The effort to raise money for a new track at Neligh-Oakdale just got off to a running start, thanks to its first donation in several years.
The Neligh Area Community Foundation for Neligh-Oakdale Track recently received its first contribution from Sarah Bates Brownell from Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
The contribution was made in honor of her brother, Jordan Bates. Sarah is a member of the Neligh Oakdale Class of 2000.
Jordan Bates won the all-class gold medal in the triple jump with a leap of 47-0 during the 2004 state track and field meet.
The foundation is attempting to raise money to replace the track at Neligh-Oakdale. The Board of Education will meet Monday to open bids on the track project.