The Storm and its Aftermath/4-H Reminders

Everyone has their “storm stories” from last week and they are all interesting to hear. Thankfully except for a few minor injuries, the main damage has just been “stuff”. But, when it comes to cleaning up, and trying to replace this “stuff” we face the hard part.

The financial damage of the storms will continue to cause impact this year and for years down the road. Decisions must be made: whether to replant crops or not; what kind of tree to replant which might hold up better during future storms; and how or who can you trust to repair, refurbish and/or remodel damage. Of course insurance rates will likely go up after having so many claims in an area and/or individuals may choose to increase the amount of insurance they carry.

Emotional damage is also real. Our feelings of safety and security have been challenged. We experienced real fear and danger and it will be a long time before many of us take storm warnings for granted like we tend to do.

Our communities will be scarred for a long time from the damage, but what is strange to me is how after things get cleaned up it’s hard to remember what it looked like before.  We lost some big grain bins in Craig. After the crushed metal was cleared away, all that’s left are giant concrete foundation circles. It’s hard for me to imagine how it used to look. Maybe its “amnesia” and probably not necessarily a good thing, but it helps me face the future and not dwell on the past.

Hopefully everyone impacted by the storms will be able to successfully recover from its effects in as short of time as possible. And thanks to ALL who helped with the recovery, from volunteers to those employed to help with clean-up, and repair, to insurance adjustors and all the power company people and many, many more. Taking a shower by candlelight sounds better than it really was, but the hot water held out!


Quick 4-H Reminders:

June 16 – Aquaculture & Fishing Workshop Dodge County Extension Office, Fremont 10:00 a.m. -2:30 p.m. Registration deadline is June 11.

June 17 – Experiment with Color Composition Workshop, Creative Connections, Oakland 1:00-3:00 p.m. Registration deadline is June 11.

June 17 – Dodge County Family Livestock Judging Clinic & Contest, Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children, Leonard A. Johnson Building, 2415 North Main Street, Fremont. 6:00 Judging Clinic, 7:00 Judging Contest.

June 19-20 – Making Money Camp, Burt County Fairgrounds, Oakland.  Registration deadline is June 11.

June 24 – Patriotic T-shirt Workshop, Creative Connections, Oakland 1:00-2:30 p.m. Registration deadline is June 19.

June 26 – Let’s Paint Workshop, 4-H Kitchen, Burt County Fairgrounds, 9:00-Noon Registration deadline is June 19.

July 1 – Clover Kid Camp (ages 5-7) 9:00-Noon or 1:00-4:00 Burt County Fairgrounds, Oakland, Registration deadline is June 25.

If you have any questions about these activities please call the UNL Extension Office in Burt County at 402-374-2929.



Mary Loftis,

Extension Assistant

Mary Loftis

Mary Loftis

About katcountryhub
I am a graduate of Northeast Community College with a degree in journalism. I am married to Jeff Gilliland. We have two grown children, Justin and Whitney and four grandchildren, Grayce, Grayhm, Charli and Penelope. I will be covering Lyons, Decatur, Bancroft and Rosalie and am hoping to expand my horizons as time progresses!

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