Bridge Repair Update for Decatur

Fremont Fair Results


Burt Count 4-H and FFA exhibitors took advantage of the 85th Fremont 4-H Expo (Fremont Fair) to get a warmup for the Burt County Fair on August 4-8. Results for Burt County exhibitors includes:



Senior Showmanship

Purple – Megan Olson (3rd place – bronze medal)

Blue – Reese Hansen

Junior Showmanship

Blue – Lakyn Humphrey

Red – Leah Clark

English Pleasure

Blue – Megan Olson

Western Pony Pleasure

Blue – Reese Hansen

Red – Leah Clark

Senior Western Pleasure

Blue – Megan Olson

Junior Western Pleasure

Red – Lakyn Humphrey

Senior Western Horsemanship

Blue – Reese Hansen, Megan Olson

Senior Pole Bending

Red – Megan Olson

Junior Pole Bending

Purple – Lakyn Humphrey (reserve champion – silver medal)

Blue – Leah Clark

Senior Barrel Racing

Red – Megan Olson

Junior Barrel Racing

Purple – Lakyn Humphrey (champion – gold medal), Leah Clark



Senior Showmanship

Purple – Casey Stone (reserve champion – silver medal); Megan Olson

Senior Beginning Novice Obedience B

Purple – Megan Olson

Graduate Novice Obedience

Blue – Casey Stone

Agility – Level 1

Purple – Casey Stone (reserve champion – silver medal)

Red – Megan Olson

Agility – Level 2

Purple – Megan Olson (champion – gold medal)

Agility – Level 4

Purple – Casey Stone (champion – gold medal)






Dorset Breeding Ewe Lamb

Purple – Layne Miller (reserve champion – silver medal)

Commercial Yearling Breeding Ewe

Purple – Layne Miller

Senior Showmanship

Purple – Layne Miller (reserve champion – silver medal)

Junior Showmanship

Purple – Bailey Pelan

White Influence Market Lamb

Purple – Layne Miller (champion – gold medal)

Hampshire Market Lamb

Purple – Layne Miller

Natural Market Lamb

Purple – Layne Miller (reserve champion – silver medal), Bailey Pelan

Crossbred Market Lambs

Purple – Hannah Brudigam (3), Bailey Pelan (2)



AOB Breeding Heifer

Purple – Leah Keithley

Simmental Breeding Heifer

Blue – Garrett Klausen

Feeder Calf Steer

Purple – Leah Keithley (champion – gold medal)

Feeder Calf Heifer

Purple – Leah Keithley (champion – gold medal)

Senior Showmanship

Purple – Bailey Fleischman (reserve champion – silver medal)

Intermediate Showmanship

Purple – Leah Keithley

Red – Anna Karnopp

Market Heifer

Blue – Anna Karnopp

Market Steer

Purple – Bailey Fleischman (champion lightweight, reserve grand champion – silver medal), Andrew Cone (2, reserve champion lightweight), Brennan Ahrens, Trenton Elliott

Blue – Mason Cone, Garrett Klausen

Red – Cody Elliott, Trenton Elliott, Anna Karnopp



Senior Showmanship

Purple – Jenna Bromm (champion – gold medal)

Intermediate Showmanship

Purple – Brayden Anderson (champion – gold medal), Elise Anderson

Junior Showmanship

Purple – Linden Anderson, Brooklyn Hightree, Jocelyn Hightree

Crossbred Breeding Gilt

Purple – Brayden Anderson

Progress Gilts

Purple – Brayden Anderson, Linden Anderson, Jenna Bromm

Blue – Linden Anderson

Market Gilts

Purple – Elise Anderson

Blue – Brooklyn Hightree, Jocelyn Hightree

Progress Barrows

Purple – Jenna Bromm (champion – gold medal), Brayden Anderson, Elise Anderson (2), Linden Anderson, Brooklyn Hightree (2)

Market Barrows

Purple – Jenna Bromm, Jocelyn Hightree

Blue – Jocelyn Hightree



Static 4-H Exhibits

                        Layne Miller received purple ribbons and gold medals on:

Woodworking Level 4- end table;

Electicity – Heavy duty jumper cables;

Model Rocket;

Wildlife Habitat – Bird House and

Design Decisions – wood pallet bench


Cody Bachtell received purple ribbons on Embellished t-shirt, wooden stool, barn wood sign, and metal flag wall hanging. Blue ribbons on: Acrylic painting and bird feeder.

Ashley Bohannon received purple ribbons on her message board, Photography 3 photo and wooden accessory.


Philip “Flip” E. Hetrick, 71, of Walthill NE

Philip “Flip” E. Hetrick, 71, of Walthill, NE passed away Monday, July 17, 2017 at an Omaha hospital. Funeral services will be Friday, July 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walthill; Pastor Brion Tolzman will be officiating. The visitation will be Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walthill. The burial will be at a later date.  Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh- Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Flip was born September 24, 1945 in Onawa, IA to Philip H. and Marjorie (Morse) Hetrick and baptized into the Methodist faith in Sioux City, IA in 1945. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School. Flip married the love of his life, Karen Swanson, on December 14, 1967 and made their home in Walthill. He worked at IBP for 31 years, and was part-time at Cooney Fertilizer. He was also a union member of local 222. Flip had a petting zoo for many years.

Flip enjoyed being outside fishing, swimming, and gardening. He also enjoyed gambling and watching westerns. Flip loved his animals, John Deere equipment and was an avid Husker and Buffalo Bills fan.

Flip is survived by his wife Karen Hetrick of Walthill, NE; sons, Jeff Bradley of Indianola, IA, Mike Bradley of Niceville, FL; daughters, Melissa (Tim) Ruge of Decatur, NE, Robin (Scott) Davis of Hubbard, NE, Jill (Tom) Ruge of Lake Park, IA; sisters, Janice (Bill) Sampson of Sioux City, IA, Janet Dowdy of Phoenix, AZ; brothers, Marc (Beth) Hetrick of Monument, CO, Greg (Joy) Hetrick of Rice, MN, Jack (Kim) Hetrick of Walthill, NE; 20 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Marjorie Hetrick and brother, Chuck Hetrick.

Burt County Fair August 4th-8th

High School Mission Team From Kansas Blessed Oakland with 24 Hours of Assistance

A high school mission team from Southwoods Christian Church in Overland Park Kansas blessed Oakland with 24 hours of their presence today while on a trip they call “Destination Unknown”.

Each evening they draw a number out of a hat for the number of miles to travel and out of another hat they draw a direction. The following morning they head that way and when they arrive in that town they try to find service work to do and lodging if possible, or they camp at a nearby campground.

While in Oakland the Golden Oaks Senior Center played host, providing space in their air-conditioned building for sleep and meals. The young people mowed a resident’s lawn; trimmed bushes and pulled weeds at Oakland-Craig high school; primed and painted the stone figures at Four Trees Park; trimmed a residents tall bushes and helped with an electrical garage door, assisted the Itty-bitty shop my moving furniture and boxes.
The group would like to thank the generosity from Nelson’s Food pride, Flip Flop Farm Gurl, “Doc” Charlie Seagren, and Bob and LaVonne Martin.
“Like God always does, while we were trying to be a blessing we got blessed back abundantly”

Excessive Heat Watch

/Monona-Harrison-Shelby-Pottawattamie-Mills-Montgomery-Fremont-Page-Thurston-Cuming-Burt-Platte-Colfax-Dodge-Washington-Butler-Saunders-Douglas-Sarpy-Seward-Lancaster-Cass-Otoe-Saline-Jefferson-Gage-Johnson-Nemaha-Pawnee-Richardson-Including the cities of Onawa, Mapleton, Missouri Valley, Woodbine, Logan, Dunlap, Harlan, Council Bluffs, Glenwood, Red Oak, Sidney, Hamburg, Tabor, Farragut, Clarinda, Shenandoah, Pender, Macy, Walthill, Winnebago, West Point, Wisner, Tekamah, Oakland, Lyons, Decatur, Columbus, Schuyler, Fremont, Blair, David City, Wahoo, Ashland, Yutan, Omaha, Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista, Seward, Milford, Lincoln, Plattsmouth, Nebraska City, Crete, Wilber, Fairbury, Beatrice, Tecumseh, Sterling, Auburn, Pawnee City, Table Rock, and Falls City325 AM CDT Tue Jul 18 2017


TEMPERATURE…High temperatures in the mid 90s to around 100 degrees combined with dewpoints in the upper 60s to mid 70s would result in heat index values of 105 to 110 degrees each afternoon. Overnight low temperatures are expected to be in the mid to upper 70s.
IMPACTS…Prolonged exposure to heat and humidity may lead to heat-related illness if precautions are not taken.

An Excessive Heat Watch means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Hot Dogs Recalled

Marathon Enterprises Inc., a Bronx, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 7,196,084 pounds of hot dog products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically bone fragments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The beef and pork hot dog and sausage items were produced on various dates between March 17, 2017 and July 4, 2017. A number of products are subject to recall.

For a full list of products please click here (or see attachement).

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 8864” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail and institutional locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered through FSIS’ Consumer Compliant Monitoring System (CCMS) on July 10, 2017. Complaints stated that extraneous material, specifically pieces of bone, were found within the product.

There has been one reported minor oral injury associated with consumption of this product. FSIS has received no additional reports of injury or illness from 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. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact John Terminello, Consumer Relations, at 1-800-SABRETT Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 5:15pm. Media with questions about the recall can contact Boyd Adelman, President, at 1-800-SABRETT Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 5:15pm.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at 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:

Man Hospitalized After Boating Accident

A 40-year-old man was hospitalized when a personal watercraft he was operating collided with another personal watercraft July 15 at Calamus State Recreation Area.

A 29-year-old man, who was operating the second personal watercraft, was charged with boating under the influence and reckless operation in connection with the incident, which happened just before 6 p.m. west of Little York Point on Calamus Reservoir.

Witnesses told investigators that both operators were weaving their craft back and forth when they collided. The injured man transported to Valley County Hospital in Ord and later flown by helicopter to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conservation officers and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident.

Fresh Herbs for a Healthier You

I picked these herbs a couple of days ago. I have them drying now, although basil and cilantro can be used fresh from the garden. I have so much, I decided to dry these and use them fresh another time. Pictured are basil, sage, cilantro and thyme. We also have dill and chives. The aroma is heavenly! Photo credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Lifestyle/Health: The Gilliland Garden

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