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Paul Michael Anderson, 56 of Lyons, NE


Paul Michael Anderson, age 56, of Lyons, Nebraska passed away at his home in Lyons. Memorial services are pending with Pelan Funeral Services in Lyons.

 

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Valentine’s Day Trivia


Valentine’s Day Trivia: My last question stirred up a lot of conversation. I don’t think this one is going to measure up quite as well! Let’s see what happens!
What color M&M is thought to be an aphrodisiac?
Post your answers here!

Denise’s Tidbits


I consider every week, actually every day, interesting. I like to find something new and exciting about it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always turn out that way. As long as I go to bed with a new form of knowledge each day, I consider it a blessing.

Here are some of the tidbits I have found interesting this week.

  1. I read a report on sex trafficking. I am amazed at how much of this goes on each and every day throughout the world. It is disgusting to me that people do such a thing to others. What are your thoughts on this issue?
  2. I love sports as much as anyone and am just as guilty of talking entirely too much about it. I can say that I don’t care who wins the Super Bowl. I am not a fan of either team. I am astounded to have learned this week how much sex trafficking occurs on a higher level during sporting events, such as the Super Bowl. Did you know prominent people, such as doctors, lawyers, etc. participate in this? I wasn’t surprised to know that politicians do.
  3. There is a lady in Iowa, an elderly lady, that didn’t get her sidewalks scooped. The city ticketed her. Other residents near her haven’t scooped their walks, but were not ticketed. The city’s response was: They ticket people according to complaints they have received. That is shameful. It should be the same rules for all. What I don’t understand is, why don’t people help scoop other’s walks instead of turning them in?
  4. I wonder what will happen on Ground Hog’s Day? I am hoping for Spring, soon! I think we could use some moisture however. The ground has some cracks in it. The farmers really need some help.
  5. I am hoping that the Olympics go off without a hitch. If I had one wish that could be granted, it would be world peace. I pray for it every day.

 

Until next time, enjoy each and every day!

Never be afraid to speak up!!!

100 Days at LDNE


100 days of school was celebrated in Marlene Beacom's class at LDNE. Pictured are, from left: Kaden Knaak, Weston Hardeman, Chelsey Dunning (Mrs. Beacom's paraprofessional), Mrs. Beacom, Avery Bacon, Eli Schlichting and Aubrey Lauritsen is in front. Photo courtesy of LDNE.

100 days of school was celebrated in Marlene Beacom’s class at LDNE. Pictured are, from left: Kaden Knaak, Weston Hardeman, Chelsey Dunning (Mrs. Beacom’s paraprofessional), Mrs. Beacom, Avery Bacon, Eli Schlichting and Aubrey Lauritsen is in front. Photo courtesy of LDNE.

Center for Rural Affairs Testifies in Support of LB 887


Lyons, Nebraska  –  Today, the Health and Human Services Committee is hearing public testimony on LB 887, the Wellness in Nebraska Act. LB 887 would expand Medicaid in Nebraska to provide coverage to Nebraskans making under 133% of the Federal Poverty Limit who are not otherwise qualified for Medicaid.

“For the health and well-being of Nebraska’s people, we urge the advancement of LB 887,” said Jon Bailey, Director of Rural Research and Analysis at the Center for Rural Affairs. “The failure of Nebraska to approve and implement the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has created a coverage gap that an estimated 33,000 Nebraskans have fallen into. The coverage gap has real and significant ramifications for our citizens.”

According to Bailey’s testimony, there is essentially no help that that can be offered for Nebraskans that fall into the gap. They do not qualify for insurance marketplace tax credits because their incomes are too low. Consequently, even the least expensive insurance on the marketplace is generally unaffordable; and their employers do not provide health insurance.

“All that we can do and all that the ACA navigators can do is tell them the truth and send them on their way disappointed, frustrated and still uninsured,” explained Bailey.

The demographics, economy and the health insurance market in rural Nebraska make LB 887 critical for our rural residents. These people and their families rightfully deserve to be insured. It is simply immoral to enact a public policy of negligence that leaves them by the side of the road with no options and with the disappointment and frustration of being in the coverage gap. Most importantly, it is immoral to leave them without the ability to resolve their health care needs and without the tools to enhance their long-term health, Bailey testified.

“LB 887 will allow those in the coverage gap to become healthier and responsible health care consumers,” concluded Bailey.

To view or download a copy of Jon Bailey’s testimony for the Center for Rural affairs go to:

http://www.cfra.org/LB887Testimony

Arvid “Sonny” Eugene Samuelson, Jr., 83 of Wakefield, NE


Arvid Samuelson.

Arvid Samuelson.

Arvid “Sonny” Eugene Samuelson, Jr., 83, of Wakefield, Nebraska died on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at the Wakefield Health Care Center in Wakefield, Nebraska. Funeral services for Sonny will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wakefield; Pastor William Bertrand will be officiating. The visitation with the family present will be held on Friday, January 31, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Bressler – Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield. Burial with military honors will follow a lunch at St. John’s Lutheran Church at the Bancroft Cemetery in Bancroft, Nebraska. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation.

Sonny was born on February 8, 1930 to Arvid and Bertha (Pates) Samuelson on a farm west of Lyons, NE. He was baptized on April 20, 1930 ad confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in West Point, NE. He attended rural school and graduated from Lyons High School in 1947. He worked at several different jobs, plus helped his father with the farming. On January 4, 1952, Sonny married Imogene Burhoop at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft, NE.

He was drafted into the United States Army on January 9, 1952. Sonny was sent to Fort Leonard Wood, MO before being transferred to Camp Roberts, CA, where Imogene joined him. He was transferred to Camp Cook, CA, and at the end of October 1952 he got his orders to Mannheim, Germany. He returned to the United States in November of 1953 and after serving for two years was released in January 1954. He then spent six years in the Army Reserves. He was a member of the Bancroft American Legion until moving to Wakefield and joining the Wakefield American Legion.

Sonny returned to farming and semi-retired in 1995, moving into Wakefield, but remained helping on the farm. He was one of the founding members of the Bancroft Saddle Club.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Imogene of Wakefield, NE, two sons Douglas Samuelson of Lincoln, NE and Galen (Amy) Samuelson of Wakefield, NE, five grandchildren: Eric (Brandy) Samuelson, Casey (Jenny) Samuelson, Brianna, Caleb and Dawson Samuelson, four great grandchildren: Taylor, Ethan, Caden and Elynn. He is also survived by a sister Ina Welding of West Point, NE, his twin brother Arnold (Mila Jean) Samuelson of Mesa, AZ, a sister-in-law Marilyn Burhoop and brother-in-law David (Judy) Burhoop of Bancroft, NE, and many nieces and nephews.

Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, a son Brian Samuelson, sisters Ila Samuelson and Lucille Poledna and brothers-in-law Harold “Deke” Welding, Dennis Poledna and Dale Burhoop.

 

 

 

Burt County 4-H Robotics Club Qualify for State


By Mary Loftis

Extension Assistant

Burt County Mindstormers 4-H Club took part in a qualifying First Lego League Robotics Competition on Saturday, January 25 in South Sioux City, NE.

Giving their Core Values poster presentation are team members: Lucas Niewohner, Jacob Unwin, Caleb Schlichting, Michael Bracht and Amelia Schlichting.

Robotics Club Qualifies for State. Photo Credit/Steve Schlichting.

Robotics Club Qualifies for State. Photo Credit/Steve Schlichting.

Cougars Winning Streak Ends


By Clare Wiltse

Contributor to Kat Country Hub

The Northeast Cougars had a three game winning streak come to an end.   They took on three teams with an above.500 record.  They beat (8-4) Cedar Bluffs on Tuesday, but lost to (9-8) Humphrey/LHF and (12-5) Stanton over the weekend.

 

LDNE has a 7-7 record with two games this week plus the start of the EHC tournament on Saturday. They host St. Edward on Tuesday.  Thursday, the Knights of O-C will come to Lyons.  On Saturday, the Cougars have a tough draw in (13-3) Twin River in the EHC tournament.

 

The Cougars used a strong start to upend the Wildcats.  The Maroon clamped a tight man to man defense on Cedar Bluffs that allowed Northeast to open with an 11-0 run. The final score had the Cougars on top by 11, 52-41.

 

“It was really fun to watch the team get after them at the start of the game,” said Coach Lahm.  “These seniors have really bought into the idea of playing tough defense and the whole team tries to live up to their standards.”

 

While the Cougars defense put shackles on  the Wildcats Northeast had the offense rolling with scores on five straight possessions.  Dakota Riecken opened the scoring and Chevy Henneman added a trey.  Northeast  got  two three-point plays as Riecken and Alex Brehmer brought the total to 11.  After Cedar Bluffs finally scored Marcus Hegy added a thirteen point as the Cougars led by 10.

 

Northeast had a nine point lead at the quarter, 19-10.  It reached 17 as Northeast had 8-0 run to start the second period.  Henneman and Riecken had goals while Brehmer and Fuston added a pair of free shots.

 

After trailing 27-10, Cedar Bluffs out scored the Cougars 12 to 4.   They had two three pointers in the last minute as they trailed 31-22 at the half.

 

The Cougar defense did its thing again in the fourth quarter  They held Cedar Bluffs without a shot in the first four minutes.  It took the Wildcats until the 3:03 mark to score.  Both team added 6 points and the led stayed at nine.

 

The fourth quarter the Cougars protected their lead despite making only two of eight shots from the field.  They were deadly at the line.  L-D converted eleven of twelve.  The Cougars sent the Wildcats to the line 18 times and they made 13.

 

Dakota Riecken topped the team with 16 points.  Alex Brehmer added 11 points.

 

Cedar Bluffs     10        12        6          13        -41

LDNE              19        12        6          15        -52

 

2pt       3pt       FT        Rb        F          TP

Chevy H           1          1          2/2       2          4          7

Alex B              4          0          3/5       2          4          11

Bobby S           1          0          4/4       1          3          4

Taylor F           1          0          2/2       1          2          4

Dakota R         6          0          4/5       4          1          16

Marcus H         2          0          2/2       6          2          6

David B            0          0          0/0       0          1          0

Dylan H            0          0          0/0       1          1          0

Alec A             0          0          2/2       3          0          2

Team                15/30   1/7       19/24   20        22        52

Cedar Bluffs     7/17     4/13     15/21   27        17        41

 

The Friday contest against Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family went down to the fourth quarter where a two minute scoring drought did them in as the Bulldogs pulled out a 48-41 win.

 

The Cougars showed their grit to make it a game against the taller Humphrey team. After an 8-8 first quarter, the visitors  opened nine point lead.  They rattled off nine straight points to start the second quarter. The Cougars got eight points as Hegy got a three point play, Brehmer scored two  and Simpson nailed a bomb.  The half ended with the Bulldogs leading 24-19.

 

The Bulldogs got the lead up to ten points as they scored the first five points of the half.
The score stood at 29-19 before Chevy Henneman nailed  a three.  Bobby Simpson kept the Cougars in the game with 10 points.  Riecken made the last points of the quarter, but H/LHF still led 36-34.

 

The Cougars had one more surge to make in the game.  Free throws by Hegy and Henneman tied the game.  With 3:45 left,  Simpson gave the Cougars a 39-36 lead with a shot from outside the arc.  After missing six straight the Bulldogs regained momentum with four straight hits to make it 46-39.  The Cougars offense faltered and despite the heroics of Alex Brehmer’s four steals, the Cougars managed to add only one score from Taylor Fuston in the closing minutes.

 

Bobby Simpson had a big offensive game for the Cougars with 16 points including  4 three pointers.  Riecken had  8 points and 10 rebounds.

 

H/LHF             8          16        12        12        -48

LDNE              8          11        15        7          -41

 

2pt       3pt       FT        Rb        F          TP

Chevy H           1          2          1/2       0          3          9

Alex B              1          0          0/0       6          4          2

Bobby S           2          4          0/0       1          2          16

Taylor F           1          0          0/0       1          2          2

Dakota R         2          0          4/6       10        3          8

Marcus H         1          0          2/3       2          2          4

David B            0          0          0/0       1          1          0

Alec A             0          0          0/0       10        1          0

Team                8/15     6/24     7/11     21        18        41

H/LHF             15/37   3/10     9/16     28        13        52

 

The Cougars lost to Stanton on Saturday, 70-44.  “They are a really good team that we do not  match up against very well.  They have two big posts who are 6’7 and 6’5.  We were able to do much in the paint or stop their inside game.” was a comment by Coach Lahm.

 

Coach Lahm added that they could be a surprise team in the EHC tournament.

 

The (12-5) Mustangs had nine players score 4 or more points while have 18 assists divided among the team.  Kyle Sperl led them with 15 points while 6′ 7″ Heppner added 12.

 

Chevy Henneman led Northeast with 12 while Dakota Riecken had 10.

 

 

LDNE              11        10        7          16        -44

Stanton 19        13        19        19        -70

 

 

2pt       3pt       FT        F          TP

Chevy H           1          3          1/4       4          12

Alex B              1          0          0/0       4          2

Bobby S           1          1          0/0       1          5

Dakota R         3          0          4/6       2          10

Marcus H         2          0          5/7       2          9

Alec A             2          0          2/2       0          6

Team                10        3          12/19   13        44

Stanton 24        3          13/20   15        70

 

 

 

Northeast had an easy time defeating winless St Edward on Tuesday, January28.  They routed the Beavers 74-40.  This improved their record to 8-7.

 

St. Edward nailed two threes at the start of the game as they led 6-0.  It took 2:30 for the Cougars to take the lead.  Dakota Riecken scored twice before Chevy Henneman hit a three pointer which gave L-D the lead for good.  They had a 12-0 run before the next Beaver score.  The first quarter ended with the Cougars up by 21-12.

 

Northeast had a 17-3 run in the third quarter.  They hit 11 of 15 shots in the period top build a 60 to 26 lead  The fourth quarter was reserve time as 10 of the 14 points came from the bench.

 

Marcus Hegy led the scoring with 16 and rebounding with 8.  Dakota Riecken had 12 and  Chevy Henneman added 13 points.

 

Starter Bobby Simpson sat out most of the game with a leg injury.

 

St. Edward                   12        6          8          14        -40

LDNE                          21        14        25        14        -74

 

2pt       3pt       FT        Rb        F          TP
Chevy H           1          2          5/5       1          4          13

Alex B              4          0          1/2       6          0          9

Taylor F           4          0          0/1       1          0          8

Dakota R         5          0          2/4       7          1          12

Marcus H         6          0          4/5       8          2          16

David B            2          0          0/0       0          4          4

Montana R       1          0          2/3       0          0          4

Alec A             3          0          0/0       4          1          6

Tyler H 1          0          0/0       2          0          2

Cole C             0          0          0/o       1          0          0

Team                27        2          14/19   30        11        74

St. Edward       15        3          1/6       22        19        40

Lady Cougars Raise Record


By Clare Wiltse

Sports Contributor for Kat Country Hub

The Lady Cougars raised their record 6-11 as they had a two win and two loss week.  They had wins over (7-12) Cedar Bluffs  and (1-12) St. Edward.  Their losses came from (16-1) Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family and (12-5) Stanton.

 

The Cougars got off to a good start with a 17 point first quarter against the Wildcats.  Tessie Collins, Lexie Bacon, and Haley Bacon gave the team a boost with three pointers at the end of the period.

 

After being down by as much as twelve points,  Cedar Bluffs worked their way back into the game as they trailed by 40-37 in the fourth quarter.

 

Haley Bacon started off the fourth quarter with a three point play.  Darcey Simonsen added another three point play and followed that with a goal and pair of free shots to build a 50-37 lead.  After the Wildcats scored twice the Cougars closed out the scoring with a 10-0 run  and claimed a 60-41 win.

 

Haley Bacon had 16 points to lead the team.

 

Facing a State rated C-2 team proved difficult for the Cougars as they fell to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 65-30.  The fifth rated Bulldogs were led by a Division  basketball scholarship athlete.  6′ 4″ Kaylee Jensen scored 39 game-high points.

 

“Our game strategy did not work too well,” said Coach Cronin. “We planned to let Jensen get her points and try to stop the rest of the team.  We hoped to keep them in the 40s, near what our offense scores.  We did not hold the rest of the team or score near our average.”

 

Brianne Haskell was the top Cougar with 14 points.  Abby Peterson had six rebounds.

 

Stanton rolled to a 40 to 17 half time lead behind the shooting of Becca Unger.  Unger had 21 points as she had 4 first half trifecta.

 

The Fillies picked up a 63-33 win.

 

The Cougars suffered as blow as leading scorer and point guard Brianne Haskell was injured in the first half.  She finished the game with just two points.

 

Haley Bacon and Kelley Wakeley led the team with 7 points.  Lexie Bacon had two threes for six points.

 

The Lady Cougars raised their record 6-11 as they had a two win and two loss week.  They had wins over (7-12) Cedar Bluffs  and (1-12) St. Edward.  Their losses came from (16-1) Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family and (12-5) Stanton.

 

The Cougars got off to a good start with a 17 point first quarter against the Wildcats.  Tessie Collins, Lexie Bacon, and Haley Bacon gave the team a boost with three pointers at the end of the period.

 

After being down by as much as twelve points,  Cedar Bluffs worked their way back into the game as they trailed by 40-37 in the fourth quarter.

 

Haley Bacon started off the fourth quarter with a three point play.  Darcey Simonsen added another three point play and followed that with a goal and pair of free shots to build a 50-37 lead.  After the Wildcats scored twice the Cougars closed out the scoring with a 10-0 run  and claimed a 60-41 win.

 

Haley Bacon had 16 points to lead the team.

 

Facing a State rated C-2 team proved difficult for the Cougars as they fell to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 65-30.  The fifth rated Bulldogs were led by a Division  basketball scholarship athlete.  6′ 4″ Kaylee Jensen scored 39 game-high points.

 

“Our game strategy did not work too well,” said Coach Cronin. “We planned to let Jensen get her points and try to stop the rest of the team.  We hoped to keep them in the 40s, near what our offense scores.  We did not hold the rest of the team or score near our average.”

 

Brianne Haskell was the top Cougar with 14 points.  Abby Peterson had six rebounds.

 

Stanton rolled to a 40 to 17 half time lead behind the shooting of Becca Unger.  Unger had 21 points as she had 4 first half trifecta.

 

The Fillies picked up a 63-33 win.

 

The Cougars suffered as blow as leading scorer and point guard Brianne Haskell was injured in the first half.  She finished the game with just two points.

 

Haley Bacon and Kelley Wakeley led the team with 7 points.  Lexie Bacon had two threes for six points.

 

After a competitive first half, the Cougar pulled away for a 55-32 win over St. Edward.

 

The Beaver trailed 25-21 at the half.  The Cougars held them to just two points in the third quarter.  They out scored them by ten and led 37-23 going into the final period.

 

A 9-2 run put the game out of reach for the Beavers.  With a 46-25 lead the teams traded points down the stretch as the Cougars went on to win by 23 points.

 

It was another good night for Haley Bacon who had 12 points.

 

Freshman Lexie Bacon added another pair of three pointers to her season’s total.  She has 22 for the year which ties her for fifth on the Lady Cougars’ chart for Three Pointers in a Season.

 

The team played without injured Brianne Haskell.

After a competitive first half, the Cougar pulled away for a 55-32 win over St. Edward.

 

The Beaver trailed 25-21 at the half.  The Cougars held them to just two points in the third quarter.  They out scored them by ten and led 37-23 going into the final period.

 

A 9-2 run put the game out of reach for the Beavers.  With a 46-25 lead the teams traded points down the stretch as the Cougars went on to win by 23 points.

 

It was another good night for Haley Bacon who had 12 points.

 

Freshman Lexie Bacon added another pair of three pointers to her season’s total.  She has 22 for the year which ties her for fifth on the Lady Cougars’ chart for Three Pointers in a Season.

 

The team played without injured Brianne Haskell.

Cedar Bluffs                 5          16        13        7          -41

LDNE                          17        14        9          18        -60

 

2pt       3pt       FT        Rb        F          TP

Madie R           1          0          0/0       3          0          2

Darcey             2          0          4/5       0          3          8

Kelly W           0          0          0/3       1          2          0

Brianne H         4          0          3/6       1          4          11

Haley B            2          1          9/10     6          2          16

Tessie C           0          1          0/0       0          0          3

Lexie B            1          2          0/0       1          1          8

Vanessa P        3          0          2/6       11        3          8

Abby P            2          0          0/1       8          2          4

Team                15        4          18/31   33        17        60

Cedar Bluffs     12        2          11/18   30        21        41

 

 

 

H/LHF             22        18        14        11        -65

LDNE              7          7          11        5          -30

 

2pt       3pt       FT        Rb        F          TP

Madie R           0          0          2/4       0          3          2

Darcey S          1          0          1/2       3          0          3

Brianne H         2          3          5/9       4          5          14

Haley B            1          0          1/1       2          4          3

Tessie C           0         0          0/0       3          0          0

Lexie  B           0          0          1/2       0          1          1

Vanessa P        2          0          0/2       3          2          4

Abby P            1          0          3/4       6          0          5

Team                7          3          13/24   21        14        30

H/LHF             27        1          8/14     27        13        65

 

 

LDNE              8          9          7          9          -33

Stanton           17        23        10        13        -63

 

2pt       3pt       FT        F          TP

Madie R           1          0          2/4       5          4

Darcey S         0          0          2/4       3          2

Kelly W           1          1          2/2       3          7

Brianne H         1          0          0-3       1          2

Haley B            2          1          0/0       2          7

Tessie C           1          0          0/0       0          2

Lexie B            0          2          0/0       2          6

Vanessa P        1          0          0/0       1          2

Abby P            0          0          1/4       2          1

Team                7          4          7/17     17        33

Stanton           19        5          10/20   17        63

 

St. Edward       9          12        2          9          -32

LDNE              10        15        12        18        -55

 

2pt       3pt       FT        F          TP

Madie R           0          0          1/2       2          1

Darcey S          3          0          0          2          6

Kelly W           2          1          1/2       0          8

Blair P              0          0          0/0       1          0

Haley B            5          0          2/5       1          12

Tessie C           2          1          0/0       0          7

Lexie B            1          2          0/0       1          8

Libby H            0          0          0/0       2          0

Vanessa P        3          0          3/4       1          9

Abby P            2          0          0/1       2          4

Team                18        4          7/14     12        55

St. Edward       11        2          4/7       14        32

 

 

Love the Pep Band Parents


A very proud group at Parents Night at Lyons-Decatur Northeast. Photo Courtesy of LDNE.

A very proud group at Parents Night at Lyons-Decatur Northeast. Photo Courtesy of LDNE.

 

Got to love them Pep Band parents!

With all the love and support they bring, the Pep Band students wanted to show their love and appreciation for them and have a Pep Band parents night, on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

Lots of love was shown with flowers, pop, candy, and just some good old fashion hugs and kisses. And that night the Pep Band was surprised to see their new banner that was donated by the National Guard. We thank all the parents for your love and support through everything we do. Also we want to give a big thanks to the Nebraska National Guard that graciously donated the wonderful banner, which was designed by Mrs. Seagren’s  graphic design class. Thank you again to all the parents and the Nebraska National Guard!

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