Friday, January 7, 2022

Exeter-Milligan Update: Art



What’s Up Art?

By Lisa Kanode, Exeter-Milligan Art Instructor


What is art really? Exeter-Milligan K-12 art students decided this year that art is so much more than drawing, painting and sculpting. If you look at art schools, they offer every kind of career from graphic design, interior design, fashion design, web design, animation production and photographer just to name a few. So at EM we decided we should call ourselves, “CREATIVE DESIGNERS” covering all art related categories and giving us a reason to decorate and recycle used CDs (compact discs) to give the art room an adventurous and inviting vibe.  All students that came into the art room designed their own CDs to make the backsplash complete. This is just one of the areas in the art room that was hit with the kids’ creativity.


Some of the creative things this year’s art students are doing include invention designs by the 4th grade, galaxy collages by the 3rd grade, mosaic sea creatures by the 2nd grade, and the 1st graders learned a little about folk art while making their own freestyle trees using swirling lines. The kindergarten has made the most enjoyable Veteran’s Day pictures, as well as leaf rubbings with fingerprint pumpkins and prehistoric chalk landscapes with dinosaurs roaming the earth.


A new adventure for art this year has been with a combined class of designers that have decided to invite the elementary classes in one Friday a month to give them an extra art enrichment.  This class is made up of 1st and 3rd year art students along with journalism students. In September we had 1st and 3rd grade come in to do shadow drawings and nature print (cyanotype) pictures. In October, we had the Kindergarten and 4th graders in to watch a pottery wheel demonstration and they were able to make embossed platters out of clay. This month the 2nd and 5th graders are going to join us to make origami which is a Japanese paper folding technique. It has been great to see the high school students work side by side with the elementary this year.  I see the growth and learning taking place among all of them on so many levels!


An easy way to see what the students are doing in art would be to walk the halls of EM, mostly activity entrance and elementary. Also you can check out student work on our online gallery at




 5th graders decorating their CD’s
 Cameran Jansky helping Lynn and Mason with clay platters.

Becca Krupicka on the pottery wheel while Chase Vnoucek supervises some Kindergarteners and 4th graders.






Thursday, January 6, 2022

Throwback Thursday, Jan 1, 2012



Lists of locations for recycling household items like appliances and light bulbs were posted.

Old photos from Exeter High School were posted.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Obituary Evelyn Elznic

 Evelyn Elznic was born December 1, 1923 to Clarence and Mary Hlina Madison near Burress, Nebraska. She passed away January 1, 2022 in Fairmont, Nebraska at the age of 98 years and 1 month.

She attended school at District 21 in Burress. In 1943 the best thing happened - she married Clarence Elznic. To this union they were blessed with a daughter, Sheila, their pride and joy. They lived on the family farm south of Exeter all of their married life where they worked and farmed together until Clarence passed away on July 9, 1975. She remained on the farm until June of 1978 when she moved to Exeter.

Throughout the years, she worked for the National Youth Administration in Fairbury, at Marsh Produce candling eggs, and in food service at the Exeter Public School. She also enjoyed working at the Maryland Café and the City Café. In addition, she worked in the office at Styskal Irrigation and for the last fourteen years before she retired at the Community Care Center of Exeter. Evelyn entered Country Reflections Assisted Living in Fairmont on February 15, 2015 and remained there until November 26, 2021 when she entered the Fairview Manor.

Evelyn enjoyed spending time with her granddaughters and great grandchildren. She could also be found at the Exeter Senior Center, playing cards or bingo in her free time. She also liked bowling, traveling, and going to the casinos. Her family enjoyed playing cards with her and her homemade pies.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband Clarence; brother Leo; sister Effie Miller; half-sister Alice Peterson; half-brothers James and Frank Janda; and great grandson Seth McKay.

Survivors include her daughter, Sheila (Don) Crays; grandchildren, Stephanie (Kirk) Jensen, Linda (Grant) McKay and Clara (Tim) Grace; great grandchildren Cody, Casey (Rileigh) and Jessica Jensen, Bailey McKay, Kane, Weston, Xavier and Blaze Grace; and many other relatives and friends.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Death Notice: Evelyn Elznic


Death Notice for Evelyn Elznic

A Funeral Service for Evelyn will be held on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Farmer Funeral Home in Exeter, Nebraska. Kim Dunker will preside over the Funeral Service.

A Graveside Service will take place in the Exeter Cemetery following the Funeral Service.

Public visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Farmer Funeral Home in Exeter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family.

Monday, January 3, 2022

Exeter-Milligan Update: Music


Music Update

By Mark Perez, Exeter-Milligan K-12 Music Instructor


The Exeter-Milligan music classroom has been filled with the sounds of the holidays this past month! The K-6 Christmas Concert is on December 14th, and the 7-12 Christmas Concert is on December 20th, both at 7:00pm with cookies to follow! 


Elementary students have enjoyed singing Christmas tunes and creating their own actions for the songs. You can also expect to see boomwhackers and ukuleles at this concert as well! Additionally, some beginning 5th Grade band students will be recognized for what they’ve accomplished on their instruments so far this semester.


The 7-12 Band will be performing a plethora of your favorite Christmas classics and songs to enjoy. Ukuleles will once again make an appearance with the Junior High Choir performing Christmas Songs you don’t typically hear on ukulele! 


We hope to see you at our performances in support of our students! Happy Holidays!


Pictured is the 6th grade class:

Front - Addison Foutch, Clayton Pribyl, Brogan Staskal

2nd row: - Wilfrid Kallhoff, Ensley Stahl, Deacon Erdkamp

3rd Row: Titus Petersen, Levi Jurgensen, Natalie Meyer, Kalvin Lock

Back row: Madison Oliva and Richard Hickman