Saturday, October 3, 2015

Exeter-Milligan Update: 7th Grade English

above:  Dylan Bonds, Jackson Beethe and Brock Steuben
below:  Georgia Meyer, Daisy Kanode and Jaiden Papik

Studying the Candidates
Rhoda Wahl, Exeter-Milligan ELA 7-12

The 7th Grade English class, at Exeter-Milligan School, are watching the Republican candidates with new interest. During their unit on multi-paragraph writing strategies, they read an autobiographical account about Ben Carson’s grade school years. Their discoveries are shared below in excerpts from several original essays.

Ben’s Fifth Grade Year
By Cammie Harrison

Ben Carson went from the bottom of the class to the top of the class in 1-½ years. No one thought he would ever become a brain surgeon.  But let’s start from the beginning. Ben Carson was the dummy of the class. He always got a ‘’0’’  on his math test. He didn’t like math tests because he had to pass his  paper to the person behind him, so she could check his work. When he got his paper back his score was ‘’0’’ as normal. He thought if he mumbled, ‘’nnnnnn’’ then he wouldn’t have to say his grade out loud. But the teacher thought he said, “nine.’’ She raved about his score for five minutes until a girl behind Ben Carson said he got none. She was so embarrassed she just sat down. Ben Carson was so embarrassed. Everyone agreed that Ben Carson was the dumbest person in the 5th grade class. No they thought he was the dumbest person in the world.

Ben’s Mother Has a Plan
by Jaiden Papik

Ben’s mom prayed for wisdom that night and she definitely got it. She had a great idea. The next she said,” Turn off the TV !!!!” Ben and his brother both had to read to big books a week and submit a report to her for each one. They were both extraordinarily unhappy about this arrangement, but finally started getting used to this new schedule. They were to stay inside and read. When the other ladies came to chat with Ben’s mom, they would tell her that her boys need to be outside playing so they can develop their muscles, but she disagreed. In the end it was probably a good thing. Ben read books about many subjects and after a while, he had read every book in the Detroit Public Library. It seemed like he knew almost everything.

A Science Surprise
By Clint Oldehoeft

One regular day in class, the teacher brought an exclusive rock. It was a hefty, glossy, and jet black. The teacher set the weird boulder on his desk. He then asked what the rock was called. Ben hesitated to say the answer. None of smart kids answered and none of the other kids answered this was his chance to prove he was smart. He raised his hand and said, “That’s obsidian.” The class ceased to speak they didn’t know whether to laugh or applaud. The teacher said, “That’s correct, this is obsidian!” The class was dumbfounded. Ben said to himself, “Ben what if you studied things like this in school like math, science, or social studies?” Ben was now the smartest in the class. Kids came to him when they needed help on their homework. Ben Carson today is a brain surgeon who is also running for president.

The Value of Reading
By Brock Stueben

After Ben Carson read all those books he became the smartest in the class. He believed that he was smart so he became smart. As he got smarter people started to ask him for help. He made it from the bottom of the class to the top of the class in 1.5 years.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Timberwolves Make It Win #31 at Home

 Kirby and Sean make sure that Raider isn't going anywhere.
 Sean makes some yardage dragging along some Lawrence-Nelson players.
 Cameron White almost gets a hand on the ball.
 You just got "Mounced."
Trevor Luzum with the ball.

The Timberwolves took on Lawrence-Nelson at home on Friday.  The undefeated Timberwolves are ranked #2 in the Class D-2 Omaha World Herald standings.  Lawrence-Nelson was also undefeated coming into Milligan.

The Timberwolves jumped on the board right away putting up eight.  The Raiders turned the ball over on downs after one series and the T-wolves were back at it again with Sam Zeleny taking it in for a touchdown that was called back for a penalty.  

At the half it was 22-6 with the T-wolves controlling the game packing on the points with a score of 36-6 with four minutes left in the third quarter.

Lawrence-Nelson finally put on some more points making the score 36-14 at the end of the third quarter.  But that wasn't the end of their run.  The stepped it up putting on two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter before the Timberwolves stopped a final run in the last minute making the final score Timberwolves win 36-28.

Next week the Timberwolves travel to Falls City to take on Falls City Sacred Heart.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Exeter Public Library Hosts Cowboy Story Hour

Cowboys and cowgirls saddled up and headed to the Exeter Public Library on Saturday, September 19th for a special Cowboy Story Hour.  They enjoyed fresh “cowpies” to graze on, read cowboy stories and decorated their own horseshoes.  They enjoyed a game of horseshoes in the library before they turned their horses toward home.

Above - Levi Jurgeson and his sister Lynn decorate their horseshoes at the Exeter Public Library Cowboy Story Hour.
Below - Lynn Jurgeson shows off her freshly decorated horseshoe at the Exeter Public Library Cowboy Story Hour.

Cowboys Will Kallhoff, left, and Crosby Oldehoeft play a game of horseshoes at the Exeter Public Library Cowboy Story Hour

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Exeter GFWC Woman's Club makes Pillowcase Dresses

Unwanted pillowcases are getting new lives as children’s dresses, thanks to the efforts of GWFC Exeter Woman’s Club members Agnes Loukota, Bonnie Cudaback and Sue DeJonge.

DeJonge brought Orphan Grain Train, a Christian nonprofit organization, to her fellow club members’ attention after receiving a flyer in the mail. Recognizing Orphan Grain Train’s need for children’s clothing, the idea to construct children’s dresses from pillowcases came to fruition. The women have been creating the pillowcase frocks for about 6 months. To date, Loukota, Cudaback and DeJonge have contributed over 150 dresses to Orphan Grain Train.

Loukota and Cudaback sew the dresses using bias tape and gently used pillowcases – many purchased at garage sales. Upon completion, DeJonge takes the finished dresses to an Orphan Grain Train drop-off point. Orphan Grain Train, in turn, distributes the dresses to needy children. Orphan Grain Train has distributed the Exeter women’s dresses to needy children in Nicaragua and Haiti.
Orphan Grain Train was organized in April of 1992 by Rev. Ray Wilke and Mr. Clayton Andrews. According to the Orphan Grain Train Web site, a total of 123 shipments were shipped FY 2014-15: 74 to foreign countries and 49 to domestic locations. Orphan Grain Train collects and distributes many different items to the needy, including (but not limited to) school supplies, clothing and toiletries. For more information on Orphan Grain Train, visit their web site:

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Alan Michl to serve as President of Executive Board of the League of Nebraska Muncipalities

Alan Michl, Exeter Village Board Chairperson, will serve as president of the 2015-16 Executive Board of the League of Nebraska Municipalities. Michl has served on the Executive Board since 2010. The election was held at the League’s annual business meeting in Lincoln in conjunction with the League’s 2015 Annual Conference.

York Mayor Chuck Harris will serve as president-elect of the organization’s board; Sidney Vice Mayor Wendall Gaston, will serve as Vice President, and West Point Mayor Marlene Johnson will remain a member of the board as past president.

Directors elected to the board are the following: Jean Stothert, Mayor of Omaha; Rita Sanders, Mayor of Bellevue; Fred Feldges, Council Member of Alliance; Sue Fuchtman, Mayor of Norfolk; Deb VanMatre, Mayor of Gibbon; Chris Beutler, Mayor of Lincoln; Dwight Livingston, Mayor of North Platte; and, Gerald Solko, Council President of St. Paul.

Representatives on the board are the following: Rod Storm, City Administrator of Blair; Susan Kloepping, Clerk/Treasurer of Cozad; and, Randy Woldt, Utilities Superintendent of Wisner.

The 15-member Executive Board is the governing body of the League of Nebraska Municipalities. The group formulates the League’s policy and philosophy. Each year, the board approves a budget, which determines how much revenue is necessary and available and where it will be allocated. Board members also set policy concerning League programs and legislation.

The League of Nebraska Municipalities is a nonprofit organization of cities and villages that was established in the late 1800s to represent municipalities in the Legislature. The League’s functions include sponsoring educational seminars, publishing a magazine and newsletters, representing its member cities and villages on state advisory boards and answering technical questions. The top priority is representing its members in the legislative process.