Saturday, October 23, 2021

Exeter-Milligan Update: Fifth Grade News


5th Grade News

By Madalynn Fousek, Exeter-Milligan 5th Grade Instructor


The fifth graders have been busy this 1st quarter. We have started our new Math curriculum which has been challenging in all the right ways! They have learned how to divide and are continuing to practice this skill. Some of us have a love-hate relationship with long division, but they are continuing to work hard and improve. They are also working hard to have their multiplication facts mastered! Along with that, we are currently finishing up our science experiment. Each group received a car that they had to make travel the furthest with an egg inside of their car. They had to meet certain criteria with their car and were given constraints as well. They received 2 straws, 2 balloons, and only a foot of masking tape. I had many groups begging for more tape! They did awesome with this and were able to understand the importance of brainstorming and readjusting their ideas throughout the trials. It was great to see their creativity come out during this project!


Kate Pribyl, Gavin Mueller, Boden Graham
Hannah Petersen, Maddux Milton, Beau Becker, Joel Vossler
Brynnlye Johnson, Chezney Kanode, Mackenzie Jaeger

Aiden Nichols, Micah Korf and Lyla Brandt

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Throwback Thursday: Oct 16, 2011




Death Notice: Richard “Dick” Manning.  Services for Dick will be held on Monday, October 17, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Exeter United Methodist Church with Pastor Ray Underwood and Pastor Ron Harris Officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Farmer & Son Funeral Home in Geneva with family present from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Mr. Jordan Marr’s Exeter-Milligan senior psychology class is currently studying the parts and functions of the human brain. They recently attended the Hastings’s College Psychology Fair on the 13th of October. There the students learned about how the brain operates, how the mind can play tricks on us (illusions), and the effects peer pressure has on our decisions. Currently, they are working towards understanding the human brain and how the parts work together.


Thirty-two members of the Exeter-Milligan staff participated in our ninth annual Lee National Denim Day on Friday, October 7, 2011.  $180.00 was raised and donated to support the Women’s Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF.)    Our nine-year donation total is $1440.00. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Exeter-Milligan Update: Geometric Handshake


Geometric Handshake

By Phyllis Severson, Exeter-Milligan Math Instructor


The geometry students conduct the handshake experiment to explore mathematical modeling. They determined that the number of handshakes within a group of people is found by the formula n(n-1)/2 where 'n' is the number of people participating. This then leads to determining how many lines can be connected between 'n' number of points on a plane. Acting out situations is a great way to problem-solve.


Pictured are Tyler Due and Malorie Staskal conducting their experiment while Dravin Birkes observes.


Monday, October 18, 2021

Exeter Volunteer Fire Department Holds Open House


Lane Strate demonstrates the new extrication equipment at the Exeter Volunteer Fire Department Open House.
Exeter resident Ed Munsterman visits with Rescue Captain Hope Strate about the Exeter Fire Department.
Lane Strate gives Mason and Maize Ogren a tour of the fire trucks and rescue equipment.  Below, the new extrication equipment.

This has already been a very busy year for the Exeter Volunteer Fire Department. 

Earlier in the year they mailed out a letter looking for funds for a new set of extrication equipment for the department.  This new “Jaws of Life” is battery powered so they will no longer need to hook it up to a generator.

They also held several fundraisers this summer including their yearly bbq, a golf tournament and a corn hole tournament.

The department is also restarting their Junior Fire Patrol program post-COVID.  Ed Mark, who started the Junior Fire Patrol program back in 1997 has retired and turned the reigns of the program over to Rescue Chief, Hope Strate. 

Instead of holding the program all during the month of October on Monday evenings they held a one day Saturday class with fifth and sixth graders from the Exeter-Milligan school district.

Strate explained that the students “will have hands on training as well and classroom time.  They will learn fire safety and prevention, planning as escape route, CPR, and they will get the use the new Jaws and also learn about the trucks as well as shoot water from them.”

The department is hosted an open house in October to give residents the opportunity to tour the renovated meeting room, see the new extrication equipment, and get a free blood pressure check as well.

Strate wrote a grant and received funds from Corteva to sponsor this event which includes food and door prizes.  The department also recently received a grant from the Mary Tous foundation for new bunker gear and bottles for their SCBA units.

Currently the department has four members in EMT classes which should conclude before the end of the year.

Fire Chief Joe Miller added that training is a big part of their plan for the next year.  “We want to get all of the firefighters trained for CPR along with training on the new equipment.  We want everybody up to speed.” 

He also mentioned that several will be training for fighting wildfires this year at the Eastern Nebraska Wildland Fire Academy at Ponca State Park.

The big news for the department this year was being filmed as part of a documentary on volunteer fire departments.  The goal of the documentary was to help departments recruit volunteers.  The film crew spent four days in Exeter filming department members in their everyday life events and training on equipment.

Strate was the driving force in Exeter being chosen for the documentary, “We are hoping to shine a positive light on volunteering and maybe encourage others across the country to volunteer in their communities.”

The department is also working towards purchasing a new truck in the near future.


Sunday, October 17, 2021

EMF downs Southern, on to the Playoffs


The Bobcats started strong and there seemed to be no way for the Southern Raiders to hold them back on Friday night in Milligan.

With 9:06 left in first quarter on 4th and 9 Christian Weber sends a pass that drops right into the hands of Chase Svehla and in he goes into the end zone. Weber added the two point conversion. 8 - 0
Just over a minute later and after Weber intercepts a Southern pass on first down Weber sneaks by the Southern defense and is in for six.  Breckan Schluter tacks on two points 16-0

On their next set of downs Southern gets a pass off into Bobcat territory but the Bobcats shut them down in the red zone.  EMF makes four huge stops and they take possession of the ball on the six yard line.  Weber hands the ball off to Schluter and he goes all the way downfield into the end zone on the first down.  Jesse Duba carries the ball in for two.  24-0.

With :23 left in first quarter JB drake punches his way down the field and on 3rd down he is in for 6. Mikey Bartu takes it in for two. 32 to 0

With 10:27 in the half Weber takes punt return out to the EMF 25. On second down Weber keeps it and he is in for six but the two point attempt is not good.  38-0
Southern scored with 3:09 left in the half. 38 to 6

 Things didn't slow up out of the half as the Bobcats scored after ticking just :16 seconds off the clock.  Weber sends another huge pass to Svehla and he catches it in the end zone.  Aidan Vavra takes the two point in making it 46-6

The Bobcats return another punt from the Raiders and Mikey Bartu catches the punt and runs deep into Raider territory. Duba carries the ball in for six but the two point is denied.  52-6

With a running clock Tyler Due takes a big hit out of bounds and the Raiders are penalized 15 yards leaving the Bobcats with the ball inside the 10.  Due takes it in for 6 but the two point is stopped. 58-6

Southern finds the end zone for another 8 and makes it 58-14.

With 2:09 left in game Tyrell Fennel cuts loose from 15 out and weaves his way into the end zone. Two point conversion is no good and the final score is 64 to 14.  

#9 EMF will travel to Laurel on Thursday night to play #8 Laurel-Concord-Coleridge at 6:30 p.m.