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North Central Problem Solving Courts Holds Graduation Ceremony

08/20/14 05:02 PM

(left to right) Chief Justice Michael G Heavican, Tara Price, Ross Tomjack, Judge Francie Riedmann Tommy Newcombe, Tera Newcombe, Judge Karin Noakes, Judge Tami Schendt, Judge Alan Brodbeck, Doug Stanton
The North Central Problem Solving Court met Wednesday afternoon at the Holt County Courthouse in the District Court Room for a graduation celebration for Tera Newcombe.

In attendance for the ceremony was Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican, Judge of the Court of Appeals Francie Riedmann, Judge Alan L. Brodbeck, Judge Karin Noakes and Judge Tami Schendt. The courtroom hosted a capacity crowd for this event.

Judge Francie Riedmann spoke and told those that have graduated from Problem Solving Court that they are an inspiration to all of us.  The hard work, effort and changes that they make show those that are in the program that it can be done. She stated that “no change can be made without a challenge” and she commended them for taking a giant step toward a better life. Judge Riedmann ended with this quote, “Failure is not when we fall down, it’s when we refuse to get up.”

Chief Justice Heavican then commended the new graduate and all of those that have went through Problem Solving Court.  He presented the new graduate with a medallion to symbolize her hard work and new beginning.

Judge Alan Brodbeck then spoke and emphasized the importance of the this program and that it gives those involved something you rarely get and that is a second chance.  Brodbeck told the graduate to use this second chance and to “always have a plan, have something to look forward to.”

To read about graduate Tera Necombe's journey thorugh the North Central Problem Solving Court CLICK HERE

Road Rally Fund Raiser Sunday To Help Alzheimer's Research

08/20/14 06:30 AM

Road Rally 
Fund Raiser

For Alzheimer’s Awareness & Research 
Sunday, August 24th
Registration 1-3 pm at TJ’s Market parking lot / Orchard, NE
$25.00 / vehicle –“Wagon load” --Max Capacity 6 adults--
Y’All are Welcome!!!
Fun for All ages … load up your Friends & Family
It’s a road game of clues and “I Spy”!!
Winners & Prizes announced at Double D Saloon – (formerly J-B Lounge)
“Vittles” will be served following rally – Free will donation
Check out the link on facebookRoad Rally for Alzheimer’s
Sponsored by: The K-7 Buckaroos -- The Marvin Johnson Family
For more information contact: Darla, Aimee, Ashley or Aaron Hauf,
Dawn Montgomery or Desirae Schwager

Willie Nelson & Neil Young To Play Benefit Concert Near Neligh

08/18/14 03:44 PM
Neligh, Nebraska — Two music legends — Neil Young and Willie Nelson — will perform a benefit concert Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh, Nebraska that is on the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and also crosses the historic Ponca Tribe "Trail of Tears."
Proceeds from the "Harvest the Hope" concert will go to Bold Nebraska, Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance, to fund the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as a number of small, community-based clean energy projects on farms and tribal lands. The daytime, outdoor concert will take place in a field on a farm owned by the Tanderup family, who are part of a strong collective of Nebraska landowners refusing to sell their land to TransCanada for the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline.
WHAT: "Harvest the Hope Concert" featuring Neil Young & Willie Nelson
WHY: Benefit for Bold Nebraska, IEN and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 27 at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: The farm of Art & Helen Tanderup, near Neligh, NE
Art and Helen Tanderup are part of the "Cowboy & Indian Alliance," a group of farmers, ranchers and tribal members united in their desire to protect land and water, and in their opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. This spring, the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma partnered with the "CIA" to hand-plant several acres of sacred Ponca corn on the Tanderup farm — the tribe's ancestral homeland — where it will be harvested this fall for the first time since the Ponca people were forced out of Nebraska 137 years ago.
Last fall, the same land also became home to the world's largest living crop art installation, when artist John Quigley collaborated with Art Tanderup to create an image the size of 80 football fields featuring the Cowboy & Indian Alliance icon along with the words "Heartland #No KXL."
"Our family has worked this land for over 100 years. We will not allow TransCanada to come in here and destroy our land and water for their profit," said Nebraska farmer Art Tanderup. "The Heartland is more than a place, it's our home. We hope Americans from across the country join us to Harvest the Hope and stop the Keystone XL pipeline."
"Farmers, ranchers and tribes that have been standing up to TransCanada are rock stars in my eyes," said Bold Nebraska director Jane Kleeb. "Now we will have the honor to have music legends Neil Young and Willie Nelson stand with us against this risky pipeline that threatens our water and our livelihoods. It is our hope that Pres. Obama in the end stands with us over Big Oil."
In addition to sets from Neil Young and Willie Nelson, the "Harvest the Hope" concert will also feature performances by Frank Waln, a Native American hip-hop artist from the Rosebud Sioux tribe, and the "Stopping the Pipeline Rocks All-Stars," a collection of local Nebraska artists who performed on a benefit album recorded inside the clean energy-powered barn built by Bold Nebraska and volunteers on land directly in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline last year, near York, Nebraska.
The event will also be a "Get Out the Vote" effort by Bold Nebraska, which is aiming to help elect candidates in November who give a darn about protecting our land and water.
Tickets for the benefit concert will go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 20 online via The "Harvest the Hope" concert is being produced locally by 1% Productions in partnership with Bold Nebraska. 

Holt County TeamMates Gala To Be Held August 24th

08/18/14 11:57 AM

DeMoine Adams
The 3rd annual Holt County TeamMates Tailgate Gala will be held on Sunday, August 24th at the O’Neill Community Center. The event will be a celebration of the past year’s successes. Social hour will start at 6 PM and dinner at 7 with the program to begin after the dinner. A silent auction will also be held with all proceeds to benefit the Holt County TeamMates program.

Keynote speaker for this year’s Tailgate Gala will be DeMoine Adams, a motivational speaker who is also a former University of Nebraska-Lincoln standout Husker football player. Adams also serves as a post- secondary specialist for the TeamMates program.

Learn more about the TeamMates program by attending this motivational event. Tickets are $25 and sponsorship packages are available. Tickets can be purchased in advanced at the Holt County Economic Development Office or O’Neill Family Eyecare. Tickets can also be reserved by calling Holt County TeamMates Coordinator Connie Gildersleeve at (402) 340-4783.

Holt County TeamMates mission is to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring.

If you have a child that would benefit from having another caring adult in their life, please learn more about the TeamMates program at a special Parents meeting on Monday, August 25th at 6 PM at the O’Neill High School Lecture Hall. If you would like to become a TeamMates mentor, a 2-hour mentor training will be held on Monday, August 25th at 7 PM at the O’Neill High School Lecture Hall. 

For more information about Holt County TeamMates visit

Red Cross Asks for Blood Donors at Local Drives

08/18/14 11:43 AM

OMAHA, Neb. (August 18, 2014) — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by giving blood in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September.

Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects as many as 100,000 people in the U.S. Many of these patients face a lifetime of blood transfusions to help reduce the risk of stroke, damage to major organs and other complications that can arise as a result of sickle cell disease.

Since blood from donors of the same ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications, the Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply. This is particularly important for patients like those with sickle cell disease who may require regular blood transfusions.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Here are the area upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Sept. 4 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Legion, 103 N. Norvell in Chambers
Sept. 15 from noon to 6 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, 410 W. Douglas St. in ONeill

Sept. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Wheeler County 4-H Building, Third St. in Bartlett

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Holt County Farmers Recognized for 100 Years of Family Farms

08/18/14 09:18 AM

The Knight of Aksarben presented the following family farms with plaques for their farms being in the family for 100 continuous years.  The presentations were made at the Holt County Fair.
Conway Family Farm

Holliday Farm

Richard and Dona Trowbridge Farm

Olberding Farm

Troshynski Homeplace


Wagner Labor Day Celebration

08/18/14 09:17 AM

Wagner will once again celebrate Labor Day with their 114th celebration, including the annual parade, races, dancing, rodeo, carnival, and many other events. The celebration begins August 30th and runs through Sept. 1st. Click here to open a pdf of the schedule, or click the picture to open a jpeg of the banner.


Dr. Barbara Gutshall Receives BCBS Top Ranking

08/18/14 09:06 AM

Dr. Barbara Gutshall

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska has recognized its top network primary care physicians from across the state. And named among the list is Dr. Barbara Gutshall of Avera St. Anthony's Hospital in O'Neill.

The 23 physicians received the honor based on a Value Index Score (VIS) which measures the quality and value of several factors including educating, immunizing and screening for disease prevention, preventing further complications, ensuring appropriate care and support for patients, and efficiently using medications and ancillary resources such as radiology and lab tests.

Studies have shown the stronger a patient’s ties to his or her primary care physician, the better the quality of care the patient receives, and the more efficiently care is delivered.

Journey2Recovery Benefit for Tornado Victims is Saturday

08/18/14 09:01 AM

After 2 months of planning and preparation, the Journey2Recovery Benefit for Pilger and other areas of Northeast Nebraska is set for this Saturday, August 23rd, at the Wisner River Park in Wisner, Nebraska. 

Six area bands will begin performing at 2:00 PM, followed by a 9:00 PM performance by Nashville recording artist Daryle Singletary.  Food and beverages will be served throughout the day.  A silent auction will run from 2:00 PM until 7:00, with a live auction of 30 items being sold between 7:00 and 8:00.  Gates will open at 1:00 PM. 

Among the items up for bid are a dinner for 8 people with Governor Dave Heineman and First Lady Sally Ganem at the Governor’s Mansion, tickets to Huskers and Creighton sporting events, golf packages to Dismal River Golf Club, Omaha Country Club, and Happy Hollow Club, and framed art pieces.  Signed pencil sketch portraits of George and Barbara Bush will also be up for bid, along with signed photos from Jeff Kinney, Tim Allen, Alan Jackson, Bob Feller and Franco Harris.  Over 100 items will be sold. 

Proceeds raised from the event will be used to assist people in Northeast Nebraska who suffered losses from the tornadoes and storms that struck the area in mid-June.  Donations can be made to the Journey2Recovery Fund.  For more information, contact Journey2Recovery at (402) 208-9242 or on Facebook at 

Advanced tickets for $15 can be purchased through this Friday at Ralston Arena in Omaha, at Citizens State Bank, Pinnacle Bank, and PrimeStop in Wisner, and online at  Tickets the day of the event will be $20.

Plane Makes Safe Emergency Landing Northeast Of O'Neill

08/17/14 04:08 PM

Photo from Scott Poese, KBRX, O'Neill, NE
The Holt County Sheriff's Department responded to a call Sunday, August 17, 2014 around 2:55 pm of a private plane that made an emergency landing in an alfalfa field northeast of O'Neill, Nebraska.  According to the Sheriff's Department, the plane left from the O'Neill Airport, lost power and was forced to land in the alfalfa field approximately 2 miles northeast of O'Neill.  The plane made a safe landing and all passengers were ok.  The pilots name was not released at this time.

NPPD Warns Customers About Phone Scams

08/15/14 08:34 AM

Columbus, Neb. –There have been an increased number of phone scam incidents reported this week to the Nebraska Public Power District by NPPD customers. Incidents in Kearney and O’Neill have prompted NPPD to advise all customers, statewide, to be wary of suspicious calls.

Customers have reported receiving scam calls from individuals stating that they are with ‘the electric utility’ and they are collecting for a past due amount on an electric bill. They state the bill must be paid immediately or the power will be shut off. Sometimes the scammer’s caller-identification is falsified so it appears to originate from the utility company, a practice known as ‘spoofing’.

In the case of a Kearney customer, the caller advised to go to a local store, purchase a “green dot” or pre-paid card, then contact the caller with the card information.

In O’Neill, NPPD customers have been told there would be a ‘meter upgrade’ or a power outage, situations that sound like utility business, but when questions are asked, the caller hangs up or puts the customer on hold.

To help customers be wary of such scams, NPPD offers the following tips and suggestions:
  • NPPD, as a business practice, does not call to ask customers for a credit card number.
  • NPPD does not demand payment with a pre-paid card.
  • Any customer receiving such a call should not attempt to make payment over the phone.
  • Write down the call back number or consider asking where the caller is located.
  • Contact law enforcement.
  • Let NPPD’s Centralized Customer Care Center at 1-877-ASK-NPPD (877-275-6773) know about the call.
  • If served electrically by a rural public power district or municipality, customers should contact that organization before providing any type of payment.

“Unfortunately, these scams take place every year throughout the country,” said Vice President of Customer Services Ken Curry. “Anyone who receives such a call should not let their guard down. Instead, know that NPPD offers a variety of payment plans to help customers who may have challenges paying their bills, and inform local law enforcement of the incident.”

Officer Presented with Life Saving Award

08/15/14 08:34 AM

On May 12th, 2014, K-9 Officer Wilson, with the O'Neill Police Department, observed and radioed in to the Boyd/Holt E911 Dispatch Center a residential structure fire during the early morning hours.  K-9 Officer Wilson met two residents exiting the house and they advised their adult son was still in the basement.  K-9 Officer Wilson proceeded to the northeast basement window, removed the window, and woke the male.  K-9 Officer attempted to help the male through the window but the window was too small.  the male barely escaped the basement and residence before the entrance to the basement collapsed.

K-9 Officer Wilson was nominated for the Life Saving Award through the National Awards Program which is a program included in the American Police Hall of Fame.  After review of the nomination by the Award Committee, it was determined K-9 Officer Wilson would be issued the Life Saving Award.  K-9 Officer Wilson was presented the Life Saving Award on August 14,2014 by Mayor Bill Price, Chief Matt Otte, and Sergeant Robert Jensen.

Clerk Sentenced For Theft From Reservation

08/15/14 06:12 AM

NIOBRARA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. attorney's office says a northeast Nebraska woman has been sentenced to probation and community service after her conviction for stealing money from the Santee Sioux Indian Reservation.

The attorney's office announced Tuesday that U.S. District Court Judge Joseph F. Bataillon sentenced 53-year-old Lila Mechaley, of Niobrara, to five years of probation and 200 hours of community service. He also ordered her to repay $16,726 to the Village of Santee.

Mechaley was convicted of stealing the money from March 2010 through June 2012, when she worked as village clerk. She had been writing checks to herself and forging the name of the village board chairman. A village board official discovered the theft after reviewing bank statements and cancelled checks related to a grant awarded to the Village of Santee.

Atkinson Native To Retire From Omaha Catholic Schools Consortium

08/13/14 10:04 PM

August 13, 2014 (Omaha, NE) – Monsignor James E. Gilg is retiring as executive director of the 
Omaha Catholic Schools Consortium at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year, bringing to an end a 49-year career in Catholic education.

“Serving Catholic schools and engaging in the ministry of Catholic education has brought joy to my life as a priest,” Gilg said. “My prayers and best wishes will continue for all who are involved in the future days of Catholic schooling in the Archdiocese of Omaha.”

The Atkinson, Neb. native has served in various positions during his career:

1966-1968 – Religion teacher, Cathedral High School – Omaha
1968-1970 – Superintendent and religion teacher, Cathedral High School – Omaha
1970-1972 – Religion teacher and co-chairman of Humanities Department, Pope John XXIII High School – Elgin, Neb.
1972-1983 – Director-Principal, Dominican High School – Omaha
1983-1991 – Director-Principal, Father Flanagan High School – Omaha
1991-2006 – President, V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School – Omaha
2006-2013 – Superintendent of Schools, Archdiocese of Omaha
2012-2014 – Executive Director, Omaha Catholic School Consortium

Archbishop George Lucas had Gilg’s experience in mind when he appointed him to lead the Omaha Catholic Schools Consortium. Gilg was tasked with uniting five south Omaha school sites (Holy Cross, Our Lady of Lourdes, Ss. Peter & Paul, St. Bernadette, and St. Thomas More Schools) under a single administration.

“I say thank you to Monsignor Gilg in the name of all in the Archdiocese of Omaha,” Lucas said. “He has been a courageous pioneer in important Catholic education initiatives over many decades.”

Patrick Slattery, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Omaha, said students are the beneficiaries of Gilg’s devotion to Catholic education. “A countless number of students have benefitted from his leadership, care, and compassion,” Slattery said. Slattery said Gilg’s 49-year commitment to Catholic education in the archdiocese is among the longest tenures of any educator serving in the system.

Dan Maher, chairman of the consortium board, stated “The Omaha Catholic Schools Consortium is pleased and blessed to have had Monsignor Gilg at the helm for its first two formative years. His experience and insights into Catholic education will continue to benefit this organization and more importantly the children of our community.”

Gilg will continue in his duties as pastor of St. Mary Magdalene Parish in downtown Omaha.

Slattery said the Omaha Catholic School Consortium Board of Directors will work with the archdiocese’s Catholic School Office to discuss transition plans for the consortium leadership position.

Founded as a diocese in 1885, the Archdiocese of Omaha serves spiritual and human needs in a 23-county area of Northeast Nebraska. Through its 140 parishes and missions, the archdiocese reaches out to 230,000 Nebraska Catholics. With two Catholic universities, 53 elementary schools, 17 high schools and a parish-based religious education program within its boundaries, Catholic education enriches the lives of some 58,000 young people. The Archdiocese of Omaha is one of the largest private social service providers in the region. Catholic Charities and the Family Life Office lead a network that ministers to the broadest and most fundamental needs of our community. Generous support to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal is symbolic of the collective faith that allows the Archdiocese of Omaha to continue the mission of Jesus Christ.

Doublin Our Fun On This 5K Run

08/13/14 11:25 AM
Get in the spirit for St. Pats and celebrate half way to St. Pat's, O'Neill's Annual Celebration!! Register for the Half Way to St Pat's 5K Run/Walk on September 13! This is an untimed event. Don't to forget to wear your best St Pat's/Irish gear for the costume contest! You can register by filling out the form on our website or call the office at

Archery Deer Season Opens Earlier in 2014

08/13/14 09:18 AM

LINCOLN - Archery deer hunting season opens Sept. 1 in Nebraska. The early opener was requested by archery hunters to allow hunting of deer when bucks are still in velvet. Opening day had been Sept. 15 for the past 35 years.

"For those who don't mind hunting what could be warm days, with lots of leafy vegetation, this is a good time to be out in the woods, when hunter numbers can be expected to be low," said Kit Hams, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's big game program manager.

The archery deer season runs through Dec. 31. Archery permits are valid statewide, with restrictions, and unlimited in number. The permit bag limit is one deer of any kind. To purchase permits or view the 2014 Big Game Guide, visit

Game and Parks, UNL to Survey Hunters About Public Land Use in Nebraska

LINCOLN - This fall the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Nebraska will begin a three-year survey of hunters who use public lands in Nebraska.

Beginning Sept. 1, hunters at wildlife management areas or private lands enrolled in the Open Fields and Waters program may be approached by UNL researchers or Game and Park staff, who will ask a series of questions about their hunting experiences. Game and Parks will use insights gained from the surveys to improve opportunities and access on existing public hunting lands, as well as to help guide future land purchases. Hunters' participation in the survey is voluntary, but they are encouraged to share their experiences and opinions.

"Hunters are important conservation partners, and we want to ensure that they have ample hunting opportunities in Nebraska," said Karie Decker, assistant wildlife division administrator for Game and Parks. "Learning more about how hunters use and perceive public lands is a critical component of making sure our hunters have quality places to hunt."

The research is funded by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife Restoration Grant administered by Game and Parks. More information on the project is available at

O'Neill Band Members Learn to Lead at Workshop

08/12/14 12:14 PM

On Monday, August 11th, five O'Neill Band members traveled to Millard South to participate in the Attitude Concepts Leadership workshop. The workshop was led by Dr. Tim Loutzenheiser. Dr. Tim is an author, composer, and teacher who instructs the students on what it takes to be good leaders. Attending from O'Neill were: Sydney Zahm, Marie Sitz, Vionne Trizila, Corbin Dean and Logan Spencer.

Northeast Nebraska Collision Victim Identified

08/12/14 06:12 AM

OSMOND, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a northeast Nebraska motorcyclist who died in a collision with a semitrailer.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Office identified the motorcyclist as 36-year-old Anthony Higgs, of Plainview.

The crash occurred around 8 a.m. Monday on Nebraska Highway 121 just south of Osmond. Deputies say the northbound motorcycle struck the southbound semitrailer as the trucker was attempting to make a left turn off the highway.

The 61-year-old driver of the semitrailer was not hurt. He was identified as Daniel Hoffman, also of Plainview.

Continuous Triathalon to Benefit Team Jack Raises Over $2,500

08/11/14 02:57 PM

(left to right) Shelia Johnston, Jennifer Jordan, Kesha Gentele, 
Shannon Olberding, Andrea Kerkman & Karla Slaymaker

On Saturday, August 9th, two teams of Holt County Runners completed a continuous triathlon to benefit Team Jack.  Participants included Jennifer Jordan, Shannon Olberding, Andrea Kerkman, and Karla Slaymaker of Atkinson, Kesha Gentele of Stuart, and Shelia Johnston of O’Neill.  Together the teams continuously biked, ran, and swam for a total of over 41 miles in about 2 ½ hours.  Donations were received at the Atkinson Pool and online in the amount of $2,525.00.

These runners will now compete in the Omaha Marathon Events on September 21st.  This year, the Team Jack Foundation is the Official Charity of the Omaha Marathon and will have a team of runners from all across the state to run with them and raise funds for pediatric brain cancer research.

NRA Banquet to Auction Unique Patriotic Item

08/11/14 11:59 AM

The Friends of the O'Neill NRA Chapter have a unique item for their auction: an American flag that has been aboard a fighter plane on a combat mission.

The flag was aboard an F-16 flown by Atkinson native Jesse Friedel, son of Gary Friedel and Brenda Graham. Jesse is a Lieutenant Colonel, and has been an Air Force pilot for nearly 20 years, flying over 40 missions over Afghanistan.

click to view a bigger picture and read the certificate

The flag in the display case was aboard an F-16CM BLK 40 Viper piloted by Jesse on October 26, 2013 as part of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The inscription inside of the case reads:
“This is to certify the accompanying American flag was flown on 26 October 2013,
aboard an F-16CM BLK Viper assigned to the 125th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron,
Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM,
Supported 1 x Troops-In-Contact & 2 x Joint Tactical Air(strike) Requests
Presented to Friends of the O’Neill NRA Chapter
Flown by the Commander, Lt Col Jesse “Ammo” Friedel”

Jesse's in-laws, Jerry and Gwen Johnston, donated the flag and certificate. The display case was made by Robert McKenny.

Update On Two Kids Injured At Holt County Fair - Card Showers Requested

08/11/14 08:58 AM
Friday night at the Holt County Fair, a storm moved in quickly and as a result two blow up rides, a bouncy house and a slide were caught by the wind and blew over.  As a result there were some injuries.

 Landyn Mlady was thrown about 20 feet to the ground, she sustained a severely broken arm, chip out of her skull and 5 pelvic fractures. Word was received today, Monday, August 11, that no surgery will be needed to correct the pelvis fractures. 

Logan Eacker suffered a fractured skull and bad concussion.  He suffered a little setback Sunday morning where he was getting dehydrated and didn’t want to eat anything, probably a side effect from the concussion.  He should be getting dismissed hopefully this afternoon, Monday, August 11.

If you would like to send these kids get well wishes their addresses are:
Landyn Mlady Room 6215, The Nebraska Med Center, PO Box 6159, Omaha, NE  68198-2350
Logan Eacker, PO Box 271, Ewing, NE 68725.

Two Area Artists' Work to be Featured in Calendar

08/08/14 11:32 AM

Vera Butterfield's artwork will be on the front cover of the 2015 NDEQ calendar.
The artwork of 13 Nebraska students will be feature in the 2015 “Nebraska: Don’t Waste It!” environmental calendar. The statewide contest is sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and focuses on the importance of waste reduction, recycling and litter cleanup.

The students whose submissions were selected for the 2015 calendar were invited to a ceremony at the State Capitol on Thursday, August 7, where they were honored by Gov. Dave Heineman and NDEQ Acting Director Patrick Rice. Each month, the calendar features one of the 12 winning environmental posters. A 13th winner’s artwork provides the cover for the calendar.
Malya Bussinger's art was picked
as one of the 12 features.
Two area artists’ creations will grace the calendar. The cover feature is the artwork of Vera Butterfield, a sixth-grade student from St. Mary’s in O’Neill. One of the other 12 pictures is the handiwork of second-grader Malya Bussinger from St. Joseph’s in Atkinson. Congratulations Vera and Malya!

More than 1,000 students submitted entries into this year’s contest.

“We had some excellent artwork to choose from this year,” Rice said. “These winning entries not only show the students’ artistic talent, but they also express some important messages about protecting our environment.”

Copies of the calendar are available by contacting NDEQ at P.O. Box 98922, Lincoln, NE 68509-8922, or by sending an email request to

As a bonus, the Butterfields took the opportunity to get a High 5 Friday picture with the governor!


Field of 33 Youths Play the KBRX Junior Golf Tournament

08/07/14 03:03 PM

33 Golfers participated in the 2014 KBRX Junior Golf Tournament at the O'Neill Country Club on Thursday, August 7.  Here are the results.

(left to right) Charlie Gale, Peyton Matthews, Gunnar Knaak

10-12 Year Old Boys - Played 9 Holes on Shortened Course
1st  Gunnar Knaak, Plainview 41
2nd Peyton Matthews, O'Neill 41
3rd Charlie Gale, Bassett 41
4th Gunnar Bussinger, Bassett 44
5th Jaxon Cadwallader, Atkinson  51
6th Brenna Pint, Plainview  53
7th Peyton Hoefer, Elgin 53
8th Grant Mlnar, Atkinson 56
9th Issac Everitt, O'Neill 59
10th Will Otte, O'Neill 74
11th Adam Everitt, O'Neill 75

12-14 Year Old Girls Played 9 Holes
1st Abby Broderson, Albion 57
2nd Claire Everitt, O'Neill 67
3rd  Abbey Everitt, O'Neill 69

(left to right) Murphy Sears, Hailey Harmon
15-18 Year Old Girls Played 18 Holes
1st Murphy Sears, Crete  80
2nd Hailey Harmon, O'Neill 86
3rd Paige Gaughenbaugh, O'Neill 98
4th Mackenzie Hale, Atkinson  102
5th Amy Schmitz, O'Neill  102
6th Victoria Osterman, Ainsworth 125

(left to right) Tucker Knaak, Mason Hale, Bryce Kerkman
13-15 Year Old Boys Played 18 Holes
1st Mason Hale, Atkinson  77
2nd Tucker Knaak, Plainview  78
3rd  Bryce Kerkman, Atkinson 81
4th Jake Lingenfelter, Plainview 101
5th Seth Hytrek, Atkinson 101
6th Cole Gaughenbaugh, O'Neill  103
7th Connor Hermsen, Butte 122
8th Joseph Seger, Atkinson 166

(left to right) Austyn Lech, Colin Wright, Josh Cuddy
16-18 Year Old Boys Played 18 Holes
1st Colin Wright, Plainview  76
2nd Austyn Lech, Atkinson 81
3rd  Josh Cuddy, O'Neill 83
4th  Baylee Colfack, O'Neill 106
5th  Jon Hoefer, O'Neill 114


Team Jack Faces New Battle

08/07/14 12:49 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The 8-year-old who received national attention for his touchdown run in the 2013 Nebraska spring football game has had a recurrence of brain cancer.

Jack Hoffman, from Atkinson, had been in remission since October. His father, Andy, said doctors found a "spot of concern" in Jack's brain in April, and follow-up tests in Boston on Wednesday showed the tumor had grown.

Andy Hoffman wrote on Jack's CaringBridge page that the growth could be dealt with in several ways. Surgery is possible, while there are several options for chemotherapy. Regardless of the type of treatment, chemotherapy will be necessary. A decision on treatment should be made by the end of the week following doctors' recommendations.

The Hoffman family also wanted to thank everyone for their support during this time.

AseraCare Hospice Of O'Neill Achieves Level Four Partner Level

08/01/14 02:57 PM

AseraCare Hospice of O’Neill achieved Level Four partner level in the We Honor Veterans (WHV) partner program sponsored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This achievement represents the highest level of participation in the WHV program and illustrates AseraCare of O’Neill ’s dedication to providing specialized end-of- life services to this cherished population.
“We are proud to have achieved level four of the We Honor Veterans partner program and to deliver quality hospice care to the men and women who have served and fought for our country,” said Holly Cole, representative for AseraCare Hospice of O’Neill.
“Of the 2.4 million deaths in the United States each year, approximately 680,000 are Veterans,” said Angie Hollis, President of AseraCare. “Through this program, we can better understand their specific hospice needs since the vast majority of Veterans are not aware of the end-of-life services and benefits available to them.”
As a Level Four Partner, AseraCare of O’Neill has:
  • Increased its professional and organizational capacity to provide quality services for Veterans and their families
  • Created a Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program to pair recruited Veteran Volunteers with our hospice patients who have been identified as Veterans.
  • Developed and strengthened partnerships with hospices, VA, Veteran organizations and other healthcare organizations
  • Promoted hospice care for Veterans
  • Demonstrated the impact of its Veteran-centric organizational programs
 “By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, We Honor Veteran Level Four Partners are better able to accompany and guide Veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending,” says NHPCO  President and Chief Executive Office, J. Donald Schumacher. “In cases where there might be some specific needs related to the Veteran’s  military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, these partners are now capable of providing tools to help support those under their care.”
In less than two years, the program has grown from 1,500 hospice care partners to more than 2,100 hospice care agencies today that participate in the We Honor Veterans program. All 59 AseraCare agencies across the country now are recognized as partners with the WHV partner program with over half achieving the Level Four partner designation.

The AseraCare of O’Neill office serves 10 counties.  The services offered are:  RN available 24/7, hospice aides, social worker, spiritual guidance, bereavement counseling, volunteers, respite, inpatient and continuous care, and medical directors to oversee care. For more information about AseraCare Hospice, call 402-336-3988 or visit

USDA Rural Development Assists Village of Ewing with Alert System

07/31/14 03:36 PM
Ewing, Neb., July 31, 2014—USDA Rural Development announces funding of $18,100 to the Village of Ewing.  The funds will be leveraged with $6,100 of village dollars to replace two emergency warning sirens.
"Being able to warn our residents in advance of possible danger or emergency is imperative.  Minutes could be the difference on saving lives," said Dustin Wright, Village of Ewing.
“Having a working alert system is crucial to rural residents.  "Fires, tornadoes and other emergencies all could impact residents and the sirens will give them the advanced warning they need,” said Community Programs Specialist Roberta Mues, USDA Rural Development.
The project was funded through the USDA Rural Development Community Facility Grant program.  

Area Students To Graduate From UNK This Summer

07/28/14 04:26 PM
KEARNEY – More than 200 graduate and undergraduate degrees will be conferred at the University of Nebraska at Kearney commencement exercises at 10 a.m. Friday (Aug. 1) in the Ponderosa Room in the Nebraskan Student Union.
In all, there are 214 candidates for degrees – 96 undergraduate and 118 graduate degrees.
For those unable to attend commencement in person, the event will be available as a webcast. Information for the webcast is located at or by visiting the UNKearney channel on You Tube.
Graduating from the KBRX area are:
Bassett - Alyx Friedrich, master of business administration, business administration-accounting
Neligh - Kristen Evans, master of science in education, instructional technology-library media     
O'Neill - Rita Hood, bachelor of science, radiography, Honorable Mention              

Megan Hansen Named Dr. Waters Scholarship Recpient

07/25/14 02:15 PM

Megan Hansen
O’NEILL (7/22/14) - Megan Hansen is the 2014 recipient of the Dr. Robert W. Waters Memorial Scholarship awarded each year by Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital.

Hansen is currently studying medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and has a 4.0 GPA.  She first became interested in medicine when she left the country for the first time to travel to Madagascar as part of an Engineers Without Borders travel team. One of her roles was to conduct health surveys in a rural community. She recalls from her trip, “I was dismayed to meet a woman, my age, who had lost three of her children to dehydration. It was as a result of this experience that I started thinking about a career in health care.” 

Hansen has already gained valuable knowledge by job shadowing at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital and volunteering in the Emergency Department at Bryan LGH in Lincoln.   

 “What stands out most about Megan is that she is truly compassionate. She will make an incredible doctor. She will be a “people’s doctor,” one who will go out of her way to make her patients feel comfortable and respected. I think we will really see Megan shine when she is able to interact with patients on a personal level. Witnessing her interactions with previous faculty and her classmates, I have come to realize that Megan’s gift is for relationships. That gift will make her an incredible physician and sincerely worthy of this scholarship,” said Carrie Elzie, Assistant Professor of Genetics at UNMC.

The Dr. Waters Scholarship Committee said they have not had so many qualified applicants in several years. “There were numerous very qualified applicants to choose from, it was difficult to pick just one,” said committee member Lucille Dufek.

Hansen is the daughter of Deb and Dave Hansen of Orchard, Nebraska. Deb is a Pharmacist at Avera St. Anthony’s. 
The scholarship fund was established in memory of Dr. Robert W. Waters, a physician at St. Anthony’s Hospital for 23 years until he retired in 1981. It is awarded by a scholarship committee to the most deserving candidate based on academic performance, need and recommendations from school faculty.

Local Golfers Play In Nebraska Amateur Championship

07/24/14 06:52 AM

The 106th Nebraska Amateur Championship Golf Tournament concluded today at Norfolk Country Club in Norfolk and the KBRX area saw a couple of golfers finish towards the top of the leaderboard.

Kris Koelzer of O'Neill, Tyler Schaaf of Lincoln, formerly of Atkinson, and Sam Meuret of Brunswick are KBRX area golfers who made the cut in the four round tournament. Several golfers with local ties are also competing. Josh and Rylee Reinertson of Gibbon were both in the top 10 to start the day, and Lucas Grossnicklaus of Aurora also made the short list for the final two rounds.

David Clouse of Friend had a great finish to the tournament to take the title at 13-under-par. His 66 score on the final day was more than enough to insure his first place finish, as he was seven strokes ahead of the field. The Reinertson boys finished second and fourth to push their way to the top of the scorecard.

Pos. Player City Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
2 Rylee Reinertson Gibbon -6 72 72 70 68 282
T4 Josh Reinertson Gibbon -2 68 74 72 72 286
T10 Kris Koelzer O'Neill +3 76 70 73 72 291
T10 Sam Meuret Brunswick +3 72 69 72 78 291
T18 Tyler Schaaf Lincoln +6 74 72 69 79 294
T30 Lucas Grossnicklaus Aurora +10 77 72 72 77 298


O'Neill Police Department Holds Jail N Bail Event

07/22/14 11:18 AM
The O’Neill Police Department would like to thank the public for their overwhelming support during the Jail N’ Bail fundraiser to support the O’Neill Police Department K-9 Unit.  A total of 114 “warrants” were issued and we were able to raise over $6,100 and only had one jail break.  The donations will be deposited in the O’Neill Law Enforcement Account with the O’Neill Community Foundation.  This money will be used to maintain and further enhance the K-9 Unit program through purchasing equipment, continued training, and regular maintenance/expenses.  We at the O’Neill Police Department had a lot of fun Friday at the Jail N Bail and we hope you did too.
 A special thanks goes out to the those who helped make the event possible and enjoyable.  Thank you to Stock Realty (John and Toni Waterbury), Delray Kumm, Bomgaar's, Viaero Wireless, Ranell Otte, KBRX Radio, The Holt County Independent, Holt County Sheriff's Office, Big Red Bakery, The Horseshoe Restaurant, Dairy Queen, and Tim and Nikki Davis. 
Call KBRX at (402) 336-1612