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Enrollment Numbers Released For O'Neill Jr./Sr. High School

08/25/15 11:16 AM
Enrollment figures for O’Neill Public High School have been released and numbers for this year compared to last year are nearly the same. 

As of August 25, 2015 for grades 7 through 12 at O’Neill Public School the enrollment for 2015-16 is 338.  Last year’s total was 339.

Enrollment by class for this year is:
7th Grade   23 females 27 males   50
8th Grade   24 females 33 males   57
9th Grade   22 females 31 males   53
10th Grade 30 females 28 males   58
11th Grade 30 females 32 males   62
12th Grade 33 females 25 males   58

Firearm Hunter Education Course Offered in Bassett

08/25/15 09:53 AM

A firearm hunter education course will be offered by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission volunteer instructors in Bassett on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The free course will held at the Bassett Legion Club at 201 Buchanan Street and continues on Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m at the Sandhills Rod and Gun Club in Ainsworth. The lunch will be provided on Saturday.

The course will provide instruction in the areas of safe firearms use, shooting and sighting techniques, hunter ethics, game identification and conservation management. Students must attend all of the sessions to complete the course. Students must pre-register by September 10, 2015 at, or by calling the Nebraska Game and Parks office in Bassett at 402-684-2921. Please print off and complete the parental release form to bring with you to the first day of class. Instructor would like students to pick up a manual at the Nebraska Game and Parks office in Bassett prior to class, and bring manual with completed questions to the first day of class.

In Nebraska, hunters ages 12 through 29 must have on their person proof of successful completion of firearm hunter education while hunting with a firearm.

"Super Heroes" Turn Out Monday For Blood Drive

08/25/15 06:26 AM
Approximately eighty "Super Heroes" came to the LifeServe Blood Center blood drive on Monday, August 24 at Avera St. Anthony's Hospital.  KBRX Radio & LifeServe Blood Center teamed up and welcomed all donors with a Super Hero t-shirt and some KBRX "Mike & Scott" candy!  A big thanks to all that took time out of their day to attend and to give blood.  Also thanks to all the volunteers at Avera St. Anthony's and the staff of LifeServe for starting the week out in a great way!!

Senator Ben Sasse Holding O'Neill Listening Session Thursday

08/24/15 02:07 PM

Lincoln, NE – On Thursday, August 27, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse will hold a listening session at Kracl Irrigation, Inc. in O'Neill. All are welcome to attend. As part of the Senator’s constituent outreach work during August, these listening sessions are an opportunity for the Senator to hear from Nebraskans and learn about issues important to our state.

What: Listening Session with Senator Ben Sasse
When: Thursday, August 27. 2:30pm.
Where: Kracl Irrigation, Inc., 1707 North Harrison St, O’Neill, NE.

“Nebraskans want Washington to do fewer things but to do the most important things more urgently and transparently,” said Sasse. “That starts with listening sessions where we discuss what’s important outside Washington and take Nebraskans’ common-sense approach to Congress.”

During the session, Nebraskans will have an opportunity to hear the Senator give a brief update on some of the long-term challenges Americans face, including: the threat of jihadi terrorism, the federal government’s entitlement crisis, overregulation and executive branch unilateralism, and the defense of religious liberty.

Constituents seeking help navigating a federal bureaucracy, such as the Social Security Administration and Department of Veterans Affairs, will be able to connect with the Senator’s staff regarding casework assistance. More information can be found on the Senator’s website: 

Elected last November, Senator Sasse believes that we have a moral obligation to pass along a country as great and free and opportunity-filled to the next generation as we were blessed to inherit from our grandparents. This will require a more serious Congress, committed to reforming entitlements, telling the truth about fake federal budgets, modernizing national security for the age of global terror networks, and helping the next generation recover a sense of optimism about the American Dream for everyone of every race in every neighborhood.

For more information on the listening session and other constituent resources, please contact the Senator’s main office in Lincoln at (402) 476-1400.

2015 Bread 'n Jam Festival Coming Up

08/24/15 10:42 AM

Check out what's going on at the annual event in Neligh on September 11-12 in Neligh by clicking on the flyer below.


Goodwill Trailer Returning to O'Neill September 9

08/24/15 10:40 AM

Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska is looking forward to their next donation drive in O’Neill beginning at noon on Wednesday, September 9 through Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, or earlier if the trailer becomes full. The donation trailer will be parked at the Shopko Parking Lot, 404 E. Hwy 20 to receive donations.

Donations of clothing, computers, computer equipment and household items which are in good condition (what you would want to buy) can be placed inside the trailer. However, because of limited storage space, Goodwill cannot accept televisions, furniture or large appliances. Tax donation slips will be available at the trailer.

Our last drive was a great success, and the generosity of the citizens of O’Neill and the surrounding area is very much appreciated. Revenue earned through the sale of donations at Goodwill retail stores help support programs for persons who have developmental disabilities or a long-term mental illness. Goodwill’s mission is to assist these individuals in achieving independence in the community, including providing job training and job placement.

Wagner's Labor Day Celebration

08/21/15 04:24 PM

Labor Day is a big deal in Wagner, SD and they have a party planned. Check out what is going on north of the border September 5-7 by clicking on the banner below.


Pheasant Hunting Opportunities Expected To Improve In Nebraska

08/21/15 03:34 PM

LINCOLN – Nebraska pheasant hunting opportunities in 2015 should be better than last year, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Upland Game Hunting Outlook.

Mild winter conditions and timely spring rains have resulted in increases in pheasant abundance statewide. Spring rains also resulted in abundant cover, with Game and Parks staff reporting excellent habitat conditions across the state.

The outlook is based on spring and summer upland game surveys, and conditions reported by biologists. Regional weather events that could impact populations are considered.

Surveys indicated that pheasant abundance was higher in all regions of the state compared to 2014. The southwest and Panhandle regions should offer the best hunting opportunities this year, but better opportunities should be available statewide. With the lush vegetation comes an abundance of insects for chicks to eat. Reports from several regions indicate plentiful grasshoppers this year.

Quail abundance continued its ascent from lows resulting from the drought of 2012-2013 and the severe winter of 2009-2010. Surveys indicated increases in abundance compared to 2014 across almost all of the quail’s range. Habitat conditions were excellent for production and brood-rearing across the state. The southeast and south central parts of the state should offer the best opportunities this year, but there will be good opportunities throughout quail range.

Habitat conditions for grouse were excellent this year, particularly in the Sandhills, and surveys indicated increased abundance in most regions compared to 2014. Abundance was highest in the central part of the state. 

Cottontail abundance appears to have increased significantly across the state, particularly in the southeast and central regions. Staff also report observing multitudes of young rabbits.

To view the full report, visit, and then search for 2015 Upland Game Hunting Outlook.

President And CEO Ron Cork Announces Retirement From Avera St. Anthony's Hospita

08/20/15 02:21 PM

Ron Cork
O’Neill, Neb. (Aug. 20, 2015) – Ron Cork, President and CEO of Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital, has announced plans to retire July 1, 2016. 
In January 1991, he became the President and CEO of St. Anthony’s Hospital, which became Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in 2000. 
“It has been a privilege to have spent 25-plus years working with incredible, dedicated people who are committed to the heath care of residents in O’Neill and our surrounding area,” Cork said.  “It truly has been a team effort; one that has over the years, included the Sisters of St. Francis of Denver, the Benedictine and Presentation Sisters, Avera Health, local board members, community leaders, hospital volunteers, medical staff and over 290 hospital employees.  These people have given generously of their time and talent enabling our staff to administer quality care to the many patients seeking care from our facility.  This team will continue to move Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital forward for years to come.  To all of them I give my heartfelt thanks.”
During his time at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital, Cork has overseen two major facility expansions, the purchase of 20 properties to allow for expansion on site, and the growth of staff from 70 to 290 in order to accommodate the changes.  Prior to serving at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital, Cork was the CEO for hospitals in Marion, Kan.; Sterling, Colo.; Fairbanks, Alaska; and Hot Springs, S.D. 
In retirement, Cork said he looks forward to spending more time with his wife, Vicki, their three grown children and their spouses and five grandchildren.  

Farmers Ranchers Cooperative Announces Plans for a 2nd Feed Mill Addition

08/19/15 04:41 PM

Farmers Ranchers Cooperative’s Board of Directors has given approval for a $17.3 million Feed Mill addition to be located next to the existing Feed Mill in Ainsworth, NE.

From Ron Heerten - Chairman of the Board:
“The Board of Directors is confident that demand is there for F/R feed products with a history of volume growth at our existing mill and with closings of other mill facilities in the region. There is a feed team in place that has the vision, ability, commitment, and proven record to make this project a success. Our co-op has a record of solid local earnings that make this expansion possible at this time.

The Board feels like this project is in the best long term interests of current and future customers, owners, and our entire community. After much consideration we have unanimously approved moving forward with this expansion project.”

The new Feed Mill addition will consist of a mill tower, five ton mixer, 2 four hundred horsepower pellet mills and two state of the art dryers. This will allow Farmers Ranchers to increase production by an additional 40 ton per hour.

From Rocky Sheehan – Feed Division Manager
“The existing mill, while in good condition, is 37 years old. With our service and quality of feed, there has been more demand for our products in an expanding trade territory. Thanks to Bill Worden, Feed Mill Operations Manager, and the rest of our feed team, we have experienced tremendous success. Due to increased demand, we have been running 24 hours per day during the peak of the season. This expansion will make us more efficient.”

The general contractor for the Feed Mill expansion will be EBM Construction of Norfolk, NE. Financing will be provided by CHS Capital of Inver Grove Heights, MN. The project will start this fall and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2016.

From Kent Taylor - CEO
“The co-op has a respected history of being an important part of our customers’ success. We are excited to enter this new era for Farmers Ranchers Co-op. This Feed Mill project will allow us to continue to live up to our vision: ‘EARN the position of being FIRST choice for Ag Producers in our expanding territory.’”

Farmers Ranchers Cooperative serves producers and residents of the region with divisions in Agronomy, Feed, and Energy.

O'Neill Community Foundation Fund Spotlight: OHS Weight Room

08/19/15 04:34 PM

The OHS wrestling room was part of the weight room improvement project.

The O'Neill Community Foundation Fund continues to spotlight the projects they have helped support over their 10 years.

The O’Neill Community Foundation Fund knows how important the education systems are in our community, which is why several grants have been made to both of our schools.  A more recent project, the O’Neill Public School Athletic Performance Center, was put to good use this year during the District Wrestling Tournament.

In 2013, the OCFF granted $2,000 to the campaign to finish building the new weight room facility at the O’Neill High School.  The facility provided more room for equipment allowing for the school to better serve their students and athletes as well as O’Neill residents that utilize the weight room.

As the O’Neill Community Foundation Fund looks back on their ten years of grant giving, they are especially proud to support our excellent education systems.  Those systems help build strong, healthy families, which help our community thrive.

O'Neill Fire Department Respond To Fire, Truck Engulfed In Flames

08/19/15 01:31 PM
The O'Neill Fire Department was called to the Brown Transfer facility at approximately 10:20 last evening for a truck on fire. On arrival a 2005 international truck owned by Brown transfer was found totally engulfed in flames. The fire department quickly put out the fire with little damage to the cargo trailer attached. The fire department was on scene for about 30 minutes before returning to the fire hall.

The truck was a total loss.

Antelope County Man Receives Prison Sentence

08/18/15 11:50 AM

According to Holt County Attorney Brent Kelly, on August 8th, Jacob J. Grim, a 23 year old Antelope County man was sentenced by the Holt County District Court to a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years in prison.  Grim was convicted of burglarizing a building in North O’Neill in early 2011.  Grim was originally sentenced to a term of probation. His probation was revoked following proceedings initiated by the Department of Probation and the Holt County Attorney’s Office.

County Attorney Brent Kelly commented “While I hate to see a young man, with a young family, receive a lengthy prison sentence, we simply have to take a hard line on thieves and burglars in our county.  By repeatedly breaking the rules, and by not honoring his agreement to follow the terms and conditions of his probation, Mr. Grim put himself in a very unfortunate position.  I hope his case will serve as a reminder to other probationers that they need to take their obligations very seriously.”

Funk Named As Finalist for National FFA Award

08/14/15 10:19 AM
photo and story courtesy of

A Pope John graduate was recently named one of four finalists for a national FFA award.

Brandon Funk of the Elgin FFA was selected as a finalist for the National FFA Proficiency Award in Grain Production - Placement. Brandon is the son of Ron and Angela Funk of rural Clearwater and a 2015 graduate of Pope John Central Catholic High School. He is a member of the Elgin FFA Chapter.

Brandon is one of only four people chosen to compete for this award at the national finals held Oct. 28 during the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky. The proficiency awards recognize outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience. 

The Grain Production - Placement Award is one of 49 proficiency program areas FFA members can participate in to develop valuable experience and leadership skills at the local, state and national levels. 

Brandon became eligible for the national award after winning the Nebraska state FFA competition earlier this year. This award is sponsored by CF Industries, Inc., as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. In recognition of being a finalist, each of the four finalists received a plaque and $500. 

The national winner of the Grain Production - Placement Award will receive an additional $500 during a special ceremony at the national FFA convention.

The original story can be found here.

USDA Invests In Local Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

08/13/15 02:55 PM
WASHINGTON, August 10, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced $63 million in loans and grants for 264 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide that USDA is supporting through its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
"This funding will have far-reaching economic and environmental impacts nationwide, particularly in rural communities," Vilsack said. "Investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects supports home-grown energy sources, creates jobs, reduces greenhouse gas pollution and helps usher in a more secure energy future for the nation."
Fifteen Nebraska projects have been selected for funding.  The projected energy savings from these projects is equivalent to the amount required to power 219 homes.  
Projects in the KBRX area include:
Antelope County
Gustman, Michael O. – Plainview - $14,985 – Replaced two diesel irrigation motors with more efficient electric motors.
Nielsen, Timothy S. – Creighton - $12,791 – Replaced two diesel irrigation motors with electric motors.
Knox County
Smith, Brian – Orchard - $11,102 – Replaced three diesel irrigation motors with electric motors.
Funding for the projects is contingent upon the recipients meeting the terms of the grant or loan agreement.
Eligible agricultural producers and rural small businesses may use REAP funds to make energy efficiency improvements or install renewable energy systems, including solar, wind, renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters), small hydroelectric, ocean energy, hydrogen, and geothermal.

Work to Begin on N-12 East & West of Bristow

08/12/15 04:13 PM
     Weather permitting, construction work is scheduled to begin the week of August 17 on
N-12, beginning at the N-12/US-281 intersection east of Spencer and extending 9.4 miles to Lynch, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.
     Werner Construction Co. of Hastings, Nebraska, has the $2,507,542 contract for millingthe existing asphalt surfacing and placing a four-inch asphaltic concrete overlay. Additionally, guardrail will be removed at several locations and roadway foreslopes will be constructed. Erosion control measures will include the placement of rock riprap at several drainage structures.
     Traffic will be maintained during construction with the use of flaggers and a pilot car. Load widths greater than 11 feet will not be permitted through the project. The anticipated completion date is early November.
     The Department of Roads' project engineer is H. Gene Colfack of O'Neill. Motorists are urged to use caution while driving through highway work zones and to remember that speeding fines are doubled when workers are present.

Pioneer Farm Families Honored At Holt County Fair

08/10/15 08:34 PM
All Photos Courtesy of Silver Star Photography by Amber Shane 

Four families were honored with the AKSARBEN Pioneer Farm Award before the Friday night rodeo at the Holt County Fair in Chambers.

Pioneer Farm Families have an upstanding dedication to agriculture by owning their family farm land for over 100 years. Don Schmaderer of Stuart, representing the AKSARBEN Foundation presented the awards.

Don & Marlene Dexter & Family
The Dexter Farm
W.T. Dexter came to Holt County from Clarks, Nebraska, on a horse.  He applied for a homestead of 640 acres. He had to prove up on the homestead by planting pine trees and cottonwood trees. He built a sod house in 1906 where he lived until he built a frame house in 1916. He met his wife, Emma Burrell, of Chambers, Nebraska. To this marriage seven children were born, Beulah, Raymond, Hazel, Opal, Leonard, Roland and Don Dexter. Raymond and Leonard bought adjacent land to the homestead where they married and raised their families. Don and his wife, Marlene, still live on the original homestead where three sons were born, Larry, Ronnie and Bradley. Brad and his wife, Jane, also live on the homestead.

Representative of the Vitt Farm
The Fred & Mary Vitt Farm
Six quarters of land consisting of a total of 960 acres werwe acquired by Fred Vitt between the years of 1899 and 1912. He owned all of the property until his death in 1949. On April 7, 1949 Louis Vitt (Fred’s son) inherited some or all of the home place where Louis lived. At the time of Fred’s death, the remainder of the property passed to Fred’s wife Mary. Mary Vitt died in 1962 and the property passed to her nine surviving children, including a 1/9th interest to Louis Vitt. On January 0, 1966, a Land Contract was recorded whereby Louis Vitt purchased the 8/9th interest belonging to Fred and Mary Vitt’s children. In 1976, Louis Vitt gifted land to his daughter, Regina Bigelow (now Olsen) and land to his daughter Mardelle Dennis. Louis Vitt died in 1989 and all remaining property (640 acres) passed to his two daughters named above. All 960 acres remained in the names of Regina Bigelow and Mardelle Dennis until they sold 26 acres in 2000. Therefore, 934 acres of the original 960 acres acquired by Fred Vitt between 1899 and 1912 have been in the Vitt Family for over 100 years.

Arnold & Sharon Hall & Family
Herman Kornock Farm Now Arnold/Sharon & Virginia Hall Farm
The current homestead of 480 acres occupied by Arnold and Sharon Hall has roots to the Homestead Act of 1880. A Daniel C. Harrison filed on 120 acres on June 24, 1884. Herman Kornock, father of Olga Kornock Hall, mother of Arnold Hall, purchased the 120 acres from an estate for $3000 on November 6, 1914. 40 acres was deeded to an Erwin Hunter from the United States on October 29, 1886 and purchased for $50 by Herman Kornock on March 2, 1914. 120 acres was deeded to George W. Lower on September 13, 1889. The Homestead Act allowed an additional 160 acres adjacent to the first claim and Mr. Lower filed on September 30, 1889. Herman Kornock who immigrated from Germany and lived in Cummings County, Nebraska purchased the 320 acres on March 2, 1914. Arnold Hall’s parents, George and Olga Hall moved to the farm the spring of 1948 after Herman Kornock moved to a house in Orchard, Nebraska. Herman Kornock died I 1956. George and Olga purchased the farm from Olga’s siblings on November 7, 1947 for $34,800. The current house was built in 1965. Memories as a child were on the farm in the spring of 1949 after the big blizzard. People were unable to feed the livestock or purchase supplies from town. The Corps of Engineers traveled from farm to farm opening roads and feed supplies with a snowplow on machines named weasels. The huge snow piles were a momentous event for a five year old. They had several tractors which included H & M Farmalls. They also had two teams of matched work horses and one team of mules plus three or four riding horses. In 2014 the farm will reach the 100 year mark in the same family.

(Back-left to right) Brenna, Theo and Eric Kohle and Family
The Kohle Farm
The farm was homesteaded by Henry Shald in 1884. Hubert Kohle Sr. bought it April 10, 1903. Over the years many acres were taken out for school house, railway right of way and highway right of way. The farm passed to Hubert Jr. and Kate Kohle in 1935. The quarter was split by Highway 20 in 1026. George and Theo Kohle bought it in 1961 and lived there until 2008. It was then sold to Eric and Brenna Kohle in 2010 who are the present owners.

Digital Citizenship Program For Students & Public Aug. 27 At O'Neill High School

08/10/15 02:35 PM

    Karen Haase will be in O'Neill August 27

Thursday, August 27, Karen Haase from KSB School Law in Lincoln, Nebraska will be on the O’Neill High School campus where she will discuss Digital Citizenship with O’Neill Public School students in grades 5-12 throughout the day.

Then the evening of August 27 at 7:00 pm Ms. Haase will also be offering parent/public digital citizenship program in the O’Neill High School Gymnasium.  All parents in the community are highly encouraged to attend this program, which will last approximately one hour.

Karen Haase practices exclusively in the area of education law. Currently, her firm represents a variety of public school districts and other educational institutions across Nebraska. 

During her presentations on Digital Citizenship, Ms. Hasse will discuss cyber bullying, sexting, and Internet safety with students, staff and parents. Karen will use humor, statistics, summaries of real-life cases, and criminal consequences attached to the inappropriate use of social media. She will also present some of the frightening results that students who ignore Internet safety have faced.

Both parents and students are welcome to attend as Karen discusses the importance of digital citizenship.

Man Accused Of Stealing Cattle In Knox County Faces Felony Charges

08/10/15 06:49 AM

BLOOMFIELD, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man accused of stealing cattle faces multiple felony charges in Knox County.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that 44-year-old Timothy Ketelsen of Bloomfield is accused of stealing cattle on at least five different occasions since November. Authorities say he sometimes enlisted his sons, ages 16 and 14, to help him load steers onto trailers at night. According to authorities, Ketelson sold the cattle at various markets.

Ketelson faces charges including two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child, felony illegal sale of livestock and six counts of felony theft.

Work to Begin on US-20 Between O'Neill and Atkinson

08/07/15 03:47 PM

Weather permitting, construction work is scheduled to begin the week of August 10 on US-20, beginning at the east edge of Atkinson and extending 16.6 miles to O'Neill, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.

Monarch Oil of Omaha, Nebraska, has the $736,475 contract for microsurfacing the roadway and applying a fog seal to the asphalt shoulders. Traffic will be maintained during construction with the use of flaggers and a pilot vehicle. The work is anticipated to be completed by the end of August.

The Department of Roads' project engineer is H. Gene Colfack of O'Neill. Motorists are urged to use caution while driving through highway work zones and to remember that speeding fines are doubled when workers are present.

Law Enforcement Recovers Stolen Property and Controlled Substances in Searches

08/07/15 11:29 AM
The following is a press release from the Office of the Holt County Attorney. 
Beginning the evening of August 5th, and into the late morning hours of August 6th, a team of law enforcement officers led by the Holt County Sheriff conducted a series of successive searches in Holt and Antelope Counties in an effort to recover property stolen in recent burglaries.  The team included elements from the Holt County Sheriff’s Department, O’Neill Police Department, Atkinson Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, Valley County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska Game and Parks, and the Holt County Attorney’s Office.  Eight separate searches were conducted which resulted in the recovery of an estimated $30,000 of stolen property as well as the seizure of various types and quantities of suspected controlled substances.  Two arrests were made without incident, and at least one arrest is still pending.

If you have been the victim of a theft or burglary that has already been reported, a law enforcement representative will contact you in the coming days.  If you have been the victim of a theft or burglary that has not been reported, make a report to law enforcement immediately.  Now that the stolen property has been recovered, officials must begin the work of matching up each item of property with its true owner.  At this time the recovered property is suspected to be tied to crimes in at least three counties in Nebraska and one in South Dakota.

Blue Dolphins Swim Team Finishes Season and Presents Awards

08/06/15 09:47 AM

The thirty-three swimmers that belong to the Blue Dolphin Swim Team saw their season come to an end for this summer. The team was coached by Rahtaya Young.

Twenty-four of the team’s swimmers participated in the two day James River Valley Conference Championship, held in Armour, South Dakota, July 18th and July 19th.

Individual awards presented during the awards ceremony on Sunday at the Championship meet were earned by:
Blake Parks (10), First Place in Boys 10 & Under.
Mikyla Grenier (12), Second place in Girls 11 & 12.
Spencer Davis (14), First Place in Boys 13 & 14.
Claire Everitt (15), Fourth Place in Girls 15 & 16.
Karissa Nichols (15) Third Place in the Girls Open.
Ally Sedlacek (11) Fourth Place in the Girls Open.

Swimming for the O’Neill Blue Dolphins this year were:
Kamry Neptune of Atkinson.
Sena Essink, Katharina Rice, and Maycee Zimmerer; all of Creighton.
Kirsten Adams of Orchard.
Kaleb Asche, Samantha Asche, Sam Carstens, Sable Davis, Spencer Davis, Claire Everitt, Nikki Gotschall, James Grenier, Mikyla Grenier, Aurora Heiss, Turner Heiss, Emily Jacques, Tayte Jussel, Allie Krotter, Wreece Liewer, Zuri Moore, Savannah Morrow, Schuylar Morrow, Karissa Nichols, Bethany Owens, Alivia Parks, Blake Parks, Ashley Pischel, Remington Risinger, Autumn Schaecher, Ally Sedlacek, Sarah Turpin, Spencer Turpin; all of O’Neill.

At the team awards celebration, Coach Rahtaya Young presented the following awards:
Female Swimmer of the Year was awarded to Ally Sedlacek.
Male Swimmer of the Year was awarded to Spencer Davis.
TeamMate and Leadership Award was awarded to Allie Krotter.
Female Most Improved was awarded to Aurora Heiss and Schuylar Morrow.
Male most Improved was awarded to Tayte Jussel.
Rookie of the Year was awarded to Autumn Schaecher and Maycee Zimmerer.
All-Out Awards were given to Mikyla Grenier and Blake Parks.

Spencer Davis and Ally Sedlacek, Male and Female Swimmers of the Year

The Blue Dolphin Swim Team participated in eight other swim meets with all of those meets being held in south central South Dakota communities, with the exception of two meets hosted by O’Neill. The team is looking forward to the 2016 season.

Holt County TeamMates Gala To Be Held August 30th

08/05/15 11:37 AM

The 4th annual Holt County TeamMates Tailgate Gala will be held on Sunday, August 30th at the O’Neill Community Center. The event will celebrate the past year’s successes and raise funds to support new matches and upcoming events. Social hour will start at 6 PM and dinner at 6:30 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.

The keynote speaker for the evening will be Ricky Simmons. The former Cornhusker and NFL football player gives a riveting presentation of his compelling story. From the NFL to prison, he talks candidly and openly about his struggles with substance abuse. He throws himself under the bus to educate about the dangers of substance abuse and re-entry into society after hitting bottom, in his case, prison. He also speaks to the power of mentorship and how it can turn lives around.

Counselor and motivational speaker Ricky Simmons

Learn more about the TeamMates program by attending this motivational event. Tickets are $15 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. For more information about Holt County TeamMates visit or

Fall Turkey Permits Available For Purchase Beginning August 10

08/05/15 09:11 AM

LINCOLN – Hunters may begin purchasing fall turkey permits Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. Central Time. Permits will be available at and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission permitting offices.

A fall turkey permit is valid statewide and allows a hunter to harvest two turkeys of either sex with a shotgun or archery equipment. Each hunter may have up to two permits. There is no minimum age requirement for youth.

Turkey permits cost, not including an issuing fee, $23 for residents, $95 for nonresidents, $11.50 for resident landowners, $47.50 for nonresident landowners and $5 for resident or nonresident youth age 15 and younger. A $20 Habitat Stamp, with some exceptions, is required. 

The fall turkey season is Sept. 15-Jan. 31, 2016.

For more information about turkey hunting in Nebraska, read the 2015 Turkey Guide at Visit to find a list of Hunter Education classes.

O'Neill Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day Raises Money For Hospitals

08/02/15 07:38 PM

Miracle Treat Day was held on Thursday, August 30 at Dairy Queen in O’Neill.  Dairy Queen Owner George Holm reported to KBRX that the support from our area is overwhelming and as a result of Blizzard Sales on Miracle Treat Day, the O’Neill Dairy Queen store will be donating approximately $600 each to Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in O’Neill and to Children’s Hospital in Omaha.  The staff at Dairy Queen appreciates their customers!!

NECC Prepares To Move Into New O'Neill Facility

08/02/15 07:29 PM

O’NEILL – With construction coming to a close and classes beginning in less than a month, faculty and staff at Northeast Community College are beginning the process of moving into a new extended campus facility in O’Neill. Classes will begin in the College’s new operation at 505 East Highway 20 on Monday, August 24. They were previously held in a former elementary school building the College has used for a number of years at 409 East Adams Street.

Merri Schneider, director of the extended campus in O’Neill, said the present office on Adams Street will close for the last time on Monday, August 10, at 5 p.m., in order to move some equipment and supplies to the new building. The new building will open on Wednesday, August 12, at 8 a.m.

“We will be busy moving our operations from one building to another and plan to make the transition by Wednesday, August 12. I cannot stress enough how important it is for students to register for fall classes with the new academic year less than a month away. These students will be part of history as they will be among the first to take classes in the new building.”
Schneider said an advisor will be available at the new extended campus on August 12 for student registration and advising.

Northeast Community College’s new 15,075 square foot extended campus facility in O’Neill has state-of-the-art classrooms, high technology computers, advanced health and science labs, and an attached technical training wing that will accommodate welding, industrial, and agriculture-related courses.

Schneider said in addition to offering college transfer course work, Northeast will provide a variety of non-credit workshops and classes such as business, computers, supervision, regulatory, compliance, and personal interest, as well as technical skill training in a number of different areas. Adult education, GED, and English as a Second Language will be offered too. 
Northeast has leased the former elementary school building from the O’Neill Public Schools since 1998. Schneider said the College values its relationship with the school district in how it has supported Northeast.

“We can’t say enough about Superintendent Amy Shane and her staff while we have operated out of the current facility and now as we transition to our new facilities. Over these past 17-years, the O’Neill Public School District has been very accommodating in allowing us to bring higher education to our constituents in the region. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the district and will be forever grateful for its support.”     
“Our constituents are excited as we are about to open our new extended campus,” Schneider said. “We regularly attract students from a 75 mile radius and this new extended campus will be so convenient for a wide range of people. Everywhere I go, I meet people who are thrilled the College is expanding its presence in its western service area – allowing them to be able to take additional classes while being so close to home.”

A dedication ceremony and open house will be held at the new extended campus on Tuesday, September 8th from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

New Options For Nebraska Hunter Education

08/02/15 07:16 PM

New options are available for people who want to become certified in hunter education in Nebraska. These options are designed to make the course accessible to more people.
There now are two certification options for both firearm and bowhunter education for each of two age groups.
People age 11 to 15 may complete hunter education (firearm or bow) either by taking a traditional 10-hour classroom course or by taking an online course followed by participation in a two-hour Hunt Safe Session.
People age 16 and older may take a 10-hour classroom course or take an online course. Participation in a Hunt Safe Session is optional for this age group.
The Hunt Safe sessions are designed to make hunter education more convenient and easily accessible for new hunters statewide. To register for a session, visit our website.

Suspect In Shooting On Wagner's Main Street Arrested

07/31/15 08:30 AM

WAGNER, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man accused of shooting another man in Wagner earlier this month.

The Charles Mix County Sheriff's Office says a SWAT team acting on a tip arrested 33-year-old Joseph Bruguier in Sioux Falls on Thursday afternoon. It was not immediately clear if he had attorney representation.

Authorities earlier had issued an arrest warrant for Bruguier, after a July 1 incident in which 22-year-old Donovan Patterson was shot in the stomach during an altercation on Wagner's Main Street that involved about half a dozen people.

Authorities said Patterson's injury was not life-threatening.

Gov. Ricketts Sends Letter to President Obama Urging Approval of Keystone XL

07/27/15 02:56 PM

Lincoln – 
Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that his office sent a letter to President Barack Obama in support of the Keystone XL pipeline project. In his letter, the Governor urged the Obama Administration to issue a permit for the pipeline:
“Like many other Nebraskans, I support the revised route and the construction of the pipeline; however, you alone have the power to approve this important infrastructure project that will bring good-paying jobs and much-needed tax revenue to Nebraska counties during construction and for years to come. Consequently, I urge you to issue a Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.”
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