Free Dump Day May 16th in Oakland

free dump day

Poetry by Diana Schulzkump

By Diana Schulzkump

The angry clouds began to spin.
And the heavy fog drifted in.
All alone he sat on a cliff
And wondered why is life was adrift
All he ever wanted was someone to love.
Every night he prayed to the Lord above.
Suddenly he say her standing in the rain,
And he knew his life would never be the same

Donald E. Berg, 81, of Scribner NE

Donald E. ‘Don’ Berg, age 81, of Scribner, Nebraska passed away Wednesday April 29, 2015, at Nye Legacy in Fremont, Nebraska.  Memorial service will be Saturday, 10:30 a.m. at the United Lutheran Church in Scribner.  The Rev. Scott Jensen will officiate.  Visitation with the family receiving friends will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ludvigsen’s Scribner Funeral Chapel in Scribner.  In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Craig Community Foundation and the Scribner Rescue Squad. Casual dress is requested.   Online guestbook can be accessed at  Ludvigsen’s Scribner Funeral Chapel in Scribner is in charge of arrangements.

Don was born March 19, 1934 in Craig, NE. to Burt and Anna (Anderson) Berg. He graduated from Craig High School in 1951. He married Joan Ellerman on July 22, 1956 in Scribner. Don served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1959 stationed at Virginia Fort Belvoir. After his service he worked for Viv Carlson trucking. In 1963 Don and Joan moved to Scribner. Don bought Don Kruger Transfer and started Berg Transfer, hauling cattle and grain. In 1981 he sold the business and worked for JJ Parks (later called Omni) driving construction trucks.  He then went to work for Scribner Grain until his retirement.

Don was a past member of the Craig Fire Department and Methodist Church. He was the Mayor of Scribner from 1970-1982.


Daughter – Sharon and husband Jim Brandt of Hooper.

Granddaughters – DonDel (Fred) Uhing of Fremont

Deane (Cody) Snow of Fremont

Great grandson – Briar Uhing

Sisters – Helen Christenson of Craig

Sandy (Del) Slatt of Oakland

Sisters-in-law – Janine (Ralph) Wagner of Scribner

Donna Rae (Leroy Watson) Kruger of Fremont

Brother-in-law – Fred (Connie) Fager of Craig

Don was preceded in death by his loving wife Joan, great grandson Dalan Brandt, parents, sisters Eleanor Price, Doris Phelps, Elaine Hall, Eunice Fager and brother Bob Berg.

Don Berg

Don Berg

John D. Dekker, 80, of Lyons NE

JOHN D. DEKKER, 80 years of Lyons, Nebraska passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point, Nebraska.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Services are pending with Pelan Funeral Services.

ATV/UTV Permits Due By May 1, 2015 in Oakland NE

ATV/UTV permits are due for new/renewal by May 1, 2015. The cost is $75. After May 1, 2015 an additional $25 fee will be assessed. Please stop by the Oakland City Office to renew your permit.

Prom Walk Through at Oakland Heights

Prom walk through at Oakland Heights. All Photos Credit of Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Prom walk through at Oakland Heights. All Photos Credit of Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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4-H Enrollment Deadline May 1

Don’t wait any longer to join 4-H! The deadline is this Friday, May 1.

Please take a little time to go to  under the Burt County 4-H tab and see how easy it is to enroll online! Remember, you can change and add to your project list until June 1.



Mary Loftis,

Extension Assistant
UNL Extension – Burt County
111 North 13th Street, Suite 6
Tekamah, NE 68061
Phone: (402) 374-2929

Fax: (402) 374-2930


Open House for Artist of the Month Sunday at Swedish Heritage Center

By Julie Johnson, contributor 
First of all, I would like to thank all those supporters of our last event. The Nebraska Department of Humanities program featuring Darrel Draper portraying “Peter Sarpy” was so interesting and entertaining. I am embarrassed to say how much history I learned that day from his presentation. It was great to have Mr. Selk encourage the Oakland-Craig 8th graders to attend. It’s a great program; The Nebraska Department of Humanities with so many possibilities of entertainers with such a wide variety of subjects. Thanks also to all of those people who supported and enjoyed our breakfast Sunday brunch.
Sunday , May 3rd we would like to invite you back for a ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, buns and Ostakaka for dessert. Our time of serving will be 11:00 till 1:00 at the Swedish Heritage Center in Oakland. Please mark your calendar for this Sunday dinner. A free will donation will be taken.
Along with our dinner we are excited about our new monthly Artist of the Month program. This is a continuation of the RC & D’s past program a few years ago. Jan Zimmerman, owner of Creative Connections, will be featuring her artwork. Jan will be present on Sunday from 11:00 till 3:00 for an open house. Please come visit the Swedish Heritage Center and enjoy Jan’s beautiful paintings.
Jan’s artwork will be on display for the month of May. If you know of or are an artist interested in having your collection displayed please give Julie a call to book the Artist of the Month at 402-685-5652. The welcome “OPEN” flag is out and flying. Please feel free to stop in and visit Tom and the Swedish Heritage Center.
Need a quaint place for a reunion, meeting, birthday party or just a fun get together? We’d love to have you utilize the Swedish Heritage Center. Rent is a free will donation. Give Julie a call to book at Nelson’s Food Pride 402-685-5652. We can even offer you a Swedish meal or any other dessert or meal ideas.
Driving by??? check out the beautiful gardens, they are coming back to life , just like the Swedish Heritage Center.
Did your receive your donation letter in the mail? Please don’t push it aside. We are not subsidized in any way so we do need your donations and support..

Marijuana is a Dangerous Drug

By Governor Ricketts

Our country’s national conversation about the much-debated medicinal virtues of marijuana has found its way to the Nebraska Legislature. Before the end of this session, senators will likely consider legislation that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes in Nebraska. During the committee hearing process, my administration expressed concerns about the legislation, and those concerns have only grown with the Judiciary Committee’s decision to move it to the floor.


As the use of marijuana has been legalized in some states, including our neighbor Colorado, we have been able to observe the impact the legalization of marijuana has had not only in their state, but as well as our own. Legalization of marijuana for any purpose has proven to be a risky proposition because the controls placed on its use in other states have fallen short. Sheriffs I visit with along the Colorado-Nebraska border tell me that the Colorado law has led to increased criminal activity, placing a greater burden on law enforcement in our state. While Colorado legalized recreational use of marijuana, states like California, who attempted to limit marijuana use to a medical purpose, have seen their system abused by marijuana users who access dispensaries for recreational use.


In spite of efforts to legalize marijuana for recreational or medicinal use in other states, marijuana remains a federally banned controlled substance whose medicinal value has not been tested. While parents and advocates have made their case at the state level here in Nebraska and elsewhere for marijuana’s medical use, our country already has a process in place through the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to determine whether a drug constitutes safe and effective medical treatment. Because of the tested and trusted regulatory framework of the FDA, Americans enjoy the highest-quality and safest pharmaceutical drugs in the world.


While attempts to circumvent the FDA review process may be driven by good will, any legalization effort outside this process puts Nebraskans at risk. For this reason, marijuana should not receive special treatment. Just like any other dangerous drug, marijuana should be subject to the same thorough examination by the FDA to study any potential adverse effects, appropriate treatment schedules, drug interactions, and long-term effects among other topics. Legalization by legislation is no substitute for rigorous FDA review. Major medical associations, including the American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Pediatrics, continue to oppose legalization of marijuana for medicinal or recreational use because of the lack of hard scientific research and potential health consequences. While senators have the best interests of Nebraskans in mind, scientific and pharmaceutical experts should fully study marijuana’s merits.


In the absence of an FDA review, expert medical research shows that marijuana is dangerous. A 2014 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that marijuana use “impairs critical cognitive functions.” Another study conducted by Northwestern Medicine in conjunction with Harvard Medical School found that even semi-regular marijuana use altered parts of the human brain that control for “emotion and motivation.” These are troubling findings, and only mark the beginning to understanding the impact of long-term marijuana use on the human brain and body.


We are already witnessing the results of an informal medical experiment play out here in our state. In recent years, the use of K2, a synthetic form of marijuana, has spread in Nebraska and the consequences of its use have been increasingly dire in spite of attempts by the Legislature to ban its use. Since April 12th, K2 has resulted in over 100 overdoses just in the Lincoln area alone. This is yet another reminder of how dangerous marijuana can be and why any medicinal use needs FDA oversight.


As the debate over medical marijuana takes center stage in the Unicameral, we must be cautious before we follow the lead of other states. Legalizing marijuana legislatively not only gives marijuana a pass on the important FDA review process, but it also puts the well-being of Nebraskans at risk. If you feel strongly about this issue, please take a moment to contact your state senator. You can find all the information you need to reach them at

Governor Pete Ricketts

Governor Pete Ricketts


Jean (Tietz) Rebensdorf, 85, of Pender NE

Jean (Tietz) Rebensdorf, 85, of Pender, Nebraska passed away Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Legacy Garden Care and Rehabilitation Center in Pender. Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery in Pender. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Jean was born March 9, 1930 to Merle and Lovey (Padget) Northrop in Cody, Nebraska. As a young child the family moved to California. They later moved to the Bancroft, Nebraska area where she later met and married Harold Tietz on August 27, 1950. To this union four children were born: Pam, Randy, Rick and Lori. Jean and Harold farmed in the Bancroft area until his death on September 10, 1975. She later married Vernon Rebensdorf and they made their home in Pender, where she worked with the elderly as an in home care giver. Due to her health, Jean entered the Legacy Garden Rehabilitation in April of 2010. Jean enjoyed Southern Gospel and country music, crocheting, knitting, shopping and gardening. Most of all she enjoyed the time spent with her children and grandchildren, and friends.

She is survived by her children: Pam (Dave) Meierdierks of Pender, NE, Randy (Karen) Tietz of Pender, NE and Lori Cannon of Wisner, NE. Jean is also survived by her seven grandchildren: Melissa Meierdierks, Jaime Cook, Candice Jewell, Joshua and Tyler Cannon, Connor and Kyle Tietz, five great-grandchildren: William and Wesley Fragale, Chandler, Joslynn and Corissa Jewell and two great-great grandchildren Weston and Bentley Miller.

Jean is preceded in death by her parents Merle and Lovey Northrop, spouses Harold Tietz and Vernon Rebensdorf, son Ricky Tietz and brothers Lyle, Neal and Harold Northrop.

Jean Rebensdorf

Jean Rebensdorf

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