Area News Digest
Taken from the columns of area newspapers.
Cozad’s Uden named NCBA 2017 president
COZAD—Craig Uden, a fourth-generation cattleman from Cozad, has been named president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). He served as the organization’s president-elect in 2016. The NCBA board of directors approved the succession at its annual meeting during the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville TN. Uden is a partner in Darr Feedlot, Inc., and along with his wife, Terri, also own and manage three commercial cow-calf operations. He has also been involved with NCBA since the mid-1980s, serving in leadership positions on numerous committees and as policy division vice chair as well as being active in other local and state organizations.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.NE150 Museum to make stop at Broken Bow
BROKEN BOW—Broken Bow has been selected as one of 42 locations to host the mobile children’s museum that will traverse the state this year to help celebrate Nebraska’s 150th birthday. “Truckin’ Through Nebraska” is described on www.ne150.org as “a fun, hands-on children’s museum experience created for kids.” The state-of-the-art traveling museum will be a semi-truck that expands to provide space for children and adults alike to explore Nebraska heritage and envision their futures and careers in the state. The museum will offer play, interactivity and the latest technology as well. Broken Bow is the only Custer County location that the museum will be featured at.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Area home powered by sun and wind
OGALLALA—As long as either the sun’s shining or the wind’s blowing, Kent Olson is producing some form of his own renewable energy. The Keith County native has been able to achieve that since last summer when he installed both solar-energy panels and wind turbines on his home, which is located just northeast of Roscoe. On the south side of his roof are a few rows of new panels that collect sunlight, and just a few feet above those panels on the peak of his roof, is a row of four small wind turbines. Together, the two systems help supplement each other to create a near-continual stream of renewable energy, allowing him to be almost completely off the grid.—reported in the Keith County News.
Outback-NCTA Stock Dog trials feature six states
CURTIS—Students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) and members of the regional Outback Stock Dog Association were hosting the Outback-NCTA Stock Dog trial over the weekend. Skilled stock dogs and their owners competed in the nationally sanctioned low-stress livestock handling contest where entrants featured handlers and their dogs earning qualifying points. Approximately 40 to 50 dogs competed from Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Kansas and South Dakota.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Students get leg up with School House Graphics
ARNOLD—Arnold High School students are getting more than just an education. They’re getting a leg up in the business world with hands-on experience through an award-winning student-run business. School House Graphic Products is a class and a business wrapped into one. It’s a student-run graphics company that functions as a real business fulfilling the needs of businesses and consumers for graphic design, laser printing, signage, engraving and more. During the year, high school students can take School House Graphics as a class, and must also apply and interview as they would for any job. Some of the items students have provided include installing 911 road signs for several counties, built trophies, designed and applied car graphics and wraps, applied new floor graphics to the school gym and much more. The students are preparing for life after school while building rural communities.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Quilt of Valor made for local World War II vet
CALLAWAY—World War II veteran Dave DeLong, formerly of Callaway, was surprised with a presentation in honor of his service recently. Members of the Callaway American Legion and quilter Em Jorgenson presented DeLong with a hand-made Quilt of Valor for his service during the war. DeLong, 95, enlisted in the Navy at age 19 serving aboard the USS Yorktown during the Battle of Midway Island that started on June 4, 1942, the first great carrier battle between the Americans and Japanese. DeLong and his wife, Phyllis, were lifetime residents of Callaway and Callaway Good Life Center before moving to the Litzenberg hospital and Care Center in Central City to be closer to family.—reported in the Callaway Courier