Janice M. (Kind) Konicek, 82, of Bancroft NE

Janice M. (Kind) Konicek, 82, of Bancroft, NE passed away Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center in Pender, NE.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bancroft, NE; Fr. Paul Ortmeier will be officiating.  The visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the church with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.  Burial will be in the Bancroft Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.  Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Bancroft is in charge of the arrangements. 

Janice was born on May 16, 1934 on a farm southwest of Wisner, NE, the daughter of Helmut and Alvina Kind.  Jan attended rural school southwest of Wisner, and graduated from Wisner High School in 1952.  She worked at Hoover’s Café in Wisner, taught rural school, and attended Norfolk Junior College in the summer.  Janice and Donald were united in marriage on January 29, 1955 at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wisner.  They lived on a farm northeast of Wisner for one year until moving to a farm east of Bancroft in February, 1956.  Together they farmed, square danced, and showed cutting horses.  In December of 1962 they moved to the farm west of Bancroft and Janice continued to teach country school and graduated from Wayne State College in 1969.  In 1973 she began teaching 4th Grade at Bancroft Elementary School.   In 2000, Janice retired from teaching along with building and moving into their home in Bancroft.  She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church where she was an EME and reader, and also a member of St. Mary’s Altar Society.

Janice took great pride in her teaching, and especially enjoyed teaching her students about Nebraska history.  After retiring from teaching, she worked part-time at the city clerk’s office, worked part-time for a CPA, was a member of the Bancroft Betterment Board, and sold tickets at the Cuming County Fair.   She enjoyed researching genealogy, bowling, playing cards, her lawn and garden, family holidays especially Christmas when she decorated 18 Christmas trees in her home, and attending many family sports events and activities.  She and Don especially enjoyed traveling to many horse shows with their kids and she sometimes competed herself, and they enjoyed traveling to high school rodeos in Nebraska and other states with their 4 children and continued this hobby by going on vacations to various rodeos with friends such as Calgary, Las Vegas, Pendleton, Cheyenne, and Dodge City.  Due to her declining health, Jan moved into Legacy Garden in January, 2015.

Janice is survived by her husband Don, of 61 years, children:  Jeffrey (Sherry) Konicek of Wisner, NE, Bradley Konicek of Wisner, NE, Kellee (Len) Hermelbracht of Bancroft, NE, and Barrey (Melissa) Konicek of Ord, NE, eleven grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Elton and sister-in-law Mary Kind, and a grandson-in-law Niall Hansen.

Janice Konicek

Janice Konicek

Judith L. Brock, 76, of Wakefield NE

Judith L. Brock, 76, of Wakefield, NE died on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Wakefield Health Care Center.  A memorial visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Bressler – Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield, NE.  A memorial service will be held following the visitation on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.

Judith Brock

Judith Brock

Kay Gatzemeyer, 57, of Pender NE

Kay Gatzemeyer, 57, of Pender, NE passed away Sunday, October 23, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family.

Memorial services are pending with Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Margaret Moderow, 85, of Oakland NE

Margaret Moderow, 85 years, of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Oakland Heights in Oakland.

Visitation is Tues., Oct. 25th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland. Family will be receiving friends. Visitation will also be held at the church one hour prior to the service.

The Funeral Service will be held Wed., Oct. 26th at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Oakland.

Burial is in the Oakland Cemetery.

Memorials suggested to the family for designation at a later time.

Margaret Moderow

Margaret Moderow

O-C Knights Beat T-H Tigers 48-0!

The Oakland-Craig Knights soundly defeated the Tekamah-Herman Tigers 48-0 last Friday evening in Tekamah. All photos credit of Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The Oakland-Craig Knights soundly defeated the Tekamah-Herman Tigers 48-0 last Friday evening in Tekamah. All photos credit of Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Loren W. Hood, 93, of Tekamah NE

Loren W. Hood, 93 years, of Tekamah, Nebraska, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Tekamah Care and Rehabilitation Center in Tekamah.

Visitation will be held Fri., Oct. 21st from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Services in Tekamah.

Family will receive friends. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

The Funeral Service will be held Sat., Oct. 22nd at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah. Military Honors to follow service at the church.

Burial is in the Craig Cemetery.

Memorials: Donor’s choice.

Phillip Wayne Hennig, 59, of Tekamah NE

Phillip Wayne Hennig was born to Erwin and Velma (Tippery) Hennig on December 18, 1956, in Oakland, Nebraska. He passed away October 17, 2016 near his family home, at the age of 59 years.

He graduated from Tekamah-Herman High School in 1975. After graduating high school he joined his dad in the family farming operation. This became a lifelong career and passion. In 1978, Phil married the love of his life, Sandra Lynne Gammel. To this marriage they were blessed with three daughters and one son.

Phil was a 4-H leader, superintendent and parent for over 35 years. After being involved with 4-H as a young man, he wanted to pass those traditions on to his children. He was baptized into and a lifelong member of the Riverside Baptist Church in rural Tekamah. He has helped serve multiple roles, the most important to him, serving as the church Treasurer.

He was always supportive and involved with all of his children’s activities. He spent countless hours cheering in the bleachers, prepping animals for the show ring, waiting for all of his girls to get ready and driving Thomas across the country for his shooting sports.

He was a patient, kind-hearted family man who had a passion for International tractors, Harley motorcycles and deer hunting. He was hard working, able to fix just about anything, and a dedicated farmer who was passing on his legacy to the next generation.

He was preceded in death by his sister Janis (Hennig) Felker.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra (Gammel) Hennig of Tekamah, three daughters, Christina (Jacob) Knajdl of Colorado Springs, CO, Erin (Joshua) Knajdl of Kearney, NE, Lena (Ross) Beckner of Oakland; son Thomas Hennig of Tekamah; two grandchildren, Karly Knajdl and her sister on the way; parents, Erwin and Velma Hennig of Tekamah; brother, Alan (Linda) Hennig of Tekamah; sister Pam (Bill) Stinson of Ferndale, WA; brother-in-law, Mark Felker of Holland, NE; many more family and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held Fri., Oct. 21st at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah, NE.

There won’t be a visitation.

Burial will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions suggested to the family for designation at t later time.

Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Phillip Hennig

Phillip Hennig

Better Together Hosting Town Hall Meetings

Better Together is hosting a town hall meeting October 19, at 7:00pm in Oakland at the City Auditorium and October 26 at 7:00pm in the Craig Firehall.

Phillip W. Hennig, 59, of Tekamah NE::: God Bless

Phillip W. Hennig, 59 years, of Tekamah, Nebraska.

Memorial Services are pending with Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah.

Oakland City Council Meeting Agenda






            NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a regular meeting of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Oakland, Nebraska, will be held at 5:30 on Monday October 17th, 2016 at the Municipal Building, 401 North Oakland Avenue in Oakland, Nebraska.

An agenda for such meeting, kept continuously current is available for public inspection at the office of the City Clerk. Except for items of an emergency nature, the agenda shall not be enlarged later than twenty-four hours before the scheduled commencement of the meeting.



I.                        CALL TO ORDER


A.   Roll Call

B.   Establishment of a Quorum

C.   Reminder of Open Meeting Laws/Poster

D.   Approval September 17th meeting minutes

E.    Oct treasurer report






F.    Tim Adams- JEO

G.   Doug Munsterman- 109 E Fulton water bill

H.   Kent Steinmeyer- Street Skid Loader lease

I.     Patty Plugge- Economic development


J.     Police report


V.                      OLD BUSINESS


VI.                    NEW BUSINESS

K.   Pay application #8

L.    Request the use of the Auditorium at no charge-Carroll Welte- 4-H robotic s

M. Ordinance 708- Regulate traffic on 4th and HWY 77

N.   Approve Allison Mockenhaupt and Clendon Rost to the Library Board


VII.                  INFORMATION ITEM

O.   New website







Approval by motion


Registered Agenda Speakers

                  The Mayor or Presiding Meeting Officer reserves the right to deny this request, or will call you to the center front podium when your agenda Item is ready to be heard. Presentations, if allowed, may be limited to five (5) minutes per person, with a limit of three (3) individuals speaking per topic position. Please come to the center front podium, and clearly state your name and address for the record and the agenda topic you wish to speak upon in a professional manner.

                  The Mayor and City Council reserve the right to enter into an executive session at any time during the meeting, in accordance with the Nebraska Open Meetings Act, even though the closed session may not be indicated on the agenda.

                  It is the intention of the Mayor and City Council to take up the items on the agenda in sequential order. However, the Mayor and City Council reserve the right to take up matters in a different order to accommodate the schedules of the city council members, persons having items on the agenda, and the public



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