure Fire

The Winfrey Plumbing and Heating building became fully engulfed in a fire after an explosion on a late Sunday night at 808 W. North Front St. in Grand Island, Neb. This as a result of the business owner, Mike Winfrey, who was making homemade bombs in which he lost his life. Three businesses and a residence were without power because of the fire.

Firefighters gather while battling an overnight fire.

Firefighters gather while battling an overnight fire at  Winfrey Plumbing and Heating at 808 W. North Front St. in Grand Island, Neb.

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