Two Antelope County natives are among those set to graduate this week with a degree from Wayne State.
Wayne State College President Marysz Rames will welcome audience members as Wayne State College hosts commencement for graduate and undergraduate students in Rice Auditorium on Dec. 15.
Among those set to walk across the stage are Neligh native Nicole Tia Ehrenberg Shultz and Elgin's Scott Michael Becker.
CANDIDATES FOR DEGREE
Bachelor of Science
Neligh: Nicole Tia Ehrenberg Schultz; Business Administration/Finance
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION
Elgin: Scott Michael Becker; Curriculum & Instruction-Instructional Leadership/ B.A., Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD, 2004 Elementary Education
Antelope County businesses are being notified that commercial properties are being appraised this week and to expect representatives at their locations.
Antelope County Assessor Kelly Mueller has confirmed these individuals are legitimate representatives of the appraisal company. The county is providing a description of these individuals and their vehicles to ensure business owners of these individuals' legitimacy.
Black Subaru CrossTrek
White 1500 Dodge Ram
Black 1500 Dodge Ram
After nearly 45 years of dedication to the Judicial Branch, Antelope County Clerk Magistrate, Barb Finn, has submitted her notice of retirement.
Starting December 29, 2017, Finn’s retirement will be effective with a replacement of a new Clerk Magistrate or Interim Clerk Magistrate. There is no doubt that Finn and her hard work will be missed at the courthouse.
“Barb was the Clerk Magistrate when I arrived in Neligh, Nebraska, as a young inexperienced lawyer 33 years ago. She operated her court office with certain expectations of the lawyers and we young lawyers respected and attempted to meet those expectations,” said Judge Donna Taylor of Neligh. “Over the last 33 years, Barb has taught me as much about being a lawyer and a judge in this county as any other person or institution.”
An Elgin woman was sentenced to jail time and probation Wednesday morning in District Court.
Jamie Hawkins represented by Pat Kearney was charge for one count of delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), a class 2A Felony.
After an incident occurring September of 2016, Hawkins explained that the delivery was only for a ‘friend.’ Although that may have been the case, Antelope County Attorney Joe Abler explained that consuming and possessing is an entirely different crime compared to the delivery of a controlled substance.
Both Judge James Kube and Abler stressed that the delivery is the sole problem in the spreading of these substances in society.
Hawkins was sentenced to one year of probation, along with 90 days in jail, 29 days credited, and 10 days served immediately.
Thirty-eight Unified District FFA members attended the Leadership Development Event contest in Bloomfield Wednesday, November 29.
Several students from the chapter received many red and blue ribbons. Those receiving purple ribbons will represent the chapter at the Nebraska State FFA Convention next year. Among those receiving this honor are Bree Breithaupt 2nd and Levi Cronk 1st in Discovery, Anna Rudloff 1st in Ag Literacy, and Emerson Randa 2nd in Jr. Public Speaking.
Alternates for the state convention who also received purple ribbons were Martha Witchey in Jr. Public, Morgan Hrbek in Cooperative Speaking, Madisen Melcher in Ag Literacy Speaking, and Serina Babcock in Creed Speaking.
Darryl Lierman made his plea on Tuesday in Madison County court on additional sexual assault charges.
After recently having additional charges brought against him, the former Neligh man chose to plead not guilty to the two counts of third-degree sexual assault and two counts of child abuse.
A hearing was then set for January 29 through January 31. The pretrial conference will be December 5 and the trial will begin February 12 in Madison County.
Creighton woman has been recognized for her contributions to agriculture.
Liz Doerr was honored as the AG-ceptional Woman of the Year at the 9th Annual AG-ceptional Women’s Conference on Friday at the Lifelong Learning Center at Northeast Community College here. The announcement was revealed during a video tribute that was played during the opening session of the conference. The video was sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America and produced by the Northeast Agriculture Department and Media Production Group.
“Liz was honored for her dedication, strength, skills, and impact on agriculture,” said Corinne Morris, dean of agriculture, math and science at Northeast Community College and conference director. “She is very influential in the G.o.L.D (Gary or Liz Doerr) Family Farm and farrow to finish operation. Off the farm, she has also made a substantial impact on Nebraska agriculture. This is a well-deserved recognition.”
Doerr was nominated by her husband, Gary.
“Liz always has a very positive attitude and a smile on her face. She enjoys being a problem solver, and isn’t afraid to take on a challenge. Liz is always determined to finish a task she starts, no matter how large or small it might be. She handles her work in a very professional way and is devoted to her family, church, and jobs.”
Upon accepting her award, Doerr thanked her husband and family.
“Gary’s always been my strongest supporter. He knows what I’m doing is important, and I have a great family here. I love all of you.”
The Doerrs own and operate a 275 sow farrow to finish hog operation near Creighton, along with 1,100 acres of row crops. Liz Doerr assists with the hog operation with artificial insemination, working with sows, weaning pigs, and sorting the hogs to be sold. She also does the accounting for the operation, in addition to downloading and analyzing data from their feed mill and maintaining hog production records for the Doerr’s farm, as well as a neighboring operation.
“If one pig is missing from the records, she will catch it,” Gary Doerr said. “Over the last few years, Liz’s management tools have helped us make major decisions like building a feed mill and developing an expansion plan that incorporates our son, Aaron, into the business. She also uses these tools to identify improvements we can make that might turn into monetary or time savings.”
Off the farm, Liz Doerr has another important job. She is the zoning administrator for Knox and Antelope counties.
Gary Doerr said, “When she first began the position with Knox County more than twelve years ago, the county’s regulations were very restrictive, particularly for livestock operations. After many long meetings and determination on Liz's part, the county zoning regulations were rewritten in 2014. That fall, Knox County was designated as "Livestock Friendly", something a lot of people never thought would happen.”
Antelope County hired Doerr as its zoning and planning administrator in April 2016, where she assisted in making it a Livestock Friendly County that year. She is in the process of helping to update its zoning regulations. She regularly answers questions from other counties on the livestock friendly designation.
In March 2017, the Nebraska Planning and Zoning Association presented Doerr with its Loretta Ludemann Award for excellence in planning and zoning.
Larry Sitzman, past executive director of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, said he appreciated Doerr’s assistance in serving as an association representative on a working group with the Nebraska Association of County Officials.
“The challenge to this group was to review county zoning rules and recommend making zoning regulations that were more consistent across county lines,” he said. “Following months of meetings and debate, the group drafted LB 106, the Livestock Operation Siting and Expansion bill. Liz did an excellent job testifying before the Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee speaking in favor of the legislation.”
In 2015, the Nebraska Pork Producers Association presented Doerr with its Industry Outreach Award for the input and work she did with the working group.
Also in 2015, Doerr was one of ten people from across the state appointed to serve on the Nebraska Department of Agriculture Livestock Development Matrix Committee by then Agriculture Director Greg Ibach. The law charges the ag department with development of an assessment matrix that can be used by county government officials for siting livestock operations.
Doerr was also nominated by Joan Ruskamp, of J & S Feedlot of Dodge.
“Someone saw that gift in her and she put her courage on the line, and a leap of faith and stepped into that role (as zoning administrator) and she did it so well. She’s reaching out beyond her farm - and really to all of us farmers and ranchers - to help us on our farms work with our friends and our small communities and cities around us so that agriculture can and continue to thrive without any kind of detriment or harm foreseen by those friends or ours in the city. That is why I believe Liz is our AG-ceptional Woman of the Year for 2017.”
Doerr has also been involved with the Ag-Ceptional Women’s Conference Committee since its inception. She also assists Zion Lutheran Church in Plainview, with its computer programs and is in charge of its audio visual system. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family taking part in activities such as camping, kayaking, geocaching, walks, and attending her grandchildren’s activities. She also enjoys working in the yard, sewing, and decorating cakes.
She earned a diploma in the administrative assistant program from Northeast Community College.
The Doerr’s have four children, Eric and JoBeth Doerr, of Creighton, and their children, Trevor, Makenzie, and Kaydence; Kayla and Jake Dryden of Corpus Christi, TX; Kevin and Charlie Doerr, of Plainview, and their son Elliot; and Aaron and Carley Doerr of Creighton.
Two local girls have been fortunate enough to earn the honor to represent their schools at the 2017 Nebraska Music Educators Association All-State Choir.
Clearwater’s Allison Kerkman and Neligh-Oakdale’s Wynter Fulsaas were both named to the honor choir this past week. The two are joined a long list of some of the top vocalists in the state.
Kerkman, a senior at Clearwater Public School, was participated at all-state choir as an Alto I. She is the daughter of Kelly and Amy Kerkman of Clearwater.
Fulsaas, a senior at Neligh-Oakdale, participated at all-state as an Alto II. She is the daughter of Delayne and Angie Fulsaas of Oakdale.
Some area school will not be having their Veterans Day Programs on Friday due to the State Volleyball Tournament.
Elkhorn Valley and Elgin Schools will have their program on Monday, November 13th. Elkhorn Valley's program will be at 10 a.m. in the gym. Elgin Public and Pope John's schools will have their program in Elgin Public's gym at 11 a.m.
Clearwater, Orchard and Neligh-Oakdale will have their programs on Friday, November 10. Orchard will have a program in Orchard in the gym at 10 a.m. Clearwater will have their program in the Clearwater gym at 11 a.m.
Neligh-Oakdale will have a program at 10 a.m. on the 10th in the N-O gym.
Women in agriculture will be going out on a limb this fall.
Featuring the theme, “Branching Out – Be the Best You,” registration is currently underway for the 9th annual Northeast Community College AG-ceptional Women’s Conference – a day-long event to be held on Friday, November 17, in the Lifelong Learning Center on the Northeast campus in Norfolk.
The AG-ceptional Women’s Conference is northeast Nebraska’s premier event for women in agriculture, attracting over 400 women who come together for a full day of networking, professional development and personal growth opportunities. The conference sells out each year, so participants are strongly encouraged to register early.
The opening session will feature a keynote speaker who will discuss communication strategies. Steve Bergeron is a public speaker and trainer who offers an enthusiastic and customized approach to each presentation. Aimed at teaching and coaching individuals to increase confidence, people skills, communication, leadership, and attitude, Bergeron will teach attendees three components of communication and describe how to focus on others to decrease nervousness and build relationships through communication.
Since starting as a certified instructor with Dale Carnegie Training in 2004, Bergeron has consistently ranked in the program’s top 50 of the 3,000 trainers worldwide.
The AG-ceptional Women’s Conference will feature over 20 speakers who will share their experiences and expertise on a range of topics, including a discussion on the pork industry, farm taxes, getting enough sleep, estate planning and growing hops for commercial sale in Nebraska, among many others.
“We are thrilled to have these inspiring presenters at this year’s conference,” said Corinne Morris, dean of agriculture, math and science at Northeast. “These speakers are advocates and leaders in their fields and their collective wisdom challenges us all to become involved and make a difference. Our conference recognizes the important role women play in agriculture and we take pride in acknowledging them with this day.”
In addition, the Ag-ceptional Women’s Conference’s Food for Thought Forum will be held on Thursday, November 16, at 7 p.m., in the Cox Activities Center Theatre on the Northeast campus.
Cory Wightman, director of external communications for the Bayer Ag Crop Since Division, will discuss the role of American farmers and ag professionals on speaking out and in sharing their passion for the industry. She will also discuss opportunities to enable producers within American agriculture to engage in a public dialogue on agriculture, food production and the importance of innovation to tackle massive challenges in the world today. The forum, sponsored by the Nebraska Corn Board, is free and open to the public.
The registration fee for the 2017 AG-ceptional Women’s Conference is $38. The fee includes breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Organizers said the cost of the attending the conference remains affordable due to the many sponsors of the event.
To register or learn more about the conference, go online to www.northeast.edu/agceptional. For additional information, call the Northeast Community College Agriculture Division at (402) 844-7180.