Saturday, February 23, 2019

Exeter-Milligan Girls Lose Sub State Against Ewing

 In a tough match-up against Ewing, the Timberwolf ladies fought hard but came up short at the end losing 57-51

Timberwolves Slay the Griffins at Sub-Districts

Exeter-Milligan Boys kept their bid for State alive on Thursday night with a win over Diller-Odell 52-38.  The boys will meet Giltner for the third time this season (1-1) at Fillmore Central at 7 p.m. on MONDAY

Teammates Comes to Exeter-Milligan

Student participants are pictured in the front from left to right – Kiley, Jolene, Lily, Selah, Kierra, Avery, Tucker, Alivia, Brett, Troy, Emma, and Carver.  Behind are metors and board members Zach, Jordan, Mrs. Papik, Becky, Mrs. Kroll, Rebecca, Mrs Meyers, Allison, Mrs. Weber, Meg, JJ, Tony, Justina, Mrs. Kanode, Mr. Sheffield, Mrs Steuben, Mrs. Soukup and Mrs Kovanda.

Exeter-Milligan has adopted a new program to positively impact their students.  Teammates have come to town.

The Teammates program was started in Nebraska in 1991 by Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne with a mission “to positively impact the world by inspiring you to reach their full potential.”

Exeter-Milligan School Counselor Denice Kovanda initiated the program at Exeter-Milligan, “I chaired the Teammates board at Fillmore Central when we started it.  We had a visit from Dr. Tom Osborne a few years ago (at Fillmore Central) and who can say no to Tom Osborne?”

She saw the impact the program made at Fillmore Central and wanted to see it at Exeter-Milligan.  “It was fascinating to watch at FC just because you saw kids that were beaming when their mentors were in sight.”

The program has adult mentors who are paired with a student mentee.  Both groups are trained before they can participate in the program.  All of their interactions take place on school grounds and the pair are matched up based on shared interests.

Kovanda was very excited to welcome Exeter Alumni Allyson Horne back home to train their initial group of mentors and mentees.  Horne is the Training and Match Support Coordinator for Teammates.  “Allyson is very involved and she really stirs a passion for mentoring,” according to Kovanda.

At the last home basketball game at Exeter-Milligan the Teammates held a basket auction fundraiser and were introduced at halftime of the game.

Serving on the Teammates Board of Directors are Becky Erdkamp, JJ Becker, Zach Becker, Laura Steuben, Brooke Soukup and Marla Weber.

Right now the Exeter-Milligan team has several extra female mentors waiting for a match but they have three male mentees who want a mentor.  “We don’t have enough male mentors.  A lot of times it’s a work schedule issue but we have some mentors whose employers have encouraged them to participate.”

To become a mentor, individuals have to have an extensive background check and a three hour training done locally.  All the contact is done at school and is scheduled through Kovanda.  Usually they don’t meet in the summer unless there is a group activity.  “It’s a 30 minute commitment per week.  Some meet before school or during the lunch period.  They play games or do a craft, have lunch together or just talk.”

“We just started at semester but the kids that are involved are so excited the day their mentor comes,” she added.

Their recent basket fundraiser will go toward background checks.  “Harre Seed and Services gave us a generous donation and we purchased T-shirts for all of our participants,” according to Kovanda.

She also mentioned that mentee participants who have been involved with Teammates for three or four years can apply for a non-competitive scholarship for Nebraska colleges some of which are a full ride scholarship.

As for the future of Teammates at Exeter-Milligan Kovanda added, “Obviously we want to grow.  We would like to double where we are at right now.  The biggest piece, is getting the men in the community involved.  More mentors is an easy process.  We just need people who want to make a difference in their community.”


Friday, February 22, 2019

Obituary: Alfred J. Krupicka

Obituary for Alfred J. Krupicka

Alfred James Krupicka of Exeter, Nebraska was born on May 27, 1915 to Kristina Bernasek Krupicka and Charles Krupicka Sr. on a farm southeast of Milligan, Nebraska. He was the fourth of five children. Alfred passed away at the Fairview Manor in Fairmont at the age of 103 years, 8 months and 23 days.

He attended Milligan Public School through the 10th grade when he began his farming career working for his brother-in-law, Felix Bedlan Sr. for 50 cents a day. He then partnered with his brother, Charles, on a farm near Geneva. From there Alfred worked for Ewalt Amusement Company and Peter Kiewit Construction. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Alfred volunteered for service in the Coast Guard in February 1942. Alfred received basic training at the Algiers Naval training station, which was across the river from New Orleans. He was then assigned to the Naval Shipyard at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where he served until, he was honorably discharged in November 1943. After leaving the service, Alfred worked for “Swede” Bulin as a mechanic in the service station at the corner of Maple and Main Street in Milligan, Nebraska before purchasing the property and starting the Club Loyal in the basement.

Alfred met Irene Svec at a dance held in the Milligan Auditorium. They were married on August 24, 1948 at the Fillmore County courthouse. Their wedding dance was held in Burress, Nebraska, and the Steinacher Family Harmony Knights band provided the entertainment.

In their first year of marriage Alfred and Irene lived in Milligan next door to Alfred's parents. Irene and Alfred were employed at the Horseshoe Inn where Irene worked as a waitress and cook, and Alfred was a bartender. The couple then moved to Fairbury where Alfred worked in retail sales at Gambles. From Fairbury, Alfred and Irene went back to farming and rented farms northeast of Milligan and north of Grafton and Fairmont for several years. They moved to Exeter around 1955, where they spent the rest of their married life together. Alfred worked for Mumby’s service station in Fairmont for several years, as well as, operating his own service station for 3 years in Fairmont. Alfred and Irene also operated a drive-in called the Frosty Inn located in Exeter. Alfred finished his career working for the Nebraska Department of Roads until he retired.

In 1965, Alfred started a polka band with his two sons, Larry and David, called the 3K’s. In time, his daughters Carolyn and Judy joined the group. They entertained at many establishments throughout the area, including Milligan, KOLN-TV, and the Nebraska State Fair. Alfred and his son David continued to entertain at various events around the area for many years.

Alfred was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who would do anything for his family. He was an accomplished mechanic and carpenter. In addition to performing mechanical work on farm machinery and the family cars, he built the house at Exeter from the ground up with his father’s help. Alfred’s greatest love was his family and entertaining with his accordion playing Czech music. Alfred was always looking for opportunities to see many family members together for holiday events. The more the better.

Alfred was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 240 in Milligan for 77 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife Irene of 60 years; his parents Charles and Kristina; brothers and sisters.

He is survived in life by sons Larry (Debby) of Lakewood, Colorado and David (Linda) of Exeter, Nebraska; daughters Carolyn (Mark) Brock of Sidney, Nebraska and Judy (Scott) Hulse of York, Nebraska; Grandchildren Jeff (Stasha) Krupicka of Paris, Texas, Jason (Kelley) Krupicka of Denver, Colorado, Jennifer (Todd) Sheffield of Pella, Iowa, Amanda Brock of Portsmouth, Virginia, Andrew Brock of Sidney, NE, Mariah and Mitchel Hulse of York, Nebraska; and Great Grandchildren Emma and James Krupicka of Denver, Colorado.

A Funeral Service for Alfred was held on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Farmer & Son Funeral Home – Kotas Chapel in Milligan, Nebraska. Kim Dunker officiated the service. Deb Brunkow provided the prelude and postlude music and she also accompanied Maureen Beck in the singing of “Amazing Grace.” Maureen provided special music on the accordion, “When We Parted.”

Pallbearers for the service included Andrews Brock, Jason Krupicka, Mitchel Hulse, Jeff Krupicka, Kenneth Soukup, and Richard Soukup. Honorary Pallbearers included Felix Bedlan, Bernard Zeleny, Laverne Krupicka, and Charles Krupicka. Interment was held in the Bohemian National Cemetery and Military Rites were provided by the Milligan American Legion HSSK Post 240.

Farmer & Son Funeral Home was in care of the arrangements and online condolences can be left at

Memorials are suggested to the Milligan American Legion HSSK Post 240 or the Fairview Manor.

Exeter-Milligan Update: Fifth Grade Happenings

5th Grade Happenings
by Brooke Soukup, Exeter-Milligan 5th Grade Instructor

Since the beginning of the second semester, fifth grade has been working toward earning a bingo and a class party on their Behavior Bingo cards..  The students are given a certain behavior, which is displayed on their morning routine each morning.  They are able to earn a bingo number in the morning and another in the afternoon, if they are doing well with that specific behavior.  Some examples of behaviors I look for are voice level, quick and quiet transitions, hand raising instead of blurting, etc.   Bingo numbers are also given out randomly for exceptional things happening in the classroom!

Pictured is the 5th grade class
Floor: Jonah Geiger and Brett Kallhoff
Couch: Jase Luzum, Ronald Babula, Tucker Svec, Logan Krupicka, and Carver Kanode
Standing: Trevin Ronne, Kiley Oldehoeft, Kaydence Haase, Alivia Luzum, Selah Petersen, and Alexis Saatmann

E-M Students Participate in Band Contest

Exeter-Milligan fifth through eighth graders traveled to Davenport to participate in the Bruning-Davenport Middle School Band Contest.  Pictured in the front row are left to right are Jozie Kanode, Jasmine Turrubiates, Taylor Pribyl, Olivea Swanson, Malorie Staskal and Savana Krupicka.  Second row left to right: Tucker Svec, Logan Krupicka, Alexis Saatmann, Liberty Johnson, Alivia Luzum, Kierra Papik, Lily Jeffries.  Third row left to right are Carter Milton, Brett Kallhoff, Aidan Vavra, Jayden Capek, Kiley Oldehoeft, Kaydence Haase, Selah Petersen.  Back row from the left: Jonah Geiger, Mikey Bartu, Andrew Vavra, Draven Payne, Chase Vnoucek, Devin Harrison, Dravin Birkes and Troy Kallhoff.

Performing a lighthearted clarinet polka at the contest were from the left Malorie Staskal, Olivea Swanson and Jozie Kanode.