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Broken Bow Man Arrested For Arson

A 23 year old Broken Bow man has been arrested on suspicion of arson. Matthew Grubtill was
arrested Saturday afternoon. Grubtill is suspected of starting a fire the occurred
on last Saturday morning at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Broken Bow.
Firefighters were call to the church at 8:45 Saturday morning, after a witness
noticed smoke and called 911. Grubtill is charged with arson and criminal mischief.
Authorities do think another person could have also been involved.

Bomb-Like Device Found at the Calamus Dam

At approximately 9:07 am on July 25th, 2014, the Garfield County Sheriff's Office was notified of a possible explosive device located on the Northeast side of the Virginia Smith (Calamus) Reservoir Dam face.  The device appeared to be homemade from PVC pipe.  The Nebraska State Patrol Bomb Squad was contacted and the area was secured and traffic was diverted off of the dam.  The Nebraska State Patrol Bomb Tech was able to safely dispose of the device with a controlled detonation.  All precautions were taken to ensure public safety and there was no damage to the Virginia Smith (Calamus) Reservoir Dam. The Nebraska Game and Parks Law Enforcement Division, the Garfield County Sheriff's and Nebraska State Patrol were present.  According to Garfield County Sheriff Larry Donner, the device would likely have done damage to a person or vehicle, however it was not large enough to be considered a serious threat to the dam itself.

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.

Authorities say they're investigating a wreck that killed a 21-year-old Nebraska man.
The Howard County Sheriff's Office says Derek Holt from St. Paul died Sunday night after his vehicle was hit by another automobile traveling in the opposite direction.
The wreck occurred on Nebraska Highway 92, about two miles west of St. Paul. Holt was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The other driver was 29-year-old Justin Arrowsmith of Omaha. He was taken to one hospital and then transferred to another.
Authorities say it appears Arrowsmith's vehicle may have crossed the center line. Both drivers were alone and wearing their seat belts.

Ravenna Man Seeks New Trial

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - A Ravenna man who was convicted of incest and sexually assaulting a child is seeking a new trial.
Buffalo County Deputy Public Defender Brandon Dugan raises questions about the evidence presented against the man in his motion for a new trial.
The Associated Press is not naming the man is to protect the identity of the girl who was younger than 12 at the time of the assault last September. The man was convicted earlier this month.
The girl testified that the man tried to perform oral sex on her while they were alone in a hotel room. She resisted and he stopped.
A hearing on the motion will be held this week. The man is scheduled to be sentenced in August.

Temps Soar In The Area

Some of the most intense heat of the summer so far is expected in the Nebraska , so forecasters are urging people to take precautions.
The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories from Central Nebraska into the eastern part of the state. 
Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s and 100's across the region and humidity will be high, so heat stroke, heat exhaustion and sunburn are possible.
Officials says it's important to take precautions in the heat, especially for the elderly and young children.
Staying inside during the hottest part of the day can be a big help. People who must work outside should take frequent breaks and drink plenty of fluids.

Temps Soar In The Area

Some of the most intense heat of the summer so far is expected in the Nebraska , so forecasters are urging people to take precautions.
The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories from Central Nebraska into the eastern part of the state. 
Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s and 100's across the region and humidity will be high, so heat stroke, heat exhaustion and sunburn are possible.
Officials says it's important to take precautions in the heat, especially for the elderly and young children.
Staying inside during the hottest part of the day can be a big help. People who must work outside should take frequent breaks and drink plenty of fluids.

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.


Burwell Pool Shut Down

The Burwell swimming pool has been shut down due to electrical problems. According to officials the pool may reopen Wednesday, July 16th.

Burwell Pool Shut Down

The Burwell swimming pool has been shut down due to electrical problems. When it reopens we will let you know.

North Loup Will Be Without Power

Loup Valleys Rural Public Power District will be changing poles and wire in North Loup on Tuesday July, 15. Electrical power will be shut off to the Northwest corner of town from 8am-1pm. The affected area will be west of Maple street and north of 1st Street. 

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.  

Valley County Fair Vendor Resgistration Forms Available

(Ord, NE) – Registration forms are now available for the 2014 Valley County Fair’s ExtraORDinary Vendor Fair. This event will foster the entrepreneurial spirit of business owners and community members in Valley County. Local businesses, craft vendors, home-based businesses and youth entrepreneurs are invited to participate.

The Vendor Fair will take place on Saturday, August 2nd at the Valley County Fairgrounds during the Valley County Fair’s BBQ Cookoff and Overall Market Showman Competition. Complete registration details are available on the registration form which can be accessed online at or by contacting the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce at (038) 728-7875. 

Scrap Tire Cleanup Set For September 6, 2014

The Lower Loup Natural Resources District has been awarded a 2014 Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant – Scrap Tire Cleanup from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.
A Scrap Tire Collection will be held Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Village of Elba, 1700 Highway 11, Elba, Nebraska – south edge of Elba, across the highway from Charlie’s Station. Tires on rims and tires for which a disposal fee has been received will not be accepted at the collection. Tires of all sizes: tractor, combine, pivot, truck and auto tires will be accepted. Local Veterans will be taking the following information from those bringing in tires: name, address, phone number, number of tires and from where the tires came. The Scrap Tire Collection is for the residents Garfield, Greeley, Howard, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler Counties. The Elba FFA Chapter will be helping with the unloading of the tires and a portion of the free will donations will be given to the chapter.
The recycling end use market will determine how the tires from the Tire Collection cleanup event will be used. Potential uses include feed bunks, sidewall rings for silage cover weights, traffic cones, and alternative cover for landfills. The Scrap Tire Cleanup is sponsored by the Loup Basin Resource, Conservation and Development Council(RC&D), Lower Loup Natural Resources District, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and the Village of Elba.  For more information contact Janet Sanders, Executive Director, Loup Basin RC&D Council at (308) 346-3393 or email

Gary Fernau Retires After 26 Years

Gary Fernau of Arcadia has retired effective May 23, 2014 following twenty-six years of dedicated service to the Middle Loup Public Power & Irrigation District. Gary came on board the maintenance crew on July 5, 1988. He assumed the role of Ditch Rider in 1990, taking care of district patrons on Canal # 1 which is on the south side of the Middle Loup River below the Sargent Diversion Dam.
In 1991, Gary became the first Ditch Rider for Middle Loup to assume responsibility for two canals when he became the rider for both the south and north canals coming from the Sargent Diversion Dam. In 1999, Gary became the rider on Canal # 3 which diverts water at the Arcadia Diversion Dam south of Comstock and his ride covered an area from the dam all the way to the lower end located southeast of Loup City. He has continued with this responsibility until his retirement.
According to now-retired District Manager, Al Schmidt, as well as current District Manager, Jerry Sheets, Gary has always done an outstanding job of serving both the District and its patrons. We always knew that, no matter the time of day or night, or in the middle of a summer storm, Gary would be out on the canal making sure that water was being delivered to the best of our ability. He assumed complete responsibility for the protection of the canal during water surges caused by sudden storms. He made himself available to his water customers each and every day (and night) throughout the irrigation season.
All of us at Middle Loup Public Power & Irrigation District, as well as our patrons, wish for Gary a happy and lengthy retirement.

Charges Against Custer County Woman Dropped

A 51-year-old Broken Bow woman no longer faces charges in the death of a 20-month-old boy.
Online court records say the charges against Diane Hill were dismissed last week at the request of Custer County prosecutors, who didn't explain their reasons. The charges could be refiled, however.
Hill and her daughter, 24-year-old Brittney Pryce, were charged after the Nov. 22, 2013, death of Noah Pryce. Investigators say the boy died of a head injury suffered while in the care of Pryce and her mother.
The boy was a ward of the state, and Brittney Pryce and her husband were his guardians.
Brittney Pryce is still charged and is scheduled for a hearing on July 24.

A 51-year-old Broken Bow woman no longer faces charges in the death of a 20-month-old boy.
Online court records say the charges against Diane Hill were dismissed last week at the request of Custer County prosecutors, who didn't explain their reasons. The charges could be refiled, however.
Hill and her daughter, 24-year-old Brittney Pryce, were charged after the Nov. 22, 2013, death of Noah Pryce. Investigators say the boy died of a head injury suffered while in the care of Pryce and her mother.
The boy was a ward of the state, and Brittney Pryce and her husband were his guardians.
Brittney Pryce is still charged and is scheduled for a hearing on July 24.

Ultralight Aircraft Accident Kill Custer County Man

ANSLEY, Neb. (AP) - A central Nebraska man has died from injuries he received in the crash of an ultralight aircraft.
The Custer County Sheriff's office says that the crash happened just before 8 a.m. Tuesday on private property south of Ansley.
The sheriff's office says 61-year-old Wayne Palmer, of rural Ansley, was piloting of the aircraft when it crashed. Palmer was critically injured and later died. A passenger, Charles Roberts of Osceola, was not injured in the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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. 

Power Outage Scheduled For Ord On Sunday

The City of Ord is scheduling an electric outage for line repair, Sunday afternoon, June 29th between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. The outage will include most of the residents located north of K street between 14th street and Bussell Park Road.

Broken Bow School Superintendent Steps Down

The superintendent of schools in Broken Bow has decided to leave his post after only two years.
Mark Sievering says he realized that he and some of the school board members had different philosophies about operating the district. He says that, overall, his past two years have been the best of his career.
His resignation becomes effective June 30. Sievering says he and his wife hope to remain in Broken Bow and that he's willing to leave the field of education for the right opportunity.

Broken Bow Man Get's Life In Prison


A 31-year-old Broken Bow man has been given life in prison for kidnapping a woman in central Nebraska
Tyler Bain was sentenced in Custer County District Court in Broken Bow on Thursday. In addition to his kidnapping conviction, Bain was found guilty of assault, terroristic threats and false imprisonment. He was acquitted of a weapons charge.
The woman told officers that Bain forced her off a road while she was driving near Anselmo in October 2011. She said he took her to his home, where he beat and sexually assaulted her and wouldn't let her leave.

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

Spalding Receives Grant

Burwell, NE – June 16, 2014 – Village of Spalding announced today that it will receive $400,872.00 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the “Fishery Restoration on the Cedar River” project. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 3, 2014 in Lincoln. The project is one of the 132 projects receiving $21,750,000 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year. Of these, 56 were new applications and 76 are carry-over projects.

Numerous dams have been built on Nebraska streams since settlement began. That these dams stopped upstream fish movements and had negative impacts on our stream fishes was first mentioned in the 1883 Report of the Board of Fish Commissioners. While many of these dams have disappeared over the years, others still exist and provide benefits. They also continue to block the movement of fishes. The Spalding dam is one of these. The purpose of the Spalding Dam is to provide water to a hydroelectric powerhouse located just east of the dam. The channel catfish is Nebraska’s most important stream sport fish. The Cedar River should be an important catfish fishery however, a study done in 2000 revealed that the 27 miles of Cedar River between the Spalding and Ericson Dams had virtually no catfish. That the dam was the cause of this problem was revealed in 2003 when the river at this site had to return to a free-flowing state while the powerhouse underwent repair. Netting above the dam that summer found many catfish in the river above the dam. Subsequent sampling in 2006 and 2007, after repairs were complete, revealed that the river above the dam again had no channel catfish. The focus is on the channel catfish because that is the species for which we have the most information. However, all fishes native to the Cedar River could use the fishway to repopulate the river above the dam. Among

others, this can include the shorthead redhorse (a nongame fish), the sauger (a sport fish), and the flathead chub (a species of concern). The intention is to construct fishway which will allow native Nebraska fishes to bypass the Spalding Dam. The project is shovel-ready as construction plans and specifications have been completed.

The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided over $213 million in grants to over 1,600 projects across the state. Anyone – citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses – can apply for funding to protect habitat, improve water quality and establish recycling programs in Nebraska. The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.

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.

3 Tornadoes Confirmed

 The thunderstorms that caused significant damage in Nebraska this week generated at least three tornadoes, but much of the damage was caused by the combination of large hail and strong winds.
The National Weather Service confirmed three tornadoes when it surveyed the damage Tuesday's storms left behind.
The weather service said Thursday that tornadoes briefly touched down in eastern Nebraska near Elyria, near Greeley and near Hampton.
The tornadoes near Elyria and Greeley happened in the late afternoon of Tuesday and were witnessed by storm spotters.
The tornado near Hampton struck around 10:30 p.m., so it couldn't be seen in the dark. That was the strongest of the three tornadoes with winds up to 110 miles per hour.

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.

SVLA Inspires Leadership in Valley County

(Ord, NE) – Curious about SynoVation Valley Leadership Academy (SVLA)? Community members interested in being a part of the next Academy, which begins in September 2014, are invited to a SVLA Social on Thursday, May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Ord Learning Center (1514 K Street). If you have not yet applied, the Social will provide you with one last opportunity to take advantage of the early bird tuition rate discount – a savings of $100! Attendees can enjoy light appetizers while networking with others who have applied for the Academy. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet Dr. Denise Trudeau Poskas, SVLA’s leadership coach, to get her perspective on leadership development and the SVLA program. Information on the Chamber scholarship for Level 1 participants will also be available at the event. Those interested in attending the Social should RSVP by calling (308) 728-7875.

Current participants have been developing skills that inspire, create and innovate positive change for their families, businesses and community. SVLA has empowered participants to define their purpose and establish mantras and has equipped them with strategies for embracing change, engaging leaders and followers and becoming a balanced leader in all aspects of their life. SVLA does not just teach participants about leadership – it enables participants to lead. The Academy provides an individualized approach to leadership development for each participant and empowers them to make connections within their community to make positive impacts.

To learn more about SVLA and to download an application for the 2014-2015 Academy, visit and follow Synovation Valley Leadership Academy on Facebook.

Ground Water Festival attracts 1,022 students from 25 schools

The 26th Annual Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival drew 1,022 students and 54 teachers from 25 schools across Nebraska to attend the festival held in Grand Island, Nebraska on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Over 40 presenters were there to emphasize the importance of water in our world. Keep Loup Basin Beautiful from Burwell, Nebraska represented by Anita Olson, Marianne Stevens, and Kathy Mann taught a session on Every Drop Counts.

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful presented to over 165 students in eight sessions. Every Drop Counts taught students through a hands-on activity the importance of conserving the world’s water supply by demonstrating just how much water is useable, how it is distributed, and how to avoid water pollution and contamination. The students were able to visualize the world’s total water supply, the amount of salt water on the earth, the amount of water that is frozen, the amount of fresh water, the amount of contaminated water, and then finally….the amount of water that people can safely use for consumption which is only .003% of the total water on earth. The students were amazed at just how little water is available for human use and developed a greater respect for conserving water. Keep Loup Basin Beautiful also stressed the importance of not littering our water supply and how long it actually takes for items such as plastic to decompose. Many items that are used in daily life take from 200 to 400 years to decompose.

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful urges everyone to respect our precious water supply and to do their part in conserving it for future generations. For more information visit their website at, email, call 308-346-3393, or visit the office at 807 H St in Burwell. Keep Loup Basin Beautiful is a project of the Loup Basin Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council and funded in part by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.   

Ag Appreciation Event In Burwell To Be Held June 13th

BURWELL, N.E., May 19, 2014 – The Burwell Chamber of Commerce has announced the details of their annual Ag Appreciation Evening to be held in Burwell on Friday, June 13th. For the first time, this year’s event will feature two parts:

Part One is a community BBQ Feed in front of the Chamber office south of the downtown square from 5:30 till 8:00 PM. Entertainment will include KNLV’s J.J. Johnnie James and blue-grass music by the Fun Bunch. The BBQ Feed will include beef and pork BBQ sandwiches, pasta salad, baked beans, chips and watermelon. Free-will donations will be accepted for the BBQ meal to benefit the Chamber’s Ag Education Scholarships for area high-school graduates.

Part Two will be at the Garfield County Fairgrounds and feature a Beer Garden and Dance/Live Entertainment by the popular, Whiskey Bent band. The Beer Garden at the fairgrounds will be open from 7:00 PM until 1:00 AM (cash bar, 21 and over), and the Dance/Live Band Entertainment will start at 9:00 PM and go until 1:00 AM.

“Everyone is invited to a great evening to celebrate the Ag industry in our community and say “thank you” to our area Ag producers and supplies,” stated David Sawyer, Director of the Burwell Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development. Sawyer also said: “We are particularly grateful for our many Chamber business sponsors that made this special event possible.” 

Normal Roasting Co. In Competition

(Ord, Nebraska) – The Normal Roasting Company, specialty coffee roasters based in Ord, Nebraska, have once again been invited to compete for America’s Best Espresso in St. Louis, MO. The competition will take place at Coffee Fest from May 30-June 2. The field includes a total of 16 roasters selected throughout the central region of the United States. The competition will feature head to head battles judged by a panel of baristas who will assess the espresso’s flavor complexity, mouth feel and appeal, and aftertaste. The winner advances to the next round with the Championship being held on June 2. The Normal Roasting Company will again be the only roaster representing Nebraska.

The Normal Roasting Company was founded in Normal, Illinois in 2011 and relocated to Ord, Nebraska in 2012. They supply fresh roasted specialty coffee to clients throughout Nebraska, Colorado, and Illinois. Roaster, Kelly Kreger takes an artisan’s approach to carefully roast each batch to its full potential. Every batch of coffee is roasted to order and shipped the following day.

Kelly’s father, Dr. Thomas Rikli, kindled Kelly’s pursuit of coffee roasting. He is an avid espresso enthusiast who recently attended private barista training in Seattle, WA. He will be serving as the Normal Roasting Company’s barista for the competition.


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.

Valley County Primary Election

Valley County, Nebraska
Primary Election
May 13, 2014
Ballots Counted Total-1,042
Ballots Counted Republican-799
Ballots Counted Democratic-219
Ballots Counted Libertarian-1
Ballots Counted NonPartisan-23

REP- US Senator
Clifton R. Johnson-10-1.27%
Shane Osborn-149-18.98%
Sid Dinsdale-194-24.71%
Ben Sasse-391-49.81%
Bart McLeay-41-5.22%

REP-Rep Cong Dist 3
Tom Brewer-306-39.08%
Adrian Smith-476-60.79%
Write In-1-.13%

Tom Carlson-31-3.91%
Beau McCoy-216-27.27%
Jon Bruning-170-21.46%
Mike Foley-136-17.17%
Pete Ricketts-226-28.54%
Bryan Slone-13-1.64%

REP-Secretary of State
John Gale-649-99.69%
Write In-2-.31%

REP-State Treasurer
Don Stenberg-634-85.33%
Christopher Costello-109-14.67%

REP- Attorney General
Doug Peterson-264-38.15%
Pete Pirsch-102-14.74%
Brian Buescher-195-28.18%
Mike Hilgers-130-18.79%
Write In-1-.14%

REP-Auditor of Public Accounts
Charlie Janssen-344-41.23%
Larry Anderseon-242-41.23%
Write In-1-.17%

DEM-US Senator
Larry Marvin-80-42.33%
Dave Domina-106-56.08%
Write In-3-1.59%

DEM-Rep Cong Dist 3
Mark Sullivan-178-98.34%
Write In-3-1.59%

Chuck Hassebrook-181-98.37%
Write In-3-1.66%

DEM-Secretary of State
Write In-3-100%

DEM-State Treasurer
Michael O'Hara-175-99.43%
Write In-1-.57%

DEM- Attorney General
Janet Stewart-84-41.38%
Allan Eurek-118-58.13%
Write In-1-.49%

DEM-Auditor of Public Accounts
Amanda McGill-170-98.84%
Write In-2-1.16%

LIB- US Senator
Write In-1-100%

LIB-Rep Cong Dist 3
Write In-1-100%

Mark Elworth Jr.-1-100%

LIB-Secretary of State
Ben Backus-1-100%

LIB-State Treasurer
Michael Knebel-1-100%

LIB-Attorney General

LIB-Auditor of Public Accounts

State Board of Education Dist 6
Maureen Nickels-721-99.45%
Write In- 4-.55%

Nebr. PP Dist Subdivision 2
Barry DeKay-151-18.24%
Dan Scheer-313-37.80%
Ross Knott-363-43.84%
Write In-1-.12%

Loup City Public Schools Dist 1
Anthony Stobbe-1-3.70%
Jamie Lewandowski-6-22.22%
Joe Jerabek-2.7.41%
Cindy Ericson-5-18.52%
Loraine Panowicz-2-7.41%
Wayne Klein-3-11.11%
Rick Chilewski-2-7.41%
Mitch Spotanski-6-22.22%

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  

Wheeler County Primary Election

Bartlett Ericson Absentee Total Bartlett 
Clifton R Johnson 2 2 1 5 Larry Marvin 5
Shane Osborn 25 8 7 4 44 Dave Domina 9
Sid Dinsdale 39 24 5 3 71 Write IN
Ben Sasse 60 33 14 2 109 Over Vote
Bart McLeay 8 3 3 14 Under Vote 4
Write IN 0
Over Vote 1 1
Under Vote 2 2
Tom Brewer 38 21 9 2 70 Mark Sullivan 13
Adrian Smith 94 47 21 7 169 Write in
Write in 0 Over Vote
Over Vote 0 Under Vote 5
Under Vote 9 4 1 1 15
Tom Carlson 2 3 1 1 7 Chuck Hassebrook 14
Beau McCoy 33 24 6 4 67 Write in
Jon Bruning 51 16 7 2 76 Over Vote
Mike Foley 13 6 10 29 Under Vote 4
Pete Ricketts 32 20 7 3 62
Bryan Slone 5 3 8
Write in 0
Over Vote 0
Under Vote 5 5
John A. Gale 102 54 21 6 183
Write in 0 Write in
Over Vote 0 Over Vote
Under Vote 39 18 10 4 71 Under Vote 18
Don Stenberg 116 54 23 7 200 Michael J. O'Hara 12
Christopher Costello 11 6 4 1 22 Write in
Write in 0 Over Vote
Over Vote 0 Under Vote 6
Under Vote 14 12 4 2 32
Doug Peterson 40 17 10 1 68 Janet Stewart 5
Pete Pirsch 12 8 2 1 23 Allen J. Eurek 8
Brian Buescher 32 22 4 3 61 Write In
Sec of State
State Treasurer
Attorney General
Sec of State
Attorney General
US Senator-Republican United States Senator-Democrat
Congress Congress
State Treasurer
GovernorMike Hilgers 25 9 9 2 45 Over Vote
Write In 1 1 Under Vote 5
Over Vote 0
Under Vote 31 16 6 3 56
Charlie Janssen 55 28 10 3 96 Amanda McGill 12
Larry Anderson 37 18 9 2 66 Write in
Write in 0 Over Vote
Over Vote 0 Under Vote 6
Under Vote 49 26 12 5 92
Heidi Wid 80 28 17 6 131
Colleen Butterfield 60 43 14 4 121 Write In
Write in 0 Over Vote
Over Vote 0 Under Vote
Under Vote 1 1 2
Maureen Nickels 107 73 30 7 217
Write in 1 1
Over Vote 0
Under Vote 55 21 11 3 90
Barry Dekay 50 18 8 76
Dan Scheer 34 19 11 64
Ross A. Knott 34 37 12 8 91
Write In 0
Over vote 1 1
Under vote 44 21 9 2 76
County Treasurer County Treasurer 
Nebraska Public Power District Subdivision 2
Auditor of Public Accounts
State Board of Education
Auditor of Public AccountsEricson Absentee Total Bartlett Ericson Absentee Total
6 3 14 0
11 6 26 Write IN 0
0 Over Vote 0
0 Under Vote 0
3 1 8 0
48 0
16 8 37 0
0 Write in 0
0 Over Vote 0
4 2 11 Under Vote 0
48 0
16 8 38 Mark G. Elworth Jr 0
1 1 Write in 0
0 Over Vote 0
3 2 9 Under Vote 0
48 0
0 Ben Backus 0
0 Write in 0
0 Over Vote 0
20 10 48 Under Vote 0
48 0
17 8 37 Michael Knebel 0
0 Write in 0
0 Over Vote 0
3 2 11 Under Vote 0
48 0
17 8 30 0
2 1 11 Write In 0
0 Over Vote 0
Sec of State Sec of State
State Treasurer
Attorney General Attorney General
United States Senator-Libitarian
State Treasurer
United States Senator-Democrat
Congress0 Under Vote 0
1 1 7 0
16 8 36 0
0 Write in 0
0 Over Vote 0
4 2 12 Under Vote 0
48 0
0 0
0 Write in 0
0 Over Vote 0
0 Under Vote 0

Loup County Primary Results

Clifton R. Johnson R 3 2 5 
Shane Osborn R 45 11 56 
Sid Dinsdale R 43 10 53 
Ben Sasse R 121 17 138 
Bart McLeay R 16 3 19 
Larry Marvin D 4 0 4 
Dave Domina D 7 3 10 
No Candidates L 0 0 0 
Tom Brewer R 82 11 93 
Adrian Smith R 145 32 177 
Mark Sulllivan D 13 3 16 
No Candidates L 0 0 0 
Tom Carlson R 16 0 16 
Beau McCoy R 81 13 94 
Jon Bruning R 56 14 70 
Mike Foley R 27 4 31 
Pete Ricketts R 46 13 59 
Bryan Slone R 6 0 6 
Chuck Hassebrook D 13 3 16 
Mark G. Elworth Jr. L 0 0 0 
John A. Gale R 179 39 218 
No Candidates D 0 0 0 
Ben Backus L 0 0 0 
Don Stenberg R 173 38 211 
Christopher Costello R 27 5 32 
Michael J. O'Hara D 9 3 12 
Michael Knebel L 0 0 0 
Doug Peterson R 57 12 69 
Pete Pirsch R 32 6 38 
Brian Beuscher R 59 11 70 
Mike Hilgers R 30 10 40 
Janet Stewart D 8 3 11 
Allan J. Eurek D 2 0 2 
No Candidates L 0 0 0  
Charlie Janssen R 73 21 94 
Larry Anderson R 70 11 81 
Amanda McGill D 10 3 13 
No Candidates L 0 0 0 
Trevor L. Kraus R 146 30 176 
Mark A. Petersen R 100 16 116 
Molly O'Holleran NP 80 19 99 
Robin R. Stevens NP 86 17 103 
Clifton R. Johnson NP/R 0 0 0 
Shane Osborn NP/R 1 0 1 
Sid Dinsdale NP/R 0 0 0 
Ben Sasse NP/R 3 0 3 
Bart McLeay NP/R 0 0 0 
Tom Brewer NP/R 2 0 2 
Adrian Smith NP/R 3 0 3 

Greeley County Primary Results

RUN TIME:10:42 PM     MAY 13, 2014

                                                       VOTES PERCENT

           PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 10) .  .  .  .  .        10  100.00
           REGISTERED VOTERS - TOTAL .  .  .  .  .     1,686
           BALLOTS CAST - TOTAL.  .  .  .  .  .  .       915
           BALLOTS CAST - REPUBLICAN .  .  .  .  .       282   30.82
           BALLOTS CAST - DEMOCRATIC .  .  .  .  .       612   66.89
           BALLOTS CAST - LIBERTARIAN.  .  .  .  .         1     .11
           BALLOTS CAST - NONPARTISAN.  .  .  .  .        20    2.19
           VOTER TURNOUT - TOTAL  .  .  .  .  .  .             54.27

                          ********** (Republican) **********

          United States Senator
          Vote for  1
           Clifton R. Johnson  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         3    1.09
           Shane Osborn  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        39   14.23
           Sid Dinsdale  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        86   31.39
           Ben Sasse  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       138   50.36
           Bart McLeay.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         8    2.92
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

          Representative in Congress D-3
          Vote for  1
           Tom Brewer .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        74   27.41
           Adrian Smith  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       195   72.22
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1     .37

          Vote for  1
           Tom Carlson.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        11    4.03
           Beau McCoy .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        65   23.81
           Jon Bruning.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        60   21.98
           Mike Foley .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        50   18.32
           Pete Ricketts .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        78   28.57
           Bryan Slone.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         8    2.93
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1     .37

          Secretary of State
          Vote for  1
           John A. Gale  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       194   99.49
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1     .51

          State Treasurer
          Vote for  1
           Don Stenberg  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       229   89.45
           Christopher Costello.  .  .  .  .  .  .        27   10.55
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

          Attorney General
          Vote for  1
           Doug Peterson .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        69   30.94
           Pete Pirsch.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        34   15.25
           Brian Buescher.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        70   31.39
           Mike Hilgers  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        49   21.97
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1     .45

          Auditor of Public Accounts
          Vote for  1
           Charlie Janssen  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       117   63.59
           Larry Anderson.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        67   36.41
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

                          ********** (Democratic) **********

          United States Senator
          Vote for  1
           Larry Marvin  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       189   49.48
           Dave Domina.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       192   50.26
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1     .26

          Representative in Congress D-3
          Vote for  1
           Mark Sullivan .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       357   99.44
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         2     .56

          Vote for  1
           Chuck Hassebrook .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       374   98.68
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         5    1.32

          Secretary of State
          Vote for  1
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        16  100.00

          State Treasurer
          Vote for  1
           Michael J. O'Hara.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       312   99.68
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1     .32

          Attorney General
          Vote for  1
           Janet Stewart .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       199   53.07
           Allan J. Eurek.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       175   46.67
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1     .27

          Auditor of Public Accounts
          Vote for  1
           Amanda McGill .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       316   99.68
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1     .32

          County Attorney
          Vote for  1
           Cindy Bassett .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       400   68.38
           Brandon B. Hanson.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       185   31.62
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

          County Clerk
          Vote for  1
           Mindy A. Grossart.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       374   61.82
           Lois J. Nordhues .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       229   37.85
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         2     .33

                          ********** (Libertarian) **********

          United States Senator
          Vote for  1
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1  100.00

          Representative in Congress D-3
          Vote for  1
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1  100.00

          Governor LIB
          Vote for  1
           Mark G. Elworth Jr. .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1  100.00
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

          Secretary of State
          Vote for  1
           Ben Backus .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1  100.00
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

          State Treasurer
          Vote for  1
           Michael Knebel.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1  100.00
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

          Attorney General
          Vote for  1
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1  100.00

          Auditor of Public Accounts
          Vote for  1
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1  100.00

                          ********** (Nonpartisan) **********

          State Board of Education D 6
          Vote for  1
           Maureen Nickels  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       516  100.00
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

          NPPD SD2
          Vote for  1
           Barry DeKay.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        98   14.80
           Dan Scheer .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       252   38.07
           Ross A. Knott .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       310   46.83
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         2     .30

          G-W School Bond Prop 1
          Vote for  1
           FOR  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       278   63.33
           AGAINST .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       161   36.67

          G-W School Bond Prop 2
          Vote for  1
           FOR  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       254   57.47
           AGAINST .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       188   42.53

Garfield County Primary Results

RUN TIME:09:20 PM     MAY 13, 2014

                                                       VOTES PERCENT

           PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 3)  .  .  .  .  .         3  100.00
           REGISTERED VOTERS - TOTAL .  .  .  .  .         0
           BALLOTS CAST - TOTAL.  .  .  .  .  .  .       586
           BALLOTS CAST - REPUBLICAN .  .  .  .  .       501   85.49
           BALLOTS CAST - DEMOCRATIC .  .  .  .  .        66   11.26
           BALLOTS CAST - LIBERTARIAN.  .  .  .  .         2     .34
           BALLOTS CAST - NONPARTISAN.  .  .  .  .        17    2.90

                          ********** (Republican) **********

          US Senator
          Vote for  1
           Clifton R. Johnson  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         6    1.22
           Shane Osborn  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       113   22.92
           Sid Dinsdale  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       124   25.15
           Ben Sasse  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       214   43.41
           Bart McLeay.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        36    7.30
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

          Rep in Congress
          Vote for  1
           Tom Brewer .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       212   43.44
           Adrian Smith  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       276   56.56
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

          Vote for  1
           Tom Carlson.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        30    6.05
           Beau McCoy .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       119   23.99
           Jon Bruning.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       104   20.97
           Mike Foley .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        73   14.72
           Pete Ricketts .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       157   31.65
           Bryan Slone.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        13    2.62
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

          Sec of State
          Vote for  1
           John A. Gale  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       379   99.48
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         2     .52

          State Treasurer
          Vote for  1
           Don Stenberg  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       393   86.75
           Christopher Costello.  .  .  .  .  .  .        60   13.25
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

          Attny General
          Vote for  1
           Doug Peterson .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       144   34.20
           Brian Buescher.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       142   33.73
           Pete Pirsch.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        55   13.06
           Mike Hilgers  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        78   18.53
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         2     .48

          Aud Pub Accts
          Vote for  1
           Charlie Janssen  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       203   59.18
           Larry Anderson.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       140   40.82
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

          CO Assessor
          Vote for  1
           Linda Molesworth .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       306   62.58
           Sandi Steele  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       182   37.22
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1     .20

                          ********** (Democratic) **********

          US Senator
          Vote for  1
           Larry Marvin  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        18   33.33
           Dave Domina.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        36   66.67
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

          Rep in Congress
          Vote for  1
           Mark Sullivan .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        56  100.00
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

          Vote for  1
           Chuck Hassebrook .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        52   98.11
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1    1.89

          Sec of State
          Vote for  1
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1  100.00

          State Treasurer
          Vote for  1
           Michael J. O'Hara.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        50  100.00
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

          Attny General
          Vote for  1
           Janet Stewart .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        33   61.11
           Allan J. Eurek.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        21   38.89
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

          Aud Pub Accts
          Vote for  1
           Amanda McGill .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        49  100.00
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

                          ********** (Libertarian) **********

          US Senator
          Vote for  1
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1  100.00

          Rep in Congress
          Vote for  1
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

          Vote for  1
           Mark G. Elworth Jr. .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1  100.00
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

          Sec of State
          Vote for  1
           Ben Backus .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         2  100.00
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

          State Treasurer
          Vote for  1
           Michael Knebel.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         2  100.00
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

          Attny General
          Vote for  1
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

          Aud Pub Accts
          Vote for  1
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

                          ********** (NONPARTISAN) **********

          State Board of Education Dist 6
          Vote for  1
           Maureen Nickels  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       398   99.25
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         3     .75

          Nebraska PPD Subdiv 2
          Vote for  1
           Barry DeKay.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        36   21.05
           Dan Scheer .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        62   36.26
           Ross A. Knott .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        72   42.11
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1     .58

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

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.

NE Poetry Out Loud Winner

Omaha High School freshman, Amanda Pohlman, will travel to Washington, D.C to compete at the Poetry Out Loud National Competition April 29 and 30. Pohlman won the Nebraska Poetry Out Loud state championship on Saturday, March 8 at Lincoln's Sheldon Museum of Art. Several regional semi-final competitions were held throughout the state during February, which included 25 Nebraska high schools and nearly 3,000 students. Pohlman received a cash award as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C where she will compete with students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for $50,000 in awards and prizes. For more information on Nebraska's Poetry Out Loud program, contact Anne Alston at 402-595-2122.

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. Ficher 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 10th 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 re airing 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.

NE Schools To Being 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.

State Fair Unveils 2014 Theme

“A Bumper Crop of Fun” is the Nebraska State Fair’s new theme for 2014. Marketing and sponsorship director, Shaun Schleif said, “Our new theme is a reflection of our renewed mission statement approved by the Board of Directors at their December 2013 meeting.”
The new mission statement is:  The Nebraska State Fair: The nation’s most innovative exhibition focusing on interactive agriculture and educational experiences promoting families, fun, and Nebraska pride.
“The new theme is very forward thinking, while still incorporating the important features that have been part of the Nebraska State Fair’s fabric for the past 145 years,” Schleif said, adding, “This forward thinking involves taking the staples of the fair, and making everything more interactive, fun and technologically advanced.”
The theme logo, designed by Barry Keller of Infuze Creative Marketing incorporates livestock, grains, our agricultural roots and of course the carnival midway.  All are integral parts of creating a one-of-a-kind experience for Nebraska families.
Schleif said, “Our ultimate goal in everything we do is to provide a safe clean family event that allows everyone attending to learn something, see something and experience something new—to create new memories that last a lifetime.  Most of all, we want everyone to have fun.”
The Nebraska State Fair runs from August 22 through September 1, 2014.

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.

Crop Production Program To Be Held In Ord

The UNL Extension Crops Team is hosting a crop production program on Jan. 28  at the fairgrounds in Ord.  The program will run from 8:50 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Those who attend the all day program and need to recertify their private pesticide applicators license can stay until 4:00 p.m. to complete that as well.  The program will include presentations on weed resistance management, ensuring efficient center pivot management, making the most of your fertilizer dollars and an ag public policy update.  The cost is $45 with private pesticide training or $20 without. Lunch will be provided. Preregistration is not required but is greatly appreciated for food planning. To register or for more details, call the Ord Extension Office at 308-728-5071. 

Nebraska State Patrol Continues Investigation

According to the Garfield County Attorney, the Nebraska State Patrol is continuing its investigation into the deaths, with cooperation and assistance from the Burwell Police and the Garfield County Sheriff's offce of 31 year old Christopher Melling and 2 year old Aimee Melling. 

On the basis of preliminary autopsy results and evidence recovered at the scene, the investigation is being classified as a homicide and suicide.

As part of the current inquiry, investigators are looking into reports of prior incidents involving domestic disturbance. A final determination will not be made until test results are in and the investigation is concluded, a process expected to take several weeks.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Nebraska State Patrol or local law enforcement officers.

Memorial Services Scheduled

BURWELL, Neb. (AP) - The family of a Burwell man who authorities say killed himself and his daughter has scheduled a memorial service.
     The Garfield County attorney has ruled that 31-year-old Christopher Melling used a shotgun to kill his daughter, Amy Melling, at their home in Burwell. The little girl's body was buried on Sunday, which would have been her third birthday.
     The memorial service for Christopher Melling is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at the VFW in Gibbon.
     The bodies were found last Tuesday after officers were sent to the Burwell house to check on the residents. Neighbors had reported their concerns after seeing no activity at the home. The deaths are believed to have occurred sometime between the night of Jan. 4 and Tuesday morning

Loup Basin RC&D Teams With Center For Rural Affairs

The Loup Basin RC&D Council, Burwell, NE and the Center for Rural Affairs,Lyons, NE are partnering to start Farm to School programs in the region. Farm to School brings fresh, locally produced food to schools Pre-K -12 while opening new markets for local farmers. This initiative is funded by USDA Rural Development. As a part of this initiative, the partnering organizations are requesting that school food service directors and farmers in the Loup Basin region complete a survey that will help identify resources and barriers to purchasing food from local farmers.
“This is a timely project that aims to help connect Pre-K-12 schools and local farmers with several objectives: serving healthy, nutritious food in school cafeterias; improving student nutrition; creating educational opportunities relating to agriculture, health and nutrition; and supporting local and regional farmers, ranchers and economies,” said Kathie Starkweather, Rural Opportunities and Stewardship Program Director for the Center for Rural Affairs.
According to Starkweather, a focus on Farm to School local food programs is overdue. Two-thirds of school children eat a National School Lunch Program lunch and consume about one-third of their total daily calories from this meal; and currently that food travels between 2500 and 4000 miles before reaching their plates.  Moreover, 31 percent of American children age 10 to 17 are either overweight or obese, according to a 2007 study compiled by the National Survey of Children’s Health.
Local trainings will be offered for both farmers and schools to address farm-fresh food safety usage, as well as farmer business trainings. “Returned surveys will help guide the trainings we offer farmers, ranchers, and backyard growers who are interested in connecting with schools. Additional workshops will be offered to schools to address questions, concerns and the nuts and bolts of serving healthy, fresh food to students through a farm-to-school food program,” says Sarah Smith, Farm to School Coordinator for Nebraska with the Center for Rural Affairs.
Farmers, ranchers and small and large scale growers are encouraged to complete our survey, available online at or by contacting Loup Basin RC&D Executive Director Janet Sanders at 308.346.3393 or, or Sarah Smith, Center for Rural Affairs’ Farm to School Coordinator at 307.321.9766 or
What: Survey available for farmers, ranchers and large and small scale growers that will help grow market opportunities for farmers and link schools to healthy and local food sources
Where: Survey is available at or by contacting Loup Basin RC&D Executive Director Janet Sanders at 308.346.3393 or, or Sarah Smith, Farm to School Coordinator at 307.321.9766 or
For more information on farm-to-school, visit
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities.  USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.  USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as the Department implements sequestration – the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act.
USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $828 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.

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