Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Train-tractor collision results in minor injuries
COZAD—Cozad resident Kent Guthard suffered just minor injuries as a result of his quick thinking, in attempting to stop a tractor he was driving from colliding with a westbound Union Pacific train recently. Guthard was traveling south on Road 424 in a John Deere tractor when he attempted to cross the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and didn’t notice an oncoming westbound train. The train hit the tractor in the front and nearly split it into two pieces. Guthard was transported to Lexington where he received care for cuts on his head.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Genealogist of the Year helps preserve history
BROKEN BOW—Citizens of Custer County have long been aware of the tireless effort Mary Landkamer has put in to preserving our area’s history, and now the rest of the state of Nebraska knows it. Landkamer was presented with the Nebraska Genealogist of the Year award by the Nebraska State Genealogical Society. The presentation took place at the Historical Museum where she served as curator for 26 years. Landkamer was instrumental in helping Nebraska Educational Television with their documentary “Solomon Butcher: Frontier Photographer,” and has helped to build and maintain several indices which are offered online including the Custer County Homesteads.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Pantry receives newer pickup through joint effort
OGALLALA—While food and money are the obvious top needs for the Keith-Arthur Counties Food Pantry, a pickup to haul the food has proven invaluable. Thanks to a generous community, the pantry is benefitting from a joint effort that recently supplied a 1999 Ford F250, four-wheel drive pickup to the organization. The old pickup had logged more than 300,000 miles picking up and delivering foods, and being at the end of its life-cycle, the replacement was well appreciated.—reported in the Keith County News.
Red Willow Dam project to provide jobs
CURTIS—Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor announced that SEMA Construction of Centennial, CO, had been awarded a contract of $15,346,900 to conduct extensive modifications of Red Willow Dam. The dam, located 10 miles northwest of McCook, was slated for repair after examinations by crews in October of 2009 discovered a sinkhole on the face of the dam. Subsequent investigations reveled embankment cracking, prompting Reclamation to lower Hugh Butler Lake, which is impounded by Red Willow Dam. The project is projected to generate more than 160 direct and indirect jobs for one year.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Village of Arnold to replace all fire hydrants
ARNOLD—Village employees have been cutting the water supply in town in preparation for new hydrants. Antiquated fire hydrants were recently being replaced with new isolation valve units all over the village. The old hydrants had no shut-off valve and leaked after being opened and closed, which can be a hazard to firemen and an inconvenience to residents. Plans were to only replace two per year, however, the need to double the amount was put into place with the severity of the situation.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Agri-Best pushes on after founder’s death
CALLAWAY—What should have been a happy occasion at a recent open house put on at Agri-Best Feeds warehouse south of Callaway was more somber after the tragic death of its founder, Irvin Haidle, 70, of Fallon, MT. Haidle died of injuries as the result of an auto accident at the junction of the Callaway Road and Highway 2 near Broken Bow. He was driving a 2008 Dodge four-door pickup and apparently missed the stop sign at the intersection and collided with a flatbed pickup. Haidle and passengers, his wife Marilyn and Dr. Abe Scheaffer, were transported to Jennie Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow and then onto Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Mrs. Haidle and Dr. Scheaffer are expected to make a full recovery. His death comes at a critical juncture for the corporation building and expanding its territory. The Callaway warehouse distribution center plans to push on and honor Haidle’s memory.—reported in the Callaway Courier.