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Don’t Forget to Fall Behind this Weekend


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Reminder: Be sure to set your clocks back an hour when going to bed Saturday night. The time officially changes at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, November 1st. 

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Burt County Brass Quintet Performs Tommorrow


The Burt County Brass Quintet has on it’s 2015 concert season the Decatur Trolley “Artplace” Station Dedication, Sunday, November 1 at 3pm, the Bancroft Neihardt Center Christmas Concert, Sunday, December 13 at 2pm, the Oakland Swedish Heritage Center Christmas Concert, Sunday, December 13 at 5pm and the Lyons Library Christmas Concert, Saturday, December 19 at 1pm.
For more information about the Burt County Brass Quintet, including booking the Quintet for events, visit on facebook “Burt County Brass Quintet” or call Rev. Gary Fugman at 402-349-1953.

Members are, left to right, Rev. Gary Fugman, Trumpet, Dr. Lisa Mutzenberger, French Horn, Jess Watson, Trombone, Jim Groth, Trumpet and Viktor Sundleaf, Tuba.  The Quintet welcomes Lisa to the 2015 ensemble and anticipates an even more creative year with the addition of her fine musical abilities. Photo courtesy of Gary Fugman.

Members are, left to right, Rev. Gary Fugman, Trumpet, Dr. Lisa Mutzenberger, French Horn, Jess Watson, Trombone, Jim Groth, Trumpet and Viktor Sundleaf, Tuba. The Quintet welcomes Lisa to the 2015 ensemble and anticipates an even more creative year with the addition of her fine musical abilities. Photo courtesy of Gary Fugman.

Judy Nelson, 77, of Hooper NE


Judy Nelson age 77 of Hooper, NE passed away. Thursday Oct. 29, 2015 at CHI Creighton Medical Center in Omaha, NE.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont.

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month


October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, which is sponsored by the ASPCA, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. There are humane societies throughout the country in need of people to adopt a dog, providing a permanent and loving home to a dog in need.

Kay and Ron Kommers of Oakland have adopted several dogs from humane societies over the years. “If Ron sees a picture of a dog, or a dog in a cage, he tells me to go get it,” Kay said. Their dogs are Duchess, an Italian Greyhound, Bella, greyhound terrier mix, Daisy and Lil Bit are Chihuahua’s, Ren, also a Chihuahua was adopted via Craig’s list, Marvin, a Brussels Griff On whom they received from another person in Oakland, and Yoda, also a Chihuahua.

When Kay and Ron first began adopting dogs, the cost was $107-127, which included shots, being neutered or spaying and boarding. “The costs have gone up quite a bit since then,” stated Kay. “Some now charge over $200.”

It is estimated that 1.4 million dogs are adopted each year. Unfortunately, there are many dogs that aren’t blessed with a loving family, and are euthanized. The amount is staggering, 1.2 million a year. The ASPCA hopes to lessen this number during the month of October, and every month realistically, putting the need for loving pet owners in the spotlight.

Oaklander Kathy Peterson has also recued many dogs over the years, eight to date. She currently owns two dogs, Chammie, a Pom and Chi, and Harley, a Chi Terrier. “I adopted a shelter basically because I had just lost a rescue,” said Kathy. She was very heartbroken over her loss, and wasn’t sure she was ready to adopt again. “But after a week of no pitter patter of puppy paws, I needed the comforting noise if I could only find the right one,” Kathy stated. She found her rescue dog in with seven other dogs. “He was cowering in the kennel, his back pushed so far back against the back of the kennel that you could barely reach him” Kathy said. Needless to say, she adopted him. This dog was an Australian Shepherd she adopted when she lived in Minnesota. “Most of my dogs have been true rescues, dogs that were on their own or that I assisted in removing from dangerous circumstances,” Kathy stated.

Whitney (Storie) Tran, formerly of Oakland, now of Omaha, has also adopted dogs, three as of now. “I have always believed in rescuing a dog before buying a dog,” Whitney said. The first dog she adopted, Sox, was a mixed breed dog and recently passed away. The two she currently owns are Lili, a miniature Schnauzer and Tyson, a Chihuahua/pug mix. She had the same requirements adopting a dog as the others did. “The process is much lengthier now. They require two interviews and a lot of paperwork. We had the paperwork, but no interviews,” Whitney stated.

There are other requirements when adopting a dog. “You have to keep their shots up to day and report abnormalities or illnesses to the shelter,” Whitney said.

Adopting a dog is rescuing them from being euthanized. “When you adopt a dog from a shelter, you are rescuing them. However, if you find a dog and take them in when a home can’t be found, I consider that rescuing,” Whitney stated.

That is one thing that all three agree on, as they have done both, adopted from a shelter and taken in a dog from someone else due to varying circumstances.

“To me, a rescue is a dog that has been left in a situation where it is in danger. Some shelter dogs are rescues, but many have been loved and circumstances within the family unit changed the ability to care for the animal properly,” Kathy said. She only recommends adopting if you are ready to take on the responsibility of another permanent family member. “The shelter animals need “forever” homes, anything less is unfair to them,” Kathy stated.

“The shelter animals need “forever” homes, anything less is unfair to them,” Kathy stated.

It is estimated that 37%-47% of households in the United States have a dog. Please consider becoming a dog owner and rescuing one, or more, from your local humane society.

 

Whitney and Tyson.

Whitney and Tyson.

Whitney and Lili

Whitney and Lili

Kathy's dogs Chammie and Harley

Kathy’s dogs Chammie and Harley

Kay and Ron's dog Ren

Kay and Ron’s dog Ren

Kay and Ron's dog Duchess

Kay and Ron’s dog Duchess

Kay and Ron's dog Daisy.

Kay and Ron’s dog Daisy.

Kay and Ron's dog Bella

Kay and Ron’s dog Bella

Kay and Ron's dog Lil Bit

Kay and Ron’s dog Lil Bit

Kay and Ron's dog Marvin.

Kay and Ron’s dog Marvin.

Kay and Ron's dog Yoda.

Kay and Ron’s dog Yoda.

Oakland Police Department Reports of Vandalism and Attempted Burglary


The Oakland Police Department has received reports of vandalism and attempted burglary to residential housing and business entities. We strongly urge that should someone see any suspicious activity please contact law enforcement immediately. Also should anyone have any information in reference to any incidents please contact the Oakland Police Department.

Oakland police Department would advise individuals to ensure that vehicles and property are kept locked to help prevent theft of any property. Please contact the Oakland Police Department at 402-685-6329 or the Burt County Sheriff Office at 402-374-2900.

Letha Mae Eriksen, 85, of Omaha NE formerly of Oakland and Tekamah NE


LETHA MAE ERIKSEN was born January 14, 1930 to Edgar and Lucy (Hermann) Hansen in Oakland, Nebraska.  She passed away Thursday, October 29, 2015, at Lakeside Village in Omaha.

Letha was raised on a farm in rural Oakland, Nebraska and attended Oakland Public schools graduating from high school in 1948. After graduation she worked as an office assistant to Dr. James G. Allen.

On October 1, 1950, Letha was married to Phillip Eriksen in Oakland, Nebraska. To this union was born three children: Mike, Pat and Barbie.

They lived most of their lives on a farm 2 ½ miles south of Craig until they retired from farming in 1995. In early 1996 they moved to Tekamah, Nebraska where they lived until the fall of 2012. They moved to Omaha in September 2012 where she resided until her passing.

She enjoyed sewing, vacationing with family and spending time with her grandchildren.

Letha was a member of the Craig American Legion Auxiliary, the Tekamah Order of Eastern Star, the Tekamah United Methodist Women and the Tekamah United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband on March 25, 2015, her parents, son-in-law Brad Herting, and granddaughter Jessica Herting.

Survivors include two sons and daughter-in-laws: Mike and LaDonna Eriksen of Omaha, Pat and Marcia Eriksen of Sioux City, IA; daughter: Barbie Herting of Omaha; eight grandchildren: Dan Eriksen of Omaha, Amanda (Chris) McDonnell of Orland Park, IL, Bethany Eriksen of Phoenix, AZ, Leila Eriksen of Sioux City, IA, Russ (Libbi) Herting of Omaha, Brandon, Justin and Jenny Herting of Omaha; two great grandchildren: Campbell and Lila McDonnell of Orland Park, IL; brothers and sisters-in-law Elmer (Lola) Hansen of Wathena, KS, Darwin (Marilyn) Hansen of Rosalie, NE., and Dale (Carolyn) Hansen of Dakota Dunes, SD.

MEMORIAL GRAVESIDE SERVICE: Saturday, November 7, 2015, 2 pm, at the Craig Cemetery, Craig, Nebraska.

NO VISITATION

BURIAL: Craig Cemetery

MEMORIALS: To the family for designation at a later time.

Letha Eriksen

Letha Eriksen

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

pelan@pelanfuneralservices.com

 

Haley Hanna Rousek is the November Artist of the Month


Haley Hanna Rousek is the featured Artist of the Month for November. Come see her works of art at the Swedish Heritage Center, 301 N Charde Ave in Oakland, November 1, 2015,11:00a.m-1:00p.m. A turkey dinner will be available for a free will offering. For more information, contact Julie Johnson at 402-685-5652. Haley’s biography is below:

While growing up in Oakland, art was ingrained in me. With an art

teacher and calligrapher for a mother, I had an innate habit of

doodling on anything and everything. I went to the University of

Nebraska-Lincoln where I graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts and

emphasis in Graphic Design. While in college, I got my feet wet as a

graphic designer at Student Involvement Information Strategies and

have been working in design ever since.

Currently, I work for Flagship Restaurant Group as a Graphic Designer.

Flagship Restaurant Group is an Omaha-based national restaurant

company committed to delivering innovative food and exceptional dining

experiences. Its concepts include: Blue Sushi Sake Grill, Roja Mexican

Grill, Blatt Beer & Table, Plank Seafood Provisions, Amsterdam Falafel

& Kabob and Flagship Commons (coming late winter 2015). Flagship

Restaurant Group has concepts in five markets over three states

(Nebraska, Texas and Colorado). At Flagship Restaurant Group I am

responsible for design both inside and outside of our restaurants,

including promotional print materials, web graphics and interior art.

Oakland-Craig graduate, Haley Hanna Rousek, is the November Artist of the Month. An open house will be held in her honor at the Swedish Heritage Center in Oakland on Sunday, Nov. 1st beginning at 11:00 a.m. Many of her designs are featured in the photos here, courtesy of Julie Johnson.

Oakland-Craig graduate, Haley Hanna Rousek, is the November Artist of the Month. An open house will be held in her honor at the Swedish Heritage Center in Oakland on Sunday, Nov. 1st beginning at 11:00 a.m. Many of her designs are featured in the photos here, courtesy of Julie Johnson.

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Oakland-Craig Beats Wisner-Pilger and 1995 OC Champs Honored


The Oakland-Craig Knights ended regular season with a huge victory over Wisner-Pilger 54-12. They take on Brownell-Talbot in the first round of playoffs tomorrow night, in Oakland at 7:00 p.m. Let’s cheer on the Knights to a victory!

“Overall it was a good win for senior night. I felt we came out and played well early. Our offensive line did a good job of establishing our running game. As the game went on that really opened up some big plays for us in the passing game,” OC Head Coach Joe Anderson said.

“We came out and played very flat in the 3rd quarter. Wisner did a good job of exposing some of our weaknesses. We have to fix those this week before the playoffs start. Our kids are looking forward to playing in front of the home crowd again. Brownell Talbot will be bringing a good football team to town, and we will have to play a  solid game to advance.”

The 1995 Oakland-Craig Championship team was honored at half-time. OC’s head coach, Joe Anderson, was also a member of that team from twenty years ago.

Honored at half-time was the OC championship team from twenty years ago. Pictured from left are: Jim Pelan, Billy Johnson, Coach Dan Engstrom, Kent Puffer, Jason Keogh, Andy Bures Clint Baker, Greg Loftis, Chad Baker, Mark Johnson, Head Coach Clark Benne, Graham Christensen, Andy Rennerfeldt and Christopher Ahrens. Photo Credit/Cheri Droescher.

Honored at half-time was the OC championship team from twenty years ago. Pictured from left are: Jim Pelan, Billy Johnson, Coach Dan Engstrom, Kent Puffer, Jason Keogh, Andy Bures Clint Baker, Greg Loftis, Chad Baker, Mark Johnson, Head Coach Clark Benne, Graham Christensen, Andy Rennerfeldt and Christopher Ahrens. Photo Credit/Cheri Droescher.

Happenings at Oakland Heights


Oakland Heights News

By Nancy Silvey Activity Director

We have a fun week coming up, we have finished decorating outside in front of the building for a Halloween display contest, there are four teams consisting of Oakland Heights employees and North Star Volunteers. This week we have several fun activities, on Thursday the O-C Kindergarteners will come and sing for us at 2:00 pm. Then on Friday is the residents Halloween Party at 2:30 pm. And then on Saturday October 31st Halloween the residents will be handing out candy for any Trick or Treaters that would like to stop by. And don’t forget to set your clocks back this coming weekend.

Next week is the beginning of a new month and we start off on Monday November 2nd with the monthly volunteer executive meeting at 2:30. On Thursday November 5th at 2:30 pm we will be having special pumpkin treats and cider.

Church Service for November 1st at 2:30 pm will be given by Craig/Alder Grove Church with a luncheon served afterwards. On Wednesday November 4th is communion with Pastor Hoden.

Activities for the week of November 2nd to November 7th , are as followed,  Reading with Marilyn, Manicures, Trivia day, Sing a Long, , Bingo w/WOW, Bible Fellowship, Reading the Local Paper, Let’s Play Ball, Crafty Cooking, Friday Bingo, Nebraska Football, and Saturday morning movie.

Volunteers signing in last week were; Marilyn Baker, Judy Nelson, Betty Hanna, Patty Miller, Mary Donavon, Marge Maller, Anne Anderson, Dani Moseman, Nadine Anderson , Bonnie Fleischman, Di Ruwe, Pat Anderson, and Sly Rouse.

 

 

 

 

Prospects Look Good for Pheasant Season


Upland game hunters across Nebraska will have improved prospects during this year’s pheasant season, which opens Oct. 31. Pheasant numbers are 55 percent higher than last year.

Nebraska’s weather has been kind to the state’s upland game this year. The state has experienced relatively mild winters recently, which has aided over-winter survival of pheasants. The more pheasants – particularly hens – that survive the winter, the larger the breeding stock is for the breeding season.

The favorable spring weather this year allowed pheasant populations to increase in relatively short order. Rainfall this past spring appears to not have occurred during the sensitive phases of the nesting and brood-rearing periods; chicks during the first week or so of life cannot regulate their own body temperatures and have low survival if they become wet and catch a chill.

The timely spring rainfall also produced abundant vegetation, which in turn produced abundant insects. The insects provide chicks with food they need to grow and develop into healthy adult birds. Having adequate nutrition during development can result in healthier adult birds and possibly increase their survival through the winter. The vegetation also provided ample habitat for nesting and for brood-rearing, which had been lacking.

Surveys this year have indicated that pheasant abundance was higher in all regions of the state compared to 2014. The southwest and Panhandle regions should offer the best hunting opportunities this year, but better opportunities should be available statewide.

The season runs through Jan. 31, 2016. The entire state is open to pheasant hunting, although no hunting is allowed on state refuges and sanctuaries. Only rooster pheasants may be harvested. The daily bag limit is three and the possession limit is 12.

Quail season dates are the same as for pheasant. Surveys have indicated increases in abundance of quail compared to 2014 across almost all of the quail’s range. Habitat conditions were excellent for production and brood-rearing across the state. The southeast and south central parts of the state should offer the best opportunities this year, but there will be good opportunities throughout quail range.

To view the full report, visit OutdoorNebraska.org, and then click on Hunting, Upland Game, and Forecast. Hunters can find public hunting sites as well as private sites open to public walk-in hunting in the Nebraska Public Access Atlas. Go to OutdoorNebraska.org, and then click on Guides.

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