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  • Dinsdale Foundation supports county youth enrichment center campaign

    Jul 17, 2024

    The Antelope County Youth Enrichment Center Capital Campaign Committee recently announced the project has been awarded a grant from the Roy and Gloria Dinsdale Foundation. Gloria and the late Roy Dinsdale, executive chairman of Pinnacle Bancorp, Inc. and founder of Pinnacle Bank, established the foundation. “This transformative gift will not only meet the needs of our communities, but also pave the way for a brighter future. It will provide space for 4-H and FFA poultry and rabbit exhibits, as well as shooting sports, enhancing the o...

  • Following in grandma's footsteps

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jul 3, 2024

    Since she was a young girl, Luci Koinzan has dreamed of the moment she would be named rodeo queen. The dream became reality, Friday, when the Neligh native was announced as Miss Clearwater Rodeo 2024. "It's going to be a journey," she said. "I'm excited to start." Koinzan's path to becoming rodeo royalty is dusted in the footprints of her grandmother, Sandi Stroheide Koinzan, the first Miss Clearwater Rodeo, crowned in 1976. "I'm proud of her. It's a dream she's had," Sandy Koinzan said. It's...

  • Sweethearts of the rodeo

    Jun 26, 2024

    A new Miss Clearwater Rodeo Queen will reign over the 57th annual Clearwater Big Rodeo. Three contestants - Jozlyn Anderson, Luci Koinzan, and Aubrey Blackburn - will compete for the title. The three will start competition Friday, at 2 p.m., on rodeo grounds. Queen contest chairman Devon Baum said contestants will be judged in multiple areas, including personality, appearance and horsemanship. Contestants will compete in the horsemanship portion of the contest, which includes a reining pattern,...

  • Saying Goodbye

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|May 8, 2024

    While a few tears flowed Saturday, most of the members of the Summerland Public School class of 2024 beamed during commencement exercises held in the main gym. The Summerland band played the processional. Adyson Mlnarik and Superintendent Kyle Finke welcomed faculty, family and guests. Pastor Mark Hoffman urged the class to live their best lives before leading the assembly in prayer. A packed house watched 19 students receive diplomas and listened to words of wisdom from co-valedictorians...

  • Class of 2024

    May 8, 2024

    Scholarship Recipients CHRISTIAN BEHNK UNL Husker Power Scholarship UNL O & G Kammerer Scholarship Paul D. Cooper Scholarship KELTON BRUHN Northeast Community College Livestock Judging Scholarship ALANNA DOLL Creighton University Award Scholarship Menard Family Business Scholarship Father John Labaj Scholarship The John Greer Memorial Scholarship Timothy J. Thramer Memorial Scholarship AISLYNN KESTER NECC Scholastic Contest Waiver Clearwater Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Scott L. Reynolds...

  • SAM staff bring home 23 contest awards, place second in Class A sweepstakes

    May 1, 2024

    Summerland Advocate-Messenger personnel brought home 23 awards from the 2023 Better Newspaper Contest for the Nebraska Press Association. Awards were presented Saturday evening, at the awards banquet held at the Cornhusker Marriot Hotel in Lincoln. SAM finished second in Class A, which includes weekly newspapers with a circulation up to 699 subscriptions. The Stanton Register won the division. In advertising categories, publisher LuAnn Schindler won seven awards. An ad featuring financial services at Brunswick State Bank, promoting FFA Week,...

  • PROCEEDINGS SUMMERLAND PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION April 15, 2024

    Apr 24, 2024

    PROCEEDINGS SUMMERLAND PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION April 15, 2024 Summerland Public School Board of Education met in regular session, Monday, April 15, 2024, at 7 p.m. President Steve Thiele called the meeting, which was advertised in the April 10 newspapers,to order at 7 p.m. Thiele noted the Open Meetings Act posted in the board room. Attendance was taken. All board members were present: Ed Nordby, Nate Schwager, Scott Thiele, Steve Thiele, Austin Twibell, Jeremy Wagner. Motion by Twibell, seconded by Schwager, to approve the agenda as...

  • CTE organizations have outstanding showing at state conventions, competitions

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Apr 24, 2024

    This month, three career and technical education organizations at Summerland Public Schools have attended state conventions, giving students an opportunity to show knowledge gained in the classroom and compete in a variet of events. FFA The Summerland FFA Chapter attended its state convention, in Lincoln, April 3 to 5. Two students received gold medals, including Jenna Funk in cooperative speaking and Braelyn Bergman, discovery speaking. Two groups received silver awards. The Conduct of Chapter...

  • Melcher receives State degree

    Apr 17, 2024

    A Summerland FFA student received a state degree, April 5, at the Nebraska State FFA Convention, in Lincoln. Ashley Melcher, of Page, received the honor. State degree candidates must meet a checklist of requirements, including being an active chapter member for the past two years, holding Greenhand and Chapter FFA degrees, completing at least two years of agriculture classes and at least 25 hours of community service in at least two different activities. Students must also present earnings,...

  • Letter to the editor

    Mar 20, 2024

    Dear editor: I would like to express my support for our teachers and coaches/sponsors at Summerland Public Schools. I want you to know, as a parent, I have the utmost confidence in your abilities to continue to teach our children. My trust is in your hands to continue with your jobs. Even though things at the top seem to be in disarray, I need you to PLEASE hang in there! Have confidence in your own abilities to continue doing what you are doing ... providing our kids with a great education....

  • Proceedings Summerland Public School Board of Education

    Mar 20, 2024

    PROCEEDINGS SUMMERLAND PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION March 12, 2024 Summerland Public School Board of Education held a regular meeting, March 12, 2024, at 7 p.m. President Steve Thiele called the meeting, which was published in the March 6, 2024, newspapers to order at 7 p.m. Thiele noted the Open Meetings Act posted in the boardroom. Roll call was taken. Members present: Ed Nordby, Nate Schwager, Scott Thiele, Steve Thiele, Austin Twibell, Jeremy Wagner. Motion by Twibell, seconded by Nordby, to approve the agenda. Voting aye: Nordby,...

  • Isms: Original views on life from rural America

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Mar 6, 2024

    What a great time to be a Bobcat! Our students are shining in all activities. Backtrack to November when the volleyball team qualified for state competition and the football team played in two rounds of the playoff system. Nothing like starting the year off on the right foot. The marching band did well at competition in Wayne. Speech and drama students continue to earn awards. Next week, the speechsters compete in a tough C2 district, a trip to the state meet on the line. I have a feeling...

  • Local FFA chapter president builds on his rural roots

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Feb 21, 2024

    When Gavin Whiting was a freshman at Summerland Public Schools, he decided to attend the kickoff meeting for a new activity - FFA. "I didn't know much about it ... It sounded like fun, so I figured I'd give it a try," said Whiting, who resides on a farm southwest of Ewing. That was two years and multiple FFA experiences ago. Since then, Whiting has participated in a variety of agriculture classes at Summerland Public Schools, participated in FFA leadership and career activities and currently...

  • FFA students qualify for state

    Submitted article|Dec 14, 2023

    District 4 Leadership Development Events were held Dec. 6 at Lutheran High Northeast. Summerland FFA advisor Jacob Goldfuss said the local chapter took took 20 members and they all did very well. "There are 20 schools in our district and each chapter can send two individuals or teams for every contest, so to get top three and make it to state is quite hard," Goldfuss said. In addition to the two teams in the photos, several individuals qualifed or will be an alternate for state. Jenna Funk got...

  • Bearinger, Krebs receive UNL Schuchardt scholarship

    Dec 7, 2023

    Kierra Bearinger, a 2020 graduate of the last senior class of Clearwater High School, and Kirsten Krebs, a 2021 Elgin Pope John High School graduate, have been named winners of the Schuchardt Family Scholarship for the 2023-2024 academic year. Bearinger, the daughter of Jarod and Tammy Bearinger of Clearwater, graduates in spring 2024 with a degree in elementary and early childhood education in the College of Education and Human Sciences. She completes her second-grade student teaching at...

  • APPROVED BILLS SUMMERLAND PUBLIC SCHOOL

    Nov 23, 2023

    APPROVED BILLS SUMMERLAND PUBLIC SCHOOL Amazon Capital Services, Inc., sup, 81.27; Amazon Capital Services, Inc., sup, 73.29; Amazon Capital Services, Inc., sup, 21.06; Amazon Capital Services, Inc., sup, 39.17; Amazon Capital Services, Inc., sup, 6.87; Amazon Capital Services, Inc., Library books, 18.00; Amazon Capital Services, Inc., sup - mental health grant 795.50; Amazon Capital Services, Inc., sup, 60.74; Almquist, Maltzhahn, Galloway & Luth, 2022-2023 audit, 14,350.00; Black Hills Energy - Clearwater, nat gas, 45.01; Builder’s R...

  • PROCEEDINGS SUMMERLAND PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION Nov. 14, 2023

    Nov 23, 2023

    PROCEEDINGS SUMMERLAND PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION Nov. 14, 2023 Summerland Public School Board of Education met in regular session, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023, at 6 p.m., in the school’s board room. President Steve Thiele called the meeting, which was advertised in the Nov. 8 papers, to order at 6 p.m. Thiele noted the Open Meetings Act posted in the board room. Roll call was taken. All board members were present: Ed Nordby, Nate Schwager, Scott Thiele, Steve Thiele, Austin Twibell, Jeremy Wagner. Motion by Wagner, seconded by Twibell, to app...

  • Ag-ceptional accomplishment: Melcher first Summerland FFA student to receive American Degree

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Nov 16, 2023

    Madison Melcher turned her story into FFA history. The 2022 Summerland Public School graduate is the first FFA chapter member to receive the American FFA Degree, according to advisor Jacob Goldfuss. Melcher made the historic walk across the stage, Nov. 4, at the 2023 National Convention, in Indianapolis, during the awards ceremony. "I am honored to be the first FFA American Degree recipient from Summerland FFA. I am so grateful that Mr. Goldfuss pushed me to apply. He was always there if I had...

  • Scholarship available for ag students

    Nov 2, 2023

    The Organic Crop Improvement Association of Nebraska invites qualified high school or college students to apply for the 2024 Organic Agriculture Scholarship Program. These scholarships, each valued at $500, are designed to empower students pursuing degrees or certificates in agriculture, with a special emphasis on organic crop and livestock production, marketing and processing. Applications will be accepted through April 1. To qualify, a student must be a current FFA member or former member, maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a...

  • Flenniken receives FFA grant

    Oct 19, 2023

    A Summerland FFA student who started an auto detailing business has been tabbed by the Nebraska FFA Foundation as a 2023 grant recipient. Approximately $97,000 was awarded in total grant funding statewide. Bennet Flenniken, owner of Shiny Solutions Detailing, is one of nine students, statewide, to receive an award for the supervised agricultural experience. Other area winners include Ben Haschke, Wayne; Alex Lechtenburg, Boyd County; and Jacob Lind, Elkhorn Valley. In its seventh year, the...

  • Summerland FFA students plant trees

    Oct 5, 2023

    Members of Summerland Public School's FFA chapter got first-hand experience in forestry, Monday, Oct. 2. Students added 10 new trees to school property, near the FFA corn test plot and track-and-field areas. The trees are part of the Ten Free Trees Progam, an effort of the Nebraska Forest Service and the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. James Ramold, Ewing village chairman and a school employee, applied for the grant. Ramold, along with instructor Jacob Goldfuss, assisted students with planting....

  • FFA test plot gives up-close look at how seed varieties perform

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Sep 7, 2023

    Area residents got a glimpse at the Summerland FFA test plot, Aug. 30, at Napier Farms near Ewing. One highlight of the plot was Preceon Smart Corn System. According to Mike Podany, of Clarkson, the short-stature corn system looks at how to evaluate population while driving yield and managing green snap. "A lot of potential and a lot learning yet to go," Podany said. The Summerland test plot is owned by Bob Napier....

  • My favorite Nebraska tradition

    Sen. Deb Fischer|Aug 31, 2023

    Of all our Nebraska traditions, one is especially memorable. It's a big production that seems to bring our whole state together to enjoy exhibits, shows, food, friends and a lot of fun. The sights, sounds and smells are unmistakable. I'm talking about the Nebraska State Fair, of course. After many years of attending the fair, I still get excited for this wonderful tradition. Every year, the state fair makes its long-anticipated appearance in Grand Island for 11 days to showcase Nebraska's best....

  • Flenniken shines in FFA entrepreneur program

    Sonia Rittscher, Journalist|Aug 17, 2023

    Bennet Flenniken's entrepreneurial spirit shined early in him, when at age 9, he started washing golf carts. Now, he details much larger vehicles at his Clearwater Main Street business named Shiny Solutions. His decision to open his detailing business has proven profitable, but his real gains will come if his FFA supervised agricultural experience application awards him the champion of his proficiency area, winning a plaque, a cash prize and berth at nationals. Jacob Goldfuss, Summlerand's...

  • It's in the details Flenniken shines in FFA entrepreneur program

    Aug 16, 2023

    Bennet Flenniken's entrepreneurial spirit shined early in him, when at age 9, he started washing golf carts. Now, he details much larger vehicles at his Clearwater Main Street business named Shiny Solutions. His decision to open his detailing business has proven profitable, but his real gains will come if his FFA supervised agricultural experience application awards him the champion of his proficiency area, winning a plaque, a cash prize and berth at nationals. Jacob Goldfuss, Summlerand's...

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