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  • Ames, Sibbel file for NECC board

    Mar 17, 2022

    Three incumbents have filed for seats on the Northeast Community College Board of Governors. Delbert J. Ames, of Neligh, currently represents district one and filed for reelection. Incumbents Steven M. Anderson, of Concord, and Terry F. Nelson, West Point, filed their intentions to run for district three and four positions, respectively. Carol A. Sibbel, of O’Neill, filed to represent district two. In 2016, she succeeded Larry Possnecker, who resigned from the board. Julie M. Robinson, of N...

  • Johnston announced legislative bid

    Mar 17, 2022

    Robert E. Johnston, a fifth-generation farmer and producer from Clearwater, recently announced his candidacy for Nebraska Legislature District 40. Johnston, a staunch advocate for rural Nebraska and lifelong community leader, filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State for the upcoming election. "I have always been intrigued by the legislative process and, with a growing rural-urban divide across the state, now is the time for a strong voice to represent the voters of the 40th District," said...

  • DeKay schedules Clearwater visit

    Mar 17, 2022

    Barry DeKay, a candidate for the District 40 Legislative seat, will visit Clearwater, Wednesday, March 23, at 10 a.m., at The Office. Individuals are invited to meet with DeKay and learn more about the Niobrara resident....

  • Ewing residents will see garbage pickup price hike

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Mar 17, 2022

    After receiving a request from Bud’s Sanitary Service to increase trash pickup rates, due to an increase in costs, Ewing and Clearwater village trustees took different routes on the requested $1.25 per customer hike. Daryl Guthard, owner of the Newman Grove-based business, met Monday evening with each board during its respective monthly meeting. Guthard told trustees in both villages, “Fuel is up. Tires are up 30%. I know we just signed this contract. I’ve been trying to hold it (costs) for a...

  • Improvements planned at Ewing cemetery

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Mar 17, 2022

    Ewing City Cemetery will receive a much-needed facelift after village trustees approved spending $58,000 to pave roadways leading into the cemetery. Trustee Dustin Wright made the motion, with a second from Dustin Jorgensen, to approve a bid from Joe Funk Construction, of Neligh. Keno proceeds will be used to fund the project. Funk said he will use concrete with 30% limestone and 4,500-pound test. According to Funk most contractors use a 3,200-pound test concrete. “Limestone will make c...

  • -Isms: Views on life in rural America

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Mar 17, 2022

    Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts, said, "A badge is a symbol that you have done the thing it stands for often enough, thoroughly enough, and well enough to be prepared to give service in it. You wear the badge to let people know that you are prepared and willing to be called on because you are a Girl Scout." If Low's assertion is correct, I'm prepared and willing to be called on in a slew of areas. My Girl Scout sash is somewhere in our house. Mom gave it to me when the 'rents moved...

  • Northeast Nebraska tourism improvements given nod

    Sen. Tim Gragert|Mar 17, 2022

    A new event center and lodge at Niobrara State Park, a new boat launch near the village of Niobrara and expanding the Weigand Marina at Lewis and Clark State Recreational Area, are one step closer to reality, as the Legislature gave first-round approval to LB 1023 on a 29-4 vote. LB 1023 carries out the recommendations of the State Tourism and Recreational Water Access and Resource Sustainability (STAR WARS) Special Committee, of which I am a member. The bill also includes funding for road...

  • Caring for expectant moms

    Debra Johnston M.D.|Mar 17, 2022

    Lately my teenager has been fascinated by medical dramas. Although my “doctor self” is usually rolling my eyes throughout the program, it’s often a good conversation starter. One recent show featured a pregnant woman who experienced one medical crisis after another. Her kidneys, liver and lungs failed in succession as the team raced to identify the underlying obstetrical problem and find a treatment. At the climax of the episode, her heart stopped. Of course, being television, the correct diagn...

  • Value-added producer grant funding helps agricultural producer, business grow

    Kalee Olson, Policy associate Center for Rural Affairs|Mar 17, 2022

    On March 1, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development announced the availability of $19.75 million in total funding for projects as part of the Value-Added Producer Grants program. Individual farmers and ranchers, as well as agricultural businesses and producer groups, may apply for the grants, which must be used to develop new products or expand existing markets for value-added products. The applicant must produce at least 50% of the raw agricultural product to which value is being added...

  • Out my Kitchen Window

    Bev Wieler|Mar 17, 2022

    March can be a gray month. The grass is still brown and crunchy. No flowers sprouting. Occasional sunless days. When the sun does shine through my kitchen window, I get anxious for spring planting. The realization of how March affects the garden world brought to mind that the month definitely spurs the love affair we have with pansies. I can hardly wait to shop for pansies. Years earlier I would love shopping for the early blooming plant as a gift for my mother’s March birthday. I wanted the b...

  • Bonnie Welke

    Mar 17, 2022

    Bonnie Welke 1945 - 2022 Funeral services for Bonnie Welke, 76, of Ainsworth, formerly of Ewing, were Saturday, March 12, at the United Methodist-Presbyterian Church in Ewing. Pastor Janene Reynolds officiated. Burial followed in the Ewing City Cemetery. Welke died Monday, March 7, at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth. Memorials may be directed to her family for future designation. Arrangements are entrusted to Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill. ~~~ Bonita Claire “Bonnie” Welke, the younges...

  • Husker athletics lays groundwork for Memorial Stadium facelift

    Landon Wirt, Nebraska News Service Unlimited Services|Mar 17, 2022

    Nebraska football's rich history is intertwined alongside that of college football, and its home stadium is, too. Ground broke on the first iteration of Memorial Stadium April 26, 1923, about 33 years after Nebraska football played its first game. The 31,080-seat stadium was ready in time for the following season, hosting Nebraska's 24-0 victory over Oklahoma in the stadium's inaugural contest in October 1923. The rest is history. Nebraska has sold out 382 consecutive games at Memorial Stadium,...

  • O'Neill woman fined for assault

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Mar 17, 2022

    Sydney M. Abbott, 29, of O’Neill appeared in front of the Honorable Kale Burdick on Tuesday, March 8, in the Holt County courtroom in O’Neill, for an entry of plea hearing. Abbott pleaded no contest to a Class 2 misdemeanor charge of assault by mutual consent. Burdick found the defendant guilty and sentenced her to nine days in the Holt County Jail, with credit given for nine days previously served. She was assessed $50 costs of prosecution. The original Class 1 misdemeanor, third-degree domestic assault, was reduced by Holt County prosecutor B...

  • Proceedings Antelope County Board of Commissioners

    Mar 17, 2022

    PROCEEDINGS ANTELOPE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS March 8, 2022 Chairman opened meeting. Notice of meeting published as required by statute. Approved agenda. Approved minutes from March 1, 2022, BOC and BOE meetings. Pledge collateral was reviewed. Correspondence was reviewed. February’s CDC monthly report; treasurer fund balance and revenue report; sheriff fee reports were reviewed. Zoning permit report. Approved payroll. Approved vendor claims. General: AKRS ex 145.26; AFLAC ins 850.00; AMERITAS LIFE INS CORP ins 15,109.42; ANTELOPE CO C...

  • Thirty-four-year-old given chance for turnaround

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Mar 17, 2022

    A 34-year-old O’Neill resident has been given the opportunity to have his case transferred to drug court. Phillip M. Burival pleaded guilty to an amended count, delivery/dispense/distribute/manufacture/possess extremely hazardous drug, at least 10 grams but less than 28 grams, a Class 2 felony. The charge was reduced from a Class 1C felony, possession 28-139 grams methamphetamine. He also withdrew his not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, a Class 2 felony, and possession of destructive d...

  • County zoning commission recommends moratorium

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Mar 17, 2022

    Editor’s note: In last week’s edition of SAM, the jump for this story was not included. We are running the article in its entirety and regret the error. After hearing public comment on a proposed moratorium, March 7, Holt County Planning and Zoning Commission members voted 6-2 to recommend an 18-month moratorium on all industrial pipeline, wind and solar power development to Holt County Supervisors. Commission member Mary Kaczor told an audience of more than 35 individuals, that the cou...

  • Celebrate St. Patrick with Irish-inspired snacks, main dishes

    Terri Hahn|Mar 17, 2022

    Thursday is St. Patrick's Day and - if you're like me - it snuck up on you this year. Maybe it was that hour of sleep we lost last weekend when we went to Daylight Saving Time. Who knows? But, while green beer always seems to be on tap for the occasion, maybe you're looking for a couple of last-minute snacks and quick supper ideas to help you celebrate all things Irish. Well, the luck of the Irish is with you ... you've found the pot of gold! The Idaho Potato Commission has a collection of... Full story

  • Sharon Ward

    Mar 17, 2022

    Funeral services for Sharon Ward, 82, of Ewing, will be Friday, March 25, 2022 at 10:30 a.m., at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Ewing, with Father James Kramper officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, March 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Ewing, with a 7 p.m. wake service. Burial will be in St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery. Sharon died March 17, 2022, at Heritage of Bel Air in Norfolk. Snider Memorial Funeral Home, in Clearwater, is handling the arrangements. Condolences...

  • Woman rescued, man arrested after pursuit in Madison County

    Mar 17, 2022

    Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol, working with Madison County Sheriff's deputies, rescued a woman and arrested a Newman Grove man following a pursuit in rural Madison and Boone counties. The incident began at approximately 2:15 a.m. Saturday, when the Madison County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call for a possible domestic incident occurring inside a moving vehicle. Deputies responded and requested assistance from NSP. It was determined that the 911 call had been made by a female who w...

  • Katherine Nan Koinzan

    Mar 17, 2022

    Graveside services for Katherine Nan Koinzan will be March 26, 2022, at 1:30 p.m., at Bartlett Cemetery in Bartlett. Snider Memorial Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be directed to the family at www.snidermemorialfh.com. ~~~ Katherine Nan, daughter of Greg and Courtney Koinzan, was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on March 18, 2022, at 9:40 p.m. and entered into God's arms at 10:40 p.m. on March 18, 2022. Loved on this earth by her parents, Greg and Courtney; siblings, Etta...