Two Chambers Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members where recognized on Monday, November 23, 2015 at the Commissioner's Recognition for Student Excellence in Career Education sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education. The ceremony was held in the rotunda of the state capitol. Nebraska Commissioner of Education Matthew Blomstedt and Lt. Governor Mike Foley collaborated to honor Nebraska students who placed in the top five in their respective Career Student Organizations (CSOs) national competitive events. The Chambers FCCLA honorees included Chyenne Burrell who placed third in Career Investigation, Senior Division and Jamie Koenig who placed third in Illustrated Talk, Junior Division. Also attending the ceremony were Chambers FCCLA Adviser Marilyn Whitaker and parents Don and Lenone Koenig, and Vincent and Denise Burrell. Receiving certificates were approximately 120 students who placed in the top ten in national competitive events for their respective organizations. The honorees represented eight Career Student Organizations including DECA, Educators Rising, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, PBL, and SkillsUSA. Following the ceremonies, the students were honored at a reception held at the Governor’s Mansion.
(front l to r) Emma Krysl & Allison Becker
(back l to r) Julia Bauer, Dusty Barker, Nathaniel Jennings & Christopher Jennings
Winners of the annual National Geographic Awareness Week T-Shirt contest at O'Neill Jr.-Sr. High School were: front: Emma Krysl (farthest from O'Neill: Manila, Philippines), Allison Becker (most unique: Barrow, Alaska) back: Julia Bauer (closest to O'Neill: Stuart), Dusty Barker (most colorful: Fort Myers, Florida), Nathaniel Jennings (best geographic site: Olympic Stadium, Greece), Christopher Jennings (sports franchise: U.A.E. soccer)
(l to r) Lt. Governor Mike Foley, Emma Krysl & Matthew Blomstedt
Emma Krysl of O'Neill received the Nebraska Department of Education's Commissioner's Excellence Award. Emma was recognized at the Nebraska State Capitol for her outstanding achievement at National FCCLA this past summer. Pictured with Emma are Lt. Governor Mike Foley and Commissioner of Education, Matthew Blomstedt, PhD. Attending with Emma & her family were Mrs. Ann Mann, her FCCLA Advisor, and Mr. Corey Fischer, principal at O’Neill High School. Emma is the daughter of Steve & Meredith Krysl. Grandparents are Linda & the late Paul Dorey of Chambers and Dan & Nancy Krysl of Atkinson.
LINCOLN – The public is invited to attend any of six public information sessions in December and comment on the development of a master plan for the Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail.
Staff from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Tourism Commission will make short presentations at the beginning of each session. Anyone in attendance then will be able to comment on what they would like to see included in the master plan.
Game and Parks has operated and maintained the Cowboy Trail since being given that responsibility by the Nebraska Legislature in 1994. “We feel it is important to go out and meet with our neighbors and partners along the trail and get their input as we develop this master plan,” Planning and Programming Division Administrator Michelle Stryker said. “The master plan will provide direction to staff and information to the public on what to expect over the next 20 years of our management of the Cowboy Trail.”
Following is a schedule of the public information sessions: Ainsworth – Dec. 8, 7 p.m., Elks Club, 111 E. 3rd St.; O’Neill – Dec. 9, 7 p.m., Holt County Economic Development Office, 330 E. Hancock St.; Norfolk – Dec. 10, 7 p.m., Lifelong Learning Center, 801 E. Benjamin Ave.; Chadron – Dec. 15, 3 p.m., Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District Office, 430 E. 2nd St.; Rushville – Dec. 15, 7 p.m., Security First Retail Center, 110 E. 2nd St.; and Valentine – Dec. 16, 7 p.m., Niobrara National Scenic River Visitor Center, 214 W. U.S. Highway 20.
The public is encouraged to attend a session, even to make plans to attend one at an alternate location if a session closest to them is canceled because of weather.
Game and Parks will accept public comments on issues relating to the Cowboy Trail until Dec. 31, 2015. Comments may be emailed to Planning and Programming Division Assistant Administrator Kirk Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org
November 17, 2015 – O’Neill, NE – On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, November 15-17, one-hundred ten students from O’Neill, Emmett, Ewing, Verdigre, Creighton, Inman, Page, and Spencer joined forty Young Americans for the Turn Up the Music outreach workshop and performance. This cast was a very special one. O’Neill welcomed home one of their own. Mark Vavra of the O’Neill High School graduate class of 2012 and a Young American, served as technical director and a teacher for this powerful show. In the workshop, which took place in the O’Neill Community center and the O’Neill High School gymnasium, The Young Americans taught these students, in grades three through twelve, a one-hour singing, dancing and acting show. These students not only learned an unbelievable show, they found their voices, learned to dance and act, learned teamwork, respect and a love of all things fine arts. They had the chance to be themselves and express themselves with the support and encouragement of The Young Americans and their peers. Most importantly, these young people learned self-confidence and self-worth and gained forty new friends and mentors. “The Young Americans have a way of reaching each and every student. They make them feel important, independent, and proud of their talents and accomplishments. Nobody else offers a learning and performing experience like this workshop,” says Mr. Jaques, the vocal music instructor at O’Neill High School. Participating students and their families also had the opportunity to take Young Americans into their homes for three nights, becoming surrogate families for very grateful and respectful guests. After two days of hard work and play, the students and their talented teachers took the stage for a two-hour Broadway caliber song and dance performance. The first forty-five minutes featured The Young Americans in a high-powered performance as a gift to the students and the audience. The second act featured all of the students along with The Young Americans performing the show they had learned in only two days. They performed music from across the decades, movies, hip hop, classical choral music, and finally music from the hit musical, The Lion King. The concert concluded with a gift of a gold record plaque and a donation of $1090 to the music department from The Young Americans. The Young Americans left O’Neill on Wednesday as our friends, heroes, teachers, and new family members. Thank you Young Americans. We’ll miss you!
In celebration of Thanksgiving we are giving away another gun! This gun is a Smith & Wesson M & P 15 5.56. The lucky winner is number 451, Mitch Nelson from Creighton! Congratulations Mitch you may contact Tom at Boardman’s Furniture & Pawn to claim your gun!
Holt County Economic Development has rescheduled their annual dinner and HomeTown Leadership Institute graduation to Friday, December 4, at the Atkinson Community Center. The event will start with a social hour at 5:30 PM, dinner at 6:00 PM and the program to begin around 6:30 PM. Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley has been asked to speak as well as University of Nebraska students Kate Likens and Brianna Meyer, who would speak on their experiences this summer as they worked in Holt County through a grant funded by the Rural Futures Institute. Quana Kelly, nominated by fellow classmates, will give the class remarks for this year’s HomeTown Leadership Institute. Holt County Economic Development will also be celebrating the new residents and families that have moved to Holt County in the last year.
The HomeTown Leadership Institute is an eight-month program where participants meet one full day a month to help educate participants on different areas in Holt County and further develop personal leadership skills and talent. Graduates in this year’s Institute program are Maxine Fonseca and Matt McGrew, Atkinson; Holly Cole, Page; Abby Barta, Stuart; Kathy Benson, Nikki Cook, Kris Harvey, Robert Jensen, Quana Kelly, Michelle Liewer, Stephanie Prouty, Mike Walker, Susie Walters, and Jon Wolf, all of O’Neill.
Tickets to the dinner are $25 and includes your dinner catered by Cast Iron Grille. Tickets can be purchased at the Holt County Economic Development Office located at 330 East Hancock Street in O’Neill or by calling 402.336.1504
(front l to r) Kyler Dean, Tim Hohbein, Wreece Liewer & Sydney Young
(sitting) Hana Miller
This year, approximately 300 students were selected to participate in the All-State Children’s Chorus, which is sponsored by the Nebraska Music Educators Association. Ms. Judy Welch, Children’s Chorus Coordinator, is pleased to announce that Wreece Liewer, Kyler Dean, Sydney Young, Hana Miller and Tim Hohbein. all 5th graders at O’Neill Elementary School, were among the 300 students selected. Guest conductor for the group was Sally Albrecht, a composer, conductor, and clinician from Raleigh, NC. The chorus rehearsed on Thursday, November 19th on the University of Nebraska Lincoln campus, the host site of the 2015 NMEA Conference/Clinic. A final public concert was held at 4:00 p.m. at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Congratulations to Wreece, Kyler, Sydney, Hana and Tim!!!!
O'Neill Bomgaars Manager Tim Gleason cuts the ribbon at their new location
The O'Neill Bomgaars store held a Chamber of Commerce Re-Grand Opening ribbon cutting on a snow Friday afternoon. They moved into their new location and opened the doors in the former Alco building last Thursday, November 12. The new store has increased their merchandise and is a huge asset to our area.
The Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) will withdraw the Highway 12, Section 404, permit application for Alternate A7 east and west of Niobrara Nebraska.
At the November 9, 2015 public hearing, held to receive comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and NDOR’s Section 404 permit application, the public made it clear that an alternate solution should be sought. The public spoke about Alternative A7 and of hardships on landowners and current farm and ranch operations within the valley if it was pursued. The public also commented on the potential for shading, icing and snow removal challenges with any alternate located directly adjacent to the bluffs.
Alternative A7 would shift the existing highway south, within the Missouri River Valley, to a location along the earthen bluff. The project would reconstruct about 12 miles of existing Highway 12 east and west of Niobrara and raise the highway elevation to provide a permanent transportation solution and protect it against future flooding.
In a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Omaha District, Regulatory Division, the NDOR has requested that the permit application forwarded on September 11, 2015 be withdrawn. The NDOR proposed to work with the Corps to find an alternative solution along existing Highway 12; one that would result in a safe and reliable transportation system that would solve the problem of reoccurring flooding along the existing highway.
Front Row James Walton
Back Row Nikki Gotschall, Makenzie Petersen, Blair Langan & Vionne Trizila
The OHS one-act team participated in the Mid-States Conference One-Act Festival on Wednesday, Nov. 18th The team received a superior rating for their rendition of Jonathan Dorf's "Thank You For Flushing My Head in the Toilet and Other Rarely Used Expressions". James Walton, Vionne Trizila, Makenzie Petersen, Blair Langan, and Nikki Gotschall were recognized for their outstanding performances. The team will head to Niobrara next to participate in the Niobrara One-Act Festival on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 3:00.
LOUISVILLE, KY — Great Western Bank of O’Neill was pleased to sponsor the Holt County/GLW (Greeley, Loup and Wheeler) County 4-H Livestock Judging Team as they traveled to compete at the National Livestock Judging Contest in Louisville, KY, on Nov. 17-18. The contest was held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition. This is the first team to ever represent Holt County at AKSARBEN and the National Judging Contest. The team consists of Miles Stagemeyer, son of Brent and Carla Stagemeyer of Page; Casey Coburn, son of Joel and Kay Coburun of Atkinson; and Kodi and Neleigh Gehl, daughters of Greg and Susan Gehl of Ericson. Coaching the team is Sydney McKay of Ericson and Brent Stagemeyer of Page. The team qualified for the national contest by winning the senior division of Premier Animal Science Event (PASE) in Lincoln this past June. The contest had 32 teams and 136 individuals in the senior division. Individually there were 130 students that participated in each event and there were 34 teams present. Here are the results from our Nebaska youth.
High Individual Overall BeefMiles Stagemeyer 4th, Neleigh Gehl 23rd, Casey Coburn 54th, Kodi Gehl 62nd High Individual Overall Beef PerformanceMiles Stagemeyer 24th, Kodi Gehl 36th, Neleigh Gehl 55th and Casey Coburn 58th High Individual OverallMiles Stagemeyer 31st, Kodi Gehl 44th, Neleigh Gehl 47th, Casey Coburn 108th Overall Team -Nebraska placed 5th High Individual ReasonsMiles Stagemeyer 16th, Neleigh Gehl 23rd, Kodi Gehl 47th, Casey Coburn 122nd High Team ReasonsNebraska placed 8th High Individual Overall Sheep/GoatsKodi Gehl 79th, Neleigh Gehl 88th, Miles Stagemeyer 105th, Casey Coburn 107th, Sheep TeamNebraska placed 29th High Individual Overall SwineKodi Gehl 30th, Miles Stagemeyer 33rd, Neleigh Gehl 58th, Casey Coburn 125th Swine TeamNebraska placed 13th
LINCOLN — The Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) recognized 78 hospital workers in November during its annual convention for their excellence in service by bestowing them with the NHA’s prestigious “The Caring Kind” award.
Jan Hysell of West Holt Medical Services in Atkinson was a recipient of the award this year. For 36 years, The Caring Kind award has been given to Nebraska's most caring and compassionate hospital employees. The award honors outstanding health care employees who have demonstrated compassion for patients, cooperation with co-workers and dedication to excellence in their job responsibilities. “The Caring Kind award recipients demonstrate the kindness, caring, dedication and commitment that exemplifies why health care in Nebraska continues to be among the best in the nation,” NHA President Laura J. Redoutey said. “The NHA is proud to recognize these outstanding health care workers who have made a tremendous difference in the lives of their patients, co-workers, hospitals and communities.”
Story from Nebraska Public Service Commission LINCOLN – TransCanada filed a Motion to Dismiss its application for approval of a proposed route for the Keystone XL Pipeline with the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) on Wednesday morning, November 18, 2015. The Company requested it be dismissed without prejudice to give them the option to refile another application at a later date. In support of the Motion, TransCanada cited the U.S. State Department’s denial of TransCanada’s presidential permit application on November 6, 2015, stating it is assessing the impact of the denial on the aspects of the pipeline within the U.S. TransCanada’s Motion is available to view on the PSC’s website at www.psc.nebraska.gov.
The O’Neill Rotary Club announces their 2015-2016 Shadowing Program is now open for freshman through seniors. Participating in the program will make the student eligible for one of two $1,000 Rotary scholarships their senior year of high school. This year’s seniors will need to have their proof of shadowing on file by February 1st to be eligible for this year's Rotary Scholarship, but all other students can apply at any time during their high school career by completely the request located online under the news story at www.oneillrotary.club. If seniors have shadowed through the Rotary program previously during their high school career and their form is on file, they are eligible to apply for the scholarship.
J & S TV & Electronic's held their O'Neill Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting on Friday, November 13. Formerly Don's TV, J & S TV & Electronic's new owners, Josh and Shalane Treptow cut the ribbon on their new business and then held a barbecue feed over noon.
Sunday, Dr. Kenneth Cowan, Director of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center as well as Advisory Board Members of the Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska were in O’Neill for the presentation of funds raised from the 2015 Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska that was held at the Tom Herzog & Kim Schweer Ranch on the Niobrara River in June.
Also in attendance were local organizations that received funds from the proceeds of this event.
The total amount raised from this year’s Cattlemen’s Ball was $944,542.00 of which over $94,000 was distributed to 18 different organizations in our area. The remaining amount was given to the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center to be used for cancer research.
Chisolm Sholes (left) accepts check from Ryan Parks of O'Neill Chamber Ambassadors as Scott Poese looks on.
The O’Neill Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors presented the Irish Walk of Fame with a donation in the amount of $500 on November 11 at the Walk of Fame Meeting. The donation was made from proceeds from the Nationally Sanctioned Cornhole Tournament held in O’Neill on September 19th. The donation will be used towards putting two more shamrocks in the Irish Walk of Fame that was established last year to honor people from the community that have been involved with the annual St. Patrick’s Celebration since it’s early years. As you walk around the intersection at 4th and Douglas, take note of the 4 plaques already in place.
Accident Wednesday Afternoon North of Bartlett on Highway 281
High winds, slush and snow have caused very slick roads Wednesday afternoon. Highway 281 from south of O'Neill all the way to Grand Island is reported to be slushy and slick. The picture above is an accident that occurred a half mile north of Bartlett on Highway 281. Reports from the public on the scene were that the couple that was involved in the accident are ok. With our first blast of wintry weather, motorists are urged to use caution when driving and make sure to turn your headlights on.
Winners Of The O'Neill Rotary Supermarket Sweep Announced
11/11/15 05:30 AM
Congratulations to Chris Everett of Atkinson The winner of th $1,500.00 Supermarket sweep. 2nd Place goes to Natasha Zeeb of O'Neill, Natasha is the winner of a $300 gift certificate from O'Neill Superfoods. Thanks to all who bought tickets. Portions of the proceeds benefits the Meals On Wheels program
This last Saturday, November 7th, the O'Neill High School One-Act Play cast and crew competed at the Morningside College One-Act Play Competition. They returned home with a 2nd place trophy. Cast members also were awarded trophies: James Walton for Best Actor, Makenzie Petersen for Best Actress, Emily Morrow for "Best Supporting Actor", and Vionne Trizila for Best Supporting Actress. Assistant director Jonathan Jaques says "Our team did an amazing job for this early in the season. Jill and I are very proud of them and hey, what a way to start the season!"
Story from St. Patrick's Parish St. Patrick’s Catholic Church & St. Mary’s Catholic Schools would like to tell you how very grateful we are for the incredible support you have given for our annual parish auction. Your generosity helped us to raise nearly $130,000!
The number of donations – monetary, gift certificates, items, and hours of labor – that we receive each year are nothing short of astounding, and we are so very grateful. We thank those who spent the day with us, and supported our ministries through your purchases. We say a very special thank you to our energetic & talented auctioneers - Ted Baum, Doug Wright, Matt McKay, Mark Durre, Grant Litz, Jason Koenig, Chuck Everett – for volunteering their time to be with us and keeping the energy level high and the merchandise moving!
Many thanks to the Auction Committee who managed to maintain their sense of humor and strong work ethic through many hours – Andy Fehringer, Mark Bauer, Mike Birkel, and Shad Thompson – and the many staff members of St. Patrick’s & St. Mary’s for their time and work. Our deepest gratitude to the many , many generous donors, as without you, we simply could NOT ever do this.
Jack Reiman With A Nice 6x8 Taken During Bow Season This October
Excitement is building as the November 14 opener of Nebraska’s firearm deer season approaches.
Nebraska's firearm deer season is November 14-22 and there are plenty of deer hunting opportunities still available this fall for big game hunters in Nebraska.
Among the advantages of deer hunting in Nebraska are the ample opportunities on private and public land, the opportunities for mixed bag hunting, and youth $5 deer permits.
The Open Fields and Waters program offers public walk-in hunting access on private property, with sites displayed in the 2015 Public Access Atlas. Available public ground includes nearly 250 state-owned wildlife management areas. Hunting is allowed on private property if permission is granted.
With the firearm season almost here, plan your deer hunt now and get started by purchasing your firearm deer permit.
On Thursday morning the O'Neill Fire Department responded to a semi on fire approximately nine north and three east of O'Neill. A semi carrying house moving equipment had a brake over heat and burnt the duals on the semi and part the building material on the trailer. The department was on scene for 45 minutes before returning to O'Neill
O'Neill Irish Walk of Fame presented Jim Rabe the Remington 870 Express 12 Gauge that he won on the drawing that was held on October 19. Irish Walk of Fame members Leo Matthews and Tony Emme were on hand to award the fun Thanks to all that purchased tickets for this raffle!! The money raised will be used for expenses to purchase and install the new granite shamrock’s for the two new inductees in the Irish Walk of Fame in March of 2016
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2015 – USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced loans and grants for 141 projects to build and improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural communities across the nation. Nebraska has two recipients with funding exceeding $3.1 million and Clearwater, Nebraska is one of those towns.
The Village of Clearwater, Nebraska was awarded $2,659,000, to be leveraged by $90,000 from the village and a Community Development Block Grant of $250,000. Total project cost is $2,999,000. The funds will be used to upgrade the existing collection system and to construct new lagoons required to meet applicable health and sanitary standards. “USDA funding will help to alleviate the health and sanitary standards as the project will reduce the amount of infiltration and contain all wastewater in a complete retention lagoon,” said Community Programs Specialist Bert Mues, USDA Rural Development.
(left to right) Nathaniel Jennings, Dr. David Abbott-Professor of Piano at Albion College & Christopher Jennings
On October 30 - November 1, 2015, Nathaniel and Christopher Jennings were invited to participate in the 8th 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 private lessons from members of the Albion College piano faculty. Ultimately, this is a festival celebrating the piano, the study and teaching of the piano, and music as an essential part of education.
Students traveled from all over the Great Lakes states, Nebraska, and Albion’s sister city of Noisy-le-Roi, France, to participate. This year’s festival clinicians and guest artists were Dr. Andrew Willis, Professor of Piano – University of North Carolina Greensboro, Dr. Scott McBride Smith, Professor of Piano Pedagogy – University of Kansas, President-elect: Music Teachers National Association, and Dr. Nelita True, Professor of Piano – Eastman School of Music. 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.
Property owners in O'Neill wanting to improve building facades and property lots within O'Neill may now be eligible for a grant available through the City's LB840/Local Option Municipal Economic Development Program.
For commercial properties, the program allows exterior business improvements from minor renovations and historical facade painting to complete facade renovations and structure demolition. This can include the replacement or addition of awnings, signage, graphics, window display area, exterior lighting, and concrete/sidewalk. Residential properties are only eligible for demolition activities.
The program will allow for a $5,000 maximum grant per storefront/property.
For questions or to request an application, please contact the City of O'Neill at 402-336-3640 or the Holt County Economic Development Office at 402-336-1504.
Atkinson, Neb. (Nov. 2, 2015) – Nebraska’s most beloved salad dressing, Home Style Dorothy Lynch, is partnering with the Team Jack Foundation to release the first-ever Dorothy Lynch-produced cookbook to raise funds for pediatric brain cancer r
LINCOLN – Hunters across the state saw noticeably improved hunting for pheasant and quail on the opening weekend of the season Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Hunters contacted by conservation officers reported more birds than in recent years and generally reported good success.
Southwest Nebraska provided the most consistent hunting in the state. Good numbers of pheasants were seen across the region, particularly in Lincoln, Hayes, Perkins, Dundy, Chase, and Red Willow counties.
Improved quail numbers were consistently reported across the Southeast region, but pheasant hunting success was more variable. Pheasant hunters on public hunting areas in the Rainwater Basins reported seeing good numbers of birds.
The Northeast region saw improved hunting in areas where sufficient grassland cover remained. Successful pheasant hunters were reported in Madison, Knox, Burt, Thurston, Dixon, Pierce, and Antelope counties.
Unharvested crop fields hampered hunters in the Northwest region, but good numbers of pheasants were reported. The highest hunting pressure and success appeared to be in Box Butte County.
Hunting conditions across the state are expected to improve in the coming weeks as the weather cools, more crop fields are harvested, and hunting pressure declines. Additionally, rain prior to opening weekend made travel difficult and many minimum maintenance roads were impassable on opening day. Good habitat conditions prevail across the state, which is good news for birds and hunters alike.
To view the Commission’s full upland game hunting forecast, visit OutdoorNebraska.org, and then click on Hunting, Upland Game, and Forecast. Hunters can find public hunting sites, as well as private sites open to public walk-in hunting, in the Nebraska Public Access Atlas. Go to OutdoorNebraska.org, and then click on Guides.
The pheasant and quail seasons run through Jan. 31, 2016.
Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The American FFA Degree is bestowed up on a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year, 3,434 American Degrees were awarded.
Paige Dexter, a member of the Chambers FFA chapter in Chambers, Nebraska, was awarded the American FFA Degree at the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 28-31, in Louisville, KY.
Sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, DuPont Pioneer, Elanco, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs.
To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement.
Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key, certificate and matted frame after being recognized on stage at that national convention.
The Holt County Friends of the NRA held their drawings for guns for the month of November. The November gun is a Ruger .308 Rifle and the winner is ticket number 267, Terry Rudlof from Ewing. Also in honor of Veterans Day they are giving away a Glock 40 Handgun. The lucky winner of tha is ticket 471, Kara Anderson from Emerson. Terry and Kara will need to claim your gun at Boardman's Furniture & Pawn in O'Neill.
Tickets for the 2016 Gun A Month drawings are on sale now and will sell out. Tickets are $50 each and you can purchase a ticket at the KBRX Studios in O'Neill.
(L to R) Breanna Jakubowski, Jacob Goldfuss, Catrina Spangler and Chapter Advisor
Mrs. Krystyl Knabe in Louisville, KY after being award the American FFA Degree at the 8th
National FFA Convention and Expo.
Louisville, KY- Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture education. The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. Less than 1% of FFA members are awarded this degree. The American FFA Degree is the highest degree that can be awarded to an FFA member. Jacob Goldfuss, Breanna Jakubowski, and Catrina Spangler; members of the O’Neill FFA Chapter in O’Neill, Nebraska; were awarded the American FFA Degree at the 2015 National FFA Convention & Expo October 27-October 31 in Louisville, Kentucky. Jacob is the son of Steve and Diane Goldfuss of O’Neill, Breanna is the daughter of Mike and Cindy Jakubowski of Emmet, and Catrina Spangler is the daughter of Allen and Cindy Spangler of Emmet. Their FFA Chapter Advisor is Mrs. Krystl Knabe. These members were the 8th grade class the year that the O’Neill FFA Chapter was re-chartered. The American Degree is sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, DuPont Pioneer, Elanco, Farm Credit Services of America and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agriculture business, production, processing or service programs. To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $7,500 through a supervised agriculture experience (SAE) program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement. Each recipient of the American FFA Degree received a gold American FFA Degree key and a certificate after being recognized on stage at the National Convention on Saturday, October 31st. This year members were also given frames from sponsors so they may proudly display their achievement.
For the second time in a week a report of a moose near O'Neill has been reported. Last week the moose was spotted just west of O'Neill by the airport. Today though we have photo proof as Jamie Schluns took this picture out by his residence north of O'Neill.
LINCOLN – Nebraska has recorded its second-highest bull elk harvest ever. This year, hunters took 102 bulls, compared to 105 in 2012.
The early elk season closed on Oct. 25. In addition to bulls, 31 cows and six calves were harvested. Cow season will reopen Dec. 1 – 31, when an additional 50 cows are expected to be taken.
This year’s elk harvest through Oct. 25, by unit permit, is as follows: Ash Creek, 10 bulls, two cows; Bordeaux, 19 bulls, seven cows, two calves; Box Elder, 11 bulls, six cows; Boyd, one bull; Hat Creek, 21 bulls, three cows, one calf; Niobrara, seven bulls, three cows; North Platte River, 28 bulls, 10 cows, three calves.
In addition, bulls were taken by three auction and two lottery permit holders.
The 2014 elk harvest included 95 bulls and 81 cows and calves.
This year is Nebraska’s 23rd modern elk season. Since the first season, when 15 elk were harvested in 1986, 907 bulls and 863 cows and calves have been taken.
“This is a modern wildlife success story that has given more than 3,000 Nebraskans the opportunity to hunt elk,” said Kit Hams, big game program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
Story courtesy of Nebraska Farm Bureau The Nebraska Farm Bureau has identified nine social media savvy student members to join their "Crew". "The Crew" is a group of Nebraska Farm Bureau student members who enjoy agriculture communication and social media. Together, "The Crew" will work on reaching a larger audience with pro-ag messages and will help put a face to agriculture through social media in conjunction with Nebraska Farm Bureau. Members of "The Crew" have access to unique training sessions, such as exploring social media strategies on Capitol Hill.
Jacob Goldfuss, son of Steve and Diane Goldfuss from O'Neill, has been passionate about agriculture for a long time. This is what Jacob tells us about himself on the Nebraska Farm Bureau website. " Even though I lived in town, I helped my Grandpa on his ranch south of town for as long as I can remember. When my Grandpa retired my Dad and I bought back some cows and a few bulls and run a small cow/calf operation still today. Agriculture is such a vital part of our everyday lives, that's why I am so passionate about advocating for it. I love education and communicating agriculture to people who might now know as much about it as I do. That is why I am currently a sophomore at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln pursing a degree in Agricultural Education.
I have always tried to get as involved in agriculture related clubs and organization as I could my whole life. I was very dedicated to FFA in High School and donated most of my time to the chapter as I held an office all four years. Now in college, I am the vice president of Agricultural Communicators of Tommow, on the leadership team for the CASNR Coffee Cup Club, in Collegiate FFA, Collegiate Farm Bureay, and now, the CREW!! I look forward to working with Nebraska Farm Bureau this year promoting and advocating for all the Nebraska farmers and ranchers out there through the use of Social Media!.
Jacob also was an on air announcer doing airshifts and news on KBRX while he was in high school in O'Neill. Congratulations Jacob from all of us at KBRX!!
Windmill Tower Site Being Dug In Holt County (Photo Courtesy www.windsofopportunity.net)
Story by Julie Becker Owens, KBRX News The Holt County wind farm project is taking advantage of good weather and work continues at a brisk pace. When completed, the Grand Prairie Wind Farm will be the largest in Nebraska with 200 wind turbines. Omaha Public Power District will buy the wind power from Berkshire Hathaway Energy….. Renewables division.
According to Tim Grabinski, a spokesperson for BHE , the current work at the site entails installing and reinforcing access roads to the site, building foundations for the 200 wind turbines and building two sub-stations. Currently 100 people are employed at the site.
By next spring that number will increase to 350 employees as they begin hauling and erecting the actual Turbines.
Grabinski reports that thanks to the good weather the Grande Prairie Project is on schedule to be completed in the fall of 2016. Crews will work as long as weather permits this year before resuming work in the spring. The Grand Prairie site is in northeastern Holt County, approximately eight miles east and eight miles north of O’Neill.
Washington, D.C.– Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will be able to meet with a representative of Congressman Smith’s office for mobile offices on Tuesday, October 27, in Valentine and Springview. A mobile office allows constituents to meet directly with one of Smith’s staff members about federal issues and take advantage of the constituent services available through his office, such as assisting individuals with challenges they face while working with a federal agency, ordering flags flown over the U.S. Capitol and booking tours in Washington, D.C. Smith, who has offices in Grand Island and Scottsbluff, will provide his mobile office and a staff member on Tuesday, October 27, at the following times and locations: Cherry County Courthouse 365 N. Main Street, Valentine, NE 69201 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CDT) Keya Paha County Courthouse 310 Courthouse Drive, Springview, NE 68778 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
Lincoln – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that his office sent a letter to President Barack Obama in support of the Keystone XL pipeline project. In his letter, the Governor urged the Obama Administration to issue a permit for the pipeline: “Like many other Nebraskans, I support the revised route and the construction of the pipeline; however, you alone have the power to approve this important infrastructure project that will bring good-paying jobs and much-needed tax revenue to Nebraska counties during construction and for years to come. Consequently, I urge you to issue a Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.”