Cheerie A. Raasch, 69, of Bancroft NE

Cheerie A. Raasch, 69, of Bancroft, NE passed away Monday, October 30, 2017 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender, NE.

Mass of Christian Burial services are pending with Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Bancroft, NE.

A Minute With the Mayor

A Minute with the Mayor

October 2017

By Lyons Mayor Andy Fuston

Here it is October already.  It always seems to come around so fast for some reason!  The big box stores will be putting out Christmas decorations soon if they haven’t started already.  We’ll wait a couple of months still for the city’s decorations if that’s ok with everybody!  The October council meeting was dominated by a discussion regarding health insurance.  Our current insurance carrier informed us that they were no longer going to offer health insurance so we’ve been narrowing down our options.  We were able to choose a policy through United Health Care that I feel balances the needs of the city and the employees who will receive it.  We will actually be paying $8,000.00 less per year than we were paying for premiums while keeping deductibles extremely reasonable.  We also had to change our insurance plans for life insurance and long term disability.  So we think we have that taken care of until it all changes again next year.

The council also approved a user agreement that will be used for the rental of the Store Front Theater.  All the parties involved with the theater felt it was important to allow the Store Front Theater to be used by the public but needed a formal user agreement for people to sign off on to use it.  We are looking at getting rid of our concrete pile out at the dump.  We contacted a company who will grind it down into a 3” product or smaller.  It won’t be good enough to use on alleys but we will be able to use some of it to say put rock down at the dump.  EAI is still telling us we’re on the list for the water tower maintenance work – weather permitting of course.  Our fingers are crossed that they can get it done still this fall but we’ll see.  October is the start of the city’s fiscal year.

We ended last year financially sound.  Both the General and Utility areas expended less than what was budgeted.  The pool had another good year bringing in over $20,000 for the season which was almost $1,400 higher than what we budgeted.  Recycling sales were also higher than expected.  Overall it was a good year for the city.  We are going to be advertising for cleaning help for the Community Center.  Rick has decided to retire from doing it.  If you are interested be looking in the paper for when we are accepting bids.  You will want to stop into the city office and get a copy of the duties and requirements so you know exactly what is expected of the position.  We have also been asked to look into changing our city auditor.  We are exploring the idea at this time.

Finally we have applied for a couple of grants.  One is through the state for downtown revitalization and the other, actually two grants, is for a new forklift for the recycling center.  If we get both those grants, the city’s cost for a new forklift will be less than $2,000.  Not a bad deal if you ask me!  That’s all I have for now.  Enjoy the cooler weather.  We’ll talk to you soon.

Mayor Andy Fuston

Harvest Time in Rural Oakland

Harvest time in rural Oakland! All Photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The Beauty of Logan Creek

Logan Creek by Oakland NE. A beautiful place to enjoy fall and fishing, and to just find peace. Both photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Jerry P. Clausen, 84, of Pender NE

Jerry P. Clausen, 84, of Pender, Nebraska died on Monday, October 30, 2017 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender, Nebraska.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender.  The visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Munderloh- Smith Funeral Home in Pender.  T

here will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Cemetery near Pender.

Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.

Jerry Clausen

Trick-or-Treat on Main Street!

Don’t for get to dress warm tomorrow!

Homer Henry Uehling, 75, of Uehling NE

Homer Henry Uehling, age 75, of Uehling passed away October 19, 2017, as the result of a stroke.  Funeral service will be Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 10:30 am, at the Uehling Auditorium in Uehling.  Visitation will be Monday, form 6 to 8 pm with family receiving friends at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Uehling.  Visitation will also be held at the Auditorium one hour prior to service.  Burial in Uehling Cemetery, Uehling, Ne.
Memorials to  St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Uehling, Uehling Park and Auditorium Fund or Uehling Area Community Foundation. Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Homer was a life-long citizen of the Uehling Community and a great-grandson of Theodore Uehling, founder of the town of Uehling.  He was born to Ernest and Irma (Witte) Uehling on November 13, 1941, in Oakland, Nebraska. He was baptized into the Christian faith on March 1, 1942, and was confirmed September 2, 1956, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Uehling. He loved the Lord and shared his faith in God as a Sunday School teacher and served on the church council for several terms.  He attended rural school District #67 through the 8th grade and graduated from Uehling High School in 1959.  He received his Bachelor degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nebraska in 1963, and went on to a successful farming career for the next 54 years.  On June 16, 1963, he was united in marriage to Lowene Meyer. Upon their marriage, they moved to the family farm east of Uehling where he had grown up.  They were blessed with four children and six grandchildren.  Homer valued his community and supported it through leadership and participation in the Uehling Lions Club, Uehling Co-op Board, Uehling School Board and the Uehling Area Community Club. He was committed to the success of the Scoreboard Café, serving on its Board and as bookkeeper. Homer was a sports enthusiast. He was a member and coach of the Hillside Dairy Softball team, enjoyed bowling league and coached youth sports. He was a lifelong Cubs fan and devoted Husker fan.  Highlights for him were watching the Cubs play at Wrigley Field in 2016, the year they won the World Series, and attending the 1995 Orange Bowl in Miami to see the Huskers clinch the National Championship.  Homer was a loving son, brother, husband, treasured father and grandfather and we have been blessed.  He loved his family. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Lowene; daughters and sons-in-law: Julie and Jim Popken of Ames, IA, Jill and Mike Riley of St. Louis Park, MN and Jeanne Uehling of Chicago, IL;  son and daughter-in-law: Jay and Sheryl Uehling of Oakland, NE; grandchildren: Elizabeth (Glen) Ready, Grant and Valerie Uehling, Ben Popken, Elise and Jacob Riley; sister, Mary (Dr. Ken) Frank; sister-in-law, Mae Meyer; brother-in-law, Lowell Meyer; nieces and nephews: Dr. Stuart (Mary) Frank, Barbara Frank, Tony Meyer, and Jennifer (Matt) Nicholas.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Irma Uehling; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harvey and Helene Meyer; brothers-in-law, Larry Meyer and Layne Meyer.


Homer Uehling


Wind Advisory

Wind Advisory on Monday...

Including the cities of Onawa, Mapleton, Missouri Valley, 
Woodbine, Logan, Dunlap, Harlan, Council Bluffs, Glenwood, 
Red Oak, Sidney, Hamburg, Tabor, Farragut, Clarinda, Shenandoah, 
Creighton, Bloomfield, Crofton, Wausa, Verdigre, Niobrara, 
Hartington, Laurel, Randolph, Coleridge, Pender, Macy, Walthill, 
Winnebago, Neligh, Elgin, Pierce, Plainview, Osmond, Wayne, 
Albion, St. Edward, Norfolk, Stanton, 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 City
427 AM CDT Mon Oct 23 2017


* TIMING...Monday late morning through afternoon

* WINDS...Northwest winds 25 to 35 mph, with gusts of 40 to 50 
mph or greater. 

* IMPACTS...Winds would cause difficulty controlling any fires 
that ignite outdoors, such as in harvesting fields. High- 
profile vehicles may experience hazardous travel. Loose 
objects may blow in the wind. 


A Wind Advisory means that winds of 30 to 39 mph are expected for
an hour or more, or winds of 45 to 57 mph for any duration. Winds
this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high 
profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

Trick-or-Treat on Main Street

Homer H. Uehling, 75

Homer H. Uehling, 75 years, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska

Funeral Service is pending at Pelan Funeral Services.

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