The Ice Storm of 2017

Much of Nebraska was spared from the ice storm forecasted for earlier this week. The temperature hovering around 32 degrees kept the worst of the ice at bay. Further south, in the Hastings and Kearney areas, wasn’t so lucky. There were several accidents and power outages reported.

Overall, we were blessed conditions weren’t worse. Those that didn’t have to be out stayed home, safe and warm.

I commend the city crews, the highway department and everyone else who treated the roads for those that had to drive in the icy conditions, especially keeping the streets safe for travel in case of emergencies.

There were many people who stayed at their jobs to ensure they would be at work the following day, such as nursing home and hospital employees.

I personally would like to thank everyone who goes above and beyond, ensuring the safety of all of us.

We are fortunate to have such wonderful people in our midst.

Today is a beautiful, sunny day. Enjoy it!

I took the pictures below of the trees in our neighborhood, glistening from the ice the storm provided.

The trees glow from the ice storm. All photo credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The trees glow from the ice storm. All photo credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Elton Bray, 86, of Bancroft NE

Elton Bray, 86, of Bancroft, NE died on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at his home in Bancroft.

Funeral services for Elton are currently pending with Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Bancroft.

Harold Hermelbracht, 74, of Pender NE

Harold Hermelbracht, age 74, of Pender, Nebraska passed away Monday, January 16, 2017, surrounded by his family at his home in Pender. Funeral services will be Friday, January 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender; Pastor Beverly Rautenberg-Panko will be officiating. Burial will be at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Cemetery near Pender. Visitation will be Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 5 until 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Harold was born September 28, 1942 in West Point, NE to Albert and Elfrieda (Predoehl) Hermelbracht. He was baptized September 28, 1942 in West Point, NE and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Harold graduated from Bancroft High School in 1960.

On February 7, 1965, Harold married Judy Mayberry at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. As a young man he played softball and was a 4-H member and leader in Cuming County. He was an avid bowler, Cornhusker and Dodgers fan. Harold served on the board of the Northeast Nebraska Feeders Association, the Farmers Union Coop and the Northeast Coop. He also served on the Pender Township Board.

Harold coached his family in showing dairy cattle in 4-H for over 18 years. He was also a farmer and dairy man for over 40 years, while also raising beef cattle, stock cattle, hogs, soybeans, corn, alfalfa, and hay. One of Harold’s joys was raising a team of Percheron draft horses. He loved to train and drive them, and showed them at the Cuming County Fair. A plaque is placed in his honor at the fairgrounds by his family. Harold was a dedicated father and grandfather. He loved his family.

He was survived by his wife, Judy; children, Kellie (Steve) Wageman of Pender, NE, Kandie (Armando) Ambriz of West Point, NE, Kerrie (Russ) Renter of Pender, NE, Kristie (Evan) Widders of Morgantown, WV, and Katie (Ben) Brehmer of Pender, NE; sisters, Myra Larsen and Florence (Giles) Hannan; brothers, Richard (Marlene) Hermelbracht; grandchildren, Jordan (Jake) Ernesti, Kevin Wageman, Kyle Wageman, Kody Wageman, Rebecca McKay, Levi McKay, Rochelle (Brandon) Kai, Andrew (Alix) Ambriz, Alex Ambriz, DeAndra (Rick) Dirksneider, Alexis Renter, Harold Jase Sorenson, Justice Sorenson, Ryan (Ashley) Johnson, McKayla (B.J.) Lund, Ellie Widders, Owen Widders, Max Widders, and Marshall Widders; and great grandchildren, Sutton Ernesti, Karter Kai, Ricki Kai, Mason Dirksneider, Liam Dirksneider, Breck Dirksneider, Landon Johnson, Peyton Johnson, and Liam Lund.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; and son, Ronnie Hermelbracht; brothers, Lauren Hermelbracht and Myron Hermelbracht; and sister, Arlene Bird.

Harold Hermelbracht

Harold Hermelbracht

Lorna H. Olson, 101, of Oakland NE

Lorna H. Olson, 101 years, of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Oakland Heights Nursing Home in Oakland.


Saturday, January 21st
11:00 AM
First Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Burial is in the Oakland Cemetery.
Lorna Olson

Lorna Olson

Howard Lee Goertz, 72, of Tekamah NE

Howard Lee Goertz was born on December 26, 1944 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Ernest and Leatrice (Mills) Goertz. He passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017, at the Crowell Memorial Home in Blair, Nebraska, at the age of 72 years.

Howard was a lifelong resident of Tekamah, Nebraska. He loved going to auctions and adding to his various collections of antiques.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Leatrice (Goertz) Teeters; step father, Jim Teeters; brother, Kenneth Goertz.

He is survived by his two sisters, Ruth Griffin of Okeechobee, FL, Mary Miller of Plattsmoth, NE; one brother, Ernest Goertz of Wentzville, MO.


Friday, January 20th

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah1103 J Street
Tekamah, NE 68061


Friday, January 20th
10:00 AM
Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah.
Burial is in the Tekamah Cemetery.
Memorials suggested to the family for future designation.
Howard Goertz

Howard Goertz

Tekamah-Herman Late Start

Tekamah-Herman School will start at 10:00 a.m. Tues., Jan. 17th. There will be no morning preschool.

Logan View Closed

Logan View School is closed Tues., Jan. 17th due to weather. 

Oakland-Craig School Late Start

Oakland-Craig School will start two hours late tomorrow, Tues., Jan. 17th. 

Lyons-Decatur Northeast Late Start

Lyons-Decatur Northeast School will start at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Tues., Jan. 17th. There will be no morning preschool.

Bancroft-Rosalie Late Start

Bancroft-Rosalie School will have a two hour late start tomorrow, Tues., Jan. 17th. 

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