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'Penny war' at manor raises funds for Deshler nursing home in need


John Verser

Employees at the Kimball County Manor have been filling up jugs with pennies as a fundraiser for another Nebraska nursing home that was devastated by spring floods. Pictured, from left, are Melanie Casimiro, Patty Watson and Jennifer Greenwood holding some of the funds raised from the 'penny war.'

After spring floods devastated a nursing home in Deshler, employees at the Kimball County Manor turned to a 'penny war' as a fun way to help out.

May floods caused the evacuation of residents from the nursing home in the small town southeast of Grand Island, with a population of about 800. Although they have returned, there is much work to do.

Patty Watson, human resources official at the manor, said the floods caused about $250,000 worth of damage to the nursing home. Bev Schnell, manor administrator, said flood insurance is not available in the state, so the nursing home must pay the ent...

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