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March 4th, 2013

Mullen hosts 6th annual Polar Bear Tank Race

March 4, 2013

MULLEN - - Only 19 seconds separated 1st and 2nd place at the 6th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race in Mullen Saturday, March 2. The Total Tank Team of Dennis Whitfield, Kyle Whitfield, Tracy Whitefield, and Colby Welton from Bellevue, won 1st place with a winning time of 1 hour, 4 minutes and 46 seconds.

For pictures and complete results of the tank race and the accompanying chili cook-off, see the March 7 edition of the Custer County Chief.

Nebraska’s Miss America exhibit opens in Lincoln

March 4, 2013

LINCOLN – Teresa Scanlan made history as the first Nebraskan named Miss America in 2011. Now through Sept. 3, her dresses, shoes and jewelry will be displayed at the Nebraska History Museum.

“When people think of Nebraska history, they think of things that are old and dusty,” said Tina Koeppe, exhibition services coordinator at the Nebraska History Museum. “This is definitely not the case.”

March 1st

Bow Chamber names new director

March 1, 2013

The Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director. Donnis Bullock of Cozad has accepted the position and beginning March 13 she’ll be on the job.
Her appointment was officially announced Feb. 23 at the Chamber’s Annual Banquet.
She says she is excited about being part of the energy that has contributed to Broken Bow’s growth. Her husband Chip, is the branch manager for Horizon Ag in Custer County.
“I feel like I’ve been an outsider looking in and now I want to be part of that energy,” Donnis (prounced just like Dennis only with an o) said.

26th annual Tour de Nebraska Bicycle Tour is June 19-23

March 1, 2013

LINCOLN – The 26th annual 5-day Tour de Nebraska bicycle ride will head to beautiful central Nebraska on its 306-mile round trip journey, June 19-23, 2013. Approximately 300 cyclists will leave Doniphan on Wednesday, June 19 and camp overnight in Loup City, Callaway, Holdrege and Blue Hill.
“We are very excited about the route this year—because we will be riding on some quiet roads that wind through some of the most beautiful areas in the state,” according to Susan Larson Rodenburg, who organizes the tour with her husband, Rich.

Committee focuses on guns, drugs, flying lanterns

March 1, 2013

LINCOLN – Guns, drugs and flying lanterns were among legislative bills debated during the Nebraska Legislature’s Judiciary Committee hearings, Thursday, Feb. 28.
LB390, sponsored by Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial would remove the Nebraska governor's powers to take guns and ammunition under the Emergency Management Act.
“It’s the times of emergency that you need (guns) the most to protect your own self,” he said.

Probation officers kick off careers in Bow

March 1, 2013

A/M grad returns home -

Terisa Gilligan doesn’t exactly fit the image most would have of a probation officer. But that does not deter her from doing her job.
The 2006 Anselmo-Merna High School graduate began her duties as probation officer in Custer County in September 2011 - though she says that was not her first career choice.
After high school, Terisa went to McCook Community College where she was a member of the volleyball team. After one year in McCook she transferred to Mid Plains Community College in North Platte, where she earned her associate’s degree.

Discussion heats up concerning housing requests

March 1, 2013

The Broken Bow Planning Commission was greeted by a host of visitors during their monthly meeting Feb. 22 in the Broken Bow Municipal Building. On the agenda were three separate requests involving plans for multi-family housing within the city.
Up first was Brad Quackenbush, addressing the board in regards to a property he owns at 437 North 12th Street. The structure is currently set up as a duplex, however Quackenbush is in the process of renovating the property and dividing it into three or four units, requiring permission from the commission.

February 28th

Face fear with education: Refuse to be a victim

February 28, 2013

In the past, I have shared with our readers many of my life experiences, including overcoming my fear of flying when I got on a plane in 2007 to accompany a group of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. This past weekend I conquered another hurdle - one I have to admit I never saw myself doing.

February 25th

Farm accident claims life of Sargent man

February 25, 2013

Dennis Andrew Seidel, 55, of Sargent, died Feb. 24, 2013, at the Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow, as the result of a tractor accident.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2013, at the Sargent Public School in Sargent. Burial will be in the Somerford Cemetery near Sargent with Pastor Alan Petersen officiating. A memorial visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Sargent Veteran’s Memorial.

February 22nd

Anselmo BNSF crossing to come under gun at Tuesday's Supervisors meeting

February 22, 2013

The BNSF railroad crossings at Anselmo are scheduled for discussion and possible decision at this Tuesday's Custer County Board of Supervisor's meeting. The meeting starts at 9 a.m., in the basement of the Custer County Courthouse, with a report from the Zoning Commissioner at 9:30 a.m.; public hearings on the possible vacation of county roads 591, 222 and 2070 up for discussion at 10:10 a.m.; followed by discussions on a road maintenance agreement and the BNSF railroad crossing at 10:45 a.m. Sealed bids will be opened for a 14-yeard dump truck and 11:30 a.m.

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