PIERCE — Ths community next week will be hosting a retired Pennsylvania farmer who is traveling across the county on behalf of wounded veterans.

Ivan Stoltzfus of Honey Brook, Pa., will be hosted by the Pierce Threshers Bee organization on Saturday, June 22, using the parking lot north of the Pierce County Courthouse. Tentative plans are for a meet and greet from 1 to 4 p.m.

Stoltzfus travels in a 1948 John Deere tractor that has been modified with a cab. He travels on behalf of Operation Second Chance, a nonprofit organization founded to provide financial assistance to wounded, injured and ill service members and their families.

He also pulls a camper behind his tractor.

His Nebraska stops include Pierce, O’Neill, Bassett, Valentine, Merriman and Chadron, with plans to be in Mount Rushmore on July 4.

In other news

The Nucor Detailing Center received the Outstanding Business Partnership Award as an Excellence in Career Education Award recipient at the annual Nebraska Excellence in Career and Technical Education Awards earlier this month in Kearney.

A grand jury will be convened next week in Madison County to investigate the circumstances surrounding the June 9 death of Cory Dittman of Norfolk.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation will host four meetings yet this month — three of them in Northeast and North Central Nebraska — to update the public on its recovery efforts.