Nebraska FFA members and chapters are being honored for their accomplishments at the 90th Nebraska FFA State Convention held April 4-6, 2018. The convention is being at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.
The Santee FFA Chapter was recognized as one of the FFA's nine new chapters in the state.
Brooke Swanson from Niobrara took sixth in thePoetry category at the 2018 Class D1 State Speech held at the University of Kearney today.
In early December, the Santee Wellness Center returned to work on a Monday to find out that a serious water leak had occured over the weekend.
A pool pump band clamp broke apart dumping water into the center for ten plus hours. The flooding damaged flooring and drywall in the wellness and ran through to the offices in the lower level. Areas affected in the lower level included the counselors offices in the H.E.A.R.T. program.
“It was a rude awakening,” said Wellness Center Director, Michael Henry. The incident disabled the center until its reopening that was held February 26.
“We did a total remodel of storage space to make a sauna room,” said Henry. “It was a blessing in disguise.” While the center was out for nearly three months, a great deal of work was completed. Remodeling included tearing out the old carpet which was replaced with tile, removing a large closet to make room for free weights and mirrors, installation of a dry and wet sauna and remodeling of the lower offices.
The wellness center shares the building with several offices in the various areas of healthcare. The facility houses health professionals,
dentists, optometrists, doctors and nurses, nutritionist and dietitian, therapists and counselors. Additionally, the health center includes outreach programs such as physical therapists.
A major misunderstanding about the wellness center is that it is limited to only tribal members. “We are open to the public. Alot of people dont understand and think that we are only open to tribal members, thats not true,” said Henry. Not only is it open to the public, but use of the facilities are made available at no charge. This includes use of the weight and cardio machines and also the pool and saunas.
The facilities are open from Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, you may contact the wellness center at 402-857-2300.
At least one person was transported by helicopter following a one-vehicle rollover into a ravine Sunday morning on Highway 12 about a half mile east of the Highway 54D spur toward Santee.
Rescue units and fire trucks from multiple areas, including Santee/Sioux Nation, Bloomfield and Niobrara, lined Highway 12 as several occupants were lifted from the ravine in ambulances. Multiple officers from the Santee/Sioux Nation Police Department were running the scene. The call came in at about 8:30 a.m.
Two helicopters landed at Ohiya Casino, where at least one person was air lifted. The pickup involved in the accident is registered in Dodge County, Nebraska.
No other information is available, including the number of occupants and their conditions. This story will be updated with more information when it becomes available.
Northeast Nebraska will be front and center this summer for the 31st Tour de Nebraska with stops in familiar places, including Niobrara and Kreycik Elk & Buffalo Ranch.
The five-day trip will be June 20-24 and begin in Plainview with a BBQ on Tuesday, June 19. Bicyclists will ride from Plainview to Neligh, where they will spend the night.
From Neligh, riders will go to O'Neill, where they will spend the next night before traveling to Niobrara, which is the final community on the route. That will be a two-night stop and include lots of activities from a Pow Wow on Friday night to canoeing and tubing on the Missouri River. There will also be tours with Kreycik Elk & Buffalo Ranch in Niobrara.
To register for Tour de Nebraska, go to www.tourdenebraska.com.
Verdigre played host to the Niobrara Valley Conference East One Act Competition on Tuesday, much to the delight of those in attendance.
Niobrara placed 5th performing "Governing Alice," also receiving six outstanding actor awards including overall oustanding actress award to Brooke Swanson.
Those receiving individual awards were Abby Swanson, Summer Key, Makenna Gunther, Andrew Adkins, and Gavin Chohon.
Although the Department of Defense does not recognize the sailors of the sunken USS Frank E. Evans crew on the Vietnam Memorial, one crew member aboard the ship in 1969 recognizes three of Niobrara's lost soldiers. Bill Thibeault of Norwich, Connecticut recently visited the site of the Sage Brother's Memorial and paid his respects to his three fellow shipmates. Bill was unable to attend the memorial dedication ceremony held last year due to the travel distance from Connecticut. He was adamant about visiting the memorial this year prior to attending the annual USS Frank E. Evans Reunion held in Branson, MO from September 27 through October 1.
The Department of Defense has failed to honor the lost crew due to the ship being out of Vietnam waters at the time of the accident. The ship had travelled out of area to conduct an exercise with an Australia aircraft carrier and to load munitions before returning to area when the accident happened. For this reason, the DoD does not honor the lost soldiers on the Vietnam Memorial. Eric Sage, a military veteran himself, visited the Vietnam Memorial while stationed in Virginia. Having family members onboard the Evans, he would liked to have seen Gary, Gregory and Kelly Sage listed on the monument but unfortunately had not been listed.
Bill was stationed onboard the USS Frank E Evans when the incident occurred on June 3, 1969. He also co-wrote a song about our lost 74 called "Where's The Glory" (The Story Of The USS Franke E. Evans). Bill can be seen sitting with his guitar onboard the ship prior to its accident.
For more information on the events that occurred in June of 1969 and more about the Evans, visit the USS Frank E. Evans Association website.
The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s 24th Annual Powwow will be Aug. 11-13 at the Ponca Community Grounds, located southwest of Niobrara, Nebraska.
The powwow is a celebration of the tribe’s culture, heritage and traditions, and will feature a variety of dancers, drum groups and vendors. Admission to all events is free, and the powwow is open to the public.
Grand entries will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 11, 1 and 7 p.m. on Aug. 12 and 1 p.m. on Aug. 13. Meals will be provided to all in attendance an hour before each grand entry.
It is a non-contest powwow, and is meant to serve as an annual gathering and celebration of families and friends.
Visitors to this year’s powwow will have the chance to check out the newly renovated powwow grounds, which include a larger arena, new sound system and new lights.
There will be a ceremony at 10 a.m. Aug. 12, where a new Chief Standing Bear/Ponca Tribe of Nebraska storyboard will be unveiled by the National Park Service at the South Dakota side of Chief Standing Bear Bridge.
In addition, the tribe’s diabetes program will host a Color Me Healthy color run at 5 p.m. on Aug. 11. Participants will run 2 miles while being sprayed with a wide variety of colors.
The Ponca Tribe has a 15-county service delivery area: Boyd, Burt, Douglas, Hall, Holt, Knox, Lancaster, Madison, Platte, Sarpy, Stanton and Wayne counties in Nebraska; Pottawattamie and Woodbury counties in Iowa; and Charles Mix County in South Dakota. Office sites are located in Lincoln, Niobrara, Norfolk and Omaha in Nebraska, and Sioux City in Iowa.
It's time to grab your gear and hit the road for the "Ride to Break the Silence" Poker Run on Saturday.
The event will start at 8 a.m. with registration and a breakfast feed. The ride will start and end at the Ohiya Casino & Resort.
Performing from 4-8 p.m. at the Four Winds Event Hall will be Locked N' Loaded. Locked N' Loaded was voted Siouxland's Best Country Band in 2014 & 2016. Entry for the event is free for poker run participants and $5 at the door for others.
The cost for the event is $25 a bike, with a $5 fee for each passenger/additional hand. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Stops on the Poker Run include: