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Local 4-H Livestock Judging Team Wins State Competition

07/06/15 03:12 PM
Pictured (l-r): Jayce Stagemeyer and Miles Stagemeyer of Page, Kodi and Neleigh Gehl of Bartlett, Casey Coburn of Atkinson

The Garfield/Loup/Wheeler/Holt County 4-H livestock judging team recently won top honors at PASE in Lincoln.  This win qualifies the team to represent Nebraska at the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest.  The national contest is held at Louisville, Kentucky, in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition in November.

Judging in the intermediate division was Jace Stagemeyer of Page. Senior team members included Kodi Gehl and Neleigh Gehl of Bartlett, Casey Coburn from Atkinson, and Miles Stagemeyer of Page.

Jace Stagemeyer placed 1st in swine and 3rd in reasons for a 16th overall finish. Kodi Gehl placed 2nd in sheep, 3rd in reasons, 3rd in beef, and 28th overall.  Neleigh Gehl placed 1st in swine, 2nd in reasons, and finished in 3rd place overall.  Miles Stagemeyer was the 2nd high individual by placing 9th in swine, 3rd in sheep, 7th in reasons, and 4th in beef.  Casey Coburn was 95th overall.  

Each summer, over 500 4-H'ers convene at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus to test their skills in animal science and family and consumer sciences during PASE (Premier Animal Science Events) and Life Challenge. Teens compete in a variety of different contests including livestock judging.

July "Gun of the Month" Winner

07/06/15 12:40 PM

The High Plains Friends of the NRA have drawn the winner of the July gun giveaway. This month's gun is a Kimber Custom II .45 ACP handgun. The lucky winner of this gun is number 198 - Terry Miles from O'Neill! Congratulations Terry, and you may contact Tom at Boardman's Furniture and Pawn to claim your gun.

Royal's Q125 Set for July 17-19

07/02/15 04:44 PM

Check out what Royal has planned for their Q125 in mid-July by clicking the flyer below.


RC&D Council Reviews July Activities

07/02/15 03:50 PM

The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council met recently at Jerry’s Hilltop Restaurant near Randolph for their meeting and presentation.

Jim Monk, Norfolk, shared information on growing giant pumpkins.  He called it “Olympic gardening” for those who need a fun hobby.  Two main rules of growing these big fruits are to start with the right seeds and keep the vines growing in a straight line aimed to the north.  They can grow as much as 20 pounds in one day!

The Farmers Market is underway on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the RC&D office.  There have been 5 or 6 vendors each week and 10 to 15 customers.  All are encouraged to stop in the RC&D office for a free gift.

The W.O.W. Tour – Wings on Wildflowers is Saturday, June 27th from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Twenty people are pre-registered and there are nine outstanding speakers ready to share their knowledge with the group.  Grants to assist this project came from the Pierce County Visitors Fund, Casey’s General Store, and the NE Natural Legacy Project.

Electronic waste recycling events will be in Tilden from 9 – 11 a.m. and Hartington from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 17th and in Plainview from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and Wakefield from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 18th.  These collection events are for households only, no businesses.   Participants will be asked for a small fee to help with the cost of the project.  These are also being funded in part by a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and hosting communities.

A Knox County Cemetery Tour is planned for Saturday, August 22nd.  There are two pick-up locations – Jerry’s Hilltop and in Creighton.  Judy Carlson, author of the book Buried on the Prairies of Knox County, will be the guide.  Watch for more information to come.

The RC&D Council looks forward to continuing their service to citizens through projects that will make life better for people in Antelope, Cedar, Dixon, Knox, Madison, Pierce, and Wayne counties.

Calamus SRA Seeking Volunteers for Cleanup

07/02/15 09:06 AM

LINCOLN -- Calamus State Recreation Area (SRA) in Burwell is seeking volunteers to help clean up its shorelines, water and park grounds on July 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration will be held at Little York Point.

Trash will be weighed at the end of the cleanup. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded to the person or team who gathers the most trash, as well as an award for the person or team who collects the "weirdest" piece of trash.

The park will provide trash bags and ice water for volunteers; however, all volunteers must bring his or her own water bottle to fill. Keep Loup Basin Beautiful will provide gloves. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own boats and kayaks to help clean trash out of the water.

For more information, contact Calamus SRA at 308-346-5666.

Stropes Win Awards at Shorthorn Show & Conference

07/01/15 02:39 PM

Grand Island, NE. – Junior Shorthorn enthusiasts gathering from 22 states competed in the 2015 National Junior Shorthorn Show & Conference in Grand Island June 20 through June 25. The CWS spin-off “All Roads Lead to Grand Island” was the theme this year.

A total of 626 head of cattle were exhibited at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds competing in eight different shows: Owned Purebred Females, Bred & Owned Females, Bred & Owned Bulls, Purebred Cow/Calf Pairs, ShorthornPlus Cow/Calf Pairs, Purebred Steers, ShorthornPlus Steers, and ShorthornPlus Females.

The Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer was SS NINER 432, sired by KOLT KANE NITRO 133Y. This calf was shown by Tejlor Strope of O’Neill.

Not only did the youngsters compete with their animals, but had the opportunity to compete in thirteen individual, team, or state contests. One of those events was the speech contest. The objective of the contest is to give a prepared or extemporaneous speech based on the topic of Shorthorns or the cattle industry. The speeches are judged based on organization, presentation, language usage, poise and eye contact, time and the quality of answer provided when the judges have the opportunity to ask questions.

Receiving first place in the Prospector II age division, (10-12 years old) was Berren Strope of O’Neill.

Montie Soules, the Executive Secretary of the American Shorthorn Association explained in an interview that, “This event [youth show] is more than just a cattle show, it prepares these youth for future life experiences with the contests and added activities. The National Junior Show & Youth Conference brings together more Shorthorn producers and exhibitors than any other event we have.” 

Two Groups Team to Keep Sandhills Expo Clean

06/30/15 04:59 PM

L to R: Tom Huffman, Laura Sheldon and Randy Sheldon

Sandhill’s Rural Ministries and Keep Loup Basin Beautiful recently teamed up to keep the Sandhills Ranch Expo neat, tidy, and trash-free for the public to enjoy during the event held on June 17 & 18, 2015.  Volunteers used the ATV and trailer provided by the Expo to collect trash periodically during the event to keep the grounds clean. Sandhill’s Rural Ministries and Keep Loup Basin Beautiful enthusiastically took on the task of trash collection and digging out the recyclable plastic, aluminum, and cardboard.

Helpers Anita Olson, Affiliate Director and Kathy Mann, Project Coordinator, both of Keep Loup Basin Beautiful

Sandhill’s Rural Ministries covers a 20 county area and provides Bible studies, outreach, and volunteer services for rural communities.  Tom Huffman is the Director of Ministries for Sandhill’s Rural Ministries and has been instrumental in keeping the Bassett Expo grounds clean for several years.  His willing volunteers were Randy and Laura Sheldon and Carol Olson from Ericson.

During the Expo, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful collected almost 200 pounds of cans and plastic bottles for recycling, plus over 150 pounds of cardboard from vendors.  The recycled items went to Custer County Recycling in Broken Bow where they will be baled and sent to factories in the U.S. to be made into new products.

Thank you Bassett Ranch Expo for allowing volunteers to be a part of your event.  For more information or to get involved with Sandhills Rural Ministries, contact Tom at 308-325-5124.

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) is grant-funded through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and Keep America Beautiful; and is a project of the Loup Basin RC&D Council that promotes litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, and beautification.  KLBB serves thirteen counties in central and north-central Nebraska.  For more information about KLBB’s education programs, email KLBB at, visit, or like them on Facebook.  Contact the Loup Basin RC&D office (308)-346-3393 or stop by the office at the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway Interpretive Center, 330 South Highway 11 Burwell, Nebraska.

Creighton Woman Dies In Boating Accident

06/30/15 07:01 AM

LINCOLN – A boating accident on the morning of June 29 in the tailwaters below Gavins Point Dam in Cedar County claimed the life of a 68-year-old Creighton woman.

Two boats collided at approximately 9:55 a.m. The victim was a passenger in one of the boats. She was transported to Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, S.D., where she was pronounced dead.

Conservation officers with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nebraska State Patrol, Cedar County Sheriff’s Office and Cedar County Emergency Management, responded to the accident.

The investigation is ongoing. Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor in the accident. The Cedar County Attorney has ordered an autopsy on the victim. Both boats have been impounded.

Area Students On Dean's List For Spring Semester At UNMC

06/29/15 01:37 PM

The University of Nebraska Medical Center has announced its spring 2015 dean’s list for students enrolled in nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, radiation science technology and clinical laboratory science programs.

To qualify for the dean’s list, nursing, radiation science technology and clinical laboratory science students must be enrolled for 12 or more hours during the semester and have a grade point average of 3.75 or above. To qualify for the pharmacy dean’s list, students must place in the top 20 percent of their class and maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or above, and College of Dentistry students must be in the top 10 percent of their class for the semester.

The following is a list of  KBRX area students, their hometowns and the colleges in which they are enrolled.

UNMC College of Nursing Lincoln Division
Ewing - Mary Hawk
UNMC College of Nursing Northern Division (Norfolk)
Plainview - Paige Anderson
UNMC College of Allied Health Professions
Elgin - Jessica Heithoff
College of Pharmacy
Petersburg - Heath Faust

High Plains Friends of the NRA Announce 4th of July Gun Winner

06/29/15 11:08 AM

The High Plains Friends of the NRA have a special gun giveaway for the 4th of July holiday. The gun is a Browning Buckmark .22 handgun. The lucky winner is #247: Mike Wichman from Atkinson! Congratulations Mike, you may contact Tom at Boardman’s Furniture and Pawn to claim your gun. In addition to the special giveaway, the winner of the “Gun of the Month” drawing for July will be announced on Monday, July 6th. The Friends of the NRA wish everyone a safe and fun 4th of July.

NECC Closed July 3; Fall Registration Continues

06/29/15 09:53 AM

NORFOLK - In observance of Independence Day, all offices at Northeast Community College in Norfolk and its extended campuses in O’Neill, South Sioux City and West Point, will close on Thursday, July 2, at 3 p.m. The college and its extended campuses will re-open Monday, July 6, at 8 a.m.

While second session summer classes at Northeast begin on Monday, July 6, registration sessions for the Fall 2015 Semester continue. Fall classes begin Monday, August 24. Registration sessions will be held in the College Welcome Center on the Northeast campus in Norfolk on Thursday, July 9 at 5:15 p.m.; Monday, July 20 at 8:45 a.m.; Friday, August 7 at 8:45 a.m.; and Wednesday, August 12 at1:45 p.m.

Students who plan to take the majority of their classes at Northeast’s extended campuses in O’Neill, South Sioux City or West Point are asked to contact the specific location to make an appointment for New Student Registration. Students will meet with advisors to plan class schedules at the registration sessions.

New, incoming students are reminded that their ACT or COMPASS scores must be on file at Northeast Community College before registration.  If the student has not taken the COMPASS test, he or she is encouraged to contact the Northeast Testing Center at (402) 844-7281 or the extended campus in South Sioux City at (402) 241-6400 to schedule an appointment to complete the test prior to registration.  Those completing the testing prior to registration will expedite the registration process and finish earlier than those who haven’t been tested.

Any student who has not attended Northeast in the past or is not a current student, should call the Admissions Office at (402) 844-7260 about filling out an application and signing up for a registration session. An orientation session for transfer, non-traditional and military students will be held on Monday, August 17, in the College Welcome Center. It will be held from 5:15-7:30 p.m. Meanwhile, a larger orientation session for new students is planned for Sunday, August 23, from 12:30-4:45 p.m.  It will begin in the Cox Activities Center gymnasium.

For additional information, call the Northeast Community College Admission’s Office at (402) 844-7260 or email

O'Neill Man Arrested After Thursday Morning Police Chase

06/25/15 12:55 PM

On Thursday, June 25 during the early 7:00 A.M. hour, the O’Neill Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, Atkinson Police Department, and Holt County Sheriff’s Office were involved in a pursuit with a red 2002 Ford F-350 pickup.  The pickup was initially reported to the O’Neill Police Department by a citizen who saw the pickup in O’Neill and recognized it as possibly a stolen vehicle from Madison County.

The pursuit originated at approximately 870th Road and Highway 281, south of O’Neill after an O’Neill Police Department unit attempted to conduct a traffic stop with the Ford pickup. The pursuit proceeded west on 870th Road before turning north and crossing north over US Highway 20.  The chase continued to the area of Rock Falls and back to the south to US Highway 20.  Stop sticks were deployed by the Holt County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol but were unsuccessful.  The pursuit ended approximately two miles west of O’Neill on US Highway 20 and the pickup was located by law enforcement a short time later near the intersection of South 6th Street and Fulton Street in O’Neill.

The driver, identified as 25-year-old Kyle D. Shaffer of O’Neill, was apprehended near South 6th Street and Hancock Street.  Shaffer was taken into custody and transported to the Holt County Jail where he was incarcerated for Operation of a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest, Attempted Assault on an Officer, Willful Reckless Driving, Possession of Stolen Property and miscellaneous traffic infractions.

Former Oakdale Village Clerk Sent To Prison

06/25/15 11:52 AM

OAKDALE, Neb. (AP) — A former village clerk convicted of stealing from her village in northeast Nebraska has been given two to four years in prison.

Online court records say 31-year-old Megan Brandt had pleaded no contest and was convicted of theft. Prosecutors dropped a second charge in exchange for Brandt's plea. At her sentencing Wednesday in Antelope County District Court, Brandt also was ordered to make restitution of more than $25,000.

An arrest affidavit says bank records indicate Brandt signed and forged numerous checks from village of Oakdale accounts in 2013 and 2014 made payable to her or her husband. Brandt also was accused of making unauthorized withdrawals from village accounts using an ATM card.

O'Neill Community Fund Foundation Spotlight: BRAVO

06/25/15 09:39 AM
by the O'Neill Community Foundation Fund

The O’Neill Community Foundation Fund aims to assist various projects and organizations in O’Neill.  All of them are worthy, but some help our area address really tough issues, which is important to creating a thriving community.

One of those organizations is BRAVO, a group established within Bright Horizons.  Since 2006, the O’Neill Community Foundation Fund has given BRAVO $1,500.00 to address bullying and teen violence.  Some of this funding helped establish the group, but it has also enabled them to educate teens all across the state on issues such as dating violence, sexual assault and bullying.  Their great efforts have not only raised awareness in our area and state, but they have also been recognized by the Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence as a best practice for other programs.

We applaud BRAVO and their efforts to put an end to such activities in our area and state.  If you’re interested in learning more about BRAVO and the great work they do, please contact Bright Horizons at (402) 336-1774. 

BRAVO will also be hosting an 80’s Bash at the O’Neill Community Center on Friday, July 17, from 8:30 PM – 12:00 AM.  It will include dancing, music, a photo booth, refreshments and more.  Incoming high school freshman and under 21 are welcome to attend.  Admission is $3.00.  This is an ALCOHOL FREE event sponsored by BRAVO, Bright Horizons and the O’Neill Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo Committee.  Anyone with questions should contact Katie or Amanda at Bright Horizons at (402) 336-1774.

Thramer Inducted to Nursing Honor Society

06/24/15 04:44 PM

More than 130 undergraduate and graduate nursing students at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing and the College of St. Mary have been selected for induction this year into the Gamma Pi At-Large Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Nursing Honor Society.

Tiffany Thramer of Ewing was selected to the honor society this year out of the UNMC College of Nursing.

The Gamma Pi At-Large Chapter includes six campuses -- the College of St. Mary in Omaha and five UNMC College of Nursing divisions in Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, Scottsbluff and Norfolk.

Members demonstrate high standards of scholarship and leadership, and practice in a variety of health care settings, as well as serving as educators, researchers, policymakers and entrepreneurs.

STTI supports the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurse leaders and scholars committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Founded in 1922, it is the only nursing honor society. STTI is a global community of nurse leaders and scholars with 490 chapters in 85 countries around the world.

Registration Now Available for Uplifting Athletes Road Race

06/24/15 09:47 AM

The third annual Nebraska Football Uplifting Athletes Road Race will be on Sunday, July 19. A one-mile fun run will begin at 8 a.m., with the 5K run to follow at approximately 8:35 a.m.

Nebraska has been an official Uplifting Athletes Chapter and campus recognized student organization since 2012. The National Uplifting Athletes organization is working hard to raise awareness and funds for a rare disease of the team's choice.

Because of the relationship created in 2012 between Rex Burkhead and Jack Hoffman, the Nebraska football team has been committed to the rare disease of Pediatric Brain Cancer.  In the two previous road races, a combined total of just more than $50,000 has been raised for pediatric brain cancer research. 

The first 500 registrants will also be invited to watch a pre-season Nebraska Football scrimmage in Memorial Stadium which will take place on August 15th. Each registrant will receive an email with more details about the scrimmage as the date approaches.

The race will start and finish on Stadium Drive just outside of the West side of Memorial Stadium. Registration is open until July 15 and individuals can register by going to or and clicking on the N logo.  Cost is $25 for the one-mile run and $30 for the 5K with all proceeds benefitting national pediatric brain cancer research.  Runners will receive a commemorative race day shirt and bracelet.

The Nebraska Football Uplifting Athletes Road Race will provide opportunities to interact with members of the Nebraska football team before the 2015 season begins.

Knox County Man Charged With Cattle Theft

06/23/15 12:02 PM

CENTER, Neb. (AP) — A 44-year-old man has been accused of stealing cattle from a feedlot in northeast Nebraska.

Norfolk radio station KNEN reports that Timothy Ketelsen, of Bloomfield, is charged with five theft counts. Online records say Ketelsen remained in Knox County custody on Tuesday. His lawyer didn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press, seeking comment on the allegations.

Court documents say Ketelsen's former boss reported that 13 head of cattle had been stolen from the feedlot earlier this month. Investigators traced the cattle to a livestock market in Yankton, South Dakota, which paid Ketelsen for them.

Investigators also say they found four other instances in which it appears Ketelsen stole cattle. Knox County authorities say Ketelsen acknowledged possessing cattle stolen from the Bloomfield feedlot on two occasions.

O'Neill Fire & Rescue Honors Members for Service

06/23/15 10:01 AM

O'Neill Fire and Rescue honored members and milestones at their banquet last weekend.

This year six men were recognized for their years of service. Adam Krutz has served for 10 years, while Rod Ludemann, Jim Cobb and Earl Hipke have all put in 30 years of work. Ron Schmit was honored for his 40 years on the department. A special plaque for 50 years of service to the O'Neill Fire Department was given to Ben Bazelman, who was able to share the evening with members of his family.

In addition, the award for EMT of the year went to Steph Trimble.

Congratulations and thank you to these members and all those who serve in the O'Neill Fire and Rescue Department.


Steph Trimble was named EMT of the Year.

Ron Schmit (40 years) & Ben Bazelman (50 years)

Adam Krutz (10 years), Jim Cobb (30 years) & Rod Ludemann (30 years)
not pictured: Earl Hipke (30 years)

A special presentation was made by Terry Miles to Ben Bazelman for his 50 years of service.

Members of the Bazelman family were present as Ben was honored.


O'Neill High School Students Reach One Gallon Donor Mark

06/17/15 03:09 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa – LifeServe Blood Center would like to congratulate the 2015 high school graduates who donated one gallon before graduating from high school!
The following local student(s) are being recognized as 2015 Gallon Grad(s):
  • TY N SAWYER, O'Neill High School
  • MIGUEL OCHOA, O'Neill High School
In order to become a Gallon Grad, students had to make eight whole blood or four double red cell blood donations before graduation.  Achieving this milestone required a large commitment from these students who took time from their busy schedules to give blood at their high school blood drives, at community blood drives, or at a LifeServe donor center.  Each of these students made a significant contribution to their community by helping to save the lives of approximately 24 different hospital patients. 

People who begin donating blood at a young age often build a life-long habit of making life-saving blood donations. By understanding the importance of donating blood now, they are likely to continue donating blood in the future, which will help to maintain a stable blood supply. 

The Blood Center of Iowa joined operations with Siouxland Community Blood Bank in April, 2010 to become LifeServe Blood Center.  As one of the 15th largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe Blood Center provides blood and blood products to more than 90 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.  LifeServe is committed to saving lives by providing premier service to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients.  For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 800.287.4903 or visit

Antelope County Accident Leads to Fatality

06/17/15 12:50 PM

FULLERTON, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 58-year-old woman has died after a pickup she was driving ran over her in northeast Nebraska's Antelope County.

The accident occurred early Monday morning about three miles south of Elgin, at the intersection of Nebraska Highway 14 and 836 Road.

Sheriff Robert Moore says in a news release that Sarri Stecki, of Fullerton, stopped the pickup and the trailer it was pulling at the intersection, and she got out. Moore says it appears the truck began to roll and Stecki may have fallen into its path while trying to get back inside the cab. Moore says the pickup rolled over Stecki and pinned her underneath. She died at the scene.

An autopsy has been ordered.

Pastor Craig Collins Receives Award & Key To The City

06/17/15 06:08 AM

Pastor Craig Collins (left) receives Community Service Award & Key To The City presented by Scott Poese.
Tuesday night at the Mobile Food Pantry in O’Neill a special presentation was made.  Pastor Craig Collins of the First United Methodist Church of O’Neill was presented the Community Service Award and given a key to the City of O’Neill.  Mayor Bill Price was unable to make the presentation as he is out of the country, so Scott Poese of KBRX presented the Award and Key to Pastor Collins, who was the driving force in bringing the Mobile Food Pantry to O’Neill.  This service provides food to those in the area whose needs are great but resources are limited.  Volunteers and those utilizing the Mobile Food Pantry were present as Pastor Collins received this honor.  This will be the last food pantry in O'Neill Pastor Collins will be helping with as he has accepted a new pastoral position in Scottsbluff.

Linda Demerath Wins Camaro At Cattlemen's Ball

06/16/15 04:21 PM

Andrew Krotter (left)  and Fred Krotter give keys to 2015 Camaro to Linda Demerath
Linda Demerath of Plainview was the lucky winner of the 2015 Camaro at this years Cattlemen's Ball held at the Red Bird Ranch on Saturday June 6.  The car was donated by the William Krotter Company and funds raised went toward the Cattlemen's Ball cancer research funds.  

The winner of the pickup donated by Woodhouse Auto Family was Harvey Milton of Friend, Nebraska.

Harvey And Schneider Earn Honors At Junior Law Cadet Program

06/16/15 11:33 AM

Kim Schneider (left) and Kaylee Harvey
Kaylee Harvey and Kim Schneider attended the Junior Law Cadet program, at the Nebraska State Patrol Training Center in Grand Island, sponsored by the American Legion.   This was a week long program giving the girls a taste of what joining the State Patrol would be like, in which they both completed the week successfully.
With an awards/graduation ceremony on Friday the 12th at 2 pm.  Kaylee was presented with Outstanding Law Cadet by exemplifying team work, leadership and the core values of the Junior Law Cadet Program.   Kim also completed with honors, being awarded the Marksmanship award.  Kim and Kaylee would like to send out a BIG THANKS to our American Legion for sponsoring them and allowing them to attend such a great program.   Kaylee Harvey is the daughter of John and Kris Harvey and Kim Schneider is the daughter of Todd and Joy Schneider.

FCCLA Community Partnership Award Given To KBRX

06/09/15 04:10 PM

Scott Poese of KBRX with FCCLA Award
Story submitted by Marilyn Whitaker, Chambers FCCLA Chapter
The Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers of Nebraska (FCSTN) recognized KBRX radio for their outstanding service to Career and Technical Organizations with their 2014-15 Community Partnership Award. In the remarks about the award, it was noted that KBRX consistently supports all CTOs both on air and on their website. Since Scott Poese was committed to helping at the Cattleman’s Ball preparations and was unable to attend the banquet, Marilyn Whitaker of Chambers accepted the award on their behalf and delivered it to the radio station. Congratulations, KBRX! Our area appreciates your service to our youth.

O'Neill Police Seeking Tips on Burglary

06/08/15 04:07 PM

The O'Neill Police Departement is investigating a residential burglary that occurred at 922 East Tipperary Street in O'Neill.

The burglary happened sometime between Friday, May 22 and Monday, May 25 of this year. Items taken include: jewelry, two Apple I-Pads, a Dell laptop computer, prescription medications and other miscellaneous items.

If anyone has any information concerning the burglary investigation please contact the O'Neill Police Department at 402-336-1313, stop at 314 South 4th Street or email

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.

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.

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

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.

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,

Teachers To Retire At Clearwater/Orchard School

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

Nebraska Lawmakers Advance Livestock Expansion Guidelines

04/02/15 06:13 AM

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

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

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

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

The bill is LB106.

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

03/27/15 05:11 PM

Class C2 State Speech Results

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

Nurse aide course to be held at Northeast Community College in O?Neill

03/20/15 03:24 PM
O’NEILL - Northeast Community College in O’Neill will offer a Nurse Aide course beginning in April.
The course (NURA 1110/15S & CRN #22789) will be offered April 8-30. Classes will meet from 4-8:15 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays, in the Northeast Extended Campus, Room 301, at 409 East Adams Street.
In this course, students will learn the basic skills needed to provide safe, effective, and caring services to the elderly or chronically ill patent of any age, in a long-term care facility.
Upon completion of this course, the student is eligible to take the state written and practical skills exam.  After successfully passing this examination and completing the application procedures, the student’s name will be placed on the basic nurse aide registry at the Nebraska Health and Human Services Regulation and Licensure, Credentialing Division. 
It is recommended that students be 16 years old to register for the Nurse Aide Course.
Cost is $303, plus $50.82 for a textbook. Karen Hoffman is the instructor. There is an additional $40 fee if a student chooses to register to take the Certified Nursing Assistant exam at the end of the course. This $40 fee will be required at the time of the non-credit exam registration.
To register for this class, call Northeast Community College in O’Neill at (402) 336-3590

Disney's "The Little Mermaid Jr." To Play At O'Neill High School

03/18/15 02:43 PM
O’Neill, NE Monday, March 23, 2015 - Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. is playing at O’Neill High School on April 18-19, 2015. The 60-minute musical is based on the 2008 Broadway production and the 1989 animated feature film. The O’Neill High School cast contains approximately 40 students led by Jonathan Jaques.
“Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. is a wonderful, heart-warming musical story of friendship, love, and self-discovery for the whole family.  This show is so fun to perform!” – Jonathan Jaques
This classic Disney title contains all of the songs from the Academy Award® winning animated feature film as well as three new songs from the Broadway show. THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. takes place in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, the king of the sea, escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she’s the girl with the perfect voice.
Performances of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. are open to the public at O’Neill High School on April 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm and on April 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm.  Admission is $4 for adults and students, children 5 and under attend free.  Tickets are available at the door.
The O’Neill High School drama department has been producing student-performed musicals each spring for many years.  These shows have included classics like Guys and Dolls and The Wizard of Oz and new shows like Dear Edwina and Striking 12.  All cast members are in grades 9-12 and all crew members are in grades 7-12.  A combination of great student talent and committed staff members has made O’Neill High School’s musicals events that nobody should miss.  

Mobile Food Pantry In O'Neill March 17th

03/16/15 07:40 AM

The mobile food pantry, sponsored by We Care, Inc, will be dispersing food on Tuesday, March 17 beginning at 5:30 pm 
at the O'Neill Community Center. Volunteers are needed and appreciated for the food pantry from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Wear your green and be a part of something great!  We will also have a direct link through Skype to Natalie, a bilingual assistant with Foodbank from the Heatland in Omaha, to help persons with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). If you have questions about your account, would like to sign up, or wonder if you qualify, come to the O’Neill Community Center from 4 to 6 pm on Tuesday, March 17. Natalie will be glad to assist you free of charge.  

O'Neill FCCLA Competes At District STAR

01/29/15 09:18 AM

Front l/r:  Marissa Lichty, Lauren Osborne, Ephraim Bunner, Julia Bauer, and Haley Schmeichel.
Back row l/r: Blair Langan, Amanda Pischel, Robyn Isom, Emma Krysl, and Tayte Jussel. 

Members of the O’Neill FCCLA Chapter traveled to Wheeler Central High School to compete in the District STAR competition on January 25, 2015.  They joined nearly 100 other FCCLA members from Ainsworth, Burwell, Central Valley, Chambers, Ord, West Boyd, West Holt, and Wheeler Central.
O’Neill results include:
Amanda Pischel, National Programs in Action, Senior division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold medalist;
Lauren Osborne, Illustrated Talk, Senior division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold Medalist;
Robyn Isom, Chapter Service Project, Senior division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold medalist;
Emma Krysl, Environmental Ambassador, Junior division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold medalist;
Marissa Lichty and Blair Langan, Promote and Publicize FCCLA, Junior Division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold Medalist;
Haley Schmeichel and Julia Bauer, Chapter Service Project, Junior Division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold medalist;
Ephraim Bunner, Illustrated Talk, Junior Division, Silver medalist;
Tayte Jussel, Nebraska Health and Wellness, Junior Division, Silver medalist.  

Legislature Proposes Numerous Property Tax Bills

01/26/15 10:49 AM

By Sophie Tatum, Nebraska News Service

LINCOLN--Gov. Pete Ricketts and state lawmakers seem to agree that addressing property tax issues are priority, and they'll have plenty of options to choose from based on the legislative bills introduced.

The state does not levy property taxes, which primarily support public schools and local government. But as farmland values have increased, rural taxpayers in particular have expressed widespread concern about the impact of those taxes.

Here is a compilation of notable property tax-related bills that have been introduced in the 104th Legislature.

LB 71, Introduced by Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus, would provide a tax relief for agricultural and horticultural land.  The relief would be credit that landowners would receive.

LB 178, Introduced by Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse, would make agricultural and horticultural land a separate class of land for property taxes. This class of land would be valued at only 75 percent of its actual value, except for school district taxes. School district taxation would value the land even less starting in 2016 and would continue to decrease each year.

LB 186, Introduced by Sen. Kate Bolz of Lincoln, would adopt the Property Tax Circuit Breaker Act, revising the percentage of credit property owners would receive.

LB 259, Introduced by Sen. Mike Gloor of Grand Island, would make the first $25,000 of a taxpayer's tangible personal property exempt from taxes.

LB 260, Introduced by Sen. Mike Gloor of Grand Island, would give the Property Tax Administrator the ability to recertify values if an error is discovered within three years of the original tax distribution date.

LB 309, Introduced by Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis, would move $25 million from the General Fund to the Property Tax Credit Cash Fund.

LB 345, Introduced by Sen. Rick Kolowski of Omaha, would adopt the Property Tax Relief Act, which would provide property tax relief for property taxes on certain homesteads. It would also create the Property Tax Relief Fund to reimburse counties for revenues lost when they grant homestead exemptions.

LB 364, Introduced by Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse, would move $60 million from the General Fund to the Property Tax Credit Cash Fund for the property tax credit program.

LB 398, Introduced by Sen. Burke Harr of Omaha, would exempt all tangible, personal property from property taxes. 

Call KBRX at (402) 336-1612