Monday, January 25, 2010

Where's the Beef? Local Meat Cutters Learn New Cuts

On January 4th, local meat cutters gathered at Straight From the Farm, business/home of Sheldon and Judy Kohout, to learn a number of new beef cuts. Dr. Dennis Burson came from the University of Nebraska to educate the group. He explained that turning more of the meat from the chuck roll into these new steaks and roasts will increase the value of the beef as a whole because less of it is then made into hamburger. Dr. Burson demonstrated how to achieve each new cut on a beef donated to the assembly by Harre Feed Yards. Tara Hoelscher of the Nebraska Beef Council was also present and assisted in the presentation. She distributed books that contained information on how butchers can attain the new cuts, and how consumers can optimize tenderness in cooking them. In attendance for the demonstration were Sheldon and Judy Kohout, Straight From the Farm, Friend; Kate Harre and Mary Schlegelmilch, Harre Feed Yards, Exeter; Mahlon Kohl, Blue River Meats, Crete; Al Kimminau, The Cordova Locker, Cordova; and Brian Himmelberg, Orv’s Grocery Store, Friend.

In 2000, the flatiron steak and petite tenderloins were discovered by meat scientists at the University of Nebraska. And most recently, the Denver, the Delmonico, America’s beef roast, country-style boneless beef chuck ribs, and the Sierra have been named on the list of new beef cuts. A few of the butchers were familiar with some of the new cuts, and others learned a whole new process to use in their shops the future. It is said that these new cuts of beef are found exclusively in smaller butcher shops. Large packers would have to redesign their processing lines to accommodate these products, which they have yet to do. Area meat cutters have been learning how to accomplish these fresh cuts and are benefitting from their sales.

Obituary: Josephine Biba


Josephine Biba, longtime resident of Exeter, Nebraska, passed away on Saturday, January 16 at the Exeter Care Center. She was 102 years old. She will be fondly remembered for her quick wit and humor, and her love of card-playing. She was undoubtedly the most experienced bridge player in all of Exeter.

Josephine Kyne was born in Fairfield, Nebraska, on February 27, 1907 and attended the Fairfield public schools. Upon graduation from high school, she attended the Hastings Business College. She then returned home to work in the Fairfield banks and, in 1930, the Wallace National Bank in Exeter. She met Otto Biba there and they were married in 1936. She lived in Exeter for the remainder of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Rena (Palmer) Kyne, her husband Otto V. Biba, and her siblings Arthur E. Kyne, Gladys K. (Kyne) Traudt, and Jack Kyne.

She is survived by her great nephew and foster son, Jack L. Noragon and his wife Patricia (Handwerk) Noragon, of Worthington, Ohio, and their children, Michele (Noragon) Holman (David) of California and Melinda (Noragon) Duvall of Ohio, and grandchild Berkley Ann Holman. Other surviving family members include her sister-in-law, Helen (Schleipt) Kyne of Arizona; her nephews Ronald H. Traudt (Loretta) of Ohio and Steve Kyne (Cindy) of California; and her nieces Karen (Kyne) Bartell (Jack) of Arizona and Janice (Kyne) Wetzel (Ralph) of California. She is also survived by numerous great and great-great nephews and nieces.

Funeral services were held at the Farmer Funeral Home in Exeter on Saturday, January 23 at 11 a.m. with Pastors Tim & Ginny Adams officiating. Shirley Milton accompanied Jayne Petersen who sang “The Lord’s Prayer and “How Great Thou Art.” Casket bearers were Tom Manning, Dick Manning, J.J. Dinneen, Ron Ruhl, Bob Dumpert and Gail Heffelfinger. Interment was in the Exeter Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the First Congregational Church in Exeter.

The family wishes to thank the exceptional staff at the Exeter Care Center who daily demonstrated the power and beauty of loving kindness.