Thursday, May 5, 2011

Trinity Lutheran recognizes graduating seniors

On May 1st at Trinity Lutheran ELCA in Cordova, the Lutheran Youth of NE (LYON) group hosted a cake reception for it's two graduating seniors, Amanda Larsen, left, and Kelsey Moore, right.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Exeter G.F.W.C. Woman's Club Welcomes New Babies

 Exeter-Milligan second graders wrote and performed an informative presentation on Arbor at the Exeter G.F.W.C. Woman's Club Arbor Day Baby Celebration.

 Exeter G.F.W.C. member, Suzanne Johnson, presents gifts to Brenson Brandt from the club.  Brenson is held by his mother, Morgan who was honored at the first Exeter G.F.W.C. Woman's Club Arbor Day Baby Celebration.

Honorees at the annual Exeter G.F.W.C. Woman's Club Arbor Day Baby Celebration are pictured from the left T.J. Mueller holding son Gavin Mueller, Shelli Mueller holding son Adrian Mueller, Morgan Brandt holding son Brenson Brandt and Kay Due holding granddaughter Tylie Due. Other grandmothers attending are pictured in the back row, Donna Mark (left) and Lori Brandt (right).

Every year the Exeter G.F.W.C. welcomes the babies in the old Exeter School district to the community.  This year was their 26th annual Arbor Day Program.
Each year the Woman's club contacts the families of all new babies born in the old school district and welcomes them to the community. The event combines the welcome with a celebration of the Nebraska-born holiday, Arbor Day.
Attendees were welcomed by the Exeter Club President, Karen Chapman followed by a welcome from the Exeter Mayor, Alan Michl.  Michl read an Arbor Day Observation Proclamation he had signed.
Exeter-Milligan Superintendent Paul Sheffield also participated in the event bringing gifts from the district and welcoming the families to "the wolfpack family."
Sheffield emphasized to the families that the district "is available to provide services for your children from birth to age 21.  Please come anytime to visit and take a tour. It's your school, it's all of our school."
Following Sheffield were the committee members of the Exeter G.F.W.C. who originated the event 26 years ago. They shared how the event began and how it has been funded and continued.  They presented books, certificates, a copy of the Mayor's proclamation, seedling trees with planting instructions, flowers for the moms and "our best wishes."
Jill Schmidt of Fillmore County Good Beginnings shared about the WHALE project co-sponsored by the Geneva Rotary and Good Beginnings to place vital information on children's car seats.
This event marked the first time that the group has seen a second generation in a family honored.  This year Morgan Brandt, who was welcomed to the community in 1985, had a son welcomed.  This year the Exeter G.F.W.C. welcomed these four babies: Xander Thomas Whitford, son of Shane and Deena Whitford, Gavin William Mueller, son of T.J. and Shelli Mueller, Brenson Keith Brandt, son of Morgan Brandt and Tylie Marie Due, son of Anthony Due and Jordin Stride.
After presenting the gifts to the families, the Women's Club members and families planted a flowering crabapple tree with a jar containing the names of the babies.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Soukup signs with University of Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture

Exeter-Milligan Senior standout Cody Soukup signed a letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Nebraska, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis on Wednesday afternoon.
Soukup who also helped lead the Timberwolf football team to district play off for the last several years will pursue a degree in agronomy along with his basketball duties.
Athletic Director and Basketball Coach Jeremy Sievers was on campus at Exeter-Milligan to welcome Soukup to the team, "Cody will be a welcome addition to our program."
Also present at the signing was Exeter-Milligan Coach Dean Filipi.  He congratulated Soukup on his success and wished him well in the future.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

ODEGO Class Session

FILLMORE COUNTY - The Odegeo…Leadership for Fillmore County class attended an
Business and Industry session on April 19th, 2011. 
The class members met at M-C Industries/Sunflower Marketing in Geneva, where the

group enjoyed rolls and coffee and was welcomed by Plant Manager, Pam Turner. The

members enjoyed a tour of the facility given by several staff members.

The members traveled to Barbur Floral Co in Geneva. Owner Charles Barbur took

the group on a tour of the 1926 greenhouse.

The next stop was Metal Tech Partners in Geneva where plant manager Sam Scott took the group on a tour of the plant. The group was shown how metal is powder coated.
At Heritage Crossings in Geneva Jason Rippe from Bioiberica Nebraska & Bio-Tee USA and Kenton Moore from Horizontal Boring & Tunneling in Exeter gave an overview of the businesses they represented. HB & T is a locally owned company started in 1983 while Bioiberica Nebraska is a Spanish company that came to Geneva in 2000 and Bio-Tee USA is joint venture with Spanish and Dutch owners that began in Geneva in 2009.
Traveling to Shickley the group ate lunch at Geneva State Bank, compliments of Alfs Well Drilling, Lichit Oil & Norder supply.
Tim Alfs from Alfs Well Drilling, Tim Lichti from Lichti Oil, Ted Norder and Justin Pope from Norder Supply, talked to the group about what their businesses offer Fillmore County.
After traveling to rural Grafton the members enjoyed popcorn and ice cream at Bar B Que Specialties. Owner John Burt talked to the members about his business and stores that carry his product. He also sells this product through his website.
The members meet Neil Ely at Ely Farms by Grafton to tour the Ely Farms food processing plant. Ely Farms produce pickled peppers and pickled asparagus.
The final stop of the day was at Erdkamp Motors in Exeter. Erdkamp Motors is an authorized Chrysler dealership. Adam Erdkamp who spoke to the group told them that his grandfather started the business. They offer new and used cars and service vehicles in the greater Exeter area. The group took a tour of the shop and enjoyed the new cars in the showroom.
The May session of the Odegeo. . . Leadership for Fillmore County will focus on Legal and Law Enforcement.
Persons interested in learning more about Odegeo…Leadership for Fillmore County may contact the Fillmore County Development Corporation at 759-4910 or email or go to