Multimillion dollar building almost complete in small Nebraska town

Published: Apr. 14, 2017 at 8:47 AM CDT
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What would you do with $3 million? That was a question a small Nebraska community had to answer.

The town of Scribner inherited a large monetary gift after a former resident passed away in 2014.

“Ken Furstenau grew up between Scribner and North Bend in Dodge County. Very shortly after graduating, he went to California where he spent most of his life,” said Ed Howard, Scribner City Coordinator.

Although he moved away from the small town, Fursteanu never forgot about it.

“In 1993, he approached the city and wanted to give a part of his estate to the city to use as a city building.”

That building is now almost complete. Located on Scribner’s main street, the building’s exterior blends in with the historic downtown area.

The structure will function as the town’s community center—including city offices, a police station and a new public library.

“For Scribner, this is a huge thing,” said Howard. “It’s enabling us to do something we otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.”

Right now, most of the furniture has arrived at the new building, but city leaders haven’t moved in quite yet.

“We're just down to getting the rest of the furniture in here, getting set up and cleaning up the lose ends.”

The building is expected to open in the next few months.