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Valley View Living Center Updates Restorative Care Equipment

Valley View Living Center in Ord has recently updated their restorative care department.  The Valley County Health System's Auxiliary made a $4,320.59 donation by purchasing all new excercise equipment for the department.  The new equipment includes parallel walking bars, a wheel chair accessible zero resistance Nu Step machine, and seven different sized exercise balls.  In addition to the new equipment, the restorative care room was updated with new paint and flooring.  Restorative care allows the residents of VVLC to maintain the strength and functionality of their bodies.  This allows the residents to keep their mobility for much longer that they would otherwise.

Wild Horse Ministries To Be In Burwell

Paul Daily, horse trainer and founder of Wild Horse Ministries, will be at
the Garfield County Fairgrounds on August 20, at 6:30 PM. Paul will be
doing a Round Pen Sermon where he will work with a wild horse while
speaking to the crowd about the gospel. At the end of two hours work he
will be able to mount and ride the wild horse. This is a free event open to
the public. For more information contact Sherry Jarvis at 308-730-2150
or Pastor Tim Rust with Destiny Church at 308-380-6838.

Grain Bin Rescue Clinics

Nebraska Emergency Responders in four communitites are now better equipped to help someone who has become engulfed in grain. The Nebraska Corn Growers Association contributed to grain bin rescue clinics that were held in Lexington and Ceresco. Around 100 farmers and emergency responders attended the clinics to learn about grain bin safety and how to assist someone engulfed in grain. Local corn growers also raised money to provide grain bin rescue tubes to emergency response groups. 

NFB Foundation for Agriculture Tornado Disaster Relief Fund

Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has launched a Tornado Disaster Relief Fund to provide emergency and residual help to farmers and ranchers in Northeast Nebraska and other areas affected by recent tornadoes. The funds collected for the Tornado Disaster Relief Fund will be targeted to farmers and ranchers to help them with immediate needs when they cannot get assistance from other sources or have losses that are not covered by insurance. For more information or to make a donation go online to

NE State High School Fishing Championships

The Nebraska State High School Fishing Championship will be held at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area on Saturday, July 26. The tournament is open to any High School Fishing team in the state of Nebraska. The Nebraska state championship is a two-person event for students in grades 9-12. Registration for anglers and their coach is available online at Takeoff will be at 7 AM and weigh-in will be held at the Breed's Landing boat ramp around 1:15 PM. High School Fishing takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact Mark Gintert at (580) 716-4251.


Breitkreutz Transitioning To VCHS Emergency Department

Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C at Valley County Health System has made the decision to transition his practice from the Medical Clinics in Ord and Burwell to the Emergency Department at VCHS. The transition will occur at the time when his replacement is hired for the medical clinics. Jeff has been a Physician Assistant since 1982. He has been employed by VCHS for nearly 13 years and worked in a private practice in Ord prior to his tenure at VCHS. He was named Physician Assistant of the Year in 2006 by the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants. 

Kasseler Certified Mammography Radiologist

Melissa Kasseler has completed the required training by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and is now certified to conduct mammography exams. Kasselder joins Arlene Hughes at Valley County Health System as certified Mammography Radiologists. Both Kasselder and Hughes are now providing mammography exams at VCHS, which will make it more convenient for the women of this region.  

NBR Clean Up Day

Sunday, July 13th is the day scheduled for clean up at the Garfield County Fairgrounds to prepare for this year's Nebraska's Big Rodeo.  All volunteers are welcome.

Ericson Lake Independence Day Celebrations

The Ericson Lake Association is holding an Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 5th.  A free-will offering BBQ will be from 5-7 PM at the ELC Community Building.  Everyon is welcome, bring your own table service, drinks and dessert; meat will be provided.  There will be a fireworks display at Lake Ericson at dusk.

Burwell Fourth Of July Celebration

The Burwell Fire Department will be having a free-will offering BBQ and watermelon feed at the Fire Hall on Friday, July 4th starting at 5 PM.  About 9:30 PM, as it starts to get dark, the Fire Department will present the annual fireworks display at the Burwell City Park.

Valley County Fair Queen 2014

Young women between the ages of 16 and 19 are being sought as candidates for this year's Valley County Fair Queen.  Candidates should be Valley County residents, or 4-Hers in Valley County.  There will be a Queens Tea on July 20, 2014 at 2 pm at the Valley County Fairgrounds where they will perform their talent and interview with judges.  The crowning will take place after the 4-H style show.  For more information contact Judy Bower at 308-750-6155 or Julie Stevens at 308-730-0790.  Deadline for applying is July 10, 2014.

Help Bring Pilger Residents to Nebraska's Big Rodeo

Nebraska's Big Rodeo in Burwell is donating tickets to Pilger and area residents affected by the devastating tornado that hit on June 16th.  They are asking for your kind donation to provide bus transportation for the residents.  

Please make checks to:
Burwell Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 131 
Burwell, NE 68823
*Please write Pilger in memo on check

For more information call Lee Jeffres at 750-5049
or Johanna Jeffres at 730-1817

The Smithsonian "Traveling Museum of Music" Coming to Ft Hartsuff

Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park --- On Sunday, July 6th 2014 at 1:00 P.M., The Smithsonian “Traveling Museum of Music”   program will be featured as part of the holiday weekend of living history at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park near Elyria, Nebraska.  

The hour long program was developed for the Smithsonian Institution based on stories and songs about the music that was popular during every war that America has been engaged in beginning with the Revolutionary War.  
Bob and Sheila Everhart, the musicians presenting the program, tell us that there is ONLY one song, written in 1773 that has survived every war to the present.  It is a song you will instantly recognize. 
The program promises to be quite entertaining with enjoyable side stories about the wars in addition to songs and music that was popular at the time the war was fought.
Bob and Sheila Everhart are members of the National Traditional Country Music Association and have performed in Europe, China, on RFD-TV, PSB-TV show “Old Time Country Music” and have produced six Smithsonian Albums (including one Grammy Nomination) and seven award winning albums from Prairie Music Records.
The program is sponsored by the Friends of Fort Hartsuff and funded in part with a grant from the Wozab Foundation.
The Fort is located 3 miles north of Elyria, Nebraska on Fort Avenue, just off Highway 11.  Highway 11 runs between Ord and Burwell, Nebraska. There is no cost other than the regular park entry fees to attend this special program at the Fort. 

Burwell Volunteer Fire Department To Help Pilger Tornado Victims.

The Burwell Volunteer Fire Dept has decided to go to the aid of the Northeast Nebraska town of Pilger. Monday evening, the town of Burwell was threatened by a super cell tornado and at least four smaller tornadoes that did minimal damage to the area. Pilger will face and extended cleanup period following Nebraska's first killer tornado since 2004. Several damage points were found to be consistent with an EF4 tornado. One hundred percent of the town's small businesses were destroyed. The Burwell Volunteer Fire Department has decided that after being narrowly missed Monday evening, they want to travel to Pilger to help with the cleanup. Anyone wishing to donate items to help the residents of Pilger can drop their donations off at Rowse Rakes of Burwell, Burwell Independent Oil, and Thoene Farm Service now through Saturday.

NBA Donates to The American Red Cross

The Nebraska Broadcasters Association has made a $5,000 donation to the local chapter of the American Red Cross to aid the victims of the recent storms that hit Northeast Nebraska. Jim Timm, Nebraska Broadcasters Association President and Executive Director has been noted as saying that this natural disaster has forever changed countless lives in several Nebraska communities and the immediate response of people from near and far to assist in recovery and rebuilding has been amazing.

Ericson, NE Woman Crowned Miss Rodeo NE 2015

Joni Qualm, of Ericson, is Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2015.
She was crowned Wednesday night at the Wild West Arena during the first performance of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo. Dakota Clough, of Ogallala, was named first runner-up.
Only two contestants were in the pageant this year. The competition was close, with each woman winning about half the categories.
Qualm, 22, rode away with the horsemanship, appearance, personality and congeniality awards, while Clough, 21, claimed top honors in the speech, photogenic and written test categories.
Qualm will remain a lady-in-waiting until January. That will give Gina Jespersen, Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2014, the opportunity to compete at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant at the end of this year.
Qualm’s job until then will be to prepare for her reign and fill in at rodeos, parades and other events Jespersen is unable to attend.
Clough will take over as queen if Qualm is unable to fulfill her responsibilities.
Qualm’s prizes include thousands of dollars worth of scholarships, a tiara, a saddle, a buckle, a photo shoot, chaps, tack and custom-designed jewelry, among many other items.
Qualm is the daughter of Joel and Jane Qualm. She graduated from Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kan., in May with a registered nursing degree.
Her hobbies include participating in rodeos, hunting, fishing, ranching, swimming, Husker athletic events and spending time with her family.
A post-coronation interview with Joni will appear in the Friday edition of The North Platte Telegraph.
Winner prepares for reign as Miss Rodeo

Nebraska Auctioneers Association Names 2014 State Champion

The Nebraska Auctioneers Association held their Annual Auctioneer State Championship competition on Saturday, May 31. The Championship was held in Norfolk, where the contestants showcased their skills in a live auction open to the public. The competitors were judged on presentation, chant, voice quality, body language and other elements of effective autioneering along with a personal interview.

The 2014 Autioneer State Champion is David Whitaker of Ames, Iowa, Reserve Champion was Russ Puchalla of Roca, NE, and Runner Up was Wayne Morris of Columbus, NE. The Rookie of the Year Award was presented to to top autioneer with three years or less experience, and was Ethan Schuette of Washington, Kansas.

The top ten auctioneer finalists included Adam Marshall of Elm Creek, NE, Courtney Nitz-Mensik of Fremont, NE and Curtis Wetovick of Fullerton, NE.

Ericson State Bank Named a National Top Performer

The Ericson State Bank in Ericson, NE has been named a Top Performer by the Independent Community Bankers of America. The ICBA Independent Banker, the magazine of the ICBA, recognized Ericson State Bank as a top performing bank in the nation in their June issue. Ericson State Bank's recognition is based on its earnings and operational efficiencies throughout 2013.

Chris Lorence, the executive vice president and chief marketing officer of the ICBA commends Ericson State Bank for its ongoing dedication, enthusiasm and devotion to the banking industry. Lorence added that Ericson State Bank knows their local market and they thrive because of that expertise.

Jack Poulsen, President of Ericson State bank stated that the bank is pleased to be recognized as an ICBA Top Performer. Poulsen added that the bank is a proud member of the Ericson community and they credit their loyal customers and dedicated employees for their success. Poulsen and the staff at Ericson State Bank look forward to serving the unique needs of the community and helping the community grow and prosper in the years to come.

2014 Father's Day Rod Run Results

The 39th Annual Father's Day Rod Run was held in Ord over the Father's Day weekend, here are the results from the Show and Shine:

People's Choice winner: Billy Freeman of Burwell with 1957 Chevy Pickup
Club Choice winner: Larry and Louise Zimmerman of Grand Island with 1959 Chevy El Camino
Best Muscle Car winner: Corey and Mindy Petska of Lincoln with 1966 CHevy Nova
Best Street Rod winner: Trent Linnstedt of North Platte with 1940 Chevy Monte Carlo
Best Restored or Original winner: Scott and Jen Hageman of Lincoln with 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo
Best Paint winner: Larry and Louise Zimmerman of Grand Island with 1959 Chevy El Camino
Best Engine winner: Jeff Gray of Lincoln with 1985 Chevy Camaro
Best Custom winner: Bill Peetzke of Aurora with 1949 Mercury Coupe
Best Under Age 25 winner: Cody Proskocil of Ord with 1977 Chevy Camaro
Best Truck or Van winner: Gilbert Alvarado of Amherst with 1949 Ford F-1 Pickup
Best Open (convertible) winner: Darrell and Elaine Patee of Osborne, KS with 1954 Chevy Convertible
Mayor's Choice winner: Bill Sitz of Burwell with 1967 Chevy Chevelle
Dave Scott Family Pick winner: Darrell and Elaine Patee of Osborne, KS with 1954 Chevy Pickup
Rish Freeman Family Pick winner: Billy Freeman of Burwell with 1957 Chevy Pickup
Hard Luck winner: Vince and Skylar Ruhe of Grand Island with 1962 Chevy Nova
Long Distance: Barry Bohnart of Aurora, CO

Nebraska Loves Public Schools Film Crew Visits Ord, NE

Nebraska Loves Public Schools is a campaign dedicated to spreading the word about incredible schools, programs, communities, and educators in Nebraska. Their film crew was in Ord today filming the students who participated in the ESI Camp marketplace.  The crew filmed parts of Ord and the students involved in the camp in order to include them in a thirty minute special that will air on NET2 on September 18 at 8 pm. The special is titled “It Takes a Community” and will include the footage filmed today, as well as footage of three other communities. Each of the 30 minute pieces can be found online at as well as on YouTube at 

Central NE VIM Serve in New Jersey

Fifty six people from Nebraska arrived home from New Jersey on Sunday, June 8th after completing a nine day mission trip to help in the rebuilding of private homes that were destroyed or damaged by Super Storm Sandy in November of 2012. Sponsored by the Arcadia United Methodist Church in Arcadia, NE, the group worked through A Future With Hope, which is an organization in which the United Methodist Committee on Relief is participating. This organization screens homeowners in the area to determine their need for help in getting their homes and lives back together. Most have either fallen through the cracks of insurance or FEMA or have been swindled by dishonest contractors. The goal of A Future With Hope is to complete reconstruction of 500 homes in the area within five years.
CNVIM members worked on a total of 8 different homes during their week in New Jersey. Work consisted of everything from gutting out water-damaged materials and possessions to structural building, roofing, hanging drywall, mudding, painting, installation of doors, countertops, and fixtures, and general property cleanup. Work on two of the homes was completed by the group and the owners were able to move in for the first time in over one and a half years. Another important aspect of the work of the volunteers was to allow the homeowners to share their stories and to share the Gospel of Christ with the homeowners. Team members were richly blessed with the new friends they made and with the appreciation that was expressed by all who we were able to help.
Participants ranged in age from 14 to seventy-eight and there was something for everyone to do. About two thirds of those who went had traveled with CNVIM on prior trips and the others were making their first mission trip. Volunteers came from the communities of Arcadia, Comstock, Sargent, Ord, Burwell, Ravenna, Brady, Pleasanton, Gibbon, Central City, St. Paul, Grand Island, Omaha, North Platte, North Loup, Kearney, Valley, Gretna, North Bend, Curtis, Fremont, Farwell, and Hillsdale, Illinois.
CNVIM members are willing to make presentations of the trip to interested churches or organizations. You may contact Teresa Staab at or Rolen Sell at

NE Counties Designated as Secretarial Disaster Due to Drought

raci DeGroff with the Farm Service Agency has announced that 18 Nebraska counties have been designated as primary natural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought that is affecting the state. This includes the counties of Arthur, Blaine, Custer, Dawson, Furnas, Garden, Garfield, Gosper, Grant, Hooker, Logan, Loup, McPherson, Phelps, Sherman, Thomas and Valley. This designation authorizes Emergency Loans for eligible producers who are encouraged to contact their local FSA Service Center for detailed information and available programs. There are also other loan and disaster assistance programs which can be considered to assist with loss recovery. Contact the local FSA Service Center for additional information.

Father's Day Rod Run

Valley Rods Unlimited is hosting the annual Father's Day Rod Run in
Ord this weekend. The activities will kick off on Friday, June 13 at 6
pm. They will be having a BBQ for entered participants and early bird
registration. Activities start at 10 am on Saturday, June 14 with
registration, the car games will be from 1 pm to 5 pm, there will be a
downtown Ord cruise from 5 pm to 8:30pm, with the Twilight cruise
from 8:30 pm to 12:30am. Registration on Sunday, June 15 will be from
9am to noon, the Show-N-Shine is also from 9 am to noon. A downtown
cruise will begin at noon, a BBQ will begin at 1 pm, and awards will be
given out at 2pm.

2014 Cattleman's Ball Sold Out

The 2014 Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska is officially sold out. As of today, tickets are no longer available to purchase for the event, and there are no tickets available at the gate. This years event will be held at the Hoot Owl Ranch in southern Banner County on June 6-7 to raise money for cancer research. The mission for this years event is to raise money for cancer research at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, while showcasing the Nebraska panhandle and promoting beef as part of a healthy diet. Since its inception, the Cattlemen’s Ball has raised more than $9.8 million. In addition to providing funds to the cancer center, 10 percent of the proceeds will go to local health care organizations.

VBS donates to Community Light

The children attending Vacation Bible School at the Evangelical Free Church in Ord have donated handmade items to a local mission Community Light. The kids made 14 tie blankets as well as tea towels and pot holders. Community Light's mission is to help local families in need by providing them with furniture and other household items. Any household items are accepted. For more information or to donate to Community Light, contact Val Lytle at 728-7718 or LaRissa Zulkoski at 730-1201.

Youth Horticulture Plant ID Contest

As part of the 22
nd annual Northeast Nebraska Master Gardener plant fair Saturday, April 26th, a youth horticulture plant identification contest was held. Area youth were invited to participate in the competition. A total of nine youth participated with two in the junior division, three in the intermediate division, and four in the senior division. Each contestant was asked to identify 44 plants. Sarah Perrigan of Norfolk placed first in the junior division with Rachael Thomas of Stanton placing second. In the intermediate division, Dana Goodrich of North Loup finished in first place with Hailey Walmsley of Norfolk placing second and Laura Jane Perrigan of Norfolk placing third. Katharine Schudel of North Loup placed first in the senior division with Shalyn Miller of Madison placing second and Katherine Perrigan and Elizabeth Perrigan of Norfolk tieing for third. Wayne Ohnesorg, UNL Extension Educator and Master Gardener coordinator presented the awards. Thank you to Jim Laycock of Mulch N More, the Master Gardener Plant Booth, Wayne Ohnesorg, and Don Liedman for providing plants for the contest.

75th Annual Sandhills Cattle Association Convention

The Sandhills Cattle Association's 75th Annual Convention will be Thursday, May 22 in Valentine, NE. The one-day event is being held at the Cherry County Fairgrounds and will include over 45 exhibits in the trade show, the Association's annual meeting and election of officers, scholarship presentations, benefit auction and a steak supper. Livestock Sustainability Consultant Jude Capper's presentation will start at 10:30 am. Agriculture Advocate and Radio Personality Trent Loos will speak at 1:30 pm. The convention is open to both members and non-members of the Sandhills Cattle Association. For more information contact the Sandhills Cattle Association at 402-376-2310.

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day 2014

The deadline to register for the local Progressive Agriculture Safety Day is Monday, May, 19. Progressive Agriculture Farm Safety Day will be June, 3 at the Valley County Fairgrounds. Kindergarten through second graders will attend the morning session beginning at 8 am, with third through sixth graders participating in the afternoon session starting at noon. The registration fee will be paid by the Cargill Cares Council, however parents still need to sign and return the registration form, including the size information for life jackets. Children not pre-registered will not be able to attend that day. Registration forms are available at local schools, UNL Extension offices, the Valley County NRCS office and many local businesses. Late registrations will be accepted with an additional $10 fee paid by the participant and cannot be guaranteed a life jacket, no registrations will be accepted after May 30. Contact Bev Smedra at 308-728-3781 ext. 3 for more information.

NSAA and NCPA Academic All-State Awards Recipients

The NSAA and the Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association (NCPA) has announced the student recipients of the Spring 2014 NCPA Academic All-State Awards. This award program recognizes students who meet the criteria, and are nominated by their school. Students are nominated by their school for excellence in academics, leadership, and significant contricutions to their NSAA activity. Area recipients of these awards include:



Jessica Bristol
Tristen Reed

Boys Track & Field
Evan Brockmeier
Trevor Scott


Mackenzie Maschka
Steele Sillivan

Boys Track & Field
Robbie Ritz
Steele Sillivan

Girls Track & Field
Lindsey Trotter


Evan Crawley
Jessica Michalski

Boys Track & Field
Kale Gideon
Keaton Klimek

Girls Track & Field
Rebekah Birch
Lacey White


Boys Golf
Clint Jordan

Kami Crabtree
Bethany Lambert

Boys Track & Field
Dylan Rasmussen

Girls Track & Field
Paige Dexter


Emily Houtby

Boys Track & Field
Trey Nekoliczak

Girls Track & Field
Jayden Erickson


Girls Track & Field
Shawna Paitz
Lindsy Siegel

Loup County

Girls Track & Field
Whitney Steckel


Boys Golf
Jaden Barnes
Brant Bechtold

Boys Track & Field
Trevor Fahrenholz
Andrew Fields

Girls Track & Field
Tori Beran
Katherine Lansman


Boys Track & Field
Jack Gibbens
Michael Gibbens

Girls Track & Field
Tristan Kirwan

Spalding Academy

Boys Golf
John Bernt

Makenzie Miller

Boys Track & Field
Bronc McKay

Girls Track & Field
Makenzie Miller  

May 17, 2014 Police Officers Memorial Day

United States and Nebraska flags will be flown at half-staff nationwide on Thursday, May 15 in observance of Police Officers Memorial Day. In 1994, a federal law was enacted encouraging the American flag to be lowered to half-staff every May 15 in remembrance of the thousands of law enforcement officers throughout our nation who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty to their fellow citizens. In Nebraska, 137 officers have lost their lives in the line of duty since 1866. Those who have made the ultimate sacrifice include federal, state, county, municipal and tribal agency officers, as well as railroad, game and parks, and correctional officers.

Guidelines For Smooth Voting on Election Day

While more and more Nebraska voters are choosing to cast their ballots early, most voters still choose to go to their polling place on Election Day, says Secretary of State John Gale. To make that process go as smoothly as possible on May 13, he recommends the following guidelines:

Check your voter registration and polling place. People can check the status of their voter registration and location of their polling place by contacting their county election office or accessing That is also the same place where voters can check the status of their early voting ballot or their provisional ballot.

Change of address. If a registered voter has moved within a county (out of their former precinct) and not updated their registration, the person should go to the polling place associated with their current residence. The person will be required to vote a provisional ballot. Voters can check their registered address at

Be prepared. Before going to the polls, the voter should become informed about the candidates and issues on the ballot. Sample ballots are printed in newspapers and posted on county websites. Mark and take the sample ballot with you to the polling place.

Conduct at the polls. To maintain proper decorum at the polls, it is requested that people turn off their cell phones, smart phones and other electronic devices.

Campaigning prohibited. Campaign items such as buttons, stickers and T-shirts are not allowed in a polling place. It is illegal to campaign within 200 feet of a polling site.

Voter identification. Proper identification may be required at the polling place of people who are newly registered by mail and have not voted previously in Nebraska or provided identification with their application. These people may be required to provide identification showing their current residence. Identification at the polling place is not required of other voters.

Nonpartisan voters. If you are registered without a political party affiliation, you will receive the nonpartisan ballot. In addition, nonpartisan voters may request a Republican Party ballot for U.S. Senate and House races, or they may request a full Democratic or Libertarian Party ballot.

Early voting ballots. Up until the day prior to the election, in person early voters may cast a ballot at the county election office. All mailed early ballots must be received by the close of polls on Election Day. Voters may drop off their early voting ballot on Election Day at the county election office. They will not be accepted at the polling place.

Provisional ballots. Voters who forget to return their early voting ballot may vote provisionally at the polls on Election Day with a provisional ballot. That ballot will be counted once it is confirmed that no other ballots have been cast for that particular voter.
Polls are open on Election Day from 8 a.m. CDT (7 a.m. MDT) to 8 p.m. CDT (7 p.m. MDT).

Unofficial election results for statewide races will be posted starting at 8 p.m. CDT on the main page of the Secretary of State’s website

UNK Inducts Students and Faculty Into Honor Society

Nineteen students and two faculty at the University of Nebraska at Kearney were initiated May 2 into the Industrial Technology Department’s Epsilon Pi Tau National Honor Society.
Students are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale and represent the top 10 percent in the Industrial Technology Department.
Epsilon Pi Tau’s missions is to:
  • Promote and recognize the achievement of academic excellence.    
  • Promote the values and contributions of professionals in technology.
  • Provide a medium for the professional development and recognition of individual members for leadership and achievement.
  • Enhance the status of practitioners and professions in technology.
  • Foster and encourage acceptance among its members of the ideals of technological capability and skill, social and professional proficiency, and research and its applications and products.
  • Advance understanding, appreciation and awareness of technology as both an enduring and influential human endeavor and an integral element of culture.
New Epsilon Pi Tau initiates, listed by hometown, include:
Ainsworth – Sherry Morrow (Faculty)
Cozad – Alec Rowe
David City – Anton Jelinek
Grand Island – Stephanie Sotelo-Canales
Kearney – Mitch Peters
McCook – Cody Goltl
Morrill – Skyler Manville
North Platte – Austin Doyle, Kade Folchert, Colin Millar
Omaha – Cameron Riecke
Ord – Blake Augustyn, Brandon Ingraham
Oxford – Austin White
Utica – Benjamin Koski
York – Alexandra Petersen
West Lafayette, Ind. – Eric Holt (Faculty)
Kanagawa-ken, Japan – Hiroyuki Adachi
Kunming, China – Peijie Li
Kanagawa, Japan – Takumi Nozuru
Isikawa-Ken, Japan – Takeru Mikami

Litchfield Students Earn Foundation Scholarships

Three students from Litchfield High School have received the Susan T. Buffett Foundation Scholarship. Nathaniel Schrock, Kristi Casper, and Elizabeth Ptacnik have been awarded the scholarships that can be used to cover expenses related to college including tuition, fees, housing and books. The amount of the scholarship varies student to student depending on which institution they attend, but is typically equal to the average cost of tuition and fees for a full-time student. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have graduated from a high school in Nebraska, be a resident of Nebraska, must be an incoming freshman, and must plan to attend college in Nebraska.

CSG National Anthem Contest Entry Deadline Extended

The entry deadline for the 4th Annual National Anthem Contest has been extended to Friday, May 9th. The winner of the National Anthem Contest will sing the Start Spangled Banner at the Cornhusker State Games Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 18 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.

To enter, contestants must upload an audition video to and email the link to the Nebraska Sports Council by 5 pm on Friday, May 9th. Contestants must be amateurs and Nebraska residents, there is no cost to enter, and lodging will be provided for the winner of the contest if that person lives more than 50 miles from Lincoln. For more information go to or call 402-471-2544.

Job Recruiting Campaign "The Good Life for Veterans"

Gov. Dave Heineman is currently promoting a new job recruiting campaign. “The Good Life for Veterans” is focused on meeting Nebraska's workforce needs through attracting military veterans and their families from other states to move to Nebraska. Gov. Heineman said that employers like to hire veterans because thoses businesses are looking for skilled employees, and veterans bring excellent skills to the workforce.
Nebraska employers and other representatives are attending a series of military career fairs in several states, including Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado.
Those employers interested in more information on upcoming recruiting fairs can contact Grace Johnson with the Nebraska Department of Labor at (402) 471-4189. 

Public Comments Sought for CNEDD

The Central Nebraska Economic Development District will present their 2013 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy report for public viewing and comment. To access this report go to their website They will be accepting public comments through May 25, 2014. Any comments regarding this report can be directed to Judy Petersen at 402-340-0106 or email

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.

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.

NE Council on Economic Education Personal Finance Challenge

Ten teams of Nebraska high school students will compete on Saturday, April 19 in Lincoln and Kearney in the regional competitions of the Personal Finance Challenge sponsored by the Nebraska Council of Economic Education.

The teams competing in Lincoln will be from Johnson-Brock High School, Norris High School and Lincoln Christian High School. The teams competing in Kearney will be Sutherland Public School, Alliance High School, Chadron High School and Mitchell High School.

Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg will be one of the judges at the Lincoln competition. Members of the top two teams will receive a scholarship for a college savings account with the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust. The first place team will go on to the National Personal Finance Challenge May 2nd in St. Louis, MO.

BCBC of NE Walk at Lunch Day

More than 25,000 Nebraskans have signed up to take a walk at lunch on April 30th. There are only a few weeks left to register and join the 270 Nebraska businesses, schools and nonprofits for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska's 8th Annual Walk at Lunch Day. Membership with BCBS is not necessary.

For every company or organization that signs up for this year's walk, BCBS of Nebraska will donate $20 to support the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation and Special Olympics Nebraska. To register or for more information, go to or contact Nate at 402-982-6528.

Cornhusker State Games

The 30th Cornhusker State Games will be in just 100 days. The 2014 Games are scheduled for July 18-27 in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities. All participants will receive a special 30th anniversary t-shirt, priority placement in the 2015 State Games of American and free entry to the opening ceremonies which will be held at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Friday, July 18th. There is still time to register for the 2014 games, go online to

Nebraska Farm Bureau News Conference To Be Held

The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is holding a news conference on Thursday, April 10th at 11 am at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel Atrium in Lincoln. They will be making an announcement that will make a difference in the future of Nebraska Agriculture and the shortage of qualified agricultural education teachers statewide, during the Nebraska FFA Convention. The news conference will include comments from Steve Nelson, Nebraska Farm Bureau president.

McDermotts To Be Honored in Omaha

Greg and Doug McDermott, the father/son coach/player duo that has taken Creighton University basketball to new heights, will be honored on Wednesday, April 16 at the Face on the Barroom Floor event in Omaha at the Omar Arts and Events building. A soldout crowd of 600 will attend the dinner, followed by a roast of the McDermotts.

The Face on the Barroom Floor was started in 1971 and has become a signature event for the Omaha Press Club. The award ceremony and roast recognizes newsmakers and is one of the most prestigious honors an individual can receive in Nebraska,

Greg and Doug McDermott will become the 141st face on the Barroom Floor and will join such notable past honorees as Warren Buffett, Tom Osborne, Gerald Ford, Johnny Carson and Alexander Payne.

4-H Registration

The deadline to sign up and participate at this year's county fair is Friday, April 11. The 4-H experience encourages youth to experiment, innovate and think independently. To learn how to become a 4-H member of volunteer leader in Greeley, Howard, Sherman or Valley Counties, contact your local UNL Extension Office. In Greeley County 308 428 2835, in Howard County 308 754 5422, in Sherman County 308 745 1518, and in Valley County 308 728 5071.

Peru State College Health and Wellness Fair

The Peru State College Wellness Coalition will host their third annual Health and Wellness Fair on Wednesday, April 23 from 3-7 pm. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Al Wheeler Activity Center.


Several booths will be open and have information available on health related topics including drug abuse, binge-drinking, mental health and eating disorders. There will be drawings for door prizes and a healthy evening meal will be available for attendees. For more information contact Dr. Ellie Kunkel at 402-872-2392. 

Hulinsky Electric Building Destroyed by Fire

The Hulinsky Electric building in Burwell has been destroyed by an early morning fire.  The fire began about 3 am on Wednesday, April 2nd when a heater hanging from the ceiling fell and broke the gas line.  The building has been claimed a total loss.  No injuries have been reported.

Melling Homicide/Suicide Case Closed

Law enforcement officials have concluded their investigation into the shooting deaths of
two year old Aimee Melling and her father, 31 year old Christopher Melling of Burwell. 
The two bodies were discovered January 7, 2014, when police entered the family
home in Burwell in response to neighbors' safety concerns. 
Final autopsy results confirmed earlier reports that both individuals died as the result of 
shotgun wounds. Investigators concluded that Aimee was killed by her father, who
then took his own life. The deaths have been ruled a homicide and a suicide,

Nebraska State Patrol investigators headed the inquiry into circumstances surrounding
the deaths, in cooperation with Burwell Police and the Garfield County Sheriffs' Office. 
At the request of Garfield County Attorney Dale Crandall, results of the investigation
were submitted for review by independent prosecutor Glenn Clark. No criminal charges
have been filed as a result of the incident. 

Although the investigation has officially ended, anyone with further information about
the case should contact Burwell Police or the Nebraska State Patrol.

The Big Give to Valley County

The Big Give to Valley County wrapped up yesterday.  Their total number of donations for the 24 hour period was 444, with at least 146 of those being first time donors.  The total amount of money donated was reported at $82,629.  

NGP Schedules Trout Family Fishing Nights

Take advantage of the March stocking of rainbow trout in waters across the state and bring the family to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Trout Family Fishing Nights.

Game and Parks will provide loaner equipment, bait and volunteer instructors.  All participating lakes will be stocked with trout, and each even runs from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Just look for Game and Parks staff and the fishing trailer.

The Schedule of Fishing Nights is as follows:

March 22- Holmes Lake, Lincoln
March 24- Lake Halleck, Pappillion; Rotary Club Lake, Auburn
March 25- Stanton Lake, Falls City; Barnett Park Lake, McCook
March 26- Golf Course Lake, Curtis
March 27- City Park Lake, Humbolt; Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area, Ogallala
April 1- Heartwell Park Lake, Hastings
April 2- Aubles Pond, Ord
April 3- Fort Kearney SRA Lake No. 2. Kearney

A park entry permit is required at Lake Ogallala and Fort Kearney.  Applicable fishing permits are required.

Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 24-29 2014

March 24th through the 29th is Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week. A statewide tornado drill will be held on Wednesday, March 26th between 10 am and 11am.

Each year the U.S. Experiences killer tornadoes that can claim lives. Preparedness makes a difference. It is also important to understand the terms you may hear in a message issued by the National Weather Service. A watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather in and close to the watch area. The size of the watch depends on the situation, and is usually for a duration of 4 to 8 hours. A warning is issued when severe weather has either been detected by radar or reported by storm spotters. Information in the warning will include the location, the primary threat, and the path of the storm. Warnings can be issued without a watch already in effect.

A thunderstorm is considered severe when it produces hail that is one inch in diameter or larger, damaging winds equal to or greater than 58 mph, or a tornado. Damaging winds can be caused by an event known as a downburst. Downburts result in straight line winds that can cause damage comparable to a tornado.

More tornadoes strike in the central plains than anywhere else in the U.S. It's important to know what to do when tornado warnings are issued. If you're home, go to your storm shelter or basement. If neither is available, go to the lowest floor and seek a windowless room in the center of your home like a bathroom or closet. Protect your head with a pillow. If you live in a motor home, leave immediately and seek a sturdy shelter.

When flooding is involved, always turn around whether on foot or in a vehicle. Many people drown at night when it is very difficult to see a flooded road. Flash flood related deaths are the number one storm-related killer across the nation.

Watch the clouds and be prepared to take shelter before you hear thunder or see lightning. If you can hear thunder you are close enough to be struck by lightning. No place outside is safe when lightning strikes. If you are caught outside in lightning take shelter in your home or your hard top car. Stay out of the bathtub, stay away from windows and electrical appliances. If possible, turn off all appliances prior to the storm's arrival. Don't use a corded telephone during a lightning event unless you have an emergency.

A Special Message will be transmitted through the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, March 26th between 10 am and 11 am. For additional information on Nebraska's Severe Weather Awareness Week contact Teresa Keck at 308-532-4936 extension 726

NE Game and Parks Stocking Rainbow Trout in Aubles Pond

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission plans to stock catchable-size rainbow trout in several lakes and city ponds across the state this month.

Stocking began Thursday, March 13 at Fremont State Recreation Area No. 2 and CenturyLink Lake at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park.

There will be stocking at Aubles Pond in Ord, Weeping Water Pond, Humboldt City Park Lake, Auburn Rotary Club Lake, Fort Kearny State Recreation Area, Holdrege City Park and Ponca State Park on Friday, March 14.

Other lakes and city parks scheduled to be stocked this month include Lake Halleck in Papillion, Steinhart Park in Nebraska City, Holmes Lake in Lincoln, Pawnee Park West in Columbus, Heartwell Park in Hastings, Scottsbluff Zoo Pond, Lake Ogallala and Niobrara State Park.

The Big Give to Valley County

The Big Give to Valley County is a 24 hour giving day to encourage people across the country to support organizations in Valley County who strive to make our community a great place to live, work, play and give. The Big Give begins on Monday, March 17 at 10 am and ends Tuesday, March 18 at 10 am.

There are a couple of different ways to donate to The Big Give. Donors can go online and use their credit card, donors can give in person at Giving Stations at all Valley County Banks with a check or cash, or donors can mail a check to the organization of their choice.

In 2013 The Big Give to Valley County received over $40,000 in donations, and they hope to achieve even greater success in 2014. There are 29 nonprofit organizations participating in the 2014 Big Give to Valley County. To learn more about the participating organizations,

Sen. Fisher Introduces Legislation For Relief From Propane Shortages

U.S. Senator Deb Fisher today announced that she is cosponsoring legislation to provide relief for Nebraskans who have been affected by recent propane shortages.  The Reliable Home Heating Act would eliminate red tape to support increased delivery of residential heating fuels to areas affected by shortages.  The legislation also includes a provision to help states better prepare for future supply and distribution challenges.

Record low temperatures this winter have resulted in record high prices for too many families struggling to heat their homes.  This legislation will help provide relief for more than 500,000 Nebraska households that rely on propane to heat their homes.

The legislation also requires the Energy Information Administration to provide an early warning to governors in a given Petroleum Administration for Defense District if its home heating fuel inventory falls below the most recent five-year average for more than three consecutive weeks.

The Midwest entered this winter with the lowest levels of propane inventories since 2007.  These shortages were due in part to extreme cold temperatures, a wet grain harvest requiring higher than average amounts of propane to fuel grain dryers, and strained distribution.

Burwell "Hit List" Investigation Turned over To NSP

At the request of the Burwell Police Department, the Nebraska State Patrol has assumed primary responsibility for conducting an ongoing investigation into the co-called "hit list" received at Burwell City Hall on Thursday, March 6th.  The change if effective immediately.

NSP has provided assistance since the case began.  Burwell officials felt that the shift in responsibilities was necessary due to limited manpower and resources at the local level.  The chance will permit local officers to focus on providing increased security at the school while addressing other law enforcement concerns in the community.

All further inquiries and information requests should be directed to the Nebraska State Patrol.

Pitzer Ranch To Be Featured on RFD-Tv

The Pitzer Ranch of Ericson, is the focus of an episode of “The Ride-with Cord McCoy.” Bullrider and former competitor on The Amazing Race, Cord McCoy's show “The Ride” airs on RFD-Tv. The episode featuring The Pitzer Ranch will air on Monday, March 10 and will be looking at the history and the legacy of The Pitzer Ranch. Several of the Ranch's customers, trainers, and members of the local community will be seen on the show, including Mark Wray, Riley Renner, and members of Howard Pitzers family. The first airing will be at 1 PM on Monday the 10th, with a reairing that evening at 9PM. RFD-Tv can be found on channel 231 on Dish Network and channel 345 on DirecTv. For more information about The Pitzer Ranch episode or the show itself, check out

Holeman Finishes in 6th at The American

Congratulations to Arcadia's June Holeman who finished in 6th place in the barrel racing at RFD-Tv's The American rodeo in Texas yesterday. Holeman was the oldest competitor at the first largest paying one day rodeo, and was the only competitor to bring the entire crowd to their feet in a standing ovation after her run.

The big winner yesterday at The American was bareback rider Richmond Champion of Dublin, TX who won $1.1 million.

Nebraska was represented well in Texas yesterday as Cort Scheer of Elsmere, NE placed 2nd in the Saddle Bronc Riding winning $25,000. Two time World Champion Steer Wrestler Dean Gorsuch of Gering, NE competed yesterday and made a run in the final four as did Tryon, NE's Dru Melvin. Four time World Champion Steer Wrestler and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Ote Berry competed in the semifinals, as did two time PBR World Champion Bull Rider Justin McBride.


Arcadia Barrel Racer Qualifies for RFD-Tv's The American

June Holeman, the 70 year old mother, grandmother and professional barrel racer from Arcadia, NE is getting ready to compete in RFD-TV's The American Rodeo on Sunday, March 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

In 2005 at the age of 62, June Holeman made her first trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas making her the oldest quailfier ever, a record that still stands. Holeman has always ran barrels at amateur rodeos and a few pro rodeos in Nebraska, but she never really tried to qualify for the WNFR until 2004. Once she set her eyes on the prize, she qualified to compete in Las Vegas in 2005. Currently, Holeman rides a 7 year old gelding named Hopes Money Boy aka Tall Boy whom she raised and trained herself. Holeman goes into this event sitting in fourth place among the barrel racing qualifiers.

RFD-TV's THE AMERICAN is set up to become the largest, richest one-day rodeo in the history of the sport. Each one of these world-class athletes, including Holeman, will compete for their share of the largest single day payout in the history of the sport, two million dollars. The top ten contestants in the world from each rodeo event will battle it out in the arena in Arlington, TX.

Out of that $2,000,000, each event will pay $100,000 for first place and $25,000 for second place. Then there will be a $1,000,000 "side pot" set aside for the qualifiers. If a qualifier can beat all the best and win his/her event, then he/she is entitled to that $1,000,000.

The American will broadcast on RFD-Tv at 2 pm on Sunday, March 2nd, and will also be streaming live on RFD-Tv's website.

Molacek State Swimming Record Holder Is Auburn Recruit

Jacob Molacek, the son of Valley County Health System IT Director Shane Molacek, owns six state records and is third in The Omaha World-Herald's all-time Top 10 as a high school swimmer.

Molacek owns the fastest time in state history in the 200-yard individual medley, the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles, the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke. He is third all-time in the 100 backstroke and didn't make the list in the 500 freestyle because he swam it only twice in dual meets. But it is worth noting that Molacek does have the fastest 500 free time in the state this year — 4:42.27. That's almost eight seconds faster than anyone else this season.

The Auburn recruit will compete at the 77th boys state high school championship swim meet where he will compete in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, and also swim a leg on Omaha Creighton Prep's 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams. Molacek's high school career has been a short one. It will be just over 13 months that he has competed for Prep after being home-schooled the first two years of high school.

Molacek is a second semester senior, and besides swimming he keeps busy making sure his 4.0 GPA stays intact instead of coasting to graduation. His course load includes two honors classes and an advanced placement course.

The legacy he's hoping to leave is that kids from Nebraska can have legitimate dreams about expanding the boundaries of greatness.

Best Burger Contest

Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers along with the Nebraska Beef Council have announced the launch of the 4th annual Nebraska’s Best Burger contest. A new format to the contest will determine the winner based on a combination of online votes and the scores from a panel of judges.

Online nominations will be accepted from March 1st through March 15th on the Nebraska Beef Council website or on their Facebook page. On March 15th, the top five nominated restaurants will be announced. From March 15th through March 31st, the public will be asked to vote again for one of the 5 finalists. During the final voting period, a panel of judges will also score the top five contestants. The overall contest winner will be determined by the highest combined total from the online vote and judges’ scores.

Another change to this year’s contest is that past winners will now be eligible to win again. Last year, the Peppermill Restaurant in Valentine, NE claimed the top prize. Other past winners of the award include the Cellar Bar & Grill in Kearney and Stella’s Bar & Grill in Bellevue.

For a full list of rules, contest details or to submit a nomination, visit or contact the Nebraska Beef Council at 308-236-7551.

Lane of Arcadia Wins State Title in Class D Wrestling

Wyatt Lane is the first ever wrestling class D state champion at 106 pounds from Arcadia. The Arcadia-Loup City junior recorded a takedown with one minute left in the third period to end with a 6-5 victory over senior Jacob Calvert of Dundy County-Stratton on Saturday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

Growth has been an issue for Lane over the last couple of years. His freshman year he weighed in at only 85 pounds.  Lane missed weight at a couple of meets this year, then something clicked at the Lou-Platte Conference Tournament. He started to make weight after that and his confidence soared.

Lane, who was born with his intestines outside his stomach and does not have all his intestines, has not let that issue hamper him on the wrestling mat.

The experience that Lane has gained over the last couple years helped him during that tough final minute. Lane finished fourth in the 106 pound weight class a year ago.

Moving up in weight will be the plan for Lane next season. Arcadia-Loup City wrestling coach Phelps said Lane should wrestle at 113 or 120 a year from now. Arcadia-Loup City also be competing in Class C next winter.

NE Schools To Begin Buying Local Produce

Nebraska schools are starting to buy local fruits and vegetables for their school food programs. Farmers can learn how to participate in these growing farm to school initiatives in a series of free training sessions.

At these sessions, farmers will learn what schools are looking for and how to assure schools that their crops are clean and safe. In the first round of sessions farmers will learn how to sell foods to local schools, including business basics and marketing, regulations, and production practices. In the second of the two-part series farmers will learn ways to use and document a safe food handling plan that satisfies concerns of school and retail food buyers and also reduces risk of food contamination on the farm.

Training sessions are sponsored by the Loup Basin Resource Conservation and Development Council of Burwell and by the Center for Rural Affairs. Funding for the project is provided in part by USDA Rural Development.

Trainings will be held

In Ord at the Volunteer Fire Hall from 1-4pm on Tuesday February 25 and Tuesday March 4

In Loup City at the Community Center from 1-4pm on Wednesday February 26 and Wednesday March 5

In Spalding at Clear Creek Organic Farms from 1-4pm on Thursday February 27 and Thursday March 6

In St. Paul at Miletta Vista Winery from 1-4pm on Tuesdays March 11 and Tuesday March 18

In Burwell at Sandstone Grill from 1-4pm on Wednesday March 12 and Wednesday March 19

And in Broken Bow at Custer Public Power from 1-4pm on Thursday March 13 and Thursday March 20
Visit for more information, or contact Sarah Smith at 307.321.9766 or Janet Sanders at 308.346.3393.

Rise in Propane Prices

The average retail price for propane rose 10.3 cents from a week ago to $2.96 per gallon. That's up 68.1 cents from a year ago, based on the residential heating fuel survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This is the largest single week increase since the heating season started in October. Propane prices in the Midwest region averaged 2.55 a gallon, up 14.9 cents from last week, and up 79.1 cents from a year ago.
With the onset of severely cold weather seen over the past weeks, propane supplies in the Midwest are extremely tight. The Midwest spot price of propane at Conway, Kansas, has spiked far above the Gulf Coast spot price at Mont Belvieu, Texas. The high propane prices in the Midwest are the result of both increased demand for crop drying in November and increased demand for space heating in the current cold weather.
In the Midwest, propane is used for both drying agricultural crops and heating homes and businesses. For corn to be stored, it first needs to be dried, using large-scale heaters that often use propane for fuel. A late-2013 corn harvest, along with cold, wet weather, resulted in strong demand for propane at distribution terminals in the Upper Midwest. For the week ending November 1, 2013, Midwest propane inventories dropped more than 2 million barrels, the largest single-week stock draw in any November since 1993. This demand prompted a strong upward price response, and propane at Conway moved to a 3-cent-per-gallon (gal) premium over Mont Belvieu during the first week of November, the first such premium in almost three years.
After the harvest, logistical problems prevented the region from fully replenishing inventories before the onset of winter. The Upper Midwest is supplied with propane by pipelines (Mid-American and ONEOK) flowing north from Conway (home to 30% of the nation's propane storage), the Cochin Pipeline coming south from Canada, and from rail deliveries. The Cochin Pipeline, which delivers ethane and propane from Canada to the Upper Midwest, was out of service for maintenance from late November to December 20 and unavailable to deliver supplies. Rail transportation disruptions, both due to weather and other factors, curtailed deliveries from Mont Belvieu and Conway, as well as from Canada.
The most recent cold weather increased space-heating demand at a time when markets were already tight. As demand outpaced supply, inventories dropped further, by 1.5 million barrels and 1.2 million barrels for the weeks ending December 6 and January 3, respectively. Since the week ending October 11, Midwest propane inventory levels have dropped by 12.8 million barrels, compared with a drop of 7.3 million barrels for the previous five-year average for that period. By January 21, prices at Conway had vaulted to a 95-cent/gal premium to Mont Belvieu.
Strong demand surges, low inventories, and supply challenges have led several Midwest states to implement emergency measures to provide propane to heating customers, including suspensions of limitations on hours of service for propane-delivery truck drivers.

NLS Bond Voting

North Loup Scotia School is mailing out ballots today to vote on the two school bonds up for discussion.  District voters will have until Tuesday, February 11th to turn them in.

One bond is to tear down the old school building in Scotia to build a new building to house Kindergarten through 6th grade and they are planning on keeping the existing gym and ag building to turn them into classrooms.

The second bond is to build a new five bay bus barn.

Those not yet registered to vote have until Friday, January 31st to get registered and then will receive ballots in the mail.

District voters can mail in their votes or drop them off at the clerk offices in Ord or Greeley.  Also drop boxes will be at the Scotia and North Loup Village Offices during their normal business hours.

Popcorn County Loan

Popcorn County USA in North Loup will be receiving a loan for modernizing their facility. Nebraska Central Telephone Company at Gibbon is receiving a U.S.D.A. Rural Economic Development Loan of $798,000. This project will loan funds to Popcorn County USA at North Loup, for the construction of a modernized popcorn processing facility to replace their out dated facility. The funding will help the business meet industry requirements while providing the opportunity for expanded production volume and in-house processing. The project will save 11 full time equivalent jobs as a direct result of the project, in North Loup, population 297. The Rural Economic Development Loan will be leveraged with $4,602,000 in other funding. According to Agriculture Secretary, Tom VilsackThese investments will help businesses expand, help rural communities grow their economies and help support the community-based development goals of the Obama administration.” Through USDA’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program, USDA provides zero-interest loans to utilities that lend funds to local businesses for projects to create and retain employment in rural areas. These revolving loan funds broaden the program’s reach and create a multiplier effect for its impact.

UPDATE: Burwell Shooting Deaths

Two deaths being investigated in Burwell, have been ruled a homicide and a suicide, according to Garfield County Attorney Dale Crandall.  Preliminary autopsy results confirm that Christopher Melling, age 31, and daughter Aimee Melling, who would have celebrated her third birthday this Sunday, January 12, died as the result of head wounds inflicted by a shotgun at the family home located at 624 E Street in Burwell.  Investigators believe that Aimee died at the hand of her father, who then took his own life.

Christopher Melling's last known activities appear to have been on Saturday, January 4.  The deaths are believed to have occurred sometime between Saturday night and Tuesday morning.  Officials have been unable to determine the exact date and time of the shootings.

The bodies of the deceased were discovered Tuesday afternoon, after police gained entry into the home through a window of the locked residence in response to neighbors' concern that there had been no recent activity at the home, and the lights had been left on.

The deaths followed a reported disturbance on Friday, January 3, when Christopher's wife Tammy Melling, age 33, was arrested by Burwell Police and booked into the Valley County jail on domestic assault charges.  At the time, Christopher complained that his wife threatened and struck him in the course of an extended argument.  The incident is being included in the current investigation.  No formal charges have been filed, and at this time, investigators do not consider Tammy Melling a suspect in the deaths of her husband and daughter.

Nebraska State Patrol investigators are heading the inquiry into the deaths and surrounding circumstances, with full cooperation and assistance from Burwell Police and the Garfield County Sheriff's Office.

Press Release from Garfield County Attorney Dale Crandall

Information on Light Bulb Changes


When shopping for light bulbs you will also need to look for lumens instead of wattage. Please reference the chart for more details:

Shooting Deaths Being Investigated in Burwell

Two bodies were recovered late Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at the the scene of a shooting in Burwell.  The deceased were identified as Christopher Melling of Burwell, age 31, and Aimee Melling, who would have been three years of age later this month.

The deaths were discovered Tuesday afternoon, after officers broke out a window to gain access to the house located at 624 E Street to conduct a welfare check.  Concerned neighbors had reported no recent activity at the home.

Officers of the Burwell Police Department, Garfield Sheriff's Office and the Nebraska State Patrol are conducting a joint investigation into the deaths.  A single firearm was recovered at the scene.  Autopsies have been scheduled for later this week.

Investigation into the circumstances of the deaths is ongoing.

Press Release from Garfield County Attorney Dale Crandall

Nebraska Cattlemen Elect New Leadership

During the Nebraska Cattlemen Convention held December 4-6th in Kearney, new officers and leaders were elected and appointed.

New Officers are:
President-Jeff Rudolph, Gothenburg
President Elect-Dave McCracken, Friend
Vice President-Barb Cooksley, Anselmo
Past President-Dale Spencer, Brewster

Council Leadership:
Cow-Calf Chairman-Jaclyn Wilson-Demel, Lakeside
Cow-Calf Vice Chairman-Clark Gotschall, Atkinson
Seedstock Vice Chairman-Dan Hunt, Oxford

Committee Leadership:
Education Chairman-Nancy Peterson, Gordon
Marketing and Commerce Chairman-John J. Schroeder, Cozad
Member Services Chairman-Gregg Wiedel, Hebron
Nebraska CattleWomen Consumer Education and Promotion Chairman-Tammy Hansen, Burwell

Members Services Vice Chairman:
Region 1-Jerry Underwood, Alliance
Region3-Ron Coufal, Howells

Central City Man Named NE Commissioner of Education

Matthew Blomstedt of Central City has been named the new Nebraska Commissioner of Education by the Nebraska State Board of Education.

Blomstedt is currently the executive director of the Nebraska Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council, and was selected from a field of four finalists for his new position.

Blomstedt received a Ph.D. In Educational Leadership and Higher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Master of Community and Regional Planning from UN-L, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science also from UN-L.

State Board of Education President Pat Timm said that the Board's goal is to work in partnership with Blomstedt to ensure all students learn at high levels and the achievement gap among groups of students is narrowed. The Board's focus will include the development of a new state accountability system focused on continuous improvement.

OHS Student Again Diagnosed with Leukemia

Adrian Dobbs, a sophomore at Ord High School, has been diagnosed with leukemia for a third time.


Originally diagnosed with leukemia at two and a half years old, the leukemia returned again at the age of seven. After being cancer free for four and a half years, the leukemia returned again this year shortly before Thanksgiving. Adrian is active in football, band and FFA and is nicknamed A-Dobbs by his friends and family. Adrian is currently at the Omaha Children's Hospital undergoing treatment, and will most likely have to have a bone marrow transplant.


A donation account has been opened in his name at Great Western Bank. His family and friends are also selling rubber bracelets for $3 to help raise money for travel expenses between Ord and Omaha and for any medical expenses that insurance doesn't cover. Bracelets should be available for purchase soon at Ord High School as well.


You can contact Jill at 730-1372 to purchase a bracelet or for more information about helping Adrian.  

Anselmo-Merna Students Raise Money for Ranchers

The students at Anselmo-Merna Public School have raised a total of $12,302 for the ranchers that were devastated by the October blizzard that hit parts of South Dakota and NorthWest Nebraska.

Anselmo-Merna teacher Cierra Anderson started the Fundraiser for Ranchers. Anderson knew people personally who were directly affected by the devastating weather. It is estimated that tens of thousands of cattle were killed in the surprise October blizzard that hit at the worst time for ranchers, just before the season paid off.

The students at Anselmo-Merna school began having bake sales and going door to door asking for donations right after the blizzard hit. Anderson had hoped to raise a couple thousand, but her goal was exceeded in just the first week as they raised $6,000. They have since doubled that number thanks to the generous families in the Anselmo-Merna community.

Instead of sending the total amount to the fund in South Dakota, they instead looked through the profiles of ten families that were severely affected by the blizzard and chose the 6 families they felt needed the help the most. The checks are going to be sent on Monday, December 9th or Tuesday, December 10th. The recipients do not know they will be receiving this help, so this should be a nice holiday surprise for them.  

Jayz to host Pink-Out at Volleyball Triangular

The Ravenna Lady Jayz volleyball team will be hosting a Pink-Out to benefit area breast cancer charities at their final home games on October 29, 2013.  The first game, against Ord will begin at 5 pm.  Ord will then play Gibbon at 6pm, and Ravenna will play Gibbon at 7pm.

Fans, family and community members are encouraged to attend and wear pink in honor of Breast Cancer month.  Warriors and survivors of breast cancer will be honored with a special ceremony between matches.

There will be a "Pinkalicious Bake Sale" with proceeds to benefit the Every Woman Matters Foundation, which assists with the cost of breast and cervical cancer screenings.  Information and EWM applications packets will be available at the games.

The Grace Foundation will be on hand to sell pink breast cancer support t-shirts.  The Foundation provides support for area people battling breast cancer. Additionally, they will be hosting the "Aces for Grace" fundraiser.  Local businesses will donate $25 for each ace served by their team.

Breast cancer touches one in every eight women in this country.  Come out and support the Ord Lady Chants, the Ravenna Lady Jayz, and the Gibbon Buffalos and help benefit all those in the fight against breast cancer.

Benefit for Tasha Baxter

The Burwell Legion Club and the Calamus Lake Association will be hosting a free will donation supper for Tasha Baxter this Sunday, October 27th from 5-8pm at the Legion Club in Burwell.  There will be fish, pork sandwiches with pork donated by Martin Stramfer, baked beans, potato salad and other salads.  All donations welcome for raffle and silent auction. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.  This is a free will donation event, with all proceeds going to Tasha Baxter.  For more information or to make a donation you can contact Maggie at 402-705-4217 or Kaci at 970-765-6560. 

Ord Celebrates National Blue Ribbon School Award

This Friday, October 11th Ord Public School students invite the entire community to join them on the Valley County Courthouse lawn to celebrate their accomplishment as being recognized as one of the best schools in the nation. A parade of students led by the Ord Volunteer Fire Department and Ord City Police will begin at Ord Elementary at 11:00 A.M. and proceed to the courthouse lawn. Senator Kate Sullivan will address the crowd during a pep rally celebration at 11:30 A.M. followed by a FREE Community Hot Dog lunch. Please attend this community wide picnic style celebration of your school and community.

Scratchtown Open

The Scratchtown Brewing Company has received their liqour license and is now open for business.  They were open Friday, October 4th and from the sounds of it, had a very good turnout.  Be sure to stop in, say hello, and try one of their finely crafted beers.

Tasha Baxter of Burwell Injured in Semi/Train Accident

Tasha Baxter, daughter of Bob and Edica Baxter of Burwell, was severely injured in a semi/train accident at 9:50 am on Friday, September 27,2013.  Baxter, a big rig driver, was crossing railroad tracks outside of Oshkosh, NE in her truck and a grain trailer when her truck was struck on the passenger side by a train.  Tasha was ejected from the Peterbuilt truck which was totaled.  She was taken immediately to the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, NE.  She was recently released from the ICU to the PCU, and will soon be moved to Madonna Rehabitilation Center in Lincoln.

Donation accounts have been set up for Tasha Baxter at Farmers and Merchants Bank in Kearney, NE and you can also make a donation at any Great Western Bank Location.

Take The Pledge Day 2013

GLW Children’s Council’s Youth Advisory Board celebrated Take The Pledge Day on September 19th, giving information to students, teachers and parents about the dangers of texting and driving. In 2009 5,474 people were killed in U.S. roadways and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving.


The GLW Youth Advisory Board created a poster and hung it in the High School hallway where everyone was strongly encouraged to Take the Pledge to NEVER text and drive, it is worth the wait! For more information or to sign the pledge contact any of the GLW Youth Advisory Board Members or Marcie Smith at Burwell High School.

2013 NE State Champion Auctioneer Annouced

The Nebraska Auctioneers Association, a state trade organization representing the auctioneering profession in Nebraska, conducted their Annual Auctioneer State Championship on Monday, September 2, 2013. The Championship Competition was held at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island, Nebraska. Fifteen finalists, who previously qualified at the Association’s Convention in Kearney, Nebraska, competed for the title of Nebraska Auctioneer Champion in a live auction before fair attendees.
The Auctioneer competitors were judged on presentation, chant, voice quality, body language, and other elements of effective auctioneering along with a personal interview. Regina Adrijeski, Old West Realty Auction, Curtis, NE, won the title of Champion, also making history as the first female to hold the title. The Reserve Champion was David Whitaker, Steffes Auctioneers, Ames, IA. Placing Runner- up was Curtis Wetovick, CW Auction, Fullerton, NE. Receiving the Rookie of the Year award was Adam Marshall, Adam Marshall Auction, Elm Creek, NE.
Rounding out the top ten auction finalists were: Ora Adler, Adler Auction Service, Juniata, NE; Gary Juranek, Gary Juranek & Associates Auctioneers, Council Bluffs, IA; Duane McClain, Lashley Land & Recreational Brokers, North Platte, NE; Wayne Morris, Morris Auctions, Columbus, NE; Courtney Nitz-Mensik, Jack Nitz & Associates Auctioneers, Fremont, NE; Colt Pope, Pope Auction Co., Sutton, NE.
The Nebraska State Auctioneer Champion will now compete in the 2014 International Auctioneers Championship to be held in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Annual Jon Moravec Memorial Ringman Award was presented to David Whitaker, Ames Iowa during the preliminary round in Kearney. The Ringman competitors were judged on presentation, enthusiasm, audience observation, and communication with the auctioneer along with an personal interview.
The Nebraska Auctioneers Association promotes the auction method of marketing by providing professional training and support for auctioneers in Nebraska. Alton Heimes of Creamer, Heimes, Janssen Auctioneers in Hartington, NE is the President of the Association which is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Sherman County Sheriffs Office Investigating Incident in Litchfield

The Sherman County Sheriff's Office investigated an incident in which Rose Schmidt, 30 years old of Hazard, sat down in front of a west bound BNSF train just west of the main street crossing in Litchfield at approximately 2:45 am on September 11, 2013. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The Sherman County Sheriff Office was assisted at the scene by Litchfield Fire and Rescue.

Ord Township Library Annual Book Sale

The Annual Book Sale is coming up soon for the Ord Township Library. The Book Sale begins Junk Jaunt weekend on Friday, September 27th and will run until the books are gone. They will be opening at 7 am on Friday and at 9 am on Saturday, September 28th for the Book Sale only. If you have any books, audio books, movies or puzzles that you would like to donate please drop them off at the Ord Township Library before Wednesday, September 25th. For more information, please call the Ord Township Library at 728-3012.

Greeley County Farm Bureau to Sponsor Farm Safety Day

This year National Farm Safety Week is observed September 16th—21st. It was developed to bring attention to the dangers and risks on the farm. On Wednesday, September 18th, Greeley County Farm Bureau is sponsoring a Farm Safety Day. The speaker for the event will be a fellow Nebraskan, Ron Gustafson, who was injured in a farm accident. The event will be held at St. Michael’s Parish Center in Spalding at 10 a.m. All students from Spalding Academy and Spalding Public as well as FFA students from the other county schools, Greeley-Wolbach-North-Loup-Scotia will be in attendance. The general public is also invited to attend.
From his biography, we learn that Ron “Gus” Gustafson, raised on a farm in Lyons, Nebraska was a standout basketball player in high school in spite of having lost his right arm and shoulder in a tragic childhood farm accident at age nine. After a knee injury ended his collegiate basketball career, he was devastated. But, once again, his faith and courage sustained him and he redirected his energies, building outstanding academic and business careers.
Gus is founder and president of Ron Gustafson – My Story, located in Omaha. He and his wife have three children.
Ron will speak about turning a set-back into a come-back. As a result of the accident, he battled for his life following a tractor accident that took his right arm and shoulder and crushed his right leg. In spite of his injury, he was determined to excel in athletics. Ron played varsity basketball (Honorable Mention, All-State) and earned the respect of the coach who once said he’d never make the team.
For Gus, each set-back has presented an opportunity to grow. Today, Gus is a remarkable motivator, to experience his message is to lose all the self-doubt and to find the strength to succeed. Through three simple keys, he will show you how to process the garbage in your life, to never give up and to have the courage to face the next challenge.
You’ll marvel at everything this “one-armed-guy” can do! For all his amazing accomplishments, however, Gus does not try to be a larger-than-life hero. Instead, he connects with people, recognizing that everyone struggles with challenges. In Gus’s story, you’ll find the inspiration to rise above your own limits—whether they’re imposed by circumstances, other people or yourself.
Come join us for some inspiration and motivation on September 18th. Free admission. For more information contact one of the Farm Bureau officers: John Dietrich 402-276-1029, Rick Esch 308-750-4666 or Jerry Glaser 308-750-9578.

Former NE State Senator To Plead Guilty To Gambling With Campaign Funds

Former state Sen. Brenda Council will plead guilty to a federal wire fraud charge next week in connection with gambling away $63,000 in campaign funds.

Council is a past member of the Omaha City Council and Omaha School Board and served in the north Omaha legislative district. Sen. Ernie Chambers has filed a complaint with the U.S. attorney alleging Council committed mail and wire fraud by sending false campaign reports through the mail and transferring money across state lines when she withdrew campaign funds from an ATM in a Kansas casino. Chambers also filed an ethics complaint against Council with the state Supreme Court, which could result in the loss of her law license.

Council plans to plead guilty on September 12, 2013 to a federal charge in exchange for probation. The wire fraud charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Last year, Council pled guilty in Lancaster County Court to two misdemeanors and was fined $500 for failing to report to the state she spent about $63,000 in campaign donations on gambling. In exchange for her guilty plea, the U.S. attorney’s office will ask the judge to sentence her to probation.

County Officials Attend State Workshop

Pamela Arnold the Assessor for Valley County, completed a three-day workshop conducted in Kearney August 26th through August 29th. This workshop for Nebraska county assessors was attended by approximately 130 county officials and employees, and was a part of continuing education and leadership development series. The workshop updated Nebraska county assessors and staff on recent changes in state laws, and provided extensive training on the responsibilities of their respective offices.

Cope Estate Makes Large Gift to University of Nebraska Foundation

The estate of longtime Kearney resident and philanthropist Carol Cope has made a $12.6 million gift to theUniversity of Nebraska Foundation to provide permanently endowed support for students, faculty and programs at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
According to UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen, this is the largest single gift in the history of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and they are truly grateful for the generosity of the Copes. This gift will forever change this institution Kristensen added.
The gift establishes multiple permanently endowed funds that will generate annual support for student scholarships, faculty awards, academic programs and more. Of the total gift, $11.6 million benefits UNK, and $1 million is directed to UNL for endowed faculty professorships.
Kristensen also stated that this gift is a blend of generosity and vision that will significantly impact students for decades to come.
Carol Cope’s legacy will be celebrated Sept. 5 at UNK’s Carol Cope Day, the Lopers’ football season opener against visiting Washburn University. The game starts at 6 p.m. at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium. The gift will be recognized during halftime of the game.
Carol Cope was involved in numerous organizations and foundations at local and state levels. She died on her 103rd birthday on Sept. 13, 2012.
Brian Hastings, president and CEO of the University of Nebraska Foundation, said that this most generous gift represents the lasting legacy of Ron and Carol Cope at the University of Nebraska. The magnitude of its effect will be felt by generations of students and educators. Even years from now, students will continue to be known as proud Cope scholars.

"You Drink, You Drive, You Lose" Campaign Stats for NE

The Nebraska State Patrol took 91 drivers off Nebraska roads for Driving Under the Influence during the nationwide “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose” special enforcement campaign that started August 16 and ended September 2.

Troopers and communications specialists put in overtime hours during the two week-long enforcement campaign thanks in part to a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety.

Designed to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, the special enforcement effort encompassed the heavily traveled Labor Day holiday weekend.

The following statistics are a reflection of statewide activity by the Nebraska State Patrol during the “You Drink, Drive You Drive, You Lose” enforcement.

91 DUI arrests

24 Minor in Possession Charges

67 Open Container Charges

128 Drivers Driving Under Suspension

94 Drivers with No Proof Of Insurance

2,224 Speeding Citations

446 Seat Belt Citations and Warnings

479 Motorist Assists

and 48 Child Restraint Citations and Warnings


"Through These Gate'-A Husker Fan Documentary

Husker football season has started and what better way to kick-off the season than to attend “Through These Gates” – a Husker fan documentary playing at the Tiffany Theater in Broken Bow on September 8th at 4:00 p.m. This film follows several individuals associated with the University of Nebraska football community throughout their different life lessons. The roster includes Jan Berringer, Charlie McBride, Jason Peter, Jack Hoffman and Clayton Anderson. “Through These Gates” examines true sportsmanship from a genuine community. Attending this Husker screening will benefit the Little Feet, Big Dreams Campaign with proceeds going to the BBPS Fine Arts Facility. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska State Bank and BBPS Superintendent’s Office.

River City Roundup Riding Through Broken Bow

The Custer County Fairgrounds will welcome the River City Roundup riders to Broken Bow on Monday, September 23, 2013. The Broken Bow Chamber will be serving a meal to the riders, the public is invited to come out and join the riders during the meal. Tickets are available the Chamber office.

Alzheimer's Memory Walk

The time to end Alzheimer's is now. Broken Bow will be holding the Alzheimer's Memory Walk on September 12, 2013 between 4pm and 7pm the the Broken Bow City Square. Entertainment will be provided. To register, visit and follow the directions for Broken Bow.
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Six New Associates Welcomed Into VCHS Staff

Six new associates have been welcomed into the Valley County Health System staff.

The new associates are Melissa Wolf, Bill Tietjens, Sharon Noah, Jennifer Lamb, Devan Barnes, and Belva Seamann. Wolf will be working in Acute Care, Barnes will join the Medical Clinic, Tietjens will be in Maintenance, and Noah is in the Environmental Services department. Lamb and Seamann will be joining Valley View Living Center. 

Homebuyer Education Workshop To Be Held In Bassett, NE

A Homebuyer Education Workshop is going to be held in Bassett in September.

For families that are dreaming of owning their own home, but are unsure about how to make that dream a reality, the Central Nebraska Housing Developers will conduct a REACH-Approved Homebuyer Educational Workshop in Bassett in September. This workshop will be held at the North Central Nebraska RC&D on September 19 & 26, from 6-10 p.m. both evenings. Participants are required to attend both evenings to receive a certificate of completion.

The Central Nebraska Housing Developers have a down payment assistance program, and participation in a REACH-certified workshop is a requirement for applying for these funds or other down payment assistance, as well as to qualify for low-interest mortgage loans. To participate in these special programs, all persons to be listed on the property deed must complete a Homebuyer Education workshop.

Pre-registration is required. To sign up for this workshop, or to inquire about future workshops, please contact Melissa Krysl at 402-340-6464 or via e-mail at, or visit the CNHD website for housing information at

Wolbach Village Apartments Receive "Extreme Makeover"

The Wolbach Village Apartments received an extreme makeover in August 2013.

The Central Nebraska Housing Developers asssited the village of Wolbach in applying for and administering a Rental Rehabilitation grant, for the Wolbach village owned four plex rental unit.

These rental units, built in the 1970's, were badly in need of rehabilitation-inside and out. Through this grant, awarded by the State of Nebraska's Affordable Housing Trust Fund, Wolbach's rental units have received much needed repairs and improvements; including new windows, new gutters, new siding, new air conditioning units, new flooring, bathroom improvements, increased soundproofing between units, new paint, new kitchen countertops, and improved plumbing and electrical. Current tenants say that the improvements are wonderful.

Nebraska Game and Parks Regulation Changes

The Nebraska Game and Parks Board of Commissioners approved regulations for the 2013 waterfowl hunting seasons Aug. 30 at their meeting in Valentine.
The regulations include increases in daily bag limits for teal (four to six), canvasbacks (one to two) and Canada geese (three to five), as well as a decrease in daily bag limit for scaup (six to two).
The possession limit for migratory game birds increases from two times the daily bag limit to three times the daily bag limit.
Changes also were made to light goose hunting, including a change in format of the Light Goose Conservation Order from three zones to two and a change in the buffer zone along the Platte River.
The following are the 2013 waterfowl, crow and falconry season dates and limits approved Aug. 30:
Early Teal – Low Plains: Sept. 7-22; High Plains: Sept. 7-15; daily bag/possessions limits, 6/18
Youth – Zone 1: Oct. 5-6; Zone 2: Sept. 28-29; Zone 3: Oct. 19-20; Zone 4: Sept. 28-29; daily bag/possessions limits same as duck season
Ducks and Coots – Zone 1: Oct. 12 – Dec. 24; Zone 2: Low Plains, Oct. 5 – Dec. 17, High Plains, Oct. 5 – Dec. 17 and Jan. 5-26; Zone 3: Low Plains, Oct. 23 – Jan. 4, High Plains, Oct. 23 – Jan. 4 and Jan. 5-26; Zone 4: Oct. 5 – Dec. 17; daily bag/possessions limits, 6 (with restrictions)/18
Dark Geese – East Unit: Oct. 28 – Feb. 9; North Central Unit: Oct. 5 – Jan. 17; Platte River Unit: Oct. 28 – Feb. 9; Panhandle Unit: Oct. 28 – Feb. 9; Niobrara Unit: Oct. 28 – Feb. 9; daily bag/possessions limits, 5/15
White-Fronted Geese – Oct. 5 – Dec. 13 and Feb. 1-2; daily bag/possessions limits, 2/6, 1/3 on Feb. 1-2
Light Geese Regular Season – Oct. 5 – Jan. 1 and Jan. 25 – Feb. 9; daily bag/possessions limits, 20/none
Light Geese Conservation Order – Rainwater Basin Zone: Feb. 10 – April 1; Prairie Zone 2: Feb. 10 – April 1; daily bag/possessions limits, none/none
Crows – Regular Season: Oct. 1-Nov. 15 and Jan. 20-April 6; Special Public Health Hazard Order: Nov. 16-Jan. 19; daily bag/possessions limits, none/none
Falconry – Concurrent with teal, youth and duck season dates, plus, Zone 1: Feb. 25 – March 10; Zone 2: Feb. 25 – March 10 in Low Plains; concurrent with High Plains duck season dates in High Plains; Zone 3: Feb. 25 – March 10 in Low Plains; concurrent with High Plains duck season dates in High Plains; Zone 4: Feb. 25 – March 10
The commissioners also approved:
-- an increase in the possession limit on rail, snipe, woodcock, and dove from two times the daily bag limit to three times the daily bag limit.
-- a recommendation to increase the park cash change fund at Two Rivers State Recreation Area from $600 to $1,000.
Director Jim Douglas announced the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Outdoor Recreation Marketing Grant Program, gave highlights of the 2013 state high school fishing tournament, announced that Nebraska was selected as agency of the year by the Quality Deer Management Association, and reviewed the financial standings of Game Cash Fund, Lifetime Permit Trust, and Lifetime Stamp Trust. He also announced plans to continue advancement of shooting sports through agency shooting range plan. He also announced the temporary closures of some state park areas, saying “We need a sustainable funding source if we are to maintain the quality parks system Nebraskans expect.”

The commissioners’ next meeting is Oct. 18 in Nebraska City.

Labor Day Weekend 2013

If you are planning on heading to The Calamus Lake for this Labor Day Weekend, be sure you get there and get your spot early. Staci Newlin of the Burwell Chamber of Commerce says they are expecting a busy weekend full of out of towners this weekend. Lake traffic, and traffic in general, will pick up, and most area business should expect to be busy and plan ahead to accommodate customers.

Staci mentioned that the Burwell Chamber Office has a stand down at the NE State Fair right now, and they have had many people stop by and mention that they will be coming to Burwell this weekend. Labor Day Weekend is a time of fun and relaxation before fall, but please be sure to drive safely, drive sober, and watch for pedestrians while you are out and about.   

Husker Harvest Days 2013

There will be a lot to see at this year’s Husker Harvest Days, Sept. 10, 11 and 12 just west of Grand Island. With a sold-out exhibit field filled with more than 600 exhibitors, there will be plenty for farmers and ranchers to check out.

Visitors to this year’s Husker Harvest Days will once again be treated to watching machinery in the fields during field demonstrations. New combines and headers will debut in the field. Corn harvesting demonstrations are scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.

Other crop production demonstrations at Husker Harvest Days include spraying, shredding, tillage; GPS ride ‘n drive opportunities and haying demonstrations.

For those more interested in livestock than crop production, Husker Harvest Days has demonstrations and exhibits geared toward livestock producers and horse enthusiasts.

Cattle handling demonstrations will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the northwest corner of the show site. Horseman and rancher Ron Knodel will demonstrate his horse training techniques and share his wild-horse gentling philosophies at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily.

Stock dog demonstrations are returning to Husker Harvest Days this year, too. Members of the National Cattledog Association will be presenting demonstrations four times daily at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Located on West Avenue, the Craft Tent will be filled with more than 40 crafters selling candles, jewelry, paintings, toys, quilts, pottery, jam, clothing, yard ornaments and additional items. You’re bound to find something new.

The Nebraska Farmer magazine's Hospitality Tent is prepared to serve Husker Harvest Days visitors. While in the Hospitality Tent, visitors can register to win prizes, meet the editors and staff of the Nebraska Farmer and additional Farm Progress publications, tour the new website services and check on their subscriptions. This year, visitors can register for a chance to win a Miller welding product.

Approximately 30 booths with medical professionals and health organization representatives will be located in the Nebraska Farmer Hospitality Tent. Visitors can take advantage of several health screenings including skin cancer screening, blood pressure testing, hearing testing and a variety of additional services.

Plan to attend Husker Harvest Days, Sept. 10, 11 and 12, just west of Grand Island, 1-1/2 miles north and 2 miles west of Alda in central Nebraska on Husker Highway. Adult tickets are available for sale on the Husker Harvest Days website and at the show gates. For additional information, visit

2013 Arcadia Fall Festival Labor Day Weekend Celebration Schedule

Arcadia's 59th Annual Fall Festival Labor Day Weekend Celebration will be kicking off tomorrow, Friday, August 30th.

~The first event of the weekend will be a Barrel Racing held at Ballpark Arena and starting at 7 pm.
~Registration for the Drive 4 UR Community fundraiser sponsored by Ericson Ford to raise funds for the baseball/football scoreboard will be at the Legion Club Friday night, and at the Ballpark Saturday and Sunday.

With so many fun activities going on this weekend in Arcadia, Saturday, August 31st's events start at 8 am with the sand volleyball tournament at the tennis court on Main St.
~The Fun Run/ Walk will start at 8am on Main St. followed by the Pedal Tractor Pull.
~Voting for Miss Fall Festival 2013 will be from 8 am to 4:30 pm at the Legion Club.
~The cheerleaders bake sale will begin at 8 am.
~There is going to be a poker run with registration at 11:30 am at Bridge Street Bar. Leave time is set for 1 pm, for more information contact Shawn at 308-202-0043.
~The Pinochle tourney is going to be held at the Arcadia Community Building starting at 2pm, no pre-registration necessary.
~The 1st Annual Fall Frenzy Vendor and Craft Show will be at the Ballpark from 9am to 4pm.
~The Sons of The American Legion Ranch Rodeo will be held at Ballpark Arena with calcutta starting at 1:30 pm and Rodeo starting at 2pm. No admission for this event.
~The Arcadia High School Wall of Fame Induction is going to be in the school gym at 7:30 pm, prior to the talent show.
~Everyone is invited to attend the fun-filled, live music production of the “60th Wedding Anniversary of Buford and Lula Skillet” at 8pm in the school gym, there will be an admission charge.
~The Arcadia Legion Club will be hosting a Go Big Red Party at 6pm followed by “Sweet Water” Band from 9pm to 1.
~You also have the option of dancing to the Emmett Bower Band at Bridge St Bar and Grill from 9pm to 1.

Sunday, September 1 starts with a pancake feed at the community building from 8 am to 11:30 am with proceeds going to the AHS Spirit Dawgs.
~There will be a non-denominational worship service featuring guest speaker Jerry Lammers of Pleasanton at 10 am at the ballpark.
~Voting for Miss Fall Festival 2013 continues from 1 pm to 5pm on Sunday.
~Kid's games and races start at 1pm at the ballpark.
~The Sons of the American Legion Demolition Derby starts at 3pm with an admission charge.
~The final performance of the “60th Wedding Anniversary of Buford and Lula Skillet” live music production begins at 8 pm in the school gym with an admission charge.
~The Bridge St. Bar and Grill will be hosting live entertainment to round out your Sunday.

On Labor Day, Monday, Semptember 2nd, the Fall Festival Parade begins at 10:30 am with a great assortment of bands, floats, cars, tractors and much more. Judging for the parade begins at 9:30 am.

~The crowning of Miss Fall Festival 2013 will immediately follow the parade, as well as a barbecue dinner served at the American Legion Club.
~The Arcadia Jr. Rodeo begins at 1:30 at Ballpark Arena with an admission charge, and the cattle sorting will start after the Jr. Rodeo.
~The Mike Chelewski Polka Band will be performing at the American Legion Club starting at 3pm to close out the 2013 Arcadia Fall Festival Labor Day Weekend Celebration.

Increased Nebraska State Patrol Presence During Husker Home Games

Big Red fans traveling to and from Husker football games at Memorial Stadium can expect to see an increase in Nebraska State Patrol presence.
Troopers and Communication Specialists with the Nebraska State Patrol Headquarters Troop-Lincoln will be working overtime hours during Husker home games, thanks in part to a $12,800 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety.
The Nebraska Aviation Support Division will also be in the air assisting troopers with pilots providing traffic reports both before and after the games.
Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol commented “We like our football in Nebraska and game days mean added traffic volume and the potential for slowdowns. Putting extra troopers on the road will allow us to do our best to help ensure football fans get to and from the games safely.”
Heavy traffic can mean congestion and delays. The Nebraska State Patrol reminds motorists to give themselves plenty of time to reach their destination, obey the posted speed limit, always wear their seat belt and never drive impaired or distracted.

Results From The Calamus Fishing Tournament

Burwell, N.E., August 26, 2013 – Sponsored by the Burwell Chamber of Commerce and the Burwell Area/Garfield County Visitors Bureau, this past Saturday, August 24, 2013 the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of Calamus Lake at Burwell, Nebraska. During the event over 70 of the top anglers from six different states competed for not only cash and prizes, but also the opportunity to qualify for the 2013 Cabela’s King Kat Classic. This year's Cabela’s King Kat Classic will be held September 26-28, 2013 on Kentucky Lake at Camden, Tennessee.

Saturday’s event was the King Kat Tournament Trail’s second visit to Burwell/Calamus, and plans have already been made to return in 2014. According to tournament leaders, Calamus proved again to be one of top channel catfish lakes in the country.


Results for the Top Five Teams


Taking first place was the team of Darrin Meseke of Lawrence, Kansas and Arlan Miller of McFarland, Kansas with a combined weight of 128.4 pounds and earning $3,000.00 to make the trip from Kansas worthwhile. Darrin and Arlan also captured the big fish of the event with a 33.45 pound cat which earned the team an additional $600.The team drifted in 25 feet of water over a channel one mile north of the no wake buoys in the center of the lake using cut shad to catch 30 fish for day.



In second place was the team of Kevin Parks of Leroy, Kansas and Terry Fischer of Waverly, Kansas with a weight of 76.75 pounds and earning $1,100.00. Kevin and Terry fished just north of the of the no wake buoy line in the center of the lake on the edge of a creek using cut shad to catch 20 fish for the day.



Third place went to the team Chris Silva of Paxico, Kansas and Joe Silva of Alma, Kansas weighing in 73.15 pounds and earning $400.00. Chris and Joe drifted over 25 feet of water in much of the same area as the top two teams using cut shad and blood bait to catch 30 fish for the day.



David Studebaker of Burlingame, Kansas and Rich Witt of Junction City, Kansas took fourth place with a weight of 66.15 pounds and earning $300.00. David and Rich fished the west end of the lake drifting cut shad in 30 feet of water to catch 35 fish for the day.



Fifth place went to Eddie Van Dorn of Des Moines, Iowa and Travis Tullis of Corning, Iowa weighing in 62.95 pounds and earning $200.00. Eddie and Travis drifted the west end of the lake in 20-24 feet of water using chubs and Whisker Seeker rigs to catch 12 fish for the day.


Kids Event


In addition to the professional tournament event, about 50 children participated in the Cabela’s KingKat Kids Fishing Rodeo on Saturday morning (August 24) at the Burwell City Park pond –and caught a lot of good fish and had a great time. More photos from the kids fishing rodeo are available of the “Burwell Nebraska” Facebook page.


Event Thanks and Overview

"A special thanks to Stacie and David at the Burwell Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau for hosting the event. In addition, special thanks to the History Channel crew for filming at the tournament and their great coverage of the weigh-in event,” said Cabela’s KingKat CEO Darrell Van Vactor. “The weather was hot with temperatures in the 90’s. The teams fought high winds all day and really did a good job in adverse conditions. We saw some great channel cat come in today," said Van Vactor.


More information on the Cabela’s KingKat Trail is available at . More information about visiting the Burwell/Calamus area is available at .

Missing Bassett Man Benefit


Modern Woodmen of America and the Jackson Family of Bassett will be hosting a fund raiser event for Kyle Jackson and the 6 crew members of the missing at sea schooner “The Nina.” The event will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Bassett Fair Grounds.

There will be a free will donation BBQ starting at 6 pm and an auction starting at 7pm with dance to follow. During the BBQ Rick Bouy will be entertaining guests with his cowboy poetry. The auction will include Nebraska Cornhusker Tickets and other big items. You will not be disappointed.

If you would like to make a donation or donate an item to the auction, please contact Roberta Stout at (308) 346-4949

Human West Nile Virus Cases Reported in NE

Eleven human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services so far this summer and three people were hospitalized.

Dr. Joseph Acierno, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for DHHS stated that we’re in the heart of West Nile Virus season and you’ll want to take steps to protect yourself from mosquito bites.

Seventy-five mosquito pools in 14 counties have tested positive for the virus, those counties include: Adams, Chase, Dawes, Dawson, Dixon, Garden, Garfield, Hall, Lincoln, Madison, Phelps, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan and Webster. No birds have tested positive so far this season.

Last year there were 193 human cases of West Nile virus in Nebraska and four deaths.
More more information about West Nile Virus check out the DHHS website

National Planting Day Saturday, September 7, 2013

Keep America Beautiful and its affiliate, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful are partners in promoting the 2013 National Planting Day on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Locally, the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway organization will receive $150 to plant native Nebraska pollinator friendly plantings around the Interpretive Center “One Room School” in Burwell.
National Planting Day is a call to action designed to encourage people to plant natives at home, or to join a volunteer planting effort to beautify their community. Native species are losing ground to ornamental and annual plants that do not support pollinators and insects, which in turn provide food for birds and ultimately many more animals up the food chain. Native species provide ideal habitat for wildlife, are hardier, and require less water and ongoing maintenance than other ornamentals. This is an especially important benefit in light of Nebraska’s history of draught and a lower water table.
If you would like more information, e-mail Keep Loup Basin Beautiful, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website, You may also stop by the Loup Basin RC&D office located at 807 H ST in Burwell or call 308.346. 3393. 

Postmaster Petska Recognized for 35 Years of Government Service

Ord Postmaster Dan Petska was recently awarded a pin and certificate recognizing his 35 years of government service. It all began in 1974 when he enlisted in the army after graduating from high school. After serving for three years in the army, Petska went to work with the Bureau of Reclamation where he worked for 14 years. When the Bureau of Reclamation closed it's doors here, Petska was then hired as a part time clerk at the Ord Post Office in 1995, where he has worked his way up to postmaster.

Dan Petska has served as Ord's Postmaster for eight years.

Lucas Heusman Memorial Mud Drag

The Lucas Heusman Memorial Mud Drag is being held this Saturday, August 24th in Sargent.  This will be a benefit event with the proceeds going to Lucas' children for a college fund.  The drag is being held at the home of Brandon and Melanie Myers, located at 301 South 6th Street in Sargent.  Check in will be from 10 am to 12 pm with races starting at 1:00.  There will be trophies for the top 3 places in each class.  For more information contact Melanie at (308) 527-4109.

Homebuyer Education Workshop

A Homebuyer Education Workshop will be held Thursday, August 22nd and Thursday, August 29th from 6pm to 10 pm at Ord Housing Authority. This is a two night workshop so you must be able to attend both evenings. This workshop will take families through the homebuying process by covering topics such as mortgage payments, costs of home ownership, credit, obtaining a home mortgage, closing the sale and maintaining a home after it is yours. For more information or to register for the workshop, call Melissa Krysl at (402) 340-6464. 

Benson and Snell Complete Chemotherapy Treatment Course

Janice Benson and Abby Snell, Specialty Clinic RNs at Valley County Health System, recently completed a two-day training course where they were proveded with a comprehensive review of the knowledge needed to administer chemotherapy treatments. Good Samaritan Hospital, in Kearney, sponsored Benson’s course and Bryan Health in Lincoln sponsored Snell’s course. The Oncology Nursing Society developed the course, titled Chemotherapy and Biotherapy nurses providing these treatments are required to take this course every two years.

Valley County Health System has offered chemotherapy treatment for several years. For more information about this service, contact the VCHS Specialty Clinic at (308) 728-4249.

Free Kids Fishing Rodeo August 24th

Burwell, N.E., August 16, 2013–The Burwell Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau announces that in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Cabela’s King Kat Tournament to be held on Saturday, August 24th, there will be a Cabela’s King Kat Kids fishing event at the pond in city park in Burwell. The event is free of charge and open to all youth 12 and younger. All children will receive a prize just for entering. Bring your favorite rod, reel and bait and show your true fishing ability. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Prizes for winners will be given in two age groups, 0-7 and 8-12. All participants will become eligible for a chance to win one of the six, $1,000 scholarships to be awarded in October.
Registration for the event will be held on-site from 8 a.m.-9 a.m. followed by the kids fishing rodeo from 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
For further information about this event, please contact the Burwell Chamber of Commerce office (404 Grand Avenue) or by calling 346-5210. 

Husker Volleyball Red/White Match Tickets Still Available

Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska volleyball team would like to remind fans that tickets are still available for the Red/White match on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m., at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The match will give Husker fans their first opportunity to see the new home of Nebraska volleyball.

Fans at the Red/White match will see the 2013 Huskers take on Nebraska volleyball alumni, including Olympians Jordan Larson and Nancy Metcalf, All-Americans Gina Mancuso, Lauren Cook and Brooke Delano and 2011 team captain Jordan Wilberger Sauer. In addition, there will be an opportunity for fans to get autographs from their favorite current and former Huskers after the match.  

Tickets for the match are $10 for reserved and $8 for standing room only. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets on, while tickets are also available by visiting the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office or calling 1-800-8-BIGRED. UNL students will receive free admission to the match, but ticket quantities are limited and students must secure a ticket in advance on

UNL Husker Volleyball Team Picked Fourth

Nebraska is picked fourth in the Big Ten volleyball coaches' preseason poll.
     Defending Big Ten champion Penn State is the coaches' choice to win the league.  Minnesota is picked second, followed by Michigan. Following Nebraska is Michigan State and Illinois. The coaches' vote extends only to sixth place.
     Nebraska finished last season tied with Minnesota for second place in the conference. The Cornhuskers will have 10 newcomers on this year's team.
     No Nebraska players are on the coaches' preseason All-Big Ten team.

UNL Husker Volleyball Team Picked Fourth

Nebraska is picked fourth in the Big Ten volleyball coaches' preseason poll.
     Defending Big Ten champion Penn State is the coaches' choice to win the league.  Minnesota is picked second, followed by Michigan. Following Nebraska is Michigan State and Illinois. The coaches' vote extends only to sixth place.
     Nebraska finished last season tied with Minnesota for second place in the conference. The Cornhuskers will have 10 newcomers on this year's team.
     No Nebraska players are on the coaches' preseason All-Big Ten team.

Team Katie Poker Run

Team Katie Poker Run
August 24, 2013

11:30 am registration at Trotter's Whoa and Go in Ord

Run starts at 12:30 pm

Anyone can join at any of the following locations-
*Hungry Horse Saloon-Ericson
*Northside Bar-Burwell
*Lazy D Lounge-Taylor
*Bridge Street Bar-Arcadia
*Y'all Come Back Saloon-Ord

All motorcycles, cars and trucks welcome

All proceeds will go to Katie Felton to help with physical rehabilitation.

Change of Hours for the North Loup/Scotia and Wolbach Elementary Schools

The North Loup/ Scotia and Wolbach Elementary Schools will begin classes at 8:20 am.

Dismissal time for Monday through Thursday will be 3:15 pm, with buses ready to go at 

Dismissal time for Fridays will be 2:10 pm, with busses ready to go at 2:25 pm.

These hours are effective starting today through the rest of the school year.

Change in school hours is to try to keep the busing schedules organized and to keep bus 
routes running smoothly.

Change of Hours for the North Loup/Scotia and Wolbach Elementary Schools

The North Loup/ Scotia and Wolbach Elementary School will begin classes at 8:20 am.

Dismissal time for Monday through Thursday will be 3:15 pm, with buses ready to go at 

Dismissal time for Fridays will be 2:10 pm, with busses ready to go at 2:25 pm.

These hours are effective starting today through the rest of the school year.

Change in school hours is to try to keep the busing schedules organized and to keep bus 
routes running smoothly.

Adams Land and Cattle Company to Pay $127,000 in Back Wages

 Federal regulators say Adams Land and Cattle Company underpaid dozens of employees and violated a program that hires workers from outside the United States at their feedlots in Broken Bow.
     The Labor Department announced Wednesday that Adams Land and Cattle Company will pay more than $127,000 in back wages to nearly 70 employees. It will also pay more than $100,000 in penalties for violations under the H-2A program.
     The voluntary H-2A program allows employers to hire and bring foreign workers to the U.S. for temporary or seasonal work when there is a shortage of domestic employees.
     The department says the Broken Bow company failed to pay the required wage rate to employees. They're also accused of rejecting U.S. applicants and paying U.S. employees less than H-2A workers.

Lightening Strikes Trotters Whoa and Go in Ord

 Lightening struck the Trotters Whoa and Go Plaza in Ord this morning about 4:30 am. According to Allan Gabriel, the pumps were down until about 6 am when a morning shift employee came to work and found them not functioning.

The pumps are now running and there is a technician from Grand Island working on the system. Allan hopes to have the pumps back to full functionality as soon as possible.

UNK New Director on Intercollegiate Athletics

University of Nebraska at Kearney Chancellor Doug Kristensen today announced Paul Plinske as the university’s new director of intercollegiate athletics. He will begin his duties Sept. 1.

Plinske, currently director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, has led the Division III school since 2004. UW-Whitewater is a 20-sport NCAA Division III athletics program that includes 700 student athletes and 50 coaches and staff members. “Paul brings vision and a wealth of experience and noteworthy accomplishments to UNK,” Kristensen said. “He is the best fit for moving our athletic program forward in a time of rapid change, challenges and opportunities in collegiate athletics.” Under Plinske’s leadership UW-Whitewater won nine national championships, had seven national runner-up finishes, won 42 conference titles and secured more than $12 million through fundraising to support facility enhancements, including an $8 million outdoor athletic complex renovation. He also recently concluded a three-year term as chair of the NCAA Division I, II and III Women’s Gymnastics Committee.
“It is an honor to be selected as the next director of athletics at the University of Nebraska at
Kearney,” Plinske said. “I am genuinely excited to be in a position to collaborate with the campus and
community to further advance the mission of the university and Loper athletics.
“I would like to thank Chancellor Kristensen for this outstanding opportunity,” he added. “I’m proud
to be joining the Loper family and Kearney community.”

During Plinske’s tenure, UW-Whitewater experienced tremendous financial growth to support its
programming and operations. Corporate sponsorships and ticket revenue quadrupled the past four years, major reason being an increase in Warhawk football attendance. For the past nine seasons UW Whitewater was among the top three in Division III attendance, averaging 7,552 spectators per game.
A native of Minneapolis, Plinske received his doctorate in sports administration from the University
of Minnesota. His master’s is from the University of Illinois, and his undergraduate degree is from Bethel University. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have two daughters, Allison and Lauren.
Previously, Plinske was associate director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse from
1999-2004 and involved in athletics administration at the University of Illinois and University of

Kristensen praised the work of the campus search advisory committee, chaired by Dr. Scott Unruh. “I
would like to recognize and thank Scott and the dedicated members of the search committee. They have
done an outstanding job,” Kristensen said. “I also appreciate the input I received from the campus and
Kearney community.”
Plinske replaces Jon McBride, who is transitioning from athletics director to a special assistant to the
chancellor for athletics-related initiatives and projects.

Valley County Sheriff's Office Upgrades Vehicles

The Valley County Sheriff's Office was able to upgrade two of their vehicles after a recent hailstorm damaged their existing patrol trucks. Sheriff Casey Hurlburt said that the county's insurance totalled a 2009 and 2010 patrol truck. With the insurance settlement, the department was able to upgrade to two 2013 Dodge trucks through the State of Nebraska bid system. With the insurance deductible and including police package equipment and installation the county was able to get the two newer trucks with 100,000 mile warranties for a total of 10,600 dollars or 5,300 dollars cost per vehicle. Sheriff Hurlburt said this was a great opportunity to upgrade from older higher mileage trucks to two new trucks with the low mileage and the warranties with very little cost to the county. Sheriff Hurlburt also told the County Supervisors that he could make the total expenditure fit into the prior year's fiscal budget.

Annual Business Visitation Progam

Approximately 20 different businesses located throughout our region will be participating in the annual business visitation program in cooperation with Valley County Economic Development. The annual business visits will begin Monday, August 19. VCED has scheduled meetings with ten to fifteen different businesses to be held throughout the week. They will meet with the remaining businesses the following week, August 26th through August 30th. Each year the VCED staff visits with approximately twenty different businesses located throughout our region to assess the current business climate. Business owners are surveyed on items such as current business needs, plans for expansion, workforce development/recruitment, marketing efforts, community strengths and weaknesses, and other topics. Results are then combined to assist both the Valley County Economic Development Board and Ord Area Chamber of Commerce Board with strategic planning for the following year. For more information on the Valley County Economic Development annual business visitation program, contact the VCED office at (308) 728-7875.

Social Media and Business

Is your business making the most of social media marketing? If not, you are invited to attend a free social media workshop being held on August 29th. The Ord Area Chamber of Commerce will be partnering with REAP, SBA, UNL-Extension, and the Burwell Chamber of Commerce to help you make the most of social media marketing opportunities. Jay Jenkins and Connie Hancock will be sharing their online marketing expertise with local business owners during this workshop and round table technical assistance session. Register today by contacting the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce at (308) 728-7875. 

Valley County Pivots

Valley County is planning to get tougher on landowners and tenants who allow their irrigation pivots to spray on county roads, taking action that even allows for criminal citations for offenders. County Road Superintendent, Jay Meyer told the supervisors Tuesday morning that pivot damage to county roadways is a widespread problem all over the county. He said he is most concerned about repeat offenders. Meyer said the gallons of water sprayed by the pivot end guns can wash away gravel and turn the roadway into a muddy slick patch that can result in accidents. Sheriff Casey Hurlburt said the county almost had an accident resulting from a pivot damaged road on a recent night that resulted in Hurlburt calling the road department to install barricades on a roadway at 10:30 that night. County Attorney, Glenn Clark, said if the County knew of a problem and did not address it the county would have a liability issue. Clark said other counties have had to face the liability issue, including an incident in Blaine County that resulted in a motor vehicle accident. Clark said the county needed to take a hard stance on the issue. After discussion, the County passed a resolution that authorizes the county to bill the offending landowner for repairs to the road and allows the County Attorney to file a criminal citation against offenders.   

Protecting Against West Nile Disease

When dealing with West Nile virus, prevention is your best bet. Fighting mosquito bites reduces your risk of getting this disease, along with others that mosquitoes can carry. Take the commonsense steps below to reduce your risk:

avoid bites and illness;

clean out the mosquitoes from the places where you work and play;

help your community control the disease.

Something to remember: The chance that any one person is going to become ill from a single mosquito

bite remains low. The risk of severe illness and death is highest for people over 50 years old, although

people of all ages can become ill.


Avoid Mosquito Bites

Apply Insect Repellent Containing DEET to exposed skin when you go outdoors. Even a short time being outdoors can be long enough to get a mosquito bite.


Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites

When possible, wear long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or DEET will give extra protection. Don't apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Do not spray repellent containing DEET on the skin under your clothing. Get double protection; wear long sleeves during peak mosquito biting hours, and spray DEET repellent directly onto your clothes.

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours

The hours from dusk to dawn are peak mosquito biting times for many species of mosquitoes. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing during evening and early morning -- or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

Drain standing water from around your home. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by getting rid of items that hold water.

Install or Repair Screens

Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having well-fitting screens on both windows and doors.

Help Your Community

Report Dead Birds to Local Authorities

Dead birds may be a sign that West Nile virus is circulating between birds and the mosquitoes in an area. Over 130 species of birds are known to have been infected with West Nile virus, though not all infected birds will die. By reporting dead birds to state and local health departments, you can play an important role in monitoring West Nile virus.

Mosquito Control Programs

Check with local health authorities to see if there is an organized mosquito control program in your area. Mosquito breeding sites can be anywhere. Neighborhood clean up days can be organized by civic or youth organizations to pick up containers from vacant lots and parks, and to encourage people to keep their yards free of standing water. Mosquitoes don't care about fences, so it's important to control breeding sites throughout the neighborhood.

Protecting Against West Nile Disease

When dealing with West Nile virus, prevention is your best bet. Fighting mosquito bites reduces your risk of getting this disease, along with others that mosquitoes can carry. Take the commonsense steps below to reduce your risk:

avoid bites and illness;

clean out the mosquitoes from the places where you work and play;

help your community control the disease.

Something to remember: The chance that any one person is going to become ill from a single mosquito

bite remains low. The risk of severe illness and death is highest for people over 50 years old, although

people of all ages can become ill.


Avoid Mosquito Bites

Apply Insect Repellent Containing DEET to exposed skin when you go outdoors. Even a short time being outdoors can be long enough to get a mosquito bite.


Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites

When possible, wear long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or DEET will give extra protection. Don't apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Do not spray repellent containing DEET on the skin under your clothing. Get double protection; wear long sleeves during peak mosquito biting hours, and spray DEET repellent directly onto your clothes.

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours

The hours from dusk to dawn are peak mosquito biting times for many species of mosquitoes. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing during evening and early morning -- or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

Drain standing water from around your home. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by getting rid of items that hold water.

Install or Repair Screens

Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having well-fitting screens on both windows and doors.

Help Your Community

Report Dead Birds to Local Authorities

Dead birds may be a sign that West Nile virus is circulating between birds and the mosquitoes in an area. Over 130 species of birds are known to have been infected with West Nile virus, though not all infected birds will die. By reporting dead birds to state and local health departments, you can play an important role in monitoring West Nile virus.

Mosquito Control Programs

Check with local health authorities to see if there is an organized mosquito control program in your area. Mosquito breeding sites can be anywhere. Neighborhood clean up days can be organized by civic or youth organizations to pick up containers from vacant lots and parks, and to encourage people to keep their yards free of standing water. Mosquitoes don't care about fences, so it's important to control breeding sites throughout the neighborhood.

Herb Mignery Sculpture Dedication

A dedication of Herb Mignery's 12 bronze pieces that he donated to Wheeler County will be held on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 2:00pm.  It will be held in Bartlett on the courthouse lawn.  

Mignery is a member of the Cowboy Artists of America and National Sculpture Society.  He is recognized as on the of the nation's leading sculptors of western life, and he is one of Wheeler County's own.  Come listen as Mignery explains the story behind deach sculpture piece, and enjoy the afternoon with the artist, friends of Herb and Sherry, and the community.  Refreshments will follow the presentation.

Albers Named VCHS Associate of the Quarter

ORD – Penny Albers has been named Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 4th Quarter of the 2012-2013 fiscal year.


At Valley County Health System, we look for our Associate of the Quarter to possess our core values of integrity, compassion, ownership, respect, and trust. In a letter nominating Albers, a co-worker explained how she exemplifies each of the core values. Albers treats all patients with kindness and respect. Her patients appreciate her so much that she is asked for by name. “If humor is good medicine, then Penny is great medicine,” declared a co-worker, “never a day goes by that she doesn’t have someone ‘in stitches.’”


Albers is a Licensed Practical Nurse for the VCHS Medical Clinic. She has been with Valley County Health System since January 2007. 

NLS and Greeley Wolbach Inter-Local Agreement

Greeley-Wolbach and North Loup-Scotia school boards have approved a one-year inter-local agreement for academic co/op for the 2013/2014 school year.

The motion passed by each school board will have Pre-K through fourth grade being taught in both North-Loup and Wolbach, Pre-K in Greeley, fifth through eighth grades will be taught in Scotia, and ninth through 12th grades taught in Greeley.  Each district will maintain its own identity.

Regarding the open enrollment between the elementart schools, it will be decided on a case-by-case basis by the Advisory Council, which will be made up on three people from each school board.  All money expended or attributed to the co/op would be split, and all prior negotiated egreements in each district would remain in effect.

Jim Duval, the superintendent of North Loup-Scotia schools, believes this change will be beneficial to the students as it will provide larger class sizes which will allow easier scheduling and more options for classes.  This co/op is currently set for one year, although Duval stated that they are looking at making a complete merger of the schools and hope to make a decision by next fall.  Duval also commented that parents and staff have been very helpful, and all discussions regarding this co/op are going well.

Duval also mentioned that at the present time the two schools will continue to be seperate in all sports, and that there will not be enough boys to have a varsity football team for North Loup-Scotia.  The boys wanting to play football may opt out to another team.