Eggs N Issues Event To Be Held On Saturday Morning In Cozad
Informing the public with the happenings that affect our district on Saturday will be Unicameral Senator Matt Williams, during the only Eggs N Issues breakfast of the year that will be held from 9-10 a.m. at the Cozad Grand Generation Center.
Breakfast as well as a Unicameral Update and discussion will occur between Senator Williams and the large crowd of concerned citizens that convene for the event.
Cozad Board of Education Discuss Needs For A Two-Room Modular At Cozad Elementary
The Cozad Community Schools Board of Education met on Monday, February 20th. Principal Bill Beckenhauer, Activities Director Cory Spotanski and Board member Scott Geiser were excused due to the boys’ basketball team’s game in North Platte.
Greg Frost, Opaa! Management Inc. presented results of the meal program feasibility study for Cozad Community Schools at an in-service prior to the meeting. Board members took the presentation under advisement and district representatives will explore.
Middle School Principal Brian Regelin reported that the adoption of new science textbooks has narrowed down to two companies: Pearson and Glencoe. Parent-Teacher Conferences were attended by 55 percent of the parents last week. Heidi Bazata from Bazata State Farm Insurance in Cozad coordinated with the CMS Student Congress in doing the Kindness Revolution bracelet project for all middle school students. Science teacher HaLea Messersmith applied for and received a grant for all 6th grade students to take a field trip to the Henri Doorly Zoo on April 26th. The school will only need to pay for transportation. Messermsmith and math teacher Carly Rexing took nine students to participate in the Science Fair at North Platte Community College on Thursday. Their science projects had been prepared during their activity periods. Sean Worthman placed fourth and Alyssa Kolbo placed sixth in the middle school division. Regelin also noted that Instruction Model visitations would begin on March 7, 14 and 21st.
Elementary Principal Dale Henderson was pleased to report 90 percent attendance at Parent-Teacher Conferences. The Book Fair last week grossed $5,000 in total sales with proceeds to assist with funding projects for students. An AfterZone Family Night is scheduled for next Tuesday, and the annual Runza Elementary School Benefit Day is scheduled for March 21st.
Early Education/Special Education Director Jill Beckenhauer reported that she and Kristi Albrecht had attending Facilitator Training in Lincoln for TLCs. She and her staff have completed the last round of home visits. Dr. Timothy Davis and his staff from Davis Family Dental visited the school on February 7th with dental care tips. The Early Education Center will be celebrating Dr. Seuss Week next including a ‘Green Eggs & Ham’ breakfast and administrators reading books to the students throughout the week.
Superintendent Joel Applegate reported that he and board member Joel Carlson had attended the recent educational forum that included a leadership speech from Nebraska Head Volleyball Coach John Cook. The forum emphasized ‘selling your brand’ and he hopes to have a theme for the entire district next year. The calendar committee has met and hopes to have the 2017-2018 calendar completed by March. Activities Director Spotanski suggested doing a two-year calendar.
Approval was granted for Certificated staff teaching contracts for the upcoming school year for Kimberly Heimann, 3rd Grade Teacher; Taylor Haley, Agricultural Education and FFA and Kelly Boshart, 6th-8th Science Teacher.
Resignations were approved for Certificated Staff Anthony Munter, High School Life Science and Beth Carver, High School English.
Three staff members submitted applications for the Cozad Community Schools Temporary Early Retirement Incentive Program including Elementary Guidance Counselor Kathy Halouska, School Psychologist/Middle School Guidance Counselor Debra Keller and Middle School English Teacher Mary Poore. Their applications were approved. Fifteen staff members had been eligible for the TERIP.
The 2017-2018 Educational Service Unit 10 Contract, for School Age and Below Age Five, Special Education Services also received approval.
Approval was granted for the Driver Education Contract for the summer of 2017 to remain at $275.
At 8:13 p.m. board members entered a closed meeting to discuss the Superintendent’s Contract. The contract was approved for Superintendent Applegate for the 2017-2018-contract year.
Discussion items included the recent Beef in Schools Summit that Applegate, board member Edd Albrecht, school cooks Penny States and Pam Hergenrader and local beef producer Mark Albrecht had attended. “There were some neat things said at the summit,” according to Applegate. “This program needs to be pushed more by the farmer/ rancher/producer more than the school district,” he continued. “It usually begins with a producer donating beef to the school and the school paying for processing and possibly returning choice meats to the farmer,” Applegate said. “Schools such as Thayer-Central have banners on their school wall with producers names and brands on them,” Applegate went on to say.
Superintendent Applegate led a lengthy discussion on the need for a new or used modular at Cozad Elementary for the upcoming school year. The two-room modular will house the music classes, robotics and possibly art. Cost of used and new modulars is between $72,000 and $86,000. Applegate is looking at a used 64’ X 28’ modular in Greeley, NE that is up for bids. It has new siding and shingles but needs the flooring/carpeting replaced and pain. Maintenance Director Lonnie Dutton has been asked to go and inspect the modular and return with recommendations for the board. Cost to bring it to Cozad is projected at $10,000 - $14,000. The nearest modular deal is located in Henderson, CO. Board members felt that it may be prudent to purchase a new one since it costs the same amount to get it here and a used one would be perhaps only $14,000 less than a new one. Discussion will continue after Dutton’s inspection.
Rowe, Smith & Terrell Attend LEAD Seminar
Nebraska LEAD Program Fellows David Rowe of Johnson Lake, Adam Smith of Lexington, and Shane Terrell of Gothenburg returned home after participating in a ten-day National Study/Travel Seminar conducted by the Nebraska LEAD Program, February 8-17, 2017. Dr. Terry Hejny, Director of the Nebraska LEAD Program served as group leader for the study/travel seminar to Kansas City, Washington, D.C. and Chicago.
During the seminar, Nebraska LEAD Fellows met with political, business and government leaders. Several highlights included visits to the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, the Environmental Protection Agency, NuFarm, American Farm Bureau Federation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Also included in this year’s experience was a briefing and factory tour of the John Deere operations in Moline, IL.
A major objective of the study/travel seminar is to provide participants with the opportunity to meet leaders who help shape local, state, and national policy in agriculture and related areas and to create first-hand exposure to varied social and economic conditions/issues that exist in the United States.
The mission of the Nebraska LEAD program is “to prepare and motivate men and women in agriculture for more effective leadership” and is designed to speed up the leadership process.
The Nebraska LEAD Program includes men and women, currently active in production agriculture and agribusiness. The Nebraska LEAD Program is a two-year leadership development program under the direction of the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council and in cooperation with the University of Nebraska’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Program content, essential to leadership focuses on economics, government, human relations, communications, international trade, sociology, education, the arts, social-cultural understandings as well as agriculture.
For more information, or to request an application for Nebraska LEAD 37, contact the Nebraska LEAD Program, 104 AgCom Bldg, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68583-0940 or telephone 402-472-6810. For more information about the selection process or to request an application, visit their website at www.lead.unl.edu Application deadline is June 15, 2017.
Cozad Students Enjoy Maker Fair 2017
Dawson County Commissioners Approve Purchase Of Patrol Vehicles
The Dawson County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.
Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $296,412.52 were approved. Approval was also granted to approve the claims submitted totaling $996,047.80.
A resolution was approved allowing First Bank & Trust Company, Cozad to recall $340,000 of collateral and replace it with the same amount.
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner Butch Hagan reported the landfill expansion bids would be let in March. His committee is also looking into repairing roads south of Overton.
Commissioner Dennis Rickertsen reported that Thurman Williams of Eddyville had been elected to serve as Chairman of the Dawson County Weed Board.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber and Chief Deputy Mike Hudson appeared to open the bids for two investigator vehicles and two patrol vehicles. There were three bids received on each.
For the patrol vehicles, Platte Valley Auto bid on two 2017 Ford Expeditions for $89,840 less a trade-in of $49,840 for a total of $40,000. Plum Creek Motors bid on two Chevrolet Tahoes for a total of $74,618.66 less trade-in of $27,800 for a total bid of $46,818.66. Pony Express Chevrolet bid on two 2017 Chevrolet Tahoes for $69,990 less trade-in of $28,000 totaling $41,990.
Investigator vehicle bids were as follows: Platte Valley Auto bid two 2016 Ford Tauruses for a net price of $29,900, two 2015 Ford Tauruses for a net price of $27,500 and one of each for a net price of $28,700. Plum Creek Motors submitted a bid for two 2016 Chevrolet Impalas for a net price of $32,270. Pony Express bid two 2016 Chevrolet Impalas at a net price of $29,600.
Reiber and Hudson left the room to compare all of the bids and and make sure that they met the specifications. They recommended to accept the bid from Platte Valley Auto for the 2017 Ford Expeditions for a purchase price of $40,000 and the two 2015 Ford Tauruses for purchase price of $27,500. The commissioners approved the recommendations.
A Public Hearing was scheduled for the February 15, 2017 meeting beginning at 9:00 a.m. regarding a special use permit made by MSS Enterprises, LLC to construct/operate 300 KW Solar array to be located in Sec. 15-11-24.
Discussion continued on the demolition of the old county jail. Chairman PJ Jacobson appointed Brian Woldt, Emergency Manager, Jocelyn Brasher, Deputy County Attorney and Karla Zlatokovsky to work with him on developing demolition specifications for the removal of the old jail and present it at the next meeting.
No action as taken concerning the request for action against county officials made by Ron Klein because commissioners have no authority to take action against elected officials.
The Dawson County Board of Equalization met prior to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners. Requests for tax corrections were granted for TIF Admin Proj 910 closed (Excess) – Parcel, Move TIF back 910 back to 495 (Base) – Parcel, Ron Stear Ltd – Parcel and Michael R. Hilderbrand – Parcel.
The next Dawson Board of Equalization and Dawson County Commissioners meeting are scheduled for 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington, Nebraska.
Showing Their Skills
Uden Named National Cattleman's Association President for 2017
Craig Uden, a fourth-generation cattleman from Cozad, Neb., has been named president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). He served as the organization’s president-elect in 2016. The NCBA board of directors approved the succession at its Feb. 4 annual meeting during the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn.
Uden is a partner in Darr Feedlot, Inc., a commercial cattle feeding operation, and with his wife, Terri, also owns and manages three commercial cow-calf operations. He has been involved with NCBA since the mid-1980s, serving in leadership positions on numerous committees and as Policy Division vice chair in 2014. He was the Federation Division chair in 2012, and in 2015 served as NCBA vice president.
Uden has also been active in his state cattle organizations, serving as president of the Nebraska Beef Council. He has served on the Nebraska Cattlemen Board of Directors as a committee chair and vice chair, the Nebraska Cattlemen Research & Education Foundation, and is involved in the Nebraska Feedlot Council.
A graduate of the University of Nebraska, Uden is active in numerous other local and state organizations. He is past chairman and elder of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington, on the board of the Dawson County Ag Society, is a member and past chair of the Dawson County Cattlemen’s Association, and is a 4-H leader.
Initiated in 1898, the NCBA is the oldest and largest association of U.S. beef producers, and is the marketing organization and trade association for America’s cattle farmers and ranchers. With offices in Denver and Washington, D.C., NCBA is a consumer-focused, producer-directed organization representing the largest segment of the nation’s food and fiber industry.
Future Stars Shine At Cozad High School
Cozad City Council Discuss Mulch & Maintenance Proposals For Parks
The Cozad City Council met for a regular meeting on Monday, February 6, 2017.
Pastor Terry Tomlinson, American Lutheran Church/ Sonrise Parish delivered the invocation following the Pledge of Allegiance.
Jeremy Koch from Natural Escapes appeared to discuss the mulch agreement for Veterans Memorial Park and the Russell Jensen Memorial at the Cozad Swimming Pool. Council members decided to wait until proposals for mulch and maintenance were received from other providers, including Linda Mann, Linda’s Yard Care Service.
Dawson Area Development Director Jen McKeone led the public hearing updating the current Community Development Block Grant, which is providing owner, occupied housing rehabilitation that was postponed from the January 23rd meeting.
Cozad received a grant in the amount of $297,000 with homeowners needing to apply for the funds. According to Cozad City Clerk Susan Kloepping, three rehab projects are currently in progress, four are in the process of receiving bids for projects and three need additional financial information prior to applying for the grant funds.
Mayor Nancy Meyer’s appointments of Kris Riley and Jeanie Haskell to the Business Improvement District No. 1 Board were approved.
A Special Designated Liquor License was approved for Cork & Cap Liquor for the annual Hunting Heritage Banquet sponsored by the 100th Meridian Boss Gobblers Chapter at Chipper Hall on Friday, February 24th.
Approval was also granted for a Special Designated Liquor License for Big E’s for March 17th at Chipper Hall. The Cozad Jaycees will be hosting ‘Dueling Pianos’ at the hall.
An ordinance was passed updating the municipal code as per legislative updates.
Discussion began concerning the Cozad Library Foundation’s request to use the area south of the library for a memorial statue park.
The next regular meeting for the council is scheduled for Monday, February 20th at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers of the City Office building.
Daddy/Daughter Dance To Be Held In Cozad
The Community Wellness Center and the Cozad Community Hospital are combining resources to sponsor a 'Daddy Daughter Dinner & Dance' on Tuesday, February 14th. The event will take place at the wellness center from 6 - 8 p.m.
The evening will include a delicious meal, a beautiful rose for daughters/granddaughters or a special person and amazing dance music.
Registration forms are available at the wellness center and need to be returned by this Friday, February 10th for this special Valentine's evening event.
Burkholder Hired To BMG Quality Assurance Team
Beef Marketing Group (BMG) annouces the hiring of Anne Burkholder as a member of the BMG Quality Assurance Team, effective February 1, 2017. Anne will also work on BMG projects such as sustainability, transportation and cattle handling.
Anne writes the popular blog, Feed Yard Foodie. Her efforts in social media originally began in 2011 as a way to tell the real story of beef, “written by someone who actually gets their hands dirty”. Anne’s work in both social media outreach as well as improving animal welfare for beef cattle led to the receipt of numerous awards including: Beef Quality Assurance’s “Producer of the Year” 2009, Vance Publishing “Under 40 in Agriculture” 2014; and Beef Magazine’s “Trail Blazer Award” 2013. She currently serves as a member of the Tyson Fresh Meats Animal Well-Being Committee. Anne and her husband Matt are the former owner/operators of Will Feed, Inc. in Cozad.
In her new role, Anne will provide quality assurance audit servies to all BMG Nebraska Feed Yards to ensure their compliance to BMG’s trademarked Progressive Beef Program. The objective of the Progressive Beef Program is to assure our customers that we are doing everything possible to produce safe beef from well-carded for animals in a sustainable way. To learn more about the Progressive Beef Program and the advantages of being a Beef Marking Group participating feed yard, go to www. beefmarketinggroup.com
Anne, her husband Matt, their children Ashley Grace, Megan and Karyn will reside in Cozad where she will be centrally located to the BMG yards.
Goodwill Donation Drive To Be Held In Cozad During February
Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska is having a donation drive in Cozad beginning after noon on Friday, February 10th through Monday, February 27th from 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. People living in Cozad or the surrounding areas can drop off their donations at the Cozad Recycling Area on Highway 30.
Virtually anything in your home or garage that you no longer use is accepted; clothing, household items, shoes, books, purses, belts, books, computers, printers, monitors and computer accessories can be placed inside the Goodwill trailer. Due to limited storage space, furniture, televisions and large appliances are not accepted. Tax donation receipts are available at the trailer.
Goodwill appreciates the generosity of the people of Cozad and the surrounding areas. Revenue generated through the sale of donated items at Goodwill’s retail stores supports services for people in greater Nebraksa.
Goodwill industries of Greater Nebraska’s mission is to help people with disabilities or barriers achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. The organization fulfills this mission every day by supporting people to find jobs that match their talents and gifts, teaching skills leading to increased independence, helping people through the process of recovery and empowering people to focus on their strengths and abilities than a diagnosis or disability.
Two Honored As Elks Students Of The Month
The Cozad Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge, Number 2250 has selected Lexington’s Danielle Lindeman and Mickayla Blender of Eustis/Farnam as the recipients of the January Elks Students of the Month.
The pair of students have maintained superior academic portfolios at Lexington and Eustis/Farnam throughout their high school years.
Danielle is the daughter of Earl and Tracy Lindeman. Lindeman maintains a 4.35 GPA at Lexington High School. She has been on the Honor Roll throughout her four year tenure at Lexington High School.
Danielle has been very involved in a variety of activities while maintaining a level of excellence in the classroom.
She was recognized by the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce Business Education as a Scholastic Award winner as a Sophomore.
Danielle has achieved the Triple Threat Award numerous times that recognizes perfect attendance, all A/B’s and activity involvement. During each Destination Graduation Academic Pep Rally, Lindeman has been recognized on the All A/B award listing as well as the Activities accolades.
Showcasing leadership within her class as well as for Lexington High School, Danielle has been a Student Council member for all four years of high school and has assumed the role of Treasurer.
Lindeman is also the Treasurer of the Lexington High School National Honor Society, as she has been a two year member of the elite organization.
Danielle has been a four-year letterwinner as a member of the highly acclaimed Lexington Band program. Lindeman is part of the marching band, pep band and jazz band for the Orange and Black.
Outside of the classroom, Danielle has been instrumental in the success of her 4-H group by displaying excellent leadership while filling an officer position. She has been a four-year 4-H participant along with assuming the role of Secretary and Vice President.
While competing for the Orange and Black-clad Minutemaids, Lindeman has competed in Volleyball and Tennis. She was a two-year member of the Maids volleyball squad but it was on the hardcourt that Danielle has left the biggest mark. Lindeman is a three-year letterwinner with her swan song, Senior season coming up this Spring.
With her extensive involvement in a pleathora of activities and organizations at Lexington High School, Lindeman has been a member of the L-Club for the past four years as well.
“Danielle is a careful and creative thinker with an eye for details and a devotion to logic. She has the terrific ability to draw on her own experiences and observations to develop thoughtful opinions on a variety of issues,” expressed Lexington Mathmatics Instructor Sandy Meyer. “Her regular contributions to class discussions provide insight both for her peers and for me as an instructor. In addition, Danielle is very generous with her time and energies.”
Mickayla is the daughter of Paul and Jeanne Blender. Blender maintains a 3.78 GPA at Eustis/Farnam High School and has the top GPA of her class. She has been a mainstay on the honor roll throughout her prep career at Eustis/Farnam.
Blender has been very involved in a variety of activities during her four year campaign at Eustis/Farnam High School along with maintaining an elite academic portfolio.
Mickayla was involved in the band for three years. She has been a participant in the Eustis/Farnam Science Fair throughout her high school years. She was elected by her classmates to be the Class Secretary as a Sophomore and has held that officer position since. She was a two-year class representative to the Student Council.
As a Junior, Blender was selected to become a member of the Eustis/Farnam National Honor Society and she still excels in exceeding the requirements needed to remain a member of the elite organization.
This past Summer, Mickayla was an attendee of the America Legion Girls State event.
Along with her busy academic schedule, Mickayla also manages her time wisely to be a standout in athletics as well as the award winning FFA Chapter from Eustis/Farnam. She has been on Agronomy and Meat Judging teams that have not only won accolades at the district but State competitions. She was second overall individually on the Eustis/Farnam State Meat Judging Championship winning team. At the National competition, the team finished 11th overall. Blender is currently the FFA Chapter’s Vice President as well.
Athletically, Mickayla is a three-sport standout while competing in Volleyball, Basketball and Track for the past four years. In Volleyball, Blender is a three-year letterwinner. On the hardwood, Mickayla has lettered all four years along with lettering the past three years in track and field with her Senior season coming soon. She has earned Academic All-State honors in Volleyball, Basketball and Track.
Throughout her prep years, Mickayla has also made time for her 4-H Club, where she has held the offices of News Reporter, Secretary and Vice President.
She has been a member of the E-Unit group for the past three years as well.
“Micky is a hard working, dedicated and quiet young woman,” stated Eustis/Farnam Agricultural Teacher Chad Schimmels. “I am very proud of the poise that she has shown while competing in FFA events.”
Gothenburg Gala To Be Held February 25th
Cozad Community Foundation Set To Host 2017 RedDay
The community of Cozad will be abuzz on February 25th with the RedDay Celebration to be held at the Elks Lodge. Citizens of the 100th Meridian City will have the chance to reinvest, engage and donate during this jouyous event.
The activities will start at 6 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m. Tickets to the event are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. A wine/ microbrew tasting will be accompanied by a food pairing demonstration by Shawn Engberg. There will be silent and live auction items also available at the Elks Lodge. The customized golf cart raffle will be drawn that evening also, tickets are still available and you need not be present to win. Raffle tickets as well as tickets to event can be purchased from any board member or at one of the banks in Cozad.
Online donations will be accepted at www.cozadcommunityfoundation.org via PayPal.