Friday, April 30, 2010

May Birthdays

May 2 Chris Waterbury, Travis Toepher ,Tayor Skarin,
May 5 Kevin Alber, Arlo Kranau (81) May 5 Alicia Stoner, Raelene R. Buschow May 6 Renee Wademan, Chet Yoder, Karl Berns May 7 Jim Robinson , Leann Johnson, Hilarie Haack May 8 Chuck VanBoening, Chellie Dodson May 9 Clint Burge May 10 Bob Willicott, Michael R. Buschow May 11 Bonnie Greenhalgh (90) May 12 Lonnie VanBoening May 14 Herman Tenhoff, Verna Mae Koepke, Kirsten Drury May 15 Jolaine Hubl, Brad Toepher May 17 Mariel Krueger, Harlan Siebrass, Vaden Lane May 18 Dan VanBoening Danielle Wademan May 19 Marlene Meents (76) , Spencer Frazier May 21 Brian Lynn May 22 Clara Duesterhoeft May 23 Steve Dack, Mike Barton May 24 John R. Mohlman (66) May 25 Corey Willicott May 26 Dean Wormuth May 28 Pearl Matthews (85) May 29 Erma Hoffman, Deloris Strasburg
May 30 Kandice Myers May 31 Deloris Wademan

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tim Krueger Fatality Accident Near Blue Hill

Tim Krueger and daughter Kayla

(4-28-2010) A rollover vehicle accident on a gravel road near Blue Hill claimed the life of a local resident.
Life long area resident Tim Krueger (50) of 1969 Road 1900 was pronounced dead at the scene 1 1/2 miles north of Nebraska 4 on Road 1900, two and three quarters miles north of his home. The single vehicle accident occurred when Krueger lost control on the gravel road, ran up an embankment and rolled back toward the road, according to Webster Co. Deputy Sherrif Randy Henning. The Chevrolet pickup came to rest in a ditch. Krueger was partially ejected. Henning said seat belts were not used. The accident was discovered by Hans Burken early Tuesday morning as he was doing chores. He called it in to authorities about 7 a.m. The Sheriff's office and the Blue Hill Volunteer Fire and Rescue squad responded to the scene.
Tim Krueger was employed at Menards in Hastings.
 Timothy Dean Krueger March 29 1960-April 27 2010
Services for Timothy D. Krueger will be held Saturday May, 1 at 10:30 am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Hill with Rev. Joshua Lowe and Rev. James Witt officiating. Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetry in Blue Hill. Visitation will be from 9a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Merten-Butler Morturary in Blue Hill and one hour prior to services at the church. Merten-Butler Mortuary of Blue Hill is in charge of arrangements.Memorials can be given to Trinity Lutheran Church or to his girls educational funds.**************

Timothy Dean Krueger was born on March 29, 1960 to Kenneth V. and Mariel J. (Stroh) Krueger in Hastings, Nebraska. He graduated from Blue Hill High school in 1978 and from Kearney State College in 1983 with a degree in industrial Arts. He married Jody Hendrickson on May 12, 1984, and they later divorced. He farmed and had worked for Ed Wademan Construction and also did substitute teaching at Blue Hill Schools. He was currently working at Menards in Hastings, Nebraska. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, of which he was currently a Trustee; was still an active member of Beta Sigma Psi Fraternity; and was a former member of the Blue Hill Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by four daughters, Kayla Krueger of Kansas City, Mo., Whitney, Tori, and Morgan Krueger of Hastings, his mother Mariel of Blue Hill, one brother Steve and his wife Debra of Blue Hill one sister, Karen Schultz and her husband Jeff of Doniphan, Nebraska; one brother-in-law, Richard Gilbert and wife Robin of Hastings: several Nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, one sister, Dianne Gilbert and one brother Mark.

Services for Timothy Dean Krueger were held May 1, 2010 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Hill. Rev. Joshua Lowe and Rev. James Witt officiated. Cross Bearer was Josh Krueger. Marlys Kort was the organist. Music was congregational singing, Hymns were Just as I am, Amazing Grace, What a friend we have in Jesus, Lift High the Cross.

 Pallbearers were Ken Thorpe, Greg Linstead, Craig Peshek, Ron Meyer, Mike Bohlen, James Gilbert, Steve Hilligas and Scott Lund. Honorary Pallbearers were Steve Krueger, Richard Gilbert, Jeff Schultz, Bradley Priest, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Interment was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Blue Hill. .I'm Free
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free I'm following the path God laid for me
I took His hand when I heard Him call I turned my back and left it all.
 I could not stay another day To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way I've found that peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void Then fill it with remembered joy

.A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Ah, yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
 My life's been full, I've savored much, Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
 Lift up your heart and share with me God wanted me now; he set me free.
Author Unknown

Friday, April 23, 2010

Unclaimed property

One of the goals of Nebraska's State Treasurer is to return unclaimed property to rightful owners in Nebraska. Since he took office three years ago Shane Osborn claims that he has given back 42 million dollars. Each year the Unclaimed property division receives millions of dollars in unclaimed checks that belong to Nebraska residents. The Hastings Tribune resently contained a suppliment booklet that was 30 pages long, contained very small print and contained a list of new properties received by the state in 2009 and current to Jan 30, 2010. During a period of extreme boredom I took the time to read some of the names, some I recognized, and wondered why these people didn't claim their property. My only conclusion was that they were unaware that the money was out there and available for them to claim. I remember a few years ago when checking the list we found the name of my mother-in-law, after her passing and my husband was able to claim the $28 dollars that was available. The claim was done using the forms supplied by the state on line, very simple. Not much money but not much effort to get it either. The majority of the money, I believe, is probably small amount, on line it is listed in two catagories, below $300 and above $300, by far most is below $300. But thousands and thousands of names are listed. Could your name or the name of someone you know be there. ? Could be a cell phone deposit, or a insurance dividend, if it belongs to you, you should claim it. I suppose the money has gone unclaimed due to name changes, address changes or errors in names or addresses. But I see it as a shame that people aren't getting what is due them, Treasurer Osborn is trying but could probably use help. But I still have to wonder if certain people are aware that the money is available to them and others entries, I wonder why they can't be found to send the money too. There is money listed for Webster Co. Clerk, that should not be too had to find, I don't think they have changed their address or moved in the last hundred years. How about the Webster County Community Hospital? I wonder why that hasn't been claimed. The check for Blue Hill Processing might be harder to deliver since the business has been closed for some time but I believe one of the previous owners still lives in Blue Hill. Gregory, Ann and Justin Auten of Adams County were listed on line has having unclaimed funds. They were not in the Tribune supplement so the money must have been there for over a year. Also in Adams County was Bette Kort, who was listed twice. Former Blue Hill resident Eric Burken lived in Dawson County for a time before he got a job and moved to Russia. Eric Burken is listed in Dawson County as having money due him. Eric Beeson of Clay county is on the list. Former Blue Hill residents James and Deborah Duval were listed in the Tribune supplement as well as Jon and Shelly Auten of Webster Co. On line was a notice that there was an over $300 property for Lavelle M. Krueger. That could be one that got lost because of a name change as well as an address change. Nanes that seemed familiar but in other counties included Eldon Koepke, Lancaster Co. , Courtney Lovette, Sarpy, Co. and Staci Schmidt, Lancaster Co. Cowles Grain, has over $300 available for claiming, while Bladen Grocery has three unclaimed checks waiting for the owner. So if you get bored and want to help out the state so that they will have a smaller list to try to locate you could check the list and see if there is someone you know or if you are listed and get those names off the list. Also you might type in Nebraska and see the list of unclaimed money there, ones like Nebraska Game & Parks commission or Nebraska Department of Revenue or Nebraska child support center???? Those have me puzzeled? But they are included on the list. Just a rainy day activity. SA

Friday, April 16, 2010

Alber resigns from Blue Hill city council

Tony Herrman Blue Hill - Blue Hill city councilman Jesse Alber resigned from his council seat April 6 after his request was denied for pardoning of convictions that are about 20 years old. Alber 41, appeared before the Nebraska board of pardons April 2 to request a full pardon of felony and misdemeanor convictions. The board's agenda stated that it would hear applicant Jesse Alber's request for a full pardon of felony and misdemeanor convictions where in he was convicted in Adams County and sentenced Dec. 28, 1988 to a term of one year probation for the offense of disturbing the peace and to a $50 fine for resisting arrest. He was sentenced Nov. 3, 1989, to a term of one year probation for third-degree assault' sentenced Jan 25, 1991, to a term of 24 months probation for third-degree assault on an officer; and sentenced Sept. 14, 1992, to a $250 fine for disturbing the peace. He stated in a letter he e-mailed to the Tribune Wednesday that the Board of Pardons - Gov. Dave Heineman, Secretary of State John Gale and Attorney General Jon Bruning - rejected his appeal. Alber also wrote that the decision was based primarily on written statements in opposition from Webster County Attorney Jerry McDole and Blue Hill City Attorney Michelle Oldham. In an interview Wednesday evening, Alber said the denial came as a surprise. "yes, because I expected to be pardoned." he said. In an e-mail Alber wrote to the tribune Thursday afternoon, he said he was surprised his pardon was denied because of his involvement in the community. "Over the past 10 years I really feel like I have given a lot to my community and my country. I served from May 2000 to May 2004 in the U.S. Army with deployments to Bosnia and Iraq. I served another 2 1/2 years in the Army reserves. I have championed literacy and adult education in Hastings for the past six years. In that time I have also been an advocate for the United Way, served local youth as a Kiwanian, dedicated time to youth baseball programs, worked with 4-H programs, fund raised for new playground equipment, helped start a Pheasants Forever chapter in Webster County, served on my political party's state central committee, been a part of the Hastings Library's Dia Festival, graduated from Leadership Hastings, developed and coached a youth football program in Blue Hill, served on the City Council and more. I thought I had done all the right things. Emotionally, it was very difficult to have my application denied and all the positives of the past 10 years so easily dismissed." From 1997-2004 Alber resided outside Nebraska, including enlistment in the U.S. Army from 2000 to 2004. During that time, he had deployments to Bosnia and Iraq. He said that in 2004, when he registered to vote, the voters oath, in small print at the bottom of the voters registration card, read: "To the best of my knowledge and belief (emphasis added), I declare under penalty of election falsification: I lived in the State of Nebraska at the address proved above. I have not been convicted of a felony or if convicted, my civil rights have been restored, and I have not been officially found to be non compos mentis (mentally incompetent). Any registrant who signs this form knowingly that any of the information on the form is false shall be guilty of a class IV felony under section 32-1502 of the Nebraska State Statutes, the penalty for such is up to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000 or both." In his letter Alber said he was aware he had been convicted of a felony, but that based upon a 1992 conversation with then Adams County attorney Steve Scherr, he was under the impression that his civil rights had been restored. He learned that was not the case when he applied for a professional certification for a provisional teaching certificate and was denied because of the felony conviction. For the Last five years, Alber has worked with the Hastings Literacy Program as it's director. Alber is also the Adult Education Coordinator for Central Community College-Hastings. He said he wasn't sure what effect the pardon board's decison would have on his job with the literacy program. Hillary Watters, president of the HLP board of directors, said Alber is a great asset to the program and his pardon denial should have no bearing on his job. "I think it will have absolutely no bearing" she said Thursday afternoon. "Jesse is such an effective director I think that the community of Hastings and the surrounding communities are extremely lucky to have a director with as much dedication as he has and I look forward to Jesse having many more years of continued service with HLP." Alber was first elected to the council in 2006 and had been running for reelection. When asked about what he thought of his time in office, Alber had no comment. When asked why he had no comment, Alber said his time on the council was frustrating. Alber did not attend the council meeting Tuesday, where the council voted 4-0 to approve his resignation. Blue Hill Mayor Keri Schunk wrote in an e-mail early this morning that filling Alber's vacant seat will be handled like the previous two vacancies. Alber's brother Andy was recalled Aug. 18, 2009. Schunk appointed Albert Gray to fill that seat. Doris Hartman also was appointed to the council to fill a seat when Schunk was appointed mayor when former Mayor Russ Willems resigned Dec. 9, because of health problems. Willems died last year. Schunk wrote that the council will not the vacancy in the minutes and post the open seat information in three separate locations in order to proceed with the appointment at the May meeting.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Jason Allen Jarosik 1974-2010

Former area resident Jason Allen Jarosik, 35, of council Bluffs, Iowa, died Tuesday April 13, 2010 near Treynor, Iowa, in a single car collision at the age of 35 years 11 months and 3 days. Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Treynor, Iowa with the Rev. Arlyn Norris officiating. Cutler-O'Neil-Meyer-Woodring in Council Bluffs, Iowa is in charge of arrangements. Jason, son of the late Richard Allen Jarosik and Joyce (Krueger) Jarosik, was born May 10, 1974, in Red Cloud, Neb. He was raised in Blue Hill, Neb., Burr Oak, Kan., and Hastings, Neb. graduating from Adams Central High School in 1992. He furthered his education by attending Goodland Technical School, majoring in telecommunications. Jason started his career with Hersch Digging in Kenesaw, Neb. He loved running his backhoe and "digging in the dirt". In 2000, he moved to Omaha, Neb. and continued his career with Sudbeck Construction. He was a construction worker and a foreman. Jason was an avid bow hunter and fisherman. On Jan. 13, 2007, he married Amy Head at Zion Congregational Church in Treynor, Iowa. Jason was preceded in death by his father, Richard; grandfather, Wilbur B. Krueger, grand mother, Patricia (McKinney ) Jarosik; and cousin Jamie Jarosik. He is survived by his spouse, Amy Jarosik of Council Bluffs, Iowa; one daughter, Baylee Thiel of Trumbull, Neb; Mother Joyce Jarosik of Hastings, Neb.; one sister Jennifer Vorthmann and husband Kelby; two nieces; half -brother Richard Jarosik and children of Hastins; grandmother Sophia Jean Krueger of Blue Hill, Neb; grandfather, Richard J. Jarosik of Glenvil, Neb.; aunts, uncles; cousins; and many friends.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Letter to the Editor

On April 2, 2010 I appeared before the Nebraska Board of Pardons to petition for a full Pardon of a 1990 felony conviction. The board, which consists of the governor, the secretary of state and the state attorney general declined my appeal primarily based upon written statements in opposition from Webster County attorney Jerry McDole and Blue Hill city attorney Michelle Oldham. In 2004 when I registered to vote the voters oath, in small print at the bottom of the voters registration card read "To the best of my knowledge and belief (emphasis added) I declare under penalty of election falsification: I live in the state of Nebraska at the address stated above, I have not been convicted of a felony or if convicted, my civil rights have been restored and I have not been officially found to be non compos mentis (Mentally incompetent) Any registrant who signs this form knowing that any of the information on the form is false shall be guilty of a class IV felony under section 32-1502 of the Nebraska State Statutes. The penalty for such is up to 5 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000.00 or both." Obviously, I was aware that I had been convicted of a felony, however, based upon a 1992 conversation with then Adams County Attorney, Stephen Scherr, I was under the impression, for the past 18 years, that my civil rights had been restored. Nebraska Revised Statute 29-2264 in 1992 provided: "(1) Whenever any person is placed on probation by a court and satisfactorily completes the conditions of his or her probation for the entire period or is discharged from probation prior to the termination of the period of probation, the sentencing court shall issue an order releasing the offender from probation, and such order shall in all felony cases restore the offender's civil rights. (2) Whenever any person is convicted of a misdemeanor or felony and is placed on probation by the court or is sentenced to a fine only, he or she may, after satisfactory fulfillment of the conditions of probation and after payment of any fine, petition the sentencing court to set aside the conviction ....(4) The court may grant the offender's petition and issue an order setting aside the conviction when in the opinion of the Court the order will be in the best interest of the offender and consistent with the public welfare. The order shall (a) Nullify the conviction, and (b) Remove all civil disabilities and disqualifications imposed as a result of the conviction." Although section (2) of the statute requires the offender to petition the court, at that time, I understood from the "shall" clause in section (1) and my conversation with Mr. Scherr that my rights would be automatically restored upon release from probation, and I have operated under that assumption for many years. This statute has been revised following the 2002 Nebraska Supreme Court case, State vs. Spady, in which the court held that the statute violated the separation of powers clause of the Nebraska State Constitution. From 1997 to 2004, I resided outside of the state of Nebraska, including an enlistment in the United States Army from 2000 to 2004 which included deployments to Bosnia and Iraq. When I completed my non-partisan candidate filing forms in both 2006 and 2010, I was still under the assumption that my civil rights, including the right to run for and hold public office had been restored. The affirmation on this form reads: "I HEREBY SWEAR THAT I WILL ABIDE BY THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEBRASKA REGARDING THE RESULTS OF THE PRIMARY AND GENERAL ELECTIONS, THAT I AM A REGISTERED VOTER AND QUALIFIED TO BE ELECTED, AND THAT I WILL SERVE IF ELECTED." I submitted an application to the board of pardons last fall, after I was declined professional certification. My intent was to attempt to remove the conviction from my criminal history report. I submitted my resignation from the city council to the municipal office on April 6, 2010. I apologize to the citizens of Blue Hill for any hardship or inconvenience that this incident may have caused them. Sincerely Jesse M. Alber

Monday, April 12, 2010

Wind Energy Development Bill signed

April 12, 2010 Governor Heineman today signed LB 1048 into law. The bill is designed to encourage the development, ownership and operation of renewable energy facilities for the export of wind energy from Nebraska. "This legislation marks the beginning of accelerated wind energy development in Nebraska." Said Governor Heineman. " This legislation combined with previous wind energy efforts, will allow Nebraska to achieve its wind energy potential. Wind energy development will foster growth of the new clean energy economy, and provide meaningful employment and educational opportunities for Nebraskans. LB 1048 preserves the benefits Nebraskans receive as a result of the states public power system by allowing the Nebraska public power review board to approve wind energy operations designed to export energy. The bill was introduced by the legislatures Natural resources committee Chaired by Senator Chris Langemeier of Schyler. Sen. Langemeier said "The passage of LB 1048 provides us with significant economic opportunities and a tool to create jobs in the coming years. This legislation is also a responsible change in the states renewable energy policy as it protects our public power system while creating a process that will take Nebraska to the next level as a desirable place to create or expand ones business." According to the American Wind Energy Association Nebraska is the 4th for potential wind energy development and 24th in actual production.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Blue Hill Artists Honored.

Two Blue Hill High school seniors are among four from Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District to have their art work displayed as part of the 2010 Congressional Art Competition. Kassie Starkey won first place in the district with her work, called "Alone in thought" which demonstrates pointalism. Danielle Wallace received second place for "Portrait in a cassette tape" which is on a cassette tape ribbon. Both Starkey and Wallace are students of Christine Brown. The winning students were introduced in a news release from U. S. Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb. This years art contest was themed "An Artistic Discovery." One work from each congressional District will be displayed in the U. S. capital in Washington. Smith plans to display the other students work in his Washington and district offices.

Alone in Thought

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


"I wanted you to see what real courage is. instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you are licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what." Atticus Finch. (Harper Lee) To kill a Mockingbird. (pp112)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Wilbert C. "Willie" Niemeyer

Wilbert C. "Willie" Niemeyer, 69, died April 2, 2010 at the Reno County Hospice House. He was born March 19, 1941 in Hastings, NE, the son of John Niemeyer and Violet Alberts.
A longtime Hutchinson resident he had also lived in Dodge City. He was a Machinist for Curtis Machine, Dodge City and Eaton Corportation, Hutchinson.
 He was a memeber of Holy Cross Catholic Church.
On July 12, 1960 he married Helen J. Clapp, he later married Linda Johnson, she died Jan. 17, 2008, he then re-married Helen on July 23, 2009, she survives.
 Other survivors include three daughters; Donna Shearrer and Norma Niemeyer, both of Larned, Sandra Lode, Colby, KS, a step-son, Rodney Johnson, Lenexa, KS, three brothers; Alvin Boettcher, North Dakota, Gale Boettcher, Blue Hill, NE, Carl Niemeyer, Omaha, NE, two sisters; Louann Andrews, Ohio, Linda Dewey, Bladen, NE, his mother Violet Boettcher, Blue Hill, NE, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Arthur Boettcher, a grandson, Nicholas Niemeyer, step-father Arthur Boettcher and step-mother Ella Mae Niemeyer.
Memorial service will be 11:00 am, Wednesday at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home and Crematory, with Father Joseph Eckberg officiating. Cremation has taken place. There will be a register book to sign from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday and Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Willie C. Niemeyer Memorial Fund.

Lyndall R. "Slim" Turner

Blue Hill resident Lyndall R. "Slim" Turner, 49, died Saturday April 3, 2010 in Hastings. Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Hill with the Rev. Joshua Lowe officiating. Burial will beat 2 pm at Fairview Cemetery in Smith Center, Kan. Merten-Butler Mortuary in Blue Hill is in charge of arrangements. Lyndall was born January 30, 1961 to Wilden I and Roberta J. (Lukas) Turner at Smith Center , Kansas. He graduated from Smith Center High School in 1979. He then went to North Central Kansas area Vocational Technical College in Beloit, Kan. and graduated with a Welding Degree. He Married Penny E. Brandyberry on March 5, 1988, in Hastings, Nebraska. They lived in Blue Hill since 1988 moving from Hill City, Kansas. He was a mechanic/welder all his life. He loved to go fishing and hunting with his sons and riding his motorcycle. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Hill, Nebraska. He is survived by his wife, Penny, of Blue Hill, Nebrasaka; two sons, Willie of Hastings, Nebraska and Lukas of Ness City, Kansas; one sister, Deanna CAdy and her husband Duane of Jewel, Kansas and one grandson, Otto Ray. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Sidney Wright Troxel

Sidney Wright Troxel 65, of Blue Hill, Nebraska, formerly of Callaway, Ne passed away May 9, 2009 in Blue Hill. A memorial celebration of his life will be held Friday April 9th at 10 a.m. at the Calloway Lutheran church in Callaway, Ne with Fred Werkmeister, PMA officiating. Inurnment will be held the same day at 1:30 at Fort McPherson National Cemetary in Maxwell, Nebraska with military honors. Sideny Wright Troxel was born, June 25, 1943 at Broken Bow, Nebraska to David and Francis (Gates) Troxel. During his early childhood he lived with his family in the Westerville area. In 1956 the family moved to Elvira, Iowa where he attended school. He enlisted in the United States Navy March 1963 and served on the U.S. F.D. Roosevelt He was discharged in August 1965 and returned to the family farm after the death of his father. Later he returned to Nebraska doing ranch and construction work and liked to travel. He was very artistic. He is survived by his daughter Jobeth Troxel of Callaway, Ne, son Jason Gates of Texas, one brother Keith of Preston, Iowa, two sisters Keitha (Kevn) Sharp of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Debra (Tom) Strange of Fulton, Ill. and Nieces and nephews. He was preceded n death by his parents and one brother, Dave Troxel. The body has been cremated and there will be no visitation. Arrangements by Timm-Reynolds-Love funeral home of Callaway. Date of death May 9, 2009

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Severe Weather Awareness Presentations for Blue Hill

This spring will bring another round of severe and hazardous weather to South Central Nebraska. The national weather Service and the local emergency management agencies want citizens to be knowledgeable and prepared regarding potential severe and hazardous springtime conditions. A Spring weather awareness presentation will be held in Blue Hill at the community center on April 6th at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will last about two hours and will be divided into two sections. The first section will focus on basic storm spotting information and will last from 45 minutes to an hour. The second section will consist of advanced storm spotting information. it will focus on Severe weather event preparation for a spotter with radar interpretation and event scenario. Each multi media presentation will be conducted by a National Weather Service meteorologist. The meeting is free. All spotters and the general public are urged to attend the presentation. Contact the National Weather Service in Hastings, Nebraska. or your local emergency management agency for additional information.

Treasurer Shane Osborne Announces Contest.

2010 "Why I want to go to College" Essay Contest Nebraska State Treasurer Shane Osborne along with the Omaha Royals baseball club are pleased to annouce the kickoff of the 8th annual "Why I want to go to College:" essay contest. The Essay contest is open to all 7th and 8th grade students residing in and outside of Nebraska. "We are excited to continue our partnership with the Omaha Royals for an event that is not only fun and interactive but also provides a valuable learning experience for these students." Osborne said. "We want every child to realize their dream of attending college and hope this essay contest will help them achieve their goals." Essays must be postmarked by Monday, April 19, 2010. The essay should be no more than 750 words and should articulate the students's goals and dreams for the future. Each essay, along with the required cover sheet should be mailed to. The Omaha Royals Attn: Diann Spataro 1202 Bert Murphy AVe. Omaha, Ne 68107 A first, second and third place winner will be selected from each of Nebraska's three congressional districts. Each district winner will recieve the following. !st place $1,000 towrds one of Nebraska's college Savngs plans 2nd place $500 towards one of Nebraska's college savings plans 3rd place $300 towards one of Nebraska's college savings plans In addition each winner will receive four (4) tickets to the Nebraska vs Creighton baseball game on Tuesday May 18 , 2010 at Omaha's Rosenblat stadium and four (4) Henry Dorley Zoo passes. !st Place winners will be treated to a one night stay at a premier Omaha hotel. Out of state participants (non_Nebraska residents ) will receive Monetary prizes of $1,000, $500 and $300 towrds one of Nebraska college savings plans for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Prizes are courtesy of the Omaha Royasl and the Nebraska State Treasurers office. For information on contest requirements contact Rachel Biar at 402 471 1088 or

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter Wishes

Blue Hill Today wishes readers a Happy Easter.
May each of you and your families enjoy this holiday together as you remember all the many blessings bestowed upon you, upon Blue Hill, upon Nebrska and upon the United States of America as we remain "One Nation Under God".
"He is Risen"

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Birthdays

April 2 Bertha Lamborn April 2 Terri Golter
April 2 Ron Lampman
April 3 Mark Kumke
April 3 Dick Schmidt, Jr.
April 4 Christa Alber
April 4 Terry Jordening
April 4 Lori Toepher
April 4 Jan Wells
April 4 Nina Colburn
April 4 Shalene Medina
April 4 Wanda Wright
April 5 Patty Uden April 6 Jordan Mack
April 7 Pat Kort
April 8 Penny Witte
April 10 Kristen Ostdiek
April 11 Deb VanBoening April 10 Jean Heinrich April 11 Jesse Alber April 11 Clair Duval April 12 Rodney E Hartman April 13 Ruth Elaine Goodrich April 14, Jennifer Gaede April 15 Jill Coffey April 15 Rodney J. Buss April 15 Ken Skarin
April 15 Wayne Strasberg
April 18 Judy Grandstaff
April 23 Tami Kort
April 23 James W. Mackin April 24 Peggy Meyer
April 24 Colleen Karmazin
April 24 Kristin Rose Kohmetscher
April 25 Cody Bland
April 26 Lamira Karsting
April 26 Marah Leigh Jensen
April 28 Charlene Feeley
April 29 Larry Gianokas
April 29 Marvin Harrifeld
April 29 Gary Stertz
April 29 Kevin Toepher
April 29 Beverly A. Meyer
April 30 LaMar VanBoening
April 30 Dick Schmidt, Sr.