Saturday, April 17, 2021

Exeter-Milligan Boys at Heartland Invitational

Exeter-Milligan Boys finished ninth at the Heartland Invitational
Tyler Due - Pole Vault - 4th
 4 x 800 Relay - 4th place - Devin Harrison, Cade Kresak, CLint Oldehoeft, and Daysan Staskal
Casey Jindra - 100m 1st
Jackson Beethe 300M Hurdles - 2nd


Exeter-Milligan Girls at Heartland Invite

The Exeter-Milligan track team traveled to Henderson for the Heartland Invitational. The girls placed sixth.
Jozie Kanode - 3rd place pole vault
Cammie Harrison - 1st high jump
4 x 800 relay - 3rd place - Cammie Harrison, Savana Krupicka, Cameran Jansky and Jaiden Papik
Cameran Jansky - 2nd place 800M


EXeter-Milligan Update: FFA Shine at District Career Development Event Competitions


EMF FFA Members Shine at District Career Development Event Competitions


On March 2nd, the EMF FFA Chapter traveled to Centennial High School to compete in Career Development Events. There are 22 different CDE’s that students can compete in over the course of the year from milk product evaluation to floriculture. On March 2nd the chapter competed in Ag Sales, Livestock Management, Ag Technology/Mech, Floriculture, Natural Resources, Agronomy and Veterinary Science.  We had the following results: 


o    Ag Sales team of Kiarra Fennel, Vivian Weber, Avery Kraus, and Kiah Songster

·         District champions out of 8 teams and qualified for state

·         Vivian placed 1st individually

·         Kiarra placed 2nd individually

o    Floriculture team of Cameryn Brandt, Abby Eberspacher, Shelby Lawver, and Vivian Weber

·         4th place out of 17 teams and qualified for state

·         Vivian placed 3rd individually

·         Shelby placed 15th individually

o    Vet Science team of Zoey Borgman, Abby Eberspacher, Avery Kraus, and Shyann Smith

·         4th place out of 18 teams and are the alternate to go to state

·         Abby placed 9th individually

·         Zoey placed 11th individually

·         Shyann placed 16th individually

o    Livestock Management team of Peyton Pribyl, Cade Kresak, Casey Underwood, Kole Svec, and Clint Oldehoeft 

·         6th place out of 26 teams and were only 2 points from qualifying for state

o    Natural Resource team of Christian Weber, Jacob Weber, Fred Hausman, and Shelby Lawver

·         6th place out of 18 teams and qualified for state

o    Ag Tech/Mech team of Ben Bartu, Kole Svec, Casey Underwood, and Jacob Weber

·         4th place out of 13 teams and qualified for state

o    Agronomy team of Jackson Beethe, Jaiden Papik, Spencer Eberspacher, and Chase Svehla

·         3rd place out of 9 teams and qualified for state

·         Jaiden placed 7th individually

·         Chase placed 10th individually

·         Spencer placed 12th individually

We are very proud of all of our members' accomplishments at these events and for working and studying consistently to prepare for this event. Teams that are qualified will be competing virtually this year at the end of March and through the beginning of April. Additionally, Abby Eberspacher submitted a Specialty Crop Proficiency Award at the district level and won districts.  Her application was forwarded to the state level and she is 1 of 3 students who will interview at state in this category.  Proficiency Awards are based on a student's SAE and give students the opportunities to write/share about skills learned, challenges of their SAE, production financial analysis and pictures of them working on their SAE. Additionally in February, Jaiden Papik submitted her application for her State FFA Degree.  This is one of the highest honors that an FFA member can receive and is based on a student's SAE and their ability to keep financial records, work hours, log community service hours and show over 500 points in leadership development. Jaiden interviewed and passed her record book evaluation and her interview.  She will receive her degree in April and be honored during the State Degree Ceremony virtually in April. The chapter is looking forward to hosting their chapter banquet on April 29th at Exeter High School to celebrate a year of accomplishments and to salute our graduating seniors. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for up to date information and announcements.



Friday, April 16, 2021

Exeter Village Board Discusses Water Rates


Exeter Village Board opened their meeting with board member Bob Mueller absent.  The board quickly approved minutes and invoices before delving into the agenda.

First up Chairman Alan Michl announced the police contract with Friend “has been withdrawn. . .we didn’t make a decision last month and they wanted to know by then so they withdrew the offer.”

Tyler Salmon who is the marshal in Fairmont spoke was invited to speak to the board.  He asked the board what areas most concerned them.

“The main thing is to enforce the ordinances,” replied board member Justin Harre.

The board had a sample copy of an agreement the village of Fairmont has with the village of Grafton which Salmon explained would be similar to what could be contracted for Exeter.

Michl summarized, “the proposal is so much an hour.  Whenever we need Tyler he would come over and deal with our nuisances and ordinances.  He would be on call.”

The package would include the officer and the Fairmont vehicle.

Salmon reported that in a brief survey of the town he found 43 unlicensed vehicles not counting two lots that have multiple cars on them.  He also noted 10 homes that need to be inspected.  The board noted that three of the homes have been inspected and are in process of condemnation.

The board asked Salmon to have a contract drawn up so that both boards can review and approved a motion to work on a contract with the Fairmont police department.

The board tabled a decision on selling a gun the village owns.

Prior to the meeting the board got a preview of a video that Librarian Lynette Trauger found in the library of the 1978 Exeter Centennial celebration.  Trauger asked the board for permission to sell the videos as a fundraiser.

Lynette Trauger gave notice that she will be leaving in September.  The board discussed advertising the opening. She also asked the board about using part of the technology grant for a theatre projector package.  The board responded positively.

The board received a safety dividend check from Generations Insurance and approved the summer pool and maintenance staff wages.

Jamey Pankoke and Lisa Jacobsen from Perennial visited with Michl and Clerk Becky Erdkamp about a change in the power bills. They will soon be itemized and show the percentage of the bill that goes to the Village of Exeter.

Previously the village was receiving around 13% for the lease payment on the lines but once Perennial itemizes on the bills it will be 12%.  The village does have the option to negotiate a new contract as the village will lose around $10,000 a year.

“The bill isn’t going to change it’s just going to show on there with them itemizing,” explained Michl.

The Nebraska rural water rate study was reviewed by the board.  The board held a discussion on increasing water rates as all water and sewer repairs for the village are required to come from the funds generated by water and sewer bills.

Michl shared his concern, “When DEQ comes to us and says we need another lagoon how are we going to pay for it?”

The board noted that the average rate for a similar size town is $23 and Exeter is currently charging $11.

After looking at the recommendations in the report the board’s consensus was to raise the water rates from $1.50 to $1.75 per thousand gallons, raise the sewer from $11 to $15 a month and slightly increase the water flat fee based on the size of the meter. 

“I know that’s really not where we need to be,” noted board member Jim Anderson.

Maintenance Supervisor John Mueller encouraged the board to continue to review the rates every three years. Clerk Erdkamp reminded the board that the rates had not been changed since 2017.

Erdkamp reported that sales tax for January was $9134.51 and Keno for February was $221.74.  She noted that the first half of the lien was paid on the 122 N. Burlington property.

The next meeting was set for May 4.


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Throwback Thursday: April 15, 2011



On Saturday, April 2, 2011, several youth from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cordova, participated in a fine arts talent competition at Concordia University in Seward.  8th grader, Jordyn Brandt received a Superior rating for her flute and piano solos and a Superior rating for a pencil drawing. She also played piano accompaniment for the other soloists.  Sixth grader, Ella Wilkins, received a Superior rating for her flute and piano solos.  Sixth grader, Trystan Brandt, received a Superior rating for his trumpet solo and a Superior rating for a mixed media poster.  Fourth grader, Peytan Brandt, received a Superior rating for his piano solo and an Excellent rating for a wooden sculpture of a fort.  Fourth grader, Madalyn Woodburn, received a Superior rating for a 2D art entry.  Third grader, Sarah Casper, received a Superior rating for a 2D art entry, Third grader, Ryan Sharp, received an Excellent rating for a 2D art entry.  The sixth, seventh and eighth grade Sunday School class received a Superior rating for their performance of a Dramatic Skit.


Some of Deidre Stevens dreams came true when the Exeter-Milligan ninth grader was crowned the 2011 National American Miss Nebraska Junior Teen in just her second pageant.

Stevens, the daughter of Hope Androyna of Exeter and Chad Stevens of Lincoln, was crowned on Sunday, April 3rd at the Omaha event. Stevens hopes to share what she has learned with the young girls in the community, “You can have a goal and can accomplish it. I’m a perfect example, starting out not knowing what is going on to winning the whole thing.”

She will spent the next year making appearances across the State but hopes to make an impact at home. “I hope to spend the year being a role model for young girls, to get out in the community more, to be a representative for Nebraska the best way I can.”

Stevens will be heading to the National Pageant, which will be held in Anaheim, California at Disneyland in November competing with our state winners for over $500,000 in cash and prizes.

Stevens also participates at Exeter-Milligan on the golf team, in FCCLA, the all school play, one act play, in band as a cheerleader. She is also a member of the Exeter American Legion Junior Auxiliary.

First National Bank in Exeter joined a group of just three banks in Nebraska that have participated in the Teach Children to Save program for the fifteen years of it's existence.

Wednesday, Sharla Dinneen, representing the bank, visited both campuses of the Exeter-Milligan school with a message about saving.

Dinneen encouraged the students to visit their local bank, start a savings account and start saving money.  She asked the students to sign a poster that will be displayed at First National Bank in Exeter and shared a treat with them before they returned to their classrooms.