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Help Make Atkinson A Better Place To Live, Work And Play


11/24/14 03:11 PM
Atkinson, Neb. –The Atkinson Community Foundation Fund and Atkinson Mayor Paul Corkle  announce the dates of the 3rd annual Big Give Atkinson 24-hour giving event which will be held on National #Giving Tuesday which is December 2. The 24-hour giving period starts at 12:00 a.m. and ends at midnight. 

They encourage all Atkinson residents and fans of Atkinson to contribute to local nonprofits during this time to help make Atkinson a better place to live, work and play. The inaugural Big Give Atkinson event in 2012 had 73 donors contribute $17,220 to local nonprofits. The 2013 event raised $18,827 from 220 donors. 

The Atkinson Community Foundation Fund will offer an incentive for gifts made during the Big Give Atkinson event—a $500 prize will be given to the nonprofit with the most donors during the 24-hour giving event. Last year the St. Joseph’s Home and School Association won the prize. 

New this year to the Big Give will be a Bowl for Big Bucks event hosted at The Alley in Atkinson. Local nonprofits will gather co-workers, friends and family for a fun night of bowling in honor of their charity. 

“The Big Give is an amazing opportunity for us to come together and show how big hearted our community is.” said Monique Johnson, Chair of the Big Give Atkinson, Vice President of the Atkinson Community Foundation Fund, and the West Holt Medical Services Foundation Executive Director. Johnson continues, “The large city of Omaha held a 24-hour giving event i0n 2013 and raised $3.37 per capita. The 2013 Big Give Atkinson event raised $15.68 per capita. It is pretty amazing when Atkinson can outperform Omaha.” 

For the third year in a row the Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce will be the Lead Sponsor for the event. Their financial support will help the Atkinson Community Foundation Fund pay the expenses to host the event, such as, promotional expenses. 

Designed to promote philanthropy in Atkinson, the Big Give Atkinson event will be 24 hours of online giving and other traditional means of giving, such as, mailing a check to the nonprofit or by stopping at the Giving Station at Braun’s Food Center in Atkinson. This event allows nonprofits to share their stories, attract new donors and raise substantial funds that will improve the community. 

Mayor Corkle shares, “I encourage everyone to donate any size gift during this unique event. Due to the generosity of your gift during the Big Give Atkinson event, countless lives will be impacted through your investment in nonprofits that improve the quality of life in our great town.” 

Mayor Corkle continues, “Our local nonprofits deserve our support for all they do to strengthen our community. I am confident this day will show the pride and compassion our residents have for our town and the nonprofits that enrich it.” 
 
For those wanting to donate during the Big Give Atkinson event, you will have three options for giving on December 2: 

1. Donate online at www.biggiveatkinson.org 
2. Stop at the Giving Station in Atkinson at Braun’s Food Center on Tuesday, December 2 from 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
3. Mail a check to your favorite organization or nonprofit 

It’s that simple! 

If you have questions, please contact the chair of the event at 402-925-1956 or foundation@westholtmed.org and for more information visit the event’s website at www.biggiveatkinson.org

We have one BIG goal for this event—Make Atkinson a better place to live, work and play. 

Creighton Superintendent Jeff Jensen Accepts New Job At Central City


11/23/14 03:02 PM

Jeff Jensen

Jeff Jensen has accepted the position of Superintendent of Schools at Central City Public Schools.  His contract will begin July 1, 2015.  Jensen has been at Creighton Community Public Schools for the last fifteen years as a teacher, administrator, and coach.  The last three years, Jensen has been the district’s Superintendent and has been the Head Football coach since 2000. 

“I am very proud of the accomplishments of this district over the last fifteen years.  I have been blessed to work with great students, staff, and parents and the culture that we have developed in this district is second to none,” Jensen stated.  “Currently, our district is performing at remarkable levels in academics, activities, and athletics.”

Jensen will depart from a district of 300 students that is projected to be below 200 students over the next 10 years to a district of 700 students and three separate schools.  Central City Public Schools is a member of the Central Conference that includes schools like Aurora, Lakeview, Grand Island NW, Crete, York, and others. 

Jensen stated, “I am going to greatly miss the students, staff, and parents of the Creighton district.  This was a very difficult decision and I will always cherish the memories and friendships that we have developed in Creighton.  Creighton is a big part of my family’s life.  I will always have a void in my heart and will always bleed a bit of red and black.  I want only the best for the future of the students of Creighton and the Creighton Community.”

Creighton Community Public Schools has performed exceptionally on the State NeSA and NePAS rankings and has included multiple number one rankings on the exam.  Creighton High School has been above State and National ACT score averages for the last eight years.  The Bulldog Football team has been a consistent contender, reaching the state finals on two occasions under Jensen.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to work with the Central City Public Schools and for my children to be a part of expanded educational and activity opportunities, but I will forever have a strong, positive feeling about the people of Creighton.  I have been blessed to be surrounded by great people,” Jensen added. 

Jensen will formally render his resignation, effective June 30th, 2015, at the December Creighton Board of Education meeting.  Jensen began his duties as Superintendent on July 1st, 2012 and is currently under contract through June 30th, 2017.
 

Jasmine Phander Continues To Win Awards For Hawks Speech Team


11/23/14 01:54 PM

NORFOLK – The Northeast Community College speech team captured more trophies at its latest tournament – the Valley Forensics League Tournament at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN.
Terry Nelson, Hawks coach, said every competitor on her squad took home at least one win.
On day one in duo interpretation, Drew Sempek, Stromsburg, and Jasmine Lee Phander, Ewing, placed third; Phander and Tim Browning, Bancroft, were fourth and Sempek and Joe Lose, Kansas City, MO, took fifth place.
In impromptu speaking, Musa Fofana, Serrekunda, Gambia, placed with fifth. He also took sixth place in extemporaneous speaking. Lose was sixth in prose interpretation.
On day two, Sempek and Phander placed third in duo interpretation; Phander was second and the top novice in prose interpretation and Fofana was third in extemporaneous speaking.

City of Atkinson Cuts Ribbon on New Wastewater Disposal System


11/22/14 10:23 AM
Atkinson, Neb., November 19, 2014—City of Atkinson officials, residents and USDA Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul toured the new lift station and mechanical treatment plant today.
 
“This project not only ensures quality drinking water but also makes sure sanitary water conditions meet regulatory requirements,” said Moul
 
“Due to the change in regulations, the Wastewater Treatment Plant did not meet compliance.  We are grateful to USDA for the grant/loan to build the new Wastewater Treatment Plant,” said Mayor Paul Corkle, City of Atkinson.
 
Rural Development funds of more than $2.6 million and grant funds of $1 million were used to correct inadequacies with the city’s current wastewater disposal system by constructing a new lift station and mechanical treatment plant. The existing system outlived its design life and was anticipated to exceed E. Coli and ammonia limits in the proposed 2012 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.
 
The project was funded through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program of the USDA Rural Development  For more information contact Roberta Mues at 308-237-3118 ext.1128.  To find the nearest Rural Development contact for you in Nebraska visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/NE-Contact.html.

Winners of O'Neill High Geographic Awareness Week T-Shirts Named


11/21/14 03:58 PM

(left to right) Derrek Babutzke, David Arroyo, Mikayla Marvin, Gloria Turpin, Decemberlyn Kilcoin & Lauren Osborne
 
Winners of the annual O'Neill High School Geographic Awareness Week t-shirt contest were:  Derrek Babutzke Ozark Mountains (geographic feature), David Arroyo Coahuila, Mexico soccer (sports franchise), Mikayla Marvin Mato Grosso, Brazil (unique place), Gloria Turpin Bali, Indonesia (greatest distance from O'Neill), Decemberlyn Kilcoin Inman, Nebraska (closest to O'Neill), and Lauren Osborne Stillwater, Oklahoma (most colorful).   Congratulations and thanks to all of the many O'Neill students who participated in the event. 

Atkinson's Nancy Kopejtka Named Clerk of the Year by USDA Rural Development


11/21/14 02:25 PM
Atkinson, Neb., November 19, 2014—USDA Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul today presented a plaque to Nancy Kopejtka, Atkinson City Clerk, for her excellence in performance.
 
“It is with great pleasure to meet the clerk who has helped her city complete a $3,550,000 project for a new wastewater treatment facility.  Thank you for your dedicated service,” said Moul.
 
The Central Nebraska USDA staff nominated Nancy for the award because she “is always very responsive to requests for information and documentation, at times even anticipating what was going to be needed before the staff asked for it.  Her friendly, positive attitude along with her motivation enabled the recently completed wastewater project to progress very efficiently.”
 
To find the nearest Rural Development contact for you in Nebraska visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/NE-Contact.html.  
 
For additional information on RD projects, please visit Rural Development’s new interactive web map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2013. The data can be found at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html.         
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.

St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation Presents Check


11/21/14 02:11 PM

Pictured (l-r): Darcey Poese, Foundation board member, Barb Slaba, RN/Director of Chemotherapy; Ron Cork, President/CEO. 
Photo by Amanda Greger/Holt County Independent

 
The St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation Dinner Theater was a huge success. Thanks to ticket sales, silent auction items and numerous donations, the Foundation is now able to purchase five new infusion pumps for the chemotherapy department. These new pumps will provide the most up-to-date features to provide our patients with the optimal safe guards during their treatment. 

"We would like to thank the foundation for their generous donation. Your thoughtfulness is a gift  we will always treasure," said Barbara Slaba, RN/director of chemotherapy.

Area Librarians Participate In Technology 101 Classes


11/21/14 01:57 PM
Librarians from Rock County, Ainsworth, Atkinson, O'Neill and Creighton participated in a series of Technology 101 classes held at the Atkinson Public Library over the last three months.  Devra Dragos and Holly Woldt from the Nebraska Library Commission, and Extension Educators Amy Timmerman, LaDonna Werth, and Jay Jenkens presented sessions on social media, broadband, cloud computing, Word and Excel tips, general troubleshooting, etc.  This was offered as part of the Nebraska Broadband Initiative, and was sponsored by the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension and the Nebraska Library Commission.   

St. Mary's One Act Wins NVC


11/21/14 01:43 PM
The Saint Mary's One-Act Cast and Crew competed in the NVC West competition  in Stuart, and came home with their fourth straight Conference Championship! Also, several actresses earned outstanding performance awards. The actresses were Molly Atkeson, Bridget Schneider, and Brittany Soukup. In addition, Logan Spencer received the NVC Best Male Actor Award. Not pictured: Noah Johnson, Paige Gaughenbaugh, and Kaylee Harvey. 

Logan Spencer of St. Mary's won the NVC Best Male Actor Award

Farm Bill Meetings Give Farmers A Chance To Learn About Coverage Programs


11/20/14 04:39 PM

The Holt- Boyd Farm Service Agency and UNL Extension Service is hosting a Farm Bill meeting on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. at the Our Saviour's Lutheran Hall in Spencer and at 2:00 p.m. at the Knight’s of Columbus Hall in O'Neill. The meeting is free and open to the public. 

UNL Extension Service , will demonstrate the online decision-making tools that are available to producers to help make important enrollment decisions regarding the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. Learning more about ARC and PLC is extremely important for producers who must make a one-time decision about base and yield updates as well as ARC or PLC election and enrollment decisions. An FSA representative will be in attendance to answer any questions on ARC and PLC policy and procedure.

For more information about the meeting, please contact the Holt-Boyd County FSA Offices at 402-336-3796 extension 2.
Access to a full schedule of statewide Producer Information Meetings is available at www.fsa.usda.gov/ne or farmbill.unl.edu.

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting/event/function should contact the Holt-Boyd FSA office at 402-336-3796 extension 2 or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339
 

Neligh Businesses Wish You "Merry Monday" With Sales


11/20/14 04:33 PM

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O'Neill FCCLA Members Recognized At State Capital Ceremony


11/20/14 01:44 PM

(left to right) Governor Dave Heineman, Emily Morrow, Allison Ludwig, Allison Becker and Dr. Matthew Blomstedt
 
On Monday, November 17, Allison Becker, Allison Ludwig, and Emily Morrow, members of the O’Neill FCCLA Chapter were recognized at the Commissioner’s Recognition Ceremony in the State Capital Rotunda.  They were acknowledged for their efforts during the National FCCLA Conference last summer when they competed in the STAR competition earning a gold medal and 99.4 % score.  They received their certificates from Governor Dave Heineman and Commissioner of Education Dr. Matthew Blomstedt.   On hand to observe the ceremony were their family members: Bart and Paula Becker, John and Cheryl Ludwig, Kevin and Drew Morrow, as well as O’Neill Superintendant Amy Shane and chapter advisor Ann Mann.

Tony Bosn Spends $1410.56 In 3 Minutes at Rotary Club Shopping Spree


11/19/14 02:40 PM

Tony Bosn did a little damage in 3 minutes!  $1410.56
The O'Neill Rotary Club recently sold tickets for a chance at a 3 Minute Shopping Spree at O'Neill Super Foods.  Tony Bosn of O'Neill was the lucky individual that won the drawing and Wednesday, November 19 had 3 minutes to fill his shopping carts at O'Neill Super Foods.  Tony, along with his wife Chris coaching him, filled over 3 carts with groceries and goodies and when he was done the dollar amount totaled $1410.56

Curt Shambram of O'Neill was the second place prize winner and received a $300 gift certificate to O'Neill Super Foods. 

The O'Neill Rotary Club would like to thank all that purchased tickets. 

Tony Bosn along with his wife Chris & O'Neill Rotary Members get ready to haul groceries out!

Tony Bosn along with O'Neill Rotary President Mike Hammerlun

Senate Votes Down Keystone Approval Bill


11/19/14 06:38 AM

Story Courtesy Bold Nebraska
The Senate voted today to reject a bill forcing approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. 

“Today’s defeat of Keystone XL should send a strong signal to the incoming GOP-led Congress that farmers and ranchers will never back down to their oil soaked intentions. We call on Pres. Obama to stand up and reject Keystone XL now,” said Jane Kleeb of Bold Nebraska.

In spite of heavy pressure from the oil industry’s friends in Congress like Sen. Mary Landrieu, key Senators held strong against the dangerous project, recognizing that the pipeline would not be in our national interest because it would threaten our land, water, and climate while bringing no economic benefit to the American people.

Today’s vote is yet another blow to the pipeline’s prospects, as recent momentum has shifted against approval of the controversial project. Recent polling showed that as Americans have had more time to learn about the Keystone XL, support for the pipeline has waned. President Obama has also made it clear that he has serious reservations about the project, telling reporters last week that the pipeline would “[provide] the ability of Canada to pump their oil, send it through our land, down to the Gulf, where it will be sold everywhere else. It doesn’t have an impact on US gas prices.” The president has also reaffirmed his commitment to evaluating the pipeline based on its impact on climate, which experts agree would be significant.

Holt County Hometown Leadership Graduates Recognized


11/18/14 03:15 PM

2014 Hometown Leadership Graduates
(left to right) Brian Sedlacek, Joyce Miller, Kris Frederick, Tom Hoover, Jacque Kiser, Amanda Greger & Ashley Hipke
(Photo Courtesy of Holt County Independent)

 
The Holt County Economic Development Annual Banquet was held Sunday, November 16 at the O'Neill Community Center.  This year they celebrated ten years of the HomeTown Leadership Institute.  Since it's inception in 2005 over 100 graduates have gone through the program.  This years graduates are Kris Frederick, Amanda Greger, Ashley Hipke, Tom Hoover, Jacque Kiser, Joyce Miller, Makayla Oltjenbruns, Brian Sedlacek and Amy Westphalen.

For more information on how you can enroll in the next institute contact the Holt County Economic Development Office at 402-336-1504 or go to www,growholt.com

KBRX Page News Reporter Charlene Ickes Passes Away


11/18/14 11:22 AM

Charlene Ickes
KBRX Radio is saddened to hear the news of the death of our longtime Page News Reporter Charlene Ickes.  Charlene has been reporting the news from the Page area for 30 years and always had a positive, bright and cheery way of delivering the news each Tuesday.  Charlene passed away Monday afternoon, November 17 at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in O’Neill.

Today, Tuesday, November 18, Charlene's daughter Teri Meyer reported the Page News with a special tribute to her mother.  Click here to listen to the Newscast and listen all the way to the end so you can hear Charlene sign off on the Page News one more time.

Memorial services for Charlene Ickes, age 83, of Page, will be Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 11:00 am at The United Methodist Church in Page, NE.  Burial will be at a later date in the Page Cemetery.  Memorial Visitation will be Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 6 to 8 pm, with a 7:30 pm Prayer Service at Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill.  Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.

O'Neill Christmas Closet Needs Your Help To Help Others


11/17/14 04:06 PM
After the Mobile Food Pantry at the O’Neill Community Center on Tuesday, December 9, we will continue to share the love of God for people in need. Participants can enjoy a soup supper provided by the American Legion, Sons of American Legion and the Legion Riders as well as pictures with Santa. Children and adults will be able to pick out a few nice, free gifts to re-gift to their loved ones. We need your help to make it a success.

We need donations of new or gently used items that would make nice gifts for people. Suggestions include toys, home decor, small kitchen appliances, and Christmas decorations. The only clothing we need are winter coats, hats, mittens and scarfs. Also, gift wrapping paper is appreciated as volunteers will be wrapping gifts
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Drop Off your donations by December 4 to any of the following locations in O’Neill:
ALCO 
Bank First
Great Western Bank 
Pinnacle Bank
Tri County Bank
Shopko 
Most of the local churches

Volunteers are needed and appreciated!Work Days include Saturday, November 22 and December 6 at 9 a.m. at the Northeast Community College Gymnasium for cleaning and organizing. Several volunteers will be needed all day on Tuesday, December 9, at the community center. Contact Chrisy Yates at 402-336-6202 to volunteer or ask
questions. Sponsored by We Care, Inc.

Nathaniel & Christopher Jennings At Albion College International Piano Festival


11/17/14 02:42 PM

left to right  - Nathaniel Jennings,- Dr. David Abbott, Professor of Piano at Albion College - Christopher Jennings
November 7 through 9, 2014, Nathaniel and Christopher Jennings were invited to participate in the 7th Annual Albion College International Piano Festival held in Albion, Michigan.  Since its inception in 2008, the Piano Festival has grown in popularity and stature.  The purpose of this festival is unique – it offers a festival for pre-college pianists of all levels from beginner to advanced.  In addition to their performance, each participant is given the opportunity to play in a master class and take a private lesson from a member of the Albion College piano faculty.  The fundamental emphasis is on learning and celebrating the love of the piano and piano music. 
 
Students traveled from all over the state of Michigan, the Upper Peninsula, Nebraska and Indiana to participate.  This year’s festival clinicians and guest artists were Professor Edmund Battersby from the renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and Professor Kevin Chance of the University of Alabama.  Mr. Battersby has performed all over the world with major orchestras and chamber groups.  Dr. Chance has performed in Carnegie Hall, at the Lake District Music Festival, and with several orchestras across the United States. 
 
Nathaniel and Christopher attend O’Neill Public Schools and are the sons of William and Molly Jennings.  They study piano with Laurie Hacker of O’Neill and Patricia Will of Omaha.

Jace Stagemeyer Piece Featured at Celebration of Youth XXI


11/17/14 01:50 PM

Jace Stagemeyer with his PVC Lamp
The pvc lamp of Jace Stagemeyer of Page, Nebraska was showcased in the 21st annual Celebration of Youth in the University of Nebraska—Lincoln’s Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design October 20 – November 8, 2014.  Items in the exhibition in the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery were selected from the thousands of exhibits in the Clothing, Fashion Show, Home Environment and Quilt Quest departments at the 2014 Nebraska State Fair. 
On November 8, the department hosted a day of workshops for the youth and their parents, culminating in the exhibition’s closing event on November 8.  Each exhibitor in the Gallery gave a short artist’s talk about their piece.  The program was followed by a final opportunity to see the exhibition in the Hillestad Gallery, and a reception hosted by the Friends of the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery.   

4-H Awards Presented at 2014 4-H Achievement Ceremony


11/17/14 01:34 PM
The 4-H Achievement Ceremony is held annually in the fall. This year, the ceremony was held Sunday, November 9th at O’Neill Lanes in O’Neill. 4-H Families were encouraged to attend for an afternoon of bowling fun and 4-H awards. A total of 47 4-H youth in attendance participated in bowling. A number of volunteers and youth were presented with awards. At this year’s ceremony, the Host 4-H Club included members of the Eagle Hustlers Club of Page. The Masters Of Ceremonies were: Travis Halsey and Tyler Beeks. Membership pins were presented to one, three, five, seven, nine, ten, and eleven year members. Leadership pins were presented to two, five, fifteen and twenty year leaders. Leaders receiving awards for two years of service include: Joel Coburn, Christy Deseive, Amy Gubbels, Ann Kurpgeweit, Christi Larby, Sherry Melcher, Katie Olson, Judy Tomjack, and Lee Woita. Leaders receiving awards for five years of service include: Michelle Haburchak and Kerri Klabenes. Leaders receiving awards for ten years of service include: Kevin DeKay and Lynn Nichols. Scott Moore received an award for twenty years of service. Thank you to all these volunteers who have so graciously donated much of their time to the Holt County 4-H program. Awards were given for youth who completed the 4-H Career Portfolio, Diamond Clover Application, and Camp Scholarships. Special awards were presented: Heart of 4-H Award – Mary Pospichal; Friend of 4-H Award – AgLand Electric Motor Service, Atkinson; Outstanding 4-H Alumni Award –Rick Doolittle, Outstanding 4-H’er Award – Lindy Woita. The afternoon concluded with a Holt County 4-H Council fund-raiser conducted by auctioneer: Travis Dougherty. 2014 Volunteers (l to r) Joel Coburn, Sherry Melcher & Kevin DeKay 1st Year Members Back Row (L to R): Matthew Koehlmoos - , Starlea Bowen, Jessica Green, Andrew Koehlmoos, Autumn Hoppe Front Row (L to R): LaShanna Werth, Elizabeth Olson, Zeke Klabenes, Miya Carey, Wade Krysl 3-5 Year Members Back Row (L to R): Cale Buss – 3 year, Lawrence Werth – 5 year, Levi Cronk – 5 year, Lucas Olson – 5 year, Tyson Stracke – 5 year, Tate Krysl – 3 year Middle Row (L to R): Ashley Pischel – 5 year, Emma Green – 5 year, Jordyn Laible – 5 year Front Row (L to R): Hannah Olson – 3 year, Ashley Melcher – 3 year 7, 9, 10, 11 Year Members Back Row (L to R): Leanne DeKay – 10 year, Javin Klabenes – 7 year, Lindy Woita – 10 year, Meagan Carr – 10 year, Dani Laible – 7 year, Andrew Koenig – 7 year Front Row (L to R): Joshua Klabenes – 7 year, Casey Coburn – 7 year, Jade Buss – 7 year, Travis Halsey – 7 year

Gov. Heineman Announces Members of 2015 Nebraska Ag Youth Council


11/17/14 11:40 AM


Kory Wagner of Creighton (back row, 4th from left) was selected to the NAYC.

(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman and Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach announced the selection of the members of the 2014-2015 Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council (NAYC). The council is comprised of college-aged students from throughout the state who exhibit a passion for agriculture and promote the industry through educating others.

“It’s an exciting time to be involved in the agricultural industry, and each of these young adults has exhibited a passion for educating others about the importance of agriculture,” said Gov. Heineman. “These are the future leaders of our agricultural industry, and I am excited to see what these students accomplish during the upcoming year on the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council.”

The NAYC is entering its 44th year with the installation of the new council members. Throughout the year, the council coordinates several agricultural learning experiences for Nebraska youth including: visiting elementary classrooms to discuss where food comes from, taking urban youth to experience farms and what a day in the life of a farmer is like and visiting with high school students from across the state. The primary focus of the NAYC is to coordinate the annual Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI), a five-day summer conference for current high school juniors and seniors.

This year’s council is comprised of 21 college-aged men and women.

The 2014-2015 NAYC leaderships includes: Johnny Ference, Ord, Head Counselor; Trent Mastny, Howells, Head Counselor; Larissa Wach, Wauneta, President; Morgan Zumpfe, Friend, Secretary; Samantha Schneider, Cozad, Vice President of the Communications and Social Media Committee; Hannah Gaebel, Ashland, Vice President of the NAYI Improvement Committee; Eric Wemhoff, Humphrey, Vice President of the Promotion Committee; Aksel Wiseman, Hershey, Vice President of the Sponsorship and Alumni Relations Committee; and Toni Rasmussen, Albion, Vice President of the Youth Outreach Committee.

Additional members are: Elizabeth Rice, Murray; Railen Ripp, Kearney; Dylan Dam, Hooper; Grant Uehling, Uehling; Haley Bledsoe, Blair; Kate Likens, Swanton; Kory Wagner, Creighton; Landon Swedberg, North Platte; Maggie Louthan, Smithfield; Rachel Ibach, Sumner; Rebecca Cornelius, Madrid; and Sarah Wollenburg, Beatrice.  

To learn more about the NAYC or NAYI, please visit the NAYI website at www.nda.nebraska.gov/nayi/ or search for Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute on Facebook.
 

Deer Outlook Good For 2014 Firearm Season


11/14/14 10:02 PM

Rod Doggett with his buck taken last year
A good season of deer hunting is expected in Nebraska for the Nov. 15-23 firearm season.
“Most hunters should see more deer this year after two good years of fawn production,” said Kit Hams, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s big game program manager. “The number of older bucks should also remain high as hunters have continued to be selective in their harvest.”
Hams estimated Nebraska deer harvest for all seasons may end up similar to 2013 and surpass 45,000. The deer population is recovering from a 2012 outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease.
Game and Parks reminds hunters to make safety a priority this firearm season. View safety tips and requirements online.

Public Invited to Meetings In Our Area About Niobrara River Studies


11/14/14 09:56 PM


LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission invites the public to attend informational meetings regarding studies completed on the Niobrara River.

Game and Parks will present information from the six studies it has completed about the function and values of the river. Those studies include the science behind the water levels in the river; the economic and social values of recreation on the river; the economic and social values of the river for agricultural, industrial and municipal uses; and the impact river flows have on fish and wildlife.

The meeting schedule is:

-- Dec. 8 – Chadron, Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District, 430 E. Second St., 6:30 p.m.

-- Dec. 9 – Valentine, Niobrara Lodge, 803 E. U.S. Highway 20, 6:30 p.m.

-- Dec. 10 – Butte, Community Hall, 520 Thayer St., 6:30 p.m

-- Dec. 16 – Lincoln, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St., 6:30 p.m.

Nicole Sedlacek Receives NECC Distinguished Service Award


11/14/14 09:39 PM

Nicole Sedlacek
NORFOLK - The Northeast Community College Board of Governors and campus community have honored five individuals for career success, achievement and distinguished service following graduation from the institution.

John W. Davies, Pilger, John Hollatz, Lexington, SC, Thomas Rudloff, Battle Creek and Master Sergeant Loren Zimmer, Washington DC, were inducted into Northeast's Hall of Success during a reception and ceremony Thursday evening at the Lifelong Learning Center on the Norfolk campus. The Hall of Success is awarded to individuals for achieving significant professional success, exhibiting exemplary citizenship qualities or making significant contributions to their communities and/or community affairs.

Also at the ceremony, Nicole Sedlacek, O’Neill, was presented with the Northeast Community College Distinguished Service Award. The award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated active service to higher education and who have played a significant role in the development of Northeast Community College.

Dr. Chipps presented the Northeast Community College Distinguished Service Award to Nicole Sedlacek of O’Neill
Sedlacek, a 2006 graduate of Northeast Community College, is currently the executive director of Holt County Economic Development based in O’Neill. She is very active with Northeast, serving as an adjunct instructor for the west region of the service area; served as a co-chair for the College’s O’Neill Extended Campus Campaign and is a member of the Northeast Community College Foundation Board.
She currently serves as the president of the Nebraska Economic Developers Association, is secretary/treasurer for the Holt County Teammates organization and is treasurer for the O’Neill Community Foundation.

In her letter of nomination, Merri Schneider, director of the Northeast Community College Extended Campus in O’Neill wrote, “When the decision was made to embark on the journey to begin a capital campaign to build a new extended campus in O’Neill, Nicole agreed to be a campaign co-chair and went above and beyond to ensure that we would be successful. She was also instrumental in the effort to get an LB 840 (economic development package) approved in O’Neill. People from the Holt County area know that if they want to get something accomplished they want to have Nicole on their team.”

Schneider said Sedlacek has a great deal of passion for her work. “Nicole often says that she “gains energy” from being involved in many projects at the same time. She is a great example of the story about filling a jar. In this case, it is a professor filling a pickle jar with golf balls, followed by pebbles, then sand and finally water. This signifies making room in your life for everything that is really important, but also including all the other things too. I am confident that Nicole ‘fills her jar’ every single day!”                  
Sedlacek said Northeast Community College impacted her life in many ways. “The education I received was top notch. My classes gave me hands on experience that would prepare me in numerous ways for my careers.”

She said education is one of life’s top priorities. ”Put your education first! Even if you have to work part or full-time while attending college, stay on top of your classes. It’s easy to let life happen and put your education on the back burner, but you are the only one who has control over your future.”

Sedlacek, and her husband, Brian, have two daughters, Ally and Emma.

City Council Ward I Recount Results


11/13/14 04:44 PM
The Holt County Canvass/Resolution Board conducted an automatic recount on November 13, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. for O’Neill City Council Ward I.  The election night results had Don Baker with 193 votes and Michelle Liewer with 189 votes.  After the Provisional Ballots were counted Don Baker remained at 193 votes and Michelle Liewer’s votes were 191.  
The Official certified election results were as follows:
Don Baker – 193
Michelle Liewer – 191
The recount verified the results for Ward I.
 

Ag Progress Show In Atkinson Will Help Producers Increase Profitability


11/12/14 11:15 AM
LINCOLN, Neb. — A December 17th  Ag Progress Show at the Atkinson Community Center in Atkinson will give producers an opportunity to hear research-based information on current topics that potentially could increase their profitability, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educator said.
 
            Anyone who raises crops or beef cattle should attend the show, said Amy Timmerman, extension educator in Holt/Boyd counties.
 
            Timmerman said past participants have said the show is "very informative" with "relevant speaker topics."
 
            The show will start at 8:30 a.m. with the program starting at 9 a.m. The exhibit hall will close at 5 p.m. Commercial exhibits present during the entire show.
 
            No registration is necessary. The show will include a beef and cropping systems meeting and a door prize drawing for two tickets to the Nebraska vs. BYU football game on Sept. 5, 2015.
 
            Speakers and presentations include:
 
            – Tim Lemmons, UNL Extension Educator, "2014 Farm Bill Opportunities and Decisions"
 
            – Dale Blasi, Kansas State Extension Specialist, "Stocker Receiving and Health Management" and "Animal Electronic Identification Technology"
 
            – Joe Luck, UNL Extension Specialist, "Precision Agriculture"
 
            – Roger Elmore, UNL Extension Specialist, "Corn Growth, Development and Management"
 
            – Matthew Spangler, UNL Extension Specialist, "Genetic Selection Tools in Beef Cattle: What to Use and When to Use It"
 
            Lunch is complimentary, and there is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Timmerman at the Holt County Extension office at 402-336-2760.

Pinnacle Bank Announces First Quarter Paying For Grades Winners


11/11/14 03:36 PM

Pinnacle Bank of O’Neill would like to announce the winners for the first drawing of “Paying for Grades” program. 
Our first winners of the this school year are as follows:  
Taylor Ross  -  O’Neill Elementary
Miya  Carey  -   West Holt Public Schools
Traci Vandersnick  -  St. Mary’s High School
Grady Novak  -   St. Mary’s High School
Allison Ludwig  -   O’Neill Jr/Sr High
 
Congratulations to all of our winners and keep up the great work!  It “Pays” to have good grades!

O'Neill Super Foods Gas Reward Program


11/11/14 12:48 PM


Ron Anderson and Deb Young use The Super Foods Reward Card to save on gas at Gokies Fast Mart. For more information stop out to Gokies Fast Mart or Superfoods in East O'Neill. 

O'Neill Elementary Students Selected For Sing Around Nebraska


11/11/14 08:45 AM

(left to right( Kelsey Osborne, Dr. Rollo Dilworth & Spencer Otto
The Nebraska Choral Directors Association was proud to sponsor the 2014 Sing Around Nebraska Children’s Honor Choir!  This event was held on November 7th and 8th, 2014 at the O’Donnell Auditorium on the campus of the Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska.  The choir of 150 fifth and sixth grade students, were selected from across the state through an audition process.
 
Selected from O’Neill Elementary School were Kelsey Osborne and Spencer Otto.  They rehearsed and performed under a guest clinician, Dr. Rollo Dilworth, Professor of Choral Music Education and Chair of Music Education and Music Therapy at Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  Also performing on this concert were three collegiate choirs from Nebraska.   Their concert took place at 7:00 p.m. at the Nebraska Wesleyan University’s O’Donnell Auditorium on November 8th.

O'Neill P.E.O. Tour Of Homes To Be December 6


11/07/14 08:43 PM


Back row (l-r) Delight Becker, Ruth Harder, Tiffani Shoemaker 
Front row (l-r) Lindsay Loutzenhiser, Sandy Hoefer, Kathy Prouty

The 2014 O’Neill P.E.O. Tour of Homes will be held Saturday, December 6 in O’Neill from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  This year’s tour will include the homes of Delight Becker, Sandy Hoefer and Lindsay & John Loutzenheiser. The tour will also include the newly remodeled Dan Ryan Theatre which is the home of the O’Neill Irish Dancers and also the Solid Rock Youth Center which is a new addition to the Faith Community Church.  After you’ve toured the homes and other facilities you are then invited to the O’Neill Country Club for coffee and desserts.  Ticket prices are $8 in advance or $10 at the door, and your ticket entitles you for a chance to win free door prizes.  Tickets are on sale at The Clothing Company and also at McIntosh Jewelry in downtown O’Neill.

   
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