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Elsmere cowboy takes the lead at the NFR in Las Vegas

December 11, 2014

LAS VEGAS – Cort Scheer doesn’t pay attention to the numbers.
He’s in Las Vegas to ride bucking horses, and that’s all that matters to the Elsmere, Neb., cowboy. His goal is the gold buckle awarded to the world champion saddle bronc rider, and all those numbers that decide that will work out.

Nebraska-Bowl Without Bo

December 11, 2014

Huskers players are happy to be back at practice

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The start of bowl practice brought a sense of normalcy to a Nebraska team that has experienced a range of emotions in the days since the firing of Bo Pelini and hiring of Mike Riley.

Interim coach Barney Cotton said after Wednesday's one-hour workout that he was proud of the effort the players showed under the circumstances.

USDA sees higher corn, soybean demand in report

December 11, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Aside from increased demand for corn to make food sweeteners and a boost in soybean exports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture made few adjustments to Wednesday's crop update.

Some analysts expect that the USDA may adjust the number of corn acres planted, which currently exceeds the agency's estimates by about 5 million acres.

Luetta Aleen Peterson, 67

December 11, 2014

Luetta Aleen Wenquist Peterson was born Feb. 5, 1947, to Morris and Pauline Wenquist in Broken Bow. She left for her heavenly home Dec. 7, 2014, at her home in rural Gothenburg from complications of a 16 month battle with metastatic breast cancer.

Luetta grew up in Broken Bow participating in many musical endeavors and graduating with the class of 1965. While in school set met her husband, Jerry, playing cornet in the Southwest Conference Band Clinic. They were married Aug. 31, 1968, in Broken Bow.

Hazel ‘Helen’ Stupplebeen, 97

December 11, 2014

Hazel (or as family knew her, Helen) was born as the oldest child Feb. 10, 1917, to Oliver and Nora (Huffman) Forrester. She was born in a sod house in Thomas County, north of Stapleton. She passed from this life at the Callaway Good Life Center Dec. 7, 2014, at the age of 97.

She moved with her parents to Arnold, about 1925, where she joined the Arnold Methodist Church on Easter, 1932, and attended Arnold Public Schools, graduating in 1934.

Beth Rains, 89

December 11, 2014

Beth Rains, age 89 of Broken Bow, passed away Dec. 5, 2014, at the Jennie M. Melham MemorialMedical Center in Broken Bow.

Elizabeth Ann (Leberman) Rains was born June 2, 1925, at Culbertson, the daughter of Rex Hugo Leberman and Eola(Page) Leberman. 

She attended grade school at Gering, and graduated from Sidney High School in 1943. 

She soon entered nurses’ training at West Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Scottsbluff, graduating in January 1946. 

Vernon Lee Souders, 77

December 11, 2014

Vernon Lee Souders, age 77, died Nov. 30, 2014, in McMinnville, Ore.

The second son of Vernon and Helen (Kellenbarger) Souders, he was born Dec. 10, 1936, in Merna. His sister was born several years later.

Raised in Ortello Valley south of Anselmo, he attended local rural schools, graduated from Merna High School in 1954, and took his BS in geology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 1958.

Howard Pracht, 89

December 11, 2014

Howard Pracht, age 89 of Broken Bow, died Dec. 1, 2014, at his home.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in the First Baptist Church in Broken Bow with the Rev.Jurdan Counts officiating. Burial was in the Broken Bow Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Gideon’s Bibles or the First Baptist Church.

Jack L. Mattson, 73

December 11, 2014

Jack L. Mattson, 73 of Grand Island died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at the Nebraska Heart Hospital in Lincoln.

Celebration of Life Service were Monday at All Faiths Funeral Home.  Dan Naranjo officiated. Family will be greeting friends one hour prior to services.

Mr. Mattson was born April 3, 1941, at Dunning, the son of Etta Mae (Gould) Mattson.

Irene M. Price, 78

December 11, 2014

Irene M. Price, 78, of Grand Island, formerly of Shelton, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at the Golden Living Center – Grand Island Park Place. Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at the O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Gibbon.  Interment followed at the Shelton Cemetery. 

Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.

O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home of Gibbon is in charge of arrangements. 

Irene Marie Price was born Jan. 28, 1936 in Broken Bow, to Solomon and Hazel (Wagner) Jackson. She attended school in Broken Bow. 

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