Simonsen and Hennemen are Queen and King at Lyons-Decatur Northeast

Darcey Simonsen and Chevy Hennemen are 2014 Homecoming Queen and King at Lyons-Decatur Northeast. Photo Credit/Pat Sharp.

Darcey Simonsen and Chevy Hennemen are 2014 Homecoming Queen and King at Lyons-Decatur Northeast. Photo Credit/Pat Sharp.

Iris F. Larson, 91, of Wakefield NE

Iris F. Larson, 91, of Wakefield, Nebraska passed away Monday, September 29, 2014 at the Wakefield Health Care Center in Wakefield, Nebraska.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Bressler – Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield, Nebraska.

Donald C. Chambers, 83, of Wakefield NE

Donald C. Chambers, 83, of Wakefield, Nebraska died on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Providence Medical Center in Wayne, Nebraska. Graveside memorial services will be held on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Wakefield Cemetery in Wakefield, Nebraska. Military honors will be presented by the Wakefield American Legion Post #81.

Don was born on June 16, 1931 in Wakefield, Nebraska, the son of James and Vera Chambers. He graduated from Wakefield High School in 1949. In 1951, he entered the United States Army, serving during the Korean War. After leaving the service he returned to Wakefield, where he farmed.

Don was a member of the Wayne VFW Post #5291 and the Wakefield American Legion Post #81. He enjoyed farming, having coffee in town, horse racing and his cats.

He is survived by several cousins including: David Chambers, Merlin Chambers, Margie Alice Armfield, Dale Mikkelson, Leola Chambers, Jack Cook and Barb Stanton.

News From Bancroft Senior Center

* The senior center provides Information and Assistance to any individual who is looking for services for themselves or another person 60 years and older, the center manager and/or center participant can provide information to individuals on services available within the community. We link individuals to the services and opportunities that are available within or beyond the community itself. We will then establish adequate follow-up procedures to see that their needs were met. For more information call 402-648-3387.

*If you are 60 years and older and need information on programs designed to help keep you in your home longer or if you need legal help, contact Connie at 402-648-3387 or in the evening at 402-648-7648.

* We have the following medical equipment to loan out on an as need basis, wheel chair, bath seats, toilet seat riser and portable toilet chair, crutches or walkers. Call 402-648-3387 during office hours.


Meals on Wheels

Would you like to get Meals on Wheels? Anyone over the age of 60 years and lives within the city limits are eligible for these meals. You may sign up anytime for the Meals on Wheels program; you can get the meals delivered however many times you want them each week. You must call 402-687-2332 before 8:30 a.m. if you want a meal that day. The suggested donation for the meals is $4.00.


Farmers Market

The Bancroft farmers market is held each week on Friday and Saturday mornings from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. located by the community bulletin board. All vendors are welcome to sell baked goods, jellies, farm fresh eggs, honey, garden produce etc. No charge to participate in the farmers market. For more information contact Connie at 402-648-3387.


Weekly Activities:

Wed. Oct. 1: Melody chimes practice at 9:00. The pitch tournament will be at 1:30.

Foot clinic starts at 1:45, remember to make an appointment.

Thurs. Oct. 2: Tai Chi class at 9:30 and the walking ex. class at 10:30. Stop in for coffee at 10:00. Would you like to play Rummikub at 1:30?

Fri. Oct. 3: Join us for chair exercises at 10:00. The farmers market is happening by the community bulletin board; selling from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Sign up to play in the pinochle tournament at 1:30: St Joe’s will be furnishing the 3:30 snack.

Sat. Oct. 4: No Farmers market today. Cone and enjoy the music at 7:00 p.m.

Mon. Oct. 6: Bring a salad or dessert, the meat will be furnished. There will be cards games after lunch.

Tues. Oct. 7: Tai Chi class at 9:30 and the walking ex. class at 10:30. Stop in for coffee at 10:00. Sign up for the pitch tournament at 1:30.

Wed. Oct. 8: Melody chimes practice at 9:00. We will recycle cards at 1:30.



Ricketts Declines Debate With Hassebrook Again

Chuck Hassebrook once again reached out to his opponent in the gubernatorial race to schedule a debate in Omaha, marking the third such attempt over the course of the election. Hassebrook proposed to keep the debate date and rules originally proposed to both campaigns by the League of Women Voters over the summer.

Over the weekend, Ricketts again declined to debate, stating that there was no time in his campaign’s calendar.

“Pete’s found plenty of time to cut ribbons on campaign offices recently, but he won’t make time to debate the issues that affect every day Nebraskans. It’s unfortunate for voters that Pete will not make this a priority,” said Hassebrook Communications Director Meg Mandy.

“Pete will spew platitudes about cutting taxes, but he conveniently neglects to tell folks that he supported a tax plan would give tax breaks to corporations and the ultra-wealthy, while raising taxes for hard working families who are already struggling to make ends meet,” said Hassebrook. “Voters deserve to hear about a candidate’s plans for Nebraska, straight from the horse’s mouth.”

“Omaha voters have told us they would like a debate here. The message to Pete is clear: Don’t Duck Chuck,” said Mandy.

The first debate between Hassebrook and Ricketts was held on September 1 at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island. The second is scheduled for this Thursday, October 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on NET stations across the state. Ricketts has declined any future debates.

Hassebrook remains committed to holding a debate in Omaha – Nebraska’s largest city and metro area — that will be open to the public and press. The debate is scheduled for Thursday, October 23 at 11:30 a.m. at the Omaha Press Club.

“Let me repeat: there will be a debate in Omaha. Pete or no Pete,” said Mandy.

Chuck Hassebrook

Chuck Hassebrook

Sandra Sue “Sandy” Stork, 70, of Tekamah NE

SANDRA SUE “SANDY” STORK passed from this life Friday, September 26, 2014.  She was born on October 27, 1943,  to Clyde V. and Mary A. (Weber) Stork. She grew up on the family farm near Tekamah, Nebraska, and continued to be involved in its operation throughout her life.

Sandy graduated from Tekamah High School in 1962. She was a dedicated participant in 4-H during her high school years, winning many awards for food, sewing, and speech. She also showed Shorthorn cattle, for which she earned the distinction of being chosen Shorthorn Lassie Queen by the Nebraska Shorthorn Association.

In 1966, Sandy earned the degree of Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She then went on to attain her master’s degree from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio in 1969.

Sandy began her professional career as an Outpatient Clinical Dietitian at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.  In 1974 she was promoted to the position of Assistant Director of the Department of Dietetics, and in 1978 she became the Director of the Department of Clinical Dietetics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  She was instrumental in the creation and initiation of the dietetic internship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Most recently she taught Nutrition to nursing students at the Nebraska Methodist College as well as to culinary students at the Metropolitan Community College – Institute for the Culinary Arts in Omaha.  She was a gifted, engaging, and loved teacher who was able to not only see the potential in others but who was also able to help them reach that potential.  Known for her creative, personable, seasoned-with-humor teaching style, Sandy easily related to students at all levels.

Sandy lovingly cared for her bed-ridden mother in their home for many years, and then later, also devotedly provided home care for her father.

Her personal relationship with Jesus Christ was most important to her and that relationship was visible in her daily life.  Sandy was known for her steady, measured, and wise counsel.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Mary Alice Stokes Brown and Patricia June Stokes Hovendick; nephew, Mike Brown.

Those left to fondly remember her are her dearest friend, Barbara Robertson;  brother-in-law, Earl Hovendick; nephews and niece, Earl Jr. “Butch”, Kevin and Tim Hovendick, Christy Reser, Jeff and Steven Brown;  many other relatives and friends.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday, October 3, 2014, 10:00 a.m. at the Tekamah City Auditorium, 1315 K Street, Tekamah, Nebraska.

VISITATION: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 4 – 8 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Home in Tekamah. Visitation will also be held Friday one hour prior to the service at the auditorium in Tekamah.

BURIAL: Tekamah Cemetery

MEMORIALS: Lied Tekamah Public Library, 204 South 13th St.,Tekamah, NE 68061-13044 or the Sandra S. Stork Trust to be used for charitable organizations or individuals that she supported during her lifetime.

Please feel free to send your condolences to the family.
Each condolence will be printed and given to the family after the service.

Sandra Stork

Sandra Stork

Another Condemned House Comes Down in Oakland

Another condemned house came down in Oakland, thanks to the Oakland Fire Department and other area firefighters. This also provided great training for the fire members. All photos credit of Dominick Seery.

Another condemned house came down in Oakland, thanks to the Oakland Fire Department and other area firefighters. This also provided great training for the fire members. All photos credit of Dominick Seery.

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Main Street Coffee Hour

Looking forward to Main Street Coffee Hour in Oakland! Monday, September 29th, 12-6 p.m. “We all have stories to share!”

The event will take place across the street from the drug store, in the area of Danny Hanna’s barber shop and the old Corner Coffee Shop. Bring friends and family and enjoy some lively conversation!


Sutton Hartwell Center of Attention at Oakland Public Library

Hilary Ray is holding little baby Sutton Hartwell while Laityn Johnson waits her turn at the Oakland Public Library. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Hilary Ray is holding little baby Sutton Hartwell while Laityn Johnson waits her turn at the Oakland Public Library. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Grain Market Report

Markets 9/29/14 @ 8:40am

Corn +1 ½ @ 3.24 ½

Beans +6 @ 9.16 ¼


Tomorrow the USDA will release it’s Sept Quarterly Stocks Report.  Average trade estimates for the report are 1,185 mln  bu corn, 126 mln bu beans, and 1,880 mln bu wheat.   In light of the focus on the huge US crop being harvested, many are considering this report to be a non-event.


There are reports circulating that the US Dollar Index has risen for 11 weeks in a row.  This does not help the price of commodities as other countries lose buying power.


Large yield reports continue to come in,  we will likely see some light positioning ahead of tomorrow’s USDA Quarterly Stocks report.  It may present a selling opportunity for some.


Risk Disclosure – The risk of loss in trading commodities can be substantial and past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.  Therefore, you should carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you or your organization in light of your financial condition.  Any examples given are strictly hypothetical and no representation is being made that any person will or is likely to achieve profits or losses similar to those examples.  Neither the information, nor the opinion expressed shall be construed as an offer to buy or sell any futures or options on futures contracts.

Greg Mockenhaupt

ProEdge Risk Management Consultant

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