Delbert “Del” Peterson of Oakland NE

Delbert “Del” Peterson, of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Oakland Mercy Hospital in Oakland.

Memorial services pending with Pelan Funeral Services Oakland.

Patricia J. Grieves, 81, of Omaha NE

Patricia J. Grieves, 81 years, passed away Saturday, November 26, 2016, at her home in Omaha, Nebraska.


Thursday December 1st.
10:30 AM
Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah1103 J Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

Cemetery Details


Tekamah Cemetery

Tekamah, Nebraska 68061

Memorial Contribution


Arija Young, 67, of Tekamah NE

Arija Young, 67 years, passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at her home in Tekamah, Nebraska.


Monday November 28th
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah1103 J Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Family will receive friends 5-7 pm.


Tuesday November 29th
11:00 AM
Emmanuel Lutheran Church Tekamah210 S 12th Street
Tekamah, NE 68061


No Burial
Memorial Contribution


Memorials to the family for later designation.
Arija Young

Arija Young

Happenings at Oakland Heights

Oakland Heights News by Nancy Silvey

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving, we will be starting a new month this week with a lot of Holiday activities going on.  But first we have a couple of residents celebrating their birthdays Fauniel Paulson on November 30th   and Janet Kroger on December 6th.

On Friday is our Annual Holiday Bazaar, we will have many new items this year, Wreaths more crafts, Jewelry, to go along with all of your favorites, and door prizes. So, stop in Friday December 2nd from 8 am to 1 pm. to do some of your holiday shopping. On Saturday December 3rd, the Uehling FF Drama Association will be here at 3:00 pm to put on a Christmas Play in the dinning room. Next week on Monday December 5th is the Volunteer Executive Meeting at 2:30 pm. Then on Thursday December 8th Charlie Davis will be here to play his Harmonica. And Friday is our Annual Christmas Dinner and Party, for Residents and invited Family members, dinner starting at 6:00 pm followed by entertainment with Wayne Miller and Santa Claus making an appearance.

Church Service for Sunday December 4th will be given by St. John Lutheran Church at 2:30 pm with a luncheon following service. On Wednesday December 7th, will be communion by Pastor Hoden at 1:00 pm.   

Activities for the week of December 5th to December 9th  are as follows, reading with Jill, Manicures, Sing a Long,  Game Day,  Bingo the w/WOW, Bible Fellowship,  Let’s Play Ball,  and Lawrence Walk.

Volunteers signing in last week were; Judy Nelson, Betty Hanna, and Mary Donavan.

Oakland Heights Activity Memory Fund

A memorial was given in memory Dale Johnson by Jill Brink. We has a couple of memorials given in memory of Curly Nelson by Frelon Danielson, and Gaylen and Nadine Anderson.

Christmas Tree Selection and Care

By John Wilson, Extension Educator

I hate rushing the Christmas holiday before we’ve celebrated Thanksgiving, but this might be too late for some people if I wait until next week. I’m guessing some people will select a Christmas tree on the weekend after Thanksgiving, along with their other early Christmas shopping.


For many families, once the Thanksgiving leftovers are in the refrigerator, it’s time to start preparing for Christmas. For many, the most prominent part of the holiday display is the Christmas tree. There has been a trend with more people selecting natural trees, but it is important to select a fresh tree.


This reduces the potential for fires, aids in cleanup… and makes it more pleasant for whoever has to crawl under the tree to distribute the gifts found there. OK, the last one is a family tradition and since I have the profile most closely resembling Santa Claus… never mind!


Follow these steps to assure the tree you are buying is fresh:

 Gently pull on the needles. They should be tightly attached to the twig.

Shake the tree vigorously or hold the tree several inches off the ground and drop the butt end on a hard surface. If green needles fall to the ground, look for a different tree. Dead, brown needles falling from inner parts of the tree may have been shed years ago and are less of a problem.

 Other considerations when selecting a tree should include:


Measure the height and width of the space you have available in the room where the tree will be placed. There’s nothing worse than bringing a tree indoors only to find it is too tall or wide. Take a tape measure with you when selecting your Christmas tree.

Remember to choose a tree for the area where it is to be displayed. For example if the tree is displayed in front of a large window, then all four sides should look as good as possible. If the tree is displayed against a wall, then a tree with three good sides would be okay. A tree with two good sides would work well in a corner. In general, the more perfect a tree, the more expensive it is.

Make sure the base of the tree trunk is straight for six to eight inches so it will fit easily into the stand.

 Once you have chosen a fresh Christmas tree, do your best to keep it fresh. A tree can stay fresh and healthy for several weeks if it is well cared for.

If you are not putting the tree up right away, store it in an unheated garage or some other area out of the wind and freezing temperatures. Make a fresh cut one inch from the butt end and place the tree in a bucket of water.

When you bring the tree indoors, make another fresh cut one inch higher and place the tree in a sturdy stand that holds at least one gallon of water. A rule of thumb is a tree will use one quart of water each day for every inch of diameter of the trunk.

Be sure to keep the water level about the base of the tree. If the base dries out resin will form over the cut end and the tree will not be able to absorb water and will dry out quickly. Commercially prepared mixes; aspirin; sugar and other additives added to the water are not necessary and may be detrimental.

If it’s a nuisance to water a Christmas tree once it’s decorated with a tree skirt and surrounded by presents, here’s an easy solution. Buy a funnel and a 3 to 4 foot length of vinyl tubing to slip over the end of the funnel. Fasten the funnel/tube with a twist-ties or twine in an out-of-the-way but reachable part of the tree. Extend the tubing down the tree trunk and into the tree stand reservoir. Now you can water the tree through the funnel without bending over or disturbing the tree skirt or its ornaments.

Keep the tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, TVs, radiators, and air ducts. Never use lighted candles or have open flames near your Christmas tree. Check all Christmas tree lights for worn electrical cords. Use UL approved electrical decorations and cords. Unplug tree lights at night or plug them into a timer.

 Following these guidelines on selecting and caring for your Christmas tree helps ensure a safe and happy holiday. But once the holidays are past, here are a couple final suggestions.

Take down the tree before it dries out. Many fresh cut trees if properly cared for will last at least five weeks before drying out.

Recycle your tree after Christmas. Many communities will pick up trees and turn them into wood chip mulch. You might put the tree in your backyard and place bread and suet among the branches for the birds.

 For more information on Christmas tree selection and care, contact your local Nebraska Extension office.

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Pilgrim Pride

By U.S. Senator Deb Fischer

It began when a few families made a daring and dangerous voyage across the Atlantic. Braving icy waves in leaky ships, they risked everything for the freedom to follow their beliefs and build a better life. When they landed at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts, they had little food and no shelter. Relying on help from Native American Indians of the Patuxet tribe, these pilgrims endured New England’s bitter winter and gave thanks.


Today, we celebrate Thanksgiving with food, friends, and, most importantly, family. At home in the Sandhills, our table is usually laid with turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and the famous green bean casserole. My husband Bruce has to have his cranberries. The kids like lots of whipped cream on the pumpkin pie.


This year, though, I will spend Thanksgiving with the men and women who make our family celebration possible: members of our armed forces. This holiday season, many of them will be serving in far-flung corners of the world. We are so grateful for their service; we also understand the responsibility it places on us.


Thanksgiving celebrates American ideals: freedom of religion, a quest for community, and hope for a better life for our family and families to come. Our service members give us the chance to live those ideals, but we must act on this opportunity.


After this historic election, I believe we will.


The American people have spoken. They want to see our country set out in a new direction. They have been frustrated these past eight years. I have too. That’s why I am excited to work with President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Pence. Together, we will chart a new course. We will help our families by reining in expansive government. With our Republican Congress, we will work to grow economic opportunity, strengthen our safety, and make it easier for families to pursue their dreams with hope.


The pilgrims came to America seeking these things. Throughout our history, we have remembered their courage and willingness to endure great hardship in the pursuit of freedom. At times, this pilgrim pride has surprised foreign travelers and diplomats.

In the early 1800s, the famous French statesman Alexis de Tocqueville made a powerful observation. He noticed many small towns across America publicly displayed carefully preserved fragments of Plymouth Rock. He was amazed that our people honored a stone “which the feet of a few outcasts pressed for an instant.” Reflecting on this, the French diplomat asked an important question: “What has become of the gateways of a thousand palaces?”


Plymouth Rock is a national symbol of our beginning. The diplomat’s question points to the power of freedom. In America, a simple rock is more meaningful and sacred than a mighty castle.


America is a country built on freedom. Our service members guard it for us, and I am honored to be spending Thanksgiving with them this year. In your home, between helpings of mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie this holiday, please spare a thought for the members of our military. Better still, offer a prayer. And let’s all remember the opportunity we have because of them. Like the pilgrims before us, we can follow our faith, build better lives for our families, and, in peace and safety, become the great people we know we can be.


Thank you for participating in the democratic process. I look forward to visiting with you again next week.

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer

Late Starts

Lyons-Decatur Northeast and Bancroft-Rosalie Schools will have a two hour late start due to the weather. 

Warren W. Tiedtke, 92, of Tekamah NE

Warren W. Tiedtke, age 92, of Tekamah, Nebraska passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2016 in Tekamah, Nebraska.  Memorial service will be on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Tekamah.  Burial with Military Honors will be in the Pilger Cemetery, Pilger, Nebraska.  Memorial Visitation will be held Friday, from 5-7 p.m. with family receiving friends and a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. all at Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah.  Memorials to be directed to the family for later designation.  Pelan Funeral Services in Tekamah in charge of arrangements.

Warren Wallace Tiedtke was born April 22, 1924 to Otto and Anna (Tritten) Tiedtke in Pilger, Nebraska.  Warren graduated from Pilger High School in 1943 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served aboard a PC Craft, doing convoy escort, in the north Atlantic during WWII. After his discharge in 1946, he returned home and began working in the auto repair trades.

He married Dorothy Vraspir September 13, 1947. Warren and Dorothy were the parents of three children; Dee Anna, Steven and Michael. Warren was a self-employed auto body repairman in West Point, Nebraska and Tekamah. Warren sold his shop in Tekamah to Larry Zessin, who became one of Warren’s closest friends; the two spent many hours together fishing in Nebraska and South Dakota. After selling his body shop, he worked as an insurance appraiser until retirement.

Warren loved the outdoors; he particularly enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. He generously shared his abundant vegetable produce, fish and game with family, friends and neighbors. He was very active in the Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW and Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; son, Steven; parents; five brothers; five sisters; special friend, Bonnie Hunt.

Warren will be greatly missed by all who knew him, especially his family. He is survived by his daughter, Dee (Vaughn) McBride of Osage City, KS; son, Michael (Cynthia) Tiedtke of Rochester, MN; four grandsons, Devon McBride and friend Amanda Ring, Darren McBride and friend Victoria Dixon, Steven (Katie) Tiedtke, Nathan (Cassie) Tiedtke; two step-grandchildren, Jason Herrmann and Jessica Hendricks; three great granddaughters, Brynlee, Samantha and Evalyn; one step-great grandson, Jacob Hendricks; sister, Shirley Graber of McCook, NE; sister-in-law, Joan Tiedtke of Pilger.

Warren Tiedtke

Warren Tiedtke

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