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Education Sessions To Be Held In Area For New Ag Sales Tax Exemption


10/22/14 01:41 PM

LINCOLN - As a result of LB96 and effective October 1, 2014, sales of all repair and replacement parts used to repair agricultural machinery and equipment used in commercial agriculture are exempt from sales and use taxes.  

The Nebraska Department of Revenue is offering 1-hour seminars on this major legislative change in our area.  Please note the date and locations below and that you do need to pre-register for the session you are attending by calling the number associated with each site.
  • November 13, 2014 10:00 am at the Shamrock Livestock Market Cafe in O'Neill.  Pre-register by calling 402-336-2355
  • November 13, 2014  6:30 pm at the Boyd County Senior Center in Spencer. Pre-register by calling 402-589-1291
  • November 24, 2014  2:00 pm at the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce in Norfolk.  Pre-register by calling 402-371-4862

Chambers Band To Compete At Bandmasters Saturday In Kearney


10/22/14 09:08 AM

Chambers High School Band
 
KEARNEY – More than 1,000 band members from 20 Nebraska high schools will compete in the Nebraska State Bandmaster Association Marching Contest on Saturday (Oct. 25) at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and from the KBRX area the Chambers High School Band will compete.

Participating bands will perform at Foster Field.  The Chambers High School Band will compete Saturday at 3:00 pm.  The awards ceremony will be at 9:00 pm.

Judges will rate the bands based on individual musical performance, ensemble musical performance, individual visual performance, ensemble visual performance, visual general effect and music general effect.

Percussion and auxiliary judges will provide comments for each band.

Each band will receive a score based on a total of 100 possible points. The final score is the total of the music score, visual score divided in half and the two effect scores. 

Verdigre Man In Custody After Shooting


10/21/14 03:25 PM

A Knox County man is in custody after police responded to a report of a shooting in Verdigre on Monday morning. Officers from the Knox County Sheriff's Office and Verdigre Police were called to 620 Main Street in Verdigre, where 66-year-old Linda O. Privett was pronounced dead at the scene. Sixty-six year-old Phillip Privett was taken into custody by the officers. He is the only suspect.

An autopsy is to be performed by Douglas County Coroner physicians on Tuesday. The Knox County Sheriff's Office will provide more information after the autopsy is completed.
 

Beef Outlook And Tax Management Workshop To Be October 28 In O'Neill


10/21/14 03:22 PM
Beef producers are invited to attend a “Beef Outlook and Tax Management” Workshop to be held at the Holt County Extension Office Meeting Room on Tuesday, October 28th from 12 Noon until 3 pm.  Major topics will deal with tax management tips to deal with above average income from both higher livestock prices, and income from the Livestock Forage Disaster Program payments.  In addition, an outlook on current prices and trends in the cattle industry will be discussed.

Speakers will include Anthony Barrett, with Nebraska Farm Business Inc, and Jim Jansen, UNL Extension Ag Economist.  The workshop will begin with a meal at noon, and will include copies of all information covered.

There will be a $10 registration fee for the program.  Please register with the Holt County Extension Office prior to the meeting for meal numbers at 402-336-2760 or to Gary Stauffer at gstauffer1@unl.edu.  Workshops will also be held at Ainsworth from 5-8 pm that evening, and at Burwell on November 3 from 11am-2 pm.

Area V Range Judging Competition Held, Area Teams Do Well


10/21/14 02:52 PM
​ Conserving native range resources and teaching other to do the same is a long standing tradition in Nebraska. In 1965 a group of people associated with the Nebraska chapter of Society for Range Management began what is now known as the Nebraska Range Judging Contest. The contest today is open to youth and adults who have an interest in range management. There are 6 local contests held around the state allowing an opportunity for all youth and adults in the state to participate and increase their knowledge in range management. The Area V local contest for 2014 was held near Page, NE on Thursday September 18th. The contest had its record number of participants with 17 FFA chapter participating with 237 Juniors (Freshman-Sophomore), 179 Seniors (Juniors-Senior) and 8 Adults/Pros totaling 424 participants. The first place junior and senior teams and high point individuals win purple rosette ribbons while the next three placing’s receive corresponding ribbons. Additionally, the top 25% receive participation ribbons. Although the ribbons are a trophy, the students work very hard to earn, those responsible for the contests feel the real prize is in what the students learn about range management, the legacy that is passed on, and the pride they develop in their state and the future of its resources. Everyone who participates at the local contest is eligible to participate at the state completion held September 25, 2014 at Curtis, NE. A thank you to all the local Natural Resource Districts, Natural Resource Conversation Service and Holt County Extension Office for coordinating and hosting the contest. A special thank you goes out to Tim Wells for allowing the competition to take place on his land. Without the cooperation of landowners like Tim we would not be able to put on such a great contest Below are the winners for the Area 5 contest. Junior Team 1st Place – Wheeler Central Chase Hoffschneider Connor Croxen Zane Patrick Neleigh Gehl 2nd Place – West Holt Jake Judge Emma Liable Seth Wentworth Brent Lemmer 3rd Place – Wheeler Central Ethan Naughtin Derek Mahoney Logan Pelster Talli Pokorny 4th Place – West Holt Colby Deseive Breydon Mlady Will Thiele Megan Bilstein Senior Team 1st Place – West Holt Paige Mitchell Troy Childress Evan Laible Jacob Tasler 2nd Place – West Holt Riley Bilstein Kyle Linders Kassidy Jelinek Aaron Seger 3rd Place – Elgin Jon Meis Tanner Welding Trey Raum Dylan Widger 4th Place – Rock County Paige Bruns Chris Coulter Kara Bruns Andrew Hollenbeck Junior Individual 1st Place – Chase Hoffschneider-Wheeler Central 2nd Place – Jake Judge-West Holt 3rd Place – Elianne Heilhecker-Elgin 4th Place – Mason Hale-West Holt Participation – Top 25% Chambers – Patrick Tomjack, Landon Crabree Elgin – Miles Schrage, Callile Krebs, Chad Bode, Liz Selting, Grace Henn, Lydia Behnk, Cole Presiter, Kelsey Welding, Taylor Sehi, Marie Meis, Zoey Bergman Fullerton – Michaela Cunningham, Katie Voichahoske, Cody Hambelton Rock County – Rachel Stewart, Schuyler Ford, Megan Erickson, Rachael Calvo, Jud Kuchera, Jaycee Fleming, Skylar Cosgrove, Jack Gale, Lexy Heyden Stuart – Peyton Alder, Alison Stracke Verdigre – Madisen Randa, Haylee Klawitter West Boyd – Ridge Higgin, Matthew Haun West Holt – Seth Hytrek, Colby Deseive, Breydon Mlady, Bailey Krause, Emma Laible, Bre Hostert, Caitlin Butterfield, Seth Wentworth, Janae Osborne, Brandon Jelinek, Emily Burk, Will Thiele, Eddie Fredrick Wheeler Central – Ethan Naughtin, Regan Dierks, Connor Croxen, Zane Patrick, Derek Mahoney, Neleigh Gehl, Carter Croxen, Logan Pelster, Aleesha Williams, Samuel Ita, Joey Reineke Senior Individual 1st Place – Riley Bilstein-West Holt 2nd Place – Paige Mitchell-West Holt 3rd Place – Hollie Morton-Rock County 4th Place – Seth Wetovick-Fullerton Participation – Top 25% Central Valley – Bryce Wood, EJ Graff Chambers – Donna Libolt, Dawn Klabense, Kacie Gribble, Levi Koenig, Jacob Green Elgin – Jon Meis, Tanner Welding, Trey Raum, Karissa Dicke, Taven Cameron, Dylan Behnk, Morgan Carpenter Fullerton – Jacob Robinson, Garrett Sonderup, TJ Ostransky Riverside – Fina Choat Rock County – Paige Bruns, Quinton Shaw, Chris Coulter, Kara Bruns, Katie Nolles, Andrew Hollenbeck, Gareth Giles, Katrina Clay Valentine – Dan Cox West Boyd – Matthew Reiser, Wyatt Boettcher, Jory Carson West Holt – Kyle Linders, Troy Childress, Evan Laible, Jacob Tasler, Lindy Woita, Kassidy Jelinek, Aaron Seger, Taylor Deseive Wheeler Central – Robyn Ita, Kodi Gehl Adults/Pro 1st Place – Jerome Englehaupt-West Boyd 2nd Place – Kelly Guggenmos-Wheeler Central 3rd Place – Monte Larsen-Stuart 4th Place – David Gibbens-West Holt

NPPD To Hold Hearings In Area On Proposed R-Project Transmission Line


10/21/14 11:53 AM
Columbus, Neb. – A series of eight public hearings on Nebraska Public Power District’s R-Project 345,000-Volt Transmission Line are scheduled to be held during the first two weeks of November. The hearings will be held in eight counties where the line route has been selected, with each meeting having a one-hour open house prior to the formal hearing.
 
NPPD plans to construct approximately 220 miles of transmission line from the District’s Gerald Gentleman Station, south of Sutherland, to a new substation to be constructed in Holt County. Besides the new substation in Holt County, a new substation will also be built at a location near Thedford. NPPD has not determined a final line route for the project.
 
This new transmission line will help enhance operation of NPPD’s electric transmission system, relieve congestion from existing lines within the transmission system, and provide additional opportunities for development of renewable energy projects.
 
The public hearings will be held at various locations November 4, 6, 10, and 12. The following schedule has been shared with landowners along the final route:
Tuesday, November 4 – Logan County Fairgrounds, 71 Highway 83, Stapleton; open house from noon to 1 p.m.; public hearing from 1 to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, November 4 – Holiday Inn Express, 300 Frontage Road, North Platte; open house from 6 to 7 p.m.; public hearing from 7 to 9 p.m.
Thursday, November 6 – Thomas County Fairgrounds, 83861 Highway 83, Thedford; open house from noon to 1 p.m.; public hearing from 1 to 3 p.m.
Thursday, November 6 – Brewster Community Center, 250 Garfield Ave., Brewster; open house from 6 to 7 p.m.; public hearing from 7 to 9 p.m.
Monday, November 10  American Legion, 657 G Street, Burwell; open house from noon to 1 p.m.; public hearing from 1 to 3 p.m.
Monday, November 10 – Loup County Community Center, 406 4th Street, Taylor; open house from 6 to 7 p.m.; public hearing from 7 to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, November 12 – Wheeler Central High School (new gymnasium), 214 5th Street, Bartlett; open house from noon to 1 p.m.; public hearing from 1 to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, November 12 – Chambers Community Center, 107 E. Main Street, Chambers; open house from 6 to 7 p.m.; public hearing from 7 to 9 p.m.
 
The public hearing, required under Nebraska statutes, are conducted to present the proposed transmission project. A hearing officer will facilitate the hearing and a court reporter will be used to document all presentations by Nebraska Public Power District and landowner comments and questions.
 
The first part of the public hearing consists of presentations on the project by Nebraska Public Power District and its engineering consulting firm, Power Engineers. The topics will include the need for the project, engineering aspects, line route selection, and the easement acquisition process. Once that portion of the hearing is completed, the public will have an opportunity to speak.
 
Any individual can supply testimony or ask questions about the line project in two ways. One way is for the individual to speak from the podium, state their name and county where the property is located, and either present information that they feel is needed about the project, or ask questions about the project. Comment cards will also be available for landowners who prefer not to speak at the podium, but desire to make a statement or ask a question. The comment or question will be read aloud during the hearing.
 
Prior to each formal public hearing, NPPD will host a one hour open house similar to the previous three rounds that have been held since January of 2013. Again, this will be an opportunity for the public to provide additional information regarding their property or ask specific questions about the project. NPPD representatives will also be available following the public hearing to meet with landowners.
 
Once the public hearings have ended, a 30-day comment period begins and will conclude December 12, 2014. Shortly after that, NPPD will announce the final line route and begin meeting with landowners for right-of-entry to conduct activities on the property. The initial activities include conducting surveys of proposed easement areas and proceeding with appraisal work. After engineering is completed, right-of-way agents will meet with landowners to fully explain the project as it relates to their specific property and explain terms and conditions of the easement needed for the line. NPPD strives for fair and respectful treatment of affected landowners during the entire process.

O'Neill Assembly of God To Host "Trunk Or Treat" On October 31st


10/21/14 09:30 AM

Radio Shack Trunk Or Treat Last Year

The O'Neill Assembly of God will be hosting its 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the church, 204 North 7th Street. What is a "Trunk or Treat" event?  Picture this - a parking lot with backs of cars, trucks or vans decorated in a variety of fun themes.  Decorations may include anything from Huskers to Duck Dynasty themes or Western to restaurant themes, complete with games and treats.   It’s a fun and safe environment for children to enjoy the evening. There is room for lots more vehicles to be decorated!  If you are  interested in decorating a vehicle, or donating to the event, please contact Patty Durre at 402-340-0678 or call the church office at 402-336-2272, by Monday, October 27.

West Holt Medical Services is Equipped to Isolate a Patient


10/21/14 09:00 AM
 

ATKINSON — The Ebola virus has been in the news a great deal lately. West Holt Medical Services (WHMS) wants you to know that if the Ebola virus made its way to Atkinson, our staff would be equipped to isolate the patient until he/she is transferred to the Biocontainment Unit at Nebraska Medicine, formally known as the Nebraska Medical Center, located in Omaha.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Any U.S. hospital that is following CDC’s infection control recommendations and can isolate a patient in a private room is capable of safely managing a patient with [Ebola].” WHMS’s hospital rooms are all private. Although not necessary, WHMS’ staff would likely err on the side of caution and place a suspected Ebola patient in one of the hospital’s two negative pressure isolation private rooms.

Tom Hoover, WHMS’ Chief Nursing Officer, said “The hospital is monitoring the situation closely through reports from the CDC. The CDC’s guidelines would be adhered to if a case of Ebola did emerge in Atkinson.” Hoover continues, “We have policies and procedures for contact, standard, droplet and airborne infection concerns that we would apply to this virus just as we would for any other type of virus that we were concerned about contamination via blood or body fluids.”

Negative pressure isolation rooms continuously pull air out of the room through a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter, which cleans the air before exhausting it outside the building. Hoover said. “Anyone that enters the patient’s room wears a custom fitted N95 respirator mask along with non-permeable gowns, nitrile gloves and eye protection (goggles or face shield). Also, disposable blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes are among other items used in all highly-contagious situations.” Hoover continues, “We also post signs on the door about what kind of isolation, such as contact or droplet, the room is being used for. It’s just another level of safety we provide for our patients as well as others.”

Patients presenting to the emergency room or medical clinic are assessed if the patient has had potential exposure from traveling to a country with widespread Ebola transmission, been in contact with someone that has traveled to a country with widespread Ebola or having contact with an Ebola patient before illness onset. If the patient has had potential exposure, West Holt Medical Services will immediately isolate the patient and will collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the North Central District Health Department.

Ebola is NOT spread through casual contact, air, water, or food grown or legally purchased in the United States. Ebola can only be spread to others after symptoms begin. Symptoms can begin 2 – 21 days after exposure. Symptoms can include: fever, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, muscle pain and unexplained bleeding or bruising. If a person does not have symptoms, they are not contagious. In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms or has died from the disease.

For more information about Ebola you can follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CDC, Twitter www.twitter.com/CDCgov or visit www.cdc.gov.
 

Northeast Speech Team Ropes In Another Win With Help From Ewing & Chambers Grads


10/20/14 09:26 AM

Alexa Farewell
NORFOLK - The Northeast Community College speech team captured 12 trophies at its most recent tournament. The Hawks competed in the 2014 Pioneer Trails Tournament, hosted by Casper College in Casper, WY, this past weekend.
Freshman Jasmine Phander, Ewing, took first place in dramatic interpretation and in prose interpretation and place third and fifth in duo interpretation. Freshman Tim Browning, Bancroft, claimed 3rd in duo interpretation.
Sophomore Drew Sempek, Stromsburg, had a second place finish in duo interpretation and fifth in duo and in prose interpretation. Sophomore Joe Lose, Kansas City, MO, took second in duo interpretation and third in prose. Sophomore Musa Fofana, Serrkunda, The Gambia, placed third in poetry interpretation and fourth in impromptu speaking.
Meanwhile, Terry Nelson, Northeast speech coach, said the team has welcomed a new competitor, Alexa Farewell, a freshman from Chambers.
The Hawks will compete next in the Halloween Swing tournament at the University of Nebraska at Omaha on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26. Doane College will serve as a co-host.  

NPPD Sets Dates For Public Hearings on R-Project Line


10/20/14 08:59 AM
 

Columbus, Neb. – A series of eight public hearings on Nebraska Public Power District’s R-Project 345,000-Volt Transmission Line are scheduled to be held during the first two weeks of November. The hearings will be held in eight counties where the line route has been selected, with each meeting having a one-hour open house prior to the formal hearing.

NPPD plans to construct approximately 220 miles of transmission line from the District’s Gerald Gentleman Station, south of Sutherland, to a new substation to be constructed in Holt County. Besides the new substation in Holt County, a new substation will also be built at a location near Thedford. NPPD has not determined a final line route for the project.

This new transmission line will help enhance operation of NPPD’s electric transmission system, relieve congestion from existing lines within the transmission system, and provide additional opportunities for development of renewable energy projects.

The public hearings will be held at various locations November 4, 6, 10, and 12. Here are the locations near or in the KBRX area:
Thursday, November 6 – Brewster Community Center, 250 Garfield Ave., Brewster; open house from 6 to 7 p.m.; public hearing from 7 to 9 p.m.
Monday, November 10  American Legion, 657 G Street, Burwell; open house from noon to 1 p.m.; public hearing from 1 to 3 p.m.
Monday, November 10 – Loup County Community Center, 406 4th Street, Taylor; open house from 6 to 7 p.m.; public hearing from 7 to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, November 12 – Wheeler Central High School (new gymnasium), 214 5th Street, Bartlett; open house from noon to 1 p.m.; public hearing from 1 to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, November 12 – Chambers Community Center, 107 E. Main Street, Chambers; open house from 6 to 7 p.m.; public hearing from 7 to 9 p.m.

The public hearing, required under Nebraska statutes, are conducted to present the proposed transmission project. A hearing officer will facilitate the hearing and a court reporter will be used to document all presentations by Nebraska Public Power District and landowner comments and questions.

The first part of the public hearing consists of presentations on the project by Nebraska Public Power District and its engineering consulting firm, Power Engineers. The topics will include the need for the project, engineering aspects, line route selection, and the easement acquisition process. Once that portion of the hearing is completed, the public will have an opportunity to speak.

Any individual can supply testimony or ask questions about the line project in two ways. One way is for the individual to speak from the podium, state their name and county where the property is located, and either present information that they feel is needed about the project, or ask questions about the project. Comment cards will also be available for landowners who prefer not to speak at the podium, but desire to make a statement or ask a question. The comment or question will be read aloud during the hearing.

Prior to each formal public hearing, NPPD will host a one hour open house similar to the previous three rounds that have been held since January of 2013. Again, this will be an opportunity for the public to provide additional information regarding their property or ask specific questions about the project. NPPD representatives will also be available following the public hearing to meet with landowners.

Once the public hearings have ended, a 30-day comment period begins and will conclude December 12, 2014. Shortly after that, NPPD will announce the final line route and begin meeting with landowners for right-of-entry to conduct activities on the property. The initial activities include conducting surveys of proposed easement areas and proceeding with appraisal work. After engineering is completed, right-of-way agents will meet with landowners to fully explain the project as it relates to their specific property and explain terms and conditions of the easement needed for the line. NPPD strives for fair and respectful treatment of affected landowners during the entire process.

Note: Additional information on the R-Project including newsletters and a map of the proposed and alternative routes can be found at www.nppd.com/rproject.
 

O'Neill Band Is Pride Of The Irish Capital


10/20/14 06:02 AM

OHS Senior Band members pose after their final field performance.
The O'Neill High School Screamin' Eagle Marching Band concluded their marching band season with a dominating show at Schuyler Central on Saturday.

The OHS Band earned a Superior Rating, Most Outstanding Drum Majors, Best in Class B as well as the Grand Champion award. The band had received an Excellent Rating and Most Outstanding Colorguard at Pierce a week earlier.

This year's marching show was entitled "RUDY!" with music from the hit movie. It combined football themes with the Irish heritage. This proved to be a perfect fit, because after all, O'Neill is the Irish Capital of Nebraska. The drum majors again this year were Marie Sitz and Vionne Trizila.

"Play Like A Champion Today is the Notre Dame's football motto - our band did just that today." commented director Chad Dean.

West Holt Medical Services Scholarship Deadline is Nov. 15


10/16/14 09:10 AM

ATKINSON — Since 1988 West Holt Medical Services Foundation has awarded scholarships to area residents. The purpose of the scholarship awards is to provide financial assistance and educational opportunities to students who are pursuing a course of study in the medical or allied-health field and, further, to encourage students to return to West Holt Medical Services upon completion of studies to work.

The Foundation is in the process of accepting and evaluating scholarship applications for our spring awards. Foundation Director, Monique Johnson, said “The Board of Directors is committed to helping North Central Nebraska students pursue their education in the medical field. Each scholarship awarded in the fall will be $500.” Students of any age enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a school or program which provides a course of study leading to a degree or a certificate in the areas of study in the medical or allied health field are invited to apply. Primary consideration will be given to individuals that express interest in obtaining employment in their chosen medical field at West Holt Medical Services.

Applications are available on our website www.westholtmed.org. Please click on the Foundation tab and then on the Scholarship link to download the application or you may call the Foundation office at 402-925-1956 to request one. Applications are accepted by the Foundation at any time. All applications must be postmarked on or before November 15 to be considered for the fall awards.

For more, go online at www.westholtmed.org, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest. The mission of the West Holt Medical Services Foundation is to obtain, invest, and distribute funds which will help advance and improve the quality of care in North Central Nebraska provided by West Holt Medical Services.
 

Red Cross Encourages Donors to Give Before Holiday Season


10/15/14 12:23 PM
 

OMAHA, Neb. — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make a point to give blood before the busy holiday season arrives.

Blood donations often decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day as people become busy with holiday festivities. Donors are needed in the weeks leading up to the winter holidays to help prevent these seasonal declines. Donors of all blood types, and especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative, are needed now to help maintain a stable blood supply.

Blood donation appointments can be made through the Red Cross Blood Donor App – a faster, more convenient way to schedule and manage donation appointments, especially for donors on the go. The app also allows users to track donation histories, earn rewards and invite others to join them on a lifesaving team. The app is free and available for download in app stores.

Donors may also visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to learn more about the donation process and to make an appointment.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Holt County are:
Chambers
Nov. 12: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., American Legion, 103 N. Norvell
Ewing
Nov. 5: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Ewing High School, 416 N. Spruce St.
O'Neill
Nov. 10: noon to 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 410 W. Douglas St.
Nov. 11: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 410 W. Douglas St.

How to donate blood:
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 & Boyd County 4-H Scavenger Hunt Held


10/13/14 01:39 PM

Boyd County Winners

Holt County Winners

 
In celebration of National 4-H Week local 4-Hers, volunteers, leaders and community members across the area took part in the 4-H Scavenger Hunt in Holt and Boyd Counties.  Participants listened to KBRX each morning to hear a clue as to where to find the 4-H Clover in 5 towns across each county.  The winner for the day was first person to send in their ‘selfie’ with the clover to Megan Hanefeldt, UNL 4-H Extension Assistant.  A winner was announced each day for the towns in both counties.
The clues on Monday were: Located in O’Neill – “It’s not just about spitting watermelon seeds at the Holt County Fair, this federation supports agriculture and local educational programs.  If you belong to this federation you can receive membership benefits, insurance and investments opportunities.” & located in Butte – “4-H is known to expand your career horizons; It doesn’t lock you up.”  Finding Monday’s Holt County clue was Gene Kelly of O’Neill at Holt County Farm Bureau.  The Boyd County clue was found by Tammy Haney of Naper at the Jail outside the Boyd County Courthouse. 
The clues on Tuesday were: Located in Page – “On the ‘Road to Good Cooking’, I sit on a Korner in Page.” & located in Naper – “Everyone knows 4-H Colors are Green and White, but I can only see white where I’m located.”  Tuesday’s Holt County winner was: Mia Hansen of Page who found the clue at the Kountry Korner Café.  Tuesday’s Boyd County winner was: Robert Pinckney of Naper who found the clue at the White Horse Ranch Museum.
 
The clues for Wednesday were located in Stuart – “Being “Money Wise” starts with 4-H, and continues through your future if you come see us!” The Boyd County clue was located in Spencer – “Where 4-H’ers live and eat 4 days out of the year”.  Tuesday’s Holt County winner was: Tri-County Bank of Stuart.  The employees of Tri-County Bank found the clue at Kaups’ Financial Advisors.  The Boyd County clue was found by Nathan Haun at the Boyd County Fairgrounds in Spencer.
 
The clues on Thursday were located in Chambers – “I sit along Main Street, here see many 4 legged feet.” & in Gross – “Working on 4-H projects in the summertime, What could be hotter?
Pull up on my handle for a cool drink of water.”  The Holt County clue was found by: Tammy Warmbold and Kelli Knox of Chambers at the Chambers Vet Clinic.  The Boyd County clue was found by Shay Nelson at the water pump in Gross. 
 
The final clues for the week given on Friday were: located in Atkinson – “I see water falling, but not from the sky, the fields turn GREEN, in the shape of a pie!”  The Boyd County clue was located in Lynch – “Get on the 4-H train to see where it will take you.”  The Holt County clue was found by: Miya Carey, Brooke Carey & Autumn Hoppe at Green Valley Irrigation.  The Boyd County clue, located on the train mural was found by LeRoy Purviance of Lynch.
 
Claire Stauth of O’Neill and Lizzy Kersch of Spencer both took on the journey of finding the clue at each town in their county.  Claire ventured to O’Neill, Page, Stuart, Chambers and Atkinson, finding all the locations!  Lizzy ventured to Butte, Naper, Spencer, Gross and Lynch to find all the clues!  Claire and Lizzy will both be receiving a grand prize!  The prizes were given by the Holt County 4-H Foundation and Boyd County 4-H Council. 
Thank you to all who took part in Scavenger Hunt FUN!  National 4-H Week takes place each year during the first full week of October.

Claire Stauth - Holt County Grand Prize Winner

Lizzy Kersch - Boyd County Grand Prize Winner

O'Neill FCCLA Hosts District 9 Leadership Conference


10/13/14 01:29 PM
 O'Neill members at the District 9 Leadership Conference in O'Neill on Oct. 8.  They are joined by State FCCLA Advisor Allison Kreifels. 

CHAMBERS FCCLA MEMBERS ATTEND DISTRICT CONFERENCE


10/13/14 01:23 PM

Chambers & O'Neill FCCLA Chapters competing in Knowledge Bowl
Thirty-six members of the Chambers Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Chapter attended the District 9 Leadership Conference held at O’Neill High School on October 8, 2014. The conference theme, “Pursue Your Passion,” was highlighted throughout the day.
 
 At the opening general session, the keynote speaker, Harriet Turk of Memphis, Tennessee shared a strong, yet entertaining, message with the attendees.  Turk states: “My ultimate goal is for everyone who hears my presentations to walk away with a confident sense of self, to embrace their unique abilities, and to move towards developing the skills that will help them to thrive.” Students responded enthusiastically to her interactive presentation. The most commonly heard quote from Chambers students was that they “really liked the keynote speaker’s message.”
 
The District 9 officer team was also officially installed into their offices. Representing the Chambers Chapter is the 2014-15 District 9 Vice President, Molly Lambert. Other members of the officer team included President Andrew Klatt of Ainsworth, Secretary Marie Sitz of O’Neill, Cheyanna  Filips from West Boyd, Vanessa Ference from Ord, Brittany Rocheleau from Burwell, Julianna Mincer from West Holt, Autum Reineke from Wheeler Central, and Emily Houtby from Central Valley.
 
The Chambers FCCLA/FACS  Knowledge Bowl team repeated as the district champions.  Team members included Chyenne Burrell, Kacie Gribble, Nicole Beed, Tami Jo Marcellus, Jacie Laetsch, and Molly Lambert. Burwell FCCLA won second in the Knowledge Bowl. In addition, Chambers member, Jamie Koenig, was runner-up in the Junior Creed Speaking Contest.
 
Attendees participated in a variety of break-out sessions during the afternoon. Break-out sessions included: “Pursue Your Hometown Passion” panel discussion; “Pursue Your Passion for Healthy Snacks” with Kaelen Lagasse; “Pursue Your Passion for Peer Education” with Noelle Ervin, Kelsey Green, and Taylor White; “Pursue Your Personality” with Nebraska SOT member from O’Neill, Ariel Lichty; “Pursue Your Leadership Passion” with national FCCLA First Vice President Sarah Smith; “Pursue Your Passion for Self Defense” with Officer Rachel Kohlman of the O’Neill Police Department; “Find Your Passion” with Nebraska State FCCLA Adviser Allison Kreifels; and “Pursue FCCLA at the Table” with Nebraska State FCCLA Secretary Hannah Smith.
 
 
At the closing session, Molly Lambert was announced as the District 9 State Officer Candidate for 2015-16, and baskets from the raffle were distributed. The next District 9 FCCLA event will be January 28, 2015 at Wheeler Central High for the 2015 STAR Event competition.

Brady Wakefield is PRCA Badlands Circuit Rookie Of The Year


10/13/14 06:58 AM
 

Brady Wakefield 2014 PRCA Badlands Circuit Rookie Of The Year Buckle

The 2014 PRCA Bandland Circuit Finals Rodeo was held October 9-12 at Minot, North Dakota.

Brady Wakefield of O'Neill qualified in the Team Roping with teammate Paul Griemsman and the two had a pretty good weekend. They placed 4th in the first round, 2nd in the third round and 3rd in the fourth round.  That put them in 2nd place in the average and a  weekend earnings of $3289.  And to top it off Brady Wakefield was named the 2014 PRCA Badlands Circuit Rookie of The Year!  Brady is the son of Jim & Susan Wakefield of O'Neill.  Congratulations Brady!!

Some other results from the Finals of interest in our area:
Nebraska cowboy Riley Pruitt won the average title for the Finals in the Calf Roping with a total of 36.9 seconds on four runs.
For the third consecutive year, Jeff Bertus’ name can be found as a champ in Minot. The Avon, S.D. cowboy was the only man to ride all four of his bulls, winning the average and the year-end title for the Badlands Circuit.
 

Veterans Affairs Walk-In Flu Shot Clinics Begin Oct. 14 At O'Neill Clinic


10/13/14 06:13 AM


The Veterans Health Administration seasonal flu vaccination campaign kicks off October 14.  The theme for this year's campaign is "Infection: Don't Pass It On." Veterans are encouraged to received their free flu vaccination at their nearest VA health care facility.

Veterans must be enrolled in the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System to be eligible to receive the flu vaccination. Veterans not already enrolled may apply for enrollment at the VSO Office at the Holt County Annex. If the Veteran meets current requirements for enrollment, he or she may be provided the vaccination.

Veterans are encouraged to receive their flu vaccination during their regularly scheduled appointments in the primary care, mental health and specialty clinics. However, a walk-in flu clinic is also available at the VA facilities during the following dates and times: 

VA Clinic through Avera St. Anthony’s Outreach Clinic, 555. E. John Street, O’Neill, Neb., 402-336-2982
Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Dead Mountain Lion Found Near Ericson


10/12/14 08:25 PM
LINCOLN - The body of a female mountain lion that may have been killed by a vehicle was discovered along a road near Ericson on Oct. 9.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is investigating. While there are signs the cat may have been struck by a vehicle, officials are awaiting the completion of forensic analysis.

Anyone with information regarding the incident may call the Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers at 1-800-742-7627. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

The illegal take or possession of mountain lions or any parts thereof is prohibited without a proper permit.

Opportunities Abound with $5 Youth Hunting Permits


10/12/14 08:23 PM
LINCOLN - Children not exposed to hunting at a young age most likely won't pursue that activity as an adult. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wants to make hunting affordable to any interested youth through its $5 youth permit program.

For $5, hunters ages 15 and under can buy turkey or deer permits in Nebraska, regardless of residency. Hunters ages 10-15 may apply for up to two youth deer permits at $5 each. Youth may buy up to three youth turkey permits in the spring season and two permits in the fall season. There is no minimum age for turkey hunters.

These permits, which were first made available in 2010, along with reduced hunter education requirements for youth hunters, make it easier and more affordable for family members and mentors to introduce youth to Nebraska's hunting tradition.

For more information on youth permits, hunting regulations and where to hunt, visit outdoornebraska.ne.gov/5bucks.

Jasmine Lee Phander Brings Home Awards From College Speech Tournament


10/12/14 08:16 PM

MOOREHEAD, MN – The Northeast Community College Speech Team opened the fall season with a second place finish in team sweepstakes at the Robert Littlefield and Cindy’s IE Tournament held recently at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. It was sponsored by Concordia, North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota.
Coach Terry Nelson reports the Hawks also claimed second place for team sweepstakes for the overall swing tournament. She says Northeast brought home 32 trophies. “This was an unbelievable, smashing start,” she said.
For Northeast among award winners was Freshman Jasmine Lee Phander of Ewing who took first place and top novice for her prose. 
The Hawks are taking part in this week’s Pioneer Trails Tournament at Casper College in Casper, WY. 

ADM contributes $15,000 to NECC New O'Neill Campus


10/12/14 08:05 PM

Site work continues on Northeast Community College’s new extended campus in O’Neill. The new 15,233 square foot facility, to be located at 507 East Highway 20 in O’Neill, will replace an existing facility that was constructed in 1938. (Courtesy Northeast Community College)
 
O’NEILL – One of the largest agricultural processors in the world is investing in higher education efforts in North Central Nebraska.

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company has contributed $15,000 to the Northeast Community College Foundation. The donation will go toward the construction and furnishing of a new extended campus facility in O’Neill.

“We are grateful that ADM has generously donated to our new extended campus project in O’Neill,” said Dr. Tracy Kruse, associate vice president of development and external affairs at Northeast. “This gift comes at the most opportune time as construction is presently underway on the project. ADM’s mission of serving rural America complements the Northeast initiative of rural revitalization and meeting the needs of North Central Nebraska’s workforce needs.  We are most thankful that ADM sees the importance of this project.” 

The donation was given through ADM Cares. ADM Cares is a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three distinct focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities. 

“ADM Cares is a fitting term for this marvelous contribution to Northeast Community College’s extended campus campaign. It shows that a company like ADM is truly committed to meeting the needs of rural America,” said Dr. Michael Chipps, president of Northeast. “As ADM works to improve the quality of life in communities it serves, so will this new extended campus in North Central Nebraska. It will improve the quality of life for area residents and businesses for generations to come.”

The new 15,233 square foot Northeast Community College Extended Campus in O’Neill, to be located at 507 East Highway 20, will replace an existing facility that was constructed in 1938. The one-time elementary school building no longer meets the needs of today’s highly technical learning environments and does not have the space to expand training for businesses and industries.

The extended campus will have state-of-the-art classrooms, high technology computers, advanced health and science labs, and an attached technical training wing, which will accommodate additional agriculture-related education and training and will allow Northeast Community College to better serve its industry and K-12 partners in a region that depends most heavily on that industry.

Construction on the new extended campus in O’Neill will be completed by Fall 2015

O'NEILL POLICE K-9 UNIT & ATKINSON K-9 UNIT RECEIVE MARVELOUS DONATION


10/10/14 09:58 AM
Thank you to the IAMS dog food plant in Aurora, Nebraska for the kind donation! They donated 1,500 pounds of dog food to the local Police Service Dog Programs! Officer Louis Genereux, K9 Marko, K9 Aisha, and I would like to thank everyone who supports our efforts to defend against criminal activity in our community! Without the kind donations, neither program would continue to remain a great success. Also, thanks to Deputy Matt McHale of the Holt County Sheriff's Office for his help with getting the food properly stored!

OSHA Opens Investigation Into Death Of Highway Worker Near Tilden


10/09/14 10:00 AM
TILDEN, Neb.. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into the report of a worker’s death, Oct. 7, along Nebraska Highway 45, about 3 1/2 miles south of Tilden. The Antelope County Sheriff's Department reported a 59-year-old worker was performing flagging operations when he was struck by a vehicle around 7:20 p.m. The worker had been employed by Werner Construction Inc. for approximately 30 days.
 
“The OSHA staff would like to express our condolences to the family of the worker fatally injured,” said Bonita Winingham, OSHA’s area director in Omaha. “OSHA urges drivers to slow down and be alert for workers. Precautions that protect workers include the use of reflective vests, warning signs and flaggers. Fatalities occurring from vehicles striking workers happen all too often and are preventable.”
 
Werner Construction has been previously inspected by OSHA for fatalities that occurred in 2009 and 2013.
 
The 2013 fatality involved an employee being caught between a semi-trailer and a front-end loader on Hwy. 14 near Albion, Sept. 17, 2013. The company was cited for two serious and one other than serious violation. The company paid a penalty of $10,500.
 
The 2009 fatality occurred when a worker was pulled into a paving machine on a jobsite on Hwy. 275 between Norfolk and Battle Creek, Oct. 7, 2009. The company was issued a final order for one willful and one repeat violation and paid a penalty of $101,000.

Mid-States Rodeo Association Crowns Champions & Names Top Contract Personnel


10/09/14 09:11 AM

Several area Cowgirls and Cowboys took home Championship Saddles at the Mid States Rodeo Association Finals.  Also contract personnel and stock contractors took home end of year awards.  Here are this years winners:

All Around Men's - Kyle Whitaker

All Around Women's - Dori Hollenbeck

Bareback - Corey Evans

Steer Wrestling - Tyson Cox

Tie Down Roping - Garrett Nokes

45 & Over Tie Down - Rusty Kluender

Ladies Breakaway - Amber Coleman

Saddle Bronc - Kyle Whitaker

Team Roping Header - Kevin Kessler

Team Roping Heeler - JW Nelson

Ladies Barrel Racing - Dori Hollenbeck

Bull Riding - Ricky Clouse

Mixed Team Roping - Shannon Luetkenhaus

Rookie Men's - Joeseph Vrba

Rookie Women's - Carla Jensen

 

Announcer of the Year - Jared Slagle

Secretary of the Year - Tara McKay

Timer of the Year - Maureen Hollenbeck

Judge of the Year - Dan Dailey

Bullfighter of the Year - Justin Sprague

Clown of the Year - Shawn Stutzman

Pickup Man of the Year - Taylor Davis

Timed Event Contractor of the Year - Terry Graf

Rough Stock Contractor of the Year - McKay Rodeo Co.

Rodeo of the Year - Madison

Member of the Year - Dallas Carson

Bareback Horse of the Year - Twisted Sister, 665  Hollenbeck Rodeo Co

Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year – L11  McKay Rodeo Co.

Bucking Bull of the Year - Big Richard 34  McKay Rodeo Co

Mountain Lion Harvested In Knox County


10/08/14 11:29 AM
LINCOLN - A 157-pound male mountain lion was harvested on the evening of Oct. 5 in Knox County near Lewis and Clark Lake.

This is the first mountain lion harvested in the Prairie Unit, which has been open since Jan. 1. Mountain lion hunting is open in the Prairie Unit until the end of the year. All other mountain lion units are closed at this time.

For more information about mountain lions in Nebraska, visit the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's mountain lion web page at OutdoorNebraska.org.

Eclipse of The Moon Wednesday Morning Produces Blood Moon


10/08/14 07:40 AM

Photo Courtesy of Robin Osbon

Holt County 4-H Shooting Sports Sign Up To Be October 28th


10/07/14 11:53 AM

The Holt County Shooting Sports Program begins in October with a meeting to sign up on TUESDAY, October 28th – 7:00 p.m. at the Holt County Annex.  Awards will be presented for 2014 record books completed.  Ice cream will be served!
Any child ages 8-18 before January 1st, 2015 are eligible to participate.  Youth are required to take the Shooting Sports Safety Course unless they have taken the Hunter Safety Course.  The Shooting Sports Safety Lessons will be taught in November and December.  Shooting practice will begin in January.  The youth will start with BB guns and/or archery as a first year member.  They meet monthly for two hours.  Parents are needed to be with their children to help them on the firing line. Youth planning to do archery will have safety lessons at the December meeting and practice outside in the spring. Parents interested in helping with shooting sports and willing to get certified have an opportunity to attend trainings in October. The dates for Leader Training are as follows: October 11th and 12th in Seward and 25th and 26th in Auburn.  Please contact the Extension Office for more information. 

O'Neill Chamber Ambassadors Hold Bean Bag Tournament


10/06/14 11:40 AM
The O'Neill Chamber Of Commerce Ambassadors held their annual Bean Bag Tournament on Saturday, October 4 at the National Guard Armory in O'Neill.  Twenty-three teams entered.  The top 3 places took home prize money.  First place was Jon Blaha and Dale Mudder of Yankton, South Dakota, in Second place was Matt Bauer and Blake Bauer of O'Neill and in Third place the team of Garrison Brockberg and Gerad Robertson of Yankton, South Dakota.

Jon Blaha & Dale Mudder, 1st Place

Blake Bauer & Matt Bauer, 2nd Place

Garrison Brockberg & Gerad Robertson, 3rd Place

Wayne State Homecoming Queen Katie Mann Has Local Ties


10/03/14 08:55 AM
2014 Wayne State College Homecoming Queen Katie Mann and King Jacob Zeiss.  Katie is the daughter of Chris Mann of O'Neill and the granddaughter of Eunice Mann also of O'Neill.   Katie is a senior double majoring in elementary education and special education.  
   
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