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Roger Raver, 88, of Craig NE


Roger D. Raver, 88 years, of Craig, Nebraska, passed away Friday, March 29, 2019 at Tekamah Care and Rehabilitation in Tekamah, Nebraska.

Visitation is Thursday, April 4th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland, NE.

The Funeral is Friday, April 5th at 10:30 a.m. at United Methodist Church, Craig Ne. Military Honors will be held at the Craig Cemetery.

Burial is in the Craig Cemetery.

Memorials suggested to the family for future designation.

Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

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Marlin “Merly” Johnson, 63, of Lyons NE


Marlin Dale Johnson, or Merly to all that knew him, was born on July 27th, 1955 to Harlan and Rose Johnson in Pender. As a child, he grew up in Uehling, where they used to enjoy riding their dirt bikes around town and running from the local cop who would be in pursuit on a tractor. As a teenager, the family moved to Oakland where Marlin graduated from Oakland High School as a member of the 73 in ’73. He then moved to Lyons where he would reside for the rest of his life. Here is where he met Ruth Cole, the love of his life, and raised their two children, son Nicholas and daughter Sherrie.

Over the years, he was a devoted employee at such local businesses as Lane’s Tree Service, Jensen Plumbing and Heating, Nelson Construction and Cooney Fertilizer. As an avid member of the Hi-way Cafe coffee club and could be found there every morning before work shooting the breeze, telling lies, and handing out free advice to all who entered. He could also be found at his shop restoring an antique tractor, assisting with an automobile repair, playing a game of pool or listening to tunes while planning his next project. He was a faithful companion, loving father, playful grandfather and helpful friend who would lend a hand to anyone that needed it. He had an infectious laugh and the undeniable gift of being able to tell a good joke, make a guy laugh, or simply put a smile on your face. On March 28th, 2019, at the age of 63, Marlin passed away after a fearless battle with cancer and will surely be missed by all who knew him.

Marlin was preceded in death by parents Harlan and Rose Johnson, mother-in-law Ella Cole, brother-in-laws Ross Cole, Dennis Cole, Terry Cole and Tim Cole.

He is survived by Ruth Cole; son, Nicholas (Addisen) Johnson; daughter, Sherrie (Jerod) Redding; grandchildren: Landen Redding, Jalynn Redding, and Zachary Redding; sisters: Nola (Tom) Housh, Karen Johnson and Dave Wulfing; brothers-in-law: Richard (Paula) Cole, Don Cole; sisters-in-law: Myra Cook, Merri (Roy) Pippen.

Visitation is from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Sunday, March 31st at Pelan’s Funeral Service in Lyons, NE.

Funeral Service is at the New Life Assembly of God Church in Lyons, NE.

Burial is in the Lyons Cemetery, Lyons NE.

Memorials suggested to the family for future designation.

Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of the arrangements.

Marlin Johnson

Highway N-11 Open From Wood River to Cairo


March 19, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb.) — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) is continuing
its efforts to inspect and reopen roadways after the historic flooding this spring across the state.

 

Following inspection and clean-up (and repair) by NDOT personnel, Highway N-11 is now open
from Wood River to Cairo.

 

Please remember some local and county roads may still remain impassible.  Travel with caution.

Plan your travel by checking 511 prior to leaving for your destination.  511 provides the most up to date
travel conditions and closures available.  The system is available at all times online at 511.nebraska.gov,
Nebraska 511’s smartphone app or by dialing 511.

Revision to Reopened Roads


March 19, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb.) — The Nebraska Department of Transportation is continuing
its efforts to inspect and reopen roadways after the historic flooding this spring across the state.

The following highways are open:

Highway N-64, West Maple, is open at 204th
Highway US-77 is open south to Lincoln
            Highway US-75 SOUTHBOUND is open, not northbound

Please remember some local and county roads may still remain impassible.  Travel with caution.

Plan your travel by checking 511 prior to leaving for your destination.  511 provides the most up to date
travel conditions and closures available.  The system is available at all times online at 511.nebraska.gov,
Nebraska 511’s smartphone app or by dialing 511.

Roads in Nebraska Being Inspected and Reopened


March 19, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb.) — he Nebraska Department of Transportation is continuing
its efforts to inspect and reopen roadways after the historic flooding this spring across the state.

The following highways are open:

Highway N-64, West Maple, is open at 204th
Highway US-77 is open south to Lincoln
Highway US-75 is open

Please remember some local and county roads may still remain impassible.  Travel with caution.

Plan your travel by checking 511 prior to leaving for your destination.  511 provides the most up to date
travel conditions and closures available.  The system is available at all times online at 511.nebraska.gov,
Nebraska 511’s smartphone app or by dialing 511.

Carol Barger, 75, of Tekamah, NE


Carol Barger, 75 years, of Tekamah, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at her home in Tekamah.

Memorial Services pending with Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah.

Flooding, Not Again!


Well, here we go again! Flooding! Logan Creek went out of it’s banks and flooded the Oakland Park and the golf course. Fields are also flooded. Many people have water in their basements. And, according to the forecast for tomorrow, it isn’t over yet. Please be careful everyone! If traveling, check out the road conditions in the area you are headed to. Call 511 from your phone before departing so you can plan ahead!

These pictures are from the Oakland Park area, the Logan Creek and some fields that are flooded in Oakland. All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief/Kat Country Hub.

Flood Warning


The National Weather Service in Omaha has issued a * Flood Warning for… Rain and Snowmelt in… Monona County in west central Iowa… Madison County in northeastern Nebraska… Burt County in east central Nebraska… Colfax County in northeastern Nebraska… Platte County in northeastern Nebraska… Southern Pierce County in northeastern Nebraska… Antelope County in northeastern Nebraska… Northwestern Saunders County in east central Nebraska… Wayne County in northeastern Nebraska… Cuming County in northeastern Nebraska… Dodge County in east central Nebraska… Thurston County in northeastern Nebraska… Butler County in east central Nebraska… Boone County in northeastern Nebraska… Stanton County in northeastern Nebraska… * Until 145 PM CDT Wednesday. * At 741 AM CDT, Doppler radar indicated 1 to 1.5 inches of rain over the warned region in the last 3 hours. This rain along with snowmelt was resulting in significant flooding along area streams and roadways. Additional rainfall of 1 to 2 inches will only worsen the flooding through noon today. * Some locations that will experience flooding include… Norfolk, Columbus, Schuyler, Wayne, West Point, Onawa, David City, Madison, Pierce, Tekamah, Albion, Neligh, Stanton, Wakefield, Battle Creek, North Bend, Wisner, Pender, Scribner and Lyons.

Flood Watch


…FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING… The National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley has issued a * Flood Watch for portions of Iowa and Nebraska, including the following areas, in Iowa, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, and Shelby. In Nebraska, Antelope, Boone, Burt, Butler, Cass, Cedar, Colfax, Cuming, Dodge, Douglas, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lancaster, Madison, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Pierce, Platte, Richardson, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Seward, Stanton, Thurston, Washington, and Wayne. * From late Tuesday night through Wednesday evening * A strong storm will bring warming temperatures and 1 to 3 inches of rain to the region during the middle of the week. This will result in an increased risk of river flooding, do to the unusual combination of heavy rain, snowmelt, saturated or frozen soils, and thick ice cover on area rivers. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Significant and rapid river level increases are possible do to runoff or localized ice jams. Anyone with interests along or near area rivers should continue to monitor the forecast and river levels closely. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… 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.

My Favorite Hobby: Crocheting


Do you have a hobby?

I have many. I enjoy reading, and try to read every day. I enjoy boating and fishing in the warmer months, which I hope arrive soon. I have taken up some chalk painting, but I am very much a novice. I have painted a couple of Mason jars to date. I have other projects on my mind to accomplish this summer. Gardening is also a hobby I enjoy. Jeff has taught me so much about gardening. From tilling the soil, to planting, fertilizing, weeding the garden and the  best reward, enjoying the fruits of your labor. We enjoy sharing our garden vegetables with others as well. I have also grown my own herbs over the last few years, which I dry and use to season our meals all winter long. There is truly nothing better than homegrown vegetables and herbs. I also recently purchased a keyboard/piano. I have wanted one for a long time. I purchased a book to help me in my passion to learn how to play it. I try to set aside time three or more times a week practicing. I played the clarinet throughout school and have always enjoyed music. The keyboard/piano is quite different from a clarinet, to say the least, but I can read music, even after all these years since high school. I may never be a great pianist, far from it, but I am trying. That is important to me. Trying, learning, never letting my mind sit idle.

My favorite hobby is crocheting. I would say crocheting is my main passion. It is amazing to me how a skein of yarn, or a very delicate thread, can come to life as a baby blanket, an afghan, a pot holder, a dish cloth, a shawl, a rug, a purse and a doily. The items I listed, I have crocheted. Some of them several times.

My latest creation was the last item I mentioned, a doily. I have never crocheted using such a small hook or such delicate thread. I chose a beginner’s pattern, because for this project, I am a beginner! There isn’t such a thing as an easy pattern. I have made mistakes on patterns that are easy and torn out several rows of yarn. I consider this a lesson learned. All crochet patterns require counting stitches as your proceed along a row. I have missed a stitch before. It is frustrating and educating all at the same time. But, isn’t that true of everything in life? A person doesn’t gain success without failure.

I finished this small doily today. It is a small one, but a beautiful one, in my eyes. I know the effort it took me to make it. People that don’t crochet, quilt or knit can’t comprehend the time, and the money, required to make any pattern. This is true of any type of craft. I find it gratifying when I have completed a project. The joy a new completed project brings to me is hard to describe.

I thank my Grandma, Beatrice Sundquist, for my love of crocheting. Had I really been paying attention, I would be quite the seamstress and I would knit too! She did all of them! I am fine with crocheting. But, who knows, I may take on another hobby!

I have more thread, so I plan to crochet another doily, or ten, in the future. I want to make a bigger one next time!

Have a great evening!

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