Railroad Crossing Replacement on N-51

The BNSF Railway Company will close the crossing on N-51 located two miles west of the US-77 junction on August 2 from 7:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation. Traffic will be detoured via N-9 and N-94.

Margaret Johnson, 93, Formerly of Lyons NE

Margaret Ellen Johnson was born January 30, 1924 to Carl and Anne (Ruddy) Jensen in Lyons, Nebraska. She passed away July 29, 2017 at Neligh Care and Rehabilitation Center in Neligh, Nebraska, at the age of 93 years.

Margaret grew up on the family farm northeast of Lyons, attending rural elementary school. She graduated from Blackbird High School, a rural high school near her home, in 1941. She then attended college for one year at Wayne State College and one year at Midland Lutheran College, earning a teaching certificate. She taught elementary school, first at rural schools in Burt County, and later at Pender Public Schools.

On September 23, 1950 Margaret married Chester Johnson at Westside Methodist Church in rural Oakland, Nebraska. They made their home at the Johnson family farm in Cuming County. They were blessed with two children, Sheila and Richard.

Margaret was a homemaker, raising chickens and tending a large garden in addition to her flower gardens. After their children were grown, she worked as a substitute teacher in Cuming County rural schools. She also enjoyed being a member of an extension club and quilt guild.

After living on the farm for 51 years, Margaret and Chester moved to Lyons in 2001. They became members of the First Presbyterian Church. In 2008 Margaret moved to Neligh to reside in an assisted living facility. She moved to Neligh Care and Rehabilitation Center in 2011.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Chester in 2006.

She is survived by her daughter, Sheila (Tom) Parks of Neligh; son, Richard (Linda) Johnson of Oakland; grandchildren, Aaron (Sara) Parks, Amber (Jordan) Paden, Christal (Chris) Witthuhn, Alexis Johnson; 6 great grandchildren.


Wednesday, August 2nd
 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church, Lyons340 Everett Street
Lyons, Nebraska 68038


Wednesday, August 2nd
 11:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church, Lyons340 Everett Street
Lyons, Nebraska 68038Burial is in the Lyons Cemetery.

Contributions suggested to the family for future designation.

Margaret Johnson

Ed Hanna, 89, of Oakland NE

Ed Hanna “Grandpa Ed” alias…..Tommy Bishop lived life to the fullest. He was born in Table Rock, NE September 15, 1927 to Anna (Hubka) and Edd Hanna. He passed away Friday, July 28, 2017 in Lincoln, NE.

After graduating from Table Rock, he served in the occupational army in Japan using the GI Bill to get a degree in music education from Peru College. He married Betty Rademacher and on August 3 the two would have celebrated 67 years of marriage. He taught in Hamburg, IA and West Point, NE. Moving to Oakland, NE he became a State Farm agent until retiring. His love of music led him to leading “The Tommy Bishop Band” for over 60 years. He was always directing community and church choirs, musicals, State Fair Veterans’ Programs, and always organizing entertainment for various events. Community was important to him serving on so many committees, boards, clubs, too numerous to name. He was “Grandpa Ed” to anyone he met visiting, joking, and telling stories. To our family he was everything…….husband, father, Grandpa, and friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; and son, Tom.

Celebrating his life are his wife, Betty; daughters, Deborah (Tim) Anderson, Teresa (Perry) Rogers; sons, Steve (Laurie) Hanna, Dan Hanna; daughter in law, Laurie Hanna; 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

To all who knew him he would be asking you all to say Hip Hip Hurray for a life well lived.


Monday, July 31st
 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
First Evangelical Lutheran Church201 North Davis Avenue
Oakland, Nebraska 68045

Family will be receiving friends and at 7 pm a memorial video, all at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to service at the church.


Tuesday, August 1st
 10:30 AM
First Evangelical Lutheran Church201 North Davis Avenue
Oakland, Nebraska 68045

Military Honors will be held following the service.

A private family burial will be held.

Contributions suggested to the family for future designations.

Ed Hanna

Miscellaneous Household/Tool Sale in Oakland August 4-6

The children of Paul and Rosemary Kai will be having a miscellaneous household/tool sale next Friday, August 4th from 4:00-7:00 p.m,  Saturday, August 5th from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Sunday August 6th from noon-3:00 p.m.

The sale will be located at the storage units south of Holmquist Grain and Lumber, Logan Street in Oakland NE.


Happenings at Oakland Heights

Oakland Heights News by Nancy Silvey

This Thursday July 27th we will be having a party for our present Physical and Occupational Therapy staff at 2:30 pm. We have a couple residents celebrating a birthdays LaVern Johnson on July 27th and Joan Price on July 31st.

Next week is the start of a new month, August will be full of some good summer fun, trip to the fair, watermelon on the patio, ice cream sundaes, cookout many more fun activities.

Church Service for Sunday July 30th will be given by the Evangelical Free Church at 2:30 pm with a luncheon following service. On Monday July 31st is communion with First Lutheran at 2:30 pm. On Wednesday August 2nd is communion with pastor Hoden at 1:00 pm.

Activities for the week of July 31st to August 5th   are as follows, reading with Suzanne, Manicures, Sing A Long, Game Day, Bingo the w/WOW, Reading Group, Bible Fellowship, Word Games, Let’s Play Ball, Crafty Cooking, Bingo, Saturday Movie, and Lawrence Walk.

Volunteers signing in last week were; Suzanne Sanderson, Cover McCauley, Bonnie Fleischman, Nadine Anderson, Mary Alice Pearson, Robyn Johnson, Sue Beckner, Dani Moseman, Judy Nelson, Patty Miller, Marge Maller, Mary Donovan, Anne Anderson, and Makayla Johnson.

Guest signing the guest book last week was: Ron, Mary, Brendon, and Coraline Plageman to see Dorothy Larson.






D & D Foods, Inc. Recalling Pizzas

D & D Foods, Inc., an Omaha, Neb. establishment, is recalling approximately 17,847 pounds of pepperoni pizza products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain soy lecithin, a known allergen which is not declared on the final product label.


The pepperoni pizza items were produced and packaged on various dates from April 18, 2017 to July 21, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:


  • Cases containing four 32-oz., individually packaged pizzas of “Hy-Vee PEPPERONI PIZZA 16″ THIN CRUST” with case code of 88943.


  • Cases containing four 27-oz., individually packaged pizzas of “Hy-Vee PEPPERONI PIZZA 12″ TRADITIONAL CRUST” with case code 88901.


  • Cases containing four 47-oz., individually packaged pizzas of “Hy-Vee PEPPERONI PIZZA 16″ TRADITIONAL CRUST” with case code 88929.


  • Cases containing four 19-oz., individually packaged pizzas of “Hy-Vee PEPPERONI PIZZA 12″ THIN CRUST” with case code 88915.


The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. M21275” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Minneapolis.


The problem was discovered on July 22, 2017 by FSIS’ Inspection Program Personnel (IPP) while performing routine label verification activities.


There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.


Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.


FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify theircustomers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Missy Petty, Manager of Customer Care with D & D Foods Inc., at (800) 289-8343. Media with questions about the recall can contact Tara Deering-Hansen, D & D Foods Inc.’s Vice President of Communications, at (515) 559-5770.


Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

Notice From Oakland Swimming Pool

Come to the Fair

By Mary Loftis, Extension Associate

Come to the Fair!

          Come one, come all and “Enjoy the Ride” to the “Best Show on Burt County Dirt!”

How’s that for combining a couple good county fair themes? The Burt County Fair is set to officially begin Friday, August 4th and will run until Tuesday, August 8th on the Burt County Fairgrounds in Oakland. Check out the event schedule on the Burt County Fair http://www.burtcountyfair.net website and take part in the local fun, food and friends at the fair!


4-H Scavenger Hunt

          The Burt County 4-H Council is again sponsoring the very successful 4-H Scavenger Hunt they started last year. Youth ages 5-18 are invited to come to the 4-H Building on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, August 5-7 to sign in to get a 4-H Scavenger Hunt question sheet. Then explore the fairgrounds looking for answers to the questions with your family.

When you’ve completed the scavenger hunt come back to the 4-H Building and turn I your sheet. Each youth will receive 5 free carnival ride tickets and a chance to spin the big 4-H prize wheel! Additional prizes include gift certificates to the 4-H Kitchen, additional carnival tickets, and other 4-H and UNL promotional items. It’s free, it’s fun and it helps everyone learn a little more about the fair and 4-H! (Youth may only participate in the scavenger hunt once for prizes, but energetic participants can do a daily hunt just for the fun of it!) Spread the word – this activity is for all youth attending the fair!


Live-Streaming from the Fair

          The Burt County Fair Foundation is trying something new this year…they are adding the technology and equipment to live-stream the livestock shows. All the technical details are being worked out on it at this moment. If you’re interested, or have family at a distance that would like to see some of the shows (especially in the arena) have them go to the Burt County Fair website at: www.burtcountyfair.net and look for a link.


4-H Rocket Launch

          The 4-H Rocket Launch was a real BLAST last week with 14 4-H members participating. Comments during the event were entertaining at the least. One parent made the comment that “rocketry keeps you humble” …no matter how good your rocket looks or how often it’s launched without a hitch something can always spoil that “perfect launch”. It can also be very aerobic as a group search walked a quarter mile across the sod field and 22 rows deep into the corn field to help find a rocket! It’s also a religious experience as you’re praying the rocket will launch (and that it will be found!)

Yes, there were a few failed launches, but everyone did get their rocket into the air and all were recovered.

Results of the contest are as follows:

Purple Ribbons:

Champion: Brayden Anderson, Lyons

Reserve Champion: Colton Miller, Lyons

Caleb Schlichting, Lyons

Eli Schlichting, Lyons

Elise Anderson, Lyons

Brady Braniff, Tekamah

Linden Anderson, Lyons

Javar Larson, Oakland


Blue Ribbons:

Andrew Schlichting, Lyons


Red Ribbons:

Mackenzie Evans, Tekamah

Layne Miller, Lyons

Michael Bracht, West Point


Clover Kids participating were:

Gavin Johnson, Oakland and Elisha Larson of Oakland


Pie Day II & Fruit Cups

Don’t forget to come to the Vet’s Building in Oakland this Saturday, July 29 at 8:00 to help get the rest of the wonderful 4-H fruit pies made. Cherry, peach and apricot pies will be made since the apple, strawberry rhubarb and rhubarb pies were completed last week. Fruit Cups will be made after lunch at the 4-H Kitchen. All help is appreciated!

Fairgrounds Clean-up

Thanks to sixty-six 4-H members, leaders, families and friends, the Burt County Fairgrounds got a good cleaning Sunday afternoon. The group made quick work of all the projects on the list and then enjoyed a meal sponsored by the Burt County Fair Foundation as their thank you. You all make our county fair very special and it is much appreciated!


Heat Advisory

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The National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley has issued a HeatAdvisory, which is in effect from 1 PM this afternoon to 7 PM CDTthis evening.

  • TEMPERATURE…High temperatures this afternoon will reach into the lower to mid 90s. Afternoon heat indices should reach 103 to 108 degrees.
  • IMPACTS… Outdoor workers are at risk for heat exhaustion or heat stroke this afternoon. Children and pets are at risk if left alone in unattended vehicles. Prolonged exposure to heat and humidity may lead to heat-related illness if precautions are not taken.


A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures isexpected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humiditywill combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses arepossible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditionedroom, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives andneighbors.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morningor evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion andheat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing whenpossible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safetyand health administration recommends scheduling frequent restbreaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcomeby heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heatstroke is an emergency so call 911.

Burt County Fair 4-H Pie Day

Elijah Larson was anxious to start learning how to make a pie at the 4-H Pie Day last week in Tekamah. With the help of his mom, Connie Larson he did a very nice job!
He and anyone else can get even more practice by attending Pie Day II in Oakland at the Vet’s Building in Oakland on Saturday, July 29. Everyone’s welcome to help out! Cherry, peach and apricot pies will be made at the second pie day starting at 8:00 along with fruit cups at the 4-H Kitchen in the early afternoon. Photo Credit/Mary Loftis.

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