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Gail Schmelzer
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Philip and Industrial
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All cleaned up at 7th and Poplar

Dr. Scrubs, a medical uniform company, has moved to the former Shepherds store at 504 N. Dewey and is now called “Dr. Scrubs and More.”

Items for sale there are now more than just medical uniforms and accessories. Owner Gail Schmelzer offers spaces to vendors and has a variety of items for sale.

There is a small women’s boutique offering fashions from Los Angeles. There are antique knick-knacks and toys, a collection of beer steins, some jewelry and baked goods as well as Avon products.

The move gives the business more space than the old store. And Schmelzer said the new store is a good fit. The interior was generally the way she wanted it before she arrived.

At the rear of the shop is a comfy seating area and a children’s play area.

Schmelzer has turned her shop into a pleasant stop on a stroll down Dewey St.

Corner Philip and Industrial

At the Industrial Park, 2020 East Philip St., a new self-storage center will be built. The ground work was done last fall.

Matt Ackerman of North Platte is the owner, according to city records.

The lot is directly west of the United Parcel Service.

Burned warehouse cleaned up

The site of a burned warehouse at the north end of the Poplar St. overpass was cleaned up Jan. 8.

Great Plains Asbestos Control of Kearney clened up the rubble, including 250 square feet of asbestos tile. The tile was wrapped in plastic and sealed to contain the asbestos and shipped to the Prairie Hill landfill in Holdrege where it will be disposed of according to federal regulations.

Other debris from the site was taken to the North Platte transfer station.

The building, which stood at Poplar St. and Seventh St., burnt to the ground in the early morning Aug. 24. Firefighters answered the call shortly after midnight and fought the blaze for two hours.

Old files and other papers in the building were apparently used to get the fire going, Fire Marshall George Lewis said, declaring it an arson. He said Tuesday that no suspects have been arrested.

The small warehouse was on railroad property and the former home of Pioneer Chemicals.

In 2000, the city condemned the land beneath Pioneer Chemical to build the Poplar Street viaduct. The viaduct cut off most of the access to the building, preventing semi-trucks from loading and unloading next to the warehouse, which owner Tom Carstensen said was essential to his business.

The city paid Pioneer Chemical $18,750 for the damages. Carstensen said that was not enough and took the city to court. In 2004, District Judge Donald Rowlands cut Carstensen’s options by limiting his ability to sue for loss of access. He also said that since Carstensen was leasing the property from Union Pacific Railroad, only UP could collect for damage.

Carstensen settled for $18,750 plus interest. Then he moved to Omaha.

Information about Pioneer Chemical is from the Bulletin’s archives. This report was first published Jan. 9 in the Bulletin's print edition.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 1/22/2013
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