This sign, erected two miles north of Norfolk, was damaged in the March flood. Renner Wraps offered to remake the sign at no charge. The new sign is now in place, and all should appreciate the message the sign delivers.
Children attending Vacation Bible School at St. John's Lutheran Church in Norfolk recently packaged Heart-y Soup sacks that were donated to the Norfolk Food Pantry. Each packet contains all the ingredients to make eight one-cup servings of soup. Funding for the soup was donated by Thrivent Action Dollars.
Wilma Dopson, 92, is a 72-year member of American Legion Auxiliary 88. Her husband, Virgil H. Hansen, joined the U.S. Navy on Aug. 4, 1943, and served on the USS Denver where he worked on the radar system. He was discharged on May 11, 1946. Mrs. Dopson has held most offices in the Auxiliary through the years. She is still serving as a color bearer and treasurer.
The ninth Annual Pierce Historical Society Classic Car Show was held on Sunday, June 30. It was a hot day but the cars were hotter! Jeff and Tracy Spear of Hampton, Iowa, came with their 1955 Chevy 210 Post Del Ray. The car made a return trip to Pierce as it was one of the vehicles purchased at the Lambrecht car auction in 2013. The original owner of the car, George Prince of Pierce, got to spend the afternoon with Jeff and the car.
1983 Norfolk High graduates Tom Markland and John Ehrenfried recently biked 200 miles on the Cowboy Trail from Valentine to Norfolk in just under 13 hours. They currently reside in Florida and Tennessee, respectively.
Jeff Sotzing, the nephew of the late Johnny Carson and a representative of the Johnny Carson Foundation, enjoyed a recent trip to Norfolk from his home in California to attend the Great American Comedy Festival and attend to foundation business. While here, he toured the newly expanded Norfolk Family YMCA, made stops at the Elkhorn Valley Museum and Norfolk Senior Center and also enjoyed a chance to drive some farm equipment courtesy of Dinkel Implement.
Gary Winthorpe, a new resident of the Norfolk area, heard about Skyview Lake and how beautiful it was so he decided to check it out for himself. While kayaking one day in early June, he noticed how beautiful the sunset was and how it reflected off the water and decided to take a picture of it.
From left, Josie Sanger of Crofton, Amber Miller and Hannah Ollendick of Tilden Elkhorn Valley, and Taya Beller of Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family perform a line dance during halftime of the Northeast Nebraska All-Star Girls Basketball Game. At far right is Light team coach Kandee Hanzel of Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family.
Fourteen members of Dixon County JR Leaders from Laurel, Wakefield, Dixon, Jackson, Ponca and Waterbury chose to spend part of their summer helping those less fortunate. On Wednesday, June 5 , they traveled to Norfolk where they spent part of their day at Mercy Meals. Pictured are the Dixon County JR Leaders at Mercy Meals in Norfolk.
Norfolk Casey's General Stores employees (Benjamin Avenue and 13th Street locations) joined with Special Olympics Nebraska in the annual torch run fundraiser through the month of June. Pictured are employees, left photo, Zach DeLanie, Chris Bevelhymer and Jim Benkendorf; right photo, Lincoln Schoenrock and Tricia Bach.
Camp Willow recently held its first free summer camp for local children with disabilities that utilizes horse, art and theatre therapies. The parents got a seminar of their own with a mental health professional. The camp was held at S.M.I.L.E. Inc. facilities outside of Madison, and future events are in the works.Camp Willow recently held its first free summer camp for local children with disabilities that utilizes horse, art and theatre therapies. The parents got a seminar of their own with a mental health professional. The camp was held at S.M.I.L.E. Inc. facilities outside of Madiso…
Staff and members of the Liberty Centre surprised Patty Skokan with cake and ice cream recently on the 30th anniversary of her employment. She has held various positions over the years with the organization, with more than half of it as the executive director.
The department award winners at Lutheran High Northeast's honors convocation on Wednesday were (from left) Ashley Pedersen, theology; Isaac Weander, math; Dalton Freudenburg, social studies; Ian Hansen, choir; Connor Wilcox, art; Julia Witt, science; Emma Baumann, business and band; and Camille Fowlkes, English and Spanish.
Lou's Thrifty Way was recently presented with AWG's Excellence in Meat Merchandising Award. Accepting the award was Merrick Alexander, Matthew Brtek, Mike Brtek, Lou Brtek, Nathan Brtek, and Nancy Brtek.
This family feels very lucky to be able to take five-generation photos with both sides of the family. Pictured in the left photo is great-great-grandma Gert Jansen, 95, Sioux Center, Iowa; great-grandma Mary Lou Verburg, Rock Valley, Iowa; grandma Janet Cromwell, Elk Point, S.D.; father Derek Bosler, Norfolk; son Cole Bosler, 2; and twin daughters Paisley and Harper, almost 6 months. At right is great-great-grandma Marian Verburg, 96, Rock Valley; great-grandpa Ken Verburg, Rock Valley; and Janet, Derek, Cole, Paisley and Harper.
Students at Norfolk Catholic started a group centered around protecting the sanctity of human life. The group, Knights for Life, is led by president Bree Kucera and has ran a diaper drive, taken pro-life apologetics courses and led a school-wide Lenten service centered around the dignity of the human person.
The Norfolk Elks #653 was invited to participate at "Dad's Night Out" at the Norfolk Middle School recently. A table with a Plinko and a Rubik's cube game was played with prizes promoting drug awareness. Over 150 kids and adults enjoyed the evening. Pictured is student Dalton Bode with Elk members Pricilla and Sharon.
Dr. Ron Holt (left), a distinguished member of the Wayne State College alumni, and Dr. Marysz Rames, Wayne State College President, honored the civic engagement and community service of Deborah Schmucker of Waverly (middle left), Allison Lambert and Anna Stineman, of Norfolk, recently.
The NRD visited Norfolk Head Start to celebrate Arbor day. Each child was given a tree to take home to plant with their families. This is Class A, Ms. Ogden’s class, celebrating and very excited about their baby trees.
The annual 4-H Fun Day was held recently at the Nebraska Extension in Madison County. Nine youth sewed duffle bags, and 14 cloverbuds made a first aid kit while discussing emergency preparedness. Showing off their duffle bags are Haylee Carlisle, Elizabeth Kassmeier, Maggie Robinson, Elizabeth Sobotka and Nick Kreikemeier.
The more than 600 people who attended this spring’s Faith Regional Foundation masquerade gala certainly enjoyed themselves at the Mardi Gras-inspired dinner and entertainment with the theme of “Let the Good Times Roll.”
Flower Power was the theme of the 4-H workshop on April 17 at the Nebraska Extension in Madison County. Youth learned the difference between annual and perennial plants before planting their own pots of flowers to be exhibited at the county fair. Showing their flowers are Chloe and Naomi Carter, Addison and Emily Labenz, and Alexandra and Jaylinn Schmidt.
Lee and Jessica Hahn recently received the opportunity to participate in a global mission through ATI Physical Therapy's Global Reach program to Guatemala where they were able to provide physical and occupation therapy to members of the local towns and villages. This is a true reminder of how blessed we are and how the little things are often the biggest blessing.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts faculty chose 73 students who were recognized during the annual Nebraska Young Artist Awards. Norfolk students honored include Cole Hobza, music; Riley Bender, music; Michelle Fritton, dance; and Isaac Weander of Norfolk, dance.
The Norfolk Elks #653 held their annual fundraiser for a 55-inch LG television. All money raised stays in the community and goes towards scholarships, youth activities, veteran programs and more. Lorelei Fehringer is pictured with her granddaughter, Kydnal, after winning the fundraiser.
Mick Bosh, Haylee Carlisle, Maggie Robinson and Brynn Sterud represented Norfolk Middle School at the State Reading Classic competition held at Tri-County on Saturday, March 30. They place third in the 5th and 6th grade level, earning their way by placing first in the regional competition in Norfolk on March 21.
On March 17, a group of boys from District 5, 3rd-6th graders, competed in the first USA dual team meet, wrestling three other teams and came home with first place their division. Congrats, wrestlers and coaches.
The 9-10 and 11-12 quiz bowl teams from Norfolk Catholic both placed first at the Mid-State Conference competition recently in O’Neill. Other teams competing were Hartington Cedar Catholic, Guardian Angel Central Catholic, Battle Creek, O'Neill, Crofton, Boone Central, Pierce and Wayne.
WayneAmerica.com completed its “Returning The Favor” flood relief drive, just missing the original goal of 5,000 shirts with a total of 4,526 collected. The drive provided help to people across the state whose lives were impacted by the recent flooding and ice damage that occurred in Nebraska last month. Pictured are students at Wayne High School helping sort and bag the last of the shirts.
Norfolk Elks #653 invited Maddox Weckerle-Dietz and her parents to present her with a plaque from the Elks National Foundation for placing second at the national level for her Americanism essay for the 2017-2018 year. She placed first locally and at the state level in the 7-8th grade division.
The Norfolk Catholic show choir, placed first at the Northeast Jazz Festival recently. Members are Haylee Serres, Charli Fischer, Marlee Weidner, Emma Fanta, Mary Fennessy, Janie Keller, Emily Faltys, Rhiannon Fleet, Carly Thramer, Reilly Schlomer, Josh Gubbels, Ben Morland, Preston Bamsey, Ben Bugenhagen, Eli Pfeifer, Kellen Carney, Preston Eisenmenger, David Fanta, David McCaffrey, Elliot Eisenmenger, Raymond Lux, Hannah Wilcox (not pictured), Bree Kucera (not pictured), director Amy Barnhill and accompanist Karl Henkel.
Nine Northeast graphic design students visited several Lincoln marketing and communications agencies, including Swanson Russell, to get a look at the many paths their chosen major can take them in a career. Members of Swanson Russell’s creative team shared their experiences with students, from designing logos and brand identities, to the process of working within an account team, to working with video and animations. Students also received suggestions on how to format and present their portfolios for future job interviews. Swanson Russell is the largest marketing and communications age…