Larry Pullen, 86, of Bancroft NE

Larry Pullen, 86, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at the Oakland Heights in Oakland, NE.

Funeral services are pending with Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Bancroft, NE.

News From Bancroft Senior Center

By Connie Bargmann

If you are 60+ and need information on programs designed to help keep you stay in your home longer or if you need legal help, contact Connie at 402-648-3387 or in the evening at 402-648-7648. There are no membership fees or attendance requirements and new faces are always welcome.

* 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 meal is $4.00.


Weekly Activities:

Wed. May 31: Bingo is at 2:00 p.m.

Thurs. June 1: Tai Chi Class at 9:30 a.m. Coffee time is 10:00. Sign up to play in the pitch tournament at 1:30 p.m.

Fri. June 2: Sign up if you want to play in the pinochle or hand & foot tournament at 1:30 p.m.

Sat. June 3: No music jam this evening.

Sun. June 4: We are having an open house celebrating the senior center being in operation for 35 years. The Clarkson band will play at 2:00 p.m. and we will serve cake and ice cream at 3:00 p.m. the public is invited to attend.

Mon. June 5: Bring a covered dish plus a friend and join us for dinner at noon. Cards will be played at 1:30 p.m.

Tues. June 6: Tai Chi class at 9:30 a.m. Coffee time at 10:00 a.m. Please sign up if you would like to play in the pitch tournament at 1:30 p.m.

Wed. June 7: No chime practice today. Coffee time is at 10:00 a.m. We will play Skip-Bo 1:30 p.m.



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The Bancroft Senior Center will be hosting an open house celebrating being business for 35 years. The Clarkson Band will play at 2:00 and we will serve cake and ice cream at 3:00 p.m. We invite the public to come and help us celebrate.





Signs of Spring

By John Wilson, Extension Educator

Who needs a calendar to know when it’s spring? I have a fail-safe way to tell when it gets here. I just wait until I start getting calls from homeowners who have had a close encounter with a snake.

Forty-three years ago, that’s 1974 for the mathematically challenged, Jimmy Stafford’s song “Spiders & Snakes” peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts. For those of you too young to remember this, check it out on youtube. His lyrics, “I don’t like spiders and snakes,” are echoed by many 40+ years later.

As temperatures warm in the spring, snakes come out of hibernation and start moving around your landscape. Unfortunately, some will find their way inside of a home rather than outside as they become active. Some people are frightened by snakes while others see them as beneficial in helping keep insects and pests, like voles and mice, at a minimum.

Even if you are not afraid of them, an unexpected encounter will make just about anyone jump, so it’s  important to pest proof your home. If snakes get inside, more harmful pests like mice or those darn nuisance lady beetles may get in, too, and your home is not as energy efficient as it could be.

Caulk cracks and around conduits going into your home. To prevent snakes from entering basements and crawl spaces, seal all openings one-fourth inch or larger with mortar, caulking compound, expanding foam, or one-eighth inch hardware cloth. Repair window screens and check that doors are tight fitting.

Remove leaves that blew in over winter and piles of firewood, rocks or other debris near the home as well as overgrowth of weeds or plants as these provide attractive habitat to snakes.

There are no products on the market, products you would scatter or spray on the ground or ultrasonic devices, that are effective in repelling snakes, so save your money when you see these in some stores. It is best to use habitat modification and exclusion. The use of sharp lava rock near the foundation, while bad for plants, does reduce snakes from coming near the foundation.

Snakes need cool, damp shelters and may take residence under and possibly inside buildings. This is more likely to happen during fall when snakes are looking for areas to hibernate, but can happen in the spring when they first become active. If they end up indoors, the best way to remove a snake is to sweep it into a box or bucket and release it outdoors.

If one is indoors, but avoids being captured, place crumpled damp towels, covered with dry towels to retain moisture, in a large box on its side along a wall in a basement. Snakes are attracted to these and will crawl beneath. Tip the box over and check under the bunched towels daily. If you captured a snake, take the box and it outside and release the snake away from your home.

Commercial glue boards, or homemade glue boards made from heavy cardboard or plastic and smeared with a tacky substance, like Tanglefoot, can be effective for removing snakes from buildings. Place these in corners or along walls of basements.

Check glue boards daily and do not leave snakes on them any longer than necessary. To harmlessly release a snake, take it outside and pour vegetable oil over it to break down the glue. Be sure to place glue boards where pets will not get caught.

So for more information on snakes around your home, contact your local Nebraska Extension office.

Letter to the Editor by Senator Brasch on Renewable Fuels Month

As chairperson of the Legislature’s Agriculture Committee, and an ag producer, I’m humbled and proud to promote the successes of agriculture. But even more important is to continue to work on solutions for the challenges facing Nebraska’s farmers, ranchers, and the rural economy, including burdensome property taxes.


I’m excited about all the future opportunities for Nebraska agriculture, such as our continued success with ethanol. As a leading producer of ethanol, Nebraska ranks second nationally, which is why I’m pleased to join Governor Ricketts in celebrating Renewable Fuels Month. It’s been a difficult road to develop the ethanol industry, but the return on that investment has been tremendous for the communities that are home to ethanol plants, the workers at those plants and their families, our farmers and ranchers, and our state’s overall economy.


In February, during the National Ethanol Conference, Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association, expressed concerns about the future of the Renewable Fuels Standards (RFS) beyond 2022. He said “[t]he debate on Capitol Hill is shifting away from repealing the RFS to reforming it after 2022, when the congressionally mandated volumes proscribed in the law are removed and replaced with largely unfettered discretion by EPA to set future standards for all renewable fuels. We need to be active…participants in that debate.”


I agree with Dinneen. I’m not comfortable with leaving the fate of this important industry in the hands of the EPA, which has proven to be a burdensome bureaucracy that lacks accountability and appreciation for the importance of ethanol to the rural economy. To leave the destiny of corn-based ethanol under the complete control of the EPA beginning in 2023 is unthinkable. As we celebrate Renewable Fuels Month, let us also be mindful that we must work to secure the future of the ethanol industry.

Lucille M. Teeters, 79, Formerly of Decatur NE

Lucille M. Teeters, 79 years, formerly of Decatur, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, May 28, 2017 at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point.


Friday June 2nd

10:00 AM

United Methodist Church, Decatur803 South 4th Avenue
Decatur, NE 68020

Cemetery Details


Hillcrest Cemetery

Decatur, Nebraska 68020

Memorial Contribution


Lucille Teeters


Rocky Jefferson of Lyons NE

Rocky Jefferson, of Lyons, Nebraska, passed away Friday, May 27, 2017 at his home in Lyons.

Upcoming Events


Saturday June 3rd
4:00 PM
Brink Park
Lyons, NE 68038
Memorial Contribution:


Courthouse in Tekamah Proudly Honors Memorial Day

The Burt County Courthouse in Tekamah NE proudly displays the US Flag and a tank in honor of Memorial Day. It is a beautiful sight to see every year.
Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Mildred “Millie” Sandquist, 94, of Oakland NE

Mildred “Millie” Sandquist, age 94, of Oakland, Nebraska passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Oakland Mercy Hospital in Oakland.  Funeral services will be on Tuesday, May 30, 2017,  at 10 a.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland.  Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Monday, 5-7 pm, with family receiving friends at Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland.  There will be an Eastern Star Service at 7 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home. Visitation will also be held at the church one hour prior to service.  Memorials are suggested to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church Oakland, Oakland Fire and Rescue or Oakland VFW Auxiliary.  Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland in charge of arrangements.

Mildred “Millie” (Johnson) Sandquist was born September 12, 1922 in Craig, Nebraska, to Elmer and Clara (Pearson) Johnson.  Millie received her education at District #55 Prairie View School through sixth grade. Millie and her family moved to Oakland in 1933, where she graduated from high school in 1939. After graduation, Millie worked in Omaha, Nebraska at the Omaha Grain Exchange, and later at Dunn & Bradstreet. In 1942, Millie returned to Oakland, and went to work for Holmquist Grain and Lumber where she worked for 48 years before retiring on June 30, 1989.

On January 12, 1957, Millie was united in marriage to Ellert “Sank” Sandquist at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland, NE, and spent their entire married lives as part of the Oakland community.

Millie was a lifelong member at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she served on church council and in many other capacities. She was a member of Ryan V.F.W. Auxiliary serving as president, and as district and departmental officer. Millie also was a member of the Oakland Housing Board, American Legion Auxiliary, and affiliated with the Order of the Eastern Star and was a Past Worthy Matron. Millie loved to golf, play cards, and entertain her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ellert; sister, Ferne Rogers; brothers-in-law, Norman Rogers, Raymond Sandquist and Warren Nelson; sister-in-law, Lucille Nelson; nephew, Dan Nelson.

Millie is survived by her sisters-in-law, Lu Sandquist of Lincoln, NE, Muriel Nelson of Sioux City, IA; nieces, Linda (Robert) Schnell of Tekamah, NE, Katheryn Sandquist of Lincoln, Lori (Dick) Salem of Sioux City; nephews, Rex (Mary) Rogers of Tekamah, Reg Nelson of Oakland, Doug (Linda) Sandquist of Omaha, Scott (Amy) Sandquist of Lincoln, Kurt (Ginger) Sandquist of Lincoln, John (Kathleen) Nelson of New York, NY, Ward (Paula) Nelson of Ankeny, IA; several great nephews, nieces, cousins and special friends.

Millie Sandquist

Putting up the Flags at the Tekamah Cemetery

Adults and teens assisted in putting up the flags at the Tekamah Cemetery. It was such an honor to watch them in their efforts to honor all whom have served, are serving and have paid the ultimate price for our country, protecting us and our freedoms.
Photo credit for both photos, Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Rocky Jefferson of Lyons, NE

Rocky Jefferson, of Lyons, Nebraska, passed away Friday, May 27, 2017 at his home in Lyons.

Funeral Services are pending with Pelan Funeral Services.

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