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O?Neill Team Of Fowler And Walters Place 6th At Auto Skills Challenge

04/24/15 04:53 PM
O’Neill High School students Kyle Fowler and Blake Walters competed in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Challenge at Southeast Community College in Milford. O’Neill placed 6th in the overall finals.  Both O’Neill students earned two $1,000 scholarships. ($2,000 each).  Allen Spangler is their instructor.  They did an AWESOME job and through this contest are considered among the top 12 student automotive technicians in the state. 
Hastings earned the state championship title this year and will head to the Ford World Headquarters in June to compete in the national finals as representatives for Nebraska.  At the state finals, both students earned more than $15,000 in scholarships and prizes.
State rankings:
1 – Hastings
2 – Tekamah Herman
3 – North Platte
4 – Lincoln High
5 – Beatrice
6 – O’Neill
7 – Gering
8 – Omaha Public School Career Center
9 – Omaha Public School Career Center
10 – Columbus High School  

Northeast To Provide More EMS Workshops In Area Communities

04/24/15 02:55 PM
NORFOLK – The Allied Health Department at Northeast Community College in Norfolk has announced several free, one-session workshops for emergency medical service technicians in the area. 
All workshops are offered for three continuing education credits. They will be held in local fire halls from 7-10 p.m. 
There is no need to pre-register. The workshops, dates and locations include:
EVOC                               Saturday, May 9           Plainview
Pediatric Emergencies      Thursday, May 14        Pierce
Documentation/Enarsis     Tuesday, May 19         Neligh
Capnography                    Tuesday, May 19          Plainview
Medication Refresher        Monday, May 25          Niobrara
EVOC                               Saturday, May 30         Neligh
EVOC                               Saturday, June 6          Elgin

This program is funded in whole or in part with public funds provided through the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services System Emergency Medical Services Program.
For additional information, call the Allied Health Department, Northeast Community College, at (402) 844-7702.

Phander And Sempek Present At Speech Showcase For NECC

04/24/15 02:42 PM

Jasmine Lee Phander (left) and Drew Sempek
Jasmine Lee Phander, Ewing, and Drew Sempek, Stromsburg, forensic team students at Northeast Community College, perform “Empowering Women” during a Speech Showcase Wednesday on the Northeast campus in Norfolk. Other competitors of the team who performed include Musa Fofana, Serrekunda, The Gambia, Jordan Suckstorf, Norfolk, Tim Browning, Bancroft, and Joe Lose, Kansas City, MO. This year, the Northeast Forensics Team earned 80 trophies at various tournaments. Since 2009, the team has won approximately 400 trophies. (Courtesy Photo)

Friday's Administrative Assistants' Week Winners

04/24/15 12:39 PM

Today we wrap up a week of honoring the area administrative assistants. Today we did our normal drawing for a dozen cookies, and also chose two $50 winners for our Grand Prize drawing.

Friday winners are:
Melody Judge - Agricultural Services, Inc. of Emmet & Page
Sheila Carr - Great Western Gas of O'Neill
Amanda Schluns - Farm Credit Services of America of O'Neill
Lisa Lechtenberg - Butte Farm Supply
Michelle Park - 2 Rivers Irrigation of Ewing
Lisa Lueninghoener - Elkhorn Valley Family Medicine of O'Neill
Diane Keogh - Keogh Electric of Atkinson
Ashley Zeisler - Butte Implement Company
Diane Tasler - Tasler Auction of Atkinson
Gina Koenig - Anson Electric of Ewing & Brunswick

The $50 Grand Prize winners are:
Kerry Wichersham - Lazy T Tire and Implement of Orchard
Holly Drueke - Farm Credit Services of America of O'Neill

KBRX Area Wayne State College Spring Honor Students To Present Work

04/24/15 09:24 AM

KBRX area Wayne State College students will present their work during honors colloquium presentations from April 28 until May 1.  Here is the schedule when our area students will present at Wayne State College in Wayne, NE.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Chelsea Eischeid of Elgin – 
Instructor:   Ms. Johanna Barnes
Presentation: Tuesday, April 28, 2015; 3-3:30 p.m.; Connell Hall, Room 131
Friday, May 1, 2015
Instructor:  Dr. Gustavo Zardeneta
Presentation: Friday, May 1, 2015; 2-2:30 p.m.; Connell Hall, Room 131
Presentation:  Friday, May 1, 2015; 4-4:30 p.m.; Connell Hall, Room 131
Instructors: Dr. Mark Hammer and Dr. Joe Blankenau

Thursday's Administrative Assistants' Week Winners

04/23/15 10:09 AM

This week is National Administrative Assistants' Week, and we thank them for everything they do to make our businesses run smoothly. This week KBRX will be drawing names for the prize of a dozen cookies. On Friday we will draw grand prize winners.

Thursday winners were:
Terri Hergert - Butch’s Body Shop & Auto Sales of Royal
Renee Osborne - Triple R Tire of Atkinson
Karen Ammon - Stuart Fertilizer & Grain Inc.
Stephanie Jackson - Anson’s Insurance of O’Neill
Kristi Schutt - Lazy T Tire & Implement of Orchard
Kim Schweers - Tom Herzog Law Office of O’Neill
Terri Ruzicka - Kersenbrock Dental Care DDS of O’Neill
LeAnn Crawford - 3 River of Lynch and O’Neill
Renee Mitchell - Agricultural Services Inc.of Emmet & Page
Francis Anson - Anson Electric of Ewing & Brunswick

Caleb Ross Receives 2015 DEKALB Agriculture Accomplishment Award

04/23/15 08:53 AM

Caleb Ross (right) and O'Neill FFA Advisor Mrs. Krystal Knabe
O’Neill, Nebraska- Caleb Ross of O’Neill High School was recently presented the school’s highest agriculture honor, the DEKALB Agriculture Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto Company.

Ross, the son of Mike and Shelly Ross, received the award of excellence in academics, leadership and agriculture work experience. Ross’s significant experiences and accomplishments have included working at Opplinger Farms, for area Ranchers, and welding as his FFA Supervised Agriculture Experience program, being awarded the 2015 District X Champion Arc Welder, was a member of the 2015 District X Reserve Champion Welding team, and was a State FFA Degree recipient in 2015. Caleb has been an active member in the O’Neill FFA Chapter and Agricultural Education Department since the chapter was re-chartered in 2009. Mrs. Krystl Knabe is Ross’s agriculture education instructor at O’Neill High School.

This year the DEKALB Agriculture Accomplishment Award celebrates its 68th anniversary. Over these 68 years more than 170,000 high school seniors from across the country have received the Award, which has become a symbol for excellence and the school’s highest agriculture honor. As the winner of the 2015 Award, Ross’s name will be recorded on a permanent plaque displayed at O’Neill High School.

Monsanto, a long-time supporter of agricultural education, FFA, 4-H and other farm youth organizations and initiatives, sponsors the DEKALB Agriculture Accomplishment Award. Monsanto is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality.

Two St. Mary's Students Win RHOP In Medicine Scholarships

04/22/15 03:56 PM
Brittany Soukup                                 Logan Spencer 
Brittany Soukup, daughter of Gene and Cindy Soukup and Logan Spencer, son of Wendell and Sharon Spencer have both been offered the RHOP in Medicine scholarship at Chadron State College in Chadron, NE.
To be eligible for RHOP, the applicant MUST:
  1. Be a rural Nebraska resident (Omaha and Lincoln areas are excluded).
  2. Be a Nebraska high school graduate.
  3. Apply to only the Chadron State College OR Wayne State College RHOP program.
  4. Be committed to practice in a rural Nebraska area.
  5. Be enrolled at CSC for the entirety of their discipline guidelines.
  6. If a nontraditional student: must be willing to begin their work at CSC as a freshman, regardless of previous education.
Brittany and Logan were chosen from a large pool of applicants from all areas of Nebraska.  There are 3 positions filled at this location and once completed, a reserved position at UNMC Medical School will be reserved for each student.

Wednesday's Administrative Assistants' Week Winners

04/22/15 10:03 AM

This week is National Administrative Assistants' Week, and we thank them for everything they do to make our businesses run smoothly. This week KBRX will be drawing names for the prize of a dozen cookies. On Friday we will draw grand prize winners.

Wednesday winners were:
Taylor Shepard - Atkinson Veterinary Clinic
Lynne Bentz - Butte Healthcare Center & Country View Manor
Meredith McConnell - Scribner Grain of O’Neill
Rachel Linquist - Biglin’s Mortuary of O’Neill
LuAnn Cadwallader - Roy’s Auto of Stuart
Dorothy Peacock - Oppliger Farms of Atkinson
Misty Cunningham - Sidak Feed and Trailer Sales of O’Neill
Susan Braun - Braun’s Food Center of Atkinson

Two OHS Students to Compete in State Auto Skills Challenge

04/21/15 02:29 PM

Two O'Neill High School students will be part of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Challenge at Southeast Community College in Milford. O'Neill is one of nine schools in Nebraska advanding to the state finals, and will compete for $120,000 in scholarships and prizes on Thursday.

Kyle Fowler and Blake Walters of OHS are one of the ten teams in the finals. Their instructor is Allen Spangler.

The 90-minute state completion will be held on Thursday, April 23, at Southeast Community College in Milford.  The event will begin at 9:30 am.  The state champions will be announced during the banquet that follows.  Rick Morphew, head of SECC Automotive Technology, serves as the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Challenge state contest manager.

The competition is open to 11th and 12th grade students in secondary schools and colleges (serving local high schools) that offer courses in automotive technology and have at least one full-time or part-time automotive instructor.

Each participant was required to take the state qualifying exams.  The ten highest scoring two-person teams in each state were selected to advance to the state finals, with only one team eligible per instructor.  At the state finals, teams race against the clock to correctly diagnose and repair deliberately “bugged” Ford vehicles.  A combination of the on-line exam and hands-on competition scores will determine the championship team in each state.  Each state championship team will advance to the national finals.

The ten Nebraska teams advancing to the state finals include:
Gering High School (Rick Kinnaman – instructor; students Nathan Adams and Daniel Waddle)
Hastings Sr. High (Rob Schuster – instructor; students Andrew Rutt and Tanner Cline)
Omaha Public School Career Center (John Taff – instructor; students Brandon Morris and Ricardo Garcia-Abrego)
Omaha Public School Career (David Pippert – instructor; students Matthew Summers and Extacy Keeran)
North Platte High School (William Kalblinger – instructor; students Ryan Prevenas and Trevor Lee)
Columbus High School (Ron Haefner – instructor; students Ross Makovicka and Ivan Menjivar)
Lincoln High School (Donald Simpson – instructor; students Taylor Hillhouse and Marcelles Cherry)
Beatrice High School (Chuck Brockman – instructor; students Dominic Maguire and Kyle Wienke)
Tekamah Herman High School (Graig McElmuray – instructor; students Zach Ackerman and Dylan Larson)
O’Neill High School (Allen Spangler – instructor; students Blake Walters and Kyle Fowler)

Fifty state teams will compete for the national title at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, June 7-9, 2015.  Following a written exam, the teams will face-off in a timed competition during which they are required to diagnose and repair a different set of “bugs” in a 2015 Ford vehicle.  The team with the best combined written test and hands-on competition scores earns the national title. All new vehicles used in this contest are generously provided by Hertz Corporation.

The national first place team will have the opportunity to shadow a professional race team.  The students and their instructor will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Wood Brothers Racing facility where they will work on race cars and learn from top automotive engineers.  In addition, they will receive VIP treatment at a nationally televised racing event.

The state contest is organized and sponsored by AAA, Ford Motor Company, the Nebraska Department of Education, Southeast Community College, NAPA Auto, and Hertz Corporation.

The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition works in collaboration with the automotive industry and local communities to build awareness of career opportunities in the automotive service industry. Millions of dollars in scholarships will be provided at the state and national levels to 2015 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competitors.

Rural Serviceship Program Interns To Come To O'Neill This Summer

04/21/15 02:20 PM

By Kelli Rollin, Nebraska News Service
LINCOLN--Small towns are the place to be for some college students.

The Rural Serviceship Program through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers an internship program for students to work on community projects in rural towns during the summer.

Towns apply to be selected to host interns through the two-year-old program supported by the University's Rural Futures Institute, which aims to help revitalize rural areas.

So far, seven towns and 14 student interns have participated in the program. Towns in our area that have already benefited are Neligh, Ord and Valentine. Towns selected have been spread across the state, from Seward to Kimball.

This summer marks the program's third year. Tom Field, director of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program at UNL, said three towns have been selected for summer 2015.
The communities of O'Neill, Cambridge and Brownville will participate in the program and have two interns each. Field said final decisions on interns haven't been made yet.
Interns are paid a stipend of about $1,600 for the eight-week program and can use the internship to fulfill school requirements. Towns and students are encouraged to apply for the RFI grant-funded program for next year.

Future applicants can get more information at

St. Mary's Prom "Arabian Nights" Set for Saturday

04/21/15 02:14 PM

Back Row (standing, L-R): Alyssa Wiese, Garrett Gleason, Drew Young, Alex Storjohann, Noah Johnson, Grady Novak, Brant Shoemaker, and Bridget Schneider    Front Row (sitting, L-R): Alejandra Vergara-Kersenbrock, Mackenzie Wecker, Traci Vandersnick, Addie Wetzel, Jacey Kozisek, Brittany Soukup    Not Pictured: Jon Hofer, Ben Parks, and Adam Soukup

St. Mary's High School is holding their prom this Saturday, April 25th. The theme is Arabian Nights. Pictures will begin at 3:30 p.m. The Prom Mass is at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner. The Grand March begins at 8:30 in the gym, with the dance to follow until midnight. This year the entire senior class are candidates for Prom Royalty.

Tuesday's Administrative Assistants' Week Winners

04/21/15 02:04 PM

This week is National Administrative Assistants' Week, and we thank them for everything they do to make our businesses run smoothly. This week KBRX will be drawing names for the prize of a dozen cookies. On Friday we will draw grand prize winners.

Jacquie Wilson - North Central District Health Dept. of O'Neill
Deanna Torpin - Torpin's Rodeo Market of O'Neill
Jessica Schluns - Family Dentistry & Dental Hygiene of O'Neill
Pat Know - Holt County Assessor
Carolyn Larson - O'Neill Public Schools
JoAnn Marcellus - Grosch Irrigation Co. of O'Neill
Suzanne Schrunk - Shamrock Livestock Market of O'Neill
Cindy Moore - O'Neill Family Pharmacy & Mindy's Gazebo
Donna Osborne - Atkinson Livestock Market
Diane Kaup - Keogh Electric of Atkinson

Monday's Administrative Assistants' Week Winners

04/20/15 04:36 PM

This week is National Administrative Assistants' Week, and we thank them for everything they do to make our businesses run smoothly. This week KBRX will be drawing names for the prize of a dozen cookies. On Friday we will draw grand prize winners.

Monday's winners were:
Renee Vandersnick - Farmer's National of O'Neill
Tonia Seretta - City of O'Neill
Glenda Mudloff - Avera St. Anthony's Hospital/Avera Medical Group
Stephanie Cadwallader - Butte State Insurance Agency
Stacy Alden - Holt County Tire of O'Neill
Linda Hoffman - Mitchell Equipment of Atkinson
Janell Rossman - Somthing Special by Marilyn/Rossman's Sales and Service of Atkinson
Julie Fetherston - Atkinson Fertilizer, Inc.
Linda Hubel - McIntosh Jewelry of O'Neill
Maddie Borer - Green Valley Irrigation of Atkinson

Teachers To Retire At Clearwater/Orchard School

04/20/15 03:11 PM
Story by Connie Cronin
As the 2014-2015 school year wraps up, three long time Clearwater/Orchard teachers prepare to wrap up their teaching careers.  Mr. Paul Horman, Mrs. Betty Schomberg, and Mrs. Donna Ziems will be retiring at the end of this school year.  These three dedicated teachers have given a total of more than a century of their expertise to educate the students in the area.  In honor of their service to the profession and to congratulate them on their retirement, an open house will be held on Sunday, May 17th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the Clearwater School.  A short presentation will be held beginning at 3:00 p.m.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.  

The Little Mermaid Jr. Made A Splash This Weekend

04/20/15 11:35 AM

Cast of Little Mermaid Jr. From O'Neill High School

The O'Neill High School Drama Department took audiences on a journey "under the sea" in THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. this weekend with rave reviews.  "This year's cast and crew are an absolutely amazing, talented, and dedicated group of students," says the show's director, Jonathan Jaques.  "I couldn't be more proud of them.  I'm sad to see it end."  Congratulations to all of the students involved in making this production a great success and so fun to watch.  Mr. Jaques would like to extend a special "thank you" to his production team: Cheryl Ludwig, Chad Dean, Terry Kloppenborg, and James Burtwistle. Thank you to all who attended and support the arts at O'Neill High School.

OHS Athletic Banquet Scheduled for May 1

04/20/15 11:18 AM

The O’Neill Booster Club will again sponsor the 2014-15 O’Neill High School Athletic Banquet and the public is invited to attend.  The banquet will be held on Friday May 1 and will begin at 6 pm.  The meal will be catered and tickets may be purchase at the High School main office for $15 per ticket.  Ticket deadline and sign up for athletes will be on Friday April 24.  High School student athletes are admitted free of charge by signing up with the Activities Director. Guest speaker for the banquet is Jim Weeks, head men’s basketball coach at Doane College.

O'Neill High Announces 2015 Prom Candidates

04/20/15 11:03 AM

Back (L-R): Caleb Ross, Levi Ethington, Jacob Emme, Cory Rowse, and Jon Marvin
Front (L-R): Ariel Lichty, Shelby Heiser, McKenzie Adamson, Brandi Taylor, and Brooke Buller

O'Neill High School has announced their candidates for prom this Saturday, April 25. Boys candidates are Jacob Emme, Levi Ethington, Jon Marvin, Caleb Ross and Cory Rowse. Girls candidates are McKenzie Adamson, Brooke Buller, Shelby Heiser, Ariel Lichty and Brandi Taylor.

The OHS Junior class and sponsors would also like to invite the O'Neill community members to join the students at approximately 8:15 p.m. for the annual Prom Grand March, which will be followed by Coronation of the royalty at the O'Neill Community Center. Please come celebrate!

Spring Into Action And Donate Blood With The Red Cross

04/20/15 07:12 AM
OMAHA, Neb. (April 1, 2015) —The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this spring by giving blood. 

Donated blood is perishable and must be constantly replenished to keep up with the demand. Red blood cells, with a shelf life of only 42 days, are the most frequently transfused blood component, and are always needed by hospitals. 

Eligible donors can give red cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a double red cell donation, where available. Double red cell donations yield twice the usual amount of red cells in a single appointment and are accepted at select donation locations. Double red cell donors must meet additional eligibility criteria, which will be determined at the donation appointment. 

Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, and double red cells may be donated every 112 days, up to three times per year. 

To find a donation opportunity or make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Holt County will be in Chambers, Nebraska at the American Legion Club on Monday, April 27 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., 

Harvey Chosen to Attend Jr. Law Cadet Program

04/17/15 04:29 PM

Kaylee Harvey, daughter of John and Kris Harvey of O’Neill, has been selected by O’Neill American Legion Post #93 and the Legion District review committee to attend the American Legion Jr. Law Cadet program.

The program is held at the Nebraska State Patrol training center in Grand Island the week of June 8th thru June 12th, 2015.

Activities include finger printing, accident investigation, physical fitness, lie detector, crime and drug investigation, driving a patrol car, firing a service weapon and self-defense among other activities.

Kaylee is a junior at St. Mary’s High School in O’Neill.  At school she is involved with One Acts, Softball and Basketball.  Kaylee enjoys volunteering with BRAVO, Bright Horizons, The Safe Kids Fair, as well as activities for her church, school and youth group.  She has her CNA and is also employed at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital as a Phlebotomist, where she works before school and on weekends.

Kaylee is grateful for the opportunity to take part in the Jr. Cadet program that the Legion Post 93 sponsors and for being able to represent our area.

Four O'Neill Boys Selected to Boys' State

04/17/15 04:09 PM

Four young men from O'Neill and St. Mary's High Schools have been selected to participate in the American Legion Cornhusker Boys' State in early June at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Blake and Grant Johnston of O'Neill Public and Casey Vandersnick and Marcus Schneider of St. Mary's will join nearly 40 other high school juniors from across Nebraska at the annual citizenship program designed to provide youths with a better understanding of how city, county and state governments operate. Each boy is sponsored locally by an organization such as an American Legion Post, or by some other patriotic, civic, fraternal or religious group in cooperation with the local Legion Post. The four boys from O'Neill are sponsored by O'Neill American Legion Simonson Post 93.

American Legion Cornhusker Boys' State is set up as a functional "51st state" and each boy learns how government subdivisions operate by actually doing the job. Participants will campaign for offices, hold elections, take part in band and chorus, compete in athletics, and be involved in other varied activities as part of the citizenship training program. They will set up their own state government and draft bills.

Special lectures and addresses will be delivered by experienced public officials and professional leaders including Governor Pete Ricketts and Supreme Court Cheif Justice John M. Gerrard. Nationally acclaimed motivational speaker JoAnne Owens-Nauslar is also scheduled to address the group.

The bios of the boys are below:

Casey Vandersnick is the son of John and Kathy Vandersnick of O'Neill. The St. Mary's Junior has been running on the O'Neill Cross Country team sinc the 8th grade. He is passionate about One-Acts and Speech, participating in both for three years. The One-Act team qualified for State competition and Casey qualified individually for State Speech in Serious Prose his freshman year. He is a cast member in this year's Junior/Senior drama production at St. Mary's and he is a member of the journalism class. He was a member of the O'Neill Band drum corps for two years. Casey is an active member of the St. Patrick's Youth Group and has made the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. the last three years for the March for Life rally. He also serves as a lector, altar server and member of the Youth Choir at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. He is a member of the BRAVO group, which stands for Bullying Recognition and Anti-Violence Organization. Casey is excited to learn more about our state government's political process and is grateful for the opportunity to attend Cornhusker Boys' State.

My name is Marcus Schneider. I am a Junior at Saint Mary’s High School, and my parents are Darin and Linda Schneider. At my school, I am very involved. I participate in football, basketball, track, one-act, speech, quiz bowl, and the spring play. I am also a member of the National Honor Society, the yearbook editor, an active member of the Saint Patricks Youth Group, and I am a Eucharistic Minister and server in my parish. In my free time I enjoy reading, camping, photography, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family. It is an honor to be one of the young men selected to represent our District at Cornhusker Boys State.

Hi, my name is Grant Johnston and I’m a junior at O’Neill High School. I am 18 years old and am the son of Jimmy Johnston and Nikki Schwanz. I participate in Cross Country, Track, and Musical and I am also a member of O-Club and secretary of Student Council. I am very involved with my youth group in Norfolk and I love to volunteer when I get the chance. I have volunteered for helping deliver Meals-On-Wheels and also at Mercy Meals in Norfolk. At Boys State I hope to learn more about our government and how to become a more responsible citizen of the United States of America.

My name is Blake Johnston. I am 18 years old and a junior at O’Neill Public High School. I am the son of Jimmy Johnston and Nikki Schwanz. I participate in cross country, track and musical. I am also in National Honors Society, Student Council, and O-Club. I attend First Christian Church in Norfolk and go FUEL, which is led by Marshal Hardy. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and am excited and honored to attend Boys State. I hope that through this experience I can gain more knowledge of government and can represent O’Neill in a positive way. I am looking forward to going down to Lincoln and participating in Boys State.

Area NECC Students Win Honors At NACTA Judging Conference

04/17/15 03:58 PM

GALVA, IL – Northeast Community College students finished in third place in sweepstakes for two-year colleges at the 2015 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference held at Black Hawk College – East Campus here.

Northeast was one of 26 community colleges and 25 university teams to compete in the April 7-10 conference.
Alex Bendig (left) and Andrew Eggerling (right)   
Northeast’s Agri-Business Management Contest Team placed first overall and first on the written exam and problem solving. Team members include Alex Bendig, Naper; Andrew Eggerling, Creighton, Aaron Maas, Bancroft; and Tarrin Quinn, Winside.

Individually, Bendig placed second overall and second on the written exam and problem solving, while Maas placed fifth overall and fifth on the written exam and problem solving.
In the Ag Mechanics contest, the Northeast team initially tied for first overall. However, the team tied with Pratt Community College for first place, but ended up second due to the tie breaker score. The team also took first on the general knowledge exam and second in the mechanics and material handling practicum. Team members include Remington Durre, Oakland, Nick Harms, Monroe, Mike Meduna, Wahoo and Thomas Rentschler, Atkinson.

Thomas Rentschler

Individually, Rentschler placed second overall and second on the general knowledge exam and fifth in the mechanics and material practicum. Durre finished fourth on the general knowledge exam and ninth overall. Meduna placed fifth on the general knowledge exam, seventh overall, and tenth in the mechanics and material practicum. Harms placed sixth on the written exam, eighth overall, and ninth in the mechanics and material practicum.
Whitney Fritz (left) and Samantha McCarthy (right)

In Ag Computers, Northeast finished first on the general knowledge exam and third overall and in computer applications. Team members include Whitney Fritz, Creighton, Samantha McCarthy, Naper, and Maas and Meduna.

Individually, Maas placed first overall and in computer applications and fifth on the general knowledge exam. Fritz placed third in computer applications and sixth overall. Meduna finished fifth on the general knowledge exam.

The Ag Communications Team placed second. Team members include Jennifer Poessnecker, Atkinson, Morgan Quinn, Winside, Regan Herbert, Scribner, and Laura Smith, Kennard.

In addition to participating in the contests, the Northeast students toured the John Deere Harvest Works and John Deere World Headquarters, both of which are located in Moline, IL.  Many of the students and accompanying instructors were involved in an Outreach Volunteer Project where they helped package meals that were to be delivered to the River Bend Food Bank, which is the local food bank for the city of Moline. The entire project packaged 49,800 meals; the one hour shift that Northeast students were part of consisted of over 10,000 packaged meals.

St. Mary's Earns 1st Place at NECC Scholastic Contest

04/17/15 10:34 AM

On Monday, April 13 many schools around northeast Nebraska traveled to Norfolk to compete in the Northeast Community College High School Scholastic Contest. St. Mary's students won ten medals and earned first place in the contest.

Individual medals were won by:
Alyssa Wiese - 1st place in Administrative Assistant
Ansley Kramer - 2nd place in Algebra 1
Zac Wiese - 1st place in Algebra 2
Tracy Chvala - 3rd place in Business Law
Logan Spencer - 2nd place in Calculus
Paula Zakrzewski - 1st place in Introduction to Psychology, 2nd place in Foods and Nutrition
Bridget Schneider - 3rd place in Physical Education, Health and Wellness
Jon Hofer - 2nd place in Technical Math
Ashley Everitt - 3rd place in Trigonometry

Congratulations to the entire scholastic team on a job well done.

Stuart Man Arrested After Vehicle Pursuit

04/17/15 10:00 AM

On April 15 the O'Neill Police Department and Holt County Sheriff's Office were involved in a pursuit that originated in O'Neill.

The chase began during the 7:00 pm hour when an O'Neill Police officer attempted to stop the driver of a white 2015 GMC pickup that had been reported as stolen. In addition, officers were instructed about an existing arrest warrant for the driver. The pursuit proceeded west on US Highway 20 and ended when the pickup hit a tree approximately one quarter of a mile south of Highway 20 on 484 Avenue near Emmet.

The driver was identified as 20-year-old Charles D. Moore of Stuart. He was transported to Avera St. Anthony's Hospital by the Atkinson Rescue Unit for treatment of his injuries. Pending charges include Operation of a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Willful Reckless Driving and Possession of Marijuana.

Paula Atkeson Named Archdiocesan Teacher Of The Year

04/16/15 10:59 AM

(left to right) Walte Dupre, Paula Atkeson and Father James Netusil 
The Archdiocese of Omaha Catholic Schools office each year awards one rural teacher with the  distinction of being "Archdiocesan Teacher of the Year".  This year, Mrs. Paula Atkeson, guidance counselor and teacher at St. Mary's Catholic Schools, has received this honor.  In a cerermony help at St. Patrick's on April 15th, Mrs. Jennie Schneider, who teaches at St. Mary's and is also a good friend of Mrs. Atkeson, cited her long career with St. Mary's. "She is wholly committed to the betterment of St. Mary’s School, leading by the example of selfless giving. She is a treasure to St. Mary's," Mrs. chneider concluded.  Mrs.Atkeson, who was unaware that she had been nominated for the award by St. Mary's President, Fr. James Netusil, accepted the award as the students, faculty and staff stood in thunderous applause.  Mr. Walt Dupre, St. Mary's Principal, had even arranged for Mrs. Atkeson's family to attend, hiding in the choir loft until the presentation.  She will be recognized by the Archdiocese at the Archbishop's Dinner for Catholic Education in September.  Congratulations to Mrs. Paula Atkeson on this tremendous achievement!

Chambers FCCLA Qualifies Five For Nationals

04/15/15 02:56 PM

(back row, left to right) Jeremy Hubel, Brant Pavel, Chyenne Burrell, BrookLynn Burrell, Jamie Koenig, Schyler Burrell. 
(front row) Kyra Farewell, Sydney Beed, Taylor Peter, Molly Lambert 

Chambers Family, Career and Community Leaders of America returned Tuesday from a successful State Leadership Conference and STAR competition held in Lincoln April 12-14, 2015.
Ten students competed in Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) events. Five qualified to compete in their events at the National STAR to be held in Washington, D.C. July 5-9, 2015. Chyenne Burrell received a gold, was the state champion, and national qualifier in Career Investigation, Senior. Molly Lambert received a gold, was the state champion, and national qualifier in Food Innovations, Senior. Jamie Koenig received a gold, was the state champion, and national qualifier and Illustrated Talk, Junior. The team of BrookLynn Burrell and Kyra Farewell received golds, were the state champions, and national qualifiers in Food Innovations, Junior. The team of Brant Pavel and Jeremy Hubel received golds and were state runner-ups in Nebraska Health and Wellness, Senior. Taylor Peter received a gold in Family Challenges and Issues, Junior. Schyler Burrell received a silver in Recycle and Redesign, Senior. Sydney Beed received a silver in Recycle and Redesign, Junior.
Molly Lambert was also selected to serve as on the State Officer Team as the Vice President of Competitive Events. Lambert also was selected as the District 9 President.
The Chambers Chapter received a Gold Chapter Award and was recognized for their Leadership Service in Action project. Chambers chapter adviser, Marilyn Whitaker, received the Advisers Committed to Excellence (ACE) Award and was recognized for 35 years of service.  

Fire Department Responds to Blaze Northeast of O'Neill

04/15/15 12:51 PM

The O'Neill Fire Department was called to a wild land fire at 9:30 pm on Tuesday, April 14 at 49741 884th RD. The fireman were able to contain the fire in a canyon full of trees by cutting down trees to keep the fire from spreading. Seventeen firefighters and six trucks responded to the fire, returning back to O'Neill around 2 am. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Fire Cheif Dale Waterman and assistant chief Matt Schmitz also wanted to note that fighting a fire at night is a very dangerous and hard task to accomplish. The fireman did a great job at keeping this fire from becoming a much larger fire.

O'Neill FCCLA Results From the State Leadership Conference

04/15/15 10:13 AM

Front row:  Blair Langan, Robyn Isom, Amanda Pischel, Allison Ludwig, Allison Becker, Emma Krysl, and Marissa Lichty.  Back row:  Lauren Osborne, Abby Gillham, Haley Schmeichel, Julia Bauer, Emily Morrow, Faith Walton

The O’Neill FCCLA Chapter is excited to announce the results from the State Leadership conference held April 12-14.

Ariel Lichty (left) concluded her term as the State Vice President of Competitive Events.

Allison Becker was elected Secretary of the State Student Body Peer Education Team while Allison Ludwig was elected Historian of the State Financial Fitness Peer Education Team.  STAR results include State Champion and National qualifier Emma Krysl in Environmental Ambassador, Junior Division.  State Runners-Up and National Qualifiers included Lauren Osborne in Illustrated Talk, Senior Division, and Marissa Lichty and Blair Langan in Promote and Publicize, Junior Division.  Silver medalists were Amanda Pischel in National Programs in Action, Senior division and Robyn Isom in Chapter Service Project Display, Senior.  Bronze medalists were Haley Schmeichel and Julia Bauer in Chapter Service Project, Junior Division.

The O’Neill chapter received second place for the Chapter Developer Award.  Emma Krysl was selected to be a district officer.  O’Neill also has four other National STAR Qualifiers Ariel Lichty in Chapter Web Page Design along with Allison Becker, Allison Ludwig, and Emily Morrow in Digital Stories for Change. 

Cody Havranek Named New Principal At St. Mary's

04/14/15 09:31 AM

News release from Father James Netusil, President of St. Mary's Catholic Schools
With gratitude to God for his Divine Providence, Mr. Cody Havranek, teacher at O'Neill Public Schools has been named Principal for St. Mary's Catholic Schools, O'Neill, effective July 1, 2015.  Mr. Havranek will succeed Mr. Walt Dupre, who has been Principal at St. Mary's since 2009. The St. Mary's family, together with the people of St. Patrick's Parish, enthusiastically welcome Cody and wish him much success, pledging him our prayers and support.

Thiele of Atkinson Chosen to Speak at NECC Luncheon

04/13/15 03:34 PM

NORFOLK – The act of giving was on display recently at Northeast Community College. Scholarship recipients and their sponsors were honored during the annual Scholarship Luncheon, which recognizes the sponsors for helping Northeast students succeed with their education.

“Over the years, thousands of students at Northeast have experienced the generosity of others, first-hand, through the gift of scholarships. Today, we are here to recognize these very special people who assist our students in succeeding with their education,” said Dr. Michael Chipps, Northeast president. “We hear the remarkable stories of our students every day. They aspire to attend Northeast Community College, but many times, through no fault of their own, they run into roadblocks in achieving their dreams. In addition, factors such as family and job commitments often prevent these students from having the financial resources necessary to attain their educational goals to be more successful in life. However, donors who deeply care about higher education, make those dreams come true.”

Seventy-nine percent, or 2,083 of the 2,726 degree seeking students at Northeast received financial aid during the past academic year. Seventy-one percent of Northeast students are eligible for Pell Grants, which means that the federal government believes the family is able to contribute less than $5,100 per year to the student’s cost of education. This past year, scholarships in the amount of $226,000 were presented to Northeast Community College students with an average award of $676.

Those attending the luncheon also heard from two scholarship recipients.

Shaely Thiele, a freshman from Atkinson who is majoring in Northeast’s Agriculture-Agronomy and Animal Science programs, plans to return to North Central Nebraska after graduation and work in the beef industry. The recipient of the Donald Ballard Scholarship and the Gerald and Joyce Petersen Family Scholarship, said that she is paying for college herself and understands the importance of counting every dollar.

“Between working part-time and being involved with campus activities and being serious about keeping good grades, time becomes a commodity. It makes me thankful for the scholarships I have received. I appreciate the donors’ help in supporting young people pursuing an education. Thank you for believing in our future and I want to assure you that we are a great investment.”

Autumn Baumann, a freshman academic transfer student from Pierce, has received the David and Freda Wolf Scholarship. She was ecstatic when she learned about her scholarship.

“I have learned from a young age that I would have to be responsible with putting myself through college. It was just a great feeling when I found out about the scholarships that I received. Without these scholarships, I probably would not be able to go to Northeast and I will forever be grateful to your generosity and will continue to do the best in everything I do.”

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Nebraska Statewide Child Support Referee Sue Symonds Retires

04/12/15 10:31 PM

Nebraska Statewide Child Support Referee, Sue Symonds, retired March 31, 2015, after nearly 18 years of service to the Nebraska judicial system. 

Since her appointment in 1997, Symonds has traveled across the state holding child and spousal support hearings.   Her work has regularly taken her from her home in O’Neill to courthouses in Madison, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Columbus, and Papillion to hear cases on behalf of district courts.  “I have thoroughly enjoyed my years of travel for the court,” observed Symonds.  “In no other job would I have been able to meet so many hardworking, compassionate Nebraska judges and lawyers.”

Symonds has been very active in developing and enforcing the State’s child support policies.  She reflected that she is humbled by the humanity of those on the margins of society.  “They so often live in dire circumstances and have educated me in a manner I wouldn’t have thought possible.”

AMK Dental Holds Ribbon Cutting

04/12/15 09:51 PM
Ribbon cutting at AMK Dental Labs owned by Anne Kersenbrock. Photo by Amanda Greger,Holt County Independent

New Loup Basin Recycling Guide Coming Soon

04/10/15 05:30 PM

The updated, revised, and expanded 2015 Loup Basin Recycling Guide is coming soon!  The new guide is full of recycling information for Blaine, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Howard, Loup, Sherman, Valley, and Wheeler counties.  This the second year for the Keep Loup Basin Beautiful project, made possible thanks to support from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Nebraska Academy of Sciences. 

Affiliate Director Anita Olson said, “We wanted to create a resource for people in our area to use, to help them figure out the best way to dispose of their garbage.”  She says “sending trash to a landfill is an easy, cheap option; but there are better ways to dispose of certain materials to help protect the environment, boost local economies, and help people in need.” 

The guide lists many locations in the area where you can do just that.  For example, instead of tossing used ink cartridges from your home printer, you can bring them to two local schools and a local youth group that are collecting the cartridges as a fundraiser.  

Most recyclable commodities, including aluminum, plastic, paper, and tin cans, stay here in the Midwest.  They are sold to factories that make them into new products including fence posts, insulation, pop cans, or soup cans.  Recycling helps supply these factories with the material they need for production, which in turn supports job creation and the region’s economy.  

Working appliances, clothing, shoes, books, electronics, eyeglasses, medical equipment, and leftover construction materials can all be reused to help people in need.  Disposal of antifreeze, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, used oil, and medication is also addressed in the new guide.  Safe disposal of these materials is crucial for protecting the environment. 

The Recycling Guide contains an alphabetical list of locations where you can drop off the various materials.  There is also a page about community recycling trailers, with a list of locations and an explanation of what can and can’t be recycled there.  Watch your local newspaper for your very own copy of the 2015 Loup Basin Recycling Guide beginning April 22, Earth Day.  Copies will also be available at the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway Interpretive Center in Burwell, and Keep Loup Basin Beautiful will be distributing Recycling Guides at community events throughout the spring and summer. 

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) is grant-funded through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and Keep America Beautiful; and is a project of the Loup Basin RC&D Council that promotes litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, and beautification.  KLBB serves thirteen counties in central and north-central Nebraska.  For more information about KLBB’s education programs, email KLBB at, visit, or like them on Facebook.  Contact the Loup Basin RC&D office (308)-346-3393 or stop by the office at 807 H St in Burwell, Nebraska.

O'Neill Public Schools Receives Grant From State Education Board

04/10/15 05:24 PM

Afterschool and expanded learning opportunities will soon be available at four new sites in the Nebraska communities of Bayard, Cedar Bluffs, O’Neill and Wood River.

Federal grant funds are awarded to support community learning centers serving students attending schools with high needs.  During non-school hours, these programs offer hands-on learning and activities to meet student needs.  The State Board of Education approved grants for the following new programs:
  • Bayard Public Schools received a $69,320 federal grant for a program at Bayard Elementary School.
  • Cedar Bluffs Public Schools received an $83,250 federal grant for a program at Cedar Bluffs Elementary School.
  • O’Neill Public Schools received a $50,000 federal grant for a program at O’Neill Secondary School.
  • Wood River Rural Schools received a $60,550 federal grant for a program at Wood River Elementary School.

Over the past 12 years, the Nebraska Department of Education has awarded federal grants for students at more than 100 different sites in over 25 Nebraska communities.


04/09/15 11:14 AM

Front row:  Ross Gribble, Izaiah Sauceda, Daniel Libolt, Mr. Stairs
Middle row:  Tyson Burk, Clint Jordan, Jacob Green
Back row:  Derek Tomjack, Christain Sauceda, Zach Haburchak, Landon Crabtree, Trevor Klabenes, Tanner Tracy 
The 32nd  Annual Industrial Technology Competition was held April 2, 2015 on the Wayne State College campus.  A total of 113 junior high and high school students from Nebraska and Iowa took the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills.  Schools attending were Arcadia, Bancroft-Rosalie, Chambers, David City, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, LeMars, O’Neill, Pierce, Spencer, and Wayne.  Awards were given in sixteen competition areas with 7th - 9th grades in Level 1 and 10th - 12th grades in Level 2.  Students competed in construction, manufacturing, communications, and energy, power, and transportation areas.  The Industrial Technology faculty and students of Wayne State College sponsored and judged the competition.  Coordinator of the event was Mr. Greg Worner, Instructor in the WSC Technology and Applied Science Department.
Award winners from Chambers:
Jacob Green 1st place in Bridge Building Level 2
Ross Gribble 3rd place in CO2 Egg Hauler Level 1
Clint Jordan 1st  place in CO2 Egg Hauler Level 2
Clint Jordan 2nd place in Web Page Design
Zach Haburchak and Tanner Tracy 3rd place in 2 X Forum Level 2
Clint Jordan 1st place in Solar Cooker Level 2
Jacob Green 3rd place in Solar Cooker Level 2
Ross Gribble 1st place in Mouse Trap Derby Level 1
Clint Jordan 1st place in Mouse Trap Derby Level 2
Derek Tomjack 2nd Place Mouse Trap Derby Level 2
Ross Gribble 1st place in Mouse Traptor Pull Level 1
Daniel Libolt 2nd place in Mouse Traptor Pull Level 1
Clint Jordan 1st place in Mouse Traptor Pull Level 2
Ross Gribble, Izaiah Sauceda, Trevor Klabenes, and Daniel Libolt 2nd Place in Technology Quiz Bowl Level 1 team competition
Tanner Tracy, Zach Haburchak, Jacob Green, and Clint Jordan 3rd Place in Technology Quiz Bowl Level 2 team competition
Clint Jordan 1st place in Technology Quiz Level 2
Tyson Burk 3rd place in Welding
For the fourth consecutive year, Chambers received the overall scoring award.  In light of this achievement, Mr. Stairs was presented with a custom made WSC hitch cover.
The Technology and Applied Science Department is within the School of Business and Technology at Wayne State College.

Flaherty Honored For Performance From Edward Jones

04/08/15 11:12 AM

For the fourteenth year in a row Steve Flaherty, who has been an Edward Jones financial advisor in O'Neill since 1986, was recently invited to attend the Edward Jones Managing Partner's Conference April 22 - 24 in Scottsdale, AZ. The prestigious annual event honors the top 350 of the firm's more than 14,000 financial advisors.

Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle says, "This meeting allows our most successful financial advisors to network and enables them to learn about trends in the market and industry, and share new ideas on how to better serve investors. We discuss a multitude of topics, including how to provide an ideal client service experience."

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm's 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015, is headquartered in St. Louis. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones. The Edward Jones website is located at, and its recruiting website is Member SIPC.

New Water Slide Being Constructed At O'Neill Pool

04/07/15 12:10 PM

Artists drawing of new slide that is being erected at O'Neill Swimming Pool
If you drive by the O'Neill Swimming Pool it looks like someone left their giant Lego's laying on the ground.  These pieces will be put together to add a new 2 slide tower to the O'Neill Swimming Pool.  Perfect Settings Inc. out of Columbia, Tennessee is in town putting the pieces together and when it is finished will tower over the southwest corner of the O'Neill Pool.  Construction will be fun to watch and the finished product will be very impressive and is sure to provide hours of fun for summers to come.

Electric Bill Phone Scams Reported In Area

04/07/15 10:56 AM
Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District officials are keeping a watchful eye on continued attempts by individuals contacting utility customers and businesses demanding that they pay their electric bill or face shutoff within 20 minutes.
On Monday, NPPD reported that the phone scam was occurring in Norfolk and based upon past history, other communities across the state could be targeted within the next few weeks. “Once the public recognizes the ploy, the scammers will take advantage of another community in the state. We expect similar calls may begin occurring in some of our retail communities such as Kearney and Scottsbluff, but this deceitful scheme may not be isolated to just larger communities,” said NPPD’s Customer Care Business Manager Robyn Tweedy.
The Ruse
The individuals, posing as representatives of the power company, will tell the customer that they are overdue on their electric bill and must pay up within 20 minutes or be disconnected. They are then instructed to purchase pre-paid cards in order to make immediate payment.
Tweedy said that several local businesses in the Norfolk area were unfortunate victims of the deception with the calls coming at busy times of the company’s operation
NPPD’s Practice
“NPPD does not do business this way,” said Tweedy. “If a customer is overdue on their electric bill and subject to disconnection, it will be printed on their monthly bill with instructions on what they can do to settle the account. They should call the number printed on the bill, not the phone number of the individual making the phone request.”
The malicious practice is not affecting NPPD alone. It has happened in other states with other utilities, and has occurred in Nebraska several times in the past, as recently as last year. If an individual or business not served by NPPD receives a call demanding payment on their electric bill, they are encouraged to contact their local electric provider to check on their account before making any attempt to pay.
Any customers that receive such a call should not attempt to make a payment and contact local law enforcement and NPPD’s Centralized Customer Care Center at 1-877-ASK-NPPD (877-275-6773) to report the request.

Great Easter Egg Hunt Held Saturday In O'Neill

04/06/15 03:31 PM

Great Easter Egg Hunt Winners
The O’Neill Assembly of God held their annual Great Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4 at Carney Park in south O’Neill with a huge turnout of kids for all age groups.
Here were the Silver and Gold Egg Winners in each age group:
0-2 Years Old:  Lilly Kizzire-Gold and Amelia Tucker-Silver
3-4 Years Old:  Bergan Couch-Gold and Dakota Foltz-Silver
5-7 Years Old:  Yaritza Pena-Gold and Evan Sayer-Silver
8-10 Years Old: Isaiah Davis-Gold and Ana Pena-Silver

Kale Krysl Named Stuart Legion Cornhusker Boys State Representative

04/06/15 02:54 PM

Kale R. Krysl of Stuart Public High School, Stuart, Nebraska, sponsored by The Stuart American Legion, Norton-Carlisle Post #115 will join nearly 400 other high school juniors from across Nebraska participating in the American Legion Cornhusker Boys’ State, May 31-June 6,2015, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln down-town campus. The annual citizenship program, sponsored by the Nebraska American Legion, is designed to provide youths with a better understanding of how city, county and state governments operate. Each boy is sponsored-  locally by an organization such as an American Legion Post, or by some other patriotic, civic, fraternal or religious group in cooperation with the local American Legion Post.

  American Legion Cornhuskers Boys’ State is set up as a functional “51st” state and each boy learns how government subdivisions operate by actually doing the job. Participants will campaign for office, hold elections, take part in band and chorus, compete in athletics, and be involved in other varied activities as part of the citizenship training program.

  Special lectures and addresses will be delivered by experienced public officials and professional leaders including Governor Pete Ricketts and Supreme Court Chief Justice John M. Gerrard. National acclaimed motivational speaker JoAnne Owens-Nauslar is also scheduled to address the group.

High Plains Friends Of The NRA April Gun Winner

04/06/15 11:03 AM

The High Plains Friends of the NRA held their drawing for the gun giveaway for the month of April.  This month's gun is a Weatherby rifle.  The winning ticket number 327 and belongs to Bryce Smalley from Butte.  Bryce may contact Tom at Boardman's Furniture & Pawn to claim his gun.

Area Students Take Part In Northeast Community College PTK Induction Ceremony

04/02/15 04:32 PM

NORFOLK - A special ceremony was held recently on the Norfolk campus of Northeast Community College to welcome the newest members into its international honor society. Students were installed into Northeast’s Phi Theta Kappa, (PTK), Tau Chi chapter during the spring 2015 induction ceremony held in the Lifelong Learning Center.         
To be eligible for PTK, students must have earned at least 12 credit hours and achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 or above out of a 4.0 system.
Rosalyn Cotton, chairperson of the Nebraska Board of Parole, was the featured speaker. She has served the state of Nebraska 30 years in law enforcement and corrections. Cotton holds a bachelor’s degree in pre-law and sociology from Wayne State College and a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She inspires students to pursue academic and personal excellence.
The following students from the KBRX area have qualified for PTK during the spring 2015 semester:
Atkinson - Shaely E. Thiele; Elgin - Yoli Anderson; Emmet - Brock A. Schueth; Lynch - Kody N. Nolan, Riley Z. Schmitz, Zachary A. Wickersham; Neligh - Bailey L. Carpenter, Grant R. Knutson; Niobrara - Daniel L. Red Owl; Osmond - Heather L. Schumacher; Plainview - Cara K. Friedrich, Erika M. Neumann; Stuart - Kayla K. Bouska, Shelby D. Paxton ;

The following qualified for PTK for the Fall 2014 semester:
Brunswick - Corby Forbes; Butte - Katherine Pickinpaugh; Creighton - Shayna Kruse; Crofton - Travis Allvin; Elgin - Allison Koenig; Niobrara - Brianne Dekay; O’Neill - Kelsey Mundhenke;  Verdigre - Jacob Pavlik.

Northeast Community College offers over 80 concentrations/options of study preparing students for immediate employment or transfer to a four-­year college or university.

Strope And Stagemeyer Participate In Agricultural Issues Academy

04/02/15 02:18 PM
Tejlor Strope and Miles Stagemeyer, members of the O’Neill FFA Chapter, has been selected to participate in the fifth annual Agricultural Issues Academy (AIA) on April 8th as part of the 2015 Nebraska State FFA Convention held in Lincoln. AIA is a leadership-based academy that focuses on providing participants with skills needed to become spokespeople for the agriculture industry. The day-long program will expose participants to current agricultural issues, develop communication skills, and provide an opportunity to meet with industry leaders and lawmakers.

Stope and Stagemeyer were selected from a pool of 65 qualified applicants from across Nebraska and were narrowed down by a selection committee to 30 participants. Selected candidates were charged with a task to research a current “ag” issue of their choice and be prepared to explain the issue at the academy.

At the Agriculture Issues Academy participants will be a part of the following activities:
  • Round-robin session presented by experts on learning how to speak to lawmakers, preparing a successful and positive message for TV and radio, and have first-hand training for written and online communication.
  • A visit to the State Capitol, accompanied by agriculture lobbyists who will introduce participants to the State Legislature, and provide an opportunity for them to meet with the senator from their home district.
  • The following day, academy participants will be expected to serve as peer leaders for the state convention’s annual legislative breakfast with State Senators and other FFA members.
  • Participants will be recognized and awarded pins for participating in the academy at the Opening Session of the Nebraska State FFA Convention on Thursday morning.
The Agriculture Issues Academy is sponsored by Alliance for Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN), Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, Nebraska Soybean Board, and Nebraska Pork Producers Association.

Tejlor Strope is the daughter of Boyd and MaLaine Strope. Miles Stagemeyer is the son of Brent and Carla Stagemeyer. Their FFA Chapter Advisor is Mrs. Krystl Knabe. 

Nebraska Lawmakers Advance Livestock Expansion Guidelines

04/02/15 06:13 AM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Livestock operations that want to expand will still have to comply with county requirements under a bill that won first-round approval from Nebraska lawmakers.

The legislation would create optional statewide standards for producers that want to build or expand facilities. Lawmakers voted 34-3 Wednesday on the proposal by Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse.

Advocates say the bill encourages growth of animal agriculture by simplifying the permit process for out-of-state producers.

The original bill would have mandated the standards and created a state-level board that could overturn county-level decisions. After three days of fierce debate, senators compromised with a measure that would rely on state, county and university experts to create the standards. Counties would have the option to use them as guidelines.

The bill is LB106.

Steven Brewster Named To Nebraska Community Foundation Board

04/01/15 11:05 AM

The Nebraska Community Foundation recently named two new members to their Board of Directors.  Newly named from our area is Steven A. Brewster of Stuart, a partner with Krotter Hoffman law firm.  Steve is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law and had been admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, and in the states of Nebraska, Washington and Massachusetts.  He has extensive experience as a consultant in management and board development with nonprofits, NGS’s and government agencies in the U.S. and Canada.  He also has served as executive director for Social, Ecological and Economic Development in Christina Lake, British Columbia.  Steve is a member of the Stuart Community Foundation Fund Advisory Committee.   

The Nebraska Community Foundation uses philanthropy as a tool for community development.  The Foundation does not itself make grants; it empowers local leaders to raise their own funds and make their own grants based on their local community development priorities.

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O'Neill High School 1st & 2nd at Mid State Conference Quiz Bowl

03/31/15 11:04 AM
Monday, March 30 O'Neill High School had two teams competing at the Mid States Conference Quiz Bowl.  The Freshman-Sophomore Team placed 1st in their division and the Junior-Senior Team came away with a Runner-Up Finish. Members of the teams are listed in the pictures below.

9th -10th Grade Team -  front row (l to r) Gabbie Scott , Ehric Strope  , Blair Langan  
back row  (l to r)  Justin Appleby, Nathaniel Jennings, Alex Thramer

11th - 12th Grade Team   (l to r)  James Walton, Jake Emme, Jon Gettert, Sarah Devall, Sarah Ethington, Bailee Dougherty

Nine O'Neill High School Band Members Perform in Class B Honor Band

03/29/15 06:28 PM

front - Alexa Dougherty, Sydney Zahm, Rahtaya Young, Vionne Trizila
back - Jon Marvin, Marie Sitz, Corbin Dean, Logan Spencer, Lauren Osborne

On Saturday, March 28th, nine O'Neill members rehearsed and performed in the 9th Annual Nebraska Class B Honor Band. The event was held at Norfolk High School in the Johnny Carson Theater. Guest conductor this year was Shane Macklin from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA.

Representing O'Neill were: Alexa Dougherty, Sydney Zahm, Rahtaya Young, Vionne Trizila, Jon Marvin, Marie Sitz, Corbin Dean, Logan Spencer and Lauren Osborne. Allison Ludwig was unable to attend.


O'Neill Alumni Tournament Crowns Champions

03/29/15 06:08 PM
The O'Neill Alumni Tournament was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday with alumni from O'Neill Public and St. Mary's participating.  The finals were held on Sunday at the O'Neill High School Gym.  Here are this weekends winning teams.

The 2012-13 team won the women's basketball division of the 13th annual O'Neill Alumni Tournament.  Team members front (l to r)  Mary Kersenbrock Losing, Rachel Price, Lindsey Appleby, Dani Barrelman, Megan Peter.  Back (l to r)  Brandi Walters, Toni Hamik, Shianne Coventry, Lindsey Appleby, Alex Hedlund.

The Class of 2008 won the volleyball division and finished as the runner-up in basketball.  Team members:  front (l to r)  Bethany Davison Brodersen, Breanna Felker, Amber Baseggio Mathine.  Back (l to r)  Kady Shane, Leah Reiman Chohon, Alex Price Miller, Shelby Gutshall.

The 95-97 team won the men's basketball division for the 5th time with a hard fought 43-41 win in the finals.  Team members include front row:  (l to r):  Kasey Brosz, Kyle Schellpeper.  Back row:  (l to r) Todd Kennedy, Mitch Heiss, Reed Devall, Dave Dougherty.

The 09 Red team finished as the men's basketball runner-up.  Team members:  front row (l to r) Michael Harvey, Andrew Krotter, Hayden Schneider, Matt Boyle.  Back row:  (l to r)  Tony Soukup, Zach Sibbel, Nate Peterson, Cody Eiler.

Thank you to all the people who helped make the 13th annual Alumni Basketball/Volleyball weekend a huge success, especially James Burtwistle, Chuck Price, Clint Hilker, Bonnie Kallhoff, Nick Hostert, Josh Brabec, Bart Becker, Monte Grossnicklaus, Terry Tomjack, Kay Appleby, Kathy Hostert, Teri Brown, Katie Morrow, Michelle Tomjack, Kasey Brosz, John Hunt, Curtis Childers, Jake Miller, Kedeyn Johnson, Randall Lihs, Aaron Kruger, Preston Blackmore, Jodi Fox, Pat Hamik, Shelby Gutshall, Lindsey Appleby, and Kelsey Appleby.  A special "Thanks" to our Tournament Director, Gary Hostert, for all the time and work he does to make this a great weekend for all involved.   With that said, this will be Mr. Hostert's last year running this tournament.  In the future, if you would like a team or have any questions, you will need to contact either Seth Kallhoff or Brock Eichelberger at OHS.

Another "Thanks" to the sponsors; Chesterfield West, O’Neill Family Eye Care P.C., Seger Construction, O’Neill Car Wash, Chuck and Kelley Price Family, Special T’s and More, Biglins Mortuary, Lindys Shear Creations, and Shads Electric. 

Stuart Speech Team 3rd, Many Medalists in D1 & D2 at State Speech

03/27/15 09:10 PM

Here are results from the KBRX area in Class D1 and Class D2 from the State Speech Meet held in Kearney on Friday.

Class D1
Logan Spencer, St. Mary’s, 3rd place Entertainment Speaking
Rebecca Hiatt, West Boyd, 4th place Extemporaneous Speaking
Alex Hollman, Verdigre, 6th place Entertainment Speaking
Alex Hollman, Verdigre, 6th place Humorous Interpretation
Austin Burkhardt-Haylee Klawitter-Ian Kotrous-Madisen Randa, Verdigre, 4th place Oral Interpretation of Drama

Class D2
Stuart finished in 3rd place in the Team Sweepstakes
Brittany Hanzlik, Stuart, 1st place Informative Speaking
Kelsey Kaup, Stuart, 2nd place Persuasive Speaking
Brittany Hanzlik-Hailey Paxton-Jaden Schafer-Monique Schafer, Stuart, 2nd place Oral Interpretation of Drama
Tate Schmaderer,  Stuart, 4th place Extemporaneous Speaking
Jaden Schafer & Monique Schafer, Stuart, 6th place Duet Acting
Marie Meis, Pope John, 4th place Informative Speaking
Brody Hupp, Pope John, 5th place Extemporaneous Speaking
Samantha Funk, Ewing, 3rd place Humorous Interpretation
Dani Anderson, Ewing, 6th place Informative Speaking
Colin Erickson, Rock County, 1st place Extemporaneous Speaking
Quinton Shaw, Rock County, 4th place Entertainment Speaking
Emily Swan, Keya Paha County, 2nd place Humorous Interpretation
Christopher Bush-Kenneth Bush-Jamie Hoefer-Alois Warner, Elgin, 4th place Oral Interpretation of Drama

KBRX Area with 3 Golds in C2 State Speech, West Holt Team 3rd

03/27/15 05:11 PM

Class C2 State Speech Results

West Holt, finished in 3rd place in the Team Sweepstakes
McKenna Young, West Holt, 1st place Poetry Interpretation
Alex Fritz, West Holt, 1st place Informative Speaking
Alex Fritz, West Holt, 4th place Humorous Interpretation
Josiah McAllister & McKenna Young, West Holt, 3rd place Duet Acting
Chase Kallhoff, Neligh-Oakdale, 1st place Humorous Interpretation
Katie Funk, Clearwater-Orchard, 3rd place Entertainment Speaking
Sara Trease, Clearwater-Orchard, 5th place Poetry Interpretation
Sara Smith, Creighton, 6th place Extemporaneous Speaking
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