Saturday, April 9, 2016

Exeter-Milligan hosts Family Art Night

Above – Daisy Kanode paints Axel Erdkamp’s face at the Exeter-Milligan Family Art Night.
Below – Haylee Sheffield helps Liberty Johnson and Troy Kallhoff at the fingerprint painting station.

Exeter-Milligan held their second annual Family Art Night in the Exeter-Milligan gym on Tuesday, March 22.  Parents, guests and students were treated to an art exhibit in the entryway and on various display locations throughout the gym.

In addition, to a display of the artwork, there were multiple stations were everyone was invited to do hands on artwork.  From painting to freeform sculpture with pipe cleaners, there was something for everyone.

Manning the stations were sixth through twelfth graders in the art department at Exeter-Milligan.  Art teacher, Mrs. Lisa Kanode, created the successful event last year and expanded it this year.

This year the students created a giant chandelier with water bottles that they dripped paint in, let dry and then cut in a spiral.  Also added this year was a drone flying station.

The face painting station was very popular along with the crayon rubbing station.  The participants also enjoyed fingerprint painting and putting their faces in the carnival cutouts made from classic paintings.

Above– Around the paper weaving table at Family Art Night (left to right) are Liberty Johnson, Karoline Knudsen, Rachel Vossler, Jolene Vossler and Mary Lou Vossler.
Below – Elementary Principal Laura Kroll and parent Brittanie Schlueter watch as Samantha Horne helps Brooklyn Oldehoeft make some marbled paper.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Exeter-Milligan Update: Math Musings

Math Musings, by Mary Kay Pribyl, E-M Math Instructor

The Algebra III class is studying data analysis.  They have been studying the relationship between two variable data and determining if there is a linear, quadratic, or exponential relationship.  The students are using their graphing calculator to write an equation for the data and using their equations to make predictions.  Evan True, Evan Harre, and Carmin Colacci are shown working with the data.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Exeter Public Library Plans for National Library Week

The Exeter Public Library will be having a used and new book sale starting Friday (April 8), and going until Monday, April 18. Proceeds go toward Storybook Park renovation.

Saturday, April 9 the library will be hosting an open house to kick off the week and show off the new furniture, the services we provide, and more. It is from 2-4 p.m. Refreshments will be provided, and there will be a drawing.

On Thursday, April 14 there will be a demonstration for the new Cricut that was donated to the library from 5 - 7 p.m.  Come find out how you can use this fun machine.

April will be fine forgiveness month at the Exeter Public Library. Overdue books returned by April 30 will not be charged a fine -- just as long as we get them back. If said books aren't returned by then, fines will again be due starting May 1. In accordance with our policy, patrons who damage or lose books will have to pay for a replacement.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Fillmore County Relay for Life

Aloha!  It is time to shake out your grass skirt and get ready to join the 2016 Fillmore County Relay For Life.  The theme of this year is Re-Lei For a Cure.  The Executive Committee has been meeting since last year’s event and is ready to hula our way to finding a cure for that dreaded disease.

We are kicking off our season with a night, Saturday, April 9, at Lazy Horse Vineyard (211 Road 20, Ohiowa).  We will be there from 5:00PM – 8:00PM to meet and greet people while enjoying good food and handing out information about how to become involved.  Come anytime and see what we are about. 

Can’t make that evening, but still want to wear that grass skirt?  There will be a golf tournament on June 5th, complete with prizes, luau-related games, and much more.  You can easily get on board for that by calling the Hidden Hills Country Club at 759-3084.

Of course, the biggest luau of the season will be on Saturday, July 30, at the Fillmore County Courthouse.  Much more information will follow – but now is the time to mark your calendar.

Putting together a Relay For Life takes a community willing to kokua (give help in Hawaiian).  The committee needs more people and teams who want to rid the world of cancer.  Please contact Kaela Lockhart (266-1038; or Denice Kovanda (759-1431; or visit our website:

Aloha for now!

Obituary: Arlan Becker

Arlan Joseph Becker was born to Joseph N. and Mathilda K. (Ries) Becker on June 14, 1927, at Exeter, NE, and passed away at the Fillmore County Hospital in Geneva, NE on March 31, 2016 at the age of 88 years 9 months and 17 days. He was the oldest of six children in the family. Arlan was baptized on June 19, 1927 and was later confirmed at the St. Stephen Catholic Church in Exeter and remained a member his entire life, attending as his health permitted.

Arlan attended country school and graduated from eighth grade in David City. Arlan served his country in the United States Army from January 29, 1946 to April 28, 1947. He received his training at Fort Collins in Colorado Springs, Colorado and was stationed in little Rock, Arkansas.

Arlan met his future wife, Eleanor, at a dance in Burress, NE. Their first date was to the Fillmore County Fair, and they dated for twenty months and were engaged for nine months before Arlan married Eleanor Rose Engle on June 21, 1949, at St Stephen Catholic Church, Exeter, NE. by Father Durr. They made their home in Exeter, NE and lived in the same house their entire married life. Arlan was a loving caregiver to Eleanor after her stroke in 1979.

Arlan's years of employment included Huston Truck Line as a truck driver, Fillmore County Roads Department as a road grader for two years, Kiester - Walker for twelve years, and Slepicka Brothers for twenty years. He worked for his brother-in-law George Engle during the summer months. He then was self-employed doing custom blade work.

Arlan and Eleanor are remembered for riding their horses and being accompanied with their friends Wayne and Gladys Petersen. They loved attending country western dances at the Border Inn. Bob O'Neill and the Playboys from Hebron, Ne was one of their favorite bands. They enjoyed going to area auctions and opened their own thrift shop in 1996.

Arlan was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Roland (Jake} and Donald, brothers-in-law
James Loukota, Lyle Farrell, Robert Weichert, Frank Engle, Ronald Uldrich; brothers-in law/sisters-in-law George and Phyllis Engle; Harold and Helen Engle; Willis and Beth Engle; Delbert and Ruth Sorge; sister-in-law Anna Vnoucek.

Arlan is survived by his wife, Eleanor Becker; sisters Loretta Farrell of North Platte; Donna Jean Weichert of Fort Calhoun and Agnes Ann Loukota of Exeter; sister-in-law Mary Uldrich of Milligan; brother-in-law Joe Vnoucek of Friend; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral Mass for Arlan was at 10:00 am Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at the St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Exeter, Nebraska with Father Steve Thomlison officiating.

Memorials are directed to the Exeter American Legion in lieu of flowers