AREA NEWS DIGEST
Taken from the columns of area newspapers.
Cozad park benefits from concerned youth
COZAD—Doing her best to help keep Cozad beautiful, Madisen Wilkinson recently raised funds, along with her own money, to purchase pet waste stations for Muni Park in Cozad. Living near the park, she has used the exercise trail to walk her dog and has seen many other people use the trail for the same purpose. To keep the walking more respectful towards other individuals enjoying the park’s swimming pool, soccer fields, playground and Frisbee golf course, she felt the addition of the pet station would be a welcome sight. Officials of the City of Cozad agreed and decided there will be three stations placed around the walking trail.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Park in sight for Custer County Fairgrounds
BROKEN BOW—There have been major improvements within the past year at the Custer County Fairgrounds. Five young Custer County individuals hope to continue that trend with plans for a park to be developed on the grounds. All five youths are members of Leadership Custer County, a class offered by the Custer Economic Development Corporation. The purpose of the park is to enhance the visual aesthetics of the grounds, provide an inviting place for people of all ages to use and improve patrons visits to the fairgrounds. The park would be located on the east end of the old rodeo grounds and is described as “front and center” for fair activities. To bring the vision to fruition, plans, volunteers, committees and a grant would all be utilized.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Second community garden to be planted
OGALLALA—After the success of an inaugural community garden last year, another garden in Ogallala, located at the northeast corner of Williams Park along the north side of North Spruce Street, will be planted in the near future. Last year, the United Church of Christ, First Congregational, Missions Committee and local community members started the first garden. The goal of another is to have another food source available for community members in need. Food grown last year was donated to several local organizations including the Keith-Arthur Counties Food Pantry, Keith County Senior Center and Jumble Shop.—reported in the Keith County News.
School recognized for progress in science Ed
CURTIS—The Maywood Public School District was recently recognized for their students’ outstanding performance and growth in the area of Science on the State Assessments. Maywood students ranked in the top five of all Nebraska School Districts in student performance and student growth. The Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association recognizes schools that are managing to close the gap of students meeting or exceeding the state’s competency levels. The school’s administrators referred to the professionalism and dedication of their teachers in creating a learning environment that promotes student growth.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Business celebrates 50 years of service
ARNOLD—On March 1, Nansel’s Best Service, owned by Ralph and Karla Nansel, celebrated 50 years of service to the Arnold community. Although the business name has changed over the years, there has been one staple through it all—Ralph Nansel. He will be the first to tell you a self-service station was not exactly a part of his original plan. After graduating he did farm work and traveled on a wheat harvest crew around the country. Nansel joined the crew at the station in 1966, and now at 79, has no plans of slowing down.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Area farmer experiences lifetime trip to Orient
CALLAWAY—Oconto area farmer/rancher Curtis Stallbaumer is the latest area producer to complete the LEAD program and he has some stories to tell. LEAD (Leadership, Action, Education, Development) selects 30 people involved in agriculture or agri-business for two years of education and leadership development to be applied to the agricultural progress in the state. Stallbaumer was selected in August 2015 and learned that ag isn’t just local corn, beans, cows and pigs but a world-wide market with many political implications. After numerous seminars, tours and trips, the group culminated its experience with an international trip to China, Laos and Thailand to get a feel for the people, agriculture and markets.—reported in the Callaway Courier.