This winter, Dr. Kelli Osborn joined the medical staff of Antelope Memorial Hospital. Originally from rural Tilden, Osborn attended college at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and completed medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in May 2015.
In November 2018, she completed her medical residency through UNMC’s rural training tract and passed her boards to become a board-certified physician in family medicine. Board certification demonstrates her exceptional expertise, skills and experience to provide quality care in family medicine. She started at AMH in November.
“I chose to practice at AMH because of the many positive experiences I had there as a med student,” said Dr. Osborn. I loved how open and helpful the medical staff was. Plus, I truly enjoyed the full-spectrum of medical treatments and procedures I could participate in at AMH. They ranged from c-sections to colonoscopies to treating colds and flus, as well as managing chronic medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. I also have a special interest in obstetrics and acquired extra training throughout my residency. I now enjoy offering obstetrical services at AMH.”
I was very impressed with the long-term loyalty and commitment providers have had towards AMH through the years, added Osborn. It speaks highly of AMH’s leadership and staff as well as the atmosphere found there.
Kelli and her husband, Joe, have been married five years and reside with their family in rural Meadow Grove. Joe is a farmer and tends to their family farm. Their children include their beloved daughter, Grace Elaine (born stillborn in July 2015), son, Timothy Harold (age 2), and daughter, Emma Grace (age 10 months).
Dr. Osborn looks forward to providing medical care for patients of all ages and obstetrical services at AMH and its clinics. For an appointment, call 877.887.5440 (toll-free).
Earlier this year, Mark Vogt bought Hilltop Drugs Etc., located at 108 W 11th St in Neligh, to help keep small town businesses alive.
“My mission is to try keep independent stores going,” Vogt said. “With my multiple locations (I own), I have the buying power to help them to survive. Otherwise, it’s really hard as a stand-alone to survive now.”
Vogt, who purchased the pharmacy from founders Jami Schmidt and Koryn Koinzan, has owned several pharmacies after graduating from the Med Center in Omaha in 1993. Schmidt has remained a pharmacist at Hilltop Drugs Etc.
“I’ve owned up to 20 stores at one time between Nebraska and Iowa,” Vogt added. “I currently own 12 stores between the two states. This store is a thriving business that I want to see keep going.”
Coming from a small town growing, Vogt has a passion for keeping local businesses going and loves seeing them succeed.
“I’m really big into small towns,” Vogt said. “I grew up in Arlington, Nebraska and I really like small towns. It wasn’t the town (Neligh) that drew me here. It was the town being a small town in Nebraska that really drew me here.”
Despite being a new owner, Vogt will continue the same great service that had been a staple for Hilltop Drugs Etc. for the last 10 years.
“We’re not planning on a lot of big changes,” Vogt concluded. “They’ve done a great job running it, so there won’t be a lot of changes. We may add a few little things, more services, immunizations and that kind of stuff. It’s not going to change a whole lot. It will still be similar to what they had in the past.”
The pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Farm Bureau Financial Services in Neligh has expanded its services.
Known for providing a wide variety of insurance options, Farm Bureau Financial Services has recently contracted with a financial brokerage company as well, according to Al Stelling, agent and financial advisor.
“We’re now offering wealth management services along with our retirement planning,” Stelling said.
He said this new service was just added on January 31. Stelling is currently the only Farm Bureau financial advisor in Northeast Nebraska.
In addition, Farm Bureau Financial Services is multi-line company that offers all lines of insurance, including life, retirement, health, farm, auto, home and business insurance.
“We are a one-stop shop for all of your insurance and financial planning needs,” Stelling said.
He has two associates in his Neligh office, Sarah Ahlers and Jamie Hupp.
Ahlers has worked for Farm Bureau for more than 10 years as a licensed sales associate, and Hupp is a licensed sales associate who also has a crop insurance license and has been working with the agency for 1 ½ years.
As for Stelling, he started out as an agent in 1983 and recently celebrated his 35th year with the company.
Farm Bureau Financial Services, located at 104 W. 11th St. in Neligh, is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They may be reached by calling 402-887-4880.
When Chris Twibell left the Winnetoon branch of the Brunswick State Bank, he never thought he’d be back.
The Orchard High School alum spent the first five years after graduating from Dakota Wesleyan University at Winnetoon before taking a banking job in Chambers. But 12 years ago, Twibell returned as president and has increased its assets by about $100 million.
“If you would have told me we’d grow to have $130 million (in assets) when I walked in the door almost 12 years ago, I would have laughed,” he admitted.
Twibell said he attributes the growth to the new ownership looking for business and being competitive. Twibell has been with the organization since shortly after it was purchased by the current owners.
“We strive to have good customer service and take care of our customers. They’re our bread and butter,” he said. “We have a different mentality and became a bank.”
Twibell said under new owners the bank became more aggressive in deposits and more competitive with rates. They’ve also diversified their loans and offer commercial and real estate loans, besides agriculture and auto loans.
“We’re trying to show that we can provide you with what you get with the big boys,” he said. “It’s all a balancing act trying to get the right mix.”
Twibell said it was a learning curve as he moved into the presidency. Much has changed under Twibell’s leadership, especially on the digital side of banking.
Although the Brunswick State Bank is located in two small communities, the bank offers online banking and bill pay, something not many small banks offer.
“I’d say 99 percent of people who open an account, that’s the first thing they want to know is how do they get online and what can they do,” Twibell said. “I don’t know if it’s driven a lot of business, but it’s kept a lot of business.”
Another high-tech option customers are taking advantage of, Twibell said, is remote deposits.
“We offer remote deposit for businesses, where they can deposit right from their computers. We provide the scanner, and it’s handy for remote customers,” he said.
Twibell is quick to credit his staff with the organization’s growth and for the technology the bank offers.
“We’re fortunate to have a good staff. They have the expertise and put the time in to make sure we have the right vendors. We’re pretty lucky to have the staff that we do,” Twibell said.
In 2017, the Brunswick State Bank celebrated its 100th anniversary.
“It’s hard to believe a bank in Brunswick has been around for more than 100 years and more successful now than it has been in a long time,” he said. “Winnetoon is also an active branch. Things are going in the right direction.”
For 12 years, Steve Simonsen has been the go-to chiropractor for Antelope County. Simonsen of Antelope County Chiropractic & Wellness has been more than just a chiropractor for the community.
Along with the usual care, Simonsen wants the public to know he offers more than just chiropractic services.
“Most people think of chiropractic as just for neck and back pain, but we treat more than that,” Simonsen said. “There are a lot of conditions we treat that people don’t know that we treat. For kids, they run around, play in activities and get banged up. We can determine here at the office, through evaluations, and see if there is any nerve flow that’s interrupted. We adjust the subluxation so the child can get better. The elderly are unaware of the benefits from chiropractic care. The big thing is pain relief. They are just used to it and they accept. You don’t have to be in that much pain, we can’t say we’re going to take all the pain away, but we can usually reduce. Increasing health and well being is a benefit of chiropractic care.”
The Neligh resident also cares for all age groups, spanning from youth to elderly.
“Yes we treat neck and back pain at the office, but we also treat children and some elderly patients,” Simonsen concluded. “When people see us working on someone, it can seem a little aggressive at times, but the chiropractor does the evaluation and exam to determine what the person’s body is able to accept. With a younger person, you won’t be nearly as physical because you don’t need to be and they adjust so much easier. At the other end of the extreme, as people get older things aren’t moving as well. We have to take it easy. There are differences in how we treat, but that’s why you come in for an exam. Everyone is treated differently. Not everyone gets the same exact adjustment. Everything is catered to that patient.”
It’s been an exciting year for Big Red Motorsports as the company continues to expand its offerings.
Big Red Motorsports became a Yamaha golf car dealer last year. Owner Craig Smith said there are few golf car dealers in the area. In fact, his distributor is in Scottsbluff, making Big Red Motorsports’ locations in Neligh and O’Neill popular stores for Yamaha golf cars for those in North Central and Northeast Nebraska.
“It’s went over really well,” Smith said. “Yamaha builds a really good product as far as the golf car line. We have some cool colors coming in. They’re not all here yet, but they’ll be arriving soon for people to come take a look at.”
Because convenience is so important, Big Red Motorsports will soon BEGIN offering servicing of cars at golf courses. Golf car owners won’t have to worry about loading up their car this spring — or during the season, for that matter — to service their car. Big Red Motorsports will go to them.
“If customers have golf cars at the course, we’ll be offering to service those there,” Smith said. “We’ll have information out on that very soon.”
Big Red Motorsports has long been known for its dirt products, especially ATVs and side-by-sides. Textron purchased the Arctic Cat brand in 2017, and Smith said they continue to offer quality products.
“They have some really, really good products,” Smith said. “They’ve proven themselves to have built good ones.”
Being a dealer, Smith said he’s able to keep a good line of both new and used equipment on hand at both locations. That helps Big Red Motorsports meet the needs of most budgets and varying needs of his customers. Many of the used items on both lots are local trades.
“We see some Honda four-wheelers come in on trade that normally go right back out,” Smith said. “We have a good outlet for that stuff, so whatever people are looking for, we can find that, too.”
Also key for Big Red Motorsports is the ability to service not only the products it sells but other products as well.
“We have a location in both Neligh and O’Neill with shops for service work,” Smith said. “Both have everything anybody could need.”
Big Red Motorsports has also been a Green Mountain Grill dealer for eight years, selling the wood pellet grills along with accessories.
“They make three different grill sizes,” he said. “They have a little tailgater on up to our big Jim Bowie, which is a very large grill. There’s something for everybody.”
Smith said he’s looking forward to showcasing the new machines this spring. There will be plenty of golf carts, side-by-sides and ATVs for customers to choose from at both locations.
“We have a whole new 2019 line coming, so I recommend people stopping in and taking a look,” Smith said. “Whether it’s a Yamaha golf car or a Texron off-road vehicle, stop in and see what we have to offer.”
For almost 100 years, the Carhart Lumber company has served the Antelope County communities as a go-to home improvement, renovation and building store.
Its multiple products and services has helped the company thrive and continue to provide the services needed for any home project for nearly a century, and the local business has no signs of stopping.
“We just added insulation installation,” Kelly Kerkman said. “We offer floor covering and Van Jacobsen does an excellent job. We offer several different kinds of cabinets, paint, hardware and our biggest service is if you want to build a house we can provide everything you need in that house. We can go out and find the workers you want. We do the total package.”
With two stores located on Center Street in Tilden and Fourth Street in Neligh, Carhart has been Antelope County’s one-stop shop for any home project, big or small. Their stellar service and multitude of products has helped with Carhart’s longevity as a local staple in Antelope County businesses.
“It’s helped us a lot because people know that modules are our thing,” Kerkman added. “A customer comes in, we draw their plan, they give us an idea of who they want to work on it, we contact them, work with the contractor, plumber, electrician, concrete and anyone else and we package it together. The customer doesn’t have to contact anyone. They come in here, spend a couple of hours in here and determine what they want inside the house and design the house. They get to sit back and watch it get built. I think it’s probably our best service. We don’t charge a general contracting fee either.”
Carhart Lumber is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Jeff Hixon is available for questions at the Neligh location.
Grinning face kabobs bobbing around at sporting events, large yard signs adorning front lawns, banners and more – these are all a sign of the times.
While first known for its excellence in flags, Blackburn Manufacturing has found increasing success and popular demand for its signs.
To fit its customer base with the lawn care industry, the business first started producing cardstock signs to go with lawn application flags about 20 years ago, Blackburn graphic arts manager Jenny Murray said.
From simple cardstock, the business has progressed into full-color digital print signs.
“Once we started getting into the kind of more colorful signs, that opened up more doors to other products that can be printed with what we have,” she said. “We’ve kind of branched out into things like marking tags and larger yard signs.”
The use of technology, such as an automated knife cutting system, digital printer and graphic arts software, has helped to make these creative signs possible.
All over, Blackburns has sold custom-cut seed corn signs for agriculture businesses, as well as custom-printed door tags and custom waterproof irrigation or identification tags. However, it also offers more novelty-type signs for local customers, such as face kabobs, banners, yard photo cutout signs, window clings and hand fans.
Sports cutout signs have become a popular trend for local athletes and their families, as they save parents’ time by not having to meet to craft their own signs, according to Murray.
“I think it’s fairly inexpensive and it’s a whole lot easier for the parents, especially if they’re in large groups,” she said. “And, I think parents really like the photo aspect of it.”
Face kabobs have also made their presence known in local sports for more than just the players.
“We’ve even had some recent ones that have chosen the coaches,” Murray said. “They don’t tell the coaches what they’re doing, and it makes it fun for the whole team and the coaches.”
By purchasing face kabobs, sports cutouts and other signs through Blackburns and its revamped website, people save more money than by ordering from other online options, as it is the direct manufacturer, eliminating resellers with additional fees.
Blackburns also works to find the best rates for shipping on orders and provides quantity discounts for low quantities, according to Murray. But, this doesn’t mean Blackburn Manufacturing is waving its white flag in the flag business.
In fact, its flag sales continue to thrive as its mainstay, selling millions of flags every month across the U.S. and other countries. As spring months approach and more flag and sign orders come in, Murray said the business will strive to continue providing quality customers service, while completing orders as quickly as possible.
“It’s just a new, up-and-coming kind of thing. I know it’s been around for a little while, but it’s the latest craze at the moment,” she said. “And I’m sure we’ll have to keep up and come up with something just as nice in the near future to keep it fresh and current. We’ll see what comes up next.”
Midplains Ag near Elgin continues to be a partner with farm owners and operators to enable them to make sound and effective planning and operational decisions to dramatically improve efficiency, effectiveness, reduce overall input costs and increase yield while protecting the bottom line.
This full-service precision ag company opened in April of 2013 with the mission of partnering with farm owners and operators to collect and analyze georeferenced terra and crop data in order to formulate and implement effective operational decisions for their operations. They have expanded to include precision ag services as well as risk management options.
Midplains Ag utilizes technology for imagery with drones, including with TerrAvion, which delivers subscription aerial imagery for agriculture. Periodic multi-layered imagery across the growing season allows farmers to find and resolve discrepancies before they affect their bottom line.
“It’s a very helpful tool for diagnosing what’s going on in your fields,” Tiffany Hemenway said. “It helps pinpoint where to look for problems. When you’re crop scouting or working in the field, you know where to go. Directed scouting is the biggest bang for your buck.”
Using advanced imagery, Midplains Ag provides visual, multi-SPEC, thermal and hyperspectral images. Ryan Hemenway said it helps with chemical and cultural issues from diseases to irrigation.
Using the multispec’s four cameras, Midplains Ag takes combines green, red, red-edge and N-IR photos to make NDVI or CIRE indices to show plant stress that is not visible to the human eye for another couple weeks. Some of these indices also mirror harvest maps giving producers a sneak peek at potential yields.
“If these issues are discovered at harvest, it’s too late,” Ryan Hemenway said. “It needs to be earlier in the season.”
Midplains Ag also offers crop insurance, which is handled by Tiffany Hemenway and Donnah Uhrenholdt. The sales closing deadline for crop insurance is March 15.
“We’ve been farming since 1973, so we understand the farmer aspect of crop insurance,” Rich Uhrenholdt said. “We approach this as a farmer because of that background and are looking at this as sales.”
Donna Uhrenholdt said that’s why they offer crop insurance with no plans of expanding into other types of insurance.
“We don’t cover property, casualty or health insurance,” she said. “We focus on crop insurance because that’s our speciality. It’s very technical, and we have a great understanding of it.”
Midplains Ag is working with several irrigation projects through the University of Nebraska this season, which will provide local data for projects with international implications. Research remains key to their mission as a company.
“While others are sales oriented, we’re research oriented,” Ryan Hemenway said. “We’re in this to help the farmers.”
Quality assisted living continues to be something that many people search out for their loved ones, and that quality can be found in Neligh at the Willows Assisted Living.
The Willows Assisted Living has been providing quality care and comfort for tenants in Neligh for 18 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.
Prince is active in the health field and serves as chair for the Nebraska Assisted Living Association and co–chair of the Nebraska Health Care Association.
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. There are 32 licensed beds and 25 employees at the Willows.
“They have their own amenities in their own apartment, but yet they have the security and safety,” Prince said.
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.
A warm and welcoming facility, the Neligh-Oakdale third-graders adopt a grandparent each year, and the high school students stop by monthly for visits and games with the residents.
The Willows is consistently an award-winning center having won a national bronze award.
Prince said that residents receive the quality of life that they do because they are more than just tenants.
“Our residents do not live in our workplace. We work in their home,” Prince said. “We are family.”
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