"Oh, [coniferous] Christmas Tree" By: Pam Bergstrom, Forester, Nebraska Forest Service "Ph Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree! Where Did You Come From?" So, when the Christmas Trees start to go up, or get taken down, do you ever ponder "Where did the Christmas Tree tradition come from" Well, today we will take a quick look at the history of the Christmas tree. The full story can be found in the latest edition of the Plainview News, available now.
Veterans honored amid restrictions Plainview Public Schools hosted the 2020 Veteran's Day program in a special way this year-still honoring veterans during the yearly recognition, but releasing the entire program online. To read about the online program, including where to find it, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
The family of Larry Pellatz has requested a card shower in honor of his 80th birthday on December 1. His family includes LuAnn (Tony) Doerr of Brunswick, Sandy Mosel of Orchard, Penny (Steve) Westover of Harrison, Daniel (Denise) Pellatz of Ashland, Wendy (Chad) Meisgeier of Omaha, and Amy (Jerad) Knott of Doniphan, 19 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Cards and well-wishes will reach Pellatz at 85772 528th Ave, Neligh, NE 68756.
The family of Ken and Darlene Stelling has requested a card shower in honor of their 60th wedding anniversary on November 27th, 2020. They were married at Zion Lutheran Church in Plainview. Their children include Dan (Melinda) Stelling of Pierce, Deb (Kip) Duerst of Norfolk, Denise (Mark) Wragge of Plainview, Dawn (Scott) Williams of Plainview and Dean (Melissa) Stelling of Norfolk. They have been blessed with 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Cards of congratulations will reach them at 407 North Main, Plainview, NE 68769.
Council to discuss water rate increase City council members held their November meeting on Tuesday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the city library. Agenda items included discussion on a proposal to increase water rates for the community, a public hearing for the One and Six Year Street Plan, and possible updates to the city's snow emergency routes. Pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News for the full meeting minutes.
Junior high wrestlers travel to Battle Creek The Plainview Junior High Wrestlers traveled to Battle Creek for a substitute meet instead of wrestling at a quadrangular in Neligh on Thursday, Nov. 10. To read Coach Schumacher's comments and the individual results, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Homecoming Royalty runs in the family For one Plainview family, being crowned Homecoming Queen runs in the family. Delores Christiansen-Horst was crowned Plainview Public School's Homecoming Queen in 1952. In 2001, one of Horst's granddaughter's was crowned Homecoming Queen. In 2020, Horst's other granddaughter was crowned Homecoming Queen. To read the story, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
New Arrivals: Holland Garret and Camille Holland of San Antonio, Texas, are the parents of a new son, Graham Sterling, born October 3, 2020. He was born at 6:17 p.m., weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz. and was 21" long. Grandparents are Kent and Denise Friedrich of Norfolk; Mark and Wendy Holland of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Doug and Debbie Ertz of Alamo, Calif. Great-grandparents are Dennis and Delores Hoffman and Ila Friedrich, all of Plainview; Peggy Newman of San Antonio, Texas and Pat Holland of Scottsdale, Ariz.
New Arrivals: Stech Aaron and Markie Stech of Plainview have announced the birth of a new son, Ryker Kale, born to them on October 27, 2020 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk. He weighed 8 lbs., 12 oz., was 21.5 inches long, and was welcomed home by two-year-old twin brothers, Rexin and Riggs. Grandparents are Ronnie and Lynn Christiansen, and the late Lisa Christiansen, of Plainview, and Ronald and Terri Stech of Osmond. Great-grandparents are Edwin and Joy Christiansen; Sandra Cumming, and the late James Cumming; and Gerald Hoffart and the late Shirley Hoffart, all of Plainview; and the late Edwin and Bernadine Stech and Dwain and Evaline Hoeppner, all of Osmond.
Official results show large voter turnout With 4,046 total votes cast in the 2020 election, Pierce County Clerk Shannon Wragge released 'official' totals that had been certified by the canvassing board for all local votes. The official election results can be found on the front page of the Plainview News, available now.
Eichberger confirmed Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Plainview held its confirmation on October 25, with one youth honored during the service. Kaiden Richard Eichberger, son of Roger and Stephanie Eichberger of Plainview, received confirmation with Pastor Donna Fonner. His sponsors were Mike and Lisa Ross of Pierce and Eric and Tammy Newland of New Braunfels, Texas. Eichberger’s family attended the service, and dinner followed at Mary’s Restaurant. Special guests were his siblings: Kaleb, Karissa and Keaton; and his grandparents, Evelyn Eichberger and Richard and Cheryln Hillrichs, as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Accident claims life of alum, Husker Reprinted with permission By: Kevin Cole, Alia Conley, and Jessica Wade, Omaha World-Herald Two standout wrestlers, one from UNL and the other from Iowa Western, died in a fiery crash early Thursday in central Lincoln. Christian Miller was a junior on the Husker wrestling team and Max Hughes wrestled for the Iowa Western Community College Reivers. Both were 21. Pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News for the full story.
New DHMs going into effect Wednesday, November 11 The new Directed Health Measures have been announced. All changes are statewide and took effect at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11. To read the detailed changes, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Lady Pirates end season on tough loss By: Volleyball coaching staff The Plainview Pirates 2020 volleyball season came to an end on October 26th with a heart breaking loss in a five set battle with the Osmond Tigers. To read more on the season, including how the ladies played in the conference tournament, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Holiday events announced The Plainview Chamber, City of Plainview, Pierce County Economic Development, and a host of volunteers have planned a number of holiday events this season. The full story can be found in the latest edition of the Plainview News, available now.
Plainview Monument helps repair Grand Republic Statue On July 7th, Oakdale Cemetery President Gene Kinnan was made aware of the Grand Army of the Republic statue no longer standing in the cemetery. The motive and person(s) behind the act remain unknown, but Kinnan knew something had to be done. So, he contacted Plainview's Dale Powers. To read how Powers put the statue back together, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Unofficial vote results reported The Pierce County Clerk and staff worked late into the evening on Tuesday, Nov. 3rd to provide results from the 2020 General Election for numerous state, county, and local races. To read the full list of unofficial vote results, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Zoning Board hears TC Energy changes for special use permit The Plainview Zoning Board met for their regular meeting on October 26th. While there were no building permits up for consideration, the board did hold a public hearing for TC Energy for an adjustment to their special use permit. The full story can be found in the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Halloween came and went with a large crowd of youngsters and not-so-youngsters parading at the Plainview Manor, Plainview Schools and then visiting downtown businesses to “trick or treat” on Friday, prior to Saturday’s main evening event around town. Costumed youth and young-at-heart numbered near 200 in downtown Plainview on Friday, a larger crowd drawn by the unusually warm October 30th weather. Pictures are from the School’s social media pages of the elementary parade.
Stark serves in NECC Child program From NECC Students in the Early Childhood Education program at Northeast Community College are doing more than learning this semester, they are giving back to the community. Service projects are an important component to the program's students. Pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News for the full story.
Ziems named New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar From NECC A Northeast Community College graduate has been recognized for past excellence in and out of the classroom. Tait Ziems and 47 others from across the nation were named 2020 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholars by the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society earlier this year. The full story can be found in the latest edition of the Plainview News, available now.
4-H Holds Achievement Day Ceremony From the Pierce County 4-H The Pierce County 4-H Achievement Day was held October 18, 2020 in Pierce at the Pierce Christ Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. To read all about the Achievement Day ceremony, including more photos, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, November 1 at 2:00 a.m. Be sure to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.
New COVID relief funding available A new phase of COVID Relief funding has been made available for select programs via online application October 21 through November 13. To read what the programs include, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Pirates represent at Class D state invitational in Kearney The Plainview Pirate and Lady Pirate teams were represented at the 2020 Class D State Tournament this past weekend in Kearney, with some solid performances by three sophomores that qualified. The full story can be found on the front page of the Plainview News, available now.
Jim Gould named Star Ambassador Jim Gould of Plainview received the Star Ambassador Award for his dedication and support of the Plainview Farmers Market this season. Gould attended the market each week and made it a point to visit with all the vendors and the customers making everyone feel special. Because of the goodwill that he brought to the market every week, he was recognized with this award.
Pirates win NSAA recognition The Nebraska School Activities Association released its first season's "Believers and Achievers" student awardees, including three youth from Plainview Public Schools. Seniors Riley Kaup, Colton Choat, and Brooklyn Kumm were named to the NSAA program this first release. Students are required to be a part of an NSAA activity or athletic event, be involved in their local school and community and complete a citizenship essay to complete their application. Local schools nominate eligible students. Only 48 seniors will be selected statewide for the 2020-21 school year.
Chamber, Manor planning trick or treat events for Friday, Oct. 30 Two Trick-or-Treat events have been planned for the community this year, with proper social distancing guidelines in mind for the little ghouls and goblins. Pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News for more details on the Spooktacular events.
Fire week noted at Zion... On Wednesday, students at Zion Lutheran School in grades Preschool through Second grade were visited by firefighter Brian Bowman. He showed them his truck and explained fire safety and equipment firefighters use to help keep the community safe. Students are taught by Cindy Meyer and Krista Masat. Those participating included, back row (l to r): Firefighter Brian Bowman, Colby Doerr, Samantha Weber, Kirbee Doerr, Raelyn White, Jake Fischer, Jacob Berglund; and front row: Kaydence Doerr, Elliott Doerr, Kally Hodson, Isaac Mueller, Finley Fischer, Hannah Sanne.
Venteicher wins Caring Kind Award for 2020 Kaylyn Venteicher, CHI Health Plainview, was recently awarded as the organization's 2020 Caring Kind recipient. For near 40 years, "The Caring Kind" award has been given to Nebraska's most caring and compassionate hospital employees. The award honors outstanding health care employees who have demonstrated compassion for patients, cooperation with co-workers, and dedication to excellence in their job responsibilities.
Williams New Arrival Seth and Jocelyn Williams are parents to a new son, Wiley Dale Anson Williams, born on September 4, 2020 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk. He was born at 9:45 a.m., weighing 8 pounds,13.5 ounces and was 21.5 inches long. He was welcomed homed by two sisters, Quinn and Reece. Grandparents are Les and Jill Anson of Brunswick and Scott and Dawn Williams of Plainview. Great-grandparents are Lumer "John" and Glee Bartak of Plainview, the late Darrell and Iona Anson of Brunswick, Kenneth and Darlene Stelling of Plainview and Norma and the late L.D. "Mugg" Williams of Mooresville, Indiana.
Pierce County wins USDA rural grant for entrepreneurs and agricultural growth United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand recently announced that USDA has signed cooperative agreements with five organizations to support placemaking technical assistance throughout the United States. USDA is providing the assistance through the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC). The full story can be found in the latest edition of the Plainview News which is available now.
Council sets wages for new fiscal year, hears nuisance action City Council members came together for their regular meeting at the city library on Tuesday, October 13 to discuss approving city employee wages, conduct public hearings for nuisance properties, and take care of other items of business. To read the full meeting minutes, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Pirate runners qualify for state tourney The Plainview Pirate Cross Country team will be sending three of its members to the State Tournament this Friday in Kearney after their performances at the District tournament last week. Running for the Pirate team will be Jordan Mosel and Kyler Mosel, and running for the Lady Pirates will be Abby White. To read the full story, including their qualifying times, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
FCCLA gathers for food pantry Submitted article Eleven FCCLA members met for their Annual Food Pantry Drive on October 12. Members divided into groups and selected different areas of town to pick-up non-perishable food items that were left outside their front doors. To find out how many non-perishable food items the members collected, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
DHM resets restrictions in public gatherings, eateries Governor Pete Ricketts recently announced changes to the State's directed health measures (DHMs) that will take effect statewide on October 21, 2020. To read about the resets, including the new campaign Governor Ricketts launched, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Pirates fall to Eagles The Plainview Pirates hosted the Lutheran High Northeast Eagles on Friday, Oct. 9 on the local field, falling to the visiting team, 60-14. To find out how the Pirates played, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
TC Energy pulls man-camp plan, submits amended "construction yard" application TC Energy has applied for and submitted an amended special use permit for a Temporary Contractor Yard to be placed near Plainview as part of its Keystone XL Pipeline project that will build a pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska. To read the full story, including when the Plainview Zoning Board will gather for a regular meeting, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Eichberger family hosts 5K walk/run for MMR Foundation Saturday, October 10th, the Eichberger family hosted a 5K Walk/Run fundraiser event to raise money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation for team "Fight For Ike" in honor of Randy Eichberger. The route took participants past Randy and Alene Eichberger’s home south of Plainview, so he could see all the love and support as they passed by with waves and well wishes. With all the love and support, "Fight for Ike" raised $2,530 for the foundation. The MMRF has been the source of many new treatment advances for multiple myeloma patients and is very hopeful to soon find a cure. “Our family is forever grateful for the research foundation and we are so proud to have helped donate to finding a cure,” said the Eichbergers.
Secretary of State ready for early voting ballots Libby Seline, Nebraska News Service Data from the Secretary of State's Office shows that about one-third of registered voters are voting early and thousands of ballots have already been sent to voters from Douglas to Scotts Bluff counties. To read the full column, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Gerdes memorial tournament held The Fourth Annual Brandon Gerdes Memorial Trap Shoot was held on Saturday, September 26, 2020 after being postponed due to the pandemic. The 72 shooters gathered again at the Northeast Nebraska Shooting Association for the competition. To find out who took top honors and who won the Random Team Competition, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
New write-ins join races The General Election candidate filings for the Plainview area were updated again this week, with two new candidates filing as write-ins and joining the race in the Plainview City Council and Board of Education for District #5. Pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News to find out who the new write-in are.
Brian Bowman and Kris Mann from the Plainview Fire Department brought a fire truck to the library to represent Fire Prevention Week. They did an excellent job explaining the content in each compartment of the fire truck and the content's use. The children were able to try on firemen coats and helmets. Bowman and Mann visited Story Hour in the morning and returned for Kindergarten, first, and second grade library in the afternoon.
Lady Pirates back on volleyball court The Pirate Volleyball Team was able to get back on the court on Saturday, September 26 with a triangular in Atkinson. The Lady Pirates took on the Huskies first then the Elgin Wolfpack. Pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News to read the coaches comments.
Runners medal at away invitationals The Plainview Pirate and Lady Pirate Cross Country high school and junior high teams competed in two events in the last week-running at Ord and Stanton, with medalists at each event. To read the results from the meet, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Understanding the NCDHD risk dial Since the start of the Coronavirus, people have heard of North Central District Health Department's (NCDHD) risk dial. But what is the risk dial and what factors does the risk dial consider? To find out, and read a detailed description of each color, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Demerath Card Shower Word was received this week that Jim Demerath will be recovering from his lung transplant for two or three months at an apartment in Minnesota. Jim and his wife, Jane, will be residing at: 22-27th Ave. SE, Apt. 806 Minneapolis, MN 55414 Cards and well wishes for a swift and healthy recovery would be appreciated by the family.
School seeking "Fame" nominees Dr. Darron Arlt's first year serving as the superintendent of Plainview Public Schools was in 2016. It was during his second year when Dr. Arlt began thinking about creating a Plainview Public Schools Hall of Fame. To read all about the Hall of Fame, and how to nominate someone, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Polling sites will be available Deadlines continue to advance for the 2020 General Election season that will be topped off with Election day on Tuesday, November 3. To find out when and where the Plainview polling sites will be, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Sign-up begins Oct. 1 for new irrigated acres Landowners within the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) boundaries, will have an opportunity to apply for new irrigated acres in some portions of the district this fall. The full story can be found in the agriculture section of the Plainview News, on stands now.
The Class of 2019-2020 Confirmands at Plainview United Methodist Church included (l to r): Pastor Mark Crist, Shayla Jacobsen, daughter of Shane and Ronita Jacobsen; Caden Ickler, son of Brian and Selena Ickler; Rece Frahm, son of Wyatt and Liz Frahm; Weston Hoffman, son of Rory and Paula Hoffman, and Trevin Petersen, son of Suzanne Petersen. The Class of 2019-2020 Confirmand at the Crawford Valley United Methodist Church was Harrison Thor, son of Dr. James and Tami Thor.
New "mates" join Pirate crew Plainview Public Schools welcomed 10 new "mates" to the Pirate crew this year in many core class categories with math and English, as well as choir, art, Title, media specialist, as well as two new paraeducators. Pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News to get to know the new teachers.
X-C keeps running The Plainview Pirate and Lady Pirate cross country teams participated in two meets since last reporting. The runners competed against the Norfolk Catholic Cross Country team and the O'Neill team. To read who ran, including their time, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
New "mates" join Pirate crew Plainview Public Schools welcomed 10 new "mates" to the Pirate crew this year in many core class categories with math and English, as well as choir, art, Title, media specialist, as well as two new paraeducators. Pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News to get to know the new teachers.
Fall weather patterns predict early freeze, deepening drought By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator Typically this region doesn't see a damaging frost until around October 10. Covering un-harvested crops traps warmth around plants and acts as a physical barrier to freezing temperatures. To read more, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Kaintrel and Cherise Unger of Bennington, are new parents of twins: Zedekai Linx (left) and Laiklyn Elle (right), born September 3, 2020. Zedekai Linx was born at 1:17 p.m weighed 6 lbs., 9 oz. and was 191/2 inches long. Laiklyn Elle was born at 1:19 p.m., weighed 5 lbs., 2 oz. and was 181/2 inches long. Grandparents are Kent and Denise Friedrich of Norfolk, and Dave and Mary Unger of Norfolk and Sherry Unger and Richard Jurgens of Madison. Great-grandparents are Dennis and Delores Hoffman and Ila Friedrich, all of Plainview.
The 2020 Junior Pirate football team played its first game at home Sept. 13 against the Creighton Bulldogs. The team includes, front row (l to r): Ethan Kemnitz, Garret Christensen, Jake Zuhlke, Caleb Thayer and Josiah Barron; second row: Jaxson Thompson, Connor Montgomery, Lucas Weber, Jaxon Jelinek, Colt Hoffman, Adryck Stewart, Beau Krause, Dalton Mozak and Aiden Hansen; third row: Collin Montgomery, Blake Foster, Colt Kromarek, Braedon Kment, Zach Frahm, Beau Johnson, Jensen Kumm, Dominic White and Cole Christensen; fourth row: Wyatt Schroth, Jaegar Frahm, Bastion Curtiss, Hunter Meyer, Aiden Hamilton, Max Weber, Cody Hoffman and Kohen Lingenfelter; and Coaches: Patrick Thompson, Ward Frahm, Wyatt Frahm, Abe Meyer and Kevin Lingenfelter. Not Pictured: Carson Davids, Coach Dallas Hansen
Alt new State Farm agent At the end of June, long-time Plainview State Farm Agent, Bob Arlt, announced his retirement. Prior to his retirement, State Farm approached Annette Alt, who has been a State Farm Agent for 10 and a half years, and her husband, Andy, to expand their territory to serve the Plainview area. The full story can be found in the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Plainview Manor residents back home after COVID outbreak The Plainview Whispering Pines Assisted Living has 10 residents living in the facility. On September 8, one of the resident's tested positive for the Coronavirus. Since testing positive, the resident has been moved from their room and is no longer in the facility. The other residents are remaining in isolation and were tested for the virus with the results coming back negative. To read the full story, including an update on the manor residents, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Council approves budget for 2020-2021 fiscal year City council members approved the city budget and tax request for the 2020-2021 fiscal year during their meeting on September 14th at 6:30 p.m. at the city library. The council also approved two other pieces of business, the first being a wage increase for Interim Police Chief Jerry Newumann for his additional responsibilities, and the hiring of a maintenance worker for the city. The full minutes from the meeting can be found in the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Horst, Hammer named 2020 Pirate Homecoming Queen and King Seniors Lucas Hammer and Hailee Horst were named the Plainview Public Schools Homecoming king and queen during the ceremony held on September 10 at the Pirate football field. To find out who was part of the homecoming court, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Zuhlke 50th Wedding Anniversary The family of Eugene and Deb Zuhlke of Brunswick have requested a card shower in honor of the couples 50th wedding anniversary on September 18. The couple was married on September 18, 1970, and their children include: Carol (Tom) Ulrich and family of Blair; Heath Zuhlke and Sharon of Brunswick; Dustin (Jill) Zuhlke and family of O'Neill and April (Brook) Curtiss and family of Plainview. Cards will reach them at 85919 526 Ave, Brunswick, NE 68720.
New Arrivals: Woita Eric and Katie (Goetzinger) Woita of Plainview are parents to a new son, Holt James, born on July 24, 2020 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk. He was born at 3:48 p.m., weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz. and was welcomed home by Kerrigan, 1. Grandparents are Chad and LaNette Goetzinger of Plainview and Jan, and the late Gary Woita of Atkinson. Great-grandparents are Dee Goetzinger and Larry and Mary Petersen of Plainview and Dorothy Barlean of David City.
Nelson retires from Air Force after 20 years of service Jarrod Nelson graduated from Plainview Public Schools in May of 2000. During spring semester of his senior year, Nelson enlisted in the Military in February and left for basic training in August. In Nelson's 20 years of service, he is about to face his biggest challenge, retirement. To read the full story on Nelson's time serving the country, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
1982 X-c record broken The Plainview Pirate Cross Country team took to the field for their first events of the season last week with great success. One of the major highlights for the runners was the breaking of a school record that has stood since 1982, which was broken by Jordan Mosel at the Niobrara-Verdigre meet, with his run of 17:59 in the 5k race. To read all about the team's meets, including who held the previous record, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Plainview Fitness under new management Jamie Stark, Bret Clausen, and Tyler Holton opened Plainview Fitness 24/7 back in 2018 and two years later, on August 17, Plainview's Brandon Myers purchased the business and became the new sole owner. To read what Myers had to say about his new business, including what equipment the fitness center offers, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Controlled burn set for Grove Lake area From the NEG&P Prescribed burns are planned in the upcoming months on some Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wildlife management areas if weather conditions allow. Pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News to find when burns are planned for certain wildlife areas.
New educators join Pirate Crew... Several new staff have joined the Plainview Pirate crew at Plainview Public Schools this year, including, back row (l to r): Mary Abbenhaus, Math; Dani Janke, library para; Haley King, Art; McKenzie Hostert, Title I; Crystal Hoffman, first-grade; Mike Pardun, Health and Fitness and Terri Haselhorst, Choir; and front row: Shiann Hansen, English; Dani Steinkraus, Elementary Para and Bernice Yilk Library Media Specialist.
Knaaks win Two-Man scramble The Two-Man Golf Scramble was held last Saturday with 27 teams filling the course. The 27 teams were divided into three flights. First place in the first flight was Tim and Jay Knaak with a 61. To read all about the scramble and corn hole tourney, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Women softball tourney champs... A Plainview ladies softball team was recently crowned tournament champions in the Northeast Nebraska Women’s Slowpitch League. Members of the team include, front row (l-r): Brittany Waldow, Brittany White, Abby Krueger, Jen Hodson and Ashlee Masat; and back row (l-r): Nicole White, Sonya Legate, Sara Krueger, Randee Rix and Kari Ekberg. Not present are Katlyn Horras and Whitney White.
Kenny and Paige Albin of Plainview are parents to new twins: Ellison Renee` (left), and Hazel Paige (right), born to them on July 20, 2020. Hazel Paige Albin was born at 7:51 a.m., was 6 lbs., 5 oz. and 19 ¼ inches long, and Ellison Renee` Albin was born at 7:53 a.m., was 5 lbs., 8 oz. and was 19 inches long. Grandparents are Kreg and Renee` Mitteis of Orchard and Terri Albin of Plainview. Great-grandparents are Arvid and Renita Erb of Orchard, Bill Mitteis of Royal and Marge May of O’Neill.
2020 Nebraska farmland values stable Nebraska Ag Connection Farmland values held steady in the first half of 2020 in the Corn Belt states of Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming says Deb Stanbro, president of the Iowa Chapter of American Society of Farm Manager and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) and an appraiser at FCSAmerica. Stable demand for land, decreased sales volume, and low interest rates continue to provide support and the market adjusted to pandemic induced social distancing. The full story can be found in the Agriculture section of the Plainview News.
Community Service now a Graduation Requirement By the time a student is ready to graduate from Plainview Public Schools, he or she has to have a total of 240 credits. Plainview Public Schools has recently implemented community service for grades 9-12 as part of the graduation requirements. To read the full story, including what Principal Schmidt had to say about the new requirement, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Boyer receiving cancer treatment in Omaha Word was received last week that longtime Plainview resident, teacher, and Pirate wrestling head coach Dean Boyer had been suddenly diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia-Subtype M5, and has begun receiving treatment at the Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha. To read the full story, including a benefit being planned for the Boyer family, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Masks required for return to school The Plainview Board of Education voted affirmatively on Monday evening to require staff and students to wear masks when they come back to school on Thursday, August 27. To read all about the new requirement, including what "risk dial" color Pierce County is, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
The Plainview Public Schools athletic games are going to be streamed this year. The games can be streamed by following the link on the Plainview Public Schools Facebook page or by following the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxZC5SjXwyEKN-XLf4oGpAA Tonight, the Lady Pirates volleyball team will compete against the Winside Wildcats with the live stream starting at 6:00 p.m.
City, CHI host picnic in park In lieu of the Klown Festival this year, CHI Health Plainview Hospital staff and the City of Plainview staff hosted a free barbecue in the park in an August 8 event. The Klown Festival festivities were canceled because of COVID-19 concerns in June, but with some social distancing, and some masks and gloves, members of the community were still able to celebrate unity in a small way this year. Troy Johnston cooked hot dogs and Curt Hart grilled hamburgers with a host of hospital and city staff helping serve and even provide curb-side pickup of the meals.
Frontier Insurance hosts Plainview FFA... Staff at Frontier Insurance in downtown Plainview played host to a group of Plainview FFA youth to a local field plot for some hands-on learning prior to the school year. With the help of an adjuster, the staff helped the kids review staging and the wind/hail damage that has been in the area. The youth learned about lodging, green snap, hail, cut offs and defoliation. They also split into pairs and counted their own percentage of loss and payable losses. Another trip had been planned as well, for the youth to review appraisals, bin measurements and possible harvest losses.
IRS.gov for federal payments The Internal Revenue Service continues to look for ways to help people who were unable to provide their information in time to receive Economic Impact Payments for their children. As part of that effort, the Internal Revenue Service announced it will reopen the registration period for federal beneficiaries who didn't receive $500 per child payments earlier this year. Be sure to pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News for the full story.
The family of Allan and Lois Norris are requesting a card shower for them as they look back over their last 60 years of marriage. The Norris’ were we on August 28, 1960. The couple has four children: Cliff (Laura) Norris of Norfolk; Dean (Kim) Norris of Correctionville, Iowa; Scott (Jamie) Norris of Plainview and Jill (Eric) Meyer of Creighton. They also have nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Cards will reach the couple at 306 N. 4th St., Plainview, NE 68769.
Bowling added to NSAA winter activity roster The school board met for their regular monthly meeting on Monday, August 10. At the meeting, board members passed a motion to approve both a boys and girls varsity bowling team for the upcoming school year. To read all about the new sport, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Plainview project funded by grant While in York last week, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced the recipients of $10,251.498 in awards from the Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF) for 2020. To read all about the funds, and when the NAHTF was established, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Open Class Winners The Pierce County Fair and the UN-L Extension agency have released the names of those Open Class winners who took high honors at the recent festivities in Pierce at the fairgrounds. Those Open Class winners included, back row (l to r): Sylvia Furstenau, Piecemakers Award, Textiles; Jenna Albers, best overall food; Alexis Sindelar, best photo; Jill Heemstra, canning champion; Kathy Duval, sweepstakes food; Marj Leach, best bread; and front row (l to r): Hendrix Molacek, youth flowers; Luke Burmeister, youth photo; Sharon Pint, judges choice, textile, best of county in textiles; Deb Wragge, best textile; Deb Brunssen, best cut flower and farm products. Not pictured: Hallie Meyer, youth food and textile; Terri Sudbeck, superintendent’s choice, textile; Nita Meyer, best potted plant; Jessie Evans, best in class, fine arts; Hannah Reick, youth fine arts; Wyatt Schroth, youth farm products.
Youth competes in National High School Finals Rodeo Jessica Stevens has been competing in rodeo competitions for 12 years and recently competed in the National High School Finals Rodeo in Guthrie, Oklahoma. The rodeo started on July 17 and wrapped on July 23. To read the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Social Center still unable to open From the Senior Center By Diane Elwood, Manager Many know that the Plainview Social Center has been closed to the public since March 17 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been a struggle and we know that many of you are missing the socialization. The staff, along with the volunteers, are missing all of the visiting as well. The social center has been asked why they are not open yet and to find out why, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Workman's dropped, tort still remains Plainview's City Council held a special meeting on Thursday, August 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the city library for the purpose of discussing employment of the Police Chief, the disciplinary hearing, and legal strategy related to pending or imminent litigation. Several lawyers were also in attendance via Zoom to represent both the city and Police Chief Yosten. To read the full story of what happened at the meeting, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Council okays Tarr contract The City Council held their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the city library to review and approve City Administrator Jeremy Tarr's contract, along with other items of business. To read the important terms on Tarr's contract, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Ashfall closed this week Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historic Park near Royal will temporarily close to the public starting August 12 for planned construction. The museum and park will reopen August 19. To read what the crews will be working on, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
School Board talks policies and guidelines for students/events Board members held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, August 10 at 7 p.m. in the High School media center. Many of the discussion items and reports were related to the school's opening, and with how the Covid-19 pandemic would change regular routines and policies for teachers and students. The full minutes from the meeting can be found in the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Covid outbreak reported at Manor Following a closed session portion of the Plainview City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 11, Manor Administrator Juleen Johnson reported a statement concerning the facility and a confirmed Covid-19 infection. To read more on the outbreak reported at the manor, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Age wins over Juniors ... (some how) Dusting off their “old” and squeezing into their “used-to’s” the dads, coaches and “older” Plainview baseball players gathered their gear for a game against the Plainview Junior’s squad last week. When the dust had settled, the “old guys” had won over their younger counterparts on the Junior Legion team, 12-10.
10U girls softball closes winning season The Plainview Lady Pirate 10-and-under girls softball team drew their shortened season to a close in July, with a total record of 6-3. “The girls played some very good softball this year, while learning to pitch,” said Coach Blake Nincehelser, “This group of girls have a very bright future in the game of softball.” Team members included, front row (l to r): Kennedy Watson, Katelynn Mosel, Kinley Hodson, Pressley Alexander, Rylee Nincehelser; and back row (l to r): Coach Blake Nincehelser, Lucea Miller, Ashlyn Forbes, Kara Lingenfelter, Riley Miller, Kenadee Doerr, Tessa Webber, and Coach Kelly Lingenfelter.
Mason honor 50-year member, Sirek Members of the Plainview Masonic Lodge No. 204 recently traveled to Orchard to present a 50-year-membership pin and certificate to Hoyt Sirek. Sirek joined the Masonic Lodge in Orchard on March 12, 1970. Brother Gale Retzlaff, Plainview Lodge #204 Worshipful Master, presented the award. Brother Sirek became a member of Plainview Lodge #204 from the consolidation of lodges in 2018.
Sunday Zion ladies aid and Priscilla Society honored the confirmands and graduates with a taco bar and desserts. New members and congregation were all invited. Confirmands Pastor Bucklew Andrew Bucklew Marque Albion Ethan David's Brooke Rafert Makenzie Doerr Front row Diana Scott Ashley Wacker Graduates Pastor Bucklew Matthew Doerr Nathan Christiansen Abigail Rafert Clarissa Wacker
NECC to require masks in session Northeast Community College continues to put plans into place to begin the fall semester on August 17. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans have been developed to include appropriate social distancing and classroom safety protocols. Pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News to read the full story.
Darnall on National Champ team The Norfolk Golden Girls team, coached by Andy Severance, Jim Wichman and Jim Vrbsky, came out as Champions at the 2020 Girls Class B 14 & Under Northern Nationals Tournament. Along as a team member was Plainview’s Lauren Darnell, daughter of Steve Darnall and Nicole (Weber) Darnall of Plainview. To read more on the tournament, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
A ribbon cutting was held at the new Dance Bright dance studio on Highway 20 last week. Those attending were (l to r): Marcia Gauchat (Brighton’s grandmother), Rylie Meuret (Brighton’s husband), Courtney Retzlaff (City of Plainview), Marie Meis (Pierce County Economic Development), Judith Grey (PCED), Brighton Meuret, Bruce Curtiss (Chamber President, Curtiss Law), Susan Norris (PCED), Ashley Dendinger (Plainview Family Pharmacy) and Stephanie and Jeff Kathol (Brighton’s parents). Photo by Amy Dummer, News Staff.
Eastern Star award presented Members of Mt. Vernon Chapter #84, Order of Eastern Star, traveled to Orchard to present 50 year pins to Hoyt and Arlene Sirek. They joined Eastern Star at Orchard, July 16, 1970. Nebraska Grand Chapter issued the pins and certificates. They were presented by Joan Alexander, Worthy Matron and Gale Retzlaff, Worthy Patron. Arlene Sirek served as Worthy Matron of Sunset Chapter #300, five times and held multiple offices at the local level. She served as a District Grand Supervisor and a Grand Representative to Iowa. Hoyt Sirek held the office of Sentinel for a number of years. Both are members of Mt. Vernon from the consolidation of Chapters in 2018.
Baileyz BBQ business purchased by Laurel restaurant owners Longtime Plaiview residents, Dale and Cheryl Bailey, first started selling Baileyz BBQ sauce at Bailey's Drive Inn back in 1999. Around the first part of June, the couple decided to sell their business to Scott and Christy Taylor of Laurel. Be sure to pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News to read more.
Brozeks compete "in tandem" For Kirk and Katherine Brozek of Plainview, last Saturday's completion of the triathlon in Crofton's Dam Race was a first in more than one respect-the couple competed using a tandem kayak and tandem bicycle. To read more about the tandem kayak and bicycle, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Sand courts get renewing facelift The Plainview Park Board recently finished, with assistance from the City of Plainview, the Plainview Telephone Company and West Hodson Concrete, a complete renovation and upgrade of the city's sand volleyball courts in the Band Shell Park. To read what work was done, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Phase IV DHM invoked From the NCDHD Based on monitoring trends in COVID-19 data, the North Central District Health Department jurisdiction will move to Phase IV of the Governor's Directive Health Measure (DHM) starting August 1, 2020. To read more, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
New Website and Mobile App coming! The website may take a new look for some of you this week as we launch our new website and mobile app. It will likely cause some disruption for a few days - so email or call if you have any issues. Look to the paper next week for an update!
Highway 81 work scheduled Weather permitting, the railroad crossing on US-81 located just north of the US-20 junction will be closed beginning at 8:00 a.m. on May 27 for approximately one week to allow for replacement, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation. Traffic will be detoured utilizing US-20, N-121, and N-59
Highway closed near Laurel Weather permitting, work will begin the week of May 18 on N-15, between the junctions of N-15/N-59, and N-15/N-84, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation. To read more, including what work will be done, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Larry Knaak retires from coaching PHS golf After coaching boys' golf for 50 years and girls' golf for 21 years, longtime Plainview resident, Larry Knaak, has made the decision to retire from coaching boys' and girls' golf at Plainview Public Schools. To read the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
PPP forgiveness term now open From the SBA The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application. To read more, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
NCDHD holds test locations Two testing locations were hosted by the North Central District Health Department last week, to help those with symptoms determine if they were infected with COVID-19 or not. To read how many tests were reported, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Academic All-State awards go to numerous Pirates The Nebraska School Activities Association has announced the student recipients of the Spring 2019-2020 Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association Academic All-State Awards. To read the list of Plainview winners, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Parks now open, Pool to be determined The Plainview City offices closed Chilvers Park and Band Shell Park on April 2. On May 11, the parks re-opened, but at your own risk. The city is not going to sanitize the equipment. Plainview City Council members will discuss the swimming pool at the June council meeting on June 9.
Celebrating EMS Week The Plainview EMS Squad includes (right to left): Val Neuhaus, Chris Burger, Lois Patras, Mary Pehoviack, Lois Lubke, Kris Mann, Brian Bowman, Ann Daudt, CJ Prewitt, Valerie Tarr, and Courtney Retzlaff. Not pictured: Charlie Doerr. Anyone wishing to volunteer with the Plainview EMS Squad should contact any member pictured here or directly to Valerie Tarr. National EMS Week runs from May 17-23, 2020.
Wells resigns, council approves grants Plainview's City Council held their regular monthly meeting on May 12. The council reviewed a full list of action items over a wide variety of business items. To read what items the council discussed, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Memorial Day program canceled The Plainview American Legion Post #148 has canceled the 2020 Memorial Day service. The flags and memorial markers will still be on display at the cemeteries in and near Plainview. To read more, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
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The Class of 2020 was featured with a special parade on Saturday evening, May 16, culminated by some fireworks at the Plainview football field with parents along the parade route and in their vehicles during the fireworks. A regular ceremony has been planned for July 11, assuming that the DHM restrictions will be lifted by then. A digital graduation ceremony was posted on the school's YouTube channel with seniors crossing the stage in caps and gowns to receive their diplomas "on time." More pictures can be found on the news social media pages.
From the Nebraska State Activities Association: The NSAA Membership voted 31 to 20 FOR adding Bowling as a sanctioned NSAA activity. The NSAA Membership voted 28 to 23 AGAINST adding Girls Wrestling as a sanctioned NSAA activity. The NSAA Board of Directors voted 7 to 1 to add Girls Wrestling as an EMERGING sport. Complete results from the 2020 NSAA Representative Assembly are available on the NSAA website at https://nsaa-static.s3.amazonaws.com/textfile/leg/repmin.pdf.
Responses to 2020 Census will help local communities The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. The questionnaire takes about 10 minutes and is safe, secure, and confidential. To read the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Pierce County remains with few confirmed cases North Central District Health Department would like to provide an update to district residents on a case adjustment. To read the case counts per county for the NCDHD as of May 9, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Board approves 1:1, summer work Board members discussed summer improvement projects, took action on implementing a 1 to 1 digital device program for students, and handled several personnel actions for the school's staff. Pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News to read more.
Tom Kuether moves to General ballot Unofficial election results on late Tuesday night moved one Republican candidate for Pierce County Commissioner forward to the General Election this November. To read the rest of the story, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
All Class Reunion canceled to 2021 The 2020 Plainview All Class Banquet has been canceled for this summer, and rescheduled for June 5, 2021 with the classes of 1970 and 1971 both being honored as the "50 Year" classes. Organizers considered moving the event, but too many of the honored classes were unable to meet, or canceled as well.
Legion Auxiliary names essay contest winners The Plainview American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #148 again sponsored their annual essay contest. This year's topic was "How can we address the health and well-being of our veterans, military, and their families?" To read the list of contest winners, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Festival postponed until August 8-9 The Plainview Chamber of Commerce has decided to postpone the 2020 Klown Festival from the first full weekend in June to a date in August. To read more on this postponed event, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
School graduation plans announced PHS 7-12 Principal Kyle Schmidt announced tentative plans for a graduation ceremony. The date to celebrate the seniors will be July 11 and the school is hopeful to have prom on July 24. To read the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
"Blackout Bingo" made to help local eateries The Pierce County Economic Development card allows for customers to patronize businesses that serve food, cross off what they've order (with receipt as proof) and once the card has been blacked out, they can be entered into a drawing. Find the bingo card on the front page of the latest edition of the Plainview News.
North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) was made aware of the first positive COVID-19 case in Pierce County. NCDHD has initiated contact investigations and have been rapidly assessing potential exposures to determine next steps. At this time, NCDHD believes this case is contained. NCDHD has been in communications with all identified close contacts and they are in self-quarantine (staying home) and will be actively monitored twice daily by public health officials. Additional details on the case will be shared as they are acquired.
"Quarantine Cooking" newest channel Plainview Public Schools Junior High/Senior High School Principal, Kyle Schmidt, has been busy working alongside Mrs. Heather Thompson and Dr. Darron Arlt to ensure students and staff have a successful semester online. But when Principal Schmidt is not working at school, he can be found at home cooking with his five year-old daughter, Harper, on their own YouTube channel. To read this story in its entirety, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News. Or, find this story in our e-edition which can be found at theplainviewnews.com