Flood Warning

…The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers in South

Big Sioux River Near Brookings
Big Sioux River below Dell Rapids
Big Sioux River At Sioux Falls North Cliff
Big Sioux River above Hawarden
Big Sioux River At Akron
Little Sioux River near Milford
Little Sioux River at Spencer
Little Sioux River At Linn Grove
James River At Huron
James River Near Forestburg
James River At Mitchell
James River Near Scotland
James River Above Yankton
Missouri River At Niobrara
Missouri River At Springfield
Big Sioux River near Estelline
Big Sioux River Near Bruce
Big Sioux River near Flandreau
Big Sioux River near Egan
Big Sioux River near Trent
Big Sioux River near Dell Rapids
Big Sioux River At Sioux Falls I-90
Big Sioux River at Brandon
Big Sioux River near Canton
Big Sioux River at Fairview
Big Sioux River near Richland
Split Rock Creek Below Jasper
West Fork Des Moines River near Avoca
West Fork Des Moines River Near Windom

.The following river forecasts include forecast precipitation through
tonight. Any additional future rains could affect the crest
The Flood Warning continues for
The Big Sioux River near Canton.
* until further notice.
* At 09AM Monday the stage was 1238.12 feet.
* Flood stage is 1235.00 feet.
* At stages near 1238 feet…Nearly all crop and pasture land in the
1/2 mile wide flood plain will be inundated.

Safety message…Do not drive cars through flooded areas. the water
depth and road condition may be unsafe.

Additional information is available at


Mary Ann Rose (Cerny) Petersen, 90, of Lyons NE

Mary Ann Rose (Cerny) Petersen was born on September 4, 1924 to Frank and Marie (Studnicka) Cerny in rural Dodge, Nebraska. She passed away on July 22, 2015, at the age of 90 years, at Oakland Mercy Hospital in Oakland, Nebraska after a brief illness.

Mary Ann attended a rural school northeast of Dodge. In the 1930s the family moved northeast of Scribner, Nebraska, where she graduated from Scribner High School with the class of 1942. During World War II, Mary Ann was employed by the Rogers Tent and Awning Company in Fremont, Nebraska, making army tents for soldiers. After the war, she was employed at Fremont Guide and Tribune, and later worked as a receptionist for Drs. Van Metre and Hill in Fremont.

Mary Ann married Leeby R. Petersen of Lyons, Nebraska on January 28, 1948. He was the son of Hans and Christine (Koch) Petersen. They made the Lyons area their home, farming in the Liberty area, west of town.

Later in 1968, Mary Ann worked in Lyons at the Logan Valley Manor as an LPN, until she retired in 1981. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, UMW and VFW Auxiliaries, Liberty Club, Westside Aid and the Even Dozen Extension Club. Mary Ann enjoyed painting, gardening, crocheting, embroidery and collecting poems. One of the greatest enjoyments, later in life, was playing dominos with family and friends, and she usually won.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Leeby (1985); sister, Evelyn Legband; brothers, Alvin and Marvin Cerny; seven brothers-in-law; eight sisters-in-law.

She is survived by her three children, Mary (Robert) Leifert of West Richland, WA, Jean (Craig) Novak of Loveland, CO, Richard (Lana) Petersen of Lyons; 12 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, a host of very close friends and relatives.

Mary Ann enjoyed life fully to the end. She will be remembered for her loving and kind-hearted ways with all people that she came in contact with. Mary Ann will be remembered for her love of life.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday, July 24, 2015 10:30 a.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church in Lyons.

VISITATION: Thursday 5:30-8 p.m., with family receiving friends at Pelan Funeral Services Lyons. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to services at the church.

BURIAL: Lyons Cemetery, Lyons, Nebraska

MEMORIALS: Memorial United Methodist Church in Lyons

Please feel free to send your condolences to the family.
Each condolence will be printed and given to the family after the service.


Mary Ann Petersen

Mary Ann Petersen

Elaine M. Holm, 93, of Wakefield NE

Elaine M. Holm, 93, of Wakefield, Nebraska passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at the Wakefield Health Care Center in Wakefield. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wakefield, with Pastor William Bertrand officiating.

Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2015 at Bressler – Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Wakefield Cemetery in Wakefield. Arrangements are under the direction of Bressler – Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield.

Nebraska Game and Parks

Jerry Kane
Public Information Officer | jerry.kane@nebraska.gov | 402.471.5008


Boating Accident Claims One Life, Injury in Another

LINCOLN – A boating accident on the morning of June 29 in the tailwaters below Gavins Point Dam in Cedar County claimed the life of a 68-year-old Creighton woman.

Two boats collided at approximately 9:55 a.m. The victim was a passenger in one of the boats. She was transported to Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, S.D., where she was pronounced dead.

Conservation officers with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nebraska State Patrol, Cedar County Sheriff’s Office and Cedar County Emergency Management, responded to the accident.

The investigation is ongoing. Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor in the accident. The Cedar County Attorney has ordered an autopsy on the victim. Both boats have been impounded.

A boating accident on the evening of June 28 at Whitney Lake in northwest Nebraska sent a woman to a hospital with serious arm and shoulder injuries.

A 40-year-old Crawford man was operating a boat on the Dawes County lake approximately 9 miles south of Crawford. The boat apparently struck a wake while making a turn, throwing the woman overboard. She was struck by the boat’s propeller. The victim was transported to Chadron Community Hospital and then later flown to a hospital in Fort Collins. Colo. The accident is under investigation.


Meat Processors May Apply for Hunters Helping the Hungry

LINCOLN – Meat processors have until July 20 to apply for participation in the 2015 Hunters Helping the Hungry program, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. This program provides ground venison to Nebraskans in need.

 The application form and program guidelines are available at OutdoorNebraska.com/HHHunder Processors and Charitable Organizations. Game and Parks will accept applications for participation in any of the Nebraska 2015-2016 deer hunting seasons. Game and Parks will contact eligible applicants by Aug. 7, 2015.

 Contact Teresa Lombard at 402-471-5430 or teresa.lombard@nebraska.gov for more information.


Habitat Project Planned on Bassway Strip WMA

LINCOLN – A habitat project will begin sometime this summer on Bassway Strip Wildlife Management Area in Buffalo County to benefit bobwhite quail, wild turkey, white-tailed deer and many other species.

The primary focus of the project will be to remove invasive cedar trees and smooth brome grass and to establish food plots and shrub thickets. This will provide nesting, brood-rearing and escape cover for quail and turkeys.

Cedar tree and limited deciduous tree removal will open up heavily timbered areas, promoting the growth of early successional browse plants to benefit deer and other wildlife species. Some of these openings will also be interseeded with legumes and forbs to produce a greater diversity of habitat that benefit many huntable wildlife species.

Biologists also will maintain some selected areas with heavy escape cover for deer that will not be affected.

Bassway Strip is located along the Platte River just southeast of Kearney.


Commission to Consider Early Teal Season Dates

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider 2015 early teal season dates at its meeting July 16 in Sidney. The commissioners will consider the following recommended season dates: Low Plains, Sept. 5-20; High Plains, Sept. 12-20.

The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at the Hampton Inn, 635 Cabela’s Drive.

Teal hunting season dates are set to coincide with the teal migration through Nebraska, and the opening day is typically the Saturday following Labor Day. This year, because Labor Day is Sept. 7, an earlier opening day in the Low Plains is recommended to accommodate a 16-day season while avoiding conflicts with possible youth and regular duck season openers later in September and October. Regular duck and goose season dates will be considered at the August 28 Commission meeting in Burwell.

For the second year in a row, the teal season in the northern portion of Nebraska will be on an experimental basis. Continuation of the teal season each year will be dependent on hunters and their ability to distinguish teal from other duck species. During the early season experiment, Game and Parks will evaluate the rate at which nontarget species are shot at or taken. If the rate is considered unacceptable by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nebraska will lose its teal season, and most likely, never get it back. Those who take or attempt to take ducks other than teal also will be subject to prosecution.


Women’s Rifle Series Held on Wednesdays in July

LINCOLN – Women interested in learning all aspects of rifle shooting are invited to attend a series of Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman classes in July at various locations across southeast Nebraska.

The rifle series is held each Wednesday in July from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each class is $5. Participants may attend as many classes as they desire. Equipment and ammunition can be provided.

The class schedule: July 8 – Introduction to .22 Rifles, Firearm Safety and Range Rules, Platte River State Park, Louisville; July 15 – High-Powered Rifles and Shooting Techniques, Eastern Nebraska Gun Club, Louisville; July 22 – High-Powered Rifles and Shooting Techniques, Weeping Water Gun Club, Weeping Water; July 29 – High-Powered Rifles and Shooting Techniques, Izaak Walton League, Bennett.

For more information, contact Christy Christiansen at 402-471-5547 or christy.christiansen@nebraska.gov.


Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
2200 North 33rd Street
Lincoln, NE 68503

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is responsible for stewardship of the state’s fish, wildlife, parklands, and outdoor recreation opportunities.

Raymond “Pete” Seymour, 83, of Decatur NE

Raymond “Pete” Seymour, 83 years, of Decatur, Nebraska passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 1:00 p.m. at Decatur City Hall in Decatur, Nebraska.

VISITATION: Tuesday 6-8 p.m., with family receiving friends, at Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah in Tekamah, NE, and one hour prior to service time at Decatur City Hall.

BURIAL with MILITARY HONORS: Hillcrest Cemetery in Decatur.

MEMORIALS: To the family for designation at a later time.

Please feel free to send your condolences to the family.
Each condolence will be printed and given to the family after the service.


Raymond Seymour

Raymond Seymour

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Coffman, 81, of Tekamah NE

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Coffman, 81 years of Tekamah, Nebraska passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 20th at the Golden Living Center in Tekamah after a lingering illness.

Betty was born on August 18, 1933 in Tekamah, Nebraska, the second of three children, to George and Mildred (Marshall) Plummer.  She received her education in Tekamah, graduating from Tekamah High School in 1951.

On March 4, 1951, Betty married Robert E. Coffman. To this union two children were born; Dan and Denise. They resided on a farm north of Tekamah in Riverside Township for 24 years until moving into town in 1975.

Betty was a devoted wife for 64 years and loving mother, who took joy in helping Bob on the farm driving tractors and grain trucks while also keeping active in her children’s lives. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah and served as the church organist for many years, playing at Sunday services, weddings and funerals. As a member of PW, (Presbyterian Women), Betty worked with the Hospitality Group preparing food and working in the kitchen for dinners and funerals held at church.  Betty’s musical talent kept her busy as the organist for the Order of Eastern Star and Job’s Daughters for many years as well.

Betty also worked for Burt County 6R Country School, Farm Bureau Insurance and Burt County Bank Insurance Company in Tekamah.

Over the years, Betty has enjoyed bowling league, raising a large garden and canning.  She was an excellent cook and baker, loved to read books and her card game of choice was ‘Pitch’.  After she and Bob retired from farming in 1992, they started to enjoy traveling to different places, most especially to South Padre Island, Texas where, for over 20 years, they would spend wonderful winters together. During her lifetime, she has enjoyed many friendships both near and far.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Robert and Jim Plummer; her beloved daughter, Denise Trumbo.

Betty is survived by her husband, Robert “Bob” Coffman of Tekamah; son, Dan (Jeanine) Coffman of Streamwood, Ill; son-in-law Gary Trumbo of Fremont, NE; three grandchildren, Kecia Zimmerman of Omaha, NE, Sarah (Matt) Lieber of Lincoln, NE, Danielle Coffman of Streamwood, IL; three great grandchildren, Hunter and Hailee Zimmerman, Logan Lieber; brothers-in-law, Donald (Dolores) Coffman, Ed (Barb) Coffman all of Tekamah.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Thursday, June 25, 2015, 10:30 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah.


BURIAL: Tekamah Cemetery, Tekamah

MEMORIALS: First Presbyterian Church, Tekamah Volunteer Fire and Rescue or Donor’s Choice

Please feel free to send your condolences to the family.
Each condolence will be printed and given to the family after the service.


Elizabeth Coffman

Elizabeth Coffman

Perry “Mike” Martin, 75, of Lincoln NE, Formerly of Granville IA and Emerson NE

Perry “Mike” Martin, 75, of Lincoln, Nebraska, formerly of Granville, Iowa and Emerson, Nebraska died on Monday, June 15, 2015 at Lancaster Manor in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Funeral services for Mike are pending at this time with Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Emerson, Nebraska.

Gerald F. Weeces, 87, of Tekamah NE

Gerald F. Weeces, 87 years, of Tekamah, Nebraska passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at CHI Health Immanuel in Omaha, Nebraska.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, June 15, 2015 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Tekamah with MILITARY HONORS.

VISITATION: Sunday 5-8 p.m. with family receiving friends at Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah and one hour prior to service time at the church.

BURIAL: Craig Cemetery in Craig, Nebraska.

MEMORIALS: To the family for designation at a later time.

Please feel free to send your condolences to the family.
Each condolence will be printed and given to the family after the service.



Morris Kelly, 90, of Pender NE

Morris Kelly, 90, of Pender, Nebraska passed away Monday, June 8, 2015 at Legacy Garden Living Center in Pender, Nebraska.

Funeral services are pending with Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender, Nebraska.

Marjorie Bonneau, 101, of Fremont Ne Formerly of Craig NE

MARJORIE BONNEAU, 101 years, of Fremont, Nebraska, formerly of Craig, Nebraska, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Pathfinder Place in Fremont, Nebraska

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Saturday, April 4, 2015, 2:00 pm at the United Methodist Church in Craig.



MEMORIALS: United Methodist Church in Craig or Donor’s Choice.

Please feel free to send your condolences to the family.
Each condolence will be printed and given to the family after the service.


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