Joseph J. Roh, Jr., 92, of Tekamah NE

Joseph J. Roh, Jr., 92 years, of Tekamah, Nebraska, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Tekamah.

Memorial service is pending with Pelan Funeral Services.

Nebraska Game and Parks Receives Grant

LINCOLN – Several Nebraska state park areas will receive picnic tables made of recycled tires, thanks in part to a grant.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has received a grant from the Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grants Program administered by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality for the purchase of 155 picnic tables made from 25 percent recycled tire material.

“The purpose of the grant is to provide park areas with picnic tables that use scrap tire product to replace aging and worn tables and to increase inventory for areas that do not have enough picnic tables,” said Jim Swenson, administrator of the Parks Division. “These picnic tables will be used at pavilions and picnic shelters and will be a welcome amenity for our guests.”

Nebraska Game and Parks will purchase the tables from Champlin Tire Recycling of Concordia, Kan., and the grant award will reimburse 25 percent of the cost.  The tables are made with recycled tires and are durable, maintenance-free and have an expected life of 40-45 years.

“Tires are a problematic source of waste, due to the large volume produced, their durability, and the fact they contain many components that can be ecologically harmful,” Swenson said. “By using Nebraska recycled tire picnic tables, we will be creating a market for recycled tires,” he said. “Recycling tires reduces spending on landfills and prevents the additional energy use needed to produce more materials.

“We appreciate the grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and plan on continuing to update our picnic shelters and pavilions with recycled tire tables in the coming years.”

The picnic tables will be received by the Commission in May. They will be distributed to the following state park areas:

Bowring Ranch State Historical Park (SHP), Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area (SRA), Chadron State Park (SP), Enders Reservoir SRA, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Fort Kearny SHP, Indian Cave SP, Keller Park SRA, Lake Minatare SRA, Lewis and Clark SRA, Louisville SRA, Medicine Creek Reservoir SRA, Platte River SP, Red Willow Reservoir SRA, Sandy Channel SRA, Sherman Reservoir SRA, Two Rivers SRA, Union Pacific SRA, and Wildcat Hills SRA.

Hot Beef and Ice Cream Sundaes at Bancroft Senior Center Sunday

The Bancroft senior center will be serving hot beefs and ice cream sundaes from 11:00 until 1:00 p.m. Sunday May 1. This event is open to everyone in the community.




News From Bancroft Senior Center

Bancroft Senior Center News by Connie Bargmann

* 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. April 27: No melody chimes practice today. We will be playing Skip-Bo at 1:30 p.m.

Thurs. April 28: Tai Chi class at 9:30 a.m. and walking club at 10:45 a.m. Rolls and coffee from 9-11 a.m. Chair exercises at 1:00 p.m. Sign up to play in the pitch tournament at 1:30 p.m.

Fri. April 29: Come and have coffee at 9:30 a.m. Sign up if you would like to play in the hand and foot or pinochle tournament at 1:30 p.m.

Mon. May 1: No potluck today. Chair exercises at 1:30 p.m. There will be hand & foot or any other game you would like to play at 1:30 p.m.

Tues. May 2: Tai Chi class is at 9:30 a.m. Stop in for coffee at 10:00 a.m. Walking exercises 10:45 a.m. Sign up for the pitch tournament at 1:30 p.m.

Wed. May 3: The melody chimers will practice at 9:00 a.m. Play the card game of golf at 1:30 p.m.

Market Report


Dow -110.54
S&P -11.96
Nasdaq -23.75


The US Dollar continues to be weak, Gold rises.  Crude remains above $40.  Investors also await the Federal Reserve policy meeting later in the week.


Grain Markets:

May Corn +11’4 @ 3.83’2
May Beans +27’4 @ 10.14’4


Grain markets ended negative on Friday, losing a good chunk of last week’s gains.  Likely some profit taking seen here.  The negativity remaining throughout the overnight session, but support and buying coming back to grains this morning, support continues as we erase Friday’s losses in both Corn and Beans.


Weather continues to be the wild card, Rain throughout the Midwest could be supportive to markets despite planting progress being at acceptable levels.  Weather getting better in South America and the transition to La Niña is still on our mind.


Corn: Last week was the 2nd largest buying week ever, trading 125k contracts!  The best ever was last summer.  Planting progress out later today expecting to see somewhere near 30% versus 13% last week.


Strategy: Basis has definitely lost value, and continues to do so.  If the market continues to rally, eliminating basis risk will be essential to keep your market gains.


Good news, last week we saw Brazil lift their import tax on corn and anticipating some U.S. supplies will be booked as the country looks to supplement their feed supply.


Beans: Beans very strong again this am, due to continued fund buying.  Some due to weakness in the USD.  Also, some weather complications in South America and geo political concerns as Brazilian Senate moved yet another step closer to holding an impeachment trial for President Dilma Rousseff.


Strategy: Continue to layer in small sales to lock in profits and reduce long term price risk.  Using a floor strategy may also be applicable.


Old Crop Basis: Basis has continued to weaken in both corn and Beans, those that have locked in basis contracts as recommended 3/31 & 4/7 have definitely saved!  It still remains a concern moving forward.


Weather:  A very stormy and notably cooler pattern begins over the next few days across the central U.S., then lasts for at least 10 to 14 days as multiple systems trigger t-storms; heavy rain affects nearly all corn, soybean, and wheat areas. 1.00” to 2.00” of rain affects the southern third of Brazil corn today and tomorrow, followed by dry-cool weather. Dry and unusually cool in Argentina for 7 to 10 days.



Looking forward in the Midwest, we see the forecast for the next 10 days as wetter than normal.  Wetter than normal spring and a hotter than normal summer?  This is yet to be seen, but the talk remains.image003 image002

What exactly is El Niño?

El Niño

El Niño means The Little Boy, or Christ Child in Spanish. El Niño was originally recognized by fishermen off the coast of South America in the 1600s, with the appearance of unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean. The name was chosen based on the time of year (around December) during which these warm waters events tended to occur.

The term El Niño refers to the large-scale ocean-atmosphere climate interaction linked to a periodic warming in sea surface temperatures across the central and east-central Equatorial Pacific.

Typical El Niño effects are likely to develop over North America during the upcoming winter season. Those include warmer-than-average temperatures over western and central Canada, and over the western and northern United States. Wetter-than-average conditions are likely over portions of the U.S. Gulf Coast and Florida, while drier-than-average conditions can be expected in the Ohio Valley and the Pacific Northwest.

La Niña

La Niña means The Little Girl in Spanish. La Niña is also sometimes called El Viejoanti-El Niño, or simply “a cold event.

La Niña episodes represent periods of below-average sea surface temperatures across the east-central Equatorial Pacific. Global climate La Niña impacts tend to be opposite those of El Niño impacts. In the tropics, ocean temperature variations in La Niña also tend to be opposite those of El Niño.

During a La Niña year, winter temperatures are warmer than normal in the Southeast and cooler than normal in the Northwest.

More details on the current status of La Niña

Greg Mockenhaupt

ProEdge Risk Management Consultant

P: (402) 685-5613 |

1007 County Road O

Oakland, NE 68045

Senator Brasch Gives Last Legislative Update of Session

This is my last legislative update of the session. Wednesday, April 20 was the final day of the 104th Legislative Session. We adjourned Sine Die (Latin for “without day”), meaning “without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing.” The last day of the second session of a biennium is more ceremonial in recent years because of term limits.  It is not only a time to debate and vote on motions of gubernatorial overrides, but also for farewell speeches by term-limited senators. I, myself, will be term-limited in two years. There were 11 senators who said their goodbyes and bid the rest Godspeed. There are another 14 current members up for re-election, where three are unopposed. Next year, the Legislature will elect a new speaker, new committee chairmen, and could potentially welcome 22 new senators.

A motion was made to override the Governor’s veto of LB947. After two hours of debate, thirty-one senators voted to override the veto; thirteen, including me, voted to sustain the veto; five abstained from voting.

My opposition to LB947, and to uphold the Governor’s veto, is from the high regard I hold our immigration laws, especially as a daughter of Ukrainian, legal immigrants. Many others, sharing this same sentiment, called or emailed and referenced their ancestry and other generations of legal immigrants. As of 2013, exactly 123,182 legal immigrants made Nebraska their home, many with extended family waiting patiently to join them through the legal process. There are exactly 4,422,600 foreigners waiting to legally immigrate to the United States. The American Dream was not created through lawlessness, but through a just and stable law. The passage of LB947 sends the wrong message to individuals and families who, out of deference and fairness, abide by our laws and wait to enter our country legally.

Nebraska’s LB947 allows anyone who is work authorized to obtain a professional or commercial license. Many individuals who entered the United States illegally are now work authorized via President Obama’s expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program. As of 2012, it is estimated there are approximately 55,000 illegal immigrants in Nebraska. President Obama’s expansion of DACA, and the implementation of DAPA, are what 26 states, including Nebraska, sued the Federal Government over. A Federal District Court judge in Texas initially blocked the program, and a federal appeals court ruled 2-1 in favor of the injunction. The Supreme Court will submit its opinion in June.

These two programs were implemented via executive orders and therefore can be undone via executive orders. To prevent such inconstant and impulsive lawmaking, America’s Founding Fathers divided authority. A foundational principle of the U.S. Constitution is separation of powers: laws are not passed by one person in this country, not even by one branch. If Congress, elected by the people, is deadlocked on an issue and chooses not to act, that does not give the President the authority to act independently. If the people elect divided government, then that is final until the next election. Either we will have rule of law and therefore a stable government, or we start down the road of anarchy. Unfortunately, our immigration predicaments are a result of a decades-long negligence of duty by the Federal Government to not secure our borders and enforce immigration laws.

LB947 puts Nebraska far beyond other states, even California and New York, in terms of issuing professional or commercial licenses to illegal immigrants of every profession. In Iowa, professional licensing boards issue commercial and professional licenses if a person issues a valid social security number. California offers professional or commercial licenses in over 50 professions to individuals, regardless of their immigration status. New York offers licenses for 53 different professions to only DACA recipients. Illinois and Florida allow DACA recipients to receive a license to practice law. Lastly, Nevada grants only a teaching license to DACA recipients. After the passage of LB947, Nebraska now grants professional or commercial licenses to any person – including those who are waiting to be approved for asylum – with work authorization for over 170 professions who might not have been educated in Nebraska or even our country.

Please contact me; my administrative aide, Katie Wattermann; or my legislative aide, Brett Waite, with questions or concerns at (402) 471-2728 or by email at; or stop by Room 1016 in the Capitol.

Senator Lydia Brasch

Senator Lydia Brasch

Wilbur Weddingfeld, 96, of Phonenix AZ Formerly of Pender NE

Wilbur Weddingfeld, 96, of Phoenix, AZ, formerly of Pender, NE, passed away Monday, April 25, 2016 in Phoenix.

Funeral services are pending with Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Mary Eva (Gates) Moore, 95, of Tekamah NE

Mary Eva (Gates) Moore was born to Charles William and Lucile (Yerkes) Gates March 28, 1921 in Omaha, Nebraska. She passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Golden Living Center in Tekamah, Nebraska, at the age of 95.

The family moved to North Platte, Nebraska prior to settling in Tekamah. Mary graduated from Tekamah High School in 1939, a member of the National Honor Society, winning the Church School Scholarship and receiving a one year violin scholarship to Midland College in Fremont, Nebraska.

She returned to Tekamah and served 18 years as Clerk of the Burt County Court. She was appointed to Burt County Judge, and served for 12 years prior to the change in law requiring that the Judge have a law degree. She remained in the office as Associate Judge/Clerk for almost 15 years, until her retirement in 1986, having served nearly 45 years in the Burt County Court.

On May 6, 1951, Mary was united in marriage to Frank E. Moore in Tekamah. Frank and Mary loved to travel with their trailer and in the fall made many trips to National Parks in this country and in Canada, always ending their trips in Wyoming to hunt deer and antelope. Frank passed away on September 7, 2003, having celebrated 52 years of marriage. Mary moved to the Golden Living Center in 2006.

Mary was a volunteer at the E.C. Houston House and was elected to the Museum Board, serving 19 years as its Secretary. She also typed the Museum newsletter for numerous years.

Mary’s first interest was her church, becoming a member in 1931. She sang in the church choir, forming a trio with Gertrude Sells and Pearl Anderson, singing on many occasions.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank; brother, John Gates.

She is survived by her two brothers, Rev. Charles Gates of Lincoln, NE, Harold Gates of Oak Harbor, WA; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.


Tues., April 28th from 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
United Methodist Church, Tekamah

Funeral Service

Tues., April 26th at 2:00 PM
United Methodist Church, Tekamah
Mary Moore

Mary Moore

Michelle Lynn (Triplett) Tilmon, 45, of Tekamah NE

On the evening of April 21, our precious 45-year-old Michelle Lynn (Triplett) Tilmon, born August 11, 1970 at Menorah Hospital, put her hands in the hand of God and went home after a final bout with cancer. She grew up in the Kansas City area and graduation from Washington High School.

She is survived by her husband Marshall and their 5 children, Kegan, 15, Aubri, 8, Blaydn, 8, Haylee, 5, and Mason “Ugene”, 5. She also leaves behind a 23-year-old daughter, Samantha, her mother Susan (Douglas)Tubbs and step-father David, her father Keith Triplett and step-mother Laura, her brother Thadd, three sisters, Mary, Shannon, and Jeanette, her parents-in-law Henry and Joy Tilmon and their children, her brothers-in-law Robert and Tim, a lot of nieces and nephews, and many, many friends. Last but not least, her dog Rylee who clung by her side until she left for the hospital.


 Tues., April 26th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah
1103 J Street, Tekamah, NE 68061, United States

Family will be receiving friends. Prayer Service will start at 8 pm (VISITATION and FUNERAL SERVICES will be held in Bernie, Missouri on Friday April 29th and Saturday April 30th. Please see or call 573-293-5366 for service information in Bernie)

Michelle Lynn (Triplett) Tilmon

Michelle Lynn (Triplett) Tilmon

Village of Decatur Meeting Minutes

The Board of the Village of Decatur met in a Public Meeting followed by Regular Session at 4:30 P.M. at the City Hall on April 14th, 2016. Visitors signing in Alta Wolf with Lyons Mirror Sun, Dale Wolf, Justin Smith, Chelsey Dunning, Nico Hardeman, Ellen Olson, John Wilson with Nebraska Extension. Not Signing in Kelly Murphy

Kellogg informed the public of the Open Meeting Act posted.

1)         Public Meeting Called to Order by Chairman Kellogg

Roll Call: Anderson-Gatewood-y, Kellogg-y, Siecke-y, Tolby-y

Kellogg opened the public hearing at 4:30 for the rezoning of Lots 21-28 Block 22

There was discussion about the rezoning. Kelly Murphy was concerned about if the business doesn’t work out what would go in its place. Kellogg voiced that the neighbors haven’t had a chance to voice their concerns. Anderson explained that was done at the public hearing with the planning commission and that is when people were able to voice their opinion. Alta spoke that she was for Jack having the business. Siecke made a motion to table the zoning until next meeting 2nd by Gatewood

Roll Call Anderson, Kellogg, Tolby, Gatewood, and Siecke all voted Yes

Public Meeting Closed at 4:55

2)         Regular Meeting Called to Order by Chairman Kellogg @4:55

Roll Call: Anderson-y, Gatewood-y, Kellogg-y, Siecke-y, Tolby-y


All present

4)        Agenda and minutes of the previous month’s meeting received:

Roll Call: Anderson-y, Gatewood-y, Kellogg-y, Siecke-y, Tolby-y

5)        Approval and/or correction and suspended reading of the previous month minutes.

Roll Call: Anderson-y, Gatewood-y, Kellogg-y, Siecke-y, Tolby-y


1)         Police

Anderson made a motion to have Walker Lane repair the air conditioner 2nd by      Gatewood

Roll Call Kellogg, Tolby, Siecke, Gatewood and Anderson all yes.

Anderson made a motion to have the Ordinance that Police Chief has been working on      revised to fit our Village. 2nd by Gatewood

Roll Call Kellogg, Tolby, Siecke, Gatewood and Anderson all yes.

2)         Lights: Monthly Report- Gatewood would like to raise the late fee from $10.00 to            $15.00. Gatewood made a motion to raise the late fee to $15.00 starting in May. 2nd by           Siecke

Roll call- Anderson, Kellogg, Tolby, Gatewood and Siecke voted yes.

3)         Water & Sewer: Monthly Report Anderson reported that the filters have been       welded and it will be back on line next week.

4)         Parks: Monthly Report- Tolby reported March Park collections $299.30, Siecke stated that he, Tolby and Lynn went down to the boat ramp and they decided that they        will pour concrete down at the ramp.

5)         Streets: Monthly Report- Income from city sales tax for January $4,997.79.

Anderson made a motion to let Siecke get 2 bids for rock to build a base on                                     Methodist Road and Farrens Road. 2nd by Gatewood. Kellogg, Tolby, Siecke,                            Gatewood and Anderson voted yes.

7)        OLD BUSINESS
            1) Budget Billing

2) Curb-side recycling

Siecke stated that we needed to do mass mailing to inform citizen’s of both Budget             Billing and Curb-side. Siecke said that it would cost around $147.00 to send out the          mailings.

Siecke made a motion to mail out information about Budget Billing and curb-side    recycling with this month’s utility bills. 2nd by Tolby

Roll Call Kellogg, Anderson, Gatewood, Siecke, and Tolby voted yes

8)        NEW BUSINESS

Fish Grinder at fish cleaning station- The estimate for the fish grinder came in at    $4535.71 plus freight. Gatewood checked with the Game and Fish and there is no money     out there to help us out. Siecke had also checked with Steve Dye and the Corp of Engineers has not money either. Siecke made a motion to purchase the fish grinder 2nd         by Tolby

Roll Call- Anderson, Gatewood, Kellogg, Siecke and Tolby voted yes

Siecke made a motion that we approve a plaque to honor the Eagleton’s to be placed at      North Park with the Village Board having final approval on the design. 2nd Gatewood

Roll Call Kellogg, Tolby, Anderson, Siecke, and Gatewood voted yes

Anderson read out the other bids for the cost of the new mower.

Most of the others would not take our trade in.

Anderson made a motion that we go with the SCAG Cheetah with the 72″ deck from        Mels Small Engine in the amount of $6,804.00. 2nd by Gatewood

Roll Call Kellogg, Tolby, Siecke, Anderson and Gatewood voted yes

Street Cleaner Bid- Came in at $1,500.00 and that he would like to do the cleaning at         night when there are no cars on the streets. Siecke stated that the streets need to be       painted this year also. Anderson made a motion to accept the bid of $1,500.00 for street   cleaner to come as soon as he can.

Roll Call Kellogg, Tolby, Siecke, Anderson and Gatewood Voted Yes


The next Town Hall Meeting will be April 25th Monday at 7 PM at the Sears Center.

Next Board meeting will be on May 12, 2016 at 4:30 here at City Hall


1) Claims preapproved by Gatewood and Tolby

2) Motion to Approve the Claims as Submitted

Siecke 2nd Gatewood

Roll Call: Anderson, Gatewood, Kellogg, Siecke, and Tolby Voted Yes.

Are there any questions from the audience?


Siecke 2nd Gatewood

Adjournment Time: 8:06 PM

Ann Chytka Village Clerk / Decatur

These minutes are not part of the official record. A complete copy is available at the Clerk’s Office or on our FaceBook page (Village of Decatur). The official minutes are not yet approved

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