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.
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.
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.
The mobile food pantry, sponsored by We Care, Inc., will be dispersing food on Tuesday, October 21, beginning at 5:30 pm, at the O'Neill Community Center. Doors open at 5:30 pm, and really wish to discourage people from gathering any time before 5:00. Volunteers ARE needed and appreciated. Churches, Youth Groups and service clubs: We can use your help!! Volunteers are asked to arrive by 5 pm or at your earliest convenience. We will NOT be pre-boxing food, as we unfortunately ran out of food before everyone was helped last month. In an effort to be fair to everyone we ask that each family have only 1 representative go through the line. We have recognized some participants are taking advantage of the generosity of the program at the expense of others not receiving help. We will be taking measure to alleviate this and make every effort to ensure those who need food will receive food. We see this program as an extension of God's love, and everyone is deserving of God's love. Thank you and be blessed!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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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
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Left - Sue Seger, Recipient of 2014 Nebraska ParaOptometric of the Year Award, presented by Dr. Jonna Kohle (right) of O'Neill Family Eyecare, P.C. at the Nebraska Optometric Association Convention in Kearney, NE
LINCOLN, NE — Sue Seger, CPO, of O’Neill was named Nebraska Paraoptometric of the Year at the Nebraska Optometric Association’s (NOA) annual convention September 27 in Kearney. Sue works with Dr. Phil Gildersleeve and Dr. Jonna Kohle at O’Neill Family Eyecare.
Sue Seger, CPO, has 14 years of experience at O’Neill Family Eyecare. She serves as Patient Care Manager and Optical Manager, directly oversees team members, is responsible for successful EHR implementation and execution, optical inventory and patient orders, team member schedules and team unity. Sue is the go-to person for troubleshooting all patient care and optical problems. She is involved in the hiring process and oversees the training of new team members. She works with patients for prelims, diagnostic testing, and optical care and works directly with doctors on any patient or team member concerns.
Sue can often be found going beyond the call of duty, doing whatever needs done, including changing light bulbs, taking bank deposits, shoveling the walk, washing windows, repairing equipment, coming early, leaving late, setting up health fairs, scheduling See To Learn clinics, presenting to the boy scouts, and paying home and nursing home visits to patients who need frame adjustments, repairs, or even help with eye drops.
Sue’s exceptional, diligent, enthusiastic work ethic and integrity inevitably rub off on co-workers, and she has an amazing way of combining management, humor, mothering and friendship that leaves her respected and endeared by her teammates and patients alike. She is a true leader, and a shining star at O’Neill Family Eyecare.
This prestigious award is presented to a paraoptometric who has made an outstanding contribution to the fields of paraoptometry and optometry, been an asset to his/her doctor, sought self advancement through continuing education and commitment to the profession, and has numerous years of experience.
The Nebraska Optometric Association represents over 240 doctors of optometry throughout the state. The purpose of the NOA Paraoptometric Section is to promote a team concept between the optometric professional and the paraoptometric assistant to better serve the eye health needs of the public.
Left - Sue Seger, Recipient of 2014 Nebraska ParaOptometric of the Year Award,
presented by Dr. Jonna Kohle of O'Neill Family Eyecare, P.C. (right) at the Nebraska Optometric Association Convention in Kearney, NE
LINCOLN, NE (September 29, 2014) — Sue Seger, CPO, of O’Neill was named Nebraska Paraoptometric of the Year at the Nebraska Optometric Association’s (NOA) annual convention September 27 in Kearney. Sue works with Dr. Phil Gildersleeve and Dr. Jonna Kohle at O’Neill Family Eyecare. Sue Seger, CPO, has 14 years of experience at O’Neill Family Eyecare. She serves as Patient Care Manager and Optical Manager, directly oversees team members, is responsible for successful EHR implementation and execution, optical inventory and patient orders, team member schedules and team unity. Sue is the go-to person for troubleshooting all patient care and optical problems. She is involved in the hiring process and oversees the training of new team members. She works with patients for prelims, diagnostic testing, and optical care and works directly with doctors on any patient or team member concerns. Sue can often be found going beyond the call of duty, doing whatever needs done, including changing light bulbs, taking bank deposits, shoveling the walk, washing windows, repairing equipment, coming early, leaving late, setting up health fairs, scheduling See To Learn clinics, presenting to the boy scouts, and paying home and nursing home visits to patients who need frame adjustments, repairs, or even help with eye drops. Sue’s exceptional, diligent, enthusiastic work ethic and integrity inevitably rub off on co-workers, and she has an amazing way of combining management, humor, mothering and friendship that leaves her respected and endeared by her teammates and patients alike. She is a true leader, and a shining star at O’Neill Family Eyecare. This prestigious award is presented to a paraoptometric who has made an outstanding contribution to the fields of paraoptometry and optometry, been an asset to his/her doctor, sought self advancement through continuing education and commitment to the profession, and has numerous years of experience. The Nebraska Optometric Association represents over 240 doctors of optometry throughout the state. The purpose of the NOA Paraoptometric Section is to promote a team concept between the optometric professional and the paraoptometric assistant to better serve the eye health needs of the public.
Atkinson resident Jessica Green recently competed in the National Pedal Tractor pull on Saturday, September 20th at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota. There were 27 girls competing in the ten year old division. Jessica pulled 36.5 feet and finished in 7th place.
Pictured (l-r): Tony Fonseca, Tanner Storjohann, Derek Babutzke, Not pictured-Tony Bohnet
Derek Babutzke, Tanner Storjohann, Tony Bohnet, and Tony Fonseca placed 1st in the Open-Team competition at the Pressey State .22 Shot at Pressey Wildlife Management Area on Saturday September 27.. Individual awards were given to Tanner Storjohann for 3rd place finish in the Junior-High Division, Tony Bohnet for 2nd place finish in Light-Scope, and Tony Fonseca for 2nd place finish in the Novice Division.
Carson Blum and Jauden Kauk were crowned King and Queen,
while Isaac Mertens and Alex Hedlund (2nd from right) received Prince and Princess honors.
On Friday, September 26 at Hastings College the Homecoming Dinner was held at the City Auditorium where students from the Junior class were crowned for the royalty court. Carson Blum and Jayden Kauk were bestowed the titles of King and Queen, and Isaac Mertens and Alex Hedlund were named Prince and Princess. Alex Hedlund, of O'Neill, is the daughter of Dr. Mike & Carol Hedlund.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today wrote to the Army Corps of Engineers and Fish and Wildlife Service pressing for answers about private land acquisitions and habitat construction along the Missouri River in Northeast Nebraska. The letter questions the federal government’s strategy to preserve fish and wildlife along the river in light of a scientific report suggesting that the habitat construction projects are not effective and concerns raised by citizens about the projects’ impacts to private property. Taxpayers have already spent millions of dollars on these projects, and the Army Corps is planning to spend millions more, with little or no evidence of effectiveness. “We do not believe that the costs and scale of federal acquisitions along the Missouri River can be justified when the scientific evidence of their efficacy in preserving these species seems to be hypothetical,” the Senators wrote. “We urge you to cease burning through taxpayer dollars acquiring land and constructing habitat until evidence demonstrates that these projects are actually effective in species restoration.” The full text of the letter is available below: Dear Director Ashe and Lieutenant General Bostick: We write to express concern about actions taken in the name of enforcing the Endangered Species Act that have impacted the livelihoods and security of Nebraskans living along the banks of the Missouri River. As you are aware, the Biological Opinion issued by Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in 2000 and amended in 2003 found the operation of the Missouri River Main Stem Reservoir System by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jeopardized the endangered pallid sturgeon, least tern, and piping plover and offered alternative measures to protect the species. One of the alternatives identified by FWS was habitat restoration, creation, and acquisition. This alternative requires the creation of 20-30 acres per mile of shallow water habitat and 80 acres per mile of emergent sandbar habitat. Thousands of acres of habitat have already been constructed. Some of it was damaged in the 2011 flood and now has to be reconstructed. Many more millions of dollars remain to be spent on these projects to bring the river into compliance with FWS’s Biological Opinion, and the Corps appears to be forging ahead. However, while the Corps proceeds with habitat construction, our understanding of the effectiveness of these projects has also progressed. Specifically, the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee commissioned a report by its Independent Science Advisory Panel to assess the effectiveness of these measures. This panel of scientific experts cast doubt on the hypothesis of the plan—that these habitat measures would reverse decline of sturgeon, tern, and plover caused by the Bank Stabilization and Navigation Act—as demonstrated in this excerpt: “From current information it is unclear whether or how habitat construction can contribute to the recovery of pallid sturgeon. Recovery of pallid sturgeon in the Missouri River ultimately may be independent of habitat construction efforts, and may instead depend on successful recruitment below the Missouri and Mississippi rivers confluence, but this is an area of substantial uncertainty. Enhanced population numbers of piping plovers and least terns that may derive from habitat restoration and construction efforts below Gavins Point Dam have unknown implications for the status, trends, and recovery of piping plover across its broader range in the northern Great Plains, or least tern across the interior of North America.” To summarize, the projects may not be contributing to species recovery. And if that is the case, why is the Corps forging ahead with land purchases and habitat construction? Has empirical research been conducted since this report was published that demonstrates the positive impact of habitat construction on species recovery? We do not believe that the costs and scale of federal acquisitions along the Missouri River can be justified when the scientific evidence of their efficacy in preserving these species seems to be hypothetical. We urge you to cease burning through taxpayer dollars acquiring land and constructing habitat until evidence demonstrates that these projects are actually effective in species restoration. Indeed, even then it is doubtful that the benefit of recovering plover, tern, and sturgeon populations outweighs the very real human and economic costs of returning the river to its original hydrological patterns. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 Section 4003(e) requires a report to Congress accompanying the budget describing activities related to the mitigation of fish and wildlife losses. We request that this report include a description of the specific benefits expected from each proposed shallow water habitat construction project for which funds are requested and an analysis of changes in flood risks that result from habitat construction, including through notching, chutes, and any other features that may increase this risk. In the meantime, we respectfully request a response detailing current evidence of the effectiveness of these projects. In the alternative, absent such evidence, we would appreciate a response by November 1, 2014, to our request that you cease land acquisitions and habitat construction along the Missouri River in Nebraska. Residents of Nebraska’s river communities deserve to know the impacts of these projects. Sincerely, Mike Johanns United States Senator Deb Fischer United States Senator
Alex Hedlund, daughter of Dr. Mike & Carol Hedlund of O'Neill, is a Queen Candidate for Hastings College 2014 Homecoming Week. Crowning of the King & Queen will be this Saturday, September 27 during the Hastings vs Dakota Wesleyan Football Game.
2014 Hastings College Homecoming Candidates! Back row: Lane Baker, Ian T. Tuttle, Tyler Donovan, and Matt Kissinger; Third row: Justin Arends, Carson Blum, Leland Dexter, and Isaac Mertens; Second Row: Chelsey Morten, Anna Lichti, Alex Hedlund, Haley Gebers, and Brooke Appelhans; Front row: Laura Hurley, Mollie Strain, Libby Kissinger, Kelli Poplau, and Jayden Kauk