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.

Weekly Activities:

Wed. July 1: Melody chimers will practice at 9:00. Join us for coffee at 10:00. The card game of golf will be played at 1:30.

Thurs. July 2: Rolls and coffee served from 9:00 until noon. Tai Chi class at 9:30 and the walking ex class at 10:45. Come and play in the pitch tournament at 1:30; remember to sign up.

Fri. July 3: Remember to sign up to play in the pinochle tournament at 1:30.

Mon .July 6: Potluck dinner is at noon, bring a salad, vegetable or dessert, the meat and potatoes will be furnished. Cards will be played after lunch or you may work on the jigsaw puzzle.

Tues. July 7: Tai Chi class is at 9:30 and the walking ex. class at 10:45. Stop in for coffee at 10:00. Sing up to play pitch today at 1:30.

Wed. July 8: Melody chimers will practice at 9:00. Join us for coffee time at 10:00. Fun bingo will be played at 2:00 remember to bring quarters. Have you made your reservation for the noon meal on Friday, July 10th. The melody chimers will entertain us at 11:30 on July 10th.



Quarterly Grain Stocks Report

The USDA released their Quarterly Grain Stocks report Tuesday morning. This report measures grain in all positions as of June 1st. It is used to benchmark feed demand and gauge whether or not any adjustments are needed to the size of last harvest’s crop. Below is a summary of the estimates:




Corn in all positions totaled 4.45 bbu, up 595 mbu from the year prior (+15%). Of that total, 2.28 bbu were contained on farm (51.3% of total) which is up 22% from the year prior. Off farm stocks totaled 2.17 bbu, up 9% from last year. Disappearance for the March-May period came in at 3.30 mbu, up from 3.16 mbu a year ago (+4.4%). Editor’s Note: Though disappearance was higher year over year, the extent of the gains is likely not enough to justify the USDA’s current corn for feed estimate. However, many thought the number would be larger than what was actually reported, so the news is being digested as bullish.



Soybeans in all positions as of June 1 totaled 625 mbu vs 405 mbu the year prior (+54.3%). Of the total 246 mbu remained on farm (39.4% of total) which was up 126% from a year earlier! Off farm stocks were up 28% from last year at 379 mbu. Disappearance for the March – May quarter was 701 mbu, an increase of 19% from a year ago. Editor’s Note: Soybean stocks were tighter than expected, which implies that last year’s crop size was certainly overstated. The news is no doubt friendly, and should produce an old crop carryout under 300 mbu (it was projected at 400 mbu+ last harvest!!!!).



Wheat in all positions was listed at 753 mbu, above trade stiamtes of 718 mbu. The total was 28% higher than a year ago with 155 mbu of the total contained on farm (+60% y/y). Off farm stocks were up 21% vs last year at 597 mbu. Disappearance for the final quarter of the wheat marketing year was 388 mbu, down 17 percent from last year’s pace. Editor’s Note: Of the three commodities, wheat received the most neutral to bearish information. Positive price action is likely a reflection of strength in corn.



The Planted Acreage report is survey based and is conducted during the first 2 weeks of June. It shows planted acres for principal crops across the US and is a close estimate to what final acreage should be. However, the USDA has the ability to re-survey these acres if they feel the results may have changed between the survey time period and now. Below is a summary of the numbers.





Corn acreage came in at 88.9 mln acres vs expectations of 89.3. Acres are the lowest since 2010, down 2% from last year. Editor’s Note: The acreage numbers didn’t contribute as much to the bullishness as the Stocks report did. Many expect the USDA to resurvey acres due to the wet weather out east. So today’s numbers likely weren’t going to mean much to the trade anyway. If the USDA decides to resurvey, the results will be available in the August S&D report.



Soybean planted acres were listed at 85.1 mln, up 2% from a year ago and an all-time record for soybeans. Record acres were noted in MN and WI out of the Midwest. Editor’s Note: As with corn, the key numbers today were contained in the Stocks report. Market direction from here will be focused on developing crop condition and getting a handle on just how many acres were lost due to flooding.



All wheat planted acreage was listed at 56.1 mln acres, down slightly from last year (-1%) but up from the March intentions number of 55.4 mln. Wheat followed the other commodities higher, but received the least amount of bullish information from the acreage numbers.


The markets have responded favorably to the numbers:

As of 12:53 PM

Sept Corn +25 @ $4.16

Aug Beans +45 @ $10.39


Greg Mockenhaupt

ProEdge Risk Management Consultant

P: (402) 685-5613 | C: (402) 380-9855 |

1007 County Road O

Oakland, NE 68045

Oakland Library Director Rosa Schmidt Shares Light Summer Reads

By Rosa Schmidt, Oakland Public Library Director

Fourth of July Celebrations are upon us and ball games are winding down. Many families are planning vacations to be taken before the County Fair and (dare I say it) the new school year.

If you are thinking that you do not have time to read a good book this summer, please think again! There are many books that fit the bill for light summer reading.

Series especially can be a good fit for summer reading. After the first book, we are attached to characters in a story. They make us laugh, cry and sometimes they make us crazy…they become like family to us.

Series can also offer the familiarity of setting. The locations depicted in a story allow us to travel to new places and get to know them or they can allow us to revisit a place we have been. Once we are familiar with the setting, opening a new book in a series is like going “home” again.

After the first book in a series we are invested in these characters, place settings, and the conflicts that revolve around a storyline. It can be hard to let go of them as we turn to the last page of the story. It is great feeling knowing that we are able to set down with them again in the next book and continue our friendship…

Visit your library today and let your librarian show you some of the many varieties of series available for your reading pleasure!

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John J. Brasch, 57, of Rosalie NE

John J. Brasch, 57, of Rosalie, Nebraska died on Monday, June 29, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 6, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft, NE; Pastor Philip Hale will be officiating. The visitation will be held on Sunday from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Bancroft. Burial will be in the Bancroft Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Bancroft.

John was born on December 15, 1957 in West Point, NE, the son of Vernon and Shirley (Lange) Brasch. He attended Rosalie High School graduating in 1975. Following graduation he worked at Vollers and Sons in Pender, NE as a mechanic. Later he worked at Precision Engine and Machine as a machinist. Following this he opened his own business “Transmission Specialist”, where he built racing engines, transmissions and did other machine work. He moved to Wahoo, where he worked on a feedlot near Mead, NE for a couple years upon getting married and helped raise a stepson for several years. He later divorced, worked for Cornhusker Trailer Mfg. before returning to the family farm as his and his father’s health declined. Vernon passed away in 2005 from Cancer. His mother Shirley later died in 2012 after suffering from Parkinson’s disease. John spent time reading, building stock car engines in his early years and later helping his brother Lee with farming as his health allowed. John was a caring man, who enjoyed time with his stepson Matthew and friend Debby. He is survived by his brother Lee (Lydia) Brasch of Bancroft, NE, stepson Matthew, aunts, uncle and cousins.

John was preceded in death by his parents and an Uncle Duane Brasch.

Gary R. Strong, 75, of Tekamah NE

Leslie W. and Mildred (Sterns) Strong were having a Sunday family meal on June 9, 1940. Gary R. Strong was unexpectedly born at his Uncle Charles and Aunt Ruth Strong’s farm in Atkinson, Nebraska that day. Gary died at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair, Nebraska on June 27, 2015, at the age of 75, after receiving wonderful care for over a year at the Golden Living Center in Tekamah, Nebraska.

In the early forties, the Strong family moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where Gary graduated from Omaha Tech High in 1959. He married Fran Method on April 27, 1963. Into this union, Gary’s son Chris immediately made them a family of three. A year later, twins Teresa and Gary Ray Strong II were born in Omaha. In 1972, the family moved to Tekamah.

Gary operated a crane for over 20 years at Cargo Carriers in Omaha. For 25 years, Gary was a welder at Con-E-Co in Blair, retiring in December of 2005. In addition, Gary also worked at side jobs, helping others fix broken things. At home, Gary loved to tinker in his garage or remodel his house. He was a magnificent craftsman who could build or fix almost anything. On most any project, one small piece would be left flawed or deliberately omitted, his personal stamp.

He was preceded in death by his son, Chris; father, Leslie Strong; mother, Mildred Pride; stepfather, Floyd Pride Sr.; brother, Donald Strong; sister-in-law, Nancy (Method) Dobberthien.

Survivors include his wife, Fran of Tekamah; daughter, Teresa (Mark) Strong-Hilger of Omaha; son, Gary (Marisol) Strong II of Midwest City, OK; five grandchildren, Nash and Clara Zahm, Eddy, Michelle and Dexter Strong; brothers, Roland (Shirley) Strong and Floyd Pride Jr. of Omaha; sister, Sandra (Larry) Larsen of Blair; aunt, Doris Moss of Sioux City, IA; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday, July 3, 2015 10:30 a.m. at United Methodist Church in Tekamah, Nebraska.

VISITATION: Thursday 6-8 p.m., with family receiving friends, at Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah, and one hour prior to service time at the church.

BURIAL at a later date.

MEMORIALS: United Methodist Church – Tekamah, Tekamah Public Library Foundation or Tekamah Fire and Rescue.

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

Gary Strong

Gary Strong

4th of July Festival in Lyons NE

4th of July in Lyons

4th of July in Lyons

Oakland’s July 3rd Party in the Park

Food, Fun and Fireworks at…Oakland’s Party in the Park!! Friday July 3rd, starting at 5 pm, join us for Food, Kid’s activities and Bouncy House, Adult’s Beer Garden, Ball Tournament, and more.
Firework display will conclude the festivities! Sponsored by the Oakland Chamber of Commerce.

Kats’ Korner: Freedom Isn’t Free

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”——President Ronald Reagan.


Living in the United States of America is a privilege, so are our freedoms.

Freedom isn’t free. It has had a huge price tag since 1776. 1.4 million soldiers have died protecting our country and our freedom.

Thanking them never seems like enough. Their loyalty to their country is priceless. I wish war never had to happen. I above all wish lives didn’t have to be sacrificed to protect what is ours. Unfortunately, wishing will not protect our home. We have to fight, which the United States has done, and will continue to do. We never shy away from a battle. We stand tall and proud, willing to do whatever it takes to keep our rights, not letting anyone take them away.

As it says in the Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

There are many celebrations this weekend in honor of the 4th of July. Oakland has the July 3rd Party in the Park beginning at 5:00 p.m. Lyons has a 4th of July celebration beginning July 3rd and continuing through Sunday, July 5th. Check Kat Country Hub for times of events.

Take time this weekend to honor those that have fought the fight, won the battle, giving their all so you can live in the land of the free because of the brave.

God Bless the USA!




Supreme Court Preserves Health Insurance Marketplaces

By John Crabtree,, Center for Rural Affairs

The Supreme Court recently announced their decision upholding tax subsidies to help people purchase individual health insurance plans through a federal health insurance marketplace.
The Supreme Court made the right decision, preserving provisions of the Affordable Care Act that have been so crucial in providing access to more affordable health care coverage to millions of Americans. The court focused on interpreting the intent of Congress to create a health insurance marketplace for every eligible American, either through state exchanges or a federal exchange. Incentives for low- and moderate-income families to help make their insurance coverage more affordable was part of that intent.
The decision protects the progress we have made as a nation in providing affordable health insurance coverage for the millions of Americans who were uninsured prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act – 6.5 million Americans received tax credits to make their health coverage more affordable as of this year.
Clearly the ACA’s health insurance marketplaces are working, making health insurance more affordable for families that use the marketplace. Those individuals would have seen their premiums increase by nearly 500% in the federal exchange states if the Supreme Court decision had gone the other way.
Now it’s time to get on with providing affordable healthcare coverage for everyone and finishing the job of expanding Medicaid for the nearly 4 million low-income uninsured adults who fall into the “coverage gap” resulting from state decisions not to expand Medicaid.

Market Report

At market close

Sept Corn – ½ @3.92

Sept Beans -3 ¼ @ 9.94 ½


Morning markets opened strong and remained strong for most of the morning, but finishes in negative territory.  This afternoon  we saw Crop Ratings Good to Excellent fall 3% in corn and fall 2% in beans,  which was in line with expectations.


Likely to see some positioning or a two sided trade as we approach tomorrow morning ‘s 11 AM USDA Crop Report.  More info to come via email tomorrow post report.


The trade continues to focus on weather as the primary story.


Strategy: If you need to make a sale, reward the rally, in addition, make a high priced offer to cash in on potential report volatility.  Example of a high price offer is $4.30 for Dec corn ($4.32 is limit up)



ProEdge Grain Marketing meetings are available post report, I will be discussing the current market info along with Russ and Dave at these events below.  “Coffee with the ProEdge team”

East Hub July 1st 9am

West Point July 2nd 9am

Hooper Fire Hall July 7th 9am


Greg Mockenhaupt

ProEdge Risk Management Consultant

P: (402) 685-5613 | C: (402) 380-9855 |

1007 County Road O

Oakland, NE 68045

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