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John Hurley Wins 2015 Gateway Buick GMC Classic

05/23/15 02:43 PM

John Hurley with his trophy and check presentation!  (Photo courtesy Adams Pro Tour)

O'Neill's John Hurley captured his first pro win on the Adams Golf Pro Tour on Saturday, May 23 at the Firewheel at Garland Bridges Masters/Champion Course in Garland, Texas.  Hurley shot rounds of 67-64-69-68 on the Par 72 course for a four day total of 20-under-par..  He finished the day Saturday with 6 birdies and 2 bogeys.  Robby Ormand of Austin, Texas was one stroke behind at 19-under for second place.  The winner's purse was $15,000 for this tournament. Congratulations John!

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Area Students On President?s and Deans? List Released at Northeast Community Col

05/22/15 03:22 PM

NORFOLK - Officials at Northeast Community College in Norfolk have released the President’s Honor List and Deans’ Honor List for both full and part-time students for the Spring 2015 Semester.
To be named to the President’s Honor List, students must earn a perfect grade point average of 4.0 and be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours.  Some 173 students made the President’s Full-time Honor List this spring semester. Students named to the Deans’ Honor List must have earned a grade point average of 3.75 or above and be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours. Two hundred-two students were named to the Deans’ Honor List.
Another 173 students named to the President’s Part-Time list attained a 4.0 grade point average while taking at least six credit hours, and 46 students named to the Deans’ Part-Time list earned a grade point average of 3.75 or above while taking at least six credit hours.
Northeast serves residents in 20 counties in Northeast Nebraska.

PRESIDENT’S HONOR LIST - Full-Time, Spring 2015
Following is a list of students, and their respective hometowns, named to the President’s Honor List for full-time students for the Spring 2015 Semester at Northeast Community College.  

These students earned a 4.0 grade point for at least 12 hours.
Atkinson - Danial Frickel, Jonathan Schulte
Bloomfield - Kenna Fiedler, Bethany Luedke
Chambers - Chanda Schnoor
Creighton - Shayna Kruse
Elgin - Nicklaus Heithoff, Melissa Leistman
Emmet - Brock Schueth
Niobrara - Brianne Dekay
O'Neill - Lucas George, Taylor Mitchell, Kelsey Mundhenke, Jamie Olberding
Orchard - Matthew Burden
Osmond - Daniel Wiese
Petersburg - Sydney Schumacher
Plainview - Katie Goetzinger, Cory Sonnichsen, Cranston Thornburg
Spencer - Laura Ohri
Tilden - Michaela Grubb, Cynthia Stuckwisch
SD, Lake Andes - Sierra Svatos

DEANS’ HONOR LIST-Full-time, Spring 2015
The following is a list of students, and their respective hometowns, named to the Deans’ Honor List for full-time students for the Spring 2015 Semester at Northeast Community College. These students attained a grade point average of 3.75 for the semester while being enrolled for at least 12 credit hours.
Ainsworth - William Kackmeister, Schylar Philben
Atkinson - Thomas Rentschler, Bryce Rossman, Shaely Thiele
Bloomfield - Kash Poppe
Brunswick - Celine Eggerling
Burwell - Jillian Spencer, Zachary Turek
Clearwater - Taylor Pokorny
Creighton - Jenna Hemenway, Brytnn Henery, Brittany Jelinek, Karissa Rudloff
Crofton - Jared Allen
Elgin - Chelsi Mescher, Nash Schindler, Preston Schrage
Emmet - Noble Wentworth
Ewing - Alexa Farewell, Kayloni Spangler
Neligh - Connor Bentley, Bailey Carpenter, Courtney Pellatz, Dillon Smith
Niobrara - Daniel Red Owl
O'Neill - Candace Calkins, Miranda Ollendick, Cheyenne Rosenkrans, Colette Sherman, Elizabeth Wallace
Oakdale - Angela Richart
Petersburg - Peter Starman
Spencer - Dempsey Tapley
Springview - Kelsi Mizner
Stuart - Kayla Bouska
Tilden - John O'Brien
Verdigre - Hayden Liska, Karly Liska
Wausa - Adam Kleinschmit

PRESIDENT’S HONOR LIST—Part-time, Spring 2015
The following is a list of students, and their respective hometowns, named to the President’s Honor List for part-time students for the Spring 2015 Semester at Northeast Community College.  These students attained a perfect grade point average of 4.0 for the semester while being enrolled for at least six credit hours.
Amelia - DeLynn Strand
Atkinson - Jeff Kreitel
Bartlett - Chelsea Nichols, Teresa Tunender
Bassett - Hollie Morton
Bloomfield - Katelyn Miller, Grace Pokorny
Brunswick - Marissa Frank, Hannah Smith
Burwell - Jeremy Tarr, Lacey White
Butte - Kristen Mohr
Chambers - Donna Libolt
Clearwater - Sara Parks, Kelsie Waller
Creighton - Rebecca Eggerling, Claire Fanta, Jessica Gragert, Tessa Vogt
Elgin - Yoli Anderson, Kyle Heithoff
Ericson - Kristin Mahony
Ewing - Michala Winings
Lynch - Madison Rossmeier, Mykah Strom
Naper - Amber Bendig
Neligh - Wendy Bolling, Hollie Jisa, Taylor White
Niobrara - Jenny Motacek, Katie Ryan
O'Neill - McKenzie Adamson, Lala Hinton, Tyson Hostert, Walker Liewer, Nathaniel Reiser, Kelsey Sibbel, Lydia Sigler, Kathy Timmerman
Orchard - Keelie Meyer, Kaci Schacht, Briana Stelling
Osmond - Jessica Beacom, Cheri Carlson, Alicia Gutz, Caleb Krohn
Petersburg - Courtney Schumacher
Plainview - Tyan Boyer, Rachel Stolp
Royal - Shelby Snodgrass
Springview - Moriah Heerten
Tilden - Tanya Sharples
Verdigre - Kathi Liska

DEAN’S HONOR LIST Part-Time, Spring 2015

The following students, with their respective hometowns, were named to the Deans’ Honor List for part-time students for the Spring 2015 Semester.  These students attained a grade point average of 3.75 for the semester while being enrolled for at least 6 credit hours.
Bloomfield - Ashley Laible
Clearwater - Ashley Petersen
Creighton - Khristina Stevens
Elgin - Amanda Dworak
Neligh - Beth Damme, Tera Henkenius, Jennifer Rudolf
Niobrara - Hannah Stark
O'Neill - Arianna Dugan, Mandi McIntire, Marie Sitz
Osmond - Jason Stech

Fund Raiser To Be June 7 To Benefit Delmont, South Dakota Residents

05/22/15 01:12 PM
There will be a benefit concert to help assist the citizens of Delmont, South Dakota that are recovering from the tornado that caused extensive damage on May 10.  The concert will be performed Sunday, June 7 at 12:30 pm at the Tripp High School Gym in Tripp, South Dakota. Entertainment will include Bumble Bee’s Music Show, The South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame, Tyndall Accordion Club and several others.    Members of the historical Zion Lutheran Church, which was destroyed in the disaster, will be handling the concessions.  Admission for the event is a free will donation.  

Sen. Davis Brand Inspection Bill Signed by Governor Ricketts

05/22/15 10:17 AM
On May 13, Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB85, a bill introduced by Senator Al Davis from Hyannis. Sen. Davis had designated LB 85 as his personal priority bill for this legislative session.
LB 85 raises the brand inspection fee cap from 75 cents to $1.10. The Nebraska Brand Committee, which is comprised of five people representing the cattle industry and appointed by the Governor, has the authority to raise and lower the per-head brand inspection fee within the cap, which was last set in 2005 at 75 cents. The committee has exercised fiscal restraint, raising the fee when their cash reserve sinks below 20 percent of their budget, and lowering the fee when their cash reserve exceeds 45 percent of their budget. The cash reserve has been averaging below 20 percent for several years.
“The Brand Committee has demonstrated a significant need for this cap increase,” Sen. Davis said. “It’s important to ensure that our Brand Committee has the resources to update their technology and to maintain competitive salaries for prospective employees, as several veteran inspectors are nearing retirement.  I am pleased to see it go forward with strong support from my colleagues and the Governor.”
LB 85 passed its final round of debate in the Nebraska Legislature with 44 senators voting for the bill and no senators voting against.  

Work To Begin On Ewing Link In Holt County

05/22/15 09:44 AM

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to begin the week of May 25 on L-45B, the Ewing Link, from the junction of US-275/L-45B, proceeding north 5.83 miles to the junction of US-20/L-45B, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.
Vontz Paving, Inc., of Hastings, Nebraska, has the $476,115 contract, which will include milling and asphalt paving on the roadway throughout the project.
Traffic will be maintained during construction with use of flaggers and a pilot vehicle. Work is anticipated to be completed by early June.
The Department of Roads’ project manager is Dan Ziska of O’Neill. Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through highway construction zones.

O'Neill PEO Chapter GT Announces Scholarship Winners

05/21/15 04:13 PM

(left to right) Delight Becker, Molly Atkeson, Natalie Brodersen, Rahtaya Young, Ariel Lichty and Janice Vosler
O'Neill PEO Chapter GT announces their 2015 Scholarship Winners. Recipients were Molly Atkeson, Natalie Brodersen, Rahtaya Young and Ariel Lichty. Each of these girls were awarded $250 PEO Scholarships this year.  Proceeds from the PEO Tour of Homes are used to help fund these scholarships.  PEO members Delight Becker and Janice Vosler made the presentation.

Timothy "Cooper" Knaak Recognized By Governor For Top SAT Score

05/21/15 03:31 PM

Plainview's Timothy "Cooper" Knaak on far right was recognized by Governor Pete Ricketts
Lincoln – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts recognized 15 Nebraska high school students for their academic achievement in earning top scores of 36 on the ACT or a 2400 on the SAT college admissions exam.
Ceremonies were held at Westside High School in Omaha and Lincoln East High School.
“Earning top scores on the ACT and SAT exams are great achievements for our Nebraska students,” Governor Ricketts said.  “These students from Hastings, Lincoln, Omaha, and Plainview represent our state’s talented and ambitious youth who are leaders both in and outside of the classroom.”
The Governor was joined by Matt Blomstedt, Nebraska’s Commissioner of Education, as well as  representatives of ACT and the College Board to honor Nebraska’s seniors earning the highest possible composite scores on the exams.
Top scoring ACT students are Jack Bruck of Creighton Preparatory School; Shaket Chaudhary and Jennifer Solheim of Westside High School; Jonathan Collins of Mount Michael Benedictine High School; Emma Cooney of Lincoln East High School; Ryder Mays of Hastings Senior High School; Daniel Parr and Shuowei Quin of Lincoln East High School; Anna Russert of Lincoln Northeast High School; Anne Stratman of Duchesne Academy; Jainaha Srikumar of Brownell-Talbot School; and Zachary Warneke of Millard South High School.
Timothy “Cooper” Knaak of Plainsview received a top score on the SAT.  Cooper is the son og Tim and Patty Knaak of Plainview.
Erin Cooney of Lincoln East High School and Celine Qui of Millard North High School received top scores on both exams.
"Perfect ACT/SAT scores are a substantial accomplishment for students and a great honor to the work of parents, teachers, and of course, the students,” said Nebraska Education Commissioner Matthew Blomstedt.  “High achievement and excellence are reflected in these scores and it serves as a reminder of the efforts to continuously raise the bar and improve outcomes for all of Nebraska's students.  Congratulations to the students who reached this high mark this year."
The ACT consists of four tests scored on a scale of one to 36. In Nebraska, 17,768 students out of 1,845,787 students nationwide completed the ACT in 2014. Nebraska ACT testers have increased by ten percent since 2010.

O'Neill Fire Department Elects New Officers

05/21/15 11:24 AM
The O'Neill Volunteer Fire Department members recently voted for new officers at its annual election in May.

The new officers include Terry Miles as fire chief, Matt Schmitz as assistant chief, Dale Waterman as city captain, Tim Cahoy as rural captain, Scott Grosch as aerial captain, Jason Swerczek as training captain and Don Baker as ambulance captain.

The new officers will be installed on June 1.

The fire department is under an inter-local agreement with the Holt County Rural Fire District. Via this contract, the fire department responds to all fire emergencies in the 98-square-mile district that circumference the city. The department houses and maintains all apparatus owned by the City of O'Neill and Rural Fire District. All of the O'Neill Fire District's equipment stands ready for immediate response.

The O'Neill Fire Department is active within the Holt and Boyd County mutual aid system. Through this mutual aid association, the city is able to utilize additional equipment and extra manpower upon call.

The O'Neill Ambulance Service provides a BLS (Basic Life Support) level of service. The O'Neill Rural Fire District Ambulance Service is not restricted to 911 emergency response. Inter-county, inter-state and intra-state patient transfer is a daily routine. A separate fee is assessed for EMS service and all revenue collected becomes part of the department budget.

Crop Certification Deadline is July 15

05/21/15 10:52 AM

Are you done planting?  If so, call the FSA Office to schedule an appointment to certify your crops for the 2015 year.  The final reporting date is July 15, 2015 and appointment times will go fast so don’t wait. Give Farm Service Agency a call at 402-336-3796 ext.2.

Lions Club Announces Scholarship Winners

05/21/15 10:43 AM

The O'Neill Lion's Club has picked their scholarship recipients this year. They are: Jon Marvin, Natalie Brodersen, Bridget Schneider, and Riley Wakefield.

NECC Seeks Nominations for Alumni Hall of Success Recognition

05/20/15 10:58 AM

NORFOLK – Nominations are being sought to honor alumni of Northeast Community College.

The Alumni Hall of Success Award is presented to former students, either living or deceased, who have achieved significant success in their profession, exhibited exemplary citizenship qualities, or made significant contributions to their communities and/or community affairs, according to Holly Quinn, director of development at Northeast and award committee co-chair.

“This is a way for the Board of Governors and the College community to honor individuals for career success, achievement and distinguished service following graduation from Northeast Community College.”

Candidates should have completed a recognized diploma or degree from Northeast (or its predecessor colleges) or completed at least 24 credit hours to be applied toward a degree at another college or university.

Quinn said, “Candidates that will be considered for induction must have achieved significant success in his/her profession; exhibited exemplary citizenship qualities; and made significant contributions to his/her community and/or community affairs. They should have demonstrated maturity, with preference given to those who have at least five years of work experience in his/her occupation or profession.”

Two formal letters of recommendations must accompany the nomination. Nomination forms are available on the Northeast Community College website at

Anyone interested in nominating more than one individual will need one form for each nominee.

Nominations are due by May 31. Completed nomination forms along with attached recommendations may be mailed to: Northeast Community College, Foundation Office, P.O. Box 469, Norfolk, NE 68702.

West Holt Medical Services Foundation's Spring Scholarship Winners

05/20/15 09:59 AM

ATKINSON — West Holt Medical Services Foundation would like to announce the spring 2015 $500 scholarship winners, Payton Kennedy and Jessica Thomassen.

Kennedy is a 2012 graduate of West Holt Public Schools and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center-Lincoln Division. After graduation in May of 2016, she hopes to obtain employment as a Registered Nurse at West Holt Medical Services. Kennedy shares, “I couldn’t be happier with my career choice. I love all aspects that are involved with nursing and truly love taking care of people.”

Thomassen is currently working at West Holt Medical Services as a Registered Nurse. She is furthering her education at the University of Phoenix by pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through their online courses. Thomassen obtained her nursing degree from Bryan College of Health Sciences in 2004. Thomassen shares, “I enjoyed growing up in a small town and love that I can contribute my skills to those in need in our community. West Holt Medical Services has given me the opportunity to remain in a small town. My career goal is to become a nurse manager and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree will provide me a solid foundation to achieve this goal.”

The next deadline for the scholarship application submission is November 15. Anyone interested in receiving further information about the scholarship program, please visit our website at and click on the Foundation tab or call the Foundation office at 402-925-1956.

For more about West Holt Medical Services Foundation, visit them online at, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube. The mission of the West Holt Medical Services Foundation is to obtain, invest, and distribute funds which will help advance and improve the quality of care in North Central Nebraska provided by West Holt Medical Services.

One Room Schoolhouse In Garfield County To Close After 45 Years

05/20/15 06:11 AM

BURWELL, Neb. (AP) — A rural one-room schoolhouse in Nebraska is set to close after 45 years.

The Grand Island Independent ( ) reports the District 70 School in Garfield County will close Wednesday. The Burwell Public Schools board decided in January to close the school at the end of this school year.

District 70 was created in 1970 after four other rural schools were consolidated. Over the years, the school shrank to one teacher, a paraeducator and five students in grades four through six.

Two of the students will travel to Burwell to attend school next year, prompting parents to send their siblings as well. This partly contributed to the board decision to close the school.


Information from: The Grand Island Independent,

Mitchell Equipment Announces Two Scholarship Winners

05/19/15 12:20 PM

(Atkinson, Nebraska) - Mitchell Equipment has awarded two $500 scholarships to area graduates.  Helping young people continue their education is one of the greatest benefits to living and owning a business in rural Nebraska. According to Boyd Mitchell, Owner and President of Mitchell Equipment, “giving back to the rural communities that support our business is one small way we can help to make a difference for our young people.”

The first $500 scholarship has been awarded to a West Holt High School student with an interest in returning to the North Central Region of the state, as well as good citizenship in school and community. The recipient of this scholarship is Paige Mitchell, a 2015 graduate of West Holt and will be entering her freshman year at South Dakota State University this fall. She will be seeking a degree in Agribusiness with a minor in Horticulture at the University’s College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences.  Paige is the daughter of Kurt and Pam Mitchell of Atkinson.

The second $500 scholarship is available to area students who currently reside in one of the following counties:  Antelope, Boyd, Brown, Garfield, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Loup, Rock or Wheeler. Scholarship selection was based on the student’s interest in Agriculture or an Ag related field of study, an interest in returning to the North Central Region of the state, as well as good citizenship in school and community.  The recipient of the Multi-County Scholarship, Moriah Heerten, a 2015 graduate of Keya Paha County High School and will be entering her freshman year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this fall. She will be majoring in Agronomy and Ag Economics at the University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.  Moriah is the Daughter of Ron and Sandra Heerten of Springview, Nebraska.

“Miss Mitchell and Miss Heerton have both set an excellent example for fellow students to follow, and both are deserving recipients of this scholarship. We are extraordinarily grateful to do business in this area of the state and appreciate each and every customer”, says Mitchell.

Since 1991, family-owned Mitchell Equipment has grown to become the #1 Case IH dealer in North Central Nebraska. They sell, service and support a full line of new Case IH farm equipment and other leading equipment brands like JCB. They also feature new Yamaha ATVs, Side by Sides and generators; Cub Cadet lawn and garden equipment; Land Pride zero-turn mowers; and the full line of Traeger Grills. They maintain a large parts inventory and employ factory-trained service technicians who provide expert service on every brand we sell. Stop by today and check out the best selection of quality new and used tractors, combines, farm equipment, ATVs and lawn mowers in Atkinson, Nebraska.

Lynch to Host Boating Education Class June 9

05/19/15 09:16 AM

There will be a boating education class taught at the Lynch Fire Hall on June 9 from 6-9pm.  This will be the option B class. Students will have to download the study material at under the boating education link.  State law requires any person born after December 31, 1985 must take the class.  For more information contact Jared Finnegan at (402) 340-6882.  The class is limited to 30 people so you must sign up to reserve your spot by calling Jared.

Area Students Graduate From Hastings College

05/18/15 04:23 PM

(Hastings, Neb.)
 – On Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 10 a.m. in Lynn Farrell Arena, 235 undergraduates and eight Master of Arts in Teaching students graduated from Hastings College.

Graduates from the KBRX area include:

Michael James Schumacher of Ainsworth, Degree in Sociology
Joe Robert Holmquist of Burwell, Degree in Biology
Shelby Kristina Sanford of O’Neill, Degree in Exercise Science

2015 Holt County Public Speaking Contest Results

05/18/15 02:05 PM

The Holt County 4-H Public Speaking Contest was held Friday, April 24th at the Holt County Courthouse Annex in O’Neill. Through the 4-H Public Speaking Contest, youth have an opportunity to write a Speech or a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that incorporates the topic of 4-H and deliver it to an audience.  4-H Public Speaking Contests also help youth develop skills for communicating about current issues to real audiences, learn how to organize and prepare a speech, develop speech delivery skills, learn how to present themselves to others, and develop self-confidence.

Results are as follows:

Clover Kid Division:
Clover Kid Participation Ribbon:
Alex Otte, O’Neill
Anna Otte, O’Neill
Cale Deseive, Atkinson
LaShanna Werth, O’Neill
Emerson Mlady, Atkinson
Cassie Livingston, Orchard
Jameson Estill, Stuart
Case Shane, Atkinson

Clover Kid Speech Contest Participants:
Back Row (left to right): Jameson Estill, Anna Otte, Emerson Mlady, LaShanna Werth
Front Row (left to right): Cassie Livingston, Case Shane, Alex Otte, Cale Deseive

Junior Division
Sydney Estill, Stuart: Champion - Purple
Tucker Stagemeyer, Page: Reserve Champion - Purple
Emma Otte, O’Neill – Purple
Lawrence Werth, O’Neill – Purple
Oliver Shane, Atkinson – Blue
Carlee Livingston, Orchard – Blue

Senior Division
Cadrien Livingston, Orchard: Champion – Purple
Travis Halsey, Chambers: Reserve Champion – Purple

Speech Contest Participants:
Back Row (left to right): Travis Halsey, Tucker Stagemeyer, Lawrence Werth, Cadrien Livingston
Front Row (left to right): Sydney Estill, Oliver Shane, Carlee Livingston, Emma Otte

Junior Division
Sydney Estill, Atkinson: Champion - Purple
Miya Carey, Atkinson: Reserve Champion - Purple
Ashley Pischel, O’Neill – Purple
Carlee Livingston, Orchard – Purple

Intermediate Division
Starlea Bowen, Chambers: Champion – Purple
Jordyn Laible, Atkinson: Reserve Champion – Purple

Senior Division
Travis Halsey, Chambers: Champion - Purple
Amanda Pischel, O’Neill: Reserve Champion - Purple
Dani Laible, Atkinson – Purple
Cadrien Livingston, Orchard – Blue

Public Service Announcement (PSA) Participants:
Back Row (left to right): Jordyn Laible, Travis Halsey, Cadrien Livingston
Front Row (left to right): Ashley Pischel, Sydney Estill, Carlee Livingston, Miya Carey
Not Pictured: Amanda Pischel, Starlea Bowen, Dani Laible


Grain Marketing Workshop To Be May 28 In O'Neill

05/18/15 01:15 PM

Grain commodity prices have been a great flux the past year making it difficult to market grain so a profit is made.  Nebraska Extension is offering a day-long grain commodity marketing workshop on Thursday May 28th from 9 am – 3 pm.  The workshop is being held at the Nebraska Room at the Blarney Stone (432 E Douglas St, O’Neill) with lunch provided.  Through the workshop we will discuss:
  • What is hedging?
  • What is forward contracting?
  • How do you forward contract grain?
  • How do you determine the optimal price?
  • Update on market update
  • What are various marking plans?
  • Decide NOW app – a new app developed by Nebraska Extension with funding from the Nebraska Soybean Board
There is opportunity to run through various scenarios that affect marketing every day.  Also the workshop is designed for participation and questions throughout the day.  You will be introduced to a new app “Decide NOW” a one-of-a-kind app designed to help aid in marketing decisions.
Pre-registration is encouraged for meal count.  To pre-register please contact the Holt County Extension Office at 402-336-2760 by Wednesday May 27th at noon.  There is a small fee of $10 to participate in the workshop which is covering the cost of the meal.  Additional questions also contact the Holt County Extension Office at 402-336-2760 or e-mail Amy Timmerman at

Lower Loup Natural Resources District Receives Grant for Scrap Tire Cleanup

05/18/15 01:06 PM

The Lower Loup Natural Resources District has been awarded a 2015 Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant – Scrap Tire Cleanup from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.

A Scrap Tire Collection will be held Saturday, June 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway, 330 South Highway 11 Burwell, Nebraska – south of Longhorn Lanes, across the highway east of the Burwell Jr. Sr. High School.  Tires on rims and tires for which a disposal fee has been received will not be accepted at the collection.  Tires of all sizes: tractor, combine, pivot, truck and auto tires will be accepted. Local Veterans will be taking the following information from those bringing in tires: name, address, phone number, number of tires and from where the tires came.  The Scrap Tire Collection is for the residents Blaine, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Howard, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler Counties in Nebraska.  The Burwell FFA Chapter and Advisor Mr. Philip Simpson will be helping with the unloading of the tires and a free will donation will be given to the chapter.

The recycling end use market will determine how the tires from the Tire Collection cleanup event will be used.  Potential uses include feed bunks, sidewall rings for silage cover weights, traffic cones, and alternative cover for landfills.  The Scrap Tire Cleanup is sponsored by the Loup Basin Resource, Conservation and Development Council(RC&D), Lower Loup Natural Resources District, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway.  For more information contact Janet Sanders, Executive Director, Loup Basin RC&D Council at (308) 346-3393, email at or stop by the office at the 330 South Highway 11, Burwell, Nebraska.

Greg Ptacek Of Neligh On State Leadership Class

05/18/15 11:49 AM

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the members of its Leadership Nebraska Class VIII, which will begin in mid-June 2015.  Of the 28 selected from across the state we have from the KBRX area Greg Ptacek from the City of Neligh Economic Development.
The State Chamber’s Leadership Nebraska was founded in 2006 to identify current and emerging leaders, enhance their leadership skills and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing our state.   Participants are selected from different regions of the state and possess varied backgrounds and diverse talents.  All candidates have demonstrated an abiding interest in Nebraska and its future.
The program consists of six sessions covering a broad range of Nebraska issues including economic development, health care, education, agriculture, government and public policy development.  Sessions will be conducted in various locations throughout the state.  Class VIII will conclude in February 2016 with a commencement ceremony in Lincoln. 
Barry Kennedy, president of the Nebraska Chamber, said: “Graduates of Leadership Nebraska have a broader understanding of our state and are better prepared to move into leadership responsibilities – whether in their career, their community, or at the state level.”

Peace Office Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony Held In O'Neill

05/15/15 04:56 PM

The 2015 Peace Officer Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony was held today at the O'Neill Cemetery. Speakers were Police ...

Posted by KBRX O'Neill on Friday, May 15, 2015

Run/Walk for Type 1 Diabetes To Be Held in Creighton June 20

05/15/15 09:06 AM

There will be a “Run for Type 1 Diabetes” during Berry Pepper Weekend in Creighton.  The 5K/10K Run or 1 Mile Walk and Kiddie Run will be held Saturday, June 20.  Registration will begin at 7 am at The Park and the Run/Walk starts at 8 am.  The entry fee is $20 for the 5K/10K – 1 Mile Walk which includes a t-shirt and $10 for the Kiddie Run which includes a t-shirt.  You must register by June 3 to get a t-shirt.  To register contact Lindsay Nelson at 402-640-7699 or e-mail

Officials Monitoring Avian Flu Outbreak In Nebraska

05/14/15 03:04 PM
The Regional Watch Center is monitoring impacts of an Avian Influenza outbreak in the state of Nebraska.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in a flock of 1.7 million birds at a single facility near Wakefield, NE in Dixon County.  All birds will be euthanized and buried on site.  The facility is currently being quarantined by local law enforcement to include controlled access with traffic control points.  It is expected that the Governor of Nebraska will issue an Emergency Declaration. 
CDC considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low.  No human infections with the virus have been detected at this time. 
As a general precaution, people should avoid wild birds and observe them only from a distance; avoid contact with domestic birds (poultry) that appear ill or have died; and avoid contact with surfaces that appear to be contaminated with feces from wild or domestic birds.

Please see the following link for more information from the USDA regarding the H5N2 presence in Nebraska.

NCDHD is continuing to monitor this situation.  We are working with the State and other Health Departments to get any new information out.   If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please call our office, toll free at 877-336-2406.

Governor Allows Bill For Higher Brand Inspection Fees

05/14/15 06:37 AM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The cost of brand inspections for cattle could rise to as much as $1.10 per head under a law signed by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts.

Ricketts notified lawmakers Wednesday that he approved the legislation, which allows the Nebraska Brand Committee to charge the higher maximum fee. Committee employees inspect cattle that are about to be sold and investigate reports of missing or stolen livestock.

Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis told lawmakers last month that the committee has reached the maximum fee it can charge under state law. The ceiling was last increased from 65 cents to 75 cents per head in 2005.

Davis says the committee needs to upgrade its records system, and is struggling to recruit and retain quality employees because of low salaries.

The bill is LB85.

Red Cross Opening Resource Center in Delmont

05/14/15 06:14 AM

DELMONT, S.D. (AP) — The Red Cross is partnering with local disaster relief organizations to open a resource center in Delmont to help those affected by the recent tornado.

The humanitarian organization says it will open the Multi-Agency Resource Center at noon on Thursday at the American Legion in Delmont.

The center will have trained Red Cross caseworkers available to help people create personal recovery plans, navigate paperwork and find assistance.

Representatives from 10 non-profits, religious groups and government agencies will also be on hand to assist people impacted by Sunday's tornado that injured nine people and damaged at least 84 structures in and around Delmont.

A donations management center has also been opened in Delmont for anyone wanting to donate to affected residents.

Ewing Summer Funfest 2015

05/11/15 04:21 PM

Hole-In-One Qualifying at Summerland Golf Course
May 16th & 17th.....................................................5:00pm-Dark
May 23rd..............................................................1:00pm-9:00p

Friday May 22nd 2015
Kids Dance………Tigerland…..….6:00-9:00
Hot Dogs-Pop-Popcorn
Sponosored By EYMC

Saturday May 23rd 2015
Ewing High School Alumni Banquet...................7:00pm

Sunday May 24th 2015
Breakfast At Fire Hall.....................................8:00am-1:00pm
Sponsored By Ewing Fire & Rescue
Bubby's Race...................$15.00 Entry Fee.................9:00am
In Memory Of Bev Thramer-For Details
Contact Makala @ (712) 389-2124 Or Deb @ (402) 626-7584
Community Church Service.....................................10:00am
United Methodist-Presbyterian Church
Ping Pong Ball Drop....................................................2:00pm
9th Fairway Summerland Golf Gourse
$10,000 Putt For Dough Contest..........................3:30pm
Sponsored By EYMC
$250,000 Hole In One Contest...............................4:30pm
Sponsored By EYMC and KBRX
Dessert Social..............................................................4:00-8:00pm
At Ewing United Methodist/Presbyterian Church
Sponsored By United Methodist-Presbyterian Women
BBQ-Ewing Fire Hall....................................................5:00-7:30pm
Sponsored By Ewing Public School Classes Of 2017-2018
Cruise Night..................................................................6:30-8:30pm
Sponsored By Eymc
Street Dance With The Rumbles
9:00pm To 1:00am
$10.00 Admission (Absolutely No Refunds)
All Bags Are Subject To Search       No Coolers - Id's Required
Raffle Drawing 12:00am
1st Prize 50" Lg Led Hdtv          2nd Prize Husker Football Tickets
(Donated By Dan & Jan Miller)
Raffle Drawing For:    
$1000.00 - $500.00 - $300.00 - $100.00 - $100.00
Sponsored By Ewing Fire & Rescue

Orchard's Skyler Strope Designs NECC Graduation Ticket

05/11/15 12:21 PM

Skyler Stope, Orchard, a Northeast Community College graphic design student, holds the ticket he designed that will be distributed for Northeast’s 42nd Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 16. This is the third year a Northeast graphic design student has designed the ticket. (Courtesy Photo) 

KBRX Area Students Graduate From NECC

05/11/15 12:11 PM

NORFOLK – The 42nd Commencement of Northeast Community College will take place on Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. in the Cox Activities Center on the Norfolk campus.  CLICK RED HEADLINE ABOVE TO SEE A COMPLETE LIST OF AREA GRADUATES.

KBRX Area Graduates From UNMC

05/11/15 11:47 AM

University of Nebraska Medical Center spring commencement ceremonies were held May 7-9 in Norfolk, Kearney, Lincoln, Omaha and Scottsbluff. Diplomas were conferred on 960 students.

Here are graduates from the KBRX area:

UNMC College of Nursing Kearney Division
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Burwell -- Mark Dearmont
Crofton -- Bryce Zavadil (With High Distinction)
Ewing -- Tiffany Thramer (With Distinction)
UNMC College of Nursing Lincoln Division
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Crofton -- Cassandra Tramp (With High Distinction)
O'Neill -- Davida Smidt
UNMC College of Nursing (Omaha)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bloomfield -- Minnie Sauser (With Academic Excellence)
Tilden -- Lauren Awe
UNMC College of Nursing Northern Division (Norfolk)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Clearwater -- Allison Kester
Creighton -- Alexandra Asher
O'Neill -- Jessica Marvin
Petersburg -- Jay Reicks
UNMC College of Nursing (Omaha)
Master of Science in Nursing
O'Neill -- Stephanie Bunner
UNMC College of Nursing (Omaha)
Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing
Butte -- Jenna Witt
Creighton -- Heather Mosley
UNMC College of Medicine (Omaha)
Doctor of Medicine
Atkinson -- Kelli Garwood, Jacob Peterson
Creighton -- Alison Hirz, Matthew Nielsen
Elgin -- Kathryn Score
Spencer -- Mikaela Koenig
Tilden -- Karolyn Fox-Dahl, Kelli Osborn
UNMC School of Allied Health Professions
Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science
Atkinson -- Becky Frerichs (With Highest Distinction)
UNMC School of Allied Health Professions
Bachelor of Science in Radiation Science Technology
Atkinson -- Emily Miksch
Elgin -- Jessica Heithoff
UNMC School of Allied Health Professions
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Oakdale -- Anthony Garcia
Osmond -- Michele Weeder
Verdigre -- Lianne Boggs
Graduate College
Master of Science
Petersburg -- Savannah Baker
UNMC College of Public Health
Certificate in Public Health
Verdigre -- Angela Boggs Sucha

O'Neill High School Music Department Takes Spring Trip

05/11/15 09:33 AM
On Friday, May 8th the O'Neill Band and Choir members traveled to Des Moines, IA. There they went to the Des Moines Civic Center to watch the broadway production of "The Lion King". Then on Saturday, the group enjoyed their day at Adventureland Theme Park. This was the Music Department's bi-annual overnight trip. In the past they have traveled to Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Omaha, and Kansas City. Senior Drum Major Marie Sitz commented on her experiences, " From The Lion King to Adventureland, I had a great time making memories with friends. I will surely miss all the fun I had through the Fine Arts!" 

Delmont, South Dakota Residents Being Let Back In Town Today

05/11/15 08:34 AM
DELMONT, S.D. (AP) — Residents of the tornado-ravaged town of Delmont are being allowed back into the community for 10 hours to assess their property. Authorities say Delmont residents and business owners will be allowed back from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Tripp-Delmont School District has called off classes today because school facilities are being used for emergency shelter.

Tractor Safety Courses To Be Offered In Nebraska

05/11/15 06:59 AM

Mark Hinze, former Nebraska extension education, covers the pre-operation 
inspection with students attending the 2014 Tractor Safe Course at Kearney
Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety/Hazardous Occupations Courses will be offered at seven locations in Nebraska in May and June.  Any 14- or 15-year-old who plans to work on a farm other than his/her parents' should plan to attend.

Federal law prohibits youth under 16 years of age from working on a farm for anyone other than their parents or guardian. Certification through the course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and do field work with mechanized equipment.

Tractor Safety Course Schedule
  • May 27-28, Kearney, Buffalo County Fairgrounds
  • June 1-2, Valentine, Cherry County Fairgrounds
  • June 5-6, Lincoln, Lancaster County Event Center
  • June 8-9, Gering, Farm and Ranch Museum
  • June 11-12, North Platte, UNL West Central Research and Extension Center
  • June 15-16, Wayne, Wayne County Fairgrounds
  • June 17-18, Grand Island, College Park
The most common cause of death in agriculture accidents in Nebraska is overturn from tractors and all-terrain-vehicles (ATVs), said Sharry Nielsen, Nebraska extension educator. Tractor and ATV overturn prevention are featured in the class work.
"Instilling an attitude of ‘safety first' is a primary goal of the course," Nielsen said, "where youth have the chance to learn respect for agricultural jobs and the tools involved." 

Classes consist of two days of instruction plus homework assignments. Classes are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The first day of class will consist of intensive classroom instruction with hands-on demonstrations, concluding with a written test that must be completed satisfactorily before students may continue driving tests the second day. Classroom instruction will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. Homework will be assigned on the first day to turn in the next day.

The second day will include testing, driving, and operating machinery. Students must demonstrate competence in hitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course as well as hitching PTO and hydraulic systems.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged at least one week before a location's start date to the Extension Office at the course site. (Click here to get contact information.) Cost is $60, which includes educational materials, testing, supplies, lunches and breaks.  For more information, contact the local Extension Office or Sharry Nielsen at (308) 832-0645,

Kim Schneider To Attend American Legion Jr. Law Cadet Program

05/08/15 11:54 AM

Kim Schneider, daughter of Todd and Joy Schneider of O’Neill, has been selected by the O’Neill American Legion Simonson 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 8 through June 12, 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.

Kim is a Junior at St. Mary’s High School and is involved in One Acts and Speech.  She actively participates in BRAVO and sometimes help teach kids at Developing Eagles about bullying.  She is employed at Torpin’s Rodeo Market.  Her future plans include enlisting in the National Guard and going to Northeast Community College for building construction. She stated that she “ thanks God and the American Legion for this great opportunity.”

Judges Place Ainsworth And Lyons Nursing Homes In Receivership

05/07/15 06:47 PM

Lincoln--Nebraska judges in Brown and Burt Counties entered orders today placing nursing homes in Ainsworth and Lyons in receivership.  The Ainsworth Care Center located in Ainsworth and the Logan Valley Manor located in Lyons were both ordered placed in receivership with Klaasmeyer & Associates of Omaha appointed as Receiver.  The receiverships were ordered after Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson filed court proceedings seeking receiverships at the request of Courtney Phillips, the Chief Executive Officer, of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Both nursing homes are owned by Deseret Health Group, headquartered in Bountiful, Utah.  Deseret Health previously notified DHHS that it was ceasing operations at the nursing homes.  DHHS determined that receivership proceedings were necessary to protect the health and welfare of the residents of the nursing homes because Deseret Health has been financially unable to pay staff and insure the future care of the residents. The Ainsworth Care Center currently has 24 residents and the Logan Valley Manor has 12 residents.
Klaasmeyer & Associates has served as a court-appointed receiver for Iowa health care facilities, having been appointed as receiver by Iowa courts for at least four Iowa health care facilities.  Deseret Health Group has been cooperative with the Attorney General’s Office and with DHHS in the receivership proceedings.
John E. Sampson, District Judge for Burt County (Lyons) and Mark D. Kozisek, District Judge for Brown County (Ainsworth) were the respective judges receiving the orders.

O'Neill FCCLA End Of Year Banquet Held

05/07/15 11:55 AM
Members of the O’Neill Chapter of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America held their year-end banquet on Monday, May 4, 2015, in the high school gym.  Members and their guests enjoyed a carry in meal followed by a program to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year. 
Seniors were recognized and thanked for their years of service to the organization.  They included: McKenzie Adamson, Lacey Dow, Danielle Isom, Ariel Licthy, Breanna Ross, Marie Sitz, Brandi Taylor, and Rhianna Wilson.
           Out going officers (left to right) :McKenzie Adamson, Emma Krysl, Marie Sitz, Ariel Lichty, Amanda Pischel. Grace Bunner, Abby Gillham                        
Outgoing officers were thanked for their efforts throughout the year.  They were:  President Ariel Lichty; Vice President Amanda Pischel; Secretary Grace Bunner; Treasurer Abby Gillham; Public Relations Marie Sitz; Historian Emma Krysl; Student Council Representative, McKenzie Adamson. 
Awards were presented to the members for their years of participation in the organization.  One, two, three, four, and five-year members were recognized. Six-Year member were McKenzie Adamson, Lacey Dow, Ariel Lichty, Breanna Ross, Marie Sitz, Brandi Taylor, and Rhianna Wilson.
Outstanding members (left to right):  Faith Walton, Marissa Lichty, Robyn Isom, Amanda Pischel, Ariel Lichty, and Emma Krysl, not pictured Baylea Conato
Outstanding member awards were presented to seventh grader Baylea Conato, eighth grader Faith Walton, freshman Marissa Lichty; sophomore Robyn Isom, junior Amanda Pischel; senior Ariel Lichty; and overall outstanding member Emma Krysl.  

 New officers:  Emily Morrow, Marissa Lichty, Emma Krysl, Amanda Pischel, Grace Bunner, Allison Ludwig, and Abby Gillham
Newly installed officers include: President Amanda Pischel, Vice President Grace Bunner, Secretary Abby Gillham, Treasurer Allison Ludwig, Public Relations Emma Krysl, Historian Marissa Lichtym and Student Council Representative Emily Morrow.  

O'Neill Stage Band Entertains Young & Old On 11th Annual Tour

05/07/15 06:37 AM

O'Neill Stage Band Playing At O'Neill Elementary
On Wednesday, May 6th, the O'Neill High School Stage Band took to the road for the 11th Annual Stage Band Tour. The 24 member group played at the Evergreen and the Golden Living Center in the morning. They followed that up with performances at St. Mary's Elementary and the O'Neill Elementary. In all they played 49 tunes on tour. They played some old favorites such as "Woodchoppers Ball", "Tuxedo Junction", "Minnie The Moocher". For the younger crowd, some newer tunes were performed like "Sweet Caroline" and "Cupid Shuffle". Every concert traditionally opened with the KBRX Partyline Theme "Friend And Neighbours". Director Mr Dean commented "It was a fun, exhausting day. The kids learn what it's like to be a touring musician, and we get to give the gift of music to people throughout the city."

KBRX Area Students To Graduate From Wayne State College

05/06/15 11:22 AM

(Wayne, NEB.) -- Wayne State College will hold commencement for graduate and undergraduate students May 9. The graduate ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. in Rice Auditorium and the undergraduate ceremony will be at 2 p.m. in the Willow Bowl, Wayne State’s outdoor amphitheater. President Curt Frye, who is retiring in June, will deliver the commencement address at the undergraduate ceremony.
The graduate ceremony at 9:30 a.m. in Rice Auditorium will confer degrees on 107 students, which includes master’s degrees in education, business administration, organizational management, curriculum and instruction-instructional leadership, and educational specialist degrees. 
The undergraduate ceremony will feature multiple awards honoring excellence among the college’s faculty, alumni and supporters, as well as the commissioning oath of a second lieutenant who has completed Wayne State’s ROTC program. There are 439 students graduating with their bachelor’s degrees.

Graduation is contingent upon successful completion of the current semester.
++August 2015 Graduate

Neligh - Laura Elaine Newton - Curriculum & Instruction-Instructional Leadership/Business & Information Technology Education 
B.S., Wayne State College, 2011 
O'Neill - Mark Duane Hunt++ - Curriculum & Instruction-Instructional Leadership/Social Sciences Education
B.A., Doane College, Crete, 1987 
Orchard - Michael Dean Williamson++ - Counselor Education/Clinical Mental Health Counseling - B.S., Wayne State College, 2011 
Community of Learning South Sioux City - 
Tilden - Kyleigh Jo Parham Lewis++ - Curriculum & Instruction-Instructional Leadership/Business & Information Technology Education
B.S., Wayne State College, 2013      

Based on the student’s cumulative GPA at the end of the semester prior to their semester of graduation. 

The John G. Neihardt Scholars Program provides special academic and scholarship opportunities for outstanding students enrolling at Wayne State College.

Each year the Scholarship Council selects a limited number from the qualified applicants to participate in the program, which offers special classes, colloquia and advisement.

Students accepted into the program, who maintain their eligibility, are awarded a four-year scholarship for tuition up to 128 total credit hours, eight semesters of room waiver and an annual stipend of $500.

John G. Neihardt Scholars
Clearwater - Sydney Grace Pokorny, Magna cum Laude with High Honors in the Major Life Sciences/Biology
Senior Research Project: Overcoming Osteoarthritis of the Knee: An Exploration of Treatment Options
Colloquium Advisor: Dr. Ronald E. Loggins
Stuart - Shelby Nicole Myers, Magna cum Laude with High Honors in the Major Life Sciences/Biology
Senior Research Project: Emotions Affecting Self-Evaluations of Health and Well-Being
Colloquium Advisors: Dr. Mark F. Hammer and Dr. Joe Blankenau

Magna cum Laude
Based on the student’s cumulative GPA at the end of the semester prior to their semester of graduation. 
Cumulative grade point average between 3.80 to 3.89
Atkinson - David J. Buller
Atkinson - Kendra Moonyeen Vanderbeek
Battle Creek - Shavon Nicole Bonner
Clearwater - Sydney Grace Pokorny
Columbus - Derek Thomas Prososki++
Crofton - Alissa Ann Woockman
O'Neill - Jamie Lynn Goldfuss Jakubowski
Stuart - Shelby Nicole Myers

cum Laude
Based on the student’s cumulative GPA at the end of the semester prior to their semester of graduation. 
Cumulative grade point average between 3.70 to 3.79
Neligh - Travis Scott Coleman++
O'Neill  - Heather Marie Vandersnick

Honorable Mention
Based on the student’s cumulative GPA at the end of the semester prior to their semester of graduation. 
Cumulative grade point average between 3.50 to 3.69
Clearwater - Michaela Ann Thiele
Stuart - Logan Wayne Kaup
Tilden - Kacey Lea Eggers

Majors follow hometowns, minors/supplemental endorsements in italics

Graduation is contingent upon successful completion of the current semester.

++August 2015 Degree Candidate

Bachelor of Science
Ainsworth - William Robert Hunt English Education, Coaching
Atkinson - Addie Jo Abner Family & Consumer Sciences Education 
Atkinson - David J. Buller Industrial Technology/Drafting, Planning & Design, Construction Management 
Atkinson - Elizabeth Ann Ziska English Writing & Literature, Editing & Publishing 
Atkinson - Kendra Moonyeen Vanderbeek English Education, Art
Brunswick - Brieanne Grace Todd++ Life Sciences/Biology, Environmental Studies
Burwell - Grant Preston Hitchcock Criminal Justice, Business Administration, Emergency Management
Callaway - Joel Allyn Stryker Health & Physical Education PK-12, Coaching
Clearwater - Michaela Ann Thiele Early Childhood 
Clearwater - Sydney Grace Pokorny Life Sciences/Biology 
Emmet - Deidre Jo Judge Business Administration/Finance 
Ewing - Alexander Raymond Hyde Health & Physical Education PK-12, Coaching 
Ewing - Austin John Kaczor Exercise Science, Coaching 
Ewing - Chase Elliott Funk Exercise Science, Coaching 
Lynch - Dustin Ryan Black Business Administration/Management, Marketing 
Neligh - Travis Scott Coleman++ Exercise Science 
Neligh - Zachary Dale Baker++ Business Administration/Management 
O’Neill - Katelyn Rose Schneider English Education 
O’Neill - Mollie Kristine Schindler Criminal Justice, Psychology 
O'Neill - Brock James Reynoldson++ Sport Management 
O'Neill - Heather Marie Vandersnick Elementary Education, Special Education MMH K-12 
O'Neill - Jamie Lynn Goldfuss Jakubowski Elementary Education, Coaching, English as a Second Language 
Orchard - Preston Jon Blackmore Health & Physical Education PK-12 
Osmond - Courtney Marie Wiese Life Sciences/Biology 
Osmond - Craig Anthony Dennis Health & Physical Education PK-12, Coaching 
Osmond - Danielle Lauriana Vinson Stech Elementary Education, Special Education MMH K-12 
Osmond - Garret Arthur Kuhl Business Administration/Management 
Stuart - Erin Nicole Blakley++ Human Service Counseling, Criminal Justice 
Stuart - Logan Wayne Kaup Criminal Justice, Political Science
Stuart - Shelby Nicole Myers Life Sciences/Biology 
Tilden - Kacey Lea Eggers Business Administration/Accounting, Sport Management 

Wayne State College, a regional, public four-year college located in northeast Nebraska, is a proud member of the Nebraska State College System.

Wettlaufer Landscapes Hold Ribbon Cutting

05/06/15 06:55 AM
Wettlaufer Landscapes held an Atkinson Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday, May 5, at their new business site on the east edge of Atkinson.  Owners are Kenny & Laurel Wettlaufer.

Atkinson Man Gets 20 To 40 Years In Infant Death

05/05/15 06:16 AM
Michael Schroeder, age 26, of Atkinson was sentenced to 20-to-40 years in prison after being convicted of killing his infant son. The sentencing was handed down Monday in Holt County District Court. In March, Schroeder pleaded no contest to intentional child abuse that resulted in the infant boys death.  Prosecutors dropped a second charge in return for Schroeder's plea.

In a report filed by an Atkinson Police Officer it stated that Kalium Ebsen, Schroder's son, was transported to West Holt Memorial Hospital on October 26 after being found unresponsive. The infant was then flown to an Omaha hospital where he passed away a few days later.

St. Mary's Marian Chapter Students Clean Up Highway 20

05/04/15 11:53 AM

(left to right) St. Mary's Senior Garrett Gleason and Juniors Jayde Rosenkrans and Rylie Pistulka.
Photo Courtesy of Steve Bahrij
A big "THANK YOU" to the  19 students from St. Mary's Marian Chapter of the National Honor Society that came on Sunday May 3, 2015 to clean the highway stretch on US 20 marker 305 thru 307 just west of O'Neill.  Many bags of garbage were collected in this area.  
And just a reminder from all of us at KBRX to please not be a LitterBug!!

Area Students To Graduate From UNK, Commencement To Be Friday, May 8

05/04/15 09:28 AM
Graduate and undergraduate degrees for 685 students will be handed out at the University of Nebraska at Kearney during commencement excercises on Friday, May 8 at 10:0 am.

The Honorable Jodi M. Hoos, circuit judge for the 10th Judicial District in Illinois will deliver the commencement address.

The ceremony will be held at the UNK Health and Sports Center.  For those unable to attend in person, UNK commencement ceremonies will be webcast at

Graduating on Friday from the KBRX area are:
Halli Thurlow, Atkinson, BSED in Communication Disorders
Dillon Nelson, Burwell, BA in Theatre
Lisa Petersen, Burwell, BAED in Language Arts with Honorable Mention
Sydney Weber, Burwell, BAED in Elementary Education with Honorable Mention
Matthew Hoffman, Chambers, BS in Agribusiness
Bryson Dekay, Lynch, BS in Organizational Communication
Randy Baker, O’Neill, BS in Industrial Distribution, Graduated Magna Cm Laude
McKenna Moyes, O’Neill, BGS in General Studies
Tyler Stracke, O’Neill, BS in Exercise Science Fitness & Wellness
Adam Bretschneider, Springivew, BS in Athletic Training
Brittany Schrantz, Springview, BSED in Communication Disorders, Graduating Summa Cum Laude
Tanya Schroder, Stuart, BAED in Early Childhood Unified
Lonnie Filip, Verdigre, BS in Criminal Justice
Staci Simonsen, Verdigre, MAE in Art Education

O'Neill High School Activity Recognition Night Awards Handed Out

05/04/15 09:10 AM

The O’Neill High School held their Activity Recognition night on April 27.  Here are the award winners in different activities.
Outstanding Academic Award – This award is presented to one female and one male Senior who have a grade point average of at least 3.0 and have shown excellence and leadership in a school activity. This award is voted on by all activity sponsors.
Female – Marie Sitz
Male – Jon Marvin
The A.R.T.S. Award – This stands for Activites Relating To Success and is presented to Seniors who have been involved in at least three lettered/participation activities all four years of high school.
Brooke Buller & Marie Sitz
High School Band
Most Improved – Shelby Thomas
Instrumentalist Musicianship Award – Brittany Soukup
Semper Fidelis Award – Rahtaya Young
John Philip Sousa Award – Logan Spencer
Louis Armstrong Award – Jon Marvin
Directors Most Outstanding Award – Marie Sitz
NSAA District Outstanding Performance Award – Nathaniel Jennings
Chamber Choir
National Choral Award – Brooke Buller & Marie Sitz
Fred Waring Choral Award – Rahtaya Young & Alexandra Strampher
Most Improved Singer – Cody Muilenburg
Rising Star Award – Aleigha Holz and Blair Langan
Varsity Speaker of the Year – Marie Sitz
Newcomer Speaker of the Year – Zeb O’Bryan
Most Dedicated Speaker – Brooke Buller
One Acts
Outstanding Cast Member – Marie Sitz & Vionne Trizila
Outstanding Newcomer – Nikki Gotschall & Blair Langan
Best Actor – Grant Johnston
Best Actress – Vionne Trizila
Best Supporting Actor – Jonathan Gettert
Best Supporting Actress – Bailey Krieger & Nikki Gotschall
Newby Award – Kedron Koehler & Blake Johnston
Multi-Role Master – James Walton
Musical Mainstay Award – Rahtaya Young
The Big Cheese Award – Marie Sitz
Fin Flippin Award – Allison Becker, Andrea Bennets, Aurora Gutshall, Aleigha Holz, Alexander Strampher, Allison Ludwig
An Art Show was also held at the Recognition night.  Award winners were:
Best of Show – Braxton Stauffer Jr. High & Kayla Sears High School
People’s Choice – Erica Hagemann
Principal’s Choice – Ezra Kelly

BHE Renewables Officially Announces Holt County Wind Project

05/01/15 10:37 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa – BHE Renewables, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, today announced plans to construct a 400-megawatt wind farm in Holt County, Nebraska – the largest wind energy project in the state’s history. The project will increase Nebraska’s wind energy capacity by nearly 50 percent and represents the first project in the state for BHE Renewables.

“We are excited to be constructing this wind farm in Holt County, our first project in the state,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of BHE Renewables. “The Grande Prairie project will have a major impact on Nebraska’s economy and energy future while helping our customer, Omaha Public Power District, meet its long-term renewable goals.”

“We are very pleased to be working with BHE Renewables to continue to move this project forward,” said Tim Burke, incoming OPPD president and CEO. “When we announced a long-term power purchase agreement to buy 100 percent of the wind generation from this facility several months ago, our goal was to plan for the future and position OPPD to have more than 30 percent of our future retail generation come from renewable sources. This will put us on the path to make that happen.”

BHE Renewables plans to begin construction at Grande Prairie this summer with completion scheduled for the end of 2016. Fehrman said the project will create an estimated 350 temporary construction jobs and 12 to 15 on-site permanent full-time jobs while generating over $4 million per year in landowner lease payments, contributions to a community fund, and tax revenue for the county, schools, fire districts and townships.

Founded in 2011 as a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, BHE Renewables owns and operates more than 3,400 megawatts of wind, solar, geothermal and hydro resources that produce energy for customers under long-term power purchase agreements. The company has invested more than $10 billion in renewable energy resources and will have more than 1,300 megawatts of wind generation capacity in operation when recent acquisitions are complete. More information is available

Roll Of The Dice Decides Mayor Of Platte, SD

05/01/15 07:35 AM

(Information in the following story is from: KSFY-TV,

PLATTE, S.D. (AP) — A roll of the dice has determined who will be the next mayor in the South Dakota town of Platte.

Steve Christensen became the next mayor Thursday after the town solved its too-close-to-call race with a game of chance.

Christensen and incumbent Mayor Rick Gustad split the vote in the April 14th election. An old state statute says certain elections can be determined by a high card draw or a roll of the dice.

Gustad picked dice as his game of choice. KSFY-TV reports that Christensen rolled a seven to become Platte's mayor for the next two years. Gustad rolled a four.

The two also ran against one another in 2013, with Gustad winning by six votes.

Christensen is a former police chief. Gustad serves as Platte's fire chief.

West Holt Medical Services Hires New Chief Executive Officer

04/29/15 11:11 AM

After conducting a nationwide executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, West Holt Medical Services in Atkinson, Neb., has hired Bradley Pfeifer as chief executive officer. A skilled healthcare executive with more than 10 years of leadership experience, Pfeifer will assume his new duties on June 1st.

“Brad brings a proven track record leading organizational strategy as well as a keen understanding and success in building strong relationships with physicians,” said Bryan Rentschler, president of the West Holt Medical Services Board of Directors. “Brad’s leadership and dedicated focus on patient care will be a great benefit to the hospital and community.”

Formerly, Pfeifer served as marketing and business development manager at Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital in Omaha. In this role, he provided leadership for the hospital’s marketing, sales and strategic development. Previous executive positions include serving as senior vice president at Orthopaedic Marketing Group in Omaha, and senior marketing consultant at Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa.

“West Holt Medical Services was seeking a healthcare executive with a high sense of integrity and a leadership style that complements the hospital’s mission and vision,” said Mick Ruel, vice president of executive search for B. E. Smith, the healthcare executive search firm who conducted the nationwide CEO search for West Holt Medical Services. “Brad’s experience and leadership style were the perfect fit.”

Pfeifer earned his Master in Healthcare Administration from Clarkson College in Omaha, Neb., and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He is board certified in healthcare management and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He is a professional certified marketer through the American Marketing Association (AMA) and a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD).

For more information on West Holt Medical Services visit

St. Mary's Inducts Students Into National Honor Society

04/29/15 10:10 AM

Back Row (L-R): River Kramer (Soph.), Adam Soukup (Sr.), Zac Wiese (Soph.)
Middle Row (L-R): Riley Sibbel (Jr.), Ashley Everitt (Jr.), Logan Connot (Soph.), Hattie Blumenstock (Soph.)
Front Row (L-R): Paige Gaughenbaugh (Jr.), Jayde Rosekrans (Jr.), Rylie Pistulka (Jr.), Hailey Eiler (Soph.), Caleigh Miles (Soph.)

St. Mary's High School held their National Honor Society induction ceremony on Monday, April 27. Twelve new members were brought in to the organization.
Senior: Adam Soukup
Juniors: Riley Sibbel, Ashley Everitt, Paige Gaughenbaugh, Jayde Rosenkrans, and Rylie Pistulka
Sophomores: Logan Connot, Hattie Blumenstock, River Kramer, Zac Wiese, Hailey Eiler and Caleigh Miles

Requirements for induction into NHS are:
  • attending school in grades 10 through 12
  • maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 85 percent, B, 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), or equivalent standard of excellence
  • demonstrating volunteer or service hours
  • preserving an excellent record of behavior in and out of school
  • participating in leadership roles in school and/or community activities


2015 O'Neill and St. Mary's Prom Royalty

04/29/15 10:02 AM

OHS Prom Royalty (left to right)
1st Attendants: Shelby Heiser and Levi Ethington
King Jon Marvin and Queen Brooke Buller
2nd Attendants:  Caleb Ross and McKenzie Adamson

2015 St. Mary's "Arabian Nights" Prom Royalty
Front Row (L-R): Prince Noah Johnson, Crown Bearers Drake Berg, Max Berg, Ava Shald, Savannah Gallagher, Princess Addie Wetzel
Back Row (L-R): King Adam Soukup, Queen Brittany Soukup

O'Neill Post Prom Scholarship Winners

04/28/15 11:32 AM
The following students from St. Mary's and O'Neill High were the lucky recipients of post prom scholarships. The post prom committee thanks the generous businesses and individuals that donated all the scholarships

Front row (left to right) Blake Walters, Eduardo Quintero, Marie Sitz, Alex Strampher, Kedron Koehler, Addie Wetzel, Mackenzie Wecker, Alejandra Vergara-Kersenbrock, Tracy Vandersnick, Brant Shoemaker and Jon Hoefer.
Back Row (left to right) Cordele Matthews, Adam Soukup, Arianna Dugan, Brandi Taylor, Jacey Kosizek, Noah Johnson, Jon Marvin, Jacob Petersen and Bryce Matson

Shamrock Ringers Hold Horseshoe Tournament

04/27/15 01:15 PM

(left to right) Class A Winners Carolyn Schneider, Richard Schrader and Samantha Wysocki

​(left to right) Class B Winners Karla Wysocki, Scott Poese and Bryan Strong

The Shamrock Ringers Horseshoe Club held a sanctioned horseshoe tournament on Saturday at Jamison Courts located at Carney Park in south O’Neill on Saturday.
Competitors from as far away as Kansas and North Dakota participated.
Here are the results:
Class A
1st place Carolyn Schneider, Cody, Nebraska
2nd place Richard Schrader, Neligh
3rd place Samantha Wysocki, Grand Island
Class B
1st place Karla Wysocki, Grand Island
2nd place Scott Poese, O’Neill
3RD place Bryan Strong, Wichita, Kansas

O'Neill will be the site of the Nebraska State Tournament over Labor Day this weekend this year.

OHS Bands 'Superior' at Districts

04/27/15 11:01 AM

On Friday, April 24th, the O'Neill Bands traveled to Atkinson to perform at the District Music Contest. 57 band members performed in the concert band as well as other various ensembles and solos. In all 12 'Superior' and 4 'Excellent' ratings were earned throughout the day.

The concert band as well as the stage band also earned 'State Medalist' honors - receiving ''Superior' ratings from all the judges.

Other Superior Ratings included:
Piano Solo (Nathanial Jennings)
Flute Duet (Brittany Soukup, Sydney Zahm),
Clarinet Trio (Lauren Osborne, Kendra Kozisek, Mikayla Marvin),
Bass Clarinet Solo (Lauren Osborne),
Tenor Sax Solo (Ehric Strope),
Trumpet Solo (Jon Marvin),
Trumpet Quartet (Vionne Trizila, Alexa Dougherty, Caliegh Miles, Gabbie Scott),
Trombone Solo (Logan Spencer),
Baritone Solo (Corbin Dean),
Low Brass Quartet (Logan Spencer, Garrett Gleason, Allison Ludwig, Corbin Dean)
'Excellent' Ratings included:
Violin Solo (Marie Sitz)
Oboe Solo (Marie Sitz)
Alto Sax Solo (Nathanial Jennings)
Mallet Solo (James Walton)
"The kids performed well today. The whole week really went well, starting with the recital. It was the culmination of a fantastic year!" commented Director Chad Dean.
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