Downtown Neligh is in the process of getting a facelift as the Downtown Revitalization Projects are underway.
Lauren Sheridan-Simonsen, the assistant director of the Economic Development Center, said that projects are in the works currently, with many hopefully starting in the future.
“The Neligh Flower Shop got approved by the city council for flooring. The schoolhouse just received their funding. There are 5-6 projects that haven’t been approved yet, and 6-7 applications were distributed this week,” Simonsen said.
Notable projects going on downtown are the remodel of the Pitzer Digital/Antelope County News office and the ESU 8 building. However, the result of remodels can already be seen on many business downtown, including Nielsen Insurance.
Simonsen said that opportunity to help remodel the downtown district is one that isn’t available often, and that it is a great way to improve the storefronts of downtown businesses.
“We have such a great opportunity to improve the appearance of our downtown business district...with the downtown being the heart of the district, these opportunities are few and far between,” she said.
The Downtown Revitalization Project first received its funding in 2016 under the guidance of former Neligh Economic Development Director Greg Ptacek. Neligh was one of eight communities that received a part of the $2.8 million towards downtown revitalization across the state. Simonsen said that without his efforts to improve the community, none of what is happening today would be possible.
“Greg was a tremendous leader and a steward of the community that pushed to get things done. Without him stepping up to the plate, none of this would have happened. It’s what he did that made this happen.”
Neligh residents are now able to receive faster internet at a discounted price thanks to Stealth Broadband’s new two year contract packages.
Stealth Broadband is an internet and phone provider servicing Neligh and the surrounding areas. Stealth uses only Fiber Optics and Point to MultiPoint wireless technologies. These two transport mediums are designed to be highly reliable and very scalable.
This allows Stealth to deliver high speeds to their customers so that their online activities work how they should and how the customers would wan them to.
Using Fiber Optics, Stealth is able to bring faster internet to consumers than other providers on the market. Many companies sell internet through phone lines and modems, which are limited in the speed at which the signal can travel. Fiber Optic systems are designed for the high speed data transfers that are with internet connections.
Kira Buol, the Business Development Manager for Stealth Broadband, said that Stealth’s service is unmatched in the market.
“Our speeds are unmatched and having no data caps is a huge thing.
Available now in Neligh is the option to have your internet package on a two year contract. In Neligh, Stealth offers two packages for residential use- the premium package and the elite package.
The premium package offers 25 mbps download and 5 mbps upload. The elite package offers 50 mbps download and 10 mbps upload. Both packages are $10 cheaper under the two year contract package.
New also to Neligh is the option of having a phone line along with internet. There are three packages: a 500 minute, 1000 minute and a 2000 minute package.
Buol said that what they take pride in are two simple concepts: staying local and providing great customer care
“We pride ourselves in our customer service and being local”
Quality assisted living is something that many people search out for their loved ones, and that quality can be found here in Neligh.
The Willows Assisted Living has been providing quality care and comfort for tenants in Neligh for 17 years. Jayne Prince, the administrator for The Willows, said that assisted living is beneficial to help promote the independence of individuals.
“Assisted living is a great place that people can come get assistance with medicine, bathing, three good meals a day, and activities while they still maintain their independence because they are in their own apartments,” she said.
Tenants at the Willows live in their own apartments and have their own possessions with them, but they can be secure and safe in case something were to happen.
“They have their own amenities in their own apartment, but yet they have the security and safety .”
Tenants live in the apartments full time, but some still have houses that they live at during the nicer months. Prince said that the transition back and forth is a breeze.
“The nice thing about our facility is that people can come and stay for the winter and transition back to their house during the summer,” she said.
In 2016, the Willows received a Bronze National Quality Award. Prince said that there are requirements necessary to qualify for this award.
“You have to meet so many objectives to say that you are improving the quality of life you are giving to your residents. We are in the process of applying for the silver award.”
Prince said that residents receive the quality of life that they do because they are more than just tenants.
“Our residents aren’t just people, they are family.”
Advancements in technology have changed how we go about our day to day lives, even in rural Nebraska.
With the transition to mobile devices being a staple of our lives, everything has started to become accessible on your phone. Brunswick State Bank is making sure that local banking is also accessible.
With the launch of the BSB app recently, customers can access their accounts and use the remote deposit feature.
Chris Twibell, the president of Brunswick State Bank, said that customers can access full mobile banking through the app.
“We offer full mobile banking with the remote deposit capability,” Twibell said.
Twibell, who became president of Brunswick State Bank in 2007, said that there have been many noticeable changes during his time as president, especially in the ag market.
“A lot has changed in the ag market for sure, with the recent downturn in the ag market. That is something we are definitely seeing on the horizon, being able to move with that changing market,” he said.
Brunswick State Bank recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Over the years, Brunswick State Bank has evolved to offer many services for customers.
Twibell said that Brunswick State Bank now offers many deposit and lending services to its customers.
“We have all sorts of different deposit services, deposit accounts with IRAs and retirement accounts. We offer all types of lending, ag, personal, and car loans,” Twibell said.
Brunswick State Bank also offers agricultural and commercial lines and real estate lending to consumers among other types.
Banking is a large market, especially in rural Nebraska, and customers have multiple options for taking their business to, both local and away.
However, Twibell said that Brunswick State Bank stands out above the others in a significant way: being local.
“We are locally owned. We are not affiliated with any large banks, we are individually owned and a community bank. All our
decisions are made in house, and can be made quickly and efficiently.”
Neligh Family Dentistry is five months in under the ownership of Dr. Tim Brovont, and are already helping smiles all over the area.
After 40 years of helping people smile, Dr. Terry Jensen passed on the the business to Brovont.
Jensen brought Brovont to Neligh in July 2015 in order to help him prepare for retirement. Brovont spent two years under Jensen as an associate dentist before taking over the dentist business in September 2017.
Brovont said that there are definitely challenges when first starting out, but the transition to being completely on his own has gone smoothly.
“There’s some definite learning curves, as any new owner would experience, but the transition between Dr. Jensen and myself has gone very smoothly,” he said.
The Neligh dental clinic offers all of the usual services utilizing state-of-the-art equipment. Neligh Family Dentistry is constantly looking to the future by updating dating equipment to keep up with technology. The office is also going green by going completely paperless and moving everything to digital, including digital diagnosis and treatment.
Recently, the practice purchased a digital panorex for pre-surgery and pre-orthodontic imaging.
In the near future, Brovont said that his wife will be looking to start orthodontic practices out of the Neligh Family Dentistry office downtown.
“My wife Cristina is a dentist as well, and she is completing training in traditional orthodontics with the wire brackets. Hopefully by the end of summer we will have that available here in the office in Neligh.”
Melissa Smith is all smiles after celebrating 5 years as an agent with State Farm Insurance.
Smith started as a State Farm Insurance Agent in 2013 and has served as an agent in Neligh throughout her time.
In 2016, Smith moved the State Farm office into the new location in the Mill Point Plaza along Hwy. 275.
Owned by Craig and Melissa Smith, the Mill Pointe Plaza also houses two other businesses- Midwest Medical and Neligh Family Medicine.
Smith said that this new location has improved her business in multiple ways.
“I think we definitely have more room, as far as staff space. We have a more professional looking space,” she said.
Smith also said that being along the highway has made parking easier for her customers.
“The parking situation is better. You aren’t having to compete with main street parking.
Smith, who is a former president of the Neligh Chamber of Commerce, is a longtime resident of Neligh.
She worked with Long Term Care Nursing and Administration until 2010 when she joined her husband, Craig, with his growing Big Red Motorsports business. They have locations in both Neligh and O’Neill and also own Smitty’s Super Clean and the newly constructed Mill Pointe Plaza in Neligh.
Smith said that that life insurance, especially for younger people, is often overlooked, but its very important.
“You hear about these terrible tragedies of younger people dying in accidents. They typically don’t have life insurance, and people are setting up GoFundme accounts. It’s just a tragic thing to think about, having you loved ones having to rely on that,” she said.
The State Farm office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Smith and associates can be reached by calling 402-887-5156
Sports are very popular during the winter and spring months the keep in shape, but the strenuous physical activity can cause damage within your legs and feet.
Steve Simonsen at Antelope County Chiropractic is practicing a new technique to help heal those injuries - kinesio taping.
Kinesio taping involves taping the knee in order to provide support the muscles and joints and promote the healing process. Simonsen said that he has introduced kinesio taping into his offerings after attending classes involving the process.
“I’ve started to do a lot more myofascial work. I’ve started going to the RockTape classes and seminars to learn how to do the myofascial release, to do the kinesio taping,” Simonsen said.
Simonsen, who started Antelope County Chiropractic in 2009, has been practicing in the chiropractic field since graduating in 2002. He practiced in North Carolina for a year before returning to Nebraska and practicing in Lincoln. He made the move to Neligh in 2008 and began practicing in the community.
For many who give Simonsen a visit, the pain in their arms or legs is causing them extreme discomfort or keeping them from certain activities.
Simonsen said that often, the pain can be easily remedied.
“I do a lot of extremity work, working on shoulders, working on knees, on ankles and feet. They are having aches and pains there, and often it is just a subluxation in one of the bones or the bone isn’t moving correctly,” he said. “We get that corrected, and a lot of the time the pain can go away or at least go down.”
Simonsen added, “We use drop tables, we use pro adjusters, we use activator. There are a lot of techniques out there that we can use here in the office besides just laying you down, cracking your back and sending you out the door.”
Community members will now be able to purchase a golf car locally thanks to a new offering from Big Red Motorsports.
Big Red Motorsports is now a dealer of Yamaha golf cars. Craig Smith, the owner of Big Red Motorsports, said that Big Red Motorports started having Golf Car’s in their inventory during the summer of 2017.
“We took the dealership of Yamaha Golf Car’s over in June of 2017,” Smith said.
Smith said that although the new line of Golf Car’s will be at the dealership in O’Neill, there will be golf cars for sale at the Neligh dealership, also.
“We will still have Golf Car’s for sale at both locations, but the new models of Golf Car’s will be at the O’Neill dealership,” Smith said.
As being a dealer for Yamaha Golf Car’s, Big Red will do servicing as well as the sale of the Golf Car’s and accessories.
“The Golf Car’s are a complete deal from us. They include sales and service for the golf car’s. We are servicing the Golf Car’s,” Smith said.
Servicing the Golf Car’s at either location is made simple, as mechanics at both locations are able to work on them.
“The mechanics at both the Neligh location and the O’Neill location will be able to work on the Golf Car’s. The same service will be offered at both locations,” Smith said.
Another addition to the offerings at Big Red Motorsports are the Textron side by side’s. Textron purchased the Arctic Cat brand in 2017, and continues to make products under both names.
“Textron purchased Arctic Cat in May of 2017. We still have the Arctic Cat products, and we have added the Textron lineup of side by sides, Smith said.
As far as how the dealerships are managed, they are very similar. Smith said that the dealerships almost mirror each other.
“They are almost the same. There is a service manager at both locations and an office manager at both locations.
For customization, Big Red Motorsports has multiple options for you to personalize your rig. From enclosed cabs to heaters and sound systems, Smith says they can fill custom orders at the dealer.
“Wheels, cab’s heaters, radio’s, all of that we can install at the dealership shop,” Smith said.
According to Smith, the most popular options for dealer modifications are the comfort options for the side by side’s.
“Our biggest sales are cabs and heaters and radios in the side by sides,” he said.
The mods can be viewed and installed at either location, according to Smith.
“We have displays at both locations showing the accessories that we can mount onto your ride,” Smith said.
Big Red Motorsports was opened in 2006 in Neligh by Craig and Melissa Smith. The Smiths first started with sales, but expanded to include servicing with a full-time mechanic.
The Smiths opened the O’Neill location in 2012, and followed the same techniques they used in building up the business in Neligh to hit the ground running in O’Neill. Soon after, Big Red became an authorized dealer for Arctic Cat ATV’s. Since then, they have added Textron off road vehicles, Yamaha Golf Cars and Bush Hog Mowers.
Big Red Motorsports in Neligh is located at 106 E. 3rd St. and can be reached at 402-887-5076. The O’Neill dealership is can be reached at 402-336-3048.
Precision agriculture is key for farmers looking to maximize yields and keep prices down, and Midplains Ag aims to help get customers where they should be.
Midplains Ag is a full-service precision ag consultation group, headquartered near Elgin. The company opened its doors in April 2013 to begin helping farm owners and operators in the region collect and analyze geo-referenced data and implement decisions based on that analysis.
They work with a wide range of data sets including those from imagery, soils data and yield data. They also offer products and services that have been carefully selected to assist in the data collection and analysis.
Tiffany Hemenway of Midplains Ag said that they also offer insurance to farmers in the area.
“We are a local, crop insurance agency and provide precision ag services.”
Crop insurance is something that is essential for farmers to have in case of disaster, and Hemenway said that it’s great for risk management.
“Crop insurance is a great risk-management tool the government offers to farmers.”
Hemenway said that their services within precision ag involve prescribing farmers different levels of chemicals and water to put out into fields.
“Prescriptions for planter, fertilizer and water. We are a dealer for Agsense, so we can help monitor your pivots,” she said.
Midplains Ag also offers other services for helping get the best results out of fields, such as soil sampling. Hemenway said that all of this equates to the goal of precision ag.
“Keeping costs down and putting the right inputs in the right place is the goal for precision ag.”
Thriftway is now offering meal planning help thanks to the Thriftway app and social media.
Thriftway Market, which is celebrating 18 years of serving the public for their grocery needs, has set up meal planning tips and advice through their app in the app store.
The app has a list of recipes that rotate through the seasons, or you can import your own recipes. Once you have the recipes entered on your devices, you can add the items you will need to your grocery list, and bring it on your phone with you to the store.
The website is similar to the app, so customers can use either one and be able to view the recipes and meals. Also, Thriftway has coupons that they list online that customers can bring into the store.
Although the recipes change throughout the year, Donnelle Weed said that customers can still search for what they are looking for on the website and view past ones.
“They rotate each quarter, but if they wanted to search for a beverage or desserts or something like that, then all they have to do is just search for it,” she said.
Besides the app, Thriftway is also utilizing social media to spread meal planning and meal prep ideas. Thriftway has a Facebook page that they post deals and coupons to, as well as a Pinterest board that they post meal planning and meal prep ideas to for customers to view.
In store, Thriftway offers freshly made meals every day that customers can buy and warm up at home or at work. Also, they offer custom made meat and cheese trays for parties or bigger events.
In order to get a weekly list of deals going on in store, customers can text 41570 and have everything that is going on in store during the week sent to their phone.
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