Robert Henri Museum Is World's Largest Display Of Henri Originals

Screen_Shot_2017-03-23_at_3.54.12_PM.pngHome to the largest display of original Robert Henri works in the world, the Robert Henri Museum and Art Gallery in Cozad has acquired yet another original painting. The new acquisition, “Normandie Interior”, brings the total number of original Henri pieces on permanent display in the museum to 40. Six Robert Henri paintings have been acquired by the musuem in the last nine months, thanks in large part to benefactors Larry and Tammy Paulsen in memory of Ike and Shirley Paulsen. Shirley Paulsen was a founding board member of the Robert Henri Museum and the driving force behind its creation. Shirley and the original board members sought to bring artwork to Cozad to tell Henri’s story and share with the world what amazing things can come from life in small town Nebraska. With the help of the Paulsens and the museum’s many other supporters, Shirley’s vision is on its way to being realized.
“Normandie Interior” appeared in Henri’s first solo exhibition. It was then purchased by his brother, Frank Southrn and kept in private collections throughout its life. This is the first time in 120 years that it is on display to the public. “Normandie Interior” joins a rich variety of paintings and sketches in the museum’s permanent collection. Robert Henri believed that one must always be learning. This is evident in his change of style in the paintings that range from 1897 to 1927. 
The Robert Henri Museum’s collection is a must see for any artist or art lover. The museum is open by appointment through the winter and will be open for regular scheduled hours starting in May. 

Dawson County Fairgrounds Grant Projects Moving Along Quite Well

The Dawson County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 2107. 
Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $953,785.00 were approved. Approval was also granted to approve the claims submitted totaling $316,874.93 A resolution was passed approving Security First Bank in Cozad to recall $205,000 of collateral and replace it with the same amount.
Under Committee Reports Commissioner Dean Kugler reported that he had attended the NIRMA road safety meeting that included a presentation by Tim Baxter. 
Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that the grant at the fairgrounds is moving along and that an advisory board has been established for the purpose of paying claims from the grant. Hagan also noted that a decision needs to be made regarding the roof on the Lexington Road Shop that needs repairs to the tune of $35,000 to $40,000.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber presented the February 2017 crime reports. Total services were down for the month but jail bookings were up for the month. 158 inmates were booked during the month of February with an average daily population of 85.4. Of these, 37.2 were contract inmates and 48.2 Dawson County inmates. Reiber pointed out that revenue for the jail was $76,241 for the month.
Engineer Randy Deans, Miller & Associates opened the lone bid from Paulsen Inc. for the Road 444 Concrete Overlay County Project. This project is south of the Overton interchange and is included on the One and Six-Year Road Plan. His estimate for the project was $272,477.55 with the Paulsen bid coming in at $73,846.03. The awarding of the bid was tabled until the March 31, 2017 meeting.
Discussion was held between the commissioners and Deans regarding his continued employment with the Roads Department now that a Roads Superintendent has been hired. It was the consensus of the commissioners that he will continue to work on the projects he has started until completion and keep working with Roads Superintendent Mark Christiansen who is employed by the county for a six-month probationary period.
Board Chairman PJ Jacobson was authorized to sign a resolution and supplemental agreement regarding the Lexington West UPRR Crossing project.
Chairman Jacobson was also authorized to sign the GIS Workshop Contract for the development of a Deeds Tab.
Dustin Handley, Emergency Response Coordinator from Two Rivers appeared to present the Emergency Response Plan for the county. Jeremy Eschliman and Laura Steele accompanied Handley. Director Eschliman explained that Two Rivers is funded through an interlocal agreement with seven counties including Dawson County. “Once of our biggest threats is the lack of immunizations,” Handley noted.
Charles McGraw, RYDE Transit and Bill Troe, SRF Consulting presented the commissioners with an update on strategies for mobility management. Discussion was held concerning the possibility of offering rides from Eustis to Gothenburg with a proposed cost of $5 for the fare. The cost would be higher than the usual $1 fare for Lexington, Cozad and Gothenburg riders since their fare is partially funded through Dawson County taxpayer funding and local funding from these three communities.
Jerad Reimers, Community Liaison for Congressman Adrian Smith appeared with an update on legislation including the repealing of the Affordable Care Act and the Emergency Management grant funding. Reimers noted that health care is one of the biggest issues facing the new administration and Congress.
“The Congress needs to take the time to get it (Affordable Care Act) right,” commented Commissioner Bill Stewart.  
“Congressman Smith is in support of presidential bilateral agreements and especially supports the proposed export agreement with Japan,” noted Reimers. 
The Dawson County Board of Equalization met prior to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners. The commissioners okayed tax corrections presented by Dawson County Assessor John Moore for Severing Avider Moreno, Mark W. Meier, James Aden, Benjamin J. Rickets, Chris A. Denton, William C. Laird and Thomas W. Laird. 
Also approved was the request from The Church of God New Jerusalem for tax exemptions on three vehicles owned by the congregation.
The next meetings for the Board of Equalization and Board of Commissioners are scheduled for Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse located in located in Lexington, Nebraska.

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Cozad School Board Approves Teaching Contracts For 2017-2018

The Cozad Community Schools Board of Education met for a regular meeting on Monday, March 20, 2017. Board member Edd Albrecht was excused due to illness.
Under Public Comments, CHS Business Instructor and SkillsUSA Sponsor Dawn Beans informed the board members that five students would be competing at the state competition in Grand Island on March 31st. She also requested approval to sponsor a ‘Mother-Son’ Prom from 2 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 23rd.
High School Principal Bill Beckenhauer reported that the juniors would be taking the ACT test on April 19th. MAPS testing is scheduled for half days on April 24th and 25th. “This test is great for monitoring students’ progress since it is administered once in the fall and then again in the spring,” Beckenhauer explained. The annual Senior Seminar is scheduled on the morning of March 31st with numerous speakers coming from the community. 
Middle School Principal Brian Regelin reported that 82 students started track practice last week. The annual Monsanto Safety Day is scheduled for the morning of April 13th and NeSA science testing for 8th graders is being done this week. The remainder of the NeSA tests in Language Arts/Reading and math for all middle school students will take place in April. “We are continuing to coordinate the woodworking and Intro to Ag classes that will be taught by the new ag instructor with the high school,” Regelin said. “8th grade students will be given the opportunity to sign up for these classes,” he continued.
Elementary Principal Dale Henderson reported that he was disappointed in the numbers attending the recent parent-teacher conferences in first, second and third grades. Jill Beckenhauer, a team of elementary teachers and Henderson will be traveling to McCook on April 4th to observe the PLC program. “They have a tightly structured system with good student achievement that we want to garner information about,” he explained. The 4th and 5th grade students will be treated to an assembly about the North Platte Canteen by Humanities Nebraska on March 31st and kindergarten screening will be conducted on April 19th.
Early Education/Special Education Director Jill Beckenhauer shared that Linda Myers from the State Early Education Department had visited with her and her staff to over the results of the internal study that was recently conducted. She also noted that Steve Millican, the new director of the State Department of Special Education would be visiting on April 11th. 
Superintendent Joel Applegate reported that four different companies have responded with RFPs (Requests for Proposals) for our lunch program. They will be visiting on April 11th prior to presenting their bids. The school system was outbid by $3,000 on their bid for the used modular and will be looking for others that are available. Discussions continue with NCTA on dual credit courses for students. 
Board members approved the hiring of the following certificated staff members for the 2017-2018 school year: Jordan Pick, Elementary Counselor; Taylor Martin, Elementary Teacher; Laura Johnson, 9 -12 Life Science Teacher; Tuyet Sansone-Wilcox, 9-12 Language Arts Teacher and Sophie Daniel, 6-8 Language Arts Teacher.
Board member Ann Burkholder asked if any of these hires would be coaching volleyball as the search for a new head coach continues.
CHS Principal Bill Beckenhauer reported that three Activities Director candidates had been interviewed on Monday and three additional candidates will be interviewed on Wednesday. “I am also excited to report that we have a candidate this year for our FCS position,” Beckenhauer noted.
Also approved were the resignations of these certificated staff members effective at the end of the 2016-2017 contract year: Kathleen Halouska, Elementary Counselor; Debra Keller, School Psychologist and Middle School Counselor; Mary Poore, Middle School Language Arts Teacher; Cory Spotanski, Activities Director and High School Assistant Principal; Tara Groteluschen, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher and Sondra Terry, Elementary Title 1 Teacher.
Board members approved the proposed Cozad Community Schools 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 School Year calendars.
Also receiving approval were meal price increases for the 2017-2018 school year with ten cents additional charge for student breakfasts and lunches, ten cents for adult breakfasts and twenty cents for adult lunches.
A resolution on fifteen present board policies to become new policies with the revisions added was approved. 
Activities Director/Assistant HS Principal Cory Spotanski presented the Sport Safe Random Student Drug Testing Programs. “I was approached by a coach about this program and have checked with other school districts including Central City who have utilized the program with great success,” Spotanski explained. Based out of Ohio, the company does all the testing on those students who voluntarily participate in activities. This removes all of the bias out of the testing. The cost is $30/test with the completely randomized tests being conducted every two weeks. A minimum of 15 tests must be completed each go-around. “I would suggest 15 tests every two weeks for high school students and five for middle school students making the total cost for 360 tests during the school year $10,800. Board members took the proposal under advisement.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 10th at 7:00 p.m. This is a change from the April 17th date on the school calendar due to that being a vacation day for students and staff.

'Night On The Boardwalk' To Light Up 2017 Lexington High School Prom

Lexington High School students will enjoy prom activites under the theme of ‘Night On The Boardwalk’ on Saturday, March 25th
Events will kick-off in the East gym at Lexington High School when the public is invited to view prom decorations from 4-6:30 p.m.
Student photographs will be taken from 3-5 p.m as well. 
The ‘Grand Entrance’ for the prom goers will be through the main entrance on the west side of the school. The students will be spotlighted during the traditional ‘Hollywood Style’ arrival from 8-9 p.m. Family and friends are invited and encouraged to participate in the festivities that will be held in the West Gym. 
The dance will be held from 8:30-11:30 p.m. at the High School. Prime Time Music out of Lincoln will supply the music. 
Post-prom activities will be held at the YMCA in Lexington following the dance. 

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Cozad Students Participate In 'Kick Butts Day' Rally

More than 80 Nebraska teens gathered at the State Capitol on March 15 for a Kick Butts Day rally against Big Tobacco. The event was organized by No Limits, Nebraska’s youth-led anti-tobacco movement, as part of the nationwide Kick Butts Day tobacco awareness campaign. The group marched through downtown Lincoln before gathering on the west steps of the Capitol.
The No Limits Youth Board is concerned about Big Tobacco’s marketing tactics that aim to make young people their next generation of customers. Flavored products, including e-cigarettes, come in packaging similar to candy in an effort to attract younger users. Youth Board Member Cecelia Ponce of Hartington told the group they can have an impact in their hometowns and beyond. 
“We may come from all over the state. We may all have different home lives. We may compete against each other in school activities. We may have never met the people next to us,” said Ponce. “But we are gathered as one to show the world we are not stereotypical teenagers. We are teens who want to change our world for the betterment of all. What better way than by kicking Big Tobacco's butt.”
Students from 30 Nebraska cities and towns participated in the rally, which is the largest single Kick Butts Day event in the nation. Before the rally, participants split into small groups to meet individually with state senators to discuss tobacco issues affecting youth in Nebraska. Wilber-Clatonia senior Kamrin Edmonds says he’s grown from his involvement as a youth board member for No Limits. 
“No Limits and events like Kick Butts Day have taught me that being a leader and speaking up for what I believe in doesn’t have to be scary,” said Edmonds. “From talking to classmates, teachers and local senators, I know it is important to stand up to Big Tobacco and do my part to change the social norm.” 
Participants displayed 1,300 shoes on the steps of the Capitol to represent the number of people who die every day from tobacco-related illness in the United States. Brooklyn Larimore of Bellevue spoke about the meaning of the display, and the importance of fighting Big Tobacco. "Too many people have died too soon because of these products, and I don't want to watch anyone else suffer," said Larimore. "These deaths can be prevented. If we all find our voice and our passion, we can reverse this tide." 

Cozad Students Chosen To Receive Nebraska Young Artist Awards

Melissa Estrada, Kaitlyn Spaulding, Aaliyah Wilkins, Hanna Wright, all Cozad High School students were recently chosen to receive the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Hixson-lied College of Fine and Performing Arts 20th annual Nebraska Young Artist Awards. They will all be honored for their work in dance.
The awards annually recognize 11th-grade students from Nebraska for their talents in visual art, dance, music, theatre, and film and new media. These students exemplify the pinnacles of creativity in one of the fine and performing arts.
Fifty-three students from nearly 30 high schools across the state have been selected to participate in a special day of activities April 5th at the university.
Students applied for the recognition and submitted an example of their work. Applications were received from 126 students across the state. Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts faculty chose the winners.
Honored students will take tours of the arts facilities, attend classes, meet faculty and college students and have lunch. Their parents will be invited, and they will also take tours, as well as receive information on careers in the arts and college curriculum.
Students selected to participate in the Nebraska Young Artist Awards will also be asked to nominate the teacher who provided them with the greatest amount of mentoring and support in the development of their talents.
The day will conclude with an awards ceremony. Students will receive a certificate and an original piece of artwork commissioned for the event and created by School of Art, Art History and Design printmaking student Hannah Demma.

Hoehner Named New Camp Comeca Manager

Coming back to his roots of Nebraska is Kearney-native Justin Hoehner to be the new Camp Comeca Manager starting on March 27th. 
Justin and his family come to the Dawson County area from being an employee at Palomar Christian Conference Center in Palomar Mountain, California since 2013. 
Prior to working in California, Justin got his start in the camp journey as a counselor at Carolina Creek Christian Camp in Huntsville, Texas and that led to a full-time position in Huntsville as well. He served a vareity of camp roles with excellence. It was at this time that he met his significant other Amy, the pair got married in 2014 and have recently had an addition to their family with the birth of a little girl, Brooklyn. 
Justin Hoehner is excited for the opportunity to lead Camp Comeca as the camp’s new manager. 

Gothenburg To Host Community Development Banquet March 24th

The Gothenburg Community Development office will host its annual awards banquet on Friday, March 24, at the NSG Conference Center, 510 10th St.
The Gothenburg Chamber of Commerce and the Gothenburg Improvement Company, both entities under the Community Development umbrella, will present awards including Honorary Pony Express Rider Awards. Social time begins at 6 p.m. with dinner and a program to begin at 6:30 p.m. Posh Farm Catering will provide both beef and seafood options.
Tickets are $25 for Chamber or GIC members and $30 for non-members. To reserve a ticket, please call the Community Development Office at 537-3505 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Reservations are necessary by March 15th.

Spring Fling Gift Festival Will Be Held At Grand Generation Center On March 25th

The Cozad Grand Generation Center will be hosting their annual ‘Spring Fling Gift Festival’ on Saturday, March 25th, 2017. 
The event will run from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the center located at 410 W. 9th Street in Cozad.
A wide array of vendors and crafters will be on hand throughout the day.
A BBQ lunch will be available from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Easter Bunny will be greeting guests at the center from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
An Easter gift basket consisting of items donated by the vendors will be raffled off with the proceeds going to the Grand Generation Center.
To register for a table please contact Director Tamie Thurn at (308) 784-2747.

Dawson Public Power District Rate Increase Scheduled For April

Dawson Public Power District customers will see an average three percent increase on their May electric statements. The new rates will go into effect with April usage.
“Our goal is to make sure we provide safe, reliable and affordable power,” Kautz said. “We believe the scrutiny and changes we’ve put in place are sufficient to keep the impact to a minimum.”
Customers on the General Service Rate who use on average 1,000 kilowatt hours per billing period can expect to see their bills increase $3.80 during the summer and $3.50 in the winter. This estimate includes the distribution charge, which will increase one dollar to $28 per month. The A-Rate is used for homes, farms, stock wells and general use electric customers who do not use electricity as their primary source of heating.
Customers on the A-SH General Service Electric Heat rate who use on average 2,000 kilowatt hours per billing period can expect to see their bills increase $6.60 during the summer and $3.20 in the winter. This estimate also includes the distribution charge, which will increase one dollar to $30 per month. The A-SH Rate is used for customers who have 10 kilowatts or more of permanently installed electric heating such as baseboard heaters, an electric furnace or an electric heat pump.
“At the December board meeting, Dawson PPD board members reviewed the 2017 budget including our cash reserves and health insurance costs,” said Dawson PPD General Manager Gwen Kautz. “The directors felt that they could not ask customers for a rate increase without asking staff for cuts to the 2017 budget.”
Approximately $1.5 million was cut from the original 2017 budget. Distribution system improvement projects were evaluated and prioritized, and some were rescheduled to a later date. 
As a not-for-profit utility, Dawson PPD uses bonds to finance large-scale improvements to its distribution system and ensure safe and reliable service. Dawson PPD previously used its cash reserves to pay for these expenses. By increasing its cash reserves, the District will qualify for better bond rates in the future.
In addition, Dawson PPD’s health insurance premiums rose 16 percent in 2017.
Rate information is available for customer review by visiting the Lexington, Kearney and North Platte offices, by calling 308-324-2386 or 800-752-8305, or visiting  Additional information is available via Dawson PPD’s monthly customer newsletter, its website and social media.

Farnam Rescue Squad Raising Funds For Battery Powered Cot

The Farnam Rescue Squad is trying to raise money to purchase a powered ambulance cot. It will cost approximately $15,000 to purchase the cot. 
The powered cot utilizes a battery-powered hydraulic system that effectively raises and lowers the cot at the touch of a button. Due to a shortage of EMTs and the chance of injury to personnel in lifting the cot we feel that the cot would be a great help to the squad. About a third of the money has been donated already. 
The Farnam Lions Club is having a Pancake Feed Sunday, March 26th at the Farnam Senior Center with all proceeds to go to the purchase of the Ambulance Cot. 
If you are interested in donating, contact any Farnam EMT or take the money to the First State Bank in Farnam. 
Thank you for your Support of the Farnam Rescue Unit.

Cozad's Gosinski To Decorate Table At Lied Center Hosting Table Inspirations 2017

Amidst the variable choices of spring greens, surrounded by chrome and crystal, the “Entertaining Southern Style Table” will be presented by Tom Gosinski, Cozad designer extraordinaire, owner of Dawsonhome.
Hosted by Friends of Lied, Lincoln, the showcase will open Tuesday, March 21st with a Cocktail Party, at 6:00 p.m., highlighted by Emmy winner musician Dr. Rex. Caldawallader. Guests will have the opportunity to view the unique table setting.
On Wednesday, March 22nd, the Table Viewing will open at 10:00 a.m. Ty Leslie, renowned designer, Charleston, South Carolina, will by the keynote at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Luncheon.
“My table will encomposs a complete table setting, enhanced by exotic florals, hightlighted by fruits and vegetables, representative of the contemporary greens,” Tom said.
“I am honored to be chosen to be part of this important event, noting that the Lied Center provides funding for quality performing arts and educational programs in Nebraska.”
Thirty-five designers have been chosen for the 2017 showing, with the ambiance of one envisioning the elegant tree-lined lanes in the South, leading to the beautiful Plantation homes. One can imagine that Southern Belles, wearing treasured gowns, are offering the greeting, if one were to step into the loveliness of the part of America.
For this particular event, the tables, the designers and the hosts will provide the setting of Southern hospitality for a stroll through the showing.
“I am honored to be chosen, ” Tom said. “I look forward to seeing my friends and family members at this gala.”
Tickets for the Cocktail Party are $75. The Luncheon ticket is available for $90, at which time the Best of the Show Awards will be presented. The event will be held at the Lied Center, 302 North 12th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.

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