January 27th, 2011
Bennie Rex Ostrand, age 80 of Mason City, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at his home.
Memorial funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the First Baptist Church in Kearney, with the Rev. David Harder and the Rev. Stan Murdoch officiating. A private burial service was at the Basin Cemetery south of Mason City. Memorials will be decided by the family at a later date.
Bennie R. Ostrand was born Nov. 7, 1930, to Benjamin and Florence (Peck) Ostrand at his grandparent's home in Mason City. He passed away at his home, the family farm/ranch south of Ansley, Jan. 22.
Gretchen E. Boyles, age 79 of Mason City, died Jan.19, 2011, at the Jennie Melham Hospital in Broken Bow. Funeral services were Jan. 24, in the Mason City Baptist Church with the Rev. John Lewis and Rev. Bill Ragan officiating. Burial was in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Mason City EMTâs or the Baptist Church in Mason City.
Gretchen E. Boyles was born Sept. 29, 1931, in Mason City, to Ray and Addie (Wright) Taylor. She attended school and graduated from Mason City High School in 1949.
Martelle Anita Ritz, 93 of Twin Falls, Idaho, passed away Jan. 7, 2011, at Bridgeview Estates in Twin Falls.
Martelle was born April 7, 1917, in Westerville, the daughter of Henry Giles and Margaret (Metta) Boeltz Giles. She grew up and attended schools in Nebraska. Martelle furthered her education at the Kearney State Teachers College and taught school in a one-room school house for seven years.
Geraldine Frances (Smith) Russell, 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, in Peoria, Ariz.
Retired from California State Service, she was born in Broken Bow, March 18, 1918, and was a graduate of Broken Bow High School. She attended Hastings Business College and for a time worked in Broken Bow and Kearney, before the family moved to Sacramento, Calif.
The weathermen started out saying it would be scattered flurries. The next thing we knew, central Nebraska was in an all out weather watch, and the snows came, and so did the wind.
For two days, emergency personnel answered the calls.
âThere were so many accidents, we wouldnât even get one completed before the call came to answer another,â said Custer County Sheriff Dan Osmond.
And it wasnât a staffing issue, everyone on call Tuesday was working.
âIt usually takes one good storm for folks to remember how to drive in the snow. This last week I think they started all over.â
âąLegislative proposal includes the moving of legal notices to the Internet.
You, as a citizen of a democracy have the right to know. You have a right to know how your elected officials conduct business on your behalf.
You as a citizen of Nebraska are in danger of losing that transparency. This newspaper contains a very important section called âPublic Noticesâ or Legals. This is where our elected officials are required, by law, to publically
It was the love of being outdoors that first lured Ted Henderson into law enforcement back in 1973. After more than 37 years, Ted decided it was once again time for a change.
âI just retired from law enforcement, I didnât completely retire,â Ted smiles.
His career began in the same area where his life began, Gage County. It was an unexpected job offer, which he decided to accept, that changed his life.
Broken Bow is about to be a little brighter when the sun goes down. It will be installing 550 new street lights through a energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant.
The $189,580 grant has a $27,916 city match that the city feels it will recover in just a couple of years in electricity alone.
By replacing the current street lights with LED (Light emitting Diode) lights, there will be an estimated savings of 201,000 kilowatts per year, which equates to approximately $10,000 in electricity.
Fourteen Broken Bow firemen responded to a structure fire Jan. 19, at the residence of BBPD officer Dalen Woods. The call came in at 3:27 p.m. of smoke coming from the roof of a barn on the property.
The department responded with five trucks and one ambulance with three crew members aboard. The firemen were able to save the barn, with only minimal damage reported.
According to Andy Holland, the cause of the fire was determined to be a heat lamp. There were no injuries. The department was on scene for an hour.
The Broken Bow High School FFA Chapter hosted its 75th annual Labor Auction Jan. 17, in the high school cafeteria. The auction followed a soup supper fundraiser.
A total of 55 students were auctioned off with the students required to work an 8-hour day for their buyer. Below is the list of this yearâs students on the auction block, how they described themselves and how much they brought.
Nate Birnie - âMost of the time people put what they like to do or what they are good at. For me it would be easier to tell what I donât do. . . nothing comes to mind.â - $170 by his dad