2016 Sheridan County Fair & Rodeo Announces Changes to the Line-Up

The 2016 Sheridan County Fair and Rodeo is coming up quickly, and a few changes are in store for this year. Fair week was moved back one week for 2016 with the fair dates July 22-31. The Speech contest and Music Contest still kick fair week off on Friday, July 22 at the Lister-Sage building in Hay Springs. Saturday, July 23 the queen and princess contestants will compete at 8 a.m. at McGinley Arena. Sunday, July 24 the 4-H Horse show starts at 8 a.m., with the Color Fun Run beginning at 7 p.m


Bostock places first at Rushville Rib Cook-off

By Lauren O’Brien

The Rushville Chamber of Commerce’s 4th Annual Rib Cook-off was held Saturday, June 25 at Modisett Park. Participants were allowed to arrive at 8 a.m. to cook their meats.

There were four participants: Larry Bostock, Chuck Hinn, Mick and Mary Tiensvold and Clint and Jean Andersen. 

Everyone provided samples for the public while they cooked ribs. The Tiensvold’s served candied bacon with maple syrup and brown sugar. Mary said the prep time takes the


Charmayne Strong Crowned OWTR Queen

Charmayne Strong, daughter of Bernard and Dr. Terry Beguin-Strong was crowned Old West Trail Rodeo Queen June 18 in Crawford, Neb. The queen and princess contestants competed in horsemanship at the Old West Trail arena in the morning and modeling and interviews at MJ’s Ranch House in the afternoon.

Charmayne will reign over all the festivities in Crawford July 3 and 4. This is the 70th anniversary of the Old West Trail Rodeo. The rodeo will be in the evening July 3rd and 4th with a huge


Return Home: Whiteclay Oglala Sioux Lakota Tribe Nursing Home

By Lauren O’Brien

This version has been updated since printed in the paper to correct an error.

The Oglala Sioux Lakota Nursing Home, located outside of Whiteclay, Neb. is anticipated to open on June 29. The facility is the first nursing home on the Oglala Sioux Tribe reservation.  

With about 20 months of work so far, the nursing home management team is preparing to furnish the 51,000 sq. ft. facility toward the end of June.  The facility includes: 60 resident rooms, a theater, which


3 men missing on South Dakota reservation found dead

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) ­-  Three men who went missing more than two weeks ago on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have been found dead.

Oglala Sioux tribal officials said Tuesday that the men died in a single-car accident on the rural reservation. Details about the wreck haven’t been released.

Tribal Police Capt. Anthony Long Soldier confirmed the accident involved one vehicle. He said the victims have been identified as 24-year-old Juan Lamont, 21-year-old Tevin Tyon and


Gordon soon to be home to a Shopko store

By Jordan Huether

Several meetings were held on a momentous Thursday evening in Gordon, Nebraska – the results of which would determine whether or not Gordon would soon be home to a new Shopko store.

At 5 p.m., the Gordon Planning Commission met to decide whether or not to recommend that the city council declare a section of land, which includes the old Bomgaars building, substandard and blighted. Attorney Mike Bacon of Gothenberg was present to explain the implications of the designation and


Gordon Movie Theater Receives $50,000 Challenge Grant

By Jordan Huether

It’s almost show time for the Gordon Movie Theater after receiving a $50,000 challenge grant from the Peter Kiewit Foundation. The challenge grant states that matching funds in the amount of $58,224 must be raised by March 31, 2017 for the funds to be released. The grant puts the theater’s fundraising total just shy of $150,000. 

The theater will continue fundraising to raise the remaining funds as quickly as possible. A Daddy-Daughter fundraiser dance is planned for April


Ladies Columbian Reading Club Has Roots in Rushville History

By Diana Robins-Mansell

On March 3, 2016, Ladies Columbian Reading Club Life Member Cathleen Burbach shared the club history and the original LCRC Secretary Book with me. Cathleen is the current LCRC caretaker of the club’s historical material, which she received from Addis (Dee Dee) King, who had been a member for over 60 years.

The Secretary Book outlines the starting of LCRC on the afternoon of November 19, 1895, when a group of seven Rushville women met at the home of Mrs. Cornelious


Wheat rust is on its way – be prepared

By Robert M. Harveson, UNL Extension Plant Pathologist, Panhandle Research and Extension Center, and Stephen Wegulo, UNL Extension Plant Pathologist, Dept. of Plant Pathology, Lincoln

Wheat farmers in Nebraska should be prepared to scout their fields for rust diseases, which have already been reported in several states to the south and are likely to spread northward.

Wheat in Nebraska is affected by three primary rust diseases – stem, leaf, and stripe rust.  All share some fundamental

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