Saturday, November 6, 2021

Exeter-Milligan Update: JH Volleyball


The Exeter-Milligan Junior High Volleyball team ended their season on Saturday, October 16 with a loss to the Cross County Cougars in the Crossroads Conference Championship game held at York High School.  They finished their season with a record of 12-4, with three of those losses being to Cross County.  Their only other loss came at the hands of Sutton in the Friend Tournament.  They had wins over BDS (twice), Dorchester, Meridian (three times), East Butler, Friend (twice), McCool, Giltner, and Lawrence-Nelsen.  Great job girls!  It was a fun season.


Front row: Sydney Engert, Brooklyn Oldehoeft, Cheyenne Krupicka.

Back row:  Alivia Luzum, Kaydence Haase, Kiley Oldehoeft, and Selah Petersen.

Not pictured:  Coach Darcy White


Friday, November 5, 2021

Exeter-Milligan Lady Timberwolves at State Volleyball Tournament

 The Exeter-Milligan Lady Timberwolves left bright and early for State Volleyball on Thursday morning.

Unfortunately the game didn't go the way they hoped but they put up a big fight against the #1 seed Falls City Sacred Heart and made them work really hard for it.  Sets were 25-20, 25-16 and 29-27

Obituary for Betty Ann Jensen

 Betty A. Jensen was born to Emil and Alice (Laun) Krupicka on September 3, 1934 in Milligan, Nebraska and passed away on November 1, 2021 in Geneva, Nebraska at the age of 87.

Betty attended grade school at a country school in the Milligan area and graduated from Milligan High School. After graduation, Betty attended Doane College in Crete, Nebraska where she obtained her teacher’s certificate. She taught school in a little one room schoolhouse outside of Milligan, NE for a while before getting married.

Betty was married to Oliver F. Jensen on October 15, 1955 in Milligan, Nebraska. To this union, two children were born, Denese and Randall.

Betty was a stay-at-home mother and truly valued every minute of it. She enjoyed cooking and baking. There were always homemade treats waiting for her children when they came home from school. While being a homemaker, she was also an Avon representative for several years.

Betty enjoyed roller skating and going to dances. Many weekends were spent dancing and playing cards with various card groups. She enjoyed attending activities for the kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved to go shopping, always trying to find just the right purse and was a frequent Bath and Body Works customer.

Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Oliver; her parents, Emil and Alice Krupicka and brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Marilyn Krupicka.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her daughter, Denese (David) Becker; son, Randy (Susan) Jensen. Granddaughters, Melissa (Tim) Moore; Heather Becker and special friend, Kyle Ediger; Amanda Beard; and Megan (Dustin) Crawford. Great-grandchildren, Avery and Kennedy Moore; Knox Andreasen; Ryan and Wyatt Beard; and Emmett, Evan, Emsley and Everett Crawford and two nephews.

Quilt of Valors presented in Exeter


James Stevens Junior

                                                                    James Stevens Senior

On Wednesday, Oct. 27, Exeter resident James Stevens, Sr. was draped with a Quilt of Valor in his home along with his son, James Stevens, Jr.


Pat Becker, a member of the Quilt of Valor program, presented the quilts to the Stevens’.  The quilt for Stevens Sr. was pieced by Carol Kuska Lepzig and quilted by Carol Votipka Harris.  The quilt for Stevens Jr. was pieced by Carol Kuska Lepzig and quilted by Diane Henke.  Becker finished the binding on both of the quilts.


The beautiful patriotic themed quilts were wrapped around the Stevens’ in the home of James Stevens, Sr.


Becker explained that the program was started in 2003 when QOV founder Catherine Roberts’ son was deployed in Iraq.  A dream gave her the idea that quilts from home would be comforting to those serving and so she began to make them to award to active military along with veterans.  


Roberts created a non-profit foundation to guide the project.  Since 2003 over 275,000 quilts have been awarded to those who have served.


It was Roberts’ dream that the quilts would be recognized as a “civilian purple heart.” 


Becker added in presenting the quilt, “As a grateful nation to thank you for your time in military service. . .and for putting your life on hold for serving your country.”


Stevens Sr. served in three branches of the military.  He first enlisted in the Army in 1957 and in February headed to basic training at Fort Riley, KS.  When he came back home he realized “that wasn’t working.”


From there Stevens Sr. signed up to serve in the Air Force and served from 1957 to 1961.  He served in Korea from July of 1960 to August of 1961 as civil engineer.  He did a lot of surveying while he was there. 


When he returned home he joined the See Bees (United States Naval Construction Battalions – C.B. he was under the Marine Corp.) and was part of the reserves in Lincoln.  He served as a mechanic and was honorably discharged from three service branches.


His son, Stevens, Jr., enlisted in the Navy in 1977 and served until 1983.  He went to basic training in Great Lakes, Ill.  He then was sent to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina were he trained as a combat field medic.  In 1980 he was sent to Camp Pendleton, Calif. And remained there until 1982 when he returned home and served in the active reserves.


Again Becker thanked both of the Stevens for their service, “Use this quilt. Don’t put it in a box.  We want you to be comforted by the quilt. Mere words cannot express thank you for putting your life on hold for the fulfillment of duty to a thankful nation.”

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Death Notice Vera Underwood Rauscher


Death Notice for Vera Underwood Rauscher

A private family Graveside Service will take place in the Exeter Cemetery.

A public Memorial Service will take place at a later date at the United Methodist Church in McCool Junction.

Memorials are suggested to the McCool Junction Community Improvement Foundation.

Death Notice: Betty Ann Jensen


Death Notice for Betty Ann Jensen

A Funeral Service for Betty will be held on Friday, November 5, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Farmer & Son Funeral Home - Kotas Chapel in Milligan, Nebraska with Kim Dunker presiding.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Farmer & Son Funeral Home - Kotas Chapel in Milligan, Nebraska from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m.

Graveside Services will be conducted following the funeral service in the Bohemian National Cemetery in Milligan, Nebraska.

Memorials are to be directed to the family to be designated at a later date.

Throwback Thursday: October 30, 2011




Exeter hosted some special activities for Halloween this year.  Exeter Care Center hosted a Fall Fair during the afternoon and then the residents welcomed trick or treaters during the early evenings.  Ghosts and goblins were welcomed to the Exeter Fire Hall for Halloweenie hot dogs, chips and pops sponsored by the Exeter Chamber of Commerce.


Deidre Stevens, Miss Nebraska Junior Teen, donated stuffed animals to the Exeter Volunteer Fire department. The department keeps new, small stuffed animals in the Rescue Unit and gives them to the children they transport.  The stuffed animals were donated by Stevens' fellow pageant contestants.


Lorie Sliefert's Exeter-Milligan Physics class is studying projectile motion.  They recently had a lab were they had to calculate where they thought a marble would land on the floor as it was projected off the edge of the table.   Once they calculated the distance it would travel, they placed an empty can on that spot on the floor to see if they could get the marble in the can on the first try.   Of course their calculations were correct and it did land in the can.


Exeter-Milligan defeated unbeaten Pawnee City on Wednesday evening.  Quarterfinals will be in Milligan against Clarkson.