A group of about two dozen people spent Sunday morning placing flags at the Oakdale Cemetery.
An avenue of flags leads visitors through the 26-acre Oakdale Cemetery, past the monument honoring Civil War veterans - just across the way from the final resting place of a Nebraska governor.
There are more than 120 large flags lining the roads while more than 150 smaller flags can be seen throughout the cemetery placed beside the many veterans buried in Oakdale.
10 a.m., Orchard Cemetery
10:30 a.m., Royal Cemetery
8:00 a.m., Breakfast for all persons taking part in the ceremony and all past members and/or their spouses.
9:30 a.m, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery
10 a.m., Tilden City Cemetery 10:30 a.m., Meadow Grove Victory Park
10:30 a.m., River Bridge
10:45 a.m., Clearwater cemetery
Lunch, Free will donation lunch to be served after Memorial Day program.
10:00 a.m., Laurel Hill Cemetery
11:15 a.m., Oakdale Cemetery
10 a.m., Park Center Cemetery
11 a.m.,Elgin Cemetery
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The 2016 Oakdale Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday, May 28, at the Oakdale Community Center.
Social hour will start at 5 p.m. Meal will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets will be on sale at Mr. S's-402-776-2135, City Hall-402-776-2484, and Gene Kinnan-402-843-8504.
The last day to buy tickets is May 21.
About 35 acres west of Oakdale on Sunday were part of a controlled burn that served as both a training exercise and fire prevention service.
Ten members of the Oakdale Volunteer Fire Department spent Sunday about three-quarters of a mile west of Oakdale on land owned by Kevin Hild.
With ample moisture in the ground and bottom stems of the plants, officials said Sunday provided a good opportunity for the controlled burn. Officials said the fire will help promote new grass growth and get rid of the weed and cedar tree problem.
Among the 10 people who trained on the fire were two new members to the Oakdale squad, Casey Garcia and Tanner Dozler.
A snowstorm isn't the most ideal condition to use new extrication equipment, but the Neligh-Oakdale Jaws of Life did just that Wednesday night.
Antelope County Deputy Timothy Schultz said the Jaws of Life was called to the scene of a one-vehicle rollover at 6:58 p.m. about 2 1/4 miles west of Oakdale, which is often referred to as the Oakdale cut across between Oakdale and Highway 14.
With heavy snowfall and 40 mph wind gusts, Schultz said Heather Martinez, 38 of Elgin, was eastbound when she lost control of her 2005 Chrysler Town & Country van and slid into a deep ditch on the north side of the blacktop. Schultz said the van rolled onto the driver's side, making it "impossible to remove her safely without the Jaws of Life."
Schultz said it's important to keep a patient's c-spine in line, so the best way to remove the driver from the vehicle with minimal movement was extrication.
Dave Jacobsen, captain of the Neligh-Oakdale Jaws of Life, said the hydraulic rescue tools recently purchased through fund-raising efforts were put to use for the first time that night. Although members have trained with the tools, this was the first time they were used during an emergency.
"We used our new Holmatro Spreader and Cutting Tools, along with our Rhyno windshield shear," Jacobsen said. "The Rhyno shear was used to remove the windshield quickly ,and the Holmatro hydraulic tools were used to gain access to the vehicle to remove the patient."
Schultz said the Jaws of Life team removed the windshield and a portion of the vehicle's roof before removing Martinez.
Jacobsen said the new equipment was made available to local first responders thanks to the generosity of the community.
"We thank the surrounding area for the donations made to help purchase these state-of-the-art tools to help save lives," he said.
Schultz said the snowstorm made responding to the accident difficult. To ensure safety, the blacktop was closed from Oakdale to Highway 14 with members of the fire departments blocking traffic.
"It was really poor conditions to be out," Schultz said. "We had a fire department on each end of the cut across to keep everyone safe as they worked to extricate the driver. Everybody did a very good job that night, and I'm very pleased with everyone."
Schultz said Martinez was transported to Antelope Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Also responding to the scene were the Oakdale Fire Department, Neligh Fire Department, Neligh Rescue and Neligh Police Department.
Several accidents have already been reported Wednesday evening as snow has begun accumulating in the area.
Among the accidents in Northeast Nebraska, is an accident on the truck route between Oakdale and Highway 14. Emergency personnel are currently on scene. No additional information is available at this time.
Over an inch of snow was on the blacktop road and visibility was less than an eighth of a miles.
The Nebraska Department of Roads is still plowing the highways at this time, but the county roads have not been maintained at this time.
A small chimney fire was reported in Oakdale just after 6 p.m. Saturday night.
The fire was located at a residence on the corner 4th Street and Wilson Street.
According to officials the fire had been extinguished at around 6:30.
Oakdale Volunteer Fire Department responded along with the Antelope County Sheriff's Department.
No other information is available at the time.