Lexington's Anderson Walks The Runway At Omaha Fashion Week

Twelve Nebraska 4-H’ers walked the runway during the 2017 Omaha Fashion Week - Student Night on Tuesday, February 21. Camille Anderson applied and was selected to participate in the 4-H collection. “In order to be considered, garments must have been exhibited at the Nebraska State Fair and should be fashion forward, runway appropriate and display high quality construction” according to Andrea Nisley, UNL Extension Educator.
Over 50 looks were shown on the runway by student designers at Omaha Fashion Week’s fourth annual Student Night. The event included a runway show and concluded with a panel discussion with local industry experts. The sold out audience of nearly 400 viewed collections from Nebraska 4-H, the Joslyn Art Museum’s Kent Bellows Mentoring Program, Omaha’s Central High School, Nebraska FCCLA and Omaha South Magnet High School.
Prior to the Fashion Show hair styling and makeup was done by the students of Xenon Academy.
Fashion Week took place at the brand new Omaha Design Center (near TD Ameritrade Park). Omaha Fashion Week is the Midwest’s largest fashion week in the nation. “This was a great opportunity to feature the outstanding work of our 4-H designers at a regional level” according to Andrea Nisley, UNL Extension Educator.
Omaha Fashion Week provides a professional platform  to showcase the work of regional independent fashion designers on a bi-annual basis. Going on its 10th year, Omaha Fashion Week has become the Midwest’s largest fashion event. Student Night partners include UNL, Develop Model Management, the Kent Bellows Mentoring Program, Omaha Public Schools and 4-H.

Dawson County Historical Society Conducts Annual Meeting In Gothenburg

In keeping with the Dawson County Historical Society Museum’s 2017 theme, “150 Years of Dawson County in Nebraska,” the group spotlighted the state’s upcoming Sesquicentennial at their annual meeting Saturday at Stonehearth Estates.
Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commissioner Barb Bierman Batie of Lexington spoke about her three years on the commission and activities celebrating the state’s 150th birthday set for March 1 and throughout the rest of the year.
Batie encouraged all county residents to join in the celebration by going online to the Nebraska 150 website at www.ne150.org and review the listing of official events and activity options.
Dawson County is privileged to be hosting some of the traveling exhibits associated with the Sesquicentennial noted Crystal Werger, Dawson County Museum executive director. “We are one of the sites chosen as a stop for the Traveling Children’s Museum and during December we will be hosting a group of paintings by artist Todd Williams, who created the “Legacy of Nebraska” project, which consists of one painting depicting each of Nebraska’s 93 counties.”
In addition, Batie noted the museum will host the Commission on Aug. 4 for their bi-monthly board meeting and the Wilson Library in Cozad will have quilts by winners of the Sesquicentennial Quilt competition on display during “Quilt Around the Block.”
Werger added that the museum is planning special activities and displays during each month of the Sesquicentennial year. The art gallery is currently hosting a display compiled in cooperation with Dawson Public Power District titled, “Eighty Years of Dawson Public Power,” there will be a Statehood Day Coffee on March 1, an art show featuring works from the museum’s own art collection, an Edwardian tea and more.
In her annual report, Werger noted that museum attendance is up; a complete museum inventory is underway, the Mainstreet exhibit is getting walls, and they recently completed a series of Tuesday night classes on President’s and their families.
For more information on upcoming activities go to the museum’s website at www.dchsmuseum.com, check out the museum’s Facebook page, or email the museum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Five TRIB-Area Speakers Qualify For NFL Nationals

Speaking loud and clear for all to hear and earning rave reviews were five individuals at the National Forensics League (NFL) Nationals Qualifier in Cheyenne, Wyoming recently. Five area standouts will compete in the National Event in Birmingham, Alabama. 
Cozad’s Ashley Burkholder was the winner in Extemporaneous Speaking and will compete at Nationals. 
Georgina Dishman will compete in Dramatic Interpretation at Nationals and fellow Swede Emily Foley will compete in Extemporaneous Speaking. 
The Lexington duo of Nayely Vargas and Adrian Gomez will challege for supremacy at Nationals in Informative Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking, respectively as well. 
Gothenburg’s Julyssa Rocha is the first alternate in Original Oratory while Areligh Costello was fourth overall in Informative Speaking. 

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TRIBUNE-Area Shines At Nebraska State Cheer & Dance Championships

The Cozad, Gothenburg and Lexington cheer and dance teams put their best to the test while competing in the 2017 Nebraska State Cheer and Dance Championships held in Grand Island on Friday and Saturday. 
For the third consecutive year, the Cozad Cheerleaders claimed the crown in the Non-Tumbling C1 Cheer division with a score of 91.83.  “The girls are so talented try to incorporate our unique style into every performance they do,” stated Cozad Cheer Coach Karen Klein. 
Auburn was a close second to the Lady Haymakers with a score of 90.2. 
Gothenburg’s cheerleaders were 11th overall  with a score of 71.03 in the Non-Tumbling C1 division and then fourth overall in the Game Day Cheer C1 Division with a score of 68.88 as they edged past Louisville’s score of 68.2. 
The Cozad  Jazz Dance Team put their best foot forward and dazzled their way to a fifth place finish in the Hip Hop Dance  C1 Division with a score of 71.67 and less than four points out of third place overall. 
The Lexington High School Liberty Belles had outstanding performances for the large crowd in attendance as they were fifth overall with a score of 69.17 in the High Kick dance routine for Class B teams. The competition was very tight, as the victor was Scottsbluff with a score of 71.83 to show that the top five were within three points. The Belles were eighth overall with their Hip Hop Routine. 
The Lexington cheerleaders were among the elite in Class B with a 12th place finish in Non-Tumbling Class B Cheer routine and an eighth place finish in the Game Day Class B routine division. Screen_Shot_2017-02-23_at_2.26.10_PM.png

Citywide Cleanu Set For Cozad From March 27th-31st At City City Council Meeting

The Cozad City Council met for a regular meeting on Monday, February 20, 2017. 
Pastor Doug Smith, Cozad United Methodist Church delivered the invocation following the Pledge of Allegiance.
Wilson Public Library Director Laurie Yocom shared the Library Board’s Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 with the council.
Under Old Business, Jeremy Koch, Natural Escapes and Linda Mann, Linda’s Yard Care Service presented a joint proposal for park maintenance at Veteran’s Memorial Park and the Jensen Water Feature north of the swimming pool at Muny Park. Koch would be spreading the mulch and Mann maintaining throughout the growing season. Koch is suggesting that perennials be planted under the trees at Veteran’s Memorial Park where the mulch is now. Council members decided to discuss it further amongst themselves and revisit the proposal at the March 6th council meeting.
Charles McGraw, RYDE Transit and several patrons of the transit system in Cozad and rural Cozad appeared to ask for local funding for the upcoming year. Council members approved a resolution providing $1,100 local funding for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
Council members set the annual citywide spring clean up for March 27th – March 31st.
The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers in the City Office Building.

Dawson County Commissioners Accept One & Six Year Road Plans

The Dawson County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. 
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that he would be attending a landfill meeting this week and they will be looking at rebidding the expansion. He also has received one application for the highway superintendent position.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber appeared with January’s crime reports. Total services for the month were 903, which makes two months in a row that they were below 1,000. The average daily jail population was 69.1, which was about the same as December 2016. 42.6 per cent were Dawson County inmates and 26.5 contract inmates.
Deputy County Sheriff Mike Hudson reported that a canine had been retired by the department and that they are working on putting money into the budget for a new one, approximately $3,500.
DAD Executive Director Jennifer McKeone explained to the commissioners that one condition of the improvement grant for the Dawson County Fairgrounds is to have someone in the county provide administration. $15,000 is covered by the grant plus $15,000 in labor. $20,000 allocation will be granted in the two-year grant if McKeone is in charge. McKeone was given the go-ahead to be the administrator. 
Emergency Manager Brian Woldt appeared with specs for demolition of the old jail.  The commissioners approved to ask that bids for the asbestos removal in the building are to be submitted to the County Clerk by March 14, 2017 so as to be opened at the March 15, 2017 meeting. 
 At 8:30 a.m. a public hearing opened regarding the One & Six year road plans as presented by Highway Superintendent Randy Deans. He has met with the road committee and three foremen for input on priorities. There are currently three projects on the one-year plan and fourteen on the six-year plan. Bids will be sought for the March 1st meeting for the concrete overlay south of Overton overpass and the bridge south of Eddyville. “Contractors are hungry right now,” commented Lexington Mayor John Fagot.                                    
Cozad Attorney Brian Davis, accompanied by two Farnam residents, Betty Hoppe-Stevens and Ralph Widick visited with the board concerning a proposal to fund maintenance for rural cemeteries in the Farnam area. 
        Hoppe-Stevens and Widick had spent months collecting petition signatures from taxpaying residents in the three-county area around Farnam, Dawson, Frontier and Lincoln counties. The proposed cemetery district would include taxpayers from all three counties. Davis reported that about 65 per cent of taxpaying residents had signed the petition that would fund the maintenance of Farnam Cemetery, St. Joseph (Murphy) Catholic Cemetery and Independence Cemetery. 
       Hoppe-Stevens and Widick have already met with the county boards of Lincoln and Frontier counties and Lincoln County has approved the project. Frontier County Commissioners are still waiting on the paperwork to be completed.
      “I think having a district to maintain rural cemeteries is a good idea,” commented Commissioner Butch Hagan. “Some rural cemeteries are not taken care of very well and are neglected. I used to be the county’s highway superintendent and we would go in and mow the cemeteries so that they would look good for Memorial Day,” Hagan continued.
      “We need to ensure funding for the upkeep of these cemeteries into the future,” said Hoppe-Stevens. 
      The commissioners accepted the presentation of the petitions in support of the proposal to create a cemetery district and a future meeting will be set up between the commissioners and all three counties to approve and continue discussion on the project.
         At 9:16 a.m. a public hearing opened regarding the Special Use Permit application made by MSS Enterprises, LLC to construct and operate a 300 K W Solar array to be located northeast of Willow Island. Wayne Williams and Drake Beckstead presented and explained the Special Use Permit and authorization was granted for the application.
The commissioners approved the request from Mac’s Creek Winery in Lexington for a Special Designated Liquor License. Barry McFarland from Mac’s Creek had called Commissioner Bill Stewart to explain that this year’s event would be in Dawson County this year in a private home. Last year it was in Gosper County.
Charles McGraw, RYDE Transit, informed the commissioners that there is a March 1st deadline for the resolution for funding for the fiscal year 2017-2018. Federal funding to Dawson County is $183,000 and state funding $63,000. 
“Governor Ricketts is signing a decree for a public transit week to be observed April 9 -15,” McGraw noted.
McGraw had met with City of Lexington City Council and will be meeting with the councils in Cozad and Gothenburg to request local funding. 
A resolution was passed by the commissioners to approve $33,300 for the year 2017-2018 to Community Action Partnership of Nebraska-RYDE Transit.
Chairman Jacobson was authorized to sign the Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts Agreement, Option #2.
Hagan asked if an interview could be set up with the highway superintendent applicant. Hagan had received positive references on the applicant. Dawson County Surveyor Mark Streit, County Highway Superintendent Pat Nichols and Lexington City Administrator Joe Pepplitsch will join Hagan in interviewing the candidate.
The Dawson County Board of Equalization met prior to the Dawson County Commissioners meeting. 
Annual requests for vehicle tax exemptions were granted to Calvary Assembly of God, Camp Comeca, Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska, Cozad Berean Church, Cozad Christian Church, Dawson County Parent Child Protective Services, Inc., Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska inc. Lexington Christian Church, Ministerio Intl Dios Es Amor, Inc., Nazareth Convent and Academy Nebraska District Council of the Assemblies of God, Overton Christian Church, South Central Developmental Services, Trinity Lutheran Church, United Church of Sumner and Victory Assembly of God. Requests still need to be filed by the American Red Cross, Cozad Housing Authority and the Lexington Regional Health Center.
Tax corrections were approved for parcels belonging to David R. Wolfe, Linda K. Frazier and Johnny Keifer.
The next regular meetings for the Board of Equalization and the Board of Commissioners are scheduled for Wednesday, March 1, 2017 beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington, NE.

Armed Robbery In Cozad Early Monday Morning

An armed robbery was reported at the Rodeway Inn just after 2:15 a.m. on Monday morning in Cozad. 
Witnesses advised that they saw two males enter the lobby of the Rodeway Inn wearing masks. One of the suspects was described as a thinner white male that possibly had blonde hair and was wearing a red shirt or coat and stood 5’5” to 5’9” inches tall. The second male suspect involved is possibly a Hispanic individual that was wearing a black shirt or coat. A handgun was pointed at the witness and a demand for money was made. 
Soon thereafter, both suspects exited the Rodeway Inn and left the area. 
Later in the morning on February 20th, near 9 a.m., a purse that had been taken in the Rodeway Inn robbery was recovered by the Gothenburg Police Department at the Cubby’s truck stop near the I-80 interchange in Gothenburg. A possible suspect was seen driving a small U-Haul truck. This male was described as a small thin white male with blonde hair. The U-Haul truck was last seen heading west on I-80. 
The Dawson County Sheriff’s office and Gothenburg Police Department assisted with the investigation. If anyone has any information that could help with the investigation, please contact the Cozad Police Department at 308-784-2366.  Screen_Shot_2017-02-23_at_2.13.15_PM.png

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


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