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PHOTOS: Top Bellevue moments in 2021
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PHOTOS: Top Bellevue moments in 2021

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Bellevue West cheer team are crowned state champions

The Bellevue West cheer won the state championship in the Traditional Performance Division of the Nebraska State Cheer & Dance Championships at the Heartland Event Center in Grand Island on Feb. 19. The division was less than four years old at the time the Thunderbirds won.

Bellevue West football puts together a strong season

The Bellevue West football team enjoyed another successful season, losing only one regular season game and were one game away from making the state championship. They closed out the regular season on Oct. 21 against Lincoln High School and won 48-6.

Arrows to Aero Space makes its return to Bellevue

The Bellevue Offutt-Kiwanis Club was ready to bring back the Arrows to Aerospace event on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21, after last year’s event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The parade began at Mission Avenue and Bert Murphy Boulevard, continued east on Mission, then north on Franklin and ended at Washington Park.

Gross Catholic robotics teams wins tate championship

Hard work and dedication paid off for the Gross Catholic robotics team after the robotics team won the state championship on April 10 at DC West.

Sarpy County Fair returns in full force

The Sarpy County Fair returned in full force after last year's event was limited due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jim Jansen, Sarpy County Fair Board president, desperately looks for a towel to clean his face off at the pie auction on Aug. 6 at the Sarpy County Fair.

Bellevue University builds and opens sustainability lab

Bellevue University’s sustainability lab was opened to the public back in May and serves as an opportunity for students to learn more about sustainable  practices, among other things. Located behind the R. Joe Dennis Learning Labs on Bruin Boulevard, the 7,000-square foot lab will have many ways for students to research and study. Included in the outdoor lab are a greenhouse, algae pond for renewable energy, wind and solar generation stations and a garden for native plants.

Bellevue rocks the riverfront

American Heroes Park was host to the first ever Bellevue Rocks! Riverfront Festival and Country Music singer Joe Nichols was the headlining act on Aug. 13. BRRF featured two evenings of free music with nationally-known touring performers making their first ever appearance in Bellevue. Friday, Aug. 13 was a country night headlined by country music star and multi-platinum artist Joe Nichols while Aug. 14 was reserved for those that like a little rock ‘n’ roll, with rock band Warrant in town to help “Rock the Riverfront.”

Erwin’s Jewelers opens it doors to the public once again

Frank Kumor, a Bellevue icon and former owner of Erwin’s Jewelers in Olde Towne Bellevue, died Dec. 4, 2020 due to complications from COVID-19. He was 71. Since then, the future of the jewelry store was up in the air. That was until June 15, when the Erwin’s Jewelers Facebook page announced it would reopen to the public July 1. The post reached more than 15,000 people. Kumor’s daughter, Rebecca Zurcher, is the new owner of the store.

Bellevue Sonic memorializes employees

The Bellevue Sonic Drive-In — where two people were killed and three were injured in a November 2020 shooting — dedicated a memorial to all victims. With the memorial comes the closing of a horrific chapter in the Bellevue community and the possibility of closure for friends and family. The space features a fireplace with a continual flame and a plaque in memoriam of Nathan Pastrana and Ryan Helbert, who were killed, and to honor survivors Zoey Reece, Atalig Lujan, and Kenneth Gerner.

Bellevue University builds and opens sustainability lab

Bellevue University’s sustainability lab was opened to the public back in May and serves as an opportunity for students to learn more about sustainable  practices, among other things. Located behind the R. Joe Dennis Learning Labs on Bruin Boulevard, the 7,000-square foot lab will have many ways for students to research and study. Included in the outdoor lab are a greenhouse, algae pond for renewable energy, wind and solar generation stations and a garden for native plants.

Bellevue becomes Nebraska's first Bee City USA city

Bellevue took one step forward in becoming a greener city at the March 16 Bellevue City Council meeting. Mayor Rusty Hike read a proclamation during the meeting declaring Bellevue as a Bee City USA. Part of this proclamation offered support to pollinators by establishing and maintaining pollinator-friendly habitat on public and private land. This proclamation also aims to raise awareness of pollinator conservation.

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