Monday, September 28, 2020

Exeter-Milligan Kindergarten


Exeter-Milligan Kindergarten class pictured back row from the left:  Kyler Oldehoeft, Kyson Lindberg, Kolson Kahlandt, Kash Rischling, Tagg Grummons and Bowen Brandt.  Front row from the left:  Allyson Cuevas, Madison Hopkins, Kollins Johnson, Charlie Vejraska and Kenleigh Sudrla.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Exeter-Milligan Sweeps Friend at Home

Exeter-Milligan had no problem defeating Friend in three straight sets on Tuesday evening in Milligan.  They took the first set 25-14, second set 25-15 and third set 25-10.


Thursday, September 24, 2020

Throwback Thursday


Two Exeter-Milligan High School seniors, Cody Soukup and Landon Rhodes, have been faithfully working on their Eagle Scout projects.  Cody has been working on a cement project at the Cordova Cemetery while Landon has been pouring new sidewalks at the United Methodist Church in Exeter.  Friday morning found many of the members of their troop, Troop 359 out of Cordova, pouring the new sidewalks.  


Fillmore Central and Exeter-Milligan juniors and seniors gathered in the Exeter-Milligan gym at the start of the Careers in Fillmore County Day.

Kenton Moore, a 2005 Exeter-Milligan graduate who has chosen to return to Fillmore County to work explained to Fillmore Central and Exeter-Milligan students the opportunities in the construction field in the county at the Careers in Fillmore County Day.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Exeter-Milligan Update: Fourth Grade Update


4th Grade Update by Shelli Mueller, Exeter-Milligan 4th grade instructor


The Exeter-Milligan fourth graders are learning about the different regions in Nebraska. We learn about five different regions: the animals, plants and climate. Each group of students will give a presentation on each different region using google slides. This will allow us to find differences and similarities to our state that we live in.  Pictured are Brynnlye Johnson and Gavin Mueller. 

Monday, September 21, 2020

Exeter Aquatic Center Checked for Leaks


EMF fights hard but notches first loss against Tri-County

It wasn't pretty Friday night as the 3-0 Bobcats met the 3-0 Trojans.  It was the Trojans night with a final score of 6- 66.


Sunday, September 20, 2020

Obituary: James R. Zeleny

 James Robert Zeleny, a Fillmore County father and farmer, died on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.

He was born at Warren Memorial Hospital in Friend on Oct. 12, 1968 to Robert and Diane (Yeck) Zeleny. He graduated from Exeter High School in 1987, where he was a letter winner in football, basketball and track. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with an agricultural business degree from Southeast Community College in Beatrice.

After college, Jim worked at Fleischer Manufacturing in Columbus. He traveled across Nebraska, the Midwest and South, setting up trade shows for Buffalo farm equipment.

He later returned home to work on the family farm near Burress, raising hogs and cattle, corn and soybeans. He loved the freedom of the farm and learning from the best, his father.

He married Liz Allen in 1994 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Exeter. Their three children, Logan, Sam and Max, were a source of great pride and joy. A shared passion was sports, from countless hours of weekend basketball practice to softball tournaments to watching Nebraska or NFL games together.

From an early age, all three children inherited their father’s love of the game.

While only Sam may have shared Jim’s admiration for the Dallas Cowboys, Logan and Max also enjoyed every sport with him, whether playing together, being coached by him or cheered on from the sidelines. They loved traveling to games of all kinds, including a memorable trip to Lambeau Field to watch the Packers and Cowboys.

Jim’s smile and warm personality lit up any room, as he shared his kindness, generosity and friendship with people from many walks of life. To Jim, or “Z-Bart” as he was known in the early years, few people were strangers, only new friends yet to meet.

For years, he was a dedicated member of his community, serving on the Exeter-Milligan Board of Education, as a member of Sons of the Legion in Milligan and the Young Farmers Organization of Fillmore County.

His life was complicated, and ultimately cut short, by a long struggle with alcoholism.

In his final days at Bryan West Hospital in Lincoln, he was surrounded with love by his children, his mother, his Godmother, his brothers and Liz, as well as unwavering support from legions of lifelong friends.

James was preceded in death by his father, Robert, along with his grandparents, Mike and Frances Zeleny and Frank and Libbie Yeck, as well as many aunts and uncles.

He is survived by Liz and their beloved children, Logan, Sam and Max; mother, Diane; brother and sister-in-law Mike and Amy; brother Jeff; nieces, Claire, Katherine, Lauren; and nephew, John. Survivors also include, devoted aunt and Godmother, Judith Yeck; uncle, Bernard Zeleny along with many cousins.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Death Notice: James R. Zeleny

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Jim on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Exeter, Nebraska with Fr. Brendan Kelly & Fr. Kenneth Borowiak presiding.

Praying of the Rosary will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Exeter, Nebraska.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. with family present from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Farmer & Son Funeral Home - Kotas Chapel in Milligan, Nebraska.

Graveside Services will be conducted at the Bohemian National Cemetery in Milligan, Nebraska.

In Lieu of Flowers - Memorials are to be directed to the family to be designated at a later date.

A Livestream Video of the Funeral Mass will begin at 10:00 a.m. To view the Livestream Video you can go to Farmer & Son Funeral Home's Facebook Page or in your search engine type @friendlyfuneraldirectors and click the link to Farmer & Son Funeral Home's Facebook Page. You do not have to have Facebook to view the Livestream Video.

Due to the COVID-19 Directed Health Measure Phase IV, we are limited to 75% occupancy for the Funeral Service and we will be practicing social distancing as indicated by the measure. Per the family's request, masks are encouraged to be worn at the Funeral Service.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Exeter Village Board Sets Budget


The Exeter Village Board met on Wednesday Sept 9 with a budget hearing and a one and six year road plan hearing. 

The board discussed three options in the budget hearing.  The first was to decrease the levy but with the increase in valuations the dollar amount collected by the village would be the same.

Option two would maintain the levy and would increase the amount collected by $17,000.  Option three would drop the levy slightly but still increase the tax revenue.

After closing the first two hearings the board opened the special hearing to set the final budget.

Resolution 20-02, the third option, was passed which will provide a budget that allows the levy to go down but the amount of tax dollars the village receives to increases because of the higher valuations.

The board also approved Resolution 20-03 to adopt the one and six year road plan.  The board closed the special hearings and opened the regular meetings.

The minutes and the invoices were approved and Chairman Michl informed the board that the League of Municipalities would not be having their annual conference live.  In order to change the bylaws so that members of the League could vote villages were asked to approve voting by phone for this year. The board approved this change.

The board discussed a letter from a pool patron requesting an additional sunshade or more lounge chairs.  There are currently 10 chairs at the pool and two sunshades.  The patron also asked that the village provide more training for the lifeguards.

Village Maintenance Supervisor John Mueller noted that a new sunshade would be $6400 just for the sunshade which does not include installation which would be extensive as cement would need to be cut to install.

The board discussed the possibility of using heavier tables with sun umbrellas as an option.  New chairs made from recyclable material and are $330 but are currently out of stock.

Village Clerk Becky Erdkamp has compiled a training notebook to share with lifeguards.  The board also discussed talking to the lifeguards in regards to some of the rules governing young children in the deep end.

Recently Mueller worked with JEO Engineering to find where the pool was leaking.  They found several leaks and JEO confirmed that there is a warranty on the leak investigators work that was done at the pool earlier this year.

The board recognized that several of the sidewalks on the old tag factory ground are settling.  Mueller informed the board they would have to be torn out and replaced.  The board advised Mueller to have them fixed when other items are being fixed in town.

The board also asked Mueller to make a list of homeowners with Low hanging branches in the street so that letters could be sent to them to address safety concerns.

Board member Justin Harre asked the board about some improvements to the trap club which is on village owned property.

Harre wants to “tear one out the old trap house and pour a new concrete house with block base so it will be more permanent.”

Harre noted that the trap club would supply all of the labor and asked if the board would be willing to pay for all of the materials. He estimates the material costs would be around $1000.  He also asked if Mueller would be able to bring out the mini excavator to dig around the old trap house.

Michl explained that the trap club has been making a lease payment for over twenty years and also maintains the property which was the old dump.  “It’s a good thing to do with an old dump,” explained Michl.

The board advised Harre to go ahead with the project and continue with the lease payment which will recoup the costs for the village.

The board entered Executive session at 7:45 p.m. for the annual personnel pay review.  After coming out of session at 8:00 p.m. the board announced raises for all permanent employees.

Under the marshals report the board discussed the possibility of hiring an ordinance officer depending on the current marshals availability.

Under the maintenance report Mueller referred to the pool issues and concrete repairs that need to be made.  He also asked the board about purchasing a small cement mixer.

The board held a lengthy discussion on nuisance properties and the difficulties in addressing them through the proper channels.

Clerk Becky Erdkamp reported that June sales tax was $15030.49 and July Keno was $114.04.  The board set the next meeting for Tuesday, October 6.


Monday, September 14, 2020

Exeter-Milligan Wins Championship in Friend Tournament

Exeter-Milligan met Freeman (Class C-2) to start the Friend tournament.  The fell in the first set but made quick work of the next two sets to move on in the winners bracket.  Up next for the Lady Timberwolves was Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family (Class D-1) and the T-wolves didn't let up taking the match in two sets (25-15 and 25-16).  The championship match was a rematch for the Sutton Fillies (Class C-2) and the Timberwolves.  Their pre-season match went to five sets with the Exeter-Milligan team taking home the win.  This time the Timberwolves had no problem with the Fillies winning 25-10 and 25-20).