This week U.S. Cellular announced the top 50 nominees for it's Most Valuable Coaches program. Duane Wilken, Bloomfield's cross country coach, is one among three Nebraska coaches to make the list.
The public will vote for their favorite coach now through Oct. 8. U.S. Cellular will donate $5,000 to the schools of the final 15 coaches who earn the most votes. The top 15 will be announced on Oct. 11. U.S. Cellular, in partnership with Samsung, will then award $10,000 to the third place winner's school and $20,000 to the second place winner's school. The grand prize winner of Most Valuable Coach will receive a $50,000 school grant and a Samsung prize package for their school.
To vote for Coach Duane Wilken click the link below.
Bloomfield Fire and Rescue responded to a vehicle fire on Tuesday morning southeast of town.
A Ford Bronco driven by Donald Gilsdorf of Bloomfield caught fire around 10:45 a.m. at one mile east and a half-mile south of Highway 84. According to family, Gilsdorf exited the vehicle without injury.
Firefighters from Bloomfield extinguished the fire within minutes. No other information is available at this time.
The 2018 Homecoming Royalty has been crowned at Bloomfield High School's coronation ceremony Monday night. Will Fehringer and Carolyn Nagengast were named this year's King and Queen.
The homecoming court and candidates included Alexandra Eisenhauer, Kate Bruns, Anna Reynolds, Carolyn Nagengast, Michaela Johnson, Marissa Dahlberg, Will Fehringer, Trenton Holz, Mitchell Mackeprang, Logan Johnson, Evan Haverkamp and Dalton Gieselman
Farmers & Merchants State Bank believes in the future of Knox County and the agriculture industry that is fueled by the youth of Knox County. The purpose of these shows is to allow the best of both the 4-H and FFA shows to compete together and select the overall top animals at the Fair.
Farmers and Merchants State Bank has proudly sponsored the Steer/Barrow Bonanza and the Heifer/Gilt Classic for over 20 years at the Knox County Fair. They would like to once again congratulate the participants for all of their hard work and dedication in hopes to inspire them to pursue careers in the livestock industry in Knox County.
Farm Credit Services of America presented FFA Handbooks and Manuals to Bloomfield FFA of Bloomfield High School for the 2018-2019 school year. The FFA Chapter is led by agriculture instructor, Kaydee Alexander.
The student handbooks are information-packed and provide necessary background information on FFA activities, benefits and opportunities for FFA students. The handbooks are designed specifically grades 7 through 10 and contain information about FFA in a fun, easy-to-follow format.
“Farm Credit Services of America is pleased to make this investment in our local community high schools,” said Wes Chambers, Regional Vice President, of the FCSAmerica office in Yankton, SD. “Providing educational support to our future producers and agribusiness leaders is one of the many ways we support rural America.”
Insurance Officer, Elly Daisy of Farm Credit Services of America was on hand to present five FFA Handbooks and 10 Manuals. FCSAmerica has been providing FFA handbooks and manuals to local high schools for more than 18 years.
According to Bloomfield city worker Bret Gieselman, sewer services will be coming to town sometime during next week. In order to prepare for this, some of the manholes have been busted open to free the asphalt from them. Orange circles have been sprayed around the manholes so drivers can avoid them.
The sewers are being repaired and ‘foamed’ to run smoother. Somewhere some axcess debris is entering the sewers. Mike Doering pointed out during the meeting it may be coming from the lagoons. Gieselman stated the foaming the sewer lines helps rid the area of roots and if needed they would reseal and repair the sewer, which has not been needed so far.
He believes that this process, along with checking the lagoons, will fix all the problems and leave the sewer running smoothly.
City Administrator Colette Panning stated that we are in the second of a four year plan to fix the sewers for the whole town.
Gieselman is to schedule a time to meet with Peterson’s to take samples and depths of the lagoons. Samples and depths will show how the sediment levels are in the lagoons.
Doering suggested closing one or two cells off so nothing can drain into it, then use a pump to empty a cell and see what is in there. The valve would then be opened to equalize it. Doering noted how there is currently a mound somewhere in one of the cells, he thinks it is essential to find it and get rid of it.
Ray Lush asked about a time table concerning a manhole on north 1st street. Gieselman and Doering agreed that it would hopefully they could start tearing that road up yet this week.
Panning worked alongside Joe Hunhoff on the city budget and it hasn’t changed much from last year’s budget. Panning noted there is only about a $600 increase over the previous budget.
New Lindy EMS
The council approved Mike Schainost’s request to add Redina Redwing to Lindy’s EMS crew. Schainost noted that there are three other EMS who report to Lindy for emergencies, four including himself. The council agreed Redwing would be a nice addition to the crew.
The Bloomfield homecoming candidates have been announced. The school will vote on its 2018 homecoming king and queen this Thursday.
The nominated king and queen will join the court for coronation on Monday evening at the high school auditorium.
Next week will be homecoming week for Bloomfield students.
The remains of a World War II hero from Bloomfield, Nebraska, were recently identified — nearly eight decades after his death in Pearl Harbor.
Navy Seaman 1st Class Joseph K. Maule. Maule was just 18 when he he paid the ultimate sacrifice on Dec. 7, 1941, aboard USS Oklahoma.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced late last week that Maule’s remains were positively identified. From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.
Maul was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Maule.
In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time.
The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Maule.
In April 2015, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued a policy memorandum directing the disinterment of unknowns associated with the USS Oklahoma. On June 15, 2015, DPAA personnel began exhuming the remains from the Punchbowl for analysis.
To identify Maule’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome (Y-STR) DNA analysis, dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence.
DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership in this mission.
Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died during the war. Currently there are 72,866 (approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for from World War II.
Maule’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
Bloomfield's Fieldcrest Market and Greenhouse will be having a fall open house September 14 at 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. and September 15 at 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The gift shop will be open and full of the usual decor and gardening items. Additionally, there will be pumpkins, herb growing kits, gourmet herb bonbons, and new macramé pieces. All wooden signs will be 20 percent off as well.
Festivities will include a Make and Take Porch Pot at 4 p.m. on Sept. 14. Small porch pot's are pumpkin, ghost or spider themed and will cost $25. Large tub porch pots will cost $50. Please register ahead of time for the Make and Take Porch Pot Project (register below).
Saturday, Sept. 15 will also host a fun activity. Children's pumplin decorating will be from 3-6 p.m. and is free to paint/carve when a pumpkin is purchased.
For more information call 402-841-2720.
Small Porch Pot Examples
Large Porch Pot Examples
First Trinity Fall Festival will be Sunday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. and go to 1 p.m. They will be serving hot beef sandwiches, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, salad and desert bar. $9 for adults and children 10 and under are $5. For carry out orders call Doris Mackeprang at 402-373-2361 by Sept. 12.