Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Exeter-Milligan Basketball Team Holds Fundraiser

Seniors on the Exeter-Milligan basketball team, Tara Mueller (l) and Hannah Beethe, guarded the drink table at the fundraiser.

Sometimes being a team is more than just performing on a court or a field, it means that you work to the good of all of your members.  The Exeter-Milligan girls basketball team embodied that idea this year as they initiated a fundraiser on the part of their coach, Jackson Krejci’s, mom, Dixie Krejci who has cervical cancer.

The girls, asked their assistant coach, Sara Lincoln, what they could do to help.  As they brainstormed, they knew they could do a soup supper, what they didn’t know is how big the event would become.

Lincoln explained, “It was the girls’ idea so they were thrilled when I started telling them how big it was getting and how many people donated things. The girls were a huge help and did such a great job. Not only are they a great group of girls to coach but they also show their compassion and thoughtfulness outside of basketball.”

Friday, February 16 only had a boys varsity game scheduled so the event was planned for that night.  A silent auction was added and began to grow beyond Lincoln’s expectations, “I was blown away by how many donations we received not only for the auction and also for the soup supper.”

Exeter alum and former basketball player JJ Becker offered to help with the silent auction which ended up having close to 100 items to auction.  She offered to accept the donations the evening before and help get it set up at the Legion the night before while the girls were winning their sub-district game. 

Even with donations of extra food and homemade desserts, the turnout was so amazing that the group ran out of food.  The silent auction ended at 6:15 and each item brought well over its value.

Bill and Dixie Krejci learned about the soup and sandwich fundraiser the girls’ basketball team planned and they were very touched, “It was very nice of the girls.  I am so very appreciative of it.”

Coach Krecji was very touched at the fundraiser, “I’m overwhelmed by the support from the Exeter and Milligan communities.”

The Krejci’s appreciate the funds and contributions and will use them moving forward as their insurance does not cover any alternative treatments. 

So many helped to make the fundraiser happen along with the girls and their parents.  So many items were donated including drinks, paper goods, auction bidding cards and condiments.  The list of those who donated was lengthy.

This very special group of girls, have had this on their hearts the whole basketball season. They’ve carried it with them the whole season as they each wear a teal ribbon on their court shoes in honor of Dixie’s fight.  

Kayla and Alexis load up the dessert table, again.
Jaiden clears away trash
The Legion was full for the fundraiser.
Along with the soup supper, the team held a silent auction and announced just after 6:30 the winners of the nearly 100 auction items.  Pictured from the left are Kayla Geiger, Tara Mueller, Jaiden Papik, Linda Underwood and Karla Sheffield.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Exeter-Milligan 5th- 8th graders participate in music contest

 Exeter-Milligan students traveled to Davenport, NE on Saturday morning to participate in the Bruining-Davenport music contest.  Front row from the left:  Becca Krupicka, Briana Capek, Katelyn Babula, Maddie Luzum, Olivea Swanson, Jasmine Turrubiates, Katie Warner, and Jozie Kanode.  Second row from the left Carter Milton, Aidan Vavar, Jayden Capek, Kierra Papik, Savana Krupicka, Taylor Pribyl and Devin Harrison.  Third row from the left:  Tyler Due, Mikey Bartu, Andrew Vavra, Draven Payne, Dravin Birkes,Troy Kallhoff, Malorie Staskal, and Ayla Kahler.  Back row from the left are Kole Svec, Ben Bartu and Braden Capek.
Playing their piece in front of the judge are (l-r)  Tyler Due, Dravin Birkes and Troy Kallhoff.

Monday, February 19, 2018

FCDC Holds 2018 Annual Meeting

Picture L to R:  Megan Williams, Don Bristol, Patt Lentfer, FCDC Director, Bart Brinkman, Eric Kamler, Charlie Trauger, Amie Underwood, Bryce Kassik, Marcus Ruhl, Brandy VanDeWalle, Derek Betka.  (Not picture-Nate Hughes, Jeff Spiehs, Cindy Myers

FCDC Holds 2018 Annual Meeting

The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Fillmore County Development was held at Charlie’s Pub in Milligan.  The evening started with FCDC hosting a social gathering and Brandy VanDeWalle, president of the Fillmore County Development Corporation, welcoming everyone to the 2018 annual meeting.

The FCDC then presented the first “Fillmore County Entrepreneur of the Year” to Jaime Lopez and his family who opened Molcajete Mexican Restaurant in October of 2016.  Jan Stoldorf who worked closely with Mr. Lopez throughout the project introduced Jaime and gave a short history of the business. 

The guidelines for deciding an “Entrepreneur of the Year” includes; having been in business for at least one year but not more than three, have at least one employee other than the owner(s), be open at least 5 days a week with regular hours, and provide a product or service that will be used throughout the county and beyond.

Brandy VanDeWalle, President of the FCDC, called the 2018 annual business meeting to order.  During the business meeting the minutes of the 2017 annual meeting were approved, the financial report was accepted and the proposed budget for 2018 was approved.  Cindy Myers of Ohiowa and Charlie Trauger of Exeter were elected as new Board of Directors of the FCDC to serve four year terms. 

VanDeWallle recognized and thanked the 2017 FCDC members for their investment and support. She also recognized the FCDC Board members:  Bart Brinkman, Don Bristol, Derek Betka, Nate Hughes, Bryce Kassik, Marcus Ruhl, Jeff Spiehs, Amie Underwood, and Brandy VanDeWalle and Megan Williams. Eric Kamler and Megan Williams were recognized and thanked for their contributions to the FCDC as they fulfilled their terms.

Patt Lentfer, Executive Director, also thanked the FCDC investors, Board members, committee members and the FCDC Administrative Assistant for all of their work in 2017.  There had been a lot of growth in 2017 with business expansions, business start-ups, business transfers and even a business merger.  Lentfer thinks of Fillmore County as her community and is proud of the way people band together to take advantages of opportunities that come to our way.

After the meeting adjourned, Jodi Pribyl, one of the owners of Charlie’s Pub, talked about how a group of four couples decided that Milligan needed a place like Charlie’s Pub. This group put in their time and money and opened the doors in December. The reviews have been great.