April 12th, 2012
*Dana Ruth Fink was a community correspondent for the Custer County Chief for many years. We appreciate all she contributed, and she will be greatly missed.
Dana Ruth Milleson Fink, of Elsmere, was born to Frank and Lola Milleson Jan. 6, 1923, at Thedford. Dana Ruth passed away April 10, 2012, in Kearney.
She moved with her family to the Elsmere area in 1934. Dana Ruth graduated from Thedford High School in 1940. After completing teacher's training, she taught school at South Wrage, Calf Creek, north of Seneca and at the Pleasant Hill School for a total of 40 years.
Former Broken Bow resident Donald L. Vanderheiden, 77, passed away April 8, 2012 while in the hospital in Inverness, Fla.
Don was born and raised in the Valentine area. After high school he attended Chadron State College where he established and competed as a bull rider on the Chadron State Rodeo Team and competed in Golden Gloves boxing.
Obituary of Darrell James Nelson, as written by Darrell, because he wanted it to "be correct". Perhaps there is a little ego involved, but after 84 years of humble, that should be excusable. There may be some opinion, but mostly just facts that can be confirmed if you want to take the trouble. These final words are a little long, but it averages out to about one minute for each decade, and I do not think that is unreasonable.
Joe Goeden age 84 died Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at the Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow.
Memorial services were Tuesday, April 10, in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Broken Bow with Father Jim Hunt officiating. Burial was in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary in charge of arrangements. The family requests that memorials be given to the Broken Bow Library or the donor's choice.
Tommy Merle Fred, 57 of Merna, passed away April 3, 2012. Tommy was born Sept. 16, 1954, at Broken Bow, to Alvie and I. Dee Fred. He lived his first year of life on the Upstream Ranch moving in succession from the Nicklos Ranch and finally to the Lazy J-C Charolais ranch, where he currently lived, north of Callaway.
Monday was a big day in Broken Bow, as the community welcomed Governor Dave Heineman to celebrate the completion of several businesses and projects.
The events for the day were organized by the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce, and included a rigorous schedule with stops every 20 minutes throughout the afternoon. The day was planned to celebrate the growth and accomplishments in the community within the past year.
The Anselmo community asked that the train crossing be left open, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe has agreed.
The general consensus of opinion following a community meeting in Anselmo last week was made perfectly clear as each of the following entities spoke up: The Anselmo Fire Department, Merna Rescue, The Anselmo Township Board, and The Andersons, Inc. Each wanted the crossing left open.
CITY APPROVES SPEED REDUCTION: The Broken Bow City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Monday to change the speed limit on West Highway 2. Ordinance No. 2012-1115 will reduce the speed limit to 55 mph to the edge of the city limits, rather than the current 65. This will create more of a transition for motorists, who instead of going from 45 to 65, as it is now, the speed limit will go from 45 to 55 to 65. The council approved waiving the three readings and approving the ordinance as presented.
Trent Esch, 35, of Broken Bow, has been arrested on charges of Felony Criminal Mischief and Use of a Firearm to Commit a Felony.
The charges were the result of an incident that occurred March 18, 2012, in which a Deputy Sheriffâ€™s vehicle was shot at multiple times. The vehicle was parked at the deputyâ€™s home and he was not in the vehicle at the time.
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman spent the day in Broken Bow Monday, attending six ribbon cuttings, visiting the Public Library, greeting people and hearing from area interest groups. He concluded the busy day with a special Republican dinner at the Country Club. The first stop on the busy afternoon tour was a ribbon cutting at the new Trotter Service truck stop on the west edge of Broken Bow. The Governor and Jim Trotter shared a laugh or two during the ceremony. For pictures and information from each ribbon cutting and stop along the way, see this week's Custer County Chief.