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By LuAnn Schindler

Ultimate road trip:

College friends plan route to visit all 531 Nebraska communities


LuAnn Schindler

Visit 531 Jack McGonigal, Seth Varner and Austin Schneider visit the Clearwater rodeo grounds, June 17. Varner and Schneider are on a mission to visit all 531 towns in the state.

A quest to visit all 531 incorporated towns in Nebraska has turned into a geography lesson for residents of the state.

University of Nebraska-Omaha college students Seth Varner and Austin Schneider, of Wahoo, got the idea after college classes moved to online learning in March, when the coronavirus pandemic curbed traditional learning and sent college students back home for the semester.

The statewide road trip is similar to a venture Varner took with his dad nearly a decade ago.

"We were going to find gravestones for my family because we were doing family tree stuff," Varner said.

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