Twenty-six Neligh-Oakdale students participated in the Northeast Community College Scholastic Day on Wednesday.
The four students placing in the top three were: Hailey Bixler, 1st place, Spanish II; Rachel Higgins, 1st place, Anatomy & Physiology; Marcus Reed, 2nd place, Welding; and Logan McConnell, 3rd place, Small Engines.
According to guidance counselor April Knust, other notable scores included: Emma Bixler, 4th place, Biology; Cole Belitz, 6th place, General Science; Anthony Tunink, 6th place, Library Usage; Christian Carothers, 4th place, Medical Terminology; Tucker Knust, 4th place, Accounting II; and Calli Wilkinson, 5th place, Administrative Professional.
Several students also participated in the quiz bowl contest, in which the team won two rounds before falling to Lyons-Decatur.
The Golden Prairie Pheasants Forever Chapter will host its 2018 Annual Pheasants Forever Banquet on Saturday, March 24.
The meal will include rib-eye steak, cheesy potato casserole, green beans, rolls and butter, salad and choice of dessert.
Social hour begins at 5 p.m. in the American Legion Hall in Neligh. Call 402-750-9931 to reserve your tickets and they can be picked up at the door the night of the banquet.
Sponsor levels are:
$1000 VIP Tables Sponsor includes: 1 Henry Golden Boy .17 HMR, Up to 4 Annual PF Memberships, Seating and meals for 8 people and VIP treatment throughout the event, Advertising on Chapter Website for 1 year and in banquet program the night of the event.
$500 Raffle Sponsor includes: 2 PF Membership and 4 meal tickets, Advertising on Chapter Website for 1 year and in banquet program the night of the event.
$300 Corporate/ Live Auction Sponsor includes: 2 PF Memberships and 2 meal tickets and Advertising on Chapter Website for 1 year and in banquet program the night of the event.
$200 Bucket/General Raffle Sponsor includes: 1 PF membership and 2 meal tickets and Advertising on Chapter Website for 1 year and in banquet program the night of the event.
$100 Silent Auction Sponsor includes 1 PF Membership and 1 meal ticket and Advertising on Chapter Website for 1 year and in banquet program the night of the event.
$60.00 Single Membership/Meal Ticket includes annual
membership, magazine and meal.
$25.00 Ringneck Membership/Meal Ticket includes annual ring-neck membership available for youth age 0-15, rooster tails magazine and meal.
$25.00 Spouse/Dinner Ticket includes meal only
Lots of other raffles the night of the event, both silent and live auctions will be held as well. Prizes include a Yeti 65 cooler, numerous guns, Husker Football Tickets, Terry Redlin Print and many other items.
Twenty-eight Neligh-Oakdale students were selected to attend the Pierce Honor band on Saturday, April 7. The concert will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Pierce High School Gym.
Band director Nate Metschke said this is the most students Neligh-Oakdale has had chosen for Pierce Honor Band, and he is proud of their efforts.
"I'm very excited to see so many students put in the effort to audition," he said. "It takes lots of time to prepare and submit a recording."
Neligh-Oakdale students earning a spot at the honor band were:
6th-7th Pierce Honor Band: Flutes - Hailey Horstmann and Mallory Belitz; Clarinets - Izzy Smidt, Taisha Hurtig, and Cassidy Booth; Bass Clarinet - Ryder Schwager; Alto Saxes - Courtney Blecher, Daniela Parra, Alyssa Buck; Trumpets - Adrienne Parker and Colson Krebs; Baritone - Emerson Knust; Tuba - Bryson Gadeken.
8th-9th Pierce Honor Band: Flute - Griffin Claussen; Clarinet - Josey Booth; Alto Saxes - Parker Tinsley, Hannah Vraspir, Jazmyn Garcia, Caden Schwager; Tenor Saxes - Meredith Wiseman and Kimberly Dreger; Trumpets - Adan Schindler and Trey Svatos; Trombones - Kaleb Mozer and Thomas Johnson; Percussion - Sadie Heckert, Krystal Fulsaas, Riley Martensen.
Superheroes of all sizes flooded the Neligh-Oakdale gym as reading took center stage for the annual Read Across America night.
One of four Title events on the year, Tuesday’s event drew well over 200 people.
“Families enjoyed getting to do several different superhero-themed activities as the theme was reading is my superpower,” said Title instructor Kelly Ptacek.
Classes PK-6 created posters of different heroes to display in the gym. Even the high school was involved by creating different “hero” themed posters.
Ptacek said the next Title event will be Monday, April 30, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the high school gym featuring a “Larger Than Life” family game night.
Two respected members of the Neligh community were recognized during the Neligh Chamber of Commerce banquet for their outstanding efforts.
Jill Kallhoff was given the Outstanding Chamber Member of the Year award while Adam Mortensen was named Outstanding Community Member of the Year.
Kallhoff serves as treasurer of the Neligh Chamber of Commerce was described as quick to volunteer to help the chamber, including by co-chairing the annual barbecue at the Antelope County Fair.
Mortensen serves as a firefighter, member of the Neligh Young Men’s Club and a boy scout leader. His volunteer efforts are widely known throughout the community.
A Neligh business was recognized for 70 years of dedication to the community and agricultural economy.
The Neligh Chamber of Commerce presented the Lifetime Achievement award to Reinke’s Farm & City Service. on Saturday during its annual banquet. The three-generation business continues to play a vital role in the agriculture community.
On hand to accept the award were Eldean and Bonnie Reinke, along with their son and his wife, Randy and Brendee Reinke.
A Neligh woman is asking for help in searching for her missing dog.
The dog is 6 months old and is described as very afraid of people. He goes by Remy Lavo and went missing around noon on Thursday, March 15.
Remy's owner is concerned for the dog, as there was no way for him to escape the kennel.
If you have any information regarding the dog, contact LoriLee Jones at (402) 929-3108.
In their 22nd year of service, Overland Rehab continues to thrive as the month of March recognizes athletic training, one of their many specialties.
Finishing physical therapy school, David Holland, and Bob Mueret joined already established Bill Reynolds in opening Overland Rehab in 1996. The three set a business goal to provide quality therapy services to Northeast Nebraska by local physical therapists who know and understand the rural communities.
Their goal has made an impression on many throughout the years, and even their own.
A 27-year athletic trainer and now co-owner of Overland, Matt Belitz explained, “I think the best part of Overland is that it is a physical therapy company owned by physical therapists. So, we know how to deal with therapists because we are therapists. And, we don’t put people in situations that they’re not going to be comfortable in, just because, we wouldn’t do it.”
He also explained that one of the many benefits of Overland is its wide range of locations. With locations in Creighton, Verdigre, Neligh, Plainview Manor, Plainview Hospital, Osmond, Santee, Lynch, and Yankton in process, the business has taken off with not only expanding in locations, but nearly tripling its team, and adding new treatments while doing so.
Overland Rehab now provides patients with aquatic therapy, speech language pathology, outpatient physical therapy, orthopedic therapy, pediatric therapy, geriatric therapy, skilled physical therapy, and custom orthotics.
“We do everything. From home health, we have a therapist that works in the schools, we have pediatric therapy, we have pools in a couple of different places,” said Belitz. “So, we really see everything from babies to 100-year-olds. And everyone from hospital patients to outpatients, to home health patients, to nursing home, to whatever. So it is a good variety.”
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Nebraska Med Center graduate, Belitz joined the Overland team in 2006 after years of hounding from a friend and fellow Med Center graduate -- and now partner -- with Overland Rehab, David Holland.
With word of Meuret going back to school and Reynolds retiring, Belitz made his move to Neligh to become part of the Overland family.
Since then, Belitz has continued to hold up the reputation of Overland by devoting his time and skills primarily to the Neligh community, taking pride in helping others.
“There has been a couple times where I have to put knee caps in and shoulders back in. That is kind of fun. Just because they’re in a lot of pain. And so, if you can get them settled down faster by getting it back in place, that’s always a good thing. And seeing kids get back playing after they get hurt, and being able to help them get back,” Belitz said.
David Holland said that Belitz has really helped build the business since he started in 2006, and that the staff will continue to show that Overland Rehab is all about personalized care.
Ryan Gallagher is also an athletic trainer with Overland Rehab. Gallagher provides physical therapy and athletic training services in Osmond and Plainview.
Holland said Belitz has really helped build the business since he start in 2006, and the growing staff continues to show that Overland Rehab is all about personalized care.
“You are dealing with people that probably know everyone in the community so there is kinda a grassroots feeling of rehab from start to finish," Holland said. "We know most of our clients, where they are from and what the demands of their job are going to be able to do. So its a full understanding of the smaller community.”
Members of the Neligh-Oakdale FFA Chapter and special guest Randy Reinke stopped by the elementary Friday morning to teach the students about the importance of agriculture in Nebraska.
FFA members Jackson Keetle and Thomas Daniel taught the kids a little bit about FFA. While Reinke joined in to explain what his role in agriculture is and followed with a book "Before We Eat: From Farm To Table" by Pat Brisson.
Just like the book shows, Reinke explained, "All different people, in all walks of life can contribute to agriculture."
After the lesson, students were given a pencil, a bookmark, and an activity book as a souvenir.
Neligh-Oakdale students will embrace their inner elf when they present "Elf: The Musical" on Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17. They offered a sneak peak to elementary students on Thursday.
The show will begin at 7 p.m. both nights in the Neligh-Oakdale High School Gym. Tickets will be available at the door and will cost $3 each (kindergarten age and up).
"Elf: The Musical" is a Disney Jr. production that tells the story of a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is given the name Buddy and raised by elves in the North Pole. Buddy lives happily unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list, and his stepbrother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of the holidays
The mobile food pantry, sponsored by various churches, individuals, and businesses in Antelope County, will be dispersing food on Tuesday, March 20, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion Club in Neligh.
The goal is to provide free food to those whose needs are great and resources are limited without being restricted by income guidelines. Due to liability reasons, recipients will not be allowed in the building until 4 p.m. Please bring your own boxes and a completed proxy form from any person you will be picking up food for.
Three Neligh-Oakdale juniors have been selected to attend American Legion Auxiliary Cornhusker Girls State.
Madisen Grosserode, Haley Kerkman and Kenzi Tschirren were selected. This year the American Legion Riders sponsored a scholarship, making it possible to send three delegates.
Grosserode is the daughter of Shelly and Loren Grosserode. She has been involved in National Honor Society, volleyball, cross country and the letterman's club. Non-school activities include 4-H, church youth group, CCD, Mercy Meals volunteer and Meals on Wheels volunteer.
Kerkman is the daughter of Jeff and Becky Kerkman. She has been involved in volleyball, basketball, track, student council, letterman's club, one-act, FBLA, FCCLA, marching band, concert band and Class C honor band. Non-school activities include a member of St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Church, CCD, youth group, Big Green volleyball, Neligh pool lifeguard and instructor, tutor, Norfolk Rescue volunteer and Mercy Meals volunteer.
Tschirren is the daughter of Julie Tschirren and Tony Tschirren. She has been involved in volleyball, basketball, FBLA, FCCLA, band and yearbook. Non-school activities include being a CNA at Antelope Memorial Hospital, speaking about bike safety at the Neligh Bike Rodeo and Neligh pool lifeguard and instructor.
Delegates receive special instructions at Cornhusker Girls State in parliamentary procedure and organize themselves into two mythical political parties. They then campaign, hold rallies, debate and ultimately vote to elect city, county and state officials. Once elected to office, delegates are sworn in and perform their prescribed duties. Citizens not elected to office are given appointments and visit the offices of their elected or appointed counterparts in actual state, county and city government.
A planned walkout from Neligh-Oakdale on Wednesday morning was thwarted after students were told they would be given detention if they left school grounds.
Although the 17-minute walkout did not take place, the district has plans to train its teachers and staff with an active shooter drill in April.
The planned walkout was part of a national movement to protest gun violence and was one month after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Florida.
Superintendent Scott Gregory said he was aware of a potential walkout and not only informed students of the consequences but placed staff outside the school doors in case any students left the building.
“The reason why they were posted is if a walkout occurred, they would steer them into the foyer to keep them safe,” Gregory said.
According to the school handbook, students leaving class at 10 a.m would have been leaving school without permission. The consequence, he said, for a first offense minor infraction is a 7 a.m. detention.
“When it comes to student political speech, that would constitute a distraction,” Gregory said.
While walkouts occurred across the country, so did a “walk up,” which is an effort encouraging students to walk up to another student to reach out with friendliness and compassion.
Gregory said he would support such an effort but that it would have to be student led, not by the faculty or staff.
“We can work with students and would, but that would have to come from students. If we had requests, we would look at it and fairly consider them,” he said.
Gregory said Neligh-Oakdale is planning an active shooter training with the Nebraska State Patrol on April 11. He said there will be a 1:30 p.m. dismissal that day with the training beginning at 2 p.m. He said all teachers and staff will participate and have a safety meeting afterward.
An update on potential merger talks led to accusations between Neligh-Oakdale Board of Education members on Monday night.
The monthly board meeting included an update from the School Futures Subcommittee about a merger with Clearwater and Ewing, but it quickly escalated to Board Vice President Ryan Koinzan publicly refusing to attend future meetings.
“It’s like we’ve tried to put the cart in front of the horse,” Koinzan said. “I’m not against consolidation, but I have a responsibility to make informed decisions and I ain’t even close to making an informed decision.”
Koinzan said it was his understanding that the subcommittee was over and would no longer hold meetings. Koinzan said he did not know about the last meeting (March 5) until a Ewing board member mentioned it a few days before it happened.
“I didn’t know anything about it,” Koinzan said. “…. I have no desire to serve on this subcommittee. It’s turned into something that -- I don’t want to be associated with it. I don’t. I’ll no longer attend these meetings with the subcommittee. I’m done with it.”
Board President David Wright described the subcommittee meeting as “two hours of rehashing the same thing over and over again.” But Board Secretary Ron Gilg said he walked away from the meeting thinking each district was supposed to discuss possible sites to be considered for constructing a new school.
“I think that’s good to talk about. That’s been a burr in my side since this began,” Koinzan said. “I think location is a big deal to everybody and the communities. I wanted to discuss curriculum before we ever talked about location, but that hasn’t happened.”
Koinzan called site location discussion “a move in the right direction to get some things out on the table.” He added, “It’s unfortunate it’s taken this long. All of us have put this much time into (it) to start talking about this today.”
Wright was uncertain if curriculum would be discussed and asked Superintendent Scott Gregory for more information on potentially discussing curriculum. Gregory said the superintendents from each district are planning a trip to Wayne to look at curriculum before the next subcommittee meeting on April 11.
Gilg said a rubric is being developed that potentially could be used to help decide the best site location for a school, but Wright said he wants the site selection to occur until after a bond passes.
“So you would rather pass a bond without knowing the location of where the school will be at?” Koinzan asked.
Wright said that he made the suggestion because he felt selecting a site would hinder negotiations.
Board member Cory Furstenau disagreed and said, “I don’t think you’ll have to worry about passing a bond if the voters don’t know where the school’s going to be.”
Koinzan then explain how the Husker Ag ethanol plant was constructed and the determination of location occurred. Wright asked him, “Your guy used some kind of rubex to decide what would be a good spot for this ethanol plant?”
Before a potential rubric could be discussed again, Wright said the subcommittee meeting was called to clarify the request for proposal for the architect and owner’s representative.
Koinzan again stated he would not serve on the committee. Furstenau then said he was concerned that “the committee is making some decisions possibly that should be back to the boards.”
While Wright and Furstenau sat side by side, they engaged in a disagreement for several minutes but did not look at each other. They disagreed on what occurred at the subcommittee meeting and who could authorize changes.
When Wright attempted to move onto the next item on the agenda, Furstenau circled back to Gilg’s comment earlier and suggested Neligh-Oakdale’s board begin talking about site location. Board member Kenny Reinke, who had been silent on the agenda item until this point, and Koinzan both agreed “to brainstorm what people’s ideas are.”
Wright agreed to put it on the April agenda. Furstenau suggested letting the other districts know it was being discussed and inviting them to the conversation, but Wright said “the other districts can deal with what the other districts feel is the right way to go.”
Wright then accused a Neligh-Oakdale board member of calling Ewing and saying an emergency board meeting was going on. Furstenau asked who the board member was, but Wright said he would “keep that one to myself.”
Koinzan then interrupted him and said, “I’ll let the patrons and voters of this school district decide if somebody is out of line or not. Not somebody from Ewing.”
In a rare time the two board members looked at one other, Furstenau again pressed for the name of the Neligh-Oakdale board member. Wright again refused.
“Sounds like we should get our board under wraps,” Furstenau said with a laugh.
Watch the meeting in its entirety below.
A "cornerstone for the music program" at Neligh-Oakdale has officially stepped down.
During Monday's Board of Education meeting, the board approved the resignation of vocal instructor Pat Miller.
"I'm not going to lie. This one kind of hurts," said Superintendent Scott Gregory.
Gregory complimented Miller and said she does a tremendous job. He said for "family and personal reasons, she’s choosing to devote her attention to those around her."
Kenny Reinke made a motion to approve the resignation with regrets. Cory Furstenau seconded the motion, which was passed unanimously.
The 176 Keys Dueling Pianos Show is coming to Neligh as a fundraiser for the One-Room Schoolhouse Project.
The event will be held Saturday, April 28 at the American Legion Post 172 in Neligh. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with a two-hour non-stop show from 8 to 10 p.m.
Tickets are available for $50 per individual, or a group rate of $300 for eight people per table. A drink ticket is included with each sale. The sooner you purchase, the closer you'll be to the entertainers. (Date of payment will determine seating arrangements.)
Limited tickets are available. Tickets are non-refundable. Call 402-929-0330 for more ticket information. Checks should be made out to: Antelope County Historical Society-School, % Brian Christiansen, 602 N Street, Neligh, NE 68756.
A Neligh-Oakdale graduate was among those recognized on a national level.
Tia Smith, daughter of Terry and Trish Smith of Neligh, serves as vice president of the Northeast Community College's Student Activities Council (SAC). The Night Hawks Escape Room, sponsored by SAC, was presented the 2018 National Event of the Year award from the Association of the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) at the organization’s national conference here. It was one of five awards presented at the conference.
Representatives from over 100 community colleges, state colleges and universities attended the conference.
Carissa Kollath, director of student activities at Northeast, accepted the award with Amanda Schultze, assistant activities coordinator; Danielle Gilliland, Wakefield, secretary of SAC; and Smith, Neligh.
“We are so honored to be recognized on the national level at the APCA conference for our Night Hawks Escape Room,” said Kollath. “To bring home the Event of the Year prize is overwhelmingly exciting and a special honor. Amanda and I have put a lot of time and energy into creating the escape rooms, and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate its success and innovation.”
An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players are placed in a room and use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles to escape within a set time limit. Since the initial Escape Room project in Spring of 2017, which featured a history of Northeast, SAC has also hosted carnival- and pirate-themed escape rooms.
Also at the APCA national conference, Northeast took second place in the Novelty Items category for the 5-in-1 car tool that SAC gave away at its annual Sober in October event. The tool is a torch light, LED light, seatbelt cutter, window smasher, and digital tire pressure gauge. Sober in October is designed to show the dangers of drinking and driving and binge drinking.
A promotional Hawk tumbler cup took third place in the Novelty Items category.
APCA seeks to promote campus engagement through quality educational experiences, affordable entertainment and community service initiatives.
Feed your curiosity and adventurous spirit with a trek to your library. Our new arrivals including Death of an Honest Man by M.C. Beaton and Fifty Fifty by James Patterson will leave you craving more.
Don’t forget to peruse our audio book collection which has The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn, White Houses by Amy Bloom, City of Endless Night by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, Need to Know by Karen Cleveland, Look for Me by Lisa Gardner, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah and Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.
Check out the 2018 Caldecott Medal winner Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell. We also have the 2018 Newbery Medal winner Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly, 2018 Newbery Honor and 2018 Caldecott Honor book, Crown: an Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James and Macy McMillan and The Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green, 2018 Schneider Family Book Award winner.
The Neligh Public Library invites everyone to a concert at the library. Jerry Barlow, playing the Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar, and will be held this Thursday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m. This concert is sponsored by the Neligh Library Foundation. Story Time is every Friday at 10:00 a.m. This week’s theme is: “Q”.
Love to get into a good book and discuss it with others? You might want to join one of the many book groups we have at the Neligh Public Library. The latest book club reads are posted on our library website.
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude for all those who so generously donated items for our silent auction, and for all who turned up to bid on these items. It was a huge success! Because of you, we are now able to provide 6 months of safe transportation for our children attending Neligh Public Library’s after school programs.
Thanks to the following for each providing one week of Dial-a-Ride service in January and February: Neligh Young Men’s Group, Antelope County Farm Bureau, Neligh Family Dentistry, The Willows, Cents and Sensibility, Antelope County Museum, Neligh Auto and Machine, and Creekwood Chiropractic.
Feel free to binge on all of the wonderful materials and programs at the Neligh Public Library. Books are just the beginning!
The Neligh-Oakdale Quiz Bowl team is state bound after finishing runner-up at the ESU 8 tournament today in O'Neill.
This is the third time in four years Neligh-Oakdale qualified for state. Their only loss in the tournament Wednesday was to Lutheran High Northeast.
Team members are Rachel Higgins, Cade Wilkinson, Austin Rice, Cole Belitz, Christian Carothers, Hailey Bixler and Emma Bixler.
In the first round, Neligh-Oakdale beat Bartlett 15-10. They then defeated O'Neill 25-20 and lost to Lutheran High 30-20. In the fourth round, Neligh-Oakdale defeated Chambers 25-5, then beat St. Mary's 40-0 before topping Norfolk Catholic 40-5. In the final, Lutheran High won 30-5.
The Neligh Fire Department responded to a machinery fire southwest of Neligh early Tuesday evening.
At about 6:15 p.m., firefighters responded to a fire at the Koinzan Ranch involving a hay grinder. While a few firefighters remained, most left the scene within a matter of minutes.
No other information is available at this time.
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