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 http://pested.unl.edu 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. DateTimeLocation
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.
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 cropwatch.unl.edu/youth/activities. For more information, contact Brandy VanDeWalle at email@example.com, Aaron Nygren at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy Timmerman at email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 402-340-2483.
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.
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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 email@example.com or Jerry Osborne 340-1182 to register.
The Holt County Mobile Food Pantry will be held on Tuesday January 27 starting at 6:00 p.m. at the O’Neill Knights of Columbus Hall at 410 West Douglas-the Hall is just east of Prairie Hills Ford. Please take note that this is a change of location as the floors in the O’Neill Community Center cannot be walked on at this time. We hope to see you there! February 17 will be the next food pantry and will be held at the O’Neill Community Center.
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.
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.
(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 Oye
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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 www.growholt.com for more information. Those interested, but also in need of financial assistance, please contact Nicole Sedlacek at email@example.com. 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.
(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.
(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.
NORFOLK -- Spring turkey hunting permits are now available for purchase at Game and Parks permitting offices, OutdoorNebraska.org 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 OutdoorNebraska.org or refer to the Public Access Atlas booklet for public hunting areas. For hunter education classes, visit HuntSafeNebraska.org.
PRESS RELEASE FROM HOLT COUNTY ATTORNEY BRENT KELLY 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.
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 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.
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.
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 www.westholtmed.org and click on the Foundation tab or call the Foundation office at 402-925-1956.
For more, visit us online at www.westholtmed.org, 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.
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.
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 www.oneillrotary.club.
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 www.oneillrotary.club.
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.
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!
(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 www.edn.ne.gov
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.