The Cornhusker State is on the rise. Nebraska has the third-lowest unemployment rate in the nation, at just 3.9 percent in October, beaten only by North Dakota and South Dakota. With these prospects, Nebraska is undoubtedly one of the best states for job seekers; however, not all places offer the same opportunities, and cost of living can be a big factor. To help, NerdWallet crunched the numbers to find the best places for job seekers in Nebraska.
We found the best places for job seekers in the state by asking the following questions: Is the county growing? We assessed growth in the working-age population, ages 16 and older, from 2009 to 2011 to ensure that the county was attracting workers and exhibiting a trend of upward population growth. Can you afford to live in the county comfortably? We measured a county’s median household income to see if workers made a good living. We also analyzed the monthly homeowner costs, including mortgage payments, to see if the county had a reasonable cost of living. Are most people employed? We looked at the unemployment rate.
The Best Places in Nebraska for Job Seekers 2. Cedar County
Located in northeastern Nebraska, Cedar County sits on the South Dakota-Nebraska border. The county seat, Hartington, is home to a population of 9,066. Cedar County’s working-age population grew by 3.2 percent between 2009 and 2011, and its unemployment rate is a low 2.7 percent. Hartington’s largest employers included Cedar Catholic High School, Hydraulic Component Inc. and Hartington Concrete. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a campus in Cedar County that has an entrepreneurship program to help develop the area’s economy. 4. Holt County Holt County, located in north-central Nebraska, spans 2,413 square miles and is home to 10,396 residents. Holt County is a part of the Outback region of Nebraska, along with Boyd, Rock, Blaine, Brown, Keya Paha and Cherry Counties. Households in Holt County earned a median income of $46,292 in 2011, and the county’s unemployment rate of 2.9 percent is well below the state average. In the O’Neill area, major employers include Nonpareil Rdo, Garden Fresh Vegetables and Golden LivingCenter. O’Neill, the county seat, is home to O’Neill Education Center, a location of Northeast Community College. There, the college offers business and industry training as well as adult education. The county’s economic development office offers residents access to job postings as well. 9. Knox County Knox County is located in northeastern Nebraska, bordering South Dakota to its north. Its county seat is Center, located in the center of the county, while large cities in the county include Bloomfield and Creighton. From 2009 to 2011, Knox County saw an increase of 1.5 percent in its working-age population, and its unemployment rate of 3.0 percent in October 2013 was below the state average. Bloomfield’s top employers include Michael Foods, Good Samaritan Society and NorthStar Services.
According to word from Chambers Fire Chief Robbie Gartner, a house belonging to the Mark Green family was completely destroyed Monday by a fire. The Greens, along with their four small children, are ok. Most everything in the house was a complete loss as well. The fire occurred Monday around 9:30 am and the firemen were on scene until about 2 pm. The O'Neill Fire Department was called for help. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
OMAHA, Neb. — January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross invites those who are eligible to join the millions of blood donors across the country in helping ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need.
January can be a difficult month to collect donations due to inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make an appointment to give during National Blood Donor Month by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Jan. 6 from 12-6 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, 410 W. Douglas St. in O’Neill, Neb.
Jan. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, 410 W. Douglas St. in O’Neill, Neb.
Jan. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at American Legion Hall, 103 N. Norvell in Chambers, Neb.
Jan. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Wheeler Central High School, 600 Randolph St. in Bartlett, Neb.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Convention was held in conjunction with the Association of Career & Technical Educators (ACTE) convention during the first week of December in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was at this event that Jaci Palmer, Agricultural Teacher at Chambers Public School, presented a technology workshop to colleagues from across the United States.
Through an application selection process, Palmer was chosen among other scholars to facilitate a professional development session. The focus of her presentation was on Google and how google drive, calendar, advanced search options and other applications can be effectively incorporated into teaching methods and organizational systems.
Palmer, who is in her second year of teaching, utilizes technology such as google applications in the classroom to facilitate learning, manage information and encourage students to become digitally responsible citizens. “My use of technology resources such as google has increased productivity levels and I was pleased to share these strategies with my fellow teaching comrades,” said Palmer.
Officials announced there were over 650 ag teachers from across the country registered for the convention. They joined thousands of other career and technical educators and exhibitors for a week of professional development seminars, motivational speakers, curriculum expositions and association business meetings. The convention offered opportunities to engage in the latest resources for CTE educators such as academic integration, program advocacy, teaching techniques, technology options, rigorous assessments and more.
The Atkinson Chamber of Commerce held their weekly Holiday Bucks drawing on Monday, December 16 and announced 6 lucky winners. The first name drawn was for the double your receipt up to $60 and the winner was Kyle Pacha of Atkinson who registered at Great Western Bank. Kyle won $25 in Holiday Bucks. Then 5 names were drawn with each winner receiving $50 in Holiday Bucks. The winners and where they registered were:
Lori Munter of Amelia - West Holt Medical Clinic
Lois Langen of Atkinson - City of Atkinson
Judy Frickel of Atkinson - Braun's Food Center
Marge Troidl of Blair - Something Special By Marilyn
Joyce Kelly of Atkinson - Lech's Super Saver.
The final drawing will be next Monday, December 23 at 2:30 pm and will be drawing for one double the receipt winner and 10 additional winners of $50 each.
(left to right) Jared Finnegan, Daniel Krugman, Steve Nelson, Tyler Carson, Mark Mahony and Eric Chohon
A team of local hunters did well at the Sharpshooter Classic at Winner, South Dakota by placing third in the competition. This was a 1-Box Pheasant Hunt and along with a nice bounty of pheasants, Steve Nelson of O'Neill shot a mountain lion which got a little too close to them. The team consisted of Jared Finnegan, Daniel Krugman, Steve Nelson, Tyler Carson, Mark Mahony and Eric Chohon.
The Nebraska swimming and diving team swept all 16 events on its way to a 195-105 victory over Northern Iowa on Friday afternoon, and a swimmer from the KBRX area did very well. Jacqueline Juffer, the daughter of Gerrit and Michelle Juffer of Wagner and grand-daughter of Donna Cole of O’Neill, earned a couple of medals in the dual against NIU.
Juffer led the way for the Huskers in the backstroke events, winning the 50 back (27.22) and tying for first in the 100 back (59.98). Juffer's victories marked her third and fourth of the season. She also competed as a team member in the 200 yard medley relay which finished in second place.
Jacqueline walked on to the Husker swim team out of Wagner High School, which did not have a high school swim team. She competed five times as a freshman, mostly as a backstroke specialist. This year she has seen much more competition, with one earlier win coming in the 100 backstroke and another as part of the 200 medley team in a double dual with SDSU and Iowa.
Juffer has also been outstanding in the classroom, earning spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters of 2012-13.
Despite not being on a high school team, Jacqueline was very active and successful in a AAU ranks. As a youth, Juffer also competed in the James River Valley Swim Meets in O’Neill every summer.
(left to right) Nicole Sedlacek, Curie Mincer and Scott Poese draw for the winner Photo Courtesy Amanda Greger
Thermal Services held the drawing today, Friday, December 13, for their Christmas Giveaway of a heating and air conditioning unit installed. 434 tickets were sold and a total of $3,300.00 was raised which will go to the Northeast Community College Extended Campus capital campaign that is currently underway to build the new facility in O'Neill.
Nicole Sedlacek, a member of the Capital Campaign Committee, drew the winning ticket and the winner is Bill Bauer of O'Neill. Thermal Services will be installing the unit in the next week.
Thermal Services along with KBRX and Trane were partners in this annual promotion.
~~State Farm Insurance announced today a $30,000 grant that supported the work of two Nebraska Food Banks during 2013.
“State Farm’s mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams,” said Public Affairs Specialist Kelly Pargett. “Helping build stronger communities through organizations such as the Food Bank of Lincoln and Food Bank for the Heartland is just one way we can be a good neighbor in Nebraska.”
Food Bank for the Heartland used $22,500 in grant funding from State Farm to help meet one of its biggest challenges, feeding people in need in rural communities. The State Farm funding allowed the Food Bank to purchase nutritious food for distribution through the Mobile Pantry program. A mobile pantry is a one-day direct distribution of food to families, seniors and children in partnership with local churches and civic groups. Mobile pantries were conducted over the summer in Wayne, O’Neill, Grand Island, Scottsbluff, Schuyler, Niobrara and Burwell.
“The Food Bank simply does not receive enough donated food to meet the demand,“ said Susan Ogborn, President & CEO of Food Bank for the Heartland. “In the last fiscal year, the Food Bank spend $2.2 million purchasing food. It’s through partnerships with organizations like State Farm that allows us purchase healthy food and to work toward our mission of distributing emergency and supplemental food to people in need in Nebraska and western Iowa.”
The Food Bank of Lincoln received $7,500 for its summer BackPack Program, a huge boost for children and families needing assistance when school meals are unavailable during the summer months.
“Summer time is probably the most challenging time of the year for families with kids that are struggling with food insecurity issues,” said Scott Young, Executive Director of the Food Bank of Lincoln. “State Farm’s gift to the Food Bank of Lincoln’s summer BackPack Program provided thousands of meals to kids who otherwise might have gone without. We are determined to continue to grow our summer feeding programs in collaboration with great partners like State Farm.”
One in 88 children are diagnosed with autism. Chambers FCCLA thought they should do something about this statistic. The FCCLA chapter officer team hosted a “Light it up Blue” event during the Chambers/Wheeler Central verse Clearwater-Orchard basketball games on Friday.
Autism is a developmental disorder that affects one in 88 children, and is five times more likely to affect boys. Autism makes children have trouble with communication, language, forming relationships, and understanding abstract ideas. The Chambers chapter officer team teamed up with Special T’s to make “Light it up Blue” t-shirts that all schools could buy. The Adult Living class made cookies to sell and give to the basketball teams. At the door entrees could answer a question about autism and in turn, get a cookie. There were light bulbs and puzzle pieces (Autism Speaks’ logos) with autism facts on them, and some could be turned in for a prize. The FCCLA chapter’s main focus was to advocate for autism and get information about it to some of the local community members and students. All proceeds from the cookies and shirts went to Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is an autism advocacy foundation, where funds go to autism research and helping others learn what autism is. The special guests of the night were Viktor Jonseth, the FCCLA state president from West Holt FCCLA chapter, and Nolan Minarik who was diagnosed with autism.
As one Clearwater-Orchard fan said “it’s great to see everyone learning about this and all wearing blue for one cause, this is truly a great thing that Chambers FCCLA is doing.” Chambers FCCLA would like to thank everyone who helped with the blue and to everyone who wore blue.
The Cattlemen’s Ball Inc., Advisory Board has announced that the Tom Herzog and Kim Schweers’ Ranch, near Redbird, 4 ½ miles south of Lynch, will be the site for the 2015 Cattlemen’s Ball on June 5th and 6th, 2015. Planning is currently underway to make this event one that north central Nebraska will remember for a long time. The largest annual event in the State of Nebraska, the Cattlemen’s Ball is held to support cancer research and contribute to local public health projects.
Hundreds of volunteers are needed for this weekend in 2015. If you are interested in helping out on one of the many committees, you are asked to attend one of two kick-off meetings this month.
The first meeting will be Sunday, December 15th, 2013 at 3 PM at the Lynch Community Center. The second meeting will be Thursday, December 19th, 2013 at 7 PM at the Stage Building at Chesterfield West in downtown O'Neill.
Host family for the event will be the Tom Herzog/Kim Schweers family. Co-chairs for the event area Stephanie Boettcher of Spencer; Kelly Kalkowski of Lynch; Nicole Sedlacek, Scott Poese and Deb Hilker, all of O’Neill.
The Cattlemen's Ball of Nebraska, Inc was established in 1997. The annual event promotes beef in a healthy diet, showcases rural Nebraska, and raises money for healthcare research. The profits benefit the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center and local healthcare.
Jarrod Long cuts the ribbon at the Chamber Ribbon Cutting for Grafted Tree Engraving, Signs & Gifts at 118 South 4th Street in downtown O'Neill. Toni Nolze & Jarrod & Stacy Long look forward to serving you
The Atkinson Chamber of Commerce held their second Holiday Christmas Bucks Drawing on Monday, December 9. The winner drawn was Jimmy Corkle of Atkinson. Jimmy’s receipt was from Roadrunner in Atkinson and was for $25 so Jimmy received $50 in Atkinson Holiday Bucks.
The next drawing will be December 16 at 2:30 pm and will draw for one winner of double their receipt up to $60 and 5 additional winners who will each receive $50 in Holiday Bucks.
Sign up at any participating store in Atkinson by signing your receipt and putting in the drawing box.
O'Neill Junior-Senior High School joins millions in teaching computer science
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O'Neill Public Scool 8th Graders & Administrators Participate
Story courtesy Mike Peterson O'Neill High School - 90 percent of American schools don’t teach computer science. Fewer students are learning how computers work than a decade ago. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented. And yet, technology is increasingly shaping almost every aspect of how we live our lives.
That’s why Mr. Peterson's 8th Grade Technology class, along with the O'Neill Public Schools administrative team, participated in one of the largest education events in history: The Hour of Code. During Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9-15), every student in the class will spend at least one hour learning computer science, doing online tutorials featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Angry Birds.
The Hour of Code is a campaign to prove that regardless of age, race or gender, anyone can learn how to not just consume, but build the technologies of the future.
Our students are among over 2 million already planning to try one Hour of Code during Dec. 9-15 worldwide. This movement, organized by Code.org and supported by Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and over 100 others, is a statement that today’s generation of students are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success.
O’NEILL – “The O'Neill extended campus is a tremendous asset to the community,” said Ann Crumly of O’Neill. She is among several former Northeast Community College students who are thrilled the College is working to construct a new extended campus facility in the Holt County community.
“I know that for me personally, having the option to complete my nursing degree through the Northeast extended campus played a big part in my husband and I in moving back to the O'Neill area.”
Crumly said she had been taking college classes in Lincoln, but when the opportunity arose for she and her husband to join the family farming operation, their decision to move back home was made much easier by the fact that she could complete her degree through Northeast’s O'Neill Extended Campus. “All of my prerequisite classes transferred seamlessly, and I was able to pick up right where I left off with the added convenience of being able to do the classroom work right in O'Neill!”
While Northeast has continued to meet the educational needs of the citizens in the western portion of its service area in O’Neill, it has become increasingly difficult to continue to provide services in an effective manner based on the condition and limitations of the current facility.
Over the past 15 years, Northeast Community College has invested heavily in the installation of modern technology systems, internet access, and distance learning technology in several classrooms in the current facility, a 1938 former elementary school building. An investment in a chair lift has also allowed students access to the basement level computer lab.
Students and area residents, however, said the effectiveness of equipping the older classrooms is compromised by the ambient noises produced by antiquated radiator steam heating and air conditioning window unit systems that disrupt student learning. The rooms also tend to be to be either too hot or too cold, making it uncomfortable for the instructors and students. The classrooms on the upper level of the building are also not accessible to those with physical disabilities. The building’s infrastructure is outdated with inadequate plumbing. In addition, since the building continues to be used for a number of public activities, security of the building and equipment is a concern.
In order to provide the services the region needs, Northeast Community College has undertaken a $2.8 million dollar capital campaign to finance a new extended campus in O’Neill. It will be located on East Highway 275 next to the Farm Credit Services of America building.
The new O’Neill Extended Campus will offer more than what is available at the current location. In addition to more classroom and lab space, it will feature a large area with over-sized doors that will be designed to be used for industrial and agricultural training classes. A site adjacent to that portion of the facility is available for future expansion.
“Through the current Education Center in O’Neill, Northeast Community College has provided college-level classes, personal interest classes, and workforce training to thousands of people in the region,” said Dr. Michael Chipps, Northeast president. “However, the former elementary school in which the extended campus is currently located no longer meets the needs of today’s highly-technical learning environments and does not have space to expand training for businesses and industries.”
Northeast Associate Vice President of Development and External Affairs Dr. Tracy Kruse is serving as capital campaign manager. She said $2.4 million has been raised to date.
To learn more about the Northeast Community College’s O’Neill Extended Campus Campaign, visit the website northeast.edu/oneill-campaign. For questions or more information, call Dr. Kruse, at (402) 844-7056 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Owners Jill & Jason Stamp cut the ribbon at Taylor Made Printing in O'Neill
Taylor Made Printing in O'Neill now has new owners. Jill and Jason Stamp purchased the business from Kelly and Dr. Mark Ptacek. O'Neill Chamber of Commerce members attended the ribbon cutting which was held today (Friday, December 6).
ATKINSON — Certified Diabetes Educator, Michelle Brtek Zwiener, DNP, APRN-NP will hold her first monthly outreach clinic at West Holt Medical Clinic on January 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Zwiener will help people identify risks for diabetes, assist people with diabetes in increasing their knowledge and understanding of the disease, promote self-management, achieve optimal control over their blood sugar levels and prevent the acute and chronic complications of diabetes.
According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2011, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States had diabetes. Another 79 million Americans had pre-diabetes placing them at increased risk for developing diabetes.
Before people develop Type 2 diabetes, they most always have “pre-diabetes” which is blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes.
There are no clear symptoms of pre-diabetes, so, you may have it and not know it. Some people with pre-diabetes may have some of the symptoms of diabetes or even problems from diabetes already. Progression to diabetes among those with pre-diabetes is not inevitable. Studies suggest that weight loss and increased physical activity among people with pre-diabetes prevent or delay diabetes and may return blood glucose levels to normal.
Many first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness or nerve damage. Through education and self-management, a person with diabetes can learn to control the disease, which will reduce the risk of getting diabetes related complications.
According to Zwiener, "Diabetes is a controllable disease. People can learn to control their diabetes. My goal is to provide quality diabetes education to people and to promote self-management and participation in personal health."
To schedule an appointment with Zwiener, please contact your health provider for a referral or call the West Holt Medical Clinic at 402-925-2651 for more information. For more, visit www.westholtmed.org.
LINCOLN - Eight hunters and a dog were rescued by helicopter from two boats stranded in the rapidly freezing Missouri River just east of Santee on Thursday. There were no injuries.
A Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) helicopter from its Aviation Support Division in Lincoln pulled the hunters from the boats two at a time by mid-afternoon. There were four hunters in each boat.
The boats had been blocked by ice in the river, and attempts by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officers to reach them were prevented by the ice.
The rescued men were: Leigh Winterboer, Spencer, Iowa; Bill Lang, Huntington Beach, Calif.; Eric Scranton, Norfolk; Mitch Scranton, Norfolk; Brad Rasmussen, Spencer, Iowa; Colby Kerber, Broken Bow; Matthew Cronk, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Ben Micek, Omaha.
South Dakota Game Fish and Parks had received a call for help at 11:30 a.m. Three Nebraska Game and Parks officers, NSP Troop B officers in Norfolk, the Santee Police Department and Bloomfield Fire and Rescue responded.
The hunters said no ice was on the river when they put their boats in at 5:30 or 6 a.m. Thursday. The 18-foot flat-bottom boats were left in the river following the rescue.
Tom Zimmer, Game and Parks law enforcement supervisor for northeast Nebraska, said sportsmen must take precautions outdoors in changing conditions.
"In cold weather conditions, be aware of your surroundings," he said. "The river can ice up very quickly."
Chambers FCCLA members helped to make the holidays more festive for the residents of the Golden Living Center in O’Neill by decorating and wrapping gifts on Sunday afternoon, December 1. The members annually enjoy doing this service project.
Pictured are Chambers FCCLA members (back row, L to R) Leanne DeKay,
Bethany Lambert, Alexa Farewell (front row) Molly Lambert, Kacie Gribble (not pictured) Jeremy Hubel
The Atkinson Chamber of Commerce held their first "Christmas Bucks" promotion drawing on Monday, December 2. The winner received double their receipt amount up to $60 and the first name drawn out this season was Margaret Trujillo of Stuart, Nebraska. Margarets receipt was from RF Goeke Variety and doubled it netted her $40 in Atkinson Christmas Bucks.
Here are the rules and when the other drawings will take place and what prizes will be given.
The customer’s receipt of $10.00 or greater from the participating business member of the Chamber of Commerce is their entry ticket for this promotion
Each receipt must have the name of the business on it, and be signed by the customer along with having their address and phone number on the back of the receipt.
No photocopies of cash register receipts will be accepted.
Receipts must be dated November 25, 2013 – December 23, 2013 to be eligible.
The dates of the remaining drawings are: December 9th: ONE customer will win double the amount of their receipt ($60 is the maximum amount) in Atkinson Bucks. December 16th: ONE customer will win double the amount of their receipt ($60 is the maximum amount) in Atkinson Bucks, and FIVE customers will win $50 each in Atkinson Bucks. December 23rd: ONE customer will win double their receipt ($60 is the maximum amount) in Atkinson Bucks, and TEN customers will win $50 each in Atkinson Bucks.
Two organizations started the Thanksgiving Holiday out nice by presenting the Holt County Animal Shelter with some nice donations.
Ariel Lichy of the O'Neill FCCLA Chapter started at "Penny War" at the O'Neill High School, and the students and faculty really came through. Wednesday afternoon FCCLA Members Ariel Lichty and Abby Krysl presented the Holt County Animal Shelter with a check for $682.00.
Ariel Lichty (left) and Abby Krysl of the O'Neill FCCLA Chapter
Also on Wednesday afternoon, members of the "Up & At It" 4-H Club presented the Shelter with a nice donation of $425.00 from a fund raiser they had.
"Up & At It" 4-H Members present check to Holt County Animal Shelter President Therese Sullivan
left to right: Becky Hupp, Kelsey Osborne, Harlie Pinkerman, Christopher Jennings
The Nebraska Music Educator’s Association is pleased to announce that the All-State Children’s Choir once again performed as part of the 2013 Nebraska Music Educator’s Conference. The Choir was under the direction of internationally known choral director and composer, Emily Crocker. The choir consisted of fourth and fifth grade students representing 93 schools from throughout the state.
O’Neill Elementary 5th Graders - Becky Hupp, Christopher Jennings, Kelsey Osborne and Harlie Pinkerman were among the 350 students selected to be part of the 2013 Nebraska All-State Children’s Choir. The celebration was a one-day event held on Thursday, November 21, 2013, and culminated with a concert at 4:00 p.m. at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.
Nebraska Farmers Union 100th Annual Convention Dec. 6 & 7 in Grand Island
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“Proudly Serving Family Farm & Ranch Agriculture Since 1913” is the theme for the 100th annual Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) state convention.
John Hansen, NeFU President said, “This year’s convention will be a celebration of 100 years of our organizations accomplishments and service to family farm and ranch agriculture and their rural communities while we also gear up for the challenges facing us next year. This historic convention will take a look back at the fascinating history of the state’s 2nd oldest general farm organization. NeFU accomplishments include organizing over 440 cooperatives, establishing Nebraska’s unique 100% public power system, authority for community colleges, putting the strongest anti-corporate farming restrictions in the country in the state Constitution, and pioneering the development of ethanol and wind energy.
Registration cost is $35 and begins at 8:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday mornings. Convention begins at 9:00 a.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday. As always, all members and the public is always welcome. More information is available at: www.nebraskafarmersunion.org or at 402-476-8815.
The 62-member cast and crew from St. Mary's competed in the NVC west division meet one-act competition on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Chambers.
St. Mary's won the meet, earning two 1's and one 2nd from the three-judge panel.
St. Mary's play, "Boy, Blue" was written by SMH director LuAnn Schindler. The play examines the 1985 death of 9-year-old Danny Stutzman, whose body was discovered in a field near Chester, Nebraska in Thayer County. Through flashback scenes, including actual courtroom testimony, the drama follows the timeline of events that led to the discovery on Christmas Eve in 1985.
Three St. Mary's students received acting honors. Kyle Regan, portraying Eli Ali Stutzman, Josh Cuddy, playing the role of Danny Stutzman, and Wil Hupp, portraying State Patrol Investigator Jack Wyant were recognized.
St. Mary's will present a public performance of the play on Sunday, Dec. 1, along with O'Neill Public, at 5 p.m. in the O'Neill High School gym.
The next day, St. Mary's travels to Wausa for district competition.
LINCOLN, Neb. – The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is hosting an Ag Progress Show Dec. 11 at the Atkinson Community Center in Atkinson, Neb.
The show will feature speakers who will present timely, research-based information on a range of crop and beef production systems. The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Speakers and topics include:
Tamra Jackson-Ziems, "Fighting Corn Diseases in Bins and Bags."
Jerry Volesky, "Annual Forages to Complement Grazing Programs."
Tim Shaver, "Sensors for Variable Rate Nitrogen Management."
Cody Wright, "Mineral Supplementation for the Cowherd."
Al Dutcher, "Have We Turned the Corner on our Extended Drought Period?"
Kate Brooks, "Nebraska Beef Cattle Industry Outlook."
The show will feature commercial exhibits and a complementary lunch will be provided. There will also be a door prize drawing for two tickets to the Nebraska-Florida Atlantic football game on Aug. 30, 2014. For more information, contact the Holt County Extension Office at 402-472-2760.
Darcy Poese (left) of O'Neill PEO Chapter PT and Michelle Jarman CNCS
The O'Neill PEO Chapter GT chose to donate personal hygiene products,including soap, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion and skin care products, as these are just a few products that the facility is in need of.
Please join in the Holiday spirit and donate to the local CNCS Food Pantry.
Your donation can help support someone in need.
PEO is a philanthropic organization that motivates women to achieve their highest aspiration.