January 27th, 2011
Julie Ann Phelps was born Aug. 21, 1958, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Charles and Doris Goodner. Her family moved from Idaho back to Nebraska, living in various cities until 1972, when they made Merna their permanent home.
She graduated from Anselmo-Merna High School in 1977, and was wed in that same year. Julie proceeded to have four children over the next eight years.
After divorcing in 1990, Julie was remarried to Irvin Phelps in 1994. The family lived for a short time in Anselmo, then moved to the Phelpsâ family farm just North of Anselmo.
Elsie Mae Jensen, 83, of Broken Bow passed away Jan. 18, 2011, at Jennie Melham Hospital in Broken Bow.
Funeral services were Friday Jan. 21, 2011 in the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Todd Karges and the Rev. Larry DeMoss Officiating. Burial was in the Broken Bow Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of the arrangements. Memorials have been established to the Broken Bow Chamber Beautification Fund, the Custer County Children's Fund, or the Donor's Choice.
Bennie Rex Ostrand, age 80 of Mason City, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at his home.
Memorial funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the First Baptist Church in Kearney, with the Rev. David Harder and the Rev. Stan Murdoch officiating. A private burial service was at the Basin Cemetery south of Mason City. Memorials will be decided by the family at a later date.
Bennie R. Ostrand was born Nov. 7, 1930, to Benjamin and Florence (Peck) Ostrand at his grandparent's home in Mason City. He passed away at his home, the family farm/ranch south of Ansley, Jan. 22.
Gretchen E. Boyles, age 79 of Mason City, died Jan.19, 2011, at the Jennie Melham Hospital in Broken Bow. Funeral services were Jan. 24, in the Mason City Baptist Church with the Rev. John Lewis and Rev. Bill Ragan officiating. Burial was in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Mason City EMTâs or the Baptist Church in Mason City.
Gretchen E. Boyles was born Sept. 29, 1931, in Mason City, to Ray and Addie (Wright) Taylor. She attended school and graduated from Mason City High School in 1949.
Martelle Anita Ritz, 93 of Twin Falls, Idaho, passed away Jan. 7, 2011, at Bridgeview Estates in Twin Falls.
Martelle was born April 7, 1917, in Westerville, the daughter of Henry Giles and Margaret (Metta) Boeltz Giles. She grew up and attended schools in Nebraska. Martelle furthered her education at the Kearney State Teachers College and taught school in a one-room school house for seven years.
Geraldine Frances (Smith) Russell, 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, in Peoria, Ariz.
Retired from California State Service, she was born in Broken Bow, March 18, 1918, and was a graduate of Broken Bow High School. She attended Hastings Business College and for a time worked in Broken Bow and Kearney, before the family moved to Sacramento, Calif.
The weathermen started out saying it would be scattered flurries. The next thing we knew, central Nebraska was in an all out weather watch, and the snows came, and so did the wind.
For two days, emergency personnel answered the calls.
âThere were so many accidents, we wouldnât even get one completed before the call came to answer another,â said Custer County Sheriff Dan Osmond.
And it wasnât a staffing issue, everyone on call Tuesday was working.
âIt usually takes one good storm for folks to remember how to drive in the snow. This last week I think they started all over.â
âąLegislative proposal includes the moving of legal notices to the Internet.
You, as a citizen of a democracy have the right to know. You have a right to know how your elected officials conduct business on your behalf.
You as a citizen of Nebraska are in danger of losing that transparency. This newspaper contains a very important section called âPublic Noticesâ or Legals. This is where our elected officials are required, by law, to publically
It was the love of being outdoors that first lured Ted Henderson into law enforcement back in 1973. After more than 37 years, Ted decided it was once again time for a change.
âI just retired from law enforcement, I didnât completely retire,â Ted smiles.
His career began in the same area where his life began, Gage County. It was an unexpected job offer, which he decided to accept, that changed his life.
Broken Bow is about to be a little brighter when the sun goes down. It will be installing 550 new street lights through a energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant.
The $189,580 grant has a $27,916 city match that the city feels it will recover in just a couple of years in electricity alone.
By replacing the current street lights with LED (Light emitting Diode) lights, there will be an estimated savings of 201,000 kilowatts per year, which equates to approximately $10,000 in electricity.