February 8th, 2012
A large contingency of family, friends and community members gathered last Friday to say goodbye to a man who has been an intregal part of the Broken Bow community for more than four decades. Jim Franssen was laid to rest at the Broken Bow Cemetery Friday morning. He died Jan. 29 in Lincoln.
Also on hand to pay their final respects, were many members of the Broken Bow Volunteer Fire Department - the department Jim himself was devoted to for many years. In 2011, Jim was honored for 45 years of service to the fire department. He also served for several years as an E.M.T. in Broken Bow.
ORD - - It's the kind of stuff television shows like 48 Hours Mystery and Cold Case Files are made of. A woman is last seen leaving a small town bar; her body is found in a shallow grave three years later. The police have a suspect, but seem unable to gather enough evidence to make an arrest. The case goes cold for more than 20 years. Then, new evidence, new witnesses, and the suspect is in custody.
It was predicted to be a massive winter storm, with forecasters calling for a foot of snow or more, coupled with strong winds, for much of the Chief coverage area. As the storm made its way across Nebraska Friday and Saturday, those predictions came true in some areas and fell short in others.
Meteorologists were so sure of their forecast, that many area schools were prompted to cancel classes and postpone events Friday. The LVC wrestling tournament, for example, which had been scheduled for Friday in Broken Bow got pushed up to Thursday in light of the impending storm.
The NSAA released the 2012-2013 football schedules. For the first time in recent memory the Indians will compete with Ord for a district title. The Indians open their 2012 at home against Ogallala. Also, there will only be four D2 school competing in the area. With the co-op between Ansley/Litchfield and Twin Loup (Loup County/Sargent) they move up to D1. Anselmo-Merna, Mullen, Sandhills/Thedford and SEM. (S/T dropped down from D1 to D2) will play at the D2 level. Area games of interest include Twin Loup vs. South Loup, Mullen vs. Sandhills/Thedford, SEM vs.
The Broken Bow PTA has announced the launch of their 2011-2012 Box Tops for Education fundraising campaign. This year the school has set a goal of earning $2,000 through Box Tops to support the Kids of Character Program. Last year the Box Tops program earned over $1,900 for the program. All money earned through this program is issued directly to the Broken Bow School.
Mark Sievering has accepted the position of Superintendent at Broken Bow Public Schools, following a second round of interviews in the district last week. The contract with Sievering was expected to be finalized this week.
Sievering has been the superintendent at Conestoga Public Schools in southeast Nebraska since 2003. He has also been a superintendent at Franklin Public Schools and was the superintendent/principal at Arthur County High School in Arthur.
Karen Ibach of Ansley considers herself lucky. A little over a year ago, Karen was diagnosed with breast cancer - but thanks to a routine mammogram it was caught in the very earliest stage, and because of that she is a breast cancer survivor.
Karen has always been diligent about having annual mammograms and doing self exams. She has had her mammogram every year in November for the past 30 years, and until 2010 all had been normal.
James R. Franssen, age 71 of Broken Bow, died Sunday Jan. 29, 2012 at Bryan LGH in Lincoln.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Broken Bow with Father Jim Hunt officiating. Burial will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 8 a.m. to service time at St. Josephs Catholic Church. A memorial will be designated by the family at a later date.
James R. Franssen was born March 18, 1940, in Andale, Kan., to Herman Franssen and Marcella Goetz-Franssen. He moved with his family to Callaway in 1947.
Brenda Jean Minton, 59, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at her home in Merna. Brenda was born Dec. 27, 1952, at the Callaway Hospital to Joseph â€śJoe" and Betty Jean (Ault) Lindner of Oconto, and was baptized at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oconto.
At the age of four, Brenda left Nebraska and moved with her family to Utah and then Mesa Ariz. Brenda married Charles "Chuck" Minton May 8, 1979, in Las Vegas, Nev. To this union two sons were born; Martin Leonard and Michael Lee.
ln the mid-90s, Chuck and Brenda moved back to Nebraska into Brendaâ€™s Grandma Lindner's house in Merna.
Max W. Chrisp, 85, of Rogers, Ark., died Wednesday, Jan. 25, at his home. He was born Jan. 5, 1927, at Central City, to Elmer J. Chrisp and Ernestine Pearsons Chrisp.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and two sons, Max William Chrisp Jr. and Terry Lee Chrisp.