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Frances E. Quinn, 87

Frances Edna Quinn, 87, of Burwell, Nebraska died December 19, 2013 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday April 21, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Burwell. Inurnment will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Dennis Davenport will officiate. Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Women. Hitchcock Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Frances was born September 5, 1926 in Clint, Texas to Russell and Jessie (Wright) Pattillo.
Frances graduated from Buena Vista High School in El Paso, Texas. She then went to Business School for two years. After college Frances moved to Washington, D.C. to work in the Pentagon. While in Washington she met Gerald Quinn and they were marred on November 6, 1948. They moved to Burwell in 1949 to take over the Quinn family ranch. Gerald died on April 14, 2004.
Frances was a member of the Willing Helpers Extension Club which led her to be a 4-H leader and active in the county fair with the open exhibit hall. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed bowling, cross stitching, gardening, flowers, her cats and sewing. She also, altered dresses for the bridal loft for quite some time.
Frances is survived by four children, Gary Quinn and Karla Timmerman of Burwell, Nebraska, David Quinn and his wife Suesan Rush-Quinn of Richmond, Virginia, John Quinn of Burwell, Nebraska and Dianne Holcomb of Gibbon, Nebraska. Ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a brother, Dwight Pattillo and a son-in-law, Tim Holcomb.

Roland E. "Ron" Petersen

Roland E. “Ron” Petersen, 77, of Arcadia passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the Valley County Health System in Ord.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Arcadia United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Jeff D. Hale officiating. Burial will be in the Arcadia Cemetery. Military Honors will be presented by the Arcadia American Legion Post #251 and U.S. Navy Funeral Honors. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Arcadia United Methodist Church. Memorials are suggested to the Arcadia Fire and Rescue Department, Arcadia Library or the Arcadia United Methodist Church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Ronald Earl “Ron” was born January 29, 1937, to Earl B. and Josephine (McNeice) Petersen at Culbertson, Nebraska. He received his education in Culbertson until 1947 when he moved with his parents to Stratton. He graduated from Stratton High School in 1955.

Ron attended McCook Junior College and received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska in 1970. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in November of 1955, and served in active duty until November of 1959.

Ron married Betty Meguire. The couple’s children are Mark and Michelle. On October 3, 1987, Ron was united in marriage to Shirley (Leininger) Wilson at Lexington, NE.

In 1988, Ron and Shirley moved to the Leininger family farm at Arcadia.

Ron was employed at several ag-related jobs. After moving to Arcadia he worked at Trotter Lumber, then Maschka’s Building Center.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church at Arcadia. Ron especially enjoyed the outdoors and collecting old cars and milk separators.

Survivors include his wife Shirley; a daughter, Michelle Biggert and her husband, Henry; a son, Mark Petersen and his wife, Jamee; step-children, Dick and Roxie Wilson, Susan Wilson, Rodney Wilson, Billy Wilson, and Tony Wilson; three grandchildren, Blake Petersen, and Lindsey and Preston Biggert; 13 step-grandchildren; 20 step-great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Doug Eller; a brother and sister-in-law, Roddy and Rebecca Petersen; sisters-and brothers-in-law, Ruth Mundt, Ronald and Mitzi Leininger, Retta and Dale Bettenhausen, and Carol and Doug Zikmund; special cousins, Gary and Renetta Simms; and a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Bill and Alma Leininger; a brother, Merwyn Petersen; a sister, Joyce Blake; and brothers-in-law, Darold Blake, William B. Leininger, and Leon Mundt.

Eldon Hulinsky, 86

Eldon Hulinsky, 86, of Ord, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at the Valley View Living Center in Ord.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Father Josh Brown will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. Visitation will be on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Eldon was born June 7, 1927, to Frank and Lillian (Codr) Hulinsky in rural Garfield County near Burwell, Nebraska. He was raised on a farm in the Burwell area where he received his education and graduated from Burwell High School in 1945.

Following graduation Eldon entered the United States Army. He was a part of the Occupation Forces in Tokyo, Japan during World War II and served as a clerk typist at the Army Hospital.

After the Army, Eldon was united in marriage, Bessie Shepperd on March 27, 1951, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burwell. The couple farmed in the Geranium Township in Valley County, west of Ord. In 1984, they sold the farmed and moved into Ord.

Eldon worked various jobs including driving a bus for the Ord District Schools and as a janitor at the Ord Veteran’s Club.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #38, and VFW Post #7029, and had served as Post Commander.

Eldon enjoyed gardening, polka dances, listening to music, and enjoying good Czech food. He had a special love for the land, farming and caring for animals.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie of Ord; two daughters, Donna Lay of West Plains, MO, and Annette Hulinsky of Grand Island; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Lyle Hulinsky of Grand Island, and Ben and Janet Hulinsky of Westmoreland, KS; five grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, George and Lorraine Hulinsky of Burtrum, MN; and a sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Bud Heil of Loup City.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Irene Seidel.

Hazel Irene Smith, 84

Hazel Irene Smith, 84, of Burwell, Nebraska died April 9, 2014 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Burwell. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery. Pastor Dennis Davenport and Pastor Alan Petersen will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 -7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to Nebraska’s Big Rodeo.
Hazel was born April 28, 1929 in Burwell, Nebraska to John and Ethel (Poor) Dehart. While Hazel was growing up her family lived north of Burwell in a sod house and then a rock house until moved to their place on Windy Hill Road. Hazel attended Banner and District 15 schools. Hazel stayed with and cared for her grandma Dehart. Hazel worked as a cook in Scotia, Grand Island and the Palmer hospital where she also worked as a nurse’s aid. She then worked in Grand Island at the Fairmont Factory until moving back to Burwell where she worked in different cafes.
She met Perry Eugene Smith, and they were later married on April 28, 1954 in Burwell. They lived northeast of Burwell where they ranched until moving into Burwell in November of 2007.
Hazel enjoyed going to her grandkids different games and activities and Nebraska’s Big Rodeo.
Hazel is survived by her husband Perry Smith of Burwell, Nebraska. Three children, Ruby Smith of Springfield, Nebraska, Deb and John Pelster of Burwell, Nebraska and Sonny and Kelly Smith of Wallace, Nebraska. Six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and three on the way. Two brothers, Richard Dehart and Ted Dehart of Burwell, Nebraska and two sister-in-laws, Aza Dehart of Ord, Nebraska and Lillian Smith of Burwell, Nebraska.
Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, three children, Franklin Charles, Bernard Fay and Mickel Joe, one brother, Jimmie Dehart and two sisters, Pauline Kinney and Lucille Boyer.
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Leopold Conservation Award Given To Ericson Family

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A central Nebraska ranching family has won a statewide award for its land stewardship efforts.
The 2014 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award was given to the Pelster family, owners of the Pelster Angus Ranch in Ericson. Gov. Dave Heineman announced the winners on Friday.
Duane and Nancy Pelster are third-generation owners of the ranch. Their practices include rest-rotational grazing, which has been shown to enhance wildlife. The family also has planted nearly 80,000 coniferous trees to provide shelterbelts and windbreaks, and decommissioned 27 wells to improve water quality.
The award is named in honor of world-renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, and includes $10,000 and a crystal. The award is presented annually by the Sand County Foundation, the Nebraska Cattlemen and Cargill.

UNL Hosts Great Plains Regional College Rodeo

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will host the Great Plains Regional College Rodeo this weekend. Rodeo action begins on Friday, April 18 at 1 pm with slack. The first performance will be at 7:30 pm on Friday, the second performance will begin at 1 pm on Saturday, April19, and the short go will begin at 7:30 Saturday night. This year the action can be viewed all weekend via live webcast on for a one time charge of $8.95.

Garfield County Drug Take Back Day

April 26th, 2014 10:00 am—2:00 pm 
Garfield County Sheriff will be collecting 
 Unused or expired prescription medications 
 Unused or expired over the counter medications 
At his office 250 South 8th Ave. Burwell, NE 
No information will be taken when you drop off these 
If you have any questions call: 346-4284 or see 
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Fort Harsuff To Re-open April 18th

State park areas were temporarily closed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission last fall will reopen April 18 - two weeks earlier than previously planned.
The parks will reopen early because work crews reassigned from the closed parks completed their assigned projects ahead of schedule. The purpose of the closures was to redirect Game and Parks staff and resources from the closed areas in an effort to reduce the more than $40 million of identified deferred maintenance needs of an aging Nebraska State Park System and meet compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and environmental requirements.

Work groups of 2-3 employees each were located in six sites across Nebraska. They built 42 double-wide vault toilets to replace deteriorated ones, exceeding their goal by six. The new vault toilets will be distributed to park areas around the state.

During the closure period, several communities, civic groups and political subdivisions provided volunteers and funding to keep some of the park areas open for varying periods of time.

"We are gratified that many communities and persons stepped forward and provided resources to keep some of the parks open," Game and Parks Director Jim Douglas said. "We are truly grateful for their efforts."

It was announced last Aug. 30 that 29 state park areas would temporarily close to all services and vehicle access. Management of one park area, Oliver Reservoir, has since reverted from Game and Parks back to its owner, the South Platte Natural Resources District.

The following state recreation areas will reopen April 18: Alexandria, Blue River, Cheyenne, Conestoga, Cottonwood, Dead Timber, DLD, Keller, Long Lake, Long Pine, North Loup, Olive Creek, Pelican Point, Riverview Marina, Rock Creek Lake, Sandy Channel, Schramm, Sutherland, Union Pacific, Verdon, Stagecoach, Walgren, and War Axe.

The state historical parks that will reopen on April 18 are Arbor Lodge, Ash Hollow, Buffalo Bill, Fort Atkinson, and Fort Hartsuff.

Republican Debate in Norfolk

The Johnny Carson Theater in Norfolk will be the location for a Nebraska Republican Party Debate scheduled for Wednesday, April 23 at 7 pm. Republican Candidates participating in the debate include Tom Carlson, Beau McCoy, Jon Bruning, Mike Foley, Pete Ricketts and Bryan Slone. Topics for the debate will include prison reform, roads and infrastructure, state budget/tax reform, education, agriculture, and equality. The debate is open to the public, but seating is limited.
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