Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Begin to Prepare Now for Fall Hunting

LINCOLN, Neb. – Summer is not just the time to have fun at the lake or park. It is important that hunters use this time to prepare for the fall hunting seasons. Failure to do so could result in problems or inconveniences later on. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has the following hunter’s summer checklist of things to do to prepare for the fall: Hunter Education – Do not put off hunter education certification; take a class as soon as possible. Make sure you have a certification card. If you have misplaced or lost the card, obtain a duplicate as soon as possible. Other Requirements – Know all the other requirements for the type of hunting you will do, including age requirements, permits, stamps, and accompaniment. Know Your Permit – Before purchasing a permit, know what may be harvested with it and where you may hunt with it. Know the Regulations – Read the Nebraska Guide to Hunting and Public Lands as well as the Nebraska Big Game Guide. Get Permission – Locate a place to hunt private land in advance of the season. Field Care – Know the proper field care for the game you plan on harvesting. Equipment Check – Make sure your gear is clean, safe and in proper condition. Sight-in Your Firearm – A list of participating ranges may be found at Shooting Practice – Spend time on the target range. Training – Get yourself and your dog in shape now. Hike the many trails in Nebraska’s parks to get physically prepared. Accommodations – Make plans for places to stay during a hunt.

Residents May enter Nebraska Super Tag Lottery

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska hunters may enter the new Nebraska Super Tag Lottery for a chance to win a four-species permit. A nonrefundable $25 lottery application fee will give hunters the opportunity to win a tag that is valid in 2010 and 2011 and has a bag limit of one elk, one deer, one antelope, and two turkeys. Hunters who have drawn once-in-a-lifetime bull permits are eligible. The application deadline is July 2. Each hunter is limited to one entry. The winner will be drawn at the July meeting of the Nebraska Game and Parks Board of Commissioners. The winner will be able to hunt with any legal weapon in any open hunting unit during the general hunting season for each species. To enter the lottery, visit

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Independence Day

Adrian Smith "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..." - Declaration of Independence Independence Day is more than just a date on a calendar - the nationwide observance of this holiday is America's way of expressing our commitment to the ideals which make our country great. This special day also is a time to reflect on the great step our country took 244 years ago when a group of patriots declared their countrymen free. On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain, and the American republic was born. Since then we have become the longest lasting Constitutional Republic in the history of the world. This benchmark was not set by chance or accident. Because of the character of the people who call America home, our country has weathered international conflicts, internal strife, and economic booms and busts. This Independence Day, millions of our neighbors will join together to celebrate our nation's independence. As we attend parades, backyard cookouts, and firework displays, I hope everyone takes the opportunity to remember the enormous sacrifices of those who gave their lives to protect our freedoms and those who defend them to this day. Freedom is not free. We must always keep in mind our civil liberties and freedoms set down in the Declaration of Independence which are sacred to Americans are not held in the same esteem to those who loathe the ideals of freedom and equality and seek every opportunity to weaken our resolve. In many areas of the world, democracy and the rights of individuals are concepts far from realization. As we have unfortunately learned, freedom's enemies will use any means or method necessary to defeat liberty. Our military men and women who engage these terrorists do a tremendous job in what can only be considered the most difficult and dangerous of situations. We need to focus on supporting their efforts and providing them with the resources they need. Recently, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told Congress it must act on critical troop funding by July 4th or run the risk of disrupting military operations. Unfortunately, this process has been slowed due to partisan wrangling and attempts to add billions of dollars in new, extraneous funding which has nothing to do with our military or its personnel. This is unfortunate, to say the least. Defending America requires the necessary investments in people and technologies to ensure safety and effectiveness. I remain committed to passing this important bill without further delay. Our country is an example of freedom and democracy for the world. Our enemies should know our commitment to liberty extends far beyond fireworks and flag waving. Preserving and encouraging liberty depends upon understanding those "truths" laid out by Thomas Jefferson and other patriots so long ago. They are the foundations on which this great country was built, and we should be dedicated to preserving these principles. As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, let us remember the sacrifices which have been made for our freedom, while renewing our commitment to those who defend our lives and liberties to this day.

Johanns Calls For Disaster Relief Aid For Nebraska

June 29, 2010 WASHINGTON Senator Mike Johanns today sent a letter to President Barack Obama in support of Governor Dave Heineman's request for a federal disaster declaration to assist counties hit by recent storms and flooding. Sen. Johanns plans to visit Norfolk and other flooded areas next week when Congress is in recess. "It is important for the President to act quickly on the Governor's request to declare impacted Nebraska counties as eligible for federal disaster assistance," Johanns said. "My staff and I are working to link in federal agencies to the response, and I will continue pressing for clear coordination and quick action. In the interim, I know local leaders, the Governor, and emergency response teams are on the ball and are making progress responding to the disaster. I've been in close communication with them and look forward to visiting Norfolk and flooded areas in the Panhandle in person next week." According to Nebraska officials, 53 counties have met the threshold for federal assistance and three more counties may be added to that list. The storm has caused an estimated $16.4 million worth of damage. A copy of Senator Johanns' letter to the President can be read at the web address below.


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." ~Margaret Mead

Gov. Heineman Requests Disaster Declaration

(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman today requested federal disaster assistance for several counties across the state to help individuals, businesses and governmental entities recover from the severe storms and flooding that struck Nebraska beginning June 1. “Recent storms have resulted in historic flooding,” said Gov. Heineman. “We have seen significant damage to homes, farms, ranches, businesses and infrastructure. There have been countless stories of communities coming together to sandbag, and neighbors helping neighbors. I am proud of Nebraskans for pulling together during these storms.” So far, preliminary damage estimates to public infrastructure from the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) total more than $16 million statewide. The most severe impacts were to roads, bridges and culverts, resulting from strong thunderstorms, high winds, tornadoes, flooding, rain and hail. Gov. Heineman is requesting that President Barack Obama declare a major disaster for the State of Nebraska in two categories: Public Assistance and Individual Assistance. Public Assistance is being requested to help local, state and tribal governments, as well as some nonprofit organizations in 53 Nebraska counties. Public Assistance can help with eligible costs to remove storm debris, take emergency protective measures and repair or replace disaster-damaged roads, bridges, public buildings, critical facilities, such as water, sewer and power systems and other public facilities. Those counties are: Antelope, Arthur, Blaine, Boone, Boyd, Brown, Burt, Cass, Chase, Cherry, Cheyenne, Colfax, Cuming, Custer, Dodge, Douglas, Frontier, Garden, Garfield, Greeley, Harlan, Hayes, Holt, Howard, Keya Paha, Knox, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, Madison, McPherson, Morrill, Nance, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Otoe, Perkins, Phelps, Pierce, Platte, Richardson, Rock, Sarpy, Saunders, Sherman, Sioux, Stanton, Thomas, Valley, Washington, Wayne, Webster and Wheeler. Additionally, the Governor is requesting individual assistance for 33 counties. Individual Assistance can help with disaster-related damages to homes and businesses in the designated counties. This assistance can include money to pay for a temporary place to live while damages to a primary residence are being repaired and/or funds to pay for minimal repairs to make a primary home safe, sanitary and functional. Low-interest disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration also may be available to cover major disaster damages and/or replace personal property. Those counties are: Adams, Antelope, Blaine, Brown, Cass, Cherry, Cheyenne, Colfax, Cumming, Custer, Dawson, Dodge, Douglas, Garfield, Greeley, Hayes, Logan, Loup, Madison, McPherson, Morrill, Nuckolls, Otoe, Platte, Richardson, Rock, Sarpy, Scotts Bluff, Sherman, Stanton, Thomas, Valley and Wheeler. The letter to President Obama states, “The severe storm system caused extensive road closures to federal, state and local road systems causing loss of bridges and roads affecting emergency response, business and general travel throughout the state. Our State continues to deal with accessibility issues due to the loss of roads infrastructure. Private homes and businesses have been lost and damaged from the continuing flooding, storms and tornadoes.” NEMA Assistant Director Al Berndt said, “The extent of the damage means this will likely be a long-term process for these counties. We will work closely with local agencies to help move the recovery along.” Additional counties may be added to the Governor’s disaster request at a later time. Teams comprised of local, state, and federal officials are assessing additional counties for possible inclusion. The Governor’s request will be reviewed by the FEMA regional office in Kansas City before being forwarded to the White House for a decision.

Monday, June 28, 2010


“Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.” - Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890- 1969, 34th President of the United States, 1953-1961), in a speech at Columbia University, 1954.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Mother Nature Gives more moisture

Last night Blue Hill again recieved a generous amount of rain. Some gauges measured it in excess of 2 inches which fell in a very short period of time. Roads adjacent to bridges North of Blue Hill were covered with water. As one traveled south the amount of rain was less. Those living 10 to 12 miles south of town received very little rain. Fields are very green and farm ponds are full. Some wheat fields have been damaged by the excessive moisture, while others remain in fair condition. Wheat harvest has begun, with some combines running yesterday before the latest rain but some fields will not be ready for another week. At this time it appears that some fields will be ripe and ready to harvest before the ground is dry enough to carry the combines.

Nelson Views Nebraska Flood Damage

June 25, 2010 – Today, Nebraska’s Senator Ben Nelson viewed storm and flood damage in the Norfolk area, and met with area civic leaders to gather details of the impact on their communities. Senator Nelson toured the area to get a firsthand view of damage caused by recent heavy storms and floods, and evaluate how to best assist rebuilding and recovery efforts. “Today, I saw serious storm damage to Norfolk area homes, businesses and the railroad bridge over the Elkhorn River. Extraordinary flooding caused extraordinary damage. It’s important to see this firsthand to understand the impact on people’s lives,” Senator Nelson said in Norfolk. Nelson told a group of Norfolk area civic leaders he will push federal agencies for prompt consideration of the state’s expected request for a federal disaster declaration, and for swift action. An initial state estimate says the floods caused about $13 million in damage to roads, bridges and other public property across Nebraska. “We want to do everything we can to expedite requests for federal aid. We will put every bit of pressure on the federal government we can to ensure that Nebraskans receive the appropriate resources needed to get fully back in business,” Senator Nelson said. On his Norfolk area tour, Nelson stopped at Love Signs Inc., a local sign-making business that was inundated with floodwater, examined the washed out railroad bridge at Elkhorn River and saw flood damage to the river. “They need protection where the river wants to cut a new channel,” he said after viewing the river with Dennis Houston, president of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce. “We need to keep the river from cutting where we don’t want it to cut.” Norfolk Mayor Sue Fuchtman said, “On behalf of the entire community, we’ve been so fortunate to have Senator Nelson’s help up here.” In addition to pledging to push for a quick federal response, Nelson also told those he met that Nebraskans could benefit from a bill he cosponsored this week to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through the end of this year. The program expired on May 31, 2010. Because flood insurance is required by law in order to obtain a mortgage in a 100-year floodplain, Senator Nelson has heard from many Nebraskans whose home sales have been delayed by the NFIP expiration. “Reauthorizing the federal flood insurance program will further stabilize housing markets that require flood insurance, including many in Nebraska that have been impacted by the recent heavy rains and flooding,” the senator said. According to the National Association of Realtors, neighborhoods in more than 20,000 communities across the country sit on a 100 year flood plain and 5 and 1/2 million homes and businesses rely on NFIP as their primary source of protection against flooding. The NFIP was created in 1968 to help provide a means for property owners to financially protect themselves, since standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. The NFIP offers insurance to homeowners, renters, and business owners in participating communities.

Republican River Water Sustainability Task Force

June 24, 2010 Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Water is the issue of the decade. It is an absolutely critical issue for our state because of the impact water has on agriculture and economic development. There is increasing competition for water and yet our supply has not increased. The water issue is complex, complicated and challenging. It is very important that all parties work together for the overall best interests of Nebraska. In the last legislative session, the Legislature passed and I signed into law LB 1057 which authorizes the Republican River Basin Water Sustainability Task Force. The task force held its first meeting in McCook on June 23. The purpose of the task force is to help develop consensus from basin leaders on several water management issues. Task force members are responsible for defining water sustainability for the Republican River Basin, and developing a plan for achieving water sustainability in the basin. The task force includes 22 voting members and 4 ex-officio non-voting members. The 4 ex-officio members are Senators Carlson, Christensen, Hansen and Langemeier. Voting members include: two representatives from each of the four Republican River Basin Natural Resources Districts (NRDs); four representatives from basin area irrigation districts; one representative each from the University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, and the Nebraska Departments of Agriculture and Natural Resources; one representative each from a school district, a city, a county, and a public power district in the basin, and two representatives from agriculture-related businesses in the basin. The Legislature and I are looking forward to the recommendations from the task force. In the short-term, it is essential for the State of Nebraska to continue maintaining compliance with the Republican River Compact. In the long-term, the State of Nebraska needs to develop sound water management strategies for the Republican River Basin that will benefit future generations. I want to emphasize that we are making progress. Farmers and ranchers have voluntarily reduced their consumptive use of water. The State of Nebraska has invested millions of dollars in surface water leases and in removing vegetation from the Republican River. Short-term, the Upper, Middle and Lower Republican River NRDs need to pass their updated Integrated Management Plans. Long-term, the key is to develop a plan to ensure the economic vitality of southwest Nebraska and continue maintaining compact compliance. I realize our water challenges are important, significant and difficult, but I am confident that by working together, we can continue to move Nebraska forward. Dave Heineman Governor of Nebraska

Pending Trade Agreements Crucial for Job and Exports

June 21 2010 Most of us go through our day without knowing where our food, drink, and other products come from, but it matters more than you might think. There's a decent chance that you're reading this with a cup of coffee or a soft drink; and there's a better chance that those coffee beans or that sugar came from Colombia. Most Colombian exporters pay no tariffs to sell to you in the American market; and exporters from Panama or South Korea receive similar treatment. But this is not the case for American goods sold into those three countries. Our exporters must pay as much as a 35 percent tariff, which makes it difficult for American products to compete. We've signed trade agreements with these three countries that would lower or eliminate these barriers, but regrettably, they sit idle on the shelf waiting for the President to send them to Congress. As far back as 2006, representatives from the United States reached out to these countries and negotiated trade agreements that would level the playing field for American producers. The agreements were signed by both sides, but cannot go into effect until the President green-lights them to Congress, which must then vote to implement them. Farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and businesses are all waiting on the President to take such action, which he could do literally any day now. Yet the silence from the White House is deafening. This silence became even more concerning earlier this month when the Economic Affairs Minister from the South Korean Embassy told a gathering of American pork producers, "The U.S. runs the risk of losing the Korean market within a decade if we can't get a free-trade agreement ratified." He went on to note that South Korea has been busy negotiating similar trade agreements with Canada and India, and expects to sign one with the European Union by January. Letting this opportunity pass us by would be a devastating and costly mistake. The vast extent of these losses is projected in a recent report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which outlines two very different but significant consequences. First, the report estimates that American exports stand to increase by as much as $40 billion due directly to the implementation of these agreements. And secondly, should we fail to implement the pending agreements, it would mean the loss of American jobs - as many as 380,000 jobs. To put this in perspective, our economy's private sector gained 41,000 jobs in May. If the economy continues to grow at the same pace, it would take until April of 2011 just to make up for the loss of jobs due to inaction on these trade agreements. Earlier this year, President Obama committed his Administration to doubling U.S. exports by 2015. There cannot be a clearer path to help achieve this goal than the free trade agreements that are so close to the finish line. Our country's businesses, farms, and economy are waiting and hoping for the President to show the promised leadership to advance American trade.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Duane A. Lienemann, UNL Extension Educator, Webster County June 18, 2010 Edition We have a reprieve from the rain, and I do say that with a lot of respect for Mother Nature because I like everyone else in this part of the country knows what it is like to not have the rain fall, grass green up, or the sick feeling you have when the ponds and dams go dry. It is so good to see our pastures coming back, those ponds full, and even tall grass in the road ditches. Of course you always have concerns. We have seen fungus and disease in our wheat, gardens are experiencing some wilting from too much moisture instead of not enough and we are certain to see plenty of flies and perish the thought – mosquitoes. I would imagine when the sun comes out with this type of moisture around us it is not going to take much to sweat or feel uncomfortable and that applies not only to we humans, but to the animals that we have under our care. Whether it be our companion animals, or the livestock that dot the landscape, we need to be cognizant of their needs when the conditions are such that we have heat, but not only heat, but heat with a lot of humidity with it. It may be wise to keep a close eye on all of our animals and while you’re at it, take care of yourself as well. You would think with all of the rain we have had, with creeks running high and rivers at or near flood stage that you wouldn’t even worry about how much water is destined for Kansas. That seems so far out of the realm right now that many of us forget about the struggles we are having with water issues in South Central Nebraska. These next few days will bring us the opportunity to take a closer look at the Republican Valley and those water issues. If you have been under a rock, or just don’t pay attention to what is around you, it is no secret that Nebraska is fighting again over the Republican River, which stretches 200 miles between the southwest corner of the state to south of Guide Rock. You may want to tune in to NET Radio Monday, June 21, through Thursday, June 24, for a series of NET News reports which will explore the controversy. "Republican River Currents" will air at 6:35 and 8:35 a.m. CT during "Morning Edition." An audio link to each story will be available at a special NET website "" along with photos, maps, video and a timeline about the issue. Part of the fight over the Republican River is with Kansas, which says Nebraska is using more than its fair share of the river that runs near the two states' border. This fight is rooted in a 1943 compact that was signed between Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska to fulfill requirements for a Federal Grant to build Harlan County Dam, or at least that is my take on it. That strife between Kansas and Nebraska and the suits that have followed is pretty well documented, but there are disagreements within Nebraska as well, with people on different sections of the river having different ideas about how to handle it. You can find out more about this aspect of the conflict when the host of the program introduces listeners to people along the river with different perspectives on how to address water problems, and then takes a look at how state and local governments are approaching the policy and legal questions. If you are heavily involved along the Republican River Basin or have an interest it may be a good program to watch. Not only am I getting questions on crops, it is the season for lawn and gardens as well and those types are coming about as frequently as the questions we had earlier on wheat and June bugs. I think it prudent to address some of the most common ones in this week’s edition. I think we will spend a little time on bagworms and grubs in the room we have left. Bagworms are hatching, so now is the time to monitor for their presence on evergreens. If present, you can either pick them off by hand or you may consider applying insecticides. At this time of year, young bagworms will be approximately ¼ to ½” long and it is time to control them. According to UNL entomologists, a number of insecticides are labeled for control or suppression of bagworms including: acephate (Orthene), Kurstaki (Dipel, Thuricide), cyfluthrin (Tempo), trichlorfon (Dylox), indoxacarb (Provaunt), chlorantraniliprole (Acelepryn), spinosad (Conserve) and Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. Some of these active ingredients are often sold under different trade names so look for the active ingredient. Insecticide applications are most effective on the young caterpillars. Older caterpillars in the bags may be 3/4 inch long and are more difficult to control or obtain sufficient mortality. Females tend to feed less as they prepare for reproduction, which reduces their susceptibility to insecticide sprays and any residues. The bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis is highly active on young caterpillars; however, the material must be ingested to be effective, so thorough coverage of all plant parts is essential. Spinosad (Conserve) works by contact and ingestion, and is extremely effective in suppressing bagworm populations. Cyfluthrin (Tempo), trichlorfon (Dylox), and indoxacarb (Provaunt) are typically used against the larger caterpillars. Again, thorough coverage of all plant parts is essential, especially the tops of trees and shrubs, where bagworms commonly initiate feeding. We have more information on bagworms in our office, just give us a call. Grub control- If you think you may have grubs, or just want to make sure you don’t lose your lawn to them, the best time to apply these insecticides is from the third week of June to mid-July. In other words - its time! Insecticides for preventative grub control include Chlorantraniliprole, Imidacloprid, and Halofenozide. Trichlorfon can be applied for curative control if white grubs exceed threshold levels (8-10 per square foot) later in the season. Happy hunting! The preceding information comes from the research and personal observations of the writer which may or may not reflect the views of UNL or UNL Extension. For more further information on these or other topics contact D. A. Lienemann, UNL Extension Educator for Webster County in Red Cloud, (402) 746-3417 or email to: HYPERLINK "" or go to the website at: ""

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Why Should we Celebrate Flag Day?

Flag Day, June 14, a time to reflect on our flag and "the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Almost a year after the continental congress had declared independence from Great Britain ,on June 14, 1777, they commissioned the creation of an official flag for our new nation. "Resolved: That the flag of the United States be made of 13 stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation." Although it was informally celebrated on June 14 since 1885, Flag Day didn’t become an official celebration until it was named such by an act of Congress and President Truman in 1949. Today, however, it seems many have forgotten what the flag represents, and "Old Glory" seems to make news only when it is desecrated, ridiculed or burned. It is in the news when protesters at the funerals of brave American soldiers use children and the flag to “make their point” claiming the right of free speech just as have others through the years. Such acts bring a feeling of revolution to most Americans who love their country. An infamous decision of the U. S. Supreme court in 1989 proclaimed flag burning a constitutionally protected right of free speech. Even so to most Americans it remains a reprehensible act and those who engage in such behavior are considered to be lacking in patriotism and decency. . For over 200 years, the "Stars and Stripes" has been a symbol of freedom, liberty and economic opportunity to the poor, hungry and downtrodden of the world. Though it may be tattered and torn by the forces of nature and the hazards of war, the flag has been held in high esteem by those who have fought and died to preserve its honor. Representing hope for the oppressed and safety for the afflicted, the American flag in the past has been applauded, cheered, and venerated here in America and around the world. The father of our country, George Washington, explained our flag saying, "We take the stars from Heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing Liberty." The colors of our flag – red, white and blue – were later adopted by the Continental Congress in 1782 for our Great Seal. Charles Thompson, secretary of the Congress at the time, explained to the Congress the meaning of those colors: "White signifies purity and innocence, red, hardiness and valor, and blue ... signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice." Henry Ward Beecher, a Congregationalist minister during the Civil War, observed that when a person sees the flag he should see the nation itself: "Our flag means, then, all that our fathers meant in the Revolutionary War; all that the Declaration of Independence meant; it means all that the Constitution of our people, organizing for justice, for liberty and for happiness, meant." Throughout our history, Beecher explained, the flag has stood for the "Divine right of liberty in man. ... That it meant, that it means, and, by the blessings of God, that it shall mean to the end of time!" In today’s cynical, indulgent and self-centered society where virtue, morality and patriotism seem to be all but forgotten, many take the blessings of living in this free society for granted and use our cherished flag for silly protests, crass commercialism and promotion of immorality. But today as we celebrate Flag Day, let us instead dwell on what the flag really means. I hope some will take the time to recall those brave young men who in 1945 raised the flag on the island of Iwo Jima after one of the fiercest fights of World War II, inspiring others to continue to fight. I hope we will remember the flag planted on the moon in 1969 that showed we can conquer seemingly impossible new frontiers. We must not forget the solitary flag at Ground Zero that stood amidst utter disaster, demonstrating our unity and perseverance in times of great sorrow. Please remember all our brave men and women defending our freedom and our nation in the military both at home and abroad. Let us return the "Red, White and Blue" to its rightful place as the grand symbol of an extraordinary country blessed by God. The Star Spangled Banner Lyrics By Francis Scott Key 1814 Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep, Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected now shines in the stream: 'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave! And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion, A home and a country should leave us no more! Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave: And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave! Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war's desolation! Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: "In God is our trust." And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

City Wide Garage Sales Today

Deb Skrdlant - Multi family 8 a.m. to 2 pm Corner of Webster/ Nemaha in the building Pam Schwab/ Gina Menke/ Tonia Rouse 7 a. m. to 1. Pm 501 West Landcaster Chuck Hewitt 7a.m. to 2 p.m. 209 North Pine Gale Boettcher 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 506 W. Nemaha Haley Webber 8 a.m. to ?? 210 N. Pine Lois Frahm 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 510 Saline Street Sharlene Feeley and Susan Karmazine 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 102 Nemaha Mitch Woeste 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 909 West Saline Calvin Burge 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 406 W. Saline Patti Buschow 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1001 W. Saline Brenda Coffey 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 306 S. Ash Alice Corner 7:30 to 3 p.m. 206 N. Payne Alber, Macklin and Krabel 7a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 205 .N. Payne Brad & Tonia Gilbert 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 302 W Gage Jerry & Ruth Koepke 8:30 to 1 p.m. 310 South Hickory Clayton Heinrich 8 a.m. to 2 pm 102 Landcaster Roger Yost 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 210 North Payne Dale & Diana Harrifeld 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 406 Ash Lori Kohmetscher, Pat Myers and others 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 602 W. Maple Lunch and Bake Sale All proceeds to American Cancer Society Rick & Kandie Myers 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. 614 W. Cass Street Sherri Cohn 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 101 Gage Connie Meyer and Multi Family 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 902 W. Landcaster Jodi Bunner Multi family 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 105 Gage Mc Shane Multi Group 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1002 W. Gage Lot 4 Sharon Tolle, Jill Poe, Alicia Kath man 8 a.m. to ??? 1005 W. Seward Joline Hafer 3 family Sale 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 405 W. Saline Dennis Britten 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 210 S. Liberty Nicole Mackin & Carisa Cox Multi Family 8 am to 5 pm. 560 W. Gage (down town) Mohlman Elkfarm 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4985 West Blue Hill RD. Jean Dahlsten 8 am to 5 p.m. 2408 RD 1625 ( east of the golf course)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Jesse Jones dies in truck Accident near Cowles

Jesse Alan Jones July 9, 1974-June 3, 2010 TRENTON, Nebraska -- Jesse Alan Jones, 35, died Thursday (June 3, 2010) as the result of a truck accident near Red Cloud, Nebraska on the Cowles spur. He was born July 9, 1974 in Loup City, Nebraska, the son of John and Judy (Amann) Jones. He grew up in Trenton where he graduated from Trenton High School in 1993. He attended McCook Community College. On July 27, 2002, Jesse married Sarah Swenson in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. The couple made their home in LaPorte, Colorado where he was employed by Amerigas of Fort Collins, Colorado. In July 2009, they moved to Hastings, Nebraska where he continued in the trucking industry. Jesse enjoyed cooking, hunting, fishing and was an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, E. D. and Louise Jones and Max Amann. He is survived by his wife Sarah Jones of Hastings, Nebraska; two girls, Sydney and Emma; parents, John and Judy (Amann) Jones of Trenton; brother, Travis and wife, Karrie Jones of Trenton; grandmother, Margaret Amann of Cambridge, Nebraska; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Karen and Doug Swenson of Viroqua, Wisconsin; aunts; uncles; a niece; nephews; and many relatives and friends. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. (CST) at the United Methodist Church in Trenton with Rev. Corey Jenkins officiating. Interment will be in the Rosefield Cemetery at Trenton. Visitation will be today until 9 p.m. at Herrmann Funeral Home in McCook. Memorials may be given in his name and delivered at the service or sent to Herrmann Funeral Home in McCook. Herrmann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, June 6, 2010


As it is the 61st anniversary of D day I decided to Post these remarks of Dwight David Eisenhower "Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world. Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely. But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory! I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory! Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking." -- Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Nebraska State Patrol Launches New Website

(Lincoln, NE)- The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) has a new on-line face and address with the launch of its new website at < >. “It’s been nearly 10 years since we launched our previous website, and it was time for a change,” said Colonel Bryan Tuma, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “The website is the face of our agency and the new site demonstrates our commitment to providing timely, relevant information.” Developed in-house, the homepage features a map of Nebraska outlining the agency’s six Troop Area Headquarters. Visitors to the site need simply to click on a letter to learn more about the Troop Area represented. A Quick Links box, news highlights, and up-to-date traffic fatality numbers can also be found on the homepage. “The agency kept the cost of the new site to a minimum by utilizing the resources and skills of our staff to develop the website,” said Colonel Tuma. “I want to thank everyone who participated in this project for their time, talent and dedication.” The website directs visitors to needed information through a series of Quick Link boxes located on each page. For example, a visitor clicking on Field Services under the Divisions tab will find information in the Quick Links box on Carrier Enforcement, Aviation Support, Police Service Dogs, Community Policing and Communications. Certain data bases within the new website continue to be updated. Until the updates for the Sex Offender Registry, Amber Alert and Missing Persons Clearinghouse are completed, visitors will be directed back to the old site for searches and information. Colonel Tuma said, “We hope visitors enjoy the updated information and new look of our website. We encourage anyone visiting the site to take the on-line survey located on the homepage.” ###

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

June Birthdays

June 1 Ryan Hesman, Jamie Kossie, Brent Premer June 2 Ron Meyer, Tina Mohlman (90) Dale Tenhoff, Keith Gilbert, Lana James June 3 Bill Armstrong June 5 Ruby Krueger June 5 Page Hansen June 9 Robert Wademan, Cody Heinrich June 10 Luella Wilhelms June 10 Jill Beavers June 11 Roger Alber, Keith Waterbury, Colben Detaksone June 12 Barb Strasburg, Wilma Willems June 14 Iva Beach, Mark Strasburg June 16 Rollie Grandstaff June 16 Cammeron Premer Howard June 17 Amber Stoner, Phyllis Hartman June 18 Robert Long June 20 Clifford Beach June 21 Neil Johnson June 22 Margaret Zimmerman June 22 Sara Pavelka June 23 Zigrida Meyer, Jodi Bunner June 24 Steve Hesman June 25 Shirley Allen June 26 Eileen Moser June 27 Ruth Koepke, Rolland Post, David Dunn June 28 Lori Goodrich Meents June 28 Cassandra Himmelberg June 30 Carol Matthews

NU Museum Wildlife & Nature Photo Contest

Lincoln, Neb., June 2, 2010 -- The University of Nebraska State Museum will conduct its second annual "Wildlife and Nature Photo Contest" June 7 through Sept. 1. Amateur photographers who are Nebraska residents age 18 or older are invited to submit their striking photos of wildlife and natural settings taken anywhere in the world. All entries will be showcased in the museum Oct. 1 through Dec. 1 as part of a special exhibit. Images may show animal behavior, plant life, natural landscapes, portraits of wildlife in a natural habitat and people interacting with nature. Images of pets, domestic animals, or captive animals photographed in zoos or game farms will not qualify for entry. All entries must be original photographs taken by the contestant. The contest will include six categories: * Mammals * Birds * Other Wildlife (includes reptiles, amphibians, insects, fish, etc.) * Nature and People (people interacting with nature.) * Landscapes and Skyscapes * Plant Life (native plants in natural settings; garden plants and annuals are not eligible.) Participants may submit a maximum of two entries per category. This contest is for color photographs only. Photographs must be size 8.5 by 11 inches or 8 by 12 inches and securely mounted on 11 by 14-inch foam core (any color, preferably black) with an entry form attached to the back (mat board is also acceptable). No manipulation of photographs is permitted except for cropping, adjustment of contrast and brightness, and color correction. Enhanced or altered photos, or photos taken with artistic filters, will be disqualified. For official rules, visit Photography will be judged based on originality, technical excellence, composition, artistic merit and overall impact. First-, second- and third-place winners will be selected among each category. One grand prize winner will also be awarded from among all categories. Honorable mentions will also be recognized. The grand prize winner and all first place winners will have their photos featured on the museum's Web site. The museum is not responsible for returning photos to contestants after the exhibit. Photos may be picked up at Morrill Hall's front desk Dec. 2-23. To participate, complete the entry form found at and submit it along with photography no later than 4:30 p.m. Sept. 1. Mail or deliver to: University of Nebraska State Museum, Re: Wildlife and Nature Photo Contest, 307 Morrill Hall, Lincoln, NE, 68588-0388. Contestants hand-delivering their entries will receive half-price museum admission. The University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History in Morrill Hall is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults (19 and over), $3 for children (5-18 years, 4 and under are free), and $10 for families (up to two adults and children). UNL staff, faculty and students are admitted free with valid NU ID. There is an additional charge for planetarium shows. Parking is free. For further information, telephone the museum at (402) 472-3779 or visit

Open Forum: June 2010

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"In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, brave, hated, and scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, For then it costs nothing to be a patriot." -- Mark Twain