September 26th, 2011
BEATRICE - The United States welcomed 60 new citizens Sept. 16, during a swearing in ceremony that marked the end of a long journey for most, but also the start of a new life.
They came from across the globe, born in 38 different countries, speaking as many languages, with as many stories of their long, hard journey, and as many reasons why the day was so very special.
Broken Bowâs Custer Campus, and Mid Plains Community College campus was given the opportunity to shine Monday. Community leaders from Ogallala were in town to tour the campus and talk to project promoters R.J. Thomas and Jerry Adams about the communityâs vision.
Mid Plains has been working with Ogallala to build an onsite campus in their community. The building has been purchased and plans developed. Dr. Chipps set up the tour, he said, to ârechargeâ project energies.
RAVENNA--The Broken Bow cross country team participated at the rainy and muddy Ravenna Invite last week.
The boyâs squad ran away with the team title and six runners finished in the top 20 and three in the top 10.
Cody Dierking was the runner-up with a time of 17:14, Patrick Wright placed third with a time of 17:51.1, Andrew Pracht placed fourth with a time of 18:10.8.
Evan Rose came in at 13th with a time of 19:24.7, Andrew Bailey finished 17th with a time of 19:40.6 and Grant Phillips finished 20th with a time of 19:52.7.
Don Davis was given the President's Appreciation Award by MPCC President Michael Chipps in recognition of my part in the growth of the Broken Bow Extended Campus. In his remarks, Davis gave credit for the new facility to the Custer County Economic Development Corporation and a lot of very progressive citizens who know the value of lifelong learning, and credit to the citizens of Custer and surrounding counties for their support of the college's efforts in Broken Bow for the past 11 years. The award was presented Sept. 6 in McCook at an inservice for all the college's employees.
Ivan Cool passed away peacefully after a long illness Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, at his home in Pismo Beach.
He was born in Broken Bow, in 1922, and grew up on the family farm, which his grandfather had homesteaded in the 1880s. In 1939, Ivan went to California to attend Glendale Junior College, where he met his bride-to-be, Eleanor Berrier. They married in 1942, and as the U.S. had entered World War II, he soon enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force.
Alvin Gustav Sundell, 86, of Wakefield, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at the Wakefield Health Care Center in Wakefield. Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Salem Lutheran Church in Wakefield with Pastor Darwin Garton officiating.
A Masonic and Eastern Star service was held at 7 p.m. Burial was in the Wakefield Cemetery, with Military honors presented by the Wakefield American Legion Post 81
John Clayton Spencer died peacefully as a result of a brain tumor in his home in Queen Valley, Ariz., Sept. 18, 2011. John, age 67, was born to William Clayton and Leona (Eichelberger) Spencer, June 24, 1944. He lived his early years on the family ranch near Brownlee, and he graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1962.
He served two years with the US Army in Germany as a combat engineer during the Viet Nam War. In 1971, he married Beverly Kabel. They had one daughter.
Jolene M. Olson, 63 of Gothenburg, passed away Sept. 15, 2011, at the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.
She was born Sept. 14, 1948, to Aaron and Freda (Pitkin) Lindstedt. She was the oldest of three children.
She graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1967. She was united in marriage to Donald D. Olson Nov. 4, 1967, at Tallin Church. They were married for 43 years, and to this union they had four children; Aaron, Collene, Tami and Dustin.
Jolene loved sewing, crafts, music and the animals on her farm. She especially loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.
In open hearings prior to the start of the regular meeting Monday evening, the Broken Bow School Board presented the proposed 2011-2012 budget and final tax request. Later in the meeting, both were approved.
Look out central Nebraska - here come the junkers! By the time you read this the number of people along the Sandhills Journey and Loup Rivers Scenic Byways will have already begun to increase - thanks to the 8th annual Junk Jaunt.
The event was born in 2004, when members of the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway were discussing ideas of promoting the area. Someone threw out the idea of a garage sale marathon, which received laughs from some in attendance. Others thought it might be worth a try, and after some brainstorming the name âJunk Jauntâ was chosen - and the rest as they say is history.