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Landlord/Tenant Cash Lease Workshops Available in Six Area Locations

01/29/15 04:50 PM
Submitted by Ruth Vonderohe, UNL Extension Educator

Nebraska Extension will be hosting Landlord/Tenant Cash Lease Workshops this February-March to help landlords and tenants put together a lease that is right for both parties and helps maintain positive farm leasing relations.

Landlord/Tenant Cash Lease Schedule
Feb. 9, 1 p.m. — Pierce, location TBD, 402-329-4821
Feb. 11, 1 p.m. — Hartington, Courthouse Annex Basement, 402-254-6821
Feb. 12, 1 p.m. — Center, Extension Office Classroom, 402-288-5611
Feb. 17, 1 p.m. — Norfolk, Northeast Community College, Life Long Learning Center, 402-370-4040
Feb. 25, 1 p.m. — Neligh, Fairgrounds, 402-887-5414
Mar. 10, 9:30 a.m. — Albion, Casey's Building, Fairgrounds, 402-395-2158

Topics will include:
  • Latest information about land values and cash rental rates for the area and state.
  • Expectations from the lease, including goal setting for the rental property.
  • Lease termination, including terminating handshake or verbal leases.
  • Lease communication, determining appropriate information sharing for both the tenant and landlord.
  • Alternative cash lease arrangements, flexible provision considerations for your situation.
  • Other topics, like irrigation systems, hay rent, pasture rental agreements, and grain bin rental will be covered as time allows.
Extension Educators Allan Vyhnalek, Jim Jensen, Monte Vandeveer, or Tim Lemmons will present on these topics and provide common sense tips during the presentation. It is helpful if the tenant and landlord, as well as their spouses, attend together.
This free workshop is sponsored by the Nebraska Soybean Board.  Refreshments and handouts are provided. Registration is requested; please contact the host county.

This workshop has been held extensively across Nebraska for the past two years with over 2,600 attending.  Both landlords and tenants have said they found the workshop to be helpful in improving communications, setting rental terms, and learning about the use of flex lease provisions.  As crop budgets tighten, it is even more important to attend and listen to the latest discussion about leasing issues.

Chambers FCCLA District 9 STAR Results

01/29/15 04:45 PM

Fifteen members of the Chambers FCCLA chapter competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events held at Wheeler Central School in Bartlett on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.  Ten members qualified for state competition in Lincoln on April 15, 2015. The junior high members won the Champion Junior High STAR award.

Here are the results:
Chyenne Burrell, Career Investigation, Senior-Gold Medal, District Champion, State Qualifer
Jeremy Hubel, Brant Pavel, Nebraska Health and Wellness, Senior, Gold Medals, District Champions, State Qualifiers
Schyler Burrell, Recycle/Redesign, Senior-Gold Medal, District Champion, State Qualifier
Molly Lambert, Food Innovations, Senior-Gold Medal, District Champion, State Qualifier
Jamie Koenig, Illustrated Talk, Junior-Gold Medal, District Champion, State Qualifier
BrookLynn Burrell, Kyra Farewell, Food Innovations, Junior, Gold Medals, District Champions, State Qualifiers
Taylor Peter, Nebraska Family Challenges and Issues, Junior, Gold Medal, District Champion, State Qualifier
Sydney Beed, Recycle/Redesign, Junior-Silver Medal, District Champion, State Qualifier
Andy Koenig, Nebraska Consumer Issues, Junior-Gold Medal, District Runner-up
Travis Halsey, Nebraska Health and Wellness, Junior-Gold Medal, District Runner-up
Megan Homolka, Nebraska Health and Wellness, Junior-Gold Medal
Dylan Macklem, Nebraska Family Challenges and Issues, Gold Medal
Cauy Duba, Nebraska Consumer Issues, Junior, Silver Medal

Texting Scam Being Sent To Area Residents

01/29/15 01:35 PM

On Thursday, January 29, 2015 it was reported from a number of people that they had received a text that appeared to be from Great Western Bank saying that your "ACCOUNT/CARD will be_BLOCKED" and then asked you to CONTINUE by clicking on a link.
Great Western Bank employees in O'Neill want the public to know that is is a scam and is not from Great Western Bank.  DO NOT click on the text or respond, just delete it.

Chambers FCCLA Competes at FCCLA District Star

01/29/15 01:32 PM

Chambers FCCLA
Fifteen members of the Chambers FCCLA chapter competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events held at Wheeler Central School in Bartlett on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.  Ten members qualified for state competition in Lincoln on April 15, 2015. The junior high members won the Champion Junior High STAR award.
Here are the results:
Chyenne Burrell, Career Investigation, Senior-Gold Medal, District Champion, State Qualifer
Jeremy Hubel, Brant Pavel, Nebraska Health and Wellness, Senior, Gold Medals, District Champions, State Qualifiers
Schyler Burrell, Recycle/Redesign, Senior-Gold Medal, District Champion, State Qualifier
Molly Lambert, Food Innovations, Senior-Gold Medal, District Champion, State Qualifier
Jamie Koenig, Illustrated Talk, Junior-Gold Medal, District Champion, State Qualifier
BrookLynn Burrell, Kyra Farewell, Food Innovations, Junior, Gold Medals, District Champions, State Qualifiers
Taylor Peter, Nebraska Family Challenges and Issues, Junior, Gold Medal, District Champion, State Qualifier
Sydney Beed, Recycle/Redesign, Junior-Silver Medal, District Champion, State Qualifier
Andy Koenig, Nebraska Consumer Issues, Junior-Gold Medal, District Runner-up
Travis Halsey, Nebraska Health and Wellness, Junior-Gold Medal, District Runner-up
Megan Homolka, Nebraska Health and Wellness, Junior-Gold Medal
Dylan Macklem, Nebraska Family Challenges and Issues, Gold Medal
Cauy Duba, Nebraska Consumer Issues, Junior, Silver Medal

West Holt FCCLA District Star Results

01/29/15 09:23 AM

On January 28, 2015, 11 members of the West Holt FCCLA chapter attended the annual District 9 STAR.  West Holt was one of 9 chapters in attendance.  Here are the results:
Caitlyn Nelson & Megan Bilstein received a gold and were District Champions in Sports Nutrition.  Bailey Boh received gold and was District Champion in National Programs in Action.  Tori Huston, Ciera Shaw, & Micheala Jensen received gold and were District Runner-up in National Programs in Action.  Sidney Braun & Sierra Hansen received gold and were District Runner-up in Chapter in Review Portfolio.  Hannah Hart received gold and was District Runner-up in Illustrated talk.  Avery Neptune received a silver in Illustrated Talk.  Julianna Mincer received silver in Chapter Service Project Display.  

O'Neill FCCLA Competes At District STAR

01/29/15 09:18 AM

Front l/r:  Marissa Lichty, Lauren Osborne, Ephraim Bunner, Julia Bauer, and Haley Schmeichel.
Back row l/r: Blair Langan, Amanda Pischel, Robyn Isom, Emma Krysl, and Tayte Jussel. 

Members of the O’Neill FCCLA Chapter traveled to Wheeler Central High School to compete in the District STAR competition on January 25, 2015.  They joined nearly 100 other FCCLA members from Ainsworth, Burwell, Central Valley, Chambers, Ord, West Boyd, West Holt, and Wheeler Central.
O’Neill results include:
Amanda Pischel, National Programs in Action, Senior division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold medalist;
Lauren Osborne, Illustrated Talk, Senior division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold Medalist;
Robyn Isom, Chapter Service Project, Senior division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold medalist;
Emma Krysl, Environmental Ambassador, Junior division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold medalist;
Marissa Lichty and Blair Langan, Promote and Publicize FCCLA, Junior Division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold Medalist;
Haley Schmeichel and Julia Bauer, Chapter Service Project, Junior Division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold medalist;
Ephraim Bunner, Illustrated Talk, Junior Division, Silver medalist;
Tayte Jussel, Nebraska Health and Wellness, Junior Division, Silver medalist.  

The Focus Is On Fun At The Nebraska State Fair

01/27/15 08:47 AM

The Nebraska State Fair has released the Theme for 2015:  “The Fun is in the Fair”
Shaun Schleif, director of marketing and sponsorships said “This year’s theme highlights the family focused fun that is the primary ingredient in every state fair.  With live entertainment, shows, fair food, shopping and a menagerie of animals, the Nebraska State Fair is the best entertainment value in Nebraska.”
“Even at the national level, the theme is about fun” said Jana Kruger, Chair of the Nebraska State Fair board.  “Every fair or festival around the globe hinges on fun as its primary attraction.  It’s universal, because everybody loves to have fun.”
“This year’s fair promises to be one of the best,” according the executive director, Joseph McDermott, “With a planned April announcement of the largest concert act in the history of the Nebraska State Fair, we are going to redefine fun and take it to an all new level.”
Schleif said, “the work each year is painstaking to identify, develop and produce an entirely new reason to come to the Nebraska State Fair each and every year.  Our research indicates that once a fairgoer comes to our fair, they’ll be back again and again.  With our visitors as our only priority, we are sure to build on the success of each year to give our guests the fun they’re seeking.”
The Nebraska State Fair runs from August 28 through September 7 in Grand Island.

Area Students Graduate From NECC In December

01/26/15 02:24 PM

NORFOLK – Two hundred-eleven students, including five earning double majors, completed their studies in December from Northeast Community College. The names of the students will be listed in the program in the College’s commencement ceremony in May.
Area graduation candidates are listed below by state and hometown.  Key to abbreviations:  AAS-Associate of Applied Science; AA-Associate of Arts; AS-Associate of Science, and ADN-Associate Degree Nursing.
Ainsworth - Allison Davis, AS; Atkinson - Cheleigh Sholes, AA; Bassett - Gladys Einspahr, AA; Bloomfield - Katelyn Fiedler, AAS: Agriculture-Agribusiness, Sean Sahagun, AAS: Administrative Assistant, Minnie Sauser, AS; Burwell - Haylee Jordan, AAS: Agriculture-Animal Science, Kali Swett, AS, Karly Vodehnal, AAS - Agriculture-Animal Science; Creighton - Brittney Backstrom, AAS: Agriculture-Agribusiness, Logan Pierce, AAS: Agriculture-College Transfer; Elgin - Yoli Anderson, AA, Andrew Engle, AA, Christopher Richardson, AA: Neligh - Justin Damme, AA, Jacqueline Sparr, AS; Niobrara - Savannah Reynolds AA; O'Neill - Candace Calkins, AA, Andrew Carlson, Certificate: Information Technology General, Erin McCabe, AA, Elizabeth Wallace, Certificate: Information Technology General;  Osmond - Jessie Geneski, AA, Michael Koehler, Certificate: Business-Entrepreneurship, Tyler Lambrecht, AAS: Automotive Technology; Page - Cody Buxton, AA; Plainview - Kelsey Cattell, AA, Kaytlyn Johnston, AA; Stuart - Emily Kaup, AA, Tilden - Brenton Cakebread, AA, Cameron Paulk, AA, Bryce Potter, AA; Verdigre - Jordan Larsen, Certificate: Business-Entrepreneurship; 

Private Pesticide Training Dates Announced

01/26/15 02:15 PM
Nebraska private pesticide applicators seeking first-time certification or recertification in 2013 to use or purchase restricted-use pesticides can get training through University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.
A private pesticide applicator license is required by any farmer/rancher or employee who purchases and/or apply restricted use pesticides such as Grazon-P+D or atrazine for example on their own or employers property to control pests.  To become certified individuals a required to attending a local training.  The certification is valid for 3-years following the training which has a $30 cost with an additional payment of $25 following the training to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.  All applicators are licensed through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture who is also responsible for enforcing the laws and regulations associated with restricted use pesticides. 
For individuals certifications expiring in April should be receiving a letter with a list of training dates in the mail within the next week.  For individuals seeking initial certification or who do not receive a letter a full list of training dates can be found at or contact your local extension office for local dates.  Below is the list of training dates for February however training will continue until the second week of April.
Date                      Time                                      Location
Feb 2               1:30-3:30                     Lutheran Church, Ainsworth
Feb 4               1:30-4:00                     Holt County Courthouse Annex, O’Neill
Feb 10             1:30-3:30                     Senior Center, Springview
Feb 11             1:30-3:30                     Boyd County Courthouse, Butte
Feb 12             1:30-3:30                     Casey’s Community Building, Albion
Feb 12             1:30-3:30                     Taylor Community Room, Taylor
Feb 12             6:30-8:30                     Garfield County Courthouse, Burwell
Feb 17             1:30-3:30                     Antelope County Courthouse, Neligh
Feb 25             1:30-3:30                     Wheeler County Fairgrounds, Bartlett
Choose a date that works best for you schedule.  If trainings are canceled due to inclement weather please listen to the local radio station for these cancelations or call the extension office.  Any question regarding who should be have a license or training dates, contact the Holt County Extension Office at 402-336-2760.

Jace & Miles Stagemeyer Place 3rd At Innovative Youth Corn Challenge

01/26/15 02:07 PM

left to right: Nebraska Extension Dean Chuck Hibberd, Eagle Hustler 4-H team member Jace Stagemeyer, 
​Eagle Hustler 4-H Club team member Miles Stagemeyer and Nebraska Corn Board Boone McAfee

Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Corn Board teamed up to offer the third Innovative Youth Corn Challenge contest. This contest, open to 4-H members (age 10 & older as of Jan. 1st) or FFA members (in-school members), guided participants through all aspects of corn production, as well as agricultural careers related to corn production.
The 2014 winning team was from the Fillmore Central FFA chapter. The team with the highest percent yield increase over their local county average is the winner. In earning the $1,000 first-place award, Fillmore Central FFA tested corn-seeding rates on irrigated ground to determine the optimum rate. Their check plot of 32,000 seeds per acre yielded 253 bushels per acre, while their challenge plot, planted at 38,000, yielded 281 bushels per acre.  The Fillmore Central FFA Chapter included Adam Hoarty, Garrett Whitley, Tyler O'Conner, Logan Peppard and Aaron Poppert.
Second-place team overall was the Kornhusker Kids 4-H Club of Cuming County, earning $500 for their efforts. Team members tested two different sources of sulfur--gypsum (calcium sulfate) and ammonium sulfate. The check plot of 167 bushels per acre yielded the highest. The ammonium sulfate treatment produced 164 bushels per acre and gypsum 163 bushels per acre. The Kornhusker Kids 4-H Club included Kaleb Hasenkamp, Angela Rolf, Matthew Rolf, Levi Schiller and Payton Schiller.
Third-place team was the Eagle Hustlers 4-H Club consisting of Miles and Jace Stagemeyer, which tested a product, called Pervaide, which was developed to reduce compaction. The challenge plot yielded 213 bushels per acre, while the check plot yielded 210 bushels per acre.
As a team, youth worked with an adult mentor throughout the process. Mentors can be extension faculty, ag teachers, or other qualified agronomy professionals.

Other awards were handed out recently during the banquet in Lincoln:
  • The Data Completion Award, worth $200, went to the Kornhusker Kids 4-H Club.
  • The Innovation Award, worth $200, was presented to the Eagle Hustlers 4-H Club.
  • The Limited Resource Award went to both the Eagle Hustlers team and Fillmore Central FFA Chapter, which will split the $200 award.
To participate in 2015, youth must complete and return an entry form by March 15th to the Fillmore County Extension Office in Geneva, NE. Forms can be downloaded at For more information, contact Brandy VanDeWalle at, Aaron Nygren at or Amy Timmerman at

Legislature Proposes Numerous Property Tax Bills

01/26/15 10:49 AM

By Sophie Tatum, Nebraska News Service

LINCOLN--Gov. Pete Ricketts and state lawmakers seem to agree that addressing property tax issues are priority, and they'll have plenty of options to choose from based on the legislative bills introduced.

The state does not levy property taxes, which primarily support public schools and local government. But as farmland values have increased, rural taxpayers in particular have expressed widespread concern about the impact of those taxes.

Here is a compilation of notable property tax-related bills that have been introduced in the 104th Legislature.

LB 71, Introduced by Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus, would provide a tax relief for agricultural and horticultural land.  The relief would be credit that landowners would receive.

LB 178, Introduced by Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse, would make agricultural and horticultural land a separate class of land for property taxes. This class of land would be valued at only 75 percent of its actual value, except for school district taxes. School district taxation would value the land even less starting in 2016 and would continue to decrease each year.

LB 186, Introduced by Sen. Kate Bolz of Lincoln, would adopt the Property Tax Circuit Breaker Act, revising the percentage of credit property owners would receive.

LB 259, Introduced by Sen. Mike Gloor of Grand Island, would make the first $25,000 of a taxpayer's tangible personal property exempt from taxes.

LB 260, Introduced by Sen. Mike Gloor of Grand Island, would give the Property Tax Administrator the ability to recertify values if an error is discovered within three years of the original tax distribution date.

LB 309, Introduced by Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis, would move $25 million from the General Fund to the Property Tax Credit Cash Fund.

LB 345, Introduced by Sen. Rick Kolowski of Omaha, would adopt the Property Tax Relief Act, which would provide property tax relief for property taxes on certain homesteads. It would also create the Property Tax Relief Fund to reimburse counties for revenues lost when they grant homestead exemptions.

LB 364, Introduced by Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse, would move $60 million from the General Fund to the Property Tax Credit Cash Fund for the property tax credit program.

LB 398, Introduced by Sen. Burke Harr of Omaha, would exempt all tangible, personal property from property taxes. 

Atkinson Chamber Of Commerce Annual Banquet Award Winners

01/26/15 10:41 AM
Photos Courtest Lou Ann Tooker
The Atkinson Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet was held Saturday, January 23 at the Atkinson Legion Club.  The award winners were:


Above & Beyond Award – Tri County Bank
(left to right) Jacque Kiser, Nikki Cadwallader, Brenna Schaaf, Vicki Seger, Jim Brennan

Friend of the Chamber Award – Atkinson City Maintenance Crew
(left to right)Scott Fix, Gary Thurlow, Rhonda Miksch, Dan Hyder

Rookie of the Year Award – Slaymaker Heating & Air Conditioning, Bryan & Amber Slaymaker

Volunteer of the Year Award – Jeremiah Schartz

O'Neill Alumni Tournament Entries Are Now Open

01/26/15 09:35 AM

Sign up now for the annual O'Neill Alumni Tournament, which is coming up March 27-29. Three brackets will be set up, involving Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball and Women's Volleyball. Please enter your team by e-mailing Gary Hostert at or calling 402-340-2483.

NPPD Announces Final R-Project Final Transmission Line Route

01/26/15 09:12 AM
Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District announced today the final line route for its R-Project 345,000-volt transmission line that will  meet reliability needs of the Nebraska transmission system and reduce congestion on the existing system.  The line will also provide new transmission capacity to address future renewable generation.

Atkinson Fire Department To Hold 1st Annual Polar Plunge February 7

01/26/15 08:57 AM
Atkinson’s First Annual Polar Plunge will be held on Saturday Feb. 7th at 1 pm at the Atkinson Fire Hall. A $20 dollar participation fee will be charged in you would like a T-shirt and plunge or $10 if you just want to plunge. 
Proceeds will go towards a projection system for the Atkinson Community Center. You don’t have to plunge to donate!
Groups, challenges, individuals all welcome.
Contact Leo Seger 340-0359 or email or Jerry Osborne 340-1182 to register.

2015 KBRX Farm & Home Show February 4 & 5

01/26/15 07:11 AM
The 2015 KBRX Farm & Home Show is coming February 4 & 5 at the O'Neill Community Center in south O'Neill.  This two day event features businesses with something for everyone. Tia Zia will be taking care of the food again this year with soups, sandwiches and of course homemade pies.  Doors are open both days 10 am to 7 pm.

This years exhibitors:
Addison Seamless Gutters Ag & Industrial Equipment AniPro
Anson Insurance Asera Care Hospice Avera St. Anthony's Hospital
Bartak Glass Best Basement Technologies Big Red Motor Sports
Braun's Food Center & Locker do-Terra Energy Wise, Inc.
Farm Bureau Financial Services Finish Line Chiropractic & Acupuncture GB Enterprises
Golden Living Center Hendrick's Small Motor Repair Heritage Homes
Huskerland Communications J & J Sanitation Jones Distributing
Krotter's Home Center Lazy T Tire & Implement Midwest Sea Mineral
Mitchell Equipment Nebraska Frontier Homes North Central District Health Dept
Northeast Community College O'Neill Lumber & Trailer Sales O'Neill Senior Center
Rod's Cedar Works Safe Kids North Central Taylor Made Printing
Tri County Bank Thermal Services Thoendel Learning Center
Three River Communication Tielke's Dist/Nebraska Troop Support Tompkin's Insurance Agency
Upper Elkhorn NRD VIAERO Wireless Wakefield Insurance Agency


O'Neill Community Foundation Supports Girls On The Run O'Neill For Second Year

01/23/15 02:13 PM

2014 Girls on the Run O'Neill participants and their Run Buddies.
The O’Neill Community Foundation Fund has announced a grant to support Girls on the Run – O’Neill (GOTR) for the second year.  In its inaugural season in 2014, thirty-five girls in grades 3-6 participated in the program.  This year they are hoping to see more girls involved.  Registration for the program opens January 15, 2015.
According to Amanda Schluns, GOTR-O’Neill Coach, “The program is investing in the future of our community and helping to develop confidence in future leaders.  It also is providing a safe environment after school, two days a week, for girls to socialize and learn healthy lifelong habits, ultimately creating a healthier community.”
According to the Girls on the Run Nebraska website, the program is a transformational physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd through 6th grade.  The program teaches life skills through interactive lessons and running games.  The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event at the end of the season.
Last year, O’Neill was the site for the regional 5k event.  Plans are underway to once again hold the event in O’Neill in May.  In 2015, over 100 girls along with their run buddies are expected to travel to O’Neill from Stuart, Atkinson, Laurel, West Boyd, Wayne and Pender to participate in the 5k.
The OCFF grant helps reduce the cost of tuition for girls participating in Girls on the Run – O’Neill from $60 to $30.  Without help from the OCFF, many of the girls would not have been able to afford the cost to participate.  GOTR aligns with the OCFF vision and mission by building leadership skills and healthy families.

Derek Blumenstock Mount Marty College Homecoming Royalty Candidate

01/23/15 12:41 PM

(L-R) Back Row Standing:  Kelsey Schmidt, Anna Kollasch, Jacob Fokken, Courtney Miller, and Lauren Orwig
(L-R) Front Row Kneeling: Josh Monson, Derek Blumenstock, Holly Hegge, Zach Bauman, and Ryan Oy
YANKTON, SD – January 23, 2015 – The Mount Marty College faculty, staff, and senior students recently voted for homecoming royalty candidates among its eligible senior class. Five women and five men were chosen to be candidates for Lord and Lady Marben as part of the 56th Annual Homecoming Coronation taking place on Friday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Marian Auditorium on the Yankton campus.  Coronation is one of many student activities scheduled during the weeklong "Mount Marty Gras" celebration, which begins with a 4 p.m. homecoming Mass on Sunday February 1.

The five women chosen were:  Holly Hegge, Crofton, NE, daughter of Bob and Helene Hegge; Anna Kollasch, Whittemore, IA, daughter of Stephen and Debra Kollasch; Courtney Miller, Mitchell, SD, daughter of Jeff and Rita Miller; Lauren Orwig, Norfolk, NE, daughter of Scott and Clare Orwig; and Kelsey Schmidt, Mt. Vernon, SD, daughter of Ken and Lynne Schmidt.

The five men chosen were: Zachary Bauman, Sioux Falls, SD, son of Aaron and Jenny Bauman and Corey and Joni Blauwet; Derek Blumenstock, O’Neill, NE, son of Brad and Georgia Blumenstock; Jacob Fokken, Yankton, SD, son of Denis and Mary Beth Fokken; Joshua Monson, Bryant, SD, son of John Monson and Janelle Wolbeck; and Ryan Oye, Luverne, MN, son of Steven and Andrea Oye.

Lord and Lady Marben will be crowned by last year's Lord, Ben Harmon and last year’s Lady, Johanna Scheich.

The week's homecoming activities will conclude on Feb. 7th with men's and women's basketball games against Hastings College beginning at 2 p.m. and a formal dance later in the evening.

For more information about homecoming and coronation, please contact Mount Marty College Director of Student Activities, Lisa Willcockson at 605-668-1302 or

Clothes Needed For Family That Lost Belongings In Fire

01/23/15 10:54 AM
Holt County Shooting Sport is collecting donations for a family that lost their belongings in a fire.  They are in need of newborn baby girl clothes and 3-6 months size clothes, also girls clothes in size 6 and size 12 and boys clothes in size 8 and size 12. You can drop items off at Great Western Bank in O'Neill or at NetComm in east O'Neill.  You can also call 402-336-2222 or 402-340-3111.

Stuart Bloodmobile Passes Goal

01/23/15 10:48 AM

The Red Cross Bloodmobile was held Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the Stuart Auditorium with 90 units of blood collected—12 units over our goal of 78!  This was the most blood collected in Stuart since 2006! 

The Bloodmobile was sponsored by the Stuart American Legion Auxiliary. Thank you to all donors and volunteers that came.

Looking Back ? Ten Years of O?Neill Community Foundation Fund Grant Making

01/23/15 09:53 AM

Class X of the HomeTown Leadership Institute in the process of making the HLI birthday video with Brian Kreikemeier, B&B Video Productions.
One of the goals of the O’Neill Community Foundation Fund Advisory Committee members in 2015 was to remind everyone of all the good things that have happened over the past ten years because of generous gifts, so you will be seeing those success stories twice a month.
One of the great programs in our area is the HomeTown Leadership Institute offered through the Holt County Economic Development office.  Not only does it promote leadership skills in the participants, it encourages them to learn more about what Holt County has to offer.
The HCED office is currently taking applications for Class XI in 2015, which runs March through November.  The application deadline is January 30. 
There is a $150.00 tuition fee associated with the class.  For those interested in taking the class from O’Neill, but in need of financial assistance, the O’Neill Community Foundation Fund may be able to help.  In the past, the OCFF has offered scholarships to those showing financial need.
Since 2005, the OCFF has awarded $1,750 towards the cost of tuition for O’Neill participants to take the HomeTown Leadership Institute.
If interested in applying for HLI 2015, please visit the HCED website at for more information.  Those interested, but also in need of financial assistance, please contact Nicole Sedlacek at
The mission of the O’Neill Community Foundation Fund is to enrich the quality of life in the O’Neill area both today and in the future.  This will be accomplished by bringing together caring people to invest their time, talent and treasure for the betterment of the community.

Asera Care Makes Donation To Molly's Miracle Makers

01/22/15 11:32 AM

(left to right) Kaye Coburn, Holly Cole, Molly Lambert and  Tim Lambert
Asera Care Hospice in O'Neill made a donation of $1000 to Molly's Miracle Makers.  Molly's Miracle Makers raises money for Cure Search to help in their efforts to find a cure for childhood cancer. Molly Lambert is a survivor of cancer and has been in remission for the last ten years.  

Molly's Miracle Makers annual fund raiser will be Saturday, May 23, 2015.  This event is held at the Holt County Fairgrounds in Chambers and features food, auctions, music and fireworks.  This year's theme will be "Star Wars" and will include a phenomenal fireworks show to end the evening.

Area Students on Wayne State College Dean's List for Academic Achievement

01/22/15 11:11 AM
(Wayne) - More than 1,000 students at Wayne State College were named to the Dean's List for exemplary academic achievement during the past semester. Click on the headline above for story with students from our area.

2015 Spring Turkey Permits Available

01/21/15 02:46 PM

NORFOLK -- Spring turkey hunting permits are now available for purchase at Game and Parks permitting offices, and by mail in application. One male or bearded female may be taken per permit; a person may purchase up to three spring turkey permits. Seasons are valid statewide, except on federal and state sanctuaries or refuges, unless otherwise authorized.
Permits are $23 for residents and $95 for nonresidents. Hunters ages 15 years and younger may purchase youth permits at the special price of $5. Spring landowner turkey permits are also available. Issuing fee and Habitat Stamp not included.
Season dates:
  • Youth Archery, March 25 - May 31
  • Archery, March 25 - May 31
  • Youth Shotgun, April 11 - May 31
  • Shotgun, April 18 - May 31
There is no minimum age to hunt turkeys in Nebraska. Hunters ages 12 to 29 must have completed firearm hunter education when hunting turkeys with a shotgun. Hunter education is not required for bow and arrow hunting of turkeys. Hunter orange is not required during the spring turkey season.
For list of permitting offices, all rules and regulations, please see the 2015 Turkey Guide. Visit or refer to the Public Access Atlas booklet for public hunting areas. For hunter education classes, visit

Holt County Sheriff And State Patrol Respond To Reported Suicide

01/21/15 08:57 AM
On Tuesday, January 20th, at approximately 5:30 p.m., the Holt County Sheriff and Deputies responded to a reported suicide by firearm in northern Holt County.  The Nebraska State Patrol responded to assist.  A 56 year old male was pronounced dead at the scene.  The investigation as to the cause of death is ongoing.  An autopsy has been ordered.

NECC Part Of Nursing Degree Programs To Boost RN's In Nebrasla

01/21/15 07:13 AM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing is offering a new program to help boost the number of registered nurses in the state.

The nursing school says it will provide early, guaranteed admission in the RN to BSN program for qualified students enrolled in associate degree nursing programs at the six community colleges in the state.

The six community colleges are: Central Community College in Kearney and Grand Island; Metro Community College in Omaha; Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte; Northeast Community College in Norfolk; Southeast Community College in Lincoln; and West Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff.

Juliann Sebastian, dean of the UNMC College of Nursing, hopes the agreement helps Nebraska reach its goal of attaining 80 percent of registered nurses with BSN degrees.

O'Neill Girl Scouts Partner With Fire Department

01/20/15 10:56 AM

O'Neill Girl Scout Troop 181 is pleased to announce a service project in conjuction with the O'Neill Fire Department.  Troop 181 will begin collecting used blue jeans which will be recyled into comfort quilts for use by the Fire Department.

The O'Neill Fire Department has a continual need for special supplies such as quilts when aiding in emergencies such as automobile accidents, home fires, natural disasters, etc. To purchase these quilts commercially is quite expensive.  Therefore, Troop 181 is asking for your help in producing these quilts in our own community at no cost tothe Volunteer Fire Department.

Yiou can help by dropping off your used blue jeans during regular business hours at the following participating O'Neill locations:
Niobrara Valley Electric, 427 North 4th Street
Plains Equipment or Toys & Turf, West Highway 20
O'Neill Lanes, West Highway 20

If you are able to participate in other ways such as cutting squares, sewing, tying, etc, or would like more information please contact Veronica Velder, O'Neill Girls Scout Troop #181, by calling 402-336-4399 in the evenings.

Influenza Season Update From North Central District Health Department

01/20/15 10:52 AM

As the 2015 influenza season continues North Central District Health Department would like to encourage everyone that the single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Our district is noticing high flu activity and there are indications that this season will be severe, especially for people aged 65 and older as well as young children. We encourage everyone to take every day preventative actions such as staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with the flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading the flu from others. Also notify your doctor if you begin to notice symptoms including; fever, cough, sore throat and body aches. 

West Holt Medical Services Foundation Scholarship Winners Announced

01/19/15 03:33 PM
Shelby Welber                  Caitlin Cole  
ATKINSON — West Holt Medical Services Foundation would like to announce the fall 2014 $500 scholarship winners.

Graduating in 2015 at West Holt High School is Caitlin Cole. She will be pursuing a double major in Medical Laboratory Science and Nursing at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Upon completing her college degree, she plans to move back to a rural community in Nebraska where she can work in a hospital. After obtaining employment, she hopes to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps in providing care through missionary work during vacations. Her grandfather, Doc David Stephenson, was a missionary surgeon and was the biggest influence in her decision to pursue the medical field.

You can find Shelby Weber on the campus of Northeast Community College until she graduates in the spring of 2015. She will be attending Hastings Central Community College this fall pursuing a Dental Assisting degree. Weber plans to return to Atkinson after completing her degree in hopes of obtaining employment as a Dental Assistant.

The next deadline for the scholarship application submission is April 15. Anyone interested in receiving further information about the scholarship program, please visit our website at and click on the Foundation tab or call the Foundation office at 402-925-1956.

For more, visit us online at, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

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.

St. Pat's Fun Run Registration is Now Open!

01/19/15 02:34 PM

The Shamrock Fun Run will again be one of the biggest St. Pat's Day events.

The 36th Running of the Shamrock Fun Run will be held on Saturday, March 14th. Participate in a 5 mile run or 2.5 mile run/walk. Come to the Irish Capital of Nebraska and take part in the 36th Annual Shamrock Fun Run! The event will start at St. Patrick's Church and end just north of the Shamrock Downtown.  

Awards will be give at the Blarney Stone following the race with a complimentary Irish Stew Buffet to all participants. Overall Female and Male will be awarded in both 2.5 and 5 Mile. Top 3 Male and Female in each group will be awarded medals.

Packet pickup will be at St Mary's High School (300 N 4th Street, O'Neill, NE 68763) Friday from 5:00PM-7:00PM and on race morning. The race will be held come rain, shine or snow! St Patrick's Day is always fun regardless of weather.

Please note there are changes to the registration prices, the earlier you sign up, the more money you'll save:
$15 registration fee until January 31st
$20 registration fee (February 1st through February 28th)
$25 registration fee (March 1st through March 13th)
$35 registration fee on Race Day

The price does not include the purchase of a shirt. A short sleeve T-Shirt may be purchased for an additional $10.00 or long sleeve T-Shirt for an additional $15.00. Shirts will not be available to order after March 6th, 2015.

Sign up online at

O'Neill Rotary Board Makes Changes To Job Shadowing Program

01/19/15 02:26 PM

The O’Neill Rotary Club Board of Directors has recently approved changes to their Job Shadowing program. The Shadowing Program is now open to freshman through seniors. Participating in the program will make the student eligible for one of two $1,000 Rotary scholarships their senior year. 

This year’s seniors will need to have their proof of shadowing on file by February 1st to be eligible for this year's Rotary Scholarship, but all other students can apply at any time during their high school career by completely the request located online under the news story at

The proof of shadowing form to be completed after the shadowing experience has been completed can be found on the Rotary Club's homepage under Download files at

O'Neill High School Winter Frolics Royalty Crowned

01/19/15 09:27 AM
Pictured from left to right:  Freshman attendant Aurora Gutshall, Sophomore attendant Sidney Breiner, Junior attendant Amanda Pischel, Senior attendant McKenzie Adamson, Queen Natalie Brodersen, King David Fox, Senior attendant Ed Quintero, Junior attendant Andrew Burival, Sophomore attendant Parker Belgum, and Freshman attendant Ehric Strope. 

Your Input Needed On Recreational Facility For O'Neill/Holt County Area

01/19/15 07:02 AM
The public’s input is being requested on a proposed recreational center for the O’Neill/Holt County area. The purpose of this survey is one step to determine the interests and feasibility of a new recreational facility.
Please take a few minutes of your time to offer feedback. The survey link will close on January 31st.
A paper copy of the survey is available to take at the Holt County Economic Development Office. 

Pinnacle Bank Announces "Paying For Grades" Winners

01/16/15 05:05 PM

Pinnacle Bank would like to congratulate our second quarter winners on doing well on their grades. The Second Quarter winners are as follows:

Carole Homolka – Chambers Public Schools
Emily Morrow – O’Neill Public Schools
Bridget Schneider – St. Mary’s High School
Vera Butterfield – St. Mary’s High School
Ariel Lichty – O’Neill Public Schools

Thank you to everyone participating and remember it does pay to make good grades!

Early Development Network For Kids Birth-Age 3 Available In Our Area

01/15/15 09:20 AM

(left to right) Debra Walnofer, Kris Frederick & Charissa Sladek
This morning KBRX had Debra Walnofer, Kris Frederick and Charissa Sladek from the Early Development Network on the radio. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW The Early Development Network which is located in O’Neill serves children from birth to age 3 who are in need of any special education services.  These services are free and are paid for through their local school district.  Services provided are Early Childhood Special Education, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Vision, Deaf Education, and Aged & Disabled Waiver and Medically Handicapped Childrens Programs.  Counties served include Holt, Boyd, Keya Paha, Rock, Wheeler, Antelope, Cherry, Brown, Pierce, Madison and Stanton.  For more information please contact their office at 402-336-2270 Extension 11 or you can check out the website at

Accident Claims Boyd County Man's Life

01/14/15 03:02 PM

An agricultural accident claimed the life of 65-year-old David C. Kocian near Spencer this week. According to a report from the Boyd County Sheriff's Office, Kocian and Gregory A. Reiser were loading big square bales of alfalfa onto a semi-trailer when a stack of three bales fell over. Kocian was near the trailer and was knocked to the ground. The Spencer Ambulance was dispatched to the location, five and one-quarter miles west of Spencer. Kocian was transported to the Niobrara Valley Hospital where he was prounounced dead. The accident is being investigated by the Boyd County Sheriff's Office.

St. Mary's Sno-Ball Royalty Crowned

01/13/15 01:14 PM

(front row) Ben Barlow and Pyper Ickes
(back row left to right) Kendric Beck, Jake Crumly, Marscus Schneider, Jon Hofer, Logan Spencer, 
Molly Atkeson, Bridget Schneider, Jayde Rosenkrans, Breanna Hedstrom and Claire Everitt

St. Mary's held their 2015 SNo-Ball Dance on Saturday, January 10.  Royalty crowned were:
Freshman Attendants: Clair Everitt,daughter of Jill & Cameron Everitt and Kendric Beck, son of Janet & Phil Beck
Sophomore Attendants: Breanna Hedstrom, daughter of Lisa & Jim Hedstrom and Jake Crumly, son of Ann & Ryan Crumly
Junior Attendants: Jade Rosenkrans, daughter of Jolene & Chad Rosenkrans and Marcus Schnieder, son of Linda & Darin Schneider
Princess: Bridget Schneider, daughter of Jennie & Tim Schneider
Prince:  Jon Hofer, son of Mari & Mark Bauer and Karlee & Jason Hofer
Queen: Molly Atkeson, daughter of Paula & Bob Atkeson
King:  Logan Spencer, son of Sharon & Wendell Spencer
Crown Bearers: Pype Ickes, daughter of Lori & Matt Ickes and Ben Barlow, son of Julie & Kevin Barlow.

AYSO Soccer Registration is Now Open

01/13/15 11:08 AM

AYSO soccer sign up for the spring season is underway! The season will run from April 11th through May 16th.  Registration must be done online at  Please follow the instructions on the website to get your player signed up.  This year you will not be required to print copies of your registration forms.  Please mail payments to AYSO-Region 629, P.O. Box 267 O’Neill, NE 68763.  If you need assistance with the online process, please contact Amanda Schluns at or 340-9356. Assistance will be provided with registration for those without access to the internet at the O’Neill Public Library on January 17th from 10:30 am-1:00 pm.  The cost of early registration is $40.  Teams will be formed beginning February 15th, so after that time the registration fee will be $50.  Please sign up early & save!

Voter ID, Cigar Shops, Motorcycle Helmet Repeal Among Notable Bills Introduced

01/13/15 08:30 AM

LINCOLN--Here is a summary of notable bills introduced in the first three days of the 2015 legislative session.

Two bills were introduced at least in part by Sen. Tyson Larson of O'Neill. LLB111 would require voters to show a "government-issued photographic identification" at the polls. The bill would provide free state voter ID cards to indigents. LB118, cosponsored by Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha, would define cigar shops and license them to allow indoor cigar and cigarillo smoking. The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled in September that the Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act exemptions for tobacco huts were unconstitutional.

O'Neill Public Library Seeking Your Input Through Online Survey

01/12/15 03:04 PM

The O’Neill Public Library is wanting your input by taking a survey.  The survey will be used to determine the effectiveness of the library and how services might be improved.  The survery can be complete through their website at or you copies are also available at the O’Neill Public Library at 601 East Douglas Street in O’Neill.

You can also access the survey directly by clicking here

Presidents' & Deans' List Released At NECC

01/12/15 02:15 PM

NORFOLK - Officials at Northeast Community College in Norfolk have released the President’s Honor List and Deans’ Honor List for both full and part-time students for the Fall 2014 Semester.
To be named to the President’s Honor List, students must earn a perfect grade point average of 4.0 and be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours.  Some 160 students made the President’s Full-time Honor List this fall semester.  Students named to the Deans’ Honor List must have earned a grade point average of 3.75 or above and be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours.  Two-hundred-one students were named to the Deans’ Honor List.
Another 165 students named to the President’s Part-Time list attained a 4.0 grade point average while taking at least six credit hours, and 63 students named to the Deans’ Part-Time list earned a grade point average of 3.75 or above while taking at least six credit hours.
Northeast serves residents in 20 counties in Northeast Nebraska.

PRESIDENT’S HONOR LIST - Full-Time, Fall 2014
Following is a list of students, and their respective hometowns, named to the President’s Honor List for full-time students for the Fall 2014 Semester at Northeast Community College.  These students earned a 4.0 grade point for at least 12 hours.
Atkinson - Jonathan Schulte, Cheleigh Sholes; Bartlett - Chelsea Nichols; Battle Creek - Deanna Albin; Bloomfield - Bethany Luedke; Brunswick - Celine Eggerling; Burwell - Haylee Jordan, Zachary Turek; Clearwater - Taylor Pokorny; Creighton - Shayna Kruse; Karissa Rudloff; Elgin - Chelsi Mescher, Nash Schindler; Emmet - Brock Schueth; Ewing - Blake Cunningham; Neligh - Dillon Smith; Niobrara - Daniel Red Owl; O'Neill - Lucas George, Kelsey Mundhenke, Jamie Olberding, Elizabeth Wallace; Orchard - Matthew Burden; Osmond - Kaleb Eichberger; Petersburg - Sydney Schumacher; Stuart - Kayla Bouska, Brooke Jarman; Tilden - Michaela Grubb, John O'Brien, Brian Sibert; Verdigre - Karly Liska;
PRESIDENT’S HONOR LIST—Part-time, Fall 2014
The following is a list of students, and their respective hometowns, named to the President’s Honor List for part-time students for the Fall 2014 Semester at Northeast Community College.  These students attained a perfect grade point average of 4.0 for the semester while being enrolled for at least six credit hours.
Atkinson - Aaron Johnson, Caitlyn Nelson; Bassett - Christopher Coulter, Tyler Knox, Nolan Sybrant; Bloomfield - Grace Trenhaile; Brunswick - Marissa Frank, Sarah Smith; Chambers - Nicole Beed, Clint Jordan, Donna Libolt; Clearwater - Kara Ahlers, Kelsie Waller; Creighton - Brittney Backstrom, Brook Baller, Rebecca Eggerling; Crofton - Jenny Motacek; Ewing - Michala Winings; Lynch - Hollyn Nelson, Drew Purviance, Madison Rossmeier, Mykah Strom, Naper - Amber Bendig; Niobrara - Penny Reynolds; O'Neill - Karina DeLaO, Donald DeLong, Sarah Devall, Levi Ethington, Kacie Gribble, Lala Hinton, Tyson Hostert, Blake Johnston, Grant Johnston, Ariel Lichty, Walker Liewer, Kelsey Sibbel, Lydia Sigler, Patricia Thompson, Kathy Timmerman, Addie Wetzel, Alyssa Wiese; Oakdale - Christy Jockens; Orchard - Keelie Meyer, Briana Stelling; Osmond - Caleb Krohn, Jason Stech; Petersburg - Courtney Schumacher; Spencer - Laura Ohri; Springview - Moriah Heerten;

DEANS’ LIST-Full-time, Fall 2014
The following is a list of students, and their respective hometowns, named to the Deans’ Honor List for full-time students for the Fall 2014 Semester at Northeast Community College. These students attained a grade point average of 3.75 for the semester while being enrolled for at least 12 credit hours.
Atkinson - Cheyenne Akes, Skye Cavaness, Danial Frickel, Cole Moon, Thomas Rentschler, Shaely Thiele, Shelby Weber; Bloomfield - Brenden Johnson, Kash Poppe; Brunswick - Corby Forbes; Burwell - Jillian Spencer; Creighton - Charissa Hanzlik, Kayla Tyler; Crofton - Jared Allen, Diane Gobel, Breanna Hansen; Elgin - Nicklaus Heithoff; ; Ericson - Nathan Smith; Naper - Alex Bendig; Niobrara - Brianne Dekay; O'Neill - Candace Calkins, Taylor Mitchell; Oakdale -Angela Richart; Orchard - Bailey Schwager; Osmond - Daniel Wiese; Page - Cody Buxton; Petersburg - Peter Starman; Plainview - Cara Friedrich, Katie Goetzinger, Bryce Hightree, Blake Waldow;

DEAN’S LIST Part-Time, Fall 2014
The following students, with their respective hometowns, were named to the Deans’ Honor List for part-time students for the Fall 2014 Semester.  These students attained a grade point average of 3.75 for the semester while being enrolled for at least 6 credit hours.
Atkinson - Rachael Osborne; Bartlett - Timothy Burdick, Teresa Tunender; Brunswick - Hannah Smith; Crofton - Madelyn Paulsen; Ewing - Levi Koenig, Marissa Koenig; Hartington - Samuel Anderson, Kenedy Biltoft, Anna Brodersen, Amber Leise, Paige Wuebben; Neligh - Nicole Olson; Niobrara - Katie Ryan; O'Neill - Shanna Beard, Adam Martinsen; Orchard - Kaci Schacht; Osmond - Dominic Schmit; Spencer - Dempsey Tapley; Springview - Kara Bruns; Stuart -Emily Kaup; 

Atkinson Knights of Columbus Hold Free Throw Competition

01/12/15 01:53 PM
The Atkinson Knights of Columbus Post #4707 held their free throw contest at West Holt Schools on Saturday, January 10, 2015 with 34 contestants.
These winners will compete at the District competition which will be held Sunday, February 8 in Stuart.
Here are the age group winners
Front row: Age 9  Catarina Ketteler, Age 10 Jaden Mathis, Age 11 Landyn Mlady, Age 12 Reghan Kerkman, Age 13 Lindsey Jelinek and Age 14 Leighton Mlady 
Back row: Age 9 Caeden Lech, Age 10 Weston Mathis, Age 12 Logan Sanford, Age 13 Jordan Tasler, Age 14 Austin Wenner

O'Neill Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest Held

01/10/15 01:51 PM

(left to right) Kyle Kramer, Alissa Brabec, Hailey Turpin, Jessica Green, Jadyn Eby
Michael Poese, Isaiah Wiese, Blake Benson, Tate Thompson, Isaac Everitt and Andy Fehringer

The O’Neill Knights of Columbus held their Free Throw Contest Saturday morning at St. Mary’s High School.  The winners in each age group qualify for the District competition which will be held Sunday, February 8 in Stuart.  Here are the winners in each age group:
9 Years Old
Girls Alissa Brabec, O’Neill
Boys Isaac Everitt, O’Neill
10 Years Old
Girls Hailey Turpin, O’Neill
Boys Tate Thompson, O’Neill
11 Years Old
Girls Jessica Green, Atkinson
Boys Blake Benson, O’Neill
12 Years Old
Girls Jadyn Eby, O’Neill
Boys Isaiah Wiese, O’Neill
13 Years Old
Boys Michael Poese, O’Neill
No Girl Entries

Kipton Ray Reiman Is 2015 Avera St. Anthony's Baby New Year

01/09/15 10:11 AM

Kipton Ray Reiman

(left to right) Case, Jesse, Jenna & Kipton Reiman

The first baby of 2015 has arrived at Avera St. Anthony's Hospital in O'Neill.  It's a Boy, born at 7:23 am on Wednesday, January 7.  Kipton Ray Reiman, son of Jesse and Jenna Reiman of O'Neill weighed in at 8 lbs 10 3/4 oz and 21 inches long.  Kipton is joined by his brother Case.  Grandparents are Lawrence & Jane Reiman  and Gary Connot and Cathy Connot all of O'Neill.  Great Grandparents are Tom and Pat Drueke, Ray and Arlene Connot, Jack and Jean Reiman and Shirley Schmit and the late Raymond Schmit. Great Great Grandmother Madelynne Drueke.

Kipton and his Mom and Dad will receive the following gifts in the KBRX Baby New Year Contest:
Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital & Safe Kids North Central  - Car Seat
McIntosh Jewelry – Baby Ring
Torpin’s Rodeo Market – Package of diapers
Cubby’s/Godfather’s - $20 Gift Card
Dairy Queen - $20 Gift Card
O’Neill Super Foods – Package of diapers
Blarney Stone Restaurant - $20 Gift Certificate
McDonald’s Restaurant - $15 Gift Card
O’Neill Family Pharmacy & Mindy’s Gazebo – Gift Basket
Taco John’s - $10 Gift Card
Chesterfield West - $20 Gift Certificate
KBRX - $20 in Shamrock Bucks

Holt County Elected Officials Sworn In Thursday

01/08/15 11:19 AM

(left to right) Ben Matchett, Don Hahlbeck, Connie Krotter, Tim Wallinger, Brent Kelly,
Don Butterfield, Bill Tielke, Cathy Pavel, Rod Smith, Ralph Metschke & Junior Young

The Elected Officials from the Holt County November General Election were sworn in on Thursday, January 8 at the Holt County District Courtroom in O'Neill. 
Holt County Judge, 8th Judicial District,  Alan Brodbeck conducted the swearing in ceremony.  Sworn in were:
Tim Wallinger, Assessor
Brent Kelly, Attorney
Cathy Pavel, Count Clerk
Junior Young, Clerk of the District Court
Rod Smith, Public Defender
Ben Matchett, Sheriff
Connie Krotter, Treasurer
Don Hahlbeck, Supervisor District 1
Bill Tielke, Supervisor District 3
Ralph Metschke, Supervisor District 5
Don Butterfield, Supervisor District 7
Not present at the ceremony were Steve Rasmussen-Surveyor, Tom Welsh & Dan Drueke-Weed Board

O'Neill Public School Geography Bee Held

01/07/15 03:17 PM

Front row left to right:  Aaron Dewitt (3rd), Spencer Davis (1st)  Heydon Strope (2nd).  
Back row left to right:  Rebecca Hupp, Collin Lorenz, Isaiah Shabram, Samuel Carstens, Dawson Windsor, Spencer Otto, and Carter Hickey.

The annual O’Neill Public School Geography Bee was held on Wednesday, January 7. 
First place went to Spencer Davis, second place to Heydon Strope and third place Aaron Dewitt.  Other’s that made the top 10 were Rebecca Hupp, Collin Lorenz, Isaiah Shabram, Samuel Carstens, Dawson Windsor, Spencer Otto and Carter Hickey.

High Plains Friends Of NRA Gun Of Month Winner Announced

01/05/15 10:12 AM

It is the first of the month; time to give away another gun, the January gun is a Kimber Solo handgun. And the lucky winner is number 262 Jamie Tomjack from Ewing. Congrats Jamie you may contact Tom at Boardman’s Furniture and Pawn to claim your gun.

Spencer Nominated to Military Academy

01/02/15 05:10 PM

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) released the following statement this afternoon, announcing the 2015 nominees for our nation’s military academies:

“This year our state was blessed with an outstanding number of students who submitted their applications to attend one of our nation’s military service academies. It is my honor to announce this year’s nominees – an impressive group of young men and women whose call to service will strengthen our nation and foster the next generation of military leaders. Nebraska has a long history of military service, and I’m incredibly grateful to these individuals for their willingness to serve our country in that noble tradition.”

Every year, United States Senators are called upon to nominate a select group of eligible individuals from their states for enrollment at one of the five U.S. Military Service Academies: the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, the United States Coast Guard Academy, the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy. More information about the nomination process and eligibility requirements can be found by clicking HERE.

Fifty-two Nebraskans were selected by Sen. Fischer, including Logan Spencer of O'Neill. The senior at St. Mary's High School is the son of Wendell and Sharon Spencer. Logan was recommended to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Spring Turkey Permits Available January 12th

01/02/15 03:30 PM

LINCOLN – Spring turkey hunting permits will be available from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission starting at 1 p.m. Central Time on Jan. 12.

The 2015 permit prices, not including issuing fees, are: resident turkey, $23; nonresident turkey, $95; and resident and nonresident youth turkey, $5. Youth permits are for hunters who are under age 16 on the opening day of the youth archery season. All turkey hunters, except residents under age 16, require a Nebraska Habitat Stamp.

Visit or Game and Parks permitting offices to purchase permits.

A spring turkey permit, as well as a spring youth turkey permit, allows a hunter to take turkeys with bow and arrow in the archery season and a shotgun in the shotgun season. A person may have up to three spring turkey permits. The bag limit is one male or bearded female turkey per permit.

The youth and regular archery seasons open March 25, while youth shotgun season opens April 11 and regular shotgun on April 18. All seasons close May 31.

For more information on turkey hunting in Nebraska, read the 2015 Turkey Guide, which is available wherever permits are sold. A digital version of the guide may be viewed or downloaded at

"The Nebraska Project" Will Make You Proud To Be From Nebraska

12/02/14 03:55 PM
by Scott Poese

Brothers Kevin and Kelly Morrow of O'Neill are featured in this photo.

Want to feel proud about where we live?  Then check out The Nebraska Project website that has recently gone online.  Bill Frakes is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and shows through photography, video and sound why Nebraska is the best place to live. 

Among the many features on Bill’s website you will also see Nebraska people that you know:
Here’s what I would tell you to do.  Go to and explore.  You won’t do it in one sitting; you’ll have to check out the different videos, pictures and stories.  But to warn you in advance, you will smile, laugh and cry.  It will make you proud and glad to call yourself a Nebraskan.  This project is one that every resident of Nebraska should watch and I would encourage you to share it with your friends and family all over the world by e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and in person.

Lastly, to show your support of the hard work and many hours it took to photograph, edit and to capture the sounds of our great state, please consider making a donation to this project.  You can click here to donate.

Thank you to Bill Frakes and thank you to those that helped and contributed in any way to make this happen.  Now get to watching, learning and boasting about Nebraska by going to The Nebraska Project website.

There really is no place like Nebraska!
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