Arlie Pinkley Breitbarth, 95, of Fremont NE

Arlie Pinkley Breitbarth, age 95 of Fremont
died December 27, 2015 at Nye Pointe Health and Rehab in Fremont.

Arlie Marie Powley, born January 30, 1920, was the third of nine children born to Wilber and Emma (Hilker) Powley at their farm home near Pender, Nebraska. Arlie was baptized and confirmed as a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Pender. She graduated from Pender High School in 1937. On March 21, 1939, Arlie married Harold Pinkley. Arlie and Harold moved to Fremont with their first two children (Karen and Lyle) in December 1949. A few years later their family was complete with two more children (Donald and Jolene). They were members of Salem Lutheran Church for several years before joining First Lutheran Church, near the home they built in 1957. After Harold’s death in 1975, Arlie remained in the home until she married Ralph
Breitbarth March 30, 1979. They resided at his Cuming County farm home until Ralph retired from farming. Ralph died Oct. 22, 2011.

Arlie is survived by her son Donald Pinkley of Lincoln, NE, daughters Karen (Larry) Hoier of West Des Moines, IA, Jolene Wieser of Omaha, NE, and daughter-in-law Cheryl Pinkley of Searcy, AR., eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by step-son Brian (Donna) Breitbarth of Fargo, ND, three step-grandchildren, and 5 step- great-grandchildren. Sisters Twila Copple of Rochester, MN and Leola (Dilworth) Blatchford of Denver, CO, sisters-in-law Shellie Powley of Cheyenne, WY, Elda Powley of Lincoln, NE, and Bertha Powley of CT, as well as numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Preceding Arlie in death were her parents, husband Harold Pinkley, husband Ralph Breitbarth, son Lyle Pinkley, son-in-law, Charles Wieser, sister-in-law, Evelyn Pinkley Sahlstrom and brother-in-law Art Sahlstrom; brothers Earl, Richard, Harlan, Dallas, Morris and Benjamin Powley, brother-in-law Duane Copple, sisters-in-law, Bonnie Rahn Powley and Dorothy Powley Hamilton, three nephews (Brian Copple, Richard Rahn,
Steve Powley) two nieces, (Devra Powley George and Vicki Powley).

Funeral service is Saturday January 2, 2016, 10:00 AM at First Lutheran Church, Fremont. Burial will follow in Memorial Cemetery. Visitation at Ludvigsen Mortuary in Fremont will be Friday 4pm to 7pm. Memorials are suggested to First Lutheran or Donor’s choice.

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Arlie Breitbarth

Arlie Breitbarth

2016 Fremont Corn Expo Will Focus on Finding Profit

By John Wilson, Extension Educator

The 2016 Fremont Corn Expo on Thursday, January 7 will assist corn producers in planning for next year’s growing season. The expo will feature presentations from industry experts, 50 local agricultural exhibitors, continuing education units for certified crop advisors, breakfast, lunch and numerous door prizes. The event is free to attend.

This is a great local event for corn growers to interact with local ag businesses and learn from regional corn production experts. With great food, prizes and exhibits, it’s an event you won’t want to miss.

This year, the expo will focus on finding profit. In a presentation titled “Searching for profits when faced with low corn prices,” Bob Nielsen, Purdue University Extension corn specialist and host of the Chat ‘n Chew Café, will discuss production costs that growers may want to take a closer look at for 2016, including nutrient applications and rates, corn seeding rates, and hybrid selection.

“Today’s seeds are a costly input,” Nielsen said. Given several years of weather extremes, Nielsen noted the importance of selecting hybrids that have proven resilient to a variety of unpredictable weather stresses as well as being good yield producers. “Then, if we can minimize other stresses on the crop, we can minimize year to year yield swings and the resulting income swings.”

Other presentations include:


  • Utilizing On-Farm Research to Evaluate Practices for Profitability with Laura Thompson, Nebraska Extension On-Farm Research coordinator
  • Things We Learned from the Corn Yield Contest with a panel of corn producers from southeast Nebraska: John McNamara, Plattsmouth; Mike Scholting, Louisville; Brent Hopkins, Rogers; Tony Johanson, Oakland
  • Business and Industry Update with representatives of the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce; Nebraska Corn Growers Association; Nebraska Corn Board; and Nebraska Farm Bureau
  • Economic Impact of Expanding Livestock Production with Eric Thompson, UNL economist
  • Tackling Tough Corn Disease in Eastern Nebraska? with Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Nebraska Extension corn plant pathologist

The expo with be held from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Christensen Field Main Arena. For more information, visit or contact Nathan Mueller at  402.727.2775 or

Center for Rural Affairs Raises Over $10,000 in Fundraising Challenge

Lyons, Nebraska – The Center for Rural Affairs is pleased to announce it has raised $10,635 in the Newman’s Own Foundation Challenge for #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide.
Individual donors gave $10,635, and Newman’s Own Foundation provided $10,000 in matching funds.
The Center for Rural Affairs is dedicated to establishing strong rural communities, social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and genuine opportunity for all while engaging people in decisions that affect the quality of their live and the future of their communities. Funds raised in the Challenge will be used to help low income people grow their own food organically in community and individual gardens.
“We are so appreciative of the opportunity that Newman’s Own Foundation provided to us to double our donations! This money will help us fund our work of reaching some of our most vulnerable populations to improve their food security,” said Kathie Starkweather with the Center for Rural Affairs.
Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season. The day is designed to inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
The Challenge was hosted on CrowdRise, a crowdfundraising platform for nonprofits. A total of 24 organizations were selected to participate by Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman.
Although the Newman’s Own Foundation Challenge is officially ended, donations can still be made to the Center for Rural Affairs at:

Happenings at Oakland Heights

Oakland Heights News by Nancy Silvey

We are going to end the year with a New Year’s Eve Party for the residents on Thursday December 31st at 2:30 pm. Next week we will be into the first week of New Year, and on Monday January 4th will be the monthly Volunteer Executive Meeting at 2:30pm. On Tuesday January 5th we will be having a Hot Cocoa party with entertainment by the Michelle Roscoe family at 2:30pm. We have a couple of birthdays coming up Curly Nelson celebrates his birthday on January 1st and Dorothy Larson will be celebrating her 104th birthday on January 6th Happy Birthday to both.

Church Service for Sunday January 3rd at 2:30 pm will be given by the Elim Lutheran Church with a luncheon served afterwards. On Wednesday January 6th will be communion given by Pastor Hoden at 1:00 pm.

Activities for the week of January 4th to January 9th   are as followed, Reading with Marilyn, Manicures, Reminiscing Group , Sing a Long, Bingo the w/WOW, reading group, Bible Fellowship, Word Games, Let’s Play Ball, Crafty Cooking, Friday Bingo, Saturday morning video, and Lawrence Walk.

Volunteers signing in last week were; Marilyn Baker, Judy Nelson, Betty Hanna, Patty Miller, Donna Baldwin, Ann Anderson, and Seth Anderson.





Nebraska is Growing

By Governor Pete Ricketts

Growing Nebraska has been theme of the first year of my administration.  That’s why I was pleased to learn recently that Nebraska added over 13,000 people over the past year for our 28th consecutive year of growth.  From 2014-2015, our population grew by 0.7 percent, second only to Colorado among our neighboring states.  This is good news because it means more people than ever before are choosing to make Nebraska their home.


In 2015, my administration focused on policies and initiatives to grow our state.  These included providing tax relief, supporting good-paying jobs, expanding educational opportunities, and making government more customer-friendly.  Thanks to the hard work of many people, Nebraska continued to excel in each of these areas this year.


Working with the Legislature, we were able to provide $408 million in property tax relief over the next two years through the Property Tax Credit Relief Fund, an over 45 percent increase from previous budgets. This is significant, but there is still more work to be done and I remain committed to working with senators to provide additional property tax relief in the upcoming legislative session.


This tax relief was possible because the Legislature and I assembled a budget that cut the rate of growth in spending by approximately half of the previous rate from 6.5 percent to about 3.5 percent.  Additionally, my administration is always seeking new ways to save taxpayer dollars.  This fall, we announced $5 million in cost savings that will be gained from reducing IT-related expenses.  Future tax relief will be dependent on our continued ability to constrain spending and hold the line on the growth of government.


Nebraska has the second-lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 2.9 percent.  This November, Nebraska hit a new all-time high for non-farm employment at 1,018,252.  Between October and November this year, Nebraska saw its largest month-to-month increase in labor force employment since 1976 when it increased by 2,818 jobs.


My administration also transformed our state’s unemployment system into a reemployment system to help quickly connect Nebraska’s job seekers with good jobs.  Our new reemployment system requires benefit recipients to create a resume that is searchable by potential employers, as well as make five work search contacts a week instead of the two required under the old program.  Job seekers also must sit down with a job coach and develop a reemployment strategy.


One of the biggest drivers of Nebraska’s strong workforce is our great education system.  Nebraskans can be proud our high school graduation rate is the second highest in the nation, and our state has earned the highest ACT composite score average among states testing over 80% of their students.


We continue to expand education opportunities for young Nebraskans.  This summer, my administration launched the Developing Youth Talent Initiative to foster partnerships between private industry and public schools to connect young Nebraskans in 7th and 8th grade to careers in the manufacturing and technology sectors.


Making government more customer-friendly is critical to creating a pro-business climate in our state and ensuring our state efficiently provides services for our most vulnerable citizens.  To this end, my administration launched new online services, published key performance metrics, and reviewed existing management practices and processes.  For example, Nebraskans can sign up to receive email and text notifications for vehicle registration renewals and businesses can now apply for some environmental quality permits online.  Furthermore, the Department of Roads will return an additional $3 million annually to cities and counties for roads projects thanks to changes made in our federal funds swap program.


Measuring performance in government is key to creating a culture that values improvement because it focuses teams on delivering the right results.  Metrics helped the team at AccessNebraska set performance targets and set a process improvement strategy that led to significantly improved performance.  The average call wait time for SNAP applications in the past three months has fallen below a target of five minutes.  We were able to accomplish this while maintaining our denial accuracy rate which ranks in the top ten nationally.


These are just a few of the many ways my administration has been working to help grow Nebraska in our first year.  As we enter 2016, we will continue to focus on these priorities and look for new ways to grow our state to ensure Nebraska remains a great place to live, work, and raise a family.  As we enter this New Year, I hope you will continue to share your thoughts with me about how to grow our state by emailing or by calling 402-471-2244.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Governor Pete Ricketts

Governor Pete Ricketts

Happy New Year

By Mary Loftis, Extension Assistant

What makes a “Happy New Year” for you?

Are any of these items on your New Year’s list?

  • Money
  • Good Health
  • Friends
  • Creative Challenges
  • Travel
  • Fun


Getting involved with the 4-H program can get you and your family started on your way to a very Happy New Year.


  • Money– while there are both expenses and rewards in 4-H there are certainly opportunities to make money. 4-H projects can focus on learning entrepreneurial skills as well as money management. Livestock projects not only teach responsibility, they can be a young person’s first opportunity to purchase an animal, feed, etc. and then sell it at the livestock auction at the fair. Thanks to our wonderful auction supporters, if they didn’t overspend on the initial purchase of the animal, they can make a profit! If not, like any 4-H project, you can count it as a gain in rich experiences!


  • Good Health– depends on a lot of things, and some of them are out of our control, but the 4-H program has many ways to improve our overall health. 4-H members can learn how to make nutritious meals at home, grow fresh fruits and vegetables in the garden and become more physically active. These are all topics addressed in various 4-H projects that can involve the whole family and may result in a healthier year for everyone!


  • Friends– making new friends is always exciting for young and old alike and can really make a happy new year for everyone. 4-H is designed to bring young people ages 5-18 together to share fun and educational projects and activities through 4-H Club work and county-wide activities as well as through competitive events. 4-H leaders and parents also make new friends at these activities and there’s nothing better than working a shift in the 4-H Kitchen to develop new connections, as well as appreciation for all food service industries!



  • Creative Challenges– abound in 4-H for the whole family! This is an easy way to create a happy new year. No matter what project area you are interested in, there are projects and workshops to spark creativity and expand your skills. How about photography, home environment projects, foods, sewing and quilting, refinishing projects, child care, theatre arts, heritage, entomology, or wildlife projects? Did I miss something you might be interested in? If so, call the Nebraska Extension Office near you (listed in the blue pages of the phone book) to ask about other creative projects.


  • Travel – is often listed on a New Year’s “to do” list. For many 4-H families, 4-H travels may include attending meetings or going to nearby workshops. However, these travels may be expanded by going to 4-H Camp, competing out of town at 4-H shooting sports events or livestock shows or county, Fremont or State Fair competitions. Some families even take vacations with 4-H projects in mind. See where your 4-H involvement can take you this year!


  • Fun – should be included in all of the previously listed items. The 4-H program is all about fun, active learning and service. If you’re looking for fun, look no further than 4-H. Starting a new 4-H Club with at least five members from 3 or more families is a great way to get the fun started in your family. Contact your local Nebraska Extension office for help in making 2016 a very happy New 4-H Year!


Holiday Closings

The Burt County Courthouse will be closed Fri., Jan. 1st for New Year’s Day.

The Oakland City Office will close at noon Thurs., Dec. 31st, New Year’s Eve, and will be closed all day on Fri., Jan. 1st, New Year’s Day.

Marcella Lucille (Novak) Fuchser, 86, of Walthill NE

Marcella Lucille (Novak) Fuchser, 86, of Walthill, NE, passed away Monday, December 28, 2015 from heart complications at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender, NE. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walthill, NE; Pastor Brion Tolzman will be officiating. The visitation will be Friday, January 1, 2016 at the Trinity Lutheran Church from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery in Pender, NE. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender, NE.

Marcella was born January 21, 1929 in Rosalie, NE to Ferd and Adella (Fabry) Novak. She graduated from Rosalie High School in 1946. She graduated from Wayne Teachers College and taught country school north of Rosalie. On January 16, 1947, she was united in marriage to Wilbur Fuchser, the couple had six children. Marcella was a lifelong resident of Walthill where she was very active at Trinity Lutheran Church. She was involved in every aspect of farm life, and helped where she was needed. Marcella was known around the area for her cakes for any occasion. Marcella was a wonderful mother and grandmother, and loved spending time with her family.

Marcella is survived by her husband, Wilbur Fuchser of Walthill, NE; five sons, Steve (Ann) Fuscher of Denver, CO, Terry Lee Fuchser of Chattanooga. TN, Duane (Jeanne) Fuchser of Porter, TX, Larry (Pam) Fuscher of Oceanside, CA, and Tom Fuchser of Walthill, NE, Ron (Sandy) Bruno of Chattanooga, TN; brother, Le Roy Novak; sisters, Lillian Radtke and Frances Dorau; 13 grandchildren; and 28 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Edwin Lee, Richard, Louis, Lester, and Gary; three sisters, Helen, Dorothy, Jennie, and one daughter, Sandy Fuchser Bruno.

Marcella Fuchser

Marcella Fuchser

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. Dec. 30: No melody chime practice for the rest of this month. Come and have coffee at 9:30 am. The foot clinic will be from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 or 3:30 p.m. call or stop in and make an appointment. If you are over 65 years of age Medicare will pay for this service. Dominoes will be played at 1:30 p.m.

Thurs. Dec. 31: Tai Chi class at 9:30 and walking club at 10:45 a.m. No Rolls this morning. Sign up for liver and onions or a hamburger patty for the noon meal. Blood pressures will be taken starting at 11:40 a.m. Cards or dominoes will be played at 1:30 p.m.

Fri. Jan. 1: The center is closed. Have a Happy New Year.

Mon. Jan. 4: Bring a covered dish and join us for potluck dinner. Cards will be played in the afternoon.

Tues. Jan. 5: Tai Chi class is at 9:30 a.m. and walking club at 10:45 a.m. Come and have coffee with us in the morning. We will have a pitch tournament at 1:30 p.m.

Wed. Jan. 6: No melody chimes practice today. Come and have coffee at 9:30 a.m. We will play hand and foot at 1:30 p.m.





Market Report

Markets 11:56am 12/28/15

Dow -86.91

S&P -11.93

Nasdaq -31.41


Macro – After a pre-holiday jump, crude prices are down over $1 to sub $37/barrel. The dollar is unchanged to start the week.


Grain markets 11:55am 12/28/15

March Corn -3’4 @ 3.60’0
Jan Beans -9’4 @ 8.65’6

Mar Beans -11’0 @ 8.62’0


Grain had low volume overnight and lower to start the day on improving rain in dry areas of N Brazil, and less rain in the wettest areas of southern brazil.


Basis improvements have been posted around the area this week, I suspect we will see basis improvements if the board continues to remain low.


Export inspections out this morning has corn at 22.5 mbu (22-27 exp); beans at 51.5 (48-59 exp) and wheat at 11.2 (10-15 exp).


March 2016 corn futures closed at $3.64 ½ on Thursday, the lowest settlement price for the life of the contract.


First notice day on Jan beans is Thursday. 




Weather problems across the US to start the week out.  Southern tornadoes, flooding in much of the corn belt, and snow in the rest.


Greg Mockenhaupt

ProEdge Risk Management Consultant

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Oakland, NE 68045

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