New Community Event Sign in Oakland

Have you noticed this new sign? It is located on the north end of Oakland’s Main Street, on the corner by the Fire Hall? A Friends of Oakland Foundation Grant assisted in purchasing this new sign that not only says welcome to Oakland, but informs citizens of upcoming events. “Only community events may be added to the sign. It is not for advertising,” stated Sue Beckner of the Friends of Oakland Foundation and Chamber of Commerce. Examples of such events are Party in the Park, Swedish Festival, Fire Department Events, Church events, etc. “The sign is not for advertising, such as sales at businesses, it is only for community events” Beckner said. To add an event to the sign, or for further information, contact the Oakland City Office. Photo Credit, Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub. 


Decorating Pumpkins for Fall Decor

I decorated pumpkins over the weekend. If you want to try this, google nail polish pumpkins and follow the directions. They are fun, and a bit messy. Be sure to wear gloves! Both photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Gary Garland Townsend, 73, of Tekamah NE

Gary Garland Townsend 73 of Tekamah, Nebraska, passed away at his home surrounded by his family October 13, 2017. Gary was born February 25, 1944 in Sioux City, Iowa.

Gary lived most of his childhood in Sioux City. In 1961, he enlisted in the Army. While serving 6 years in the army he spent three years of that in Germany before returning to the states. While stationed in Fort Knox, Kentucky, he met his future wife and on June 15, 1966, Gary married Alta Carman. Together the couple raised seven children.

Gary worked as a diesel mechanic most of his life which brought the family to Tekamah in 1974. He also worked as a farm hand for many years after he retired. He also had a bait shop business that he enjoyed for many years at summit lake. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards and eating candy. Gary never met a stranger. He could always be found with friends or family telling a good story or joke. Gary also enjoyed gambling.

Gary was preceded in death by parents, Richard and Udith; brothers: William, Kurt and Marvin; sister, Roxanne; sons: Norman and George; daughter, Theanna; and three grandchildren.

He is survived by his sons: Robert (Kelly) Camron of Omaha, NE, Leroy Townsend of Tekamah; daughters: Linda Sergio of Texas, Udith (Art) Johnson of Craig, NE; brothers: Kevin Dickerson of Sioux City, Dick Dickerson and Kruse Dickerson both of Kentucky; sisters: Deb Mead and Delores (Jim) Browne both of Sioux City; twenty grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and his partner, Vineta Knudsen.


Wednesday October 18th
2:00 PM
First Baptist Church, Tekamah12th & K Streets
Tekamah, Nebraska 68061

Military Honors will be held at the Tekamah Cemetery.

Burial is in the Tekamah Cemetery.

Memorials suggested to the family for future designation.

Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Gary Townsend

Bridge Work Scheduled on US-75

October 13, 2017 (Norfolk, Neb.) — Weather permitting, repair work will begin October 17 on the bridge located on US-75, approximately two and one-half miles north of Tekamah, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation.


Traffic will be restricted to one lane and will be controlled with temporary traffic signals on the bridge. Work is anticipated to be completed by mid-November.




The Road Never Ending

Jeff and I were driving around last Sunday in the hills of Burt County. Basically, between Oakland and Decatur. I had to take this picture! It seems that the road goes on forever! There is beauty all around us if we just take the time to look! Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Dale F. Pawling, 87, of Hooper NE

Dale F. Pawling, age 87, of Hooper, Nebraska passed away Tuesday October 10, 2017 at the Hooper Care Center.  There will be a Celebration of Dale’s Life at 11am, Saturday at Ludvigsen’s Hooper Funeral Chapel in Hooper.  Memorials are suggested to the Hooper Care Center.  Online guestbook can be accessed at  Ludvigsen Hooper Funeral Chapel in Hooper is in charge of arrangements.

Dale was born June 20, 1930 at home in Hooper to William and Esther ‘Steunkel’ Pawling. He was raised in Hooper and graduated from Hooper High School in 1947. After high school he served in the Navy from 1950 to 1954. After returning from his military service he drove for his family trucking company, Pawling Transfer, then drove a bulk milk truck for Feller’s and Berkley Wolf. Dale married Marian Appel in 1957, with their family they began Prairie Angels Craft. The family made and sold their crafts at many fairs and even hosted special events at their house.

Dale was a member of VFW Post 10535 in Hooper and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fremont.

Wife – Marian of Hooper
Children – Linda (Steve) Sorensen of Nickerson
Tom (Tammy) Pawling of Bellevue
Robert Pawling of Fremont
Mary (Dan) Molliconi of Aurora

Grandchildren – Dustin (Kelli) Sorensen, Jesse (Tami) Sorensen and Jacob Molliconi

Great Grandchildren – Lane, Eli, Jace, Jack, Avery, Alaina, Jack, Kaelyn

Sister – LaRae (Duane) Moseman of Hooper
Sister-in-law – Millie Pawling of Hooper

Dale was preceded in death by a daughter Tammy, brothers Duane and Maynard, and sister Arlene.

Dale Pawling

Freeze Warning

.Freeze and Frost conditions expected overnight into Wednesday 

Including the cities of 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, David City, Wahoo, Ashland, Yutan, Seward, 
Milford, Lincoln, Crete, Wilber, Fairbury, and Beatrice
124 PM CDT Tue Oct 10 2017


The National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley has issued a Freeze
Warning, which is in effect from midnight tonight to 10 AM CDT

* TEMPERATURE...Lows in the upper 20s to around 30 are likely for
a few hours late tonight into early Wednesday morning.

* IMPACTS...Prolonged sub-freezing temperatures will kill any 
unprotected outdoor plants.


A Freeze Warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or
highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other
sensitive vegetation.

Oakland Fire and Rescue Beef Burger Feed This Weekend

Oakland City Office Hours

City Office hours:
Monday 8:30 to Noon
Tuesday 8:30-Noon/1:00-4:00
Wednesday 8:30 to Noon
Thursday 8:30-Noon/1:00-4:00
Friday 8:30-Noon/1:00-4:00

Flood Watch

Including the cities of Onawa, Mapleton, Pender, Macy, Walthill, 
Winnebago, West Point, Wisner, Tekamah, Oakland, Lyons, 
and Decatur
315 PM CDT Fri Oct 6 2017


The National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley has expanded the

* Flood Watch to include portions of west central Iowa and 
Nebraska, including the following areas, in west central Iowa, 
Monona. In Nebraska, Burt, Cuming, and Thurston. 

* Through late tonight

* Occasional rounds of showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain
are expected through tonight. Additional amounts of up to 2
inches are possible, which would put storm total rains from
Thursday through tonight in the 2 to 6 inch range. Flooding of 
low-lying areas, urban areas and eventually rivers and streams 
could result. 


A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.
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